For wide receivers, volume is necessary. That’s especially true in cash games, where we sacrifice depth of target in exchange for a lot of chances.

TOP-10 WR TARGET PROJECTIONS

These are the receivers I project to see the most targets in Week 2:

1. Antonio Brown: 12 targets – With Le’Veon Bell still suspended, it’s Brown’s show once again. Has had double-digit targets in 14 of his last 19 games.

2. Julio Jones: 12 targets – It won’t be as easy as it was against Philly, but the Giants are still a very plus matchup.

3. Odell Beckham: 10 targets – No Victor Cruz again leaves lots of room for Beckham to have a bounce-back game.

4. Alshon Jeffery: 10 targets – Played 77.9 percent of the snaps and saw 11 targets despite a bum calf in Week 1.

5. Julian Edelman: 10 targets – Expect a pass-heavy game plan for the Patriots against the Bills, who are threatening to triple-team Rob Gronkowski.

6. Calvin Johnson: 8 targets – The Lions are already talking up a need to highlight Megatron after a 2-39-0 dud on four targets Week 1.

7. Brandon Marshall: 8 targets – The Jets will likely be playing from behind. Big question is if Vontae Davis will shadow Marshall.

8. A.J. Green: 8 targets – Another serious size mismatch for the Chargers’ diminutive corners. They handled Calvin Johnson with ease though.

9. DeAndre Hopkins: 8 targets – Last week’s 13 targets was game-flow aided, but Hopkins is the clear centerpiece of this offense with Andre Johnson gone and Arian Foster sidelined.

10. Keenan Allen: 8 targets – The Chargers are a real threat to get behind again this week; they are 3.5-point dogs at Cincy.

CHEAP PRICE, HIGH VOLUME

Figuring out the top-end guys (above) is relatively easy. The low-end wideouts are much harder – and more valuable. Each week this season, I’m going to discuss wide receivers under $5000 who I project for at least five targets. There are a bunch of them again in Week 2:

Note: The Following projections are based on Sunday/Monday games only.

1. Donte Moncrief, Colts — $4600

T.Y. Hilton’s (knee) status is questionable at best and Andre Johnson showed in Week 1 why the Texans let him go. Things are trending up in a big way for Moncrief, who played on 74 percent of the snaps in Week 1 and saw 11 targets. Phillip Dorsett played on just 22 percent of the snaps and saw three targets. The Jets also could be without Antonio Cromartie (knee). I think we can project Moncrief for close to 100 percent of the snaps at home with Andrew Luck. The Jets might choose to use Revis on Johnson.

Projection: Seven targets


2. Davante Adams, Packers — $4900

No one is going to want to use Davante Adams this week. He was the Bust of Week 1 that everyone had and now he has to face a Seattle pass defense that everyone knows to avoid. But from a usage standpoint, nothing has changed. The Packers play three-wide almost exclusively, meaning we can project close to 100 percent of the snaps for Adams again – even if he’s getting outplayed by James Jones. Note that Adams did lead the Packers with eight targets in Week 1. That was a whopping 34.7 percent of the team’s target market and three more than anyone else. Also note that Richard Sherman led the Seahawks with 13 slot-corner snaps in Week 1, meaning it could be Randall Cobb that sees the most of Sherman.

Projection: Seven targets


3. Terrance Williams, Cowboys — $4200

The Cowboys aren’t going to replace Dez Bryant with Terrance Williams. He’s a Markus Wheaton-esque talent, a meh kind of player whose best trait is making a big play down the field. Still, the simple market share effect of Dez being out is going to mean more volume for T-Will. He’s also facing an Eagles defense that is very vulnerable against the pass and stout against the run, as discussed in the Cole Beasley notes. Williams also has pace on his side in this matchup.

Projection: Seven targets


4. Markus Wheaton, Steelers — $3800

This article is about who will be getting targets, not production. So I’m including Wheaton, who has disappointed relative to his opportunity for the last two years. Remember that he played on 86.0 percent of the snaps in Weeks 1-6 last year while the Steelers kept Martavis Bryant on the pine. Wheaton averaged 4.0 catches for 46.1 yards and scored zero touchdowns during that span. So even though I think he’ll have a ton of chances in a good home spot against the 49ers Sunday, he’s tough to pull the trigger on.

Projection: Seven targets


5. Brandon Coleman, Saints — $3300

There’s been a changing of the guard at the No. 2 WR spot in New Orleans. Against the Cardinals in Week 1, Brandon Coleman played 58 snaps (of 74) and ran 42 routes. Meanwhile, withered veteran Marques Colston played 46 snaps and ran 35 routes. They each saw seven targets. Given Coleman’s role and matchup with a weak Bucs secondary, we can expect a similar opportunity in Week 2.

Projection: Six targets


6. Charles Johnson, Vikings — $4800

The Lions are one of the main “funnel” defenses I love to talk about. We know how the Vikings offense will have to move the ball because Detroit’s run defense is so stout. Expect plenty of opportunities in this bounce-back spot against a Lions secondary that just got ravaged by Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson last week.

Projection: Six targets


7. Stevie Johnson, Chargers — $4200

Stevie was one of the easiest Week 1 plays for me. He was just $3700 and had an ideal home spot against a team that is among the best in the league against the run. Things are a little trickier this week as Stevie has to go on the road to a far tougher matchup, he’s $500 more and he’ll have a ton of ownership. Still, he has to be considered at $4200 considering the volume he’ll see.

Projection: Six targets


8. Andre Roberts, Redskins — $3300

This is a tough spot for the Rams. Very emotional win over the division rival Seahawks, now have to go to a Redskins team that played far better than their 17-10 loss to the Dolphins suggests. The question is if the offensive line can hold up long enough for Kirk Cousins to get any passes off comfortably. If he can, Andre Roberts has a nice chance to be a sneaky play as he subs for DeSean Jackson (hamstring).

Projection: Six targets


9. Cole Beasley, Cowboys — $3300

Cole Beasley is not the kind of receiver I normally like to target. But thanks to Dez Bryant’s injury and a lack of depth in Dallas’ wideout corps, Beasley is going to have to play a ton. Note that he played on 41-of-71 snaps in Week 1 and was given a four-year, $13M contract in March. The Cowboys like him, especially on third downs. He will operate exclusively out of the slot and have a very low aDOT, so keep expectations in check. But he is facing the dream spot – underdog against an Eagles defense that funnels pass-game stats.

Projection: Six targets

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