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Week 13 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New York Jets


Jeremy Kerley: 11-11-BYE-8-3-10 (43), Dustin Keller: 7-11-BYE-5-2-7 (32), Clyde Gates: dnp-11-BYE-5-2-4 (22), Stephen Hill: 7-7-BYE-2-2-2 (20), Shonn Greene: 9-5-BYE-2-0-1 (17), Chaz Schilens: 3-5-BYE-0-5-3 (16), Jeff Cumberland: 1-dnp-BYE-0-1-4 (6), Bilal Powell: dnp-dnp-BYE-1-2-3 (6), Lex Hilliard: 1-1-BYE-2-1-0 (5), Konrad Reuland: 1-1-BYE-0-1-1 (4), Joe McKnight: 0-0-BYE-dnp-2-0 (2)


I’m thinking the Jets’ Thanksgiving game would have been a good swan song, but it looks like they are going to continue playing football. Shonn Greene has scored five touchdowns in three games and no touchdowns in the other eight while rushing for 3.8 yards per carry. Their best receiver, Jeremy Kerley, is the 40th best fantasy receiver. Mark Sanchez is the 25th “best” fantasy quarterback. Nick Folk is the 26th ranked fantasy kicker. Dustin Keller has actually been a bright spot since returning from injury. He ranks ninth in fantasy points since week seven. But they do get to play the Cardinals at home this week. Playoffs!



Oakland Raiders


Brandon Myers: 10-3-13-7-10-6 (49), Denarius Moore: 8-8-9-8-7-4 (44), Marcel Reece: 6-0-9-9-5-8 (37), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 7-3-6-8-5-4 (33), Rod Streater: 4-5-10-3-4-0 (26), Juron Criner: 1-2-0-3-6-5 (17), Darren McFadden: 7-6-3-dnp-dnp-dnp (16), Derek Hagan: 1-1-3-5-2-0 (12), Mike Goodson: 1-0-6-dnp-dnp-dnp (7), Jeremy Stewart: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-1-6 (7), Richard Gordon: dnp-0-2-0-0-0 (2), David Ausberry: 0-0-0-2-0-0 (2), Taiwan Jones: dnp-dnp-0-1-0-0 (1)


With Mike Goodson and Darren McFadden practicing, Marcel Reece’s reign of awesomeness looks to be coming to a sad close. For a running back to get 36 targets over the last four weeks is the stuff dreams are made of. He’ll still get some targets, but those 47 rushing attempts during that same span are a thing of the past. We all mourn in our own way. I’ll be gnashing things.


Carson Palmer had his worst game of the season against his old team, so hopefully he’ll get back into his garbage time groove at home against the Browns. Denarius Moore is still finding the end zone semi-regularly, but his game has been sketchy of late. He also gets to face Joe Haden, Champ Bailey and Brandon Flowers over the next three weeks.



Pittsburgh Steelers


Mike Wallace: 15-9-5-8-6-6 (49), Heath Miller: 8-6-5-4-5-8 (36), Emmanuel Sanders: 2-5-2-7-8-7 (31), Antonio Brown: 8-6-3-dnp-dnp-dnp (17), Will Johnson: 1-2-3-3-3-3 (15), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-dnp-4-4-5-dnp (14), Chris Rainey: 1-2-3-0-1-4 (11), David Paulson: 1-0-2-2-2-0 (7), Jonathan Dwyer: 0-1-dnp-1-3-2 (7), Isaac Redman: dnp-dnp-2-3-0-1 (6), Rashard Mendenhall: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-4-0 (4), Baron Batch: 1-1-0-0-0-dnp (2), Plaxico Burress: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-2 (2), Leonard Pope: 0-1-0-0-0-0 (1)


If the Steelers don’t get Ben Roethlisberger back, and fast, I don’t know how you can start any of their players with any confidence, especially when Albus Fumblemore has replaced their running backs’ coach.



San Diego Chargers


Danario Alexander: BYE-1-3-7-11-8 (30), Malcom Floyd: BYE-7-4-7-6-5 (29), Ronnie Brown: BYE-8-5-3-3-4 (23), Ryan Mathews: BYE-4-2-6-6-3 (21), Antonio Gates: BYE-4-3-5-4-2 (18), Dante Rosario: BYE-5-1-2-dnp-dnp (8), Eddie Royal: BYE-dnp-dnp-5-3-dnp (8), Robert Meachem: BYE-3-dnp-1-2-0 (6), Randy McMichael: BYE-0-0-1-1-3 (5), Seyi Ajirotutu: BYE-dnp-1-dnp-dnp-3 (4), Ladarius Green: BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-3-0 (3), Jackie Battle: BYE-0-0-0-1-1 (2)


I never thought I would see the day that Danario Alexander played five games in a row without having to drain his knee. This is like Christmas in late November! I think I’ll give thanks by murdering a turkey or something. And besides staying upright, he’s also getting targeted the most on the team and catching said targets. Ride that train until it derails.


Ryan Mathews is dead to me.



Tennessee Titans


Kenny Britt: 6-5-8-6-BYE-4 (29), Nate Washington: 8-6-2-2-BYE-9 (27), Jared Cook: 5-4-5-3-BYE-9 (26), Kendall Wright: 3-5-7-3-BYE-8 (26), Chris Johnson: 2-3-6-2-BYE-3 (16), Damian Williams: 4-1-3-2-BYE-4 (14), Craig Stevens: 1-3-3-2-BYE-1 (10), Darius Reynaud: 2-0-0-1-BYE-2 (5), Quinn Johnson: 1-1-0-1-BYE-0 (3), Taylor Thompson: 1-0-1-0-BYE-0 (2), Lavelle Hawkins: dnp-1-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (1)


Kenny Britt is also dead to me. Yes, he caught a touchdown to salvage some value, but he was fourth in targets behind Nate Washington, Jared Cook and Kendall Wright and sixth in yardage behind those guys and some other guys.


Chris Johnson didn’t have a great game, but did manage to cobble together 109 total yards. But against the Jaguars 29th ranked run defense, I expected more.


The Titans have plenty of talent on the team, but bringing it together is probably a next year kind of thing.



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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