Mike Wallace 11, Hines Ward 9, Antonio Brown 9, Heath Miller 5, Emmanuel Sanders 3, Mewelde Moore 2, Arnaz Battle 1, Rashard Mendenhall 1
The battle between Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders seemed to have been won by Brown, but he only caught 2 of those 9 targets and Sanders’ 3 targets consisted of 2 red zone targets including a touch down. Add to that the limited preseason work Sanders had and they could just be easing him back into the offense. I’m leaning towards Sanders’ side in this title bout for the third wide receiver in Pittsburgh.
San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates 13, Mike Tolbert 9, Malcom Floyd 8, Ryan Mathews 5, Jacob Hester 4, Randy McMichael 3, Vincent Jackson 3, Bryan Walters 2
Mike Tolbert had an insane 11 looks in the red zone and he only got in 3 times, pfft. The coaches trust Tolbert more than Ryan Mathews and that’s probably not going to change soon.
If you are a Vincent Jackson owner you have to be a little perplexed as to his 3 targets after his nice preseason and just the fact that he is really pretty darn good. He was on the field for 83 plays and ran 52 routes and had 3 balls thrown his way. That has to be a little frustrating. The Vikings defense was in Philip Rivers face all day and gave them no time for plays to develop down field, so instead he threw it to Antonio Gates and Tolbert over and over and over again.
Ben Obomanu 6, Doug Baldwin 6, Mike Williams 5, Justin Forsett 5, Golden Tate 5, Zach Miller 4, Leon Washington 2, Marshawn Lynch 2, Anthony McCoy 2
Ugh. This is about as bad as it gets, well, except for Minnesota. You aren’t going to find a fantasy relevant receiver or running back or tight end or quarterback or ball boy in this bunch so stop looking. Hey! I said stop.
San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis 6, Braylon Edwards 5, Frank Gore 4, Josh Morgan 2, Delanie Walker 1
What did I say about the Seahawks? Well, the 49ers offense isn’t much better. It runs through Frank Gore and Vernon Davis and that is it. And really it’s just Frank Gore who had 26 looks in only 52 offensive plays. That is exactly half. Do you think Seattle knew who was getting the ball?
St. Louis Rams
Cadillac Williams 9, Danny Amendola 6, Brandon Gibson 5, Lance Kendricks 5, Mike Sims-Walker 4, Billy Bajema 3, Greg Salas 3
The No. 1 receiver in this game as far as amount of plays was Brandon Gibson with 45 routes run. Of course Danny Amendola dislocated his elbow and for some reason came out of the game, but it shows you that Gibson is the guy they trust while Mike Sims-Walker only ran 29 routes and is not as trustworthy. With Amendola gone that number should increase for Sims-Walker, but Gibson is the de facto No. 1 with MSW and Lance Kendricks filling in for No. 2 and No. 3 duties. Hah, No. 2 Duties.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Williams 10, Earnest Graham 9, Kellen Winslow 8, Arrelious Benn 7, Preston Parker 6, Dezmon Briscoe 2, Kregg Lumpkin 1, Luke Stocker 1
Mike Williams is the no doubt No. 1 in Tampa Bay and it’s not even close. When they want to score a touchdown they just throw it at him until he catches it or they kick a field goal. The No. 3 receiver after Williams and Kellen Winslow in this game was Preston Parker. He had 40 routes to Arrelious Benn’s 30. That number should move in favor of Benn as we move forward though.
LeGarrette Blount was on the field for a slim 13 plays while Earnest Graham was in for 46. That’s not how you want things to go if you own Blount. Graham ran 35 pass routes and only ran the ball 6 times. So it’s not hard to see what was going on there. You want the Bucs to get the lead or be close if you own Blount.
Kenny Britt 10, Nate Washington 7, Chris Johnson 7, Craig Stevens 3, Jared Cook 2, Damian Williams 2, Marc Mariani 1, Jamie Harper 2
Kenny Britt should continue to get his looks along with Chris Johnson, but those are the only two we can rely on from week to week. I still have plenty of hope for Jared Cook and believe he is still going to have a good year, but even though he was on the field he just wasn’t seeing the ball. Nate Washington’s numbers look decent enough, but we just can’t count on him producing consistently even if his targets stay in this area.
Santana Moss 8, Jabar Gaffney 7, Fred Davis 6, Anthony Armstrong 6, Chris Cooley 3, Tim Hightower 3, Logan Paulsen 1
Tim Hightower saw 47 percent of all the Redskins plays go through him on Sunday. He is officially the workhorse. And after Santana Moss, who will continue to be valuable, especially in PPR, we have a couple of battles for looks. Fred Davis and Chris Cooley, and Amthony Armstrong and Jabar Gaffney are fighting for your fantasy love and the only winner I see is Fred Davis. Rex Grossman likes him and he can stretch the field and go up and make plays. After than you are swimming in the cesspool of waiver wire fodder.