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Week 9 Target Watch: NFC

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Green Bay Packers


Jordy Nelson: 3-12-5-12-9-dnp (8.1), James Jones: 6-6-7-7-10-9 (7), Randall Cobb: 2-8-4-10-8-7 (6.2), Jermichael Finley: 5-5-5-4-2-6 (5.4), Greg Jennings: 10-3-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (7.3), Cedric Benson: 5-4-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (3), Alex Green: dnp-0-1-1-5-6 (2.2), John Kuhn: 4-0-1-0-1-dnp (1.3), Donald Driver: 1-2-2-0-1-2 (1.1), D.J. Williams: 2-dnp-4-dnp-0-1 (1.3), Tom Crabtree: dnp-1-1-3-0-1 (0.9), James Starks: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-dnp-2 (1)

With Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings out, it made it much easier for opposing defenses to focus on Randall Cobb and James Jones. They led in targets, but have had better games when Nelson was there to stretch the field.

Alex Green continues to not get it done, but that’s two weeks in a row without James Starks getting any extra touches, so unless they trade for DeAngelo Williams, it looks like Green is the guy.



Minnesota Vikings


Percy Harvin: 11-6-10-14-5-12 (9.9), Kyle Rudolph: 6-5-7-11-4-2 (5.9), Michael Jenkins: 5-4-4-10-2-9 (5.6), Adrian Peterson: 4-4-3-8-4-1 (3.5), Jerome Simpson: dnp-5-3-dnp-1-7 (4), Toby Gerhart: 4-1-0-3-0-2 (1.8), Devin Aromashodu: 2-0-4-2-0-dnp (2), John Carlson: 1-1-1-2-0-dnp (0.9), Rhett Ellison: 0-0-2-2-0-1 (0.6), Stephen Burton: 1-dnp-1-0-0-0 (0.6)


The lack of depth on Christian Ponder’s passes is a little disturbing if you want the passing offense to ever open up, but thankfully Percy Harvin is the best run after the catch receiver in the business. But the lack of production for Kyle Rudolph is a little concerning. It wasn’t that long ago that he had five touchdowns in five games, but the yardage was never really there. That would lead us to believe that he needs touchdowns to even have a semblance of a good fantasy game. And that’s pretty much true for most tight ends, but I do believe Rudolph is going to need to see more targets going forward if they Vikings want to take any pressure off Harvin. Unfortunately Michael Jenkins is getting those targets at the moment, but he is just not as talented as Rudolph. I’m taking a wait and see attitude on Rudolph.



New Orleans Saints


Marques Colston: 4-13-18-BYE-10-10 (10), Lance Moore: 7-15-dnp-BYE-10-6 (8.8), Jimmy Graham: 8-9-2-BYE-dnp-10 (8.7), Darren Sproles: 3-7-7-BYE-4-9 (7.4), Devery Henderson: 7-2-10-BYE-3-4 (4.7), Pierre Thomas: 6-3-2-BYE-1-2 (3), Joseph Morgan: dnp-1-1-BYE-3-dnp (2), David Thomas: 0-2-0-BYE-4-0 (1.3), Greg Camarillo: 0-dnp-5-BYE-dnp-dnp (1.7), Jed Collins: 1-1-0-BYE-1-0 (0.7), Mark Ingram: 0-1-0-BYE-0-0 (0.3)


The Broncos shut down the Saints, but at least Jimmy Graham is back! He didn’t look 100%, but he also wasn’t hobbling around and he caught a garbage time touchdown for all those who held out hope that he would play. He also tied Marques Colston in targets, which seems about right, with Darren Sproles coming in third and lance Moore fourth. I think that’s how it will break down as long as Graham is healthy and if he is, just bank on him.



New York Giants


Victor Cruz: 8-13-8-13-11-8 (11.1), Martellus Bennett: 7-3-4-2-7-6 (5.6), Hakeem Nicks: dnp-dnp-dnp-5-10-7 (8.6), Domenik Hixon: dnp-11-8-6-4-3 (5.4), Ahmad Bradshaw: dnp-4-6-1-5-0 (2.6), Ramses Barden: 10-4-dnp-0-0-1 (2.4), Rueben Randle: 3-1-9-0-0-2 (1.9), Andre Brown: 5-1-0-dnp-1-2 (1.6), Henry Hynoski: 2-1-0-1-1-0 (0.9), Bear Pascoe: 1-2-1-0-1-0 (0.8), David Wilson: 1-1-0-0-0-0 (0.5)


The Cowboys pass defense has shut down Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks twice this season. That is a tough task to accomplish once, let alone twice. Lawrence Tynes, the defense and Tony Romo are the reasons they beat Dallas. Don’t go throwing your quarterbacks and receivers at Dallas all willy-nilly.


Andre Brown took away another touchdown from Ahmad Bradshaw, but Bradshaw still had 22 carries, which shows that he is holding up, even with the foot issue. You should own Brown if you have Bradshaw, but he doesn’t get enough touches to consider starting.



Philadelphia Eagles


DeSean Jackson: 10-9-7-8-BYE-8 (8.7), Brent Celek: 6-5-5-8-BYE-5 (6.9), Jeremy Maclin: dnp-3-8-10-BYE-9 (7.5), LeSean McCoy: 3-4-5-8-BYE-3 (5), Jason Avant: 4-2-3-4-BYE-8 (4), Damaris Johnson: 11-1-0-dnp-BYE-dnp (3.2), Clay Harbor: 0-1-1-2-BYE-0 (1.7), Riley Cooper: dnp-dnp-dnp-3-BYE-1 (2), Stanley Havili: 0-2-0-0-BYE-1 (0.6), Bryce Brown: 2-0-0-0-BYE-0 (0.3)


The Eagles offense is sputtering and it’s hurting my fantasy players! But this isn’t about me, or is it? No, it’s not. Jeremy Maclin and Desean Jackson both had plenty of targets against the Falcons, but weren’t able to turn them into many fantasy points. But since the targets are there, I’m going to keep on keeping on until the wheels fall off.


LeSean McCoy is getting hurt by this offense right now, but managed to get into the end zone twice last week and his overall touches are almost identical to last year when he went off. I’m going to continue weathering the storm and hope the power gets turned back on soon.


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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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