Chet Gresham

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Target Watch: Week 3

Wednesday, September 21, 2011




Houston Texans

Andre Johnson 9 (20), Owen Daniels 5 (7), Jacoby Jones 4 (7), Arian Foster 2 (2), Joel Dreessen 2 (3), Bryant Johnson 1 (1)

The Texans had a pretty balanced attack in this one and targets weren’t plentiful. With Kevin Walter out, Jacoby Jones still only saw four targets, which doesn’t say much for Schaub’s faith in him. Owen Daniels was back in the fold with five targets including two in the red zone. I was hoping for more from him, but this is a step in the right direction. He’ll continue to be targeted second or third most and get looks near the end zone. That's a recipe for tasty success.



Indianapolis Colts

Austin Collie 10 (13), Reggie Wayne 8 (18), Dallas Clark 8 (13), Pierre Garcon 5 (11), Joseph Addai 4 (8), Brody Eldridge 1 (1)

This game helped solidify the fears of every Colts fan/Colts fantasy owner, like a cannon ball shot into the gut all slow motion like. Even with 18 targets between them, Collie and Wayne could only cobble together 90 total yards and zilcho touchdowns. They were playing the Browns. This offense is dead inside. And dead to me.



Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike Thomas 10 (21), Jarett Dillard 2 (2), Maurice Jones-Drew 4 (3), Deji Karim 1 (4), Greg Jones 1 (2), Cecil Shorts 1 (1), Kassim Osgood 1 (1)

This is pretty cut and dry. Mike Thomas is the only receiver who will see enough targets in this lackluster offense to have any fantasy value. Darelle Revis and company bottled him up even with 10 targets, but he will have easier matchups and he will continue to get his looks. He will.

It looks like Maurice Jones-Drew is still the king of Jag backs. Last week Deji Karim saw quite a few plays, including passing plays, but the breakdown looks like it’s back to normal. Karim is still the handcuff and will come in to spell him, but his presence shouldn’t hurt MJD’s value.



Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe 8 (16), Dexter McCluster 5 (10), Jerheme Urban 3 (5), Leonard Pope 3 (9), Steve Breaston 2 (4), LeRon McClain 2 (2)

The loss of Jamaal Charles slows the offense down to a slug’s pace, but they still play the games I suppose. Bowe managed to put together 100 yards receiving and gave some (possibly false) hope to his fantasy owners. He’ll continue to get his targets, but his zero red zone targets in Week 2 will most likely be a common site since getting to the red zone will be a Herculean feat for this team.

There are three possible replacements for Charles in this offense and the snap numbers go a little something like this: McCluster 33, Jones 27 and McClain 26. That’s pretty even, but McCluster edged Jones out in passing routes and rushes combined. He is a much more dynamic a player and can make things happen that Jones and McClain just can’t.



Miami Dolphins


Brandon Marshall 11 (24), Brian Hartline 7 (14), Davone Bess 5 (12), Anthony Fasano 2 (8), Jeron Mastrud 1 (1), Daniel Thomas 1 (1), Reggie Bush 1 (11)

This game saw the continued target hoggery of Brandon Marshall and a changing of the guard at running back. After a long, storied stint as RB1 in the Dolphins offense, Reggie Bush took a back seat to rookie Daniel Thomas. Coach Sparano said he was aiming for a 70-30 split between Bush and Thomas, so it was quite the surprise to see Thomas as the 70 to Bush’s 30. I’m no math geek (I just look like one) but Thomas’s 19 touches to Bush’s 9 is 68 percent to 32 percent. I’m not sure we can trust the man behind the sunglasses! Is this how it will break down from here on out? Well, it’s hard not to like what we saw from Thomas and Bush isn’t built to be a between the tackles runner all season long. This should be the baseline.



Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin 8 (12), Visanthe Shiancoe 7 (8), Bernard Berrian 4 (6), Michael Jenkins 3 (6), Adrian Peterson 2 (5), Kyle Rudolph 1 (1)

The Vikings passing attack is more like a very slight intermittent incursion. And oddly enough their best receiver is barely on the field. Percy Harvin led the team in targets, but was on the field for only 30 of 68 snaps. That’s less than half the time. Most No. 1 receivers are in there 80 percent or more. It’s baffling.

Shiancoe saw a good deal of targets, but didn’t do much with them and we should continue to see Rudolph progress enough to guide McNabb’s sleigh through the big snowstorm of the NFL.


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