The last of the bye weeks is upon us, thankfully! In Week 11, the bye teams will include Carolina, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and the New York Jets.
Surprisingly, outside of the Arizona-Seattle game, there were no major fantasy injuries during Week 10 that we’re aware of yet (outside of Philip Rivers going through concussion protocol) prior to Week 11. In summarizing Week 10, it was a week in which eight receivers went over 100-yards and several up-and-comers continued to put points on the board. [Update: We just learned that Carolina’s Curtis Samuel is done for the season due to ligament damage in his leg]
We’ll take a look at some of the top fantasy Target Monsters throughout the NFL during Week 10. 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.
For one reason or another, we can’t keep DeAndre Hopkins off of the Target Monsters list. Even devoid of Deshaun Watson, Hopkins again saw 14-targets and turned seven of them into 111 total yards. While WR3 Will Fuller is now droppable, Tom Savage still has an eye for Hopkins, which we expect to continue for the duration of the season. Since Savage has been serving as Houston’s starting quarterback (again), he’s targeted Hopkins 30-times over the course of two weeks.
Larry Fitzgerald obviously hasn’t aged a bit, as he put up 113-yards on 10-of-14 targets against the Seahawks, a game in which a total of fifteen players were reportedly injured. That includes CB Richard Sherman who went down with a ruptured achilles. Going forward, the Seattle defense isn’t a must avoid, though still a formidable matchup.
Along with Evan Engram (6-31-1), Sterling Shepard is the only other receiver to own on the Giants roster, as is Davante Adams (5-90-1) is in Green Bay. Shepard busted out for 142 total yards on 11-of-13 targets, though he failed to get into the end zone. The only downside to both Engram and Shepard is if the coaching staff decides to give up on the season and sit Eli Manning. We certainly hope not.
Outside of Engram, tight ends were kind of a thing in Week 10. Jimmy Graham went off for two touchdowns on six targets, while Jason Witten caught all seven of his passes for 59 total yards. Vernon Davis (7-76-0) has proven to be the best pass catcher in the Washington offense, while Jordan Reed continues to be too unreliable to consider starting. Even Arizona’s Jermaine Gresham resurfaced with a touchdown and 64-yards on 5-of-7 targets. Both Kyle Rudolph and Rob Gronkowski saw seven targets, but didn’t do much with them. Speaking of which, how did Martellus Bennett end up in New England again (and all of a sudden healthy at that)?
Both Adam Thielen and Robert Woods went off this week. Thielen balled out for 166-yards and a touchdown on 8-of-12 targets. He’s been doing this all year and is clearly better off with Case Keenum leading the Minnesota offense. Jared Goff contined to feed Robert Woods for a second week to the tune of 10 targets. Woods hauled in 80% of them and completely rampaged for 171-yards and two touchdowns. If you had either of these guys in your Week 10 lineup, then you probably pulled off a victory. Going forward, all Rams receivers are worth rostering.
It’s been a horrid year for Denver’s skill position players, but both Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas have resurfaced in our lives. Sanders milked 137 total yards out of 55% of his targets, while Thomas found the end zone again on 5-of-8 targets, after scoring for the first time in decades the week prior.
Golden Tate was the lucky Lion this week. Tate caught 86% of his targets and scored a touchdown, while Marvin Jones only had two passes thrown his way in a game which rookie wideout Kenny Golladay returned from injury. Tate is always a safe bet, but it’ll be worth monitoring to see if Golladay upsets Jones’ target distribution.
A week after A.J. Green was seen punching helmets, he returned with a vengeance in Week 10 to put up 115-yards and a touchdown on 5-of-7 targets.
If anyone thought that JuJu Smith-Schuster was a fad, you’ve been proven wrong. He’s clearly the number two receiver behind Antonio Brown (3-47-0) now. JuJu scored again in Week 10, rolling up close to 100-yards on 5-of-7 targets. Martavis Bryant has all but lost his position as the WR2 on the Steelers roster. He’ll be a boom-or-bust play from here on out and barely worth WR3 consideration until further notice.
The same can be said of Robby Anderson as was for JuJu Smith-Schuster. This kid is the real deal and is here to stay for the remainder of the season. Josh McCown is constantly looking Anderson’s way, and connected with his receiver for 85-yards and a touchdown on 4-of-7 targets last Sunday. If Anderson’s still hanging around in your league, he’s worth the add.
Although Devin Funchess didn’t make the cut with only six targets, he certainly put up monster numbers on Monday night by posting two touchdowns on 92 total yards. I was personally beat by Funchess in one league. Also, props (and prayers!) to 49ers’ Marquise Goodwin, who posted a touchdown and 83-yards on two targets, following the death of his son on the same day. That takes a lot to pull off. Goodwin would benefit tremendously if Jimmy Garoppolo were to get the start at quarterback.
Again, this is the last bye week. Key receivers that will be sidelined in Week 11 include Devin Funchess, T.Y. Hilton, Jack Doyle, Marquise Goodwin, Robby Anderson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans also returns from suspension this week.