Week 16 Target WatchThursday, December 20, 2012
Tight End (All Targets - past four weeks):
Aaron Hernandez sure did step up just in time to help a bunch of teams win their fantasy playoff games. 19 targets for a tight end is crazy time. We may or may not see Gronkowski back next week and that would affect his targets, but he’s still an amazing player after the catch. And in a year where quality tight ends have been hard to find, Hernandez has been a difference maker.
Dennis Pitta has come on strong of late. Out of the last six games he has 25 receptions and five touchdowns. Those numbers come with two absolute dud games with just one catch each, but both of those were against a tough Steelers defense. He has 23 receptions, 280 yards and five TDs in his last four non-Steelers games. His targets should remain good against the Giants this week.
Brandon Myers has hit the skids hard at just the wrong time. His six targets over the last two games led to just three receptions for 23 yards and not touchdowns. And this came after a 14 receptions, 130 yard game. This is what it’s been like for anyone trying to start a tight end this season with any kind of confidence.
What can you say about these jokers? There isn’t one player you can count on in this bunch. Martellus Bennett was going to be our savior, but instead he had one target and ripped all our hearts out and stuck them on his unicorn horn and pranced around the stadium.
Running Back (All Targets - past four weeks):
Last week Steven Jackson had 10 targets and caught eight of those for 74 yards. He's had 44 targets all season, with 30 receptions. And before last week that was 34 targets with 20 receptions. I think the Rams made a mistake in giving the ball to Darryl Richardson as much as they did this season and not throwing the ball more to Jackson. Richardson has speed and can break an occasional big play, but Jackson is a consistent beast.
Matt Forte has seen a nice bunch of targets over the last two games, which has helped him catch 11 passes and shoot his total yardage over 100 in both. If they give him those kind of targets in Arizona, against their poor rush defense, he has a good shot at a big game.
Target data comes from our friends at The Football Guys.