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Available Targets & Air Yards

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Organizations must evaluate their rosters every offseason, which typically leads to several players leaving in free agency. Those roster spots are usually shored up by incoming rookies and other acquisitions.

 

Specific roles and talent certainly help players thrive, but opportunity remains the most important aspect as it pertains to fantasy production. This is why targets and carries are oft-discussed by analysts — opportunity is king. Moreover, as players leave for other teams, they leave behind production that could be considered opportunity for whomever replaces them.

 

The Rams entered last season with the second-most raw targets (296) and percentage of Air Yards (66%) available due to the losses of Kenny Britt, Lance Kendricks, Brian Quick and Benny Cunningham. This helps explain why Robert Woods, despite going undrafted in most fantasy leagues, was a value in hindsight. With that newfound opportunity, Woods finished with 85 targets and accounted for 21.3% of Los Angeles’ Air Yards.

 

For those yet to be introduced to Air Yards as a statistic, Josh Hermsmeyer defines this metric as, “The total number of yards thrown toward a receiver on a play in which he is targeted, both complete and incomplete. If you add them up over a game or a season, you get a receiver’s total Air Yards.”

 

Below is a list of all 32 NFL teams’ targets, target share (percentage of team targets), Air Yards and percentage of Air Yards available. As players are re-signed, this chart will be updated to reflect available opportunity for every team. This will be key when discussing ADP and forecasting potential value prior to the 2018 season.

All targets and Air Yards data is compiled from Pro Football Reference and Josh Hermsmeyer’s AirYards.com.


Available Targets and Air Yards by Team

 

TeamTargetsTarget%Air YardsAir Yards%
Baltimore Ravens 332 59.1% 2,829 71.3%
Dallas Cowboys 272 56% 2,645 68.8%
Arizona Cardinals 243 41% 2,589 44.2%
New England Patriots 240 41% 2,489 45.8%
Chicago Bears 216 46.9% 2,197 61.5%
Seattle Seahawks 217 41.2% 2,098 39.7%
Carolina Panthers 172 34.9% 1,847 42.3%
Miami Dolphins 290 49.4% 1,718 34.1%
Pittsburgh Steelers 120 20.5% 1,501 27.8%
Green Bay Packers 151 27.2% 1,480 35.5%
Philadelphia Eagles 158 28.4% 1,479 27.7%
Oakland Raiders 163 29.5% 1,472 31.3%
Denver Broncos 209 37.7% 1,447 30.2%
Buffalo Bills 118 25.2% 1,276 30.3%
Washington Redskins 131 24.5% 1,207 29.1%
Indianapolis Colts 151 31.9% 1,164 32.6%
Los Angeles Rams 106 20.7% 1,086 26.8%
Los Angeles Chargers 132 23.1% 1,066 21.9%
Jacksonville Jaguars 141 27.2% 1,015 24.6%
Cleveland Browns 114 20.1% 981 18.6%
New York Jets 162 32.7% 927 23.2%
Tennessee Titans 136 28% 898 20.1%
New York Giants 166 27.5% 869 19.5%
Detroit Lions 121 21.4% 804 17.6%
Atlanta Falcons 80 15.5% 740 15.5%
New Orleans Saints 91 17.2% 689 20.1%
Kansas City Chiefs 83 15.7% 532 12.3%
San Francisco 49ers 107 17.8% 363 7.4%
Houston Texans 37 7.1% 341 6.4%
Minnesota Vikings 110 21.1% 336 8.4%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 70 11.7% 230 3.6%
Cincinnati Bengals 4 0.8% -14 0%

 

These lists will be depleted by re-signings and franchise tags.

These lists will be supplemented by releases.

This page will stay updated deep into the offseason.



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