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Week 4 Target Watch – NFC

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

San Francisco 49ers


Michael Crabtree: 9-7-8 (24), Vernon Davis: 5-7-8 (20), Mario Manningham: 4-4-5 (13), Randy Moss: 4-1-6 (11), Frank Gore: 1-4-2 (7), Delanie Walker: 2-2-2 (6), Kyle Williams: 0-2-3 (5), Kendall Hunter: 0-3-1 (4)


Alex Smith has been quite efficient this season in the red zone. He’s only passed the ball six times, but completed five of those for three touchdowns. That’s darn good, but unless you are Vernon Davis, you aren’t putting up much in the way of fantasy points. At some point, like the end of last season, the 49ers will need to start passing more. But until then, I’d steer clear of all the wide receivers in 12 team leagues.


Kendall Hunter is one of my favorite backup running backs in the league, but he isn’t making up any ground on Frank Gore as of yet. And he actually lost a little ground last week, only seeing 19% of the snaps.



Seattle Seahawks


Sidney Rice: 9-5-1 (15), Golden Tate: dnp-4-7 (11), Braylon Edwards: 9-0-0 (9), Anthony McCoy: 1-5-2 (8), Zach Miller: 3-1-4 (8), Doug Baldwin: 6-1-dnp (7), Ben Obomanu: 1-0-3 (4), Evan Moore: 0-1-2 (3), Robert Turbin: 1-2-0 (3), Marshawn Lynch: 2-0-1 (3), Charly Martin: 2-dnp-1 (3)


That Golden Tate sure had a good game. Two touchdowns, wowza! Wait, what’s that? No, I missed the game. Did something happen with Tate? Oh, jeez. Well, if we disregard some tom-foolery, Tate’s game looks pretty average. He’d have had two receptions on seven targets, with the one touchdown.


Sidney Rice went from nine targets, to five, to one.  Russell Wilson is going to rely on Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks defense to win games, oh, and the refs, whoops, totally forgot.


I would stay away from any player not named Beast Mode, Skittle Seeker or Marshawn Lynch.



St. Louis Rams


Danny Amendola: 9-16-9 (34), Brandon Gibson: 5-4-6 (15), Lance Kendricks: 2-2-7 (11), Steve Smith: 3-5-3 (11), Chris Givens: 1-2-4 (7), Steven Jackson: 4-0-2 (6), Daryl Richardson: 0-3-1 (4), Matthew Mulligan: 0-2-1 (3), Isaiah Pead: 0-0-1 (1), Mike McNeill: 1-0-0 (1), Brian Quick: dnp-1-dnp (1)


The Bears defense shut down the Rams big time. They had 12 first downs and 160 total yards. But even in that rotten spectacle, Danny Amendola still managed to get nine targets and five receptions. It was by no means a good fantasy day for him, but it could have been much worse.  In PPR leagues, he should continue to have value, even in down games like this.


The Rams running game was non-existent, but Steven Jackson made it through the whole game with Daryl Richardson getting about a fourth of the work. As long as Jackson is healthy it looks like Richardson will remain just a handcuff.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 10-10-7 (27), Mike Williams: 3-5-6 (14), Doug Martin: 4-3-3 (10), Dallas Clark: 1-5-4 (10), D.J. Ware: 0-1-2 (3), Luke Stocker: 0-0-3 (3), Preston Parker: 1-1-dnp (2), Sammie Stroughter: 0-2-0 (2), Tiquan Underwood: dnp-dnp-1 (1), Arrelious Benn: dnp-0-1 (1), LeGarrette Blount: 1-0-0 (1)


With a total of 110 passing yards against the Cowboys, there isn’t much good to glean from the Bucs passing game. Amazingly Vincent Jackson only brought in one reception on his seven targets, but as fantasy players, we can be happy that even in a poor matchup, Jackson still at least got a chance to catch the ball. That bodes well going forward and should keep him from having too many awful games like this one.


Doug Martin continues to dominate the running back work. LeGarrette Blount returned from a hiatus to see a slight uptick in carries, but nothing for Martin owners to worry about. And after whiffing on receptions in Week 2 on three targets, Martin caught two for 21 yards last week. In that offense it will be imperative that he starts to get a few more targets per week, which I believe he will.



Washington Redskins


Fred Davis: 4-5-7 (16), Aldrick Robinson: 6-3-3 (12), Santana Moss: 5-3-3 (11), Leonard Hankerson: 0-3-7 (10), Josh Morgan: 2-5-3 (10), Roy Helu: 3-1-3 (7), Evan Royster: 0-3-4 (7), Pierre Garcon: 4-dnp-dnp (4), Niles Paul: 0-3-0 (3), Logan Paulsen: 1-0-1 (2), Brandon Banks: 1-0-1 (2), Alfred Morris: 0-0-1 (1)


The Redskins couldn’t get much going through the air, but we did see glimpses of a RGIII to Fred Davis connection. It would be nice if they could get Pierre Garcon back, so we could see how this offense really works, but right now, we can take some solace in this game for Davis.


The Redskins just signed Ryan Grant, but this situation seems pretty cut and dry and sans Shanahagins. Both Roy Helu and Evan Royster are suffering from injuries and Grant was needed in case both can’t go in Week 4.  This actually leaves Alfred Morris safer than he was just last week.



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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