It’s true. Jets’ Robby Anderson (3-123-2) rose from the dead and Saints breakout candidate, Tre’quan Smith (3-111-2), combined for 234 total yards and four touchdowns on eight targets in week five. For the record, Smith easily looks like the second coming of Marques Colston. Though both Anderson and Smith will be hot waiver wire targets and perhaps mainstays throughout the season, we’ll focus our efforts on consistency here.
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.
With both Jack Doyle and Marlon Mack nursing injuries for the Colts, Eric Ebron (9-105-2) and Nyheim Hines (7-45-0) have served as more than adequate replacements. In fact, Ebron and Hines can be considered as the 1A’s to the former. Both deserve to stay in your lineup, matchups withstanding.
Odell Beckham Jr. threw a nice touchdown pass to teammate, Saquon Barkley (4-81-2), in addition to snagging 8-of-14 targets for 131-yards and a touchdown of his own. With Barkley seeing an array of passes, and Sterling Shepard (4-75-0) becoming the slot receiving beneficiary of Eli Manning’s broken arm, Beckham’s output could suffer slightly, but not much. He’s not leaving your starting lineup.
DeAndre Hopkins hauled in 9-of-13 passes for 151-yards, while teammate, Will Fuller, went missing. It was Fuller’s first time not catching a touchdown pass since the end of last year. Meanwhile, rookie Keke Coutee (6-51-1), could continue to cut into Fuller’s work, especially if his hamstring issues continue to persist.
Antonio Brown finally had a game that was up to his standard, nabbing two touchdowns for 101-yards on 13-targets. It’s up for debate, but Juju Smith-Schuster still looks like the apple in Ben Roethlisberger’s eye.
Davante Adams put up 140-yards and a touchdown on 12-targets, albeit in a losing effort. Partly due to Mason Crosby’s five missed field goals (yes, five!). However, the game did serve as a bright spot for Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS), as the rookie posted 68-yards and a touchdown on 7-of-10 targets. The role for MVS could be here to stay should Randall Cobb continue to struggle or suffer from lingering injuries. MVS is definitely worth a speculative add.
In a season that’s thin on tight ends, both Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce are putting in work. Ertz caught 90% of the targets thrown his way last Sunday, and turned them into 110-yards and a score. While Kelce didn’t grace the end zone, he still posted a 100-yard game on 5-of-8 targets. Though Rob Gronkowski (6-75-0) has yet to join the party this season, look for his upcoming game against the Chiefs to produce big numbers.
Cooper Kupp (6-90-1) found the end zone against the Seahawks, but also suffered a concussion, and will likely sit out this week. Teammate, Brandin Cooks, is also in concussion protocol. If neither can go, then Josh Reynolds could be the lucky beneficiary of the Rams receiving corps.
Tyreek Hill caught seven passes against a stout Jacksonville defense and posted a modest 61-yards. Sammy Watkins (6-78-0) also had a modest showing. However, expect the entire Chiefs receiving corps to get a bump this week in what could a shootout against the Patriots. Patrick Mahomes has yet to disappoint.
In week six, byes will sideline receivers for both Detroit and New Orleans. The key Target Monsters that you’ll need to replace include Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Ted Ginn, Tre’quan Smith, Cameron Meredith, Kenny Golladay, Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Theo Riddick.