New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham: 11-6-BYE-3-12 (32) (8), Pierre Thomas: 9-1-BYE-3-10 (23) (5.8), Darren Sproles: 3-12-BYE-4-1 (20) (5), Lance Moore: dnp-dnp-BYE-4-10 (14) (7), Kenny Stills: 2-3-BYE-4-5 (14) (3.5), Marques Colston: 2-3-BYE-6-dnp (11) (3.7), Robert Meachem: 1-1-BYE-3-5 (10) (2.5), Ben Watson: 1-4-BYE-3-1 (9) (2.2), Nick Toon: 1-4-BYE-0-4 (9) (2.2), Jed Collins: 5-1-BYE-1-1 (8) (2), Josh Hill: 0-0-BYE-2-1 (3) (0.8), Mark Ingram: dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-1 (1) (1), Travaris Cadet: 0-1-BYE-dnp-0 (1) (0.3)
The Jimmy Graham show returned on a limited basis last week, but was in full effect this week as he led all the non-QB skill positions with 60 snaps and caught nine of 12 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Those were the only two touchdowns the Saints scored. Ten of Brees’ 21 touchdown passes have gone to Graham. Graham now has four games with two touchdown receptions. He is on pace for 20! It’s really pretty remarkable.
Darren Sproles left the game early with a concussion and Pierre Thomas took on the receiving back role and had 10 targets. He caught seven for 66 yards.
Nick Toon led all wide receivers in snaps with Marques Colston out, but had no receptions on four targets.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Pierre Thomas: 1-3-4-1-2-2-BYE-1-0 (14), Darren Sproles: 2-0-0-3-1-5-BYE-0-0 (11), Jimmy Graham: 2-0-5-0-0-0-BYE-3-1 (11), Jed Collins: 0-0-0-1-2-1-BYE-0-1 (5), Mark Ingram: 2-2-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-1 (5), Marques Colston: 0-1-1-0-0-2-BYE-0-0 (4), Lance Moore: 1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-1-1 (3), Khiry Robinson: 0-0-0-1-0-1-BYE-0-0 (2), Nick Toon: 0-0-0-1-0-1-BYE-0-0 (2), Travaris Cadet: 0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE-0-0 (1), Kenny Stills: 0-0-1-0-0-0-BYE-0-0 (1), Ben Watson: 0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0 (1)
No player had more than one red zone look against the Jets. Graham had gone three games in a row without a red zone look, but has had four over the last two weeks. There is no doubt he is the top offensive player on the team, even with a torn up foot.
New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks: 12-8-10-12-BYE (42) (10.5), Victor Cruz: 12-5-7-10-BYE (34) (8.5), Rueben Randle: 13-5-3-1-BYE (22) (5.5), Brandon Myers: 5-1-3-4-BYE (13) (3.2), Peyton Hillis: dnp-dnp-6-5-BYE (11) (5.5), Jerrel Jernigan: 3-0-0-4-BYE (7) (1.8), John Conner: 0-0-5-1-BYE (6) (1.5), Brandon Jacobs: 3-2-dnp-dnp-BYE (5) (2.5), Bear Pascoe: 0-2-2-0-BYE (4) (1), Michael Cox: 0-0-2-1-BYE (3) (0.8)
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, but he hasn’t thrown an interception 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-BYE (8), Victor Cruz: 2-2-0-0-1-0-2-0-BYE (7), Hakeem Nicks: 2-0-0-0-1-0-2-2-BYE (7), DaRel Scott: 2-2-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE (5), Peyton Hillis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-4-1-BYE (5), David Wilson: 2-2-0-0-1-0-0-0-BYE (5), Brandon Myers: 3-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (5), Rueben Randle: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-1-BYE (3), Jerrel Jernigan: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-BYE (2), Michael Cox: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (1), John Conner: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-BYE (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.
DeSean Jackson: 12-6-8-11-6 (43) (8.6), Jason Avant: 7-6-12-4-1 (30) (6), LeSean McCoy: 8-2-7-5-4 (26) (5.2), Riley Cooper: 1-6-7-5-6 (25) (5), Zach Ertz: 3-6-5-4-6 (24) (4.8), Brent Celek: 3-1-4-3-4 (15) (3), Bryce Brown: 2-2-1-1-1 (7) (1.4), Jeff Maehl: 0-1-4-0-1 (6) (1.2), James Casey: 0-dnp-0-1-1 (2) (0.5), Damaris Johnson: 0-1-0-1-0 (2) (0.4)
Nick Foles threw seven touchdowns on 28 targets. He had fewer incompletions than touchdowns. I could go on with the crazy stats, but suffice it to say, he dominated the Raiders.
Riley Cooper was the biggest benefactor with five receptions on six targets for 139 yards and three touchdowns while DeSean Jackson was a close second with five receptions on six targets for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: LeSean McCoy: 3-1-2-0-5-4-5-1-2 (23), DeSean Jackson: 0-1-1-2-2-2-0-0-1 (9), Jason Avant: 0-1-1-0-3-0-2-1-0 (8), Bryce Brown: 2-2-0-1-1-1-0-0-0 (7), Brent Celek: 0-1-1-2-0-0-1-0-2 (7), Riley Cooper: 1-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-2 (5), Zach Ertz: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-2 (3), Chris Polk: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 (2), Jeff Maehl: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Damaris Johnson: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 (1), James Casey: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)
Brent Celek and Zac Ertz both had two red zone targets in this one and also played a similar number of snaps. Even though both scored touchdowns, Ertz’s first career TD, they unfortunately won’t be a part of too many seven-touchdown games.
San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis: 6-11-8-4-BYE (29) (7.2), Anquan Boldin: 6-8-6-6-BYE (26) (6.5), Bruce Miller: 1-2-1-3-BYE (7) (1.8), Kyle Williams: 0-2-1-3-BYE (6) (1.5), Jon Baldwin: 2-2-0-dnp-BYE (4) (1.3), Frank Gore: 0-0-3-1-BYE (4) (1), Vance McDonald: 0-1-2-0-BYE (3) (0.8), Kendall Hunter: 0-1-0-0-BYE (1) (0.2), Marlon Moore: 0-1-dnp-0-BYE (1) (0.3), Anthony Dixon: 0-1-0-0-BYE (1) (0.2)
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.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Frank Gore: 5-3-0-3-7-8-4-5-BYE (35), Vernon Davis: 2-1-0-1-2-1-1-2-BYE (10), Anthony Dixon: 0-1-0-2-4-0-0-0-BYE (7), Anquan Boldin: 3-0-0-1-1-1-0-1-BYE (7), Bruce Miller: 0-2-0-0-0-2-0-1-BYE (5), Kendall Hunter: 0-0-2-0-0-1-0-1-BYE (4), Kyle Williams: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (1), Jon Baldwin: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE (1), Vance McDonald: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE (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.
Golden Tate: 11-7-7-7-3 (35) (7), Doug Baldwin: 9-4-1-1-10 (25) (5), Marshawn Lynch: 2-5-3-1-5 (16) (3.2), Sidney Rice: 4-4-4-3-dnp (15) (3.8), Zach Miller: dnp-dnp-7-3-5 (15) (5), Jermaine Kearse: 1-3-3-2-2 (11) (2.2), Luke Willson: 4-3-2-0-0 (9) (1.8), Robert Turbin: 0-2-0-1-0 (3) (0.6), Derrick Coleman: 0-1-1-dnp-dnp (2) (0.7), Kellen Davis: 0-1-1-0-0 (2) (0.4), Ricardo Lockette: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1 (1) (1)
The Seahawks got down fast in this one, but they were able to come back because the Buccaneers tried to sit on their lead. Marshawn Lynch did much of the damage in the comeback with 25 touches for 141 yards. Doug Baldwin took the lead in the target department with 10 after having six over his previous three games. He caught six of those 10 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown while the team’s leader in targets, Golden Tate, only had three.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Marshawn Lynch: 1-6-5-1-2-5-3-0-3 (26), Golden Tate: 0-0-0-1-1-0-2-1-0 (5), Sidney Rice: 0-2-1-0-1-0-0-1-0 (5), Zach Miller: 1-1-2-0-0-0-1-0-0 (5), Robert Turbin: 0-2-1-0-0-1-0-0-0 (4), Doug Baldwin: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-3 (4), Spencer Ware: 0-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (3), Jermaine Kearse: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-1 (3), Kellen Davis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 (1)
Lynch once again missed out on a touchdown. It’s been a whole three weeks since his last one, which is a drought for him. Baldwin led the team with three red zone targets, which is actually the high for any Seattle receiver this season.
St. Louis Rams
Chris Givens: 7-4-2-5-8 (26) (5.2), Jared Cook: 3-2-7-6-6 (24) (4.8), Lance Kendricks: 6-2-3-5-4 (20) (4), Austin Pettis: 5-1-4-4-4 (18) (3.6), Zac Stacy: 1-2-4-3-7 (17) (3.4), Tavon Austin: 6-1-5-3-2 (17) (3.4), Brian Quick: 2-2-6-3-2 (15) (3),
Cory Harkey: 2-1-2-1-0 (6) (1.2), Daryl Richardson: 1-1-1-1-dnp (4) (1), Stedman Bailey: 0-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2), Isaiah Pead: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (1) (1)
Zac Stacy who had 34 looks for 178 yards and two touchdowns dominated this game. He led the team in receptions with six for 51 yards on seven targets and almost led the team in receiving yards, but Chris Givens topped him by four whole yards. He also had 81 yards after contact and broke seven tackles.
Kellen Clemens didn’t have a horrible game, but had trouble with deep passes and had a costly fumble. His one touchdown was to Jared Cook who hadn’t crossed the goal line since Week one when he had two touchdowns.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Zac Stacy: 0-0-0-0-2-4-6-3-6 (21), Daryl Richardson: 3-0-0-0-2-1-0-3-0 (9), Jared Cook: 2-1-0-0-0-0-2-2-1 (8), Isaiah Pead: 0-2-4-0-1-0-0-0-0 (7), Austin Pettis: 1-2-1-0-1-0-1-1-0 (7), Brian Quick: 2-0-2-0-0-1-0-2-0 (7), Tavon Austin: 0-5-0-0-2-0-0-0-0 (7), Chris Givens: 1-1-1-1-1-0-0-1-0 (6), Lance Kendricks: 0-0-0-1-2-1-1-0-1 (6), Benny Cunningham: 0-0-0-0-3-0-0-0-1 (4), Stedman Bailey: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (1), Cory Harkey: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 (1)
Zac Stacy dominated the touches, the yards and the touchdowns as well as the red zone looks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson: BYE-14-22-13-4 (53) (13.2), Tim Wright: BYE-9-3-8-4 (24) (6), Brian Leonard: BYE-1-2-7-4 (14) (3.5), Tiquan Underwood: BYE-4-1-4-3 (12) (3), Mike Williams: BYE-dnp-5-6-dnp (11) (5.5), Mike James: BYE-0-3-5-2 (10) (2.5), Doug Martin: BYE-4-3-dnp-dnp (7) (3.5), Chris Owusu: BYE-4-3-dnp-dnp (7) (3.5), Tom Crabtree: BYE-1-2-2-1 (6) (1.5), Erik Lorig: BYE-0-0-1-3 (4) (1), Eric Page: BYE-0-0-3-0 (3) (0.8), Jeff Demps: BYE-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (2), Skye Dawson: BYE-dnp-dnp-1-0 (1) (0.5), Bobby Rainey: BYE-0-dnp-0-0 (1) (0.2)
Much like Zac Stacy, Mike James was the catalyst for his team. James rushed 28 times for 158 yards and added a touchdown pass to Tom Crabtree. Mike Glennon didn’t have a bad game, but they also didn’t ask him to do too much as he completed 17-of-23 passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
After averaging over 16 targets a game with Glennon at quarterback, Vincent Jackson saw a paltry four targets. Tight end Tim Wright also had four, but caught all four of his for 58 yards and a touchdown, while Jackson caught just two for 11 yards.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Vincent Jackson: 0-0-0-0-BYE-2-5-3-0 (10), Doug Martin: 3-0-1-2-BYE-1-2-0-0 (9), Mike James: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-5-0-3 (8), Mike Williams: 1-1-2-1-BYE-0-2-0-0 (7), Tim Wright: 0-0-1-0-BYE-1-0-1-1 (4), Brian Leonard: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-2-0-0 (2), Tiquan Underwood: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-2 (2), Kevin Ogletree: 0-1-1-0-BYE-0-0-0-0 (2), Eric Page: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-2-0 (2), Tom Crabtree: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-1 (1)
Much like the overall targets, Jackson had a precipitous drop in red zone targets as well. It’s of course better to spread the ball around than target one player 23 times, but he still is their best receiver and should see more targets going forward even if they are looking to hide Glennon and become more run oriented.
Pierre Garcon: BYE-15-8-11-11 (45) (11.2), Jordan Reed: BYE-6-9-14-5 (34) (8.5), Leonard Hankerson: BYE-6-5-3-6 (20) (5), Santana Moss: BYE-3-2-5-2 (12) (3), Roy Helu: BYE-6-2-1-1 (10) (2.5), Logan Paulsen: BYE-0-1-1-3 (5) (1.2), Aldrick Robinson: BYE-0-2-2-1 (5) (1.2), Josh Morgan: BYE-1-0-2-1 (4) (1), Niles Paul: BYE-0-0-0-2 (2) (0.5), Alfred Morris: BYE-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)
Pierre Garcon hadn’t topped 73 yards since Week 2, that is until last week when he hit 172 on nine receptions out of 11 targets. He accounted for most of the passing yards while Alfred Morris accounted for most of the rushing yards with his 121 yards on 25 carries.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Alfred Morris: 2-0-0-1-BYE-5-1-3-6 (18), Pierre Garcon: 0-2-3-3-BYE-1-2-1-0 (12), Roy Helu: 0-0-1-2-BYE-0-4-0-0 (7), Leonard Hankerson: 1-1-1-0-BYE-1-0-1-1 (6), Jordan Reed: 0-2-0-0-BYE-0-2-1-0 (5), Darrel Young: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-4 (4), Santana Moss: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-1-1-0 (3), Logan Paulsen: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-1-0-1 (3), Niles Paul: 0-0-1-0-BYE-0-0-0-1 (2), Aldrick Robinson: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0 (1)
Morris was running extremely well all game, but for some reason coach Shanahan brought in Darrel Young for four goal line carries in which he scored three touchdowns. Those four carries are the only touches he’s had inside the red zone all season. At least with Roy Helu it felt like his three touchdowns against the Bears fit into his role as the hurry up back, but there really is no explanation for Young getting this goal line work. It’s something we’ll have to watch out for going forward.
Snap count data comes from our friends at Pro Football Focus.