Andy Dalton in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- A.J. Green: 13, Brandon Tate: 5, Jermaine Gresham: 4, Armon Binns: 4, Donald Lee: 3, Andrew Hawkins: 2, Brian Leonard: 2, BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1, Colin Cochart: 1, Chris Pressley: 1, Cedric Peerman: 1
Not surprisingly, A.J. Green dominated the targets this preseason. He will be force-fed the ball all season, and with his ability to elevate and make spectacular receptions, he should be able to do well, even while double-covered.
The Bengals kept seven receivers on their 53 man roster and Brandon Tate is listed as their #2. But that is good news for Jermaine Gresham, who should be the #2 target all season.
Brandon Weeden in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Greg Little: 11, Josh Gordon: 8, Brandon Jackson: 5, Mohamed Massaquoi: 4, Jordan Norwood: 3, Travis Benjamin: 3, Owen Marecic: 3, Joshua Cribbs: 2, Montario Hardesty: 2, Evan Moore: 2, Jordan Cameron: 2, Alex Smith: 2
Weeden looks to be better than Colt McCoy. And in a related note, sunburn is better than frostbite. The target hogs were Greg Little and Josh Gordon this preseason and they are the two receivers with the most fantasy potential. It’s good that those two things coincide.
Tony Romo in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Kevin Ogletree: 6, Dez Bryant: 5, Felix Jones: 4, DeMarco Murray: 4, John Phillips: 4, Jason Witten: 3, Cole Beasley: 3, Dwayne Harris: 2, Jamize Olawale: 1
The glut of injuries to Tony Romo’s receivers skewed the numbers above here so we can’t gain much insight from them. We might be able to say Kevin Ogletree is the preferred #3 receiver, but Dwayne Harris put on a show in their third game, so I’m not touching either with a 10 foot waiver wire.
Peyton Manning in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Demaryius Thomas: 8, Brandon Stokley: 8, Eric Decker: 7, Lance Ball: 7, Jacob Tamme: 6, Joel Dreessen: 5, Willis McGahee: 1
Manning looked very much like he will look this season, spreading the ball around well and evenly. The number of targets for Brandon Stokley was interesting and firmly puts him into points-per-reception consideration.
The only thing separating Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas in preseason was the number of looks Decker got in the end zone. If that holds, Decker will be the fantasy winner of the two.
Another tidbit worth considering here are the eight targets for Lance Ball. With Manning mostly looking for short to mid-range passes, the third-down running back could have value in points-per-reception leagues. That looks to be Ball coming into the season, but they would prefer that Ronnie Hillman win out.
Matt Stafford in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Calvin Johnson: 12, Brandon Pettigrew: 10, Titus Young: 4, Kevin Smith: 3, Nate Burleson: 3, Mikel Leshoure: 3, Stefan Logan: 2, Tony Scheffler: 2, Patrick Edwards: 1, Keiland Williams: 1
These distribution numbers look about right. Megatron and Brandon Pettigrew are the constants on the team, while the fight for targets between Titus Young and Nate Burleson has a lot at stake for fake footballers.
It seems that Young is and should be the front runner there, but he really needs to run away with the job to be a fantasy asset.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Jordy Nelson: 10, James Jones: 7, Greg Jennings: 5, Tom Crabtree: 3, Randall Cobb: 3, Donald Driver: 3, D.J. Williams: 2, Cedric Benson: 2, Ryan Taylor: 2, James Starks: 1, Alex Green: 1, John Kuhn: 1
Last season we had a lot of fun (i.e. not really) trying to make James Jones startable, but his targets were just too erratic. This season we will likely see a reduction in targets for Donald Driver and then hope one of Jones or Cobb fills the void instead of sharing target duties.
Jordy Nelson isn’t slowing down anytime soon, so just get on board.
Matt Schaub in at quarterback, the targets looked like so -- Andre Johnson: 8, Lestar Jean: 5, Owen Daniels: 5, Keshawn Martin: 5, James Casey: 4, Kevin Walter: 3, Arian Foster: 3, Garrett Graham: 3, Justin Forsett: 2, Ben Tate: 1
Well, we know that Andre Johnson is a beast when healthy, so that will continue. But after that, the Texans receivers aren’t the easiest to figure out. It was good to see Lestar Jean step up this preseason, because he does have the skills to be a go to guy, but right now the chances his targets will be there are slim. So he’s going to need an injury to be able to start.
The tight end situation is still a cloudy one, with Daniels, Casey and Graham all showing ability. I would be hard pressed to predict one of them as a fantasy standout this season.