With another week of NFL action in the books, it’s worth taking a pulse check on how your fantasy roster is shaping up when it comes to scoring opportunities. Looking at the volume of targets can be incredibly valuable, especially when playing in PPR leagues. Identifying a rising player who is consistently getting looks can be a sound strategy for bolstering your roster for next week and beyond.
Here are the target leaders from Week 7, broken down by wide receiver, tight end, and running back.
Wide receiver target leaders
Olave and Meyers stick out like sore thumbs among the top five, though it’ll be interesting to see if this trend carries week-to-week. Olave is averaging 9.7 targets per game this season, but the Saints’ erratic offense has put a damper on Olave’s fantasy football ceiling. It’s encouraging to see he’s a go-to target for Derek Carr, but New Orleans must iron out some kinks in that offense to benefit Olave.
As for Meyers, he clearly was the go-to target for veteran Brian Hoyer, who stepped in as backup quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be back in the fold next week, and he’s already formed a nice rapport with Meyers this season. The latter could prove to be consistently valuable in PPR leagues, especially as defenses divert attention to Davante Adams.
Tight end target leaders
Waller finally had his long-awaited breakout game in Week 7, finding the endzone alongside seven catches for 98 receiving yards. It came with Tyrod Taylor starting at quarterback for the second consecutive week, so it remains to be seen whether Waller’s fantasy potential will oblige once, or if, Daniel Jones is back under center.
Kincaid’s eight targets tie him for third-most last week, and it comes at an opportune moment. With Dawson Knox set to undergo wrist surgery and be out indefinitely, it means Buffalo’s rookie tight end immediately skyrockets onto the fantasy radar. Kincaid is a must-add off the waiver if he’s still available, and if he’s on your roster, feel free to start him moving forward.
Running back leaders
1. Alvin Kamara, Saints, 14
2. Jahmyr Gibbs, Lions, 10
3. Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots, 6
4. Rachaad White, Buccaneers, 6
5. Travis Etienne Jr., Jaguars, 5
Gibbs returned to action in Week 7 and instantly took advantage of the opportunity. The rookie tailback found the end zone for the first time in his young career while adding nine receptions for 58 yards through the air. It wasn’t the most dominant performance, and he clearly took advantage of David Montgomery being sidelined.
Nonetheless, Gibbs’ passing game usage highlights his upside in this offense, even when Montgomery eventually returns to the fold.