We can finally say goodbye to the NFL bye weeks, though the early Thanksgiving Day games present another challenge for fantasy lineups.
On short rest, a slate of receivers will suit up to either help or hurt your team this Thursday. Key position players from the Vikings, Lions, Chargers, Cowboys, Giants and Redskins are all set to go. Among those teams, 10 players made the Target Monsters list in Week 11. It’s always a tough decision to roll out guys on short rest, especially if they put in major work the week before.
We’ll take a look at some of the top fantasy Target Monsters throughout the NFL during Week 11. 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.
If you were wondering where Keenan Allen’s been, then you finally have your answer. Allen busted out for 159-yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-13 targets. If you played Allen or the Chargers defense, then you likely posted a win this week or came close to it. Aside from targeting Allen more than a dozen times, Philip Rivers proved that he has eyes for rookie wide receiver Mike Williams, as he targeted him eight times. That was the second most targets behind Allen.
Only Antonio Brown bested Keenan Allen this week by posting three touchdowns on 10-of-13 targets for 144-yards. Ben Roethlisberger finally looked great, as he threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns. Both JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Jesse James saw eight targets a piece, all but solidifying that Martavis Bryant is an afterthought. If you held onto Bryant hoping that he may somehow become relevant again, then you can give up that pipe dream. Drop him, and move on with your fantasy life.
Both New England’s Brandin Cooks and Minnesota’s Adam Thielen caught 6-of-9 targets from their respective quarterbacks. Cooks embarrassed the Raiders secondary by posting 149-yards and a touchdown, while Thielen burned the Rams for 123-yards and a touchdown.
Davante Adams (8-126-0) continues to prove that he’s the only relevant receiver on the Packers roster without Aaron Rodgers. In Denver, Demaryius Thomas (5-64-1) has now scored a touchdown in three consecutive weeks and can finally be started with confidence again.
What’s wrong with the Raiders receivers? Michael Crabtree (6-51-0), Amari Cooper (3-28-1), Seth Roberts (5-36-0) and a host of others dropped catchable passes (and made countless mistakes) against the New England Patriots in the Mexico City game. Once lauded as super bowl contenders, the Raiders look cooked at this point. Only Crabtree and Jared Cook are worth WR2 / TE1 consideration. Derek Carr can’t be trusted to steer you through the remainder of your fantasy season.
How about rookie running back Alvin Kamara? Kamara hauled in 6-of-9 targets for 74-yards and a touchdown in the most crucial moments of the game, leading the Saints to a comeback victory over the Washington Redskins. The Saints are, hands-down, the best team in the NFL right now, and Kamara should never leave your starting lineup. He’s matchup proof. Period.
Again, we simply can’t keep DeAndre Hopkins off this list. The WR1 saw another nine targets this week and posted a line of 4-76-1. Regardless of who the quarterback is, Hopkins is going to get his, one way or another. Many are talking up Bruce Ellington (6-63-0), but Hopkins is the only Texan worth starting.
Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills is proving he’s more than a bye week streamer. Stills posted 180-yards and a touchdown on 7-of-8 targets. In fact, the whole Dolphins receiving corps thrived with quarterback Matt Moore under center. Jarvis Landry (6-95-1), Julius Thomas and DeVante Parker all saw more targets with Jay Cutler on the sideline, where he should probably stay to the benefit of everyone.
Just when we thought Detroit rookie Kenny Golladay was here to take away Marvin Jones’ targets, Jones goes out and posts another touchdown on 85 total yards. Washington’s Josh Doctson hauled in 4-of-7 targets from quarterback Kirk Cousins for a line of 4-81-0. Doctson may be peaking just in time for the playoffs. He’s worth a flier if you’re thin at wide receiver, and could see more targets with running back Chris Thompson sidelined. Like Doctson, Titans’ rookie Corey Davis is starting to become a factor in the passing game, and is likely to see a bump in targets since the Tennessee schedule gets easier.
Baltimore’s Danny Woodhead made his return this week, but ironically, it was running back Alex Collins that saw seven targets in the passing game. Going forward, we expect Woodhead to see those targets instead of Collins, who’s more of an in-between the tackles guy. Hopefully Baltimore can stick with two running backs and make everyone’s fantasy life that much easier.
Again, with the bye weeks behind us, it’s all systems go for filling out your fantasy rosters. It’s also a good time to grab key handcuffs in order to position your team for any unexpected bumps in the road.