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Week 13 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

San Francisco 49ers


Michael Crabtree: 6-5-BYE-6-5-5 (27), Vernon Davis: 0-2-BYE-5-8-1 (16), Mario Manningham: dnp-4-BYE-3-2-5 (14), Frank Gore: 6-1-BYE-4-0-3 (14), Delanie Walker: 1-3-BYE-1-3-3 (11), Kyle Williams: 4-1-BYE-3-2-1 (11), Randy Moss: 4-1-BYE-2-2-1 (10), Kendall Hunter: 2-1-BYE-1-1-1 (6), Ted Ginn: 0-1-BYE-0-0-0 (1)


Mario Manningham has actually been the 49ers leading receiver in yardage since Colin Kaepernick got the start. But that’s just an average of 57 yards receiving over the last two games. Kaepernick opens up the big play more with his ability, but also takes the ball out of receivers’ hands when he runs.


It looked like Vernon Davis may have been a favorite target of his after giving him a nice stat line against the Bears, but after one target and a bad drop, Davis didn’t see another target all game. The 49ers passing game will remain hard to forecast.


The loss of Kendall Hunter is a tough one. He was easily one of the top backup running backs in the game. Frank Gore will remain the main man while Brandon Jacobs, LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon will vie for Gore’s scraps.



Seattle Seahawks


Sidney Rice: 4-8-4-7-BYE-3 (26), Golden Tate: 3-7-6-2-BYE-5 (23), Zach Miller: 2-5-3-6-BYE-3 (19), Doug Baldwin: 2-dnp-3-4-BYE-4 (13), Marshawn Lynch: 2-3-2-1-BYE-3 (11), Robert Turbin: 1-3-1-0-BYE-3 (8), Michael Robinson: 1-1-3-0-BYE-1 (6), Anthony McCoy: 1-2-0-0-BYE-3 (6), Ben Obomanu: 4-0-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (4), Charly Martin: dnp-3-0-dnp-BYE-dnp (3), Jermaine Kearse: dnp-dnp-2-0-BYE-1 (3), Evan Moore: 1-1-0-0-BYE-1 (3), Leon Washington: 0-2-0-0-BYE-0 (2), Braylon Edwards: 2-dnp-dnp-0-BYE-0 (2)


Russell Wilson had his best road game of the season by completing 21-of-27 passes for 224 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions along with five rushing attempts for 38 yards.  But unfortunately that didn’t result in any other Seattle player doing much of anything. He did a good job of spreading the ball around, too good a job and Marshawn Lynch was stifled by Miami’s tough run defense.  And unfortunately the remaining schedule is @Chicago, Arizona, @Buffalo and San Francisco. The Buffalo game is really the only one we could hope for a decent fantasy game from Wilson and it’s in Buffalo.



St. Louis Rams


Brandon Gibson: 7-3-BYE-6-5-3 (24), Danny Amendola: dnp-dnp-BYE-12-11-1 (24), Chris Givens: 5-4-BYE-dnp-7-6 (22), Austin Pettis: 3-5-BYE-4-6-2 (20), Lance Kendricks: 4-4-BYE-6-2-2 (18), Brian Quick: 4-4-BYE-1-2-1 (12), Daryl Richardson: 3-4-BYE-2-3-0 (12), Steven Jackson: 0-2-BYE-3-4-1 (10), Steve Smith: 6-1-BYE-2-dnp-dnp (9), Mike McNeill: 0-2-BYE-0-2-0 (4), Matthew Mulligan: 0-2-BYE-0-0-1 (3), Brit Miller: 1-0-BYE-1-dnp-dnp (2), Isaiah Pead: 0-0-BYE-1-0-0 (1)


Janoris Jenkins was the MVP of last week’s win over Arizona, but on the offensive side it was all Chris Givens and Steven Jackson. Sam Bradford completed just 8-of-17 passes, but for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Five of those completions went to Chris Givens, who totaled 115 yards and a touchdown and looks like he might be out of the doghouse after breaking team rules and missing week 10’s game against the 49ers.


Steven Jackson has taken back the lead back role completely and has looked good in doing so. He’s averaging 117 total yards a game over the last three weeks.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 14-6-4-7-11-7 (49), Mike Williams: 8-11-8-4-9-5 (45), Dallas Clark: 6-3-5-1-11-4 (30), Tiquan Underwood: 6-5-2-2-2-9 (26), Doug Martin: 3-6-5-3-5-2 (24), Luke Stocker: 1-0-2-1-2-2 (8), Danny Ware: 1-2-1-0-3-0 (7), Nate Byham: 0-0-2-0-1-0 (3), Chris Owusu: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-dnp-1 (2), LeGarrette Blount: 1-0-0-0-dnp-0 (1), Arrelious Benn: 0-1-0-dnp-0-dnp (1)


Tiquan Underwood had a surprising nine targets, catching five for 77 yards, which were both career highs. This wasn’t Josh Freeman’s best game and it showed in the passing numbers. Vincent Jackson still managed 96 yards, but Freeman didn’t pass for a touchdown.


Doug Martin did the scoring with two rushing touchdowns and showed that even in down games, he is fantasy relevant. After a tough game in Denver they get the Eagles and Saints. Them’s good fantasy eatin’.



Washington Redskins


Josh Morgan: 2-8-12-BYE-4-6 (32), Logan Paulsen: 6-6-8-BYE-1-3 (24), Santana Moss: 4-9-2-BYE-1-5 (21), Leonard Hankerson: 8-4-4-BYE-2-2 (20), Pierre Garcon: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-3-7 (10), Aldrick Robinson: 1-1-2-BYE-1-1 (6), Evan Royster: 1-1-4-BYE-0-0 (6), Niles Paul: 1-1-2-BYE-0-1 (5), Brandon Banks: 0-0-2-BYE-1-1 (4), Alfred Morris: 2-0-1-BYE-1-0 (4), Darrel Young: 1-1-0-BYE-1-0 (3), Dezmon Briscoe: dnp-2-1-BYE-dnp-dnp (3), Chris Cooley: dnp-1-1-BYE-0-dnp (2), Fred Davis: 1-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (1)


Robert Griffin III threw for four touchdowns for his second straight game. That sirs and ma’am is a rookie record. And he got a nice boost from his favorite receiver from the first quarter of week one, Pierre Garcon. Garcon caught five of seven targets for 93 yards and a touchdown and if he can manage his foot pain, he should continue to lead the team in targets.


Alfred Morris reemerged from a three-week slump and four week touchdown drought. He doesn’t get receptions so it will be hard for him to be a stud week in and week out, but if RGIII continues his hot pace, Morris should have plenty of opportunities.



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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