The stat Tgts in football stands for targets. The targets statistic measures how many times a player was thrown to.
The Tgts statistic is primarily used for wide receivers but is collected for other skill positions as well.
Targets in football refer to all forward passes that are thrown to a wide receiver. A pass that is batted away by the defense will still result in a target for the intended wide receiver.
A pass that is dropped by a wide receiver will also count as a target. So long as the quarterback throws the ball in the wide receiver’s direction it will be counted as a target.
Though it is important to remember targets only count on forward passes. If a player completes a lateral pass to a teammate this is not considered a target.
How to read the Tgts statistic
Now that you know that tgts refers to targets it’s time to breakdown how you can use this statistic to learn more about the game.
Tgts can be especially helpful when evaluating players for fantasy football.
Finding a floor with targets
One way you can use the tgts statistic in fantasy football is to find a players for. If a player is a receiver or tight end their fantasy value is going to be based on how many passes come their way.
If a player has a consistent amount of targets in each game you can get an idea what their floor is like.
For example, if a tight end has season-low of four tgts you know for sure that this player is going to get at least a couple of chances to catch the ball each game.
Now on the other say you see a player who went for 100 yards and two touchdowns the week prior. You might be thinking I have to get this guy in my fantasy lineup.
But by checking out his tgts in the weeks prior you will be able to learn more about this player. If they had several weeks with zero or one trts is is safe to say starting this player is going to be risky.
Fingding the WR1 on a team
Some football teams are not always going to have a clear cut wide reciever to start the year. If you are looking to find out which player is on top once a few games have been played targets are a great way to do it.
Looking at yards and receptions tell you how well the player has performed but tgts tell you how much the coaching staff wanted him to get the ball.
When looking at wide receiving cores paying close attention to the tgts category can be great way to find out which player the coaching staff prefers.
Remember not all targets are created equal
If you are going to read the tgts statistic correctly you need to know that not all of these targets are created equal.
What we mean by that is targets to a player are not going to always have the same value.
For example a receiving back is likely going to get a fiar amount of targets yet the depth of these targets is going to be quite short.
A deep ball receiver on the other hand is likely to have fewer targets but they will often be deep down field.
This is important to look out for when looking at this statistic as it can skew the numbers. To get the best understanding you may look at the average depth of target on top of the number of targets a player received.