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Target Watch: Week 5

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Seattle Seahawks
Ben Obomanu - 4 (18), Doug Baldwin - 6 (18), Sidney Rice - 6 (16), Zach Miller - 6 (15), Justin Forsett - 4 (15), Mike Williams - 5 (14), Marshawn Lynch - 4 (11), Leon Washington - 1 (5)

Sidney Rice has fit right into the offense and even though I'd like to see more than 6 targets he is making good use out of the few he's getting. Doug Baldwin had a decent game with 6 targets as well, but has been very inconsistent. It will be tough even for Rice to stay consistent in this offense, but his skill level should help.


San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis - 6 (23), Michael Crabtree - 9 (17), Josh Morgan - 3 (14), Frank Gore - 2 (11), Delanie Walker - 3 (10), Ted Ginn - 1 (8), Kendall Hunter - 5 (7), Kyle Williams - 1 (2)

He didn't have a huge game, but Michael Crabtree had 9 targets and 5 receptions. I'm guessing his foot is back on track. He's worth keeping an eye on.

The Frank Gore/Kendall Hunter drama before the Eagles game probably made many bench Gore and then he goes and has his best day of the season. That's fantasy football unfortunately. Gore finished with 40 snaps to the "starter" Kendall Hunter's 24. He played through his injury and looked good doing so. This was a nice step for him.


St. Louis Rams
Mike Sims-Walker - 6 (27), Danario Alexander - 8 (23), Lance Kendricks - 9 (21), Brandon Gibson - 1 (21), Cadillac Williams - dnp (17), Greg Salas - dnp (11), Steven Jackson - 8 (9), Austin Pettis - 7 (9), Michael Hoomanawanui - 1 (6), Billy Bajema - 2 (6)

There were a lot of pass attempts in this game and not many receptions. The Rams are perfecting that so far this season. The only good that I see coming out of this is Danario Alexander's usage remains high and his knee is still attached to his leg. He has a ton of talent and if he can stay on the field the production will come around.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Williams - 8 (31), Earnest Graham - 6 (28), Kellen Winslow - 6 (26), Preston Parker - 7 (21), Arrelious Benn - 1 (14), Luke Stocker - 4 (8), LeGarrette Blount - 2 (5), Kregg Lumpkin - 3 (5)

Preston Parker emerged from his one target day last week to get back to his normal 7 targets and this time he got into the end zone. He's still only on the field in 3-4 receiver sets, but is making things happen when he gets a chance. After Mike Williams it's hard to trust any of the receivers, but maybe Parker can turn into that guy.

Earnest Graham continues to rack up the PPR points and has 9, 5, 8, 6 targets through the first four weeks and looks like a good bye week filler even though LeGarrette Blount is getting the majority of the playing time now. Thankfully.


Tennessee Titans
Nate Washington - 4 (31), Chris Johnson - 2 (21), Lavelle Hawkins - 4 (13), Jared Cook - 6 (13), Damian Williams - 4 (9), Craig Stevens - 1 (6)

There were a total of 10 receptions in this game and three of them were touchdowns. That's 30 percent for you mathmagicians out there. That at least makes the 6 targets for Jared Cook seem healthy. Don't worry about Nate Washington's 4 targets. He had 7, 11, 9 targets through the first three weeks and then 4 due to Joe Haden and 20 total pass attempts. He's the No. 1 guy and it will usually show in the targets.


Washington Redskins
Santana Moss - 10 (35), Jabar Gaffney - 4 (25), Fred Davis - 6 (22), Tim Hightower - 3 (14), Chris Cooley - 2 (12), Roy Helu - 0 (6), Donte' Stallworth - 1 (6)

Rex Grossman put up some putrid numbers against one of the worst pass defenses in the league, which is not helping his receivers. Right now Moss is the only safe-ish play.

The big news is Ryan Torain, who took over the lead back role. He fits Shanahan's cut and go zone blocking scheme and will most likely be the guy until he gets hurt or something else happens. Tim Hightower and Roy Helu will likely share the passing downs and change of pace runs. Torain is the guy to own, for now.



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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