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Target Watch: Week 15

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Indianapolis Colts

Pierre Garcon: 15-6-6-BYE-8-12-12 (59), Reggie Wayne: 14-6-6-BYE-7-6-8 (47), Austin Collie: 7-5-5-BYE-7-8-5 (37), Jacob Tamme: 0-7-8-BYE-3-6-1 (25), Dallas Clark: 10-5-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-6 (21), Donald Brown: 1-3-4-BYE-1-1-1 (11), Jerome Felton: 2-dnp-0-BYE-dnp-1-0 (3), Joseph Addai: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1-1-1 (3), Anthony Hill: dnp-dnp-0-BYE-0-2-1 (3), Delone Carter: 2-0-0-BYE-0-0-0 (2)

Our man Dan Orlovsky likes him some Pierre Garcon. Of course this time around they faced the Ravens instead of the Patriots. Garcon has 77 fantasy points in just 3 games and 38 in the other 10. Now that is the definition of inconsistent. I do believe Orlovsky is a better quarterback for fantasy production though and with 12 targets anything can happen.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Marcedes Lewis: 9-BYE-3-11-12-4-7 (46), Maurice Jones-Drew: 4-BYE-3-6-6-8-6 (33), Mike Thomas: 4-BYE-1-11-5-6-1 (28), Jarett Dillard: 3-BYE-2-3-5-7-6 (26), Jason Hill: 5-BYE-1-7-4-dnp-dnp (17), Chastin West: dnp-BYE-5-3-0-0-4 (12), Kassim Osgood: 0-BYE-1-0-1-0-6 (8), Deji Karim: 1-BYE-3-0-3-dnp-dnp (7), Zach Potter: 0-BYE-2-0-0-3-0 (5), Cecil Shorts: dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-3-1-1 (5)

Holy Mojo! Maurice Jones-Drew piled up the touchdowns against the Tampa Bay run defense(less). His 4 touchdowns came close to his total of 6 on the season. I bet some of his owners wished he would have spread those out a little. Unfortunately that passing offense has been the worst in the league and getting MJD near the goal line takes an act of God week in and week out.

Blaine Gabbert has been improving but it doesn’t take much to improve from horrid.

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe: 11-10-7-9-11-9-10 (67), Steve Breaston: 4-11-6-8-8-7-6 (50), Jonathan Baldwin: 8-5-5-6-2-4-5 (35), Dexter McCluster: 3-4-8-2-2-5-2 (26), Leonard Pope: 1-2-5-4-1-0-0 (13), Jerheme Urban: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-0-1-7 (9), Jake OConnell: 0-3-0-6-dnp-dnp-dnp (9), Jackie Battle: 0-2-0-1-1-0-2 (6), LeRon McClain: 2-1-2-0-0-1-0 (6), Terrance Copper: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0 (2)

This game was the straw that broke Todd Haley’s back so I’m guessing we won’t find much to praise. Oh, Dwayne Bowe had another banner target day! Well, he didn’t do much with that. Jerheme Urban came out of nowhere with 7 targets and a touchdown! Watch out Jerry Rice. Who knows who the quarterback will be next week but it may be Romeo Crennel himself.

Miami Dolphins

Brandon Marshall: 6-11-9-3-10-6-8 (53), Davone Bess: 5-3-6-3-4-7-4 (32), Reggie Bush: 5-3-5-5-4-2-6 (30), Anthony Fasano: 1-3-4-2-2-6-8 (26), Brian Hartline: 2-0-3-2-5-2-1 (15), Charles Clay: 1-3-2-4-2-2-0 (14), Daniel Thomas: dnp-0-0-1-1-0-2 (4)

Daniel Thomas sure isn’t doing himself any favors by rushing 7 times for a measly 4 yards while Reggie Bush ran 14 times for 103 yards to go along with a nice 6 targets in which he caught 5 for 27 yards. We did see Bush go back to his average of 14 carries after a high of 22 last week but with Thomas continuing to struggle that number should rise again.

Matt Moore’s concussion was not the best news for Brandon Marshall but he should be back next week.

Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin: 5-BYE-8-8-8-9-15 (53), Devin Aromashodu: 6-BYE-6-4-5-15-10 (46), Visanthe Shiancoe: 4-BYE-4-3-4-7-7 (29), Kyle Rudolph: 5-BYE-3-5-dnp-1-4 (18), Michael Jenkins: 2-BYE-4-7-4-dnp-dnp (17), Toby Gerhart: 0-BYE-0-1-3-8-3 (15), Greg Camarillo: 0-BYE-3-2-0-0-5 (10), Adrian Peterson: 5-BYE-1-0-dnp-dnp-dnp (6), Lorenzo Booker: dnp-BYE-3-0-0-1-0 (4)

This was a poor day of quarterback play for the Vikings but that is to be expected with a rookie quarterback, but of course the good news is that the coaches have finally figured out what they have in Percy Harvin. His 15 targets and 4 rushing attempts was a beautiful sight to these old eyes. There of course were a ton of targets in this one with the Vikings getting down quickly but he outpaced the whole NFL.

New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski: 9-15-11-7-4-6-10 (62), Wes Welker: 8-10-8-3-12-11-10 (62), Aaron Hernandez: 4-5-5-7-7-9-7 (44), Deion Branch: 7-5-9-3-10-6-2 (42), Danny Woodhead: 0-6-3-4-0-1-3 (17), Chad Ochocinco: 1-5-2-0-dnp-2-1 (11), Kevin Faulk: 5-dnp-0-dnp-0-1-1 (7), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 0-1-0-2-0-1-1 (5)

Rob Gronkowski just needs 203 yards receiving in 3 games to beat Kellen Winslow’s single season 1,290 yards receiving that he set in 1980. Of course he trails in yardage for a tight end on the year to the tight end just below here! He did set the record for receiving touchdowns with 15 when he had 6 receptions, 160 yards and 2 touchdowns in this game so I guess that’s pretty good!

Wes Welker has 26 receptions out of 33 targets in his last 3 games. He is the Emperor of PPR.

Oh, and remember to stay away from Patriots’ running backs. Far away.

New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham: 8-8-12-BYE-8-9-9 (54), Marques Colston: 6-5-9-BYE-6-10-7 (43), Darren Sproles: 7-6-6-BYE-5-1-8 (33), Lance Moore: 9-3-3-BYE-7-3-6 (31), Pierre Thomas: 4-5-5-BYE-3-2-7 (26), Devery Henderson: 4-3-2-BYE-6-0-4 (19), Robert Meachem: 3-1-2-BYE-0-7-2 (15), Jed Collins: 3-1-1-BYE-0-0-2 (7), Mark Ingram: dnp-dnp-1-BYE-3-1-dnp (5), John Gilmore: 0-2-0-BYE-0-0-1 (3)

After having back spasms before and during the game Jimmy Graham still managed to catch 5 passes for 55 yards and remain on pace for 1,355 total yards on the season, which would top Winslow’s record of 1,290.

It almost looked like Drew Brees was going to miss out on his weekly touchdown pass until he hit Marques Colston in the fourth quarter twice in the end zone. Brees is still on pace to beat Dan Marino’s record for passing yardage by quite a bit.

Lance Moore continues to get red zone targets even with limited time on the field. He leads all Saints wide receivers with 14. Colston is second with 10.

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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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