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Target Watch: Week 12

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Seattle Seahawks

Sidney Rice: 5-BYE-5-14-8-4-3 (39), Doug Baldwin: 9-BYE-3-8-6-3-5 (34), Ben Obomanu: 10-BYE-2-4-2-2-4 (24), Marshawn Lynch: 6-BYE-dnp-0-2-7-2 (17), Anthony McCoy: 6-BYE-4-1-2-2-0 (15), Golden Tate: 3-BYE-1-4-1-3-3 (15), Mike Williams: dnp-BYE-4-dnp-3-1-5 (13), Zach Miller: 0-BYE-dnp-5-0-4-1 (10)

The Seattle passing game remains inconsistent with Sidney Rice’s skills keeping him on the cusp of startability.

Marshawn Lynch has a touchdown in each of his last 6 games and has turned into a must start; the only must start on the Seahawks by a big margin.

San Francisco 49ers

Michael Crabtree: 5-15-BYE-9-5-4-10 (48), Vernon Davis: 3-2-BYE-3-7-4-10 (29), Braylon Edwards: dnp-dnp-BYE-7-3-6-4 (20), Delanie Walker: 3-3-BYE-0-2-7-5 (20), Frank Gore: 2-5-BYE-0-3-1-2 (13), Ted Ginn: 0-5-BYE-1-1-4-0 (11), Kyle Williams: 1-1-BYE-0-2-1-5 (10)

Alex Smith’s 38 pass attempts was his high for the season so we can’t count on 10 targets for Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, at least in the same game, very often. But it was a good sign to see the 49ers two best receivers get the targets they deserved. Hopefully the trend will continue.

St. Louis Rams

Brandon Lloyd: BYE-dnp-12-13-13-9-14 (65), Brandon Gibson: BYE-10-dnp-6-5-3-7 (31), Steven Jackson: BYE-5-5-5-2-3-5 (25), Austin Pettis: BYE-0-0-1-5-4-5 (15), Lance Kendricks: BYE-6-1-3-1-dnp-2 (13), Billy Bajema: BYE-0-2-2-1-2-1 (8), Michael Hoomanawanui: BYE-0-3-1-0-3-dnp (7), Mark Clayton: BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-4 (5)

Brandon Lloyd leads all receivers in targets in the last 7 weeks and that’s with him missing a game. This is good news for fake football types who own him.

The receiver snap count after Lloyd was Austin Pettis 51, Brandon Gibson 48, and Mark Clayton with 27, which included 4 targets. It will be interesting to see if Clayton’s numbers increase going forward. I think they will.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Williams: 9-13-11-BYE-8-5-11 (57), Kellen Winslow: 9-10-12-BYE-6-6-11 (54), Arrelious Benn: 4-6-1-BYE-2-6-6 (25), Preston Parker: 3-5-6-BYE-4-4-2 (24), Kregg Lumpkin: 1-0-8-BYE-6-7-1 (23), Dezmon Briscoe: 2-2-10-BYE-2-2-3 (21), LeGarrette Blount: 3-dnp-dnp-BYE-3-2-1 (9)

Tampa Mike Williams finally had a good game! Of course this comes 10 weeks too late but that’s how the fake football falls. As long as he keeps getting so many targets you have to throw him out there and his warm weather winter home field makes things a little more appealing as well.

Kellen Winslow is having some trouble getting into the end zone but no trouble getting targets. He has one more than Bobby Gronk in the last 7 weeks. Like Williams, Winslow’s opportunities and weather make for an intriguing stretch run.

Tennessee Titans

Damian Williams: 11-BYE-4-5-7-7-11 (45), Nate Washington: 8-BYE-3-6-6-4-9 (36), Jared Cook: 9-BYE-2-2-8-3-9 (33), Lavelle Hawkins: 8-BYE-7-5-6-1-4 (31), Chris Johnson: 3-BYE-6-5-6-7-3 (30), Javon Ringer: 6-BYE-1-6-2-3-6 (24)

Damian Williams had 11 targets!! Woo hoo! Take that to the bank. And then fumble around for all those fake points that aren’t there because Williams only caught one of those targets for 5 yards while Nate Washington turned his 9 targets into 2 touchdowns. That is a nice return on your investment. Don’t give up on Williams just yet.

Chris Johnson turned back into a pumpkin but has a ridiculously easy schedule to finish the season. Take that for what it’s worth.

Washington Redskins

Fred Davis: BYE-11-8-9-7-7-6 (48), Jabar Gaffney: BYE-10-8-5-5-6-10 (44), Roy Helu: BYE-4-2-4-17-3-2 (32), Leonard Hankerson: BYE-dnp-1-4-5-9-dnp (19), Terrence Austin: BYE-1-6-3-5-1-0 (16), Donte Stallworth: BYE-3-dnp-2-dnp-dnp-6 (11), Anthony Armstrong: BYE-dnp-4-4-1-0-2 (11), David Anderson: BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-3-3 (8), Ryan Torain: BYE-1-0-1-1-1-3 (7), Logan Paulsen: BYE-0-2-0-2-1-2 (7), Darrel Young: BYE-0-0-1-2-1-2 (6)

I’m not sure a team can get more fake football unfriendly. The snap count for the Native American’s running backs was Roy Helu 40, Ryan Torain 20 and Tashard Choice 10. You can’t choose Choice anymore and Torain has been about as bad as any running back ever in the history of running backs so Helu is the only guy to keep around but, well, you know.

Santana Moss may be back this week which will turn these numbers on their head once again. Rex Grossman is going to throw interceptions but at least he is aggressive which may be able to keep Fred Davis and Moss in the fake money.

Below you’ll find the receivers with the most red zone targets in the last 7 weeks for you perusal and amusement or perusement.

Plaxico Burress-11, Calvin Johnson-11, Aaron Hernandez-10, Jimmy Graham-10, Rob Gronkowski-9, Tony Gonzalez-9, Brandon Pettigrew-9, Roddy White-9, Michael Crabtree-9, Deion Branch-8, Mario Manningham-8, Marques Colston-8, Mike Williams-8, Dez Bryant-8, Wes Welke-8, Early Doucet -7, Jason Hill-7, Jason Witten-7, Jerome Simpson-7, Jake Ballard-7, Greg Olsen-7, Brandon Marshall-7, Dwayne Bowe-7, Anquan Boldin-7, Antonio Brown-7, Steve Johnson-7, Pierre Garcon-7, Larry Fitzgerald-6, Tony Scheffler-6, Damian Williams-6, Jermichael Finley-6, Heath Miller-6, Kellen Winslow-6, Greg Jennings-6, Sidney Rice-6, Andre Caldwell-6, Lavelle Hawkins-6, Fred Davis-6

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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