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Week 7 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New York Jets


Santonio Holmes: 8-11-14-8-dnp-dnp (41), Jeremy Kerley: 4-4-3-3-9-6 (29), Jeff Cumberland: 4-5-6-5-4-1 (25), Stephen Hill: 6-2-7-dnp-dnp-3 (18), Bilal Powell: 1-2-5-3-4-2 (17), Chaz Schilens: 1-0-3-3-5-4 (16), Shonn Greene: 1-0-2-0-2-0 (5), Patrick Turner: 0-dnp-dnp-5-dnp-dnp (5), Clyde Gates: dnp-1-1-0-3-dnp (5), Jason Hill: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-2-1 (3), Dustin Keller: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1 (2), Dedrick Epps: dnp-0-0-1-dnp-dnp (1), John Conner: 0-0-dnp-1-dnp-dnp (1), Konrad Reuland: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-0 (1)


Mark Sanchez threw the ball 18 times and completed 11 of those passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. That’s some crazy sauce right there. But not as crazy as Shonn Greene getting 32 carries for 161 yards and three touchdowns. What am I supposed to do with this! Huh!?


Target-wise there’s not much to say. The two Hills caught touchdown passes on four total targets. Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens were the “main” targets, accumulating 10 together, to go with five receptions for 47 yards. You can’t trust this passing game.


Shonn Greene will need his team to keep facing poor rush defenses, blow out said team, and keep him in during the blowout to keep his confidence up.



Oakland Raiders


Denarius Moore: dnp-8-10-8-BYE-9 (35), Darren McFadden: 18-7-2-1-BYE-4 (32), Brandon Myers: 5-6-4-2-BYE-7 (24), Rod Streater: 10-3-2-2-BYE-3 (20), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 5-8-5-dnp-BYE-2 (20), Derek Hagan: 5-2-4-5-BYE-4 (20), Marcel Reece: 2-3-5-8-BYE-1 (19), David Ausberry: 1-3-1-2-BYE-2 (9), Mike Goodson: 0-3-0-3-BYE-1 (7), Richard Gordon: 0-4-1-dnp-BYE-dnp (5), Juron Criner: 0-dnp-dnp-3-BYE-0 (3)


The best news for the Raiders is that Denarius Moore is healthy and the number one target. His ability coupled with a steady stream of targets makes for some decent consistency and a lot of upside. I’d be targeting him in trades.


Darren McFadden had another down game, but was given one heckuva workload, with 27 carries and four targets. Of course in his 30 touches he totaled 98 yards and in Mike Goodson’s 5 touches he totaled 96 yards. It looks like Goodson had a little more bang for the buck. But it was good to see McFadden get so much work and not break something and also get into the end zone. He’s lost some luster this season, but he has the easiest schedule against the run going forward, so hang on.


Brandon Myers is quietly becoming a decent bye-week filler. I doubt he’ll ever get to startable status, but his catch rate is good (even though he dropped a touchdown, jerk) and he just had his most targets on the season.



Pittsburgh Steelers


Antonio Brown: 8-10-11-BYE-10-10 (49), Mike Wallace: 6-5-11-BYE-8-4 (34), Heath Miller: 7-3-9-BYE-5-9 (33), Emmanuel Sanders: 8-4-4-BYE-7-6 (29), Isaac Redman: 2-1-3-BYE-0-5 (11), Chris Rainey: 1-2-2-BYE-1-1 (7), Jonathan Dwyer: 4-2-1-BYE-dnp-dnp (7), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-2-1-BYE-1-0 (5), Rashard Mendenhall: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-3-1 (4), Baron Batch: 0-0-2-BYE-0-1 (3), Will Johnson: dnp-1-1-BYE-0-1 (3), David Paulson: 0-0-0-BYE-1-1 (2), Leonard Pope: 0-1-0-BYE-0-0 (1)


Antonio Brown is getting his targets and then some, but is still having trouble getting into the end zone. His one touchdown this year was on an amazing run after the catch and that just isn’t going to happen all that often. So far Heath Miller has been getting the majority of the red zone targets with 11.  And even Mike Wallace is topping him with seven to Brown’s four, three of which came in the first game while Wallace wasn’t up to speed.


As for the running backs, there are too many injuries to really figure that mess out. Isaac Redman’s big receiving day was based on the art of surprise and most likely will never ever, ever happen again.


Baron Batch would be the guy if Mendenhall and Redman couldn’t go, but he’d still be a bit of a desperation flex play.



San Diego Chargers


Malcom Floyd: 6-8-9-3-8-5 (39), Antonio Gates: 8-dnp-7-3-7-10 (35), Robert Meachem: 2-4-7-2-4-7 (26), Eddie Royal: 2-3-3-5-5-5 (23), Ryan Mathews: dnp-dnp-8-2-8-5 (23), Ronnie Brown: 5-4-dnp-3-5-4 (21), Curtis Brinkley: 5-4-2-dnp-dnp-0 (11), Dante Rosario: 1-4-1-0-1-1 (8), Randy McMichael: 0-4-1-0-0-2 (7), Jackie Battle: 0-0-0-4-2-0 (6), Le’Ron McClain: 4-0-0-1-0-0 (5), Richard Goodman: 0-0-0-0-0-2 (2), Ladarius Green: dnp-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (1)


The Chargers had very little to be happy about in their total collapse against the Broncos on Monday night, but fantasy football players who own Antonio Gates (or FFPWOAG as I like to call them) were ecstatic. All the signs were there for a turn around and amazingly the signs pointed in the right direction. He is easily Philip Rivers best target this season and should see his targets rise.


It’s difficult to get any kind of grasp on this Chargers team. Philip Rivers was able to get Gates six receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns, so he’s not Brady Quinn bad, but he has declined and I’m worried about Malcom Floyd sustaining value week to week. After him I wouldn’t even try.


Ryan Mathews had 26 touches for 93 yards and no touchdowns. That’s not too great. The good news is that he had 22 carries and didn’t fumble and can keep his job a few more quarters. I’m still buying Mathews. He should be in there during crunch time on passing downs because, well, he’s good. But Norv will be Norv.



Tennessee Titans


Kendall Wright: 6-8-11-8-11-8 (52), Nate Washington: 8-2-3-5-7-10 (35), Jared Cook: 6-6-4-4-8-4 (32), Kenny Britt: dnp-2-11-dnp-5-11 (29), Damian Williams: 6-6-3-2-3-3 (23), Chris Johnson: 7-3-2-2-1-4 (19), Craig Stevens: 1-1-7-2-4-2 (17), Javon Ringer: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-5-dnp (5), Darius Reynaud: 4-0-0-0-1-0 (5), Lavelle Hawkins: 4-0-dnp-1-dnp-dnp (5), Taylor Thompson: 0-1-0-1-2-1 (5), Quinn Johnson: 0-0-1-1-1-1 (4), Jamie Harper: 1-dnp-0-dnp-dnp-0 (1)


The Titans put up some respectable fantasy numbers last Thursday with old man Hasselbeck at the helm. He threw the ball to Kenny Britt like he was getting paid to and even though Britt outright sucked, he at least managed to catch four of his 11 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown.  The even better news is that Britt isn’t as bad as he played and if he can stay healthy should be a viable fantasy player going forward.


Rookie Kenny Wright had a nice game, catching six of eight targets for 71 yards. That’s even better because that came with Britt fully back in target land. He should remain in the picture target-wise, especially with Nate Washington not distinguishing himself.


And I’ll end this article on a positive note for Chris Johnson. He had a respectable game against the Steelers, topping 100 total yards and not shaming his family name. But the even better news is that he gets Buffalo and Indianapolis the next two weeks. Hope for big games and then sell.



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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