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Week 11 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Orleans Saints


Jimmy Graham: 6-BYE-3-12-5 (26) (6.5), Darren Sproles: 12-BYE-4-1-7 (24) (6), Pierre Thomas: 1-BYE-3-10-7 (21) (5.2), Marques Colston: 3-BYE-6-dnp-8 (17) (5.7), Kenny Stills: 3-BYE-4-5-4 (16) (4), Lance Moore: dnp-BYE-4-10-2 (16) (5.3), Ben Watson: 4-BYE-3-1-3 (11) (2.8), Robert Meachem: 1-BYE-3-5-1 (10) (2.5), Nick Toon: 4-BYE-0-4-0 (8) (2), Mark Ingram: dnp-BYE-dnp-1-3 (4) (2), Jed Collins: 1-BYE-1-1-0 (3) (0.8), Josh Hill: 0-BYE-2-1-0 (3) (0.8), Travaris Cadet: 1-BYE-dnp-0-0 (1) (0.3)


Jimmy Graham was given some snaps off in this one and only saw five targets and unfortunately he wasn’t in on many plays in the red zone like in previous games where he was given rests. But with the Saints humiliating the Cowboys there wasn’t much need to push Graham.


This game saw the return of Marques Colston from the fantasy grave.  He led the way with eight targets of which he caught seven for 107 yards and one touchdown. This was his first 100 yard game of the season and the first touchdown since week one. Does this mean he’s back? I’d say that is up to Sean Payton because it is nearly impossible to know who is going to be the fantasy winner on this team from week to week unless it’s a healthy Jimmy Graham.


The running backs put on a show this week with 52 touches for 358 yards and five touchdowns. Mark Ingram ripped through a tired and depleted defense for 145 yards while Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles caught all 14 of their targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Pierre Thomas: 1-3-4-1-2-2-BYE-1-0-6 (20), Darren Sproles: 2-0-0-3-1-5-BYE-0-0-3 (14), Jimmy Graham: 2-0-5-0-0-0-BYE-3-1-0 (11), Mark Ingram: 2-2-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-1-5 (10), Jed Collins: 0-0-0-1-2-1-BYE-0-1-0 (5), Marques Colston: 0-1-1-0-0-2-BYE-0-0-0 (4), Lance Moore: 1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-1-1-0 (3), Ben Watson: 0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0-2 (3), Khiry Robinson: 0-0-0-1-0-1-BYE-0-0-0 (2), Nick Toon: 0-0-0-1-0-1-BYE-0-0-0 (2), Travaris Cadet: 0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE-0-0-0 (1), Kenny Stills: 0-0-1-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0 (1)



New York Giants


Hakeem Nicks: 8-10-12-BYE-4 (34) (8.5), Victor Cruz: 5-7-10-BYE-10 (32) (8), Peyton Hillis: dnp-6-5-BYE-2 (13) (4.3), Rueben Randle: 5-3-1-BYE-3 (12) (3), Brandon Myers: 1-3-4-BYE-0 (8) (2), John Conner: 0-5-1-BYE-0 (6) (1.5), Jerrel Jernigan: 0-0-4-BYE-0 (4) (1), Bear Pascoe: 2-2-0-BYE-0 (4) (1), Andre Brown: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-3 (3) (3), Michael Cox: 0-2-1-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Brandon Jacobs: 2-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (2) (2), DaRel Scott: 2-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (2) (2)


I’m not sure how Eli Manning can have Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle at wide receiver and be held to 12-of-22 passing for 140 yards, one touchdown and one interception coming off a bye against a team travelling cross country that just gave up seven touchdown passes in a single game and who have new injuries in their secondary. But it happened and it’s been happening because Eli has hurt his team so badly through turnovers that he helps his team more by handing the ball off and letting the defense not  be backed up near their own goal line all of the time.


Victor Cruz led the way with 10 targets, which is quite a lot when there were only 22 attempts, but he only caught three for 37 yards. Andre Brown was the best offensive player by far with 30 rushing attempts for 115 yards and one touchdown. With the defense playing better and Brown back, it’s hard to see them asking Manning to do much of anything and with three good receivers it will tough to know which one might get the fantasy production since we know it can’t be much more than one.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Victor Cruz: 2-2-0-0-1-0-2-0-BYE-2 (9), Brandon Jacobs: 0-3-0-0-2-3-0-0-BYE-0 (8), Hakeem Nicks: 2-0-0-0-1-0-2-2-BYE-0 (7), Andre Brown: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-6 (6), Peyton Hillis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-4-1-BYE-0 (5), DaRel Scott: 2-2-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0 (5), David Wilson: 2-2-0-0-1-0-0-0-BYE-0 (5), Brandon Myers: 3-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE-0 (5), Rueben Randle: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-1-BYE-1 (4), Jerrel Jernigan: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-BYE-0 (2), Michael Cox: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE-0 (1), John Conner: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-BYE-0 (1)



Philadelphia Eagles


DeSean Jackson: 6-8-11-6-5 (36) (7.2), Riley Cooper: 6-7-5-6-5 (29) (5.8), Jason Avant: 6-12-4-1-4 (27) (5.4), Zach Ertz: 6-5-4-6-0 (21) (4.2), LeSean McCoy: 2-7-5-4-1 (19) (3.8), Brent Celek: 1-4-3-4-1 (13) (2.6), Jeff Maehl: 1-4-0-1-0 (6) (1.2), Bryce Brown: 2-1-1-1-0 (5) (1), James Casey: dnp-0-1-1-2 (4) (1), Damaris Johnson: 1-0-1-0-0 (2) (0.4)


Nick Foles only completed 12 passes, but those completions went for 228 yards and three touchdowns. When the Eagles’ offense is running well these are the kinds of numbers you can see. While LeSean McCoy was gashing the defense for 155 rushing yards on 24 carries the passing game could pick its spots to shine. And now that the Eagles have another receiving weapon besides DeSean Jackson, they can open the passing game up even more.  That other weapon is Riley Cooper. Early in the season he wasn’t able to beat single coverage, but with Nick Foles as quarterback he’s putting up elite receiving numbers. Of course that can’t be sustained, but after catching eight passes for 241 yards and five touchdowns over the last two games, defenses can’t ignore him anymore.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: LeSean McCoy: 3-1-2-0-5-4-5-1-2-2 (25), DeSean Jackson: 0-1-1-2-2-2-0-0-1-0 (9), Jason Avant: 0-1-1-0-3-0-2-1-0-1 (9), Bryce Brown: 2-2-0-1-1-1-0-0-0-0 (7), Brent Celek: 0-1-1-2-0-0-1-0-2-0 (7), Riley Cooper: 1-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-2-0 (5), Zach Ertz: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-2-0 (3), Chris Polk: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 (2), James Casey: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (2), Jeff Maehl: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Damaris Johnson: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 (1)



San Francisco 49ers


Vernon Davis: 11-8-4-BYE-2 (25) (6.2), Anquan Boldin: 8-6-6-BYE-5 (25) (6.2), Kyle Williams: 2-1-3-BYE-2 (8) (2), Bruce Miller: 2-1-3-BYE-2 (8) (2), Mario Manningham: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-6 (6) (6), Frank Gore: 0-3-1-BYE-2 (6) (1.5), Vance McDonald: 1-2-0-BYE-2 (5) (1.2), Kendall Hunter: 1-0-0-BYE-1 (2) (0.5), Jon Baldwin: 2-0-dnp-BYE-0 (2) (0.7), Anthony Dixon: 1-0-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2)


While the Panthers never ran a play from inside the red zone, the 49ers ran just two. They weren’t helped at all by Vernon Davis leaving early with a concussion. He truly is their only playmaker in the receiving game and without him their offense completely bogs down, especially against the stout defensive line of the Panthers.


Colin Kaepernick completed just 11-of-22 passes for 91 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. That is officially being bogged down. Mario Manningham led the way with six targets, which he caught three of for 30 yards. It’s nice for the 49ers to get Manningham back, but he’s not going to stretch the field like Davis can.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Frank Gore: 5-3-0-3-7-8-4-5-BYE-2 (37), Vernon Davis: 2-1-0-1-2-1-1-2-BYE-0 (10), Anthony Dixon: 0-1-0-2-4-0-0-0-BYE-0 (7), Anquan Boldin: 3-0-0-1-1-1-0-1-BYE-0 (7), Bruce Miller: 0-2-0-0-0-2-0-1-BYE-0 (5), Kendall Hunter: 0-0-2-0-0-1-0-1-BYE-0 (4), Kyle Williams: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE-0 (1), Jon Baldwin: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0 (1), Vance McDonald: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0 (1)



Seattle Seahawks


Golden Tate: 7-7-7-3-7 (31) (6.2), Doug Baldwin: 4-1-1-10-8 (24) (4.8), Marshawn Lynch: 5-3-1-5-3 (17) (3.4), Zach Miller: dnp-7-3-5-0 (15) (3.8), Jermaine Kearse: 3-3-2-2-4 (14) (2.8), Sidney Rice: 4-4-3-dnp-dnp (11) (3.7), Luke Willson: 3-2-0-0-2 (7) (1.4), Robert Turbin: 2-0-1-0-1 (4) (0.8), Derrick Coleman: 1-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (1), Ricardo Lockette: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-1 (2) (1), Kellen Davis: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) (0.4)


The Seahawks didn’t meet much resistance in Atlanta as they put a 33-10 whipping on the Falcons. Russell Wilson was efficient, Marshawn Lynch was in full Beast Mode and three receivers topped 75 yards. All in all it was about as good a performance as you could ask for.


The targets were spread out between Doug Baldwin (8), Golden Tate (7) and Jermaine Kearse (4). Tate made an amazing touchdown catch and Kearse caught a 43 yard touchdown. Kearse is the deep threat with Sidney Rice gone and Baldwin the slot receiver with Percy Harvin gone. Unfortunately for Baldwin, Harvin should be back this week.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Marshawn Lynch: 1-6-5-1-2-5-3-0-3-4 (30), Robert Turbin: 0-2-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-2 (6), Golden Tate: 0-0-0-1-1-0-2-1-0-1 (6), Sidney Rice: 0-2-1-0-1-0-0-1-0-0 (5), Zach Miller: 1-1-2-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 (5), Doug Baldwin: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-3-0 (4), Jermaine Kearse: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-1-1 (4), Spencer Ware: 0-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (3), Kellen Davis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 (1)



St. Louis Rams


Chris Givens: 4-2-5-8-4 (23) (4.6), Jared Cook: 2-7-6-6-2 (23) (4.6), Zac Stacy: 2-4-3-7-3 (19) (3.8), Lance Kendricks: 2-3-5-4-dnp (14) (3.5), Tavon Austin: 1-5-3-2-3 (14) (2.8), Brian Quick: 2-6-3-2-0 (13) (2.6), Austin Pettis: 1-4-4-4-0 (13) (2.6), Cory Harkey: 1-2-1-0-3 (7) (1.4), Daryl Richardson: 1-1-1-dnp-dnp (3) (1), Benny Cunningham: 0-dnp-dnp-0-1 (1) (0.3), Stedman Bailey: 0-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)


This was the Tavon Austin Show and the Colts were forced to watch. Austin had a 98 yard punt return touchdown, a 57 yard touchdown reception another 81 yard touchdown reception.


Kellen Clemens completed just nine passes, but thanks to Austin two of those passes went for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Zac Stacy didn’t have a great game, but he did get in for a touchdown and remains the guy who sets up whatever passing game they can muster.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Zac Stacy: 0-0-0-0-2-4-6-3-6-2 (23), Daryl Richardson: 3-0-0-0-2-1-0-3-0-0 (9), Jared Cook: 2-1-0-0-0-0-2-2-1-0 (8), Isaiah Pead: 0-2-4-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 (7), Chris Givens: 1-1-1-1-1-0-0-1-0-1 (7), Tavon Austin: 0-5-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0 (7), Austin Pettis: 1-2-1-0-1-0-1-1-0-0 (7), Brian Quick: 2-0-2-0-0-1-0-2-0-0 (7), Benny Cunningham: 0-0-0-0-3-0-0-0-1-2 (6), Lance Kendricks: 0-0-0-1-2-1-1-0-1-0 (6), Stedman Bailey: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 (1), Cory Harkey: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 (1)



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 14-22-13-4-8 (61) (12.2), Tim Wright: 9-3-8-4-1 (25) (5), Brian Leonard: 1-2-7-4-3 (17) (3.4), Tiquan Underwood: 4-1-4-3-5 (17) (3.4), Mike Williams: dnp-5-6-dnp-dnp (11) (5.5), Mike James: 0-3-5-2-0 (10) (2), Chris Owusu: 4-3-dnp-dnp-dnp (7) (3.5), Tom Crabtree: 1-2-2-1-0 (6) (1.2), Erik Lorig: 0-0-1-3-0 (4) (0.8), Skye Dawson: dnp-dnp-1-0-2 (3) (1), Eric Page: 0-0-3-0-0 (3) (0.6), Bobby Rainey: 0-dnp-0-0-1 (1) (0.2), Donald Penn: 0-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2)


While the Buccaneers defense held the Dolphins to .1 yards per rushing attempt and one first down, the offense did just enough to win their first game of the season.


They lost running back Mike James to a broken ankle after he ran five times for 41 yards. Brian Leonard came in for James and ran 20 times for 57 yards while Bobby Rainey ran eight times for 45 yards including the game winning one yard touchdown run. They will most likely split time going forward.


Vincent Jackson had his second down game in a row after posting big numbers with Mike Glennon at the helm. The Buccaneers look like they want to run the ball and play good defense, which are coach Greg Schiano’s roots. That’s not great news for the passing game going forward.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Vincent Jackson: 0-0-0-0-BYE-2-5-3-0-2 (12), Mike James: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-5-0-3-2 (10), Doug Martin: 3-0-1-2-BYE-1-2-0-0-0 (9), Mike Williams: 1-1-2-1-BYE-0-2-0-0-0 (7), Brian Leonard: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-2-0-0-3 (5), Tim Wright: 0-0-1-0-BYE-1-0-1-1-0 (4), Tiquan Underwood: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-2-0 (2), Kevin Ogletree: 0-1-1-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-0 (2), Eric Page: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-2-0-0 (2), Bobby Rainey: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1 (1), Tom Crabtree: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-1-0 (1)



Washington Redskins


Pierre Garcon: 15-8-11-11-10 (55) (11), Jordan Reed: 6-9-14-5-9 (43) (8.6), Leonard Hankerson: 6-5-3-6-5 (25) (5), Santana Moss: 3-2-5-2-3 (15) (3), Roy Helu: 6-2-1-1-4 (14) (2.8), Logan Paulsen: 0-1-1-3-3 (8) (1.6), Josh Morgan: 1-0-2-1-1 (5) (1), Aldrick Robinson: 0-2-2-1-0 (5) (1), Niles Paul: 0-0-0-2-0 (2) (0.4), Darrel Young: 0-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2), Alfred Morris: 1-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)


Pierre Garcon has had three seven-reception games in a row and in the last two has 14 receptions for 291 yards and a touchdown. It looks like he and Robert Griffin are getting more productive with all those targets he’s been seeing.


Jordan Reed is second in targets for tight ends over the last five games with 8.6 per game. He had nine in this one and caught six for 62 yards and a touchdown. He and Garcon are target royalty.


This week no random fullback came in to score three touchdowns, but Alfred Morris was held out of the end zone again even though he ran 26 times for 139 yards. He’s still a stud and you just have to start him and hope he doesn’t get too Shanahan’d.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Alfred Morris: 2-0-0-1-BYE-5-1-3-6-4 (22), Pierre Garcon: 0-2-3-3-BYE-1-2-1-0-3 (15), Roy Helu: 0-0-1-2-BYE-0-4-0-0-1 (8), Leonard Hankerson: 1-1-1-0-BYE-1-0-1-1-1 (7), Jordan Reed: 0-2-0-0-BYE-0-2-1-0-2 (7), Darrel Young: 0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-4-1 (5), Logan Paulsen: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-1-0-1-2 (5), Santana Moss: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-1-1-0-1 (4), Niles Paul: 0-0-1-0-BYE-0-0-0-1-0 (2), Aldrick Robinson: 0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-0 (1)


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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