Chet Gresham

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Target Watch: Week 6

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Wallace - 7 (38), Antonio Brown - 4 (37), Hines Ward - 8 (31), Heath Miller - 4 (21), Emmanuel Sanders - 3 (16), David Johnson - 2 (5), Isaac Redman - 3 (5), Jerricho Cotchery - 1 (2), Weslye Saunders - 1 (2), Jonathan Dwyer - 1 (1)

Mike Wallace retook the targets lead from Antonio Brown and Hines Ward moved back up the charts. Brown still has more upside than Ward, but this week’s performance makes it hard to trust either player, especially with Brown only seeing the field for 18 snaps.


San Diego Chargers

Vincent Jackson - 6 (36), Mike Tolbert - 3 (34), Malcom Floyd - 7 (25), Ryan Mathews - 1 (24), Randy McMichael - 6 (21), Patrick Crayton - 2 (10), Jacob Hester - 2 (8), Kory Sperry - 1 (3), Vincent Brown - 0 (3)

With Champ Bailey doing his best Champ Bailey impersonation on Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd was able to see more work than usual. For the most part Jackson will be the man, but not until after he faces the Jets and Revis.

The running back situation was a little screwy with the concussion to Mike Tolbert and the multiple injuries to Ryan Mathews. Jacob Hester came in and looked capable, but the pecking order is pretty clear now if these guys can stay healthy. And yes, that's a big if. Like that sculpture with the LO on top of the VE, but with I and F instead.


Seattle Seahawks

Ben Obomanu - 10 (28), Doug Baldwin - 9 (27), Sidney Rice - 5 (21), Marshawn Lynch - 6 (17), Justin Forsett - 1 (16), Zach Miller - 0 (15), Golden Tate - 3 (13), Anthony McCoy - 6 (12), Leon Washington - 1 (6)

Marshawn Lynch had 18 looks and the most receiving targets he's had all season. He used to be a receiving threat back in the good old days so this is a good sign. The breakdown of wide receiver targets continues to be erratic from week to week and it will be a bit risky to rely on any of them.


San Francisco 49ers

Vernon Davis - 3 (26), Michael Crabtree - 5 (22), Josh Morgan - 6 (20), Frank Gore - 2 (13), Delanie Walker - 3 (13), Kyle Williams - 1 (3)

Three targets for Vernon Davis is criminal. It makes me crazy! Oh, he had 2 touchdowns? Well, that's pretty good, but 3? He was on the field more than any other offensive skill player and they could only muster 3 targets for him. It was a blowout and the starters sat part of the game, but I do wish Davis was averaging more than 5 targets a game.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Williams - 9 (40), Kellen Winslow - 9 (35), Earnest Graham - 0 (28), Preston Parker - 3 (24), Arrelious Benn - 4 (18), Dezmon Briscoe - 2 (8), LeGarrette Blount - 3 (8), Kregg Lumpkin - 1 (6), Micheal Spurlock - 2 (2)

Tampa Bay has to be one of the more disappointing teams this season. Yes, there are plenty of teams out there underperforming, but Tampa seemed to be on the verge of taking another step forward, but so far they are stepping back. Mike Williams and Josh Freeman aren't even coming close to the numbers they were putting up last season, but thankfully the opportunities are still there for Williams at least. As long as he is averaging 8 targets a game you have to keep him around. But after that the Bucs passing game is way too sketchy to take a risk on.


Tennessee Titans

Nate Washington - 8 (39), Chris Johnson - 3 (24), Jared Cook - 9 (22), Lavelle Hawkins - 8 (21), Damian Williams - 11 (20), Javon Ringer - 6 (10), Marc Mariani - 2 (6), Daniel Graham - 1 (2)

The Steelers pass defense has been very strong this season so it's hard to look hard at the production from last week, but seeing Jared Cook get 9 targets is a great sign. He has the ability to be a top tight end in this league and as long as the targets are there he will produce.

Damian Williams took a step forward with 11 targets and his second touchdown in as many weeks. Yes, Matt Hasselbeck had more attempts than he usually will, but Williams is the clear No. 2 receiver 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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