Fantasy Football On Target: News on looks and touches for all 32 teams

by Tim Heaney on September 19, 2013 @ 09:00:00 PDT


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Miami Dolphins

Lamar Miller averaged 4.9 yards per carry and found paydirt in Week 2 against a leaky defensive Indy front. Daniel Thomas chimed in with secondary work, but the fact that Miller's scoring scamper came from 10 yards out bodes well for his chances to shut out Thomas eventually.

The 'Phins also came through on their promise to involve Mike Wallace more. Expect continued increases in his midrange routes.

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Ordering more Cordarrelle?

Minnesota Vikings

Jerome Simpson's productive start to the season and Minny's unequal use of three-wide sets has limited Cordarrelle Patterson's workload. Leslie Frazier said they'll try to use Patterson more. This may lead to a rotation between the two receivers, so it's worth stashing Patterson in cavernous leagues.

New England Patriots

Julian Edelman has 27 looks so far. Danny Amendola (groin) will probably remain sidelined for another few weeks. But Edelman only accrued 78 yards in Week 2, and Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) might be back in Week 3. Drop-plagued rookies Aaron Dobson and fellow rookie Kenbrell Thompkins are desperation plays.

Shane Vereen's wrist injury continues to buy Stevan Ridley time and touches, even if he's less than effective. He didn't put the ball on the ground Thursday, though, so he should at least be given your flex spot.

New York Giants

Get ready for a committee. David Wilson, Da'Rell Scott and Brandon Jacobs shared the backfield Sunday. Scott was in on many third downs, and Jacobs looks like the goal-line back. Wilson is a risky play but has the most upside; he's still the best long-term play. Is his owner getting impatient?

New York Jets

Chris Ivory ran harder in Week 2 and could be flex-worthy in the right matchup as he backs up Bilal Powell. If Ivory gets in a rhythm and the D has trouble stopping a power back, he'll get more work.

Clyde Gates' eight targets from Week 2 shouldn't prompt a fantasy addition. Stephen Hill looks like the top wideout, but Kellen Winslow and an improving Santonio Holmes will keep this battle close.

Oakland Raiders

Terrelle Pryor and the read-option scheme have opened things up for Darren McFadden. Though Pryor's keeps and Marcell Reece's goal-line cameos will invade on his territory, McFadden has a much more optimistic offensive setup than last year, as long as he's healthy.

Rod Streater still looks like Pryor's top target in the pass game, but that's not a high weekly ceiling.

Philadelphia Eagles

Over the first two weeks of the NFL season, LeSean McCoy has 49 utilizations. Bryce Brown: 13. McCoy, who's averaging 5.6 yards per carry so far, is in no jeopardy.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jerricho Cotchery's 17 targets so far are a result of Heath Miller's (knee) continued absence. Don't expect that pace to continue after Ben Roethlisberger's safety blanket steps back on the field.

Eddie Royal, more....

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