Top 30 Fantasy Targets Season Split Comparison

fantasy football statistics5 Game Fantasy Target Split

NFL Player 5G 5G Total
Reggie Wayne 70 60 130
Brandon Marshall 56 51 107
Calvin Johnson 56 51 107
Wes Welker 66 53 105
Larry Fitzgerald 55 49 104
A.J. Green 56 48 104
Victor Cruz 57 47 104
Jason Witten 40 56 96
Roddy White 45 48 93
Dwayne Bowe 57 36 93
Andre Johnson 30 60 90
Steve Johnson 46 43 89
Brian Hartline 53 35 88
Vincent Jackson 46 42 88
Tony Gonzalez 47 40 87
Dez Bryant 48 38 86
Marques Colston 50 36 86
DeSean Jackson 46 40 86
Demaryius Thomas 46 39 85
Percy Harvin 48 37 85
Steve Smith 38 46 84
Miles Austin 34 50 84
Davone Bess 38 44 82
Brandon Lloyd 45 37 82
Eric Decker 43 35 78
Donnie Avery 47 31 78
Mike Wallace 34 44 78
Julio Jones 46 31 77
Jimmy Graham 42 35 77
Anquan Boldin 38 38 76

With every NFL player now finished their bye week, Gridiron Experts wanted to create a comparison of the top 30 most targeted players first five games, to their second five games. The table to the right splits each NFL player into two columns. While most fantasy players see a relatively equal number targets from the first half of the season to the second half, there are some notable differences and trends.

*It should be noted that Jimmy Graham and Percy Harvin each missed time. Their five game split should not be compared.

Increased Second Half Targets

  • Andre Johnson, Texans-While his week 11 match-up saw a massive spike of 19 targets, the top wide receiver for the Houston Texans has doubled his targets from the first five games of the season. With nagging injuries and easier opponents on the schedule, it only makes sense that we’re now just starting to see this fantasy stud take off. (First 5 games 30 Targets. Second 5 games 60 Targets.)
  • Miles Austin, Cowboys– Austin’s fantasy production has been slightly quieter the last two weeks, but there is a noticeable increase in targets sent his way through the second half of the season. With the best yet to come and a possible playoff window open, Tony Romo should lean on Austin even more in the coming weeks. It should also be noted that Dez Bryant’s slump has helped the amount of balls thrown Austin’s way. Nevertheless, it’s a noticeable spike. (First 5 games 34 Targets. Second 5 games 50 Targets.)
Decreased second half targets
  • Brian Hartline, Dolphins– Easily one of the most noticeable drop-offs is Brian Hartline of the Miami Dolphins. After a few massive fantasy games in weeks two and four, this waiver wire gem has definitely cooled off. (First 5 games 53 Targets. Second 5 games 35 Targets.)
  • Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs– With the Kansas City Chiefs total implosion, Dwayne Bowe’s fantasy drop-off is expected. With quarterback problems and injuries across the board, Bowe’s seen far less targets the past five games opposed to the first five. You got a better chance with a William Hill football coupon. (First 5 games 57 Targets. Second 5 games 36 Targets.)

NFL Top 30 Fantasy Targets

This following is the top 30 most targeted fantasy players after 11 weeks.
RK Player Pos TM 1 2 3 4 5 5 6 7 8 9 11 Total
1 Reggie Wayne WR IND 18 7 15 bye 20 10 11 11 9 11 18 130
2 Brandon Marshall WR CHI 15 5 11 8 17 bye 10 14 10 13 4 107
3 Calvin Johnson WR DET 7 12 12 12 bye 13 11 8 8 13 11 107
4 Wes Welker WR NE 5 11 10 11 15 14 8 9 bye 11 11 105
5 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 11 5 9 15 15 12 7 11 12 bye 7 104
6 A.J. Green WR CIN 11 12 11 9 13 11 6 bye 9 10 12 104
7 Victor Cruz WR NYG 11 17 8 13 8 13 11 8 11 4 bye 104
8 Jason Witten TE DAL 3 10 6 14 bye 7 8 22 8 10 8 96
9 Roddy White WR ATL 8 11 8 12 6 8 bye 4 10 13 13 93
10 Dwayne Bowe WR KC 6 15 16 12 8 9 bye 6 10 9 2 93
11 Andre Johnson WR HOU 10 4 4 6 6 12 10 bye 10 9 19 90
12 Steve Johnson WR BUF 10 5 11 10 10 11 7 bye 7 9 9 89
13 Brian Hartline WR MIA 8 12 9 19 5 0 bye 6 12 10 7 88
14 Vincent Jackson WR TB 10 10 7 11 bye 8 14 6 4 7 11 88
15 Tony Gonzalez TE ATL 6 10 12 5 14 7 bye 5 5 15 8 87
16 Dez Bryant WR DAL 5 7 8 13 bye 15 3 11 4 5 15 86
17 Marques Colston WR NO 11 4 4 13 18 bye 10 10 4 6 6 86
18 DeSean Jackson WR PHI 11 8 10 9 8 8 bye 8 7 8 9 86
19 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 7 11 11 6 11 2 bye 9 8 11 9 85
20 Percy Harvin WR MIN 8 13 11 6 10 14 5 12 6 bye 85
21 Steve Smith WR CAR 11 4 4 6 13 bye 9 16 7 7 7 84
22 Miles Austin WR DAL 4 10 9 6 bye 5 9 16 9 4 12 84
23 Davone Bess WR MIA 7 6 7 12 6 9 bye 9 9 6 11 82
24 Brandon Lloyd WR NE 8 13 12 7 5 12 8 4 bye 6 7 82
25 Eric Decker WR DEN 7 8 11 9 8 9 bye 6 11 4 5 78
26 Donnie Avery WR IND 8 10 9 bye 8 12 6 7 8 6 4 78
27 Mike Wallace WR PIT 6 5 11 bye 8 4 15 9 5 8 7 78
28 Julio Jones WR ATL 9 7 7 8 15 8 bye 5 6 5 7 77
29 Jimmy Graham TE NO 10 13 8 9 2 bye 10 11 8 6 77
30 Anquan Boldin WR BAL 5 4 7 12 10 6 8 bye 5 7 12 76
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Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 20 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had a outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike looks at the game as a whole and doesn't focus solely on individual stats. Football is not Baseball, and you need to factor in more when researching players to draft. Mike has one year old son and is expecting a daughter in late July (2015).

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