Fantasy Football

2019 Fantasy Football Targets & Touches Preview


This season will we will be tracking Red Zone chances, Snaps played and Targets trends to help you dominate your the 2019 Fantasy Football season.

This post here is just an example of how we plan on using the data this season.

It should provide you with the general idea of what to expect from these posts.

They will not be posted weekly, but once we spot a trend(s), we will be sure to post it right away!

Below I highlight a few teams, with questions marks surrounding some key players, coming into the 2019 NFL Season.

2019 Fantasy Football Targets & Touches Preview

Free five-minute mock drafts against industry experts and custom analysis for your team with the FantasyPros Draft Wizard.

Indianapolis Colts Tight Ends – Snap Share / Red Zone Chances

Embed from Getty Images
One thing is clear, Eric Ebron was NOT brought into Indianapolis to do what he did last season.

In five games together with Jack Doyle, Ebron’s snap share looked like this:
  • 45%
  • 26%
  • 21%
  • 38%
  • 40%

Doyle saw 14 more targets, but just two more than Ebron in the Red Zone.

The Colts and Andrew Luck‘s love for Doyle goes all the way back to last preseason!

Ebron’s 12 team half-PPR ADP has fallen to the middle of the seventh round. You can grab Jack Doyle with one of your last picks if you feel the need to draft a Colts tight end.

And if you think, well Ebron was a monster in the Red Zone last year, he was. He caught 11 of his 13 touchdowns in the Red Zone. But they did add a TE that plays WR in Devin Funchess this offseason, drafted Parris Campbell in the second round of the NFL Draft and the offense relied more heavily on Marlon Mack in the Red Zone in the final weeks.

New England Patriots Running Backs – Snap Share / Red Zone Chances

Embed from Getty Images
James White played nearly twice as many snaps as Sony Michel but they each had 43 Red Zone chances.

Michel had twice as many carries as White in the Red Zone but only scored five touchdowns from inside the 20-yard line. White led the team with 21 Red Zone targets, leading to all seven of his receiving touchdowns. Three of his five rushing touchdowns also came inside the Red Zone.

Believe it or not, the Patriots were just average in TDs per Red Zone appearance.

White is the pass-catcher out of the backfield and he could see an increase in targets this season with Rob Gronkowski retired, Chris Hogan on the Carolina Panthers and Josh Gordon not yet eligible to play.

Add to this Rex Burkhead is still around and the Patriots drafted Damien Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft and once again, Fantasy owners are left wondering what to do with New England’s backfield on weekly basis!

Michel and White are currently RB25/26 according to 12 team half-PPR ADP, being drafted in the first half of the fifth round.

Denver Broncos Wide Receivers – Targets and Red Zone Chances

Embed from Getty Images
After the trade of Demaryius Thomas, there were three games where Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton played together.

After Sanders injury, it was Sutton, Hamilton and Tim Patrick.

Sanders is returning from an Achilles injury, Sutton is looking to build off a solid rookie campaign and Hamilton and Patrick will look to make the most of their looks from new QB Joe Flacco.

In his nine starts with the Baltimore Ravens last year, Flacco did a nice job spreading the ball around with Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead each having multiple 10+ targets games. Flacco even mixed in three tight ends and two running backs.

He averaged 25.3 WR targets, 9.2 TE and 7.4 RB over his final nine games with the Ravens, how will he spread the ball around Mile High Stadium?

Oh and it’s not like Flacco hasn’t been supplanted by a rookie before, but I doubt he loses his job to Drew Lock this season. If he does, it could be around Fantasy Playoff time and that could put a big hurt on Sutton’s value, who has crept up into the back end of the ninth round in 12 team half-PPR leagues, WR43.

Another thing to worry about is the Broncos scheme in the Red Zone. They did not target WRs often. Sutton only had 7 RZ targets!

San Francisco 49ers Wide Receivers – Targets

Embed from Getty Images
The entire 49ers was in shambles last year so it’s hard to take anything away from 2018 data, but the point still stands that there are a bunch of WRs and someone has to catch the ball. Thankfully this year it will be from Jimmy Garoppolo, despite C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens turning George Kittle into a Superstar.

Pierre Garcon is gone, Marquise Goodwin might not make the roster(?) and they added two rookie WRs in the draft, Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd, with back-to-back picks in the second and third round! That says a lot about the lack of love there was for the depth chart.

In case you are wondering, Kendrick Bourne led the team in WR snaps and targets (66) last year! Dante Pettis led the team in targets over the second half of the season.

This is one we will be sure to monitor closely in the early weeks of the season when we find out just how Garoppolo decides to target his pass catchers.

Get in on some Best Ball leagues at Underdog Fantasy. Sign up and get a Money Back Guarantee if you don't love it during the first month.

Again, this was just a preview of the thought process that can come out of looking at these stats. It will be fun gathering all the data and sharing those that make me think twice about the situation!

Until then, make sure you check out our latest Fantasy Football posts!

About Keith Lott

I have one goal, to help you win your league. It does not matter if you are a fantasy rookie or a veteran. Everyone has questions, and I have opinions. Lot(t)s of them!

Recommended for you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.