In Tom Brady’s 2018 debut, Chris Hogan was far-and-away his top WR target. Hogan hauled in 5-of-7 looks for 25 yards and a score, which came on a nice double move out of the slot. Keep in mind — Julian Edelman DID play, though Rob Gronkowski sat out. According to The Atlantic’s Jeff Howe, Hogan has been on the receiving end of 21 of Brady’s team drill completions, the highest on the team. Should this carry over into 2018, particularly during Edelman’s four-game absence, and Hogan will be a major fantasy steal around his 60ish ADP.
With over 251 targets available from last season, New England’s aerial pie is extremely open. This is especially true with Edelman absent for the first quarter of the season. As such, Hogan has reportedly stepped up and seems to be emerging as a true Target Hog for Brady. Keep in mind: Hogan already ranked second in the team behind Gronkowski in Red Zone targets over the past two years since joining the Pats, and now over 20 RZ looks have been vacated. He seems likely to continue dominating in close, but could also see an expanded role all over the field. Hogan averaged 13.6 FPPG when healthy last year, and was the WR7 through the season’s first 8 weeks before getting injured. He has WR1 upside, at minimum for the season’s first four weeks, and can be had at a WR3 price — a steal for a potential target monster in a juggernaut attack.
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