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Wide Receiver Target Report: Week 9

The wide receivers who saw the most targets this past week of NFL action contain some very familiar names. Julian Edelman has had double-digit targets in each of his last four games. The same is true of DeAndre Hopkins. Mike Evans has three games this season in which he has commanded 10 or more targets.

Here’s the full list of WRs who commanded at least 10 targets in the last week of NFL action.

Double-Digit Targets in Week 9

QUICK THOUGHTS

It’s not like Evans hasn’t been productive in the NFL before his 2019 season. He’s No.4 in targets, No.8 in receptions and No.4 in yards since entering the league in 2014, posting an 800/445/6,953 career line. But this year, he is blowing the doors off his past deeds.

His 2019 is even more impressive when you consider the season his running mate Chris Godwin is having as well.

Evans is the WR1 since Week 3 with almost 24 more fantasy points than his closest rival Michael Thomas. He’s having a season to remember.

Tyler Lockett’s 18 targets on Sunday are the most for any WR in the NFL this season. They are also the third most for a Seahawks WR all time, and the most since Doug Baldwin saw 19 against the Cardinals in Week 16 of the 2016 season. Lockett was a ridiculously efficient performer last season, thanks in large part to his absurd touchdown rate. 10 of his 57 grabs in 2018 went for touchdowns.

Lockett has still been the picture of efficiency this season, as his per-target partnership with Russell Wilson shows.

But the big difference is that now Lockett is among the league leaders in terms of opportunities. And he’s still delivering in the face of considerable volumes of work.

Lockett is on pace to shatter all of his previous career marks.

Remember when it was going to take the Patriots some time to work Mohamed Sanu into their offense? Yeah, Sanu has commanded a 26% share of the Patriots’ targets in his two games with the team. Only 15 WRs have a larger share of their team’s targets in the last fortnight.

He’s been productive too as his 24.1 PPR points against the Ravens this past week can attest to. In fact, if you project his two-week Patriots career out over a full season, he’d be enjoying a career season.

The Patriots have a bye in Week 10 and have a middling schedule in terms of WR defenses for the rest of the season. Sanu is still sitting on the waiver wire in almost 40% of ESPN leagues. I would advise you towards getting off yours.

Image Credit: Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Mike Evans.

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