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Target Watch: Week 16

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Seattle Seahawks

Doug Baldwin: 6-3-5-10-2-8-2 (36), Golden Tate: 1-3-3-3-4-7-7 (28), Mike Williams: 3-1-5-3-2-2-4 (20), Ben Obomanu: 2-2-4-4-2-1-3 (18), Marshawn Lynch: 2-7-2-3-0-2-2 (18), Zach Miller: 0-4-1-2-2-3-5 (17), Justin Forsett: 3-0-1-1-0-5-1 (11), Michael Robinson: 0-0-1-1-4-2-2 (10), Anthony McCoy: 2-2-0-1-0-1-1 (7), Deon Butler: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-0-2-2 (4), Cameron Morrah: dnp-dnp-0-dnp-0-1-2 (3)

The only Seahawk you can trust is Marshawn Lynch and his 10 straight starts with a touchdown. Golden Tate’s emergence is nice to see for dynasty leaguers hoping the Seahawks find a quarterback but that’s about it.

San Francisco 49ers

Michael Crabtree: 5-4-10-9-5-12-7 (52), Vernon Davis: 7-4-10-5-8-3-10 (47), Kyle Williams: 2-1-5-1-2-6-5 (22), Delanie Walker: 2-7-5-0-2-2-1 (19), Ted Ginn: 1-4-0-3-4-6-1 (19), Braylon Edwards: 3-6-4-3-dnp-2-dnp (18), Kendall Hunter: 0-3-1-1-3-3-2 (13), Frank Gore: 3-1-2-2-0-1-3 (12)

Against a tough Steelers defense I think we saw the core 49ers step up with Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore leading in targets and touches. It’s pretty straightforward and it has won them a lot of games.

St. Louis Rams

Brandon Lloyd: 13-9-14-10-2-12-9 (69), Austin Pettis: 5-4-5-4-7-4-9 (38), Brandon Gibson: 5-3-7-7-7-1-0 (30), Steven Jackson: 2-3-5-3-1-5-10 (29), Lance Kendricks: 1-dnp-2-5-1-2-4 (15), Danario Alexander: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-2-4-3 (9)

I hope nobody was counting on Kellen Clemens airing it out because he didn’t and I’m not too sure he can. He dinked and dunked his way to a big PPR game for Steven Jackson and that’s about it. That’s good for some of you and maybe those some of you should send him a holiday gift basket of assorted mini muffins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Williams: 8-5-11-11-9-7-0 (51), Kellen Winslow: 6-6-11-7-5-5-7 (47), Kregg Lumpkin: 6-7-1-3-0-3-8 (28), Arrelious Benn: 2-6-6-5-4-1-dnp (24), Preston Parker: 4-4-2-3-3-3-3 (22), Dezmon Briscoe: 2-2-3-0-2-7-3 (19), LeGarrette Blount: 3-2-1-3-2-2-0 (13)

The Buccaneers were destroyed by the Jaguars two weeks ago. Think about that and then think about how pitiful the Jaguars looked against the Falcons and then last week’s game against Dallas makes a lot of sense. To say that Josh Freeman has regressed would be an understatement.

Mike Williams led all offensive skill players with 42 snaps and saw zero targets.

Tennessee Titans

Nate Washington: 6-4-9-6-6-9-13 (53), Damian Williams: 7-7-11-4-7-10-6 (52), Jared Cook: 8-3-9-7-1-1-11 (40), Lavelle Hawkins: 6-1-4-7-4-4-10 (36), Chris Johnson: 6-7-3-2-1-6-11 (36), Javon Ringer: 2-3-6-5-2-1-dnp (19), Ahmard Hall: 1-0-0-2-2-0-3 (8), Craig Stevens: 1-0-0-0-0-3-1 (5)

It looks like my man Damian Williams had the chance to step up this season but just isn’t doing so in a timely manner. Jared Cook and Nate Washington were the target stars of this game if you can call anybody a star when your team loses to a winless team. I’m pretty sure you can’t.

Cook’s 11 targets and 9 receptions for 103 yards of course coincided with a fumble but this was easily his highest reception total on the year and there is a slight glimmer of hope that they’ll start looking toward him more now. Of course it would help if Jake Locker were the one looking for him. This is the second game in a row he has outplayed Old Man Hasselbeck. It is time.

Washington Redskins

Jabar Gaffney: 5-6-10-7-3-8-9 (48), Roy Helu: 17-3-2-7-6-3-4 (42), Santana Moss: dnp-dnp-dnp-7-12-9-5 (33), Donte Stallworth: dnp-dnp-6-2-2-6-3 (19), David Anderson: dnp-3-3-dnp-6-3-dnp (15), Darrel Young: 2-1-2-2-dnp-2-1 (10), Logan Paulsen: 2-1-2-2-1-0-1 (9), Terrence Austin: 5-1-0-1-dnp-dnp-0 (7)

Since Fred Davis departed Jabar Gaffney has led in targets with 17 to Santana Moss’ 14 and 12 receptions to 5. Moss has scored 2 touchdowns to Gaffney’s 1 but the law of something or other tells me that Gaffney is the safer bet going forward and forward is a horrid Vikings pass defense.

Last 5 Weeks: Target Leaders

Roddy White 69, Hakeem Nicks 53, Steve Johnson 49, Victor Cruz 49, Percy Harvin 47, Brandon Lloyd 47, Dwayne Bowe 44, Greg Little 43, Michael Crabtree 43, Calvin Johnson 43, Nate Washington 43, Wes Welker 42, Darrius Heyward-Bey 41, Devin Aromashodu 41, Aaron Hernandez 41, Larry Fitzgerald 41, Demaryius Thomas 40, Nate Burleson 40, Marcedes Lewis 39, Steve Smith 38

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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