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Target Watch: Week 11

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green: 10-8-7-BYE-10-7-2 (67), Jerome Simpson: 3-7-9-BYE-2-10-4 (57), Andre Caldwell: 5-4-4-BYE-6-9 -8 (53), Jermaine Gresham: 7-7-6-BYE-dnp-dnp-5 (46), Brian Leonard: 2-3-2-BYE-3-2-0 (17), Andrew Hawkins: 3-2-1-BYE-0-0-6 (12)

A.J. Green hyperextended his leg on a nice touchdown catch last week and Andrew Hawkins saw an uptick in targets catching 5 of 6 targets for 56 yards.

Jermaine Gresham returned to the field after missing two games and got back in the scoring game (much different than the crying game) with a touchdown on 4 receptions. He gets enough red zone looks to be fantasy relevant going forward.

Cleveland Browns

Greg Little: 8-BYE-12-7-11-8-6 (65), Ben Watson: 9-BYE-8-4-3-2-5 (52), Josh Cribbs: 8-BYE-5-6-3-5-5 (44), Mohamed Massaquoi: 9-BYE-7-2-dnp-1-dnp (38), Evan Moore: 2-BYE-3-4-2-2-0 (23), Alex Smith: 2-BYE-3-2-1-0 -2 (19), Montario Hardesty: 9-BYE-4-2-0-dnp-dnp (19), Peyton Hillis: 6-BYE-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (19), Chris Ogbonnaya: 0-BYE-dnp-5-8-1-2 (16)

Greg Little has seen more snaps and targets than any Browns receiver, but is still the 73rd ranked fantasy wide receiver. That tells you all you need to know about the Browns' passing game.

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten: 10-BYE-4-6-12-7-7 (78), Dez Bryant: 5-BYE-8-8-5-9-6 (53), Miles Austin: dnp-BYE-10-5-3-3- dnp (45), Laurent Robinson: 10-BYE-2-3-8-5-3 (36), Demarco Murray: 1-BYE-2-2-3-6-7 (23)

Tony Romo was insanely on target last week completing 23 passes on 26 attempts so just 3 targets was plenty for Laurent Robinson to have 3 receptions for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns. Robinson led in fantasy points but Jason Witten and Dez Bryant are the 1a and 1b receivers going forward.

Denver Broncos

Eric Decker: 10-5-BYE-3-12-5-3 (64), Eddie Royal: dnp-dnp-BYE-4-13-5-2 (33), Daniel Fells: 3-4-BYE-4-1-1 -0 (25), Matt Willis: 1-3-BYE-2-3-0-1 (19), Willis McGahee: 2-1-BYE-0-dnp-0-0 (17), Demaryius Thomas: dnp-dnp-BYE-10-3-2-0 (15), Knowshon Moreno: 1-3-BYE-2-2-4-0 (15), Lance Ball: 2-0-BYE-0-3-0-1 (13)

On average Tim Tebow is completing 10 passes a game which doesn't leave much to spread around. And last week his 2 completions really made it tough for his receivers. Tebow will remain a safe-ish play based on his ability to run and get into the end zone, but relying on him throwing a touchdown to Eric Decker every week is a tall order.

Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson: 13-6-9-11-7-BYE-20 (94), Brandon Pettigrew: 9-5-14-6-4-BYE-9 (69), Nate Burleson: 4-4-10 -3-7-BYE-9 (53), Titus Young: 5-4-5-3-5-BYE-10 (48), Jahvid Best: 8-4-8-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (40), Tony Scheffler: 1-1-dnp-3-3-BYE-7 (20), Maurice Morris: 0-1-1-4-3-BYE-2 (15)

Matthew Stafford was not on target with a boo boo on his throwing hand and with a deficit and no running game it meant a whole gaggle of targets to go around. Not much has changed with the Lions. Calvin Johnson is the man, Brandon Pettigrew is the outlet receiver and Nate Burleson and Titus Young are the ancillary guys looking for scraps.

Green Bay Packers

Greg Jennings: 7-5-10-10-BYE-8-5 (71), Jermichael Finley: 6-7-4-2-BYE-7-4 (48), Jordy Nelson: 6-7-3-4- BYE-6-5 (46), James Starks: 6-3-2-4-BYE-1-4 (29), Donald Driver: 4-2-5-1-BYE-2-4 (28), James Jones: 3-7- 1-4-BYE-1-1 (26), Randall Cobb: 3-2-0-2-BYE-0-3 (15), John Kuhn: 1-1-0-1-BYE-1-2 (11)

Not much news out of Green Bay target-land except that Aaron Rodgers is a bad mamma jamma. I think we learned that the 4-6-5 targets that Jordy Nelson has had the last three weeks is plenty for him to be a fantasy stud while the 4-1-1 targets James Jones has had will have us calling information asking for his whereabouts some weeks.

Houston Texans

Owen Daniels: 7-11-3-5-6-4-3 (55), Arian Foster: 5-7-11-5-4-7-4 (45), Jacoby Jones: 1-11-7-4-5-4-3 (44), Andre Johnson: 5-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (37), Kevin Walter: 1-6-8-4-9-1-1 (35), Derrick Mason: 3-1-4-1- 2-0-2 (31), Joel Dreessen: 1-9-2-2-2-2-1 (23), James Casey: 1-2-dnp-dnp-0-1-0 (14), Ben Tate: 0-dnp-1-0- 0-1-0 (10)

Two huge passing plays to Arian Foster and Jacoby Jones made up close to 70 percent of all Matt Schaub's passing yards against Tampa Bay. After that it was back on the rushing treadmill for Foster, Ben Tate and even Derrick Ward. Now with Schaub most likely done for the season and Matt Leinart at the helm it's hard to foresee much of an uptick in pass attempts.

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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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