Reggie Wayne: 18-7-15-BYE-20-10 (70), Donnie Avery: 8-10-9-BYE-8-12 (47), Coby Fleener: 10-4-2-BYE-9-6 (31), T.Y. Hilton: dnp-1-8-BYE-9-4 (22), Dwayne Allen: 0-1-6-BYE-5-4 (16), Kris Adams: 4-3-1-BYE-dnp-dnp (8), Donald Brown: 2-0-1-BYE-2-dnp (5), Vick Ballard: 0-1-0-BYE-1-3 (5), Mewelde Moore: 1-2-1-BYE-dnp-0 (4), Nathan Palmer: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1-2 (3), LaVon Brazill: 1-dnp-0-BYE-0-1 (2), Austin Collie: dnp-dnp-1-BYE-dnp-dnp (1)
Reggie Wayne leads the NFL with 70 targets. That’s not too shabby, but it’s bonkers when you realize the Colts already had their bye. So in reality, he is averaging 14 targets a game compared to Victor Cruz, who is second at 11.7. And he faced one of the hottest corners in Antonio Cromartie last week and still saw double-digit targets, catching five for 87 yards. That’s not too shabby in a tough matchup.
Andrew Luck keeps chucking it Donnie Avery’s way, and I like that, but I do not love the production. Thankfully, if you throw the ball at someone enough, they will eventually get into the end zone with the ball in their possession. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. He is averaging 9.4 targets a game, which ranks him 17th in the league for wide receivers. You have to go way below him on that list to find someone who shouldn’t be owned in fantasy. Torrey Smith is ranked 46th.
Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener are doing the Tamme/Dreessen dance right now. Fleener has run 153 pass routes to Allen’s 103 and has 31 targets to Allen’s 16. But the touchdowns are in Allen’s favor, two to zilch. I have more faith in Allen over the long haul, but neither is doing you any favors right now.
Justin Blackmon: 6-4-5-10-8-BYE (33), Cecil Shorts: 7-2-2-5-3-BYE (19), Maurice Jones-Drew: 5-3-2-5-3-BYE (18), Mike Thomas: 1-3-3-2-8-BYE (17), Laurent Robinson: 9-6-1-1-dnp-BYE (17), Marcedes Lewis: 5-0-1-3-7-BYE (16), Greg Jones: 2-1-3-4-0-BYE (10), Kevin Elliott: dnp-dnp-0-0-3-BYE (3), Zach Potter: 0-2-0-0-1-BYE (3), Montell Owens: 3-0-0-0-0-BYE (3), Rashad Jennings: 1-dnp-dnp-1-0-BYE (2)
The Jaguars took the week off for more napping.
Kansas City Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe: 6-15-16-12-8-9 (66), Dexter McCluster: 10-5-4-4-0-8 (31), Jon Baldwin: 0-6-4-5-3-5 (23), Jamaal Charles: 0-4-8-4-3-3 (22), Tony Moeaki: 6-4-3-4-1-2 (20), Shaun Draughn: 2-2-3-5-1-4 (17), Steve Breaston: 4-1-3-1-0-0 (9), Peyton Hillis: 3-3-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (7), Steve Maneri: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-0-5 (5), Kevin Boss: 2-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (3), Nate Eachus: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-0-2 (2), Cyrus Gray: dnp-dnp-0-1-1-0 (2)
The horror. The horror.
I was just going to leave that in homage to my favorite movie, but I suppose I could rip into the Chiefs some more, for funsies.
Brady Quinn isn’t very good. Matt Cassel is also less than good. Dwayne Bowe wants out (who could blame him). Jamaal Charles is the whole team at this point. Targets don’t matter much when your quarterback can’t get the ball to the receivers. What else is there? Oh, Dexter McCluster had eight targets because he ran short routes and Brady Quinn can’t see very far down the field.
Brian Hartline: 8-12-9-19-5-0 (53), Davone Bess: 7-6-7-12-6-9 (47), Anthony Fasano: 5-3-10-5-4-6 (33), Reggie Bush: 6-4-1-1-2-7 (21), Charles Clay: 1-3-0-1-5-2 (12), Anthony Armstrong: 3-dnp-6-0-0-0 (9), Daniel Thomas: 3-dnp-2-1-1-dnp (7), Jorvorskie Lane: 1-0-1-0-2-2 (6), Legedu Naanee: 2-1-0-2-dnp-dnp (5), Marlon Moore: 0-0-dnp-dnp-0-3 (3)
That target line for Brian Hartline is a bit depressing. The Rams are a tough defense against the pass, but you have to at least pretend to throw the ball to him. Amazingly Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdowns against the Rams had allowed two passing touchdowns all season (one from RGII and one from Matthew Stafford). So that’s good news for Tannehill backers, but they went to Marlon Moore and Anthony Fasano.
New England Patriots
Wes Welker: 5-11-10-11-15-14 (66), Brandon Lloyd: 8-13-12-7-5-12 (57), Rob Gronkowski: 6-9-3-11-5-8 (42), Aaron Hernandez: 7-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-9 (17), Julian Edelman: 2-6-7-dnp-dnp-dnp (15), Danny Woodhead: 0-1-2-2-1-5 (11), Stevan Ridley: 3-4-1-0-0-2 (10), Deion Branch: dnp-dnp-3-0-2-4 (9), Daniel Fells: dnp-dnp-0-2-2-2 (6), Shane Vereen: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-0-0 (2), Brandon Bolden: 0-0-0-1-1-0 (2), Kellen Winslow: dnp-dnp-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (2), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-0-1-0-dnp-dnp (1)
Remember in week one when Wes Welker had five targets and caught three for 15 yards? Yeah, me either. He’s dominating as usual and it will be tough to cut his snaps and targets back, even with Aaron Hernandez and Julian Edelman back.
Last week Hernandez came back and saw nine targets even though he was on the field less than half of the snaps. Really, the best news for all the Patriots pass catchers is the horridness of their pass defense. Belichick has shown a willingness to run the ball this season and if they have a lead, he might just do that.
So there are plenty of targets to go around, even with Hernandez getting his. That is good news, but be aware that Belichick may decide that punting the ball on first down is the best innovation in the game.