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Target Watch: Week 8

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green: 4-14-5-10-8-7-BYE (48), Jerome Simpson: 9-9-4-3-7-9-BYE (41), Jermaine Gresham: 8-5-8-7-7-6-BYE (41), Andre Caldwell: 1-4-12-5-4-4-BYE (30), Brian Leonard: 2-2-1-2-3-2-BYE (12), Cedric Benson: 1-3-1-1-0-1-BYE (7), Bernard Scott: 0-0-0-2-2-1-BYE (5)

Andy Dalton and the Bengals looked like the worst team in the league in preseason and now, amazingly, they don't. Dalton continues to find A.J. Green in the end zone. Green's rookie campaign is feeling very similar to Tampa Mike Williams' rookie season. Green's ability to make the tough catch will keep red zone targets coming his way.

Jerome Simpson saw a ton of targets and cashed them in for a 100 yard game in Week 6. This isn't going to be the norm, but it's good to see that he can take a plus matchup and make good on it.

Cleveland Browns

Ben Watson: 7-4-10-9-BYE-8-4 (42), Greg Little: 3-5-5-8-BYE-12-7 (40), Mohamed Massaquoi: 7-6-6-9-BYE-7-2 (37), Josh Cribbs: 3-3-6-8-BYE-5-6 (31), Montario Hardesty: 0-0-4-9-BYE-4-2 (19), Peyton Hillis: 8-4-dnp-6-BYE-1-dnp (19), Evan Moore: 6-1-3-2-BYE-3-4 (19), Alex Smith: 0-5-4-2-BYE-3-2 (16), Chris Ogbonnaya: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-BYE-dnp-5 (5)

Colt McCoy is spreading the ball around well just not productively. Kind of like spreading peanut butter on a brick. That's not going to do much for your hunger. They are second in passing attempts with 42 per game to the New Orleans Saints' 42.7, but the Saints average 341 yards passing per game to the Browns' 216.8. That discrepancy means that there aren't many fantasy points to go around in Cleveland, especially when you target so many players.

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten: 9-14-9-10-BYE-4-6 (52), Miles Austin: 9-15-dnp-dnp-BYE-10-5 (39), Dez Bryant: 8-dnp-4-5-BYE-8-8 (33), Laurent Robinson: dnp-dnp-5-10-BYE- 2-3 (20), Felix Jones: 4-2-3-7-BYE-4-dnp (20), Tashard Choice: 1-2-1-5-BYE-5-0 (14), Demarco Murray: 1-1-0-1-BYE-2-2 (7)

This week was all DeMarco Murray's as he ran for a Cowboys' record 3.5 gazillion yards or thereabouts. That didn't leave much room for receptions and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten led in that department while both getting touchdowns. Miles Austin was the odd man out this week. But the good news is that Murray most likely doesn't have all that many 253 yard games in him so Miles, Dez and Jason will most likely be able to all get their fair share of fantasy love going forward.

Denver Broncos

Eric Decker: 5-9-12-10-5-BYE-3 (44), Daniel Fells: 6-2-4-3-4-BYE-4 (23), Willis McGahee: 7-2-5-2-1-BYE-0 (17), Matt Willis: 2-4-3-1-3-BYE-2 (15), Eddie Royal: 6-3-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-4 (13), Demaryius Thomas: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-10 (10), Lance Ball: 1-1-5-2-0-BYE-0 (9), Knowshon Moreno: 3-dnp-0-1-3- BYE-2 (9)

I can't remember who was playing quarterback for the Broncos on Sunday, but they sure targeted Demaryius Thomas a lot. Ten out of 27 passes to be exact. Not one Bronco had more than three receptions or 42 yards and after Thomas not one had over four targets. If we are to go from this game alone Thomas would be the only receiver worth contemplating in Denver. Eddie Royal and Eric Decker saw by far the most snaps of the receivers with 67 and 71 while Thomas had 45, but targets trump time on the field for the most part.

Willis McGahee will be out a couple weeks after hand surgery which leaves the door open for Knowshon Moreno. Lance Ball will be the co-goal line back with their QB, but Moreno will see a lot of work running and receiving the ball.

Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson: 10-7-11-13-6-9-11 (67), Brandon Pettigrew: 6-3-13-9-5-14-6 (56), Jahvid Best: 5-8-7-8-4-8-dnp (40), Nate Burleson: 5-9-2-4-4-10-3 (37), Titus Young: 1-7-8-5-4-5-3 (30), Maurice Morris: 2-0-2-0-1-1-4 (10), Tony Scheffler: 1-3-1-1-1-dnp-3 (10)

Calvin Johnson is Calvin Johnson and he's going to get it done. After him Brandon Pettigrew continues to see plenty of targets. Tony Scheffler returned this week and that isn't the greatest news for Pettigrew, but he still saw 6 targets.

Maurice Morris played 39 to Keiland Williams' 18 snaps and is still the player I'd want if Jahvid Best continues to be sidelined due to his concussion. His upside isn't great, but he'll get rushes and receptions and Williams main value will come from goal line carries.

Green Bay Packers

Greg Jennings: 8-8-10-7-5-10-10 (58), Jermichael Finley: 4-6-8-6-7-4-2 (37), Jordy Nelson: 8-2-5-6-7-3-4 (35), James Jones: 1-2-6-3-7-1-4 (24), James Starks: 1-4-4-6-3-2-4 (24), Donald Driver: 7-1-2-4-2-5-1 (22), Randall Cobb: 2-2-1-3-2-0-2 (12), Ryan Grant: 1-3-1-dnp-1-2-0 (8), John Kuhn: 2-2-1-1-1- 0-1 (8)

Another day and another nearly flawless game from Aaron Rodgers. Right now he could turn Benard Berrian into a top 10 receiver. Yes, he's that good. Like Colt McCoy and Drew Brees, he likes to throw to many different receivers (KUHHHHHHHNN!!!!) and the only extremely reliable one has been Greg Jennings. Jordy Nelson is the No. 2 non kicker/quarterback fantasy player on the Packers right now even though Finley has been target more. The battle for second should be a close one. After that the two Jameses are battling over 4th and 5th. Jones and Starks are picking up the scraps that they can and doing it admirably. Ryan Grant is pretty much droppable at this point. Starks outplays him at every turn.

Houston Texans

Owen Daniels: 2-5-9-7-11-3-5 (42), Andre Johnson: 11-9-12-5-dnp-dnp-dnp (37), Jacoby Jones: 3-4-2-1-11-7-4 (32), Arian Foster: dnp-2-dnp-5-7-11-5 (30), Derrick Mason: 6-2-10-3-1-4-1 (27), Kevin Walter: 2-dnp-3-1-6-8-4 (24), Joel Dreessen: 1-2-1-1-9-2-2 (18)

Much like the Cowboys, the Texans let their running back do most of the heavy lifting in Week 7. With 234 total yards and 3 touchdowns there wasn't much left for the rest of them. Owen Daniels continues to be a safe play week in and week out and is currently 7th overall in fantasy points for tight ends.

Ben Tate added 104 yards in relief of Foster who had 30 touches. He’ll need more blowout games like this to really rack up the yards so don’t count on him.

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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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