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Week 10 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, November 08, 2012

New York Jets


Jeremy Kerley: 3-9-6-11-11-BYE (6.4), Stephen Hill: dnp-dnp-3-7-7-BYE (5.3), Jeff Cumberland: 5-4-1-1-dnp-BYE (3.7), Chaz Schilens: 3-5-4-3-5-BYE (3), Dustin Keller: dnp-dnp-1-7-11-BYE (5), Shonn Greene: 0-2-0-9-5-BYE (2.4), Bilal Powell: 3-4-2-dnp-dnp-BYE (2.8), Clyde Gates: 0-3-dnp-dnp-11-BYE (3.2), Patrick Turner: 5-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (2.5), Konrad Reuland: dnp-1-0-1-1-BYE (0.8), Jason Hill: dnp-2-1-0-dnp-BYE (1), Lex Hilliard: dnp-0-0-1-1-BYE (0.3)


The Jets used their bye to reevaluate everything.



Oakland Raiders


Denarius Moore: 8-BYE-9-8-8-9 (8.6), Brandon Myers: 2-BYE-7-10-3-13 (6.2), Darren McFadden: 1-BYE-4-7-6-3 (6), Rod Streater: 2-BYE-3-4-5-10 (4.9), Darrius Heyward-Bey: dnp-BYE-2-7-3-6 (5.1), Marcel Reece: 8-BYE-1-6-0-9 (4.2), Derek Hagan: 5-BYE-4-1-1-3 (3.1), Mike Goodson: 3-BYE-1-1-0-6 (1.8), David Ausberry: 2-BYE-2-0-0-0 (1.1), Richard Gordon: dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-0-2 (1.4), Juron Criner: 3-BYE-0-1-2-0 (1)


Carson Palmer threw all over the Buccaneers last week and their best player, Denarius Moore, had a down game. The Bucs gave Palmer the middle of the field, which led to a bunch of targets for Brandon Myers. And amazingly with 13 targets, even Brandon Myers is able to score a touchdown, two even! Those were the first and second touchdowns of his career. The touchdowns may not come around all that often, but Palmer does feel at ease throwing it his way. These two touchdowns were his upside and then some, but he’s still been consistent, especially compared to some of the other sad sack tight ends out there. I’m looking at you Pitta and Rudolph.


The Raiders backfield has been decimated, but we did finally get to see the man, the myth, and the legend, that is Marcel Reece. He didn’t get one rushing attempt, but did catch eight of nine targets for 95 yards and a touchdown. He’s been used solely as a receiving back in the offense, but should see some carries with Taiwan Jones and most of the passing down work. Reece has a ton of talent and I’m looking forward to seeing him use it again as long as Mike Goodson and Darren McFadden don’t suit up.



Pittsburgh Steelers


Antonio Brown: BYE-10-10-8-6-3 (8.2), Mike Wallace: BYE-8-4-15-9-5 (7.9), Heath Miller: BYE-5-9-8-6-5 (6.5), Emmanuel Sanders: BYE-7-6-2-5-2 (4.8), Isaac Redman: BYE-0-5-dnp-dnp-2 (2.2), Chris Rainey: BYE-1-1-1-2-3 (1.6), Jerricho Cotchery: BYE-1-0-1-dnp-4 (1.4), Will Johnson: BYE-0-1-1-2-3 (1.3), Jonathan Dwyer: BYE-dnp-dnp-0-1-dnp (1.6), David Paulson: BYE-1-1-1-0-2 (0.6), Baron Batch: BYE-0-1-1-1-0 (0.6), Rashard Mendenhall: BYE-3-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (2), Leonard Pope: BYE-0-0-0-1-0 (0.2)


With Antonio Brown leaving the game early, we saw a lot of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Sanders was on the field a little more, but Cotchery saw more targets. The good news for Sanders is that Roethlisberger seems to like him in the red zone.


The running back situation is going to be about as clear as mud with Jonathan Dwyer returning. Isaac Redman had a big game against the Giants and was ahead of Dwyer on the depth chart so may get the start, but I’m wary of both, even in a good matchup.



San Diego Chargers


Malcom Floyd: 3-8-5-BYE-7-4 (6.2), Antonio Gates: 3-7-10-BYE-4-3 (6), Ronnie Brown: 3-5-4-BYE-8-5 (4.9), Robert Meachem: 2-4-7-BYE-3-dnp (4.1), Ryan Mathews: 2-8-5-BYE-4-2 (4.8), Eddie Royal: 5-5-5-BYE-dnp-dnp (3.8), Dante Rosario: 0-1-1-BYE-5-1 (1.8), Curtis Brinkley: dnp-dnp-0-BYE-dnp-0 (2.2), Randy McMichael: 0-0-2-BYE-0-0 (0.9), Jackie Battle: 4-2-0-BYE-0-0 (0.8), Le’Ron McClain: 1-0-0-BYE-0-0 (0.6), Danario Alexander: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1-3 (2), Richard Goodman: 0-0-2-BYE-0-dnp (0.3)


Danario Alexander has the knees of a World War I veteran, but when they aren’t all swelled up, he has the skills to pay the medical bills. He only saw three targets, but caught all three for 61 yards and led the Chargers in receiving last week.  Norv Turner says he has earned more playing time. I am really rooting for him.


The Chargers didn’t have to do much on offense with the defense accepting points from Cassel interceptions. But Ryan Mathews was once again criminally underused. I blame Turner for all my woes.



Tennessee Titans


Kendall Wright: 8-11-8-3-5-7 (7.4), Nate Washington: 5-7-10-8-6-2 (5.7), Kenny Britt: dnp-5-11-6-5-8 (6.9), Jared Cook: 4-8-4-5-4-5 (5.1), Damian Williams: 2-3-3-4-1-3 (3.4), Chris Johnson: 2-1-4-2-3-6 (3.3), Craig Stevens: 2-4-2-1-3-3 (2.7), Taylor Thompson: 1-2-1-1-0-1 (0.8), Darius Reynaud: 0-1-0-2-0-0 (0.8), Lavelle Hawkins: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-1-dnp (1.5), Quinn Johnson: 1-1-1-1-1-0 (0.7)


The Chicago Bears mauled and ate the Titans pepper spray and jingly bells hanging from their backpacks.  This week they’ll have Jake Locker back; so much of this target information is skewed from the reality of the upcoming weeks. Locker has a stronger arm, but is less accurate than Matt Hasselbeck. That could help Kenny Britt and Jared Cook get some deeper targets.  The good news is they get Miami next, who have been giving up a bunch of points through the air.



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

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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