When it comes to fantasy football, some owners are simply fine with drafting their team and setting their weekly lineup. For the rest of us, there is so much more to the game. Analyzing statistics and breaking down the numbers is as much or more enjoyable than that.
One of the biggest things I love to look at on a weekly basis is how many times my receivers are targeted and how they turn those opportunities into receptions.
No one in football has been targeted more than Reggie Wayne. His 40 targets over three weeks with a young quarterback is refreshing. Wayne was taken later in drafts because Andrew Luck was an unknown commodity. He has turned those targets into 23 catches which is four off the league lead.
After being targeted only six times in week one, Dwayne Bowe (37 targets) has put together back to back solid weeks of 15 and 16 targets. He has turned those opportunities into a mere 18 receptions, two of them for touchdowns.
We all knew that Victor Cruz would be in the top five in targets, and after three weeks, he's number three with 36 targets. The salsa dancing machine has 23 catches for 279 yards and a touchdown.
Danny Amendola may be nondescript outside of St. Louis, but Sam Bradford sure seems to know who he is. Amendola has been targeted 34 times, making 245 catches for 296 yards and a score. He is one of the surprises of the early season.
There are new young guns in Cincinnati. Yes we have uttered those words before, but this time the nucleus of quarterback Andy Dalton and the super speedy A.J. Green is answering the bell. Green has been targeted 34 times and has 21 catches for 311 yards and two scores.
Brandon Lloyd has become Tom Brady's best friend which has been a great thing to be. In his first season with New England, Lloyd's targets (33) have turned into 22 catches for 237 yards. He has yet to find the endzone.
The drama in New York with the Jets is juicy. Anyone who says they don't like to see Rex Ryan squirm is a liar and while the offense has sputtered early, Santonio Holmes is at least getting looks. His 33 targets is tied with Lloyd. The problem is Mark Sanchez is horrible and Holmes has only 16 catches for 243 yards.
The leader in the clubhouse through three weeks for receptions is…drum roll please…Percy Harvin. With 27 catches on 32 targets Harvin is the perfect PPR guy. He has yet to find the endzone yet, and with Jerome Simpson's reemergence following a three week mini-vacation we'll watch his targets moving forward. He is equally as important to the Vikings offensive game plan as Adrian Peterson.
Maybe Brandon Marshall should start yelling at Jay Cutler. Afterall, if Cutler can scream at his offensive line for getting him sacked, couldn't Marshall yell at Cutler for throwing him a catchable pass? Through three weeks, Marshall has been targeted 31 times only catching 16. He has found the endzone once and has only 214 yards, the lowest of anyone in the top ten.
Finally, the top receiver drafted in leagues Calvin Johnson. Megatron has been targeted 31 times catching 24 of them for a league high 369 yards and one score. Although the touchdown count is down from where owners expectations sit, there is no doubt that nobody does more at the wideout position than Megatron.