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Week 8 Target Watch: AFC

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Welcome to the AFC Target Watch for Week 7. Below you will find players that have footballs thrown at them on a consistent basis at high velocities and they find it enjoyable. But before we get there, let us take a look at the targets per game leaders over the last four weeks. Don’t look now Reggie Wayne, but Marques Colston is getting all targety.

Target/Game Leaders

Wide Receiver Tar/gm   Running Back Tar/gm   Tight End Tar/gm
Marques Colston 13.7   Darren Sproles 6   Jason Witten 9.7
Reggie Wayne 13.7   Ray Rice 5.8   Tony Gonzalez 8.7
Larry Fitzgerald 12.2   Willis McGahee 5.7   Rob Gronkowski 8.2
Wes Welker 12   LeSean McCoy 5.7   Heath Miller 7.3
Calvin Johnson 12   Mikel Leshoure 5.3   Brandon Pettigrew 7.3
Brandon Marshall 11.7   Fred Jackson 5.2   Kyle Rudolph 6.8
Victor Cruz 11.2   Marcel Reece 5   Antonio Gates 6.7
Vincent Jackson 11   Ryan Mathews 5   Owen Daniels 6.5
Julio Jones 10.3   Adrian Peterson 4.8   Brandon Myers 6.3
Dez Bryant 10.3   Joique Bell 4.7   Jacob Tamme 6.3

To start saving space I’ll be showing you the last 6 weeks of targets on each individual player, but the total targets are for the whole season.



Baltimore Ravens


Anquan Boldin: 4-7-12-10-6-7 (51), Dennis Pitta: 15-7-2-4-5-8 (50), Torrey Smith: 5-10-10-4-4-13 (49), Ray Rice: 10-5-11-3-4-5 (42), Jacoby Jones: 2-4-7-2-3-2 (23), Ed Dickson: 4-2-0-1-2-5 (17), Vonta Leach: 1-3-2-2-1-0 (12), Tandon Doss: 1-0-2-1-0-1 (5), Bernard Pierce: 0-1-0-0-1-0 (2), Deonte Thompson: 0-0-0-0-dnp-dnp (2)


Finally Torrey Smith got a big target game, but of course Johnathan Joseph decided to show up big. Right now there is little difference in targets between Boldin, Smith and Pitta, but production has been a problem of late. Joe Flacco and tough opponents have had a lot to do with that, but they get a bye next week and then two good matchups against Cleveland and Oakland.


The one constant has been Ray Rice, that is until he was underutilized against the Texans. It always seems to happen at some point in the season, but Cam Cameron will get him more involved to right the balance of power.



Buffalo Bills


Steve Johnson: 5-11-10-10-11-7 (64), Scott Chandler: 5-4-8-6-3-4 (36), Donald Jones: 3-6-3-4-4-5 (32), C.J. Spiller: 3-2-2-1-5-6 (22), T.J. Graham: 1-5-8-3-3-1 (21), Fred Jackson: dnp-dnp-3-1-6-11 (21), Tashard Choice: 1-5-1-dnp-0-dnp (7), Brad Smith: 1-0-2-1-0-1 (5), Corey McIntyre: 0-2-0-0-0-0 (2), Dorin Dickerson: 0-dnp-2-dnp-dnp-0 (2), Lee Smith: 0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)


Fred Jackson had a target explosion last week in the Bills loss to the Titans. His 11 targets was a season high, and helped him to eight receptions, a ppr’ers dream scenario. This split between Jackson and C.J. Spiller is about as even as it gets. You would expect Spiller to see more targets, but that hasn’t been the case on average. But both are getting it done on the ground and in the air. With those two at your core, you would think this Bills team would be better, but of course Ryan Fitzpatrick gets all Fitzy and there goes the game.


Stevie Johnson is still the no doubt target king on the team and without much competition down field for targets, he’ll remain the guy. Being “the guy” should mean consistent production, and that’s what you drafted him for.



Cincinnati Bengals


A.J. Green: 12-11-9-13-12-6 (74), Jermaine Gresham: 5-7-5-6-8-5 (44), Andrew Hawkins: 3-4-3-13-5-4 (41), Armon Binns: 5-3-5-6-5-dnp (29), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 3-1-3-2-1-1 (13), Brandon Tate: 3-0-0-1-1-1 (8), Cedric Peerman: 0-0-0-0-8-0 (8), Brian Leonard: 0-1-1-2-1-dnp (5), Orson Charles: 0-1-1-0-2-0 (4), Marvin Jones: 0-dnp-2-dnp-2-0 (4), Mohamed Sanu: dnp-0-0-0-dnp-3 (3), Chris Pressley: 0-0-2-0-0-0 (2)


In week one A.J. Green had five receptions. That was his low on the season until last week when he had just one against the Steelers on six targets. Of course he caught a touchdown to extend his streak to six straight games with a touchdown, but it does show that he can be stopped to an extent. Of course when Green is taken out of the game, all the Bengals have to do is go to, um, Ryan Whalen.


Cedric Peerman coming off a big eight target, eight reception game for 76 yards was then targeted zero times against the Steelers, but scored on his only touch of the night, a five yard run up the middle. BenJarvus Green Ellis had some decent runs, but ended the night with 69 yards on 18 carries. We should see more of Peerman you would hope.



Cleveland Browns


Greg Little: 7-4-10-2-5-7 (39), Josh Gordon: 3-6-1-8-4-10 (36), Trent Richardson: 5-7-6-7-3-2 (33), Ben Watson: 1-8-6-3-5-3 (28), Chris Ogbonnaya: 6-3-4-4-2-4 (23), Jordan Cameron: 0-7-6-2-4-2 (22), Travis Benjamin: 0-4-5-dnp-dnp-5 (20), Jordan Norwood: dnp-dnp-10-9-dnp-dnp (19), Mohamed Massaquoi: 7-3-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (18), Josh Cooper: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-3-8 (11), Josh Cribbs: 2-1-2-0-1-0 (6), Owen Marecic: 1-0-0-0-2-0 (5), Alex Smith: 4-dnp-dnp-dnp-0-dnp (5), Montario Hardesty: 0-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-0 (1)


Brandon Weeden targeted nine receivers and nine receivers had receptions against the Colts in week seven. Amazingly the receiver with the most targets had just two receptions. His name is Josh “Flash” Gordon (if we were to give him an obvious nickname, which I am). He of course caught yet another touchdown, making it four in the last three games, and those ten targets are a good sign, but the two receptions aren’t. Weeden has been playing quite well and if Gordon keeps getting double digit targets, I think he can remain productive, but I have a feeling his targets are going to be a bit more sporadic than that going forward, just as they were going backward.


Greg Little had one of his best games by not dropping a pass and securing six of seven targets. He’s on the radar, and I could see him doing better than Gordon the rest of the season, but I’m still very wary.


Trent Richardson is hurting. If any running back in the league rushes eight times for eight yards against the Colts that is an obvious sign the player is near death.



Denver Broncos


Eric Decker: 8-11-9-8-9-BYE (52), Demaryius Thomas: 11-11-6-11-2-BYE (48), Jacob Tamme: 4-10-6-11-2-BYE (38), Brandon Stokley: 6-6-2-3-4-BYE (24), Joel Dreessen: 2-5-3-4-7-BYE (23), Willis McGahee: 2-2-6-6-5-BYE (22), Lance Ball: 2-3-2-0-0-BYE (7), Ronnie Hillman: dnp-1-2-1-0-BYE (4), Matthew Willis: 1-1-dnp-0-1-BYE (4), Andre Caldwell: dnp-dnp-1-0-0-BYE (1), Chris Gronkowski: 0-1-0-0-0-BYE (1), Knowshon Moreno: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (1)


The Broncos used their bye week to enter John Elway in a derby.



Houston Texans


Andre Johnson: 4-4-6-6-12-10 (52), Owen Daniels: 9-5-6-5-5-10 (48), Kevin Walter: 4-6-3-6-4-6 (31), Arian Foster: 7-1-2-4-3-5 (25), James Casey: 4-3-5-5-2-2 (23), Keshawn Martin: 2-4-3-0-6-2 (18), Garrett Graham: 1-4-1-0-5-2 (13), Ben Tate: 4-0-2-dnp-0-0 (9), Lestar Jean: 0-1-dnp-dnp-0-0 (3), DeVier Posey: dnp-dnp-0-0-1-0 (1), Justin Forsett: 0-0-0-0-1-0 (1)


Andre Johnson is back! Well, he’s relevant again! Matt Schaub has played extremely well this season and the coaching staff is let him do a little more last week against the Ravens decimated defense. It’s probably a good idea, seeing as how Arian Foster is on pace for 411 touches this season. Ben Tate continues to hurt himself, so he’s not able to relieve Foster, so we should continue to see Schaub target Johnson, who isn’t the best receiver in the game anymore, but is still a monster.


Just after I lamented the low target numbers of Owen Daniels, he gets ten and catches a season high seven balls. Tight ends are a bit infuriating unless they are top three stud, so Daniels is going to continue to be in the picture as Schaub’s number two target.


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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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