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Target Watch: Week 7

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne: 11-8-13-8-7-6 (53), Pierre Garcon: 6-5-10-8-8-11 (48), Austin Collie: 3-10-7-7-2-6 (35), Dallas Clark: 5-8-6-4-5-7 (35), Joseph Addai: 4-4-2-2-1-dnp (13), Delone Carter: 0-0-1-0-3-1 (5)

Reggie Wayne still leads in total targets, but since Curtis Painter took over, Pierre Garcon has taken over as the most targeted receiver. Dallas Clark saw a little bump in targets with seven and caught six of them for 53 yards and a touchdown. This was his best game of the season and it's a nice sign that he didn't drop half of the targets.

Delone Carter played 27 snaps to Donald Brown's 33 and had 14 looks to Brown's 7. But to complicate the matter more Brown outplayed the rookie and scored a touchdown. Hope for Joseph Addai to come back healthy soon so you don't have to worry about these two.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike Thomas: 11-10-8-11-7-6 (53), Jason Hill: 5-dnp-5-9-7-3 (29), Marcedes Lewis: 3-dnp-2-7-4-8 (24), Maurice Jones-Drew: 0-4-3-4-0-3 (14), Deji Karim: 3-1-2-1-4-1 (12), Jarett Dillard: dnp-2-0-3-1-3 (9)

The Jaguars offense is looking like they are led by a rookie quarterback not named Cam Newton or Andy Dalton. Marcedes Lewis had a nice eight targets, his highest on the season! Yeehaw! Oh, but he only caught two for 29 yards, wha wha whomp. The Steelers pass defense is stout, but Gabbert and company didn’t even put up a fight.

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe: 8-8-6-9-11-BYE (42), Dexter McCluster: 5-5-6-4-2-BYE (22), Steve Breaston: 2-2-6-5-5-BYE (20), Leonard Pope: 6-3-3-1-3-BYE (16), Keary Colbert: 3-dnp-1-4-2-BYE (10), Jackie Battle: 1-0-1-1-2-BYE (5)

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 five targets, but turned those into two 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.

Miami Dolphins

Brandon Marshall: 13-11-7-8-BYE-13 (52), Davone Bess: 7-5-9-5-BYE-3 (29), Brian Hartline: 7-7-4-5-BYE-6 (29), Anthony Fasano: 6-2-2-4-BYE-2 (16), Reggie Bush: 10-1-1-2-BYE-2 (16)

Matt Moore was not good, but he targeted Brandon Marshall 13 times which is very good news for his fantasy value going forward, especially since the Dolphins passing game is going to struggle for the most part.

Daniel Thomas was on the field for 40 snaps to Reggie Bush's 19 but Bush had 78 total yards to Thomas' 59. Thomas will remain the early down back with Bush as a change of pace guy.

Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin: 4-8-5-7-2-9 (35), Visanthe Shiancoe: 1-7-2-8-6-7 (31), Michael Jenkins: 3-3-10-1-6-6 (29), Bernard Berrian: 2-4-5-6-dnp-7 (24), Devin Aromashodu: 0-2-2-2-5-2 (13), Kyle Rudolph: 1-1-3-4-0-3 (12), Adrian Peterson: 3-2-5-1-0-1 (12), Toby Gerhart: 0-1-2-1-0-2 (6)

Percy Harvin saw less snaps than the other receivers since he sat out some plays after the game got out of hand but still led the team with nine targets and seven receptions. Ponder is the new Vikings' quarterback and he targeted Harvin twice right out of the gate and Harvin caught both for 15 and 20 yards. The sample size is still too small to really know what will happen but the signs aren't horrible for Harvin right now.

New England Patriots

Wes Welker: 12-11-20-14-8-10 (75), Aaron Hernandez: 10-8-dnp-dnp-9-14 (41), Deion Branch: 9-10-3-4-8-5 (39), Rob Gronkowski: 7-6-9-5-4-7 (38), Chad Ochocinco: 3-2-4-2-3-1 (15), Danny Woodhead: 1-2-5-0-dnp-3 (11), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1-1-0-1-1-1 (5)

Thankfully this offense can supply enough work for Welker, Hernandez, Gronkowski and Branch who collectively totaled 36 targets and 24 receptions. Aaron Hernandez has returned from his injury at full force with 23 targets in his last two games.

It looked like Stevan Ridley would get a lot of work against Dallas with three carries on the first drive but it was all BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead after that. Ridley was only on the field for eight snaps whereas Green-Ellis and Woodhead were there for 30 and 32.

New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham: 7-7-8-14-12-11 (59), Darren Sproles: 9-10-9-7-7-11 (53), Robert Meachem: 8-4-8-6-5-2 (33), Marques Colston: 9-dnp-dnp-3-6-11 (29), Lance Moore: dnp-4-9-6-6-3 (28), Devery Henderson: 9-3-4-1-1-2 (20), Pierre Thomas: 5-4-1-4-3-1 (18), Mark Ingram: 0-0-2-2-2-1 (7)

Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles are both on pace for 104 receptions. That won't happen especially with Marques Colston back in the fold, but there are a lot of receptions going around in New Orleans. Graham, Sproles and Colston all had 11 targets against Tampa Bay and it looks like they are going to continue to be the most targeted receivers from week to week. Those other guys will need some injuries to go down.

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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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