Chet Gresham

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Week 1 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe: (6), Jamaal Charles: (6), Dexter McCluster: (5), Anthony Fasano: (5), Donnie Avery: (5), Anthony Sherman: (4), Cyrus Gray: (1), Knile Davis: (1), Junior Hemingway: (1)


While the Jaguars were taking their own sweet time at losing, the Chiefs got up to a quick lead and then pretty much stopped doing anything. Alex Smith threw two short touchdowns and Jamaal Charles ran in a touchdown and did much of the heavy lifting before he left the game after hurting his thigh and not really being needed anymore.


The Chiefs defense keyed in on Maurice Jones-Drew and didn’t have to worry about the passing game as long as they were getting within spitting distance of Gabbert on the rush.


For now Donnie Avery is the #2 receiver with Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster is the slot receiver. But as you can see, Charles had more or the same number of targets as any of them. This offense will go through JC Superstar.



Miami Dolphins

Brian Hartline: (15), Brandon Gibson: (10), Charles Clay: (6), Mike Wallace: (5), Daniel Thomas: (1), Lamar Miller: (1)


The Dolphins hit a roadblock in the running game, but were able to throw their way out of it to victory. With Mike Wallace being Joe Hadened, Ryan Tannehill targeted Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson the most and amazingly they did the best.


Hartline also caught a touchdown pass which is a little akin to Halley’s Comet hitting this laptop I’m writing on. In his last three seasons he has caught one touchdown per season, so unfortunately he is barred from catching another one over the next 15 games.


Charles Clay was the main tight end in this game and should be going forward since he’s probably the best available player for the position. He’s a bit of a hybrid H-back tight end so on some sites he may be a decent bye-week fill for a running back in PPR leagues if he can keep getting targets.


The running back situation didn’t have much light shed on it due to the Browns completely destroying all chances at a running game. Daniel Thomas did get a goal line touchdown, so that’s a positive for him, but we know that Miller is the more dynamic back and hopefully that will manifest itself into some fantasy points destiny.


As far as the snaps go, Miller had 37 to Thomas’ 33. Unfortunately according to Pro Football Focus, Miller had a poor showing in pass protection, which won’t win you playing time.



New England Patriots

Kenbrell Thompkins: (14), Danny Amendola: (14), Shane Vereen: (10), Julian Edelman: (9), Michael Hoomanawanui: (2), Josh Boyce: (2), Zach Sudfeld: (1)


The New England Patriots have been poked and prodded for their fantasy goodness for a long while now and we still don’t really know that much.


Kenbrell Thompkins tied with Danny Amendola for targets, but played an awful game. He caught four of those targets for 42 yards while Julian Edelman and Amendola made much better use out of their targets, catching 17 of 23 for 183 yards and two touchdowns combined. Those two are the only receivers Brady can trust at the moment and it looks like Amendola is out for their next game. Thompkins will get another shot because there’s just nobody else. He better make it count. 


Josh Boyce was the only other receiver to see time and he was on the field for 15 snaps compared to Thompkins whopping 91! If Aaron Dobson is back for the Jets game it will be interesting to see how things shake out, but it’ll be impossible to replace Thompkins at this point.


Shane Vereen led the way in the running game after Stevan Ridley was benched for fumbling, but as we all know, he hurt his wrist and is out until at least Week 11. That leaves Ridley, LeGarrette Blount, and two guys who didn’t even play in Week one, Brandon Bolden and Leon Washington. So it doesn’t take an astrophysicist to tell you that Ridley is the guy.



New York Jets

Stephen Hill: (9), Kellen Winslow Jr: (8), Bilal Powell: (5), Jeremy Kerley: (4), Clyde Gates: (4), Santonio Holmes: (3), Tommy Bohanon: (2), Chris Ivory: (2), Konrad Reuland: (1)


Stephen Hill was on the field the most out of all the non-offensive linemen and quarterback. He finished with 72 snaps compared to Kellen Winslow’s 49, Santonio Holmes’ 45, Jeremy Kerley’s 41 and Clyde Gates’ 30. Holmes was most likely being eased back in so we should see him move up to every snap status at some point, but it’s good to see Hill in there as much as he is and to get nine targets. Of course he caught six of those targets for just 39 yards, but still.


The Soldier Kellen Winslow Jr. was resurrected from the retirees to get the second most targets and lead the team in fantasy points. He just turned 30 and seems to be healthy and Geno Smith probably likes him a whole bunch right now, so you could probably do worse.  


The running back situation could be a bit better. Chris Ivory was supposed to run away with the starting job, but instead he’s run away from the starting job and let Bilal Powell have it, kinda. Powell was in on 49 snaps to Ivory’s 24 and ran 26 receiving routes. Neither did much of anything to distinguish themselves, but Tampa Bay does have a tough run defense. Ivory should be the better pure runner, but I don’t think this is going to be a good situation for fantasy players any time soon.



Oakland Raiders

Rod Streater: (8), Denarius Moore: (7), Darren McFadden: (5), Mychal Rivera: (3), Marcel Reece: (2), Jacoby Ford: (2), Brice Butler: (1), Jeron Mastrud: (1)


The Raiders are 0-1, but they did what almost everybody thought they couldn’t do, made a game of it in Indianapolis. Terrelle Pryor was the main reason they were able to move the ball and will continue to be the catalyst for this team.


It will be difficult to pinpoint an every week fantasy receiver in this bunch, but Rod Streater and Denarius Moore are the only possibilities at this point. Pryor isn’t going to win any accuracy competitions so relying on any Oakland receiver will need to be in the deepest of leagues.


Darren McFadden and Terrelle Pryor were your two main rushing stars in this one. Rashad Jennings saw just seven snaps while Marcel Reece had 24. McFadden should benefit from Pryor’s running ability because it’s what happens with running quarterbacks.  



Pittsburgh Steelers

Emmanuel Sanders: (12), Jerricho Cotchery: (7), Antonio Brown: (7), Isaac Redman: (3), LaRod Stephens-Howling: (3), David Johnson: (1)


The Steelers looked awful. Oh, I have to write more? Well, they lost three players for the rest of the season. Wait, you want some good news? Hmm, let me dig through this pile of stats. Nope, not there. Let’s see. Nah, that won’t work. Ok! Here! Nobody died.


So, enough with the jocularity and what not. The Steelers lack of running game showed its ugly head early and every time they tried to run, so they had to pass it to move the ball. Emmanuel Sanders led the way in targets and receptions, but Antonio Brown was the most efficient receiver, catching five of six targets for 71 yards. Sanders could have some PPR value before Le’Veon Bell returns, but Brown is probably the lone player on the Steelers with any fantasy value at this point.



San Diego Chargers

Eddie Royal: (6), Malcom Floyd: (5), Vincent Brown: (4), Antonio Gates: (4), Danny Woodhead: (3), Ryan Mathews: (2), Ronnie Brown: (2), John Phillips: (1)


This marks the return of Eddie Royal. How long will it last? Not that long, but on Monday night he caught two touchdowns and was the most targeted Chargers player. Of course he only had three receptions for 24 yards, but touchdowns!


Royal was the slot receiver while Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown manned the outside and they didn’t deviate from that too much. The running backs were split up in their time with Ronnie Brown leading all backs with 25 snaps, then Ryan Mathews with 20 and Danny Woodhead with 10 (you might want to drop Danny Woodhead). Mathews touched the ball 15 times to Ronnie Brown’s seven and Woodhead had two. It looks like Brown is the main passing down back at the moment and that Ryan Mathews needs to get better at staying on the field.



Tennessee Titans

Nate Washington: (7), Delanie Walker: (4), Kendall Wright: (4), Damian Williams: (2), Kenny Britt: (2), Craig Stevens: (1)


The Titans offense didn’t have too many bright spots in this one either. Chris Johnson ran the ball 25 times for 70 yards and as usual lost goal line carries to whatever warm body was on the sideline. This time it was Jackie Battle since Shonn Greene hurt his knee in the second quarter. Nate Washington showed that maybe he’s actually the best receiver in this group at the age of 53, I mean 30.  Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright did little to distinguish themselves and neither did Jake Locker. Maybe the Steelers defense is just that good and we’ll see the Titans open things up next week at, oh, they have to go to Houston next.

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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