Week 5: Snaps and Targets
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After checking out all of the NFL's snaps and targets from Week 4, we look closer at a few notable players heading into Week 5...
Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
Not only does Charles lead the Chiefs in targets, he's done so every week. At this point, this can't be chalked up to circumstance. Charles is a huge part of Kansas City's passing game, and that makes him extremely valuable. Matt Forte and Darren Sproles are posting comparable receiving numbers to Charles, but they're not targeted as often, meaning Charles has more potential to produce even more.
Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
Surprisingly, Charles does not lead the league in carries plus targets. Martin holds that honor. With Mike Glennon replacing Josh Freeman at quarterback, it seems logical Martin will continue to be instrumental to Tampa Bay's offense. Last week, Martin's heavy touches didn't produce much – 45 yards on 27 carries, three catches and 16 yards on four targets – but the first step to good yardage is getting the ball, and Martin does that. If Glennon doesn't progress, re-evaluate Martin, but for now, he could be a good buy-low candidate if his owner is overly pessimistic about last week.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns
Think Jimmy Graham leads all tight ends in targets? Try again. That distinction goes to Cameron. Graham is a better fantasy option, because he's a better downfield threat, but the difference between the two isn't as stark as many would imagine.
- Graham: 42 targets, 27 catches, 458 yards, six touchdowns
- Cameron: 43 targets, 30 catches, 360 yards, five touchdowns
Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots
If Amendola returns from injury this week, he's a strong play. He's been targeted on 25 percent of his 56 plays (all in Week 1) – the highest percentage among all players with at least 20 snaps. The issue was not his production, but getting him on the field. After posting 10 catches for 104 yards against the Bills, Amendola has missed the last three weeks. His Week 1 performance was so strong, playing him as soon as he returns makes sense.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
Bell, making his debut after a preseason foot injury, became the fourth Pittsburgh player to lead the team in carries in four weeks, joining Jonathan Dwyer, Felix Jones and Isaac Redman. But Bell's performance was certainly stronger than the other three's. Bell had more attempts (16), yards (57) and touchdowns (2) than any other Steeler in a single game this season – though, there's a catch. Pittsburgh ran 79 plays against the Vikings last week, more than in any other week this season, giving Bell more opportunities to thrive. Still, don't worry too much about that. Bell's attempts, yards and touchdowns per team play were also Pittsburgh season highs. The Steelers seem to trust Bell more than their other running backs. How much you should trust him on a faltering team is a different matter, but that at least makes Bell far more valuable than any other Pittsburgh running back has been at any point this season.