Targets and Touches: Week 15 NFC Targets/Touches


In case you missed it, the AFC Targets and Touches column can be found here.

 

Targets and Touches will only have players’ six most recent games, regardless if they were active or on a bye. The data will be in descending order of games played.

 

All targets and touches data is compiled from Pro Football Reference.

 

Note: if a player has an asterisk next to a number in their data set that indicates the player was injured during the game. Also, this data will stick to fantasy relevant players meaning that running backs and wide receivers that only see one target or touch per-game will not be included.

 

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Arizona Cardinals

 

Targets: Larry Fitzgerald (11, 15, 13, 14, 11, 6), Michael Floyd (8, 9, 0, 2, 12, 9), John Brown (0, 3, 3, 7, 8, 5), David Johnson (2, 1, 2, 4, 3, 7), Andre Ellington (1, 4, 2, 5, 0, 0), Kerwynn Williams (0, 0)

 

RB Touches: David Johnson (3, 0, 4, 10, 24, 24), Andre Ellington (3, 8, 3, 8, 0, 0), Kerwynn Williams (6, 6)

 

Red zone Targets: John Brown (0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1), Larry Fitzgerald (1, 1, 1, 2, 0, 0), Michael Floyd (1, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0), David Johnson (0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 1), Andre Ellington (0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: David Johnson (0, 0, 0, 3, 3, 2) and Andre Ellington (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Tyrann Mathieu 8, 7, 1, 11, 5, 4 (4-26-1, 3-33, 1-7, 8-97, 3-24, 3-34), Patrick Peterson 5, 1, 6, 1, 6, 7 (4-38, 0-0, 2-24, 0-0, 4-40, 1-7), Justin Bethel 10, 5 (2-41, 4-40-1)

 

Analysis: Michael Floyd has been the highest scoring Cardinals receiver (PPR) in three of his last four active games. Floyd has at least four receptions, 100 yards receiving, and/or a touchdown in four of his last five games while Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t cleared 70 yards receiving since Week 11. Floyd has quietly become the most stable fantasy option on the Cardinals over the last month while the only thing keeping Fitzgerald’s floor intact is his steady stream of receptions.

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

Targets: Julio Jones (13, 17, 15, 7, 17, 10), Devonta Freeman (8, 10, 0*, 0, 11, 5), Roddy White (3, 2, 9, 8, 4, 5), Tevin Coleman (1, 0, 2, 2, 1, 1), Jacob Tamme (12, 10, 3, 6, 4, 5)

 

RB Touches: Devonta Freeman (27, 20, 3*, 0, 24, 15) and Tevin Coleman (4, 1, 17, 18, 4, 4)

 

Red zone Targets: Julio Jones (1, 3, 0, 0, 4, 1), Roddy White (1, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0), Devonta Freeman (3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1), Tevin Coleman (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Jacob Tamme (2, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Devonta Freeman (8, 1, 2, 0, 2, 1) and Tevin Coleman (0, 0, 6, 2, 2, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Desmond Trufant 3, 3, 5, 5, 6, 2 (2-41-1, 2-21, 3-25, 4-27, 4-55, 0-0) and Robert Alford 4, 0, 2, 1, 3, 10 (0-0, 0-0, 1-8, 1-18, 2-28, 7-139-2)

 

Analysis: I’ll just leave you with this: the Atlanta Falcons are averaging 0.7 offensive touchdowns per-game over their last three games. That is the lowest mark in the league. The Colts, Ravens, Cowboys, and Rams are all averaging at least one touchdown per-game during that span. 

 

Carolina Panthers

 

Targets: Greg Olsen (7, 8, 6, 9, 12, 4*), Jonathan Stewart (2, 0, 1, 4, 3, 1), Ted Ginn (4, 8, 8, 0, 10, 3), Devin Funchess (4, 2, 8, 4, 3, 5)

 

RB Touches: Jonathan Stewart (21, 22, 22, 24, 24, 11*)

 

Red zone Targets: Greg Olsen (1, 1, 2, 2, 0, 1), Ted Ginn (0, 0, 2, 0, 1, 0), Devin Funchess (1, 0, 2, 1, 1, 1), Jonathan Stewart (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Jonathan Stewart (3, 7, 4, 3, 5, 3), Cam Newton (2, 2, 1, 1, 3, 0), Mike Tolbert (1, 1, 3, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Josh Norman 5, 3, 5, 6, 5, 6 (2-49, 2-9, 4-33, 2-16, 2-30, 4-33) and Bene Benwikere 12, 3, 5, 6, 6, 5* (5-51-2, 3-38, 3-14, 4-31, 3-27, 5-80)

 

Analysis: It’s still early in the week, but it seems as if Jonathan Stewart’s (sprained foot) status is in real question for Week 15 against the Giants. The Panthers – in all likelihood – will be extremely cautious with their starting back over the next few days (and this week, in general) with the playoffs looming right around the corner. Rookie Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker, and Mike Tolbert would form some sort of committee in Stewart’s absence. It’s worth noting that Artis-Payne hasn’t played a snap since Week 7 and only has 23 snaps total on the season. Whittaker played 44.6% of snaps in Week 14 after Stewart’s injury, but keep in mind, Artis-Payne was not active. It’s probably best to avoid this backfield unless we receive some clarity before Sunday.

 

Chicago Bears

 

Targets: Alshon Jeffery (16, 4, 0, 11, 12, 9), Matt Forte (0, 0, 0, 1, 5, 2), Marquess Wilson (3, 3, 7, 5, 0, 0), Jeremy Langford (4, 9, 6, 3, 3, 7), Zach Miller (2, 5, 6, 7, 1, 6)

 

RB Touches: Matt Forte (0, 0, 0, 16, 25, 11) and Jeremy Langford (21, 27, 16, 13, 14, 14)

 

Red zone Targets: Alshon Jeffery (2, 3, 1, 0, 2, 1), Matt Forte (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Marquess Wilson (0, 0, 0, 1, 2, 1, 0), Jeremy Langford (0, 0, 1, 4, 0, 2), Zach Miller (0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Matt Forte (0, 0, 0, 5, 2, 2) and Jeremy Langford (3, 5, 1, 1, 0, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Kyle Fuller 4, 8, 5, 2, 5, 5 (3-20, 1-1, 2-22-1, 0-0, 2-18, 4-66) and Tracy Porter 4, 3, 4, 11, 5, 5 (3-33, 1-6, 1-48, 2-14, 2-82, 4-56)

 

Analysis: After seeing 25 touches and 57.5% of the snaps in Week 13, Matt Forte saw his touches (11) and snaps decrease (48.4%) in Week 14 against Washington. Forte and Jeremy Langford are in a true committee and the Bears really don’t have a reason to go away from that. Both backs have been effective with their workload on the season. Forte finished as the RB22 (with a touchdown) in PPR-leagues in Week 14 while Langford ended up as the RB35. Both Forte and Langford are low-end “RB2” (top-24) PPR starts during the fantasy playoffs.

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Targets: Dez Bryant (8, 12, 9, 8, 7, 6), Jason Witten (8, 5, 3, 6, 9, 9), Terrance Williams (5, 3, 4, 7, 3, 5), Cole Beasley (11, 1, 3, 7, 3, 4), Darren McFadden (2, 4, 3, 6, 1, 2), Robert Turbin (2, 1, 2, 0)

 

RB Touches: Darren McFadden (27, 20, 32, 14, 15, 9) and Robert Turbin (8, 3, 8, 7)

 

Red zone Targets: Dez Bryant (1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1), Jason Witten (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 2), Cole Beasley (2, 0, 0, 3, 1, 0), Terrance Williams (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Darren McFadden (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Darren McFadden (4, 0, 1, 2, 4, 1) and Robert Turbin (1, 0, 1, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Brandon Carr 4, 7, 4, 4, 3, 4 (4-17, 3-43, 1-15, 3-59, 2-30, 3-25) and Morris Claiborne 2, 4, 5, 4, 9, 3 (0-0, 3-35, 2-36, 2-37, 6-88-1, 2-27)

 

Analysis: As unfortunate as it is, Dez Bryant is all but unusable in the fantasy football playoffs with Matt Cassel at the helm. Here are Bryant’s receiving lines with Cassel to-date: 2-12 (6 targets), 5-104-1 (8), 5-45 (12), 3-62 (7), and 1-9 (6). Bryant has at least one red zone target in six straight games — leaving a bit of a touchdown ceiling in place — but Cassel (and this offenses relative inefficiency) has absolutely shattered Bryant’s floor.

 

Detroit Lions

 

Targets: Calvin Johnson (10, 9, 9, 14, 8, 5), Eric Ebron (5, 8, 2, 3, 2, 5), Golden Tate (7, 4, 11, 8, 10, 10), Ameer Abdullah (2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2), Theo Riddick (7, 3, 6, 5, 6, 11), Joique Bell (1, 3, 1, 3, 2, 2)

 

RB Touches: Ameer Abdullah (1, 6, 13, 17, 13, 9), Joique Bell (7, 16, 7, 9 10, 9), Theo Riddick (11, 6, 11, 7, 6, 10)

 

Red zone Targets: Calvin Johnson (0, 0, 0, 4, 1, 1), Ameer Abdullah (0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0), Golden Tate (0, 1, 2, 3, 1, 3), Theo Riddick (1, 0, 0, 3, 0, 1), Eric Ebron (0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Joique Bell (0, 0, 2, 5, 3, 0), Ameer Abdullah (2, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1), Theo Riddick (0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0) – No Red Zone Rushes in Week 14

 

CBs Thrown At: Nevin Lawson 6, 16, 7, 5, 6, 5 (5-20, 7-57, 4-40, 5-47, 2-9, 4-33) and Darius Slay 3, 1, 4, 3, 2, 4 (4-51, 1-7, 0-0, 1-8, 2-20, 0-0, 2-35)

 

Analysis: Golden Tate’s weekly PPR finishes over the last month are as follows: WR19, WR22, WR30, and WR5. Detroit travels to New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 15. Remember, New Orleans has shown leakiness in the middle of the field and Detroit lightly uses Eric Ebron (just 12 targets total in his last four games). Tate runs 58.4% of his routes out of the slot.

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Targets: Randall Cobb (12, 10, 9, 7, 5, 12), Davante Adams (11, 21, 4, 11, 7, 3), Eddie Lacy (1, 0, 2, 5, 1, 1), James Jones (6, 2, 11, 6, 3, 7), Richard Rodgers (9, 5, 5, 7, 8, 2), James Starks (8, 7, 1, 5, 7, 4)

 

RB Touches: Eddie Lacy (5*, 0, 23, 21, 6, 25) and James Starks (16, 21, 9, 11, 14, 15)

 

Red zone Targets: Randall Cobb (3, 0, 4, 1, 1, 0), James Jones, (1, 1, 1, 2, 0, 0), Davante Adams (1, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0), Eddie Lacy (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Richard Rodgers (2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1), James Starks (2, 0, 0, 4, 1, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Eddie Lacy (1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 4) and James Starks (2, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Sam Shields 0*, 3, 7, 5, 9, 4 (0-0, 3-36, 6-45, 3-26, 6-56-1, 2-11), Casey Hayward 0, 4, 7, 8, 3, 3 (0-0, 2-7-1, 6-43, 6-63, 2-21, 3-32), Quinten Rollins 7, 4 (4-58, 2-19)

 

Analysis: After being “benched” for missing “curfew” against Detroit in Week 13, Eddie Lacy continued his resurgence in Week 14 against Dallas, ripping the Cowboys for 24-124-1 at home. Green Bay now travels to Oakland in Week 15. The Raiders have not allowed a top-12 (RB1) performance to a running back since Week 10 and their highest PPR performance allowed in Week 11-14 was to Theo Riddick (RB20) and Ronnie Hillman (RB20). Lacy was back up to a decent 55.7% snap share in Week 14, but Oakland is a fairly tough spot for Lacy. He’s a “RB2” (top-24) play in the fantasy semi-finals as the Raiders funnel yardage to the passing game on the back of their solid run defense.

 



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