Targets were certainly lackluster in week seven as compared to week six.
While 15 receivers saw more than 10-targets in week seven, outside of Amari Cooper, none of them topped 100-yards . In fact, only five receivers on the Target Monsters list exceeded the century mark during a week in which Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller were on a bye.
We’ll take a look at some of the top fantasy Target Monsters throughout the NFL during week seven. 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.
Let’s start with the ‘big dog’ on the Target Monsters list, which is none other than the receiver formerly known as the milk carton man, Amari Cooper. The Oakland Raiders wideout showed up big time for the Thursday night matchup against the Chiefs and ran circles around everyone on the field to the tune of 210-yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-19 targets. If you’re wondering if Cooper’s success is sustainable, the simple answer is yes. While it may not be to the tune of 200-plus yards on a weekly basis, he’s certainly good for a bankable 85-yards and a touchdown. If you bought low on Amari Cooper, then extra kudos to you because the renaissance has begun. Quarterback Derek Carr also erased any doubt regarding his back injury in the process of leading the Raiders to a thrilling victory over the heralded Chiefs. This game was easily the best of the week.
Julio Jones finally showed his face in the end zone for the first time all season behind 13 targets for 99-yards. However, he still seems a bit unreliable with quarterback Matt Ryan not looking like the same gunslinger as we saw last season. Doug Baldwin has a nice day for the Seahawks and posted a line of 9-92-1. Baldwin is a steady play every week. Julio Jones, not so much at this point. We’ll need an Amari Cooper-like game to believe in Jones again.
While rookie tight end O.J. Howard caught two touchdowns last Sunday, the rookie tight end to own is Evan Engram. Engram’s seen a steady diet of targets all season, even before the injuries to Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall. Engram was targeted 12 times against the Seahawks and hauled in 50% of his passes for 60-yards and a touchdown. Right now, Engram looks like a top-3 tight end rest-of-season and is worth acquiring via trade before the deadline. Mike Evans (7-88-1), Cameron Brate, DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries stand in the way of O.J. Howard’s targets in Tampa Bay, while the path is clear for Evan Engram in New York.
The most injured football player in the world, Jordan Reed, posted 64-yards and two touchdowns on Monday night against the Eagles in a losing effort. Reed has always been a great tight end, but is also a gamble in fantasy due to his six-foot-something glass frame. Consistency is king in fantasy and Reed doesn’t offer that. Quarterback Kirk Cousins continues to play out of his mind while supposed number one receiver Terrelle Pryor has faded into the background and can be dropped. Washington’s Josh Doctson saw 54-snaps in place of Pryor and is worth an upside bench stash.
While Miami quarterback Jay Cutler may have been missing due to cracked ribs, wideout Kenny Stills had a coming out party of sorts and posted two touchdowns on nine targets behind the play of Matt Moore. It’s hard to say if Stills can maintain this type of production, but he’s certainly better off without Jay Cutler under center. Kenny Stills is worth a flier on this week’s waiver wire.
Both Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill continued to post steady numbers last week. Hill, in particular, notched 125-yards and a touchdown on 6-of-8 targets in a losing effort against the Oakland Raiders. In New Orleans, injured Willie Snead seems barely worth hanging onto as Ted Ginn appears to be in lockstep with quarterback Drew Brees this season. Ginn caught all seven of his targets against the ailing Packers for a total of 141-yards. He’s definitely worth a bench add if you’re in a pinch during the bye weeks. Saints running back Alvin Kamara (5-50-0) has also come alive for the team and can be started with confidence as a RB2 / Flex going forward. Kamara’s specialty is catching passes out of the backfield while Mark Ingram pounds the middle of the field.
Allen Hurns and Jared Cook both topped 100-yards for the Jaguars and Raiders, respectively. Each is a hit-or-miss start, with Hurns probably seeing more consistency at wideout than Cook at the tight end position. Receiver Marquise Goodwin (4-80-0) continues to find ways to contribute to the 49ers and is worth bye week consideration. The same can be said of Atlanta’s Mohamed Sanu (6-65-0) since Matt Ryan is looking his way just as much as Julio Jones.
Week eight is a nightmare of a bye week. Key receivers that will be sidelined include Larry Fitzgerald, Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Allen Hurns, Todd Gurley, Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp, Evan Engram, Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker to a lesser degree.