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Target Watch: Week 12

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New York Giants

Victor Cruz: 11-4-BYE-9-11-11-10 (56), Mario Manningham: 9-8-BYE-9-7-10-2 (45), Hakeem Nicks: 7-7-BYE-10-dnp-4-7 (35), Jake Ballard: 4-5-BYE-7-7-4-7 (34), D.J. Ware: 1-0-BYE-2-2-6-3 (14), Brandon Jacobs: dnp-dnp-BYE-2-5-2-4 (13), Ahmad Bradshaw: 5-2-BYE-5-dnp-dnp-dnp (12), Bear Pascoe: 1-2-BYE-1-1-3-0 (8), Ramses Barden: dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-5-0-1 (6)

Victor Cruz is your new target leader in New York and in the last 7 games ranks 8th overall for the whole league. Yeah, he’s not going away.

Mario Manningham’s 2 targets was disconcerting after a stretch of 7-plus target games but I think we have to go with his good history over his extremely recent poor history.

The running backs snap totals broke down as such; Brandon Jacobs 34, D.J. Ware 19 and Da’Rell Scott 6. Jacobs laid an egg last time out but is still the main guy with Ahmad Bradshaw out.

New York Jets

Plaxico Burress: 8-4-8-BYE-5-8-9 (42), Santonio Holmes: 6-4-3-BYE-6-8-9 (36), Dustin Keller: 2-5-8-BYE-7-4-8 (34), Jeremy Kerley: 3-4-7-BYE-5-8-dnp (27), LaDainian Tomlinson: 1-4-4-BYE-3-5-dnp (17), Shonn Greene: 2-2-1-BYE-0-4-1 (10), Joe McKnight: 0-2-0-BYE-1-0-7 (10), Patrick Turner: 0-0-0-BYE-0-1-4 (5)

Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes have identical target numbers in the last two games but Burress leads all receivers in red zone targets in the last 6 and that is of course what keeps him a fantasy start.

When Shonn Greene went down Joe McKnight was his clear backup with 46 snaps while Bilal Powell was the clear backup to him with 21 snaps. McKnight showed the most out of the two with his ability in the passing game.

Oakland Raiders

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 12-9-11-BYE-1-0-5 (38), Denarius Moore: 6-4-5-BYE-12-7-2 (36), Jacoby Ford: 7-4-5-BYE-6-1-dnp (23), Michael Bush: 0-1-3-BYE-3-4-2 (13), Brandon Myers: 1-1-1-BYE-1-3-3 (10), Kevin Boss: 0-0-1-BYE-0-2-6 (9), Marcel Reece: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-5-1-3 (9), Louis Murphy: dnp-1-4-BYE-1-1-0 (7), Chaz Schilens: 3-0-dnp-BYE-2-0-2 (7)

Michael Bush was the Raiders whole offense as he touched the ball on almost half of their plays. And of course Denarius Moore took a back seat to Kevin Boss and Darrius Heyward-Bey like we all expected! The Oakland receivers have the stench of a Shanahan back.

Philadelphia Eagles

Brent Celek: 5-9-BYE-9-9-7-6 (45), DeSean Jackson: 7-6-BYE-6-8-dnp-8 (35), Jeremy Maclin: 8-7-BYE-3-9-5-dnp (32), LeSean McCoy: 7-4-BYE-3-5-5-4 (28), Jason Avant: 10-4-BYE-5-3-1-2 (25), Riley Cooper: 0-0-BYE-0-1-2-12 (15), Steve Smith: 0-1-BYE-dnp-dnp-10-1 (12)

Did you ever expect to see Brent Celek on the top of any target lists this season? I didn’t but here he is. But Riley Cooper was this week’s big winner with Jeremy Maclin hurt and Vince Young at the helm. This team is in such flux that predicting targets is a fool’s errand. And my momma didn’t raise no fool!

Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown: 4-2-9-15-10-6-BYE (46), Mike Wallace: 7-6-7-7-6-10-BYE (43), Heath Miller: 4-6-4-9-5-5-BYE (33), Emmanuel Sanders: 3-4-7-8-dnp-dnp-BYE (22), Hines Ward: 8-4-4-dnp-1-1-BYE (18), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-0-1-1-6-4-BYE (13), Rashard Mendenhall: dnp-0-2-4-2-3-BYE (11), Isaac Redman: 3-1-2-2-1-1-BYE (10), David Johnson: 2-0-0-1-2-1-BYE (6), Weslye Saunders: 1-0-1-1-0-2-BYE (5)

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: 6-BYE-8-8-12-7-8 (49), Antonio Gates: dnp-BYE-7-7-11-6-4 (35), Mike Tolbert: 3-BYE-1-dnp-9-9-7 (29), Vincent Brown: 0-BYE-1-dnp-6-9-4 (20), Ryan Mathews: 1-BYE-5-7-dnp-5-2 (20), Malcom Floyd: 7-BYE-4-7-dnp-dnp-dnp (18), Randy McMichael: 6-BYE-3-3-1-1-3 (17), Patrick Crayton: 2-BYE-1-4-3-5-0 (15), Jacob Hester: 2-BYE-1-0-2-1-2 (8)

Vincent Jackson gets his yards in bunches to be sure but he’s not disappearing due to lack of targets so you have to start him and just let the chips fall where they may.

Vincent Brown had a poor game after his breakout game which is the wont of rookies. But he was on the field for 43 snaps which was second to only Jackson as far as the receivers go. As long as Malcom Floyd is out Brown is the No. 2.

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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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