2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 3

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by Joe Bond
2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Through Week 3

Hi, everybody, welcome to my 2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 3 article.

This is only the second week I will be doing this article, so I'm going to explain just exactly what it is again for those who missed last week's

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. These can help you make start-sit decisions, who you pick up or trade each week.

2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 3

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Running Backs

New England Patriots

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I wanted to start out with a backfield that I analyzed last week. If you go back, you'll read that I said Damien Harris was outperforming Rhamondre Stevenson, but I wasn't sure how long it could last with the snap counts in massive favor of Stevenson.

Fast-forward one week and the snap-count data was heavily in favor of Stevenson once again. This time the fantasy points went his way too.

I think we will get plenty of back and forth weeks, cause well it is the Patriots. But I still trust Stevenson more as a reliable option. It might just not be as reliable with Mac Jones injured.

Detroit Lions

This one is mildly interesting because the Lions might be without D'Andre Swift for a few weeks.

If Swift is indeed injured, Jamaal Williams is going to be an absolute must-start.

We can't expect him to just take all the snaps though, that isn't the type of back Williams is. Expect Craig Reynolds to be involved plenty. He could even be a sneaky flex play on a team that is a tad running back needy.

New York Jets

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This backfield is spinning in favor of Breece Hall a bit faster than I expected.

After an offseason of hearing how Michael Carter was the "heartbeat of the Jets offense" and Week 1 where Hall only saw 19 total snaps, it was hard to see how he was going to be relevant very soon.

All it took was three weeks and Hall had more snaps than Carter. He also saw an unbelievable 11 targets this past week, compared to just two for Carter. The targets surprise me the most at this point and make me super excited about Hall moving forward.

Wide Receivers

Green Bay Packers

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Is it possible we have a clearer picture with this receiving corps?

Allen Lazard did start to separate himself, but perhaps he is not going to be alone.

Romeo Doubs had a great game catching all eight of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Perhaps it helped that two receivers, Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson, were injured last week, it just felt different watching him and Aaron Rodgers connect this past week. It looks as though Rodgers might be able to trust a receiver finally.

New York Giants

This receiving corps has been pretty bad for Fantasy Football. It might not get much better, but it might get a bit clearer now that Sterling Shepard is out for the rest of the season.

I'm mildly interested in Richie James now. He has caught 14 of his 17 targets on the season for 146 yards. Both second most on the team, only to Shepard, who is now out for the season.

James is nothing more than a stash pickup at this point with how bad the Giants pass offense has been this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Steelers have struggled on offense much of this season and I doubt it is going to change any time soon.

Even though the fantasy results have not been there, you have to like what you see from Diontae Johnson when you look at the snap count and target data.

Johnson ranks fifth in the NFL in target share for his team and eighth in total targets. He might not score a lot of touchdowns on the season, so his ceiling will be capped, but I think his floor is fairly high given the volume he will see each game. Especially in PPR formats.

*all snap count, target and carry data is from fantasydata.

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