2021 Targets – Honorable Mention

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Following the same thinking I did with 2021 Targets – Regular Season Recap last week, I went and dug a little deeper for this week continuing to look at Targets. I found players that if their roles were to increase (or if they stayed healthy for a whole 17 game season) could crack the top 50 Targets in the 2022 Regular Season.

With Targets the majority of the players we will come across are going to be Wide Receivers (they are your primary ball catchers). Other positions do mix in and as the NFL becomes more and more friendly to those throwing passes and catching them, the more I value those pass catchers (especially if they aren’t a wide receiver by position).

Opportunity and availability play a part but some names to target next season are listed below (with Targets and Games Played after their name). They are players who played 14 games or less, averaged 3.0 Targets per game and are ranked in order of their Targets per Game Average.

PlayerTeamReceptionsYardsTotal TDsTargetsGames PlayedTargets/Game
Calvin RidleyATL31281252510.40
Chris GodwinTB981,1035127149.07
Antonio BrownTB4254546278.86
Darren WallerLV55665293118.45
A.J. BrownTEN638695105138.08
Tee HigginsCIN741,0916110147.86
Robert WoodsLA4555646997.67
Sterling ShepardNYG3636615377.57
Rob GronkowskiTB55802689127.42
Adam ThielenMIN677261095137.31
DeVante ParkerMIA40515273107.30
Jarvis LandryCLE52570287127.25
T.J. HockensonDET61583484127.00
Elijah MooreNYJ43538577117.00
Michael GallupDAL3544526296.89
Russell GageATL66770494146.71
George KittleSF71910694146.71
Corey DavisNYJ3449245996.56
DeAndre HopkinsARI42572864106.40
Leonard FournetteTB69454284146.00
D'Andre SwiftDET62452278136.00
Jamison CrowderNYJ51447271125.92
Odell Beckham Jr.CLE/LA44537582145.86
Christian McCaffreyCAR3734314175.86
Kadarius ToneyNYG39420057105.70
Jerry JeudyDEN38467056105.60
JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT1512902855.60
Rashod BatemanBAL46515167125.58
Allen RobinsonCHI38410166125.50
D.J. CharkJAX715422245.50
Kenny GolladayNYG37521076145.43
Dante PettisNYG108711635.33
Alvin KamaraNO47439567135.15
Emmanuel SandersBUF42626472145.14
Henry RuggsLV2446923675.14
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGB26430355115.00
James O'ShaughnessyJAX2424403474.86
J.D. McKissicWAS43397253114.82
Julio JonesTEN31434148104.80
Dan ArnoldCAR/JAX35408052114.73
James WhiteNE129401434.67
Danny AmendolaHOU2424833784.63
Rondale MooreARI54435164144.57
Tre'Quan SmithNO32377350114.55
Deonte HarrisNO36570359134.54
Darius SlaytonNYG26339258134.46
Chase EdmondsARI43311053124.42
Quintez CephusDET1520422254.40
Saquon BarkleyNYG41263257134.38
Nico CollinsHOU33446161144.36
Laquon TreadwellJAX33434151124.25
Logan ThomasWAS1819632564.17
Donovan Peoples-JonesCLE34597358144.14
Josh ReynoldsTEN/DET29396249124.08
Anthony MillerHOU/PIT62511234.00
Will FullerMIA4260824.00
Michael CarterNYJ36325055143.93
David MontgomeryCHI42301051133.92
Jamal AgnewJAX24229139103.90
Dalvin CookMIN34224049133.77
Ricky Seals-JonesWAS30271249133.77
Sammy WatkinsBAL27394149133.77
T.Y. HiltonIND23331337103.70
Robert TonyanGB1820422983.63
Maxx WilliamsARI1619311753.40
Kareem HuntCLE2217402783.38
Kenyan DrakeLV30291140123.33
Darrell HendersonLA29176340123.33
Parris CampbellIND1016212063.33
KJ HamlerDEN57401033.33
Adam TrautmanNO27263243133.31
James RobinsonJAX31222046143.29
Randall CobbGB28375539123.25
Dontrell HilliardTEN198702683.25
David JohnsonHOU32225142133.23
Brevin JordanHOU2017832893.11
Ryan GriffinNYJ27261242143.00
Mohamed SanuSF1517702483.00
Breshad PerrimanTB1116711863.00
Cam AkersLA3100313.00
Tyrell WilliamsDET2140313.00

Targets – By Position

Below are some positional breakdowns of the information above:

Targets – Running Backs

  • Leonard Fournette – 84, 14 games
  • D’Andre Swift – 78, 13 games
  • Christian McCaffrey – 41, 7 games
  • Alvin Kamara – 67, 13 games
  • J.D. McKissic – 53, 11 games
  • James White – 14, 3 games
  • Chase Edmonds – 53, 12 games
  • Saquon Barkley – 57, 13 games
  • Michael Carter – 55, 14 games
  • David Montgomery – 51, 13 games
  • Dalvin Cook – 49, 13 games
  • Kareem Hunt – 27, 8 games
  • Kenyan Drake – 40, 12 games
  • Darrell Henderson – 40, 12 games
  • James Robinson – 46, 14 games
  • Dontrell Hilliard – 26, 8 games
  • David Johnson – 42, 13 games
  • Cam Akers – 3, 1 game

Targets – Tight Ends

  • Darren Waller – 93, 11 games
  • Rob Gronkowski – 89, 12 games
  • T.J. Hockenson – 84, 12 games
  • George Kittle – 94, 14 games
  • James O’Shaughnessy – 34, 7 games
  • Dan Arnold – 52, 11 games
  • Logan Thomas – 25, 6 games
  • Ricky Seals-Jones – 49, 13 games
  • Robert Tonyan – 29, 8 games
  • Maxx Williams – 17, 5 games
  • Adam Trautman – 43, 13 games
  • Brevin Jordan – 28, 9 games
  • Ryan Griffin – 42, 14 games

Targets – Wide Receivers

  • Calvin Ridley – 52, 5 games
  • Chris Godwin – 127, 14 games
  • Antonio Brown – 62, 7 games
  • A.J. Brown – 105, 13 games
  • Tee Higgins – 110, 14 games
  • Robert Woods – 69, 9 games
  • Sterling Shepard – 53, 7 games
  • Adam Thielen – 95, 13 games
  • DeVante Parker – 73, 10 games
  • Jarvis Landry – 87, 12 games
  • Elijah Moore – 77, 11 games
  • Michael Gallup – 62, 9 games
  • Russell Gage – 94, 14 games
  • Corey Davis – 59, 9 games
  • DeAndre Hopkins – 64, 10 games

2021 Targets – Honorable Mention – Final Word

At the end of the day (or season) the best ability is availability. Plenty of players aren’t available all season long and their production can sometimes be missed on year end stat sheets. With this in mind I find it helpful to review their per game averages to compare them to their peers. It could give a head start to opportunity for more Targets in 2022. Certainly, a good number of the names listed are expected but always interesting to see some names on the list that you are not expecting to see. They could be the true undervalued commodities come the 2022 Regular Season.

Do you pick all these highlighted players in the first few rounds of your 2022 drafts? Probably not. Although when you compare them to others around their average draft position, I would tend to lean towards the player that is getting more Targets than not. Feel free to reference the Targets and Touchdowns pages to see who has gotten the looks and end-zone appearances through the regular season. Targets are a great stat to keep track to help find opportunities and the next players ready to score you points in fantasy football!

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