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Connecting the Dots – Receivers Ready for Liftoff

Connecting the Dots will focus on one key position and statistical area each week. After an exhilarating Week 3, we use the Weekly Stat Explorer to dive deeper into Air Yards for wide receivers.

The beauty of the Weekly Stat Explorer is the wealth of different types of information at your fingertips. We can look at red zone targets, air yards, weighted opportunity rating (WOPR), and targets per game, along with much, much more.

Wk3 WR leaders

We start with Julio Jones and the doom-and-gloom after three more scoreless weeks to start 2018. The narrative surrounding him is that he hasn’t scored a touchdown, which is both true and part of a much longer trend. He actually leads the Falcons in red zone targets with four, but hasn’t seen a red zone target since Week 1. We also see his target share plummeting.

Julio target share

Jones is averaging 11.3 targets per game and is still clearly the focal point of the Falcons offense. He has played 79.1 percent of the offensive snaps and has targeted on 21.4 percent of them. Those who started Jones on Sunday had to swallow the bitter pill of Calvin Ridley’s seven receptions for 146 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He was very productive in a difficult matchup against Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and will be challenged again in Week 4 against Bengals corner William Jackson.

Ready for Liftoff

  • John Brown is healthy and has played 71.7 percent of the offensive snaps while being targeted on 13.5 percent of them. He has four fewer targets than teammate Michael Crabtree, but Brown’s targets have been more valuable. He slides in between DeAndre Hopkins and Antonio Brown in air yards.
  • After 19 targets in Week 3, Adam Thielen holds a solid lead on Stefon Diggs in WOPR (0.77 to 0.58).
  • Kenny Golladay has at least 100 receiving yards or a touchdown in every game this season and is currently the fantasy WR8. The Lions second-year receiver is averaging 10 targets per game and playing 91 percent of the snaps through three games.golladay thru 3

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  • Corey Davis leads the Titans in targets and air yards (206), but he’s been held below 100 total over the last two weeks due to a deteriorating QB situation.
  • DeSean Jackson has only been targeted 14 times this season but has turned that into 217 air yards. Chris Godwin (112) has played more snaps this season than Jackson (97). He currently leads the Bucs in red zone targets with six.
  • The only other WR with more yards after the catch than Quincy Enunwa (155) is JuJu Smith-Schuster (188). He is averaging 9.6 targets per game this season.


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