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Target Watch: Week 7

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Seattle Seahawks

Ben Obomanu: 6-6-2-4-10-BYE (28), Doug Baldwin: 6-2-4-6-9-BYE (27), Sidney Rice: dnp-dnp-10-6-5-BYE (21), Marshawn Lynch: 2-2-3-4-6-BYE (17), Justin Forsett: 5-3-3-4-1-BYE (16), Zach Miller: 4-2-3-6-0-BYE (15), Mike Williams: 5-3-1-5-dnp-BYE (14), Golden Tate: 5-2-3-0-3-BYE (13), Anthony McCoy: 3-3-0-0-6-BYE (12)

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, but Doug Baldwin is slowly moving up the target totem pole and as long as Sidney Rice continues to get attention Baldwin is worth keeping a close eye on in PPR leagues.


San Francisco 49ers

Michael Crabtree: 2-dnp-6-9-5-15 (37), Vernon Davis: 6-2-9-6-3-2 (28), Josh Morgan: 2-5-4-3-6-dnp (20), Frank Gore: 4-3-2-2-2-5 (18), Delanie Walker: 1-4-2-3-3-3 (16), Ted Ginn: 0-7-0-1-0-5 (13)

I mentioned that Crabtree was crab walking his way up the target tree and then he gets a whole slew of targets against the Lions. Of course the running game is what moves that offense, but 15 targets is going to get my aunt Betty on PPR radars.

Vernon Davis only had two targets while he was helping fight off the Lions pass rush. He is susceptible to these types of games this season and looking at the effectiveness of the opponent's pass rush may be worthwhile in analyzing his weekly matchup.


St. Louis Rams

Danario Alexander: dnp-7-8-8-BYE-10 (33), Brandon Gibson: 5-8-7-1-BYE-10 (31), Mike Sims-Walker: 4-11-6-6-BYE-dnp (27), Lance Kendricks: 5-4-3 -9-BYE-6 (27), Greg Salas: 3-8-dnp-dnp-BYE-10 (21), Cadillac Williams: 10-5-2-dnp-BYE-3 (20), Steven Jackson: 0-dnp-1-8-BYE-5 (14)

The Rams just traded for Brandon Lloyd and he will most likely move right into the starting lineup and take many of Danario Alexander's targets away from him but Greg Salas should continue to see a decent number of targets in the slot. If and when Mark Clayton returns Salas' status might get cloudy, but really any receiver not name Lloyd will need to fight and gouge out eyes to get targets.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Williams: 10-4-9-8-9-13 (53), Kellen Winslow: 8-8-4-6-9-10 (45), Earnest Graham: 9-5-8-6-0-2 (30), Preston Parker: 6-7-1-7-3-5 (29), Arrelious Benn: 7-2-4-1-4-6 (24), Dezmon Briscoe: 2-4-0-0-2-2 (10), Luke Stocker: 1-1-2-4-dnp-dnp (8), LeGarrette Blount: 0-0-3-2-3-dnp (8)

Mike Williams is having trouble getting into the end zone, but not getting targets. Unfortunately he caught only six of 13 which, if my math is correct, is less than 50 percent and he only had 59 yards. Arrelious Benn on the other hand was only targeted six times and caught three for 83 yards and a touchdown. Williams is getting extra attention and also not making much happen after the catch. You can't give up on him when he is still getting so much attention. As long as he has the faith of the offensive coordinator and quarterback he has to be on fantasy teams.


Tennessee Titans

Nate Washington: 7-11-9-4-8-BYE (39), Kenny Britt: 10-13-3-dnp-dnp-BYE (26), Chris Johnson: 7-5-7-2-3-BYE (24), Jared Cook: 2-3-2-6-9-BYE (22), Lavelle Hawkins: 0-4-5-4-8-BYE (21)m Damian Williams: 2-dnp-3-4-11-BYE (20), Javon Ringer: dnp-2-2-0-6-BYE (10)

The Steelers pass defense has been very strong this season so it's hard to put too much stock in the production from their last game, 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.

And don't forget about Nate Washington either. He hasn't had a great matchup since Kenny Britt left. When he gets some room to roam he should be able to produce.


Washington Redskins

Santana Moss: 8-9-8-10-BYE-6 (41), Jabar Gaffney: 7-8-6-4-BYE-10 (35), Fred Davis: 6-7-3-6-BYE-11 (33), Tim Hightower: 3-2-6-3-BYE-dnp (14), Chris Cooley: 3-2-5-2-BYE-1 (13), Roy Helu: 0-4-2-0-BYE-4 (10), Anthony Armstrong: 6-4-0-dnp-BYE-dnp (10), Donte' Stallworth: dnp-5-dnp-1-BYE-3 (9)

In yet another confusing quarterback situation we saw John Beck come in for the struggling/inept Rex Grossman. In relief Beck targeted Gaffney, Moss and Davis about the same as Grossman had. Those three are the receivers that have the value of course, but Fred Davis might have the most value since he is a tight end and and has more receiving yards than either Moss or Gaffney.

The running back situation is, as usual, frustrating. Tim Hightower did not play due to a shoulder injury, but it’s hard to say how much he would have played even if he was a full go. Ryan Torain only averaged 2.2 yards per carry on 10 rushes, but Grossman put them in a hole time after time. Roy Helu is the back with the most upside, but reading the Shanahan tea leaves is often fruitless.



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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