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Target Watch: Week 14

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals

Jerome Simpson: BYE-2-10-4-13-5-3 (37), Andre Caldwell: BYE-6-9-8-9-3-0 (35), A.J. Green: BYE-10-7-2-dnp-4-11 (34), Jermaine Gresham: BYE-dnp-dnp-5-6-9-7 (27), Andrew Hawkins: BYE-0-0-6-8-3-2 (19), Brian Leonard: BYE-3-2-0-5-0-4 (14), Bernard Scott: BYE-3-1-0-1-2-1 (8), Donald Lee: BYE-3-4-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (7), Cedric Benson: BYE-dnp-0-1-1-5-0 (7), Colin Cochart: BYE-dnp-dnp-1-2-0-2 (5)

The Steelers put a pretty good beat down on the Bengals and still A.J. Green came through with a good game. We already knew this but he keeps solidifying his status as an every week start.

Jermaine Gresham had another touchdown called back but he’s still getting plenty of red zone looks. He’s no Robby Grahamkowski but he’ll do in a pinch.

Cleveland Browns

Greg Little: 7-11-8-6-8-13-7 (60), Ben Watson: 4-3-2-5-4-4-8 (30), Chris Ogbonnaya: 5-8-1-2-3-2-6 (27), Josh Cribbs: 6-3-5-5-3-4-0 (26), Jordan Norwood: 0-6-1-3-2-5-5 (22), Mohamed Massaquoi: 2-dnp-1-dnp-2-3-5 (13), Evan Moore: 4-2-2-0-0-1-3 (12), Alex Smith: 2-1-0-2-0-0-0 (5)

I think Colt McCoy could throw the ball 30 times to Greg Little and he’d still have a disappointing fantasy day. With 7 targets he only had 3 receptions and 18 yards which was his lowest total since Week 1. Of course Baltimore’s defense had a lot to do with that but if you want a serviceable game out of Little you have to hope he gets a touchdown and he’s only done that once this season.

Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant: 8-5-9-6-8-6-15 (57), Laurent Robinson: 3-8-5-3-11-12-6 (48), Jason Witten: 6-12-7-7-3-5-6 (46), Demarco Murray: 2-3-6-7-7-4-0 (29), Miles Austin: 5-3-3-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (11), John Phillips: 0-0-1-0-1-2-5 (9), Kevin Ogletree: 0-0-0-1-2-0-5 (8), Martellus Bennett: 0-1-0-1-3-2-0 (7), Jesse Holley: 0-0-0-1-1-0-2 (4), Felix Jones: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-1-2 (4)

This was the Dez Bryant targetpalooza as he saw 15 and had a workman-like 8 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. That was without Miles Austin and with Laurent Robinson losing some time due to injury, but it’s good to see him be the go to guy and get a season high 8 receptions.

DeMarco Murray was on the field for 39 snaps to Felix Jones’ 28. Murray is still the early down back but Jones will see more receptions going forward.

Denver Broncos

Eric Decker: 3-12-5-3-5-6-4 (38), Eddie Royal: 4-13-5-2-4-2-1 (31), Demaryius Thomas: 10-3-2-0-6-1-7 (29), Matt Willis: 2-3-0-1-0-3-1 (10), Lance Ball: 0-3-0-1-3-0-2 (9), Daniel Fells: 4-1-1-0-1-1-0 (8), Dante Rosario: 1-1-1-1-1-1-0 (6), Jeremiah Johnson: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-4-0 (5)

Demaryius Thomas had a huge game to go along with his team leading 7 targets. While Eric Decker had been Tim Tebow’s main target, Thomas was the guy against Minnesota’s porous pass defense. The Broncos will most likely play to their opponent’s weakness and it’s good to see Tebow able to take advantage of a bad pass defense.

Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson: 11-7-BYE-20-8-8-9 (63), Nate Burleson: 3-7-BYE-9-7-7-9 (42), Brandon Pettigrew: 6-4-BYE-9-5-8-4 (36), Maurice Morris: 4-3-BYE-2-1-10-7 (27), Titus Young: 3-5-BYE-10-3-3-2 (26), Tony Scheffler: 3-3-BYE-7-3-2-3 (21), Kevin Smith: dnp-dnp-BYE-2-4-3-8 (17), Will Heller: 2-0-BYE-3-3-0-1 (9), Keiland Williams: 0-1-BYE-0-0-4-1 (6), Rashied Davis: dnp-dnp-BYE-1-2-0-1 (4)

Nate Burleson once again saw a healthy number of targets and if it hadn’t been for three offensive pass interference calls may have topped 100 yards for the first time this season. But as it is he’s still accumulating plenty of targets and receptions for PPR leaguers.

Kevin Smith reinjured his ankle but was on pace for a big game. That’s two weeks in a row his owners have watched him start of strong only to finish the game hurt. Thankfully this time he put together a decent game before he had to leave. With 8 targets and 6 receptions in such a short time on the field he could be a bona fide PPR stud.

Green Bay Packers

Greg Jennings: 10-BYE-8-5-6-5-13 (47), Jermichael Finley: 2-BYE-7-4-3-5-11 (32), Jordy Nelson: 4-BYE-6-5-7-5-4 (31), Donald Driver: 1-BYE-2-4-5-2-4 (18), James Starks: 4-BYE-1-4-6-1-0 (16), James Jones: 4-BYE-1-1-3-4-0 (13), Randall Cobb: 2-BYE-0-3-1-4-2 (12), Brandon Saine: dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-6 (7), John Kuhn: 1-BYE-1-2-1-1-1 (7), Ryan Grant: 0-BYE-0-1-0-3-1 (5), Tom Crabtree: 0-BYE-0-0-2-0-2 (4), Andrew Quarless: 1-BYE-0-1-0-1-1 (4)

Aaron Rodgers had his worst quarterback rating of the season as he threw for 369 yards and 4 touchdowns . . . slacker.

Jermichael Finley had his biggest target day of the season and put up good numbers even though he couldn’t seem to hang onto the ball.

Donald Driver was the red zone king catching his third and fourth touchdowns of the season.

Brandon Saine stepped in for James Starks and outplayed Ryan Grant on the day. Aaron Rodgers says that Saine has the best hands on the team. I don’t know if that’s hyperbole but it sure isn’t Finley.

Houston Texans

Arian Foster: 5-4-7-4-BYE-9-4 (33), Owen Daniels: 5-6-4-3-BYE-7-5 (30), Kevin Walter: 4-9-1-1-BYE-2-4 (21), Jacoby Jones: 4-5-4-3-BYE-2-2 (20), Andre Johnson: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-3-9 (12), Joel Dreessen: 2-2-2-1-BYE-1-1 (9), Derrick Mason: 1-2-0-2-BYE-1-dnp (6)

T.J. Yates was the epitome of a “game manager” as he hit Andre Johnson to keep the defense honest but mostly handed it off to Arian Foster and Ben Tate 42 times. With some easy rush defenses coming up I don’t see Yates being called on to do much, especially with Andre Johnson hurting again, but if he has to he has shown he can throw it deep.

Joel Dreesen caught his 5th touchdown in the last 8 games but aside from his one big game against Oakland where he had 5 receptions for 112 yards he hasn’t topped 31 yards.

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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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