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Week 6 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New York Jets


Santonio Holmes: 8-11-14-8-dnp (41), Jeff Cumberland: 4-5-6-5-4 (24), Jeremy Kerley: 4-4-3-3-9 (23), Bilal Powell: 1-2-5-3-4 (15), Stephen Hill: 6-2-7-dnp-dnp (15), Chaz Schilens: 1-0-3-3-5 (12), Shonn Greene: 1-0-2-0-2 (5), Patrick Turner: 0-dnp-dnp-5-dnp (5), Clyde Gates: dnp-1-1-0-3 (5), Jason Hill: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-2 (2), Dedrick Epps: dnp-0-0-1-dnp (1), Konrad Reuland: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1 (1), Dustin Keller: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (1), John Conner: 0-0-dnp-1-dnp (1)


It looks like Jeremy Kerley is your Jets new number one wide receiver. If he can continue to see nine targets a game, he will be worthwhile in fantasy, but it’s way too early to predict those kinds of target numbers with this team.


Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell continue to split snap counts, but we also saw a rise in touches for Tim Tebow and Joe McKnight. Really, unless Tebow becomes the starting quarterback, there’s nobody on this team worth owning.



Oakland Raiders


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


The Oakland Raiders took Week 5 off to injure some wide receivers.



Pittsburgh Steelers


Antonio Brown: 8-10-11-BYE-10 (39), Mike Wallace: 6-5-11-BYE-8 (30), Heath Miller: 7-3-9-BYE-5 (24), Emmanuel Sanders: 8-4-4-BYE-7 (23), Jonathan Dwyer: 4-2-1-BYE-dnp (7), Isaac Redman: 2-1-3-BYE-0 (6), Chris Rainey: 1-2-2-BYE-1 (6), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-2-1-BYE-1 (5), Rashard Mendenhall: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-3 (3), Will Johnson: dnp-1-1-BYE-0 (2), Baron Batch: 0-0-2-BYE-0 (2), David Paulson: 0-0-0-BYE-1 (1), Leonard Pope: 0-1-0-BYE-0 (1)


This game’s biggest fantasy news came from the reemergence of Rashard Mendenhall. After watching Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer plodding around, it was refreshing to see a running back who had some ability to make people miss.


In the Steelers pass first offense it will be difficult for Mendenhall to put up consistent numbers, but his 14 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown was a nice start. And amazingly, he was only on the field 22 snaps to Isaac Redman’s 35. That will change now that they know his knee responded well to the game and he will get more looks.


The Eagles pass defense is stout, so it was good to see at least one Steelers receiver put up decent numbers, with Antonio Brown grabbing seven receptions for 86 yards. I wouldn’t worry about Mike Wallace going forward either. His down game should just be a blip on the radar.



San Diego Chargers


Malcom Floyd: 6-8-9-3-8 (34), Antonio Gates: 8-dnp-7-3-7 (25), Robert Meachem: 2-4-7-2-4 (19), Eddie Royal: 2-3-3-5-5 (18), Ryan Mathews: dnp-dnp-8-2-8 (18), Ronnie Brown: 5-4-dnp-3-5 (17), Curtis Brinkley: 5-4-2-dnp-dnp (11), Dante Rosario: 1-4-1-0-1 (7), Jackie Battle: 0-0-0-4-2 (6), LeRon McClain: 4-0-0-1-0 (5), Randy McMichael: 0-4-1-0-0 (5)


Ryan Mathews led all running backs in targets with eight and that was on just 12 passing routes. Ronnie Brown on the other hand ran 26 passing routes. That is some head shaking news when your best player and receiving back isn’t getting the ball, especially in crunch time. I’m actually beside myself right now. Dang, I need to hit the gym.


Mathews put up great numbers (139 yards and a touchdown) even though he was used inappropriately, so he should take another step in usage this week unless Ronnie Brown has his knees replaced with plutonium powered joints.


Robert Meachem burned his old team for two touchdowns on four targets and three receptions. I’d be wary of relying on a repeat performance, but in this offense, just about anyone can get fantasy points on any given football day.


Malcom Floyd continues to get targets, but since week one he hasn’t found the end zone, which is one of his specialties. I’d expect to see his touchdown to catch percentage rise.



Tennessee Titans


Kendall Wright: 6-8-11-8-11 (44), Jared Cook: 6-6-4-4-8 (28), Nate Washington: 8-2-3-5-7 (25), Damian Williams: 6-6-3-2-3 (20), Kenny Britt: dnp-2-11-dnp-5 (18), Chris Johnson: 7-3-2-2-1 (15), Craig Stevens: 1-1-7-2-4 (15), Javon Ringer: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-5 (5), Darius Reynaud: 4-0-0-0-1 (5), Lavelle Hawkins: 4-0-dnp-1-dnp (5), Taylor Thompson: 0-1-0-1-2 (4), Quinn Johnson: 0-0-1-1-1 (3), Jamie Harper: 1-dnp-0-dnp-dnp (1)


This season has been the Kendall Wright target show so far. He has found the end zone twice, but his high in yardage came last week on his nine receptions and it was only 66 yards. If Kenny Britt can stay healthy, he will cut into Wright’s playing time. He already did last week, playing on 40% of the snaps to Wright’s 65% and the week before, Wright had played on 84% of the snaps.


Chris Johnson’s snap count since week two has gone from 98% to 81% to 78% to 67% last week. Javon Ringer and Darius Reynaud had been taking up the slack, but with Ringer out, it looks like Jamie Harper will see more work. It looks like fantasy owners aren’t the only ones losing faith in him.



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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