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Week 13 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Welcome to the NFC targets and touches for Week 13 of the NFL season. The AFC portion will be up tomorrow night.


I have all the targets for each player since Week 8, 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 8 on. I hope you enjoy and if you get a chance give a follow on Twitter.



Arizona Cardinals


Larry Fitzgerald: 7-BYE-6-9-11 (33) (8.2), Michael Floyd: 4-BYE-2-11-7 (24) (6), Rob Housler: 1-BYE-5-9-5 (20) (5), Andre Roberts: 2-BYE-8-4-5 (19) (4.8), Andre Ellington: 2-BYE-4-2-2 (10) (2.5), Rashard Mendenhall: dnp-BYE-1-3-2 (6) (2), Jim Dray: 0-BYE-2-2-1 (5) (1.2), Jaron Brown: 0-BYE-2-0-1 (3) (0.8), Jake Ballard: dnp-BYE-1-1-0 (2) (0.7), Stepfan Taylor: 0-BYE-0-0-1 (1) (0.2), Alfonso Smith: 0-BYE-0-0-1 (1) (0.2)


Larry Fitzgerald scored the touchdowns, but Michael Floyd looked like the better receiver in this one as he caught all of his seven targets for 104 yards. Fitzgerald is still great, but Floyd is quickly becoming one of the better receivers in the league.


Rashard Mendenhall flashed some of his pre-injuries self as he rushed 13 times for 54 yards and a touchdown and also caught a pass for 24 yards while breaking tackles and showing a nice burst on his touchdown run. Andre Ellington rushed 10 times for 50 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards and also looked good, but he has looked good all season. I don’t think we’ll see much change in this committee approach.


Andre Roberts and Rob Housler both had five targets and canceled each other out in this one. Housler caught four of his five targets for 51 yards, which, in this tight end economy can get you by, but is still not what you are hoping for.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Larry Fitzgerald: Run 0/Tar 9, Rob Housler: Run 0/Tar 4, Andre Roberts: Run 0/Tar 3, Michael Floyd: Run 0/Tar 2, Jim Dray: Run 0/Tar 2, Andre Ellington: Run 5/Tar 0, Rashard Mendenhall: Run 4/Tar 0, Stepfan Taylor: Run 6/Tar 0



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Atlanta Falcons


Harry Douglas: 18-5-8-9-11 (51) (10.2), Tony Gonzalez: 8-7-5-8-6 (34) (6.8), Darius Johnson: 9-2-2-7-8 (28) (5.6), Jacquizz Rodgers: 5-6-7-2-3 (23) (4.6), Steven Jackson: 5-4-5-2-4 (20) (4), Roddy White: 0-dnp-4-9-2 (15) (3.8), Drew Davis: 7-2-1-0-1 (11) (2.2), Jason Snelling: dnp-0-4-dnp-2 (6) (2), Levine Toilolo: 3-0-0-2-1 (6) (1.2), Patrick DiMarco: 2-1-0-1-0 (4) (0.8), Chase Coffman: 2-0-0-0-0 (2) (0.4), Josh Vaughan: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-dnp (2) (2), Antone Smith: 0-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)


The Falcons came to play in this divisional rivalry, but couldn’t get the job done with their depleted team. It seemed like this would be Roddy White’s “debut” of sorts, but he is just not the same player he used to be. He only saw two targets, which ranked him sixth on the team.


Harry Douglas and Darius Johnson led the way with 11 and eight targets and amazingly enough led in receptions and yards. With the Falcons out of the race we could see quite a bit of Darius Johnson going forward.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Darius Johnson: Run 0/Tar 4, Steven Jackson: Run 5/Tar 3, Roddy White: Run 0/Tar 3, Levine Toilolo: Run 0/Tar 2, Tony Gonzalez: Run 0/Tar 2, Harry Douglas: Run 0/Tar 2, Drew Davis: Run 0/Tar 1, Jacquizz Rodgers: Run 4/Tar 1, Matt Ryan: Run 1/Tar 0



Carolina Panthers


Steve Smith: 7-10-11-6-8 (42) (8.4), Brandon LaFell: 5-9-8-8-5 (35) (7), Greg Olsen: 4-5-3-8-9 (29) (5.8), Ted Ginn: 6-3-4-3-10 (26) (5.2), DeAngelo Williams: 3-2-2-3-3 (13) (2.6), Mike Tolbert: 4-4-3-0-1 (12) (2.4), Jonathan Stewart: dnp-3-0-0-1 (4) (1), Domenik Hixon: 1-0-1-0-0 (2) (0.4), Kenjon Barner: 1-dnp-0-dnp-dnp (1) (0.5), Richie Brockel: 1-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)


Cam Newton was off in this game. He finished 19-of-38 for 174 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Of course he helped his fantasy day with eight carries for 51 yards and a touchdown.


Ted Ginn led the team with 10 targets, but only caught three for 11 yards. Greg Olsen was second with nine targets catching five for 34 yards and one touchdown. He leads the team in red zone targets since Week Eight and has four touchdowns during that stretch.


As usual you can ignore the Panthers’ running backs unless it’s Cam of course.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Greg Olsen: Run 0/Tar 7, Steve Smith: Run 0/Tar 2, Brandon LaFell: Run 0/Tar 2, Richie Brockel: Run 0/Tar 1, Ted Ginn: Run 0/Tar 1, Mike Tolbert: Run 6/Tar 1, Kenjon Barner: Run 1/Tar 0, DeAngelo Williams: Run 12/Tar 0, Cam Newton: Run 5/Tar 0



Chicago Bears


Brandon Marshall: BYE-13-12-10-12 (47) (11.8), Alshon Jeffery: BYE-9-18-11-8 (46) (11.5), Matt Forte: BYE-8-7-6-9 (30) (7.5), Martellus Bennett: BYE-8-6-2-5 (21) (5.2), Earl Bennett: BYE-0-3-1-8 (12) (3), Tony Fiammetta: BYE-0-1-1-3 (5) (1.2), Michael Bush: BYE-1-0-0-2 (3) (0.8), Dante Rosario: BYE-0-2-0-0 (2) (0.5), Marquess Wilson: BYE-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)


Matt Forte started off with a fumble that put the Bears in a hole, but he did run well with 16 carries for 77 yards and seven receptions for 40 yards. On the season Forte has 8 rushing attempts inside the opponent’s five-yard line with four touchdowns and Michael Bush has nine carries with two touchdowns. Five of those carries came in this game and Bush got in on one.


With Alshon Jeffery getting shut down for most of the game Earl Bennett had his season high of eight targets, doubling his previous high. He caught all eight for 58 yards. Jeffery will still get his going forward.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Alshon Jeffery: Run 0/Tar 8, Brandon Marshall: Run 0/Tar 5, Matt Forte: Run 8/Tar 4, Martellus Bennett: Run 0/Tar 3, Michael Bush: Run 8/Tar 2, Dante Rosario: Run 0/Tar 1, Earl Bennett: Run 0/Tar 1, Tony Fiammetta: Run 0/Tar 1, Josh McCown: Run 1/Tar 0



Dallas Cowboys


Dez Bryant: 6-11-2-BYE-16 (35) (8.8), Jason Witten: 2-10-6-BYE-7 (25) (6.2), Terrance Williams: 10-7-5-BYE-2 (24) (6), Cole Beasley: 3-9-4-BYE-4 (20) (5), DeMarco Murray: dnp-7-2-BYE-3 (12) (4), James Hanna: 2-1-3-BYE-0 (6) (1.5), Lance Dunbar: 0-3-0-BYE-2 (5) (1.2), Dwayne Harris: 2-2-1-BYE-0 (5) (1.2), Joseph Randle: 4-0-0-BYE-0 (4) (1), Miles Austin: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-3 (3) (3), Phillip Tanner: 1-0-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2), Gavin Escobar: 0-0-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.2)


The target king in this one was Dez Bryant who had 16 and caught nine for 86 yards. Overall it was a poor performance with a drop that led to an interception and a fumble. He still seems like a raw player at times, but there’s no doubt he’s their biggest playmaker.


DeMarco Murray had a nice game with 14 carries for 86 yards and three of three receptions for 40 yards. If he could just stay healthy these are the kinds of numbers he could give you on a regular basis.


Miles Austin still doesn’t look like the same player, but now he’s taking away snaps and targets from Terrance Williams. I’m hoping the coaching staff will give Williams the job the rest of the way, but we’ll have to see.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jason Witten: Run 0/Tar 4, Dez Bryant: Run 0/Tar 2, Dwayne Harris: Run 0/Tar 1, Terrance Williams: Run 0/Tar 1, DeMarco Murray: Run 5/Tar 1, Cole Beasley: Run 0/Tar 1, Joseph Randle: Run 1/Tar 0, Tony Romo: Run 2/Tar 0



Detroit Lions


Calvin Johnson: 16-BYE-17-13-14 (60) (15), Reggie Bush: 9-BYE-6-5-7 (27) (6.8), Kris Durham: 6-BYE-1-9-6 (22) (5.5), Brandon Pettigrew: 6-BYE-5-5-5 (21) (5.2), Nate Burleson: dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-10 (10) (10), Jeremy Ross: 3-BYE-3-3-0 (9) (2.2), Joique Bell: 1-BYE-1-4-3 (9) (2.2), Joseph Fauria: 0-BYE-2-2-1 (5) (1.2), Kevin Ogletree: 0-BYE-0-3-0 (3) (0.8), Theo Riddick: 1-BYE-0-1-0 (2) (0.5), Ryan Broyles: 2-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (2)


The return of Nate Burleson was a good one. The Lions needed a more reliable number two receiver and Burleson stepped right back into his job catching seven of ten targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. Kris Durham just wasn’t cutting it as Stafford’s second read down field.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Calvin Johnson: Run 0/Tar 10, Joseph Fauria: Run 0/Tar 3, Brandon Pettigrew: Run 0/Tar 3, Jeremy Ross: Run 0/Tar 2, Kris Durham: Run 0/Tar 2, Joique Bell: Run 3/Tar 1, Reggie Bush: Run 9/Tar 1, Nate Burleson: Run 0/Tar 1, Matthew Stafford: Run 3/Tar 0



Green Bay Packers


Jordy Nelson: 8-9-10-9-7 (43) (8.6), Jarrett Boykin: 6-1-13-8-10 (38) (7.6), James Jones: dnp-3-7-6-12 (28) (7), Andrew Quarless: 2-7-4-3-3 (19) (3.8), Eddie Lacy: 4-0-2-2-6 (14) (2.8), John Kuhn: 2-0-2-3-4 (11) (2.2), Brandon Bostick: 0-0-3-1-5 (9) (1.8), James Starks: 0-0-1-0-2 (3) (0.6), Ryan Taylor: dnp-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)


Matt Flynn replaced Scott Tolzien in the third quarter and successfully gave the team a spark. He finished the game, which included a whole overtime, with 21-of-36 passing for 218 yards and a touchdown. He also added four rushing attempts for 24 yards. Many of those targets, nine to be approximate, went to Jarrett Boykin, including a touchdown.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jordy Nelson: Run 0/Tar 7, Jarrett Boykin: Run 0/Tar 6, James Jones: Run 0/Tar 4, Eddie Lacy: Run 20/Tar 3, John Kuhn: Run 0/Tar 3, Brandon Bostick: Run 0/Tar 2, Andrew Quarless: Run 0/Tar 2, Myles White: Run 0/Tar 1, Seneca Wallace: Run 0/Tar 0, James Starks: Run 3/Tar 0, Aaron Rodgers: Run 1/Tar 0, Scott Tolzien: Run 1/Tar 0, Matt Flynn: Run 1/Tar 0



Minnesota Vikings


Cordarrelle Patterson: 3-4-4-9-11 (31) (6.2), John Carlson: 2-6-7-7-5 (27) (5.4), Jerome Simpson: 3-5-6-2-4 (20) (4), Greg Jennings: 3-9-4-dnp-3 (19) (4.8), Jarius Wright: 0-5-3-4-1 (13) (2.6), Adrian Peterson: 3-3-2-3-1 (12) (2.4), Toby Gerhart: 2-1-0-3-1 (7) (1.4), Kyle Rudolph: 4-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (6) (3), Jerome Felton: 0-1-0-2-1 (4) (0.8), Joe Webb: 0-0-0-3-0 (3) (0.6), Rhett Ellison: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-2 (2) (1)


The Vikings seem to have figured out they need to get the ball to Cordarrelle Patterson, even if he’s not 100% ready to be a starter. Over the last two weeks he has 20 targets and even though he hasn’t “gone off,” he’s the guy that will go off. You don’t even have to guess because it will happen.  If he keeps getting these targets just watch out.


Adrian Peterson is still Adrian Peterson it seems. Many, including myself were worried about his lack of practice and groin injury, but he had a big game in Green Bay rushing 32 times for 146 yards. Only Chris Ivory and Knowshon Moreno have more carries in a game this season. I guess he’s feeling okay.


Toby Gerhart had 17 touches the last two weeks after getting just 14 in the first nine games, but it wasn’t like last week’s touches were cutting into Peterson’s.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Cordarrelle Patterson: Run 0/Tar 6, Greg Jennings: Run 0/Tar 3, Adrian Peterson: Run 18/Tar 2, Jerome Simpson: Run 0/Tar 2, Jarius Wright: Run 0/Tar 1, Rhett Ellison: Run 0/Tar 1, Toby Gerhart: Run 3/Tar 1, Christian Ponder: Run 5/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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