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Target Watch: Week 3

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

San Diego Chargers

Vincent Jackson 15 (18), Ryan Mathews 9 (14), Mike Tolbert 9 (18), Malcom Floyd 2 (10), Bryan Waters 2 (4), Randy McMichael 1 (4), Antonio Gates 1 (14)

This was the Vincent Jackson show since Coach Belichick gave the kiss of death to Antonio Gates. The hooded one loves to take the opponents best player out of the game and he did just that. That gave Jackson more room to roam and he went off, but still the Patriots won. He must know something. Anyway, the bigger story here is the rise in production for Ryan Mathews. Both Tolbert and Mathews saw work in the passing game with nine targets each and both put up good numbers, but Mathews once again showed he is the superior runner, rushing 12 times for 64 yards and a touchdown while Tolbert rushed nine times for 10 yards and no touchdown. Tolbert is averaging 2.1 yards a carry to Mathews’ 4.5 and even though Tolbert is still getting more red zone looks than Mathews, last week it was 11-0 and this week it was 3-2. The winds of change are a blowin’.

Seattle Seahawks

Ben Obomanu 6 (12), Mike Williams 3 (8), Anthony McCoy 3 (6), Justin Forsett 3 (8), Golden Tate 2 (7), Zach Miller 2 (6), Doug Baldwin 2 (8), Marshawn Lynch 2 (4), Leon Washington 1 (3)

There isn’t one Seahawk player that should be owned in a 12-team fantasy football league.

San Francisco 49ers

Ted Ginn 7 (7), Josh Morgan 5 (7), Delanie Walker 4 (5), Frank Gore 3 (7), Vernon Davis 2 (8), Braylon Edwards 2 (7), Kyle Williams 1 (1)

This offense is trying its best to hide Alex Smith and in turn they are hiding the whole offense. Since they are unable to stretch the field, Frank Gore is getting bottled up and there’s some major viscosity breakdown in that offense’s engine. Until they are able to push the safeties and linebackers back a little it’s going to be rough going for all their fantasy starters. All two of them.

St. Louis Rams

Mike Sims-Walker 11 (15), Greg Salas 8 (11), Brandon Gibson 8 (13), Danario Alexander 7 (7), Cadillac Williams 5 (15), Lance Kendricks 4 (9), Michael Hoomanawanui 2 (2), Billy Bajema 1 (4)

The absence of Danny Amendola left room for Greg Salas to step up. He didn’t. Instead Mike Sims-Walker did. Of course the big numbers came from Danario Alexander and it’s hard to argue with his talent. If his knees can hold up at all he should continue to get targets, but he was only out there for 16 plays while MSW was out there for 64 and Brandon Gibson 48. His knees can’t handle much more.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Preston Parker 7 (13), Kellen Winslow 8 (16), Earnest Graham 5 (14), Mike Williams 4 (14), Dezmon Briscoe 4 (6), Arrelious Benn 2 (9), Luke Stocker 1 (1)

Mike Williams’ negative four yards probably wasn’t what you were hoping for. He did have an amazing touchdown grab called back due to an illegal formation penalty, but for the most part Tampa Mike was double teamed and the receivers who had single coverage just weren't good enough to force that coverage away from him. 

Once again LeGarrette Blount didn’t see many carries because they were behind for much of the game, but he made due with the 14 he had and scored two touchdowns. He’s risky because he isn’t on the field in passing downs, but you saw what he can do when he does touch the ball.

Tennessee Titans

Kenny Britt 13 (23), Nate Washington 11 (18), Chris Johnson 5 (12), LaVelle Hawkins 4 (4), Jared Cook 3 (5), Marc Mariani 2 (3), Javon Ringer 2 (2), Quinn Johnson 1 (1), Craig Stevens 1 (4)

The more teams try to stop Chris Johnson the more Matt Hasselbeck is going to burn them with Britt and Washington. Seeing these kind of target numbers in the passing game is great news for Chris Johnson fantasy owners. As he gets back up to playing speed Hasselbeck is making the passing game work which will lessen the pressure up front and a full go CJ2K versus a defensive front that has to worry about an actual passing game is all she wrote. Oh, and they face the Broncos in week 3. That might be all she wrote. Whoever she is.

Washington Redskins

Santana Moss 9 (17), Jabar Gaffney 8 (15), Fred Davis 7 (13), Donte Stallworth 5 (5), Roy Helu 4 (4), Anthony Armstrong 4 (10), Chris Cooley 2 (5), Tim Hightower 2 (5), Darrel Young 2 (2)

There were a lot of targets out there in Native America and not that many found their target, but when Sexy Rexy throws the ball 43 times he’s bound to hit someone on his team once in a while. It looks like Santana Moss is going to get hit the most and have another quiet, but productive PPR season. Jabar Gaffney is trying to be the poor man’s Santana Moss, which makes him pretty darn poor in fantasy circles, but he’s getting his looks, for what it’s worth. Fred Davis is truly breaking out and looks like a No. 1 fantasy tight end in the making, well, maybe he’s done made.

The real story though is Roy Helu. His 10 carries for 74 yards and three receptions for 38 yards didn’t come in garbage time, but in the thick of the battle. Shanahan saw how well he was running and left him in there. That’s not the best news for Tim “Riggins” Hightower.  The fact that Helu saw four passing targets to Hightower’s two is even more interesting to me. That means that if he does wrestle the job from him he can most likely be the every down back. I believe it’s just a matter of time. Cue the Jams theme Timmy.

Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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