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Week 9 Target Watch: AFC

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Welcome to the AFC Target thingamajig for week 9. Below you will find target numbers and names of National Football League players smushed together in a somewhat coherent manner. And then some words of my own making that correspond to those names and numbers. But before that, I thought you might want to look at the target leaders for the first half of the first half of the season compared to the second half of the first half of the season. Do those words make any sense whatsoever? Well, if you have any questions ask me on Twitter because that’s where I sleep (so be as quiet as possible).



Target/Game Leaders


Rank Weeks 1-4 Tar/Gm   Rank Weeks 4-8 Tar/Gm
1 Reggie Wayne 13.3   1 Reggie Wayne 13
2 Victor Cruz 12.2   2 Jason Witten 12.8
3 Dwayne Bowe 12.2   3 Marques Colston 12.8
4 Brian Hartline 12   4 Brandon Marshall 12.2
5 A.J. Green 10.8   5 Larry Fitzgerald 12
6 Danny Amendola 10.8   6 Wes Welker 11.4
7 Calvin Johnson 10.8   7 Calvin Johnson 11
8 Santonio Holmes 10.2   8 Steve Smith 11
9 Brandon Lloyd 10   9 Victor Cruz 10.6
10 Larry Fitzgerald 10   10 Dez Bryant 10.5
11 Jimmy Graham 10   11 Lance Moore 10.3
12 Roddy White 9.8   12 A.J. Green 10
13 Brandon Marshall 9.8   13 Vincent Jackson 9.8
14 Antonio Brown 9.7   14 Jordy Nelson 9.5
15 Vincent Jackson 9.5   15 Steve Johnson 9.5
16 Percy Harvin 9.5   16 Percy Harvin 9.4
17 DeSean Jackson 9.5   17 Rob Gronkowski 9.2
18 Lance Moore 9.2   18 Julio Jones 9
19 Wes Welker 9.2   19 Davone Bess 9
20 Steve Johnson 9   20 Andre Roberts 9
21 Donnie Avery 9   21 Miles Austin 9
        22 Mike Wallace 9


To start saving space I’ll be showing you the last 6 weeks of targets on each individual player. I’m also changing the parenthesized number from total targets to targets per game. That should help even that number out for players that have missed games because of injury or bye weeks.



Baltimore Ravens


Anquan Boldin: 7-12-10-6-7-BYE (7.3), Dennis Pitta: 7-2-4-5-8-BYE (7.1), Torrey Smith: 10-10-4-4-13-BYE (7), Ray Rice: 5-11-3-4-5-BYE (6), Jacoby Jones: 4-7-2-3-2-BYE (3.3), Ed Dickson: 2-0-1-2-5-BYE (2.4), Vonta Leach: 3-2-2-1-0-BYE (1.7), Tandon Doss: 0-2-1-0-1-BYE (0.7), Deonte Thompson: 0-0-0-dnp-dnp-BYE (0.4), Bernard Pierce: 1-0-0-1-0-BYE (0.3)


The Ravens took the bye week to get Joe Flacco waxed.



Buffalo Bills


Steve Johnson: 11-10-10-11-7-BYE (9.1), Scott Chandler: 4-8-6-3-4-BYE (5.1), Donald Jones: 6-3-4-4-5-BYE (4.6), C.J. Spiller: 2-2-1-5-6-BYE (3.1), Fred Jackson: dnp-3-1-6-11-BYE (4.2), T.J. Graham: 5-8-3-3-1-BYE (3.5), Tashard Choice: 5-1-dnp-0-dnp-BYE (1.4), Brad Smith: 0-2-1-0-1-BYE (0.8), Dorin Dickerson: dnp-2-dnp-dnp-0-BYE (0.5), Corey McIntyre: 2-0-0-0-0-BYE (0.3)


The Bills took the bye week to find a new nickname for Super Mario.



Cincinnati Bengals


A.J. Green: 11-9-13-12-6-BYE (10.6), Jermaine Gresham: 7-5-6-8-5-BYE (6.3), Andrew Hawkins: 4-3-13-5-4-BYE (5.9), Armon Binns: 3-5-6-5-dnp-BYE (4.8), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1-3-2-1-1-BYE (1.9), Brandon Tate: 0-0-1-1-1-BYE (1.1), Cedric Peerman: 0-0-0-8-0-BYE (1.1), Ryan Whalen: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-7-BYE (7), Brian Leonard: 1-1-2-1-dnp-BYE (0.8), Orson Charles: 1-1-0-2-0-BYE (0.6), Marvin Jones: dnp-2-dnp-2-0-BYE (0.8), Mohamed Sanu: 0-0-0-dnp-3-BYE (0.8)


The Bengals used the bye to disavow all ties to Cris Collinsworth.



Cleveland Browns


Greg Little: 4-10-2-5-7-5 (5.5), Josh Gordon: 6-1-8-4-10-5 (5.1), Trent Richardson: 7-6-7-3-2-1 (4.2), Ben Watson: 8-6-3-5-3-4 (4), Chris Ogbonnaya: 3-4-4-2-4-3 (3.7), Jordan Cameron: 7-6-2-4-2-4 (3.2), Travis Benjamin: 4-5-dnp-dnp-5-0 (3.3), Jordan Norwood: dnp-10-9-dnp-dnp-dnp (9.5), Mohamed Massaquoi: 3-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (6), Josh Cooper: dnp-dnp-dnp-3-8-1 (4), Alex Smith: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-dnp-3 (2), Josh Cribbs: 1-2-0-1-0-1 (0.9), Owen Marecic: 0-0-0-2-0-dnp (0.7)


The Chargers game was good for a Browns’ win and Trent Richardson’s return to health and fantasy relevance. That was about it. Josh Gordon remains the number one targeted receiver, and is the only semi-trustworthy receiver on the team.


After watching Trent Richardson go through plenty of ups and downs this season, it’s good to take a look at his overall fantasy production. He currently is seventh in fantasy points for running backs. This is what happens when you have a running back who gets goal line carries and receptions, even when they are going through multiple injuries.



Denver Broncos


Eric Decker: 11-9-8-9-BYE-6 (8.3), Demaryius Thomas: 11-6-11-2-BYE-9 (8.1), Jacob Tamme: 10-6-11-2-BYE-4 (6), Brandon Stokley: 6-2-3-4-BYE-2 (3.7), Joel Dreessen: 5-3-4-7-BYE-2 (3.6), Willis McGahee: 2-6-6-5-BYE-2 (3.4), Lance Ball: 3-2-0-0-BYE-0 (1), Matthew Willis: 1-dnp-0-1-BYE-1 (0.8), Ronnie Hillman: 1-2-1-0-BYE-1 (1), Virgil Green: dnp-dnp-0-0-BYE-3 (1)


The Broncos continue to roll under Manning’s example and direction, but the true break out talent for them this season has been Demaryius Thomas. He is currently neck and neck with Eric Decker in targets and has just one more reception than him, but he has 679 receiving yards to Decker’s 484 and just one less touchdown even though Decker has 12 red zone targets to Thomas’ six (three in week 8). Thomas has averaged 8.2 yards after the catch (4th in the league) to Decker’s 3.1. Decker, as predicted, is the possession receiver while Thomas is the play maker and that should continue.


Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen split pass routes about evenly, but Tamme saw two more targets and actually caught two of them. Tamme continues to lead in this battle, but not enough to be a safe fantasy play.



Houston Texans


Andre Johnson: 4-6-6-12-10-BYE (7.4), Owen Daniels: 5-6-5-5-10-BYE (6.9), Kevin Walter: 6-3-6-4-6-BYE (4.4), Arian Foster: 1-2-4-3-5-BYE (3.6), James Casey: 3-5-5-2-2-BYE (3.3), Keshawn Martin: 4-3-0-6-2-BYE (2.6), Garrett Graham: 4-1-0-5-2-BYE (1.9), Ben Tate: 0-2-dnp-0-0-BYE (1.5), Lestar Jean: 1-dnp-dnp-0-0-BYE (0.6)


The Texans took the bye to read Arian Foster’s poetry.


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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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