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Week 9 Target Watch: AFC

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Indianapolis Colts


Reggie Wayne: 15-BYE-20-10-11-11 (13.1), Donnie Avery: 9-BYE-8-12-6-7 (8.6), Coby Fleener: 2-BYE-9-6-2-3 (5.1), T.Y. Hilton: 8-BYE-9-4-5-6 (5.5), Dwayne Allen: 6-BYE-5-4-2-5 (3.3), Kris Adams: 1-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (2.7), Vick Ballard: 0-BYE-1-3-1-1 (1), Donald Brown: 1-BYE-2-dnp-dnp-1 (1.2), Mewelde Moore: 1-BYE-dnp-0-0-2 (1), LaVon Brazill: 0-BYE-0-1-1-1 (0.7), Nathan Palmer: dnp-BYE-1-2-0-dnp (1)


Reggie Wayne is averaging 13.1 targets, 7.7 receptions and 108.1 receiving yards per game. Those are all tops in the league. He’s had trouble getting into the end zone, but thankfully he has a nice schedule ahead of him and should be able to up his touchdown numbers, with Miami, Jacksonville, New England, Buffalo, Detroit, Tennessee, Houston (tough), and Kansas City on the horizon.



Jacksonville Jaguars


Justin Blackmon: 5-10-8-BYE-4-8 (6.4), Cecil Shorts: 2-5-3-BYE-10-12 (5.9), Mike Thomas: 3-2-8-BYE-3-7 (3.9), Marcedes Lewis: 1-3-7-BYE-3-7 (3.7), Rashad Jennings: dnp-1-0-BYE-9-8 (3.8), Maurice Jones-Drew: 2-5-3-BYE-0-dnp (3), Laurent Robinson: 1-1-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (4.2), Greg Jones: 3-4-0-BYE-0-0 (1.4), Kevin Elliott: 0-0-3-BYE-1-2 (1.2), Zach Potter: 0-0-1-BYE-1-0 (0.6), Montell Owens: 0-0-0-BYE-0-dnp (0.5), Jalen Parmele: 0-0-0-BYE-1-1 (0.3), Micheal Spurlock: 0-0-dnp-BYE-0-2 (0.3)


Hey! We finally have some relevant target news from Jacksonville. Alert the media. Stop the, uh, “post” button from being clicked. Cecil Shorts is on fire.  In his first five games of the season he had 19 targets and in his last two he’s had 22. That’s more in less time I think. Plus he’s averaging 20 yards a reception on 20 receptions, which equals 400 yards. I’ll now have those round numbers stuck in my head forever, but will continue to forget how old I am.



Kansas City Chiefs


Dwayne Bowe: 16-12-8-9-BYE-6 (10.3), Dexter McCluster: 4-4-0-8-BYE-8 (5.6), Tony Moeaki: 3-4-1-2-BYE-8 (4), Jon Baldwin: 4-5-3-5-BYE-2 (3.6), Jamaal Charles: 8-4-3-3-BYE-3 (3.6), Shaun Draughn: 3-5-1-4-BYE-2 (2.7), Steve Breaston: 3-1-0-0-BYE-1 (1.4), Peyton Hillis: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1 (2), Steve Maneri: dnp-dnp-0-5-BYE-dnp (2.5), Jake OConnell: dnp-0-0-0-BYE-3 (0.5), Cyrus Gray: 0-1-1-0-BYE-0 (0.4), Nate Eachus: dnp-dnp-0-2-BYE-0 (0.7)


The Chiefs just won’t stop being horrible. They have two amazingly gifted offensive players along with some amazingly gifted defensive players and it all adds up to horrible. I don’t know how you can trust any of them at this point, but it’s extremely difficult to sit Jamaal Charles because he is just too good. You can’t expect him to only get eight looks a week, hopefully.



Miami Dolphins


Brian Hartline: 9-19-5-0-BYE-6 (8.4), Davone Bess: 7-12-6-9-BYE-9 (8), Anthony Fasano: 10-5-4-6-BYE-2 (5), Reggie Bush: 1-1-2-7-BYE-1 (3.1), Charles Clay: 0-1-5-2-BYE-1 (1.9), Daniel Thomas: 2-1-1-dnp-BYE-2 (1.8), Anthony Armstrong: 6-0-0-0-BYE-dnp (1.8), Jorvorskie Lane: 1-0-2-2-BYE-0 (0.9), Marlon Moore: dnp-dnp-0-3-BYE-1 (0.8)


The Dolphins are a weird team. They can look like fantasy gold one week and fantasy mold the next. While destroying the Jets last week, only three roster spots got to double digit fantasy points, the defense, Dan Carpenter and Daniel Thomas. And it’s been pretty much slim pickings since Brian Hartline’s huge week four. And I think this is just the way it’s going to be.


They do have a fantasy friendly schedule for running backs coming up with Indianapolis, Tennessee, Buffalo, then tough Seattle, New England, San Francisco, and then back to easy in the fantasy playoffs, with Jacksonville and Buffalo again. That’s good news for Reggie Bush, but he did see a big dip in time on the field last week while Daniel Thomas got all the short yardage and mop-up duty. It’s concerning, but I’m still fairly high on Bush with this schedule.



New England Patriots


Wes Welker: 10-11-15-14-8-9 (10.4), Brandon Lloyd: 12-7-5-12-8-4 (8.6), Rob Gronkowski: 3-11-5-8-9-13 (8), Aaron Hernandez: dnp-dnp-dnp-9-7-dnp (6), Danny Woodhead: 2-2-1-5-4-7 (2.8), Julian Edelman: 7-dnp-dnp-dnp-2-2 (3.8), Deion Branch: 3-0-2-4-2-1 (2), Stevan Ridley: 1-0-0-2-0-0 (1.2), Daniel Fells: 0-2-2-2-0-0 (1), Shane Vereen: dnp-2-0-0-1-1 (0.8), Michael Hoomanawanui: 1-0-dnp-dnp-0-1 (0.3), Kellen Winslow: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (2), Brandon Bolden: 0-1-1-0-dnp-dnp (0.3)


The Patriots set a record with 17 consecutive games totaling 350 or more yards last week in London. That means they put up more consistent yards than The Greatest Show on Turf.  And that is good news for fantasy players like us who own Patriots players.


Brandon Lloyd had his worst target game of the season (insert sad noise). He also only caught two passes (insert even sadder noise). Wait, there’s more? What’s that you say? He caught both for touchdowns!? Holy Gronkowski!


And speaking of The Gronk, he’s back on his touchdown tear, having caught four in the last two games, while also leading in targets. Those things do coincide at least some of the time.


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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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