2020 Targets and Touches Through Week 3

by Jon Witt
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Welcome to 2020 Targets and Touches Through Week 3.

We are three weeks into the fantasy football season and some trends are starting to develop across the landscape of the league.

Each week in this article, we will touch on both the positive and negative trends that will have an effect on your fantasy team when it comes to offensive snaps played, targets and touches.

Running backs, wide receivers and tight ends alike will be talked about but the focus will be on the not so obvious impact players. This week features a few unlikely running backs that had good weeks and some wide receivers forced into action due to some injuries.

2020 Targets and Touches Through Week 3

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Running Backs

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins

Gaskins seems to have immerged from a clogged backfield to become the lead horse in Miami, playing 75% of the offensive snaps (the next closest was Howard at 18%).

He made the most out of those snaps, totaling 22 carries and five targets for 95 yards overall.

It is clear that Gaskin is the running back to own in Miami.

Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers

With Christian McCaffrey on the shelf, Davis was heavily involved in the offense on Sunday.

He took 13 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown, but did most of his damage through the air, being targeted a team-high nine times. He caught eight of them for 45 yards and a touchdown.

As long as CMC remains out, Davis should be in your fantasy lineups.

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots

It seems like there is a "Rex Burkhead Game" once a year for the Patriots.

Burkhead took advantage of his playing time in Week 3, scoring three times and catching seven balls.

With James White and Damien Harris due back soon, there may not be much of a reason to own Burkhead.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Darius Slayton, New York Giants

Slayton tied Golden Tate for the most targets with seven on Sunday but only managed to catch three of them.

With the Giants usually playing from behind this season, Slayton could continue to see his targets rise weekly as he is the only Giants wide receiver to play more than half the offense snaps (90.3%)

Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers

Lazard took full advantage of the loss of Davante Adams on Sunday playing 95% of the offensive snaps.

He was Aaron Rodgers' favorite target early and often, to the tune of six receptions for 146 and a touchdown.

Even if Adams comes back this week, it seems as Lazard has earned the trust of Rodgers to still be involved.

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts

Pascal only had four targets in Week 4, but the wide receiving core for the Colts is decimated by injuries.

It was a good sign that he was on the field for nearly every offensive snap (93%), and that should translate into some numbers soon.

He is worth a bench stash if you have the room in deeper leagues.

Greg Ward & John Hightower, Philadelphia Eagles

Speaking of decimated wide receiving cores, the Eagles were hurting badly on Sunday. Already without Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jefferey, DeSean Jackson left the game early.

These injuries forced Greg Ward & John Hightower into the offensive game plan. Both plated a similar number of snaps (84% vs 86%) but Ward outshined Hightower.

Ward caught eight of his 11 targets for 72 yards and managed to score. Ward is the receiver to own in Philadelphia until they get healthy.


Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

Welcome to the NFL Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson was targeted a team-high nine times and he torched the Titans secondary all game long.

He finally stat line was seven catches for 175 yards and a touchdown.

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are throwing the ball a lot this season with Joe Burrow and Higgins is starting to get involved in the act.

Higgins has seen his targets increase week over week (especially in the red zone) and is starting to produce.

He caught five balls on nine targets for 40 yards and two touchdowns.

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