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Target Watch: Week 5

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green - 10 (33), Jermaine Gresham - 7 (28), Jerome Simpson - 3 (25), Andre Caldwell - 5 (22), Brian Leonard - 2 (7), Cedric Benson - 1 (6), Andrew Hawkins - 3 (3), Bernard Scott - 2 (2)

It's once again good to see A.J. Green get his proper allotment of targets. He is easily the best receiver in Cincinnati and proves it when they throw him the ball. So far he's been targeted 4, 14, 5, and 10 times. Surprisingly he's had good games when he sees double digit targets.

Jermaine Gresham caught his second touchdown and has seen his targets each week average 7 a game. That's good news especially since he is also seeing a red zone target each week.


Cleveland Browns
Ben Watson - 9 (30), Mohamed Massaquoi - 9 (28), Greg Little - 8 (21), Josh Cribbs - 8 (20), Peyton Hillis - 6 (18), Montario Hardesty - 9 (13), Evan Moore - 2 (12), Alex Smith - 2 (11), Brian Robiskie - 3 (7), Owen Marecic - 1 (3), Jordan Norwood - 1 (2)

Colt McCoy tossed the rock 61 times on Sunday. That's quite a few rock tosses. Even at 350 yards passing that's just 5.7 yards per attempt. Quantity doesn't always equal quantity. These target numbers are skewed beyond belief. Almost every receiver had a season high in targets. And of course not one player had over 57 yards.

Montario Hardesty and Peyton Hillis both had 16 looks a piece. After his sickness and weight loss that is understandable for Hillis but Hardesty has looked good enough to continue eating into Hillis' work.


Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten - 10 (42), Miles Austin - dnp (24), Dez Bryant - 5 (17), Felix Jones - 7 (16), Kevin Ogletree - 2 (15), Laurent Robinson - 10 (15), Tashard Choice - 5 (9), John Phillips - 3 (7), Martellus Bennett - 3 (6), DeMarco Murray - 1 (3)

With Miles Austin out, Jason Witten and Laurent Robinson picked up the target slack while Dez Bryant got the end zone work. They are on their bye this week, which should give Austin time to get healthy and he will most likely regain his target hoggage, but Robinson looks like he earned the WR3 spot.

Felix Jones was on the field for 46 plays to Tashard Choice's 26. After the bye that number will probably grow even farther apart with Jones getting his shoulder healthy.


Denver Broncos
Eric Decker - 10 (36), Brandon Lloyd - 11 (29), Willis McGahee - 2 (16), Daniel Fells - 3 (15), Matt Willis - 1 (10), Lance Ball - 2 (9), Knowshon Moreno - 1 (4)

Denver has been playing nice with us fake footballers by focusing their targets and touches on three players. As long as Lloyd, Decker and McGahee keep getting the bulk they should be startable in fantasy.


Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson - 13 (41), Brandon Pettigrew - 9 (31), Jahvid Best - 8 (28), Titus Young - 5 (21), Nate Burleson - 4 (20), Tony Scheffler - 1 (6)

Now four games in it looks like the trend of Titus Young usurping Nate Burleson in targets should continue. It also looks like Brandon Pettigrew is going to see consistent enough targets as well. Both Pettigrew and Young are on the rise and Scheffler and Burleson are on the decline. I know which horses I want to hitch my wagon to.


Green Bay Packers
Greg Jennings - 7 (33), Jermichael Finley - 6 (24), Jordy Nelson - 6 (21), James Starks - 6 (15), Donald Driver - 4 (14), James Jones - 3 (12), Randall Cobb - 3 (8), John Kuhn - 1 (6)

The target numbers at four weeks in Green Bay are giving us a pretty good picture of who needs to be owned right now in fantasy. Driver, Jones and Cobb are going to have their days, but they just aren’t going to see the ball consistently.


Houston Texans
Andre Johnson - 5 (37), Owen Daniels - 7 (23), James Casey - 1 (11), Jacoby Jones - 1 (10), Arian Foster - 5 (7), Kevin Walter - 1 (6), Joel Dreessen - 1 (5)

With Andre Johnson out it was the Arian Foster show and there's no doubt that will be the plan going forward for the Texans while AJ rests his hammy. Jacoby Jones will "replace" Johnson, but he's had trouble doing much with his shots in the past and the same is true for Kevin Walter. Since they will be in run mode for the most part we will probably see more James Casey on the field and I envision them getting him and Owen Daniels more looks going forward.


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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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