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Target Watch: Week 16

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Indianapolis Colts

Pierre Garcon: 6-6-BYE-8-12-12-4 (48), Reggie Wayne: 6-6-BYE-7-6-8-3 (36), Austin Collie: 5-5-BYE-7-8-5-2 (32), Jacob Tamme: 7-8-BYE-3-6-1-2 (27), Donald Brown: 3-4-BYE-1-1-1-1 (11), Dallas Clark: 5-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-6-dnp (11), Joseph Addai: dnp-dnp-BYE-1-1-1-2 (5)

The Colts won for the first time this season and their quarterback threw for 82 yards and one touchdown. This was a big change from the pass happy attack of their trying to come from behind days. But of course that doesn’t help anyone besides Donald Brown in fantasy. Wait, Donald Brown is contributing in fantasy?

Jacksonville Jaguars

Marcedes Lewis: BYE-3-11-12-4-7-5 (42), Maurice Jones-Drew: BYE-3-6-6-8-6-1 (30), Jarett Dillard: BYE-2-3-5-7-6-3 (26), Mike Thomas: BYE-1-11-5-6-1-dnp (24), Chastin West: BYE-5-3-0-0-4-7 (19), Jason Hill: BYE-1-7-4-dnp-dnp-dnp (12), Kassim Osgood: BYE-1-0-1-0-6-0 (8), Taylor Price: BYE-dnp-0-dnp-dnp-dnp-3 (3), Montell Owens: BYE-0-0-1-2-0-0 (3), Colin Cloherty: BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-0-2 (2)

Chastin West led the Jaguars with 7 targets and had a touchdown. That is interesting but Blaine Gabbert’s ineptitude is the story here unfortunately.

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe: 10-7-9-11-9-10-5 (61), Steve Breaston: 11-6-8-8-7-6-6 (52), Jonathan Baldwin: 5-5-6-2-4-5-4 (31), Dexter McCluster: 4-8-2-2-5-2-2 (25), Leonard Pope: 2-5-4-1-0-0-2 (14), LeRon McClain: 1-2-0-0-1-0-5 (9), Jackie Battle: 2-0-1-1-0-2-1 (7), Terrance Copper: 0-0-0-0-2-0-3 (5), Anthony Becht: 0-dnp-dnp-1-0-0-2 (3), Thomas Jones: 0-0-0-1-0-0-1 (2)

Kyle Orton did a good job of spreading the ball around and completed passes to 10 different players but he didn’t throw a single touchdown or get any receiver over 49 yards not named Leonard Pope. This was his first game as a Chief and he completed 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards and he beat the undefeated Packers, so that’s not a bad start.

Miami Dolphins

Brandon Marshall: 11-9-3-10-6-8-8 (55), Anthony Fasano: 3-4-2-2-6-8-4 (29), Davone Bess: 3-6-3-4-7-4-1 (28), Reggie Bush: 3-5-5-4-2-6-1 (26), Brian Hartline: 0-3-2-5-2-1-5 (18), Charles Clay: 3-2-4-2-2-0-1 (14), Daniel Thomas: 0-0-1-1-0-2-0 (4)

This game was dominated by Reggie Bush and yes that is the first time in his NFL career he has dominated a game. His 203 rushing yards was his 4th 100-plus yard rushing game of the season and his 5th of his career. I need to get on this guy’s workout plan. If it involves egg nog.

The rushing display put on by Bush muted the passing game which wasn’t half bad with Moore connecting for 2 touchdowns on just 10 completions. One of those was to Brandon Marshall who in the last 7 games is outpacing the rest of the Dolphins in targets by 17. They get the Patriots pass defense next.

Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin: BYE-8-8-8-9-15-7 (55), Devin Aromashodu: BYE-6-4-5-15-10-7 (47), Visanthe Shiancoe: BYE-4-3-4-7-7-1 (26), Toby Gerhart: BYE-0-1-3-8-3-4 (19), Kyle Rudolph: BYE-3-5-dnp-1-4-2 (15), Greg Camarillo: BYE-3-2-0-0-5-3 (13), Lorenzo Booker: BYE-3-0-0-1-0-1 (5), Jim Kleinsasser: BYE-0-1-0-0-0-1 (2), Adrian Peterson: BYE-1-0-dnp-dnp-dnp-1 (2)

Christian Ponder’s injection of youth has turned this team gangrene all of the sudden. Even Percy Harvin isn’t immune to his ineptitude. After scoring 5 touchdowns in his previous 4 games and not dipping below 15 fantasy points in any of those games, he put up a big zilch against the Saints poor pass defense.

Toby Gerhart was in the game for 24 snaps compared to Adrian Peterson’s 22 snaps and amazingly scored on two passing plays. Besides that fluky fantasy crotch shot it looks like All Day was being eased back with the lesser moniker of Part Day.

New England Patriots

Wes Welker: 10-8-3-12-11-10-6 (60), Rob Gronkowski: 15-11-7-4-6-10-5 (58), Aaron Hernandez: 5-5-7-7-9-7-11 (51), Deion Branch: 5-9-3-10-6-2-dnp (35), Danny Woodhead: 6-3-4-0-1-3-1 (18), Chad Ochocinco: 5-2-0-dnp-2-1-3 (13), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1-0-2-0-1-1-2 (7), Tiquan Underwood: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-1-2-2 (6), Kevin Faulk: dnp-0-dnp-0-1-1-2 (4), Julian Edelman: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1 (2)

This was Aaron Hernandez’s week to shine as foretold in Evan Silva’s Week 15 Matchup’s Crystal Ball. His 11 targets led the team and even though he’s been Gronked pretty good he’s still been getting targets. Since Week 11 he hasn’t fallen below 7 targets and he’s only behind Gronkowski by 7 targets in the last 7 weeks. And 7 is a lucky number.

New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham: 8-12-BYE-8-9-9-10 (56), Marques Colston: 5-9-BYE-6-10-7-9 (46), Darren Sproles: 6-6-BYE-5-1-8-6 (32), Lance Moore: 3-3-BYE-7-3-6-6 (28), Pierre Thomas: 5-5-BYE-3-2-7-2 (24), Devery Henderson: 3-2-BYE-6-0-4-2 (17), Robert Meachem: 1-2-BYE-0-7-2-4 (16), Mark Ingram: dnp-1-BYE-3-1-dnp-dnp (5), Jed Collins: 1-1-BYE-0-0-2-1 (5), John Gilmore: 2-0-BYE-0-0-1-1 (4)

Drew Brees blew through the Vikings like a pissed off El Nino and then settled on the beach for a nice Bacardi fruit concoction and counted his touchdowns. Anyway, the Vikings have no pass defense and Brees could complete 70 percent of his passes against 11 Deion Sanders.

Lance Moore caught 2 touchdowns and as I mentioned in this here column he leads the Saints’ wide receivers in red zone targets so even though he’s only on the field as the 4th receiver he still has fantasy value. But it makes him boomy and busty.

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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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