2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 2

by Joe Bond
2023 Fantasy Football Committee Backfields

Hi, everybody, welcome to my 2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 2 article.

This is a new column I'm starting here each week to discuss Targets, Touches and Snap Count trends.

I will be displaying some data, in tables, broken down between running backs and wide receivers after each week. It won't be every team or every player, but the backfields and receiver corps that have split workloads or trends that are worth noting.

After the data tables, you will see my analysis of a few of the team's backfields or receiving corps. I want to make sure to point out interesting trends that can make a difference for how you decide who to start, pick up or trade each week.

I'll spare you an even longer intro this week since I explained the concept and just get to it.

2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 2

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Running Backs

Green Bay Packers

To me, this is one of the more interesting backfields in all of football. Not because it is a split, we all knew that was going to be the case this season. The reason is just how the split has carried out.

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If you had told me that AJ Dillon was going to have more targets and carries than Aaron Jones this season, even after just two weeks, I would have said you were crazy. However, that is precisely how it has played out.

Now in Week 2 Aaron Jones took his opportunities, even though there were fewer of them, and capitalized. I believe Dillon's days are coming for sure.

I'm not going to say to move any of these two, they are both extremely talented. I will say though that it is going to be tough to predict monster Fantasy days from either of them with such an even workload.

New England Patriots

This is a strange backfield with the splits.

If you simply look at the touches and Fantasy points it heavily favors Damien Harris.

A different look at things and it makes you wonder if Harris's dominance can continue. Why? Because his snap share is below Rhamondre Stevenson on the season and was much lower in Week 2 alone.

Harris will have to stay very efficient with the touches he is getting to stay as the running back you want in this backfield.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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I'm still in shock with this backfield split, even after watching it for two weeks. I thought James Robinson would play a role, but after a torn Achilles I thought it might take a bit longer than this.

After the first two weeks of the season, Robinson has led Travis Etienne in snaps and carries. By quite a bit too.

I still want to believe that Etienne's talent will show, but it is getting harder and harder each week we watch him take a backseat to Robinson. Perhaps we just have to remember that he is still a rookie and it will take him time to acclimate to the NFL, as most rookies do.

Wide Receivers

Chicago Bears

What is going on here? We see elite snap count numbers for Darnell Mooney. Even good ones for Equanimeous St. Brown.

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The target numbers are straight awful and make it very hard to start any of these receivers. I'm honestly benching Mooney in most of my leagues until we see this offense pick things up in the passing game.

Green Bay Packers

There isn't much to like here either. Only two receivers have double-digit Fantasy points. Sammy Watkins and Romeo Doubs.

Aaron Rodgers is still trying to figure out who he can trust. The proof is that four different receivers have six or more targets.

I expect Allen Lazard to take the lead here after missing Week 1, but Week 2 did not go as expected even though he did score. It might be hard to wait and see with these guys, but I would try to do that with most of them.

Kansas City Chiefs

The unknown and inconsistent feeling is similar here to the Packers.

After the Chiefs lost their top pass catcher, they are trying to spread the ball around. It is working for their offense as a whole as they are winning games and putting up plenty of points doing so.

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It is not, however, producing Fantasy wide receivers that are going to be easy to predict every week.

This receiver corps, much like the Packers, is one I'm going to keep an eye on to see who rises to the top. Right now it is very unknown.

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