Week 3: Snaps and Targets
What are you looking for?
Latest NFL News and Rumors...

As expected, the Raiders unloaded quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Monday. Less expected is that they actually got something ... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
Marquess Wilson has some more competition in his... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday that quarterback Sam Bradford is doing really well as he rehabs from reconstructiv... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
A wide majority of NFL teams begin their offseason program this week. One of those teams is the Dallas Cowboys, who actual... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson was a seventh-round pick in last year's draft. He played in nine games and caught two ... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
We've been tracking 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore's long road back from his latest devestating knee injury. Most rec... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post wrote Friday that Dolphins wide receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are exp... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
 
 
 
 
Football > Week 03 > Snaps and Targets

Week 3: Snaps and Targets

We look at who played last week, how often and how many passes came their way
RSS
 0 Reader Comments | Add Yours

(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.

Doug Baldwin

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.

Roy Helu

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.

Jamaal Charles

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.

Remember to read all our columns for this week and use our Who To Start Rankings

 0 Reader Comments | Add Yours
Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties