Fantasy Football PPR Target Report, Week 8: Running Backs

Adam Bettcher

Which running backs were targeted the most in Week 8? It wasn't Doug Martin, but he still had a huge game on Thursday night.

Doug Martin had a big game on Thursday night for the Buccaneers and this should move him into an RB1 in Week 9 when the Buccaneers travel to Oakland to face the Raiders. The former Boise State running back had disappointed fantasy owners to date.

Let's take a look at the top targeted running backs in Week 8.

Player

Targets

Rec

Yd

Avg

TD

Sproles, Darren RB NO

9

7

56

8

1

Brown, Ronnie RB SD

8

7

85

12.1

0

Jennings, Rashad RB JAC

8

6

56

9.3

0

Woodhead, Danny RB NE

7

5

56

11.2

0

Stewart, Jonathan RB CAR

6

4

38

9.5

0

McFadden, Darren RB OAK

6

4

23

5.8

0

Martin, Doug RB TB

6

3

79

26.3

1

Green, Alex RB GB

6

4

28

7

0

Rodgers, Jacquizz RB ATL

5

5

20

4

0

Leshoure, Mikel RB DET

5

3

9

3

0

Forte, Matt RB CHI

5

5

24

4.8

0

Greene, Shonn RB NYJ

5

2

29

14.5

0


Hitting the Bullseye

Doug Martin, TB

Martin caught just three of his six targets on Thursday night, but he made the most of one them, taking it to the house for a 64 yard touchdown. He has scored a touchdown in each of the last two weeks, and scored 20+ fantasy points as well.

Darren Sproles, NO

Sproles was one of the few bright spots vs the Denver Broncos on Sunday night football. Sproles caught seven of his nine targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Week 8, and now has 39 receptions for 323 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. He currently leads all NFL runnings backs in targets (52), receptions (39), receiving yards (323) and receiving touchdowns (4).

Missing the Mark

Jamaal Charles, KC

Charles caught all three of his targets on Sunday, but they only went for six yards. The big play running back was used sparingly by the Chiefs on Sunday, leading to numerous post game questions for head coach Romeo Crennel. It appears that Kansas City is reducing his role in the offense since he rushed the ball 30+ times on September 23rd and October 7th. Charles had just 14 touches (rushing attempts and receptions) in Week 6 and just eight touches this week. Kansas City's bye week was in Week 7, so Charles has touched the ball just 22 times over the last three weeks. I wonder if this is the start of a trend, or maybe he is hurt, but we should know more in Week 9.

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