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Target Watch: Week 11

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Seattle Seahawks

Sidney Rice: 6-5-BYE-5-14-8-4 (52), Doug Baldwin: 6-9-BYE-3-8-6-3 (47), Ben Obomanu: 4-10-BYE-2-4-2-2 (38), Marshawn Lynch: 4-6-BYE-dnp-0-2-7 (26), Zach Miller: 6-0-BYE-dnp-5-0-4 (24), Mike Williams: 5-dnp- BYE-4-dnp-3-1 (22), Golden Tate: 0-3-BYE-1-4-1-3 (22), Justin Forsett: 4-1-BYE-1-1-3-0 (21), Anthony McCoy: 0-6-BYE-4-1-2-2 (21), Leon Washington: 1-1-BYE-4-2-0-0 (12)

Marshawn Lynch was the whole offense for the Seahawks against the Ravens. After his 39 total looks the next non-Tarvaris Jacksons with the most opportunities were Zach Miller, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate with 4 each. Sidney Rice remains the best bet for targets.


San Francisco 49ers

Michael Crabtree: 9-5-15-BYE-9-5-4 (55), Vernon Davis: 6-3-2-BYE-3-7-4 (42), Delanie Walker: 3-3-3-BYE-0 -2-7 (25), Braylon Edwards: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-7-3-6 (23), Frank Gore: 2-2-5-BYE-0-3-1 (22), Josh Morgan: 3 -6-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (20), Ted Ginn: 1-0-5-BYE-1-1-4 (19), Kendall Hunter: 5-0-0-BYE-0-0-3 (10)

This was an interesting game target-wise for the 49ers. Delanie Walker and Braylon Edwards were the target leaders with 7 and 6 while Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis had 4 each. Those numbers coupled with the propensity for Alex Smith to not throw the ball all that often as it is makes for poor fantasy production from a single player consistently.


St. Louis Rams

Brandon Lloyd: 11-BYE-dnp-12-13-13-9 (80), Brandon Gibson: 1-BYE-10-dnp-6-5-3 (45), Danario Alexander: 8 -BYE-10-6-dnp-dnp-dnp (39), Lance Kendricks: 9-BYE-6-1-3-1-dnp (32), Steven Jackson: 8-BYE-5-5-5-2-3 (29), Cadillac Williams: dnp-BYE-3-1-0-0-0 (21), Austin Pettis: 7-BYE-0-0-1-5-4 (19), Billy Bajema: 2- BYE-0-2-2-1-2 (13), Michael Hoomanawanui: 1-BYE-0-3-1-0-3 (13)

Now unlike the 49ers target distribution the Rams are being a little more fantasy friendly by throwing to Brandon Lloyd and then throwing to Brandon Lloyd again and so on and so forth. All those guys under Lloyd on the target list not named Steven Jackson ... don't worry too much about them right now.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Williams: 8-9-13-11-BYE-8-5 (77), Kellen Winslow: 6-9-10-12-BYE-6-6 (69), Preston Parker: 7-3-5-6- BYE-4-4 (43), Arrelious Benn: 1-4-6-1-BYE-2-6 (33), Earnest Graham: 6-0-2-1-BYE-dnp-dnp (31), Kregg Lumpkin: 3-1-0-8-BYE-6-7 (27), Dezmon Briscoe: 0-2-2-10-BYE-2-2 (24), LeGarrette Blount: 2-3-dnp-dnp- BYE-3-2 (13), Luke Stocker: 4-dnp-dnp-3-BYE-0-0 (11)

This Tampa Bay team (said in my best Jon Gruden voice) had a ton of fantasy potential. And now? Nothing. Freeman, Blount, Williams and Winslow all looked poised for above average fantasy seasons, but they have all regressed into barely startable at best.


Tennessee Titans

Nate Washington: 4-8-BYE-3-6-6-4 (58), Chris Johnson: 2-3-BYE-6-5-6-7 (48), Damian Williams: 4-11-BYE-4- 5-7-7 (43), Lavelle Hawkins: 4-8-BYE-7-5-6-1 (40), Jared Cook: 6-9-BYE-2-2-8-3 (37), Javon Ringer: 0-6- BYE-1-6-2-3 (22)

From Week 3 on Damian Williams has led the Titans in number of targets. It is close though and the targets are being spread out pretty evenly. Williams did top 100 yards for the first time last game and caught his fourth touchdown of the season. His upside is good, but he's not getting the consistent looks to assure starter value week in and week out.


Washington Redskins

Fred Davis: 6-BYE-11-8-9-7-7 (64), Jabar Gaffney: 4-BYE-10-8-5-5-6 (59), Santana Moss: 10-BYE-6-2-dnp- dnp-dnp (43), Roy Helu: 0-BYE-4-2-4-17-3 (36), Terrence Austin: 0-BYE-1-6-3-5-1 (20), Leonard Hankerson: dnp-BYE-dnp-1-4-5-9 (19), Anthony Armstrong: dnp-BYE-dnp-4-4-1-0 (19)

Last week Leonard Hankerson led the Redskins in targets, receptions and yards and is now on injured reserve. That right there encapsulates Washington's season. After Hankerson, Fred Davis and Jabar Gaffney were second and third in targets and will have the best chance at fantasy value going forward.

As you probably know Coach Shanahan started Ryan Torain and watched him go nowhere and then gave Roy Helu a few carries and of course he fared much better. Tashard Choice joins the fray now and your guess is probably better than mine as to what happens next.



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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