Fantasy Football On Target: Arian Foster returning to vintage form?

by Tim Heaney on October 1, 2013 @ 11:16:11 PDT

 

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Wide receivers

Week 4 target leaders
 Rk
Player
Tm
Wk 4
1
Victor Cruz
NYG
16
2
A.J. Green
CIN
15
3
Antonio Brown
PIT
14
4
Brandon Marshall
CHI
14
5
Julio Jones
ATL
13
6
Cecil Shorts
JAC
12
7
Alshon Jeffery
CHI
12
8
Torrey Smith
BAL
12
9
Andre Johnson
HOU
12
10
Reggie Wayne
IND
11
11
Jerome Simpson
MIN
11
12
Kenbrell Thompkins
NEP
11
13
Vincent Jackson
TBB
11

Antonio Brown's demand for more passes his way has been met. He's accrued 27 targets over the last two weeks, good for third among wideouts behind Josh Gordon (29) and tied with Cecil Shorts (27). Todd Haley's proper deployment of their best aerial weapon should guarantee Brown WR3 production with a ceiling of a PPR 1.

WAIVER WIRE: Targets are targets, and for as poor as Jacksonville's passing game has been, Shorts has them. Many will claim Justin Blackmon's Week 5 return will hurt Shorts, but it should aid this passing game as a whole. See if Blackmon is available in your league, though.

WAIVER WIRE: Alshon Jeffery had his season-high workload this past weekend. He'll probably trade production many weeks with Martellus Bennett, but the sophomore shouldn't be available on so many free-agent lists. Safe to say the Chicago Bears' offense suits him well.

Another week, more confidence in Kenbrell Thompkins shown by Tom Brady -- but the New England Patriots should welcome back Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm), and possibly Danny Amendola (groin) this weekend. Those two, naturally, would jump back to the top of the hierarchy. Thompkins looks like he's ahead of Aaron Dobson, though, and could jump ahead of Julian Edelman over time.

Mike Glennon didn't hesitate to work in the direction of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' top option. Unfortunately, Vincent Jackson planted another dud and has just five catches for 61 yards in the last two weeks. Maybe the bye will help Glennon get up to speed, but it'll probably be awhile before V-Jax puts up top-shelf numbers consistently.

Roddy White had nine targets, and though he didn't do much with them, the Atlanta Falcons see that he's slowly improving. Matt Ryan is still going his way. Your buy-low window may be closing.

The Kansas City Chiefs have a nearly even split in season targets between Donnie Avery (27), Dwayne Bowe (24) and Dexter McCluster (19). Expect Alex Smith, who's all about ball security, to settle for what defenses give him.

WAIVER WIRE: Despite a costly late-game fumble, Terrance Williams had a solid Week 4, catching seven of his eight targets for 71 yards. He should continue this role as long as Miles Austin (hamstring) is absent, though he could still be involved even if Austin returns soon.

Michael Floyd has been targeted 16 times in the last two weeks, including 10 last week. Carson Palmer has moved away from Andre Roberts, who has just six looks since Week 2.

WAIVER WIRE: Keenan Allen's six targets marked a season high. Vincent Brown's nine, however, says that the week-to-week beneficiaries of this passing game, besides Antonio Gates and probably Danny Woodhead, remain fluid. Either receiver looks like a decent depth grab, though, as Philip Rivers is at the top of his game.

Finishing with tight ends....

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