There were targets flying everywhere in week six, and it seems that a lot more of them landed than they did in week five.
Tight ends seemed to be a big focus in week six for many quarterbacks, while a few gun slingers turned back the clock and got veteran receivers such as Eric Decker, Larry Fitzgerald and Demaryius Thomas involved. Twenty different receivers notched more than 10-targets this week and DeAndre Hopkins wasn’t one of them for the first time.
We’ll take a look at some of the top fantasy Target Monsters throughout the NFL during week six. 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.
In an upset that no one saw coming, the New York Giants stunned the Denver Broncos despite having a depleted receiving corps. Tight end Evan Engram was the focal point of the Giants offense and posted a line of 7-82-1 by catching 71% of Eli Manning’s passes. Denver’s Demaryius Thomas saw a whopping 14-targets and hauled in 10 of them for 133-yards, but no touchdowns. Wide receiver Bennie Fowler saw 8-targets after Emmanuel Sanders (8-76-0) was lost to a sprained ankle. Fowler will be forced into a bigger role since there’s no depth behind Demaryius Thomas and may be worth a speculative waiver add this week.
Christian McCaffrey, Jarvis Landry and Marvin Jones all saw 14-targets and graced the end zone for there respective teams. While Jones’ teammate, Golden Tate, caught all seven of his targets for 96-yards and a touchdown, he also left with a sprained AC joint and could miss several weeks. Rookie WR Kenny Golladay may be called upon to pick up the slack following the Lions bye week, given his hamstring is good to go.
Although Kelvin Benjamin posted a line of 9-99-0, it still feels disappointing that such a big-bodied receiver can’t do more with his catches. Melvin Gordon was the pass-catching running back of the week as he caught 9-of-12 targets for 67-yards and a touchdown to beat the flailing Raiders. Meanwhile, Michael Crabtree continued with his consistency and posted a line of 6-52-1 on 10-targets. His teammate, Amari Cooper, still seems to be searching for answers and will need to find them soon as the Raiders face-off with the mighty Chiefs in a Thursday night match-up. Jaguars running back Chris Ivory was the other surprise of the week, as he posted a line of 9-74-1, hauling in 90% of his targets.
Larry Fitzgerald went bonkers, catching 10-of-11 of his passes for 138-yards and a touchdown. The play of Adrian Peterson seemed to have everyone on the Cardinals pumped up. Both Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski delivered big stat lines on 10-targets a piece and continue to be their respective quarterbacks favorite target. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a big day for the Jets by turning 11-targets into 46-yards and a touchdown. He was robbed of a second touchdown on a silly call by the refs. With a shortage at the tight end position and the Jets playing well, ASJ needs to be owned in all leagues, along with Evan Engram and Cameron Brate (6-76-1).
While Jameis Winston seemed solely locked-in on Cameron Brate before Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced him following an injury against the Cardinals, Mike Evans (3-95-1) was finally able to get in on the action after cornerback Patrick Peterson also exited the game with a quad injury. Atlanta’s Julio Jones (6-72-0) continues to be a no-show, while wideout Taylor Gabriel saw 8-targets in Mohamed Sanu’s absence, but did little with them. Hopefully, both Jones and Gabriel can do more this week against the New England Patriots. Brandin Cooks seems to be getting a healthy dose of targets for New England, but rarely crosses the chalk line, which makes him somewhat unexciting to start.
Nelson Agholor (4-55-1) continues to flourish under the big arm of Carson Wentz. Agholor saw 7-targets and Alshon Jeffery (4-71-0) saw 10-targets. Hunter Henry proved again that he needs to be the feature of the Chargers offense by gaining 90-yards on 5-of-7 targets. To date, Henry’s only posted big numbers every other week, which makes him hard to start. Hopefully the Chargers get the memo soon. Henry’s teammate, Keenan Allen, received his regular dose of targets but only posted a paltry 5-45-0 stat line.
In week seven, byes will sideline receivers for both Detroit and Houston. The key Target Monsters that you’ll need to replace include Golden Tate, Marvin Jones (to a lesser degree), DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.