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Week 8 Target Watch: NFC

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Green Bay Packers


Jordy Nelson: 9-3-12-5-12-9 (57), James Jones: 5-6-6-7-7-10 (47), Randall Cobb: 2-2-8-4-10-8 (43), Jermichael Finley: 5-5-5-5-4-2 (37), Greg Jennings: dnp-10-3-dnp-dnp-dnp (22), Cedric Benson: 4-5-4-2-dnp-dnp (15), John Kuhn: 3-4-0-1-0-1 (9), Donald Driver: 1-1-2-2-0-1 (7), Alex Green: 0-dnp-0-1-1-5 (7), D.J. Williams: 1-2-dnp-4-dnp-0 (7), Tom Crabtree: 0-dnp-1-1-3-0 (5)


The Packers and Aaron Rodgers were once again their efficient selves against the Rams. Rodgers only had seven incompletions, so you know his targets were productive as usual. Jordy Nelson is back to his old self, catching eight of nine targets for 122 yards and a touchdown, but the bigger news is Randall Cobb. Cobb played his biggest percentage of snaps on the season, with 70% and caught all eight of his targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns. And with Greg Jennings still hurting, Cobb should continue to get his looks.


Alex Green had plenty of opportunities as he rushed 20 times for 35 yards against the Rams, but as you can see, he didn’t do that much with them. There’s some reason for concern, but this is just one game. Instead of James Starks, John Kuhn backed up Green. Starks may see some more looks going forward, but it’s hard to know for sure until we see Starks actually get on the field.


Jermichael Finley saw his lowest number of targets on the season with just two and his lowest time on the field sans injury with 60%. His value continues to trend to the gutters.



Minnesota Vikings


Percy Harvin: 13-11-6-10-14-5 (67), Kyle Rudolph: 5-6-5-7-11-4 (45), Michael Jenkins: 6-5-4-4-10-2 (36), Adrian Peterson: 3-4-4-3-8-4 (27), Devin Aromashodu: 3-2-0-4-2-0 (14), Toby Gerhart: 3-4-1-0-3-0 (12), Jerome Simpson: dnp-dnp-5-3-dnp-1 (9), John Carlson: 0-1-1-1-2-0 (6), Rhett Ellison: 0-0-0-2-2-0 (4), Stephen Burton: 2-1-dnp-1-0-0 (4), Matt Asiata: 0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Allen Reisner: 0-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (1)


Percy Harvin was the best fantasy player for the Vikings not named Adrian Peterson last week, but he did only see 58% of the snaps. They didn’t really need him with Peterson running all over the world, but it gives me a sick feeling deep in my coccyx because we saw this last season. I’m not overly worried though. I’m probably just a little shell-shocked from last year.


The passing game as a whole took a back seat and Kyle Rudolph had the seat furthest back as he caught zilcho of his four targets. His four targets still tied for second to Harvin’s five due to the 8 for 17 day by Ponder. With the Vikings defense and Peterson both playing well, it will hurt the passing game at times, but Harvin is the real deal no matter his touches.



New Orleans Saints


Marques Colston: 4-4-13-18-BYE-10 (60), Lance Moore: 5-7-15-dnp-BYE-10 (47), Darren Sproles: 14-3-7-7-BYE-4 (43), Jimmy Graham: 13-8-9-2-BYE-dnp (42), Devery Henderson: dnp-7-2-10-BYE-3 (24), Pierre Thomas: 6-6-3-2-BYE-1 (19),
Joseph Morgan: 3-dnp-1-1-BYE-3 (10), David Thomas: 1-0-2-0-BYE-4 (9), Greg Camarillo: 0-0-dnp-5-BYE-dnp (5), Jed Collins: 0-1-1-0-BYE-1 (5), Mark Ingram: 0-0-1-0-BYE-0 (2), Courtney Roby: 1-0-0-0-BYE-0 (1)


Marques Colston leads the NFL in red zone targets with 15. While Jimmy Graham has been hurt, he has easily been one of the best fantasy players in the league. But make no mistake, Graham will take away some red zone looks when he returns. Not enough to keep Colston from being a must start each week, but enough to nudge his ceiling down a bit.


Lance Moore had a great game, catching nine of his 10 targets for 121 yards. He’s only had one poor game this season in PPR leagues. He is the no doubt number two wide receiver on the team this season.


Darren Sproles in on pace for 28 fewer rushing attempts, but 85 receptions, just one off from his 86 of last season.  And he’s also on pace for eight touchdowns compared to his nine from last season.  The biggest problem is in his rushing attempts and yards and it looks like the coaching staff is prepared to use him more as a runner going forward. There’s really no reason to not be high on him.



New York Giants


Victor Cruz: 17-8-13-8-13-11 (81), Martellus Bennett: 10-7-3-4-2-7 (39), Hakeem Nicks: 15-dnp-dnp-dnp-5-10 (36), Domenik Hixon: 1-dnp-11-8-6-4 (35), Ahmad Bradshaw: 0-dnp-4-6-1-5 (18), Ramses Barden: 2-10-4-dnp-0-0 (16), Rueben Randle: 0-3-1-9-0-0 (13), Andre Brown: 2-5-1-0-dnp-1 (9), Henry Hynoski: 1-2-1-0-1-1 (7), Bear Pascoe: 0-1-2-1-0-1 (6), David Wilson: 2-1-1-0-0-0 (4)


Before Victor Cruz’s game winning 77-yard touchdown reception, he had totaled 56 yards and no touchdowns while Eli Manning had totaled 260 passing yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. What a difference one play makes.


Of course that’s not to say anything negative about this duo, because they are getting it done without a doubt. Cruz’s ascension has been a fantasy freak show in terms of numbers. Right now he’s untouchable.


Hakeem Nicks hasn’t gotten back on track yet, but it’s just a matter of time as long as Manning is targeting him ten times like he did last week. And it was good to see Martellus “B.U.” Bennett back with his unicorn blood transfusion. Is he Voldermort? Bennett should return to his pre injury status.


Ahmad Bradshaw is back to his resting routine, but he also was the clear cut number one back with 49 snaps to Andre Brown’s 16 and David Wilson’s big fat zero.



Philadelphia Eagles


DeSean Jackson: 8-10-9-7-8-BYE (53), Brent Celek: 11-6-5-5-8-BYE (43), Jeremy Maclin: 1-dnp-3-8-10-BYE (36), LeSean McCoy: 3-3-4-5-8-BYE (32), Jason Avant: 2-4-2-3-4-BYE (20), Damaris Johnson: 1-11-1-0-dnp-BYE (16), Clay Harbor: 2-0-1-1-2-BYE (12), Riley Cooper: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-3-BYE (3), Stanley Havili: 1-0-2-0-0-BYE (3), Bryce Brown: 0-2-0-0-0-BYE (2), Mardy Gilyard: 0-1-0-0-0-BYE (1)


The Eagles took the bye week to nap.


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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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