Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 10/9/13

Week 5 Wide Receiver and Tight End Targets The return of Justin Blackmon didn’t affect Cecil Shorts‘ targets (11… 7 in second half, so he saw more with Henne behind center relative to 4 second half targets for Blackmon) or Sanders’ snap count (he played in 53 of 60) but there was only one target for Ace. It should be noted that while Shorts’ catch rate leaves something to be desired at 50.8% he’s getting enough volume to make him a relevant WR3 every week – through 5 games he leads receivers in targets. Blaine Gabbert is likely to miss this week with a hamstring injury and with a 1:7 TD:INT ratio it is hard to envision him returning to the starting job at all, so, we’ll need to pay attention to how Chad Henne involved Blackmon/Shorts this week with a full week to gameplan/work with them in practice. After going 5/5/80 in Week 4 Keenan Allen got more looks and delivered, including a 70 yard TD, with a 9/6/114 performance. Vincent Brown and Antonio Gates also had productive games with 9 targets apiece. There is enough passing volume in San Diego to make everyone useful. Allen was featured as a top waiver wire add by Esten McLaren earlier this week. Those that just follow the point totals will be pleased with Rod Streater”s 11, but, he received just three targets from Terrelle Pryor with 8 going Denarius Moore‘s direction and he hasn’t had more than four looks in a game since Week 1, suggesting Moore is taking his rightful place atop the receiving hierarchy in San Diego. Owen Daniels was the most targeted Texan outside of Andre Johnson this weekend and with him missing at least a month, Garrett Graham (who matched Daniels with 60 snaps this week and has scored 3 touchdowns so far) should be in line to pick up most of his work. You could do worse for a fill in TE. It was again a fairly even distribution of targets in St. Louis for Givens/Austin/Pettis at 6/6/5 but Pettis got the endzone looks again and with 4 TDs through 5 games he is quickly becoming the most fantasy relevant… Jared Cook was barely a whisper while Lance Kendricks had another score. Aside from a 3 target game in Week 3 Dwayne Bowe is getting looks (6), but, he’s just not producing in the KC offense, recording just 183 yards receiving to date. Sean McGrath has become an ownable TE (6/4/54). Nate Washington was projected to have another big week… at least by me. The volume was there with 8 targets but the vet posted just 3 catches. On passes thrown his way Ryan Fitzpatrick also threw an interception and had a lowly 9.4 QB Rating. Kendall Wright was steady as 8/6/74. As for Kenny Britt (1 catch on 6 tries)… let Dowell Loggains sum it up. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a catch, too… featured here in a GIF that is worth a look. Ok. Seriously. It’s time to give some credit to Ted Ginn Jr. He wasn’t thought of as anything but a return guy coming into this season after joining the Panthers but he hasn’t been held under 60 yards or 7.8 fantasy points since Week 1. This week he saw 6 targets, made 4 catches, and racked up 78 yards. He was Cam Newton‘s best WR against Arizona on a day where Steve Smith had an ugly game with 2 picks on passes thrown his way and 2 drops, including a TD. Ginn is fourth in the league with 2.6 Yards Per Route Run. Andre Roberts continued to slip behind Michael Floyd on the pecking order: 7 targets to 1 this week. Torrey Smith is the NFL’s 6th most targeted WR and might be it’s most consistent player on the young season. Against the Dolphins he went 9/6/121. Tandon Doss drew the start with Marlon Brown out and played 50 snaps, coming in at 5/3/58 but don’t count on it continuing with both Brown and Jacoby Jones on their way back. Somewhere there are some upset Dallas Clark owners who likely expected a big game against a defense that had given up 6 TDs to TEs coming into the game. Clark saw 0 targets. Mike Wallace had a monstrous 15 targets and yielded a productive 105 on 7 catches. But, he also had 3 drops and he continued to be less efficient than Brian Hartline. According to Pro Football Focus his drop rate of 21.43% is the second highest in the league. Jimmy Graham finds a way to be productive every week regardless of how much work he gets. This week he was 10/10 for 135 after Week 5 saw him catch all 4 of his targets for 100 yards. It was a tough day for Marques Colston owners, though, as Graham and the backs dominated the passing game – Saints wideouts saw just 6 targets. The spread won’t typically be that bad but the scheme’s reliance on ends and backs over receivers should be noted. Colston is really the only startable Saints WR because of it. Alshon Jeffery had a huge week and out-targeted Brandon Marshall 13-5, the first time he’s seen more looks from Jay Cutler this year. Either way, each player is very relevant on a weekly basis as they are the 11th and 9th most targeted receivers in the league, respectively. As team’s realize that they can’t double Marshall at the expense of leaving Jeffery open these numbers should meet in the middle. The targets were evenly distributed between Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz this week (12/13/12) but Nicks and Randle were the prime fantasy producers. Given that the Giants project to continue trailing most teams this year, they’ll have to pass plenty so games with 30+ targets among the three aren’t out of the question, and they’ll all be productive if the line holds. Danny Amendola was the most targeted Patriot in his comeback, limiting the upside of Kenbrell Thompkins. Meanwhile, Aaron Dobson still appeared in 38 snaps suggesting that Amendola (and presumably Gronkowski who appears set to return this week) won’t limit his workload too greatly as the team did, and should continue to, run a lot of 3WR sets. Against New England, Andy Dalton threw 11 passes to TEs, producing 9 catches and 95 yards. The Bengals gameplan seemed to feature a lot like the routes that the Pats used to run… Finally, TY Hilton emerged with a 6/5/140 line against Seattle. He caught a TD apiece vs. Sherman and Browner. Darrius Heyward-Bey, however, struggled going 0/5 and 0/2 against each of the elite corners. Riley Cooper was on the field for 64 snaps but was targeted just once. With Miles Austin out there is a clear pass catching hierarchy in Dallas; Terrence Williams was on field for all but 4 snaps, so we won’t need to worry about his role versus that of Dwayne Harris, who started in the slot but was looked to less frequently than Cole Beasley. While Austin’s return could impact Williams’ playing time more than Harris’, the Cowboys could kick Austin in to the slot more frequently and ensure that Williams still gets his playing time. The post Touches and Targets Week 5: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

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