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Target Watch: Week 5

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks - 14 (37), Mario Manningham - 5 (19), Victor Cruz - 9 (18), Ahmad Bradshaw - 5 (17), Jake Ballard - 3 (8), Henry Hynoski - 2 (6), Brandon Jacobs - 1 (6), Danny Ware - 1 (2)

The big surprise from this game was the demotion of Mario Manningham to WR3. He could still have lingering effects from the concussion or just be in a slump, but whatever it is, Victor Cruz is taking advantage. I'm not ready to write off Manningham quite yet though. His skill set is better than Cruz's and he could and should get back on track.

Hakeem Nicks reasserted himself as a top 5 wide receiver and as long as he's getting double digit targets he will stay there.

New York Jets
Dustin Keller - 8 (31), Santonio Holmes - 11 (27), Plaxico Burress - 8 (25), Derrick Mason - 3 (21), LaDainian Tomlinson - 3 (18)

This game set NFL football back at least three decades. The only thing we can really glean from this debacle is that Keller, Holmes and Burress continue to get the bulk of the targets.

Oakland Raiders
Denarius Moore - 5 (20), Darren McFadden - 6 (18), Darrius Heyward-Bey - 7 (17), Derek Hagan - 5 (16), Kevin Boss - 5 (7), Michael Bush - 4 (7), Chaz Schilens - 1 (6), Jacoby Ford - 2 (6), Rock Cartwright - 1 (2)

The target breakdown here makes it difficult to rely on any Raiders receiver. The Patriots pass defense is the worst in the league right now and there was no true star to emerge. Yes, Heyward-Bey went over 100 yards, but he's not becoming the first read every time and hopefully he won't because the upside of Moore and Ford is much higher than Heyward-Bey's. The talent is there, but I'm only using these guys as bye week fillers until one steps up.

Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin - 11 (36), DeSean Jackson - 9 (30), Jason Avant - 8 (24), LeSean McCoy - 9 (19), Brent Celek - 4 (16), Steve Smith - 0 (7), Owen Schmitt - 1 (4), Clay Harbor - 3 (4)

Going against a tough run defense and poor pass defense the Eagles went to the air. The target breakdown went as expected with Maclin, Jackson and McCoy getting the bulk, which is nice because that's the way it should be!

Steve Smith didn't see any targets so don't worry about him just yet. Brent Celek is losing targets to Clay Harbor now. Delete fantasy and tight end from your brain when thinking of the Eagles (unless they are opposing tight ends).

Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown - 10 (33), Mike Wallace - 4 (31), Hines Ward - 4 (23), Heath Miller - 3 (17), Emmanuel Sanders - 2 (13), Rashard Mendenhall - 2 (9), Mewelde Moore - 0 (4), David Johnson - 2 (3), Isaac Redman - 1 (2)

Antonio Brown leads the Steelers in targets through four weeks. That doesn't sound quite right does it? He sure isn't taking advantage of them yet, but I believe he can. But for now he's only worthwhile in PPR leagues.

Both Mewelde Moore and Rashard Mendenhall look like they'll be out next week and Isaac Redman should get the bulk of the carries. He can't do much worse than Mendenhall.

San Diego Chargers
Mike Tolbert - 8 (31), Vincent Jackson - 4 (30), Ryan Mathews - 5 (23), Malcom Floyd - 3 (18), Randy McMichael - 6 (15). Patrick Crayton - 1 (8), Vincent Brown - 2 (3), Kory Sperry - 1 (2)

Mike Tolbert regained some ground with a goal line touchdown and 8 targets, but was still outplayed by Ryan Mathews. It looks like Tolbert isn't going away, but Mathews is playing too well to lose much ground.

Vincent Jackson was in and out of the game with an injury, but no receiver stepped up to fill his void. Vincent Brown did start to see more work and got a couple targets. If I had to wager on what receiver emerges from the dump heap it would be him.

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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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