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Target Watch: Week 16

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Cincinnati Bengals

Jerome Simpson: 10-4-13-5-3-6-5 (46), A.J. Green: 7-2-dnp-4-11-7-9 (40), Jermaine Gresham: dnp-5-6-9-7-7-5 (39), Andre Caldwell: 9-8-9-3-0-3-dnp (32), Andrew Hawkins: 0-6-8-3-2-1-2 (22), Cedric Benson: 0-1-1-5-0-1-2 (10) Bernard Scott: 1-0-1-2-1-2-0 (7), Colin Cochart: dnp-1-2-0-2-0-1 (6)

Even while he was nursing a shoulder injury A.J. Green was the only receiver to top 16 yards for the Bengals last week. He is also currently the 12th ranked fantasy receiver on the season which ain’t too shabby for a rookie! Well, Cam Newton is the third ranked quarterback as a rookie, but still.


Cleveland Browns

Greg Little: 8-6-8-13-7-6-9 (57), Jordan Norwood: 1-3-2-5-5-4-6 (26), Ben Watson: 2-5-4-4-8-3-dnp (26), Mohamed Massaquoi: 1-dnp-2-3-5-7-5 (23), Josh Cribbs: 5-5-3-4-0-2-1 (20), Chris Ogbonnaya: 1-2-3-2-6-2-1 (17), Evan Moore: 2-0-0-1-3-5-0 (11), Peyton Hillis: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-2-1-3 (8), Alex Smith: 0-2-0-0-0-3-3 (8)

It’s been impossible to start Greg Little this season unless you are in a deep, deep league but last week he had a huge game which somehow coincided with not-Colt McCoy at quarterback. This actually may not be a coincidence but since they face Baltimore and Pittsburgh to end the season it might be difficult with or without McCoy to test this hypothesis.


Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant: 9-6-8-6-15-2-4 (50), Laurent Robinson: 5-3-11-12-6-5-3 (45), Jason Witten: 7-7-3-5-6-5-5 (38), Miles Austin: 3-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-7-8 (18), Felix Jones: dnp-dnp-1-1-2-7-4 (15), John Phillips: 1-0-1-2-5-1-0 (10), Kevin Ogletree: 0-1-2-0-5-0-1 (9), Martellus Bennett: 0-1-3-2-0-dnp-3 (9)

Miles Austin was on the field for 66 snaps, Dez Bryant for 50 and Laurent Robinson for 35 against the Buccaneers last week. Amazingly with less snaps and targets, Robinson still has found the end zone the last 2 games but it will be hard to count on that 3 weeks in a row. I’m going to sit him this week if I’m coin flipping between him and someone who gets more looks.


Denver Broncos

Demaryius Thomas: 2-0-6-1-7-13-13 (42), Eric Decker: 5-3-5-6-4-7-2 (32), Eddie Royal: 5-2-4-2-1-dnp-2 (16), Lance Ball: 0-1-3-0-2-6-4 (16), Matt Willis: 0-1-0-3-1-8-2 (15), Jeremiah Johnson: dnp-dnp-1-4-0-2-0 (7)

Demaryius Thomas has been the story of late with Tim Tebow throwing him a target party each week. He is Tebow’s guy and had 13 targets out of a total 0f 22 passes thrown. That’s 59 percent of all of Tebow’s passes. That’s a lot.

Lance Ball has 10 targets in the last 2 games which is good since Tebow hasn’t been throwing to running backs. Even if Willis McGahee is playing Ball should still see plenty of looks.


Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson: BYE-20-8-8-9-4-14 (63), Nate Burleson: BYE-9-7-7-9-6-11 (49), Brandon Pettigrew: BYE-9-5-8-4-7-11 (44), Titus Young: BYE-10-3-3-2-7-10 (35), Maurice Morris: BYE-2-1-10-7-1-0 (21), Kevin Smith: BYE-2-4-3-8-dnp-3 (20), Tony Scheffler: BYE-7-3-2-3-1-1 (17), Will Heller: BYE-3-3-0-1-0-0 (7), Keiland Williams: BYE-0-0-4-1-2-0 (7), Rashied Davis: BYE-1-2-0-1-0-0 (4)

Matthew Stafford threw the ball 52 times in a come from behind win so there were a ton of targets to go around. A ton equals 52 for all you mathematicians. I figured that was his high for the season but he had 63 in Week 9, so that’s a ton and a quarter.

This is Titus Young’s second big target game in a row but we’ve seen similar numbers before. I’m still not sold that he’ll be anywhere near consistent with Burleson also getting his fair share of targets and doing decently with them. But in what could be another shootout type game against the Chargers this week he could once again see a goodly amount of targets, but beware.


Green Bay Packers

Greg Jennings: 8-5-6-5-13-4-dnp (41), Jermichael Finley: 7-4-3-5-11-1-10 (41), Jordy Nelson: 6-5-7-5-4-7-4 (38), Donald Driver: 2-4-5-2-4-6-4 (27), Randall Cobb: 0-3-1-4-2-2-4 (16), James Jones: 1-1-3-4-0-3-4 (16), James Starks: 1-4-6-1-0-dnp-dnp (12), Ryan Grant: 0-1-0-3-1-1-5 (11), John Kuhn: 1-2-1-1-1-1-1 (8)

After Jermichael Finley’s 10 targets the numbers were spookily even with the receivers getting 4 each. The snap counts may be more telling though. Jordy Nelson had 61 snaps, Jermichael Finley 49, James Jones 46, Randall Cobb 39 and Donald Driver 23. Those numbers are about the way I’d see the target distribution percentages going if all goes well for the Packers.


Houston Texans

Arian Foster: 7-4-BYE-9-4-5-6 (35), Owen Daniels: 4-3-BYE-7-5-10-5 (34), Kevin Walter: 1-1-BYE-2-4-10-4 (22), Jacoby Jones: 4-3-BYE-2-2-6-2 (19), Joel Dreessen: 2-1-BYE-1-1-3-4 (12), Andre Johnson: dnp-dnp-BYE-3-9-dnp-dnp (12), Bryant Johnson: 1-1-BYE-0-0-1-4 (7), Lawrence Vickers: 1-0-BYE-dnp-dnp-1-4 (6), Ben Tate: 1-0-BYE-0-0-3-1 (5), James Casey: 1-0-BYE-2-0-0-0 (3)

T.J. Yates didn’t continue his good play which of course hurt the wide receivers more than the running backs and tight ends as far as targets go. I’m not going to risk starting any Texan not named Arian Foster with Yates at the helm.


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Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for Rotoworld.com and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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