5. Antonio Brown and Julio Jones
Brown (13 week, 42 season): Pittsburgh’s Week Five bye comes at a bad time for Brown, who has been an absolute target monster over the last two weeks. After 13 targets and 196 yards in Week Three, Brown’s encore consisted of 12 catches on another 13 targets for 88 yards. Fantasy footballers in PPR leagues have been swimming in Brown’s fantasy points and with Pittsburgh coughing up 27.5 points per game (including 34 to Matt Cassel and the Minnesota Vikings), Large Ben will have no choice but to target his top wide receiver at a crazy rate all season long. Antonio Brown is now third in the NFL with 32 catches and is a lock to top 100 receptions for the first time in his career.
Jones (13 week, 48 season): Mr. Jones sits at third on the list of the NFL’s most targeted players through four weeks and is currently riding a three-game streak of over 100 yards receiving. Thanks to a late bomb from Matt Ryan, Julio arrived at 108 yards receiving on Sunday despite catching only six of 13 targets due to extra attention from the New England secondary. That extra attention allowed Tony Gonzalez more room to operate in the middle of the field (see above), and allowed Julio a chance to showcase his immense talent once again. Hopefully Roddy White will be back to full strength in short order, giving Jones some additional room himself.