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Week 4 Target Watch – AFC

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New York Jets


Santonio Holmes: 8-11-14 (33), Jeff Cumberland: 4-5-6 (15), Stephen Hill: 6-2-7 (15), Jeremy Kerley: 4-4-3 (11), Bilal Powell: 1-2-5 (8), Chaz Schilens: 1-0-3 (4), Shonn Greene: 1-0-2 (3), Clyde Gates: dnp-1-1 (2), Dustin Keller: 1-dnp-dnp (1)

Santonio Holmes is finally getting the targets he deserves. He is easily the Jet’s best offensive player at the moment and to see them take advantage of him is a breath of fresh air.  He’s being moved up my rest of the season ranks as we speak.

After him, well, there’s not much good to talk about. With Stephen Hill catching zero of his seven targets and getting hurt in the process, the only sign of hope was the amount of work Bilal Powell received. He was on the field around 40% of the time compared to Greene’s 60%. He also saw 10 carries to Greene’s 19 and five targets to his two. And Powell ended up with 69 yards to Greene’s 42. The changing of the guard could be soon.



Oakland Raiders


Darren McFadden: 18-7-2 (27), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 5-8-5 (18), Denarius Moore: dnp-8-10 (18), Rod Streater: 10-3-2 (15), Brandon Myers: 5-6-4 (15), Derek Hagan: 5-2-4 (11), Marcel Reece: 2-3-5 (10), David Ausberry: 1-3-1 (5), Richard Gordon: 0-4-1 (5), Mike Goodson: 0-3-0 (3)

Darren McFadden’s target numbers are just plain funny. How often will you see a player who isn’t hurt, go from 18 to seven to two targets? Guessing it isn’t all that prevalent. But of course this was McFadden’s best fantasy day so far.

Carson Palmer threw three touchdowns, but spread the ball around so well, there weren’t any huge fantasy days by receivers. Denarius Moore took the biggest step forward with his five receptions on 10 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. If he can stay healthy, he’ll easily have the most upside out of the bunch.

One interesting note is that Brandon Myers has 15 targets and has caught all 15. Of course for his trouble, he got a concussion.



Pittsburgh Steelers


Antonio Brown: 8-10-11 (29), Mike Wallace: 6-5-11 (22), Heath Miller: 7-3-9 (19), Emmanuel Sanders: 8-4-4 (16), Jonathan Dwyer: 4-2-1 (7), Isaac Redman: 2-1-3 (6), Chris Rainey: 1-2-2 (5), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-2-1 (4), Will Johnson: dnp-1-1 (2), Baron Batch: 0-0-2 (2), Leonard Pope: 0-1-0 (1)

Ben Roethlisberger is a passing machine. He currently ranks sixth in attempts and second in completions. He had 49 attempts against the Raiders and with Brown, Wallace, Miller and Sanders as the best offensive weapons on the team, he may not slow down anytime soon.

Heath Miller leads all wide receivers and tight ends in red zone targets with eight and all four of his touchdowns have come from those targets. With the uptick in passing attempts, Miller’s value may be more consistent this season.

Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace continue to battle it out for receptions and targets, but Wallace is clearly in the lead for touchdowns. They are tied in red zone targets with four, so I’m going to hold out hope that Brown will start getting his touchdown celebration penalties soon.



San Diego Chargers


Malcom Floyd: 6-8-9 (23), Antonio Gates: 8-dnp-7 (15), Robert Meachem: 2-4-7 (13), Curtis Brinkley: 5-4-2 (11), Ronnie Brown: 5-4-dnp (9), Ryan Mathews: dnp-dnp-8 (8), Eddie Royal: 2-3-3 (8), Dante Rosario: 1-4-1 (6), Randy McMichael: 0-4-1 (5), LeRon McClain: 4-0-0 (4), Ladarius Green: dnp-1-dnp (1)

The Chargers didn’t really show up last week against the Falcons, but the good news is that Ryan Mathews looked good when he wasn’t fumbling and had eight targets. Once he gets back up to game speed, he should help this offense move the ball more efficiently.

Hopefully Mathews’ presence will help Gates and Floyd have more productive targets going forward because right now they’re just not getting it done.



Tennessee Titans


Kendall Wright: 6-8-11 (25), Jared Cook: 6-6-4 (16), Damian Williams: 6-6-3 (15), Kenny Britt: dnp-2-11 (13), Nate Washington: 8-2-3 (13), Chris Johnson: 7-3-2 (12), Craig Stevens: 1-1-7 (9), Darius Reynaud: 4-0-0 (4), Lavelle Hawkins: 4-0-dnp (4), Quinn Johnson: 0-0-1 (1), Taylor Thompson: 0-1-0 (1), Jamie Harper: 1-dnp-0 (1)

In game three Jake Locker almost threw for the total yardage he accrued in the first two games of the season. His 378 yards passing was by far his best game as a pro and it was nice to see.

Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright split the target lead with 11, but Nate Washington was the most productive on his three targets, catching all three for 112 yards and a touchdown.

It looks like Washington will be used to clear out and stretch the field while Wright works underneath. Britt and Cook are both extremely skilled and their ceilings are sky high. All of this passing fire power is why so many were high on Locker. Now that Britt is back, we could see a few more games like this with the right matchups.



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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