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Target Watch: Week 12

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals

Jerome Simpson: 7-9-BYE-2-10-4-13 (45), Andre Caldwell: 4-4-BYE-6-9-8-9 (40), A.J. Green: 8-7-BYE-10-7-2-dnp (34), Jermaine Gresham: 7-6-BYE-dnp-dnp-5-6 (24), Andrew Hawkins: 2-1-BYE-0-0-6-8 (17), Brian Leonard: 3-2-BYE-3-2-0-5 (15), Donald Lee: 0-1-BYE-3-4-dnp-dnp (8), Bernard Scott: 2-1-BYE-3-1-0-1 (8)

With A.J. Green out this was the Andy Dalton and Jerome Simpson show. His 8 receptions for 152 yards were both season highs and his 3rd 100-plus yard game. He’s been inconsistent but what receiver isn’t? Green is still the stud, but Simpson is averaging more targets.

Cleveland Browns

Greg Little: BYE-12-7-11-8-6-8 (52), Josh Cribbs: BYE-5-6-3-5-5-3 (27), Ben Watson: BYE-8-4-3-2-5-4 (26), Chris Ogbonnaya: BYE-dnp-5-8-1-2-3 (19), Mohamed Massaquoi: BYE-7-2-dnp-1-dnp-2 (12), Jordan Norwood: BYE-0-0-6-1-3-2 (12), Evan Moore: BYE-3-4-2-2-0-0 (11), Alex Smith: BYE-3-2-1-0-2-0 (8)

What can you say about the Browns? I wish I knew.

Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant: BYE-8-8-5-9-6-8 (44), Jason Witten: BYE-4-6-12-7-7-3 (39), Laurent Robinson: BYE-2-3-8-5-3-11 (32), Demarco Murray: BYE-2-2-3-6-7-7 (27), Miles Austin: BYE-10-5-3-3-dnp-dnp (21), Martellus Bennett: BYE-3-0-1-0-1-3 (8), Kevin Ogletree: BYE-2-0-0-0-1-2 (5), Felix Jones: BYE-4-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1 (5)

Demarco Murray had 32 looks to Felix Jones’ 6 and Murray was on the field for 54 to Jones’ 21 snaps. This should continue even though Murray had his worst game as a starter.

Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Laurent Robinson are averaging 7 targets per game in the last four games. That makes them all about equally useful as far as opportunities go.

Denver Broncos

Eric Decker: 5-BYE-3-12-5-3-5 (33), Eddie Royal: dnp-BYE-4-13-5-2-4 (28), Demaryius Thomas: dnp-BYE-10-3-2-0-6 (21), Daniel Fells: 4-BYE-4-1-1-0-1 (11), Knowshon Moreno: 3-BYE-2-2-4-0-dnp (11), Matt Willis: 3-BYE-2-3-0-1-0 (9), Dante Rosario: 2-BYE-1-1-1-1-1 (7), Lance Ball: 0-BYE-0-3-0-1-3 (7)

Eric Decker led the Broncos’ receivers with 5 targets but had zero receptions. Tim Tebow’s 44.8 completion percentage isn’t going to get any of these receivers in the Hall of Fame.

Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson: 6-9-11-7-BYE-20-8 (61), Brandon Pettigrew: 5-14-6-4-BYE-9-5 (43), Nate Burleson: 4-10-3-7-BYE-9-7 (40), Titus Young: 4-5-3-5-BYE-10-3 (30), Tony Scheffler: 1-dnp-3-3-BYE-7-3 (17), Maurice Morris: 1-1-4-3-BYE-2-1 (12), Will Heller: 1-1-2-0-BYE-3-3 (10), Kevin Smith: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-2-4 (6)

Say hello to Kevin Smith. His 200-plus total yards and 3 touchdowns push him into the running for waiver wire player of the year but of course Cam Newton and DeMarco Murray are doing their best to blow away the competition.

Matthew Stafford did his best Aaron Rodgers impersonation by completing passes to 9 different receivers and throwing 5 touchdowns to 5 different Lions not named Calvin Johnson. He’s Calvin Johnson so chalk this one up to bad luck on your part.

Nate Burleson has re-emerged as a more consistent contributor and may be useful down the stretch in the dome but the way Stafford is spreading the ball around there will be games where he does give you less points than you would want.

Green Bay Packers

Greg Jennings: 5-10-10-BYE-8-5-6 (44), Jordy Nelson: 7-3-4-BYE-6-5-7 (32), Jermichael Finley: 7-4-2-BYE-7-4-3 (27), James Starks: 3-2-4-BYE-1-4-6 (20), Donald Driver: 2-5-1-BYE-2-4-5 (19), James Jones: 7-1-4-BYE-1-1-3 (17), Randall Cobb: 2-0-2-BYE-0-3-1 (8), John Kuhn: 1-0-1-BYE-1-2-1 (6), Ryan Grant: 1-2-0-BYE-0-1-0 (4)

It’s Jordy Nelson’s world and we are just along for the ride. He leads the league with a 75.5% catch rate. In his last 5 games he has caught 22 of 25 targets for 447 yards and 6 touchdowns. In that stretch he has 4 red zone targets and has caught each one for a touchdown. Just insane.

James Jones’ lack of targets have caught up with him unfortunately. Donald Driver has seen an increase in targets which is hurting Jones and Jermichael Finley a little.

Houston Texans

Arian Foster: 7-11-5-4-7-4-BYE (38), Jacoby Jones: 11-7-4-5-4-3-BYE (34), Owen Daniels: 11-3-5-6-4-3-BYE (32), Kevin Walter: 6-8-4-9-1-1-BYE (29), Joel Dreessen: 9-2-2-2-2-1-BYE (18), Derrick Mason: 1-4-1-2-0-2-BYE (10), Bryant Johnson: dnp-1-1-0-1-1-BYE (4)

Two huge passing plays to Arian Foster and Jacoby Jones made up close to 70% of all Matt Schaub’s passing yards against Tampa Bay in Week 10. 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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