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Target Watch: Week 15

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New York Giants

Victor Cruz: 9-11-11-10-12-9-9 (71), Hakeem Nicks: 10-dnp-4-7-12-12-10 (55), Jake Ballard: 7-7-4-7-5-6-6 (42), Mario Manningham: 9-7-10-2-dnp-dnp-8 (36), Danny Ware: 2-2-6-3-9-3-4 (29), Brandon Jacobs: 2-5-2-4-0-1-1 (15), Ramses Barden: dnp-5-0-1-4-3-0 (13), Ahmad Bradshaw: 5-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-5-1 (11), Bear Pascoe: 1-1-3-0-1-0-1 (7), Henry Hynoski: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-0-3 (4), Travis Beckum: 0-0-0-0-0-1-2 (3)

It looks like teams are taking Victor Cruz seriously which has helped Hakeem Nicks of late but Eli Manning has been on point, especially in the fourth quarter (highest QBR in the league) so it’s going to be hard stopping any of these receivers as long as they are getting targets and that they are. Nicks does have one more target than Cruz in the last 4 games so choosing between those two is once again a coin flip. Even Mario Manningham who has been out came right back and had 8 targets. Keep playing the Giants’ QB and receivers!

New York Jets

Santonio Holmes: BYE-6-8-9-9-8-4 (44), Dustin Keller: BYE-7-4-8-8-6-5 (38), Plaxico Burress: BYE-5-8-9-7-6-2 (37), Shonn Greene: BYE-0-4-1-4-4-3 (16), Jeremy Kerley: BYE-5-8-dnp-dnp-1-1 (15), Joe McKnight: BYE-1-0-7-3-2-dnp (13), LaDainian Tomlinson: BYE-3-5-dnp-dnp-1-4 (13), Patrick Turner: BYE-0-1-4-4-1-1 (11), Matthew Mulligan: BYE-0-0-0-0-2-0 (2)

Mark Sanchez has accounted for 19 touchdowns at home and 7 away. Four of his 5 rushing touchdowns have come at home but still that’s quite a discrepancy. When you look at his recent games, it’s gone good fantasy game, bad fantasy game, good fantasy … you get the picture and they coincide with home and away games. So make of that what you will.

The real fantasy star of late has been Shonn Greene. He had only topped 10 fantasy points 3 times in his first 11 games and in his last 2 he has 28 and 23. Those of course go with his highest rushing totals at 22 and 24 respectively. Giving him the rock seems to be a good thing.

Oakland Raiders

Darrius Heyward-Bey: BYE-1-0-5-10-8-9 (33), Michael Bush: BYE-3-4-2-4-6-4 (23), Kevin Boss: BYE-0-2-6-3-5-7 (23), Marcel Reece: BYE-5-1-3-7-1-4 (21), Chaz Schilens: BYE-2-0-2-8-7-2 (21), Denarius Moore: BYE-12-7-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (21), Louis Murphy: BYE-1-1-0-4-5-9 (20), Brandon Myers: BYE-1-3-3-1-6-0 (14), T.J. Houshmandzadeh: BYE-4-1-0-0-3-3 (11), Jacoby Ford: BYE-6-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (7), Rock Cartwright: BYE-0-0-0-0-0-2 (2)

Darrius Heyward-Bey is the only consistent guy for targets and receptions but maybe, just maybe, Jacoby Ford or Denarius Moore will return this week and make things even harder to decipher, yeah!

Michael Bush’s yards per carry have dropped but he’s still getting all of the work and finding the end zone enough to be an easy play week in and week out.

Philadelphia Eagles

Brent Celek: 9-9-7-6-6-4-5 (46), DeSean Jackson: 6-8-dnp-8-10-4-6 (42), LeSean McCoy: 3-5-5-4-7-5-6 (35), Riley Cooper: 0-1-2-12-5-10-3 (33), Jason Avant: 5-3-1-2-14-2-4 (31), Jeremy Maclin: 3-9-5-dnp-dnp-dnp-4 (21), Clay Harbor: 1-1-1-2-1-2-1 (9), Chad Hall: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-5-1-1 (7), Owen Schmitt: 1-0-1-1-0-0-0 (3)

When an Andy Reid running back rushes 27 times and only gains 38 yards I check out my window to see if the zombie apocalypse has started. This may be the only time I question why Andy Reid ran too much! But LeSean McCoy did get into the end zone twice and they won the game! Hard to question that I guess.

This was Michael Vick’s first game back from his rib injury and he only completed 50 percent of his passes. We’ll give him a mulligan here and see if Jeremy Maclin can get healed up which would help him a lot.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown: 15-10-6-BYE-6-4-8 (49), Mike Wallace: 7-6-10-BYE-6-5-5 (39), Heath Miller: 9-5-5-BYE-2-3-4 (28), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-6-4-BYE-1-0-3 (15), Emmanuel Sanders: 8-dnp-dnp-BYE-4-2-dnp (14), Hines Ward: dnp-1-1-BYE-4-6-1 (13), Rashard Mendenhall: 4-2-3-BYE-2-0-0 (11), Mewelde Moore: 2-2-0-BYE-3-1-0 (8), David Johnson: 1-2-1-BYE-0-1-2 (7), Isaac Redman: 2-1-1-BYE-2-0-0 (6), Weslye Saunders: 1-0-2-BYE-1-1-0 (5)

Antonio Brown had his best game of the season which coincided with his second touchdown of the season. He doesn’t get many red zone looks which does hurt his value but his targets, receptions and yardage get the job done. From Week 6 on he is second in wide receiver receiving yards to only Victor Cruz.

San Diego Chargers

Antonio Gates: 7-11-6-4-10-7-9 (54), Vincent Jackson: 8-12-7-8-3-5-9 (52), Vincent Brown: dnp-6-9-4-10-2-0 (31), Mike Tolbert: dnp-9-9-7-4-1-1 (31), Ryan Mathews: 7-dnp-5-2-1-3-6 (24), Patrick Crayton: 4-3-5-0-2-1-3 (18), Randy McMichael: 3-1-1-3-2-3-1 (14), Malcom Floyd: 7-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-4-2 (13), Jacob Hester: 0-2-1-2-0-2-0 (7), Curtis Brinkley: 3-0-0-0-1-0-dnp (4), Kory Sperry: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1 (2)

With Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski going off this season we’ve lost track of old man Gates. He amazingly is still trucking, bad foot and all. He ranks 5th in fantasy points for tight ends even after missing 4 games. Since coming back in Week 7, Gates has more receptions, yards and touchdowns than Jimmy Graham. That would put him on the same crazy pace as Graham. So there’s that.

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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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