Playing with Numbers: Early leaders in wide receiver targets

Updated: September 17, 2008, 2:12 PM ET
By Ken Daube | Special to
Targets have long been my favorite quantitative tool for evaluating the potential fantasy impact of a wide receiver. It's quite simple, really; a wideout cannot create his own opportunities. Instead, those chances come as a result of play-calling and a quarterback's reading of the play as it develops. If everything occurs just right, the receiver will have an opportunity for fantasy success. If it doesn't, then the wideout doesn't stand a fighter's chance.

Ken Daube

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Ken Daube is a fantasy football analyst for He co-hosts "Fantasy Football Now" with Dave Rothenberg on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET, which streams at, and can also be listened to via the ESPN Radio app.