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2020 Targets and Touches Through Week 4

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Welcome to 2020 Targets and Touches Through Week 4.

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.

2020 Targets and Touches Through Week 4

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Running Backs

Jamaal Williams & Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Williams & Jones shared the load on Monday night, basically splitting the offensive snaps evenly (57%, 52% respectively)

Jones totaled 101 yards with five receptions (five targets) and a touchdown while Williams caught all eight of his targets for 95 yards.

The Packers offense is rolling right now, and both running backs have a major role in it. They are both startable in most leagues, with Jones being the primary guy to own.

Jerick McKinnon, San Fransico 49ers

McKinnon led all running backs in the NFL this past week, playing the largest percentage of his team’s offensive snaps (92%).

He rushed for 54 tards on 14 carries with a touchdown and had seven catches on eight targets for 43 yards.

This may need to be taken with a grain of salt as Raheem Mostert is due back any week now, but McKinnon has done enough to earn a role in the offense.

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

This was the first game that Montgomery lined up without Tarik Cohen and he played 85% of the offensive snaps.

He did not do much with the volume, only totaling 57 yards on six targets and 10 carries. A lot of that can be chalked up to playing the stingy Colts defense.

The usage will be there going forward for Montgomery and he now has no competition around him to steal carries.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Terry McLaurin, The Washington Football Team

McLaurin was a target monster on Sunday, being targeted 14 times throughout the course of the game.

He did the most with those targets, catching ten of them for 118 yards.

The weapons in Washing are very sparse, leaving McClaurin to soak up everything thrown his way. He has proved himself matchup proof.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos

Patrick has stepped up admirably for Courtland Sutton these past two weeks. He has played 76% of offensive snaps, second-most on the team.

He led the team in targets (7), receptions (6), and yards (113) and also scored a touchdown.

It will be interesting to see if his target shares keep up when Drew Lock comes back, but there is no reason to believe that they will drop.

Isaiah Ford, Miami Dolphins

This one is a bit of an odd one. Ford lead the team in targets with 10, which was seven more than anyone else on the team.

The odd part is that the ten targets only translated into four catches for 48 yards.

The offensive snaps (67%) and targets have been there for Ford, but until that translates into production, he can be left alone.

Robert Tonyan Jr. Green Bay Packers

The Packers pass catchers are beaten up. They went into the game on Monday missing three of their top wide receivers but that did not bother Tonyan one bit.

Rodgers found Tonyan all night, targeting him six times, three in the red-zone.

The targets translated to six catches, 98 yards, and three touchdowns.

With the Packers being on bye this week, the wide receivers are bound to get healthy, so it remains to be seen what his role will be going forward.

Rookies

CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

Lamb continues to produce in a pass-heavy attack for the Cowboys.

He has caught 21 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns and trails only Amari Cooper in team targets.

Laviska Sheneault, Jacksonville Jaguars

Sheneault has turned into the WR2 for the Jags, behind DJ Chark.

The Jaguars are lining him up all over the field as well as giving him some carries out of the backfield (nine carries on the season with 20 targets).

With the Jags looking for ways to get him the ball, Shenault is one to target if he is still available in your leagues.


Check out the rest of our 2020 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Jon Witt

Buffalo Boy born and raised. He loves his Buffalo sports unconditionally, despite them driving him nuts more often than not. Bleeds Dodgers Blue during the summer and wishes he had an NBA team. Plays all sorts of fantasy sports, has been for a very long time. Hit him up @JPW2542 with any comments or questions.

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