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Target Watch: Week 8

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The numbers by each name are targets for weeks' 1-7 followed by the total year to date targets in parenthesis. All snap count data comes from our friends over at Pro Football Focus 

Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald: 7-9-8-11-8-BYE-10 (53), Early Doucet: 3-6-6-6-16-BYE-5 (42), Andre Roberts: 4-7-6-0-6-BYE-5 (28), Rob Housler: 0-0-0-1-8-BYE-6 (15), Jeff King: 3-2-0-1-6-BYE-1 (13), Alfonso Smith: dnp-0-5-0-0-BYE-0 (5), LaRod Stephens-Howling: 1-dnp-dnp-1-0-BYE-3 (5)

So far Kevin Kolb has not been the answer, but he is the question, such as, is this guy any good? How can he not get the ball to one of the best receivers in the league and so on and so forth.

Early Doucet and Andre Roberts split targets, but Doucet caught all five of his targets and scored a touchdown whereas Mr. Roberts caught one of his for a whopping 8 yards.

With Beanie "Bone Bruise" Wells out with, well, you know his name, Alfonso Smith and LaRod Stephens-Howling will split time. Smith will be the early down/goal line back while Stephens-Howling will be in on all passing downs.

Atlanta Falcons

Roddy White: 13-4-17-11-9-5-10 (69), Tony Gonzalez: 7-9-8-9-8-3-8 (52), Julio Jones: 6-7-7-17-4-dnp-dnp (41), Harry Douglas: 4-2-7-0-5-4-7 (29), Jason Snelling: 7-3-2-dnp-2-1-1 (16), Jacquizz Rodgers: 5-0-3-1-1-1-4 (15), Michael Turner: 4-1-0-2-0-3-1 (11)

Roddy White is still the guy, but he's not as explosive as he's been in the past and the Falcons miss Julio Jones quite a bit. Harry Douglas has some ability and had a decent game last week, but Jones is a special player and fits well in this offense.

Baltimore Ravens

Anquan Boldin: 7-7-14-2-BYE-9-12 (51), Ray Rice: 5-8-7-5-BYE-7-8 (40), Ed Dickson: 5-6-9-12-BYE-3-5 (40), Torrey Smith: 1-0-8-6-BYE-5-5 (25), Dennis Pitta: 2-3-1-1-BYE-5-3 (15)

If you watch the last Monday night football game in its entirety I must commend you on your ability to control your gag reflex. I'm not ready to give up on any of the Ravens just yet though. The Jaguars defense has been stout all season and every team is entitled to an off night. Anquan Boldin remains the go to guy with Torrey Smith behind him. I find it hard to believe Lee Evans will completely usurp Smith since Boldin and Evans together make for a pretty old/slow tandem.

Buffalo Bills

Stevie Johnson: 6-14-10-6-5-10-BYE (51), David Nelson: 6-13-8-3-2-6-BYE (38), Fred Jackson: 1-2-6-8-6-6-BYE (29), Scott Chandler: 5-4-3-2-1-1-BYE (16), Naaman Roosevelt: dnp-dnp-1-1-7-2-BYE (11), C.J. Spiller: 1-1-1-1-2-5-BYE (11), Brad Smith: 0-0-1-4-1-0-BYE (6)

Early on the Bills' receiver situation looked ripe for the fake football pickings but lately it has been difficult to figure out who the secondary receiver to trust might be, if any. In Week 6 we saw Naaman Roosevelt once again put up a decent line, but this time with only two targets and one reception that went 60 yards for a touchdown. We just can't rely on him taking a slant for six every week with just two targets. David Nelson moved back up the target list and had six with four receptions for 64 yards. Even though he didn't get into the end zone that was a good sign for him after having low target numbers before Donald Jones was hurt.

I often make a point to point out the lack of time C.J. Spiller spends on the field but I couldn't do that last week. His 35 snaps were more than he had totaled in the three previous weeks combined. He also had a season high five targets and five receptions but for a measly 34 yards. With the injuries to Parrish and Jones, Spiller has stepped up in the slot. Chan Gailey says this isn't a permanent change but it at least gives Spiller some chance to touch the ball. He's not getting enough work to warrant picking him up yet but it's worth keeping an eye on.

Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith: 11-13-7-10-7-7-9 (64), Greg Olsen: 6-4-10-7-5-10-3 (45), Jeremy Shockey: 3-5-7-5-7-7-4 (38), Legedu Naanee: 5-7-2-11-7-2-3 (37), Jonathan Stewart: 3-8-3-4-1-3-0 (22), Brandon LaFell: 5-5-0-6-2-1-3 (22), DeAngelo Williams: 2-4-3-1-0-3-0 (13)

Steve Smith continues to be the only non Cam Newton you can start at will from the Panthers. Greg Olsen was on the cusp, but his production has slackened after the turf toe monster got him. I'd be afraid of him until he can show he is 100 percent. Legedu Naanee and Brandon LaFell are still cancelling each other out even though LaFell got into the end zone last week. They both only had three targets which isn't enough for us fake footballers.

Jonathan Stewart continues to outplay DeAngelo Williams and is the one to own of the two, but they still hurt each other in fantasy land.

Chicago Bears

Matt Forte: 6-14-8-5-7-7-4 (51), Devin Hester: 5-9-5-2-7-7-9 (44), Johnny Knox: 4-6-9-4-2-4-6 (35), Dane Sanzenbacher: 1-7-7-2-10-3-3 (33), Roy Williams: 4-dnp-4-1-1-4-5 (19), Kellen Davis: 5-1-2-1-3-3-dnp (15)

There isn't much to say about Matt Forte besides heaping praise so I'll move onto the wide receivers. Whoops, the heaps of praise just slid down into the gutter. Amazingly Roy Williams showed up this week. He caught four of five targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. With nine targets Devin Hester had a stat line like Devin Hester, 4 receptions for 46 yards. Johnny Knox had his best game in a month with 3 receptions for 53 yards. Yes, this receiving corps is pretty sad, but I'm going to go out on a very slim limb in a wind storm and say that Roy Williams leads this team in receiving from here on out. That might not mean too much in fantasy, but in a land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.

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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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