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Fantasy football Week 8: Buffalo Bills passing game targets

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Sammy Watkins is now on pace for 80 receptions, 990 yards, and nine touchdowns nearly halfway through his rookie season with the Buffalo Bills.

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In case you had any lingering doubts whatsoever, make no mistake about it: Sammy Watkins is the unquestioned top target in the Buffalo Bills' passing offense. After a nine-catch, 122-yard, two-score performance in a 17-16 win over Minnesota, Watkins now leads the Bills in receptions, has a commanding team lead in receiving yardage, and is the only Bills receiver to score multiple touchdowns this season.

But for a second straight week, the little-known Chris Hogan continued to emerge as a favorite target of veteran quarterback Kyle Orton, as well. Now firmly entrenched as the team's third receiver - ahead of Mike Williams, for certain, and Marquise Goodwin in most situations - Hogan has seen his playing time increase dramatically in the last two weeks, and has made his opportunities count to the tune of 10 receptions, 135 yards, and a touchdown in those contests.

Still, on a per-snap basis, no Bills receiver is targeted more often than veteran running back Fred Jackson - though Hogan has made a strong run for that honor. Here is the breakdown of the Bills' passing game targets heading into a Week 8 road matchup with the New York Jets.

Pos. Player Snaps Tar %Snap %Tar Stats
RB Fred Jackson 249 42 16.9% 16.7% 33 rec, 261 yds, 1 TD
WR Chris Hogan 87 14 16.1% 5.6% 12 rec, 162 yds, 1 TD
WR Sammy Watkins 452 61 13.5% 24.2% 35 rec, 433 yds, 4 TD
WR Robert Woods 426 48 11.3% 19.0% 25 rec, 244 yds, 1 TD
WR Marquise Goodwin 57 6 10.5% 2.4% 1 rec, 42 yds
TE Scott Chandler 324 34 10.5% 13.5% 22 rec, 278 yds
WR Mike Williams 172 18 10.5% 7.1% 8 rec, 142 yds, 1 TD
RB C.J. Spiller 157 16 10.2% 6.3% 14 rec, 109 yds, 1 TD
RB Anthony Dixon 66 4 6.1% 1.6% 3 rec, 15 yds
FB Frank Summers 107 5 4.7% 2.0% 4 rec, 7 yds
TE Chris Gragg 114 5 4.4% 2.0% 4 rec, 35 yds, 1 TD