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Week 2 Targets and Touches Report

Liam Gibney sorts through the usage patterns in every backfield and receiving corps in the NFL in his Targets and Touches Report from NFL Week 2


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Week 2 Targets and Touches Data and Notes

The notes below should give you the important takes from all the backfields and receiving groups. Below the notes, you can view the actual touch numbers and targets data for the full breakdown.

New York Giants:

Backfield Notes:

  • Saquon Barkley is the top guy in this backfield but is not getting first-round ADP-type carries. He is looking like a fantasy football bust thus far. He is arguably a top-3 RB in terms of talent, but everyone knows opportunity equals production.

Receiving Notes:

  • Sterling Shepard is the top yielder of targets in this erratic Giants offense. He has amassed 19 targets over the first two weeks.
  • Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton are the big play options in this offense and will likely have bigger weeks than Sterling Shepard, but their drops and inconsistency make them both far riskier options.

Washington Football Team:

Backfield Notes:

  • Antonio Gibson is going to lead this backfield in carries and it might not be particularly close, but there is no doubt that J.D. McKissic is going to poach a lot of the receiving work. This is going to cap Antonio Gibson’s weekly potential.

Receiving Notes:

  • Terry McLaurin has crazy upside. He already seems to be firing on all cylinders with Taylor Heinicke. However, Week 1 (4 targets), and Week 2 (14 targets) paint two different pictures. Volume = Production.
  • Dyami Brown saw six targets and is thus a watch-list candidate.

Cincinnati Bengals:

Backfield Notes:

  • Joe Mixon saw yet another 20 carry game. The results weren’t great, albeit the Bears’ defense is tough, and we aren’t going to see a lot of guys get this much of a workload. He is a low-end RB#1 with a massive ceiling if he gets more work in the passing game.
  • While Ja’Marr Chase has the highest ceiling every week there is no doubt in my mind that Tee Higgins has the highest floor on a weekly basis.
  • Tyler Boyd is still going to receive targets and is thus worthy of a WR3/Flex spot. I would just be wary of the occasional flop.

Chicago Bears :

Backfield Notes:

  • Interestingly, this Bengals defense has been quite solid against the run this season. The start to look at here is not David Montgomery’s yardage but his carry total of 20 which is a very good sign for owners.

Receiving Notes:

  • Now might be a good time for fantasy managers to buy-low on Allen Robinson II. He only had four targets this week, but this is the time to jump on or on an elite receiver when fantasy managers start to get frustrated with the production.
  • Darnell Mooney saw eight targets which is promising I wouldn’t jump on starting him yet, but he is definitely someone to monitor and deeper leagues.

Houston Texans:

Backfield Notes:

  • This backfield is an absolute mess, Mark Ingram is the one to own I suppose, but I want no shares of anyone in this backfield.

Receiving Notes:

  • The target share that Brandon cooks is seeing right now is one of the best in the entire week. He saw a whopping 14 targets, and the next highest receiving total on the entire team was two. He is far too talented to be forgotten about even though he is in a horrifically bad offense, or at least we thought. Cooks can be safely plugged into your lineup on a weekly basis.

Cleveland Browns:

Backfield Notes:

  • Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt look to be sharing carries for the most part, with Chubb getting the slight edge in run workload, and Hunt getting the edge in passing work. The knock on Chubb is that he is not great in the receiving game, which makes him a little bit touchdown-dependent for huge weeks. Nevertheless, Chubb is an elite runner of the football, and both are startable on any given week.

Receiving Notes:

  • It is starting to look that the Browns are a much better real-life team, than a fantasy team. This holds especially true in the passing game. There is not one receiving option in this offense where I feel safe starting them on an every-week basis.

Los Angeles Rams:

Backfield Notes:

  • Don’t look now Darrel Henderson Jr. owners, Sony Michel got 10 carries this week to Henderson’s 13. Michel also averaged 4.6 YPC to Henderson’s 4.1. Henderson Jr. was far more involved in the passing game, but there is no denying that Sony Michel could eat into his workload a bit.

Receiving Notes:

  • During draft season this year, I was back and forth between Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as the guy for the Rams, but it has very clearly been decided who Matt Stafford’s favorite target is. Kupp has amassed 21 targets over the first two weeks. He is going to have a monster year. Robert Woods is still a very formidable WR#2/WR#3.

Indianapolis Colts:

Backfield Notes:

  • Jonathan Taylor is very much the guy here. I wouldn’t look too much into this backfield even with Nyheim Hines there.

Receiving Notes:

  • Michael Pittman Jr. was the clear top target in week two, but this offense can be a bit erratic and we don’t know where the ball is going to go on a weekly basis. The only wide receiver on this team that I would feel comfortable starting would be Pitman Jr., and only in a flex spot for now.

Buffalo Bills:

Backfield Notes:

  • Devin Singletary has looked pretty good over the first two weeks of the season. In my opinion, now is the time to sell high on him, especially given the fact that the Bills are a pass-first offense, and Singletary was not particularly great over the last few seasons.

Receiving Notes:

  • Stefon Diggs is the safest option, and also has the highest ceiling of the Bills WRs, this is a given. I am comfortable starting Beasley or Sanders in a flex spot in most matchups as well.

Miami Dolphins:

Backfield Notes:

  • Remember when everyone was saying that Myles Gaskin was going to be a three-down back this season? I don’t think his workload will be big enough on a weekly basis to warrant starting him in anything other than a flex spot.

Receiving Notes:

  • Jalen Waddle’s target totals over the first two weeks have been encouraging. Devante Parker will also factor command his fair share of targets, and once Will Fuller V finally suits up this season, this Dolphins offense becomes a bit more spread out and harder to predict on a weekly basis.

San Francisco 49ers:

Backfield Notes:

  • This backfield is an absolute mess right now. Elijah Mitchell was supposed to be the guy in Week 2, and he received the most carries with 17. However, he averaged an abysmal 2.5 yards per carry. With JaMychal Hasty now expected to miss a few weeks, it will be up to Mitchell and Sermon to pick up the workload. But it is hard to be excited about either of them right now.

Receiving Notes:

  • Deebo Samuel once again leads the way for the 49ers passing attack. He is the wide receiver one in this offense. On the flip side, fantasy managers have to start getting worried about George Kittle, and the fact that Brandon Aiyuk has completely disappeared from this offense.

Philadelphia Eagles:

Backfield Notes:

  • The frustrating thing is that Miles Sanders is extremely talented. However, in this Eagles offense, he simply is just not going to get the bell-cow workload that could make him an RB1. Kenneth Gainwell is there, but he will not steal the job anytime soon, as he is simply a change of pace back at the moment.

Receiving Notes:

  • I cannot stress this enough, but now is the time to acquire DeVonta Smith. On film, he looks explosive and has an elite knack for creating space. His route running is phenomenal, and the targets are there and they will turn into results before you know it.

Oakland Raiders:

Backfield Notes:

  • Even with Josh Jacobs out and week two they did not give the full workload to Kenyan Drake, in fact he was out carried by Peyton Barber. Josh Jacobs is the top guy in this offense, carry-on.

Receiving Notes:

  • I am starting to think that this Raiders offense is for real. While I think Darren Waller is far and away the top receiving option, it looks like Hunter Renfrow will be the next most consistent option. Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards are the higher ceiling options, and they will have the monster weeks. But those monster weeks are going to be a throw of a dart.
  • I am becoming a big fan of Hunter Renfrow as he reminds me a lot of a Cole Beasley type guy where he will receive a very consistent workload. It is also very clear that Derek Carr trusts him.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Backfield Notes:

  • Najee Harris is becoming very hard to predict, he is an excellent running back with a great knack for the receiving end of the game. However, the Steelers’ offense of line is terrible and we are yet to see a lot of big plays out of Harris. While you should absolutely start him every week, you should temper your expectations of what his true potential is behind this offensive line.

Receiving Notes:

  • I think it’s clear that given targets alone Deonte Johnson has the most potential in this receiving corps. However, all three Steelers wide receivers are usable on a weekly basis.

New Orleans Saints:

Backfield Notes:

  • This one is a little concerning on the surface for Alvin Kamara. However, the game script went away from him early and the stats don’t truly reflect how good he is on a weekly basis. I don’t think there’s anything to worry about here.

Receiving Notes:

  • I think short of Michael Thomas upon his return, there is not really anyone in this receiving corps that I am confident starting on a weekly basis. It is also very clear how overhyped Marquez Callaway was out of the gate.

Carolina Panthers:

Backfield Notes:

  • Christian McCaffrey is one of the true bell-cow running backs in this league. He is giving fantasy manager is exactly what they thought they were when they were getting when they were drafting him.

Receiving Notes:

  • D.J. Moore is the clear-cut wide receiver one in this offense. While Robbie Anderson and Terrace, Marshall Jr. are both great wide receivers, they are hard to trust on a weekly basis.

Denver Broncos:

Backfield Notes:

  • This backfield looks to be a complete split between Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III. I am OK starting both of them on a weekly basis, but neither of them is going to get a crazy big workload.

Receiving Notes:

  • I said this in last weeks article, but with Jerry Jeudy out Courtland Sutton is the true top guy in this offense as evidenced by his 12 targets in Week 2.

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Backfield Notes:

  • James Robinson is a formidable RB2/RB3, but it is very unlikely that he will repeat the success he had in 2020.

Receiving Notes:

  • I have a feeling that these Jaguars receivers are going to have a different leader in targets on a weekly basis. Marvin Jones Jr. seems to have a safe floor and thus is the easiest to trust going forward.

Minnesota Vikings:

Backfield Notes:

  • Dalvin Cook is the guy in this offense, and there is no need to question plugging him into your lineup in any match up.

Receiving Notes:

  • K.J. Osborn seems to have carved out a significant role for himself in Minnesota. You can likely get away with safety starting any of Jefferson, Thielen, or Osborn going forward.

Arizona Cardinals:

Backfield Notes:

  • Chase Edmonds is a better play in PPR leagues but this backfield is more of a committee than I think people originally expected.

Receiving Notes:

  • Rondale Moore has the potential to light up the scoreboard on any given week. He is a major big-play threat. I think both Moore and Hopkins are every week plays.

Atlanta Falcons:

Backfield Notes:

  • Mike Davis is likely to get more work on the ground, but with Cordarelle Patterson the clear favorite pass-catching back, they both limit each other’s ceilings.

Receiving Notes:

  • Kyle Pitts has had a very promising target share over the first two weeks. I think he only gets better from here on out. Him and Ridley will be the two target leaders at the end of the year, and I don’t think it will be particular close.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Backfield Notes:

  • It looks as if Leonard Fournette is the top running back in this offense. Neither he, nor Jones will likely command 20 carries in any week, but at this point, Fournette is the better start.

Receiving Notes:

  • Mike Evans will almost always have the highest touchdown ceiling in this offense. But this entire Bucs passing group warrants a weekly play until further notice.

Dallas Cowboys:

Backfield Notes:

  • I said this before and I will say it again, Tony Pollard is a real problem for Zeke owners. He looks far more explosive, and is the superior catching back.

Receiving Notes:

  • Don’t overthink this one, both Lamb and Cooper are going to be top-24 WRs this year. Start them every single week.

Los Angeles Chargers:

Backfield Notes:

  • I think people keep trying to find the guy that is going to either steal work from Austin Ekeler or be his primary backup. Do not get this confused, this is his backfield and will be all season.

Receiving Notes:

  • Keenan Allen is as consistent as ever. It is also finally looking like Mike Williams may breakout this season. But as someone who has followed him closely, I think the safest thing to do is to sell-high immediately

Tennessee Titans:

Backfield Notes:

  • Derrick Henry just got 35 carries in Week 2. That is all I am going to say

Receiving Notes:

  • I am becoming increasingly worried that Julio Jones and A.J. Brown are both going to be busts at their ADPs but it’s too early to panic. Both should be an every-week start at this point.

Seattle Seahawks:

Backfield Notes:

  • Chris Carson might be the most underrated running back in all of football. He got 13 carries and the next highest was Alex Collins with 1. Carson is a safe RB2.

Receiving Notes:

  • D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are every-week starts with massive ceilings.

Kansas City Chiefs:

Backfield Notes:

  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire is looking like a bust. The good news is that there isn’t a whole lot of competition behind him, but I am definitely worried about him long term.

Receiving Notes:

  • Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are about as safe as it gets, but outside of those two, I do not trust any other receivers in this offense on a weekly basis.

Baltimore Ravens:

Backfield Notes:

  • Ty’Son Williams looks good thus far. It is looking like this is his backfield to lose.

Receiving Notes:

  • Marquise Brown might end up being one of the biggest draft day steals this season. Over his last 8 games, he has been incredible and the combination of his big-play ability with this target share makes him elite.

Detroit Lions:

Backfield Notes:

  • D’Andre Swift is so talented. Problem is that he is splitting carries with Jamaal Williams, and the Lions are likely to be playing from behind a lot, thus capping his touches potential.

Receiving Notes:

  • T.J. Hockenson is a top-3 TE in this league right now. The volume and talent are both there. He is Goff’s favorite target early on.

Green Bay Packers:

Backfield Notes:

  • Aaron Jones had himself a night on Monday. If he stays on the field he is a safe RB1 every single week.

Receiving Notes:

  • Outside of Davante Adams, this receiving room is going to be a roll of the dice on any given week.

Week 2 Carries
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TeamPlayerCarries
Arizona Cardinals21
Chase Edmonds8
James Conner8
Kyler Murray5
Atlanta Falcons20
Cordarrelle Patterson7
Keith Smith2
Matt Ryan2
Mike Davis9
Baltimore Ravens41
Devonta Freeman2
Lamar Jackson16
Latavius Murray9
Patrick Ricard1
Ty'Son Williams13
Buffalo Bills30
Devin Singletary13
Josh Allen5
Mitchell Trubisky2
Reggie Gilliam2
Zack Moss8
Carolina Panthers34
Christian McCaffrey24
Chuba Hubbard8
Sam Darnold2
Chicago Bears34
Andy Dalton2
Damien Williams2
David Montgomery20
Justin Fields10
Cincinatti Bengals20
Joe Mixon20
Cleveland Browns34
Andy Janovich2
Baker Mayfield8
Kareem Hunt13
Nick Chubb11
Dallas Cowboys31
Cedrick Wilson Jr.1
CeeDee Lamb1
Ezekiel Elliott16
Tony Pollard13
Denver Broncos30
Javonte Williams13
Melvin Gordon13
Teddy Bridgewater4
Detroit Lions19
D'Andre Swift8
Jamaal Williams7
Jared Goff4
Green Bay Packers31
Aaron Jones17
Aaron Rodgers4
AJ Dillon5
Jordan Love3
Kylin Hill2
Houston Texans28
David Johnson6
Davis Mills2
Mark Ingram14
Phillip Lindsay5
Tyrod Taylor1
26
Carson Wentz5
Jonathan Taylor15
Marlon Mack5
Nyheim Hines1
Jacksonville Jaguars16
Carlos Hyde2
James Robinson11
Laviska Shenault Jr.1
Trevor Lawrence2
Kansas City Chiefs18
Clyde Edwards-Helaire13
Darrel Williams3
Patrick Mahomes1
Tyreek Hill1
Los Angeles Chargers19
Austin Ekeler9
Jalen Guyton1
Justin Herbert4
Justin Jackson4
Larry Rountree1
Los Angeles Rams29
Cooper Kupp1
Darrell Henderson13
Johnny Hekker1
Matthew Stafford2
Robert Woods2
Sony Michel10
Las Vegas Raiders25
Derek Carr4
Henry Ruggs III1
Kenyan Drake7
Peyton Barber13
Miami Dolphins20
Jacoby Brissett4
Malcolm Brown5
Myles Gaskin5
Salvon Ahmed6
Minnesota Vikings27
Alexander Mattison3
Dalvin Cook22
Kirk Cousins2
New Orleans Saints17
Alvin Kamara8
Deonte Harris1
Jameis Winston3
Taysom Hill2
Tony Jones3
New England Patriots24
Damien Harris16
J.J. Taylor2
James White5
Kendrick Bourne1
New York Giants28
C.J. Board1
Daniel Jones9
Devontae Booker2
Elijhaa Penny2
Saquon Barkley13
Sterling Shepard1
New York Jets31
Michael Carter11
Tevin Coleman5
Ty Johnson12
Zach Wilson3
Philadelphia Eagles29
Jalen Hurts10
Kenneth Gainwell6
Miles Sanders13
Pittsburgh Steelers14
Benny Snell Jr.2
Chase Claypool1
JuJu Smith-Schuster1
Najee Harris10
Seattle Seahawks18
Alex Collins1
Chris Carson13
Freddie Swain1
Russell Wilson3
San Francisco 49ers38
Deebo Samuel2
Elijah Mitchell17
Jamycal Hasty5
Jimmy Garoppolo11
Kyle Juszczyk1
Trenton Cannon1
Trey Sermon1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers21
Blaine Gabbert3
Leonard Fournette11
Ronald Jones II6
Tom Brady1
Tenneessee Titans40
Derrick Henry35
Jeremy McNichols1
Ryan Tannehill4
Washington Football Team22
Antonio Gibson13
DeAndre Carter1
J.D. McKissic4
Taylor Heinicke4
Grand Total835

Week 2 Targets Data

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TeamPlayerTargets
Arizona Cardinals34
A.J. Green6
Chase Edmonds5
Christian Kirk4
DeAndre Hopkins4
Maxx Williams7
Rondale Moore8
Atlanta Falcons45
Calvin Ridley10
Christian Blake1
Cordarrelle Patterson6
Hayden Hurst1
Kyle Pitts6
Lee Smith1
Mike Davis7
Olamide Zaccheaus4
Russell Gage7
Tajae Sharpe2
Baltimore Ravens25
Josh Oliver1
Mark Andrews5
Marquise Brown10
Sammy Watkins7
Ty'Son Williams2
Buffalo Bills28
Cole Beasley4
Dawson Knox3
Devin Singletary3
Emmanuel Sanders6
Isaiah McKenzie2
Stefon Diggs8
Zack Moss2
Carolina Panthers35
Brandon Zylstra3
Christian McCaffrey6
D.J. Moore11
Dan Arnold4
Ian Thomas2
Robby Anderson6
Terrace Marshall Jr.3
Chicago Bears23
Allen Robinson4
Cole Kmet1
Damien Williams3
Darnell Mooney8
David Montgomery4
Marquise Goodwin3
Cincinatti Bengals28
C.J. Uzomah2
Chris Evans1
Ja'Marr Chase4
Joe Mixon2
Tee Higgins10
Tyler Boyd9
Cleveland Browns20
Austin Hooper5
David Njoku3
Demetric Felton2
Donovan Peoples-Jones1
Harrison Bryant4
Jarvis Landry1
Kareem Hunt1
Nick Chubb1
Rashard Higgins2
Dallas Cowboys27
Amari Cooper5
Blake Jarwin4
Cedrick Wilson Jr.2
CeeDee Lamb9
Dalton Schultz2
Ezekiel Elliott2
Tony Pollard3
Denver Broncos34
Albert Okwuegbunam4
Courtland Sutton12
Eric Saubert1
Javonte Williams1
Kendall Hinton1
KJ Hamler3
Melvin Gordon2
Noah Fant6
Tim Patrick4
Detroit Lions35
Amon-Ra St. Brown5
D'Andre Swift5
Jamaal Williams3
Jason Cabinda1
Kalif Raymond2
Quintez Cephus7
T.J. Hockenson9
Trinity Benson3
Green Bay Packers23
Aaron Jones6
AJ Dillon1
Davante Adams9
Equanimeous St. Brown1
Randall Cobb3
Robert Tonyan3
Houston Texans27
Andre Roberts2
Brandin Cooks14
Chris Conley2
Danny Amendola1
David Johnson2
Jordan Akins2
Mark Ingram2
Nico Collins1
Phillip Lindsay1
Indianapolis Colts32
Ashton Dulin1
Jack Doyle8
Jonathan Taylor1
Michael Pittman Jr.12
Mo Alie-Cox2
Nyheim Hines2
Zach Pascal6
Jacksonville Jaguars28
DJ Chark4
James O'Shaughnessy1
James Robinson3
Laviska Shenault Jr.7
Luke Farrell2
Marvin Jones11
Kansas City Chiefs30
Blake Bell1
Byron Pringle2
Demarcus Robinson4
Jerick McKinnon1
Joe Fortson1
Mecole Hardman8
Michael Burton1
Travis Kelce8
Tyreek Hill4
Los Angeles Chargers40
Austin Ekeler9
Jalen Guyton2
Jared Cook5
Josh Palmer2
Justin Jackson1
Keenan Allen8
Larry Rountree1
Mike Williams10
Stephen Anderson2
Los Angeles Rams29
Cooper Kupp11
Darrell Henderson5
Robert Woods9
Tyler Higbee1
Van Jefferson3
Las Vegas Raiders36
Bryan Edwards3
Darren Waller7
Derek Carrier2
Foster Moreau3
Henry Ruggs III7
Hunter Renfrow7
Kenyan Drake6
Willie Snead1
Miami Dolphins39
Albert Wilson6
Cethan Carter1
DeVante Parker9
Jakeem Grant1
Jaylen Waddle8
Mike Gesicki6
Myles Gaskin5
Preston Williams3
Minnesota Vikings31
Adam Thielen7
Alexander Mattison1
Dalvin Cook3
Justin Jefferson10
K.J. Osborn6
Tyler Conklin4
New Orleans Saints21
Alvin Kamara6
Chris Hogan3
Deonte Harris2
Juwan Johnson3
Lil'Jordan Humphrey2
Marquez Callaway4
Ty Montgomery1
New England Patriots28
Damien Harris1
Hunter Henry4
Jakobi Meyers6
James White6
Jonnu Smith5
Kendrick Bourne3
Nelson Agholor3
New York Giants32
Darius Slayton6
Devontae Booker1
Kaden Smith2
Kenny Golladay8
Kyle Rudolph2
Saquon Barkley3
Sterling Shepard10
New York Jets33
Braxton Berrios11
Corey Davis5
Elijah Moore8
Jeff Smith2
Michael Carter3
Ryan Griffin2
Tyler Kroft2
Philadelphia Eagles23
Dallas Goedert2
DeVonta Smith7
Jalen Reagor5
Kenneth Gainwell3
Miles Sanders2
Quez Watkins2
Zach Ertz2
Pittsburgh Steelers37
Chase Claypool9
Diontae Johnson12
JuJu Smith-Schuster7
Najee Harris5
Pat Freiermuth4
Seattle Seahawks31
D.K. Metcalf11
Freddie Swain5
Gerald Everett2
Travis Homer2
Tyler Lockett11
San Francisco 49ers29
Brandon Aiyuk2
Deebo Samuel8
Elijah Mitchell2
George Kittle4
Jamycal Hasty5
Jauan Jennings2
Kyle Juszczyk3
Trent Sherfield3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers35
Antonio Brown3
Cameron Brate1
Chris Godwin5
Giovani Bernard2
Leonard Fournette4
Mike Evans9
O.J. Howard1
Rob Gronkowski5
Ronald Jones II3
Tyler Johnson2
Tennessee Titans39
A.J. Brown9
Chester Rogers5
Derrick Henry6
Geoff Swaim2
Jeremy McNichols3
Julio Jones8
MyCole Pruitt3
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine1
Tommy Hudson2
Washington Football Team44
Adam Humphries8
Antonio Gibson2
Dyami Brown6
J.D. McKissic6
Logan Thomas7
Ricky Seals-Jones1
Terry McLaurin14
Grand Total1001

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