We are back again to showcase the wide receivers that saw the most targets in the past week of NFL action. Fifteen WRs commanded at least 10 targets in Week 3, which is down from 21 players in Week 1 and 16 players last week. Here’s the full list of target leaders.
Double-Digit Targets in Week 3
Still No Davante?
Davante Adams’ continued absence from the list above is becoming concerning for fantasy owners. Adams saw eight and nine targets in the opening two weeks but was held to just four looks against the Broncos.
His poor the three-game start is in sharp contrast to his usage and production in the previous three seasons.
A quick look at the SoS Streaming App reveals that the Packers — and by extension, Adams — have one of the friendliest schedules for WRs for the rest of the season. So, there’s no need to go to “Full Red Alert” on Adams just yet.
Keenan Allen’s Hot Start
Keenan Allen leads the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards, with 98 yards in Week 2 as the lowest output of his three games so far. Allen is on pace to shatter his career highs, as well as a host of NFL single-season records.
As my colleague Ryan Collinsworth pointed out on Twitter, Allen is in rarified company with his hot early-season production.
Keenan Allen: 29-404-3 (42 targets) through 3 games.— Ryan Collinsworth (@racollinsworth) September 24, 2019
Only 5 WRs have matched 25 rec and 400 yds in their first 3 games (PPR finish in parentheses):
– Antonio Brown, '15 (WR1)
– Julio Jones, '15 (WR2)
– Wes Welker, '11 (WR2)
– Chad Johnson, '07 (WR7)
– Marvin Harrison, '99 (WR1)
Captain Kirk or just a Redshirt?
Christian Kirk has attracting a healthy amount of attention from Kyler Murray to start the year. His 24% target share through three weeks ranks top-20 among WRs. However, he is yet to fully realize the potential of these opportunities. Among the nine WRs with at least 30 targets, he ranks last in yards per target and yards per reception. Because of this, he also sits at the bottom in terms of per-play fantasy efficiency.
Nonetheless, Kirk ranks second on the Cardinals in market share and air yards. Given the Cardinals’ pass-heavy offensive philosophy, this is likely a situation where opportunity will continue to trump efficiency.
MVS On the Way Up
Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s 10 targets in Week 3 were the second-most of his career. He had an 11-target outing against the Lions in Week 5 of 2018.
The opening weeks of the 2019 season have revealed some subtle differences in Valdes-Scantling’s game. His 61.9% catch-rate is almost 10% higher than it was in his rookie season.1 His yards per target mark is almost identical to last season,((8.1 yards per target in 2019 versus 8.0 last year) but his yards per reception is down by almost two yards. However, the positive changes to his overall output leap off the page.
Like Adams, Valdes-Scantling should benefit from the Packers’ upcoming schedule. He remains on the WR3 radar for now.
A Playmaker on the Dolphins?
The Miami Dolphins are unquestionably the worst team in the NFL currently — and perhaps in living memory. They are theoretically in need of offensive playmakers to improve their win probability, but I’m not sure that winning games is an organizational goal in 2019.
Nonetheless, rookie WR Preston Williams could potentially fill this role, and he took more steps towards doing so on Sunday. Williams doubled his career targets with his 12 looks against the Cowboys while playing 69 (nice) offensive snaps. This was a 96% snap share.
Williams does have 60-plus yards in back-to-back games. But his partnership with Josh Rosen is still a work in progress and is considerably less efficient than his linkup with Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Image Credit: Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Keenan Allen.
- He reeled in 52.1% of his targets last year. (back)