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Target Watch: Week 10

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

New York Giants

Hakeem Nicks: 5-14-7-7-BYE-10-dnp (61), Victor Cruz: 5-9-11-4-BYE-9-11 (53), Mario Manningham: dnp-5-9-8-BYE-9-7 (52), Jake Ballard: 1-3-4-5-BYE-7-7 (31), Ahmad Bradshaw: 5-5-5-2-BYE-5-dnp (29), Brandon Jacobs: 3-1-dnp-dnp-BYE-2-5 (13)

With Hakeem Nicks out ... Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham and Jake Ballard picked up the slack in targets and production. Even with Nicks in there they all seem to still have some value for fantasy but unfortunately having one of the receivers sit funnels the production enough to make those still standing safer.

New York Jets

Dustin Keller: 9-8-2-5-8-BYE-7 (53), Plaxico Burress: 6-8-8-4-8-BYE-5 (50), Santonio Holmes: 2-11-6-4-3-BYE-6 (46), LaDainian Tomlinson: 6-3-1-4-4-BYE-3 (30), Jeremy Kerley: 0-1-3-4-7-BYE-5 (20), Shonn Greene: 7-0-2-2-1-BYE-0 (15)

The last couple of games have seen a bit of a resurgence in targets for Dustin Keller which is nice, but with the commitment to the running game in full effect it is hard to find a safe play in the passing game week in and week out.

Oakland Raiders

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 3-7-12-9-11-BYE-1 (50), Denarius Moore: 6-5-6-4-5-BYE-12 (47), Jacoby Ford: dnp-2-7-4-5-BYE-6 (28), Darren McFadden: 3-6-3-1-1-BYE-dnp (23), Derek Hagan: 3-5-3-0-1-BYE-dnp (20), Michael Bush: 2-4-0-1-3-BYE-3 (14)

Do you really want to know what happened with Darrius Heyward-Bey last week? Yeah, me too. I'm going with the working theory that the coaches believe that Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford are better at football and now don't have to worry about that phone ringing from high above.

The target numbers favor Moore by a wide margin but the production went to Ford. Both have the ability to take consistent targets to the bank and/or end zone.

Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Maclin: 7-11-8-7-BYE-3-9 (63), DeSean Jackson: 6-9-7-6-BYE-6-8 (57), Brent Celek: 2-4-5-9-BYE-9-9 (48), Jason Avant: 5-8-10-4 -BYE-5-3 (46), LeSean McCoy: 3-9-7-4-BYE-3-5 (38)

Maclin has 15 more receptions, 100 more yards and 2 more touchdowns than DeSean Jackson, but only 6 more targets. It is becoming abundantly clear that Maclin is much more well rounded as a player and in turn for our fantasy needs.

The decline of Jackson has brought about a Brent Celek renaissance. In the first five games he had 21 targets and in the last three he's had 27. The non-elite tight ends target numbers fluctuate quite a bit, but it really does look like Celek has won the favor of Michael Vick.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown: 8-10-4-2-9-15-10 (73), Mike Wallace: 7-4-7-6-7-7-6 (64), Heath Miller: 6-3-4-6-4-9-5 (45), Hines Ward: 4-4-8-4-4-dnp-1 (40), Emmanuel Sanders: 5-2-3-4-7-8-dnp (35), Rashard Mendenhall: 4-2-dnp-0-2-4-2 (17), Jerricho Cotchery: dnp-1-1-0-1-1-6 (10)

In the last three games Antonio Brown has 34 targets to Mike Wallace's 20. There will most likely be a correction here as we go forward, but Brown is benefitting from Wallace's hot start to the season and has plenty of room to find holes in defenses. But anyway you look at it Brown is a favorite of Ben Roethlisberger's. In the last three games Roethlisberger has averaged 42 passes and 352 yards.

Those of course are the ceiling but he's giving his receivers plenty to work with in fantasy and right now that's Brown, Wallace and yes, even Heath Miller.

San Diego Chargers

Vincent Jackson: 8-4-6-BYE-8-8-12 (64), Mike Tolbert: 5-8-3-BYE-1-dnp-9 (44), Antonio Gates: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-7-7-11 (39), Ryan Mathews: 4-5-1-BYE-5-7-dnp (36), Malcom Floyd: 5-3-7-BYE-4-7-dnp (36), Randy McMichael: 5-6-6-BYE-3-3-1 (28), Patrick Crayton: 7-1-2 -BYE-1-4-3 (18), Jacob Hester: 2-0-2-BYE-1-0-2 (11), Vincent Brown: 1-2-0-BYE-1-dnp-6 (10)

Against the Packers, San Diego had to throw the ball 46 times so there were plenty of targets and yards to go around. Vincent Jackson came out of his slump in a huge way with 7 receptions for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns and is getting enough looks to most likely keep him from any more three game skids like that. Antonio Gates is also getting plenty of targets since coming back and as long as he can stay upright will get his. After that it is a little foggier on the target horizon, but wait, what is this? A rookie receiver steps from the gloom and slowly begins to come into focus. He has a steely visage as he looks off into the distance preparing to go into battle. His name? Vincent Brown. He had a decent game with 6 targets, 4 receptions and 79 yards last week and was on the field for 63 plays taking over for Malcom Floyd while Patrick Crayton only saw 30. As long as Floyd is out Brown should get plenty of playing time.

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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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