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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 8 Targets

The target list is comprised of players making the standard rule of seven or more targets each week. You will notice TTL and AVG, which represents how many total targets (TTL) and the average number of targets (AVG) a player receives each week. I also put a summary on how each player on this target list is performing.

Week 8 brought us one newcomer to this list in the name of Jerome Simpson. Kenbrell Thompkins got an opportunity due to suspension. Others made another week happen as they have all season. You don’t have to go far to see DeAndre Hopkins as a primary example of that situation. Hopkins is far above almost anyone in targets this season. Julio Jones is second, and he is ten behind Hopkins. Demaryius Thomas is third. Players such as Stefon Diggs and Martavis Bryant are starting to impress, and some are just flat out inconsistent. Welcome back to the list Jacob Tamme, Heath Miller, and Rishard Matthews. Congrats to those that haven’t left the list this season: Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas, and T.Y. Hilton and DeAndre Hopkins. All numbers are brought to you by FantasyPros.

Player Pos Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Summary TTL AVG
Brandon Marshall WR NYJ 9 10 14 11 bye 9 7 18 Brandon Marshall has made the list each week and is currently fourth in targets. 78 11.1
A.J. Green WR CIN 8 4 13 10 8 7 bye 17 Has only missed the target list once and had his biggest week all season. 67 9.6
Alshon Jeffery WR CHI 11 0 0 0 0 11 bye 15 His zeroes are representative of his injuries. He is a legitimate number one receiver. 37 12.3
Heath Miller TE PIT 11 2 3 2 3 1 2 13 Ben Roethlisberger is back and so are his targets, hmmm, coincidence? I think not. 37 4.6
Julio Jones WR ATL 11 15 20 6 10 10 17 13 Number two in targets Julio Jones had his way last week catching his second most targets. 102 12.8
Greg Olsen TE CAR 3 14 11 6 bye 11 5 12 Olsen came up huge against the Colts and had his second most targets on the season 62 8.9
Jacob Tamme TE ATL 3 6 1 0 10 5 6 12 Tamme had his largest target number all season and made his return. 43 6.1
Michael Crabtree WR OAK 8 16 9 6 9 bye 8 12 Had his second best outing on the season and has only missed once to make the list. 68 9.7
Rishard Matthews WR MIA 6 7 10 3 bye 6 3 12 After three dismal weeks Matthews makes his return. 47 6.7
Stefon Diggs WR MIN 0 0 0 10 bye 9 9 12  Diggs hasn’t missed once on the season and had his biggest output to date. 40 10
Gary Barnidge TE CLE 5 1 10 6 10 9 7 11 Hasn’t missed making the list since week four and is turning into a number one receiver. 59 7.4
Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 8 9 11 9 7 10 5 11 Fitzgerald returned to make magic happen for the Cardinals. He has missed just once all season to make the list. 70 8.8
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 11 14 13 12 8 17 bye 11 Continues to thrive in the Broncos offensive system. He has not missed the list all season. 86 12.3
Antonio Brown WR PIT 11 11 13 9 6 8 8 11 Even though he didn’t put up the big numbers without Roethlisberger, he still maintained consistency. 77 9.6
Coby Fleener TE IND 1 0 6 12 3 6 5 11 Coby Fleener returns after a three-week layoff. How will Chudzinski use him? 44 6.3
DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 13 11 14 22 14 15 12 11 Has not missed a week on the list all season that is just one of the reasons he is the number one targeted WR. 112 14
Benjamin Watson TE NO 5 4 4 3 5 12 5 10 Maybe Drew Brees is targeting him more than I had originally thought? 48 6
Brian Hartline WR CLE 5 3 7 1 3 3 3 10 Second time all season Hartline has made this list, A possible three timer by the end of the season? 35 4.4
Calvin Johnson WR DET 4 17 13 11 7 9 7 10 Only week one kept him from making this list. Biggest output in three weeks. 78 9.8
Jerome Simpson WR SF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 First-Timer. 10 10
Ted Ginn WR CAR 7 9 6 3 bye 4 8 10 Solid games against the Colts, until he straight out dropped the game winning pass. 47 6.7
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 8 2 8 5 5 12 5 10 His 55 targets is not what Seahawks brought him in for. But two of three weeks with nice numbers. 55 6.9
Julian Edelman WR NE 12 19 11 bye 5 10 9 9 Edelman has shown no signs of injury for the second straight week, and his nine targets show why he is Brady’s #2 guy. 75 10.7
Marques Colston WR NO 7 5 6 5 5 0 3 9 Welcome back Marques it’s been awhile. 40 5.7
Rob Gronkowski TE NE 8 13 7 bye 5 5 16 9 Two weeks in a row now he has put up solid numbers. 63 9
Shane Vereen RB NYG 5 8 3 0 8 4 3 9 Vereen has had his numbers bounce up and down all season. 40 5
Randall Cobb WR GB 5 11 12 8 6 5 bye 9 His biggest week since the third week of the season. 56 8
Dion Lewis RB NE 5 9 5 bye 11 6 0 9 Dion Lewis adds value to a team as the third-down back only. 45 7.5
Rueben Randle WR NYG 5 2 7 6 6 6 5 9 Second time this season Reuben Randle has made the target list has been close many times. 46 5.8
Mike Evans WR TB 0 3 17 8 5 bye 12 9 Mike Evans has the target list four of the last five games and seems to be connecting with Jameis Winston. 54 9
Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG 8 12 9 12 11 8 6 9 Only one time has ODB miss the target list, and he makes his return this week. 75 9.4
Martavis Bryant WR PIT 0 0 0 0 0 8 8 9 Bryant has made the list all three times since returning from suspension. 25 8.3
Amari Cooper WR OAK 9 11 11 9 4 bye 6 9 Cooper returned to the target list after missing the last two weeks. 59 8.4
Andre Johnson WR IND 10 7 1 2 7 6 4 8 Johnson has made the target list four times this season; he returns after a two-week layoff. 45 5.6
Darren McFadden RB DAL 1 2 0 0 10 bye 2 8 Two of the last three weeks have been special for the often injured Darren McFadden. 23 3.3
Vernon Davis TE DEN 6 7 2 0 0 1 6 8 Davis returns after a long layoff then gets traded to Denver. We will see if anything changes as it should. 30 5
Michael Floyd WR ARI 1 1 5 7 3 8 4 8 Has not been consistent but has had two good weeks after the last three. 37 4.6
Travis Kelce TE KC 6 5 10 7 6 7 6 8 Kelce has put up some nice target numbers for a tight end and has made the target list four times. 55 6.9
Tyler Eifert TE CIN 12 5 3 4 12 4 bye 8 Eifert either explodes or implodes. He had his second highest total in targets this week. 48 6.9
Devonta Freeman RB ATL 4 8 5 6 8 10 3 8 Freeman is always a contender to make the target list and has done so three of four weeks. 52 6.5
Brandin Cooks WR NO 8 7 8 8 9 5 13 8 Cooks seems to get eight targets every week, only three times this season he didn’t hit exactly eight. 66 8.3
Jarvis Landry WR MIA 12 10 13 12 bye 4 5 8 Landry has bounced back slowly since his low point of four targets. He still not hitting the 10-12 targets as he was early in the season. 64 9.1
Willie Snead WR NO 3 6 7 6 11 5 7 8 Snead has made the target list two weeks in a row now, and three of the last four. 53 6.6
Steve Smith WR BAL 7 16 17 7 0 10 9 7 Wish this future hall of famer the best in recovery. Maybe he will return next season. 73 10.4
Golden Tate WR DET 8 10 7 4 18 9 6 7 Has had a mixed bag of targets all season but has made the target list three of the last four weeks. 69 8.6
Brandon LaFell WR NE 0 0 0 bye 0 0 8 7 Two weeks in a row now for Brandon LaFell, who is coming off injury. 15 7.5
Eric Decker WR NYJ 3 11 0 5 bye 7 12 7 Eric Decker earning consistency numbers the past three weeks. Can he continue the streak? 45 7.5
Dwayne Harris WR NYG 0 0 1 6 8 4 2 7 Second time for Dwayne Harris on the target list and has made it two of the last four weeks. 28 3.5
Kendall Wright WR TEN 4 4 12 bye 6 5 8 7 Kendall Wright enjoying his last two weeks of consistency. 46 6.6
T.Y. Hilton WR IND 14 7 7 13 9 9 15 7 A bad game for him against Carolina, but still maintains his stay in all eight weeks. 81 10.1
Kenny Stills WR MIA 3 4 1 8 bye 2 0 7  Second timer. 25 4.2
Tavon Austin WR STL 5 3 5 7 5 bye 7 7  Two weeks in a row and third time out of the last four weeks Austin has made the target list. 39 5.6
Theo Riddick RB DET 2 6 10 5 13 6 4 7  Being a running back doesn’t help his targets, but he is one of the most heavily targeted running backs. 53 6.6
Kenbrell Thompkins WR NYJ 0 0 0 0 bye 0 0 7 Thompkins on due to suspension. 7 7
Donte Moncrief WR IND 11 8 7 9 3 11 6 7 Moncrief has slowed down since the beginning of the season, perhaps because Andre Johnson has picked up. 62 7.8
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