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Target Watch: Week 11

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The numbers by each name are targets for weeks’ 4-10 followed by the total year to date targets in parenthesis.

All snap count data comes from our friends over at Pro Football Focus.

Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald: 11-8-BYE-10-5-12-13 (83), Early Doucet: 6-16-BYE-5-6-6-4 (58), Andre Roberts: 0-6-BYE- 5-3-7-7 (45), Jeff King: 1-6-BYE-1-3-2-5 (23), Todd Heap: 6-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-0-dnp (20), Rob Housler: 1-8 -BYE-6-2-dnp-dnp (17), Beanie Wells: 2-1-BYE-0-0-2-0 (11)

Larry Fitzgerald has his most targets and most touchdowns with John Skelton behind center. Oh, and the Cardinals have won both of Skelton's starts. Funny how things happen that way.

Andre Roberts also has his target highs with Skelton, but still hasn't topped 55 yards or found the end zone while Early Doucet has had less targets with Skelton but has a touchdown. Both are risky plays.

Atlanta Falcons

Roddy White: 11-9-5-10-BYE-9-7 (85), Tony Gonzalez: 9-8-3-8-BYE-6-10 (68), Julio Jones: 17-4-dnp-dnp- BYE-4-5 (50), Harry Douglas: 0-5-4-7-BYE-0-14 (43), Jason Snelling: dnp-2-1-1-BYE-0-2 (18), Jacquizz Rodgers: 1-1-1-4-BYE-1-2 (18), Michael Turner: 2-0-3-1-BYE-2-2 (15)

Harry Douglas was the target king last week with Tony Gonzalez not far behind. Roddy White is still the overall target leader for the Falcons but has only topped 100 yards once this season and only has 3 touchdowns. He can't be counted on as a WR1 anymore.

Baltimore Ravens

Anquan Boldin: 2-BYE-9-12-12-10-9 (82), Ed Dickson: 12-BYE-3-5-9-5-14 (68), Ray Rice: 5-BYE-7-8-9-7-10 (66), Torrey Smith: 6-BYE-5-5-9-9-8 (51), Dennis Pitta: 1-BYE-5-3-8-8-7 (38), Vonta Leach: 3-BYE-2-1-1-1 -1 (17), LaQuan Williams: 1-BYE-1-2-1-3-1 (12), Ricky Williams: 1-BYE-1-0-2-1-3 (11)

Ed Dickson led all Ravens last week in all the good categories, but as you've seen in this column Ed is as up and down as a rubber ducky in the Atlantic. He just can't be trusted from week to week especially with Dennis Pitta there.

The Ravens went pass happy against the Seahawks which usually is a good idea but they forgot they had Ray Rice on their team. Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin saw plenty of targets but were covered well. As long as they keep getting their looks they should be fine.

Buffalo Bills

Stevie Johnson: 6-5-10-BYE-9-6-5 (71), David Nelson: 3-2-6-BYE-5-7-5 (55), Donald Jones: 8-2-dnp-BYE- dnp-4-10 (45), Fred Jackson: 8-6-6-BYE-4-7-4 (44), Scott Chandler: 2-1-1-BYE-2-3-3 (24), Naaman Roosevelt: 1-7-2-BYE-1-3-1 (16), C.J. Spiller: 1-2-5-BYE-3-0-0 (14)

Stevie Johnson had the flu which may explain his low target numbers and productivity while Donald Jones doubled both David Nelson and Johnson in targets. Nelson and Jones have been off and on all season and both are averaging 6 targets a start overall. They can't be relied upon week to week.

Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith: 10-7-7-9-9-BYE-8 (81), Greg Olsen: 7-5-10-3-7-BYE-11 (63), Legedu Naanee: 11-7-2-3-7-BYE-9 (53), Jeremy Shockey: 5-7-7-4-3-BYE-1 (42), Jonathan Stewart: 4-1-3-0-3-BYE-7 (32), Brandon LaFell: 6-2- 1-3-2-BYE-2 (26), DeAngelo Williams: 1-0-3-0-2-BYE-1 (16)

I'll stop asking for more targets for Brandon LaFell because it just ain't working. After Steve Smith Greg Olsen is the only semi-safe receiver in Carolina. And even he is going to have his down target days, but (crossing my fingers) he has seen 18 targets to Jeremy Shockey's 4 targets in the last 2 games. Hopefully that will keep up.

Legedu Naanee had 9 targets and caught 8 of them for 75 yards. Both of those numbers are season highs. He has yet to get into the end zone though. If I had to spot start a Carolina receiver it would be Naanee but I wouldn't like it.

Chicago Bears

Matt Forte: 5-7-7-4-BYE-5-5 (61), Devin Hester: 2-7-7-9-BYE-5-0 (49), Johnny Knox: 4-2-4-6-BYE-1-2 (38), Dane Sanzenbacher: 2-10-3-3-BYE-2-0 (35), Roy Williams: 1-1-4-5-BYE-6-2 (27), Kellen Davis: 1-3-3-2-BYE- 3-2 (22), Earl Bennett: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-5-6 (16)

Halleluiah! Earl Bennett is back! Earl Bennett is back! Oh wait, that might be overdoing it a tad, but in the grand scheme of Bears' receivers it's close to the right sentiment. So far he's had 11 targets since returning and caught 11 for 176 yards and a touchdown. Last season he didn't drop a single catchable ball. With only 2 games under his belt since returning from a 5 week lay off he's already the Bears best wide receiver.

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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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