Week 1’s Fantasy Target Monsters

Week one has come and gone, and boy, did we see some interesting things.

Outside of the Kansas City Chiefs roasting the New England Patriots, David Johnson succumbing to a costly wrist injury, and rookie running backs taking the league by storm, quarterbacks also gave us a sneak peek as to who their preferred targets are.

This week, and every week, we’ll take a look at some of the top fantasy Target Monsters throughout the NFL. To be considered a ‘Target Monster,’ a player needs to be targeted more than seven times within the given week. Hopefully this breakdown will give you insight as to which players to gravitate toward while assembling or tweaking your own roster.

Week 1 Target Monsters 1

DeAndre Hopkins received a whopping 16-targets and took one to the house for pay dirt, while Antonio Brown proved to be the most efficient receiver by catching all 11 of his targets and topping 180-yards. Adam Thielen looked extremely good and Sam Bradford clearly has a crush on him.  Thielen cleared 150 receiving yards on 10-targets, while his battery mate, Stefon Diggs, hauled in 87% of his targets and scored twice. Speaking of Diggs, he looks like the closest thing to Antonio Brown and is clearly a star-in-the-making. Meanwhile, the ageless Larry Fitzgerald continued to be the main offensive weapon for Carson Palmer, who looks just about done himself.

As for those rookies, Bears running back Tarik Cohen was targeted 12-times and turned one look into a touchdown. Jordan Howard owners clearly didn’t see this coming, as it delivers a slight blow to his value. Cohen is nice!

Week 1 Target Monsters 2

Tight end Zach Ertz looked to give Antonio Brown a run for his money by also hauling in 100% of his targets for a total 93-yards. Tyreek Hill looked every bit of electric by securing 87% of his eight targets while flashing a peace sign on his way to the end zone against the Patriots defense. It seems Danny Amendola only lasted about as long as we expected him to, but he did notch 100-yards on seven targets. Although Brandin Cooks only caught 3-of-7 passes, he appears to be the new sparkle in Tom Brady’s eyes given the team’s injuries. Gronk was a complete ghost in his season debut, but we don’t expect that to continue moving forward.

Other notables that didn’t make a big splash include Tyrell Williams and Martellus Bennett, who we’ve talked about before. Williams was one of the few Chargers wideouts that didn’t score a touchdown, but Philip Rivers seemed to have a good read on him at all times. Though Martellus Bennett didn’t have a big game by any means, he received some good looks from Aaron Rodgers and displayed some nice intangibles. At one point, Marty defended his quarterback after an opposing player took a cheap shot at Rodgers. This will certainly go a long way, as we all know that once you’re in Rodgers’ circle of trust that you can expect the ball early and often.

Detroit’s Kenny Golladay was extremely efficient with his seven targets, taking two of them to the house for scores. He’s definitely one you’ll want to target on the waiver wire this week if he fits your plans, along with Chicago’s Tarik Cohen.