May 22, 2018


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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck

Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.

04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek

Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.

04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush

49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.

04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving

Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.

04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons

Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)

04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.

04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy

Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.

04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged

Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.

04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls

Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.

04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson

Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.

03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack

Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.

03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That

Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.

03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case

Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.

03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount

The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.

03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler


Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.

03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.

03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.

03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.

03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”

03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.

03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler


Targets - From -&- Thru Week 14  (2012)

Targets - From -&- Thru Week 14 (2012)

Posted by d-Rx on 12/12/12

by   The Archer


More Articals


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Every week Pyro® takes a look at who was fed the ball the most in the previous week and who was starved from fantasy football opportunity. This is our week 14 edition, we tell you how many targets each player got this week and even break down the season total!

We’ve added a twist to the PYRO Targets Report.  You see in the RB and QB charts, I’ve included a new column – LOOKS.  For RB’s, LOOKS = Carries + Targets.  For QB’s, LOOKS = Pass Attempts + Carries.  The purpose of the report is to show overall involvement in the offense, and we agreed at PYRO HQ to add this wrinkle in, as it is a better indicator of the data we’re after.   

If you’re a first timer just checking in for this weekly report, here’s how we break it down…



The Gravy Train…

The Gravy Train showcase is to “target” the guys who will be regulars at the top of the list throughout the season.  Rain or shine, this crew will find a way to be here most weeks.  These are your work horses that you can ride to your league’s playoff door.


Eating with the Big Dogs…

This section showcases guys who had a great feeding by their offensive coordinators this week but who will see the top of the list infrequently.  Or, a fresh face on the rise that has shown he just may belong with the Big Dogs.



Dude, Where’s my Pizza…

Here’s where we highlight this week’s batch of players that normally should be fed but we’re starved out over the weekend.




Quarterbacks (Pass Attemps + Carries)


targets week 14 for QBs - fantasy football



The Gravy Train…

Big Ben returned from injury with a vengeance throwing for 285 yards and 3 scores. He made sure to get his favorite target involved as well in helping Mike Wallace to the biggest fantasy receiver day of the week. The Steelers however were not as fortunate as their defense allowed 34 points to the San Diego Chargers. Big Ben was having an incredible year until his injury and his return provided a big boost for the entire Steelers offensive unit.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

Nick Foles notched the first win of his career over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The entire offense was on his shoulders after Bryce Brown managed .5 (yes that is point five) yards per carry against the stout Buc’s run defense. Foles finally worked the ball downfield a bit more, showing off the big arm he possesses for the first time this season. His day wasn’t extraordinary but he put up big fantasy numbers in the form of 381 yards passing and 3 total touchdowns. He also got his best receiver involved for the first time in weeks targeting Jeremy Maclin 13 times.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Aaron Rodgers put up a less than stellar fantasy day and may have well gotten your team knocked from the playoff ranks. He only had 24 pass attempts in some sloppy weather and if it weren’t for his legs his fantasy day would have been a complete waste as he totaled only 173 passing yards and no touchdowns. However his 34 yards and a score running the ball was a nice boost to get his to a lackluster 15 points.





Running Backs (Rushing Carries + Receiving Targets)


running backs targets from and thru week 14



The Gravy Train…

The Muscle Hamster has been running in his little exercise ball the last few weeks, but against the Eagles he slammed that thing into the wall and broke out. He saw 33 looks on Sunday tied for second most in the league this week and made good use of his 31 total touches. He rushed 28 times for 128 yards and a score while also catching 3 passes for 4 yards. Doug Martin looks to maintain his roll into a tasty matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend.


Eating with the Big Dogs…

Knowshon Moreno led the league in looks this past week after setting the table Thursday night with a nice fantasy performance. He had 37 looks, one of the highest totals in the league this year and since he has spent the majority of the year riding the pine he is the freshest running back in the league at this point. He ran 32 times for 119 yards and a score but his versatility is his best asset in this Peyton Manning led offense as he is a very capable receiver who caught 4 of his 5 targets for 48 yards. It looks like John Fox trusts him more than any other back currently active and with his fresh legs, watch out.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

If you’re looking for C.J. Spiller you can find him languishing all the way down at 43 in this week’s rankings even though he was clearly more effective than his counterpart Fred Jackson on Sunday. Jackson saw 14 touches while Spiller only had 8. Jackson had 30 combined while Spiller had 52. Sometimes you just scratch your head and wonder why a coach beats a dead horse that ended up averaging 1.5 yards per carry over the more dynamic Spiller who was averaging 5.3 on the game and over 6 yards per carry on the season.





Wide Receivers (Receiving Targets)


targets thru week 14 for wide receivers



The Gravy Train…

Brandon Marshall continues his pursuit to catch Reggie Wayne in targets and his 19 on Sunday really helped his cause and gave him the highest total this week. He also turned his targets into production catching 10 passes for 160 yards and a score. When you watch Marshall play you feel like he has the ability to catch 15 passes every game as he is just that dominating of a presence on the field. Marshall looks poised to make a big push in the fantasy playoffs as his team will need the same push to find themselves in the postseason after a rough few weeks.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

A lot of 2nd tier wide receivers had big days. Whether it was the 143 yards put up by Kenny Britt, the 133 by Jason Avant, the 9 catches by Maclin and Crabtree, or the two touchdowns scored by Wallace and Alexander. These guys were all heavily involved in the passing game and look to be gaining favor in their quarterback’s hearts.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

A.J. Green saw 8 targets on Sunday and so did his teammate Andrew Hawkins. A guy of his caliber should be in double digits targets every single week. The Cowboys game plan was to take him away and force the ball to go to the other targets but Green didn’t produce with the 8 targets he got either catching only 3 of them for 44 yards. At this time of the year you really need your studs to step up and produce but Green just didn’t do that on Sunday.


Tight Ends (Receiving Targets)


targets thru week 14 tight ends - fantasy football chart



The Gravy Train…

Jimmy Graham saw another 10 targets on Sunday but did not have his usual outburst that he typically has when seeing double digit targets. He caught only half of them for 56 yards and was kept out of the endzone. Graham has been a constant producer all season long but nowhere near the incredible numbers he put up last year. He must step up in the coming weeks in order for your faith in him to pay off.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

Aaron Hernandez led the league in targets this week with 11 and also had the best fantasy day of all tight ends. Hernandez showed on Monday night why he is a matchup nightmare running a variety of routes from a variety of different positions on the field. His final stat line of 8 catches for 58 yards and 2 scores wasn’t overpowering but his use in the Patriots offense was absolutely crucial and very fun to watch.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Jason Witten is the leader in tight end targets on the season yet he only saw 4 of them this week. It’s not like he was having a bad day as he caught all 4 for 62 yards but he could have done much more for his team and for fantasy owners. Fantasy owners count on a high volume of targets for Witten because he catches pretty much everything thrown his way and will pick up nice yardage. Without the consistent double digit targets that we are accustomed to seeing it is tough to count on Witten as he has never been a monster in the redzone in the mold of many tight ends.




by Stagg Party


Quarterbacks (Pass Attempts + Carries)