RB TARGET LEADERS THROUGH WEEK 3
Ezekiel Elliot is not known for having great hands or receiving skills. In 2016, Ezekiel Elliot ran 265 routes as a receiver (17.6 Routes per Game) and was targeted 2.6 times per game. In 2017, Elliot ran 267 routes in 10 total games (26.7 Routes per Game) and was targeted 3.8 times per game. In 2018, Elliot has run 76 routes (25.3 Routes per Game) and has been targeted 6.0 times per game. He is also currently 9th in the NFL in total touches.
Why am I telling you this? Because people are starting to fade Elliot due to the recent struggles of the Cowboys offense. Because he might be more attainable in a trade. Because if you thought he was elite as a fantasy running back, imagine what added receiving volume could do for his stock. Try to get him now if you can.
RB TOUCHES THROUGH WEEK 3
James Connor fired right out of the gate Week 1 with a 36 touch effort (42 Fantasy Points), but has since come back down to earth with a 13 touch effort in Week 2 (19 Fantasy Points) and a 20 touches in Week 3 (16 Fantasy Points).
While the volume will continue to be there for Connor in this explosive Steelers offense, he is not going to be the player we want him to be and those 30 carry efforts will be few and far between. His sell-high window is disappearing by the week, so try to get something for him now.
WR TARGETS THROUGH WEEK 3
Golden Tate is used to seeing screen passes and dump offs from Matthew Stafford right at the line of scrimmage. His Average Depth of Target (ADOT) is 6.8 yards, which is 6th lowest in the NFL. However, his current catch percentage in 2018 is 55.6%, which isn’t in the Top 30 among WR in the NFL. Last season he had a 76.7% catch percentage and finished as the 12th best WR in Fantasy.
He may never turn into an elite caliber Wide Receiver, but he has a high floor with the amount of targets he sees and could be a consistent point source if he can catch more passes, which his track record suggests will happen. Tate can be acquired in a trade for next to nothing and may be a good player to target.
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