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Week 4 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles: 6-10-8 (24), Dwayne Bowe: 6-8-3 (17), Donnie Avery: 5-4-7 (16), Dexter McCluster: 5-4-4 (13), Sean McGrath: 0-4-4 (8), Anthony Fasano: 5-2-dnp (7), Anthony Sherman: 4-0-2 (6), Junior Hemingway: 1-1-1 (3), Cyrus Gray: 1-1-0 (2), A.J. Jenkins: 0-0-2 (2), Knile Davis: 1-0-0 (1), Chad Hall: dnp-dnp-1 (1), Kevin Brock: dnp-dnp-1 (1)


Wow, Alex Smith has noodle armed footballs to a lot of players this year. Thankfully for the Chiefs it’s working just fine. They’re defense, Smith’s zero turnovers and Jamaal Charles are all they’ve needed so far.


Charles is living up to the billing as a top receiving running back under Andy Reid (that can’t be comfortable). He has 18 receptions through three games. That’s a nice six receptions per game. For his career, before this season, he had 2.3 receptions per game. His ability needed this dynamic added.


Dwayne Bowe is having trouble getting targets down the field. Alex Smith has only thrown four passes over 20 yards, the worst in the league. They’ll need to start working harder at getting Bowe the ball for him to get out of his Alex Smith induced coma.



Miami Dolphins

Brian Hartline: 15-8-6 (29), Mike Wallace: 5-11-5 (21), Brandon Gibson: 10-2-8 (20), Charles Clay: 6-7-6 (19), Lamar Miller: 1-2-3 (6), Rishard Matthews: 0-0-4 (4), Daniel Thomas: 1-1-1 (3), Michael Egnew: 0-0-1 (1), Tyler Clutts: 0-1-0 (1), Dion Sims: 0-0-1 (1)


Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas continue to split snaps pretty evenly, but Thomas has 21 carries for 65 yards at 3.1 yards per carry and Miller has 32 carries for 134 yards for a 4.2 yard per carry pace. Miller looks like the better player, but he’s not doing enough to separate himself. His 49-yard run last week showed his burst, but he’s just not given enough looks to get into a rhythm.


The targets were spread out pretty evenly with Brandon Gibson getting eight, which seems a little high based on his ability. Tannehill is playing well and taking what is given to him, but at some point he’s going to have to let his playmakers make plays.



New England Patriots


Julian Edelman: 9-18-7 (34), Kenbrell Thompkins: 14-7-7 (28), Aaron Dobson: dnp-10-10 (20), Danny Amendola: 14-dnp-dnp (14), Shane Vereen: 10-dnp-dnp (10), Brandon Bolden: dnp-dnp-6 (6), Michael Hoomanawanui: 2-1-2 (5), Zach Sudfeld: 1-dnp-2 (3), Josh Boyce: 2-dnp-1 (3), James Develin: 0-1-0 (1), LeGarrette Blount: 0-1-0 (1), Leon Washington: dnp-1-dnp (1), Stevan Ridley: 0-0-1 (1)


The Patriots offense still isn’t running smoothly, but there are signs that some of the young guys are catching on. Aaron Dobson looked horrid against the Jets two weeks ago, but turned things around and caught seven of ten targets for 52 yards in this one.


Brandon Bolden is healthy again and played well in the Shane Vereen role, catching five of his six targets for 49 yards. Stevan Ridley’s usage was the most disappointing to fantasy players. He was out touched by LeGarrette Blount who took on the clock-killing role and carried the ball 14 times for 65 yards.


Kenbrell Thompkins was the “#1” receiver as far as snaps go, but was outplayed by Julian Edelman and Dobson on the whole, but got all the fantasy points with two short touchdowns. It will be interesting to see if the touchdowns saved him from losing snaps.



New York Jets

Stephen Hill: 9-8-6 (23), Santonio Holmes: 3-6-10 (19), Kellen Winslow Jr: 8-6-0 (14), Clyde Gates: 4-8-1 (13), Bilal Powell: 5-5-3 (13), Jeremy Kerley: 4-dnp-5 (9), Tommy Bohanon: 2-1-1 (4), Jeff Cumberland: 0-0-3 (3), Chris Ivory: 2-0-0 (2), Konrad Reuland: 1-0-0 (1)


Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes both topped 100 yards, which is a pretty amazing feat, especially with a rookie quarterback throwing it their way.  Unlike Alex Smith, Geno Smith likes throwing the ball a long way down the field, which is Hill’s bread and butter right now.


The Jets are still a run first team with Bilal Powell taking over completely with Chris Ivory out with a hamstring injury and having a big game while doing so.  So far this season they are just one of five teams to run the ball more than throw it.


Oakland Raiders

Denarius Moore: 7-2-11 (20), Rod Streater: 8-4-4 (16), Darren McFadden: 5-4-1 (10), Mychal Rivera: 3-3-3 (9), Brice Butler: 1-3-4 (8), Marcel Reece: 2-1-5 (8), Jacoby Ford: 2-2-1 (5), Rashad Jennings: 0-1-2 (3), Jeron Mastrud: 1-1-0 (2)


Terrelle Pryor put together a nice passing game on Monday night. People expected him to run the ball, but he only ran four times and passed it for 281 yards and one touchdown. Many of those yards went to Denarius Moore who continues to madden fantasy owners by putting up big numbers every once in a while. Pryor is improving as a passer, but it will continue to be tough predicting good receiving games from any one of the Raiders’ receivers.


Darren McFadden was the only running back to see a carry, but he was shut down for most of the night gaining just nine yards on 12 rushing attempts, but he ended up passing for a touchdown to Marcel Reece and getting in on a one-yard goal line run. McFadden owners should count their blessings.



Pittsburgh Steelers

Emmanuel Sanders: 12-10-8 (30), Antonio Brown: 7-9-13 (29), Jerricho Cotchery: 7-9-4 (20), David Paulson: 0-4-2 (6), Isaac Redman: 3-2-0 (5), David Johnson: 1-1-3 (5), Heath Miller: dnp-dnp-4 (4), Jonathan Dwyer: dnp-0-3 (3), Felix Jones: 0-0-2 (2), Will Johnson: 0-0-1 (1), Markus Wheaton: 0-0-1 (1)


Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 400 yards in the loss to Chicago. 196 of those yards went to squeaky wheel Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger targeted him deep in the middle of the field often. For the season Roethlisberger leads the league in passes over 20 yards with 24. Compare that to Matt Ryan’s five and Alex Smith’s four and you’ll see that it’s a higher number.


There was a little life in the running game at least compared to the first couple weeks, but it was still uneventful. Felix Jones started off okay, but fumbled and Jonathan Dwyer took over. They are hoping that Le’Veon Bell will be able to play this week and make all those backs expendable.


Heath Miller returned and played in a little over half of the snaps. That number will definitely rise next week. He had four targets and caught three of them. If he plays a full complement of snaps his target numbers should rise a bit as well.


San Diego Chargers

Antonio Gates: 4-10-7 (21), Danny Woodhead: 3-9-8 (20), Eddie Royal: 6-8-2 (16), Vincent Brown: 4-7-3 (14), Malcom Floyd: 5-6-dnp (11), Keenan Allen: dnp-3-1 (4), Ronnie Brown: 2-1-0 (3), Ryan Mathews: 2-1-0 (3), Ladarius Green: 0-0-2 (2), Le'Ron McClain: 0-0-1 (1), John Phillips: 1-0-0 (1)


Danny Woodhead is sitting on 20 targets, which he has caught 17 of. And this is after a game one where he barely played. So in the last two weeks he’s had 15 receptions. Touchdowns and yardage are going to be hard to come by, but he’s seeing the majority of the snaps with the Chargers defense always keeping the opponent scoring and the Chargers playing from behind.


Eddie Royal crashed back down with just two targets. He did have a touchdown called back, so he’s still getting end zone targets, but he’ll be inconsistent. Philip Rivers is making most of his connections on shorter routes to Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead. They’ll need to spread the defense out at some point to keep from getting bogged down and blown out.



Tennessee Titans

Nate Washington: 7-5-10 (22), Kendall Wright: 4-11-6 (21), Kenny Britt: 2-9-5 (16), Delanie Walker: 4-2-8 (14), Damian Williams: 2-dnp-2 (4), Chris Johnson: 0-1-2 (3), Justin Hunter: dnp-0-2 (2), Craig Stevens: 1-1-0 (2), Collin Mooney: 0-1-0 (1), Michael Preston: dnp-0-1 (1)


Nate Washington has never been a fantasy player, but he will put up a big game now and then. With Kenny Britt seeing 39 snaps compared to 46 for Kendall Wright and 60 for Washington, it looks like Washington is the true #1 receiver at the moment.


Chris Johnson once again saw very few targets. He’s getting plenty of attempts and making decent yardage, but no receptions or touchdowns is killing his fantasy owners right now.


Because Britt is struggling, Delanie Walker saw an uptick in targets. Eight is a good number if it can become consistent, but we’ll have to take a wait and see approach from a team that runs more than passes.

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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