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Target Watch: Week 10

Wednesday, November 09, 2011


Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green: 5-10-8-7-BYE-10-7 (65), Jerome Simpson: 4-3-7-9-BYE-2-10 (53), Andre Caldwell: 12-5-4-4-BYE-6-9 (45), Jermaine Gresham: 8-7-7-6-BYE-dnp-dnp (41), Brian Leonard: 1-2-3-2-BYE-3-2 (17)

It’s pretty much established that A.J. Green is an elite talent and can have good games based on that talent alone. Jerome Simpson has 2 touchdowns in the last 2 games but that is also without Jermaine Gresham who, before he was hurt, led the team in red zone targets. The Bengals are a balanced offense with a good defense and Green is the only sure target target us fake footballers can rely on.


Cleveland Browns

Greg Little: 5-8-BYE-12-7-11-8 (59), Ben Watson: 10-9-BYE-8-4-3-2 (47), Josh Cribbs: 6-8-BYE-5-6-3-5 (39), Mohamed Massaquoi: 6-9- BYE-7-2-dnp-1 (38), Evan Moore: 3-2-BYE-3-4-2-2 (23), Peyton Hillis: dnp-6-BYE-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (19), Montario Hardesty: 4-9-BYE-4-2-0- dnp (19), Alex Smith: 4-2-BYE-3-2-1-0 (17). Chris Ogbonnaya: dnp-0-BYE-dnp-5-8-1 (14)

In the last five games Greg Little is averaging 9.2 targets, 4.6 receptions, 44.2 yards and no touchdowns. Josh Cribbs has nearly the same amount of yards and two touchdowns on just 27 targets. It's starting to look like Mr. Cribbs should see a few more of those targets.


Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten: 9-10-BYE-4-6-12-7 (71), Dez Bryant: 4-5-BYE-8-8-5-9 (47), Miles Austin: dnp-dnp-BYE-10-5-3-3 (45), Laurent Robinson: 5 -10-BYE-2-3-8-5 (33), Felix Jones: 3-7-BYE-4-dnp-dnp-dnp (20), Demarco Murray: 0-1-BYE-2-2-3-6 (16)

It's fairly clear who the playmakers are out of the Cowboys receivers and with Austin out a few weeks with a hamstring injury it narrows them down to Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. Witten will remain the most trusted as you can see with his 71 targets on the season. Bryant remains erratic, but his ability joined with an uptick in targets makes him a true fantasy commodity.

Laurent Robinson will take over for Austin and is the only Cowboys receiver with two 100 yard games. He'll be useful for your fake teams once again.


Denver Broncos

Eric Decker: 12-10-5-BYE-3-12-5 (61), Eddie Royal: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-4-13-5 (31), Daniel Fells: 4-3-4-BYE-4-1-1 (25), Matt Willis: 3-1 -3-BYE-2-3-0 (18), Willis McGahee: 5-2-1-BYE-0-dnp-0 (17), Knowshon Moreno: 0-1-3-BYE-2-2-4 (15), Demaryius Thomas: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE- 10-3-2 (15)

The run first/pass little (and wobbly) game plan is going to hurt the Broncos receivers. Somehow Eric Decker continues to get his but on 5 targets it's going to be tough to continue his touchdown production.


Detroit Lions

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

The Lions had their way with the Broncos in Week 8 and once again Calvin Johnson did his usual damage. Brandon Pettigrew was out produced 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: 10-7-5-10-10-BYE-8 (66), Jermichael Finley: 8-6-7-4-2-BYE-7 (44), Jordy Nelson: 5-6-7-3-4-BYE-6 (41), James Jones: 6- 3-7-1-4-BYE-1 (25), James Starks: 4-6-3-2-4-BYE-1 (25), Donald Driver: 2-4-2-5-1-BYE-2 (24)

If you get a target as a Packer receiver the chances that it will be in the best place possible to make the catch are pretty darn good. Aaron Rodgers is 16th in pass attempts, 1st in touchdowns and 4th in total yards and he has put three of his receivers in the top 6 of the fantasy points per target list. That's what we like to call efficiency. And even if your receiver isn't getting a ton of targets (see James Jones) he still has value.

So let's see James Jones; in the last five games he has 16 targets, 14 receptions, 307 yards and 4 touchdowns. That is the product of Rodgers' greatness and why, with his accuracy, big target numbers aren't needed.


Houston Texans

Owen Daniels: 9-7-11-3-5-6-4 (52), Arian Foster: dnp-5-7-11-5-4-7 (41), Jacoby Jones: 2-1-11-7-4-5-4 (41), Andre Johnson: 12-5-dnp- dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (37), Kevin Walter: 3-1-6-8-4-9-1 (34), Derrick Mason: 10-3-1-4-1-2-0 (29), Joel Dreessen: 1-1-9-2-2-2-2 (22), James Casey: 7-1-2-dnp-dnp-0-1 (14)

The Andre Johnson-less Texans are spreading the ball around and running it a little too much for my liking. In a game where both of the Texan running backs ran over 100 yards, the tight end position saw seven targets and the wide receivers had five. And those were spread out between three tight ends and two wideouts. Of course there will be games where they need to throw more, but Owen Daniels is having his ceiling lowered by the week.


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Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for Rotoworld.com and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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