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Week 11 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars


Justin Blackmon: 20-9-10-BYE-dnp (39) (13), Cecil Shorts: 1-13-10-BYE-4 (28) (7), Mike Brown: 5-8-6-BYE-4 (23) (5.8), Maurice Jones-Drew: 2-2-8-BYE-4 (16) (4), Marcedes Lewis: dnp-3-3-BYE-6 (12) (4), Will Taufoou: 3-0-3-BYE-1 (7) (1.8), Justin Forsett: 3-1-3-BYE-dnp (7) (2.3), Clay Harbor: 3-0-1-BYE-1 (5) (1.2), Ace Sanders: 3-dnp-1-BYE-1 (5) (1.7), Stephen Williams: 2-0-dnp-BYE-dnp (2) (1), Jordan Todman: 0-0-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.2), Stephen Burton: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1 (1) (1)


If you look at the offensive numbers in this one you’d expect the Jaguars would have lost in easy fashion, but their defense made some key plays that set them up with short fields and even returned one turnover for a touchdown. Chad Henne completed 14-of- 23 passes for 180 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions and their two leading receivers had two receptions on four targets each for 42 and 40 yards. Those were Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown, both of whom should be reaping the benefits of garbage time, but instead the Jaguars had to go and play good defense!


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Maurice Jones-Drew: 0-2-6-1-0-4-1-4-BYE-4 (22), Cecil Shorts: 0-0-3-1-2-0-3-2-BYE-0 (11), Justin Blackmon: 0-0-0-0-2-4-2-3-BYE-0 (11), Mike Brown: 0-0-0-0-0-2-1-2-BYE-0 (5), Ace Sanders: 2-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-BYE-0 (5), Jordan Todman: 1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-BYE-1 (4), Clay Harbor: 0-2-0-1-1-0-0-0-BYE-0 (4), Marcedes Lewis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-BYE-1 (4), Stephen Burton: 0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (2), Jeremy Ebert: 0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-BYE-0 (2), Allen Reisner: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (2), Will Taufoou: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE-0 (1), D.J. Williams: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (1)



Kansas City Chiefs


Jamaal Charles: Jamaal Charles: 9-4-7-7-BYE (27) (6.8), Dwayne Bowe: 4-9-2-12-BYE (27) (6.8), Dexter McCluster: 5-5-10-4-BYE (24) (6), Donnie Avery: 4-4-5-5-BYE (18) (4.5), Anthony Fasano: dnp-5-3-1-BYE (9) (3), Sean McGrath: 3-2-2-0-BYE (7) (1.8), Anthony Sherman: 0-4-3-0-BYE (7) (1.8), Junior Hemingway: 1-0-1-0-BYE (2) (0.5), Knile Davis: 1-0-1-0-BYE (2) (0.5), Kevin Brock: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (1) (1), A.J. Jenkins: 1-0-0-0-BYE (1) (0.2), Chad Hall: 0-0-1-0-BYE (1) (0.2)


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-BYE (37), Anthony Sherman: 0-0-1-0-2-0-2-1-1-BYE (7), Dwayne Bowe: 0-1-0-1-3-0-1-0-1-BYE (7), Dexter McCluster: 0-0-2-0-0-1-1-0-2-BYE (6), Donnie Avery: 1-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0-BYE (4), Sean McGrath: 0-0-0-1-1-0-1-0-0-BYE (3), Anthony Fasano: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-0-BYE (3), Knile Davis: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE (2), Cyrus Gray: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE (2), A.J. Jenkins: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-BYE (2), Junior Hemingway: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (1), Chad Hall: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (1)



Miami Dolphins


Mike Wallace: BYE-10-10-8-7 (35) (8.8), Brian Hartline: BYE-11-6-5-8 (30) (7.5), Rishard Matthews: BYE-1-6-4-14 (25) (6.2), Charles Clay: BYE-3-8-3-8 (22) (5.5), Lamar Miller: BYE-3-3-4-3 (13) (3.2), Brandon Gibson: BYE-8-2-dnp-dnp (10) (5), Michael Egnew: BYE-0-2-1-2 (5) (1.2), Daniel Thomas: BYE-1-1-2-0 (4) (1), Dion Sims: BYE-0-2-dnp-0 (2) (0.7), Marcus Thigpen: BYE-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2), Marlon Moore: BYE-dnp-0-dnp-0 (1) (0.3)


The Dolphins running backs carried the ball 11 times for zero yards in this one. That’s an average of 0.0 yards per carry. So if they had carried the ball 100 times, that would extrapolate out to zero yards rushing. This comes after Lamar Miller had rushed for 194 yards over the last two games. Maybe losing two linemen had something to do with all that.


The star for the Dolphins was Rishard Matthews. With Darrelle Revis taking Mike Wallace out of the game Matthews led the team with 14 targets in which he caught 11 for 120 yards and two touchdowns.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Daniel Thomas: 1-0-2-2-1-BYE-1-3-4-1 (15), Lamar Miller: 1-1-2-3-0-BYE-3-2-0-0 (12), Charles Clay: 0-1-0-2-2-BYE-1-2-0-2 (10), Mike Wallace: 0-1-0-0-4-BYE-0-2-0-0 (7), Brandon Gibson: 0-0-1-1-1-BYE-3-1-0-0 (7), Brian Hartline: 1-0-1-0-0-BYE-2-0-0-1 (5), Rishard Matthews: 0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-2 (2), Michael Egnew: 0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-1 (1)



New England Patriots


Rob Gronkowski: dnp-17-5-10-BYE (32) (10.7), Aaron Dobson: 10-7-5-9-BYE (31) (7.8), Julian Edelman: 11-7-2-4-BYE (24) (6), Danny Amendola: 4-dnp-6-4-BYE (14) (4.7), Kenbrell Thompkins: 6-5-1-dnp-BYE (12) (4), Brandon Bolden: 3-3-2-0-BYE (8) (2), Stevan Ridley: 1-2-0-4-BYE (7) (1.8), Austin Collie: 2-5-0-0-BYE (7) (1.8), Michael Hoomanawanui: 4-0-0-2-BYE (6) (1.5), LeGarrette Blount: 1-0-0-0-BYE (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 its 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-BYE (28), Brandon Bolden: 0-0-0-3-0-2-3-4-1-BYE (13), LeGarrette Blount: 0-0-4-1-1-2-0-3-2-BYE (13), Julian Edelman: 2-3-1-1-1-1-0-0-1-BYE (10), Kenbrell Thompkins: 3-0-3-3-0-1-0-0-0-BYE (10), Aaron Dobson: 0-1-2-1-0-2-0-1-1-BYE (8), Danny Amendola: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-BYE (3), Rob Gronkowski: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3-BYE (3), Shane Vereen: 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (2), Josh Boyce: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (1), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (1), Matthew Mulligan: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (1)



New York Jets


David Nelson: 1-7-12-3-BYE (23) (5.8), Jeremy Kerley: 7-10-4-2-BYE (23) (5.8), Stephen Hill: 8-5-7-1-BYE (21) (5.2), Jeff Cumberland: 5-7-2-dnp-BYE (14) (4.7), Bilal Powell: 3-2-6-3-BYE (14) (3.5), Clyde Gates: 7-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (7) (7), Zach Sudfeld: 0-0-2-4-BYE (6) (1.5), Greg Salas: dnp-dnp-dnp-3-BYE (3) (3), Konrad Reuland: 2-0-0-0-BYE (2) (0.5), Josh Cribbs: dnp-0-0-2-BYE (2) (0.7), Chris Ivory: 0-2-0-0-BYE (2) (0.5), Tommy Bohanon: 0-0-0-2-BYE (2) (0.5), Alex Green: 0-0-1-dnp-BYE (1) (0.3), Mike Goodson: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (1) (1)


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: 1-1-3-0-3-3-0-0-3-BYE (14), Chris Ivory: 1-3-0-0-1-0-4-0-4-BYE (13), Jeremy Kerley: 0-0-1-0-1-0-2-0-0-BYE (4), David Nelson: 0-0-0-0-2-0-2-0-0-BYE (4), Jeff Cumberland: 0-0-0-0-1-1-2-0-0-BYE (4), Kellen Winslow Jr: 1-2-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-BYE (4), Stephen Hill: 1-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-BYE (3), Tommy Bohanon: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE (2), Clyde Gates: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (1), Josh Cribbs: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (1), Greg Salas: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (1), Zach Sudfeld: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (1)



Oakland Raiders


Denarius Moore: 10-BYE-4-11-9 (34) (8.5), Rod Streater: 7-BYE-6-6-4 (23) (5.8), Rashad Jennings: 2-BYE-0-10-5 (17) (4.2), Mychal Rivera: 3-BYE-1-5-2 (11) (2.8), Marcel Reece: 3-BYE-0-2-3 (8) (2), Juron Criner: dnp-BYE-dnp-8-dnp (8) (8), Jacoby Ford: 2-BYE-1-5-0 (8) (2), Darren McFadden: 3-BYE-2-2-dnp (7) (2.3), Brice Butler: 1-BYE-3-dnp-dnp (4) (2), Jeron Mastrud: 2-BYE-1-1-0 (4) (1), Nick Kasa: 0-BYE-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)


Terrelle Pryor has turned back into that guy everyone thought he would be. Over his last four games he’s averaging 15-of-30 passing for 178.5 yards for a total of one touchdown and eight interceptions including 18 sacks. His rushing yards are buoyed by his 97 yard touchdown run against the Steelers, but his knee was hurting as he went into this last game and it wasn’t feeling any better after getting sacked four times.


Denarius Moore led the team with nine targets, but only caught three for 45 yards. The real winner for the Raiders in this one was Rashad Jennings who had 22 touches for 107 yards.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Darren McFadden: 3-4-3-0-0-BYE-0-6-1-0 (17), Denarius Moore: 3-0-3-0-1-BYE-0-0-2-1 (10), Rashad Jennings: 2-1-0-0-1-BYE-0-0-1-4 (9), Marcel Reece: 1-2-2-1-1-BYE-0-0-0-0 (7), Mychal Rivera: 0-1-0-2-1-BYE-0-0-0-0 (4), Rod Streater: 1-0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-1 (3), Jeremy Stewart: 0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-2-0 (2), Jacoby Ford: 0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-2-0 (2), Juron Criner: 0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-2-0 (2)



Pittsburgh Steelers


Antonio Brown: 11-7-13-9-11 (51) (10.2), Emmanuel Sanders: 6-2-11-11-6 (36) (7.2), Heath Miller: 7-4-6-5-5 (27) (5.4), LeVeon Bell: 3-1-7-10-3 (24) (4.8), Jerricho Cotchery: 0-4-4-8-2 (18) (3.6), Felix Jones: 1-1-3-3-0 (8) (1.6), Will Johnson: 3-1-0-0-0 (4) (0.8), Jonathan Dwyer: 0-0-0-1-1 (2) (0.4), Markus Wheaton: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-1 (1) (1), David Paulson: 0-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2), Michael Palmer: 0-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2)


The Steelers got back to their defense and run oriented game plan and easily took care of the rookie-led Buffalo Bills. That game plan is going to be more effective against E.J. Manuel than Tom Brady. Le’Veon Bell ran the ball 22 times for just 57 yards and one touchdown, but also caught three passes for 39 yards. Bell isn’t Danny Woodhead in the passing game, but his use as the every down back is a nice asset in fantasy.


Antonio Brown once again led the way in the receiving game with six receptions on ten targets for 104 yards. His 67 receptions lead the league. He has yet to dip below five receptions this season.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: LeVeon Bell: 0-0-0-6-BYE-4-5-6-3-10 (34), Antonio Brown: 0-0-1-4-BYE-2-0-1-1-2 (11), Emmanuel Sanders: 2-0-1-1-BYE-0-1-1-3-1 (10), Jerricho Cotchery: 2-0-0-2-BYE-0-1-0-4-1 (10), Heath Miller: 0-0-0-2-BYE-0-1-2-0-1 (6), Isaac Redman: 5-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-0 (5), Felix Jones: 0-0-1-0-BYE-0-0-1-1-0 (3), Will Johnson: 0-0-0-0-BYE-1-0-0-0-0 (1), Markus Wheaton: 0-0-0-1-BYE-0-0-0-0-0 (1)



San Diego Chargers


Keenan Allen: 12-6-BYE-11-5 (34) (8.5), Antonio Gates: 8-6-BYE-10-8 (32) (8), Danny Woodhead: 5-4-BYE-12-5 (26) (6.5), Vincent Brown: 4-2-BYE-6-4 (16) (4), Eddie Royal: 0-4-BYE-6-4 (14) (3.5), Ladarius Green: 1-3-BYE-1-1 (6) (1.5), Ryan Mathews: 1-0-BYE-0-2 (3) (0.8), LeRon McClain: 1-0-BYE-0-0 (1) (0.2), John Phillips: 0-1-BYE-0-0 (1) (0.2)


Philip Rivers had his lowest yardage output since Week 3, but still spread the ball around like he usually does. That left the fantasy players wanting in fantasy points. Antonio Gates led the way with targets (8) and yards (62), which shows you how limited the numbers were.


Ryan Mathews got a rare goal line rushing attempt and scored, while Danny Woodhead got a quite common red zone look and also scored. The way the Chargers have been using Mathews has been so intermittent that it is difficult to know when or if he’ll do anything. At least for the most part we can rely on Woodhead getting receptions, even though this game produced the least number of receiving yards for him since Week 1.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Danny Woodhead: 0-1-1-4-8-5-3-BYE-2-5 (29), Ryan Mathews: 1-3-2-1-0-1-2-BYE-0-3 (13), Ronnie Brown: 2-0-2-0-4-1-0-BYE-0-1 (10), Antonio Gates: 0-1-2-0-2-0-3-BYE-1-1 (10), Keenan Allen: 0-0-0-1-3-2-1-BYE-2-0 (9), Eddie Royal: 3-4-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-1-0 (9), Vincent Brown: 2-1-1-2-1-0-0-BYE-0-0 (7), LeRon McClain: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-BYE-0-0 (1), Malcom Floyd: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0 (1), Ladarius Green: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0 (1)



Tennessee Titans


Kendall Wright: 8-12-BYE-5-9 (34) (8.5), Nate Washington: 4-10-BYE-4-5 (23) (5.8), Delanie Walker: 5-5-BYE-2-8 (20) (5), Chris Johnson: 4-4-BYE-4-7 (19) (4.8), Justin Hunter: 1-2-BYE-2-7 (12) (3), Damian Williams: 5-3-BYE-1-0 (9) (2.2), Kenny Britt: 1-2-BYE-1-1 (5) (1.2), Shonn Greene: dnp-0-BYE-1-3 (4) (1.3), Darius Reynaud: 0-2-BYE-dnp-dnp (2) (1), Craig Stevens: 0-0-BYE-1-1 (2) (0.5), Jackie Battle: 0-1-BYE-0-0 (1) (0.2), Collin Mooney: 0-0-BYE-1-0 (1) (0.2), Taylor Thompson: 0-0-BYE-0-1 (1) (0.2)


The Titans lost Jake Locker, but Ryan Fitzpatrick came in and performed well in relief completing 22-of-33 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns as well as a rushing touchdown, his second of the season. With the way Jake Locker had been playing the last two games it’s not unreasonable to say Fitzpatrick could give them a better shot at winning some games.


Kendall Wright remains a PPR asset with seven receptions for 78 yards in this game on a team-high nine targets. Delanie Walker also stepped up with a nice game catching four of eight targets for 62 yards and one touchdown.


Chris Johnson disappointed after putting together a stellar game the week before. He fumbled, dropped a pass, and rushed 12 times for 30 yards. He helped his cause with five receptions on seven targets for 43 yards though. If not for his fumble and a Locker interception the Titans most likely would have won this one.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Chris Johnson: 9-2-1-5-0-0-0-BYE-4-3 (24), Delanie Walker: 0-1-2-1-2-0-1-BYE-0-2 (9), Jackie Battle: 1-1-1-2-3-0-0-BYE-0-0 (8), Kendall Wright: 1-1-1-2-0-0-0-BYE-0-2 (7), Shonn Greene: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-3-0 (3), Nate Washington: 0-0-0-1-0-1-1-BYE-0-0 (3), Justin Hunter: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-BYE-0-1 (3), Kenny Britt: 0-0-1-0-2-0-0-BYE-0-0 (3), Taylor Thompson: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-1 (1), Craig Stevens: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0-0 (1)

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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