Week 3: Snaps and Targets
(Editor's note: This new article comes from one of our new writers, Dan Feldman. Expect an expanded look at all the snaps and targets in the coming weeks. Hit up Dan with any questions on Twitter @danfeld11. Cool? Cool)
After checking out all of the NFL's snaps and targets from Week 2, we look closer at a few notable players heading into Week 3...
A.J. Green (Bengals), Steve Johnson (Bills), Vincent Jackson (Buccaneers), DeSean Jackson (Eagles), Julio Jones (Falcons), Cecil Shorts (Jaguars), Pierre Garcon (Redskins), Jimmy Graham (Saints), Emmanuel Sanders (Steelers)
These are the only players who've led their team in targets, without ties, both weeks of the season. Obviously, they present varying levels of production, but their teams' consistent use of them makes them reliable choices. If your team is favored, these are especially safe bets.
When the Seahawks throw to Doug Baldwin, good things happen. In Week 1, he was targeted eight times and made seven catches for 91 yards. Last week, Seattle threw him the ball only once - and he caught a 51-yard pass. At some point, the Seahawks might decide to throw Baldwin the ball more, and if they do, you'll want him on your roster.
Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins
The Patriots are the only team with multiple players who have 14-target games - and New England has three. Amendola and Thompkins each had 14 in Week 1, and Edelman had 18 last week. Obviously, injuries have played a part, but New England is still figuring out how to best use its receivers, so it's dangerous to bank on any one player in the group.
As highlighted last week, the Redskins are using Helu a lot, just not as someone who carries the ball. Helu appeared in 23 of Washington's 61 plays last week, but he had zero carries. He also was targeted only once, a two-yard completion. It bodes especially poorly for Helu's fantasy prospects that the Redskins put him on the field so much without giving him the ball. If they didn't know how to use him, maybe he'd turn into a somewhat-valuable fantasy player. But he has a defined role in Washington, just not one that makes him useful to fantasy owners.
Charles led the Chiefs with 10 targets last week, and he tied for the team lead with six in Week 1. He's on pace for nearly twice as many targets as he's gotten any other season. However, his yards per target (4.4) is lower than any full season of his career. As Charles gets accustomed to Andy Reid's offense, the running back could post some very impressive receiving numbers.