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Week 12 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Welcome to the AFC targets and touches for Week 12 of the NFL season. The NFC portion can be found with a click of the clicky thing.


I have all the targets for each player since Week 7, and then in parentheses are the total and then average targets per game played for that player. Then below that I have the Red Zone targets and touches for each player, now sorted for rushing attempts and passing targets from Week 7 on.  I hope you enjoy and if you get a chance give a follow on Twitter.



Baltimore Ravens


Torrey Smith: 6-BYE-8-14-8 (36) (9), Jacoby Jones: 8-BYE-8-2-2 (20) (5), Ray Rice: 5-BYE-4-6-5 (20) (5), Marlon Brown: 4-BYE-9-3-dnp (16) (5.3), Tandon Doss: 3-BYE-4-1-5 (13) (3.2), Ed Dickson: 2-BYE-3-4-3 (12) (3), Dallas Clark: 4-BYE-1-2-4 (11) (2.8), Deonte Thompson: 0-BYE-4-1-3 (8) (2), Bernard Pierce: 1-BYE-0-3-0 (4) (1), Vonta Leach: 1-BYE-0-0-1 (2) (0.5)


The fantasy story of this game was Ray Rice’s return to the fantasy world. He rushed 25 times for 131 yards and a touchdown while catching three of five targets for 17 yards. It was his best game of the season with 57 more rushing yards than any previous match. Of course these are the Chicago Bears we are talking about. They’ve been getting destroyed by opponents’ running backs. But it’s hard to knock a 131-yard rushing performance against any NFL team.


The elements weren’t good for the passing game and even though Joe Flacco has a strong arm, he didn’t rise to the occasion. Torrey Smith led in targets as usual and found the end zone for the second straight week, which saved both his fantasy days since he had low yardage totals.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Torrey Smith: Run 0/Tar 7, Dallas Clark: Run 0/Tar 4, Marlon Brown: Run 0/Tar 2, Jacoby Jones: Run 0/Tar 2, Ray Rice: Run 12/Tar 1, Tandon Doss: Run 0/Tar 1, Deonte Thompson: Run 0/Tar 1, Joe Flacco: Run 1/Tar 0, Vonta Leach: Run 4/Tar 0



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Buffalo Bills


Steve Johnson: 13-11-7-10-dnp (41) (10.2), Scott Chandler: 3-11-9-3-3 (29) (5.8), Marquise Goodwin: 0-5-4-4-9 (22) (4.4), T.J. Graham: 2-4-4-4-4 (18) (3.6), Fred Jackson: 5-4-2-4-2 (17) (3.4), Robert Woods: 4-3-8-dnp-dnp (15) (5), C.J. Spiller: 3-dnp-3-3-2 (11) (2.8), Chris Gragg: 0-0-0-6-0 (6) (1.2), Chris Hogan: 0-0-0-1-4 (5) (1), Lee Smith: 1-0-0-1-2 (4) (0.8), Marcus Easley: 0-0-1-2-0 (3) (0.6), Tashard Choice: 1-0-1-0-1 (3) (0.6), Frank Summers: 0-1-0-0-1 (2) (0.4)


With Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods out for this game it was the Marquise Goodwin show and he didn’t disappoint catching six of nine targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. His nine targets were much more than the #2 receivers Chris Hogan and T.J. Graham who had four each. Graham made the most of his with two receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.


The Jets’ rush defense is stout and it showed as C.J. Spiller ran 13 times for six yards and Fred Jackson rushed 12 times for 34 yards. Last season Spiller averaged 3.6 yards after contact and this season he’s averaging 1.8. He’s not the same player.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Steve Johnson: Run 1/Tar 5, Scott Chandler: Run 0/Tar 3, Robert Woods: Run 0/Tar 2, T.J. Graham: Run 0/Tar 2, Fred Jackson: Run 15/Tar 2, C.J. Spiller: Run 2/Tar 2, Marquise Goodwin: Run 0/Tar 1, Marcus Easley: Run 0/Tar 1, Chris Gragg: Run 0/Tar 1, Tashard Choice: Run 6/Tar 1, EJ Manuel: Run 1/Tar 0, Thaddeus Lewis: Run 3/Tar 0, Frank Summers: Run 1/Tar 0



Cincinnati Bengals


A.J. Green: 8-7-19-15-5 (54) (10.8), Marvin Jones: 6-8-7-7-2 (30) (6), Mohamed Sanu: 2-3-9-8-5 (27) (5.4), Giovani Bernard: 6-2-4-8-5 (25) (5), Tyler Eifert: 4-4-4-10-1 (23) (4.6), Jermaine Gresham: 5-3-7-dnp-6 (21) (5.2), Dane Sanzenbacher: 1-2-1-0-0 (4) (0.8), Andrew Hawkins: dnp-dnp-2-0-2 (4) (1.3), Alex Smith: 0-0-0-2-1 (3) (0.6), Brandon Tate: 0-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)


Andy Dalton completed 13-of-27 passes (48%) for 93 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. I doubt you can find too many three-touchdown games from quarterbacks who only score 11 fantasy points in standard format. His 93 yards are a record low for a player who attempted at least 25 passes and threw three touchdowns in the same game.  Mohammed Sanu threw for 25 yards on one attempt; over a fourth of the yardage Dalton could muster.


Giovani Bernard had 30 snaps to BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ 23, but had 14 touches to Green-Ellis’ 16. Bernard outplayed him again though with 86 total yards to his 62.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Marvin Jones: Run 0/Tar 7, Giovani Bernard: Run 7/Tar 6, A.J. Green: Run 0/Tar 4, Mohamed Sanu: Run 0/Tar 4, Tyler Eifert: Run 0/Tar 3, Jermaine Gresham: Run 0/Tar 1, Alex Smith: Run 0/Tar 1, BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Run 4/Tar 0



Cleveland Browns


Josh Gordon: 6-10-7-BYE-15 (38) (9.5), Greg Little: 9-3-9-BYE-6 (27) (6.8), Jordan Cameron: 9-4-5-BYE-7 (25) (6.2), Chris Ogbonnaya: 2-4-6-BYE-12 (24) (6), Davone Bess: 6-8-4-BYE-6 (24) (6), Fozzy Whittaker: 5-2-4-BYE-5 (16) (4), Willis McGahee: 1-2-0-BYE-2 (5) (1.2), Gary Barnidge: 1-1-1-BYE-1 (4) (1), MarQueis Gray: 1-1-0-BYE-dnp (2) (0.7), Armanti Edwards: dnp-dnp-1-BYE-0 (1) (0.5)


Jason Campbell was the check down king in this one. He had the third most passing attempts ever by a Browns’ quarterback with 27 attempts going to a running back or tight end. 44 of his 56 attempts were thrown shorter than 10 yards.


Chris Ogbonnaya had 12 targets, the second most to Josh Gordon’s 15. He only caught six, but if you didn’t know how many targets he saw that would be a good number. He finished the day with 99 yards on 14 touches.


Jordan Cameron is getting absolutely no help from his quarterback. His deepest target was six yards down field. That’s not going to get the job done no matter how many times you throw it to him.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Josh Gordon: Run 0/Tar 7, Chris Ogbonnaya: Run 1/Tar 5, Greg Little: Run 0/Tar 4, Jordan Cameron: Run 0/Tar 3, Fozzy Whittaker: Run 1/Tar 2, Davone Bess: Run 0/Tar 2, Gary Barnidge: Run 0/Tar 1, Armanti Edwards: Run 1/Tar 0, Willis McGahee: Run 10/Tar 0



Denver Broncos


Demaryius Thomas: 9-11-BYE-10-13 (43) (10.8), Wes Welker: 12-10-BYE-6-10 (38) (9.5), Eric Decker: 13-7-BYE-5-6 (31) (7.8), Knowshon Moreno: 6-6-BYE-8-1 (21) (5.2), Julius Thomas: 6-3-BYE-5-5 (19) (4.8), Montee Ball: 0-1-BYE-0-4 (5) (1.2), Andre Caldwell: 0-2-BYE-1-1 (4) (1), Virgil Green: 0-1-BYE-1-0 (2) (0.5), Joel Dreessen: 0-2-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), Jacob Tamme: 1-1-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), Ronnie Hillman: 1-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (1) (1)


Peyton Manning wasn’t hitting his deep passes in this one, but was his usual accurate self on shorter passes and he let his receivers do the rest of the work. The big four receivers all had either over 70 yards or a touchdown.


Montee Ball scored two rushing touchdowns, one from eight yards and the other from one, much to the chagrin of Knowshon Moreno owners. On the day Moreno had 60 snaps to Ball’s 22 and 27 touches to Ball’s 11, but he had just one target compared to his average of seven targets over the previous five games while Ball had four. Ball had a total of five on the season before this game.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Wes Welker: Run 0/Tar 7, Demaryius Thomas: Run 0/Tar 6, Eric Decker: Run 0/Tar 5, Julius Thomas: Run 0/Tar 4, Montee Ball: Run 6/Tar 2, Knowshon Moreno: Run 7/Tar 1, Joel Dreessen: Run 0/Tar 1, Ronnie Hillman: Run 1/Tar 1, Virgil Green: Run 0/Tar 1



Houston Texans


Andre Johnson: 6-BYE-13-12-17 (48) (12), Garrett Graham: 8-BYE-6-3-13 (30) (7.5), DeAndre Hopkins: 4-BYE-6-11-2 (23) (5.8), Ben Tate: 3-BYE-2-5-6 (16) (4), DeVier Posey: 2-BYE-4-6-4 (16) (4), Keshawn Martin: 0-BYE-0-0-5 (5) (1.2), Lestar Jean: 2-BYE-0-1-0 (3) (0.8), Greg Jones: 0-BYE-1-1-1 (3) (0.8), Dennis Johnson: dnp-BYE-0-1-0 (1) (0.3), Arian Foster: 0-BYE-1-dnp-dnp (1) (0.5), Ryan Griffin: 0-BYE-0-1-dnp (1) (0.3)


The numbers between Case Keenum and Matt Schaub look very similar. Keenum completed 13-of-24 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception while Matt Schaub completed 12-of-25 passes for 155 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions. Keenum’s interception came from him getting hit as he threw the ball. That and another early turnover from Garrett Graham caused the Texans to get down quick. In the end Keenum had a better Pro Football Focus grading and just looked like he had more juice.


Garrett Graham did end up with his best game on the season, even after fumbling on his first reception. He finished the day with seven receptions on 12 targets for 136 yards. After Owen Daniels went down these kinds of games seemed they would be more likely for Graham, but they hadn’t materialized until this week when most had given up on him.


DeAndre Hopkins lost some snaps for some mistakes early in the game, but he was back on the field at the end. At this point in the season with no chance for the playoffs they need to get him as many snaps as possible.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Andre Johnson: Run 0/Tar 6, Ben Tate: Run 9/Tar 3, DeAndre Hopkins: Run 0/Tar 2, Garrett Graham: Run 0/Tar 1, DeVier Posey: Run 0/Tar 1, Keshawn Martin: Run 0/Tar 1, Ryan Griffin: Run 0/Tar 1, Case Keenum: Run 2/Tar 0



Indianapolis Colts


T.Y. Hilton: 11-BYE-12-8-9 (40) (10), Coby Fleener: 5-BYE-5-10-10 (30) (7.5), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 7-BYE-6-6-3 (22) (5.5), Griff Whalen: dnp-BYE-9-5-3 (17) (5.7), Trent Richardson: 0-BYE-3-5-5 (13) (3.2), Donald Brown: 3-BYE-2-5-1 (11) (2.8), Stanley Havili: 2-BYE-1-4-1 (8) (2), LaVon Brazill: 0-BYE-2-5-1 (8) (2), Reggie Wayne: 8-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (8) (8), Weslye Saunders: dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-3 (3) (3), David Reed: dnp-BYE-0-1-0 (1) (0.3), Daniel Herron: dnp-BYE-dnp-1-0 (1) (0.5)


Coby Fleener led the way with 10 targets of which he caught eight for 107 yards, his career high. Fleener very much needs to emerge as a reliable target for Andrew Luck since T.Y. Hilton has been the only receiver to reliably get open.


Donald Brown was the other fantasy winner in this one. As the hurry up/come from behind back he saw the most looks after the Colts trailed 14-o after the first quarter and 17-6 at halftime. He finished the day with 14 carries for 80 yards for two touchdowns. Trent Richardson did see five targets, which he caught all five of for 31 yards. That’s a little glimmer of hope.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: T.Y. Hilton: Run 0/Tar 7, Darrius Heyward-Bey: Run 0/Tar 5, Coby Fleener: Run 0/Tar 5, LaVon Brazill: Run 0/Tar 4, Griff Whalen: Run 0/Tar 4, Stanley Havili: Run 0/Tar 2, Donald Brown: Run 6/Tar 2, David Reed: Run 0/Tar 1, Reggie Wayne: Run 0/Tar 1, Matt Hasselbeck: Run 0/Tar 0, Trent Richardson: Run 1/Tar 0, Daniel Herron: Run 1/Tar 0, Andrew Luck: Run 4/Tar 0


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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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