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Target Watch: Week 5

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Indianapolis Colts
Reggie Wayne - 8 (40), Pierre Garcon - 8 (29), Austin Collie - 7 (27), Dallas Clark - 4 (23), Joseph Addai - 2 (12), Brody Eldridge - 1 (3)

The good news is that Curtis Painter is better than Kerry Collins. How that translates from week to week has yet to be seen, but he did help Pierre Garcon break out with a big game and looked more poised in the pocket. The targets were pretty even for the receivers, but Dallas Clark was needed to block and is not getting the looks he used to. There is some fantasy life left in Indy, but it's yet to be seen how spread out it will be.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Mike Thomas - 11 (40), Jason Hill - 9 (19), Marcedes Lewis - 7 (12), Maurice Jones-Drew - 4 (11), Deji Karim - 1 (7), Zach Miller - 3 (7), Jarett Dillard - 3 (5), Cecil Shorts - 2 (4), Brock Bolen - 1 (2)

Mike Thomas continue to get targeted like he's on a poster at the post office. (The post office is this old timey thing where parcels of goods were sent and delivered). Of course in the Jaguars offense with Blaine Gabbert at the helm there is little upside to all those looks, but it's hard not to believe they will continue to grow together. Jason Hill and Marcedes Lewisalso saw a bump in targets and are worth monitoring as Gabbert gains more confidence.

Kansas City Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe - 9 (31), Dexter McCluster - 4 (20), Steve Breaston - 5 (15), Leonard Pope - 1 (13), Keary Colbert - 4 (8), Le'Ron McClain - 4 (6), Jackie Battle - 1 (3), Jake O’Connell - 1 (2)

There's not much to like here. With absolutely no wide receivers on the Chiefs worth targeting besides Dwayne Bowe it is going to get more and more difficult for him to continue posting the numbers he has so far. The targets should continue and make him at least useable, but the upside has fallen.

Miami Dolphins
Brandon Marshall - 8 (39), Davone Bess - 5 (26), Brian Hartline - 5 (23), Reggie Bush - 2 (14), Anthony Fasano - 4 (14), Steve Slaton - 1 (3), Charles Clay - 2 (3), Lex Hilliard - 1 (2), Jeron Mastrud - 1 (2)

Who knows who the quarterback will be long term, but Matt Moore is the guy for now and in that case it seems the only trustworthy receiver is going to be Brandon Marshall. He is going to dominate the looks no matter who is behind center.

Reggie Bush had an okay game, but isn't going to get goal line work or a big workload even with Daniel Thomas out. As long as Thomas is back after the bye there's no reason to think he won't get the bulk of the work.

Minnesota Vikings
Percy Harvin - 7 (24), Visanthe Shiancoe - 8 (18), Bernard Berrian - 6 (17), Michael Jenkins - 1 (17), Adrian Peterson - 1 (11), Kyle Rudolph - 4 (9), Devin Aromashodu - 2 (6), Toby Gerhart - 1 (4)

Percy Harvin’s usage is on the rise and that is very good news. He's now on a normal wide receiver No. 1 or No. 2 snap count and as long as he stays on the field and is getting 7 targets he is useful. Plus, he had 4 rushes for 67 yards which is a nice little addition to your fantasy stats. If they can find him 11 looks a game it will be hard stopping him from nearing 100 total yards a game.

New England Patriots
Wes Welker - 14 (57), Rob Gronkowski - 5 (27), Deion Branch - 4 (26), Chad Ochocinco - 2 (11), Danny Woodhead - 0 (8), Julian Edelman - 1 (6), Stevan Ridley - 2 (3), Matt Slater - 1 (3), BenJarvus Green-Ellis - 1 (3)

The Wes Welker Three Hours of Power continues to play every Sunday on your local stations. 57 targets for the season is nuts-o-rama. It turned into the Welker, Ridley and Green-Ellis show against the Raiders and all other receivers had to watch from the stands. Of course that is the way of The Hoodie. He saw something he wanted to exploit and that's the way he went. Next week Ochocinco and Branch could have 100 yards a piece (but probably won't).

Stevan Ridley outplayed Benjarvus Green-Ellis once again, but not insanely so. BJGE was on the field for 40 plays to Ridley's 20 and as Ridley's number moves up, which it should, he’ll become even more valuable.

New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham - 14 (36), Darren Sproles - 7 (35), Robert Meachem - 6 (26), Lance Moore - 6 (19), Devery Henderson - 1 (17), Pierre Thomas - 4 (14), Marques Colston - 3 (12), Mark Ingram - 2 (4)

Darren Sproles isn't going anywhere, but neither is Mark Ingram. Yes, Sproles is outperforming Ingram, but they are so different that they really aren’t taking away from each other's looks. Pierre Thomas on the other hand is taking away from both of them. Ingram's 17 carries is a nice sign, but getting vultured at the goal line by a fullback is as irritating as it gets. The looks are going to continue to be split fairly evenly between the three with Sproles the only consistent player and that's only in PPR leagues.

The receivers are a bit of a mess right now with the exception of Jimmy Graham. With Colston being eased back into the rotation it's difficult to foresee how the workload will sort out. Right now Meachem and Henderson are getting the most snaps, but Colston will take over for one of them. I believe Henderson will see less snaps as Colston sees more, but it's not a lock.

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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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