Fantasy Football PPR Target Report, Week 7: Running Backs

Tom Szczerbowski

Which running backs received the most targets in Week 7? We have the answers, with a few surprises.

Rashad Jennings is a must add after the injury to Maurice Jones-Drew on Sunday. He had a solid game on Sunday totally just over 100 yards on the ground and in the air, and scored a touchdown, so he can be a productive RB2 for fantasy owners should MJD miss more than Week 8.

A few weeks ago, Shonn Greene was a low end RB3 in most leagues, but after his last few games, he has regained his RB2 status again. He followed up his three touchdown game in Week 6 with 54 yards and a score on the ground, and was targeted nine times on Sunday, catching six of them for 34 yards.

Let's take a look at the runnings backs who were targeted the most in Week 7:

Player

Targets

Rec

Yd

Avg

TD

Jackson, Fred RB BUF

11

8

49

6.1

1

Jennings, Rashad RB JAC

9

7

58

8.3

0

Greene, Shonn RB NYJ

9

6

34

5.7

0

McFadden, Darren RB OAK

7

4

28

7

0

Jones, Felix RB DAL

6

5

30

6

0

Spiller, C.J. RB BUF

6

6

32

5.3

0

Gore, Frank RB SF

6

5

51

10.2

0

Reece, Marcel RB OAK

6

4

58

14.5

0

Stephens-Howling, LaRod RB ARI

5

4

45

11.2

0

Bradshaw, Ahmad RB NYG

5

4

22

5.5

0

Foster, Arian RB HOU

5

1

5

5

0

Green, Alex RB GB

5

4

29

7.2

0

Rice, Ray RB BAL

5

5

12

2.4

0

Stewart, Jonathan RB CAR

4

3

11

3.7

0

Peterson, Adrian RB MIN

4

2

6

3

0

Hitting the Bullseye

Rashad Jennings, JAC

Yes, Rashad Jennings. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a foot injury in the first quarter on Sunday, leaving the full time running back duties to Jennings. Jennings was targeted nine times by Blaine Gabbart and Chad Henne, catching seven balls for 58 yards. He did rush for a five yard touchdown in the first quarter and will be a must own should MJD miss any time.

Fred Jackson, BUFF

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick targeted Jackson 11 times on Sunday, with FJax catching eight passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. Coming into Sunday's game, Jackson had been targeted just ten times, so he more than doubled his number of targets in one game. This bares watching by fantasy owners as Fitzpatrick targeted running back C.J. Spiller six times as well, so the Bills may be moving to a shorter passing game to limit the number of interceptions Fitzpatrick throws. With Jackson and Spiller splitting time, both could be valuable going forward if that is the case.

Darren Sproles, NO

Sproles was targeted just four times on Sunday, catching all four passes that went his way, for 32 yards and a score. His number of targets are steadily dropping with Drew Brees looking downfield more often this season. Sproles leads all NFL running backs in targets, but he is well off his 2011 totals.

Missing the Target

Chris Johnson, TENN

Johnson had a monster day on the ground, rushing for 195 yards on 18 carries and two scores, one an 83 yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter. But in the passing game, CJ2K was targeted twice for one reception and three yards. Needless to say, fantasy owners are not going to complain about the lack of targets after his performance on the ground.

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