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Week 8 Target Watch: AFC

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Indianapolis Colts


Reggie Wayne: 7-15-BYE-20-10-11 (81), Donnie Avery: 10-9-BYE-8-12-6 (53), Coby Fleener: 4-2-BYE-9-6-2 (33), T.Y. Hilton: 1-8-BYE-9-4-5 (27), Dwayne Allen: 1-6-BYE-5-4-2 (18), Kris Adams: 3-1-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (8), Vick Ballard: 1-0-BYE-1-3-1 (6), Donald Brown: 0-1-BYE-2-dnp-dnp (5), Mewelde Moore: 2-1-BYE-dnp-0-0 (4), LaVon Brazill: dnp-0-BYE-0-1-1 (3), Nathan Palmer: dnp-dnp-BYE-1-2-0 (3), Delone Carter: dnp-dnp-BYE-0-0-1 (1), Austin Collie: dnp-1-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (1)


Reggie Wayne once again had a nice target day, but did have Joe Haden covering him. After facing Cromartie and Haden the last two weeks, his schedule gets much better. I’d buy him if he’s available.


Vick Ballard ground out a decent game, totaling 103 yards on 21 touches. A touchdown is needed for him to put up real fantasy numbers, but he does get the Titans next week while Donald Brown is still hurting.


The non-Wayne receivers aren’t getting it done. I keep hoping Donnie Avery’s targets would translate into fantasy points, but no dice and last week he didn’t even get the big target numbers. He’s still the guy I would bet on having a decent fantasy game other than Wayne, but I’m not using him unless I’m desperate.



Jacksonville Jaguars


Justin Blackmon: 4-5-10-8-BYE-4 (37), Cecil Shorts: 2-2-5-3-BYE-10 (29), Mike Thomas: 3-3-2-8-BYE-3 (20), Marcedes Lewis: 0-1-3-7-BYE-3 (19), Maurice Jones-Drew: 3-2-5-3-BYE-0 (18), Laurent Robinson: 6-1-1-dnp-BYE-dnp (17), Rashad Jennings: dnp-dnp-1-0-BYE-9 (11), Greg Jones: 1-3-4-0-BYE-0 (10), Kevin Elliott: dnp-0-0-3-BYE-1 (4), Zach Potter: 2-0-0-1-BYE-1 (4), Montell Owens: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (3), Jalen Parmele: 0-0-0-0-BYE-1 (1)


With the Jaguars offense in a shambles, the one interesting fact after Maurice Jones-Drew left the game with a foot injury was that Rashad Jennings had nine targets and caught seven for 58 yards. The Raiders were able to key in on the run, so he had a horrid rushing day, going 21 for 44 yards, but it’s good to see they at least tried to get him the ball in space and he was able to compete. He should be a viable fantasy option while MJD is hurt.


The passing game for the Jaguars remains the same.



Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe: 15-16-12-8-9-BYE (66), Dexter McCluster: 5-4-4-0-8-BYE (31), Jon Baldwin: 6-4-5-3-5-BYE (23), Jamaal Charles: 4-8-4-3-3-BYE (22), Tony Moeaki: 4-3-4-1-2-BYE (20), Shaun Draughn: 2-3-5-1-4-BYE (17), Steve Breaston: 1-3-1-0-0-BYE (9), Peyton Hillis: 3-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (7), Steve Maneri: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-5-BYE (5), Kevin Boss: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (3), Cyrus Gray: dnp-0-1-1-0-BYE (2), Nate Eachus: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-2-BYE (2)


The Chiefs used their bye week to try out Steve Deberg.



Miami Dolphins


Brian Hartline: 12-9-19-5-0-BYE (53), Davone Bess: 6-7-12-6-9-BYE (47), Anthony Fasano: 3-10-5-4-6-BYE (33), Reggie Bush: 4-1-1-2-7-BYE (21), Charles Clay: 3-0-1-5-2-BYE (12), Anthony Armstrong: dnp-6-0-0-0-BYE (9), Daniel Thomas: dnp-2-1-1-dnp-BYE (7), Jorvorskie Lane: 0-1-0-2-2-BYE (6), Legedu Naanee: 1-0-2-dnp-dnp-BYE (5), Marlon Moore: 0-dnp-dnp-0-3-BYE (3)


The Dolphins used their bye week to remember to throw the ball to Brian Hartline.



New England Patriots


Wes Welker: 11-10-11-15-14-8 (74), Brandon Lloyd: 13-12-7-5-12-8 (65), Rob Gronkowski: 9-3-11-5-8-9 (51), Aaron Hernandez: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-9-7 (24), Julian Edelman: 6-7-dnp-dnp-dnp-2 (17), Danny Woodhead: 1-2-2-1-5-4 (15), Deion Branch: dnp-3-0-2-4-2 (11), Stevan Ridley: 4-1-0-0-2-0 (10), Daniel Fells: dnp-0-2-2-2-0 (6), Shane Vereen: dnp-dnp-2-0-0-1 (3), Brandon Bolden: 0-0-1-1-0-dnp (2), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-1-0-dnp-dnp-0 (1)


Rob Gronkowski was the target and fantasy leader against the Jets last week, while Wes Welker had his worst target and fantasy game since week one. Julian Edelman returned, but only had two targets. Aaron Hernandez saw a big uptick in playing time, but Deion Branch seems to be the big loser as far as snaps go. Welker did see a slight drop in snap percentage, but still held at 80% compared to his average of around 90% over the last four games. This could be a sign of a few less targets going forward for Welker, but it doesn’t look like Belichick is going to revert to his week one usage for Welker anytime soon.


The split for the running backs was 40% for Stevan Ridley, 39% for Danny Woodhead and 21% for Shane Vereen. Ridley has been in the 40’s most of the season, so that’s not a change. And Woodhead’s numbers are all over the place. I would guess that Ridley will continue to get his 40% and hopefully won’t do anything to piss Belichick off.


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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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