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Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Jones to Compete for WR2

Zay Jones' and his 399 college reception record could make an immediate impact as he performed favorable to Sterling Shepard in college.

Fantasy Goo: Jones' is many fantasy analysts favorite among rookie WRs in 2017. With the 167 vacated targets among Woods, Goodwin and Hunter, Zay has upside as a fantasy WR3.

07/21/17, 12:35 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Will Tye

New York Giants

Coughlin May Bring Giants to JAX

The Giants have reportedly started shopping Will Tye and Tom Coughlin may be a suitor. If Tye is traded it would convey their plans to use Engram could be immediate.

Fantasy Goo: Although rookie TE's have historically lacked production, Engram is more of a big slot WR. If they move Tye Engram will likely split time in teh slot with Sterling Shepard and could be worth a late round flier after we saw Shepard score 8 TDs in the same position.

07/21/17, 12:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Geronimo Allison

Green Bay Packers

Geronimo Suspended For Opener

Geronimo Allison is suspended for Week 1 due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Goo: It is worth noting that Geronimo put up 4 catches for 91 yards and a score Week 17 when Jordy was being shadowed by Darrius Slay. He could be nice DFS play in games Jordy gets shadowed and Cobb or Adams are inactive.

07/21/17, 12:14 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Braxton Miller

Houston Texans

Braxton A Breakout WR?

QB Guru George Whitfield thinks Braxton Miller could take a dramatic step forward as a WR

Fantasy Goo: September 7, 2015. That was when Braxton took a direct snap, scrambled left and then put a spin move on the Virginia Tech defense that froze in time and broke Twitter. Miller was an all around stud in college and has Julian Edelman type potential. He could be worth a very late round pick, but keep him on your radar.

07/21/17, 11:25 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley Could See More Targets in 2017

Sean McVay recently went on ESPN LA and talked about Jared Goff's development and how the Rams are looking to get Gurley more work in the passing game.

Fantasy Goo: Not known for his receiving skills, despite Dunbar coming to the Rams in the offseason, Sean McVay will travel by air to get Gurley into open space. McVay know's the O-Line is a work in progress, but Gurley is an animal in the open field.

07/21/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bellcow To Play On Franchise Tag

Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down the Steelers 5 year contract that averaged 12 million per year. That number is 50% higher than the next highest paid RB, LeSean McCoy.

Fantasy Goo: This was a ballsy move by Bell, he has stated that he wants to reset the RB market. Adrian Peterson's 2012 was one of the largest RB contracts as he amassed $20.1 million on his base + incentives. Le'Veon Bell is now the #1 player to have in 2017 playing on a contact year under the Franchise tag.

07/21/17, 10:08 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Dan Orlovsky

Detroit Lions

Rams Add Veteran QB

The Rams veteran journeyman Dan Orlovsky to backup their promising young QB Jared Goff. Orlovsky is rejoining his OC from his 2005 season in Detroit.

Fantasy Goo: Orlovsky's last effective game was in 2015 when he threw for 191 yards with a TD and an interception. Even if Goff goes down for an extended period of time Orlovsky has never shown the ability to have a fantasy presence.

07/21/17, 09:59 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Carlos Henderson Impresses in Broncos OTA’s

"Carlos is a great route-runner," fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said during OTAs. "He keeps his arms running through the cuts. I’ve been watching film on him and just seeing how he is. He is a technique guy."

Fantasy Goo: This offense has been missing the short-game middle of the field presence in the passing game from a TE or slot receiver. It’s hard to say how many opportunities are there with the QB situation the way it is and two premier receivers on the outside, but this report sounds like they are looking to create opportunities for him, even if it’s on special teams. His metrics profile compares best to Stealing Sheppard.

07/20/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Re-sign RB Chris Johnson to One-year Contract

This is the perfect situation for everyone involved. Johnson obviously knows the offense, the Cardinals have a solid back-up and can bring their rookie along slowly. Ellington has moved to WR and Kerwynn Williams is comfortable with the offense, but certainly not a solid No.2.

Fantasy Goo:
It doesn’t move the needle for anyone’s value, David Johnson is still the number one or two overall pick and there was no “handcuff” on the radar to begin with. In the four games Chris Johnson was active last year he only did more than spell David in one game, when Arizona crushed Tennessee 40-7.

07/20/17, 04:11 PM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers First Round Pick Might Need Surgery

Reports on Mike Williams are mixed on whether he’ll need surgery or not for the herniated disk in his back, either way it seems unlikely that he will have anything to contribute this year. It seems like Schefter and Rapoport are having a little pissing contest as to whether Williams will actually need surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Draft Tyrell Williams as your WR3, he’s going after the 10th round right now, but that won’t happen for much longer. Keep Dontrell Inman on your radar, he could be a late round flyer in PPR leagues, with Allen out last year Inman finished with more PPR points than Ginn, Cobb and DeVante Parker.

07/20/17, 03:24 PM CDT by Wheeler


Gary Barnidge

Cleveland Browns

Jaguars Meet With Barnidge

“Barnidge was released by Cleveland following this year's NFL Draft. The Browns used a first-round pick on Miami tight end David Njoku, who is set to take on Barnidge's playing time. If the Jaguars were to sign Barnidge, it would be a homecoming for the veteran tight end.”

Fantasy Goo: This means nothing, Barnidge will not have a repeat of his 2015 season. Barnidge is a solid blocking TE that had a spectacular year when there were no other options in the offense. The Jaguars aren’t very adept at using the TE either, Julius Thomas did next to nothing in his two years with the team.

07/20/17, 03:21 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else

When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.

07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend

Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.

07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins

Deadline Set for Miami to Re-Sign Landry

Landry will not negotiate his contract after the season begins. I’m not so sure Landry is in Miami’s future plans. They surely won’t franchise him for $18 million next year and they just gave Kenny Stills a nice contract.

Fantasy Goo:I believe Miami has high hopes for DeVante Parker becoming the wide receiver one they drafted him to be. That may be a tall task with Tannehill running the show, but Parker appears to be far more committed to improving this year.

07/15/17, 08:55 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers Backfield Community

Reports out of SF say that Hyde has to earn the starting job. SF drafted two running backs and signed several free agents in the off-season including Tim Hightower and Kyle Juszczyk. If Hyde stays healthy there’s little doubt he earns the job, but he’s in the last year of his contract so if SF has their expected slow start I expect them to turn to their other options quickly.

Fantasy Goo: There are also reports that Hyde doesn’t fit into the Shanahan system well, he’s a tremendous athlete, but this is the time of year to pay attention to the negative information when we usually see nothing but fluff.

07/15/17, 08:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Virgil Green

Denver Broncos

Denver Tight End Job Up for Grabs

The team did select tight end Jake Butt in the 2017 NFL draft, but a knee injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game may keep the talented rookie out of action for this entire season.

Fantasy Goo: Virgil Green is a blocker and AJ Derby is a natural athlete that converted to TE from QB, they believe he can be used in many ways and McCoy’s offense can use a third pass-catcher. Derby isn’t worth drafting, but we may want to keep an eye on him.

07/15/17, 08:42 AM CDT by Wheeler


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Denver Receivers Excited for New Offense

“We’ve got this new offense with Mike McCoy. We’re going to be throwing the ball around so my conditioning has to be up and I’ve been working on that.’’
Sanders is working on a healthier lifestyle and getting ready for a high paced offense. Thomas is just happy to get his favorite play back in the rotation (WR screen).

Fantasy Goo: Thomas’ ADP is rising to the second round, while Sanders’ is hanging around in the late fifth. If you miss on Thomas keep an eye on Sanders slipping to you. While we’re not sure who the QB will be, these two should be just fine where they are being drafted.

07/15/17, 08:37 AM CDT by Wheeler


Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McNichols Working on Pass Catching Skills

Jeremy McNichols has been working with the Bucs wide receivers. He's going basically undrafted, McNichols may be worth a late round flyer if you’re in a FFPC (28 round) draft, but we have to see what happens in camp before we can judge this one.

Fantasy Goo: Doug Martin’s ADP has risen to the point where he’s getting way too expensive. If he’s hanging around in the ninth or tenth he might be worth a shot, but there are probably better options to choose from before that point.

07/15/17, 08:30 AM CDT by Wheeler


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Opportunities in Colts Backfield

“As long as I’m healthy and my guys up front get me the opportunities, I’m going to be successful,’’ Gore said.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski remains squarely in Gore’s corner, but there figures to be more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. “You can go a lot of different directions in that you can feature more things or different things with different people,’’ he said. “Some of that will be personnel-driven.’’

Fantasy Goo: With no improvements to the O-line, Robert Turbin showing life in camp, and Marlon Mack being drafted, I don’t see how Gore improves on last year’s total. He keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny, but I think that cliff is close. I’ve been high on him every year until now.

07/15/17, 08:25 AM CDT by Wheeler


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron to see more red-zone targets?

Ebron’s ADP has risen 2-3 rounds, depending on your scoring, in the past two months. Everyone seems to think that Ebron will see more red-zone looks this year with Boldin’s 22 RZ targets leaving town. He has a very safe floor so there’s no real downside to drafting him in the eighth round or later.

Fantasy Goo: I’m going to keep an eye on Boldin as well, he hasn’t signed with another team yet, and he’s not finished playing. Detroit is still on the list of places he could end up.

07/15/17, 08:06 AM CDT by Wheeler


Targets - From -&- Thru Week 15  (2012)

Targets - From -&- Thru Week 15 (2012)

Posted by d-Rx on 12/19/12

by   The Archer


More Articals


targets from week 15 - calvin johnson






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 15 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 from week 15 - quarterbacks chart - tom brady leader



The Gravy Train…

Tom Brady tried to bring the Pats all the way back on Sunday night and with his running backs ineffective and fumble prone it was all on his shoulders as he had 68 looks this week. Brady attempted 65 passes and completed 36 of them. Tom wasn’t his usual flawless self as he threw 2 interceptions to only one touchdown through the air while also adding one on the ground.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

Sam Bradford found himself second this week in looks as he threw all over the vulnerable Minnesota Viking’s secondary trying to bring the Rams back from a 26 point deficit. He attempted 55 passes when he typical averages 30 pass attempts a game. He had a lot of junk time yardage and scores, but to fantasy owners each and every yard is important. Bradford threw 3 touchdowns to only 1 interception and put together one of his best fantasy days of the season.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Eli Manning had another of his head scratching performances on Sunday against Atlanta. He only had 25 looks as the Giants were blanketed by the Falcons 34-0. Manning failed to get the ball in his playmakers hands and also threw 2 interceptions. The Giants and Manning have fizzled lately and now must fight to get into the playoffs when a month ago they looked to have the stranglehold on the division. Manning needs to step up his performance over the next two weeks for both his team and fantasy owners a like.




Running Backs (Rushing Carries + Receiving Targets)


targets from week 15 - running backs chart - darren mcfadden leader



The Gravy Train…

 Arian Foster just continues to pile up the looks as he saw 29 on Sunday and leads Adrian Peterson by 41 on the season. Foster is a consistent fantasy producer and as long as the Texans are content to keep feeding him the ball he will remain a highly valuable commodity in today’s running back by committee NFL. Foster was also very efficient as he averaged over five yards a carry on his 27 carries and added 2 receptions for good measure. Foster and Peterson are now competing to be the number one pick next season and each has made his case so far this season.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert both had some fantasy relevance this week for the first time in what seems like all season. DeAngelo got the lion’s share of the carries compiling 22 while Tolbert displayed his nose for the endzone scoring twice on his 9 carries. Both were more effective than they had been all season and helped Carolina to a 31-7 win over the Chargers. Both also showed their chops as pass catchers, especially Williams who caught both of his targets for 51 yards and a score.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Doug Martin was a disappointment in what looked to be a great matchup sure to bring home the next round of your fantasy playoffs. Martin got 14 looks but after a while the run game was abandoned as the Buc’s were down big. When he did get the looks he was also ineffective as he took his 9 carries for 16 yards. The only saving grace he might have had is if you were in a PPR league and his 3 receptions brought you a few points. Martin has been one of the best running backs to own so far this season and he must do more to bring you home that championship that all of us desire.




Wide Receivers (Receiving Targets) 



targets from week 15 - wide receivers chart - calvin johnson leader




The Gravy Train…

Andre Johnson really turned it on towards the midpoint of the season and hasn’t looked back since as he had another big game on Sunday. Johnson saw 13 passes thrown his way and caught 11 of them. He took those 11 catches for 151 yards and a score. Johnson has performed big for Fantasy owners who stuck with him after his lackluster first half performance. With opposing defenses focused on stopping Foster Andre can exploit the secondary for big games, and when he does it is to the delight of his fantasy owners.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

Michael Crabtree has shown a real chemistry with Colin Kaepernick and exploited the Patriots secondary on Sunday night. Crabtree has finally shown up to his talent level this season as he could break 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. On Sunday Crabtree saw 12 targets and caught 7 of them for 107 yards and 2 scores. The young Kaepernick seems to be looking his way more and more and Crabtree has been producing with all the added targets.


Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Kenny Britt after exploding for a big game was only targeted 3 times. The Jets stuck Chromartie on him pretty much all game as they are pretty evenly matched in terms of size and athleticism. Britt is a guy who needs the opportunities to make plays as he can use his size and strength to battle defenders for the ball. Britt must be chomping at the bit for more chances for him and his fantasy owners.




Tight Ends (Receiving Targets)


targets from week 15 - aaron hernandez


The Gravy Train…

Aaron Hernandez saw 20 passes thrown his way and made good work of them. You would like to see him catch a few more of his targets though as he only caught half of them. Hernandez surprisingly with all of his athleticism doesn’t gain a ton of yards and only amassed 91 on his ten catches this weekend. Hernandez has also been very good in the redzone since Gronk has gone down and added another touchdown to his tally Sunday night. A healthy Hernandez is a scary sight for any defense.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

Dallas Clark saw 12 passes thrown his way on Sunday and caught 8 of them. He didn’t gain very many yards but his 8 catches helped keep the offense on track until Freeman threw one of his 4 interceptions on the day. Clark has looked better as the season has gone on and may be reaching full stride in the final weeks of the season.  If Clark can constantly catch a good number of his targets he will be a nice safety blanket fro Freeman as he has two potential big play receivers on the outside.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

The Bronco’s tight ends were left pretty much irrelevant on Sunday as Peyton hooked up with Eric Decker early and often. Dreessen was only targeted 3 times and Tamme wasn’t targeted at all as the Ravens held the tight ends in check all game long. Both of these tight ends must be asking for more than scraps as they have both been solid fantasy options this season and their quarterback has been absolutely on fire.





by Stagg Party