Chet Gresham

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Target Watch: Week 6

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Denver Broncos

Eric Decker - 5 (41), Brandon Lloyd - 4 (33), Daniel Fells - 4 (19), Willis McGahee - 1 (17), Matt Willis - 3 (13), Lance Ball - 0 (9), Knowshon Moreno - 3 (7)

The "Tebow Game" was a painful one for the wide receivers. They only saw 12 targets as a group and 3 receptions for 16 yards. Of course those numbers fall on the shoulders of Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and the Chargers secondary.

Tim Tebow has been named the starting quarterback and with that the offense gets a whole new look. Willis McGahee will start to lose out on some goal line opportunities and Eric Decker will most likely have trouble receiving on-target passes on his short to mid-range routes.

Brandon Lloyd did well with Tebow late last season and could even see a bump in production as Timmy Ballgame eludes defenders letting him get deep. Knowshon Moreno did get 3 targets and turned one of those into a touchdown. He was also on the field for 20 plays while McGahee was in there on 25. It will be interesting how that sorts out with Tebow at the helm.

Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson - 6 (47), Brandon Pettigrew - 5 (36), Jahvid Best - 4 (32), Titus Young - 4 (25), Nate Burleson - 4 (24), Tony Scheffler - 1 (7), Maurice Morris - 1 (5)

Big plays were the name of the Monday Night game so target numbers were down for the Lions which hurts Titus Young who needs shootouts to be relevant. Otherwise these numbers are steady and look about right for a 5-0 team with great and good skill position players.

Green Bay Packers

Greg Jennings - 5 (38), Jermichael Finley - 7 (31), Jordy Nelson - 7 (28), James Jones - 7 (19), James Starks - 3 (18), Donald Driver - 2 (16), Randall Cobb - 2 (10), John Kuhn - 1 (7), Ryan Grant - 1 (6), Tom Crabtree - 1 (2), D.J. Williams - 1 (1), Alex Green - 1 (1)

This target list is long. Very long. Out of the 12 players Aaron Rodgers targeted in week 5, only 12 of them had a reception. And when I say "only" I mean, good lord that's insane. And that was with rotating tackles! Rodgers is a beast.

James Jones was the clear winner this week with 7 targets, 5 receptions, 140 yards and a touchdown. That is good news for him, but with Jennings, Finley and Nelson consistently getting more targets than him it will be tough to know when or if this kind of game will happen again. But during the bye weeks I’d rather own the 4th receiver on the Packers than the 2nd receiver on most other teams.

The battle for running back supremacy went to James Starks this week. He was on the field for 30 plays in comparison to Ryan Grant’s 21 and had 15 looks to Grant's 8. They are going to continue to hurt each other in fantasy, but Starks is the guy to own.

Houston Texans

Owen Daniels - 11 (34), Jacoby Jones - 11 (21), Arian Foster - 7 (14), Joel Dreessen - 9 (14), James Casey - 2 (13), Kevin Walter - 6 (12), David Anderson - 2 (2).

With Andre Johnson out I was looking for the Owen Daniels and James Casey show to come to town, but instead of Casey, Joel Dreesen made his presence known. Oh and Jacoby Jones was there too. Well, sorda; he had 11 targets and caught a whopping one of them. Matt Schaub was not good in this game, but when you throw 51 times you are bound to put up some yards, even when you complete less than 50 percent of your passes.

Arian Foster was the work horse once again and had 29 looks and was on the field for 77 plays. His hamstring seems to be feeling just fine now.

Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne - 7 (47), Pierre Garcon - 8 (37), Austin Collie - 2 (29), Dallas Clark - 5 (28), Joseph Addai - 1 (13), Delone Carter - 3 (4), Brody Eldridge - 0 (3), Jacob Tamme - 0 (1), Anthony Gonzalez - 1 (1)

The big news continues to be the production of Pierre Garcon from what was the worst offensive team in the league. Cutis Painter is the reason for this change. This week against the Bengals (a better pass defense) we should get a clearer idea of how well that connection will continue to produce. Reggie Wayne is still getting his targets and with Garcon stepping up he could start to see less attention. His numbers will improve as long as Painter keeps it together.

Joseph Addai hurt his hamstring and both Delone Carter and Donald Brown replaced him. Carter was in on 24 snaps to Brown's 21. There's not a ton of upside here, but Carter did see 4 looks in the red zone compared to a big fat zero for Brown.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike Thomas - 7 (47), Jason Hill - 7 (26), Marcedes Lewis - 4 (16), Maurice Jones-Drew - 0 (11), Deji Karim - 4 (11), Zach Miller - dnp (7), Jarett Dillard - 1 (6), Cecil Shorts - 1 (5), Brock Bolen - 1 (3), Greg Jones - 1 (3), Chastin West - 1 (2)

Mike Thomas has been the target king in Jacksonville until this week. Jason Hill tied him and had a big game, but that big game was based on a 74-yard, gift-wrapped blown coverage touchdown. Both Thomas and Hill are going to have trouble putting up fantasy numbers in this offense.

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe - 11 (42), Dexter McCluster - 2 (22), Steve Breaston - 5 (20), Leonard Pope - 3 (16), Keary Colbert - 2 (10), Jackie Battle - 2 (5), Thomas Jones - 3 (4), Terrance Copper - 1 (2)

Dwayne Bowe abused the Colts secondary and deserved every one of his 11 targets and then some. He will continue to be the target hog. Breaston only had 5 targets, but turned those into 2 touchdowns. Dexter McCluster was only on the field for 12 snaps and is most likely going to start losing targets to Breaston.

The running back situation is fairly split, but Jackie Battle took over as the lead back as the game went on. Battle was on the field for 34 snaps and Thomas Jones for 29.

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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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