Targets is my focus for this weeks PPR running back article. While the usual suspects are towards the top of the list for running backs like Darren Sproles, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy and Ryan Mathews, we have some players who might surprise you that aren’t getting the looks we would hope for.
C.J. Spiller Needs More Targets
Sustaining drives is a good way to get both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller back on track, let alone the obvious need to play with a lead.
When Jackson was out of the lineup it was understandable that the Bills would focus Spiller’s workload towards the ground game rather than the passing attack. That said, with Jackson back in action over the past two weeks, I’m disappointed Spiller’s targets haven’t gone up.
This was a problem last year, and for whatever reason head coach Chan Gailey continues to do a poor job of keeping Spiller active enough (only eleven targets on the season) when Jackson is in.
What is most troubling is the fact that the Bills have played from way behind in recent games, obviously a sign for more passing, yet Spiller hasn’t had a game with more than three targets.
This could be in part, because Spiller’s shoulder injury from week three is still a problem and Buffalo’s coaching staff is concerned about overworking him.
Who knows, but for Spiller’s fantasy prospects going forward, we need to see him touching the football at least five times in the passing game a week, to hold RB2 status with Jackson splitting time in the backfield.
Gore Continues To See Little In Passing Game
While Frank Gore is having another solid start to the season his nine targets through five games suggest his value will take a hit in PPR leagues, when compared to standard leagues.
This was a problem for Gore last year and since head coach Jim Harbaugh has come to town, it is obvious that he wants to limit Gore’s touches to keep him fresh. In case you were hoping for a bounce back season in the passing game, it’s time to squash those thoughts and expect more of the same.
Reggie Bush Limited Since Knee Injury
The Dolphins are keeping Bush on a pitch count in recent weeks since his Week 3 knee injury. Through the first two weeks Bush was averaging five targets a game, but over the past three contests the veteran has only four total targets.
This could be a problem for the rest of the season, as the coaching staff must realize he has a long history of knee problems.
It seemed like a good idea to get him the football in the passing game early, as Ryan Tannehill had little to work with at receiver. With Brian Hartline and Davone Bess proving to be reliable options, perhaps this trend of light work in in the passing game will continue.
|3||Arian Foster (I)||Packers|
|5||Jamaal Charles||@ Bucs|
|7||Adrian Peterson||@ Redskins|
|10||Darren McFadden||@ Falcons|
|11||Willis McGahee||@ Chargers|
|13||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||@ Browns|
|16||Ahmad Bradshaw||@ 49ers|
|17||Rashard Mendenhall||@ Titans|
|19||DeMarco Murray||@ Ravens|
|20||C.J. Spiller||@ Cardinals|
|21||Mikel Leshoure||@ Eagles|
|22||Steven Jackson||@ Dolphins|
|23||Stevan Ridley||@ Seahawks|
|27||Fred Jackson||@ Cardinals|
|29||Alex Green||@ Texans|
|32||Brandon Bolden||@ Seahawks|
|35||Ben Tate (I)||Packers|
|37||Joique Bell||@ Eagles|
|38||James Starks||@ Texans|
|39||Danny Woodhead||@ Seahawks|
|40||David Wilson||@ 49ers|