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Wide receiver target and touch leaders without a TD for Week 8

Which fantasy wide receivers saw a strong workload, but couldn’t find the end-zone this week?

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry #80 of the Cleveland Browns catches a 25-yard reception past free safety Lamarcus Joyner #29 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of the NFL game at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Raiders defeated the Browns 16-6. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Fantasy football is a game of ebbs and flows from week-to-week and we try to ride those waves of production while missing out on those setbacks. Often that production is based on touchdowns, which are extremely tough to predict from week to week, but one thing that is easier to predict are opportunities. If a player is seeing touches and targets, he is likely going to continue to see those opportunities until an injury or demotion or a player ahead of him on the depth chart returns from an injury.

So, when looking for players to add or make sure you don’t drop, you want to keep close tabs on those opportunities. For this post, we are going to look at wide receivers who weren’t able to supplement their fantasy production with a touchdown, but still saw elevated opportunities.

WRs with 5+ looks

PLAYER REC YDS TGT
PLAYER REC YDS TGT
Cooper Kupp 11 110 21
Anthony Miller 8 73 11
Braxton Berrios 8 34 11
Jarvis Landry 4 52 11
Julio Jones 7 137 10
Kendrick Bourne 8 81 10
Jerry Jeudy 4 73 10
Jakobi Meyers 6 58 10
Stefon Diggs 6 92 9
Tee Higgins 6 78 9
Josh Reynolds 4 44 9
Robby Anderson 5 48 8
Jeff Smith 3 29 8
JuJu Smith-Schuster 7 67 8
Tre'Quan Smith 5 43 7
Auden Tate 7 65 7
Marvin Hall 4 113 7
Willie Snead 5 106 7
Zach Pascal 3 44 6
D.J. Moore 2 55 6
A.J. Green 2 19 5
Tyler Lockett 4 33 5
Preston Williams 2 15 5

Cooper Kupp, Rams

21 targets doesn’t happen very often and it sure doesn’t result in no touchdowns that often when it does happen, but that’s how Kupp fared this week. He still caught 11 passes for 110 yards, which is a great PPR day, but there was a lot left out there on the field for the Goff-Kupp duo. Kupp has only seen double-digit targets one other time this season, but he hasn’t been under six since Week 1. Twenty-one targets is an anomaly, but it’s nice knowing he’s trusted enough to see that workload. With a bye week next, and some tough matchups, I’m not too keen on trying to pry him away from my opponents.

Next up — BYE, SEA, @TB, SF, @ARI

Jarvis Landry, Browns

The Browns-Raiders game was too windy to judge production, but for a receiver to see 11 targets under those conditions, just think of the possible production under calmer skies? We knew Landry would need to step up with Odell Beckham Jr. out and we saw that he’s going to get that opportunity. With a bye coming up and a poor statistical game in the rearview window, this is a good time to go after Landry in a trade. With probably the best rest of season schedule and possibly lowered price, I’m all in.

Next up — BYE, HOU, PHI, @JAX, @TEN

Jakobi Meyers, Patriots

We’ve often seen Meyers flash ability, but he hasn’t been able to bring it consistently in the regular season. But, the last two games, he’s easily looked like the Patriots best receiver. Yes, that isn’t the highest praise at this point, but the opportunities look like they’re going to be there with Julian Edelman likely gone for an extended period of time. In this matchup, an ugly weather game, Meyers caught 6-of-10 targets for 58 yards while James White and Damiere Byrd were second in targets with four each. With the Jets up next, I’m loving his chances next week.

Next up — @NYJ, BAL, @HOU, ARI, @LAC