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Target Watch: Week 13

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Seattle Seahawks

Sidney Rice: BYE-5-14-8-4-3-2 (36), Doug Baldwin: BYE-3-8-6-3-5-10 (35), Ben Obomanu: BYE-2-4-2-2-4-4 (18), Mike Williams: BYE-4-dnp-3-1-5-3 (16), Golden Tate: BYE-1-4-1-3-3-3 (15), Marshawn Lynch: BYE-dnp-0-2-7-2-3 (14), Zach Miller: BYE-dnp-5-0-4-1-2 (12), Anthony McCoy: BYE-4-1-2-2-0-1 (10), Cameron Morrah: BYE-3-5-dnp-dnp-0-dnp (8), Justin Forsett: BYE-1-1-3-0-1-1 (7), Leon Washington: BYE-4-2-0-0-0-0 (6), Michael Robinson: BYE-2-1-0-0-1-1 (5)

Marshawn Lynch is the whole Seahawks’ team right now. He has a touchdown in each of his last seven starts and well, that’s good. And keep starting him over guys with more exciting names and prettier faces.

Doug Baldwin may have some value since he saw an increase in targets with Sidney Rice out with a concussion and considering that will also keep him out of the Thursday night game this week.

San Francisco 49ers

Michael Crabtree: 15-BYE-9-5-4-10-9 (52), Vernon Davis: 2-BYE-3-7-4-10-5 (31), Braylon Edwards: dnp-BYE-7-3-6-4-3 (23), Delanie Walker: 3-BYE-0-2-7-5-0 (17), Ted Ginn: 5-BYE-1-1-4-0-3 (14), Frank Gore: 5-BYE-0-3-1-2-2 (13), Kyle Williams: 1-BYE-0-2-1-5-1 (10), Kendall Hunter: 0-BYE-0-0-1-1-5 (12)

The Ravens shut down the already limited passing game of the 49ers on Thanksgiving night but it was good to see Michael Crabtree once again get a big number of targets. He is Smith’s go to receiver now and with some easier matchups on the horizon he could have a good finish to the season. The rest of the receivers are more sporadic in their targets, and on a run first team it’s not worth the gamble.

St. Louis Rams

Brandon Lloyd: dnp-12-13-13-9-14-10 (71), Brandon Gibson: 10-dnp-6-5-3-7-7 (38), Steven Jackson: 5-5-5-2-3-5-3 (28), Austin Pettis: 0-0-1-5-4-5-4 (19), Lance Kendricks: 6-1-3-1-dnp-2-5 (18), Danario Alexander: 10-6-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (16), Billy Bajema: 0-2-2-1-2-1-0 (8), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-3-1-0-3-dnp-dnp (7)

In the last 6 games Brandon Lloyd has 71 targets and also has 4 touchdowns in the last 5. He hasn’t topped 100 yards with the Rams yet but he’s still the 6th overall fantasy wide receiver and 3rd in receptions over that span. After him the pickings get much slimmer in Fantasy Rams Land. Steven Jackson gets an extremely tough schedule to finish the fantasy season: @San Francisco, @Seattle, Cinninnati and @Pittsburgh. And there isn’t another receiver that is really edging out the pack with Brandon Gibson as the No. 2 guy by default.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Williams: 13-11-BYE-8-5-11-11 (59), Kellen Winslow: 10-12-BYE-6-6-11-7 (52), Arrelious Benn: 6-1-BYE-2-6-6-5 (26), Kregg Lumpkin: 0-8-BYE-6-7-1-3 (25), Preston Parker: 5-6-BYE-4-4-2-3 (24), Dezmon Briscoe: 2-10-BYE-2-2-3-0 (19), LeGarrette Blount: dnp-dnp-BYE-3-2-1-3 (9)

Mike Williams’ target numbers remained steady all season and they are finally paying off. In his last 2 games he has 13 receptions for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns. If you target them they will score (unless you’re Marcedes Lewis).

LeGarrette Blount actually did something in the passing game! He caught 3 passes for 56 yards which were both highs for his career. We’ll see if he finishes the season with an uptick in receptions. If he does his stock for next year gets a boost. Oh and don’t forget that he still faces the Panthers two times this year!

Tennessee Titans

Damian Williams: BYE-4-5-7-7-11-4 (38), Nate Washington: BYE-3-6-6-4-9-6 (34), Jared Cook: BYE-2-2-8-3-9-7 (31), Lavelle Hawkins: BYE-7-5-6-1-4-7 (30), Chris Johnson: BYE-6-5-6-7-3-2 (29), Javon Ringer: BYE-1-6-2-3-6-5 (23), Ahmard Hall: BYE-3-2-1-0-0-2 (8)

Chris Johnson ran the ball 23 times for 190 yards while Javon Ringer ran it 9 times for 12 yards. It’s amazing that the previous statement is a little shocking.

Damian Williams saw his lowest total of targets in five weeks but also got into the end zone for the third time in four weeks. Lavelle Hawkins is getting work but is too inconsistent to be of any use and Jared Cook once again had a decent target total but didn’t produce much. He hasn’t had a touchdown since Week 7 and has only topped 50 yards once in the last six weeks.

Washington Redskins

Fred Davis: 11-8-9-7-7-6-4 (52), Jabar Gaffney: 10-8-5-5-6-10-7 (51), Roy Helu: 4-2-4-17-3-2-7 (39), Leonard Hankerson: dnp-1-4-5-9-dnp-dnp (19), Terrence Austin: 1-6-3-5-1-0-1 (17), Santana Moss: 6-2-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-7 (15), Donte Stallworth: 3-dnp-2-dnp-dnp-6-2 (13), Anthony Armstrong: dnp-4-4-1-0-2-1 (12), Logan Paulsen: 0-2-0-2-1-2-2 (9), Darrel Young: 0-0-1-2-1-2-2 (8), Ryan Torain: 1-0-1-1-1-3-dnp (7)

Santana Moss returned from his hand injury and tied for the weekly lead in targets with Jabar Gaffney. Moss had a very slight lead over Gaffney in targets and receptions before his injury and I expect that to continue now that he is back.

Roy Helu was the real story this week with 30 total touches, 162 total yards and a touchdown. He was also on the field for 67 snaps compared to Evan Royster’s six. I’m never going to tell you that you won’t be fooled by Shanahan but I feel pretty good about Helu getting his shot to be the man the rest of the way.

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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