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Week 5 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, October 04, 2012

New York Jets


Santonio Holmes: 8-11-14-8 (41), Jeff Cumberland: 4-5-6-5 (20), Stephen Hill: 6-2-7-dnp (15), Jeremy Kerley: 4-4-3-3 (14), Bilal Powell: 1-2-5-3 (11), Chaz Schilens: 1-0-3-3 (7), Patrick Turner: 0-dnp-dnp-5 (5), Shonn Greene: 1-0-2-0 (3), Clyde Gates: dnp-1-1-0 (2), Dustin Keller: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp (1), Dedrick Epps: dnp-0-0-1 (1), John Conner: 0-0-dnp-1 (1)


Santonio Holmes is lost for the season and if you take a look at the other receivers on the above list, you might not see much to get excited about. Right now your pass catchers for the Jets are Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley, Clyde Gates and Jeff Cumberland with Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller injured. That’s some sour biscuits to be sure. And with Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene splitting time (Greene had 18 snaps to Powell’s 32 last week) you have absolutely nobody you can safely use on your fantasy team.



Oakland Raiders


Darren McFadden: 18-7-2-1 (28), Denarius Moore: dnp-8-10-8 (26), Marcel Reece: 2-3-5-8 (18), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 5-8-5-dnp (18), Rod Streater: 10-3-2-2 (17), Brandon Myers: 5-6-4-2 (17), Derek Hagan: 5-2-4-5 (16), David Ausberry: 1-3-1-2 (7), Mike Goodson: 0-3-0-3 (6), Richard Gordon: 0-4-1-dnp (5), Juron Criner: 0-dnp-dnp-3 (3)


It’s hard to glean much from the Raiders defeat at the hands of the Mannings, but as a Darren McFadden owner I can say, I am sad, but I am not putting too much stock in the numbers from this drubbing.  It was apparent that they were outmatched in Denver from the get go.


Marcel Reece saw a big uptick in targets, while McFadden’s numbers dropped once again. This was most likely a product of the score, but Reece is a talented player and could start cutting into McFadden’s targets. It’s worth watching.


The best news from this game is that Denarius Moore is still upright. He is the best receiver on the team and if he can stay healthy, will be the guy to own.



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 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 he has played one less game!) 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: 6-8-9-3 (26), Antonio Gates: 8-dnp-7-3 (18), Robert Meachem: 2-4-7-2 (15), Eddie Royal: 2-3-3-5 (13), Ronnie Brown: 5-4-dnp-3 (12), Curtis Brinkley: 5-4-2-dnp (11), Ryan Mathews: dnp-dnp-8-2 (10), Dante Rosario: 1-4-1-0 (6), Randy McMichael: 0-4-1-0 (5), LeRon McClain: 4-0-0-1 (5), Jackie Battle: 0-0-0-4 (4), Ladarius Green: dnp-1-dnp-dnp (1)


San Diego pretty much let Kansas City beat themselves, while Norv Turner decided to play mind games with Ryan Mathews and his fantasy owners. Jackie Battle was on the field for 27 snaps compared to Mathews’ 21 and had 19 touches to Mathews’ 16. The biggest disparity though, was Battle’s six red zone looks to Mathews’ one, which led to two touchdowns for Battle. And now Turner has listed Battle as his starting running back.


I believe talent will win out, but it’s hard not to think of Mike Tolbert and how much he cut into Mathews’ work the last two seasons. I’m buying Mr. Mathews, but I’m also under no delusions that Battle will just go away completely.


The passing game didn’t do much in this one. Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates are the only two rosterable receivers and they both had three targets. We’ll chalk this one up to the flow of the game and hope for better days.



Tennessee Titans


Kendall Wright: 6-8-11-8 (33), Jared Cook: 6-6-4-4 (20), Nate Washington: 8-2-3-5 (18), Damian Williams: 6-6-3-2 (17), Chris Johnson: 7-3-2-2 (14), Kenny Britt: dnp-2-11-dnp (13), Craig Stevens: 1-1-7-2 (11), Lavelle Hawkins: 4-0-dnp-1 (5), Darius Reynaud: 4-0-0-0 (4), Quinn Johnson: 0-0-1-1 (2), Taylor Thompson: 0-1-0-1 (2), Jamie Harper: 1-dnp-0-dnp (1)


Looking at the targets for the Titans was much more fun when I knew Jake Locker would be slinging the rock. Matt “pick six” Hasselbeck puts a bit of a damper on the proceedings, as well as Kenny Britt’s inability to stay healthy.


Kendall Wright continues to see plenty of targets though and that along with his five red zone targets are keeping him in the fantasy picture.


Chris Johnson had a nice breakout game, but it was a bit odd that he saw so many carries when the team was so far behind. But maybe not so odd when you think about Hasselbeck throwing two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. This was a nice step for Johnson, but I’d like to see him get those yards when they actually are needed.




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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