Chet Gresham

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Target Watch: Week 6

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin - 2 (26), Visanthe Shiancoe - 6 (24), Michael Jenkins - 6 (23), Bernard Berrian - dnp (17), Adrian Peterson - 0 (11), Devin Aromashodu - 5 (11), Kyle Rudolph - 0 (9), Toby Gerhart - 0 (4), Jim Kleinsasser - 0 (3), Lorenzo Booker - 2 (3)

I've been trying to find the silver lining in Percy Harvin's snap count and targets these last few weeks, but I'm giving up. He was a little dinged up this game, but still ran 19 pass routes which was in line with Jenkins and Shiancoe. This offense is Adrian Peterson's and then whoever gets lucky enough to get some crumbs.


New England Patriots

Wes Welker - 8 (65), Deion Branch - 8 (34), Rob Gronkowski - 4 (31), Aaron Hernandez - 9 (27), Chad Ochocinco - 3 (14), BenJarvus Green-Ellis - 1 (4), Stevan Ridley - 0 (3)

The target breakdown through five weeks is consistent with the Patriots receivers who need to be owned in fantasy. In this offense Welker, Branch, Gronkowski and Hernandez are going to continue to get their targets, but of course Welker is the only stone cold lock from week to week.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis dominated this game and in turn Stevan Ridley's looks took a nose dive. Law Firm was on the field for 61 snaps to Ridley's 13, believe it or not, I prefer to not.


New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham - 12 (48), Darren Sproles - 7 (42), Robert Meachem - 5 (31), Lance Moore - 6 (25), Devery Henderson - 1 (18), Marques Colston - 6 (18), Pierre Thomas - 3 (17), Mark Ingram - 2 (6), Jed Collins - 1 (2)

Jimbo Graham continues to dominate targets and production in the Saints receiving game. That fact is actually a bit of a relief compared to the past when we had absolutely no clue who would lead in targets from week to week.

After Graham it's going to be harder to decipher, but Marques Colston is now fully back in the fold and most likely will see the bulk of targets/time on the field for the wide receivers. He was on the field for 54 snaps, Meachem 53, Moore 37 and Henderson 25. That will continue as long as Colston stays healthy.


New York Giants

Hakeem Nicks - 7 (44), Victor Cruz - 11 (29), Mario Manningham - 9 (28), Ahmad Bradshaw - 5 (22), Jake Ballard - 4 (12), Henry Hynoski - 0 (6), D.J. Ware - 1 (3), Travis Beckum - 1 (2), Bear Pascoe - 1 (2)

In Victor Cruz's first five games he has been targeted 2, 2, 5, 9, and 11 times. That is a nice trend upward. He was also targeted 3 times in the red zone last week compared to a total of zero coming into the game. He made some real life errors that didn't hurt him too badly in fantasy, but do limit some of what he will be asked to do. But if he can continue to stay close to these kinds of targets he will continue to be fantasy relevant.

The use of Mario Manningham didn't turn into great fantasy production, but he was the No. 2 receiver as far as time on the field and in targets. That's good news going forward.


New York Jets

Santonio Holmes - 6 (33), Dustin Keller - 2 (33), Plaxico Burress - 8 (33), Derrick Mason - 1 (22), LaDainian Tomlinson - 1 (19), Shonn Greene - 2 (12), Matthew Mulligan - 1 (5), Jeremy Kerley - 3 (4), John Conner - 1 (3)

Looking over these numbers you'd think Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes were equal in ability. They have the same number or targets so they must be valued equally in the offense. I just don't see it. Burress has 6 red zone targets to Holmes' 1 which is giving Plaxico more TD chances, but Holmes' skill should (should) start to pull him ahead of Burress as the season goes forward.


Oakland Raiders

Darrius Heyward-Bey - 12 (29), Denarius Moore - 6 (26), Darren McFadden - 3 (21), Derek Hagan - 3 (19), Jacoby Ford - 7 (13), Brandon Myers - 1 (10), Chaz Schilens - 3 (9)

As you can see with these total targets there just aren't enough from week to week to support a fantasy footballer through the hard times. Heyward-Bey has been "consistent" the last two weeks with 7 and 12 targets. The trick is keeping up the target numbers and the production. I have a hard time believing he can do it with the talent level around him that will also need targets and Darren McFadden is going to continue to get the ball and often.


Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Maclin - 8 (44), DeSean Jackson - 7 (37), Jason Avant - 10 (34), LeSean McCoy - 7 (26), Brent Celek - 5 (21), Steve Smith - 0 (7), Clay Harbor - 1 (5)

Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson will continue to be the main guys week in and week out, but Jason Avant had 10 targets to lead the team. He led the team in targets twice all of last season. Consider this a mirage.


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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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