Target Watch: Week 8Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks: 11-7-5-14-7-7-BYE (51), Mario Manningham: 7-7-dnp-5-9-8-BYE (36), Victor Cruz: 2-2-5-9-11-4-BYE (33), Ahmad Bradshaw: 2-5-5-5-5-2-BYE (24), Jake Ballard: 3-1-1-3-4-5-BYE (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: 8-6-9-8-2-5-8 (46), Plaxico Burress: 9-2-6-8-8-4-8 (45), Santonio Holmes: 10-4-2-11-6-4-3 (40), LaDainian Tomlinson: 7-2-6-3-1-4-4 (27), Shonn Greene: 1-2-7-0-2-2-1 (15), Jeremy Kerley: 0-0-0-1-3-4-7 (15)
The use of Plaxico Burress as the goal line receiver hurt Shonn Greene and probably elevated Burress' value in fantasy circles. He hasn't gone over 55 yards since week 1 and his only real value is through touchdowns which you just can't rely on from receivers at the goal line. So be wary. Santonio Holmes slipped to third on the target list which is downright criminal. And the third down specialist was Jeremy Kerley who saw seven targets and caught four of them, but for only 29 yards.
Shonn Greene has now had 20-plus touches three weeks in a row. He's a pretty mediocre talent, but it's hard to beat his opportunities coupled with a nice schedule on the horizon.
Darrius Heyward-Bey: 7-dnp-3-7-12-9-11 (49), Denarius Moore: 1-8-6-5-6-4-5 (35), Darren McFadden: 1-8-3-6-3-1-1 (23), Jacoby Ford: 4-dnp-dnp-2-7-4-5 (22), Derek Hagan: dnp-8-3-5-3-0-dnp (19), Brandon Myers: 5-3-1-0-1-1-1 (12), Michael Bush: 1-0-2-4-0-1-3 (11)
Darrius Heyward-Bey has clearly become the No. 1 receiver for Oakland and has topped seven targets and 82 yards in his last four games. Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson and DHB are the only receivers to do that. And getting to 89 yards receiving with Kyle Boller and a just-from-the-couch Carson Palmer at the helm is quite an accomplishment.
Darren McFadden gets a bye week to rest his foot which looks like it should be enough time to do so, but Michael Bush was the clear No. 1 when he was gone getting 56 snaps to Taiwan Jones' 8. Grab Mr. Bush if you are a McFadden owner.
Jeremy Maclin: 3-15-7-11-8-7-BYE (51), DeSean Jackson: 12-3-6-9-7-6-BYE (43), Jason Avant: 7-4-5-8-10-4-BYE (38), LeSean McCoy: 3-4-3-9-7-4-BYE (30), Brent Celek: 3-7-2-4-5-9-BYE (30), Steve Smith: 0-2-5-0-0-1-BYE (8)
Jeremy Maclin is the more complete wide receiver in Philadelphia and is showing it by averaging 8.5 targets and 6 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 seven 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.
Mike Wallace: 11-9-7-4-7-6-7 (51), Antonio Brown: 9-6-8-10-4-2-9 (48), Hines Ward: 9-6-4-4-8-4-4 (39), Heath Miller: 5-3-6-3-4-6-4 (31), Emmanuel Sanders: 3-3-5-2-3-4-7 (27), Rashard Mendenhall: 1-2-4-2-dnp-0-2 (11)
After Hines Ward left the game with an ankle injury, Antonio Brown saw a nice uptick in targets and eclipsed the 100 yard mark. Emmanuel Sanders also had a nice game with 5 receptions and a touchdown, but Brown is continuously targeted more than Sanders. If Ward is slowed by his injury Brown could make a permanent leap.
San Diego Chargers
Vincent Jackson: 3-15-8-4-6-BYE-8 (44), Mike Tolbert: 9-9-5-8-3-BYE-1 (35), Malcom Floyd: 8-2-5-3-7-BYE-4 (29), Ryan Mathews: 5-9-4-5-1-BYE-5 (29), Randy McMichael: 3-1-5-6-6-BYE-3 (24), Antonio Gates: 13-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-7 (21)
Philip Rivers has not been himself with 7 touchdowns to 9 interceptions this season. If Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates can stay on the field that TD number should increase. Malcom Floyd is hurting again as well, but no other receiver has really stepped up. Patrick Crayton and Vincent Brown are next in line, but will most likely cancel each other out.
Ryan Mathews is the clear No. 1 running back, but Mike Tolbert continues to be the clear goal line back. As long as Mathews can stay healthy he'll easily get the bulk of the work, but Tolbert will cap his upside enough to keep him from top 5 status.