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For fantasy owners searching for a wide receiver on the waiver wire, one of the most compelling statistics is targets. For those non-football wonks, that's jargon for how many passes a player has directed at him.

Sports Data Hub is one of the most useful sites for such specialized statistics, and it's no surprise after two games Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith leads the league with 28 targets. Of course that Steve Smith isn't available on any waiver wire.

But the other Steve Smith -- he of the New York Giants -- could be. If that's the case, he's a great addition to any roster. His 16 receptions are tied for the league lead, and he has 21 targets this season, tied for fifth with Nate Burleson, another value waiver wire addition.

The No. 2 player targeted this season also comes as somewhat of a surprise. You may guess Randy Moss, but you'd be wrong. He's No. 3. What about Andre Johnson? He's No. 4. Calvin Johnson is tied for seventh, and Larry Fitzgerald isn't among the top 15 targets this season.

The player with the second most targets is Santonio Holmes, with 25. That's a sure indication he's becoming the No. 1 wide receiver for Pittsburgh, and he's going to be starting for most owners regularly the rest of the season.

Other players you wouldn't expect among the top 15 targeted are Laurent Robinson (19), Brent Celek (18) and Mario Manningham (17).

By Gene Wang  |  September 22, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Nice post. Lots of WR value on the wires, it appears.

Note that Brent Celek is a tight end, too, so if he's getting the ball thrown his way that often (no matter who is QB is), that's a potential source of even more value.

Posted by: Keith | September 22, 2009 6:44 PM

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