I do the AFC/NFC Target Watch later in the week, but I figured I could give you a little taste before we got there with some interesting target numbers from Week 3.
0 – Number of touches and targets Kevin Smith saw in week three.
1 – Number of targets Tony Romo and Tim Tebow had. Romo caught his.
2 – Number of targets Coby Fleener had with zero receptions compared to Dwayne Allen’s six targets for five receptions.
3 – Number of targets and receptions Nate Washington had with his 112 yards and a touchdown.
4 – Number of targets and receptions Jared Cook had with his 77 yards and a touchdown.
5 – Number of targets and rushing attempts Joique Bell had compared to Kevin Smith’s zero.
6 – Number of targets Kyle Rudolph had for his five receptions, two that went for touchdowns.
7 – Number of targets Stephen Hill had to go with his zero receptions.
8 – Number of targets Jamaal Charles had to go with his career high 33 rushing attempts.
9 – Number of targets Brian Hartline had for his one reception.
10 – Number of targets for Torrey Smith.
11 – Number of targets Damaris Johnson had in place of Jeremy Maclin.
12 – Number of targets for both Nate Burleson and Calvin Johnson in which both had 10 receptions and scored a touchdown, but Johnson totaled 164 yards to Burleson’s 69.
13 – Target number that’s so unlucky, not one receiver had it.
14 – Number of targets for Santonio Holmes who caught nine for 147 yards, his highest since 12/6/09.
15 – Number of targets for Reggie Wayne, which moves him to the league lead for the year with 40.
16 – Number of targets for Dwayne Bowe, his highest number since week 10 of 2010.
Early Waiver Look
QB: Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton
RB: Pierre Thomas, Bilal Powell, Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, Tashard Choice, Ryan Williams, Joique Bell
WR: Julian Edelman, Damaris Johnson, Brandon Stokley
TE: Fred Davis, Joel Dreessen, Heath Miller, Jordan Cameron
D/ST: Seattle, Arizona, N.Y. Giants, Dallas
Saints - Darren Sproles actually ran the ball for the first time this week, seven whole times for 62 yards. But he only had two targets and didn’t catch either. This is bizarre world.
Pierre Thomas actually led the Saints running backs in receiving with four receptions on six targets for 55 yards. He also ran the ball six times, but for only 11 yards.
Mark Ingram followed up his fantasy relevant game with a display of irrelevance as he only rushed five times for 11 yards with no passing targets.
This doesn’t make too much sense, but I have a feeling this won’t be the norm. We are seeing more Pierre Thomas and I could see him garnering more looks as the season progresses.
Redskins - Alfred Morris had 17 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown and one target without a catch. Evan Royster ran the ball twice for 21 yards and had four targets, which he caught two of for 13 yards. Then we had a sighting of our old pal Roy Helu, who had three targets that he caught all of for twenty yards.
Morris should remain the early down back with Helu and Royster coming in on passing downs.
Texans – Arian Foster led the way with 25 carries for 105 yards, but disappointingly only had one target, which amazingly he caught for a touchdown. Ben Tate had eight carries for 26 yards and had no targets. He also lost a fumble which Kubiak abhors.
Chiefs - Jamaal Charles.
Jets - Shonn Greene had 19 carries for 40 yards with two receptions on two targets for nine yards. Bilal Powell had 10 carries for 45 yards and two receptions on five targets for 24 yards.
It seems that we are getting closer to a changing of the guard here.
Dolphins - With Reggie Bush going down, we saw a lot of Daniel Thomas. He had 19 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Lamar Miller had nine carries for 48 yards. Bush’s injury doesn’t seem to be a long term problem, but if it is, I’d have trouble starting Thomas, even if he was the main guy. Lamar Miller has so much more upside that I’d throw him on my team first.
Fantasy MVP of Week 3: Jamaal Charles, duh.
Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 3: Jamaal Charles, duh.
Fantasy Rookie of Week 3: Mikel Leshoure – Yeah, I know he’s not a rookie anymore, but this is his first NFL game, so I’m going to be lenient and give him the big cash award.
Fantasy Disappointment of Week 3: Tony Romo – The Bucs had just given up a bazillion passing yards to Eli Manning and then Romo lays an egg.
Fantasy Fluke of Week 3: Cecil Shorts, his game winning 80 yard touchdown was on his second target of the day and Gabbert’s fourth completion of the fourth quarter.
@billbarnwell of Grantland.com -- Does Belichick think he gets bonus points if he scores with Michael Hoomanawanui setting up Brandon Bolden?
@evansilva of Rotoworld -- Chris Johnson improved his yards-per-carry average on the season from 1.10 to 1.36 today.
@BillPlaschke -- As If Refs Credibility Wasn't Already Shot: Raiders just played an entire half without a penalty
@CaptainComeback of Cold Hard Football Facts -- Week 3 was 73rd time Manning/Brady/Roethlisberger/Brees have played in same NFL week. First time they all lost.
@BrandonSpikes55 of the New England Patriots -- Can someone please tell these f&^%ing zebras foot locker called and they’re needed Back at work !!!!
@SC_DougFarrar of Yahoo Sports -- Just saw the Romo-to-Ogletree potential TD prevented by the ref throwing his hat on the turf and Ogletree slipping on it. Bucs fan, maybe?
@PeytonsHead -- These replacement refs are awful. Oh, that was in our favor? Good job, good effort!
Stats and What Not
The Ravens win was their first ever against the Patriots in the regular season.
The New Orleans Saints are 0-3 and the teams that have beaten them have yet to beat another team.
Kevin Kolb, Christian Ponder and Blaine Gabbert are the only starting quarterbacks not to have thrown an interception this season.
Peyton Manning now holds the record for most 300 yard passing games with 64, beating Dan Marino.
The Patriots had gone 145 games without having a losing record, which is the NFL record.
The Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time since 1974.
Larry Fitzgerald is the youngest player in history to reach 700 receptions at the age of 29.
Drew Brees has 46 straight games with a touchdown pass. The record is 47 games by Johnny Unitas.