WATCH: Make Your Pick: Week 2 Games to Target
Volume significantly raises both the floor and ceiling of wide receivers. These are the ones I project to see the most targets in Week 2 (Sunday fantasy football main slate only). Please note these aren’t rankings, just volume projections.
For target projections for six wideouts under $5,000 go HERE.
Antonio Brown, PIT vs. KC, $8,800 — Brown’s massive splits without Le’Veon Bell continued in Week 1, as he piled up 16 targets. He’s now at 13.9 targets per game in 14 without Bell since 2015. This week’s matchup against the Chiefs couldn’t get much better, as they continue to roll out bodies off the street in the secondary. Projection: 12 targets
Michael Thomas, NO vs. CLE, $8,600 — Thomas lined up in the slot on 41 percent of his snaps in Week 1 after lining up there just 20 percent of the time last year. That, combined with an exceptional matchup and stone nut game script, allowed him to pop off 16-180-1 on 17 targets. Thomas is unlikely to hit a perfect storm again this week, but we can’t deny another very good matchup against the Browns in the Superdome with the Saints likely to skew pass-heavy again. Projection: 11 targets
Julio Jones, ATL vs. CAR, $8,400 — Julio went into Philly in Week 1 and picked up a casual 10-169-0 on 19 targets. Now he gets to face James Bradberry and a Carolina team he’s tortured. Jones has seen at least 10 targets in eight of his past 10 games. Projection: 11 targets
Keenan Allen, LAC at BUF, $7,800 — No matter how bad the Bills are — and this year’s team is their worst in recent memory — it’s always difficult to play in Buffalo. That said, the best time to play there is in September with the forecast calling for a sunny 82-degree day. Slot man Allen gets the best matchup of all the Chargers wideouts as he mostly will avoid Tre’Davious White. Projection: 10 targets
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU at TEN, $8,000 — The return of Will Fuller ($5,300; hamstring) should help Hopkins find more space to operate. He also gets a far better matchup this time around. Instead of a Bill Belichick defense that consistently has held him in check, he gets to face a Titans defense that is stronger against the run than the pass. In two meetings last season, Hopkins went 10-107-1 (with Deshaun Watson) and 8-80-0 (with Tom Savage). Projection: 10 targets
T.Y. Hilton, IND at WAS, $6,700 — Andrew Luck ($6,200) is focused on the short-middle portion of the field, perhaps simultaneously compensating for his shoulder and the Colts’ leaky offensive line. It’s not great for the play-making Hilton, but he’s also in the slot some and has plenty of YAC ability. Most importantly for Hilton, the Colts’ lack of weaponry at the WR2 and WR3 spot boosts his market share. Projection: 9 targets
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN vs. OAK, $6,200 — Sanders’ Week 1 usage was just as we expected. Courtland Sutton ($3,500) pushed him inside for 51 percent of his snaps, and Sanders destroyed the talent-deficient Seahawks for 10-135-1 on 11 targets. It’s another good spot for Sanders and Case Keenum ($7,800) this week, as the Raiders can’t generate quarterback pressure and have no quality at slot corner. The only issue with Sanders is a price hike up to $6,200 after the layup $5,000 last week. Projection: 9 targets
Adam Thielen, MIN at GB, $7,100 — Thielen was just 5.4 percent owned in the Milly Maker last week while Stefon Diggs ($6,900) was 18.8. But Thielen out-targeted his running mate 12-6 while lining up in the slot 34 times (Diggs was in there 24 times). It’s going to be difficult to siphon between Thielen and Diggs weekly, but we know both are featured players. Projection: 8 targets
Tyreek Hill, KC at PIT, $7,600 — Hill somehow scored 45.3 DK points last week despite running just 21 pass routes. It’s truly freakish behavior. We know he’s locked in with Pat Mahomes ($6,100), as he’s now at 21-352-3 on 24 targets in the preseason and regular season this year. Sammy Watkins ($4,600) is at 3-35-0 on 12 targets during the same span — while playing 14 more snaps. Of course, Tyreek’s ownership should spike and his price is up $1,100 after last week’s eruption. Projection: 8 targets
Stefon Diggs, MIN at GB, $6,900 — It’s not as relevant as it once because the Packers’ defense is under a new regime (DC Mike Pettine) with some quality new pieces. But Diggs has torched the Packers for 5-60-1, 4-29-1 and 9-182-1 in their past three meetings. Note his ownership should come down after last week’s relative dud and a price hike up to $6,900. Projection: 7 targets
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