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Fantasy Football Week 5 Target Report: Davante Adams, Jarvis Landry Injuries Open Up Big Volume

Jason Schandl
Philadelphia Eagles v Green Bay Packers
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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 Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals have yet to play their Week 4 matchup. With that in mind, here are four of the most important target trends to know coming out of Week 4.

1. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison Could See Increased Looks With Davante Adams Injured

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Davante Adams had an underwhelming start to the 2019 season, but on Thursday night, he was well on his way to turning things around, turning 15 targets into 10 receptions and 180 yards before suffering a toe injury. He's not practicing on Monday, and it looks like he might be a long shot for Week 5's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Adams has dominated the targets in the Green Bay Packers' offense this season, accounting for a 25 percent share while nobody else has cracked 20 percent. If he sits, look for Marquez Valdes-Scantling (19 percent) and Geronimo Allison (nine percent) to pick up the slack at WR, while TE Jimmy Graham (11 percent) and RB Aaron Jones (10 percent) could be in for some additional looks as well.

2. Jarvis Landry Breaks Out, Gets Hurt

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In an eerily similar situation, Jarvis Landry had a disappointing start to the season with 10 receptions through three games before breaking out in Week 4. Despite making an early exit from that game, he racked up season-highs in targets (10), receptions (eight) and receiving yards (167). He's in the concussion protocol, though, which could leave some big volume available for other Cleveland Browns wideouts. Odell Beckham already leads the team with 37 targets on the year, and he's a safe bet to hit the double-digits again if Landry sits out. Damion Ratley is third among Browns WRs with 13 targets on the year, and he could be in for a big increase. The wildcard is Antonio Callaway, who is set to return from suspension this week, and who was Cleveland's WR2 with 79 targets in 2018.

3. Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp Lead Rams

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Pending Monday Night Football, 10 players racked up at least 11 targets in Week 4. Three of them (Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley) were on the Los Angeles Rams. Jared Goff attempted an absurd 68 passes in Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that meant there was enough volume to go around for just about everyone, with TE Gerald Everett also seeing eight targets and Brandin Cooks seeing nine. Goff isn't going to repeat that volume any time soon, but leading the team is still notable for Kupp and Woods. They are the only players that have led the Rams in targets in any game this season, and with Kupp at 27 percent and Woods at 22 percent, they have dominated the available looks in this offense. Cooks continues to have high upside as a downfield threat, but Kupp and Woods are the safe bets for volume in any given week.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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