2019 Targets by Position

The data below shows the number of targets to each position by team, helping us see which teams are better at targeting specific positions.

You can check out my 2020 Projected Target Share by Player here.

 

RBs     WRs     TEs

Rank Team Targets RB %
1 LAC 597 182 30.49%
2 NE 620 166 26.77%
3 NO 581 154 26.51%
4 CAR 633 153 24.17%
5 CHI 580 147 25.34%
6 GB 573 133 23.21%
7 JAX 589 129 21.90%
8 MIN 466 126 27.04%
9 MIA 615 120 19.51%
10 LV 523 117 22.37%
11 CLE 539 115 21.34%
12 TB 630 113 17.94%
13 PHI 613 113 18.43%
14 DEN 504 112 22.22%
15 ATL 685 111 16.20%
16 PIT 510 110 21.57%
17 KC 558 110 19.71%
18 NYJ 521 107 20.54%
19 ARI 554 104 18.77%
20 WAS 479 103 21.50%
21 SF 478 103 21.55%
22 DET 547 101 18.46%
23 NYG 588 98 16.67%
24 DAL 597 91 15.24%
25 IND 513 91 17.74%
26 CIN 616 88 14.29%
27 SEA 517 85 16.44%
28 BUF 513 80 15.59%
29 HOU 534 79 14.79%
30 BAL 440 62 14.09%
31 LAR 632 61 9.65%
32 TEN 448 61 13.62%

In PPR leagues, we want running backs who are involved in the passing game.

The chart above shows the teams who attempted the most passes to RBs in 2019.  Most of the teams at the top make sense, but then you have teams like Miami and Las Vegas creeping into the top 10 in pass attempts to RBs.  This makes me interested in Matt Breida now that he’s a Dolphin.  Breida has 67 career receptions through three seasons and is set up to reach career highs in receiving with Miami.  We know Jordan Howard is not a pass catching back, so the majority of this work should go Breida’s way, perhaps making him a sleeper pick as your RB3 with upside.

In Las Vegas, Jalen Richard has been Jon Gruden’s preferred pass catching back for the last couple of years.  Richard finished with 43 targets in 2019, DeAndre Washington earned 41 targets, and rookie Josh Jacobs earned 27.  With Washington now in Kansas City, this leaves potentially 41 targets up for grabs between Jacobs, Richard and rookie Lynn Bowden.  I would expect Josh Jacobs to get more looks in the passing game in 2020, as it is one of his best assets of his game.  They simply just didn’t use him enough last year.  We should see Richard get a boost in targets as well, making both Raiders backs intriguing PPR options in 2020, with Jacobs getting the biggest boost in value if he gets more work.

RBS 1

RB 2

The best running backs offer a large amount of target opportunities as well as carries in the run game.  Some of the best teams at targeting the RBs allow their top ball carrier to be their preferred receiving back.  These are players we want to target in PPR leagues and include guys like Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette (maybe), Alvin Kamara, Le’Veon Bell (maybe), Ezekiel Elliott, Aaron Jones, Miles Sanders, Melvin Gordon, Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley now that he’s in Atlanta.  Josh Jacobs as mentioned above could fall into this group in 2020.

Nick Chubb’s value took a hit when Kareem Hunt got on the field, but he still managed 49 targets in 2019.  The 2020 Browns will be committing to a more run heavy approach, so there’s room for Chubb to earn more work as a runner with a likely decrease in targets.  Chubb saw just 17 targets in the final 8 games of 2019 with Kareem Hunt on the field, so we should expect him in the 30-40 range for targets in 2020.  There has also been some rumblings about getting Kareem Hunt more involved in the slot as the 3rd WR, which could get both RBs on the field together more often in 2020.

On the other hand, some 2nd or 3rd running backs on the depth chart get a significant boost in PPR leagues because of their pass catching abilities.  These are players like Austin Ekeler, Tarik Cohen, James White, Duke Johnson, Nyheim Hines, Chris Thompson, Kareem Hunt and Jaylen Samuels.  These type of scat backs are the ones we are looking for in the middle or end of our drafts, as they present RB2 upside on most weeks due to their volume of receptions.

Austin Ekeler may have moved out of this scat back tier and should be viewed similarly to Alvin Kamara for 2020.  The biggest differences between the two will be the success of the Saints offense vs. the Chargers.  Ekeler has the chance to lead his team in carries and should be the 2nd most targeted player behind Keenan Allen, making him a solid RB2 this year and a fringe RB1 most weeks.

RB Leaders in Targets:

Rank Year Team Player Rec Targets
1 2019 CAR McCaffrey 116 142
2 2019 LAC Ekeler 92 108
3 2019 CHI Cohen 79 104
4 2019 JAX Fournette 76 100
5 2019 NO Kamara 81 97
6 2019 NE White 72 95
7 2019 NYJ Bell 66 78
8 2019 NYG Barkley 52 73
9 2019 DAL Elliott 54 71
10 2019 ATL Freeman 59 70
11 2019 GB Jones 49 68
12 2019 MIN Cook 53 63
13 2019 PHI Sanders 50 63
14 2019 HOU Johnson 44 62
15 2019 IND Hines 44 58
16 2019 WAS Thompson 42 58
17 2019 PIT Samuels 47 57
18 2019 LAC Gordon 42 55
19 2019 DEN Freeman 43 50
20 2019 CLE Chubb 36 49

RB vs TE Targets:

The next two charts show the teams who rely on their RBs and TEs the most.

RB TE

RB TE 2

To recap, this final chart below shows the RB, WR & TE positions by target %.

WR RB TEYou can check out my current PPR Rankings for RBs here.

Thanks for reading!

– Kyle

(charts courtesy of @jkheffernon)