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Target Monsters: Preparing for Week 7

There were certainly fewer Target Monsters in week six as compared to week five, but quality was still abound, as some of our favorite receivers came ready to play!

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.

2018 Targets Week 6

The only regular starter for the Packers, Davante Adams, certainly didn’t disappoint. In what was a slim win over the 49ers (33-30), Adams delivered big play after big play, catching 10-of-16 targets for 132-yards and two touchdowns. Of note for the Packers were the non-starters, particularly Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS) and Equanimeous St. Brown, who both delivered stellar performances for a second straight week. That being said, it may be hard to re-install Randall Cobb back into the lineup when he returns from injury. It would feel very backwards. In fact, it’s recommended to snag MVS off waivers while the Packers are on a bye week, if your bench allows.

Jimmy Graham also lent a helping hand in the Green Bay victory by chipping in 104-yards on 5-of-9 targets.

Minnesota’s Adam Thielen is starting to look like the best steal in fantasy drafts, as he’s consistently dropping lines like the one he did this past Sunday, going 11-123-1 on 15-targets. He and Kirk Cousins make for a nice fantasy stack.

Julio Jones (10-143-0) continues to put up nice numbers, but the end zone also continues to ignore him. That wasn’t the case for Dallas’ Cole Beasley though, who caught 82% of his targets, and cashed in twice for a total 101-yards in a rare victory.

The man of the week was definitely Tyreek Hill. Not only is he built like the Road Runner (from Looney Tunes), but he has wheels like him too! Hill ran circles around the Patriots in a matter of two quarters of game play. Although he nabbed only 7-of-12 targets, those targets accounted for three touchdowns and 142-yards. It’s become evident that Tyreek Hill is matchup proof. If he’s not injured or on a bye week, then he shouldn’t leave your lineup.

Emmanuel Sanders, Juju Smith-Schuster, and Robert Woods all caught 7-of-10 targets and topped 100-yards. Surprise candidate, Albert Wilson, continues to ball out in Miami and posted two touchdowns on 6-of-9 targets for a total 155-yards.

2018 Targets Week 6.2

Alshon Jeffery isn’t the flashiest Philly of the bunch, but he quietly caught 67% of his targets for 74-yards and two touchdowns. Chester Rogers is gaining steam in Indy while T.Y. Hilton battles the injury imp. He and Eric Ebron combined for two touchdowns on 17-targets in a loss to the Jets. This Colts team is somewhat of a fantasy conundrum.

While he wasn’t a Target Monster this week, Marquise Goodwin absolutely had a night against the Packers in his return from injury. Goodwin hauled in 4-of-5 targets and posted two touchdowns for a total 126-yards. He’s definitely your number one wide receiver waiver add. Even if only for his track and field victory dance!

In week seven, we’ll get back all of our favorite Detroit and New Orleans receivers from the bye week, and lose those rostered on Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. That includes Davante Adams, Antonio Brown, Juju Smith-Schuster, Jimmy Graham, Geronimo Allison, Doug Baldwin, and Amari Cooper, if he’s still even worth rostering.