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Target Watch: Week 11

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


New York Giants

Hakeem Nicks: 14-7-7-BYE-10-dnp-4 (65), Victor Cruz: 9-11-4-BYE-9-11-11 (64), Mario Manningham: 5-9-8- BYE-9-7-10 (62), Jake Ballard: 3-4-5-BYE-7-7-4 (35), Ahmad Bradshaw: 5-5-2-BYE-5-dnp-dnp (29), Brandon Jacobs: 1-dnp-dnp-BYE-2-5-2 (15), D.J. Ware: 1-1-0-BYE-2-2-6 (13)

In the last four games Eli Manning is averaging 41 pass attempts and amazingly that means a lot of targets for his receivers. As long as the Giants keep passing all three of Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and sometimes even Jake Ballard can be starters in 12 team leagues.


New York Jets

Plaxico Burress: 8-8-4-8-BYE-5-8 (58), Dustin Keller: 8-2-5-8-BYE-7-4 (57), Santonio Holmes: 11-6-4-3- BYE-6-8 (54), LaDainian Tomlinson: 3-1-4-4-BYE-3-5 (35), Jeremy Kerley: 1-3-4-7-BYE-5-8 (28), Shonn Greene: 0-2-2-1-BYE-0-4 (19)

Ok, ok, I'm on the Plaxico Burress bandwagon now. It's not where I want to be. I much rather be on the Santonio Holmes train or some other mode of transportation, but it's just not happening. Burress and Holmes are neck in neck in fantasy points this season and it shouldn't even be close. If I own both I'm still starting Holmes over Burress because he's just better and is more consistent on a weekly basis, but Burress is going to keep getting targets and he's also going to limit Holmes' upside.


Oakland Raiders

Denarius Moore: 5-6-4-5-BYE-12-7 (54), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 7-12-9-11-BYE-1-0 (50), Jacoby Ford: 2-7-4-5 -BYE-6-1 (29), Darren McFadden: 6-3-1-1-BYE-dnp-dnp (23), Derek Hagan: 5-3-0-1-BYE-dnp-dnp (20), Michael Bush: 4-0-1-3-BYE-3-4 (18), Brandon Myers: 0-1-1-1-BYE-1-3 (16), Marcel Reece: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-5-1 (14), Chaz Schilens: 1-3-0-dnp-BYE-2-0 (11), Kevin Boss: 5-0-0-1-BYE-0-2 (10)

Denarius Moore had a breakout game against the Chargers on Thursday with 5 receptions for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. Well, maybe that would be his second breakout game of the season since he had 5 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Bills. So will Moore follow this breakout game with 117 yards and a touchdown in his next 6 games like he did last time? I sure hope not! Carson Palmer and the demotion of Darrius Heyward-Bey should keep that from happening. Hopefully.


Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Maclin: 11-8-7-BYE-3-9-5 (68), DeSean Jackson: 9-7-6-BYE-6-8-dnp (57), Brent Celek: 4-5-9-BYE-9-9 -7 (55), Jason Avant: 8-10-4-BYE-5-3-1 (47), LeSean McCoy: 9-7-4-BYE-3-5-5 (43), Steve Smith: 0-0-1-BYE- dnp-dnp-10 (18)

With DeSean Jackson out and Jeremy Maclin injured during the game the bulk of the targets ended up going to Steve Smith. This was surprising since he had only one target in the 5 previous games and Jason Avant looked to be the next receiver in line for targets. It's difficult to know how the targets will break down once Maclin and Jackson return and with the surge in looks for Brent Celek, but Smith needs to be back on the radar.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown: 10-4-2-9-15-10-6 (79), Mike Wallace: 4-7-6-7-7-6-10 (74), Heath Miller: 3-4-6-4-9-5-5 (50), Hines Ward: 4-8-4-4-dnp-1-1 (41), Emmanuel Sanders: 2-3-4-7-8-dnp-dnp (35), Rashard Mendenhall: 2- dnp-0-2-4-2-3 (20), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-1-0-1-1-6-4 (14), Isaac Redman: 1-3-1-2-2-1-1 (12)

Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace continue to be the main guys in Pittsburgh, but it looks like Hines Ward has been passed on the depth chart by Jerricho Cotchery. This isn't earth shattering fantasy news but Cotchery will have touchdown potential as an injury fill-in.


San Diego Chargers

Vincent Jackson: 4-6-BYE-8-8-12-7 (71), Mike Tolbert: 8-3-BYE-1-dnp-9-9 (53), Antonio Gates: dnp-dnp- BYE-7-7-11-6 (45), Ryan Mathews: 5-1-BYE-5-7-dnp-5 (41), Malcom Floyd: 3-7-BYE-4-7-dnp-dnp (36), Randy McMichael: 6-6-BYE-3-3-1-1 (29), Patrick Crayton: 1-2-BYE-1-4-3-5 (23), Vincent Brown: 2-0-BYE-1-dnp-6-9 (19), Jacob Hester: 0-2-BYE-1-0-2-1 (12)

Vincent Brown has risen! We've been waiting for him to get his opportunity and Thursday night it finally happened. He had 9 targets and caught 5 for 97 yards and a touchdown and had another touchdown called back that was in my estimation enough to give him at least 1.5 touchdowns on the day. There's a decent chance that Malcom Floyd will be Wally Pipp'd.


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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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