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Week 12 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Indianapolis Colts

 

Reggie Wayne: 10-11-11-9-11-18 (70), Donnie Avery: 12-6-7-8-5-4 (42), T.Y. Hilton: 4-5-6-11-1-9 (36), Dwayne Allen: 4-2-5-7-2-11 (31), Vick Ballard: 3-1-1-6-2-1 (14), LaVon Brazill: 1-1-1-5-2-4 (14), Coby Fleener: 6-2-3-dnp-dnp-dnp (11), Donald Brown: dnp-dnp-1-1-1-2 (5), Nathan Palmer: 2-0-dnp-dnp-0-1 (3), Mewelde Moore: 0-0-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (2), Weslye Saunders: dnp-0-1-1-0-0 (2), Delone Carter: 0-1-0-0-0-0 (1), Robert Hughes: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-1-0 (1)

 

Reggie Wayne remains the target king with 130 to Calvin Johnson ‘s 107. Wayne is on pace for 208 targets this season. I only have data back to 2002, but that would be the most during that span. His ex-teammate Marvin Harrison had 205 in ’02, the only other 200+ target year in the last 10 years.

 

Rookie T.Y. Hilton has flashed some real ability this season, but is often target-sniped by Donnie Avery. Last week Avery left with a concussion and Hilton had a big game. It looks like Avery is practicing this week, so that hurts both their values.

 

It looks like Vick Ballard has taken over the lead back duties from Donald Brown. He was on the field for 46 snaps compared to Brown’s 19. That may fluctuate enough to hurt Ballard’s value without us being aware beforehand, but in plus matchups like the Bills this week, you’ll take it.

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Cecil Shorts: BYE-10-12-4-13-6 (45), Justin Blackmon: BYE-4-8-9-5-13 (39), Laurent Robinson: BYE-dnp-dnp-9-15-2 (26), Marcedes Lewis: BYE-3-7-6-4-4 (24), Rashad Jennings: BYE-9-8-4-1-1 (23), Micheal Spurlock: BYE-0-2-5-6-5 (18), Jalen Parmele: BYE-1-1-1-2-3 (8), Kevin Elliott: BYE-1-2-0-0-0 (3), Zach Potter: BYE-1-0-0-0-1 (2)

 

Well, I didn’t think Chad Henne would be a huge boon for the Jaguars passing game, but it sure was. Oh, and they weren’t playing the Saints when Henne went off for 354 yards and four touchdowns, it was the Son of Bum’s Texans defense.  If this game is any indication to what will happen target-wise while Henne is behind center, then Justin Blackmon is the man. His 13 targets are high enough to turn even a poor game into a fantasy worthy game. It will be interesting to see how they progress.

 

Jalen Parmele took the lead running back role from Rashad Jennings and rushed 24 times for 80 yards and had three targets, three receptions and three yards. I love the symmetry. It looks like he’ll at least get one more game before Jones-Drew spoils his fun.

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Dwayne Bowe: 9-BYE-6-10-9-2 (36), Dexter McCluster: 8-BYE-8-6-5-3 (30), Tony Moeaki: 2-BYE-8-0-6-6 (22), Jamaal Charles: 3-BYE-3-4-0-6 (16), Jon Baldwin: 5-BYE-2-2-3-dnp (12), Shaun Draughn: 4-BYE-2-2-0-3 (11), Terrance Copper: 0-BYE-0-1-1-4 (6), Steve Breaston: 0-BYE-1-2-dnp-3 (6), Steve Maneri: 5-BYE-dnp-0-0-0 (5), Jake OConnell: 0-BYE-3-0-0-dnp (3), Peyton Hillis: dnp-BYE-1-1-1-0 (3), Nate Eachus: 2-BYE-0-dnp-0-0 (2), Devon Wylie: dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-0-2 (2)

 

With Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel “leading” the Chiefs into the breach, well, you might as well go take a nap until they draft a good quarterback if you are wanting to use a Chiefs receiver.

 

At least they used their best weapon; you may know him as J.C. Superstar. He touched the ball 21 times for 118 yards. He’s just that good, so give him the ball ok?!

 

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Davone Bess: 9-BYE-9-9-6-11 (44), Brian Hartline: 0-BYE-6-12-10-7 (35), Anthony Fasano: 6-BYE-2-4-3-2 (17), Reggie Bush: 7-BYE-1-3-2-3 (16), Daniel Thomas: dnp-BYE-2-4-6-0 (12), Charles Clay: 2-BYE-1-1-4-2 (10), Jabar Gaffney: dnp-BYE-2-3-5-dnp (10), Marlon Moore: 3-BYE-1-1-0-1 (6), Jorvorskie Lane: 2-BYE-0-1-0-0 (3), Lamar Miller: 0-BYE-dnp-0-3-0 (3), Rishard Matthews: dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-2 (2)

 

Ryan Tannehill has hit the skids in two nice matchups the last two weeks and that killed the value of any fantasy types. With him regressing I’m backing away from the Thanksgiving dinner table and heading over to the Festivus pole and airing out some grievances.

 

 

New England Patriots

 

Wes Welker: 14-8-9-BYE-11-11 (53), Rob Gronkowski: 8-9-13-BYE-4-7 (41), Brandon Lloyd: 12-8-4-BYE-6-7 (37), Danny Woodhead: 5-4-7-BYE-6-0 (22), Aaron Hernandez: 9-7-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (16), Deion Branch: 4-2-1-BYE-8-dnp (15), Julian Edelman: dnp-2-2-BYE-0-7 (11), Shane Vereen: 0-1-1-BYE-1-3 (6), Stevan Ridley: 2-0-0-BYE-1-0 (3), Daniel Fells: 2-0-0-BYE-0-dnp (2), Michael Hoomanawanui: dnp-0-1-BYE-1-0 (2)

 

Gronk broke arm. Gronk stud football player. Gronk’s fantasy owners sad. Say goodbye to all those touchdowns and hello to Vinsanthe Shiancoe! The Patriots have plenty of players to target and should keep up their fantasy goodness, but a lot will depend on how well Aaron Hernandez returns from his injury.

 


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Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for Rotoworld.com and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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