Fantasy Football Week 2 Target Report and Outlook


Overall production and fantasy points are obviously the big thing we're trying to find in fantasy football. But production can be highly volatile on a week-to-week basis. Taking a deeper look into a player's volume can give us a better idea of how likely they are to repeat a big game, or to bounce back from a poor one.

While there are already quite a few takeaways, we should note that the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets have yet to play their Week 2 matchup. With that in mind, here are four of the most important target trends to know coming out of Week 2.

1. Michael Thomas, Keenan Allen Continue Seeing Elite Volume

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Pending "Monday Night Football," Michael Thomas and Keenan Allen are the only two players in the NFL with at least 25 targets. Both of them have been consistent in their big workloads, with Allen racking up 10 targets in Week 1 and 15 in Week 2 while Thomas has seen 13 in each of his two games. Thomas' value falls with Teddy Bridgewater at QB, but 11 of his 13 Week 2 targets came from Bridgewater, so it doesn't look like volume will be an issue moving forward. Expect Allen and Thomas to remain among the PPR elite.

2. Zach Ertz Dominating Volume in Philadelphia

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Zach Ertz didn't see a single red zone target in Week 1, but with six in Week 2 he's up to second in the NFL in that category. His 23 total targets are also the most for any tight end and the sixth most for any player. The Philadelphia Eagles' WR corps could be thin moving forward after both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery left Sunday night's game early with injury concerns. That could leave Ertz as the team's top pass-catcher for the near future, keeping him in the top tier of tight ends.

3. Kenny Golladay Solidifies No. 1 WR Status in Detroit

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The Detroit Lions' offense racked up some eye-popping and surprising numbers against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, but that looks like it probably had more to do with the matchup than anything. After seeing a team-high 13 targets in that game, Danny Amendola saw only one look in Week 2. T.J. Hockenson came back down to earth as well, falling from nine targets to three. No. 2 WR Marvin Jones saw his role expand in Week 2, notching six targets, and Kenny Golladay firmly solidified himself as the team's top wideout with 10 targets, bringing him to 19 on the season and solidifying his value as a mid-tier WR2.

4. Marquise Brown's Week 1 Was No Fluke

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Marquise Brown's ridiculous NFL debut in Week 1 included 147 yards and two touchdowns through the air, but he played only 14 snaps and saw five targets, which was a little concerning. The Baltimore Ravens were quick to reward that massive breakout, and he saw a team-high 13 targets in Week 2, while TE Mark Andrews was the only other player on the team to see more than three targets in the game. Now seeing top-end volume to go with his elite Week 1 efficiency, Brown is now on the radar as a potential every-week starter in fantasy football.

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