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Week 11 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Welcome to the NFC targets and touches for Week 11 of the NFL season. The AFC portion will be up tomorrow night.


I have all the targets for each player since Week 6, 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 a whole big target thing, as easy as following me on Twitter.


Just below here are the top targeted players per game over the last five weeks at each position. As you can see you’ll find some familiar names. The most interesting names for me are Alshon Jeffery, Kyle Rudolph and Jacquizz Rodgers. Marc Trestman’s offense is a fantasy football windfall for Bears players. It’s pretty amazing that the #2 receiver for the Chicago Bears is a top fantasy player. Kyle Rudolph hasn’t been fantasy relevant, but John Carlson was last week. Maybe those targets could possibly translate to more production from Carlson. And Jacquizz Rodgers is still a very nice player for PPR leagues and with the way Steven Jackson has been playing, maybe in other leagues as well.



Top Targeted Players (past five weeks)



Wide ReceiverTarT/G Tight EndTarT/G Running BackTarT/G
Calvin Johnson 56 14   Rob Gronkowski 32 10.7   Knowshon Moreno 30 7.5
Vincent Jackson 61 12.2   Jordan Reed 43 8.6   Jacquizz Rodgers 27 6.8
A.J. Green 60 12   Antonio Gates 32 8   Jamaal Charles 27 6.8
Brandon Marshall 46 11.5   Kyle Rudolph 26 6.5   Reggie Bush 26 6.5
Pierre Garcon 55 11   Jimmy Graham 26 6.5   Danny Woodhead 26 6.5
Steve Johnson 41 10.2   Coby Fleener 26 6.5   Matt Forte 24 6
Antonio Brown 51 10.2   Vernon Davis 25 6.2   Darren Sproles 24 6
Andre Johnson 39 9.8   Scott Chandler 30 6   Chris Ogbonnaya 24 6
T.Y. Hilton 39 9.8   Tony Gonzalez 24 6   Giovani Bernard 27 5.4
Alshon Jeffery 39 9.8   Jordan Cameron 24 6   Pierre Thomas 21 5.2
        Martellus Bennett 24 6        



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Arizona Cardinals


Larry Fitzgerald: 12-5-7-BYE-6 (30) (7.5), Michael Floyd: 6-10-4-BYE-2 (22) (5.5), Andre Roberts: 4-8-2-BYE-8 (22) (5.5), Rob Housler: 5-7-1-BYE-5 (18) (4.5), Andre Ellington: 5-5-2-BYE-4 (16) (4), Jim Dray: 2-2-0-BYE-2 (6) (1.5), Jaron Brown: 1-2-0-BYE-2 (5) (1.2), Alfonso Smith: 1-4-0-BYE-0 (5) (1.2), Rashard Mendenhall: 1-0-dnp-BYE-1 (2) (0.7), Jake Ballard: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1 (1) (1)


Michael Floyd left this one early with a bum shoulder and Andre Roberts picked up the slack as Larry Fitzgerald saw a lot of attention from the defense. Roberts finished with five receptions on eight targets for 72 yards and a touchdown. The other player to get a bump was tight end Rob Housler. He had five targets and caught four of them for 57 yards and his first touchdown as a pro. We’ll have to watch Floyd’s progress, but if he is out again Roberts will again be the second read for Carson Palmer.


Rashard Mendenhall had 28 snaps, 13 rushing attempts, one target and one reception for 51 yards and Andre Ellington had 31 snaps, 11 rushing attempts, four targets, and two receptions for 73 yards. Coach Bruce Arians seemed to think this was enough work for Ellington. I tend to disagree.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Rashard Mendenhall: 1-2-0-2-5-1-1-0-BYE-2 (14), Andre Ellington: 0-1-0-1-0-1-3-2-BYE-0 (8), Larry Fitzgerald: 3-0-0-1-0-1-1-2-BYE-0 (8), Michael Floyd: 0-3-0-1-0-1-1-1-BYE-0 (7), Andre Roberts: 0-0-1-0-0-1-1-0-BYE-2 (5), Stepfan Taylor: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3-BYE-0 (3), Jim Dray: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-BYE-1 (3), Alfonso Smith: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (2), Rob Housler: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-1 (2)



Atlanta Falcons


Harry Douglas: BYE-7-18-5-8 (38) (9.5), Jacquizz Rodgers: BYE-9-5-6-7 (27) (6.8), Tony Gonzalez: BYE-4-8-7-5 (24) (6), Darius Johnson: BYE-3-9-2-2 (16) (4), Steven Jackson: BYE-dnp-5-4-5 (14) (4.7), Drew Davis: BYE-1-7-2-1 (11) (2.8), Roddy White: BYE-dnp-0-dnp-4 (4) (2), Jason Snelling: BYE-0-dnp-0-4 (4) (1.3), Levine Toilolo: BYE-0-3-0-0 (3) (0.8), Patrick DiMarco: BYE-dnp-2-1-0 (3) (1), Chase Coffman: BYE-dnp-2-0-0 (2) (0.7), Brian Robiskie: BYE-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (1) (1)


Roddy White played a full complement of snaps in his first game back, but had a tough matchup with Richard Sherman and only caught one of four targets for 20 yards.  Harry Douglas led the way with eight targets and seven receptions, but was getting all underneath work and only totaled 49 yards.


The running back situation is a mess with Steven Jackson looking washed up. He had nine carries for 11 yards and caught three of five targets for nine yards, while Jacquizz Rodgers looks better in his limited work, rushing three times for 31 yards and catching five of seven targets for 28 yards. Jackson saw 29 snaps to Rodgers’ 17.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jacquizz Rodgers: 1-1-5-1-6-BYE-4-1-2-0 (21), Tony Gonzalez: 2-2-1-4-5-BYE-0-1-1-0 (16), Jason Snelling: 0-1-4-2-4-BYE-3-0-0-0 (14), Steven Jackson: 4-1-0-0-0-BYE-0-3-2-1 (11), Harry Douglas: 2-0-2-1-2-BYE-0-2-0-0 (9), Julio Jones: 2-0-1-2-4-BYE-0-0-0-0 (9), Roddy White: 1-0-0-4-0-BYE-0-0-0-2 (7), Levine Toilolo: 0-0-1-1-1-BYE-0-1-0-0 (4), Darius Johnson: 0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-2-0-1 (3), Antone Smith: 0-0-0-0-1-BYE-0-0-0-0 (1), Drew Davis: 0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-1-0-0 (1), Brian Robiskie: 0-0-0-0-0-BYE-1-0-0-0 (1)



Carolina Panthers


Steve Smith: 7-6-7-10-11 (41) (8.2), Brandon LaFell: 4-4-5-9-8 (30) (6), Greg Olsen: 4-4-4-5-3 (20) (4), Ted Ginn: 3-2-6-3-4 (18) (3.6), Mike Tolbert: 3-0-4-4-3 (14) (2.8), DeAngelo Williams: 5-1-3-2-2 (13) (2.6), Jonathan Stewart: dnp-dnp-dnp-3-0 (3) (1.5), Domenik Hixon: 0-0-1-0-1 (2) (0.4), Kenjon Barner: dnp-dnp-1-dnp-0 (1) (0.5), Richie Brockel: 0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)


The Panthers didn’t get into the red zone one time against the 49ers and the only time they had the ball in the red zone was on DeAngelo Williams’ 27 yard touchdown run. This game was a defensive battle and Cam Newton was not on point.


Jonathan Stewart led the way in running back touches with 13, but had a costly fumble and was outplayed by Williams because of the touchdown run. Mike Tolbert ended up with four touches to Williams’ eight. This remains a situation to avoid.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: DeAngelo Williams: 1-5-2-BYE-3-5-1-4-6-0 (27), Mike Tolbert: 0-1-2- BYE -1-4-3-2-3-0 (16), Steve Smith: 2-1-1- BYE -2-2-2-0-1-0 (11), Greg Olsen: 1-1-2- BYE -0-0-0-2-1-0 (7), Brandon LaFell: 0-1-2- BYE -1-1-0-0-0-0 (5), Kenjon Barner: 0-0-0- BYE -1-0-0-1-0-0 (2), Ted Ginn: 0-1-0- BYE -0-0-0-1-0-0 (2), Richie Brockel: 0-0-0- BYE -0-0-0-1-0-0 (1)



Chicago Bears


Brandon Marshall: 11-10-BYE-13-12 (46) (11.5), Alshon Jeffery: 5-7-BYE-9-18 (39) (9.8), Martellus Bennett: 7-3-BYE-8-6 (24) (6), Matt Forte: 6-3-BYE-8-7 (24) (6), Earl Bennett: 2-4-BYE-0-3 (9) (2.2), Michael Bush: 2-dnp-BYE-1-0 (3) (1), Tony Fiammetta: 1-0-BYE-0-1 (2) (0.5), Marquess Wilson: dnp-1-BYE-1-0 (2) (0.7), Dante Rosario: 0-0-BYE-0-2 (2) (0.5), Joe Anderson: 1-0-BYE-dnp-dnp (1) (0.5)


Alshon Jeffery led the league in targets last week and ended up with a nice game, but Brandon Marshall was the leader in production, catching seven of 12 targets for 139 yards and two touchdowns.  Jay Cutler was playing hurt for much of the game and just wasn’t on target as you can see from his 21-of-40 passing day. Josh McCown came in and led the team on a comeback completing 6-of-9 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. You have to wonder if he could have won this game for the Bears.


Matt Forte had his worst game of the season by far. He rushed 17 times for just 33 yards and caught four of seven targets for another 16 yards. This is just a minor setback on an otherwise amazing season.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Matt Forte: 3-4-5-1-1-6-4-BYE-3-5 (32), Alshon Jeffery: 0-2-0-4-3-0-0- BYE -2-4 (15), Martellus Bennett: 1-3-3-2-1-0-2- BYE -0-2 (14), Brandon Marshall: 1-1-0-1-2-3-2- BYE -1-1 (12), Michael Bush: 0-0-4-0-0-0-0- BYE -3-0 (7), Earl Bennett: 0-0-1-2-1-0-0- BYE -0-0 (4), Dante Rosario: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0- BYE -0-1 (1)



Dallas Cowboys


Dez Bryant: 8-16-6-11-2 (43) (8.6), Terrance Williams: 2-7-10-7-5 (31) (6.2), Jason Witten: 5-6-2-10-6 (29) (5.8), Cole Beasley: 5-7-3-9-4 (28) (5.6), DeMarco Murray: 2-dnp-dnp-7-2 (11) (3.7), Joseph Randle: 2-4-4-0-0 (10) (2), James Hanna: 1-0-2-1-3 (7) (1.4), Miles Austin: 4-3-dnp-dnp-dnp (7) (3.5), Dwayne Harris: 0-0-2-2-1 (5) (1), Lance Dunbar: dnp-dnp-0-3-0 (3) (1), Phillip Tanner: 0-2-1-0-0 (3) (0.6), Gavin Escobar: 0-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)


If Dez Bryant gets just two targets and wasn’t injured for three or more quarters, you know something went terribly wrong. There weren’t a ton of targets to go around since the Cowboys couldn’t sustain any drives, but when your best receiver is fifth on the target list you have problems. Rob Ryan and company did a great job of bracketing Bryant while the Cowboys did a lousy job of finding ways to get him the ball.


Romo completed just ten of 24 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. This was his worst yardage game since Week 2 of 2009 and his worst completion percentage game since week 14 of 2007. I think Rob Ryan might have wanted a little revenge.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: DeMarco Murray: 3-2-8-1-4-1-0-0-0-5 (24), Dez Bryant: 0-2-2-1-3-0-1-2-0-0 (11), Jason Witten: 3-0-1-1-3-0-0-0-1-0 (9), Terrance Williams: 1-1-0-1-0-2-2-0-0-1 (8), Joseph Randle: 0-0-0-0-0-3-0-1-0-0 (4), Cole Beasley: 0-0-0-0-1-0-2-0-1-0 (4), Dwayne Harris: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 (2), Gavin Escobar: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (2), Lance Dunbar: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Phillip Tanner: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 (1), Miles Austin: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), James Hanna: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 (1)



Detroit Lions


Calvin Johnson: 8-15-16-BYE-17 (56) (14), Kris Durham: 13-8-6-BYE-1 (28) (7), Reggie Bush: 6-5-9-BYE-6 (26) (6.5), Brandon Pettigrew: 4-7-6-BYE-5 (22) (5.5), Joseph Fauria: 3-4-0-BYE-2 (9) (2.2), Joique Bell: 2-4-1-BYE-1 (8) (2), Jeremy Ross: dnp-0-3-BYE-3 (6) (2), Kevin Ogletree: 2-2-0-BYE-0 (4) (1), Patrick Edwards: 3-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (3) (3), Theo Riddick: dnp-dnp-1-BYE-0 (1) (0.5)


Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. That’s a nice line, but when you add that he saw 17 targets you can tell that he had to work pretty hard for what he got. Matthew Stafford was 6-of-17 for 83 yards and two touchdowns when targeting Johnson and 12-of-18 for 128 yards and a touchdown when targeting anyone else. The game plan of trying to take away Johnson almost worked, but not quite.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Reggie Bush: 7-0-0-4-0-3-4-4-BYE-1 (23), Calvin Johnson: 3-1-5-3-0-1-1-3-BYE-3 (20), Joique Bell: 2-0-6-1-0-0-0-1-BYE-0 (10), Kris Durham: 1-0-1-1-1-0-3-1-BYE-1 (9), Joseph Fauria: 1-0-3-0-0-2-2-0-BYE-1 (9), Brandon Pettigrew: 0-0-0-1-0-0-2-1-BYE-0 (4), Nate Burleson: 2-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (3), Theo Riddick: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (1), Ryan Broyles: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-BYE-0 (1), Jeremy Ross: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE-0 (1)



Green Bay Packers


Jordy Nelson: 10-6-8-9-10 (43) (8.6), Jarrett Boykin: 6-10-6-1-13 (36) (7.2), Andrew Quarless: 0-1-2-7-4 (14) (2.8), Eddie Lacy: 1-7-4-0-2 (14) (2.8), Jermichael Finley: 7-5-dnp-dnp-dnp (12) (6), James Jones: 1-dnp-dnp-3-7 (11) (3.7), John Kuhn: 2-1-2-0-2 (7) (1.4), Randall Cobb: 4-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (4) (4), Brandon Bostick: 0-0-0-0-3 (3) (0.6), Johnathan Franklin: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) (0.4), Ryan Taylor: 0-dnp-dnp-0-1 (1) (0.3), James Starks: dnp-dnp-0-0-1 (1) (0.3)


The Eagles spent their defensive currency on stopping the run and for the most part they were successful as Eddie Lacy ran 24 times for 73 yards, a 3 yards per carry pace.  That left Seneca Wallace and then Scott Tolzien after Wallace was injured, to throw their way to a victory and they came up short. Tolzien completed 24-of-39 passes for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, which isn’t bad for a guy who was thrown into the fire.


Jarrett Boykin led the way with 13 targets, catching eight for 112 yards. Jordy Nelson was second with 10 targets, catching six for 56 yards including an apparent touchdown reception that could have gone either way, but went against him. Rookie tight end Brandon Bostick saw his first three targets of his career and caught all three for 42 yards and a touchdown. He saw just 29 snaps compared to Andrew Quarless, but Quarless caught just one of four targets for nine yards.  Quarless isn’t going anywhere since he is a good blocking tight end, but we could see more routes and targets for Bostick going forward.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Eddie Lacy: 3-0-0-BYE-1-3-2-10-2-2 (23), Jordy Nelson: 1-2-1-BYE-2-1-1-2-1-3 (14), James Starks: 0-4-5-BYE-0-0-0-0-1-0 (10), Randall Cobb: 4-3-1-BYE-1-0-0-0-0-0 (9), James Jones: 0-2-3-BYE-1-0-0-0-1-2 (9), Johnathan Franklin: 0-0-4-BYE-0-0-2-0-0-0 (6), Jarrett Boykin: 0-0-0-BYE-0-0-2-0-0-3 (5), Jermichael Finley: 1-2-0-BYE-1-0-1-0-0-0 (5), John Kuhn: 1-0-0-BYE-0-1-0-1-0-1 (4), Andrew Quarless: 0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1-0 (1)



Minnesota Vikings


Greg Jennings: 10-10-3-9-4 (36) (7.2), Jerome Simpson: 7-9-3-5-6 (30) (6), Kyle Rudolph: 11-9-4-2-dnp (26) (6.5), Cordarrelle Patterson: 2-6-3-4-4 (19) (3.8), John Carlson: 2-2-2-6-7 (19) (3.8), Adrian Peterson: 4-4-3-3-2 (16) (3.2), Jarius Wright: 2-5-0-5-3 (15) (3), Toby Gerhart: 2-3-2-1-0 (8) (1.6), Joe Webb: 4-1-0-0-0 (5) (1), Jerome Felton: 0-2-0-1-0 (3) (0.6)


Christian Ponder had one of his better games as he completed 17-of-21 passes for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Washington last Thursday night before separating his shoulder. His main target was tight end John Carlson who caught all seven of his targets for 98 yards and a touchdown. If Carlson continues to lead the team in targets he’ll be worthwhile in fantasy, but the chances of that are pretty slim.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Adrian Peterson: 3-5-7-3-BYE-1-1-2-7-4 (33), Greg Jennings: 0-0-3-1-BYE-1-1-0-2-1 (9), Kyle Rudolph: 0-3-1-0-BYE-1-0-0-0-0 (5), Jerome Simpson: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-2-1-1-0 (4), Toby Gerhart: 0-0-1-0-BYE-0-0-1-0-0 (2), Cordarrelle Patterson: 1-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1 (2), Jarius Wright: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1 (2), John Carlson: 0-1-1-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-0 (2)


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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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