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Week 13 Target Watch: AFC

Friday, November 29, 2013

Jacksonville Jaguars

Cecil Shorts: 10-BYE-4-5-11 (30) (7.5), Maurice Jones-Drew: 8-BYE-4-4-6 (22) (5.5), Ace Sanders: 1-BYE-1-10-5 (17) (4.2), Marcedes Lewis: 3-BYE-6-7-1 (17) (4.2), Mike Brown: 6-BYE-4-3-dnp (13) (4.3), Justin Blackmon: 10-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (10) (10), Kerry Taylor: dnp-BYE-dnp-5-4 (9) (4.5), Clay Harbor: 1-BYE-1-5-1 (8) (2), Will Ta'ufo'ou: 3-BYE-1-1-2 (7) (1.8), Justin Forsett: 3-BYE-dnp-dnp-1 (4) (2), Jordan Todman: 0-BYE-1-1-1 (3) (0.8), Danny Noble: dnp-BYE-0-1-0 (1) (0.3), Stephen Burton: dnp-BYE-1-dnp-dnp (1) (1)


After Cecil Shorts complained about his nine targets over the previous two games he led the team with 11 targets, eight receptions and 71 yards in this one. He remains the only player you can somewhat rely on in this passing offense.


This was easily the best game for Maurice Jones-Drew this season as he really got going in the passing game with six receptions for 60 yards to go along with his 14 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown.


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



Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe: 2-12-BYE-14-6 (34) (8.5), Dexter McCluster: 10-4-BYE-8-10 (32) (8), Jamaal Charles: 7-7-BYE-8-6 (28) (7), Donnie Avery: 5-5-BYE-3-5 (18) (4.5), Anthony Fasano: 3-1-BYE-4-5 (13) (3.2), Anthony Sherman: 3-0-BYE-3-2 (8) (2), Sean McGrath: 2-0-BYE-3-1 (6) (1.5), Kyle Williams: 3-dnp-BYE-0-dnp (5) (1.7), Knile Davis: 1-0-BYE-1-0 (2) (0.5), A.J. Jenkins: 0-0-BYE-0-1 (1) (0.2), Junior Hemingway: 1-0-BYE-0-0 (1) (0.2), Chad Hall: 1-0-BYE-dnp-dnp (1) (0.5)


Dexter McCluster led the way in targets and receptions, but Donnie Avery had the biggest game with six targets and four receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. Dwayne Bowe also caught a touchdown pass to go with his five receptions for 51 yards. Alex Smith has had five games with zero touchdown throws this year, but he threw three in this one and totaled 294 yards passing. It’s good to see that he can put up good numbers in a shootout.


Jamaal Charles got back into the end zone twice after going three games without a touchdown, a long drought after scoring in his first seven games. He continues to drop passes, but still sees plenty of targets which is really good news, the second part, not the first.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Anthony Fasano: Run 0/Tar 5, Dexter McCluster: Run 0/Tar 4, Dwayne Bowe: Run 0/Tar 4, Jamaal Charles: Run 8/Tar 3, Anthony Sherman: Run 2/Tar 2, Knile Davis: Run 1/Tar 1



Miami Dolphins

Mike Wallace: 10-8-7-6-10 (41) (8.2), Rishard Matthews: 6-4-14-6-7 (37) (7.4), Brian Hartline: 6-5-8-13-5 (37) (7.4), Charles Clay: 8-3-8-7-7 (33) (6.6), Lamar Miller: 3-4-3-2-4 (16) (3.2), Michael Egnew: 2-1-2-0-1 (6) (1.2), Daniel Thomas: 1-2-0-1-2 (6) (1.2), Dion Sims: 2-dnp-0-0-1 (3) (0.8), Marcus Thigpen: 0-1-0-0-2 (3) (0.6), Brandon Gibson: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (2), Marlon Moore: 0-dnp-0-0-2 (2) (0.5)


After a 53-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace in the first quarter the Dolphins couldn’t get into the end zone again even though Caleb Sturgis kicked three field goals.


Wallace had his best statistical game of the season and his first touchdown since Week 2 as he caught five of 11 targets for 127 yards and a touchdown. Brian Hartline was an efficient five of five for 78 yards, his most yardage since Week 1.


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



New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski: 5-10-BYE-7-10 (32) (8), Danny Amendola: 6-4-BYE-7-6 (23) (5.8), Shane Vereen: dnp-dnp-BYE-11-11 (22) (11), Aaron Dobson: 5-9-BYE-7-0 (21) (5.2), Julian Edelman: 2-4-BYE-4-11 (21) (5.2), Kenbrell Thompkins: 1-dnp-BYE-2-9 (12) (4), Stevan Ridley: 0-4-BYE-0-0 (4) (1), Brandon Bolden: 2-0-BYE-dnp-1 (3) (1), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-2-BYE-1-dnp (3) (1), Matthew Mulligan: 0-0-BYE-1-0 (1) (0.2)


It’s not often you get a game with three players getting into double digit targets, but once the Patriots fell behind by 24 points and Steven Ridley and LeGarrette Blount both fumbled, the pass was the order of the day. Julian Edelman, Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski all hit 10 targets. Edelman was the big winner as he caught nine of 11 targets for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Gronkowski did his usual damage catching seven of ten targets for 90 yards and a touchdown and Shane Vereen has gotten off to a big restart with eight receptions in both of his games after returning. He hasn’t put up huge yardage, but he is a PPR king right now and has the ability to go off at any time.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Rob Gronkowski: Run 0/Tar 8, Julian Edelman: Run 0/Tar 5, Aaron Dobson: Run 0/Tar 3, Danny Amendola: Run 0/Tar 1, Shane Vereen: Run 2/Tar 1, Brandon Bolden: Run 7/Tar 0, Tom Brady: Run 2/Tar 0, Stevan Ridley: Run 14/Tar 0, LeGarrette Blount: Run 7/Tar 0



New York Jets

David Nelson: 12-3-BYE-3-5 (23) (5.8), Stephen Hill: 7-1-BYE-7-1 (16) (4), Bilal Powell: 6-3-BYE-1-4 (14) (3.5), Santonio Holmes: dnp-dnp-BYE-8-4 (12) (6), Jeff Cumberland: 2-dnp-BYE-4-2 (8) (2.7), Greg Salas: dnp-3-BYE-2-3 (8) (2.7), Zach Sudfeld: 2-4-BYE-0-0 (6) (1.5), Jeremy Kerley: 4-2-BYE-dnp-dnp (6) (3), Kellen Winslow Jr: dnp-dnp-BYE-1-4 (5) (2.5), Tommy Bohanon: 0-2-BYE-2-0 (4) (1), Josh Cribbs: 0-2-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), Chris Ivory: 0-0-BYE-1-0 (1) (0.2), Alex Green: 1-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (1) (1)


The Jets are a complete dumpster fire on offense while Geno Smith is “Bad Geno” and that he was once again as he completed 9-of-22 passes for 127 yards and two interceptions. There is very little we can take away from this game other than the Jets need for a competent passer.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: David Nelson: Run 0/Tar 3, Stephen Hill: Run 0/Tar 2, Bilal Powell: Run 3/Tar 2, Jeff Cumberland: Run 0/Tar 1, Greg Salas: Run 0/Tar 1, Zach Sudfeld: Run 0/Tar 1, Josh Cribbs: Run 2/Tar 0, Chris Ivory: Run 7/Tar 0, Geno Smith: Run 4/Tar 0



Oakland Raiders

Rod Streater: 6-6-4-8-9 (33) (6.6), Denarius Moore: 4-11-9-6-dnp (30) (7.5), Rashad Jennings: 0-10-5-3-5 (23) (4.6), Mychal Rivera: 1-5-2-6-2 (16) (3.2), Marcel Reece: 0-2-3-5-5 (15) (3), Jacoby Ford: 1-5-0-1-1 (8) (1.6), Juron Criner: dnp-8-dnp-dnp-dnp (8) (8), Andre Holmes: dnp-dnp-dnp-3-5 (8) (4), Brice Butler: 3-dnp-dnp-0-1 (4) (1.3), Darren McFadden: 2-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (4) (2), Jeron Mastrud: 1-1-0-0-1 (3) (0.6), Nick Kasa: 0-1-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Jamize Olawale: 0-0-0-0-2 (2) (0.4)


Rod Streater was the target leader with nine. He caught five of those for a team-leading 93 yards while Marcel Reece got the only receiving touchdown catching four of five targets for 44 yards and a touchdown.


Rashad Jennings once again led the ground attack as he rushed for 73 yards on 16 carries and also caught four of five targets for 49 yards. He has won the starting job.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Denarius Moore: Run 0/Tar 4, Rod Streater: Run 0/Tar 3, Juron Criner: Run 0/Tar 2, Jacoby Ford: Run 0/Tar 2, Andre Holmes: Run 0/Tar 1, Darren McFadden: Run 6/Tar 1, Marcel Reece: Run 1/Tar 0, Jeremy Stewart: Run 2/Tar 0, Terrelle Pryor: Run 3/Tar 0, Rashad Jennings: Run 11/Tar 0



Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown: 13-9-11-13-10 (56) (11.2), Emmanuel Sanders: 11-11-6-2-7 (37) (7.4), Heath Miller: 6-5-5-10-6 (32) (6.4), Le'Veon Bell: 7-10-3-5-5 (30) (6), Jerricho Cotchery: 4-8-2-5-1 (20) (4), Felix Jones: 3-3-0-0-1 (7) (1.4), Markus Wheaton: dnp-dnp-1-5-0 (6) (2), Jonathan Dwyer: 0-1-1-2-2 (6) (1.2), David Paulson: 0-0-0-2-0 (2) (0.4), Will Johnson: 0-0-0-1-1 (2) (0.4), Michael Palmer: 0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)


After watching Joe Haden completely shut down A.J. Green many were worried that Antonio Brown would meet the same fate, but instead he caught six of ten targets for 92 yards and a touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders also did well catching six of seven targets for 54 yards and a touchdown.


Le'Veon Bell continues to get plenty of work and put up respectable numbers, this time he had 23 carries for 80 yards and two receptions for 18 more. He’s not setting the world on fire, but you can usually count on him.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Le'Veon Bell: Run 17/Tar 9, Jerricho Cotchery: Run 0/Tar 8, Antonio Brown: Run 0/Tar 7, Emmanuel Sanders: Run 0/Tar 6, Heath Miller: Run 0/Tar 4, Markus Wheaton: Run 0/Tar 1, Felix Jones: Run 1/Tar 1, David Paulson: Run 0/Tar 1, Will Johnson: Run 0/Tar 1, Jonathan Dwyer: Run 1/Tar 0, Ben Roethlisberger: Run 1/Tar 0



San Diego Chargers

Keenan Allen: BYE-11-5-6-12 (34) (8.5), Antonio Gates: BYE-10-8-6-8 (32) (8), Danny Woodhead: BYE-12-5-2-4 (23) (5.8), Eddie Royal: BYE-6-4-3-4 (17) (4.2), Vincent Brown: BYE-6-4-6-1 (17) (4.2), Ladarius Green: BYE-1-1-5-5 (12) (3), Ryan Mathews: BYE-0-2-2-2 (6) (1.5), Seyi Ajirotutu: BYE-0-0-2-1 (3) (0.8), John Phillips: BYE-0-0-1-1 (2) (0.5), Ronnie Brown: BYE-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2)


The Chargers went to town on Kansas City, especially rookie Keenan Allen who caught nine of 12 targets for 124 yards. It’s hard not to see him winning Offensive Rookie of the Year.


Physical freak Ladarius Green had his biggest percentage of snaps on the season with 29-of-72 and tied his high of five targets, which he set last week. But of course his best stats were his three receptions for 80 yards and the first touchdown of his career, a 60 yarder down the seam where he left the whole defensive backfield in the dust.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Danny Woodhead: Run 5/Tar 7, Keenan Allen: Run 0/Tar 5, Antonio Gates: Run 0/Tar 4, Ladarius Green: Run 0/Tar 3, Eddie Royal: Run 0/Tar 2, John Phillips: Run 0/Tar 1, Vincent Brown: Run 0/Tar 1, Philip Rivers: Run 3/Tar 0, Ryan Mathews: Run 9/Tar 0, Ronnie Brown: Run 3/Tar 0, Ben Roethlisberger: Run 1/Tar 0



Tennessee Titans

Kendall Wright: BYE-5-9-12-7 (33) (8.2), Delanie Walker: BYE-2-8-10-9 (29) (7.2), Nate Washington: BYE-4-5-3-6 (18) (4.5), Chris Johnson: BYE-4-7-1-5 (17) (4.2), Justin Hunter: BYE-2-7-1-6 (16) (4), Shonn Greene: BYE-1-3-0-1 (5) (1.2), Craig Stevens: BYE-1-1-1-1 (4) (1), Kenny Britt: BYE-1-1-0-2 (4) (1), Taylor Thompson: BYE-0-1-0-2 (3) (0.8), Collin Mooney: BYE-1-0-0-2 (3) (0.8), Damian Williams: BYE-1-0-dnp-dnp (1) (0.5)


Kendall Wright has been a PPR machine this season, but had only one touchdown in Week 2 and no games over 100 yards. That changed against Oakland as he caught six of seven targets for 103 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a good fit for Wright who is nearly impossible to cover in small spaces and Fitzpatrick is an accurate passer, but doesn’t have a big arm.


This was also the breakout game for rookie Justin Hunter. Before this game he hadn’t topped 2 receptions or 51 yards, but against the Raiders he caught six of six targets for 109 yards and a touchdown.


Red Zone Targets+Touches:  Delanie Walker: Run 0/Tar 5, Kendall Wright: Run 0/Tar 4, Chris Johnson: Run 13/Tar 3, Justin Hunter: Run 0/Tar 2, Taylor Thompson: Run 0/Tar 1, Nate Washington: Run 0/Tar 1, Jake Locker: Run 1/Tar 0, Shonn Greene: Run 5/Tar 0, Ryan Fitzpatrick: Run 2/Tar 0




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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