Chet Gresham

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Week 5 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


New Orleans Saints


Jimmy Graham: 7-16-15-4 (42), Marques Colston: 6-7-8-8 (29), Darren Sproles: 6-8-6-8 (28), Pierre Thomas: 4-5-6-6 (21), Kenny Stills: 5-1-2-6 (14), Lance Moore: 4-4-3-dnp (11), Ben Watson: 3-0-2-2 (7), Robert Meachem: dnp-1-2-1 (4), Jed Collins: 0-1-1-1 (3), Nick Toon: 0-dnp-dnp-2 (2), Mark Ingram: 0-1-dnp-dnp (1)


Drew Brees was on point in this game completing 30 of 39 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns and almost getting three players over 100 yards receiving with Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham topping the number and Marques Colston coming four yards short. And according to PFF of those nine incompletions, two were dropped, two were throwaways and one was batted down. That’s some crazy accuracy.


Darren Sproles broke out in this one with 13 touches for 142 yards and two touchdowns. He had been relatively quiet this season, but the usage was there and in that offense you knew a game like this was on its way.


Kenny Stills and Nick Toon split snaps pretty evenly with Lance Moore out, but Stills had six targets while Toon had two. It’s been pretty apparent that Brees prefers Stills so far this season.


Up 35-10 in the fourth quarter Khiry Robinson saw a bunch of work, but only accumulated 37 yards on 12 attempts.



New York Giants


Victor Cruz: 8-11-8-16 (43), Brandon Myers: 9-10-6-1 (26), Hakeem Nicks: 8-7-1-9 (25), Rueben Randle: 6-9-4-4 (23), DaRel Scott: 8-4-3-2 (17), Bear Pascoe: 0-2-2-1 (5), David Wilson: 1-1-0-3 (5), Henry Hynoski: 1-0-1-dnp (2), Brandon Jacobs: dnp-1-0-1 (2), Jerrel Jernigan: 0-1-1-0 (2), Louis Murphy: 0-0-1-0 (1)


This was yet another game of mistakes by the Giants with drops and missed connections. The good news this week compared to last was at least Victor Cruz was able to put together a big game on a healthy 16 targets. He’s now averaging over 100 yards a game with a touchdown a game and leads all wide receivers in fantasy points. That’s not too bad considering last week’s game against the Panthers when he had three receptions for 25 yards.


Hakeem Nicks could have been in for a big game, but couldn’t hold onto three passes. His inconsistency will keep Cruz flush with targets.


David Wilson had 29 snaps compared to Da’Rel Scott’s 28 and had 15 touches to Scott’s 6 while Brandon Jacobs saw just five snaps and two touches. The good news for Wilson owners is that he played well averaging over four yards a carry and not fumbling while Scott was just released by the team. Brandon Jacobs has only had short yardage touches and that should remain the same while Wilson starts to get more passing down work and many, if not all, of Scott’s snaps.  With a good matchup with Philadelphia next week, Wilson should get the chance to be the man again. Let’s hope he runs with it.



Philadelphia Eagles


DeSean Jackson: 9-15-7-6 (37), Jason Avant: 3-7-8-4 (22), Riley Cooper: 6-3-7-2 (18), Brent Celek: 3-1-5-6 (15), LeSean McCoy: 1-6-1-3 (11), Zach Ertz: 3-2-1-2 (8), Bryce Brown: 0-1-0-3 (4), James Casey: 0-1-0-1 (2), Jeff Maehl: 0-0-0-2 (2), Chris Polk: 0-0-0-2 (2)


The Broncos slowed the Eagles defense down at altitude this week with LeSean McCoy losing some time by having the wind knocked out of him and the offense unable to keep up with the Broncos unstoppable force of an offense.


McCoy did have 73 yards rushing on 16 carries plus one reception for 21 yards, but this was easily his worst fantasy game of the year. Thankfully they face the Giants in Week 5.


Zach Ertz did have his most snaps of the season and cut a little into Brent Celek’s work, but still only saw two targets. It seems like as the season goes on he will start to see more work since the Eagles need someone besides DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy to make big plays in the receiving game.



San Francisco 49ers


Anquan Boldin: 17-4-8-7 (36), Kyle Williams: 6-6-6-1 (19), Vernon Davis: 9-5-dnp-4 (18), Bruce Miller: 2-5-1-3 (11), Frank Gore: 2-3-4-2 (11), Vance McDonald: 2-2-3-2 (9), Marlon Moore: 1-1-1-dnp (3), Kendall Hunter: 0-0-1-1 (2), Garrett Celek: 0-0-2-0 (2), Jon Baldwin: dnp-dnp-dnp-2 (2), Quinton Patton: 0-0-1-1 (2)


The 49ers turned their fortunes around against the unfortunate St. Louis Rams on Thursday night by running Frank Gore and targeting Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.


Last week Frank Gore ran it just 11 times, but for 88 yards. This week they weren’t going to make that mistake again as he ran 20 times for 153 yards and a touchdown. This set up seven targets for five receptions and a touchdown to Boldin, who needs the running game to be working to get open.


With Quinton Patton getting injured after just seven snaps, Kyle Williams, Jonathan Baldwin and Kassim Osgood all split snaps and performed about as well as you would expect.  Baldwin was the most productive by catching his two targets for 19 yards.



Seattle Seahawks


Golden Tate: 7-2-8-5 (22), Sidney Rice: 3-5-7-5 (20), Doug Baldwin: 8-1-2-4 (15), Zach Miller: 4-4-3-3 (14), Marshawn Lynch: 3-3-0-3 (9), Luke Willson: 0-1-5-0 (6), Robert Turbin: 2-1-1-0 (4), Derrick Coleman: 3-0-0-1 (4), Jermaine Kearse: 2-0-1-1 (4), Kellen Davis: dnp-0-2-0 (2), Stephen Williams: 1-0-0-1 (2)


The Seahawks once again had to lean on the defense and Marshawn Lynch to pull this win out. Russell Wilson helped a bit with 10 rushes for 70 yards, but did very little in the passing game completing just 12 of 23 passes for 123 yards and an interception. Wilson and his receivers will have to turn it on at some point to become Super Bowl contenders.


Marshawn Lynch led all receivers with 45 yards, so that tells you all you need to know about how the receivers fared. Lynch was once again able to put up good numbers against a tough defense. This week he accumulated 145 yards and a touchdown on 20 touches. He’s not blowing the doors off the competition in the receiving game, but he is adding to his numbers each week having caught eight of nine targets for 91 yards and a touchdown.



St. Louis Rams


Tavon Austin: 7-12-7-8 (34), Jared Cook: 10-6-7-9 (32), Austin Pettis: 6-11-5-9 (31), Chris Givens: 3-8-8-8 (27), Daryl Richardson: 6-6-dnp-2 (14), Lance Kendricks: 4-3-5-1 (13), Isaiah Pead: dnp-4-7-dnp (11), Brian Quick: 2-1-4-3 (10), Benny Cunningham: 0-1-3-1 (5), Cory Harkey: dnp-1-1-0 (2), Mike McNeill: 0-1-dnp-dnp (1), Stedman Bailey: 0-0-1-0 (1)


The Rams offense is running in place at best right now. Sam Bradford completed less than 50% of his passes going 19 for 41 for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception while not one receiver topped 59 yards. The starters remain the same with Austin Pettis, Chris Givens and Jared Cook getting the bulk of the snaps while Tavon Austin is the slot receiver and has less snaps than those three but more targets.


The running game is in shambles with little to no playmakers on the team. Isaiah Pead was a healthy scratch last week and could end up being the starter this week. It’s of course a situation to avoid if possible. Rams running backs rushed 16 times for 24 yards in this one.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 13-11-6-11 (41), Mike Williams: 8-6-9-6 (29), Kevin Ogletree: 2-3-6-9 (20), Doug Martin: 6-1-6-4 (17), Tim Wright: 0-0-2-6 (8), Eric Page: 0-0-5-0 (5), Brian Leonard: 1-0-2-2 (5), Nate Byham: 1-1-1-0 (3), Erik Lorig: dnp-0-1-2 (3), Jeff Demps: dnp-dnp-dnp-1 (1), Mike James: 0-0-0-1 (1)


This was a nightmare game to watch with Mike Glennon unable to move the team through the air giving the Cardinals every opportunity to stack the box and stop Doug Martin who ran an unbelievable 27 times for just 45 yards.


Tight end Timothy Wright led the team in receptions and yards, so you know the game was not going as planned.



Washington Redskins


Pierre Garcon: 11-13-13-7 (44), Santana Moss: 9-5-9-3 (26), Leonard Hankerson: 7-3-7-7 (24), Jordan Reed: 6-3-6-dnp (15), Josh Morgan: 5-6-2-1 (14), Logan Paulsen: 0-3-6-2 (11), Roy Helu: 2-1-3-3 (9), Fred Davis: 4-2-dnp-1 (7), Aldrick Robinson: 2-2-2-0 (6), Alfred Morris: 1-2-1-0 (4), Niles Paul: 0-0-1-3 (4), Darrel Young: 1-0-0-2 (3)


Alfred Morris and Roy Helu combined on 29 rushing attempts for 112 yards and a touchdown. That’s not a huge number, but it is by far the most rushing attempts on the season for Washington, which is their bread and butter and allows Robert Griffin III to set up the intermediate pass for easier completions.


Pierre Garcon led the way again in targets and receptions, but it was his least number of yards and receptions on the year. Thankfully for his fantasy owners he got into the end zone for the second time this season.


This is the formula for them to win, and get Alfred Morris fantasy points, but the garbage time stats for RGIII were nice to have over the last three weeks.



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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