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Target Watch: Week 14

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

New York Giants

Victor Cruz: BYE-9-11-11-10-12-9 (62), Hakeem Nicks: BYE-10-dnp-4-7-12-12 (45), Jake Ballard: BYE-7-7-4-7-5-6 (36), Mario Manningham: BYE-9-7-10-2-dnp-dnp (28), Danny Ware: BYE-2-2-6-3-9-3 (25), Brandon Jacobs: BYE-2-5-2-4-0-1 (14), Ramses Barden: BYE-dnp-5-0-1-4-3 (13), Ahmad Bradshaw: BYE-5-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-5 (10), Bear Pascoe: BYE-1-1-3-0-1-0 (6)

In a shootout with the Packers it was a foregone conclusion that the Giants’ two best receivers would have big games and they did. Victor Cruz topped 100 yards for the third week in a row and Hakeem Nicks found the end zone twice. Mario Manningham’s knee is still hurting and most likely will help Cruz and Nicks continue to garner a large amount of targets and fantasy points.

Ahmad Bradshaw returned from a four week hiatus and didn’t have an outstanding game but had 16 looks to Brandon Jacobs’ nine. Much will depend on how he recovers from this workload as to how valuable he’ll be going forward.

New York Jets

Santonio Holmes: 3-BYE-6-8-9-9-8 (43), Plaxico Burress: 8-BYE-5-8-9-7-6 (43), Dustin Keller: 8-BYE-7-4-8-8-6 (41), Jeremy Kerley: 7-BYE-5-8-dnp-dnp-1 (21), Shonn Greene: 1-BYE-0-4-1-4-4 (14), LaDainian Tomlinson: 4-BYE-3-5-dnp-dnp-1 (13), Joe McKnight: 0-BYE-1-0-7-3-2 (13), Patrick Turner: 0-BYE-0-1-4-4-1 (10)

Shonn Greene was the workhorse this week with 22 carries and 3 touchdowns while Santonio Holmes had a good game but not a great game as is the case most weeks.

After showing some consistency earlier in the season, at least fantasy-wise, Mark Sanchez has been on again off again in his fantasy production with 10, 21, 8, 19, 9, and 18 fantasy points in the last 5 weeks. Be wary.

Oakland Raiders

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 11-BYE-1-0-5-10-8 (35), Denarius Moore: 5-BYE-12-7-2-dnp-dnp (26), Michael Bush: 3-BYE-3-4-2-4-6 (22), Chaz Schilens: dnp-BYE-2-0-2-8-7 (19), Marcel Reece: dnp-BYE-5-1-3-7-1 (17), Kevin Boss: 1-BYE-0-2-6-3-5 (17), Brandon Myers: 1-BYE-1-3-3-1-6 (15), Louis Murphy: 4-BYE-1-1-0-4-5 (15), Jacoby Ford: 5-BYE-6-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (12), T.J. Houshmandzadeh: dnp-BYE-4-1-0-0-3 (8)

Miami put a beatdown on the Raiders last week. The kind of beatdown that is good for garbage time points as long as backups don’t come in.

With Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore looking like they might return this week it is hard to gain much knowledge from these target numbers. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Chaz Schillens would be worthwhile if Ford and Moore decide to quit football and become Emu farmers.

Philadelphia Eagles

Brent Celek: BYE-9-9-7-6-6-4 (41), DeSean Jackson: BYE-6-8-dnp-8-10-4 (36), Riley Cooper: BYE-0-1-2-12-5-10 (30), LeSean McCoy: BYE-3-5-5-4-7-5 (29), Jason Avant: BYE-5-3-1-2-14-2 (27), Jeremy Maclin: BYE-3-9-5-dnp-dnp-dnp (17), Steve Smith: BYE-dnp-dnp-10-1-0-dnp (11), Clay Harbor: BYE-1-1-1-2-1-2 (8), Chad Hall: BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-0-5-1 (6)

At this point in the fantasy season it would be hard to throw DeSean Jackson out there unless all your other players also decided they really didn’t like being tackled as well. With Michael Vick coming back and Jeremy Maclin possibly coming back it will be difficult to strongly recommend any one Eagles’ receiver even though one of them will surely have a good game.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown: 9-15-10-6-BYE-6-4 (50), Mike Wallace: 7-7-6-10-BYE-6-5 (41), Heath Miller: 4-9-5-5-BYE-2-3 (28), Emmanuel Sanders: 7-8-dnp-dnp-BYE-4-2 (21), Hines Ward: 4-dnp-1-1-BYE-4-6 (16), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-1-6-4-BYE-1-0 (13), Rashard Mendenhall: 2-4-2-3-BYE-2-0 (13), Isaac Redman: 2-2-1-1-BYE-2-0 (8), Mewelde Moore: 0-2-2-0-BYE-3-1 (8), Weslye Saunders: 1-1-0-2-BYE-1-1 (6), David Johnson: 0-1-2-1-BYE-0-1 (5)

Mike Wallace’s line of 3 receptions for 38 yards and 2 touchdowns wouldn’t have happened last season when he was averaging 20 yards a catch. He had been in a mini-slump but unlike DeSean Jackson who is a one trick pony, Wallace is a more well-rounded player.

Wallace was actually out targeted by Old Man Ward but he is clearly just a quick read guy right now. Antonio Brown helped his fantasy owners even in non-return yardage leagues by returning a punt for a touchdown.

The last two weeks have been fairly slow for Ben Roethlisberger who had his only two games of the season where he finished with under 200 yards passing. It’s hard to believe that will continue a third week in a row, even against a stout Browns’ pass defense.

San Diego Chargers

Antonio Gates: 7-7-11-6-4-10-7 (52), Vincent Jackson: 8-8-12-7-8-3-5 (51), Vincent Brown: 1-dnp-6-9-4-10-2 (32), Mike Tolbert: 1-dnp-9-9-7-4-1 (31), Ryan Mathews: 5-7-dnp-5-2-1-3 (23), Patrick Crayton: 1-4-3-5-0-2-1 (16), Randy McMichael: 3-3-1-1-3-2-3 (16), Malcom Floyd: 4-7-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-4 (15), Jacob Hester: 1-0-2-1-2-0-2 (8), Curtis Brinkley: 0-3-0-0-0-1-0 (4)

Did we just witness the resurrection of Philip Rivers or was it a mirage? This was easily his best game of the season. Yes he did have more fantasy points against Green Bay but also threw 3 interceptions to zero in this game, had a 56% completion percentage compared to 78% and of course he actually won this game. His increased efficiency helped all of his receivers produce even on less targets. It was a little like what that Aaron Rodgers fella does.

Malcom Floyd returned from injury to put up a big game on just 4 targets. There was no doubt that Floyd was ahead of Vincent Brown with 43 snaps compared to Brown’s 5. Amazingly Brown still scored a touchdown!

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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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