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Target Watch: Week 13

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New York Giants

Victor Cruz: 4-BYE-9-11-11-10-12 (57), Hakeem Nicks: 7-BYE-10-dnp-4-7-12 (40), Mario Manningham: 8-BYE-9-7-10-2-dnp (36), Jake Ballard: 5-BYE-7-7-4-7-5 (35), Danny Ware: 0-BYE-2-2-6-3-9 (22), Brandon Jacobs: dnp-BYE-2-5-2-4-0 (13), Ramses Barden: dnp-BYE-dnp-5-0-1-4 (10), Bear Pascoe: 2-BYE-1-1-3-0-1 (8)

In garbage time, a futile try to get back into the game time, Eli Manning passed a whole bunch to Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Cruz leads all fantasy wide receivers in standard scoring from Week 5 on. That is a little surprising but of course shouldn’t be. But sometimes it’s hard for us fake footballers to switch our thinking. We’ll see something similar when looking at Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown later.

New York Jets

Plaxico Burress: 4-8-BYE-5-8-9-7 (41), Dustin Keller: 5-8-BYE-7-4-8-8 (40), Santonio Holmes: 4-3-BYE-6-8-9-9 (39), Jeremy Kerley: 4-7-BYE-5-8-dnp-dnp (24), LaDainian Tomlinson: 4-4-BYE-3-5-dnp-dnp (16), Joe McKnight: 2-0-BYE-1-0-7-3 (13), Shonn Greene: 2-1-BYE-0-4-1-4 (12), Patrick Turner: 0-0-BYE-0-1-4-4 (9)

I blame Mark Sanchez for all the ills of the world, well, all of the ills of a Santonio Holmes fantasy owner. He’s been getting the targets but Sanchez is erratic and making it hard for him to be productive. Plaxico Burress has more fantasy points than Holmes. That makes me sad.

Oakland Raiders

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 9-11-BYE-1-0-5-10 (36), Denarius Moore: 4-5-BYE-12-7-2-dnp (30), Michael Bush: 1-3-BYE-3-4-2-4 (17), Jacoby Ford: 4-5-BYE-6-1-dnp-dnp (16), Marcel Reece: dnp-dnp-BYE-5-1-3-7 (16), Chaz Schilens: 0-dnp-BYE-2-0-2-8 (12), Kevin Boss: 0-1-BYE-0-2-6-3 (12), Louis Murphy: 1-4-BYE-1-1-0-4 (11), Brandon Myers: 1-1-BYE-1-3-3-1 (10), T.J. Houshmandzadeh: dnp-dnp-BYE-4-1-0-0 (5)

The constant injuries to the wide receivers makes trying to deduce what is going on with them nearly impossible. Maybe the most interesting development was Marcel Reece’s 7 targets. Even if the Raiders start getting healthier it seems that Reece will continue to get work because he’s just too good at football.

With Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore out Chaz Schillens picked up the target slack. But who gets the targets this Sunday depends on Ford and Moore’s health.

Philadelphia Eagles

Brent Celek: 9-BYE-9-9-7-6-6 (46), DeSean Jackson: 6-BYE-6-8-dnp-8-10 (38), Jason Avant: 4-BYE-5-3-1-2-14 (29), LeSean McCoy: 4-BYE-3-5-5-4-7 (28), Jeremy Maclin: 7-BYE-3-9-5-dnp-dnp (24), Riley Cooper: 0-BYE-0-1-2-12-5 (20), Steve Smith: 1-BYE-dnp-dnp-10-1-0 (12), Clay Harbor: 0-BYE-1-1-1-2-1 (6), Chad Hall: dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-0-5 (5)

Even though DeSean Jackson was benched last week he still had 10 targets so it’s impossible to sit him unless we know that Reid is benching him for the whole game and I don’t see that happening. As long as Jeremy Maclin is out Riley Cooper and Jason Avant will have some value. Chad Hall also had 5 targets but only caught one of them.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown: 2-9-15-10-6-BYE-6 (48), Mike Wallace: 6-7-7-6-10-BYE-6 (42), Heath Miller: 6-4-9-5-5-BYE-2 (31), Emmanuel Sanders: 4-7-8-dnp-dnp-BYE-4 (23), Hines Ward: 4-4-dnp-1-1-BYE-4 (14), Rashard Mendenhall: 0-2-4-2-3-BYE-2 (13), Jerricho Cotchery: 0-1-1-6-4-BYE-1 (13), Isaac Redman: 1-2-2-1-1-BYE-2 (9), Mewelde Moore: dnp-0-2-2-0-BYE-3 (7), Weslye Saunders: 0-1-1-0-2-BYE-1 (5)

In the last 5 games Antonio Brown has 30 receptions on 46 targets for 445 yards and 1 touchdown and Mike Wallace has 22 receptions on 36 targets for 327 yards and two touchdowns. Wallace has a ton of ability and more upside but you have to look at Brown on the same level with him right now.

San Diego Chargers

Vincent Jackson: BYE-8-8-12-7-8-3 (46), Antonio Gates: BYE-7-7-11-6-4-10 (45), Vincent Brown: BYE-1-dnp-6-9-4-10 (30), Mike Tolbert: BYE-1-dnp-9-9-7-4 (30), Ryan Mathews: BYE-5-7-dnp-5-2-1 (20), Patrick Crayton: BYE-1-4-3-5-0-2 (15), Randy McMichael: BYE-3-3-1-1-3-2 (13), Malcom Floyd: BYE-4-7-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (11), Jacob Hester: BYE-1-0-2-1-2-0 (6)

Philip Rivers isn’t doing his receivers much of a service with his lack of accuracy this season. Vincent Brown had 10 targets but only caught three of them which largely contributed to Rivers’ drop in completion percentage. His completion percentage the three previous years was 65.3, 65.2 and 66.0. So far this season it is 61.1. He has a career high 17 interceptions with five games remaining. This isn’t great news.

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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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