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Fantasy Football PPR Target Report, Week 1: Running Backs

Sep 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Fantasy Football PPR Target Report for Running Backs for Week 1.

Week 1 in the NFL is in the books, and here is the first edition of the weekly PPR Target Report. This report will provide you with the top 20 targeted receivers at each of the skill positions: running back, wide receiver and tight end. This report will also highlight a few players, at each position, who Hit the Bullseye, and those who Missed the Target.

The Hit the Bullseye list will include guys who outperformed expectations or had a break out game. The list will include a few guys you should either pick up if available on the Waiver Wire, or place on your Watch List. The Missed the Target group will include players who had bad games or are trending down in the target category.

You can also review target reports for wide receivers and tight ends.

Player

Tar

Rec

Yd

Avg

TD

LeSean McCoy

9

6

26

4.3

0

Darren Sproles

8

5

35

7.0

1

Chris Johnson

7

6

47

7.8

0

Matt Forte

6

3

40

13.3

0

Reggie Bush

6

6

46

7.7

0

Kevin Smith

6

4

29

7.2

1

Maurice Jones-Drew

5

3

18

6.0

0

Jonathan Dwyer

4

2

11

5.5

0

Steven Jackson

4

4

31

7.8

0

Darius Reynaud

4

3

17

5.7

0

Brandon Jackson

4

2

20

10.0

0

Doug Martin

4

4

23

5.8

0

C.J. Spiller

3

2

25

12.5

0

Ben Tate

3

3

22

7.3

0

Stevan Ridley

3

2

27

13.5

0

Montell Owens

3

1

8

8.0

0

Mike Tolbert

3

3

8

2.7

0

Trent Richardson

3

1

5

5.0

0

Roy Helu

3

3

25

8.3

0

Daniel Thomas

3

1

32

32.0

0

Hit the Bullseye

Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX

MJD was supposed to be limited to just third down duty in Week 1, playing behind starter Rashad Jennings, but he was forced into more touches as Jennings injured his knee in the first half and never returned. Jones-Drew was targeted five times on Sunday, and I could see that amount doubling next week in his first start of the season.

LeSean McCoy, PHI

When reviewing the list of receivers quarterback Michael Vick targeted in Week 1, I was surprised to see wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin targeted more than McCoy, but McCoy was able to grab five of his targets to lead all running backs in receptions in Week 1. He will continue to be one of the more targeted running backs in the league in 2012.

Missed the Mark

Arian Foster, HOU

Foster was a game time decision in Week 1 after injuring his knee in practice, pushing fantasy owners into a panic wondering how serious his injury was, and if he did start, how much action would he see. Foster scored two touchdowns running the ball, but was only targeted four times by quarterback Matt Schaub, catching just one ball for -4 yards. He is a big part of the Texans offense, so fantasy owners should not worry about the low target total.

Ray Rice, BAL

Rice, like Foster, is a big part of the Ravens' offense, but quarterback Joe Flacco spread the ball among eight receivers on Monday night, so Rice saw only four targets. Rice ended the game with three receptions for 25 yards, but he should see more targets going forward.

For more fantasy news, rankings and analysis, check out SB Nation Fantasy! Swing by our Fantasy War Room Monday through Friday 4 to 8:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Sunday for all your fantasy advice.

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