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Week 8 Target Watch: AFC

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New York Jets


Santonio Holmes: 11-14-8-dnp-dnp-dnp (41), Jeremy Kerley: 4-3-3-9-6-11 (40), Jeff Cumberland: 5-6-5-4-1-1 (26), Stephen Hill: 2-7-dnp-dnp-3-7 (25), Chaz Schilens: 0-3-3-5-4-3 (19), Bilal Powell: 2-5-3-4-2-dnp (17), Shonn Greene: 0-2-0-2-0-9 (14), Dustin Keller: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-7 (9), Patrick Turner: dnp-dnp-5-dnp-dnp-dnp (5), Clyde Gates: 1-1-0-3-dnp-dnp (5), Jason Hill: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-1-0 (3), Konrad Reuland: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-0-1 (2), John Conner: 0-dnp-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (1), Lex Hilliard: 0-dnp-dnp-0-0-1 (1), Jonathan Grimes: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-dnp-1 (1), Dedrick Epps: 0-0-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (1)


Jeremy Kerley has filled the void left by Santonio Holmes pretty well. He’s averaging over eight targets over his last three games and has caught 15 of those for 238 yards.  That’s not too shabby, especially when Mark Sanchez is throwing you the ball.


I probably should erase all these “dnp” players, but it’s kind of crazy to see so many of them up there. That’s 16 players that have seen a target this season for the Jets.


I think the best news for Jets fans is that Dustin Keller is back. He had a nice game against the Patriots and is easily Sanchez’s favorite red zone receiver. Last year he was second only to Plaxico Burress in red zone targets for the Jets and Burress is no longer available for targets.



Oakland Raiders


Denarius Moore: 8-10-8-BYE-9-8 (43), Darren McFadden: 7-2-1-BYE-4-7 (39), Brandon Myers: 6-4-2-BYE-7-10 (34), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 8-5-dnp-BYE-2-7 (27), Marcel Reece: 3-5-8-BYE-1-6 (25), Rod Streater: 3-2-2-BYE-3-4 (24), Derek Hagan: 2-4-5-BYE-4-1 (21), David Ausberry: 3-1-2-BYE-2-0 (9), Mike Goodson: 3-0-3-BYE-1-1


Carson Palmer is spreading the ball around well. Five players had six-plus targets, but none had more than ten. That is a good recipe for fantasy production, but not huge fantasy production, especially when your one double digit target is tight end Brandon Myers.


Darrius Heyward-Bey came back two weeks ago from his concussion, but wasn’t really back until this week, when he caught four of his seven targets for 85 yards. Denarius Moore led all wide receivers in targets with eight and caught four of them, including a touchdown. Moore is the number one receiver without a doubt, but Heyward-Bey should still have some value, since Palmer is averaging 288 passing yards a game.



Pittsburgh Steelers


Antonio Brown: 10-11-BYE-10-10-8 (57), Mike Wallace: 5-11-BYE-8-4-15 (49), Heath Miller: 3-9-BYE-5-9-8 (41), Emmanuel Sanders: 4-4-BYE-7-6-2 (31), Isaac Redman: 1-3-BYE-0-5-dnp (11), Chris Rainey: 2-2-BYE-1-1-1 (8), Jonathan Dwyer: 2-1-BYE-dnp-dnp-0 (7), Jerricho Cotchery: 2-1-BYE-1-0-1 (6), Baron Batch: 0-2-BYE-0-1-1 (4), Will Johnson: 1-1-BYE-0-1-1 (4), Rashard Mendenhall: dnp-dnp-BYE-3-1-dnp (4), David Paulson: 0-0-BYE-1-1-1 (3), Leonard Pope: 1-0-BYE-0-0-0 (1)


Mike Wallace went on a dropping spree at target, while Antonio Brown and Heath Miller did all the actual receiving work. I am pretty amazed at how well Heath Miller’s fantasy value has held up this season. His yardage is pretty poor, but he keeps getting into the end zone and catching passes. Or the other way around.


The Steelers aren’t going to stop throwing anytime soon, so even though Wallace had the dropsies, those top three are going to stay fantasy relevant all season. Yes, even Heath Miller. Slow, plodding Heath Miller.



San Diego Chargers


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


The Chargers used the bye week to purchase Philip Rivers a lighter ball.



Tennessee Titans


Kendall Wright: 8-11-8-11-8-3 (55), Nate Washington: 2-3-5-7-10-8 (43), Jared Cook: 6-4-4-8-4-5 (37), Kenny Britt: 2-11-dnp-5-11-6 (35), Damian Williams: 6-3-2-3-3-4 (27), Chris Johnson: 3-2-2-1-4-2 (21), Craig Stevens: 1-7-2-4-2-1 (18), Darius Reynaud: 0-0-0-1-0-2 (7), Taylor Thompson: 1-0-1-2-1-1 (6), Quinn Johnson: 0-1-1-1-1-1 (5), Lavelle Hawkins: 0-dnp-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (5), Javon Ringer: dnp-dnp-0-5-dnp-dnp (5), Jamie Harper: dnp-0-dnp-dnp-0-0 (1)


This was the Chris Johnson show with a little Jamie Harper to kill your buzz. The passing game was pretty tame in comparison. Kenny Britt started well with three receptions on the very first drive, but only saw three more targets the rest of the game and caught one. Nate Washington was the target leader and got into the end zone, while Kendall Wright saw a big dip in targets. That’s a bad sign for him now that Britt is playing a full compliment of snaps. Hasselbeck isn’t going to stretch the field, so that’s not the best news for the receivers and he’s going to spread the ball around pretty well. He is accurate enough to help one of these guys put up a big day, but just one, maybe two, but probably one. I’ll say one.



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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