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Target Watch: Week 12

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The numbers by each name are targets for weeks’ 5 through 11. And for this week I’ve changed things up and instead of the yearly totals I am lopping off weeks’ 1 through 4 and just giving the totals for the last 7 so we can get a little better picture as to what is happening nowish.

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

Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald: 8-BYE-10-5-12-13-9 (57), Early Doucet: 16-BYE-5-6-6-4-10 (47), Andre Roberts: 6-BYE-5-3-7-7-9 (37), Jeff King: 6-BYE-1-3-2-5-0 (17), Rob Housler: 8-BYE-6-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (16), Chester Taylor: dnp-BYE-dnp-1-1-3-3 (8), LaRod Stephens-Howling: 0-BYE-3-1-1-2-0 (7), Demarco Sampson: 2-BYE-2-dnp-0-0-2 (6), Jim Dray: dnp-BYE-dnp-0-3-2-0 (5), Beanie Wells: 1-BYE-0-0-2-0-1 (4)

John Skelton had a meltdown of Chernobyl proportions against the 49ers last week and the quarterback situation in Arizona remains unbearable to watch, but they still play the games and somehow Larry Fitzgerald still gets into the end zone. In the last 7 games Fitz is the 6th most targeted player in this National Football League. As long as the scrubs at QB can keep that number up there he’ll still get you fantasy points.

Atlanta Falcons

Roddy White: 9-5-10-BYE-9-7-14 (54), Tony Gonzalez: 8-3-8-BYE-6-10-6 (41), Harry Douglas: 5-4-7-BYE-0-14-4 (34), Julio Jones: 4-dnp-dnp-BYE-4-5-dnp (13), Michael Turner: 0-3-1-BYE-2-2-2 (10), Eric Weems: 1-0-0-BYE-0-5-3 (9), Jacquizz Rodgers: 1-1-4-BYE-1-2-0 (9), Jason Snelling: 2-1-1-BYE-0-2-2 (8), Michael Palmer: 0-1-1-BYE-2-0-1 (5)

With Julio Jones still on the shelf, Roddy White had his biggest game of the season with 14 targets, 7 receptions and 147 yards. This is only his 2nd game over 100 yards receiving but it’s still a good sign that he continues to get his steady targets. You can’t count on him quite like you used to for big numbers, but he is still steady.

Baltimore Ravens

Anquan Boldin: BYE-9-12-12-10-9-2 (54), Ray Rice: BYE-7-8-9-7-10-10 (51), Torrey Smith: BYE-5-5-9-9-8-7 (43), Ed Dickson: BYE-3-5-9-5-14-3 (39), Dennis Pitta: BYE-5-3-8-8-7-0 (31), Ricky Williams: BYE-1-0-2-1-3-2 (9), Vonta Leach: BYE-2-1-1-1-1-2 (8), LaQuan Williams: BYE-1-2-1-3-1-0 (8)

Anquan Boldin was on the field for 52 plays and saw 2 targets. Thankfully for his fantasy owners he caught one of those for a 32 yard touchdown. Torrey Smith was the big story here catching 6 of his 7 targets for 165 yards and a touchdown.

The tight end race was put on hold this week with Ed Dickson getting 3 targets to Dennis Pitta’s 0. You just can’t count on Dickson.

Buffalo Bills

Stevie Johnson: 5-10-BYE-9-6-5-8 (43), Fred Jackson: 6-6-BYE-4-7-4-5 (32), David Nelson: 2-6-BYE-5-7-5-4 (29), Donald Jones: 2-dnp-BYE-dnp-4-10-1 (17), Scott Chandler: 1-1-BYE-2-3-3-6 (16), Naaman Roosevelt: 7-2-BYE-1-3-1-2 (16), C.J. Spiller: 2-5-BYE-3-0-0-4 (14), Brad Smith: 1-0-BYE-3-0-0-4 (8), Johnny White: 0-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-4 (4)

The Bills have hit a little speed bump, well, more like the Rocky Mountains. Stevie Johnson has had back to back clunkers and this one came on 8 targets. He has hit a touchdown slump and has yet to top 100 yards receiving. The cold weather and Ryan Fitzpatrick’s late season nose dive may not be helpful either.

Johnny White saw 4 targets which is somewhat interesting if Fred Jackson can’t go. C.J. Spiller is the backup no doubt but I could see White take more looks away from him than we would imagine.

Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith: 7-7-9-9-BYE-8-10 (50), Greg Olsen: 5-10-3-7-BYE-11-9 (45), Legedu Naanee: 7-2-3-7-BYE-9-5 (33), Jeremy Shockey: 7-7-4-3-BYE-1-dnp (22), Jonathan Stewart: 1-3-0-3-BYE-7-6 (20), Brandon LaFell: 2-1-3-2-BYE-2-5 (15), DeAngelo Williams: 0-3-0-2-BYE-1-1 (7)

This Lions/Panthers game was a shootout to say the least. Cam Newton remains Cam Newton. He ran in two touchdowns to bring his rookie record total up to 9. He needs 4 more to break Steve Grogan’s record of 12 in a season.

With Jeremy Shockey out Greg Olsen saw plenty of targets but only caught 3 for 23 yards. That made my fake team sad but is a good sign for Olsen if Shockey remains out.

DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are just not going to give us a single running back to count on week to week. Both had decent games in this high scoring affair but as usual no touchdowns. Stewart has 2 and Williams has 1 while Newton of course has 9. The Daily Show is still the best bet between the two with his 70 total yards and .2 touchdowns per game averages.

Chicago Bears

Matt Forte: 7-7-4-BYE-5-5-4 (32), Devin Hester: 7-7-9-BYE-5-0-0 (28), Roy Williams: 1-4-5-BYE-6-2-8 (26), Johnny Knox: 2-4-6-BYE-1-2-5 (20), Earl Bennett: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-5-6-9 (20), Dane Sanzenbacher: 10-3-3-BYE-2-0-1 (19), Kellen Davis: 3-3-2-BYE-3-2-1 (14), Matt Spaeth: 1-1-0-BYE-2-1-1 (6), Sam Hurd: 5-0-0-BYE-0-1-0 (6), Tyler Clutts: 1-1-2-BYE-1-0-1 (6), Marion Barber: 1-1-1-BYE-1-0-0 (4)

The loss of Jay Cutler might send these numbers off onto a different track but Matt Forte has been most of the offense and now will be even more so! He currently accounts for 42% of their 3,329 of their total yards. That number could top 50% in the next 6 games.

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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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