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Week 8 Target Watch: NFC

Thursday, October 25, 2012

San Francisco 49ers


Michael Crabtree: 7-8-7-7-6-6 (50), Vernon Davis: 7-8-2-7-5-0 (34), Mario Manningham: 4-5-5-5-10-dnp (33), Randy Moss: 1-6-1-2-3-4 (21), Frank Gore: 4-2-2-0-4-6 (19), Kyle Williams: 2-3-0-2-4-4 (15), Delanie Walker: 2-2-4-0-2-1 (13), Kendall Hunter: 3-1-0-1-1-2 (8), Garrett Celek: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-2-0 (3)


With 23 targets and 140 receiving yards to go around, there wasn’t much for receivers to do Thursday Night.  Especially the 49ers best receiver, Vernon Davis, who had one whole goose egg of targets. That is baffling to me. He ran the most pass routes of any player on the team, but saw no targets. If they don’t make it up to him and me against Arizona this week I’m calling my congressperson.


With Frank Gore hurting his ribs we saw a little more Kendall Hunter, but not before Gore and the offensive line wore down the tough Seahawks defense. On 21 touches Gore had 182 yards rushing. The fact that Seattle kept him out of the end zone is something.



Seattle Seahawks


Sidney Rice: 5-1-7-6-6-4 (38), Golden Tate: 4-7-3-4-6-3 (27), Doug Baldwin: 1-dnp-3-4-3-2 (19), Zach Miller: 1-4-3-3-2-2 (18), Anthony McCoy: 5-2-3-2-1-1 (15), Braylon Edwards: 0-0-0-1-3-2 (15), Marshawn Lynch: 0-1-4-2-1-2 (12), Robert Turbin: 2-0-2-2-2-1 (10), Ben Obomanu: 0-3-0-0-1-4 (9), Evan Moore: 1-2-0-0-0-1 (4), Leon Washington: 1-0-0-0-2-0 (3), Charly Martin: dnp-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (3),
Michael Robinson: 0-0-0-1-0-1 (2)


With 23 targets and 122 receiving yards to go around, there wasn’t much for receivers to do Thursday Night. Wait, was that an echo? Tate, Edwards and Miller were targeted seven times and not one of them had a reception. You don’t see that too often. This was a defensive and rushing battle to be sure and not much was gained by the target numbers we saw except to say that the Patriots pass defense is just God-awful.



St. Louis Rams


Danny Amendola: 16-9-9-5-dnp-dnp (48), Brandon Gibson: 4-6-4-4-9-7 (39), Chris Givens: 2-4-3-5-7-5 (27), Lance Kendricks: 2-7-2-2-4-4 (23), Steve Smith: 5-3-dnp-dnp-2-6 (19), Daryl Richardson: 3-1-3-2-3-3 (15), Steven Jackson: 0-2-2-0-5-0 (13), Brian Quick: 1-dnp-3-1-2-4 (11), Austin Pettis: dnp-0-2-2-3-3 (10), Matthew Mulligan: 2-1-0-0-2-0 (5), Brit Miller: 0-0-1-0-0-1 (2), Isaiah Pead: 0-1-dnp-0-1-0 (2), Mike McNeill: 0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)


Will Danny Amendola get back onto the field before Brandon Gibson overtakes him for targets? The whole world is watching!


The gap in playing time between Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson narrowed a bit, with Jackson getting 56% to Richardson’s 38%.  Richardson also got three targets and three receptions for 43 yards while Jackson saw no targets. Jackson remains the early down/goal line back, but Richardson continues to eat into his time.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 10-7-11-BYE-8-14 (60), Mike Williams: 5-6-8-BYE-6-8 (36), Doug Martin: 3-3-5-BYE-4-3 (22), Dallas Clark: 5-4-4-BYE-1-6 (21), Tiquan Underwood: dnp-1-3-BYE-3-6 (13), Danny Ware: 1-2-2-BYE-2-1 (8), Luke Stocker: 0-3-2-BYE-0-1 (6), Arrelious Benn: 0-1-4-BYE-0-0 (5), Preston Parker: 1-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (2), LeGarrette Blount: 0-0-0-BYE-0-1 (2), Sammie Stroughter: 2-0-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (2)


The Bucs continue to rack up the fantasy points and Vincent Jackson continues to get his target fix. Those two things seem to go hand in hand. Mike Williams had a down game, but is having a good fantasy game about half of the time.


My main man Doug Martin is playing well and has quelled any talk of LeGarrette Blount taking work away from him. Well, Blount helped as he ran three straight times on the goal line and couldn’t get in. Of course there is some bad play calling there, but Blount is as dynamic as a slug, a dead slug.



Washington Redskins


Leonard Hankerson: 3-7-11-1-3-8 (33), Fred Davis: 5-7-4-6-4-1 (31), Santana Moss: 3-3-4-5-4-4 (28), Josh Morgan: 5-3-5-1-4-2 (22), Aldrick Robinson: 3-3-dnp-1-0-1 (14), Evan Royster: 3-4-3-1-1-1 (13), Pierre Garcon: dnp-dnp-1-7-dnp-dnp (12), Logan Paulsen: 0-1-0-1-0-6 (9), Alfred Morris: 0-1-2-1-2-2 (8), Roy Helu: 1-3-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (7), Niles Paul: 3-0-2-0-0-1 (6), Darrel Young: 0-0-2-0-1-1 (4), Brandon Banks: 0-1-0-0-2-0 (4)


Washington’s story is still being written, starred in and narrated by RGIII. But his accuracy has been amazing this season and if a receiver can step up and not get hurt in the process, he could do some good things. With Pierre Garcon still hurting and Fred Davis out, there is a void that could be filled by the current target leader, Leonard Hankerson. He’s not a mortal lock by any means, but he’s who I’m putting my nickel on.



Snap count data comes from our friends at Pro Football Focus, red zone data from our other friends at The Football Guys and target percentages from The Fake Football.

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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