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Target Watch: Week 9

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green: 14-5-10-8-7-BYE-10 (58), Jerome Simpson: 9-4-3-7-9-BYE-2 (43), Jermaine Gresham: 5-8-7-7-6-BYE-dnp (41), Andre Caldwell: 4-12-5-4-4-BYE-6 (36), Brian Leonard: 2-1-2-3-2-BYE-3 (15)

Against the stout Seattle rush defense the Bengals took to the air and were successful for the most part. Unfortunately going forward their competition gets a little stouter, but Andy Dalton to AJ Green has turned into a great combo already. Jerome Simpson got a touchdown, but only 2 targets. He'll only be worthwhile as a desperation spot starter going forward.

Bernard Scott didn't have much room to run against the Seahawks tough rush defense, but did a good job grinding out yardage and looked quicker than day-suspended Cedric Benson. Scott should see more work going forward, but it's not a given that he will.

Cleveland Browns

Greg Little: 5-5-8-BYE-12-7-11 (51), Ben Watson: 4-10-9-BYE-8-4-3 (45), Mohamed Massaquoi: 6-6-9-BYE-7-2-dnp (37), Josh Cribbs: 3-6-8-BYE-5-6-3 (34), Evan Moore: 1-3-2-BYE-3-4-2 (21), Peyton Hillis: 4-dnp-6-BYE-1-dnp-dnp (19), Montario Hardesty: 0-4-9-BYE-4-2-0 (19), Alex Smith: 5-4-2-BYE-3-2-1 (17), Chris Ogbonnaya: dnp-dnp-0-BYE-dnp-5-8 (13)

The Browns continue to bore the football and fake football world into a coma. Greg Little continues to get his targets, but until Colt McCoy can Popeye-up his arm so he can keep defenses honest, I don't see any Browns' receivers being consistent enough to start week in and week out.

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten: 14-9-10-BYE-4-6-12 (64), Miles Austin: 15-dnp-dnp-BYE-10-5-3 (42), Dez Bryant: dnp-4-5-BYE-8-8-5 (38), Laurent Robinson: dnp-5-10-BYE-2-3-8 (28), Felix Jones: 2-3-7-BYE-4-dnp-dnp (20), Kevin Ogletree: 4-7-2-BYE-2-0-0 (17), Martellus Bennett: 0-3-3-BYE-3-0-1 (10), Demarco Murray: 1-0-1-BYE-2-2-3 (10).

The Eagles put the beatdown on the Cowboys and took Miles Austin and Dez Bryant out of the game. Laurent Robinson benefitted with 8 targets and over 100 yards, his second 100-yard game on the season. Tony Romo didn't want to test the Eagles corners so Witten and Robinson got all the work. That won't be the case every week of course.

Denver Broncos

Eric Decker: 9-12-10-5-BYE-3-12 (56), Eddie Royal: 3-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-4-13 (26), Daniel Fells: 2-4-3-4-BYE-4-1 (24), Matt Willis: 4-3-1-3-BYE-2-3 (18), Willis McGahee: 2-5-2-1-BYE-0-dnp (17), Demaryius Thomas: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-10-3 (13), Lance Ball: 1-5-2-0-BYE-0-3 (12), Knowshon Moreno: dnp-0-1-3-BYE-2-2 (11)

Last week Tim Tebow targeted Demaryius Thomas 10 times and Eric Decker 3, this week he targeted Decker 12 times and Thomas 3. And of course we could be seeing Kyle Orton or Brady Quinn any day now so tying to get a handle on who will be targeted is tough. The good news is that Decker should continue to be a big part of this offense as he should be and that Eddie Royal is back in the fold enough to be on the radar again.

The running back situation remains ugly (no, they didn't trade for Marshawn Lynch). Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno split the work for the most part and with Tebow unable to move the ball it was difficult for those two to do much of anything. Now Willis McGahee is trying to come back for this week. As long as Tebow is at the helm it will be difficult to start any Denver player.

Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson: 7-11-13-6-9-11-7 (74), Brandon Pettigrew: 3-13-9-5-14-6-4 (60), Nate Burleson: 9-2-4-4-10-3-7 (44), Jahvid Best: 8-7-8-4-8-dnp-dnp (40). Titus Young: 7-8-5-4-5-3-5 (38), Tony Scheffler: 3-1-1-1-dnp-3-3 (13), Maurice Morris: 0-2-0-1- 1-4-3 (13)

The Lions had their way with the Broncos and once again Calvin Johnson did his usual damage. Brandon Pettigrew was outproduced by Tony Scheffler which is a little worrisome, but Pettigrew was on the field 51 snaps to Scheffler's 18. This might be a good time to grab Pettigrew cheap. Titus Young had a wide open touchdown, but he and Nate Burleson will continue to hurt each other's overall numbers.

With Jahvid Best still out, Maurice Morris saw 42 snaps to Keiland Williams' 19. Morris is the back to own while Best is recovering.

Green Bay Packers

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

Another day and another nearly flawless game from Aaron Rodgers in Week 7. 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 #2 non kicker/quarterback fantasy player on the Packers right now even though Finley has been target more. The battle for 2nd should be a close one. After that the two James’ 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 out plays him at every turn.

Houston Texans

Owen Daniels: 5-9-7-11-3-5-6 (48), Jacoby Jones: 4-2-1-11-7-4-5 (37), Andre Johnson: 9-12-5-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (37), Arian Foster: 2-dnp-5-7-11-5-4 (34), Kevin Walter: dnp-3-1-6-8-4-9 (33), Derrick Mason: 2-10-3-1-4-1-2 (29), Joel Dreessen: 2-1-1-9 -2-2-2 (20)

The Andre Johnson-less Texans have spread his targets out between Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones fairly evenly. Both will continue to have some value while Johnson is out, but will cut into each other's production.

Owen Daniels is the team's overall target leader and continues to put up respectable fantasy numbers, but unfortunately fellow tight end Joel Dreessen has scored 2 touchdowns the last two weeks, in essence stealing the fantasy food from my Owen Daniels' led fake teams!

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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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