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Week 9 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Orleans Saints


Jimmy Graham: 16-15-4-11-6-BYE-3 (62) (8.9), Darren Sproles: 8-6-8-3-12-BYE-4 (47) (6.7), Marques Colston: 7-8-8-2-3-BYE-6 (40) (5.7), Pierre Thomas: 5-6-6-9-1-BYE-3 (34) (4.9), Kenny Stills: 1-2-6-2-3-BYE-4 (23) (3.3), Ben Watson: 0-2-2-1-4-BYE-3 (15) (2.1), Lance Moore: 4-3-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-4 (15) (3.8), Jed Collins: 1-1-1-5-1-BYE-1 (10) (1.4), Robert Meachem: 1-2-1-1-1-BYE-3 (9) (1.5), Nick Toon: dnp-dnp-2-1-4-BYE-0 (7) (1.4), Josh Hill: 0-0-0-0-0-BYE-2 (2) (0.3), Mark Ingram: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (1) (0.5), Travaris Cadet: 0-0-0-0-1-BYE-dnp (1) (0.2)


Jimmy Graham was limited to 18 snaps, mostly inside the red zone and of course he catches two touchdowns.  He had a big three targets and Drew Brees completed passes to 10 separate players. How two players caught two touchdowns each is pretty amazing in itself. Kenny Stills had just four targets and had two long touchdowns. That’s seven targets and four touchdowns between Stills and Graham. Efficiency thy name is Drew Brees.


I can’t say that Marques Colston is done, but I can say I don’t want him on my team anymore! It looked like Brees tried to get him a little more involved this week, but it just wasn’t working. If you aren’t scoring touchdowns on Brees’ targets I think he gets mad.


Darren Sproles didn’t have one rush, only saw four targets and his smallest percentage of snaps with 23%.  He’s had a down season for sure, but the Saints are so inconsistent in who they showcase (unless it's Graham) that down games like this don’t keep me from wanting Sproles on my team.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Pierre Thomas: 1-3-4-1-2-2-BYE-1 (14), Darren Sproles: 2-0-0-3-1-5-BYE-0 (11), Jimmy Graham: 2-0-5-0-0-0-BYE-3 (10), Jed Collins: 0-0-0-1-2-1-BYE-0 (4), Mark Ingram: 2-2-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (4), Marques Colston: 0-1-1-0-0-2-BYE-0 (4), Khiry Robinson: 0-0-0-1-0-1-BYE-0 (2), Lance Moore: 1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-1 (2), Nick Toon: 0-0-0-1-0-1-BYE-0 (2), Travaris Cadet: 0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE-0 (1), Kenny Stills: 0-0-1-0-0-0-BYE-0 (1), Ben Watson: 0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0 (1)


There are 12 players on this list. That is too many! Well, for fantasy it is. I find it hard to feel good about any Saints player not named Brees or Graham and now even Graham’s worrisome with his torn up foot.



New York Giants


Victor Cruz: 11-8-16-12-5-7-10 (77) (9.6), Hakeem Nicks: 7-1-9-12-8-10-12 (67) (8.4), Rueben Randle: 9-4-4-13-5-3-1 (45) (5.6), Brandon Myers: 10-6-1-5-1-3-4 (39) (4.9), Da'Rel Scott: 4-3-2-dnp-2-dnp-dnp (19) (3.8), Peyton Hillis: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-6-5 (11) (5.5), Bear Pascoe: 2-2-1-0-2-2-0 (9) (1.1), Jerrel Jernigan: 1-1-0-3-0-0-4 (9) (1.1), Brandon Jacobs: 1-0-1-3-2-dnp-dnp (7) (1.4), John Conner: dnp-dnp-0-0-0-5-1 (6) (1.2), David Wilson: 1-0-3-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (6) (1.2), Michael Cox: dnp-dnp-0-0-0-2-1 (3) (0.5), Henry Hynoski: 0-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (0.7), Louis Murphy: 0-1-0-dnp-dnp-0-0 (1) (0.2)


The Giants offense has hit the skids, but they’ve somehow been able to win their last two while Manning has averaged 223 yards passing and half a touchdown. He hasn’t thrown an interception over these last two games when he had thrown fifteen in the first six games. He has to be gun shy, which is probably hurting his and his receivers’ fantasy numbers.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Brandon Jacobs: 0-3-0-0-2-3-0-0 (8), Victor Cruz: 2-2-0-0-1-0-2-0 (7), Hakeem Nicks: 2-0-0-0-1-0-2-2 (7), Da'Rel Scott: 2-2-0-0-0-1-0-0 (5), Peyton Hillis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-4-1 (5), David Wilson: 2-2-0-0-1-0-0-0 (5), Brandon Myers: 3-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 (5), Rueben Randle: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-1 (3), Jerrel Jernigan: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 (2), Michael Cox: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (1), John Conner: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 (1)


Hakeem Nicks has had four red zone targets over the last two weeks and even though he was having trouble hanging onto the ball he’s had 42 targets over the last four games. He’s still very much part of the game plan.



Philadelphia Eagles


DeSean Jackson: 15-7-6-12-6-8-11 (74) (9.2), Jason Avant: 7-8-4-7-6-12-4 (51) (6.4), Riley Cooper: 3-7-2-1-6-7-5 (37) (4.6), LeSean McCoy: 6-1-3-8-2-7-5 (33) (4.1), Brent Celek: 1-5-6-3-1-4-3 (26) (3.2), Zach Ertz: 2-1-2-3-6-5-4 (26) (3.2), Bryce Brown: 1-0-3-2-2-1-1 (10) (1.2), Jeff Maehl: 0-0-2-0-1-4-0 (7) (0.9), James Casey: 1-0-1-0-dnp-0-1 (3) (0.4), Damaris Johnson: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1 (2) (0.2), Chris Polk: 0-0-2-0-0-dnp-0 (2) (0.3)


Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, Michael Vick, Matt Barkley and Nick Foles is what the quarterback situation will have looked like once Foles comes back this week. There has been no continuity and it’s not good for a team with just one star receiver. Hopefully we’ll see the Nick Foles from Weeks 5 and 6 instead of Week 7 so all these targets start producing more fantasy points.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: LeSean McCoy: 3-1-2-0-5-4-5-1 (21), DeSean Jackson: 0-1-1-2-2-2-0-0 (8), Jason Avant: 0-1-1-0-3-0-2-1 (8), Bryce Brown: 2-2-0-1-1-1-0-0 (7), Brent Celek: 0-1-1-2-0-0-1-0 (5), Riley Cooper: 1-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 (3), Chris Polk: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 (2), Jeff Maehl: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 (1), Damaris Johnson: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 (1), Zach Ertz: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 (1), James Casey: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)


As you can see DeSean Jackson hasn’t had a red zone target over the last two weeks because the team has been playing so poorly.



San Francisco 49ers


Anquan Boldin: 4-8-7-6-8-6-6 (62) (7.8), Vernon Davis: 5-dnp-4-6-11-8-4 (47) (6.7), Kyle Williams: 6-6-1-0-2-1-3 (25) (3.1), Bruce Miller: 5-1-3-1-2-1-3 (18) (2.2), Frank Gore: 3-4-2-0-0-3-1 (15) (1.9), Vance McDonald: 2-3-2-0-1-2-0 (12) (1.5), Jon Baldwin: dnp-dnp-2-2-2-0-dnp (6) (1.5), Marlon Moore: 1-1-dnp-0-1-dnp-0 (4) (0.7), Kendall Hunter: 0-1-1-0-1-0-0 (3) (0.4), Garrett Celek: 0-2-0-0-0-0-0 (2) (0.2), Quinton Patton: 0-1-1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (0.5), Anthony Dixon: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.1)


Colin Kaepernick didn’t need to do much in London to squash the Jaguars, but it was good to see him running well. He only needed to complete 10 passes out of 16 attempts, but he did most of his damage on two touchdown runs.


Until Mario Manningham and/or Michael Crabtree come back, this is the Vernon Davis/Anquan Boldin show in the passing game.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Frank Gore: 5-3-0-3-7-8-4-5 (35), Vernon Davis: 2-1-0-1-2-1-1-2 (10), Anthony Dixon: 0-1-0-2-4-0-0-0 (7), Anquan Boldin: 3-0-0-1-1-1-0-1 (7), Bruce Miller: 0-2-0-0-0-2-0-1 (5), Kendall Hunter: 0-0-2-0-0-1-0-1 (4), Kyle Williams: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (1), Jon Baldwin: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 (1), Vance McDonald: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 (1)


Vernon Davis is the red zone target czar, but Frank Gore is the king of the rushing red zone. He had been losing some goal line work to Anthony Dixon, but that looks like it is officially over with Gore’s three goal line touchdowns over the last two weeks.



Seattle Seahawks


Golden Tate: 2-8-5-11-7-7-7 (54) (6.8), Sidney Rice: 5-7-5-4-4-4-3 (35) (4.4), Doug Baldwin: 1-2-4-9-4-1-1 (30) (3.8), Zach Miller: 4-3-3-dnp-dnp-7-3 (24) (4), Marshawn Lynch: 3-0-3-2-5-3-1 (20) (2.5), Luke Willson: 1-5-0-4-3-2-0 (15) (1.9), Jermaine Kearse: 0-1-1-1-3-3-2 (13) (1.6), Robert Turbin: 1-1-0-0-2-0-1 (7) (0.9), Derrick Coleman: 0-0-1-0-1-1-dnp (6) (0.9), Kellen Davis: 0-2-0-0-1-1-0 (4) (0.6)


Golden Tate had five receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns on Monday night while the rest of the team had five receptions for 42 yards and no touchdowns. Sidney Rice left this game with a torn ACL, but Percy Harvin could be back this week, which would be a huge boon for the wide receiver depleted team.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Marshawn Lynch: 1-6-5-1-2-5-3-0 (23), Golden Tate: 0-0-0-1-1-0-2-1 (5), Sidney Rice: 0-2-1-0-1-0-0-1 (5), Zach Miller: 1-1-2-0-0-0-1-0 (5), Robert Turbin: 0-2-1-0-0-1-0-0 (4), Spencer Ware: 0-3-0-0-0-0-0-0 (3), Jermaine Kearse: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 (2), Doug Baldwin: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 (1), Kellen Davis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1- (1)


Monday night was the first game this season that Marshawn Lynch didn’t see the ball in the red zone. He also only totaled nine touches, by far his lowest number on the season. The Rams defense sacked Russell Wilson seven times and really played out of their minds at home after losing Sam Bradford for the season. We’ll chalk this one up to that.



St. Louis Rams


Jared Cook: 6-7-9-3-2-7-6 (50) (6.2), Tavon Austin: 12-7-8-6-1-5-3 (49) (6.1), Chris Givens: 8-8-8-7-4-2-5 (45) (5.6), Austin Pettis: 11-5-9-5-1-4-4 (45) (5.6), Lance Kendricks: 3-5-1-6-2-3-5 (29) (3.6), Brian Quick: 1-4-3-2-2-6-3 (23) (2.9), Daryl Richardson: 6-dnp-2-1-1-1-1 (18) (2.6), Isaiah Pead: 4-7-dnp-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (12) (4), Zac Stacy: dnp-dnp-0-1-2-4-3 (10) (1.7), Cory Harkey: 1-1-0-2-1-2-1 (8) (1.1), Benny Cunningham: 1-3-1-0-0-dnp-dnp (5) (0.8), Mike McNeill: 1-dnp-dnp-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.2), Stedman Bailey: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.1)


Jared Cook hasn’t topped 45 yards or had a touchdown since his week one-fantasy explosion and he leads the Rams in targets. That shows you where this passing offense was even before Sam Bradford was injured.


As an aside, just to show you how horrible tight ends are this season, Cook has the 12th most tight end fantasy points. Of course over half of them came in Week 1.


The silver lining to all of this is the play of Zac Stacy. He went up against a Seattle team that was giving up 62 yards at 3.2 yards per carry to opposing running backs and rushed 26 times for 134 yards. Seattle knew they didn’t have to worry that much about Kellen Clemens, especially after intercepting him twice, but still here came Stacy.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Zac Stacy: 0-0-0-0-2-4-6-3 (15), Daryl Richardson: 3-0-0-0-2-1-0-3 (9), Isaiah Pead: 0-2-4-0-1-0-0-0 (7), Austin Pettis: 1-2-1-0-1-0-1-1 (7), Tavon Austin: 0-5-0-0-2-0-0-0 (7), Brian Quick: 2-0-2-0-0-1-0-2 (7), Jared Cook: 2-1-0-0-0-0-2-2 (7), Chris Givens: 1-1-1-1-1-0-0-1 (6), Lance Kendricks: 0-0-0-1-2-1-1-0 (5), Benny Cunningham: 0-0-0-0-3-0-0-0 (3), Cory Harkey: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 (1)


Stacy was hurting on the Rams last drive, but came in as something of a decoy on the last play and lined up wide. Hopefully if he had been healthy they would have given him every chance to win that game at the goal line.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 11-6-11-BYE-14-22-13 (90) (12.9), Mike Williams: 6-9-6-BYE-dnp-5-6 (40) (6.7), Tim Wright: 0-2-6-BYE-9-3-8 (28) (4), Doug Martin: 1-6-4-BYE-4-3-dnp (24) (4), Brian Leonard: 0-2-2-BYE-1-2-7 (15) (2.1), Tiquan Underwood: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-4-1-4 (9) (3), Mike James: 0-0-1-BYE-0-3-5 (9) (1.3), Eric Page: 0-5-0-BYE-0-0-3 (8) (1.1), Chris Owusu: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-4-3-dnp (7) (3.5), Tom Crabtree: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1-2-2 (5) (1.7), Bobby Rainey: 0-1-2-BYE-0-dnp-0 (4) (0.6), Erik Lorig: 0-1-2-BYE-0-0-1 (4) (0.7), Nate Byham: 1-1-0-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (3) (0.8), Jeff Demps: dnp-dnp-1-BYE-2-dnp-dnp (3) (1.5), Skye Dawson: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-1 (1) (1)


With Mike Williams done for the season and Doug Martin still out, it very much looks like it will be the Vincent Jackson and Tim Wright show. Mike Glennon is going to continue targeting both of them, probably too much, but that’s good for fantasy because we know they are going to get their chances.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Vincent Jackson: 0-0-0-0-BYE-2-5-3 (10), Doug Martin: 3-0-1-2-BYE-1-2-0 (9), Mike Williams: 1-1-2-1-BYE-0-2-0 (7), Mike James: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-5-0 (5), Tim Wright: 0-0-1-0-BYE-1-0-1 (3), Brian Leonard: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-2-0 (2), Kevin Ogletree: 0-1-1-0-BYE-0-0-0 (2), Eric Page: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-2 (2)


With Josh Freeman at the helm Vincent Jackson had no red zone targets. In three games with Glennon, Jackson has 10 red zone targets. Jackson owners, please send Glennon a basket of muffins.



Washington Redskins


Pierre Garcon: 13-13-7-BYE-15-8-11 (78) (11.1), Jordan Reed: 3-6-dnp-BYE-6-9-14 (44) (7.3), Leonard Hankerson: 3-7-7-BYE-6-5-3 (38) (5.4), Santana Moss: 5-9-3-BYE-3-2-5 (36) (5.1), Roy Helu: 1-3-3-BYE-6-2-1 (18) (2.6), Josh Morgan: 6-2-1-BYE-1-0-2 (17) (2.4), Logan Paulsen: 3-6-2-BYE-0-1-1 (13) (1.9), Aldrick Robinson: 2-2-0-BYE-0-2-2 (10) (1.4), Fred Davis: 2-dnp-1-BYE-0-dnp-dnp (7) (1.8), Alfred Morris: 2-1-0-BYE-1-0-0 (5) (0.7), Niles Paul: 0-1-3-BYE-0-0-0 (4) (0.6), Darrel Young: 0-0-2-BYE-0-0-0 (3) (0.4)


Last week wasn’t the best game for Robert Griffin and company, but there is no doubt who the main targets are, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed. I really like it when teams make it easy (I’m glaring at you New Orleans). After those two guys you can just move on to your next assignment.


Roy Helu once again saw more snaps than Alfred Morris, but didn’t get any red zone work while Morris did and scored a touchdown. Of course they abandoned the run for some reason, but I’m sure they had a really good reason for doing so.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Alfred Morris: 2-0-0-1-BYE-5-1-3 (12), Pierre Garcon: 0-2-3-3-BYE-1-2-1 (12), Roy Helu: 0-0-1-2-BYE-0-4-0 (7), Leonard Hankerson: 1-1-1-0-BYE-1-0-1 (5), Jordan Reed: 0-2-0-0-BYE-0-2-1 (5), Santana Moss: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-1-1 (3), Logan Paulsen: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-1-0 (2), Aldrick Robinson: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0-0 (1), Fred Davis: 1-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0 (1), Niles Paul: 0-0-1-0-BYE-0-0-0 (1)


Last year through seven games Morris had 22 red zone looks compared to his 12 this season. That says a lot about where this offense has been this year.



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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