With the NFL preseason winding down, here's the final revision for the updated PPR Spectacular, the all-encompassing, targets-driven guide to dominating Points Per Reception drafts.


Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins (96 catches, 1,378 yards, 13 TDs last year) has posted double-digit targets and/or one touchdown in 16 consecutive outings.

This feat holds even greater value, when considering another factoid:

During that period, Hopkins caught balls from four different Houston quarterbacks (Brock Osweiler, Deshaun Watson, Tom Savage, T.J. Yates)—and only one of substance.


Antonio Brown likely boasts the greatest four-year track record in NFL history, among receivers, averaging 118 catches, 173 targets, 1,587 yards and 11 touchdowns since 2014.

Putting this into perspective, league history only has 14 recorded instances of 118-plus single-season receptions.

In case you're wondering ... Jerry Rice's most prolific four-year stretch occurred from 1993-96, when the Hall of Famer/G.O.A.T. enjoyed annual averages of 110 receptions, 158 targets, 1,526 yards and 13 touchdowns.


Food for thought: Charting his last 21 games (including the playoffs), Saints wideout Michael Thomas (two-year average: 98 catches, 1,191 yards, 7 TDs) has drawn eight or targets a staggering 20 times.



1. Antonio Brown, Steelers

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans

3. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

4. Michael Thomas, Saints

5. Julio Jones, Falcons

6. Mike Evans, Buccaneers

7. Keenan Allen, Chargers

8. A.J. Green, Bengals

9. Davante Adams, Packers

10. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

11. Adam Thielen, Vikings

12. Jarvis Landry, Browns

13. T.Y. Hilton, Colts

14. Golden Tate, Lions

15. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs

16. Brandin Cooks, Rams

17. Amari Cooper, Raiders

18. Stefon Diggs, Vikings

19. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks

20. Corey Davis, Titans

21. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles

22. Allen Robinson, Bears

23. Devin Funchess, Panthers

24. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos

25. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers


26. Michael Crabtree, Ravens

27. Pierre Garcon, 49ers

28. Marvin Jones, Lions

29. Kelvin Benjamin, Bills

30. Robert Woods, Rams

31. Jamison Crowder, Redskins

32. Robby Anderson, Jets

33. Sterling Shepard, Giants

34. Chris Hogan, Patriots

35. Will Fuller, Texans

36. Cooper Kupp, Rams

37. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs

38. Jordy Nelson, Raiders

39. Mike Williams, Chargers

40. Marquise Goodwin, 49ers

41. Julian Edelman, Patriots

42. DeVante Parker, Dolphins

43. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons

44. Allen Hurns, Cowboys

45. Randall Cobb, Packers

46. Rishard Matthews, Titans

47. Donte Moncrief, Jaguars

48. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos

49. Kenny Stills, Dolphins

50. Cameron Meredith, Saints


51. Torrey Smith, Panthers

52. Kenny Golladay, Lions

53. John Brown, Ravens

54. Christian Kirk, Cardinals

55. D.J. Moore, Panthers

56. Keelan Cole, Jaguars

57. James Washington, Steelers

58. Nelson Agholor, Eagles

59. Calvin Ridley, Falcons

60. Josh Doctson, Redskins

61. Danny Amendola, Dolphins

62. Josh Gordon, Browns

63. Paul Richardson, Redskins

64. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers

65. Martavis Bryant, Raiders

66. Donte Moncrief, Jaguars

67. Kevin White, Bears

68. Phillip Dorsett, Patriots

69. Jake Kumerow, Packers

70. Corey Coleman, Bills

71. Michael Gallup, Cowboys

72. Jermaine Kearse, Jets

73. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars

74. Chris Conley, Chiefs

75. Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs

76. Antonio Callaway, Browns

77. Geronimo Allison, Packers

78. Courtland Sutton, Broncos

79. Terrance Williams/Deonte Thompson, Cowboys

80. Taywan Taylor, Titans


Giants wunderkind Odell Beckham Jr., the only wideout in NFL history to amass 1,300 receiving yards/double-digit touchdowns in his inaugural three campaigns, has averaged 6.4 catches, 11 targets and 0.7 touchdowns in his last 19 regular-season games.

Of equal importance, during this stretch, Beckham collected nine or more targets 17 times.


I'm done factoring in Larry Fitzgerald's age (he'll turn 35 this month) when creating preseason rankings.

Covering each of the last three seasons, the future Hall of Famer has notched double-digit targets at least seven times; and during this span, Fitzgerald produced 100-plus catches every time.

For his final 11 games last year, Fitzgerald averaged seven catches, 10 targets, 75 yards and 0.4 touchdowns ... and this included two clunkers of fewer than 30 receiving yards.


Here's one way of quantifying consistency with PPR and daily fantasy leagues. These 16 wideouts posted at least eight games of eight-plus targets during the regular season:

14 games—Michael Thomas

13 games—DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, Demaryius Thomas

12—Larry Fitzgerald, Jarvis Landry, Mike Evans

11—Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Adam Thielen


9—Dez Bryant (2018 free agent)

8—Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Davante Adams, DeVante Parker

On the curious side ... 21 different receivers hit the eight-game benchmark in 2016.


Keenan Allen has suited up for only 25 games over the last three seasons.

During that span, however, the University of Cal product absurdly amassed double-digit targets 14 times.


During the 2017 regular season, 24 wideouts crossed the PPR-elite threshold of seven catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown at least seven times:

15 games—DeAndre Hopkins

14 games—None



11—Jarvis Landry

10—Davante Adams

9—Antonio Brown, Michael Thomas, Golden Tate, Nelson Agholor

8—Larry Fitzgerald, Keenan Allen, Adam Thielen, Dez Bryant, Alshon Jeffery, Doug Baldwin, Marvin Jones, JuJu Smith-Schuster

7—Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Mike Evans, Robby Anderson, Devin Funchess, Tyreek Hill, Mohamed Sanu, Stefon Diggs

Soaking up the above stats, one could make a strong case for drafting Hopkins over Antonio Brown. It wouldn't be a foolish move.


Raise your hand if you forgot Michael Crabtree no longer plays for the Raiders.

(Thursday's Hall of Fame Game DNP didn't help matters, either.)

Which brings us to this: Can you name the last Ravens wide receiver to collect 80 or more receptions in a given season?

(Pause for effect)

Try Derrick Mason ... from wayyyyyy back in 2008.

Hence, my ultra-conservative ranking for Crabtree, who signed with Baltimore during the offseason.


See if you can spot the 'X' factor involving Texans wideout Will Fuller and his 2017 splits.

Per-game averages with Deshaun Watson at quarterback (four outings): 3.3 catches, 70 yards, 1.8 TDs

Per-game averages with any other Houston QB (six outings): 2.5 catches, 24 yards, 0 TDs


1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

2. Travis Kelce, Chiefs

3. Zach Ertz, Eagles

4. Evan Engram, Giants

5. Jimmy Graham, Packers

6. Greg Olsen, Panthers

7. Delanie Walker, Titans

8. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings

9. Trey Burton, Bears

10. Cameron Brate, Buccaneers

11. Jack Doyle, Colts

12. David Njoku, Browns

13. George Kittle, 49ers

14. Austin Hooper, Falcons

15. Charles Clay, Bills

16. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jaguars

17. Benjamin Watson, Saints

18. Jordan Reed, Redskins

19. Eric Ebron, Colts

20. Luke Willson, Lions

21. Tyler Eifert/Tyler Kroft, Bengals

22. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers

23. Jake Butt, Broncos

24. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins

25. Jared Cook, Raiders

26. Vance McDonald, Steelers

27. Geoff Swaim/Blake Jarwin, Cowboys

28. Maxx Williams/Nick Boyle/Hayden Hurst, Ravens

29. Ryan Griffin, Texans

30. Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals

31. Tyler Higbee/Gerald Everett, Rams

32. Nick Vannett, Seahawks

33. Darren Fells, Browns

34. Michael Roberts, Lions

35. Ed Dickson, Seahawks


Counting only regular-season action, Rob Gronkowski has scored a touchdown in three straight games 21 different times.

Here's another stat to behold:

Of the six seasons in which Gronkowski logged at least 10 games, he's a perfect 6 for 6 in collecting 1,000 receiving yards and/or double-digit touchdowns; and for those healthy campaigns (2010-12, 2014-15, 2017), Gronk owns supreme averages of 68.3 catches, 1,008 yards and 11.5 touchdowns.


Zach Ertz could have another scintillating year, to the eminently doable tune of 85 catches, 950-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns.

He's the No. 1 passing option for Carson Wentz and Nick Foles. Plus, Ertz should be a virtual lock for strong numbers against divisional competition.

Check this out: Of his last nine complete outings versus the NFC East (Cowboys, Giants, Redskins), Ertz averaged seven catches, 76 yards and 0.6 touchdowns ... and this includes two clunkers of two or fewer receptions.


These 10 tight ends tallied at least seven games of six-plus targets last season.

By comparison, 14 tight ends crossed the same threshold in 2016.

12 games—Travis Kelce, Evan Engram

11 games—Rob Gronkowski

10—Jimmy Graham

9—Delanie Walker, Zach Ertz, Jack Doyle


7—Jared Cook, Eric Ebron, Kyle Rudolph,


Charting his last 25 complete games (including the playoffs), Steelers tailback Le'Veon Bell has reached the elite-level threshold of 100 total yards and/or one touchdown 22 times.

The three so-called clunkers can be easily rationalized:

a) Bell needed the first two games last year to get in football shape, after missing all of training camp (contract dispute).

b) For last October's loss to the Jaguars, Bell accounted for 93 total yards and 10 receptions—or the equivalent of 19.3 PPR points.

For that Week 5, a touchdown-free Bell still finished fifth among PPR backs.


There are two ways to view David Johnson's fantasy candidacy for the upcoming season:

a) The optimist might say, From Thanksgiving weekend 2015 to Week 16 of the 2016 campaign, spanning 21 regular-season outings ... Johnson notched 100 total yards and/or one touchdown 20 times.

b) The negative person would counter: Johnson has suffered a significant injury in each of his last two games.


Since 2015, LeSean McCoy has averaged 1,465 total yards and nine touchdowns. Of equal importance, Shady owns strong annual averages of 47 receptions, 61 targets and 365 receiving yards with Buffalo.

Now for the bad news: I was high on McCoy this time last year, citing his partnership with then-offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who has a reputation of utilizing tailbacks in the passing game.

But with Brian Daboll now running the Bills offense, I'm worried McCoy will regress to the days of 30-plus catches and 50-plus targets.

There's also the little matter of McCoy's possible involvement with that Atlanta-area home invasion/robbery from June.

Put it all together, and McCoy might be part of a self-inflicted depressed market on Draft Night, falling to Round 4 or 5 in standard and PPR leagues.



1. Todd Gurley, Rams

2. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys

4. David Johnson, Cardinals

5. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs

6. Alvin Kamara, Saints

7. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

8. Melvin Gordon, Chargers

9. Devonta Freeman, Falcons

10. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

11. Saquon Barkley, Giants

12. Dalvin Cook, Vikings

13. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins

14. LeSean McCoy, Bills

15. Joe Mixon, Bengals

16. Jordan Howard, Bears

17. Derrick Henry, Titans

18. Jay Ajayi, Eagles

19. Jerick McKinnon, 49ers

20. Alex Collins, Ravens

21. Lamar Miller, Texans

22. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders

23. Tevin Coleman, Falcons

24. Carlos Hyde, Browns

25. Kerryon Johnson, Lions

26. Chris Thompson, Redskins

27. James White, Patriots

28. Duke Johnson, Browns

29. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks

30. Jamaal Williams, Packers


31. Royce Freeman, Broncos

32. Sony Michel, Patriots

33. Dion Lewis, Titans

34. Bilal Powell, Jets

35. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers

36. Mark Ingram, Saints

37. Marlon Mack, Colts

38. Nick Chubb, Browns

39. Tarik Cohen, Bears

40. Theo Riddick, Lions

41. Gio Bernard, Bengals

42. Corey Clement, Eagles

43. Ty Montgomery, Packers

44. D'Onta Foreman, Texans

45. Devontae Booker, Broncos

46. LeGarrette Blount, Lions

47. Samaje Perine, Redskins

48. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers

49. Frank Gore, Dolphins

50. Latavius Murray, Vikings

51. Spencer Ware, Chiefs

52. Adrian Peterson, Redskins

53. T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars

54. Nyheim Hines, Colts

55. Chris Carson, Seahawks

56. C.J. Anderson, Panthers

57. Kenneth Dixon, Ravens

58. C.J. Prosise, Seahwawks

59. Rex Burkhead, Patriots

60. Matt Breida, 49ers

60b. Mark Walton, Bengals

60c. Javorius Allen, Ravens


With receiver Jarvis Landry gone from the Miami lineup, tailback Kenyan Drake assumes the mantle of the Dolphins' best playmaker.

For his final six games last year, Drake stealthily averaged 107 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns; and for Weeks 9-15, immediately after Jay Ajayi was traded to Philadelphia, Drake caught 26 of 36 balls—for an impressive catch-to-target rate of 72 percent.

Bonus: In Drake's case, he's perhaps the NFL's fastest tailback (see above Tweet).


It's difficult to shed a tear over Mark Ingram's four-game suspension to start the season, thus enabling Alvin Kamara to dominate the PPR world for roughly 4-5 weeks—if not longer.

In his final 11 regular-season outings, the rookie Kamara averaged five catches, six targets, 113 yards and one touchdown ... without collecting 20-plus touches in a single game.


Here's a look at the 19 running backs who collected a minimum of 50 receiving targets last season:

1. Christian McCaffrey — 113 targets

2. Le'Veon Bell — 106

3. Alvin Kamara — 101

4. Duke Johnson — 93

5. Carlos Hyde — 88

6. Todd Gurley — 87

7. Melvin Gordon — 79

8. LeSean McCoy — 77

9. James White — 72

10. Tarik Cohen — 71

11. Mark Ingram — 71

12. Theo Riddick — 71

13. Jerick McKinnon — 68

14. Kareem Hunt — 63

15. Javorius Allen — 60

16. Gio Bernard — 60

17. Andre Ellington — 59 (only 11 games)

18. Chris Thompson — 54 (only 10 games)

19. Shane Vereen — 53


For the final 10 games of the 2016 campaign (including the playoffs), Falcons tailback Tevin Coleman racked up 100 total yards and/or one touchdown eight times.

And for Weeks 4-12 last season, spanning eight games, Coleman stealthily accounted for 100 total yards and/or one TD seven times.

Not bad for someone who will be available in Round 8 of PPR drafts.

The final lesson here: Poor draft preparation makes fantasy cowards of us all ... so get to work!

Jay Clemons, the 2008 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and 2015 Cynopsis Media award winner for "Sports Blog Of The Year," has previously served as the lead fantasy analyst for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports South, Bleacher Report and Fanball.com.