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2020 Targets and Touches Through Week 2

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Welcome to 2020 Targets and Touches Through Week 2.

We are two 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. For example, we all know that DeAndre Hopkins is a beast, and you do not need me to tell you that he leads the NFL with 25 targets and has played 95.6% of the offensive snaps for the Cardinals.

2020 Targets and Touches Through Week 2

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Running Backs

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Jacobs currently is the primary ball carrier for the Raiders and the numbers show it. He is on the field for 71.3% of the offensive snaps and is second in the league with 52 carries.

He has nine targets in the passing game, which puts him 11th among running backs after two weeks. This is a huge improvement for Jacobs who saw just 27 targets last season. If this continues he will be an even more trusted RB than last season.

Austin Ekeler & Josh Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers

The backfield in LA is an interesting one. Ekeler has been on the field a lot more than Kelley, having played 61.8% of the snaps compared to 38.9% by Kelley, but they both have the same amount of carries in 35.

Ekeler is expected to be more involved in the passing game going forward and the QB change to Herbert should help him. That being said, Kelley is getting enough carries to at least warrant a spot on your bench.

Zack Moss & Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills

The backfield in Buffalo to start the season has been about as close to a dead-even split as you can get. Singletary has 29 total touches (10 targets, 19 carries) to Moss’ 21 (4 targets, 17 carries).

Singletary has a slight edge in total snaps (57.4% to 45.3%) and is slightly more involved in the passing game. This makes him the preferred back to own at the moment.

This very well could change as the season progress, making both backs roster able.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

Johnson currently leads the Steelers offense with 23 targets (catching 16). That is nine more targets than teammate Juju-Smith Schuster.

Coming into the season, the narrative was that with Roethlisberger back, Juju would see a huge increase in volume. While that is not entirely false, it has been Johnson that has been the biggest beneficiary of the return of their star QB.

With Johnson being on the field 84.5%, there is reason to believe that his target share will only go up.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta is known for its passing attack with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. However, the early numbers for Gage have been more than surprising. He has five more targets then Julio Jones and only one less than Calvin Ridley (21, 16, 22 respectively).

He has been on the field less than the other two, but he is still playing a healthy 76% of the snaps and seems to have the eye of Matt Ryan. Gage should not be sitting on your waiver wire as he is in the consideration for a weekly flex-start.

N’Keal Harry & Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Both receivers for Cam Newton have gotten off to good starts in the eyes of the fantasy community. Newton has targeted them each 18 times.

Edelman however seems to be on the field significantly less. He being out-snapped by Harry 82.4% to 65.4%. So despite them both being targeted the same amount, Harry seems to be the one that could become more involved as the season continues to unfold.

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team

The tight end spot has been pretty chalk in the first two weeks outside of Logan Thomas coming on in Washington.

He has emerged as the No. 2 target for Haskins, playing 82.4% of the snaps. His 17 targets are third among all the tight ends.

With the lack of WR depth in Washington, Thomas could see his volume increase.

Rookies

Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

Has seen his carries almost triple in Week 2 after the Marlon Mack injury. He carried the ball 26 times in Week 2 compared to nine in Week 1.

26 attempts each week is not likely. However, the trend of him being the primary ball-handler for the Colts should continue.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Was finally targeted out of the backfield 10 times in Week 2. That is a great sign after not getting targeted once in Week 1.

CeeDee Lamb & Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos.

They both are tied for the lead for rookie wideouts with 15 targets apiece.

The great news is Jeudy’s targets will take a significant jump with Sutton out the year.


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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