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Week 13 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Green Bay Packers


Randall Cobb: 8-7-9-BYE-12-7 (43), James Jones: 10-9-7-BYE-4-0 (30), Alex Green: 5-6-4-BYE-1-4 (20), Jordy Nelson: 9-dnp-1-BYE-5-4 (19), Jermichael Finley: 2-6-2-BYE-3-5 (18), Donald Driver: 1-2-2-BYE-1-0 (6), James Starks: dnp-2-0-BYE-1-1 (4), John Kuhn: 1-dnp-dnp-BYE-0-3 (4), Jarrett Boykin: 0-1-2-BYE-dnp-0 (3), Tom Crabtree: 0-1-2-BYE-0-0 (3), D.J. Williams: 0-1-0-BYE-0-1 (2)


The Giants punched the Packers in the face pretty hard Sunday night and the target numbers that flew out only totaled 25 attempts, Aaron Rodger’s fewest attempts since 2010. Randall Cobb led in targets, but Jordy Nelson made the only fantasy impact on a long touchdown catch. The biggest head scratcher is that James Jones didn’t have a single target. A healthy Jordy Nelson and so few pass attempts account for some of that goose egg, but it’s still a little odd. And with Greg Jennings most likely coming back this week, it will be impossible to start Jones with any confidence.


The running back situation continues to go back and forth between Alex Green and James Starks and neither can do anything to keep the job.  Starks is averaging 3.4 yards per carry and Green 3.1 and neither has scored a touchdown. Danger, Will Robinson!



Minnesota Vikings


Kyle Rudolph: 4-2-2-9-BYE-9 (26), Percy Harvin: 5-12-6-dnp-BYE-dnp (23), Adrian Peterson: 4-1-4-4-BYE-7 (20), Michael Jenkins: 2-9-2-3-BYE-4 (20), Jerome Simpson: 1-7-2-4-BYE-5 (19), Jarius Wright: dnp-dnp-dnp-5-BYE-10 (15), Toby Gerhart: 0-2-2-2-BYE-0 (6), Devin Aromashodu: 0-dnp-1-1-BYE-3 (5), Rhett Ellison: 0-1-1-0-BYE-1 (3), John Carlson: 0-dnp-dnp-1-BYE-2 (3), Stephen Burton: 0-0-dnp-1-BYE-1 (2), Jerome Felton: 0-0-1-1-BYE-0 (2), Allen Reisner: dnp-dnp-1-dnp-BYE-dnp (1)


With Percy Harvin still out with a high ankle sprain, the targets were once again funneled to Kyle Rudolph, Jarius Wright and even Adrian Peterson.  Rudolph found the end zone, but suffered a concussion, which could keep him out this week. Add that to a still ailing Harvin and we may just see 15 targets for Wright against the Packers in week 13.



New Orleans Saints


Marques Colston: 10-10-4-6-6-5 (41), Jimmy Graham: dnp-10-11-8-6-6 (41), Lance Moore: 10-6-2-9-3-6 (36), Darren Sproles: 4-9-dnp-dnp-dnp-9 (22), Devery Henderson: 3-4-3-2-1-3 (16), Pierre Thomas: 1-2-3-2-4-1 (13), David Thomas: 4-0-0-0-0-5 (9), Travaris Cadet: 0-0-0-3-3-0 (6), Jed Collins: 1-0-1-0-2-2 (6), Joseph Morgan: 3-dnp-0-0-1-2 (6), Mark Ingram: 0-0-2-1-1-1 (5), Chris Ivory: dnp-dnp-1-1-0-0 (2), Courtney Roby: 0-1-dnp-dnp-0-0 (1)


Drew Brees has now thrown for under 300 yards for five straight games. He hadn’t done that since the beginning of the 2007 season. Of course he’s thrown for three or more touchdowns in eight of his 11 games this season, so this is more of an anomaly than anything else, but it is amazing that he has so consistently put up 300+ yard games.


It looks like the addition of Darren Sproles cut into Jimmy Graham’s targets this week, that and the 49ers defense is pretty good. I thought Graham had his snaps cut back, but looking at the Pro Football Focus data, he actually saw a bigger percentage of snaps than he had since week four. I wouldn’t worry too much about his down game here.


The running back situation is one to avoid unless you have Darren Sproles in a PPR league. Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Chris Ivory cannot exist in the same fantasy world.



New York Giants


Hakeem Nicks: 10-7-4-14-BYE-13 (48), Victor Cruz: 11-8-11-4-BYE-6 (40), Martellus Bennett: 7-6-4-9-BYE-3 (29), Ahmad Bradshaw: 5-0-0-4-BYE-3 (12), Domenik Hixon: 4-3-1-2-BYE-dnp (10), Andre Brown: 1-2-0-6-BYE-0 (9), Rueben Randle: 0-2-3-2-BYE-2 (9), Ramses Barden: 0-1-0-3-BYE-0 (4), Henry Hynoski: 1-0-1-0-BYE-2 (4), Bear Pascoe: 1-0-dnp-1-BYE-0 (2), Travis Beckum: dnp-dnp-0-1-BYE-0 (1), David Wilson: 0-0-0-0-BYE-1 (1)


It was just a matter of time before Eli Manning returned to the fantasy stage. His slump was pretty horrendous, but he tossed for three touchdowns and 249 yards. And the totals would probably have been higher if they hadn’t put the beat down on the Packers.


Both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks got into the end zone, which hasn’t happened since week two. If both can get going again, Manning shouldn’t have any trouble putting up fantasy numbers.


Ahmad Bradshaw put up good numbers on just 12 touches, totaling 119 yards and a touchdown. And with Andre Brown breaking his fibula, Bradshaw is assured more work going forward.



Philadelphia Eagles


Jeremy Maclin: BYE-9-4-12-3-7 (35), DeSean Jackson: BYE-8-7-8-9-1 (33), Brent Celek: BYE-5-9-3-8-3 (28), Jason Avant: BYE-8-9-2-dnp-dnp (19), LeSean McCoy: BYE-3-3-5-7-dnp (18), Riley Cooper: BYE-1-1-3-7-2 (14), Clay Harbor: BYE-0-4-3-6-0 (13), Stanley Havili: BYE-1-1-2-3-1 (8), Bryce Brown: BYE-0-0-0-0-5 (5), Damaris Johnson: BYE-dnp-0-1-2-2 (5)


The Eagles found some instant offense in the rookie Bryce Brown on Monday night. And really, that’s the only offense they could find. He had 189 of their 308 total yards and both of their touchdowns. And he was also second in targets and receptions.


DeSean Jackson hurt his ribs and has been put on injured reserve, so that leaves Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek as the main non-running back targets. If they can do anything with Nick Foles at quarterback remains to be seen.


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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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