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Target Watch: Week 14

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Indianapolis Colts

Pierre Garcon: 6-15-6-6-BYE-8-12 (53), Reggie Wayne: 4-14-6-6-BYE-7-6 (43), Austin Collie: 5-7-5-5-BYE-7-8 (37), Jacob Tamme: 0-0-7-8-BYE-3-6 (24), Dallas Clark: 0-10-5-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (15), Donald Brown: 0-1-3-4-BYE-1-1 (10), Jerome Felton: 1-2-dnp-0-BYE-dnp-1 (4), Joseph Addai: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1-1 (4)

When Dan Orlovsky came in to relieve Curtis Painter a couple weeks ago he targeted Pierre Garcon more than Reggie Wayne and that proved true again this week. There is no doubt that the Patriots pass defense and the fact that those stats are padded in garbage time make assessing the Colts’ offense under Orlovsky difficult at best but if we have to try predicting the future, I’d say Garcon will continue to lead in targets.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Marcedes Lewis: 3-9-BYE-3-11-12-4 (42), Maurice Jones-Drew: 3-4-BYE-3-6-6-8 (30), Mike Thomas: 1-4-BYE-1-11-5-6 (28), Jarett Dillard: dnp-3-BYE-2-3-5-7 (20), Chastin West: dnp-dnp-BYE-5-3-0-0 (8), Deji Karim: 0-1-BYE-3-0-3-dnp (7), Cecil Shorts: 2-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-3-1 (6), Zach Potter: 0-0-BYE-2-0-0-3 (5)

Maurice Jones-Drew is a one man team. Really.

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe: 10-11-10-7-9-11-9 (67), Steve Breaston: 9-4-11-6-8-8-7 (53), Jonathan Baldwin: 5-8-5-5-6-2-4 (35), Dexter McCluster: 2-3-4-8-2-2-5 (26), Leonard Pope: 1-1-2-5-4-1-0 (14), LeRon McClain: 2-2-1-2-0-0-1 (8), Jackie Battle: 0-0-2-0-1-1-0 (4)

The Tyler Palko led Chiefs are fairly useless right now in fantasy. The running back situation is split between Thomas Jones and his 3 yards a carry, Jackie Battle and his similar lackluster play and Dexter McCluster who actually had a nice game against the Bears due to a fluky Hail Mary touchdown reception.

Miami Dolphins

Brandon Marshall: 9-6-11-9-3-10-6 (54), Davone Bess: 12-5-3-6-3-4-7 (40), Reggie Bush: 2-5-3-5-5-4-2 (26), Anthony Fasano: 2-1-3-4-2-2-6 (20), Brian Hartline: 2-2-0-3-2-5-2 (16), Charles Clay: 1-1-3-2-4-2-2 (15), Daniel Thomas: 5-dnp-0-0-1-1-0 (7)

Reggie Bush has 5 touchdowns in the last 5 games and continues to put up good numbers even though I told him he needed to stop doing things he hasn’t done before because it makes it hard to predict. Against Oakland he had 22 carries which easily eclipsed his high of 16 just the week before. His workload continues to increase and as long as Matt Moore keeps on holding down the fort he should finish the season strong.

Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin: 3-5-BYE-8-8-8-9 (41), Devin Aromashodu: 5-6-BYE-6-4-5-15 (41), Visanthe Shiancoe: 8-4-BYE-4-3-4-7 (30), Michael Jenkins: 8-2-BYE-4-7-4-dnp (25), Kyle Rudolph: 1-5-BYE-3-5-dnp-1 (15), Toby Gerhart: 0-0-BYE-0-1-3-8 (12), Greg Camarillo: 3-0-BYE-3-2-0-0 (8), Adrian Peterson: 1-5-BYE-1-0-dnp-dnp (7), Lorenzo Booker: 2-dnp-BYE-3-0-0-1 (6)

Percy Harvin was the man but also saw 6 less targets than Devin Aromashodu who I can feel pretty good in saying isn’t the man. But I suppose that is beside the point since Harvin finished the game with 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. His 8 target average along with a few rushing attempts make him extremely valuable.

Christian Ponder may be onto something with this throwing to Harvin thing. Adrian Peterson may be out again this week which helps Harvin and Ponder’s possible production.

New England Patriots

Wes Welker: BYE-8-10-8-3-12-11 (52), Rob Gronkowski: BYE-9-15-11-7-4-6 (52), Deion Branch: BYE-7-5-9-3-10-6 (40), Aaron Hernandez: BYE-4-5-5-7-7-9 (37), Danny Woodhead: BYE-0-6-3-4-0-1 (14), Chad Ochocinco: BYE-1-5-2-0-dnp-2 (10), Kevin Faulk: BYE-5-dnp-0-dnp-0-1 (6), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: BYE-0-1-0-2-0-1 (4)

The news out of Foxboro is all Gronk all of the time. In the fantasy world he sits 5th in total fantasy points if you exclude quarterbacks, which I do. Compare that to Jason Witten who led all tight ends last season in fantasy points and finished 35th. It’s a new age, the Age of Gronk.

Welker still leads the world in targets and receptions. As it should be. Stevan Ridley got more work than he has in a while and Shane Vereen didn’t suit up. Ridley may be the Week 17 guy to own.

New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham: 7-8-8-12-BYE-8-9 (52), Marques Colston: 7-6-5-9-BYE-6-10 (43), Darren Sproles: 6-7-6-6-BYE-5-1 (31), Lance Moore: 4-9-3-3-BYE-7-3 (29), Pierre Thomas: 6-4-5-5-BYE-3-2 (25), Devery Henderson: 2-4-3-2-BYE-6-0 (17), Robert Meachem: 2-3-1-2-BYE-0-7 (15), Mark Ingram: 1-dnp-dnp-1-BYE-3-1 (6), Jed Collins: 0-3-1-1-BYE-0-0 (5)

Drew Brees is still on pace to beat Dan Marino’s record as he’s averaging 336 yards passing a game. That number is insane but with the huge number of targets he has, Jimmy Graham still remains the only mortal lock week in and week out.

Mark Ingram led in carries with 15 but is still splitting time on the field evenly with Darren Sproles.

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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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