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Wide Receiver Usage Report – Week 8

I have returned once again, ahead of the upcoming weeks’ action, to take our minds back to the week that was, in order to review the most targeted wide receivers in Week 8.

I’m looking at WRs who saw at least ten targets in their teams’ Week 8 game, giving some context to the story behind their numbers, whilst using some of our RotoViz apps to highlight some emerging trends. Enjoy!

Double-Digit Targets in Week 8

PlayerTargetsReceptionsTarget Share %PPR PointsWeekly Rank
Mike Evans13626%29.9WR3
Larry Fitzgerald12834%26.2WR6
Golden Tate12731%12.3WR32
Jarvis Landry12836%11.9WR36
Odell Beckham11824%21.6WR11
Willie Snead11525%10.4WR42
Stefon Diggs111028%27.9WR5
Julian Edelman10924%20.7WR12
Marvin Jones10726%30.7WR1
Jermaine Kearse10340%6WR66
Adam Humphries10720%14.6WR20
Tyler Boyd10931%28.6WR4
Kendrick Bourne10737%14.1WR23

Week 8 marked a return to the upper echelon of fantasy performers for Buccaneers WR Mike Evans. His WR3 showing was his highest since he finished as the WR4 back in Week 3. Evans enjoyed a season-high four targets inside the red zone against the Bengals. He and his owners will be hoping that the return to the lineup of Ryan Fitzpatrick will see Evans return to his early season form, as the 2018 season has produced vastly different outputs for Evans depending on the identity of the Buccaneers QB.

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Speaking of returns, Week 8 was the first glimpse of someone resembling the great Larry Fitzgerald this season. Fitzgerald’s 12 targets marked the second time this season he has seen at least ten targets, while his eight receptions for 102 yards were both season highs.

Golden Tate enjoyed his first game with double-digit looks since all the way back in Week 2, during a game in which he saw his highest snap share since the second week of 2018. Despite seeing an increase in his opportunities, Week 8 was Tate’s third consecutive game in which he was held to 50 yards or less. The Lions had looked to use Tate in the scoring area, giving him five red-zone targets in the last two weeks after seeing none in the four games prior. He’s not exactly making the most of his opportunities, however.

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Detroit recently opted to move on from Tate, trading him to Philadelphia for a third-round pick.

The 2018 season has been full of surprises, but if Week 8 is anything to go by there are a few things we can count on happening more often than not. Jarvis Landry seeing double-digit looks is one, with six such games out of eight. Jarvis Landry doing absolutely nothing in fantasy football is another, with Sunday’s WR36 finish the 5th time Landry has been a WR3 or worse in 2018. Landry played on his lowest percentage of offensive snaps of the season in Week 8, enjoying a mere 86 percent snap share. Landry’s partnership with Baker Mayfield is looking like the least successful contrived partnership since that time Taylor Swift hooked up with Tom Hiddleston — at least in terms of Landry’s adjusted yards per attempt.

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The Giants offense, not to mention large parts of the entire team, are broken. Odell Beckham is not. He has come to play in the last four weeks.

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The Ravens seem determined to make Willie Snead a thing. I hate to be the one to break it to them, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Sunday was the second time in the last three games that Snead has seen double-digit targets. He has done absolutely nothing with them. Snead hasn’t finished higher than WR36 since Week 1 when he last scored a touchdown. The next time he tops 60 yards in 2018 will be the first time.

Just because we love the sun is no reason to ignore the moon. In keeping with this philosophy, our appreciation of Adam Thielen is no reason to discount the deeds of Stefon Diggs. Diggs saw more targets than Thielen in Week 8, a game in which he saw double-digit targets for the sixth time this season, and also had his third ten catch game of 2018.

It took four games, but Julian Edelman finally saw his first double-digit target game of 2018. As unimpressive as the Patriots may have been on Monday Night, they still have a host of players slowly coming into form. Edelman is just another one of them.

Marvin Jones was the second of two Lions WRs to see double-digit targets in Week 8. The 10 looks Jones received is his season high. The same can be said for his seven grabs and 117 yards. He finished last week as the overall WR1, a far cry from his previous best in 2018 of WR23. With Golden Tate now out of the picture, Jones should be in for a heavier workload. But the same can also be said of Kenny Golladay.

If it wasn’t for Jarvis Landry, Jermaine Kearse would be the poster boy for “Opportunity Does Not Equal Success” in 2018. Sunday was his second game with at least ten targets in his last three. But it brought about his sixth game with 35 yards or less this season. This, coupled with a two-game streak without a single red-zone target, makes him a player that you probably don’t need to be holding for reasons beyond outrageous sentimentality.

An unexpected recipient of double-digit targets on Sunday was Adam Humphries of the Buccaneers. I say unexpected, but he did have eight targets a week before. He’s just not shown any indication of doing anything with his targets to make him fantasy relevant. Everyone assumes that Chris Godwin would be the immediate beneficiary should DeSean Jackson be traded away. But it should be noted that Humphries has played on at least 72 percent of the Bucs offensive snaps in four of their last five games. He may not be someone that you want to pick up, however — more just another name to curse for capping the appeal of Godwin.

Tyler Boyd’s solid third season continued with another WR1 outing last week, his third of 2018. It came following his third 100-yard game of the season. He and A.J. Green continue to be one of the leagues best one-two punches at WR. There really is little else to get excited about in the Bengals passing game.

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One of the really big surprises to see a heavy workload in Week 8 was Kendrick Bourne of the 49ers. He’d seen 11 targets in the three games leading up to Week 8, before seeing ten in that game alone. He played a season-high 88.1 percent of the 49ers snaps against the Cardinals. His is a name to monitor should the team move Pierre Garcon before the trade deadline. But if Garcon remains a 49er, then Bourne reverts back to a mere dynasty bench filler.

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