2020 Season In Review: Target Recap for Every Team
They said it couldn’t be done. But look at us now. In the midst of a global pandemic, fantasy football maniacs like you and I were still able to get our weekly fix for the entire 2020 season. Now, that’s not to say that there weren’t a few hiccups along the way. But I think we can all express some appreciation for having one of our favorite hobbies still available to us in what proved to be such a damper of a calendar year.
Today we’re going to going to take a look at how all 32 teams allocated their targets to their top-five pass catchers in 2020. If your favorite player wasn’t included in this piece, it’s because they weren’t given enough opportunities to contribute to their team’s passing attack this season.
A Target simply means that the ball was thrown to a particular player.
Target Share is the percentage of targets said player had compared to all of the targets for his entire team.
Red Zone Targets are targets that take place inside the 20-yard line going in to score. All targets are not created equal — just ask someone like Adam Thielen who greatly benefited from extensive Red Zone Targets — and red zone targets are the easiest way to flip the scale in one’s favor.
Lastly, Red Zone Target Share simply means the percentage of red-zone targets that said player had compared to all of the red zone targets for his entire team.
DeAndre Hopkins hopped right into his customary, volume-dominant role following his trade from the Houston Texans to the Arizona Cardinals in 2020. Hopkins ranked second in the NFL in targets — behind Stefon Diggs (166) — and second in target share — behind Davante Adams (29.7%). Hopkins also held the second-largest advantage throughout the league in Target Share percentage over his team’s number two receiver (14.9% gap), trailing only Adams and his number two (17.1%). Considering the major discrepancy in target share, Hopkins’ fantasy managers would’ve appreciated a more commanding red zone target share. But who am I kidding, I’m sure his fantasy managers are plenty pleased with the overall WR5 (half-PPR) season that he provided them. It’ll be up to Kliff Kingsbury to go back to the drawing board over the offseason and figure out a way to get his best player the ball when it matters most inside the red zone. There’s no way that Hopkins should ever finish with the same amount of touchdowns as Christian Kirk (six) over the course of a 16-game season.
For the first time since 2013, the Atlanta Falcons had a new leader in the targets clubhouse this season. With an injury-riddled age-31 season that forced him to miss seven games, Julio Jones was relegated to fourth in the Falcons overall passing game hierarchy in 2020. With the NFL being the ultimate land of opportunity, Calvin Ridley took full advantage of his, finishing the year as the overall WR4. What really stuck out in Ridley’s favor was the amount of volume he received in the red zone. Ridley’s 26 red-zone targets were four more than Julio’s career-high of 22 red-zone targets from 2015. Ridley clearly established himself as a fantasy superstar during his Year Three breakout.
Tight end Hayden Hurst received a career-high 88 targets (11th most among tight ends) in his new role with the Falcons, ending the year as the overall TE9. His splits during the middle of the season without Julio were less than stellar, but the third-year tight end closed the year out with touchdowns in each of the final three weeks with Jones sidelined. Will be interesting to see who the Falcons decide to hire as their next head coach and how that will impact their high-flying passing attack.
I almost didn’t believe it when I first saw it, but Marquise “Hollywood” Brown found a way to force the Ravens into giving him triple-digit targets on the year. Despite 29 more targets from his rookie year, Brown didn’t experience the Year 2 jump that his fantasy managers were hoping for. Brown is a very polarizing player for dynasty players this offseason. On one hand, Brown’s fantasy managers will point to his final six games of the regular season where he amassed six touchdowns over that span as a clear sign that a Calvin Ridley-Esque Year 3 breakout is inevitable. On the other, Brown is still one of the biggest boom-or-bust receivers stuck playing in a Greg Roman offense that will continue to prioritize the running game.
As the table above illustrates, this passing offense still runs through tight end Mark Andrews when the Ravens get into the red zone. Andrews’s 29.9% red zone target share ranked second among all tight ends, trailing only Darren Waller’s 30.0% red zone target share. Andrews will continue to be an annual Tight End Mount Rushmore member with his solidified role as the primary pass catcher in the red zone for the Ravens.
Who does that Stefon Diggs guy think he is? The audacity of a man to think that getting him the ball would help his team win games. Unbelievable (Am I doing this right, Minnesota?). Diggs justifiably forced his way out of the Vikings and single-handedly transformed the Buffalo Bills into one of the most exciting offenses in the entire NFL. Josh Allen went from having a completion percentage of 56.3 and a passer rating of 78.2 over his first two seasons to (somehow, someway) becoming a quarterback with a 69.2 completion percentage and a passer rating of 107.2. Coincidence? I think not. Tip of the cap to Diggs for getting himself into a better situation.
All kidding aside, Diggs was unleashed during his first year with the Bills. Having led the league in targets (166), receptions (127), and receiving yards (1,535), Diggs finished 2020 as the overall WR3. His 29.0% target share ranked third throughout the NFL, with Cole Beasley’s prowess in the slot commanding 107 targets of his own. The Diggs/Beasley combo will be a very popular stack for fantasy managers in 2021.
The dawn of the Matt Rhule and Joe Brady Era brought extensive volume to Carolina’s receiver trio. Only Pittsburgh’s receiver triplets of Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Chase Claypool combined for more targets (381) than the 351 looks that went to Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, and Curtis Samuel. Granted, that can largely be attributed to Rhule and Brady having to make due in the absence of All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey. However, McCaffrey’s replacement Mike Davis still accounted for 70 targets, ranking fifth among all running backs in 2020. Make no mistake about it, there’s plenty of diversified passing volume to go around in this scheme.
With Carolina in a prime position to improve their quarterback position through the draft, keep an eye on the Panthers. If Brady gets passed over during this coaching cycle in favor of more experienced coaches, this Carolina offense will be very exciting with a year of continuity and the return of McCaffrey in 2021.
Despite having to deal with yet another year of quarterback shortcomings in a career that’s been nothing but that, Allen Robinson was the unquestioned Alpha in Chicago’s passing attack. Robinson’s 151 targets were third-most across the league, helping him finish the year as the overall WR12. The former Penn State receiver is a perfect example of how following the volume is, more often than not, a promising strategy for fantasy purposes. Even though his Chicago Bears offense has a lot of work to do as a whole and at quarterback, Robinson’s status as a true WR1 can not be questioned.
With Tarik Cohen suffering a season-ending injury in Week 3, that allowed second-year running back David Montgomery to have a more prominent role in the team’s passing attack. Montgomery’s 68 targets ranked sixth among all running backs in 2020. Any and all David Montgomery 2021 forecasting has to keep in mind that Cohen’s return will undoubtedly eat into Montgomery’s target share next season.
The Bengals were one of four teams in 2020 to give three different players over 100 targets, joining the Cowboys, Steelers, and Football Team as the only teams to do so. With A.J. Green likely having played his final snap as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, the receiving tandem of Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins should make a rather sizeable jump next year. With the return of number one overall pick, Joe Burrow, this passing attack should be one of the more sought after stacks in 2021. Don’t be surprised if Boyd and Higgins both flirt with WR1 status next year. Year 3 is a make or break year for head coach Zac Taylor (Go Big Red).
First-year head coach Kevin Stefanski leaned heavily on his running game with his new Cleveland Browns offense in 2020. When Odell Beckham Jr. went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 7, Jarvis Landry became the primary receiving option the rest of the way. Unfortunately for Landry and his fantasy managers, the Browns had some serious weather misfortune from Week 8 – Week 11, having played in three straight games with unfavorable conditions for the passing game. When the weather decided to cooperate, Landry averaged 15.78 fantasy points (half-PPR) over his final five games to close out the year.
Austin Hooper failed to provide a quality return on an investment after the Browns signed the former Atlanta Falcons tight end to a 4-year/$42 million deal over the offseason. Hooper had four games in 2020 where he was targeted only two times. The lack of red-zone targets across 13 games is arguably even more worrisome for Hooper’s fantasy managers.
In what was shaping up to be one of the most prolific offenses in fantasy football history, the Cowboys season went down the drain once Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending leg injury in Week 5’s contest against the New York Giants. Averaging 32.6 points per game with Prescott under center, this Dallas offense was the definition of Fantasy Gold throughout the first five weeks of 2020. Despite losing Prescott early on, Amari Cooper was still one of the most consistent receivers in all of fantasy operating with backup quarterbacks. From Week 6 and on, Cooper averaged 11.0 fantasy points (half-PPR) per game with double-digit performances in eight of the final 11 games. Not much more you can ask for out of him considering the circumstances.
Cooper aside, the Cowboys were one of three teams (Cincinnati and Pittsburgh) in 2020 to give their top three wide receivers over 100 targets. First-round pick CeeDee Lamb showed plenty of boom throughout his rookie season, demonstrating why Jerry Jones decided to spend the luxury pick at the position after both Cooper and Michael Gallup surpassed 1,000 receiving yards the year prior. Considering how difficult it will be to come out of your fantasy drafts with the Kansas City Chiefs stack of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce, this Dallas Cowboys offense will likely be the most popular stack in all of fantasy in 2021. With offensive coordinator Kellen Moore getting Prescott and his offensive line back and healthy, it’d be in your best interest to put the ‘Boys on your fantasy radar for next year.
One of the fantasy community’s favorite offseason darlings proved to be nothing but empty hype in 2020. Don’t get me wrong, losing Courtland Sutton for the year following his one-game appearance in Week 2 certainly didn’t help the matter. But considering the talent, draft capital spent on this offense in recent years, and the free agent signing of Melvin Gordon, quarterback Drew Lock and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur left a lot to be desired out of Denver this past season.
Jerry Jeudy failed to meet the expectations that fantasy managers had for the star rookie receiver, especially after Sutton was lost for the year. Even though the former Alabama receiver commanded a whopping 113 targets in Year 1, his 46.0% catch rate left him with a stinker of a rookie season.
Noah Fant’s 93 targets ranked seventh among all tight ends, but the volume didn’t help elevate the second-year tight end, as Fant finished as the overall TE12. With Sutton coming back, those targets will almost assuredly come back down in 2021.
Marvin Jones (Who? Marv Jones!) was the primary beneficiary of Kenny Golladay’s extended absence this season. With Golladay forced to miss 11 games, Jones and second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson became Matthew Stafford’s go-to targets, especially in the red zone. Hockenson’s 101 targets (fifth-most among tight ends) played a critical role in his overall TE4 season. Hockenson did considerably more with his volume this season in comparison to his former college teammate at the University of Iowa and fellow 2019 first round pick, Noah Fant.
With this franchise in the midst of a top-down organizational overhaul with both Golladay and Jones slated to hit free agency, Hockenson could very well become the clear-cut number one pass catching option for this offense in 2021.
Davante Adams: The crown jewel of the 2020 NFL wide receiver class. Adams’ target share (29.7%), red zone targets (32), and red zone target share (34.4%) led the league en route to him becoming the overall WR1 in fantasy football this season. Even though Adams missed two and a half games, his 18 receiving touchdowns were tops throughout the NFL. There isn’t a better wide receiver than Davante Adams currently residing on planet Earth.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t spend a few moments addressing the unicorn of a season that Robert Tonyan put on display in 2020. The volume clearly wasn’t there, with only a measly 11.8% target share and red zone target share, but Tonyan was one of the most efficient players in all of football, especially in the red zone. Tonyan caught 10 of his 11 red zone targets, with seven of his 11 scores coming from inside the red zone. Tonyan’s 11 touchdowns tied Travis Kelce as the positional league leader, while his 59 targets ranked 24th (TWENTY-FREAKIN’-FOURTH) among all tight ends. Not too shabby for the overall TE3 on the year.
Who said anyone needed any stinkin’ volume anyway?!
Give credit to Deshaun Watson for making it work statistically with this receiving core in his first season without All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins. Before Will Fuller was lost for the season after being popped for PEDs following Week 12’s Thanksgiving explosion in Detroit, the oft-injured speedy receiver commanded a 21.4% target share this season. Fuller’s 16.6 yards per catch was a career-high, and the 11 games he managed to suit up for in 2020 tied for the second-most games played in a season throughout his five-year career.
Career journeyman Brandin Cooks showed out in 2020, as his 119 targets with the Texans were the most he’s had since 2015, his second season with the Saints. Like Fuller, Cooks has quietly been labeled as an injury-prone player, despite having missed only three games since 2015. Despite being traded more times than a Flint Tropics washing machine, Cooks had a quality bounce-back season and the volume was key.
The arrival of Phillip Rivers didn’t yield the results that fantasy managers were hoping for if they happened to have any Indianapolis pass catcher shares in 2020. The Colts were one of six teams (Jaguars, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, 49ers) that failed to give a single player 100 targets on the year. Unlike those other five teams that finished at or near the bottom in most offensive statistics this season, the Colts were just fine letting their running game do most of the heavy lifting.
Even though rookie running back Jonathan Taylor failed to crack the top-five in targets for his team on the year, it’s worth mentioning that he caught a ridiculous 92.3% of his targets (36 of 39). When you combine Taylor’s receiving numbers with that of backfield-mate Nyheim Hines, they caught 99 balls on 115 targets. With a catch rate of 86.1% between the two, Checkdown Charlie King Bolo Rivers benefited from tremendous pass catchers out of the backfield.
There’s simply too much talent in the Jaguars receiving room to be this anemic. Chark fell back to Earth following his Year 2 breakout in 2019, as he was forced to miss three games due to injury. Mixed with the subpar quarterback play and this is what a 1-15 season looks like.
Trevor Lawrence (and Urban Meyer?) will bring instant life to this offense when the Jaguars select the former Clemson quarterback with the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. If Meyer ends up taking the job with the Jaguars, you can expect the three-time National Champion head coach to use Laviska Shenault Jr. in a similar way that Percy Harvin was utilized in Meyer’s University of Florida offenses from 2007-2009.
Is there a better tight end in the history of the NFL than Travis Kelce? A better question might be: is Travis Kelce the best skill position player that Andy Reid has ever coached? I’ll leave it up to you to provide the answers, but they are both questions worth asking at this point. After compiling the best statistical season for a tight end in NFL history (in only 15 games), Kelce has cemented himself as a first ballot Hall-of-Famer. And just because Kelce turned 31 years old in October, I wouldn’t expect him to hang it up anytime soon. Kelce has been an absolute ironman. Since his rookie season in 2013, Kelce hasn’t missed a single game due to injury. I always get a kick out of the fantasy community’s favorite pastime every single summer: George Kittle over Travis Kelce. The truth of it is, Kelce should be a top-five fantasy pick in 2021.
Tyreek Hill reverted to his splashy, league-leading 2018 self after an injury-riddled 2019. Hill’s 17 touchdowns (two rushing) trailed only Davante Adams among NFL wide receivers in 2020. Hill’s hat-trick touchdown performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12 (13 receptions, 259 yards, three touchdowns) quickly reminded everyone who the number one asset in dynasty is. The 26-year old vertical and horizontal threat is going to catch a lot more touchdowns from Patrick Mahomes.
Darren Waller was a league-winner for fantasy managers in 2020. If it wasn’t for Travis Kelce having the best season that the position has ever seen, we’d be talking more about the season that Waller just put together. Waller’s 27 red zone targets trailed only Davante Adams and his 32 red zone looks. The 30.0% red zone target share that Waller accounted for was third in the NFL, behind Davante Adams (34.4%) and Adam Thielen (33.8%).
But if you take away Waller and his massive target share, you can’t help but feel underwhelmed when looking at the Raiders passing game this season. After taking Henry Ruggs III with 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the former Alabama receiver failed to have an immediate impact during his rookie season. Throw in the fact that general manager Mike Mayock also spent a third round draft pick on Bryan Edwards and you can understand why the first season for the Raiders in Las Vegas felt like it was missing a few things.
Keenan Allen didn’t skip a beat whatsoever as the Los Angeles Chargers transitioned from Phillip Rivers to Tyrod Taylor and eventually Justin Herbert at quarterback in 2020. It was business as usual for Allen and his whopping target share, as his 147 targets ranked fifth across the league. Allen is one of the most reliable receivers week in, week out.
It feels like we keep doing this song and dance with Mike Williams. After four seasons in the NFL, he’s failed to reach 100 targets. Which is wildly concerning after the Chargers spent the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on the big-bodied receiver. Unlocking Mike Williams will be near the top of the next Chargers head coach’s to-do list.
With Hunter Henry set to hit free agency, there’s a high probability that the Chargers will be forced to replace his 93 targets from 2020. And even though he missed six games, Austin Ekeler’s 65 targets still were eighth-most among NFL running backs. This offense could really take a collective leap forward if the front office decides to hire a splashy offensive head coach such as Eric Bieniemy, Joe Brady, Arthur Smith, or Brian Daboll.
The Rams were one of four teams (Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks) to give 120-plus targets to two different players in 2020. What’s most interesting about the Rams and their passing game was how lopsided Cooper Kupp’s road/home splits were. Kupp had 84 of his 124 targets on the road, while Robert Woods had a little more balance to his workload, garnering 69 of his 129 targets on the road.
The 81 targets for Josh Reynolds were a career-high, as were his 52 receptions and 618 receiving yards in 2020. With Reynolds set to hit the free agent market, 2020 second round draft pick Van Jefferson will likely slide in the number three receiver role for the Rams in 2021.
Year One of the Tua/Ryan Fitzpatrick quarterback tag-team exceeded expectations, don’t get me wrong, but the passing game didn’t have much to show for it. Devante Parker played 14 games in 2020 and still managed to lose over 400 yards from his receiving totals the year prior.
Mike Gesicki saw a similar workload from 2019 but was able to turn it into 703 receiving yards (fourth most among tight ends). Unfortunately for the Dolphins receivers, when head coach Brian Flores handed the keys to the offense over to Tua, the offense quickly went into game managing mode and lost a good chunk of of its aggressiveness with Fitzpatrick back there.
Justin Jefferson has earned every bit of NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year acclaim. After introducing himself to the football world in Week 3’s breakout performance against the Tennessee Titans, he went on to set the NFL rookie receiving yardage record with 1,400 yards on 88 receptions to go with seven touchdowns. For whatever reason, it took the Vikings until Week 12 to realize that they needed to get their star rookie receiver double-digit targets on a weekly basis.
Adam Thielen’s 33.8% red zone target share was second-most across the league, trailing only Davante Adams (34.4%), while his 23 red zone targets ranked fourth in 2020. Thielen took full advantage of his red zone opportunities, as 13 of his 14 touchdowns in 2020 came from inside the red zone.
There’s no two ways around it: The New England Patriots were a passing game to stay a safe distance from in 2020. Only the Philadelphia Eagles saw their number one pass catcher receive fewer targets than Jakobi Meyer’s 81 looks in 2020. The lone bright spot for this team’s passing game was James White operating out of the backfield. White had the 10th-most targets among all NFL running backs with 62, but was forced to settle for his fewest receiving totals since his rookie year of 2014.
For the first time in his four-year NFL career, Alvin Kamara led the Saints in targets, and his 107 were just three less than J.D. McKissic’s 110 targets for the lead among all running backs. Michael Thomas missing nine games in 2020 played a big role in Kamara commanding the New Orleans passing game, especially in the red zone.
It’s important to note that during Taysom Hill’s four-game stretch as the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Michael Thomas was targeted 37 times for 30 receptions and 343 yards. Over a 16-game season, that translates to 148 targets, 120 receptions, and 1,372 receiving yards. For all the doom and gloom that the fantasy community wants to put on the thought of Hill becoming the starter in New Orleans, Michael Thomas fantasy managers need not worry one bit.
While I love to see the extensive volume given to Evan Engram in 2020, I just wish he actually did something with it. His 109 targets were third-most among NFL tight ends, which is why his overall TE16 season is puzzling. After four years in the league, Engram appears to be more bust than boom.
Darius Slayton regressed in Year 2, playing all 16 games (two more than his rookie year) but failed to see any tangible improvement with the 12 more targets in 2020 than he saw in 2019. Year Three will be critical for Daniel Jones and the New York Giants.
Jamison Crowder was arguably the only positive for the New York Jets on the offensive side of the ball in 2020. Even though he sat out four games, Crowder was still the most targeted pass-catcher for the lowly Jets. With Crowder entering the final year of his contract with the Jets in 2021, it will be interesting to see how they treat the quarterback position during the offseason. Does it make sense to select Justin Fields or Zach Wilson with the number two overall pick? Or trade out of the spot and double down on Sam Darnold? Better question might be, with all the promising head coaching candidates out there right now, which coach is going to draw the short straw and get stuck coaching this franchise?
Gred Ward’s 79 targets were the least amount of targets given to an NFL team’s number one pass catcher in 2020. My mother taught me at a young age that if I don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it all. So with that in mind, I’ll leave you with this: The Philadelphia Eagles should probably figure out a way to get Zach Ertz more than seven targets in the red zone.
The Steelers were the only team in the NFL to give out 90-plus targets to four different players in 2020. I guess that’s what comes with the territory when your ball club leads the league in pass attempts. Diontae Johnson proved to be electric with the ball in his hands (as long as he caught it) during his sophomore season in the NFL. Chase Claypool’s stellar rookie season appeared to hit a wall during Week 13 before closing the regular season out with a bang during Week 17’s loss to the Browns, coming down five catches, 101 yards, and one touchdown on 11 targets.
With JuJu Smith-Schuster slated to hit the open market, it would be wise to keep an eye on James Washington. If Smith-Schuster signs elsewhere, Washington could realistically be looking at 100 or so targets in 2021.
The reigning NFC Champions caught the injury bug early in 2020 and never really recovered. Rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk made John Lynch look extra smart with what the former Arizona State wideout was able to accomplish for the short-handed 49ers this season. But keep in mind, Kyle Shanahan’s offense (as currently constructed with Jimmy Garoppolo) isn’t built on passing volume. And with George Kittle and Deebo Samuel returning in 2021, it’s fair to expect Aiyuk’s target volume to come down in Year 2.
Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf were atop the NFL in combined target share with 48.6% of Seattle’s targets going to their top two receivers. Seattle’s receiver duo proved to be the second-most valuable wide receiver tandem stack in fantasy football for 2020. With Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen amassing a combined 447.2 points in half-PPR, Lockett and Metcalf weren’t far behind with their combined output of 445.2 points. The table above speaks for itself. Lockett and Metcalf were the only two threats in the Seattle passing game all year. Even though Russell Wilson would occasionally look for David Moore inside the red zone, Lockett and Metcalf were in a class of their own.
Expect Seattle’s top two receivers to continue dominating targets in 2021.
Considering the volume that was given to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin last year in Bruce Arians’ first season in Tampa Bay, fantasy managers were left wanting more out of Tampa’s top two receivers in 2020. Even though Godwin can partially be excused here having missed four games, the volume for Evans in 2020 was a career-low.
It didn’t take long for Antonio Brown to establish himself with Tom Brady, as the 62 targets for the dramatic receiver were neck-and-neck with Evans’ 63 targets over the final eight games of the season with Brown on the roster.
A.J. Brown is the poster child for Who Needs Volume?! truthers everywhere. He is the ultimate exception to the volume rule. Brown’s 106 targets in 2020 ranked 30th among NFL wide receivers, but still managed to finish the year as the WR11. When you factor in that Brown missed two games, his 15.16 fantasy points (half-PPR) per game ranked fifth among receivers. If Tyreek Hill is the number one dynasty asset A.J. Brown is not far behind.
Corey Davis had a career-year, achieving his highest receiving yardage (984) and receiving touchdown (five) totals in 2020. Even though he had 20 fewer targets than his 2018 campaign, the former number five overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft came alive in offensive coordinator Arthur Smith’s scheme in 2020. With Tennessee declining Davis’s fifth-year option, the former Western Michigan (Row The Boat) wide receiver will hit the open market and become a free agent.
Terry McLaurin built off his stellar rookie season and took another huge step forward in Year 2. Even though he was forced to catch passes from four different quarterbacks throughout the year, that didn’t stop him from taking full advantage of his massive target share. If Washington can find some continuity with their quarterback, the sky is truly the limit for McLaurin.
Logan Thomas was one of the biggest surprises in the NFL for 2020. A relatively unknown NFL journeyman who was a former quarterback at Virginia Tech, Thomas burst onto the scene as a tight end during his first season in Washington. Thomas’s 110 targets were third-most among tight ends and helped catapult the former Hokie to the overall TE6 in 2020.
J.D. McKissic led all NFL running backs with 110 targets in 2020, much to the chagrin of Antonio Gibson fantasy managers everywhere. But McKissic was very reliable for Washington, coming down with 80 receptions and 589 receiving yards.
The balanced workload in the red zone between Thomas, McLaurin, and McKissic (combined 68.9% red zone target share) were tops among the NFL for a team’s top three receivers.
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