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


These are the receivers I project to see the most targets in Week 2 (Sunday/Monday slate only):

1. Julio Jones: 11 targets – Down slightly from last week’s 12-target projection thanks to Dallas’ ability to limit opponent time of possession.

2. Antonio Brown: 11 targets – Le’Veon Bell’s return from suspension doesn’t change Brown’s role as a target vacuum.

3. Demaryius Thomas: 10 targets – Really good spot for Demaryius with the Lions funneling action to the pass game and the Broncos realizing they need to play faster.

4. Brandon Marshall: 9 targets – This projection assumes Eric Decker (knee) will be out. Either way, Marshall is chalk against the Eagles’ pass “defense.”

5. A.J. Green: 9 targets – Nice breakout spot for Green as he faces a Ravens defense that is way more susceptible to the pass.

6. Jarvis Landry: 9 targets – Landry has seen nine or more targets in seven of his last eight games. The Dolphins will struggle to run the ball on Buffalo, who got destroyed by slot man Julian Edelman last week.

7. Calvin Johnson: 9 targets – Hard to get a read on Calvin this week with Matthew Stafford banged up and an elite Broncos defense in town.

8. Julian Edelman: 8 targets – Only reason he’s not projected for more is a likely blowout. Patriots are 13.5-point favorites.

9. Emmanuel Sanders: 8 targets – Just like Demaryius Thomas (above), this spot makes a ton of sense for the Broncos pass game.

10. Randall Cobb: 8 targets – Limited to five targets in Week 1 thanks to the shoulder injury, a healthier Cobb was back up at 11 targets in Week 2.


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 plenty of them again in Week 3:

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

1. Donte Moncrief, Colts — $4800

Moncrief is a prototypical WR freak. His Combine numbers were off the charts, as he measured in at 6’2/221 with 4.40 speed, an outstanding 39.5-inch vertical and a huge 11-foot broad jump. We saw flashes of his ability last year, but it wasn’t sustainable as he was still a one-trick pony at 21 years old. Moncrief is taking the next step this season, playing on 75.8 percent of the snaps and running a fuller route tree. It’s resulted in 19 targets already this season heading into a dreamy matchup with inept Titans’ corners Perrish Cox and Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Projection: Seven targets

2. Stevie Johnson, Chargers — $4300

We knew Stevie Johnson would eat in Week 1 against a poor Lions secondary. Week 2 was far more impressive though, as he went up against a strong Bengals corner group and caught 5-of-6 balls that came his way for 45 yards with another touchdown. Meanwhile, Keenan Allen saw just four targets. This remains a 1A and 1B receiving pair and Johnson is a great bet for at least six more targets in a neutral spot at Minnesota Sunday. He should see lots of slot corner Captain Munnerlyn while Allen deals with the far tougher Xavier Rhodes matchup.

Projection: Six targets

3. Rishard Matthews, Dolphins – $3800

It’s impressive that the unheralded Matthews hasn’t gotten lost in the shuffle as part of a stacked Dolphins offense. He’s outplayed Kenny Stills, held off DeVante Parker and rendered Greg Jennings useless. Through two weeks, Matthews has played on 77.6 percent of the snaps and gobbled up 13 targets. The concern is that Stills (36 snaps Week 2), Parker (17), Jennings (36) and Jarvis Landry (62) are all still involved at the wideout position. I’m not overly high on using Matthews in cash games.

Projection: Six targets

4.Terrance Williams, Cowboys — $4600

In the first edition of Life Without Dez, Williams saved his day with a 42-yard touchdown from Brandon Weeden late in the fourth quarter. Things get hairier this week. The matchup is still favorable as Williams gets the Falcons at home, but nothing is as good as going against the Eagles. The Cowboys will also have Weeden for a full game, meaning we can expect an even slower pace and an even more run-heavy gameplan. The Cowboys currently run 32.84 seconds off the play-clock on average, second-most in the league. Their 30.12 mark last year topped the league. Williams is shaky.

Projection: Six targets

5. Michael Crabtree, Raiders — $4600

In a difficult Week 1 matchup with the Bengals, Michael Crabtree had just 5-37-0. But he did see eight targets. So in a much better Week 2 matchup against a Ravens defense that funnels offense toward the air, Crabtree went off for 9-111-1 on a whopping 16 targets. He’s still not the same as he was before the 2013 Achilles tear, but he’s going to get a lot of volume over the course of the season. The problem this week is a tough matchup with Cleveland’s corner duo of Joe Haden and Tramon Williams.

Projection: Seven targets

6. Quincy Enunwa, Jets — $3000

Jets No. 2 WR Eric Decker (knee) and No. 3 Chris Owusu (leg) are both doubtful for Sunday’s dream home matchup against the Eagles. The next man up will be Enunwa, a big-time athlete at 6’2/225 with 4.45 speed. The 2014 sixth-rounder will have to fight with Brandon Marshall, Devin Smith (maybe) and Jeremy Kerley (maybe) for looks, but we can’t deny the opportunity is there. Enunwa saw three targets on just 29 snaps against the Colts Monday night.

Projection: Five targets.

7. Leonard Hankerson, Falcons — $3800

One of my favorite sleepers in season-long formats, Hankerson is already showing he’s more effective than a cliff-diving Roddy White. Hankerson followed up a four-target Week 1 with 11 targets in Week 2, impressing with 6-77-1. Meanwhile, White had zero catches on one target against the Giants. Hankerson’s target projection remains relatively low at five for this week because White is still playing more snaps and the Cowboys play so slow. But down the line, Hankerson is going to be a factor.

Projection: Five targets

8. Brandon Coleman, Saints — $3700

As of this writing, we’re unsure on Drew Brees’ (shoulder) status. Either way, we know this is not a very good Saints team. They’re going to get behind a lot and be forced to throw plenty – even if that wasn’t their intention coming into the year. Coleman continues to run slightly ahead of Marques Colston and has been in on 64.4 percent of the snaps so far this season. That’s led to 13 targets through two games. Another 5-6 targets should be there this week, but the matchup with Josh Norman and Charles Tillman is tough. The Saints’ team total is down at 21 points.

Projection: Five targets

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