Running Back Targets (Tier 1)
I wanted to lament here about the demise of the PPR back, but I did some digging and these target numbers aren’t all that different than previous seasons. With Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy getting hurt and Arian Foster not seeing as many targets this season, there just aren’t the dominant receiving backs of past seasons. But every little bit can help in fantasy.
Darren Sproles is back and that’s good news for PPR’ers around the nation. He leads all running backs in targets over the last four games and he didn’t even play in one of them. You start him in PPR and say thank you.
Arian Foster’s targets and receptions have been more consistent over the last five games than they have been all season. In those five games he has 22 receptions and in the eight games before that, he had 12 (with one 6 reception game). He hasn’t been that productive after the catch, but in PPR leagues, that’s a nice addition.
Trent Richardson is averaging a paltry 3.5 yards per carry this season, but has 10 total touchdowns and ranks fifth in receptions with 45. That’s huge for his overall fantasy value, especially when he’s not breaking long runs.
Ronnie Brown is fourth in running back receptions with 46, which sounds good, but doesn’t do much for fantasy when you have 529 total yards on the season and no touchdowns. Even in PPR leagues he’s outside the top 35.
Running Back Targets (Tier 2)
Knowshon Moreno has a ton going for him in fantasy. He’s getting a full load of carries each week and averaging almost 5 targets a game. And he’s caught four passes each of the last three games. He may not be Adrian Peterson (I mean there’s no way in Hades anyone would ever mistake him for Adrian Peterson), but he’s the every down back in a great offense, talk about lucky.
Bryce Brown stabbed us all in the heart last week and then twisted the serrated blade around a little and then squirted some lemon juice in there for fun. BUT, he’s getting targets!! Whoo hooo! The good news is, those huge games before last week weren’t a figment of our imagination (I don’t think) and like Moreno, he’s getting targets, and unlike Moreno, he has special skills.
I’ve been a BenJarvus-Green Ellis non-supporter for a long while now, but hey, the guy is doing work, and he’s actually catching the ball some! Seven receptions in the last two games for The Law Firm is like Larry Centers took over his body.
Adrian Peterson is pretty good at football, at least that’s what people tell me. And this season he only needs six more receptions to break his career best of 43 when He Who Shall Not Be Named was throwing to him.