Fantasy Football Week 8 Snap, Touch and Target Report
THE SNAP, TOUCH AND TARGET REPORT
By: Matt Bishop
@Bishphat on Twitter
RB TARGETS THROUGH WEEK 7:
KENYAN DRAKE, RB MIAMI DOLPHINS
I wrote about Kenyan Drake last week and the same remains true going forward. Read here
Kenyan Drake was averaging 3.5 targets per game through his first 4 games. In his last 3 games, he is averaging 8.3 targets per game, which is 3rd among running backs in that span. He has also racked up 54 total fantasy points in the last 3 weeks, which is 7th best in the NFL. The Dolphins are throwing more with Osweiler under center, which appears to be opening more holes for Drake in the run game. In his 4 first games, Drake was averaging 15.3 receiving routes run per game. In his last 3 games, he is averaging 27.0 receiving routes run per game. Drake is still out-snapping Frank Gore 63% to 40% on the year, but Gore continues to get the bulk of the backfield carries, which is keeping Kenyan Drake fresh. The Buy Low window for Drake is closing by the day, so scope him now if you can. He could be solid down the stretch and may help you win your league.
RB TOUCHES THROUGH WEEK 7:
DION LEWIS, RB TENNESSE TITANS
I also wrote about Dion Lewis Week 4 and he is still my favorite Buy Low candidate. Read here.
Dion Lewis is out-snapping Derrick Henry 63% to 38%. He is averaging 5.3 targets per game in his last 4 games, which includes a 2 target game in a blowout loss to the Ravens Week 6. From Week 1 to Week 3, Lewis averaged 18.0 receiving routes run per game. From Week 4 to Week 7, he is averaging 22.0 receiving routes run per game. He is currently averaging 14.6 touches per game on the season and this mark is almost guaranteed to increase. He is averaging 20.0 fantasy points per game when he gets 5 or more receptions and will continue to be a focal point in a struggling passing attack. With Lewis on a bye in Week 8, people will be looking to fill their roster and might be willing to part with him. He can still be acquired for dirt cheap and should be on your list of potential trade targets.
WR TARGETS THROUGH WEEK 7:
KEENAN ALLEN, WR LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Keenan Allen hasn’t even cracked the Top 15 in WR targets this season and it’s safe to say he has underperformed up until now. Allen only has 1 TD and 51 targets on the season, which is tied for 18th in the NFL. On top of that, he currently ranks 23rd in fantasy points among wide receivers.
But Allen has always been a slow starter. Through Week 7 of the 2017 NFL season, Allen was targeted 60 times (7th) compiling 487 receiving yards (8th) and only 1 TD, while ranking 14th in fantasy points. These are almost identical to his 2018 totals. In his last 6 games of the 2017 season, Allen averaged 10.7 targets per game (1st) and 106.3 yards per game (2nd), while leading all WRs in the league in Fantasy Points. So why are the last 6 weeks of the NFL season important? Because this is right in the middle of your fantasy league’s playoffs, with most playoffs starting Week 13 and ending Week 16.
KEENAN ALLEN 2017 WEEK 12 – WEEK 17
Allen has run 54% of his snaps from the slot this season, which is up from 49% in 2017. Almost half (222 yards) of his receiving yards have come from the slot this season and he is being heavily targeted in the red zone, with 24 total red zone targets, which is 2nd most in the league. With fantasy owners growing tired of Keenan Allen’s minimal production and with the Chargers on a bye Week 8, this may be your time to Buy Low on a Top 5 wide receiver who can be elite down the stretch.
WR FANTASY POINTS THROUGH WEEK 7:
JACK DOYLE, TE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Jack Doyle has only been healthy for 2 games this season, but in these 2 games, he was targeted 7.5 times per game and was involved in 95% of the offensive snaps. Eric Ebron has filled in nicely in his absence, with 57 total targets (8.1 targets per game) and a league leading 6 TDs among Tight Ends. He is currently the 3rd ranked Tight End in Fantasy Points and has run the 7th most receiving routes this season among tight ends (31.8 routes run per game). But Ebron is banged up (shin/quadriceps/ankle/knee), while Doyle is getting healthy and returned to limited practice this week.
In 2017, Jack Doyle was targeted 102 times (4th) pulling in 80 receptions (2nd) for 690 yards (6th). He was the 6th ranked Tight End in the league in fantasy points last season and was a popular sleeper and breakout candidate coming into the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The current state of the Tight End position is a dumpster fire and it is doubtful there is anyone worth using on the waiver wire in your league. Jack Doyle is the perfect Buy Low tight end since he has barely played this season and has been forgotten due to Ebron’s performance. After all, he could be a potential Top 5 TE for the rest of season.