Target Watch: Week 9Wednesday, November 02, 2011
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New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks: 7-5-14-7-7-BYE-10 (61), Mario Manningham: 7-dnp-5-9-8-BYE-9 (45), Victor Cruz: 2-5-9-11-4-BYE-9 (42), Ahmad Bradshaw: 5-5-5-5-2-BYE-5 (29), Jake Ballard: 1-1-3-4-5-BYE-7 (24)
The big three receivers are fighting each other for looks and touchdowns and there is no easy way to predict who will get theirs from week to week. And now TE Jake Ballard is slowly inching up the target list. All are viable fantasy players, but you won't be able to bank on big games from any one player.
Ahmad Bradshaw was on the field for 48 plays while Brandon Jacobs was out there for 16, just enough for him to get all sulky.
New York Jets
Dustin Keller: 6-9-8-2-5-8-BYE (46), Plaxico Burress: 2-6-8-8-4-8-BYE (45), Santonio Holmes: 4-2-11-6-4-3-BYE (40), LaDainian Tomlinson: 2-6-3-1-4-4-BYE (27), Jeremy Kerley: 0-0-1-3-4-7-BYE (15), Shonn Greene: 2-7-0-2-2-1-BYE (15)
Shonn Greene has 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: dnp-3-7-12-9-11-BYE (49), Denarius Moore: 8-6-5-6-4-5-BYE (35), Darren McFadden: 8-3-6-3-1-1-BYE (23), Jacoby Ford: dnp-dnp-2-7-4-5-BYE (22), Derek Hagan: 8-3-5-3-0-1-BYE (20), Brandon Myers: 3-1-0-1-1-1-BYE (12). Michael Bush: 0-2-4-0-1-3-BYE (11)
Darrius Heyward-Bey has clearly become the No. 1 receiver for Oakland and has topped 7 targets and 82 yards in his last 4 games. Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson and DHB were the only receivers to do that heading into Week 8. 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 had 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.
Jeremy Maclin: 15-7-11-8-7-BYE-3 (54). DeSean Jackson: 3-6-9-7-6-BYE-6 (49), Jason Avant: 4-5-8-10-4-BYE-5 (43), Brent Celek: 7-2-4-5-9-BYE-9 (39), LeSean McCoy: 4-3-9-7-4-BYE-3 (33)
The Cowboys took away the outside receivers and gave up chunks of yardage to Brent Celek and LeSean McCoy so the target numbers aren't exactly what you’ll see every week. But Celek has had back to back 9 target games and that's a trend worth trending.
Antonio Brown: 6-8-10-4-2-9-15 (63), Mike Wallace: 9-7-4-7-6-7-7 (58), Heath Miller: 3-6-3-4-6-4-9 (40), Hines Ward: 6-4-4-8- 4-4-dnp (39), Emmanuel Sanders: 3-5-2-3-4-7-8 (35), Rashard Mendenhall: 2-4-2-dnp-0-2-4 (15), Isaac Redman: 1-0-1-3-1-2-2 (10)
Antonio Brown leads the Steelers in targets so that's good for him and for you if you own him. With Hines Ward out, Emmanuel Sanders' targets have shot up, but Ward is most likely going to be back soon. For the Steelers sake, he should take a little more time off.
San Diego Chargers
Vincent Jackson: 15-8-4-6-BYE-8-8 (52), Ryan Mathews: 9-4-5-1-BYE-5-7 (36), Malcom Floyd: 2-5-3-7-BYE-4-7 (36), Mike Tolbert: 9-5-8-3-BYE-1-dnp (35), Antonio Gates: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-7-7 (28), Randy McMichael: 1-5-6-6-BYE-3-3 (27), Patrick Crayton: dnp-7-1-2-BYE-1-4 (15), Curtis Brinkley: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-0-3 (3)
Vincent Jackson is still the go to guy, but has had some tough matchups defensively and Philip Rivers has not been right. He should be able to put together some nice games in the weeks ahead.
As long as Antonio Gates is on the field he's going to do good things, but watching him hobble around is hard to do as a fantasy owner.
The running back situation is like a bad zombie movie with Tolbert, Mathews and now Brinkley all hurting to an extent. It is looking like Tolbert is the healthiest of the bunch right now.