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Week 3 Target Watch – NFC

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Minnesota Vikings


Percy Harvin: 8-13 (21), Kyle Rudolph: 7-5 (12), Michael Jenkins: 5-6 (11), Devin Aromashodu: 3-3 (6), Adrian Peterson: 1-3 (4), Toby Gerhart: 1-3 (4), Stephen Burton: 0-2 (2), Matt Asiata: 1-0 (1), John Carlson: 1-0 (1)

It’s very nice to see the Vikings’ two best receivers at the top of the target list.  This trend should continue and Harvin and Rudolph will be joined by Jerome Simpson in week four, which should open up the offense even more.

Adrian Peterson probably didn’t get the workload or fantasy points that you expected out of him against the Colts, but he did get three targets, which he caught all of. That’s good news for sure.



New Orleans Saints


Jimmy Graham: 10-13 (23), Darren Sproles: 8-14 (22), Marques Colston: 11-4 (15), Lance Moore: 10-5 (15), Pierre Thomas: 1-6 (7), Joseph Morgan: 2-3 (5), David Thomas: 2-1 (3), Jed Collins: 2-0 (2), Devery Henderson: 2-dnp (2), Courtney Roby: 0-1 (1), Mark Ingram: 1-0 (1)

Drew Brees already has 101 attempts through two games and amazingly, for him, has only completed 55 of those. So we have a lot of targets here! Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles are the obvious target leaders week in and week out, with both of them ranked second at their position.

After them, Marques Colston and Lance Moore are tied for third on the team. That’s good news for Moore owners and not as good news for Colston owners. But it is still too early to make too many assumptions here.  Both Moore and Colston had similar snap counts, but Moore actually topped him by two. Don’t lose sight of Moore in this crazy offense.

Pierre Thomas went off with very limited touches against the Panthers, but Mark Ingram got the goal line work and a touchdown. Thomas was on the field 32 snaps compared to Ingram with 21. Thomas will continue to see work when the Saints are in passing mode, which is most of the time.



New York Giants


Victor Cruz: 11-17 (28), Hakeem Nicks: 6-15 (21), Martellus Bennett: 6-10 (16), Domenik Hixon: 5-1 (6), Henry Hynoski: 1-1 (2), Andre Brown: 0-2 (2), Ramses Barden: 0-2 (2), David Wilson: 0-2 (2), Ahmad Bradshaw: 2-0 (2), Bear Pascoe: 1-0 (1)

Victor Cruz leads the world in targets and is tied with Hakeem Nicks with receiving yards. Those two are the clear cut passing threats for Giants without a doubt.

Tight end Martellus Bennett took another unicorn step forward with double digit targets and four red zone targets and a touchdown. Eli Manning loves throwing to tight ends.

Ahmad Bradshaw left the game and instead of rookie David Wilson taking over, Andre Brown became the lead back, and did very well.



Philadelphia Eagles


DeSean Jackson: 11-8 (19), Brent Celek: 8-11 (19), Jeremy Maclin: 14-1 (15), LeSean McCoy: 9-3 (12), Clay Harbor: 6-2 (8), Jason Avant: 5-2 (7), Damaris Johnson: 3-1 (4), Stanley Havili: 0-1 (1)

Jeremy Maclin’s injury helped boost Brent Celek to a nice 11 target eight reception, 157 yard day. And Desean Jackson continues to have a rejuvenated year after a horrid 2011. Both lead the Eagles in targets and if Maclin is still gimpy, they’ll continue to do so for a while.

If Maclin is out, I would have a hard time trying to recommend an Eagles wide receiver to replace him with. Jason Avant has seen the most work this season between him and Clay Harbor and would most likely be the guy.



San Francisco 49ers


Michael Crabtree: 9-7 (16), Vernon Davis: 5-7 (12), Mario Manningham: 4-4 (8), Randy Moss: 4-1 (5), Frank Gore: 1-4 (5), Delanie Walker: 2-2 (4), Kendall Hunter: 0-3 (3), Kyle Williams: 0-2 (2)

Michael Crabtree’s team high 16 targets and 13 receptions are nice, but much like last season, he is getting no love from Alex Smith near the goal line. Crabtree has had zero targets inside the red zone this season.

Randy Moss is just not seeing enough time on the field to be a fantasy factor. Delanie Walker and Kyle Williams both have run more passing routes than he has.

Frank Gore continues to be the main back while Kendall Hunter remains the complementary back. It may not be until the second half that Hunter becomes useful in fantasy.



Seattle Seahawks


Sidney Rice: 9-5 (14), Braylon Edwards: 9-0 (9), Doug Baldwin: 6-1 (7), Anthony McCoy: 1-5 (6), Golden Tate: dnp-4 (4), Zach Miller: 3-1 (4), Robert Turbin: 1-2 (3), Marshawn Lynch: 2-0 (2), Leon Washington: 0-1 (1), Evan Moore: 0-1 (1), Ben Obomanu: 1-0 (1)

The Seahawks passing game is on the fourth rung, with the running game, defense and special teams all ahead. Russell Wilson looked much better in his second start, but didn’t have to do much with a lead and Marshawn Lynch.

Braylon Edwards went from nine targets to zero due to Golden Tate taking over the starting gig. Neither is fantasy relevant though.

The Seahawks had three tight ends see significant time on the field, but Anthony McCoy led the way this week in snaps and targets and a touchdown. If one of them could take over as the main guy, there’s a chance he could be relevant.



St. Louis Rams


Danny Amendola: 9-16 (25), Brandon Gibson: 5-4 (9), Steve Smith: 3-5 (8), Lance Kendricks: 2-2 (4), Steven Jackson: 4-0 (4), Chris Givens: 1-2 (3), Daryl Richardson: 0-3 (3), Matthew Mulligan: 0-2 (2), Brian Quick: dnp-1 (1), Mike McNeill: 1-0 (1)

The target hog award for week two goes to one Danny Amendola and with nobody taking a huge step up besides him in the passing game, it should stay that way for a while.  

Steven Jackson left the game under suspicious circumstances, but it seems that he had a groin strain, which would be suspicious if he hadn’t gotten it during the game, but I digress. Daryl Richardson came in for Jackson and had a very nice game.

Isaiah Pead was only on the field for two snaps, so he is not in the mix for playing time anytime soon.

Brandon Gibson is the #2 receiver and he has found the end zone in the first two games, but his lack of targets and yardage means he’ll need to keep that streak going if he wants to remain fantasy relevant, and I know that fantasy relevancy is the only thing NFL players care about.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 10-10 (20), Mike Williams: 3-5 (8), Doug Martin: 4-3 (7), Dallas Clark: 1-5 (6), Preston Parker: 1-1 (2), Sammie Stroughter: 0-2 (2), D.J. Ware: 0-1 (1), LeGarrette Blount: 1-0 (1)

Vincent Jackson has the target numbers you want to see, especially in an offense that isn’t pass first. If those numbers can stay that consistent, he will be a must start every week.

Doug Martin has been just okay so far and that’s mainly due to his lack of receptions and yards after the receptions he has had. Last week he had three targets, but didn’t catch any of them. To be a top fantasy back he’ll need to become more efficient in the passing game.



Washington Redskins


Aldrick Robinson: 6-3 (9), Fred Davis: 4-5 (9), Santana Moss: 5-3 (8), Josh Morgan: 2-5 (7), Roy Helu: 3-1 (4), Pierre Garcon: 4-dnp (4), Niles Paul: 0-3 (3), Leonard Hankerson: 0-3 (3), Evan Royster: 0-3 (3), Logan Paulsen: 1-0 (1), Brandon Banks: 1-0 (1)

When you look at these numbers it’s hard to imagine the quarterback throwing these people the ball is the number one fantasy quarterback in the league through two games. But he is and it’s not only because of his running ability.  He’s averaging over 13 yards per completion and if Pierre Garcon can get healthy, he’ll keep making long connections.

The lack of Fred Davis is concerning to many who thought he would have a nice year with RGIII. He is actually tied for the lead in targets for the team, but unfortunately that’s just nine targets.  I’m not willing to throw him on the scrap heap yet because this passing offense hasn’t completely figured out what it’s all about, but I am benching him for the time being.


Snap count data comes from our friends at Pro Football Focus and red zone data from our other friends at The Football Guys.

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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