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Week 11 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Welcome to the AFC targets and touches for Week 11 of the NFL season. The NFC portion is magically HERE.

 

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 as easy as following me on Twitter.

 

Below I have the leaders in rushing attempts for quarterbacks inside the red zone. You can see the usual suspects here. I tried looking at quarterback’s rushing attempts inside the opponent’s five-yard line, but there really weren’t enough to be worth mentioning. The days of Cam Newton as a goal line back seem to be over.

 

 

QB Red Zone Rushing Attempts

 

PlayerAttemptsYardsYPCTD
Russell Wilson 12 44 3.6 1
Cam Newton 12 33 2.75 4
Alex Smith 11 27 2.45 1
Robert Griffin III 7 29 4.14 0
Christian Ponder 7 57 8.14 4
Aaron Rodgers 7 0 0 0
Geno Smith 7 21 3 3
Andrew Luck 7 55 7.85 3
Colin Kaepernick 6 44 7.3 3
Michael Vick 6 18 3 2
Terrelle Pryor 5 13 2.6 1
EJ Manuel 5 28 5.6 0
Thaddeus Lewis 5 15 3 1
Matthew Stafford 5 21 4.2 2
Nick Foles 5 8 1.6 1
Tom Brady 5 -2 -0.4 0

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens

 

Torrey Smith: 4-6-BYE-8-14 (32) (8), Marlon Brown: 7-4-BYE-9-3 (23) (5.8), Jacoby Jones: 2-8-BYE-8-2 (20) (5), Ray Rice: 4-5-BYE-4-6 (19) (4.8), Tandon Doss: 6-3-BYE-4-1 (14) (3.5), Dallas Clark: 6-4-BYE-1-2 (13) (3.2), Ed Dickson: 0-2-BYE-3-4 (9) (2.2), Bernard Pierce: 2-1-BYE-0-3 (6) (1.5), Deonte Thompson: 0-0-BYE-4-1 (5) (1.2), Vonta Leach: 2-1-BYE-0-0 (3) (0.8), Billy Bajema: 1-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (1) (1)

 

This game was difficult to watch with both quarterbacks playing poorly. Joe Flacco attempted seven passes over 15 yards and didn’t connect on any. The wind didn’t help, but Flacco has attempted 40 passes over 20 yards this season and not had one touchdown on any of them. The deep ball is supposed to be his strength, but not this season.

 

Torrey Smith saw the most targets with 14, which is good since he was only able to come up with five of them for 46 yards and a touchdown.  As long as he’s getting the lion’s share of the targets he’s got plenty of upside.

 

Ray Rice has hit the bottom of the fantasy barrel. He rushed eight times for 30 yards and thankfully for PPR’ers he caught six passes for 26 yards. He’s slowed down some and the offensive line is not worth its weight in used car batteries, so the near future is not looking bright for Rice. His longest run for the season is 14 yards.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Ray Rice: 6-0-0-2-5-4-4-0-0-2 (23), Bernard Pierce: 1-3-4-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 (10), Torrey Smith: 1-0-1-2-1-0-0-0-2-3 (10), Dallas Clark: 2-0-1-1-0-1-2-0-0-1 (8), Vonta Leach: 2-0-0-1-0-0-2-0-1-1 (7), Marlon Brown: 1-1-0-1-0-2-0-0-2-0 (7), Tandon Doss: 0-0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0 (3), Jacoby Jones: 0-0-0-0-0-1-2-0-0-0 (3), Deonte Thompson: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0 (2), Brandon Stokley: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)

 

 

Buffalo Bills

 

Steve Johnson: dnp-13-11-7-10 (41) (10.2), Scott Chandler: 4-3-11-9-3 (30) (6), Robert Woods: 6-4-3-8-dnp (21) (5.2), Fred Jackson: 5-5-4-2-4 (20) (4), T.J. Graham: 6-2-4-4-4 (20) (4), Marquise Goodwin: 3-0-5-4-4 (16) (3.2), C.J. Spiller: 2-3-dnp-3-3 (11) (2.8), Chris Gragg: 0-0-0-0-6 (6) (1.2), Tashard Choice: 3-1-0-1-0 (5) (1), Chris Hogan: 3-0-0-0-1 (4) (0.8), Marcus Easley: 0-0-0-1-2 (3) (0.6), Lee Smith: 0-1-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Frank Summers: 0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

E.J. Manuel was held down all game by the Steelers’ defense as he completed 22-of-39 passes for just 155 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was just 7-of-16 for 92 yards and an interception on passes over five yards.

 

Stevie Johnson had 10 targets, but only caught three for 48 yards before leaving the game with a groin injury. The second target leader was backup tight end Chris Gragg who caught four of six targets for 25 yards and a garbage-time touchdown. As you can tell, Manuel was throwing a lot of short passes that ended up going nowhere.

 

The running game was bottled up as well, even though they probably should have tried a bit more than they did. Fred Jackson led the way with 44 snaps to C.J. Spiller’s 22.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Fred Jackson: 0-2-4-3-2-3-4-5-5-3 (31), Tashard Choice: 0-0-0-0-2-3-6-0-1-0 (12), C.J. Spiller: 0-2-2-4-0-0-0-0-1-2 (11), Steve Johnson: 1-3-1-0-0-0-2-1-2-1 (11), Robert Woods: 1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-2-0 (6), Scott Chandler: 0-2-0-0-0-0-1-1-1-0 (5), T.J. Graham: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 (3), Marquise Goodwin: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (1), Marcus Easley: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (1), Lee Smith: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Chris Gragg: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (1)

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals

 

A.J. Green: 11-8-7-19-15 (60) (12), Marvin Jones: 5-6-8-7-7 (33) (6.6), Mohamed Sanu: 6-2-3-9-8 (28) (5.6), Giovani Bernard: 7-6-2-4-8 (27) (5.4), Tyler Eifert: 3-4-4-4-10 (25) (5), Jermaine Gresham: 4-5-3-7-dnp (19) (4.8), Dane Sanzenbacher: 1-1-2-1-0 (5) (1), Andrew Hawkins: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-0 (2) (1), Alex Smith: 0-0-0-0-2 (2) (0.4), Brandon Tate: 1-0-1-0-0 (2) (0.4), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Giovani Bernard had 14 carries for 58 yards and caught all eight of his targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. His 22 touches are his most on the season and his 67% of the snaps are his second most. He sees more work when games are close or when they are behind due to his work in the passing game and thankfully for his fantasy owners the key losses in the Bengals’ defense may actually help him see more work.

 

Andy Dalton had another poor game after having three great games Weeks 6-8. A.J. Green put up a great line of eight receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown, but the touchdown was a fluky 51-yard Hail Mary that bounced into his arms like manna from heaven.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Giovani Bernard: 0-1-2-2-1-2-2-2-4-2 (18), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 3-3-1-2-3-1-0-3-0-0 (16), A.J. Green: 2-2-1-2-0-2-0-1-3-0 (13), Marvin Jones: 0-0-1-0-0-1-1-5-1-0 (9), Mohamed Sanu: 0-1-1-0-0-1-1-1-1-0 (6), Tyler Eifert: 0-0-0-1-1-1-0-2-0-1 (6), Jermaine Gresham: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 (2)

 

 

Cleveland Browns

 

Josh Gordon: 9-6-10-7-BYE (32) (8), Greg Little: 5-9-3-9-BYE (26) (6.5), Chris Ogbonnaya: 12-2-4-6-BYE (24) (6), Jordan Cameron: 6-9-4-5-BYE (24) (6), Davone Bess: 3-6-8-4-BYE (21) (5.2), Fozzy Whittaker: 0-5-2-4-BYE (11) (2.8), Gary Barnidge: 3-1-1-1-BYE (6) (1.5), Willis McGahee: 1-1-2-0-BYE (4) (1), Travis Benjamin: 2-0-0-dnp-BYE (2) (0.7), MarQueis Gray: 0-1-1-0-BYE (2) (0.5), Armanti Edwards: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-BYE (1) (1)

 

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-BYE (25), Jordan Cameron: 4-0-5-1-2-1-2-0-0-BYE (15), Chris Ogbonnaya: 0-0-0-1-0-3-2-0-1-BYE (7), Greg Little: 2-0-2-1-0-1-1-0-0-BYE (7), Davone Bess: 1-1-1-2-0-0-0-0-2-BYE (7), Josh Gordon: 0-0-1-0-0-1-2-0-1-BYE (5), Bobby Rainey: 0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-BYE (4), Gary Barnidge: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-1-BYE (3), Trent Richardson: 0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (2), Fozzy Whittaker: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-BYE (2), Tori Gurley: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (1)

 

 

Denver Broncos

 

Wes Welker: 8-12-10-BYE-6 (36) (9), Demaryius Thomas: 5-9-11-BYE-10 (35) (8.8), Eric Decker: 7-13-7-BYE-5 (32) (8), Knowshon Moreno: 10-6-6-BYE-8 (30) (7.5), Julius Thomas: 7-6-3-BYE-5 (21) (5.2), Montee Ball: 2-0-1-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Joel Dreessen: 1-0-2-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Andre Caldwell: 0-0-2-BYE-1 (3) (0.8), Ronnie Hillman: 2-1-dnp-BYE-dnp (3) (1.5), Jacob Tamme: 0-1-1-BYE-0 (2) (0.5), Virgil Green: 0-0-1-BYE-1 (2) (0.5)

 

Peyton Manning did a Peyton Manning on the Chargers and put up a quick four touchdowns, three of them to Demaryius Thomas and one to Julius Thomas. This is the way of the Broncos’ offense. Fantasy players can’t worry about their Broncos’ receivers on a weekly basis. You start them and then look at how amazing they were at the end of the season. Eric Decker has been the odd man out this season, but is still a top 20 receiver and easily could have a few breakout games moving forward.

 

The buzz was that Knowshon Moreno would be losing carries to Montee Ball to keep him fresh for a playoff run, but that didn’t materialize this week with 23 touches (eight of those receptions) for 114 yards. Ball finished the game with five attempts for 20 yards.

 

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

 

 

Houston Texans

 

Andre Johnson: 8-6-BYE-13-12 (39) (9.8), DeAndre Hopkins: 5-4-BYE-6-11 (26) (6.5), Garrett Graham: 4-8-BYE-6-3 (21) (5.2), Ben Tate: 4-3-BYE-2-5 (14) (3.5), DeVier Posey: 1-2-BYE-4-6 (13) (3.2), Arian Foster: 7-0-BYE-1-dnp (8) (2.7), Lestar Jean: 2-2-BYE-0-1 (5) (1.2), Greg Jones: 2-0-BYE-1-1 (4) (1), Ryan Griffin: 3-0-BYE-0-1 (4) (1), Keshawn Martin: 2-0-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), Dennis Johnson: dnp-dnp-BYE-0-1 (1) (0.5)

 

Case Keenum thankfully doesn’t face defenses like Arizona going forward, but with the help of Andre Johnson he was still able to throw three touchdowns in a losing effort. Johnson is averaging 12.5 targets in the last two games and has totaled 14 receptions for 266 yards and five touchdowns. Of course only 37 of those yards came in this game, but two of the touchdowns did because Keenum is young and knows Johnson is his best shot in the end zone. And the two catches he made for touchdowns were hall of fame receptions.

 

Keenum also targeted DeAndre Hopkins 11 times, which he caught six of for 69 yards. With the schedule the Texans have going forward, both Hopkins and Johnson could coexist in fantasyland if Keenum is allowed to air it out like he has been.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Arian Foster: 2-4-4-5-0-2-0-BYE-0-0 (17), Ben Tate: 1-1-0-0-0-9-0-BYE-3-2 (16), Garrett Graham: 1-3-0-1-0-2-0-BYE-0-1 (8), DeAndre Hopkins: 2-2-0-0-0-1-1-BYE-0-1 (7), Andre Johnson: 0-0-2-1-0-0-0-BYE-1-2 (6), Owen Daniels: 2-1-1-1-0-0-0-BYE-0-0 (5), Greg Jones: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-BYE-0-0 (2), DeVier Posey: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-BYE-0-1 (2), Keshawn Martin: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-BYE-0-0 (2), Ryan Griffin: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-1 (1)

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

T.Y. Hilton: 8-11-BYE-12-8 (39) (9.8), Coby Fleener: 6-5-BYE-5-10 (26) (6.5), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 2-7-BYE-6-6 (21) (5.2), Reggie Wayne: 8-8-BYE-dnp-dnp (16) (8), Griff Whalen: dnp-dnp-BYE-9-5 (14) (7), Donald Brown: 2-3-BYE-2-5 (12) (3), Trent Richardson: 2-0-BYE-3-5 (10) (2.5), Stanley Havili: 1-2-BYE-1-4 (8) (2), LaVon Brazill: 0-0-BYE-2-5 (7) (1.8), Daniel Herron: dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-1 (1) (1), David Reed: 0-dnp-BYE-0-1 (1) (0.3)

 

The Colts were down 28-0 by halftime and that was all she wrote. Andrew Luck tried to throw his way out of it, but he was off target much of the game throwing three interceptions and fumbling early. T.Y. Hilton was the main benefactor of the high volume of passes due to the deficit as he caught seven of eight targets for 130 yards. Tight end Coby Fleener led the team with 10 targets, but only caught four for 33 yards. The only touchdown came on a Donald Brown reception.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Coby Fleener: 1-3-1-1-0-0-3-0-1-1 (11), Ahmad Bradshaw: 0-5-5-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (10), Donald Brown: 0-1-0-2-1-0-2-0-2-1 (9), Reggie Wayne: 1-1-0-3-0-1-1-0-0-0 (7), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 0-2-0-1-0-0-1-0-2-1 (7), Trent Richardson: 0-0-1-3-0-1-0-0-0-1 (6), T.Y. Hilton: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-4-1 (6), LaVon Brazill: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-3 (4), Stanley Havili: 0-0-0-2-0-0-1-0-0-0 (3), Griff Whalen: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-2 (3), Daniel Herron: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (1), David Reed: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (1)

 


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Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for Rotoworld.com and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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