Chet Gresham

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Week 3 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Orleans Saints


Jimmy Graham: 7-16- (23), Darren Sproles: 6-8- (14), Marques Colston: 6-7- (13), Pierre Thomas: 4-5- (9), Lance Moore: 4-4- (8), Kenny Stills: 5-1- (6), Ben Watson: 3-0- (3), Jed Collins: 0-1- (1), Robert Meachem: dnp-1- (1), Mark Ingram: 0-1- (1)


The Tampa Bay defense has some trouble covering tight ends (see Kellen Winslow last week) so Jimmy Graham’s big game and target numbers make sense. But after him the passing game was shut down. Excluding Graham’s numbers Brees passed 30 times, completing 16 (53%) for 143 yards and no touchdowns.


The Saints are still trying to use Ingram in short yardage, but he is losing snaps to Pierre Thomas now.  This week Ingram saw 14 snaps and ran the ball 8 times while Thomas had 28 snaps, ran the ball 5 times, had 5 targets and finished with 48 total yards to Ingram’s 20.


Last season Darren Sproles averaged 3.7 carries per game and so far this year he’s averaging 7.5. He may need to be more productive with those carries to keep getting them, but at least it’s a good sign for his production. And you know how he does in the target department store (he has store credit).



New York Giants


Brandon Myers: 9-10- (19), Victor Cruz: 8-11- (19), Hakeem Nicks: 8-7- (15), Rueben Randle: 6-9- (15), Da'Rel Scott: 8-4- (12), Larry Donnell 0-3- (3), Bear Pascoe: 0-2- (2), David Wilson: 1-1- (2), Henry Hynoski: 1-0- (1), Brandon Jacobs: dnp-1- (1), Jerrel Jernigan: 0-1- (1)


Eli Manning is averaging over 45 attempts a game so there have been plenty of targets to go around, but for some reason the bulk have gone to the slow footed Brandon Myers and 5 more targets to tight ends Bear Pascoe and Larry Donnell.  Just my two cents, but playmakers they are not.


The running back situation is a mess beyond definition, but Da'Rel Scott had 39 snaps, David Wilson 24 and Brandon Jacobs 14. They split carries fairly evenly and had a pitiful 19 carries for 23 yards with Wilson the only player with over a yard per carry.  That’s not saying much, but it’s obvious they are just going to have to let Wilson do his thing or continue to forfeit the run game.



Philadelphia Eagles


DeSean Jackson: 9-15- (24), Jason Avant: 3-7- (10), Riley Cooper: 6-3- (9), LeSean McCoy: 1-6- (7), Zach Ertz: 3-2- (5), Brent Celek: 3-1- (4), James Casey: 0-1- (1), Bryce Brown: 0-1- (1)


It was good to LeSean McCoy get into the passing game more this week with six targets. That was mainly due to a much closer game than in Washington Week 1. Against Washington Vick attempted 25 passes and against the Chargers he attempted 36. Of course McCoy took those 6 targets and caught 5 of them for 114 yards because he's crazy good. The fact that the Eagles have little to no defense right now means Philadelphia will continue putting the hammer down on offense.


This game solidified the notion that LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson are the only Eagles sans Vick who are fantasy players and by fantasy players I mean elite fantasy players. DeSean Jackson has 24 targets in 2 games. Vick has 61 pass attempts and almost 40% have gone to Jackson.



San Francisco 49ers


Anquan Boldin: 17-4- (21), Vernon Davis: 9-5- (14), Kyle Williams: 6-6- (12), Bruce Miller: 2-5- (7), Frank Gore: 2-3- (5), Vance McDonald: 2-2- (4), Marlon Moore: 1-1- (2)


The 49ers hit a brick wall in Seattle and that’s about all there is to it. They held Colin Kaepernick to a 46% completion rate, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Not one running back, wide receiver or tight end topped 39 yards.  I’d most likely give a mulligan to these target numbers.



Seattle Seahawks


Doug Baldwin: 8-1- (9), Golden Tate: 7-2- (9), Sidney Rice: 3-5- (8), Zach Miller: 4-4- (8), Marshawn Lynch: 3-3- (6), Derrick Coleman: 3-0- (3), Robert Turbin: 2-1- (3), Jermaine Kearse: 2-0- (2), Stephen Williams: 1-0- (1), Luke Willson: 0-1- (1)


It really wasn’t much more enlightening on the other side of the 49ers/Seahawks game. Russell Wilson only threw the ball 19 times and completed 8 of those for an even worse than Kaepernick completion rate of 42%. But he did manage a touchdown pass to Marshawn Lynch who was the only offense they could muster with 2 rushing and that 1 receiving touchdown. I think what we learned here is that Marshawn Lynch is pretty good.



St. Louis Rams


Tavon Austin: 7-12- (19), Austin Pettis: 6-11- (17), Jared Cook: 10-6- (16), Daryl Richardson: 6-6- (12), Chris Givens: 3-8- (11), Lance Kendricks: 4-3- (7), Isaiah Pead: dnp-4- (4), Brian Quick: 2-1- (3), Benny Cunningham: 0-1- (1), Mike McNeill: 0-1- (1), Cory Harkey: dnp-1- (1)


Tavon Austin was the target winner in this one with 12 that led to 2 touchdowns. His yards per reception is very Danny Amendolaesque, but Bradford seems to trust him and in PPR leagues that’s going to mean steady points.


The Rams were in comeback mode after halftime so they may have had more passes than normal, but the inefficiency of the run game is making them even more pass first than we first thought.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 13-11- (24), Mike Williams: 8-6- (14), Doug Martin: 6-1- (7), Kevin Ogletree: 2-3- (5), Nate Byham: 1-1- (2), Brian Leonard: 1-0- (1)


Josh Freeman’s inefficiency is, well, inefficient. He has completed 24 of 53 passes for an anemic 45.3% completion rate.  He’s never been super-efficient, but so far he’s just been impossibly bad. The sheer number of targets to Vincent Jackson should keep him relevant, but Freeman will need to step his game up sooner than later to help our friend Mike Williams out.


Doug Martin thankfully was able to overcome Freeman’s shortcomings to rush for 144 yards, but he was only targeted once with no receptions. It would behoove them to throw the ball to Muscle Hamster.



Washington Redskins


Pierre Garcon: 11-13- (24), Santana Moss: 9-5- (14), Josh Morgan: 5-6- (11), Leonard Hankerson: 7-3- (10), Jordan Reed: 6-3- (9), Fred Davis: 4-2- (6), Aldrick Robinson: 2-2- (4), Roy Helu: 2-1- (3), Logan Paulsen: 0-3- (3), Alfred Morris: 1-2- (3), Darrel Young: 1-0- (1)


Washington has been so bad in the first half that the second half has been a garbage time bonanza, which, as long as Washington can’t stop anyone from scoring could continue. That might not be the best news for Alfred Morris, but not too bad for Pierre Garcon and even Robert Griffin III who has been playing poorly, but is still tied for 7th in quarterback fantasy points.



Snap count data comes from our friends at Pro Football Focus.

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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