The following players have five end-zone targets on their resume this season: Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase and Garrett Wilson. So, that’s three widely known, elite, No. 1 fantasy wide receivers — and a rookie gunning to join those ranks. Wilson’s usage has been nothing short of insane through two weeks. He has a 33 percent share of the Jets’ air yards and has seen 22 targets overall.
Some of Wilson’s raw totals are certainly boosted by the fact that Joe Flacco has dropped back an outrageous 109 times so far this season. However, you really can’t ask for better fantasy usage for a wide receiver.
Wilson also just looks different out there. The guy is silky smooth as a mover and his ability as a route-runner has translated right away to the NFL game. I keep saying he’s like Kadarius Toney in the open field except he’s actually a technician at the position.
Wilson can make players miss as a tackle-breaker and is lightning quick in tight spaces. That’s my theory on why he’s been such a big factor for this team in the red zone. He just gets open and comes free quickly against close-quarters zone coverage.
When players are getting high-equity targets and are verifiably good at the game, don’t fight it. Embrace what’s happening.
While he won’t necessarily produce at this clip from start to finish, and I still have plenty of faith in Elijah Moore as a player, I’m buying Wilson’s breakout. The guy is legit and will be on the weekly WR3 radar. Both Wilson and Moore just really need Zach Wilson to be good when he comes back. The quarterback is the biggest unknown in this equation. The talent of these guys is a known reality at this stage.
Three WRs have four end-zone targets
Stefon Diggs, DJ Chark and Courtland Sutton actually come in behind the aforementioned guys in the blurb above and are the only other players with more than three targets in the end zone.
I’m very tempted to say Diggs should be ranked as the WR2 behind Cooper…
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Publish date : 2022-09-23 18:36:38
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