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Target Monsters: Preparing for Week 8

Adam Thielen may have you wishing that you’d drafted him ahead of every other receiver in the league. Not only is Thielen the king of consistency, but he’s also Kirk Cousins’ favorite target. In week seven, Thielen dazzled for another 100-yard game, hauling in 9-of-10 targets and a touchdown. He’s easily the best in the game right now. And though teammate, Stefon Diggs (8-33-0), typically sees more targets, he’s not nearly as efficient as Thielen.

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 7

A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Josh Gordon, and Zach Ertz all surpassed 100-yards, but also failed to score. For Jones, he’s yet to score a touchdown this season. For the Atlanta Falcons to be competitive, that’ll need to change.

Odell Beckham Jr. finally had a high yardage game, racking up 143-yards on 8-of-11 targets. Beckham also scored a nice toe-tapping touchdown, albeit was in garbage time. Though Sterling Shepard (5-167-0) doesn’t see many touchdown opportunities, he’s been just as efficient as Beckham this year and is still available in most leagues for almost next to nothing.

John Brown is back! Brown efficiently went for 134-yards and a touchdown on 7-of-7 targets in a loss to the Saints. He’s clearly Joe Flacco’s most trusted target, especially in the red zone. He’s not the big name receiver we’re all used to, which makes him a solid trade target.

Emmanuel Sanders has also been quietly piecing together a solid season. Sanders had another 100-yard game and a touchdown on 6-of-7 targets in the Broncos romping of the Cardinals (45-10).

2018 Targets Week 7.2

If one had to take a blind taste test in choosing a TE1, then George Kittle (5-98-1) would easily outperform Rob Gronkowski to date. Gronk’s been a bit of a seesaw thus far, and sat out week seven with an injury. While Eric Ebron (3-31-0) finally had a quiet week, O.J. Howard (5-67-0) continues to be on the uptick. If you can buy-low on Howard, now’s the time. With tight ends in high demand, Chris Herndon (4-42-1) will be a popular add off waivers this week, though he faces a tough Chicago defense in week eight.

Looking ahead, it may be worth it to stash a few of the up-and-coming rookie wide receivers, starting with Saints’ Tre’quan Smith.  Smith is the clear WR2 in a high-powered offense with Drew Brees at the helm. Carolina’s D.J. Moore is another interesting stash with strength of schedule on his side. Moore has become a bit more involved in the offense, and faces Tampa Bay (twice!), New Orleans, and Atlanta down the stretch.

In week eight, we’ll get back all of our favorite Green Bay and Pittsburgh receivers from the bye week, and lose those rostered on Atlanta, Dallas, Tennessee, and the Los Angeles Chargers. That includes Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Amari Cooper, Cole Beasley, Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, Corey Davis, and Tajae Sharpe.