While most of the chatter in Fantasy Football is about who will see more volume heading into this season, there isn’t a whole lot of talk about whose touches will decrease, and why would there be? People like to focus on the top guys and sleepers rather than the fallers.
But, nevertheless, it’s a fact that some players will see their touches dip in 2019.
Let’s look at five wide receivers who probably won’t be getting as many targets as they did a year ago.
5. Larry Fitzgerald
Believe it or not, Larry Fitzgerald was targeted 112 times this past season. It’s hard to imagine that number not going down in 2019, especially in Kliff Kingsbury’s new system.
But the main reason to expect Fitzgerald’s targets to decrease—other than him turning 36 years old later this month—is that the Arizona Cardinals actually have some interesting young receivers.
We know about Christian Kirk, whom many see as a potential breakout candidate, and then there are rookies Hakeem Butler, Andy Isabella, and KeeSean Johnson.
Fitzgerald will still see some action, but just don’t expect him to see as much as he did in 2018.
4. Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery has been the clear No. 1 wide out in the Philadelphia Eagles’ passing game over the last couple of years, but now that the Eagles have DeSean Jackson in the fold, that could change a bit in 2019.
Jeffery could still end up being Carson Wentz’s go-to target at wide receiver, but there is a chance that Jackson usurps him, as he is unquestionably Philly’s most explosive receiver and has had a more productive career than Jeffery in general.
It’s not like Jeffery was one of the top targets in Fantasy Football in 2018, as he was thrown to 92 times, but with Jackson now around, that number is more likely to dip than it is to increase.
3. Robert Woods
Robert Woods was targeted by Jared Goff 130 times this past season, which was, by far, the highest number of his career.
But remember: Cooper Kupp missed half of the 2018 campaign due to a torn ACL. Now that Kupp is back, Goff’s targets will most likely be more spread out among Kupp, Woods and Brandin Cooks.
Woods will still be a major cog in the Los Angeles Rams’ aerial attack and may still end up being targeted over 100 times because the Rams are a pass-heavy offense, but 130 targets is almost certainly out of the question.
2. T.Y. Hilton
For the first time in Andrew Luck’s tenure as Indianapolis Colts quarterback, the Colts finally seem to have a legitimate No. 2 receiver, as they signed Devin Funchess this offseason. Plus, they drafted Parris Campbell, who looks impressive.
That means that T.Y. Hilton, who was targeted 120 times in 14 games in 2018 and was far and way Luck’s top wide receiver, will see a decrease in looks this season, something Fantasy Football players should account for.
He’ll still put up big numbers because he’s really good, but with Funchess and Campbell, not to mention the return of tight end Jack Doyle to pair with Eric Ebron, Hilton’s targets will take a bit of a dive in 2019.
1. Jarvis Landry
This seems like the most obvious one of all.
Jarvis Landry was targeted 149 times in 2018 as the clear-cut No. 1 wide out for the Cleveland Browns, but now, Odell Beckham Jr. is in tow, so now, Landry becomes Baker Mayfield’s No. 2 guy.
It’s not just Beckham, either.
The Browns have a potentially elite tight end in David Njoku, and Cleveland also has some great receiving depth with youngsters such as Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway (the latter of which is suspended for the first four games of the season).
It would be an absolute shock if Landry finishes with around 150 targets again in 2019.