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Week 1 Target Analysis (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Rob Searles | @RobBob17 | Featured Writer
Sep 16, 2021
Darren Waller

Here is a review of targets, target share, slot share, and snap share for Week 1.

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Arizona Cardinals

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
DeAndre Hopkins 8 25.0% 14.3% 88%
A.J. Green 6 18.8% 6.3% 80%
Christian Kirk 5 15.6% 95.7% 57%
Rondale Moore 5 15.6% 78.6% 29%
Chase Edmonds 4 12.5% 11.5% 58%

 
Year 3 of Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray era started with a nuclear explosion — most noticeably from DeAndre Hopkins. After seeing his touchdowns reduced to his lowest total last season since 2016, Hopkins found pay dirt on two separate occasions. Christian Kirk was able to take full advantage of his handful of targets, joining Hopkins with two receiving touchdowns of his. With Minnesota’s overmatched and over-the-hill defense paying a visit to the desert in Week 2, look for the fireworks to continue out of this high-flying offense.

Atlanta Falcons

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Calvin Ridley 8 24.2% 16.7% 85%
Kyle Pitts 8 24.2% 51.4% 68%
Mike Davis 6 18.2% 5.6% 75%
Hayden Hurst 4 12.1% 41.9% 60%
Kevin Smith 3 9.1% 0% 29%

 
Arthur Smith’s debut didn’t necessarily go as planned during Week 1’s embarrassing defeat at home to the Philadelphia Eagles. In a battle of first-year head coaches, Atlanta’s collision course of conflicting offensive styles from Smith and Tennessee’s ground-and-pound style mixed with Atlanta’s historically pass-happy offense was predictably awkward out of the gates. Tight ends Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst dominated snaps out of the slot, along with Russell Gage (18), while Calvin Ridley operated primarily outside. This is shaping up to be an offense to avoid in 2021.

Baltimore Ravens

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Sammy Watkins 8 27.6% 28.9% 82%
Marquise Brown 6 20.7% 42.9% 69%
Mark Andrews 5 17.2% 50% 81%
Ty’Son Williams 4 13.8% 4.3% 51%
Patrick Ricard 3 10.3% 18.8% 60%

 
For the third consecutive season, Week-1-Watkins struck again. The former Kansas City Chief led the Ravens’ pass-catchers in targets and snap share, while Mark Andrews was the primary option operating out of the slot. Watkins’ 96 yards led all Ravens, while Brown was the lone recipient of a touchdown through the air. As we’ve come to expect in a Greg Roman offense, opportunities through the air will be few and far between for this passing attack.

Buffalo Bills

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Stefon Diggs 14 28.6% 14.8% 93%
Cole Beasley 13 26.5% 98.4% 91%
Emmanuel Sanders 8 16.3% 32.8% 93%
Devin Singletary 5 10.2% 10.4% 75%
Gabriel Davis 5 10.2% 73.7% 51%

 
Sure, his outspoken anti “Fauci Ouchie” stance is annoying. But boy, oh boy, Cole Beasley remains criminally slept on as the slot receiver in Brian Daboll’s aerial offense. While Stefon Diggs will likely find himself among the league leaders once again in targets, the addition of Emmanuel Sanders should take this offense to new heights in 2021. Give credit to the Steelers for shutting down one of the most prolific offenses from last season. It will be interesting to see how Buffalo’s backfield shakes out, especially if Zack Moss‘s healthy scratches continue.

Carolina Panthers

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Christian McCaffrey 9 27.2% 3.3% 89%
D.J. Moore 8 24.2% 14.7% 81%
Terrace Marshall Jr. 6 18.2% 79.2% 53%
Robby Anderson 3 9.1% 18.2% 81%
Dan Arnold 3 9.1% 69.6% 52%

 
Matt Rhule and Joe Brady deemed it necessary to upgrade their quarterback position in Year 2 by swapping out Teddy Bridgewater for recently ostracized Sam Darnold. The return of All-Pro Christian McCaffrey saw him return to his customary substantial workload, leading the Panthers skill players in targets and snaps in their season-opening victory against the Jets. Fresh off his new contract extension, Robby Anderson underwhelmed with three targets. However, the Darnold-to-Anderson reunion picked up right where they left off, connecting for a 57-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter.

Chicago Bears

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Allen Robinson 11 27.5% 39.5% 91%
Cole Kmet 7 17.5% 45.7% 74%
Darnell Mooney 7 17.5% 35.6% 100%
Damien Williams 5 12.5% 22.7% 43%
Marquise Goodwin 4 10.0% 17.6% 38%

 
It’s only a matter of time before Matt Nagy officially hands the keys of his offense to rookie Justin Fields. Until then, the Bears’ passing offense will remain on training wheels. Allen Robinson‘s target share continues to be elite, while Nagy did a good job of mixing and matching his slot opportunities between Robinson, Cole Kmet, and Darnell Mooney in Week 1.

Cincinnati Bengals

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Ja’Marr Chase 7 26.9% 9.7% 90%
Tee Higgins 5 19.2% 35.7% 74%
Joe Mixon 4 15.4% 8.7% 78%
Tyler Boyd 4 15.4% 82.1% 74%
Mike Thomas 3 11.5% 25.0% 23%

 
Cincinnati’s extensive passing volume from yesteryear was nowhere to be found in Week 1. While Joe Burrow led the NFL with 41.1 pass attempts per game during his rookie campaign, the Bengals instead opted to run the ball at will in their victory against the Vikings. Rookie Ja’Marr Chase‘s highly publicized drop issues from the preseason already feel like a distant memory after leading his new Bengals in targets and snap share en route to five receptions, 101 yards, and a touchdown in his NFL debut.

Cleveland Browns

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Jarvis Landry 5 18.5% 51.7% 86%
Anthony Schwartz 5 18.5% 22.2% 53%
David Njoku 5 18.5% 33.3% 59%
Kareem Hunt 3 11.1% 5.0% 47%
Austin Hooper 3 11.1% 50.0% 64%

 
Kevin Stefanski and the Browns put on a ball-control clinic and kept the explosive Chiefs offense off the field in their Week 1 heartbreak inside Arrowhead. Cleveland will have plenty of opportunities to put the ball in the air with more regularity throughout the year, but don’t have too high expectations for this passing offense. With one of the league’s best offensive lines and running back tandems of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, this team’s offensive identity is no secret whatsoever.

Dallas Cowboys

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Amari Cooper 16 28.1% 37.1% 88%
CeeDee Lamb 15 26.3% 40.7% 73%
Michael Gallup 7 12.3% 9.5% 60%
Dalton Shultz 6 10.5% 40.0% 68%
Tony Pollard 4 7.0% 18.8% 24%

 
Dak Prescott‘s return from a season-ending ankle injury saw the Cowboys revert to their box score stuffing ways in Thursday night’s season opener. With soon-to-be head coach Kellen Moore dialing it up, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb will have every chance to be WR1s week in, week out — especially over the next handful of weeks with Michael Gallup sidelined.

Denver Broncos

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Noah Fant 8 22.9% 34.5% 77%
Jerry Jeudy 7 20.0% 79.2% 47%
Tim Patrick 4 11.4% 14.8% 70%
KJ Hamler 4 11.4% 30.0% 36%
Courtland Sutton 3 8.6% 21.2% 80%

 
Jerry Jeudy‘s devastating high-ankle sprain vacates a boatload of targets for Noah Fant and the remaining Denver receivers. At this rate, Fant appears to be locked in as a target leader at the tight end position alongside the usual heavy hitters Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, George Kittle, and TJ Hockenson. The big question that remains is if Courtland Sutton will be able to reclaim the alpha receiver role in Jeudy’s absence.

Detroit Lions

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
D’Andre Swift 11 19.6% 2.0% 68%
TJ Hockenson 10 17.9% 63.9% 85%
Jamaal Williams 9 16.1% 0.0% 35%
Quintez Cephus 7 12.5% 10.7% 35%
Trinity Benson 6 10.7% 11.4% 53%

 
Jared Goff‘s limited arm strength saw him dink and dunk to his running backs throughout the afternoon in Detroit’s Week 1 loss to San Francisco. Outside of the Lions’ backfield, TJ Hockenson‘s dominance in the slot should make his fantasy managers giddy with excitement for what the season holds if that role continues.

Green Bay Packers

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 8 24.2% 53.6% 63%
Davante Adams 7 21.2% 35.5% 70%
Allen Lazard 4 12.1% 46.4% 68%
Robert Tonyan 4 12.1% 50.0% 49%
Malik Taylor 3 9.1% 37.5% 26%

 
Green Bay put forth quite the stinker in Jacksonville against the New Orleans Saints, reminiscent of their visit to Tampa Bay in Week 6 last season. It’s not every day you see someone other than Davante Adams lead this team in targets, as Marquez Valdes-Scantling also paced the Packers with a 53.6% slot share. Chalk this one up as nothing more than the Packers’ annual once-a-year road clunker. My money is on Adams and this passing attack to get back on track in a Week 2 Monday night dream matchup against a Detroit secondary that just gave up 311 yards to San Francisco’s run-centric offense.

Houston Texans

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Brandin Cooks 7 21.9% 35.1% 78%
Danny Amendola 5 15.6% 50.0% 22%
Pharaoh Brown 5 15.6% 20.8% 76%
David Johnson 4 12.5% 5.6% 28%
Nico Collins 3 9.4% 20.0% 55%

 
Houston shellacked the Jaguars in Urban Meyer’s NFL debut, lighting up the legendary collegiate head coach to the tune of 37 points and 449 total yards. Whether through the air or on the ground, the Texans faced little resistance in this Week 1 matchup of likely AFC South basement dwellers. Brandin Cooks led the way for Houston with 132 yards on five receptions. Truth be told, Cooks is the only realistic option you should consider in this offense, regardless of format.

Indianapolis Colts

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Nyheim Hines 8 22.9% 4.2% 45%
Jonathan Taylor 7 20.0% 0.0% 55%
Zach Pascal 5 14.3% 88.9% 91%
Michael Pittman 4 11.4% 21.3% 97%
Jack Doyle 4 11.4% 50.0% 59%

 
Are we sure Philip Rivers retired? By the looks of Indianapolis’s target allocation, you could definitely fool me after Frank Reich’s backfield gobbled up nearly 43% of the targets. With Ty Hilton sidelined, the Colts receivers — Michael Pittman in particular — failed to provide much of an impact. Even though Pittman was on the field for 97% of the offensive snaps, his four measly targets were disappointing, especially against a Seattle secondary that struggled mightily last season. Don’t lose faith in the former USC receiver just yet, as the Colts will look to lean on their second-year receiver while Hilton is sidelined with a neck injury.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
DJ Chark 12 24.5% 16.7% 84%
Laviska Shenault Jr. 9 18.4% 81.8% 70%
Marvin Jones 9 18.4% 34.6% 91%
James O’Shaughnessy 8 16.3% 56.8% 80%
James Robinson 6 12.2% 0.0% 64%

 
Yowza. While it looked anything but pretty for three quarters on Sunday, the Garbage Time Gods touched down in Houston and salvaged an otherwise abysmal afternoon for Urban Meyer’s NFL Debut with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The targets were distributed fairly evenly, with Laviska Shenault Jr.manning the slot on 81.8% of his passing play snaps. Whether it’s Blake Bortles, Gardner Minshew, or Trevor Lawrence back there, this franchise is certainly no stranger to finding fantasy gold in garbage time over the course of an NFL season.

Kansas City Chiefs

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Tyreek Hill 15 44.1% 46.3% 88%
Travis Kelce 7 20.6% 42.5% 85%
Mecole Hardman 3 8.8% 55.3% 69%
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 3 8.8% 12.5% 72%
Demarcus Robinson 2 5.9% 21.9% 74%

 
“The Chiefs are a helluva drug.” – Rick James.

This is our fourth season watching this same song and dance, and it never ceases to disappoint — unless, of course, your favorite team is going against them. Tyreek Hill went bonkers by commanding 44.1% of Patrick Mahomes‘s targets, resulting in 11 receptions, 197 yards, and a 75-yard score to bring the Chiefs back after they were down two possessions early in the fourth quarter. Travis Kelce‘s modest seven targets didn’t prevent him from having a day in his own right, as the best tight end in NFL history secured six receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns — including the game-winner with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.

After watching the Ravens get torched by Derek Carr and the Raiders at the Death Star on Monday night, expect plenty of fireworks courtesy of the Chiefs in Week 2’s Sunday night matchup in Baltimore.

Las Vegas Raiders

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Darren Waller 19 36.5% 31.7% 94%
Hunter Renfrow 9 17.3% 67.5% 55%
Bryan Edwards 5 9.6% 48.8% 66%
Henry Ruggs II 5 9.6% 44.7% 65%
Kenyan Drake 5 9.6% 0.0% 48%

 
Monday night was the Darren Waller show, as he led the entire NFL with 19 targets in Week 1 — turning those targets into 10 receptions, 105 yards, and 1 touchdown. However, the grand finale was none other than second-year receiver Bryan Edwards, as he dominated the final minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime with four receptions and 81 yards, just narrowly missing the game-winning touchdown on a fade route in overtime. Waller will always be the primary option in this offense, but if Edwards and/or Henry Ruggs II can make that Year Two jump, this offense could be special.

Los Angeles Chargers

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Keenan Allen 13 28.3% 65.1% 83%
Mike Williams 12 26.1% 9.1% 75%
Jared Cook 8 17.4% 52.8% 58%
Jalen Guyton 5 10.9% 32.4% 65%
KJ Hill 3 6.5% 100% 9%

 
Even though Justin Herbert struggled slightly on Sunday with an 85.2 passer rating, it’s hard not to be encouraged with the amount of volume that lives in this passing game. On Sunday, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams were the focal points, commanding a combined 54.4% of Herbert’s targets. No longer tied to former head coach Anthony Lynn’s head-scratching play calls — especially in critical moments — Herbert and his pass-catchers should flourish in longtime New Orleans Saints assistant Joe Lombardi’s offensive scheme.

Los Angeles Rams

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Cooper Kupp 10 38.5% 71.4% 94%
Tyler Higbee 6 23.1% 28.6% 100%
Robert Woods 4 15.4% 57.9% 77%
Van Jefferson 3 11.5% 12.5% 69%
DeSean Jackson 2 7.7% 50.0% 27%

 
By adding DeSean Jackson in free agency and Tutu Atwell in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the writing was on the wall for Sean McVay’s desire to push the ball downfield with his new toy Matthew Stafford. And sure enough, it didn’t take long for the Rams to do exactly that. Stafford hit second-year receiver Van Jefferson for a 67-yard bomb on a bootleg to the left on the Rams’ opening drive. And on the opening possession of the second half, Stafford found Cooper Kupp for a 56-yard score to extend the lead. The only thing holding back this passing attack for fantasy purposes is LA’s stout defense, as the volume won’t always be there when playing with a multiple possession lead in second halves.

Miami Dolphins

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
DeVante Parker 7 25.9% 14.3% 83%
Jaylen Waddle 6 22.2% 75.0% 80%
Myles Gaskin 5 19.2% 5.3% 54%
Salvon Ahmed 3 11.5% 12.5% 20%
Mike Gesicki 2 7.7% 55.6% 39%

 
If it wasn’t for Green Bay’s collective dud in Week 1, Mike Gesicki would be the leader in the clubhouse for Week 1’s Biggest Stinker award. A longtime favorite of the “Tight Ends Don’t Matter” crowd, Gesicki was nonexistent all day, playing just 39% of Miami’s snaps and getting two targets for an ugly goose egg out of the gates. With Will Fuller returning from suspension, the added speed alongside Jaylen Waddle should make this offensive far more dynamic. As long as Tua Tagovailoa can hold up his end of the bargain.

Minnesota Vikings

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Adam Thielen 10 21.3% 13.8% 94%
Justin Jefferson 9 19.1% 20.7% 92%
K.J. Osborn 9 19.1% 68.5% 81%
Dalvin Cook 7 14.9% 0% 71%
Tyler Conklin 4 8.5% 10.9% 71%

 
Minnesota’s inability to effectively run the ball against Cincinnati forced first-year offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak to put the ball in the air, presumably far too often for Mike Zimmer’s liking. The 50 pass attempts were a considerable jump from Minnesota’s 32.25 pass attempts per game last year, and Adam Thielen took full advantage with nine receptions, 92 yards, and two scores. When Minnesota throws the ball 50 times, it’s a substantially missed opportunity when Justin Jefferson walks away with only five grabs for 71 yards.

New England Patriots

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Jakobi Meyers 9 23.7% 79.5% 99%
James White 7 18.4% 0% 37%
Nelson Agholor 7 18.4% 14.3% 85%
Jonnu Smith 5 13.2% 11.1% 73%
Damien Harris 3 7.9% 0% 53%

 
Jakobi Meyers was the primary receiver operating out of the slot in Mac Jones‘s debut for New England with a 79.5% slot share on pass plays throughout his 99% snap share. With Jones at quarterback, James White immediately reverted to his pass-catching specialist role out of the backfield, seldom seen throughout the Cam Newton era in New England last season. Noticeably absent was Hunter Henry, who only saw three targets, despite a 72% snap share.

New Orleans Saints

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Adam Trautman 6 30.0% 21.1% 82%
Alvin Kamara 4 20.0% 10.0% 73%
Juwan Johnson 3 15.0% 60.0% 19%
Marquez Callaway 2 10.0% 31.8% 84%
Deonte Harris 2 10.0% 20.0% 44%

 
With the game well in hand from essentially the opening kickoff, Sean Payton didn’t have to dial-up too many pass plays for first-year starter Jameis Winston. The game script didn’t stop Winston from having a stellar debut as the successor to Drew Brees, tossing five touchdown passes, including two to Juwan Johnson inside the red zone. Winston has been dialed in throughout the preseason, and Week 1’s opener in Jacksonville was no different. Marquez Callaway and Adam Trautman dominated snaps with 84% and 82%, respectively, but their services were hardly needed in this one.

New York Giants

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Sterling Shepard 9 25.0% 65.1% 95%
Darius Slayton 7 19.4% 22.9% 70%
Kenny Golladay 6 16.7% 15.0% 85%
Kyle Rudolph 5 13.9% 44.1% 77%
Saquon Barkley 3 8.3% 0% 48%

 
I’m guessing this wasn’t exactly what Kenny Golladay had in mind when he signed a 4-year, $72-million contract with the Giants during free agency. Nursing a hamstring injury since early August, Golladay was third in the Giants’ passing game hierarchy despite an 85% snap share. Speaking of playing through injury, Saquon Barkley was limited to 48% of the offensive snaps, garnering just three targets from Daniel Jones. Fantasy managers Giants fans can’t wait until Barkley is ripping and roaring at 100% because this offense is going nowhere fast until he gets there.

New York Jets

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Corey Davis 7 19.4% 12.5% 89%
Braxton Berrios 7 19.4% 68.8% 57%
Ryan Griffin 6 16.7% 0% 48%
Tyler Kroft 5 13.9% 24.3% 66%
Elijah Moore 4 11.1% 35.9% 86%

 
Zach Wilson and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur couldn’t get much of anything going in their debut with the Jets. After being shut out for the first half against Carolina, Corey Davis saved the day for his fantasy managers with two late scores, totaling 97 yards and five receptions on the day. Davis is shaping up to have a sizeable role as Wilson’s most trusted receiver.

Philadelphia Eagles

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
DeVonta Smith 8 25.0% 17.9% 87%
Jalen Reagor 6 18.8% 31.0% 70%
Dallas Goedert 5 15.6% 41.4% 73%
Miles Sanders 5 15.6% 0% 66%
Quez Watkins 3 9.4% 68.4% 48%

 
Nick Sirianni’s debut couldn’t have gone much better against fellow first-year head coach Arthur Smith and the Atlanta Falcons. Rookie DeVonta Smith showed out as the clear alpha receiver for Jalen Hurts, totaling 71 yards and a score in his NFL debut. While Dallas Goedert had the edge over Zach Ertz in targets and snap share in the opening week, it’ll be interesting to see if Sirianni continues to prioritize Goedert over Ertz throughout the season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Diontae Johnson 10 31.3% 9.4% 76%
JuJu Smith-Schuster 8 25.0% 76.3% 91%
Chase Claypool 5 15.6% 29.0% 67%
Najee Harris 3 9.4% 7.9% 100%
Eric Ebron 2 6.3% 5.3% 47%

 
Diontae Johnson picked up right where he left off from last season as the Steelers’ target leader in Week 1. Most notably, Najee Harris played 100% of the snaps, as Pittsburgh’s propensity to give their running back the true bell-cow role came to fruition for the first-round pick out of Alabama. While the Steelers have told anyone that will listen that they want to run the ball more this season, don’t be surprised if this offense has another season of league-leading passing volume.

San Francisco 49ers

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Deebo Samuel 12 52.2% 44.0% 84%
George Kittle 5 21.7% 15.4% 95%
Trent Sherfield 3 13.0% 7.1% 49%
JaMycal Hasty 1 4.3% 7.7% 29%
Kyle Juszczyk 1 4.3% 50.0% 36%

 
Kyle Shanahan threw quite the wrench into the football world when rookie running back Trey Sermon was announced as a healthy scratch before kickoff. Shanahan doubled down on the shenanigans with Trent Sherfield playing over second-year receiver Brandon Aiyuk, thus leaving Deebo Samuel as the lone beneficiary in the 49ers passing game against Detroit. Samuel led the league with a 52.2% target share in Week 1, as the 49ers were unexpectedly forced to throw the ball in the second half as the Lions came roaring back.

Seattle Seahawks

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Tyler Lockett 5 23.8% 33.3% 85%
DK Metcalf 5 23.8% 28.6% 93%
Chris Carson 3 13.0% 4.8% 78%
Will Dissly 3 13.0% 42.9% 70%
Gerald Everett 2 9.5% 45.0% 72%

 
In typical fashion, Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense made damn good use of the limited volume in their passing attack during Week 1’s win at Indianapolis. Even though Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf each drew five targets, they combined for three touchdowns — including a 69-yard bomb to Lockett in the final seconds of the first half. With the addition of first-year offensive coordinator Shane Waldron — who’s spent the past five years on Sean McVay’s staff with Washington and Los Angeles — the Seahawks will no longer be held back by Brian Schottenheimer’s archaic system.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Chris Godwin 14 30.4% 80.0% 98%
Rob Gronkowski 8 17.4% 23.8% 88%
Antonio Brown 7 15.2% 11.1% 65%
Leonard Fournette 7 15.2% 0% 65%
Mike Evans 6 13.0% 41.7% 94%

 
The football world was treated to four quarters of fireworks in Thursday night’s opener. Despite a critical drop on a would-be touchdown and a lost fumble near the goal line, Chris Godwin showed out as Tom Brady‘s favorite target. Godwin finished with 105 yards and a score on nine receptions, and Antonio Brown stretched the field on a 47-yard score of his own. Year 2 of Brady in Tampa will be dripping in fantasy gold as they look to repeat.

Tennessee Titans

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
AJ Brown 8 22.2% 33.3% 81%
Julio Jones 6 16.7% 11.4% 78%
Chester Rogers 6 16.7% 79.4% 61%
Derrick Henry 4 11.1% 4.3% 62%
Anthony Firkser 4 11.1% 55.2% 48%

 
The offseason trade for Julio Jones was much ado about nothing for the Titans in Week 1’s blowout at the hands of Arizona. Jones and the Titans struggled throughout, but AJ Brown was able to save his day with a 13-yard score on Tennessee’s opening drive of the second half. This offense will assuredly see better days.

Washington Football Team

Player Targets Target Share Slot Share (Pass Plays) Snap Share
Antonio Gibson 5 23.8% 0% 65%
Terry McLaurin 4 19.0% 33.3% 100%
Dyami Brown 4 19.0% 46.4% 93%
Logan Thomas 3 14.3% 60.0% 100%
Adam Humphries 2 9.5% 55.0% 60%

 
When Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a hip injury, Washington’s passing offense followed suit in Week 1’s loss to the Chargers. Taylor Heinicke came in relief and found Logan Thomas for an 11-yard score late in the third quarter. With just 21 pass attempts on Sunday, you would’ve been better off social distancing from Washington’s passing offense for fantasy purposes.

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