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Targets and Touches

AAF Week 6: Targets and Touches

by John Daigle

All targets, touches, and air yards data is compiled from No Extra Points. Snaps and routes run data is sourced via Pro Football Focus.

The goal of these articles is to give you an idea of what the usage looks like for each player within their offenses, allowing you to spot any positive or negative trends regarding how a player is being used, and most importantly — letting the numbers tell the story.

Note: This data will stick to players averaging over one target/touch per game. Players are listed in order of target/touch leaders for their respective teams.

The website Fanball is offering Week 6 DFS contests for the AAF, including a 353-entry tournament with a $700 top prize and $10 buy-in. 

 

Arizona Hotshots

Targets: Rashad Ross (7, 4, 8, 6, 6, 10), Richard Mullaney (5, 4, X, X, X, 7), Marquis Bundy (2, 0, 8, 3, 6, 2), Jhurell Pressley (2, 0, 4, 5, 4, 2), Freddie Martino (1, X, 3, 3, 7, 5), Thomas Duarte (1, 0, 3, 2, 3, 0), Justin Stockton (0, 1, 2, 1, 0, 0), Tim Cook (0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0)

Carries: Jhurell Pressley (18, 12, 10, 14, 8, 13), Tim Cook (0, 13, 3, 3, 12, 11), Justin Stockton (7, 4, 5, 3, 5, 12), John Wolford (8, 7, 2, 3, 4, 2)

RZ Targets: Rashad Ross (1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0), Marquis Bundy (0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0), Thomas Duarte (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0), Tim Cook (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Jhurell Pressley (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

RZ Carries: Tim Cook (0, 0, 1, 0, 4, 3), Jhurell Pressley (2, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1), John Wolford (1, 1, 1, 0, 2, 0)

 

Observations: Rashad Ross surprisingly kept a stout 37% target share even with No. 2 Richard Mullaney on the field for the first time in four weeks. The sacrificial lamb(s) actually turned out to be Arizona’s backfield, which combined for two targets and one catch. In three games with Mullaney in the lineup, Jhurell Pressley, Justin Stockton, and Tim Cook have now totaled just six looks compared to the whopping 18 the trio saw in Mullaney’s three absences. QB John Wolford, on the other hand, has unsurprisingly performed much better with both of his top receiving options available, averaging 23.1 fantasy points with Mullaney in the lineup and ‘only’ 16.4 in the contests the latter missed.

It was Pressley who fortunately spiked two touchdowns (including one receiving score) on 37-of-74 offensive snaps (50%) despite Cook and Stockton nearly mirroring each other in snaps (19 to 18) and carries behind him. Pressley arguably remains the only rosterable piece for DFS in this backfield since he’s entrenched into an impenetrable passing-down role, as proven by his 19 routes run against the Apollos on Sunday (and 80, second-most at his position, since Week 3). Cook is still a threat to siphon second-half carries if the Hotshots build a comfortable lead against any opponent moving forward.

 

Atlanta Legends

Targets: Seantavius Jones (8, 7, 8, 2, 6, 9), Malachi Jones (6, 3, 5, 4, 5, 4), Tarean Folston (4, 0, X, 7, 6, 5), Keith Towbridge (X, 2, 6, 3, 4, 5), Ervin Philips (4, 2, 3, 3, 5, X), Bug Howard (5, 0, 4, 1, 5, 3), James Quick (0, X, 8, 5, 3, 2), Justin Thomas (4, 1, X, 2, 0, 9), Denard Robinson (1, X, 3, 2, 3), Montay Crockett (0, 2, 3, 3, 0, 4), Brandon Radcliff (X, X, X, 1, 3, 6)

Carries: Tarean Folston (12, 6, X, 5, 11, 4), Brandon Radcliff (X, X, X, 12, 11, 6), Lawrence Pittman (3, 9, 5, 3, X, X), Denard Robinson (5, X, 3, 9, 1, 3), Aaron Murray (0, 0, 0, 7, 3, 4)

RZ Targets: Malachi Jones (1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 0), Tarean Folston (0, 0, X, 1, 4, 1), Seantavius Jones (1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 2), Denard Robinson (1, X, 1, 0, 0, 0), Bug Howard (1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0), James Quick (0, X, 2, 0, 0, 0), Keith Towbridge (X, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1), Justin Thomas (0, 0, X, 0, 0, 2), Ervin Phillips (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, X)

RZ Carries: Tarean Folston (0, 0, X, 2, 2, 2), Denard Robinson (0, X, 2, 4, 0, 0), Lawrence Pittman (1, 1, 2, 1, X, X), Brandon Radcliff (X, X, X, 4, 2, 0), Aaron Murray (0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 2)

 

Observations: Without goal-line bruiser Lawrence Pittman available for the second straight week, this backfield ultimately stayed a timeshare between Tarean Folston and Brandon Radcliff. Folston got there again with a touchdown catch from one-yard out on 31 snaps (41.8%) and 26 routes run, but note Radcliff’s similar 40.5% snap rate and 23 routes run from Sunday. Folston’s garnered all the attention given his three scores in Atlanta’s last two games, but he’s merely out-snapped Radcliff 68 to 58 in that time, additionally running 47 routes to the latter’s 36. In an up-tempo game against the Apollos, it’s possible both backs hit given their similar passing-down roles. Pittman’s pending return would make this a murky situation to target.

With starting slot wideout Ervin Phillips scratched, Justin Thomas came from nowhere to record nine targets (including two red zone looks) on a team-high 43 routes run. Seemingly cemented onto the field alongside outside deep-threats Seantavius Jones and Malachi Jones, Thomas is in all too good a position to cash-in on his every-down usage at a laughable price on FanBall ($3,700) if Phillips is out again. Thomas’ 143 air yards from Sunday was the sixth-highest mark of any receiver’s in Week 6.

 

Birmingham Iron

Targets: Quinton Patton (9, 7, 5, 6, 11, 15), Trent Richardson (3, 7, 5, 8, 5, 12), L’Damian Washington (0, 4, 5, 7, 5, 10), Tobias Palmer (3, 3, 2, 2, 5, 3), Wes Saxton Jr. (X, X, 5, 3, 4, 4), DeVozea Felton (1, 3, 3, 5, 0, 1), Marshaun Coprich (X, X, X, X, X, 3)

Carries: Trent Richardson (23, 19, 17, 8, 8, 16), Brandon Ross (0, 0, 0, 9, 3, X), Marshaun Coprich (X, X, X, X, X, 2)

RZ Targets: Trent Richardson (0, 1, 1, 2, 0, 1), Quinton Patton (0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 3), Wes Saxton Jr. (X, X, 1, 0, 0, 1), L’Damian Washington (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1), DeVozea Felton (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0)

RZ Carries: Trent Richardson (7, 3, 7, 2, 1, 2)

 

Observations: Keith Price was given the nod under center to start the game, but was knocked out early after being sandwiched between two defenders. He was reportedly cleared to return later, but took a backseat to Luis Perez, who came off the bench to (finally) experience positive touchdown regression en route to a three-score Week 6-high in fantasy points (34.2). Iron coach Tim Lewis said he stuck with his Week 1 starter down the stretch because Perez “had the hot hand.” Expect Perez to start against Memphis’ leaky secondary in Week 7 with little to no ownership to speak of given that all the attention will be on new Express starter Johnny Manziel on the other side of the ball. It’s an evergreen statement at this point, but Quinton Patton figures to be the best receiver to chase for Birmingham as he has yet to hit paydirt despite leading the league in both air yards (692) and targets (53).

With backup RB Ladarius Perkins officially waived and Brandon Ross ruled out mid-week, the writing was on the wall for Trent Richardson to grind his way to as many touches as his body could possible handle. Backup Marshaun Coprich (signed Wednesday) was sprinkled in for 16 snaps, but it paled in comparison to Richardson’s 74 snaps (82.2%) and 50 routes run (!!!). T-Rich remains the highest-priced back on FanBall ($7,800) by a wide margin in Week 7, but his impassable passing-down role and untouched work in the red zone keep him as an elite option as long as Ross remains out.

 

Memphis Express

Targets: Reece Horn (4, 6, 5, 4, 4, 10), Alton Howard (6, 7, 2, 5, 3, 5), Zac Stacy (0, 2, 5, 2, 2, 6), Daniel Williams (X, X, X, X, 0, 11), Devin Lucien (0, 0, 3, 5, 1, 2), Dontez Byrd (1, 2, 3, 3, 0, X), Terrence Magee (0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 0), Gerrard Sheppard (X, X, 2, 0, 2, 3)

Carries: Zac Stacy (12, 19, 14, 18, 13, 11), Terrence Magee (5, 6, 4, 3, 5, 5)

RZ Targets: Zac Stacy (0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 1), Terrence Magee (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Daniel Williams (X, X, X, X, 0, 2), Reece Horn (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1), Alton Howard (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1), Devin Lucien (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

RZ Carries: Zac Stacy (1, 6, 0, 4, 4, 1), Terrence Magee (1, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1)

 

Observations: Short backup RB Sherman Badie (injured reserve) heading into Saturday, Zac Stacy and Terrence Magee were the only runners available against the Stallions in Week 6. Stacy was used heavily (as expected), notching 15 total touches on 46-of-67 snaps (68.6%). Typically utilized as a receiver out of the backfield, Magee even took a backseat to Stacy there, running just 10 routes to the latter’s 23. The Express added former Texans seventh-rounder and LSU standout Kenny Hilliard on Monday, potentially signaling the team’s desire to work in another impactful body on the ground. Week 5-signee Daniel Williams surprisingly usurped Devin Lucien for Memphis’ No. 2 wideout role, but the Express’ target tree could change with former Aggie Heisman winner Manziel likely starting in place of Zach Mettenberger (injured reserve) against the ‘Iron Curtain’ defense this week.

 

Orlando Apollos

Targets: Charles Johnson (5, 10, 5, 12, 10, 11), Jalin Marshall (4, 4, 3, 6, 3, 11), Rannell Hall (1, 4, 6, 5, 5, 8), D’Ernest Johnson (1, 1, 3, 2, 6, 6), Chris Thompson (5, 2, 2, 3, 0, 4), Akeem Hunt (3, 2, 1, 1, X, 0), De’Veon Smith (1, 3, 0, 1, 2, 0)

Carries: De’Veon Smith (5, 4, 8, 12, 14, 9), D’Ernest Johnson (5, 8, 13, 8, 9, 9), Akeem Hunt (10, 2, 2, 8, X, 2), Garrett Gilbert (2, 3, 7, 5, 2, 3)

RZ Targets: Charles Johnson (0, 1, 0, 0, 4, 2), Rannell Hall (0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1), Jalin Marshall (2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2), Akeem Hunt (0, 1, 0, 0, X, 0), De’Veon Smith (0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0), D’Ernest Johnson (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Chris Thompson (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0)

RZ Carries: De’Veon Smith (1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3), D’Ernest Johnson (1, 0, 2, 0, 2, 1), Akeem Hunt (1, 1, 0, 2, X, 0), Garrett Gilbert (2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

Observations: Although Akeem Hunt returned to the lineup Saturday, D’Ernest Johnson was the lucky bidder to hit backfield-highs in snaps (41, 51.8%) and routes run (27). Given that his role in the passing game stuck even with Hunt back, Johnson remains Orlando’s most enticing backfield option (and has the highest floor of the group) moving forward. Ground-and-pound specialist De’Veon Smith got nine carries on 23 snaps (29.1%) but failed to see a single ball thrown his way. Usually locked into the slot in three-wide sets, it’s also worth noting Rannell Hall (32 snaps) essentially split reps with wideout Chris Thompson (27). Charles Johnson and Jalin Marshall remain every-down mainstays (and thus weekly tournament options) no matter.

 

Salt Lake Stallions

Targets: De’Mornay Pierson-El (5, 6, 8, 2, 9, 6), Adonis Jennings (4, 7, 2, 3, 5, 8), Kenny Bell (3, X, 4, 5, 5, 3),  Anthony Denham (7, 6, 1, 1, 3, 5), Nick Truesdell (3, 2, 1, 1, 6, 5), Brian Tyms (X, X, 1, 5, 9, 0), Terrell Newby (X, 1, 2, 2, 5, 1), Joel Bouagnon (0, 1, 2, 0, 2, 2), Jordan Leslie (3, 2, X, X, X, 3)

Carries: Joel Bouagnon (16, 11, 12, 8, 11, 19), Terrell Newby (X, 2, 2, 2, 6, 3), Terron Ward (X, X, X, X, X, 3)

RZ Targets: De’Mornay Pierson-El (0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 1), Nick Truesdell (1, 0, 0, 0, 2, 1), Adonis Jennings (0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0), Anthony Denham (0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1), Kenny Bell (0, X, 1, 0, 1, 1), Jordan Leslie (2, 0, X, X, X, 0), Brian Tyms (X, X, 0, 0, 1, 0)

RZ Carries: Joel Bouagnon (4, 1, 4, 1, 2, 5), Terron Ward (X, X, X, X, X, 1)

 

Observations: With Branden Oliver (injured reserve) officially done for the year, the Stallions entered Sunday with Joel Bouagnon, Terrell Newby, Terron Ward, and Terry Swanson as the only backs on the active roster. Swanson inevitably became the healthy-scratched victim of the four, setting up Bouagnon to get a workhorse-like 19 carries on 41-of-69 snaps (59.4%). Ward finally got work in the third quarter, but immediately fumbled his only carry inside the five-yard line and wasn’t heard from again until late in the fourth. Game script admittedly favored Bouagnon in this one, so it’s possible Newby’s involved slightly more against San Antonio if the Commanders continue showcasing on offense and put the onus on Salt Lake. Bouagnon’s ceiling remains high, though, given his lack of competition for red zone reps.

Jordan Leslie was surprisingly back for his first game-action in four weeks, pushing Kenny Bell down to fifth in Salt Lake’s pecking order. Brian Tyms, De’Mornay Pierson-El, and Adonis Jennings were still glued into three-wide sets. Tyms makes for the perfect tournament dart of the trio as his team-high 33 routes run went unnoticed since he accrued a goose-egg across the board in the box score. Jennings is also in a terrific bounce-back position given that his eight targets and 170 air yards (second-most among all receivers in Week 6) amounted to only 9.1 fantasy points.

 

San Antonio Commanders

Targets: Mekale McKay (12, 9, 6, 4, 5, 6), Greg Ward Jr. (7, 6, 4, 5, 3, 4), De’Marcus Ayers (0, 8, 5, 5, 5, 3), Alonzo Moore (5, 5, 1, 2, 3, 2), Aaron Green (1, 5, X, X, 2, 0), Kenneth Farrow II (0, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2), Cam Clear (0, 0, 0, 3, 3, 5), Trey Williams (X, X, 2, 2, 1, 2), Cole Hunt (4, 0, 2, X, X, X)

Carries: Kenneth Farrow II (14, 13, 9, 30, 12, 9), Trey Williams (X, X, 7, 4, 10, 6), Logan Woodside (4, 3, 1, 5, 8, 3), David Cobb (9, 7, 3, 1, X, 0), Aaron Green (6, 6, X, X, 3, 3)

RZ Targets: Mekale McKay (2, 4, 1, 0, 0, 2), Greg Ward Jr. (2, 1, 1, 0, 1, 2), Alonzo Moore (0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0), Cole Hunt (2, 0, 0, X, X, X), De’Marcus Ayers (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Cam Clear (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)

RZ Carries: Kenneth Farrow II (2, 3, 3, 10, 4, 2), Logan Woodside (1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 0), Trey Williams (X, X, 0, 1, 3, 2), David Cobb (1, 2, 0, 0, X, 0), Aaron Green (1, 1, X, X, 0, 0)

 

Observations: San Antonio entered Sunday with four backs active for the first time all year. For the second straight week, however, game script did no favors in painting a clear picture of their backfield hierarchy. Farrow again saw team-highs in carries (9) and snaps (33, 57.8%) but got only four touches (including one catch) after the team took a quick 14-0 lead early into the second quarter. He remains a usage-based tournament option heading into Week 7 as the last time we saw the Commanders in a competitive game script (Week 5), the ex-Chargers standout logged a ridiculous 30 carries on 77.7% of San Antonio’s offensive snaps. Despite being active, note that David Cobb took a backseat to Aaron Green, failing to log a single snap behind Trey Williams’ 20 (35%) and Green’s 4 (7%) this past weekend.

 

San Diego Fleet

Targets: Brian Brown (6, 6, 3, 3, 8, 3), Nelson Spruce (2, 6, 7, 5, 8, 8), Dontez Ford (3, 4, 3, 6, 8, 4), Gavin Escobar (5, 3, 4, 4, 3, 3), Francis Owusu (7, 3, 0, 1, 2, 4), Marcus Baugh (4, 2, 1, 5, 4, 2), Ja’Quan Gardner (3, 2, 2, 2, 3, 2), Terrell Watson (0, 0, 1, 0, 2, 2), Bishop Sankey (X, X, X, X, 3, 1)

Carries: Ja’Quan Gardner (8, 15, 12, 9, 9, 8), Terrell Watson (3, 14, 13, 10, 5, 8), Bishop Sankey (X, X, X, X, 5, 2)

RZ Targets: Nelson Spruce (0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0), Brian Brown (0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0), Dontez Ford (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Francis Owusu (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2), Marcus Baugh (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0), Terrell Watson (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

RZ Carries: Terrell Watson (0, 4, 1, 0, 1, 1), Ja’Quan Gardner (0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0)

 

Observations: Terrell Watson trumped Ja’Quan Gardner across the board for the first time since Week 2, collecting 10 total touches and two scores on 33-of-63 snaps (52.3%). Gardner leveraged his open-field explosiveness to rack up 33 receiving yards, but that mark occurred on just two receptions and an equivalent number of routes to Watson (12). Unlike how Watson was previously underpriced compared to Gardner given their similar usage a few weeks back, both check in accordingly at $4,700 each on FanBall in Week 7. Bishop Sankey’s price-point has since plummeted to $3,500 following his spare six snaps against the Iron. If downfield burner Dontez Ford misses any amount of time, Francis Owusu would be next in line to play behind the unimpressive Brian Brown and former Colorado luminary Nelson Spruce.

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