PPR SPECTACULAR: Midseason review, playoff lookahead for fantasy wideouts

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For the season's first half, Saints wideout Michael Thomas stands as the only NFL receiver to post eight games of seven catches, 95 receiving yards and/or one touchdown.

BATSBY Sports offers a fresh derivative of the always-popular PPR Spectacular, a detailed midpoint review and 8-week lookahead with targets-driven wideouts solely in mind.

WIDE RECEIVERS

TARGETS ACQUIRED

These 10 wideouts have posted at least five games of eight-plus targets to date:

EIGHT GAMES — None

SEVEN GAMES — Michael Thomas (six double-digit games), DeAndre Hopkins, Cooper Kupp

SIX GAMES — Tyler Boyd, Julio Jones, Julian Edelman, Kenny Golladay

FIVE GAMES — Keenan Allen (all qualifiers are double-digit outings), Chris Godwin, D.J. Moore

THE ‘THANK GOD YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL’ CLUB

These 10 confounding wideouts have managed to collect a minimum of 25 catches and 50 targets through eight weeks … but have recorded just one or zero touchdowns.

Tyler Boyd: 51 catches, 82 targets, 535 yards, 1 TD
Odell Beckham Jr: 34 catches, 61 targets, 488 yards, 1 TD
D.J. Moore: 38 catches, 58 targets, 463 yards, 1 TD
Auden Tate: 27 catches, 55 targets, 391 yards, 1 TD
Preston Williams: 27 catches, 51 targets, 356 yards, 1 TD
Dede Westbrook: 32 catches, 55 targets, 383 yards, 1 TD
Jarvis Landry: 30 catches, 54 targets, 504 yards
Jamison Crowder: 35 catches, 50 targets, 332 yards
Mike Williams: 26 catches, 50 targets, 419 yards
Robert Woods: 38 catches, 60 targets, 471 yards

BEDROCKS OF CONSISTENCY

These eminently consistent wideouts have notched at least five outings of seven catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown through eight weeks of action:

EIGHT GAMES — Michael Thomas

SEVEN GAMES — None

SIX GAMES — Cooper Kupp, Tyler Lockett

FIVE GAMES — Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Chris Godwin, Julian Edelman, Amari Cooper, DJ Chark, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, T.Y. Hilton, Kenny Golladay, Tyrell Williams

THE ‘SILVER LINING’ SQUAD

This quintet of enigmatic receivers represent ideal buy-low/buy-medium candidates in the coming weeks. Hopefully, fantasy owners have been paying attention to the hidden goodness:

Allen Robinson — Sure, the Bears currently rank 27th in scoring. However, Robinson still boasts top-10 tallies for targets and catches. Also, Robinson has collected seven-plus targets in all seven outings.

JuJu Smith-Schuster — It’s been an interesting adjustment to backup QB Mason Rudolph. That notwithstanding, Schuster still owns five games of 75-plus receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Chris Conley — Averaging 3.5 catches, 7.5 targets, 93 yards, 0.5 TDs in his last two games, suggesting improved chemistry between Conley and sneaky-good quarterback Gardner Minshew.

John Brown — Seven straight games with five or more receptions, along with two total touchdowns. That spells ‘Flex-Spot Bankability‘ for 12- and 14-team leagues every Sunday.

Alex Erickson — Coming off a two-game run of 14 catches, 21 targets and 234 yards. Plus, fantasy owners shouldn’t underrate the scout-team rapport between Erickson and new Bengals starter Ryan Finley. Could be flex-spot gold in the second half.

TOP 30 PPR WIDEOUTS: REST OF SEASON

  1. Michael Thomas, Saints
  2. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  4. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  5. Julio Jones, Falcons
  6. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  7. Davante Adams, Packers
  8. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
  9. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  10. Kenny Golladay, Lions
  11. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  12. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  13. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  14. Julian Edelman, Patriots
  15. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  16. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
  17. DJ Chark, Jaguars
  18. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  19. Allen Robinson, Bears
  20. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  21. Tyrell Williams, Raiders
  22. A.J. Green, Bengals
  23. D.J. Moore, Panthers
  24. Courtland Sutton, Broncos
  25. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
  26. Marvin Jones, Lions
  27. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  28. John Brown, Bills
  29. D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
  30. Emmanuel Sanders, 49ers

CAKE (SCHEDULE) BOSSES

The following teams have the easiest schedules for Weeks 13-16 (fantasy playoff period), relative to defending wide receivers (or lack thereof).

The big lesson here: Prioritize your trade-deadline targets (among wideouts) around the 12 clubs listed below:

JAGUARS — TB, LAC, @OAK, @ATL
GIANTS — GB, @PHI, MIA, @WAS
BROWNS — @PIT, CIN, @ARI, BAL
DOLPHINS — PHI, @NYJ, @NYG, CIN
49ERS — @BAL, @NO, ATL, LAR
TITANS — @IND, @OAK, HOU, NOR
EAGLES — SEA, @MIA, NYG, @WAS
REDSKINS — @CAR, @GB, PHI, NYG
PACKERS — @NYG, WAS, CHI, @MIN
COWBOYS — BUF, @CHI, LAR, @PHI
STEELERS — CLE, @ARI, BUF, @NYJ
BENGALS — NYJ, @CLE, NE, @MIA

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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