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Week 12 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Cecil Shorts: 13-10-BYE-4-5 (32) (8), Mike Brown: 8-6-BYE-4-3 (21) (5.2), Justin Blackmon: 9-10-BYE-dnp-dnp (19) (9.5), Marcedes Lewis: 3-3-BYE-6-7 (19) (4.8), Maurice Jones-Drew: 2-8-BYE-4-4 (18) (4.5), Ace Sanders: dnp-1-BYE-1-10 (12) (4), Clay Harbor: 0-1-BYE-1-5 (7) (1.8), Will Ta’ufo’ou: 0-3-BYE-1-1 (5) (1.2), Kerry Taylor: dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-5 (5) (5), Justin Forsett: 1-3-BYE-dnp-dnp (4) (2), Jordan Todman: 0-0-BYE-1-1 (2) (0.5), Stephen Burton: dnp-dnp-BYE-1-dnp (1) (1), Danny Noble: dnp-dnp-BYE-0-1 (1) (0.5)

 

The Jaguars continue to languish in mediocrity. After scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter it looked like they might put up a fight, but the fight was short lived as Carson Palmer carved up their defense.

 

Ace Sanders led the way with 10 targets, but garbage time didn’t result in much more than a lot of targets. Sanders led the way with eight receptions for 61 yards.

 

Over the last two weeks Cecil Shorts has only seen nine targets, which seems odd and Shorts thinks so as well. He’s not happy with his targets and there’s a good shot they’ll get him more this week.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Cecil Shorts: Run 0/Tar 5, Marcedes Lewis: Run 0/Tar 5, Justin Blackmon: Run 1/Tar 4, Mike Brown: Run 0/Tar 3, Ace Sanders: Run 0/Tar 2, Maurice Jones-Drew: Run 10/Tar 1, Will Ta’ufo’ou: Run 0/Tar 1, Jordan Todman: Run 1/Tar 0, Chad Henne: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Dwayne Bowe: 9-2-12-BYE-14 (37) (9.2), Dexter McCluster: 5-10-4-BYE-8 (27) (6.8), Jamaal Charles: 4-7-7-BYE-8 (26) (6.5), Donnie Avery: 4-5-5-BYE-3 (17) (4.2), Anthony Fasano: 5-3-1-BYE-4 (13) (3.2), Anthony Sherman: 4-3-0-BYE-3 (10) (2.5), Sean McGrath: 2-2-0-BYE-3 (7) (1.8), Kyle Williams: 1-3-dnp-BYE-0 (6) (1.5), Knile Davis: 0-1-0-BYE-1 (2) (0.5), Junior Hemingway: 0-1-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2), Chad Hall: 0-1-0-BYE-dnp (1) (0.3)

 

Alex Smith played a pretty good game for Alex Smith. The check down aficionado actually attempted 14 passes over 10 yards, but had his receivers drop four. So his stats don’t exactly pop off the page, 21-of-45 for 230 yards and two touchdowns, but they could have been much better and he also added five rushing attempts for 52 yards.

 

Dwayne Bowe saw 14 targets but only hauled in four, one for a touchdown. It is a good sign that he was targeted so much, but the four receptions is disappointing.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Anthony Sherman: Run 2/Tar 4, Anthony Fasano: Run 0/Tar 4, Dwayne Bowe: Run 0/Tar 4, Jamaal Charles: Run 9/Tar 2, Dexter McCluster: Run 1/Tar 2, Knile Davis: Run 2/Tar 1, Sean McGrath: Run 0/Tar 1, Alex Smith: Run 4/Tar 0, Cyrus Gray: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Brian Hartline: 11-6-5-8-13 (43) (8.6), Mike Wallace: 10-10-8-7-6 (41) (8.2), Rishard Matthews: 1-6-4-14-6 (31) (6.2), Charles Clay: 3-8-3-8-7 (29) (5.8), Lamar Miller: 3-3-4-3-2 (15) (3), Brandon Gibson: 8-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (10) (5), Michael Egnew: 0-2-1-2-0 (5) (1), Daniel Thomas: 1-1-2-0-1 (5) (1), Dion Sims: 0-2-dnp-0-0 (2) (0.5), Marcus Thigpen: 0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Well, all the love for Lamar Miller the fantasy community has had this year seems to be for naught. Of course we’ve come to that conclusion a few times now, but there were signs that he was getting the nod as the go to guy, but yet again Daniel Thomas led the way in snaps and touches. Thomas is also showing a better feel for inside running now and now in his third season has shown a better nose for the goal line with five rushing attempts inside the five yard line and three touchdowns on those attempts, one of those in this game.

 

Charles Clay showed up once again with a nice game, catching six of seven targets for 90 yards and a touchdown. He had been pretty quiet over the last three weeks, so it’s good to see him step up.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Charles Clay: Run 1/Tar 5, Brandon Gibson: Run 0/Tar 4, Brian Hartline: Run 0/Tar 4, Daniel Thomas: Run 9/Tar 3, Rishard Matthews: Run 0/Tar 3, Lamar Miller: Run 3/Tar 2, Mike Wallace: Run 0/Tar 2, Michael Egnew: Run 0/Tar 1

 

 

New England Patriots

 

Rob Gronkowski: 17-5-10-BYE-7 (39) (9.8), Aaron Dobson: 7-5-9-BYE-7 (28) (7), Danny Amendola: dnp-6-4-BYE-7 (17) (5.7), Julian Edelman: 7-2-4-BYE-4 (17) (4.2), Shane Vereen: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-11 (11) (11), Kenbrell Thompkins: 5-1-dnp-BYE-2 (8) (2.7), Stevan Ridley: 2-0-4-BYE-0 (6) (1.5), Brandon Bolden: 3-2-0-BYE-dnp (5) (1.7), Austin Collie: 5-0-0-BYE-dnp (5) (1.7), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-0-2-BYE-1 (3) (0.8), Matthew Mulligan: 0-0-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.2)

 

Rob Gronkowski has taken over the target lead for the team while Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola come in second and third. Shane Vereen led the team in targets with 11 and had 34 snaps in his first game back from his wrist injury. Those are pretty robust numbers for his return game and could be a sign of things to come. It will be interesting to see if he gets more rushing attempts going forward. He only had the one, which went seven yards for a first down.

 

Stevan Ridley had a costly fumble and saw the bench for a while, but got back onto the field and scored a goal line touchdown. LeGarrette Blount put up good numbers, 10 attempts for 49 yards, even though he appears to be running in quicksand. Both running backs finished the game with 19 snaps each.

 

Kenbrell Thompkins only had two targets, but made both count as he reeled them in for 60 yards, but he only had 14 snaps to Dobson’s 53.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Rob Gronkowski: Run 0/Tar 5, Aaron Dobson: Run 0/Tar 3, Danny Amendola: Run 0/Tar 1, Julian Edelman: Run 0/Tar 1, LeGarrette Blount: Run 7/Tar 0, Brandon Bolden: Run 8/Tar 0, Stevan Ridley: Run 17/Tar 0

 

 

New York Jets

 

David Nelson: 7-12-3-BYE-3 (25) (6.2), Stephen Hill: 5-7-1-BYE-7 (20) (5), Jeremy Kerley: 10-4-2-BYE-dnp (16) (5.3), Jeff Cumberland: 7-2-dnp-BYE-4 (13) (4.3), Bilal Powell: 2-6-3-BYE-1 (12) (3), Santonio Holmes: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-8 (8) (8), Zach Sudfeld: 0-2-4-BYE-0 (6) (1.5), Greg Salas: dnp-dnp-3-BYE-2 (5) (2.5), Tommy Bohanon: 0-0-2-BYE-2 (4) (1), Chris Ivory: 2-0-0-BYE-1 (3) (0.8), Josh Cribbs: 0-0-2-BYE-0 (2) (0.5), Kellen Winslow Jr: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1 (1) (1), Alex Green: 0-1-dnp-BYE-dnp (1) (0.5)

 

This game was probably Geno Smith’s worst as a pro. He completed just 8-of-23 passes for 103 yards, three interceptions and one fumble. He had negative four fantasy points. That didn’t bode too well for his receivers. Santonio Holmes did catch two passes for 71 yards, but had eight targets. It’s safe to say he is the #1 receiver again, but the quarterback situation will hold him back.

 

The best news is Chris Ivory. He ran 15 times for 98 yards and a touchdown. It’s good to see him get a decent amount of carries even in a game where the Jets are getting blown out.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: David Nelson: Run 0/Tar 4, Jeff Cumberland: Run 0/Tar 3, Stephen Hill: Run 0/Tar 2, Jeremy Kerley: Run 0/Tar 2, Zach Sudfeld: Run 0/Tar 1, Chris Ivory: Run 10/Tar 1, Bilal Powell: Run 3/Tar 1, Greg Salas: Run 0/Tar 1, Tommy Bohanon: Run 1/Tar 0, Josh Cribbs: Run 1/Tar 0, Geno Smith: Run 5/Tar 0

 

 

Oakland Raiders

 

Denarius Moore: BYE-4-11-9-6 (30) (7.5), Rod Streater: BYE-6-6-4-8 (24) (6), Rashad Jennings: BYE-0-10-5-3 (18) (4.5), Mychal Rivera: BYE-1-5-2-6 (14) (3.5), Marcel Reece: BYE-0-2-3-5 (10) (2.5), Juron Criner: BYE-dnp-8-dnp-dnp (8) (8), Jacoby Ford: BYE-1-5-0-1 (7) (1.8), Darren McFadden: BYE-2-2-dnp-dnp (4) (2), Andre Holmes: BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-3 (3) (3), Brice Butler: BYE-3-dnp-dnp-0 (3) (1.5), Jeron Mastrud: BYE-1-1-0-0 (2) (0.5), Nick Kasa: BYE-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Matt McGloin came to play and he made the most of his early opportunities. He was able to turn two early turnovers into passing touchdowns to Denarius Moore and Rod Streater and then after the Texans answered with two of their own touchdowns he made a beautiful 26 yard pass to tight end Mychal Rivera for a touchdown. It’s hard to know if these target numbers will continue, but Rod Streater was the leader with eight targets for 84 yards and a touchdown on six receptions. I’m not ready to crown any of these guys as fantasy starters yet, but McGloin is a better pocket passer than Terrelle Pryor at the moment and would be an upgrade to the receivers.

 

Rashad Jennings continues to impress. He ran the ball 22 times for 150 yards and a touchdown, including an 80-yard touchdown run out of the wildcat. Darren McFadden may have been Wally Pipped.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Denarius Moore: Run 0/Tar 4, Juron Criner: Run 0/Tar 2, Jacoby Ford: Run 0/Tar 2, Rod Streater: Run 0/Tar 2, Andre Holmes: Run 0/Tar 1, Darren McFadden: Run 6/Tar 1, Rashad Jennings: Run 9/Tar 0, Marcel Reece: Run 1/Tar 0, Jeremy Stewart: Run 2/Tar 0, Terrelle Pryor: Run 3/Tar 0

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Antonio Brown: 7-13-9-11-13 (53) (10.6), Emmanuel Sanders: 2-11-11-6-2 (32) (6.4), Heath Miller: 4-6-5-5-10 (30) (6), Le’Veon Bell: 1-7-10-3-5 (26) (5.2), Jerricho Cotchery: 4-4-8-2-5 (23) (4.6), Felix Jones: 1-3-3-0-0 (7) (1.4), Markus Wheaton: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-5 (6) (3), Jonathan Dwyer: 0-0-1-1-2 (4) (0.8), David Paulson: 1-0-0-0-2 (3) (0.6), Will Johnson: 1-0-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Michael Palmer: 0-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)

 

With the run game getting stuffed and the Lions going off in the second quarter, Ben Roethlisberger attempted 45 passes, completing 20 for 367 yards and four touchdowns, his second four touchdown game in three games.

 

Antonio Brown benefitted the most from all those attempts as he caught seven of 13 targets for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He leads the league in receptions and is having a Pro Bowl season.

 

Heath Miller had his biggest number of targets with 10 which he caught eight of for 67 yards. The uptick in targets can be linked to Emmanuel Sanders getting injured and with him most likely returning this week he may be hard pressed to see 10 targets again.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jerricho Cotchery: Run 0/Tar 9, Le’Veon Bell: Run 22/Tar 8, Emmanuel Sanders: Run 0/Tar 6, Antonio Brown: Run 0/Tar 6, Heath Miller: Run 0/Tar 5, Will Johnson: Run 0/Tar 1, Felix Jones: Run 1/Tar 1, Markus Wheaton: Run 0/Tar 1, David Paulson: Run 0/Tar 1, Jonathan Dwyer: Run 1/Tar 0, Ben Roethlisberger: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

San Diego Chargers

 

Antonio Gates: 6-BYE-10-8-6 (30) (7.5), Keenan Allen: 6-BYE-11-5-6 (28) (7), Danny Woodhead: 4-BYE-12-5-2 (23) (5.8), Vincent Brown: 2-BYE-6-4-6 (18) (4.5), Eddie Royal: 4-BYE-6-4-3 (17) (4.2), Ladarius Green: 3-BYE-1-1-5 (10) (2.5), Ryan Mathews: 0-BYE-0-2-2 (4) (1), Seyi Ajirotutu: 0-BYE-0-0-2 (2) (0.5), John Phillips: 1-BYE-0-0-1 (2) (0.5)

 

Ryan Mathews touched the ball 21 times for 143 yards compared to Danny Woodhead’s seven touches for 37 yards. Mathews also saw 55% of the snaps, his highest number on the season. This is his third 100 yard rushing game out of his last five and it looks like the coaching staff is letting him run more pass routes with 14 in this game to Woodhead’s 15. Of course they have a tough schedule coming up against the run, but that’s how it goes.

 

Ladarius Green had four receptions on five targets for 84 yards. This was his best game as a professional and should get him more snaps going forward. It does look like Keenan Allen should be okay after hurting his knee in this game, so there won’t be a big void to fill, but Green is going to be hard to keep off the field much longer.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Antonio Gates: Run 0/Tar 6, Danny Woodhead: Run 7/Tar 5, Keenan Allen: Run 0/Tar 4, Eddie Royal: Run 0/Tar 1, John Phillips: Run 0/Tar 1, Ladarius Green: Run 0/Tar 1, Vincent Brown: Run 0/Tar 1, Ryan Mathews: Run 7/Tar 0, Ronnie Brown: Run 1/Tar 0, Philip Rivers: Run 5/Tar 0

 

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Kendall Wright: 12-BYE-5-9-12 (38) (9.5), Delanie Walker: 5-BYE-2-8-10 (25) (6.2), Nate Washington: 10-BYE-4-5-3 (22) (5.5), Chris Johnson: 4-BYE-4-7-1 (16) (4), Justin Hunter: 2-BYE-2-7-1 (12) (3), Kenny Britt: 2-BYE-1-1-0 (4) (1), Damian Williams: 3-BYE-1-0-dnp (4) (1.3), Shonn Greene: 0-BYE-1-3-0 (4) (1), Craig Stevens: 0-BYE-1-1-1 (3) (0.8), Darius Reynaud: 2-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (2), Jackie Battle: 1-BYE-0-0-0 (1) (0.2), Collin Mooney: 0-BYE-1-0-0 (1) (0.2), Taylor Thompson: 0-BYE-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Kendall Wright had 12 targets and caught nine for 80 yards while Delanie Walker caught all ten of his targets for 91 yards and a touchdown. With Ryan Fitzpatrick dinking and dunking these two should continue to have value in PPR leagues.

 

Chris Johnson started extremely hot with a 30-yard and a seven-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He finished with 17 carries for 86 yards and the two touchdowns. This is his second big game in three weeks, but of course he had a dud in between. He remains a boom or bust back.

 

Red Zone Targets+TouchesDelanie Walker: Run 0/Tar 4, Kendall Wright: Run 0/Tar 3, Chris Johnson: Run 11/Tar 1, Taylor Thompson: Run 0/Tar 1, Nate Washington: Run 0/Tar 1, Justin Hunter: Run 0/Tar 1, Ryan Fitzpatrick: Run 2/Tar 0, Jake Locker: Run 1/Tar 0, Shonn Greene: Run 3/Tar 0



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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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