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Week 15 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Welcome to the NFC targets and touches for Week 15 of the NFL season. The AFC portion will be up tomorrow night.

 

I have all the targets for each player since Week 10, 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 10 on. I hope you enjoy and if you get a chance give a follow on Twitter.

 

Here I have the top 10ish red zone targets for the season. These are sorted by targets only, the running back rushing stats are there for your amusement, but aren’t the top guys at carries in the red zone.  I’ll give those to you in the AFC portion tomorrow. You’ll see many of the usual suspects here, but there are some interesting tidbits to glean. Shane Vereen has eight red zone targets and missed most of the season! Calvin Johnson and Wes Welker are the only players to have more red zone targets than Danny Woodhead. Jerricho Cotchery has more red zone targets than Dez Bryant and so forth and so on. Take a look-see.

 

 

Wide Receiver Red Zone Targets

 

 

PlayerTarReFDReTD
Calvin Johnson 26 11 8 8
Wes Welker 23 19 13 10
Larry Fitzgerald 19 12 9 6
Demaryius Thomas 18 12 8 6
Brandon Marshall 18 9 6 6
Julian Edelman 18 13 10 5
Eric Decker 18 11 7 6
Alshon Jeffery 18 4 3 3
Jerricho Cotchery 17 12 11 9
Pierre Garcon 16 7 3 3
Vincent Jackson 16 6 5 3

 

 

Running Back Red Zone Targets

 

 

PlayerRuFDRuTDTarRecFDReTD
Danny Woodhead 16 6 2 21 19 8 5
Jamaal Charles 44 17 10 16 7 5 3
Le'Veon Bell 37 9 5 12 7 2 0
Pierre Thomas 21 4 1 11 11 2 2
Matt Forte 37 12 5 11 9 3 2
Ray Rice 33 7 4 9 5 1 0
Shane Vereen 7 1 1 8 5 3 1
Jacquizz Rodgers 15 3 2 8 6 2 2
Donald Brown 10 4 4 7 5 1 1
Chris Ogbonnaya 6 2 0 7 5 3 2
Anthony Sherman 2 1 0 7 5 2 1
Giovani Bernard 14 5 3 7 6 3 2
Adrian Peterson 39 11 8 7 4 2 1
Knowshon Moreno 37 16 9 7 7 4 1

 

 

Tight End Red Zone Targets

 

 

PlayerTarRecFDReTD
Jimmy Graham 20 14 11 9
Tony Gonzalez 19 11 8 5
Jordan Cameron 19 11 9 7
Vernon Davis 17 10 10 8
Martellus Bennett 16 8 6 5
Julius Thomas 16 12 9 8
Jason Witten 14 8 7 6
Charles Clay 14 10 6 5
Greg Olsen 14 8 7 5
Garrett Graham 13 6 6 3
Coby Fleener 13 9 4 3

 

 

Arizona Cardinals

 

Larry Fitzgerald: 6-9-11-8-12 (46) (9.2), Michael Floyd: 2-11-7-10-5 (35) (7), Rob Housler: 5-9-5-6-4 (29) (5.8), Andre Roberts: 8-4-5-8-2 (27) (5.4), Jim Dray: 2-2-1-3-3 (11) (2.2), Andre Ellington: 4-2-2-dnp-2 (10) (2.5), Stepfan Taylor: 0-0-1-3-3 (7) (1.4), Rashard Mendenhall: 1-3-2-0-0 (6) (1.2), Jaron Brown: 2-0-1-1-1 (5) (1), Brittan Golden: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-dnp (2) (2), Jake Ballard: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) (0.4), Alfonso Smith: 0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Larry Fitzgerald is becoming Wes Welker and that’s really not a bad thing. He caught all 12 of his targets for 96 yards and one touchdown. Fitz used to be the big play guy on the outside and now he’s working in the slot close to half of the time.

 

Andre Ellington returned and split time with Rashard Mendenhall like he has for most of the season. They both got into the end zone in this one, but that’s only the second time that has happened this season. They’ll continue to hurt each other’s fantasy value.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Larry Fitzgerald: Run 0/Tar 11, Michael Floyd: Run 0/Tar 4, Rob Housler: Run 0/Tar 4, Jim Dray: Run 0/Tar 4, Andre Roberts: Run 0/Tar 3, Rashard Mendenhall: Run 9/Tar 0, Andre Ellington: Run 6/Tar 0, Stepfan Taylor: Run 3/Tar 0

 

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

Harry Douglas: 8-9-11-15-7 (50) (10), Roddy White: 4-9-2-14-10 (39) (7.8), Tony Gonzalez: 5-8-6-7-6 (32) (6.4), Darius Johnson: 2-7-8-4-1 (22) (4.4), Jacquizz Rodgers: 7-2-3-1-4 (17) (3.4), Steven Jackson: 5-2-4-1-3 (15) (3), Jason Snelling: 4-dnp-2-1-1 (8) (2), Levine Toilolo: 0-2-1-1-dnp (4) (1), Drew Davis: 1-0-1-0-1 (3) (0.6), Patrick DiMarco: 0-1-0-1-1 (3) (0.6), Antone Smith: 0-1-0-2-0 (3) (0.6), Josh Vaughan: dnp-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (2)

 

Roddy White looks to have finally passed Harry Douglas in the targets department. Against the Packers he had 10 targets and caught eight passes for 74 yards while Harry Douglas saw seven targets and caught two for 20 yards. White also has seen four red zone targets in the last five games, which leads the team.

 

Steven Jackson is finally looking like the back we hoped for this season. He didn’t get much in the way of fantasy points in this one, but did look good on his 16 touches for 80 yards.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Roddy White: Run 0/Tar 4, Darius Johnson: Run 0/Tar 3, Tony Gonzalez: Run 0/Tar 3, Steven Jackson: Run 7/Tar 2, Harry Douglas: Run 0/Tar 2, Jason Snelling: Run 0/Tar 1, Levine Toilolo: Run 0/Tar 1, Jacquizz Rodgers: Run 2/Tar 0, Matt Ryan: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

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Carolina Panthers 

 

Greg Olsen: 3-8-9-7-12 (39) (7.8), Steve Smith: 11-6-8-4-8 (37) (7.4), Brandon LaFell: 8-8-5-7-4 (32) (6.4), Ted Ginn: 4-3-10-4-5 (26) (5.2), DeAngelo Williams: 2-3-3-dnp-2 (10) (2.5), Mike Tolbert: 3-0-1-4-2 (10) (2), Jonathan Stewart: 0-0-1-2-1 (4) (0.8), Domenik Hixon: 1-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Greg Olsen remains the target leader in Carolina by a few targets over Steve Smith who caught his first touchdown since Week 7. Cam Newton has only had three games with three touchdown passes, so that’s 10 games with two touchdowns or less and that’s not conducive to consistent fantasy points for his receivers.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Greg Olsen: Run 0/Tar 7, Brandon LaFell: Run 0/Tar 3, Steve Smith: Run 0/Tar 3, Ted Ginn: Run 0/Tar 2, Mike Tolbert: Run 5/Tar 2, Kenjon Barner: Run 2/Tar 0, Cam Newton: Run 6/Tar 0, Jonathan Stewart: Run 6/Tar 0, Derek Anderson: Run 1/Tar 0, DeAngelo Williams: Run 2/Tar 0

 

 

Chicago Bears

 

Alshon Jeffery: 18-11-8-15-9 (61) (12.2), Brandon Marshall: 12-10-12-9-8 (51) (10.2), Matt Forte: 7-6-9-2-9 (33) (6.6), Martellus Bennett: 6-2-5-5-6 (24) (4.8), Earl Bennett: 3-1-8-3-2 (17) (3.4), Tony Fiammetta: 1-1-3-0-0 (5) (1), Michael Bush: 0-0-2-0-1 (3) (0.6), Dante Rosario: 2-0-0-0-1 (3) (0.6)

 

Has Alshon Jeffery passed Brandon Marshall? Over the last seven games Marshall has caught 44 of 74 targets for 625 yards and four touchdowns while Alshon Jeffery has caught 46 of 77 targets for 737 yards and four touchdowns. It’s hard to say he’s passed him, but you can’t really say Brandon Marshall is the no doubt #1 receiver anymore.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Matt Forte: Run 14/Tar 7, Brandon Marshall: Run 0/Tar 7, Alshon Jeffery: Run 0/Tar 7, Martellus Bennett: Run 0/Tar 4, Michael Bush: Run 7/Tar 3, Dante Rosario: Run 0/Tar 2, Earl Bennett: Run 0/Tar 2, Tony Fiammetta: Run 0/Tar 1, Josh McCown: Run 3/Tar 0

 

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Dez Bryant: 2-BYE-16-9-4 (31) (7.8), Jason Witten: 6-BYE-7-3-3 (19) (4.8), Terrance Williams: 5-BYE-2-6-3 (16) (4), DeMarco Murray: 2-BYE-3-5-5 (15) (3.8), Cole Beasley: 4-BYE-4-3-3 (14) (3.5), Miles Austin: dnp-BYE-3-5-4 (12) (4), James Hanna: 3-BYE-0-0-1 (4) (1), Gavin Escobar: 0-BYE-1-0-2 (3) (0.8), Lance Dunbar: 0-BYE-2-1-dnp (3) (1), Dwayne Harris: 1-BYE-0-dnp-0 (1) (0.3)

 

Dez Bryant is the #1 receiver of course, but for his ability he isn’t seeing consistent targets. In Week 10 he had two targets and last week he saw just four. He makes up for it with touchdowns with 10 on the season, but he ranks 11th in fantasy for wide receivers. You would think the Cowboys horrible defense would mean a lot more targets for Bryant as the Cowboys try to come from behind, but it’s just not happening. This season Romo ranks 13th with 460 pass attempts through 13 games. Last year through 13 games Romo ranked fifth with 526. He has many less interceptions as a result of a more balanced approach, but is also not getting the ball to his best player as often.

 

Miles Austin or Terrance Williams haven’t topped six targets in the last four games and in turn have canceled each other’s fantasy value out. Williams seems like he should be seeing more snaps and targets than Austin at this point, but it just isn’t happening.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jason Witten: Run 0/Tar 5, Dez Bryant: Run 0/Tar 4, Terrance Williams: Run 0/Tar 3, Cole Beasley: Run 0/Tar 3, DeMarco Murray: Run 16/Tar 1, Lance Dunbar: Run 1/Tar 0, Tony Romo: Run 2/Tar 0, Joseph Randle: Run 2/Tar 0

 

 

Detroit Lions

 

Calvin Johnson: 17-13-14-10-5 (59) (11.8), Kris Durham: 1-9-6-7-3 (26) (5.2), Reggie Bush: 6-5-7-5-dnp (23) (5.8), Brandon Pettigrew: 5-5-5-2-3 (20) (4), Joique Bell: 1-4-3-4-7 (19) (3.8), Nate Burleson: dnp-dnp-10-1-5 (16) (5.3), Jeremy Ross: 3-3-0-1-0 (7) (1.4), Joseph Fauria: 2-2-1-1-0 (6) (1.2), Kevin Ogletree: 0-3-0-1-0 (4) (0.8), Theo Riddick: 0-1-0-1-0 (2) (0.4), Dorin Dickerson: dnp-dnp-0-1-1 (2) (0.7)

 

Matthew Stafford had better numbers in the blizzard portion of the Lions/Eagles game than the clear portion, but he was pretty much off the whole game as he completed just 10-of-25 passes for 148 yards. Of course I think we can give him and the whole Lions offense a mulligan on this one. Besides the blizzard, Reggie Bush was injured in warmups and it just went downhill from there.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Calvin Johnson: Run 0/Tar 9, Joseph Fauria: Run 0/Tar 4, Kris Durham: Run 0/Tar 3, Brandon Pettigrew: Run 0/Tar 3, Joique Bell: Run 11/Tar 2, Jeremy Ross: Run 0/Tar 2, Reggie Bush: Run 8/Tar 2, Nate Burleson: Run 0/Tar 2, Kevin Ogletree: Run 0/Tar 1, Matthew Stafford: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Jarrett Boykin: 13-8-10-3-3 (37) (7.4), James Jones: 7-6-12-5-5 (35) (7), Jordy Nelson: 10-9-7-4-4 (34) (6.8), Eddie Lacy: 2-2-6-4-5 (19) (3.8), Andrew Quarless: 4-3-3-2-7 (19) (3.8), Brandon Bostick: 3-1-5-dnp-4 (13) (3.2), John Kuhn: 2-3-4-1-1 (11) (2.2), Ryan Taylor: 1-0-0-1-2 (4) (0.8), James Starks: 1-0-2-0-0 (3) (0.6)

 

Andrew Quarless led the Packers in targets, receptions and receiving touchdowns in this one. When you have Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin that seems a little odd, but it ended up working as they pulled out the win. If Aaron Rodgers is back next week I doubt we’ll see Quarless lead the team in receptions, so it’s hard to put much stock in this particular stat. Rodgers will return to his top wide receivers and of course has the ability to get them the ball.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jarrett Boykin: Run 0/Tar 6, Jordy Nelson: Run 0/Tar 4, Eddie Lacy: Run 17/Tar 3, James Jones: Run 0/Tar 3, Brandon Bostick: Run 0/Tar 2, Andrew Quarless: Run 0/Tar 2, John Kuhn: Run 0/Tar 2, Brandon Bostick: Run 0/Tar 1, Ryan Taylor: Run 0/Tar 1, Scott Tolzien: Run 1/Tar 0, James Starks: Run 2/Tar 0, Matt Flynn: Run 1/Tar 0, Aaron Rodgers: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

Cordarrelle Patterson: 4-9-11-4-7 (35) (7), John Carlson: 7-7-5-6-4 (29) (5.8), Jerome Simpson: 6-2-4-9-8 (29) (5.8), Greg Jennings: 4-dnp-3-9-10 (26) (6.5), Adrian Peterson: 2-3-1-4-2 (12) (2.4), Jarius Wright: 3-4-1-3-1 (12) (2.4), Rhett Ellison: dnp-0-2-1-3 (6) (1.5), Toby Gerhart: 0-3-1-1-1 (6) (1.2), Jerome Felton: 0-2-1-1-1 (5) (1), Joe Webb: 0-3-0-0-0 (3) (0.6)

 

It really is nice the Vikings are getting the ball to their playmaking rookie Cordarrelle Patterson. He leads the team in targets over the last five weeks and had his biggest game of the season in Baltimore as he caught five of seven targets for 141 yards and a touchdown.

 

Greg Jennings led the team in targets in this one and led them last week as well. That is partly due to Matt Cassel becoming the quarterback. As long as he’s in he will continue to target Jennings.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Cordarrelle Patterson: Run 0/Tar 7, Adrian Peterson: Run 14/Tar 3, Greg Jennings: Run 0/Tar 3, Rhett Ellison: Run 0/Tar 2, Jerome Simpson: Run 0/Tar 2, Toby Gerhart: Run 4/Tar 2, Jarius Wright: Run 0/Tar 1, Chase Ford: Run 0/Tar 1, John Carlson: Run 0/Tar 1, Christian Ponder: Run 2/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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