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Target Watch: Week 9

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The numbers by each name are targets for weeks' 2-8 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: 9-8-11-8-BYE-10-5 (58), Early Doucet: 6-6-6-16-BYE-5-6 (48), Andre Roberts: 7-6-0-6-BYE-5-3 (31), Todd Heap: 1-10-6-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (20), Rob Housler: 0-0-1-8-BYE-6-2 (17),Jeff King: 2-0-1-6-BYE-1-3 (16)

Kevin Kolb continues his inconsistent play which is really hurting Larry Fitzgerald and making it impossible to rely on any of the secondary receivers. Early Doucet had his second touchdown in as many games, but also totaled 50 yards in those two combined. No touchdown equals a very poor fantasy day for Doucet.

Beanie Wells had 22 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown against a stout Ravens defense when early in the week it didn't even look like he'd play. He says he knee is going to continue to hurt all season which is bad news, but also showed he is willing to play hurt and this week showed that he can.

Atlanta Falcons

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

Roddy White is still the guy, but he's not as explosive as he's been in the past and the Falcons have missed Julio Jones quite a bit. Harry Douglas has some ability and had a decent game in Week 8, but Jones is a special player and fits well in this offense.

Baltimore Ravens

Anquan Boldin: 7-14-2-BYES-9-12-12 (63), Ed Dickson: 6-9-12-BYES-3-5-9 (49), Ray Rice: 8-7-5-BYES-7-8-9 (49), Torrey Smith: 0 -8-6-BYES-5-5-9 (34), Dennis Pitta: 3-1-1-BYES-5-3-8 (23), Vonta Leach: 1-4-3-BYES-2-1-1 (15)

Ray Rice benefited from Anquan Boldin's big game and pass interference calls which set him up at the goal line. He has now surpassed his touchdown total from last season in his 7th game of this season. Remember the days when we worried about Willis McGahee?

The Ravens got down quick in this one and had to throw the ball a ton, which helped Boldin put up a big yardage game and give Dickson, Smith and Pitta a whole bunch of targets. Dickson and Pitta continue to cancel each other out and Smith is boom or bust since most of his targets are deep passes and the Ravens aren't usually pass happy.

Buffalo Bills

Stevie Johnson: 14-10-6-5-10-BYE-9 (60), David Nelson: 13-8-3-2-6-BYE-5 (43), Fred Jackson: 2-6-8-6-6-BYE-4 (33), Scott Chandler: 4-3-2-1-1-BYE-2 (18), C.J. Spiller: 1-1-1-2-5-BYE-3 (14), Naaman Roosevelt: dnp-1-1-7-2-BYE-1 (12)

The target numbers are starting to filter down to just Stevie Johnson and David Nelson, but the production of both has fallen off of late. As it gets colder it is hard to see those numbers taking a sharp trend upward. They are the two to own of course, but don't bet the farm on them.

Scott Chandler is up to his old tricks. The dude scores a touchdown on 40 percent of his receptions. If only he had 30 receptions instead of 15! It’s amazing that he has six touchdowns and is pretty much unownable in most leagues.

Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith: 13-7-10-7-7-9-9 (73), Greg Olsen: 4-10-7-5-10-3-7 (52), Legedu Naanee: 7-2-11-7-2-3-7 (44), Jeremy Shockey: 5-7- 5-7-7-4-3 (41), Jonathan Stewart: 8-3-4-1-3-0-3 (25), Brandon LaFell: 5-0-6-2-1-3-2 (24), DeAngelo Williams: 4-3-1-0-3-0-2 (15)

Steve Smith should win the comeback player award once again, and coming back from the likes of Jimmy Clausen is adversity at its finest. After Smith the numbers continue to be scattered with only Greg Olsen having any kind of consistent play, at least in relation to his teammates. I was worried about Olsen's turf toe, but he looked good on a seam route to score his touchdown and on the whole he is seeing a lot more targets than Shockey. But he's still more of a matchup play.

Brandon LaFell saw 42 snaps to Legedu Naanee's 61, but also only had 2 targets to Naanee's 7. I have to believe LaFell will continue to see more work going forward.

Chicago Bears

Matt Forte: 14-8-5-7-7-4-BYE (51), Devin Hester: 9-5-2-7-7-9-BYE (44), Johnny Knox: 6-9-4-2-4-6-BYE (35), Dane Sanzenbacher: 7-7-2-10-3-3-BYE (33), Roy Williams: dnp-4-1-1-4-5-BYE (19) Kellen Davis: 1-2-1-3-3-2-BYE (17), Sam Hurd: 3-1-2-5-0-0-BYE (11)

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 in Week 7. He caught 4 of 5 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. With 9 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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