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Target Watch: Week 13

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The numbers by each name are targets for Weeks 6 through 12. And the target totals reflect the last seven weeks as well. I hope you enjoy! 

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

Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald: BYE-10-5-12-13-9-9 (58), Andre Roberts: BYE-5-3-7-7-9-5 (36), Early Doucet: BYE-5-6-6-4-10-1 (32), Jeff King: BYE-1-3-2-5-0-3 (14), Chester Taylor: BYE-dnp-1-1-3-3-2 (10), LaRod Stephens-Howling: BYE-3-1-1-2-0-1 (8), Jim Dray: BYE-dnp-0-3-2-0-0 (5)

This was the Beanie Wells show without a doubt. The Rams held Wells to 10 carries and 20 yards rushing the last time they met which is quite a difference from the 27 carries for 228 yards they allowed to him this time around. Oh that reminds me, start Frank Gore this week.

Larry Fitzgerald had a down game as Beanie led the way but he still got his targets. The poor quarterback play will continue to hurt him but of course you can’t sit him as long as he’s averaging 9 targets a game.

Atlanta Falcons

Roddy White: 5-10-BYE-9-7-14-13 (58), Tony Gonzalez: 3-8-BYE-6-10-6-9 (42), Harry Douglas: 4-7-BYE-0-14-4-5 (34), Michael Turner: 3-1-BYE-2-2-2-1 (11), Jacquizz Rodgers: 1-4-BYE-1-2-0-2 (10), Julio Jones: dnp-dnp-BYE-4-5-dnp-0 (9), Eric Weems: 0-0-BYE-0-5-3-0 (8), Michael Palmer: 1-1-BYE-2-0-1-3 (8), Jason Snelling: 1-1-BYE-0-2-2-1 (7)

Julio Jones played in this game, and was targeted on two plays that were called back on penalties, but unfortunately he put up a big fat turkey egg on the stat sheet. Roddy White on the other hand has come on with Jones hurting. Last week he topped 100 yards only for the second time this season and then he goes and does it again with his biggest fantasy game of the year. If you have White on your team keep that pin stuck in your Julio Jones voodoo doll’s hammy.

Don’t expect Jacquizz Rodgers to come on anytime soon. He was only on the field for 10 snaps against the Vikings. He’ll need an injury to Michael Turner or for the starters to be rested before he can have value this season.

Baltimore Ravens

Anquan Boldin: 9-12-12-10-9-2-9 (63), Ray Rice: 7-8-9-7-10-10-3 (54), Torrey Smith: 5-5-9-9-8-7-3 (46), Ed Dickson: 3-5-9-5-14-3-2 (41), Dennis Pitta: 5-3-8-8-7-0-2 (33), Ricky Williams: 1-0-2-1-3-2-2 (11), Vonta Leach: 2-1-1-1-1-2-1 (9), LaQuan Williams: 1-2-1-3-1-0-0 (8)

The Ravens and 49ers had a defensive battle on Turkey Day which shows in the targets and production. Anquan Boldin continues to be the main guy but could only grab four of his nine targets while Torrey Smith came off his huge game the week before to garner three targets. This offense is erratic at best and Ray Rice remains the only consistent play each week.

Buffalo Bills

Stevie Johnson: 10-BYE-9-6-5-8-13 (51), David Nelson: 6-BYE-5-7-5-4-8 (35), Fred Jackson: 6-BYE-4-7-4-5-dnp (26), Scott Chandler: 1-BYE-2-3-3-6-7 (22), C.J. Spiller: 5-BYE-3-0-0-4-3 (15), Donald Jones: dnp-BYE-dnp-4-10-1-dnp (15), Brad Smith: 0-BYE-3-0-0-4-7 (14)

We’ve heard plenty about Mr. Stevie Johnson’s drops/pantomime but as far as targets go he was the guy, oh, and as far as production goes as well. Our pals at Pro Football Focus give us this interesting tidbit: “Stevie Johnson has 11 of the 24 catches that Darrelle Revis has allowed all season.” That’s an insane number.

After Johnson’s 13 targets David Nelson had eight and once again found himself in the end zone scoring his third touchdown in 4 games. Maybe the most interesting news from this game was Brad Smith’s seven targets that led to four receptions, 77 yards and a touchdown. Smith has plenty of speed and talent so it will be interesting to see if they keep getting him the ball now that it looks like he’ll be starting opposite of Johnson.

C.J. Spiller had trouble against the Jets run defense rushing 19 times for only 55 yards. He caught all three of his targets but only got 15 yards out of them. Tashard Choice and Johnny White were only on the field for three plays combined. It seems like that number should go up for one or the other next game but we’ll have to wait and see.

Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith: 7-9-9-BYE-8-10-7 (50), Greg Olsen: 10-3-7-BYE-11-9-3 (43), Legedu Naanee: 2-3-7-BYE-9-5-4 (30), Jonathan Stewart: 3-0-3-BYE-7-6-4 (23), Brandon LaFell: 1-3-2-BYE-2-5-6 (19), Jeremy Shockey: 7-4-3-BYE-1-dnp-3 (18), DeAngelo Williams: 3-0-2-BYE-1-1-0 (7)

After Steve Smith the Olsen/Shockey and LaFell/Naanee duos continue to cancel each other’s fantasy value. It looked like Legedu Naanee would sit this week but he ended up going and crushing all my hopes and dreams for a LaFell breakout.

DeAngelo Williams found himself in unfamiliar territory with two rushing touchdowns. His second and third touchdowns of the season came as a surprise to most fantasy prognosticators and the chances of him repeating are fairly slim as Jonathan Stewart was on the field for more plays and is getting all of the passing targets.

Chicago Bears

Matt Forte: 7-4-BYE-5-5-4-10 (35), Roy Williams: 4-5-BYE-6-2-8-5 (30), Johnny Knox: 4-6-BYE-1-2-5-10 (28), Earl Bennett: dnp-dnp-BYE-5-6-9-4 (24), Devin Hester: 7-9-BYE-5-0-0-0 (21), Kellen Davis: 3-2-BYE-3-2-1-2 (13)

This was an odd game to say the least. The Bears traveled to California with their young quarterback Caleb Hanie and then had him throw 36 times while Matt Forte ran the ball only 12 times and Marion Barber 10 times (on just 15 snaps). Oh, Hanie threw 3 interceptions of course. But I digress.

The target story in this one was Johnny Knox who had 10, a season high for him. He caught 4 of those for 145 yards and a touchdown. I can’t say that he’ll continue to get those targets since this offense is in flux with the transition to Hanie at QB but it’s a good sign for Knox nonetheless.

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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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