Welcome to the crazy world of AFC Targets. There will be tears and jeers and maybe a couple cheers, which will most likely lead to an excessive amount of beers. Just don’t leer near the pier for a year or you’ll probably be picked up for being a wack-job or something. Anywho, take a look-see at the stuff I wrote below and at the NFC Targets and then follow me on Twitter so you can shower me with praise and lavish gifts.
All target data is for the last six weeks.
Torrey Smith: 13-BYE-9-6-7-13 (48), Anquan Boldin: 7-BYE-5-7-12-8 (39), Ray Rice: 5-BYE-2-5-5-9 (26), Dennis Pitta: 8-BYE-3-5-1-9 (26), Jacoby Jones: 2-BYE-2-3-4-7 (18), Ed Dickson: 5-BYE-3-2-2-0 (12), Tandon Doss: 1-BYE-0-3-0-4 (8), Vonta Leach: 0-BYE-0-2-0-1 (3), Anthony Allen: 0-BYE-0-1-0-0 (1), Bernard Pierce: 0-BYE-0-0-1-0 (1)
Ray Rice went PPR crazy with nine targets and eight receptions and a nifty 4th and 29 conversion, while Torrey Smith had his reception and yardage high for the season. It’s good to see the two best players get the work they richly deserve. That’s a good sign going into the fake playoffs.
With the dearth of quality tight end production I’d be remiss to not mention Dennis Pitta’s comeback from obscurity. He’s had two good games out of the last three, with 11 receptions and two touchdowns. The poor game was against the Steelers who he gets this week, but after that he faces some poor defenses against tight ends, Washington, Denver and NY Giants.
Steve Johnson: 7-BYE-7-9-9-15 (47), Donald Jones: 5-BYE-9-10-5-6 (35), Fred Jackson: 11-BYE-7-5-dnp-1 (24), Scott Chandler: 4-BYE-5-8-4-3 (24), C.J. Spiller: 6-BYE-5-4-4-3 (22), T.J. Graham: 1-BYE-3-2-2-3 (11), Dorin Dickerson: 0-BYE-1-0-1-1 (3), Tashard Choice: dnp-BYE-dnp-0-2-dnp (2), Brad Smith: 1-BYE-0-1-0-0 (2), Lee Smith: 0-BYE-0-1-0-1 (2), Ruvell Martin: 0-BYE-1-0-0-0 (1)
Stevie Johnson had a bushel basket of targets and finished with six receptions for 106 yards. Those numbers aren’t bad, but Ryan Fitzpatrick helped him leave a bunch of yards on the field. Fitz is keeping Stevie’s ceiling pretty low as he takes his usual end of the season nosedive.
C.J. Spiller finally got the bulk of the work compared to Fred Jackson, but 15 touches were still way too little for such a dynamic player, especially when the quarterback is not dynamic, except in his ways to lose games.
A.J. Green: 6-BYE-9-10-12-9 (46), Jermaine Gresham: 5-BYE-8-4-8-4 (29), Mohamed Sanu: 3-BYE-3-6-4-9 (25), Andrew Hawkins: 4-BYE-7-5-dnp-dnp (16), Brandon Tate: 1-BYE-6-1-2-1 (11), Ryan Whalen: 7-BYE-dnp-0-1-0 (8), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1-BYE-3-2-1-1 (8), Brian Leonard: dnp-BYE-4-0-1-0 (5), Orson Charles: 0-BYE-1-1-0-2 (4), Marvin Jones: 0-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-2 (2), Cedric Peerman: 0-BYE-0-1-0-0 (1)
A.J. Green didn’t get his 10th straight touchdown and I place on the blame on the Ginger General and his yes man, Mohamed Sanu. When you blow a team out like the Bengals did the Raiders and your star player is on a touchdown streak, you force the ball to him over and over and over again!! Well, I may be a little too involved with my fake team’s self interest, but still, come on! Anyway, Green still finished with a nice yardage game because he’s just that good.
Sanu on the other hand, had the same amount of targets and finished with 80 less yards and two touchdowns. The extra attention to Green helped him get his touchdowns, but we just can’t rely on the touchdowns to keep up like they have (see Josh Gordon).
Josh Gordon: 10-5-3-BYE-7-7 (32), Greg Little: 7-5-7-BYE-4-4 (27), Trent Richardson: 2-1-9-BYE-8-4 (24), Ben Watson: 3-4-3-BYE-8-3 (21), Jordan Cameron: 2-4-2-BYE-2-2 (12), Josh Cooper: 8-1-dnp-BYE-2-dnp (11), Chris Ogbonnaya: 4-3-2-BYE-0-0 (9), Mohamed Massaquoi: dnp-dnp-3-BYE-2-4 (9), Alex Smith: dnp-3-4-BYE-1-1 (9), Travis Benjamin: 5-0-3-BYE-0-1 (9), Josh Cribbs: 0-1-0-BYE-1-0 (2)
The Steelers gave the ball to the Browns like they were playing fetch and they still had trouble putting up points. Jordan Cameron caught his first touchdown and is a great prospect, but overall the Browns passing game is going nowhere fast. Their offense relies on Trent Richardson. Richardson has more targets and rushing attempts than any other running back not named Arian Foster.
Demaryius Thomas: BYE-9-8-11-9-8 (45), Eric Decker: BYE-6-11-4-5-8 (34), Jacob Tamme: BYE-4-4-4-5-7 (24), Brandon Stokley: BYE-2-4-5-5-7 (23), Joel Dreessen: BYE-2-4-3-6-3 (18), Willis McGahee: BYE-2-1-6-2-dnp (11), Matthew Willis: BYE-1-1-1-4-0 (7), Ronnie Hillman: BYE-1-1-2-2-0 (6), Knowshon Moreno: BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-4 (4), Lance Ball: BYE-0-1-0-3-0 (4), Virgil Green: BYE-3-0-0-0-0 (3), Trindon Holliday: BYE-0-0-2-0-0 (2)
Right when I write off Jacob Tamme for dead he has a nice game. Of course that is the way with tight ends and his inconsistency should remain consistent. But thankfully Demaryius Thomas is as consistently consistent as a receiver can get. His target numbers have stayed high, as well as his production. Eric Decker saw a dip in his production of late, but he is still a favorite red zone target of Peyton Manning’s, with 18 targets to Thomas’ 10. I have a feeling Peyton will get him a touchdown at home against the hapless Buccaneers’ pass defense this week.
Whatchu Talkin’ Bout? Willis was replaced by Knowshon! No Knowshon! That’s a paraphrase of the gibberish I spewed when Moreno was named the starter Sunday morning. But it happened and he played pretty well. I sadly was on the Moreno bandwagon before he became the prime minister of John Fox’s dog house, so the rise of Ronnie Hillman seemed inevitable, but Moreno is trusted more in pass blocking and Peyton Manning is more valuable than chapstick on Mt. Kilimanjaro. So Moreno it is and his four targets for four receptions are good for his overall value going forward.
And as an aside I am not going to climb something that's named Kilamanjaro. Is there some guy named Jaro that waits at the top to push you off?
Andre Johnson: 10-BYE-10-9-19-15 (63), Owen Daniels: 10-BYE-8-dnp-9-8 (35), Kevin Walter: 6-BYE-3-3-8-6 (26), Garrett Graham: 2-BYE-2-4-9-5 (22), Arian Foster: 5-BYE-1-5-3-5 (19), James Casey: 2-BYE-3-2-3-5 (15), Keshawn Martin: 2-BYE-0-1-1-3 (7), Justin Forsett: 0-BYE-0-0-2-1 (3), Jonathan Grimes: 1-BYE-0-0-0-0 (2), Lestar Jean: 0-BYE-0-0-1-0 (1)
Andre Johnson has been the target king lately, his 34 targets over the last two games is probably close to some kind of record that I’ll never be able to unearth. If I ever get to talk to Yahweh I doubt I’ll ask it about the meaning of life, instead I’ll ask about all the obscure records that I can’t find on Pro Football Reference. Anyway, Johnson is back to studville where he belongs.
Johnson’s been the only reliable non-Arian Foster of late for our Texans’ fantasies, but Owen Daniels continues to be the only other player that periodically brings you some fantasy vittles to gnaw on. Last week he got into the end zone for the sixth time this season, but was coming off a long two-week drought. He’s still as reliable as any tight end you’ll encounter in the wilds of the tight end outback.