Fantasy Football PPR Report, Week 5: Wide Receivers

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Reggie Wayne, A.J. Green and Brandon Marshall are starting to separate themselves from other wide receivers in Week 5.

It appears Andrew Luck has found his favorite receiver. He was Peyton Manning's favorite receiver, as well. His name: Reggie Wayne.

Wayne had a huge game on Sunday, with 20 targets. Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler played well together a few years back in Denver, and they are working their magic again in Chicago, as Marshall was targeted 17 times against Jacksonville. Coming into Week 5, Wayne was targeted 40 times in three games, good for No. 9 in the NFL, while Marshall had been targeted 39 times in four games, good for No. 12 in the NFL.

Let's take a look at the top targeted wide receivers in Week 5:

Player

Targets

Rec

Yd

Avg

TD

Wayne, Reggie WR IND

20

13

212

16.3

1

Colston, Marques WR NO

18

9

131

14.6

3

Marshall, Brandon WR CHI

17

12

144

12

1

Welker, Wes WR NE

15

13

104

8

1

Fitzgerald, Larry WR ARI

15

8

92

11.5

0

Jones, Julio WR ATL

15

10

94

9.4

1

Hawkins, Andrew WR CIN

13

5

47

9.4

0

Smith, Steve WR CAR

13

4

40

10

0

Green, A.J. WR CIN

13

9

65

7.2

1

Thomas, Demaryius WR DEN

11

9

188

20.9

0

Wright, Kendall WR TEN

11

9

66

7.3

0

Brown, Antonio WR PIT

10

7

86

12.3

0

Henderson, Devery WR NO

10

8

123

15.4

1

Johnson, Steve WR BUF

10

6

39

6.5

0

Boldin, Anquan WR BAL

10

4

82

20.5

0

Roberts, Andre WR ARI

10

5

39

7.8

0

Harvin, Percy WR MIN

10

8

108

13.5

1

Randle, Rueben WR NYG

9

6

82

13.7

0

Norwood, Jordan WR CLE

9

9

81

9

0

Hilton, T.Y. WR IND

9

3

37

12.3

0


Hitting the Bullseye

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

Wayne was targeted 20 times against the Packers' secondary, catching 13 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown. For the season, he has been targeted 60 times in 4 games, an average of 15 targets per game. He now has 36 receptions for 506 yards and two touchdowns. Wayne now has three games of double-digit targets (18, 7, 15 and 20), and is on pace for over 200 targets.

Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

Quarterback Jay Cutler must have smiled ear to ear when he heard that Marshall would be joining him in Chicago this season. Marshall was targeted 17 times on Sunday, catching 12 of them, for 144 yards and a touchdown. Through five games, Marshall has been targeted 56 times, grabbing 35 receptions for 496 yards and three touchdowns. Marshall now has 3 games of ten or more targets (15, 5, 11, 8 and 17) but will be on his bye week in Week 6.

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Green has now scored in four of his five games in 2012, and he was targeted 13 times by quarterback Andy Dalton in Week 5, catching nine of the balls for 65 yards and a touchdown. Green has now been targeted 56 times through Week 5, good for 36 receptions, 493 yards and four touchdowns, scoring in four straight games now. He now has double-digit targets in four of his five games this season.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Jones had his first double-digit target game this week, catching 10 of his 15 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown. Jones now has been targeted 46 times through five games, catching 26 balls for 315 yards and four touchdowns. He has now scored in three of his five games, and looks to keep it going next week against the Oakland secondary that has given up nine touchdowns through the air through four games.

Marques Colston, NO

After a very slow start to the 2012 season, Coltson is rewarding patient owners over the last two weeks. Last week, he caught 9 of his 13 targets for 153 yards and a touchdown. This week, he went MONSTER on us, catching 9 of his 18 targets for 131 yards and three scores. With Jimmy Graham injured, Colston could continue to see double digit targets after their Week 6 bye. I own Colston and was offering him around the league for a backup quarterback or running back two weeks ago. I'd like to thank all those owners who rejected or disregarded my offers.

Missing the Target

Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

Hartline was a hot waiver wire pickup this week, after his huge breakout game in Week 4, catching 12 balls, on 18 targets, for 253 yards and a touchdown. He had his worst week of the season in Week 5, catching four of his five targets for 59 yards and failing to reach paydirt. He now has 29 receptions on 53 targets, good for 504 yards and one touchdown. He has been targeted ten or more times just twice in five games thus far, with eight and nine targets in his other two games.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

Like Hartline, White is another receiver who disappointed in Week 5 after his eight reception, 169-yard and two-touchdown performance in Week 4. White caught four of his six targets for 68 yards and no scores. Quarterback Matt Ryan targeted Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez 15 and 14 times, respectively this week, so White was probably double-covered a bit more.

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