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Target Watch: Week 7

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New York Giants

Hakeem Nicks: 11-7-5-14-7-7 (51), Mario Manningham: 7-7-dnp-5-9-8 (36), Victor Cruz: 2-2-5-9-11-4 (33), Ahmad Bradshaw: 2-5-5-5-5-2 (24). Jake Ballard: 3-1-1-3-4-5 (17)

Victor Cruz came down to earth this week with only four targets after having 20 the two weeks before. He was on the field for 24 snaps to 53 for Manningham and 65 for Nicks. Manningham came excruciatingly close to scoring a couple touchdowns. And Jake Ballard also came within inches of a touchdown, but Ahmad Bradshaw hoarded them all for himself. This gave Eli Manning a big fat zero touchdowns. Oh the perils of fake football.

New York Jets

Dustin Keller: 8-6-9-8-2-5 (38), Santonio Holmes: 10-4-2-11-6-4 (37), Plaxico Burress: 9-2-6-8-8-4 (37), LaDainian Tomlinson: 7-2-6-3-1-4 (23), Derrick Mason: 6-2-10-3-1-dnp (22), Shonn Greene: 1-2-7-0-2-2 (14), Jeremy Kerley: 0-0-0-1-3-4 (8)

The Jets offense has stubbornly stuck to the ground and pound philosophy in the hopes of hiding their quarterback. In turn they have really hurt any value for the receiving game. Amazingly Santonio Holmes has found the end zone the last two weeks.

The focus on the ground game would make more sense if it was working but it really isn't. Shonn Greene is averaging 3.4 yards per carry while Ladainian Tomlinson is averaging 3.3.

Oakland Raiders

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 7-dnp-3-7-12-9 (38), Denarius Moore: 1-8-6-5-6-4 (30), Darren McFadden: 1-8-3-6-3-1 (22), Derek Hagan: dnp-8-3-5-3-0 (19), Jacoby Ford: 4-dnp-dnp-2-7-4 (17), Brandon Myers: 5-3-1-0-1-1 (11), Chaz Schilens: 0-1-4-1-3-0 (9)

With Jason Campbell breaking his collarbone and Kyle Boller coming in, there wasn't much hope for the passing game, but Darrius Heyward-Bey once again led the team in targets and receptions and is finally looking safe to own. And thankfully Kyle Boller is not going to be the Raiders quarterback for long! No, Carson Palmer is no savior, but he is better than Boller and should at least keep the status quo with some room for upward mobility.

Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Maclin: 3-15-7-11-8-7 (51), DeSean Jackson: 12-3-6-9-7-6 (43), Jason Avant: 7-4-5-8-10-4 (38), Brent Celek: 3-7-2-4-5-9 (30), LeSean McCoy: 3-4-3-9-7-4 (30)

Jeremy Maclin is the more complete wide receiver in Philadelphia and is showing it by averaging 8.5 targets and six receptions a game this season. Desean Jackson is a riskier proposition from week to week, especially in PPR leagues. But you knew that already.

Brent Celek saw his highest target total for the season with nine and found the end zone for the first time. This is a good sign for him, but we'll probably need to take a wait and see attitude for now.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Wallace: 11-9-7-4-7-6 (44), Antonio Brown: 9-6-8-10-4-2 (39), Hines Ward: 9-6-4-4-8-4 (35), Heath Miller: 5-3-6-3-4-6 (27), Emmanuel Sanders: 3-3-5-2-3-4 (20), Rashard Mendenhall: 1-2-4-2-dnp-0 (9)

This was Rashard Mendenhall's breakout for the season and the Steelers didn't need to do much passing. It's a good sign that when Ben Roethlisberger only completes 12 passes that Mike Wallace goes for 76 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 5.5 receptions and over 100 yards a game to go along with four touchdowns. That's good. After him there is not much consistency with Ward, Brown and Sanders all competing for targets.

San Diego Chargers

Vincent Jackson: 3-15-8-4-6-BYE (36), Mike Tolbert: 9-9-5-8-3-BYE (34), Malcom Floyd: 8-2-5-3-7-BYE (25), Ryan Mathews: 5-9-4-5-1-BYE (24), Randy McMichael: 3-1-5-6-6-BYE (21), Antonio Gates: 13-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (14), Patrick Crayton: dnp-dnp-7-1-2-BYE (10), Jacob Hester: 4-0-2-0- 2-BYE (8) 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 this week.

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. After the bye these guys should all be ready to go.

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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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