Fantasy Top 10: Percentage of targets

Fantasy Top 10: Percentage of targets

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A couple of weeks ago, we looked at wide receiver targets. While opportunities for wide outs are huge, they don't tell the complete story when attempting to figure out fantasy value of wide receivers. One of the more underutilized statistics is what percentage of the total pass attempts are going a wide out's way.

Through five weeks, there are players in the top ten in receptions, and others who aren't. This week, we look at the top ten wide receivers based on percentage of targets.

1. Brandon Marshall: Marshall has been targeted 56 times this season and sits three catches behind Percy Harvin and Wes Welker at 38. When it comes to the Chicago offense, Marshall is thrown to 35.9 percent of pass plays.

2. Reggie Wayne: Forget that the aging Wayne is working with a rookie quarterback. He has been targeted a league high 60 times through four games. Yes, Wayne and the Colts have already had their bye week. His targets equate to 34.7 percent of Indy's overall targets.

3. Danny Amendola: Prior to his "could be" life threatening clavicle injury, Amendola was the lynch pin in the St. Louis offense. He was targeted 49 times, good for 33.8 percent of the total targets.

4. AJ Green: Green has been targeted 56 times this season and has four touchdowns to show for it. He has been targeted 32.9 percent and his 36 catches is good for third on the year.

5. Dwayne Bowe: Bowe has picked up the pace following a bad first week. Bowe caught just three passes for 53 yards against Atlanta and since then has put together four performances worthy of a WR1. Bowe has been targeted 32.8 percent of the Chiefs passing plays.

6. Vincent Jackson: One of the exceptions to the rule. Jackson has been targeted 38 times on the season and has caught only 16 balls. The Bucs have struggled offensively, especially in the passing game and hence, Jackson has 32.2 percent of the targets.

7. Brian Hartline: No receiver in football has more yards than Brian Hartline. With 29 catches on 54 targets, Hartline has 514 yards receiving and has been targeted 31.7 percent of Miami's passing plays.

8. Steve Johnson: Buffalo is a bad football team and it should come as no surprise that Johnson is a top 10 targeted guy when it comes to percentage. 30.5 percent of passing plays head Johnson's way.

9. Percy Harvin: Arguments have and could be made that through five weeks, Percy is the NFL MVP. While we don't really care about that, we do know that Harvin finally found the end zone through the air last week. Christian Ponder has targeted Harvin 30.4 percent of the time and Harvin has made good pulling in 38 catches for 407 yards.

10. Larry Fitzgerald: Fitz is elite when it comes to fantasy wide receiver status. It's the guy throwing the ball that we typically have an issue with. 55 targets on the season good for 30 catches and a pair of scores has Fitz in the top ten as a percentage of the offense with 29.9 percent.

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