Justin Blackmon: 9-20-9-10-BYE (48) (12), Cecil Shorts: 10-1-13-10-BYE (34) (8.5), Mike Brown: dnp-5-8-6-BYE (19) (6.3), Maurice Jones-Drew: 3-2-2-8-BYE (15) (3.8), Clay Harbor: 5-3-0-1-BYE (9) (2.2), Justin Forsett: 0-3-1-3-BYE (7) (1.8), Will Taufoou: 1-3-0-3-BYE (7) (1.8), Marcedes Lewis: dnp-dnp-3-3-BYE (6) (3), Ace Sanders: 1-3-dnp-1-BYE (5) (1.7), Jeremy Ebert: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (2) (2), Stephen Williams: dnp-2-0-dnp-BYE (2) (1), D.J. Williams: 1-0-0-0-BYE (1) (0.2)
Maurice Jones-Drew saw a ton of work in this one with 27 looks totaling 122 yards, but the Jaguars defense couldn’t stop a dead squirrel from scoring on them. It was another high target day for Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon. Shorts fared better than Blackmon, but Mike Brown was the only receiver to get a touchdown. This was a tough matchup, so what they did get wasn’t too shabby, but us garbage-time fans were a little disappointed.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Maurice Jones-Drew: 0-2-6-1-0-4-1-4-BYE (18), Cecil Shorts: 0-0-3-1-2-0-3-2-BYE (11), Justin Blackmon: 0-0-0-0-2-4-2-3-BYE (11), Mike Brown: 0-0-0-0-0-2-1-2-BYE (5), Ace Sanders: 2-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-BYE (5), Clay Harbor: 0-2-0-1-1-0-0-0-BYE (4), Jordan Todman: 1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-BYE (3), Marcedes Lewis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-BYE (3), Stephen Burton: 0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (2), Jeremy Ebert: 0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-BYE (2), Allen Reisner: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (2), Will Taufoou: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (1), D.J. Williams: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (1)
Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown have been the preferred red zone targets of late and should see targets funneled their way with Justin Blackmon done for the season.
Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles: 9-9-4-7-7 (36) (7.2), Dwayne Bowe: 6-4-9-2-12 (33) (6.6), Dexter McCluster: 3-5-5-10-4 (27) (5.4), Donnie Avery: 4-4-4-5-5 (22) (4.4), Sean McGrath: 6-3-2-2-0 (13) (2.6), Anthony Fasano: dnp-dnp-5-3-1 (9) (3), Anthony Sherman: 2-0-4-3-0 (9) (1.8), Chad Hall: 4-0-0-1-0 (5) (1), Knile Davis: 1-1-0-1-0 (3) (0.6), Junior Hemingway: 1-1-0-1-0 (3) (0.6), Kevin Brock: 2-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (3) (1.5), A.J. Jenkins: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) (0.4)
Alex Smith only completed one pass that traveled over 10 yards in the air against the Bills, a 20 yarder to Anthony Fasano. UDFA rookie Case Keenum completed 14 for 314 yards and three touchdowns! They are hiding Smith and letting their defense win games, but they won’t be facing Jeff Tuel each week.
Smith completed 19-of-29 passes for 124 yards for no touchdowns or interceptions. The only touchdowns Kansas City had were defensive.
Jamaal Charles now has had back-to-back games without a touchdown after having one or more in each of his previous games. Kansas City is becoming so predictable that even one of the best running backs in the league is going to have some trouble unfortunately.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jamaal Charles: 3-2-7-6-7-6-4-2-0 (37), Anthony Sherman: 0-0-1-0-2-0-2-1-1 (7), Dwayne Bowe: 0-1-0-1-3-0-1-0-1 (7), Dexter McCluster: 0-0-2-0-0-1-1-0-2 (6), Donnie Avery: 1-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0 (4), Sean McGrath: 0-0-0-1-1-0-1-0-0 (3), Anthony Fasano: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-0 (3), Knile Davis: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 (2), Cyrus Gray: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 (2), A.J. Jenkins: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 (2), Junior Hemingway: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Chad Hall: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)
This is the first week that Charles hasn’t had a look in the red zone and it’s probably not a coincidence that they didn’t score a single offensive touchdown.
Mike Wallace: 16-BYE-10-10-8 (44) (11), Brian Hartline: 7-BYE-11-6-5 (29) (7.2), Charles Clay: 6-BYE-3-8-3 (20) (5), Brandon Gibson: 5-BYE-8-2-dnp (15) (5), Rishard Matthews: 0-BYE-1-6-4 (11) (2.8), Lamar Miller: 0-BYE-3-3-4 (10) (2.5), Daniel Thomas: 2-BYE-1-1-2 (6) (1.5), Michael Egnew: 1-BYE-0-2-1 (4) (1), Dion Sims: 0-BYE-0-2-dnp (2) (0.7), Marcus Thigpen: 1-BYE-0-0-1 (2) (0.5)
Mike Wallace had one of his better games as a Dolphin even though he didn’t put up huge fantasy numbers. He caught six of eight targets for 82 yards and also drew a critical pass interference call.
The defense did most of the work with a 94-yard pick-six and a game winning safety, but it was good to see Lamar Miller continue to improve his play with 20 touches for 129 yards including four targets, which he caught. Daniel Thomas continued to be less than stellar with 13 touches for 42 yards.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Daniel Thomas: 1-0-2-2-1-BYE-1-3-4 (14), Lamar Miller: 1-1-2-3-0-BYE-3-2-0 (12), Charles Clay: 0-1-0-2-2-BYE-1-2-0 (8), Mike Wallace: 0-1-0-0-4-BYE-0-2-0 (7), Brandon Gibson: 0-0-1-1-1-BYE-3-1-0 (7), Brian Hartline: 1-0-1-0-0-BYE-2-0-0 (4), Dion Sims: 0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0-0 (1)
Daniel Thomas continues to see red zone looks, but Ryan Tannehill took scored the only offensive touchdown on a one-yard run.
New England Patriots
Aaron Dobson: 4-10-7-5-9 (35) (7), Rob Gronkowski: dnp-dnp-17-5-10 (32) (10.7), Julian Edelman: 7-11-7-2-4 (31) (6.2), Danny Amendola: 9-4-dnp-6-4 (23) (5.8), Kenbrell Thompkins: 4-6-5-1-dnp (16) (4), Brandon Bolden: 8-3-3-2-0 (16) (3.2), Michael Hoomanawanui: 2-4-0-0-2 (8) (1.6), Austin Collie: dnp-2-5-0-0 (7) (1.8), Stevan Ridley: dnp-1-2-0-4 (7) (1.8), LeGarrette Blount: 0-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)
Aaron Dobson leads the team in targets over the last five games and had his biggest game as a rookie this week as he caught five of nine targets for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He of course wasn’t the only player to have a big game. Rob Gronkowski was unstoppable, as he caught nine of 10 targets for 143 yards and a touchdown. The other big receiving game came from Danny Amendola who was only targeted four times, but caught each one and finished with 122 yards and a touchdown. He is not Julian Edelman.
Stevan Ridley managed to stay out of the doghouse after fumbling and rushed 26 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns. There were plenty of fantasy points for the taking in this one. The return of a full speed Rob Gronkowski showed it’s full effect this week and it’s a good sign for the Patriots going forward.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Stevan Ridley: 1-1-2-2-0-8-3-2-9 (28), Brandon Bolden: 0-0-0-3-0-2-3-4-1 (13), LeGarrette Blount: 0-0-4-1-1-2-0-3-2 (13), Julian Edelman: 2-3-1-1-1-1-0-0-1 (10), Kenbrell Thompkins: 3-0-3-3-0-1-0-0-0 (10), Aaron Dobson: 0-1-2-1-0-2-0-1-1 (8), Danny Amendola: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 (3), Rob Gronkowski: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3 (3), Shane Vereen: 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (2), Josh Boyce: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Matthew Mulligan: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 (1)
Ridley and Gronkowski were the main red zone workers in this one and should be going forward as well.
New York Jets
Jeremy Kerley: 6-7-10-4-2 (29) (5.8), David Nelson: 2-1-7-12-3 (25) (5), Stephen Hill: 2-8-5-7-1 (23) (4.6), Jeff Cumberland: 4-5-7-2-dnp (18) (4.5), Bilal Powell: 2-3-2-6-3 (16) (3.2), Clyde Gates: 1-7-dnp-dnp-dnp (8) (4), Zach Sudfeld: dnp-0-0-2-4 (6) (1.5), Greg Salas: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-3 (3) (3), Mike Goodson: 2-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (3) (1.5), Tommy Bohanon: 0-0-0-0-2 (2) (0.4), Konrad Reuland: 0-2-0-0-0 (2) (0.4), Josh Cribbs: dnp-dnp-0-0-2 (2) (0.7), Chris Ivory: 0-0-2-0-0 (2) (0.4), Alex Green: 0-0-0-1-dnp (1) (0.2)
There wasn’t much passing from Geno and The Jets in this one. He completed just eight passes on 15 attempts for 115 yards. It was easily his fewest completions, attempts and yards on the season, but they still beat the Saints through defense and the run game.
Chris Ivory played very well against his old team running for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. They weren’t going to let Smith beat them with mistakes and it worked.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Bilal Powell: 1-1-3-BYE-3-3-0-0-3 (14), Chris Ivory: 1-3-0-BYE-1-0-4-0-4 (13), Jeremy Kerley: 0-0-1-BYE-1-0-2-0-0 (4), David Nelson: 0-0-0-BYE-2-0-2-0-0 (4), Jeff Cumberland: 0-0-0-BYE-1-1-2-0-0 (4), Kellen Winslow Jr: 1-2-0-BYE-1-0-0-0-0 (4), Stephen Hill: 1-0-1-BYE-0-1-0-0-0 (3), Tommy Bohanon: 0-1-0-BYE-0-0-1-0-0 (2), Clyde Gates: 0-1-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Greg Salas: 0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1 (1), Josh Cribbs: 0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1 (1), Zach Sudfeld: 0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1 (1)
No receivers saw targets inside the red zone. Both running backs and Geno Smith had rushing attempts and Smith and Ivory both got into the end zone from close range.
Denarius Moore: 8-10-BYE-4-11 (33) (8.2), Rod Streater: 3-7-BYE-6-6 (22) (5.5), Mychal Rivera: 3-3-BYE-1-5 (12) (3), Rashad Jennings: 0-2-BYE-0-10 (12) (3), Jacoby Ford: 2-2-BYE-1-5 (10) (2.5), Marcel Reece: 3-3-BYE-0-2 (8) (2), Juron Criner: dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-8 (8) (8), Darren McFadden: dnp-3-BYE-2-2 (7) (2.3), Brice Butler: 1-1-BYE-3-dnp (5) (1.7), Jeron Mastrud: 0-2-BYE-1-1 (4) (1), Jamize Olawale: 2-0-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), Nick Kasa: 0-0-BYE-0-1 (1) (0.2), Jeremy Stewart: 1-0-BYE-0-0 (1) (0.2)
It’s hard to get much from this game for the Raiders since they were blown out of the bay. Terrelle Pryor and company were in garbage-time before they had time to blink.
With the Eagles playing back they didn’t have much of a problem throwing underneath and that led to ten targets for Rashad Jennings which he caught seven of while Darren McFadden was on the sidelines with an injured hamstring.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Darren McFadden: 3-4-3-0-0-0-0-6-1 (17), Denarius Moore: 3-0-3-0-1-0-0-0-2 (9), Marcel Reece: 1-2-2-1-1-0-0-0-0 (7), Rashad Jennings: 2-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 (5), Mychal Rivera: 0-1-0-2-1-0-0-0-0 (4), Jeremy Stewart: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 (2), Rod Streater: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 (2), Jacoby Ford: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 (2), Juron Criner: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 (2)
This game was so garbagey we saw the dynamic duo of Matt McGloin and Jeremy Stewart so there weren’t many red zone looks worth getting into.
Antonio Brown: BYE-11-7-13-9 (40) (10), Emmanuel Sanders: BYE-6-2-11-11 (30) (7.5), Heath Miller: BYE-7-4-6-5 (22) (5.5), LeVeon Bell: BYE-3-1-7-10 (21) (5.2), Jerricho Cotchery: BYE-0-4-4-8 (16) (4), Felix Jones: BYE-1-1-3-3 (8) (2), Will Johnson: BYE-3-1-0-0 (4) (1), Jonathan Dwyer: BYE-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2), David Paulson: BYE-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)
The Steelers defense didn’t show up so Ben Roethlisberger and the offense had to chuck it to keep up. As far as fantasy goes that’s a recipe for success and Roethlisberger did hit 400 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately for many fantasy players Jerricho Cotchery horded the touchdowns, catching three. Antonio Brown continues to play well and caught the other touchdown even though he was benched late in the game for running the wrong route, which led to an interception. But Brown does lead the league in receptions, so I wouldn’t worry about that impacting his snaps and targets.
Le’Veon Bell had a goofy game with 139 total yards on 20 touches, but didn’t get into the end zone.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: LeVeon Bell: 0-0-0-6-BYE-4-5-6-3 (24), Antonio Brown: 0-0-1-4-BYE-2-0-1-1 (9), Emmanuel Sanders: 2-0-1-1-BYE-0-1-1-3 (9), Jerricho Cotchery: 2-0-0-2-BYE-0-1-0-4 (9), Isaac Redman: 5-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0 (5), Heath Miller: 0-0-0-2-BYE-0-1-2-0 (5), Felix Jones: 0-0-1-0-BYE-0-0-1-1 (3), Will Johnson: 0-0-0-0-BYE-1-0-0-0 (1), Markus Wheaton: 0-0-0-1-BYE-0-0-0-0 (1)
Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery had red zone looks against the Patriots, but Cotchery came out on top with the touchdowns. Now all three of Brown, Sanders and Cotchery are tied with nine red zone targets, while Brown is the clear winner for the season in total targets.
San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen: 9-12-6-BYE-11 (38) (9.5), Antonio Gates: 10-8-6-BYE-10 (34) (8.5), Danny Woodhead: 9-5-4-BYE-12 (30) (7.5), Vincent Brown: 9-4-2-BYE-6 (21) (5.2), Eddie Royal: 8-0-4-BYE-6 (18) (4.5), Ladarius Green: 1-1-3-BYE-1 (6) (1.5), Ronnie Brown: 3-0-0-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Ryan Mathews: 0-1-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2), LeRon McClain: 0-1-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2), John Phillips: 0-0-1-BYE-0 (1) (0.2)
Keenan Allen has ascended as one of the top receivers in the league and Philip Rivers’ top target. He had a horrible drop in the fourth quarter, but came back and made some great plays and Rivers had no qualms about going to him. He ended up catching eight passes on 11 targets for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Danny Woodhead is now on pace for 98 receptions after catching nine of 12 targets for 77 yards. The record for receptions by a running back is 101 by Larry Centers, so that will be something to watch as the season progresses.
Ryan Mathews was the odd man out in this one. He started the game with a nice 11-yard gain and finished with a paltry seven attempts for 34 yards. This was a prime matchup for Mathews against Washington’s weak run defense so his lack of touches is telling especially coming off back-to-back 20+ rushing attempts and 100+ yard games.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Danny Woodhead: 0-1-1-4-8-5-3-BYE-2 (24), Ryan Mathews: 1-3-2-1-0-1-2-BYE-0 (10), Ronnie Brown: 2-0-2-0-4-1-0-BYE-0 (9), Keenan Allen: 0-0-0-1-3-2-1-BYE-2 (9), Eddie Royal: 3-4-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-1 (9), Antonio Gates: 0-1-2-0-2-0-3-BYE-1 (9), Vincent Brown: 2-1-1-2-1-0-0-BYE-0 (7), LeRon McClain: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-BYE-0 (1), Malcom Floyd: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (1), Ladarius Green: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0 (1)
Keenan Allen has been the target leader in the red zone of late, but Danny Woodhead is the leader since he gets both targets and rushing attempts.
Kendall Wright: 8-8-12-BYE-5 (33) (8.2), Nate Washington: 8-4-10-BYE-4 (26) (6.5), Delanie Walker: 6-5-5-BYE-2 (18) (4.5), Chris Johnson: 5-4-4-BYE-4 (17) (4.2), Damian Williams: 2-5-3-BYE-1 (11) (2.8), Kenny Britt: 6-1-2-BYE-1 (10) (2.5), Justin Hunter: 3-1-2-BYE-2 (8) (2), Jackie Battle: 2-0-1-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Darius Reynaud: 0-0-2-BYE-dnp (2) (0.7), Collin Mooney: 0-0-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.2), Craig Stevens: 0-0-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.2), Shonn Greene: dnp-dnp-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.5)
It only took eight games, but Chris Johnson finally got a rushing touchdown, two actually, and rushed for over 100 yards, 150 actually. It was a huge game and harkens back to yesteryear and the days of CJ2K Yore.
Jake Locker looks like maybe he was rushed back a little too quickly because he does not look anything like the player we saw emerging before his hip injury. He completed just 13-of-22 passes for 185 yards and two interceptions.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Chris Johnson: 9-2-1-5-0-0-0-0-4 (21), Jackie Battle: 1-1-1-2-3-0-0-0-0 (8), Delanie Walker: 0-1-2-1-2-0-1-0-0 (7), Kendall Wright: 1-1-1-2-0-0-0-0-0 (5), Shonn Greene: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3 (3), Nate Washington: 0-0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0 (3), Kenny Britt: 0-0-1-0-2-0-0-0-0 (3), Justin Hunter: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 (2), Craig Stevens: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)
Johnson had gone four games without seeing a look inside the red zone and he had four this week. Shonn Greene had three and scored a short touchdown, so there hasn’t been a change of the goal line back.