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PPR SPECTACULAR: Quarter-pole review, 13-week lookahead for fantasy playmakers

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BATSBY Sports offers a fresh derivative of the always-popular 'PPR Spectacular,' a quarter-pole review of the fantasy season and 13-week lookahead with targets-driven running backs, wide receivers and tight ends in mind.

The Atlanta, Georgia forecast for the next two days calls for sunny, hot and potentially unbearable conditions, with the temperatures creeping into the high 90s.

As such, given the sweltering, summer-like environment outside, it’s easy to forget the calendar has already turned to October … and that we’re imminently looking forward to NFL Week 5.

Before doing so, however, BATSBY Sports offers a fresh derivative of the always-popular ‘PPR Spectacular,’ a quarter-pole review of the fantasy season and 13-week lookahead with targets-driven running backs, wide receivers and tight ends in mind.

Just four weeks into the season, this campaign has already produced an exorbitant number of high-scoring games and staggering fantasy days, such as Lamar Jackson (324 yards passing, 5 TDs vs. Miami), Keenan Allen (13 catches, 183 yards, 2 TDs vs. Houston), Patrick Mahomes (443 yards passing, 4 TDs vs. Oakland), Mike Evans (8 catches, 190 yards, 3 TDs vs. N.Y. Giants), Nick Chubb (183 total yards, 3 TDs vs. Baltimore) and Austin Ekeler (154 total yards, 3 TDs vs. Indianapolis).

And that’s why we crave NFL gameday glory, fully knowing this action-packed, numbers-driven and high-stakes entertainment only occupies a short window of the annual sports calendar — unlike the silky-smooth, low-calorie Spiked Ice from Drake’s Organic Spirits (love the Drake!) … which can be enjoyed year-round.

PPR SPECTACULAR

WIDE RECEIVERS

TARGETS ACQUIRED

These 15 wideouts have posted at least three games of eight-plus targets to date:

FOUR GAMESCooper Kupp, Kenny Golladay

THREE GAMESKeenan Allen, Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyler Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, Christian Kirk, Davante Adams, Cole Beasley, John Brown, Courtland Sutton

THE ‘THANK GOD YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL’ CLUB

These eight hard-luck wideouts have managed to collect a minimum of 18 catches and 30 targets through four weeks … without finding the end zone.

Tyler Boyd: 27 catches, 38 targets, 282 yards
Robert Woods: 26 catches, 38 targets, 307 yards
Christian Kirk: 24 catches, 37 targets, 242 yards
Davante Adams: 25 catches, 36 targets, 378 yards
Cole Beasley: 24 catches, 36 targets, 246 yards
Allen Robinson: 24 catches, 34 targets, 280 yards
Jarvis Landry: 18 catches, 33 targets, 328 yards
Mohamed Sanu: 24 catches, 31 targets 239 yards

BEDROCKS OF CONSISTENCY

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

FOUR GAMESCooper Kupp, Michael Thomas, Tyrell Williams

THREE GAMESKeenan Allen, Julio Jones, T.Y. Hilton, DJ Chark, Terry McLaurin, Kenny Golladay, Chris Godwin, Tyler Lockett, Larry Fitzgerald, Sammy Watkins, Amari Cooper, D.J. Moore

THE ‘SILVER LINING’ SQUAD

This six-pack of enigmatic receivers represent ideal buy-low candidates after four weeks, especially if their fantasy owners haven’t been paying attention to the hidden goodness:

JuJu Smith-Schuster — Three games of 78-plus yards … still adjusting to new Steelers QB Mason Rudolph.

DeVante Parker — Averaging 3.5 catches, 5 targets, 63 yards, 0.5 TDs since Josh Rosen took over at quarterback.

Corey Davis — Caught five balls for 91 yards and one TD last week, after the defensive focus shifted to A.J. Brown.

Jamison Crowder — Collected 14 balls, 17 targets, 99 yards in Sam Darnold’s lone start this year.

Cole Beasley — Tallied nine targets and/or 83 yards in all four games with his new team (Bills).

Allen Robinson — Four games of at least seven targets, with only one true clunker in the bunch.

TOP 25 PPR WIDEOUTS: REST OF SEASON

  1. Julio Jones, Falcons
  2. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  3. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  4. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  5. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  6. Davante Adams, Packers
  7. Michael Thomas, Saints
  8. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  9. Kenny Golladay, Lions
  10. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  11. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  12. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
  13. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  14. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  15. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  16. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  17. D.J. Moore, Panthers
  18. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
  19. Tyrell Williams, Raiders
  20. Julian Edelman, Patriots
  21. Robert Woods, Rams
  22. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  23. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  24. Larry Fitzgerald, Saints
  25. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
    **INJURY WATCH: A.J. Green, Bengals
    **SURGING ROOKIE WATCH: Terry McLaurin, Redskins … DJ Chark, Jaguars … A.J. Brown, Titans

RUNNING BACKS

TARGETS ACQUIRED, PART II

These 18 tailbacks have averaged at least 4.5 targets through the first four weeks of action:

Christian McCaffrey, Panthers — 31 total targets
David Johnson, Cardinals — 28 total targets
Chris Thompson, Redskins — 28 total targets
Austin Ekeler, Chargers — 25
Tarik Cohen, Bears — 24
Alvin Kamara, Saints — 24
Le’Veon Bell, Jets — 23 (three games)
Leonard Fournette, Jaguars — 23
James Conner, Steelers — 21
Devonta Freeman, Falcons — 21
James White, Patriots — 21
Kenyan Drake, Dolphins — 20
Nick Chubb, Browns — 19
Royce Freeman, Broncos — 19
Phillip Lindsay, Broncos — 19
Saquon Barkley, Giants — 18 (three games)
Rex Burkhead, Patriots — 18
Dalvin Cook, Vikings — 18

A FEW WORDS ABOUT JAMES WHITE

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had an uncharacteristically poor game last week, accounting for zero touchdowns and only 150 yards passing (18 of 39) against the stout Bills defense.

However, that didn’t stop James White from enjoying a rock-solid PPR day, collecting eight catches, 10 targets and 57 yards.

Which brings us to this:

**Charting his last 22 games (including the playoffs), White has logged seven or more targets 14 times.

**During that same span, White rolled for five-plus catches, 70 yards and/or one touchdown on 17 different occasions.

**Citing his last 12 games played in October, dating back to 2016, Brown has notched nine outings of five-plus receptions (including 10 or more three times), nine games of seven-plus targets, six efforts of 50-plus receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns.

In other words … make it a low-key, high-need priority to stealthily trade for White this week.

TOP 25 TAILBACKS: REST OF SEASON

  1. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
  2. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  3. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
  4. Dalvin Cook, Vikings
  5. Nick Chubb, Browns
  6. David Johnson, Cardinals
  7. Todd Gurley, Rams
  8. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  9. Mark Ingram, Ravens
  10. James Conner, Steelers
  11. Le’Veon Bell, Jets
  12. Melvin Gordon, Chargers
  13. James White, Patriots
  14. Damien Williams, Chiefs
  15. Marlon Mack, Colts
  16. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
  17. Aaron Jones, Packers
  18. Derrick Henry, Titans
  19. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  20. Kerryon Johnson, Lions
  21. Joe Mixon, Bengals
  22. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  23. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
  24. Jordan Howard, Eagles
  25. Matt Breida, 49ers
    **INJURY WATCH: Saquon Barkley, Giants (If you’re a lock for making the playoffs … make a bold trade play for Barkley, who would likely return to the lineup by Week 10)

TIGHT ENDS

TARGETS ACQUIRED, PART III

These eight tight ends have posted at least three games of six-plus targets to date:

FOUR GAMESTravis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Evan Engram, Darren Waller, Austin Hooper, Mark Andrews

THREE GAMESGreg Olsen, Delanie Walker

ELITE-CLASS PRODUCTION

These seven tight ends have proffered at least three outings of five catches, 75 yards and/or one touchdown through four weeks:

FOUR GAMESTravis Kelce, Darren Waller

THREE GAMESAustin Hooper, Evan Engram, Zach Ertz, Mark Andrews, Will Dissly

TOP 20 TIGHT ENDS: REST OF SEASON

  1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  2. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  3. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  4. Darren Waller, Raiders
  5. George Kittle, 49ers
  6. Evan Engram, Giants
  7. Austin Hooper, Falcons
  8. Greg Olsen, Panthers
  9. Will Dissly, Seahawks
  10. Delanie Walker, Titans
  11. Eric Ebron, Colts
  12. T.J. Hockenson, Lions
  13. Jimmy Graham, Packers
  14. Gerald Everett, Rams
  15. Jordan Akins, Texans
  16. Chris Herndon, Jets
  17. Jason Witten, Cowboys
  18. James O’Shaughnessy, Jaguars
  19. Noah Fant, Broncos
  20. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
    **INJURY WATCH: David Njoku, Browns

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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