2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 6

Melvin Gordon | Darrell Henderson | Christian Kirk

by Joe Bond
2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 6

Hi, everybody, welcome to my 2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 6 article.

I hope this article helps you in making some of those important waiver wire moves. Speaking of which, if you need some more advice, make sure you check out Herms's Week 7 Waiver article.

This week provided a lot of questions thanks to injuries, trade rumors and more. The data provided helps us determine the direction teams will go in. It is never a 100% guarantee that teams will continue current trends, but having this data makes us smarter and can only help us make better decisions.

2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 6

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Running Backs

Denver Broncos

Oh boy. Things got real interesting in Denver in Week 6.

In Week 5, the first full week without Javonte Williams, we saw Melvin Gordon get a 56% snap share and saw 15 carries to Mike Boone's seven. Of course, that was without newly signed Latavius Murray.

This week with Murray active, things changed drastically. Gordon saw his snap percentage drop to 15.5%, while Murray actually saw the most and by far the most carries (15). Gordon saw three, while Mike Boone saw just one.

Boone at least saw four targets, something Gordon saw zero of.

I'm actually surprised to see the Broncos not use Gordon. I mean he has been the least effective of the three healthy running backs on a per touch basis, but it's still surprising given how determined they were to using him with a healthy Williams. Don't forget he has had fumbling issues this season too.

I guess Murray at least has to be a top waiver target this week, but I still think this backfield is going to be very hard to trust moving forward.

Chicago Bears

Speaking of ineffective, I don't think I'm alone when I wonder when the Bears will realize they need to play Khalil Herbert more.

The stats don't lie, Herbert has been better with the ball in his hand than David Montgomery. Even knowing that the Bears give a huge amount of the workload to Montgomery. Just look at this past week when Monty won the snap count 77%-22% and carried the ball 15 times to seven for Herbert.

This was even after Herbert broke off a 64-yard run early in the game.

Los Angeles Rams

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Well so much for the Cam Akers bounceback season. It looks as though he will not be on this team soon. The Rams are looking to trade Akers after the relationship soured quickly.

In the first week without Akers active, Darrell Henderson Jr. dominated the backfield with touches and snap count over Malcolm Brown. Thankfully Henderson scored because otherwise, it would have been a poor Fantasy day for him.

I don't expect great things from Henderson or Brown or even Kyren Williams when he returns from IR. However, with the state of running backs right now, Henderson is a startable player just because of the sheer volume he will see.

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Wide Receivers

New York Giants

The Giants receiving corps was able to get back a weapon this week in Wan'Dale Robinson. He performed well enough, as he was able to score a touchdown.

The issue with this receiving corps stays the same. Each week it seems there is a new favorite target. Last week it was Darius Slayton. This week it was a mix of Robinson and Marcus Johnson.

With Saquon Barkley taking such a large share of the targets from Daniel Jones, it will be very hard to trust any of the Giants receivers this season.

Jacksonville Jaguars

After early season domination in targets, Christian Kirk has yet to lead the team in targets since Week 3.

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Since then we have seen Marvin Jones Jr. and Zay Jones lead in targets, to be fair Kirk tied for the lead this week. Maybe no coincidence, but after Week 3 is when we saw Trevor Lawrence start to struggle after a promising start.

Lawrence bounced back for Fantasy Football this week thanks to two rushing touchdowns, but it seems that he needs Kirk to be the guy for him to be a reliable quarterback.

Dallas Cowboys

Noah Brown is playing plenty of snaps still, more than Michael Gallup, but the targets and production have dwindled. it is safe to say he is droppable at this point, even with the thought that Dak Prescott will return soon.

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

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