Fantasy football goal trends for week 12

Welcome to our Week 12 Target Trends article! As we continue to contend with injuries and bye weeks in the heart of the NFL season, goaltending trends are more important than ever. Let’s start, as usual, by checking out the general target landscape in the league.

Davante Adams took over as the overall target leader for the first time since week one. His 112 goals is more than his 112 goals more than Tyrek Hill, who had a bye in Week 11. Travis Kelce leads tight ends with 94, which is 21 more. Goals from Tyler Higbee, the next closest in the position. Kelce is currently the sixth most targeted pass player in the NFL and is on pace to break Zach Ertz’s season-long record for tight ends. In running back Austin Eckler continues to lead with 83 goals, but his pace in 17 games is now just under Christian McCaffrey’s 2019 season. He is still ahead of McCaffrey by nine goals this season.

I’ll continue to release this article with target leaders throughout the season, but for now, let’s check out this week’s target trends in Week 12.

Davant Adams: 13 goals, 7 recommendations

Adams is the league’s new goal leader, although this was actually his lowest goal total since Week 8. Team target share has averaged 32.2% in the league this season. Adams has been on another level over the past three weeks, with an average of 14.7 goals and a 40% share. He’s on a season-long pace of hitting 190 goals, which would be a new career high.

T Higgins: 13 goals, 9 recommendations

Higgins did not find the end zone, but his 13 goals turned out for season highs in receptions and yards. That translates to a target share of 35% in the game, well above his 19.3% share over the entire season. Ja’Marr Chase will certainly be asking for goals when he returns from injury, but Higgins is an absolute alpha until then.

Wan’Dale Robinson: 13 goals, 9 rec
Darius Slayton: 10 goals, 5 recommendations

We finally got the Wan’Dale Robinson Breakout, but it came to a sad end when he tore his ACL in the fourth quarter of New York’s loss to Detroit. With Robinson out for the year and Toney Cadarius off the roster, Darius Slayton, who was on the roster in training camp, becomes the Giants’ default WR1. He’s seen a season-high ten homers and has run twice as many runs as Kenny Golladay, who hasn’t had a smooth run this season.

DeAndre Hopkins: 12 goals, 9 rec
Greg Durch: 10 goals, 9 recommendations

Hopkins has been an absolute goal machine since returning from his suspension at the start of the season. He averages 11.6 goals per game, which puts him on pace to score 197 goals over the course of an entire season. Meanwhile, Dortch again sucked up goals in place of Rondale Moore, who posted negative fantasy points before suffering a groin injury Monday night. If Moore misses time, Dortch becomes a viable PPR option again.

Amari Cooper: 12 goals, 8 recommendations

This week we learned that neutral field is better than the road game for Cooper, at least when considering the home/road splits. Cooper has marked 12 goals in three separate matches this season and averages 8.1 goals per game. He’s on pace to hit 138 goals on the season, which would be a career high. In a couple of weeks, those targets will start arriving from Deshaun Watson, which should only increase in value.

Pat Freermuth: 12 goals, 8 recommendations

Chase Claypool doesn’t get many goals in Chicago, but it looks like a lot of his vacated goals in Pittsburgh will go to The Muth. The twelve goals in Week 11 was a career high for a sophomore tight end. His 67 goals on the season is the second-most for a Steelers, behind only Deontay Johnson (86).

Alain Lazard: 11 goals, 5 recommendations

Christian Watson has exploded in recent weeks, but Lazard is the clear target leader at Green Bay. It’s a relatively new role for him, seeing double-digit goals for the first time in his career just two weeks ago. The 11 goals he saw in Week 11 equaled a 30% target share, well above his team’s 21.9% share on the season.

Travis Kelsey: 10 goals, 6 recommendations

Kelce continues to add to his Hall of Fame resume. He now has the seventh most goals by a tight end in NFL history, which translated to a record 72 rushing yards per game for his career. Recently, Kelsey has been leading when it comes to goals in his team in 2022. He has 30 more goals than his closest teammate Joe Smith-Schuster and twice as many as Marques Valdes-Scantling

Josh Palmer: 10 goals, 8 rec

Keenan Allen and Mike Williams both returned from injuries this week, but Palmer still leads in shots (60), runs (36) and, of course, goals (10). He’s seen 9.3 goals per game over the past three weeks and should continue to see volume as Williams’ condition remains in flux due to his ankle injury.

Demarcus Robinson: 9 goals, 9 rec

With Rashod Bateman sidelined for the season, Baltimore is desperate for a WR1. It looks like Robinson might fit the role. He’s averaged 7.0 goals per game over the past three weeks, and had his best performance of the season in Week 11. It’s hard to trust him, but Robinson should see enough volume to make him worthy of scoring in the fantasy leagues.

Treylon Burks: 8 goals, 7 rec

Burks is another rookie who broke out in Week 11. While Thursday night’s game at Green Bay was certainly his best of the season, he’s now seen 14 goals over the two weeks since returning from a foot injury. Despite only playing in six games this season, he has seen the second most goals scored for the Titans, behind only veteran Robert Woods.

Chasing Claypool: 3 goals, 2 scoring

You might think that if you traded a second-round draft pick for a mathematically terrible pitch, you’d find a way to get him into your offensive game plan. That doesn’t seem to be the case for the Bears, as they’ve only given Claypool 3.7 goals per game since acquiring him. He’s still an intriguing hideout, but you can’t put Claypool in your fantasy lineup until we see him actually involved in Chicago’s offense.

Austin Eckler: 2 goals, 1 score

Ekeler has seen an insane amount of goals lately, averaging 12.3 goals per game for Weeks 6-10. While that number dropped significantly in Week 11, he made up for it by tying a career high 19 carries. One way or another, Ekeler will continue to be a focal point of crime for the Freightliners.

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