Following the same thinking I did with Targets – 2020 Regular Season 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 16 game season) could crack the top 50 Targets in the 2021 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 13 games or less, averaged 5.5 Targets per game and are in order of their Targets per Games Played Average.
Targets – Running Backs
- Austin Ekeler – 65, 10 games
- Christian McCaffrey – 19, 3 games
Targets – Tight Ends
- George Kittle – 63, 8 games
- Zach Ertz – 72, 11 games
- Dallas Goedert – 65, 11 games
- C.J. Uzomah – 11, 2 games
Targets – Wide Receivers
- Brandon Aiyuk – 96, 12 games
- Michael Thomas – 55, 7 games
- Antonio Brown – 62, 8 games
- Julio Jones – 68, 9 games
- Sterling Shepard – 90, 12 games
- Jamison Crowder – 89, 12 games
- D.J. Chark – 93, 13 games
- Chris Godwin – 84, 12 games
- Will Fuller – 75, 11 games
- Julian Edelman – 39, 6 games
- Kenny Golladay – 32, 5 games
- Deebo Samuel – 44, 7 games
- Odell Beckham Jr. – 43, 7 games
- Courtland Sutton – 6, 1 game
- John Brown – 52, 9 games
- Larry Fitzgerald – 72, 13 games
- Sammy Watkins – 55, 10 games
Targets – 2020 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 2021. Do you pick all these highlighted players in the first few rounds of your 2020 drafts? Probably not. Although when you get to comparing 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!
Targets and TDs Fantasy Football
Find players that will have: Ability – Availability – Opportunity – Consistency – Advantage/Upside – Matchup
If your players are on an offensive team that can get many Targets and Touchdowns, you know I would be interested in them! Statistics courtesy of The Football Database , a great resource for your NFL players statistics. If you enjoyed the article please share it with others (via the social media links).
Missed any recent posts?!, check them out below as you get your mind focused on fantasy football opportunities!
- Targets – 2020 Regular Season
- Super Bowl LV – Chiefs at Bucs
- Conference Championship Round – Bucs at Packers
- Conference Championship Round – Bills at Chiefs
I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy! Enjoy the journey throughout the 2020 – 2021 Fantasy Football Season!