Targets were aplenty in week four, as more than 20 receivers notched 100-yards or more!
There were also injuries to some of our steadfast fantasy producers, which included the likes of Will Fuller (hamstring), T.Y. Hilton (hamstring), and breakout candidate Geronimo Allison (concussion).
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 at least 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.
The fantasy week started off with a scoring frenzy last Thursday when the Rams hosted the Vikings. Both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen had a feast, combining for 258-yards and a touchdown on 27-targets. Not to be outdone, Cooper Kupp topped both of their individual performances by posting a line of 9-162-2 on 11-targets. Kupp is easily the Julian Edelman of this Rams offense. Even Todd Gurley (4-73-1) got in on the receiving action with his limited number of targets. Jared Goff certainly deserves credit for his accuracy, as he had a fantastic showing, completing 26-of-33 passes for 465-yards and five touchdowns.
DeAndre Hopkins (10-169-1), Julio Jones (9-173-0), Corey Davis (9-161-1), and Golden Tate (8-132-2) all kept the party going on Sunday, each topping 100-yards with ease. While Julio Jones has been losing touchdowns to Calvin Ridley, Golden Tate finally got back to crossing the chalk. As far as Corey Davis, this was easily the breakout game that everyone was waiting for.
With Will Fuller exiting the Houston-Colts game due to a hamstring injury, rookie wideout, Keke Coutee, stepped in nicely to post a 109-yard game on 15-targets. Coutee will likely be a hot waiver wire grab with Fuller nursing his annual hamstring issues.
Both Dede Westbrook and Taylor Gabriel arose from the dead and posted 100-yard games. Gabriel caught all seven of his targets and graced the end zone twice for the Bears.
Amari Cooper continues to play trust games with fantasy owners by oscillating between 100-yard games and donuts. He’s a difficult receiver to insert in to your lineup with any regularity, but also a hard guy to quit. It’s probably wise to lay off Cooper right after he’s had a big game. Otherwise, you’ll fall for his magical disappearing act!
George Kittle (6-125-1) continues to impress and seems quarterback agnostic at this point. He’s easily someone you’ll want in your lineup every week.
The Eli Manning to OBJ (7-60-0) connection is starting to become a bit of a concern. While Beckham is seeing targets, his yardage and touchdown totals are worrisome. Both Sterling Shepard (10-77-1) and Saquon Barkley (6-56-0) have been siphoning targets thus far without a peep from OBJ. Hopefully Beckham voices displeasure soon in order to receive his lion’s share of targets once again.
DeSean Jackson (5-112-0) was still relevant in week four with Fitzpatrick as the starter, but it’ll be interesting to see how Jackson and Jameis Winston gel after the bye week.
Both Tarik Cohen and Nyheim Hines produced in a big way. The two scat-backs combined for 19-targets and three touchdowns. While Cohen’s usability will be harder to predict with Jordan Howard manning the Bears backfield, Hines seems to have a clear role in the passing game for the Colts.
Ravens’ John Brown (3-116-1) continues to impress and is a steady WR2 / WR3. Doug Baldwin (5-41-0) had a quiet comeback game for Seattle, but is probably safe to fire up moving forward.
In week five, byes will sideline receivers for both Tampa Bay and Chicago. The key Target Monsters that you’ll need to replace include Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and (now) Tarik Cohen.