Week 11: Snaps and Targets
Murray had all 16 of Dallas's carries last week. No other back has had all of his current team's carries in a game this season, though Trent Richardson did it with the Browns in Week 1. It seems the Cowboys learned while Murray was injured that he was clearly their top running back. Especially if you're not in a PPR league (though Murray had a six-yard catch), this bodes well. Murray played just 25 of 45 snaps last week, meaning the Cowboys mostly limited his to duties to running the ball. If that continues, Murray can avoid responsibilities like blocking that put him at injury risk with no fantasy upside.
Austin had an amazing game: 138 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He's clearly a dynamic receiver with huge upside. But he's still a very risky play. Austin had just two catches on only three targets. That's not an aberration. He had just two targets the week prior and only three the week before. The Rams just aren't looking his way a lot, even though he can turn any catch into a touchdown.
Jeffery led the NFL with 18 targets in Week 10, turning them into nine catches for 114 yards. That's not a complete aberration. Jeffrey was averaging more than eight targets per game entering last Sunday, a robust mark. Jeffery still trails Brandon Marshall in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns, but Jeffery is much stronger than a typical No. 2 receiver.
Jackson is the only player this receiver with half his team's targets in a game this season. And he did it twice, Week 2 and Week 7. Jackson had another strong showing last week, getting eight of the Buccaneers' 21 targets. Those turned into just three catches for 28 yards, but Jackson's low output is due more to Tampa Bay's poor quarterbacking than a lack of trying to get him the ball.
With 17 targets last week, Johnson is now tied for the NFL lead in targets per game with Justin Blackmon, whose season is over due to suspension. Matt Stafford is increasingly looking to Johnson as the season progresses, which makes the receiver an even better fantasy option. Scary thought considering he's already clearly the top receiver in the league.