Target Watch: Week 9Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Sidney Rice: dnp-10-6-5-BYE-5-14 (40), Doug Baldwin: 2-4-6-9-BYE-3-8 (38), Ben Obomanu: 6-2-4-10-BYE-2-4 (34), Zach Miller: 2 -3-6-0-BYE-dnp-5 (20), Mike Williams: 3-1-5-dnp-BYE-4-dnp (18), Golden Tate: 2-3-0-3-BYE-1-4 (18), Justin Forsett: 3-3-4-1- BYE-1-1 (18), Anthony McCoy: 3-0-0-6-BYE-4-1 (17), Marshawn Lynch: 2-3-4-6-BYE-dnp-0 (17), Leon Washington: 1-1-1-1-BYE-4-2 (12)
Tarvaris Jackson returned this week which helped Sidney Rice to a fat 14 targets and Doug Baldwin to 9. Jackson is a much more productive quarterback than Whitehurst so even on 4 targets Ben Obomanu was able to have a good game. They are going to be inconsistent, but TJax makes the receivers' prospects much better.
San Francisco 49ers
Michael Crabtree: dnp-6-9-5-15-BYE-9 (46), Vernon Davis: 2-9-6-3-2-BYE-3 (31), Josh Morgan: 5-4-3-6-dnp-BYE-dnp (20), Frank Gore: 3-2-2-2-5-BYE-0 (18), Delanie Walker: 4-2-3-3-3-BYE-0 (16). Ted Ginn: 7-0-1-0-5-BYE-1 (14), Braylon Edwards: 2-dnp-dnp- dnp-dnp-BYE-7 (14)
Michael Crabtree has risen from the ashes to become a solid player (at least for the last few weeks) and is starting to look like a solid fantasy player. But in this offense there isn't a ton of passing yards to go around. That makes the return of Braylon Edwards problematic. He and Vernon Davis will need to fight over the scraps and there won't be that many for a team averaging 1.29 receiving touchdowns and 179 yards passing which is second only to the unbelievably inept passing offense of the Jaguars.
St. Louis Rams
Brandon Lloyd: dnp-7-11-BYE-dnp-12-13 (58), Danario Alexander: 7-8-8-BYE-10-6-dnp (39), Brandon Gibson: 8-7-1-BYE-10-dnp-6 (37), Lance Kendricks: 4-3-9-BYE-6-1-3 (31), Greg Salas: 8-dnp-dnp-BYE-10-2-6 (29), Steven Jackson: dnp-1-8-BYE-5-5-5 (24)
A.J. Feeley is liking him some Brandon Lloyd with a quarter of 100 targets in just two weeks! I have a good feeling that Sam Bradford will also hop on that train so I'm hoping the numbers stay high. Greg Salas had 10 targets the last time Sam Bradford played and is now firmly implanted into the starting lineup. Bradford liked targeting the slot position and Salas is just waiting for him to come back.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Williams: 4-9-8-9-13-11-BYE (64), Kellen Winslow: 8-4-6-9-10-12-BYE (57), Preston Parker: 7-1-7-3-5-6-BYE (35), Earnest Graham: 5-8-6-0-2-1-BYE (31), Arrelious Benn: 2-4-1-4-6-1-BYE (25), Dezmon Briscoe: 4-0-0-2-2-10-BYE (20), Kregg Lumpkin: 0-1 -3-1-0-8-BYE (14)
Mike Williams was the 8th most targeted player in all of the NFL heading into Tampa's bye last week and leads his team in red zone targets. So why was he 52nd in fantasy points and tied for 2nd in fantasy points for Tampa Bay wide receivers? That is a good question sir or madam. All I can tell you is they haven't given up on him in the slightest. And he did have a decent game with 6 receptions for 75 yards in London in Week 7. The touchdowns will come.
Earnest Graham is done for the year and Kregg Lumpkin is clearly a 3rd down back at best. Thankfully LeGarrette Blount is most likely back this week.
Nate Washington: 11-9-4-8-BYE-3-6 (48), Chris Johnson: 5-7-2-3-BYE-6-5 (35), Lavelle Hawkins: 4-5-4-8-BYE-7-5 (33), Damian Williams: dnp-3-4-11-BYE-4-5 (29), Jared Cook: 3-2-6-9-BYE-2-2 (26), Javon Ringer: 2-2-0-6-BYE-1-6 (17)
Nate Washington got into the end zone twice on Sunday, but only had 34 yards receiving. Lavelle Hawkins and Damian Williams are going to continue to eat into his targets and production. Jared Cook continues to not get the targets he needs to be fantasy relevant even though his receiving abilities should make him as relevant as they come.
Javon Ringer saw 35 snaps to Chris Johnson's 32 and they were also close on number of looks with 20 for Ringer and 19 for Johnson. Unless Johnson really takes a big step forward quickly these numbers are going to stay the same or tilt Ringer's way.
Fred Davis: 7-3-6-BYE-11-8-9 (50), Jabar Gaffney: 8-6-4-BYE-10-8-5 (48), Santana Moss: 9-8-10-BYE-6-2-dnp (43), Anthony Armstrong: 4-0-dnp-BYE-dnp-4-4 (18), Roy Helu: 4-2-0-BYE-4-2-4 (16), Tim Hightower: 2-6-3-BYE-dnp-1-dnp (15), Terrence Austin: dnp-4-0-BYE-1-6-3 (14), Donte Stallworth: 5-dnp-1-BYE-3-dnp-2 (11)
This passing game for fantasy is Fred Davis and then Fred Davis. Don't try to get cute. The running game is the opposite of cute of course with Ryan Torain doing next to nothing and the Redskins barely even making an attempt to run the ball all game. Roy Helu was on the field for 35 snaps to Torain's 22 mainly because they were passing so much. I know Shanahan is a punch line for fake footballers like ourselves, but we always try to squeeze as much production as we can out of his running backs. Right now there just isn’t any to squeeze. The addition of Tashard Choice doesn't help much even though he is currently injured. But until I see somebody have some real success and actually get a good amount of opportunities I'm taking a Shanahan break.