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Week 10 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Welcome to the AFC targets and touches for Week 10 of the NFL season. The NFC portion is behind these words right here.


I have all the targets for each player since Week 5, and then in parentheses I have the average targets per game played for that player. Then below that I have the Red Zone targets and touches for each player. It’s as easy as following me on Twitter.



Baltimore Ravens


Torrey Smith: 9-4-6-BYE-8 (27) (6.8), Ray Rice: 7-4-5-BYE-4 (20) (5), Marlon Brown: dnp-7-4-BYE-9 (20) (6.7), Jacoby Jones: dnp-2-8-BYE-8 (18) (6), Tandon Doss: 5-6-3-BYE-4 (18) (4.5), Deonte Thompson: 7-0-0-BYE-4 (11) (2.8), Dallas Clark: 0-6-4-BYE-1 (11) (2.8), Ed Dickson: 2-0-2-BYE-3 (7) (1.8), Vonta Leach: 1-2-1-BYE-0 (4) (1), Bernard Pierce: 0-2-1-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Kyle Juszczyk: 1-0-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2), Billy Bajema: 0-1-dnp-BYE-dnp (1) (0.5)


The pure volume of passes from Joe Flacco allowed some fantasy points, but for the most part Flacco was off target in this one, which hurt the team and the fantasy players. Marlon Brown was easily the star fantasy player with five receptions on nine targets for 54 yards and two touchdowns.


Ray Rice continues to have trouble making plays. In the past he was able to create on his own, no matter the offensive line woes, but he hasn’t been able to do that this season and is officially a fantasy football bust unless you traded for him before Week 5 and then traded him away afterward.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Ray Rice: 6-0-0-2-5-4-4-BYE-0 (21), Bernard Pierce: 1-3-4-1-0-1-0-BYE-0 (10), Torrey Smith: 1-0-1-2-1-0-0-BYE-2 (7), Marlon Brown: 1-1-0-1-0-2-0-BYE-2 (7), Dallas Clark: 2-0-1-1-0-1-2-BYE-0 (7), Vonta Leach: 2-0-0-1-0-0-2-BYE-1 (6), Tandon Doss: 0-0-0-0-1-1-1-BYE-0 (3), Jacoby Jones: 0-0-0-0-0-1-2-BYE-0 (3), Deonte Thompson: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-1 (2), Brandon Stokley: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (1)


Joe Flacco did his damage on short passes against the Browns and Marlon Brown’s two red zone targets were both caught for touchdowns.



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Buffalo Bills


Robert Woods: 13-6-4-3-8 (34) (6.8), Steve Johnson: 3-dnp-13-11-7 (34) (8.5), Scott Chandler: 6-4-3-11-9 (33) (6.6), Fred Jackson: 6-5-5-4-2 (22) (4.4), T.J. Graham: 5-6-2-4-4 (21) (4.2), Marquise Goodwin: dnp-3-0-5-4 (12) (3), C.J. Spiller: 0-2-3-dnp-3 (8) (2), Chris Hogan: 5-3-0-0-0 (8) (1.6), Tashard Choice: 0-3-1-0-1 (5) (1), Lee Smith: 1-0-1-0-0 (2) (0.4), Marcus Easley: 1-0-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Frank Summers: 0-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)


With Jeff Tuel under center the Bills turned to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller for offense and they showed up. Spiller totaled 155 yards on 14 touches and Jackson had 99 yards on 17. They couldn’t overcome Tuel’s mistakes, but they should get E.J. Manuel back soon and both running backs look healthy enough for a good stretch run against an easy schedule.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Fred Jackson: 0-2-4-3-2-3-4-5-5 (28), Tashard Choice: 0-0-0-0-2-3-6-0-1 (12), Steve Johnson: 1-3-1-0-0-0-2-1-2 (10), C.J. Spiller: 0-2-2-4-0-0-0-0-1 (9), Robert Woods: 1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-2 (6), Scott Chandler: 0-2-0-0-0-0-1-1-1 (5), T.J. Graham: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (2), Lee Smith: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 (1)


Jackson remains the back for picking up tough yards and Spiller the big play back in space. That usually lends itself to Jackson getting more looks the closer they get to the end zone.



Cincinnati Bengals


A.J. Green: 8-11-8-7-19 (53) (10.6), Marvin Jones: 2-5-6-8-7 (28) (5.6), Jermaine Gresham: 4-4-5-3-7 (23) (4.6), Tyler Eifert: 7-3-4-4-4 (22) (4.4), Giovani Bernard: 3-7-6-2-4 (22) (4.4), Mohamed Sanu: 2-6-2-3-9 (22) (4.4), Dane Sanzenbacher: 0-1-1-2-1 (5) (1), Andrew Hawkins: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-2 (2) (2), Brandon Tate: 0-1-0-1-0 (2) (0.4), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) (0.4)


Bad Andy Dalton showed up for this one while Giovani Bernard flashed greatness before leaving with a rib injury and Geno Atkins went down with a torn ACL.


A.J. Green led the NFL in Week 9 with 19 targets. Andre Johnson and Brandon Marshall were a distant second with 13. Five Bengals’ wide receivers saw targets in this one, but four touchdown man Marvin Jones did see more time on the field this week than the last thee games and was second in yardage to Green and third in targets with seven.


Giovani Bernard had a huge game on just 13 looks. He caught all four of his targets for 25 yards and rushed nine times for 79 yards and two touchdowns while Benjarvus Green-Ellis plodded 21 times for 72 yards.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Giovani Bernard: 0-1-2-2-1-2-2-2-4 (16), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 3-3-1-2-3-1-0-3-0 (16), A.J. Green: 2-2-1-2-0-2-0-1-3 (13), Marvin Jones: 0-0-1-0-0-1-1-5-1 (9), Mohamed Sanu: 0-1-1-0-0-1-1-1-1 (6), Tyler Eifert: 0-0-0-1-1-1-0-2-0 (5), Jermaine Gresham: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 (2)


Bernard saw four red zone looks compared to Green-Ellis’ zero, which included a three yard touchdown run. It’s really good to see him being used near the goal line and succeeding.



Cleveland Browns


Josh Gordon: 6-9-6-10-7 (38) (7.6), Greg Little: 5-5-9-3-9 (31) (6.2), Jordan Cameron: 5-6-9-4-5 (29) (5.8), Davone Bess: 5-3-6-8-4 (26) (5.2), Chris Ogbonnaya: 2-12-2-4-6 (26) (5.2), Fozzy Whittaker: dnp-0-5-2-4 (11) (2.8), Gary Barnidge: 1-3-1-1-1 (7) (1.4), Willis McGahee: 2-1-1-2-0 (6) (1.2), Armanti Edwards: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-1 (3) (1.5), Travis Benjamin: 1-2-0-0-dnp (3) (0.8), MarQueis Gray: 0-0-1-1-0 (2) (0.4)


This was the week for two Browns’ receivers not named Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon to shine. Both Davone Bess and Greg Little have had awful seasons with drops and poor play, but both showed up against the Ravens. Little didn’t have any drops and caught seven of nine targets for 122 yards and Bess had three of four receptions for just 24 yards, but two touchdowns. Jason Campbell did a good job (for his real team) of spreading the ball around and it helped them get a win.


The running game is nowhere at this point and that is displayed by Willis McGahee’s 21 attempts for 31 yards. The offensive line isn’t helping, but neither are McGahee’s old legs.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Willis McGahee: 0-0-0-4-10-3-1-1-6 (25), Jordan Cameron: 4-0-5-1-2-1-2-0-0 (15), Chris Ogbonnaya: 0-0-0-1-0-3-2-0-1 (7), Greg Little: 2-0-2-1-0-1-1-0-0 (7), Davone Bess: 1-1-1-2-0-0-0-0-2 (7), Josh Gordon: 0-0-1-0-0-1-2-0-1 (5), Bobby Rainey: 0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-0 (4), Gary Barnidge: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-1 (3), Trent Richardson: 0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (2), Fozzy Whittaker: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 (2), Tori Gurley: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)


McGahee saw six red zone looks, but couldn’t get any traction. Campbell to Bess was the only way they could get into the end zone against the Ravens stout defense.



Denver Broncos


Wes Welker: 6-8-12-10-BYE (36) (9), Eric Decker: 8-7-13-7-BYE (35) (8.8), Demaryius Thomas: 6-5-9-11-BYE (31) (7.8), Julius Thomas: 12-7-6-3-BYE (28) (7), Knowshon Moreno: 5-10-6-6-BYE (27) (6.8), Ronnie Hillman: 4-2-1-dnp-BYE (7) (2.3), Joel Dreessen: 0-1-0-2-BYE (3) (0.8), Montee Ball: 0-2-0-1-BYE (3) (0.8), Jacob Tamme: 0-0-1-1-BYE (2) (0.5), Andre Caldwell: 0-0-0-2-BYE (2) (0.5), Virgil Green: 0-0-0-1-BYE (1) (0.2)


Demaryius Thomas got back on the target wagon with his highest number since Week 3 and it paid off with seven receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Manning wasn’t throwing the ball particularly well downfield so he let his teammates do much of the work after the catch. Wes Welker caught his ninth touchdown pass, which ties his career high, in the eighth game of the season. Welker’s route running coupled with Manning’s less than rocket arm and his still superior decision-making, Welker is in the perfect place.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Knowshon Moreno: 0-1-1-4-7-8-2-3-BYE (26), Wes Welker: 3-1-2-3-2-2-4-2-BYE (19), Ronnie Hillman: 0-0-3-4-4-2-2-0-BYE (15), Julius Thomas: 0-1-1-0-4-4-3-0-BYE (13), Eric Decker: 1-2-1-0-2-1-4-1-BYE (12), Demaryius Thomas: 1-1-1-2-0-1-0-4-BYE (10), Montee Ball: 2-2-0-0-1-0-0-4-BYE (9), Virgil Green: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-BYE (2), Joel Dreessen: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (1)


Demaryius Thomas had four red zone targets over the previous five games coming into this one and saw four just in this one game. Peyton Manning never forgets about one of his receivers for too long.



Houston Texans


Andre Johnson: 10-8-6-BYE-13 (37) (9.2), Garrett Graham: 5-4-8-BYE-6 (23) (5.8), DeAndre Hopkins: 4-5-4-BYE-6 (19) (4.8), Arian Foster: 5-7-0-BYE-1 (13) (3.2), Ben Tate: 2-4-3-BYE-2 (11) (2.8), DeVier Posey: 2-1-2-BYE-4 (9) (2.2), Owen Daniels: 9-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (9) (9), Greg Jones: 1-2-0-BYE-1 (4) (1), Lestar Jean: dnp-2-2-BYE-0 (4) (1.3), Ryan Griffin: 0-3-0-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Keshawn Martin: 1-2-0-BYE-0 (3) (0.8)


It’s cliché to say, but Case Keenum is a gunslinger whereas Matt Schaub was a peashooter. According to Pro Football Focus on passes that traveled at least 10 yards in the air Keenum was 14 of 19 for 314 yards and three scores. Most of the yards went to Andre Johnson who caught nine of 13 targets for 229 yards and three touchdowns. That didn’t leave too much for the rest of the team.


Ben Tate played through his four fractured ribs and looked impaired (while any of us would be in traction) as he ran 22 times for 81 yards. If he had been 100% it looked like he could have had a huge game, but alas.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Arian Foster: 2-4-4-5-BYE-2-0-0-0 (17), Ben Tate: 1-1-0-0-BYE-9-0-0-3 (14), Garrett Graham: 1-3-0-1-BYE-2-0-0-0 (7), DeAndre Hopkins: 2-2-0-0-BYE-1-1-0-0 (6), Owen Daniels: 2-1-1-1-BYE-0-0-0-0 (5), Andre Johnson: 0-0-2-1-BYE-0-0-0-1 (4), Greg Jones: 0-0-0-0-BYE-1-1-0-0 (2), Keshawn Martin: 0-0-0-1-BYE-1-0-0-0 (2), DeVier Posey: 0-0-0-0-BYE-1-0-0-0 (1)


Keenum has been letting the ball fly so there have been some long touchdowns and not much red zone work of late.



Indianapolis Colts


T.Y. Hilton: 6-8-11-BYE-12 (37) (9.2), Reggie Wayne: 9-8-8-BYE-dnp (25) (8.3), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 6-2-7-BYE-6 (21) (5.2), Coby Fleener: 3-6-5-BYE-5 (19) (4.8), Donald Brown: 2-2-3-BYE-2 (9) (2.2), Griff Whalen: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-9 (9) (9), Trent Richardson: 1-2-0-BYE-3 (6) (1.5), Stanley Havili: dnp-1-2-BYE-1 (4) (1.3), LaVon Brazill: dnp-0-0-BYE-2 (2) (0.7), Robert Hughes: 2-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (2) (2)


On the other side of the ball it was the T.Y. Hilton show with Reggie Wayne done for the season. After a very slow start Hilton and Andrew Luck started to heat up and Hilton finished with seven receptions on 12 targets for 121 yards and three touchdowns.
With Darrius Heyward-Bey leaving the game after a hit to the head, Griff Whalen saw nine targets, but only caught three for 32 yards. Coby Fleener was the second best receiver with three receptions on five targets for 64 yards including a two-point conversion.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Coby Fleener: 1-3-1-1-0-0-3-BYE-1 (10), Donald Brown: 0-1-0-2-1-0-2-BYE-2 (8), Reggie Wayne: 1-1-0-3-0-1-1-BYE-0 (7), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 0-2-0-1-0-0-1-BYE-2 (6), Trent Richardson: 0-0-1-3-0-1-0-BYE-0 (5), T.Y. Hilton: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-BYE-4 (5), Stanley Havili: 0-0-0-2-0-0-1-BYE-0 (3), Griff Whalen: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-1 (1), LaVon Brazill: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-1 (1)


Hilton was the main red zone target against the Texans while Donald Brown took the lead on the ground. Trent Richardson is the odd man out at the moment.



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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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