Elite fantasy football performances and weekly finishes are fueled by high-value targets and touches. The majority of top scorers from Week 5 saw healthy doses of end-zone targets, air yards, deep targets and goal-line carries. Kyle Pitts, Courtland Sutton and Michael Pittman Jr. were all long overdue to score based on their previous target volume inside the 5-yard line. Each hit paydirt in Week 5.
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Most end-zone targets | Week 5
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So many players left end-zone touchdowns on the table last week. Normally, only a handful of players who command multiple end-zone targets come away with zero scores, but last week saw eight receivers fail to score despite multiple attempts inside the end zone.
DeVonta Smith was one of three players to command three end-zone targets, but the rookie came up empty-handed. Smith's six end-zone targets since Week 2 are the most among any player yet to haul one in for a score, so don’t be surprised to see him score in the coming weeks. Philadelphia hosts Tampa Bay Thursday night, so look for Smith’s TD drought to end. The reigning Super Bowl champions rank 31st in passing TDs allowed this season.
Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones also saw three end-zone targets, bringing his total to five scoreless end-zone targets in the past two weeks. His high-end route participation, 99% snap share and long overdue status to find the end zone make RSJ an awesome waiver wire target and an excellent play on DraftKings at just $3,000.
Can Emmanuel Sanders keep up the pace as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver? Yes. He owns a vice grip on the end-zone targets in the Bills offense, as his league-leading nine end-zone targets are more than all other Buffalo wide receivers combined. Josh Allen favors the 34-year-old in the red zone, so Sanders should continue to produce even with a middling 17% target share.
The Jacksonville Jaguars as a whole left a plethora of points on the field Sunday. They threw into the end zone seven times, but only Jacob Hollister was able to score. Look for guys like Jamal Agnew, Marvin Jones Jr. and/or Dan Arnold to benefit when Jacksonville takes on Miami overseas.
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The Tom Brady–Antonio Brown–Mike Evans stack was the optimal approach to rostering the Buccaneers passing attack in Week 5 DFS. Chris Godwin was not the correct stacking partner because his target share had faltered in recent weeks, resting at just 15% over the past four weeks. Surely, some managers are concerned: Don’t be. Godwin should have had the most productive game out of the Bucs trio.
His 22.5 expected fantasy points ranked fourth-highest among all WRs in Week 5, as he saw a 21% target share and three targets inside the 5-yard line. Trade for him before Thursday night and watch the fireworks unfold.
Courtland Sutton’s 7-120-1 Week 5 stat line on a bum ankle tells the whole story. He’s a straight baller and should never leave your lineup. And what’s great for fantasy managers is that he is still overdue for more touchdown production even after scoring for the first time on Sunday. Sutton's five scoreless end-zone targets lead all NFL players.
Marquise Brown is tied with Sanders for a league-leading nine end-zone targets, suggesting his fantasy production still has room to grow. He’s coming off a 125-yard, two-touchdown game on Monday night but still is not priced appropriately at just $5,900 on DraftKings.
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