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Target Watch: Week 8

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne: 11-8-13-8-7-6-4 (57), Pierre Garcon: 6-5-10-8-8-11-6 (54), Austin Collie: 3-10-7-7-2-6-5 (40), Dallas Clark: 5-8-6-4-5-7-dnp (35), Joseph Addai: 4-4-2-2-1-dnp-2 (15), Brody Eldridge: 0-1-1-1-0-0-3 (6), Delone Carter: 0-0-1-0-3-1-0 (5)

The Saints gave the Colts a good old fashion whoopin' last Sunday night and there isn't much good you can take from it as a Colts' fan. Pierre Garcon continues to be Curtis Painter's first read and Delone Carter looked decent running against a defense that had no real need to put their resources into stopping the run. Donald Brown also looked okay and they were on the field an equal amount of snaps so keep your wits about you when bidding that free agent money.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike Thomas: 11-10-8-11-7-6-1 (54), Jason Hill: 5-dnp-5-9-7-3-8 (37), Marcedes Lewis: 3-dnp-2-7-4-8-3 (27), Maurice Jones-Drew: 0-4-3-4-0-3-3 (17), Deji Karim: 3-1-2-1-4-1-0 (12)

If it wasn't for the defense and Maurice Jones-Drew this team would be right in the thick of the Suck for Luck race. The Jaguars are averaging 128.4 yards passing a game. The Panthers averaged 141 last season. Do you remember how unbelievably horrid the Panthers were last season? If you are holding out hope for Mike Thomas and Jason Hill I can understand it, but it’s probably time to stop.

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe: 8-8-6-9-11-BYE-10 (52), Steve Breaston: 2-2-6-5-5-BYE-9 (29), Dexter McCluster: 5-5-6-4-2-BYE-2 (24), Leonard Pope: 6-3-3-1-3-BYE-dnp (16), LeRon McClain: 0-2-0-4-0-BYE-2 (8), Jonathan Baldwin: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-5 (5)

Dwayne Bowe missed a touchdown by the width of a split hair, but is proving many wrong with another good season. And this season comes with a worse offense. Amazingly Steve Breaston has risen from the ashes to have some fantasy relevance as well. Matt Cassel had a miserable game, but was still able to at least keep Breaston and Bowe from getting shutout. That's something.

Miami Dolphins

Brandon Marshall: 13-11-7-8-BYE-13-9 (61), Davone Bess: 7-5-9-5-BYE-3-12 (41), Brian Hartline: 7-7-4-5-BYE-6-2 (31), Reggie Bush: 10-1-1-2-BYE-2-2 (18), Anthony Fasano: 6-2-2-4-BYE-2-2 (18), Daniel Thomas: dnp-1-3-dnp-BYE-1-5 (10)

With Champ Bailey harassing Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess got a whole slew of targets, finishing with 7 receptions and just 52 yards. Marshall still had 9 targets and 6 receptions, but didn't do much more with 61 yards. The good news is that Matt Moore continues to target Marshall even when he shouldn't which is helpful in fantasy.

Daniel Thomas had a poor game but had over 20 looks and was on the field for 45 plays compared to Reggie Bush's 26. That's hard to come by so don’t throw it away.

Minnesota Vikings

Visanthe Shiancoe: 1-7-2-8-6-7-8 (39), Percy Harvin: 4-8-5-7-2-9-3 (38), Michael Jenkins: 3-3-10-1-6-6-8 (37), Devin Aromashodu: 0-2-2-2-5-2-5 (18), Adrian Peterson: 3-2-5-1-0-1-1 (13), Kyle Rudolph: 1-1-3-4-0-3-dnp (12), Toby Gerhart: 0-1-2-1-0-2-0 (6), Greg Camarillo: 0-dnp-dnp-dnp-0-3-3 (6)

Visanthe Shiancoe and Michael Jenkins both saw eight targets with Percy Harvin out for much of the game with a rib injury. Christian Ponder didn't put up great numbers, but has a much livelier arm than Donovan McNabb and could help one of these receivers become fantasy relevant. A lot depends on Harvin's ribs going forward. He's had the problem since training camp and they could decide to rest him. That would not only help Jenkins and Shiancoe, but Harvin in the long run.

New England Patriots

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

Thankfully this offense can supply enough work for Welker, Hernandez, Gronkowski and Branch who collectively totaled 36 targets and 24 receptions in Week 6. 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: 7-7-8-14-12-11-7 (66), Darren Sproles: 9-10-9-7-7-11-6 (59), Marques Colston: 9-dnp-dnp-3-6-11-7 (36), Robert Meachem: 8-4-8-6-5-2-2 (35), Lance Moore: dnp-4-9-6-6-3-4 (32), Pierre Thomas: 5-4-1-4-3-1-6 (24), Devery Henderson: 9-3-4-1-1-2-2 (22), Mark Ingram: 0-0-2-2-2-1-1 (8)

The Saints are finally doing a good job of narrowing down who we should use in fantasy, at least in the receiving game. Graham, Colston and Sproles are startable each week because they aren't going to dip below six targets.

The running game is another story. Mark Ingram should be the work horse and goal line back, but goal line opportunities are going to receivers and Jed Collins too often, while Pierre Thomas and Sproles are taking away other carries. And now he has hurt his heel. This could be good news for Pierre Thomas who finally had a decent game, but we could also see Chris Ivory if Ingram is out. It's all very mysterious.

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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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