Coaching Time: Best And Worst Play-Callers For Each Skill-Position

Eli Grabanski looks at offensive-minded head coaches and offensive coordinators that could have a significant impact on fantasy value.

Best Coaches for Wide Receivers


Rank WR Room Targets WR Room Receiving Yards WR Room Receiving TDs % of Pass Attempts to WR 
1 Brian Callahan – CIN OC Kellen Moore – DAL OC Eric Bieniemy – KC OC Kliff Kingsbury – AZ HC
2 Zac Taylor – CIN OC Byron Leftwich – TB OC Byron Leftwich – TB OC Joe Brady – CAR OC
3 Kliff Kingsbury – AZ HC Sean McVay – LAR HC Mike McCarthy – DAL HC Chan Gailey – MIA OC
4 Randy Fichtner – PIT OC Mike McCarthy – DAL HC Jason Garrett – NYG OC Matt Rhule – CAR HC
5 Kellen Moore – DAL OC Bruce Arians – TB HC Kellen Moore – DAL OC Zac Taylor – CIN HC


Most WR Room Targets



Most WR Room Receiving Yards



Most WR Room Receiving TDs



Highest % of Pass Attempts to WR




  • Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan are at the top for WR room targets per game…if one of AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Auden Tate, or Tee Higgins can separate themselves from the pack there could be some value there.
  • I usually downgrade wide receivers after they switch teams for the year after because it takes a while to develop chemistry and it’s tougher to gauge how the player will fit in the offensive system…but in the case of DeAndre Hopkins, he may actually turn out to be a good value this year on the Cardinals, as head coach Kliff Kingsbury targeted his receivers 379 times last year.
  • Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner has also given his WR room a ton of targets in his first two seasons in the league…expect a bounce-back year for JuJu Smith-Schuster and monitor Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and James Washington late in drafts.
  • Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore appears in the top 5 of WR room targets, WR room receiving yards, and WR room receiving touchdowns. In addition, head coach Mike McCarthy made an appearance in the WR room receiving yards and WR room receiving touchdowns lists. All three of their star wide-receivers – Amari CooperMichael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb – could outproduce their ADPs in this offense.
  • Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and head coach Bruce Arians show up near the top of WR room receiving yards and WR room receiving touchdowns…Chris Godwin and Mike Evans should be put into positions to succeed if old habits die hard.
  • Rams head coach Sean McVay ranked in the top 3 of WR room receiving yards…considering WR Brandin Cooks is also gone now, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp look like great candidates to outproduce their ADPs.
  • It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to monitor 2020 second-round pick Van Jefferson throughout the season
  • New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett surprisingly ranked in the top 5 of WR receiving touchdowns per game…this bodes well for Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.
  • Panthers head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady didn’t get to qualify for a lot of these stats because comparing college stats to NFL stats is like comparing apples to oranges. But they were included in the “% of Pass Attempts to WR” data and both ranked in the top 5. This should make fantasy players rostering D.J. Moore or Curtis Samuel very excited.

Worst Coaches for Wide Receivers


Rank WR Room Targets WR Room Receiving Yards WR Room Receiving TDs % of Pass Attempts to WR 
1 Kevin Stefanski – CLE HC Alex Van Pelt – CLE OC Scott Turner – WAS OC Shane Steichen – LAC OC
2 Shane Steichen – LAC OC Doug Pederson – PHI HC Brian Daboll – BUF OC Kevin Stefanski – CLE HC
3 Greg Roman – BAL OC Brian Daboll – BUF OC Brian Callahan – CIN OC Pete Carmichael – NOR OC
4 Arthur Smith – TEN OC Greg Roman – BAL OC Zac Taylor – CIN HC Doug Pederson – PHI HC
5 Alex Van Pelt – CLE OC Kevin Stefanski – CLE HC Shane Steichen – LAC OC Sean Payton – NOR HC


Least WR Room Targets



Least WR Room Receiving Yards



Least WR Room Receiving TDs



Lowest % of Pass Attempts to WR




  • Seeing Browns coaches Kevin Stefanski and Alex Van Pelt in the bottom 5 of WR room targets and WR room receiving yards should be worrying to players rostering Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Their upside is going to be more limited in this offensive system.
  • Chargers offensive coordinator Shane Steichen didn’t utilize his wide receiver room frequently in his eight games calling plays last year…while it’s a small sample size, it’s risky to be drafting any wide receiver outside of Keenan Allen.
  • Greg Roman (Baltimore Ravens) hasn’t provided a lot of targets to his wide receivers, and it’s led to some poor receiving yardage totals from the position. Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown should be the only wide receiver you take a shot on drafting from the team.
  • Titans offensive coordinator, Arthur Smith didn’t target his wide receivers very much in his first season as a play-caller. I would only feel comfortable investing in A.J. Brown as a receiver on this team.
  • Eagles head coach Doug Pederson hasn’t gotten production out of his WR room in his 112 games as an offensive coordinator or head coach, ranking as the second-lowest WR receiving yards. Pederson’s pretty big on utilizing his running backs and tight ends in the passing game, so that may explain part of it.
  • Buffalo’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has traditionally struggled at getting good production out of his wide receivers, with his offense’s receiving yards and touchdowns ranking in the bottom three among his peers.
  • Don’t worry too much about Scott Turner’s wide receivers only averaging 0.5 receiving touchdowns per game. He only has had 4 games as a play-caller, so it’s a little early to draw hard conclusions from that (and the rest of his data)
  • Sean Payton and Pete Carmichael surprisingly only throw to their wide receivers a little more than 50% of the time. As Drew Brees’ passing volume has gone down in recent years, it’s becoming riskier to invest in wide receivers that aren’t named Michael Thomas.
  • Bengals coaches Brian Callahan and Zac Taylor both have a low number of receiving touchdowns per game…this is largely due to their 16 and 21 game sample sizes and coaching for the worst team in the league last year.

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