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Week 3 Target Watch – AFC

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Laurent Robinson: 9-6 (15), Justin Blackmon: 6-4 (10), Cecil Shorts: 7-2 (9), Maurice Jones-Drew: 5-3 (8), Marcedes Lewis: 5-0 (5), Mike Thomas: 1-3 (4), Montell Owens: 3-0 (3), Greg Jones: 2-1 (3), Zach Potter: 0-2 (2), Rashad Jennings: 1-dnp (1)


The Houston Texan’s defense of week two was the polar opposite of the Minnesota Vikings defense of week one and Blaine Gabbert felt it more keenly than us bystanders can imagine. The good news is, it looks like he will be better against bad defenses than he was last year.


We really didn’t learn much from this last game since they finished with a franchise record tying 117 total yards. And of course 67 of those yards and the lone touchdown came from Maurice Jones-Drew.


Like last season, there are no offensive players you can count on other than MJD.

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Dwayne Bowe: 6-15 (21), Dexter McCluster: 10-5 (15), Tony Moeaki: 6-4 (10), Peyton Hillis: 3-3 (6), Jon Baldwin: 0-6 (6), Steve Breaston: 4-1 (5), Shaun Draughn: 2-2 (4), Jamaal Charles: 0-4 (4), Kevin Boss: 2-1 (3)


Dwyane Bowe was the story of week two. Dexter McCluster was the story of week one. I think Dwayne Bowe wins the headlines from here on out. The more Bowe, the less McCluster.

Jon Baldwin saw a nice leap in targets from zilch to six and ended up catching three of them for 62 yards. He will also hurt McCluster’s targets unfortunately. Bowe seems like the only consistent receiver except in great matchups like the Saints this week.


The splits between Peyton Hillis and Jamaal Charles are harder to wrap our brains around. Charles had some soreness in his surgically repaired knee, which probably was the reason Hillis saw 34 snaps to Charles’ 21. They will continue to split snaps until one shows they are superior. That should be JC Superstar, but a lot depends on his knee.

 

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Brian Hartline: 8-12 (20), Davone Bess: 7-6 (13), Reggie Bush: 6-4 (10), Anthony Fasano: 5-3 (8), Charles Clay: 1-3 (4), Legedu Naanee: 2-1 (3), Anthony Armstrong: 3-dnp (3), Daniel Thomas: 3-dnp (3), Jorvorskie Lane: 1-0 (1)


Brian Hartline and Reggie Bush led the way as the Dolphins mangled the Raiders. Bush is easily the centerpiece of the offense, but they hope they have found a number one receiver in Hartline. His 20 targets rank him ninth out of all wide receivers and with little competition, he should continue to get targets.


Reggie Bush ranks 6th out of all running backs for targets and if you add those opportunities to his average of 20 carries a game, he’s set up for good fantasy numbers each week.

 

 

New England Patriots

 

Brandon Lloyd: 8-13 (21), Wes Welker: 5-11 (16), Rob Gronkowski: 6-9 (15), Aaron Hernandez: 7-1 (8), Julian Edelman: 2-6 (8), Stevan Ridley: 3-4 (7), Danny Woodhead: 0-1 (1)


The Patriots offense has yet to find their footing, so these numbers are a bit in flux, especially with the loss of Aaron Hernandez early against the Cardinals.


The good news is that if you own Brandon Lloyd, you can expect a huge game at any moment now. He obviously leads in targets and has just been missed by a Brady a few times. When they get on target, which they will, watch out.


Wes Welker didn’t start, but after Hernandez went down he came in and had 11 targets. Whatever the reasoning behind his ’demotion’ it doesn’t really matter now. Eleven targets are eleven targets.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 13 targets all last year while Stevan Ridley has 7 already. That is awesome news for Ridley’s fantasy prospects.

 

 

New York Jets

 

Santonio Holmes: 8-11 (19), Jeff Cumberland: 4-5 (9), Jeremy Kerley: 4-4 (8), Stephen Hill: 6-2 (8), Bilal Powell: 1-2 (3), Chaz Schilens: 1-0 (1), Dustin Keller: 1-dnp (1), Shonn Greene: 1-0 (1), Clyde Gates: dnp-1 (1)


So Jeff Cumberland is second in targets for the Jets. That’s not really what you want.


It looks like Santonio Holmes continues to be the only Jets receiver you can safely roster and even then you can’t really safely start him.


Bilal Powell was on the field more than Shonn Greene, but that’s because Greene was shaken up after a hit.  But Powell looks like he has a little more life in his legs and I could see them splitting work soon.

 

 

Oakland Raiders

 

Darren McFadden: 18-7 (25), Rod Streater: 10-3 (13), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 5-8 (13), Brandon Myers: 5-6 (11), Denarius Moore: dnp-8 (8), Derek Hagan: 5-2 (7), Marcel Reece: 2-3 (5), David Ausberry: 1-3 (4), Richard Gordon: 0-4 (4), Mike Goodson: 0-3 (3)


I truly don’t know what to make of this Raiders team yet. They have a ton of offensive upside, but just can’t get moving. Darren McFadden leads the team in yardage and he’s rushed for 54 yards on 26 carries. I don’t even want to do the math! Yeah, he’s gotten most of his yards through the air, but still!


Denarius Moore returned to the lineup and had eight targets. That’s decent news I guess. Especially because Moore is easily their most explosive receiver. If he can get healthy and stay healthy, we may have something here.


Tight end Brandon Myers has been a bit of a revelation so far. He’s had 11 targets and caught all 11 for 151 yards. If he had gotten into the end zone, he’d be in everyone’s waiver wire articles.

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Antonio Brown: 8-10 (18), Emmanuel Sanders: 8-4 (12), Mike Wallace: 6-5 (11), Heath Miller: 7-3 (10), Jonathan Dwyer: 4-2 (6), Isaac Redman: 2-1 (3), Chris Rainey: 1-2 (3), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-2 (3), Leonard Pope: 0-1 (1), Will Johnson: dnp-1 (1)


Antonio Brown is getting the targets in Pittsburgh, but hasn’t been able to get into the end zone, much like last season. I think it’s just a matter of time before he starts scoring though.


Emmanuel Sanders is the no doubt #3 receiver now, which will help open things up for everyone on the field, but he’ll drop below Wallace in targets soon. He’s going to have trouble being consistent.


The running back situation is a complete mess with Dwyer and Redman splitting carries and sucking at the same time. Add to that Rashard Mendenhall will likely be back in week 5 and you have a cluster of running backs to not want to own.

 

 

San Diego Chargers

 

Malcom Floyd: 6-8 (14), Ronnie Brown: 5-4 (9), Curtis Brinkley: 5-4 (9), Antonio Gates: 8-dnp (8), Robert Meachem: 2-4 (6), Dante Rosario: 1-4 (5), Eddie Royal: 2-3 (5), Le'Ron McClain: 4-0 (4), Randy McMichael: 0-4 (4), Ladarius Green: dnp-1 (1)


Brown, Brinkley and McClain have 20 receptions on 22 targets. That bodes well for young Mr. Mathews once he returns to full force, which hopefully happens this week.


Malcom Floyd continues to be the target leader, but that’s likely because Gates was out last week. Floyd isn’t going to become a PPR stud anytime soon since Rivers spreads the ball around very well, but he will be a force in the red zone where he has four targets already this season.

 

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Kendall Wright: 6-8 (14), Damian Williams: 6-6 (12), Jared Cook: 6-6 (12), Chris Johnson: 7-3 (10), Nate Washington: 8-2 (10), Darius Reynaud: 4-0 (4), Lavelle Hawkins: 4-0 (4), Craig Stevens: 1-1 (2), Kenny Britt: dnp-2 (2), Jamie Harper: 1-dnp (1), Taylor Thompson: 0-1 (1)


The Titans have looked about as awful as any team this year, but they have more talent on offense than most teams. That gives me at least some hope for a turnaround. That and the fact that Kenny Britt should be back this week. He was “back” last week, but for only 19 plays and two targets. Nate Washington played, but was iffy to play going in and then only had two targets. Kendall Wright, Damian Williams and Jared Cook led the way. They need their full complement of players to be successful.


Chris Johnson has no excuses left for being horrible, so I’m just going to not talk about how horrible he is so maybe a miracle will happen while I sleep. (Think Christmas)

 

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



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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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