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Week 15 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Orleans Saints


Jimmy Graham: 5-11-7-9-11 (43) (8.6), Marques Colston: 8-8-6-7-13 (42) (8.4), Pierre Thomas: 7-5-6-4-4 (26) (5.2), Darren Sproles: 7-4-dnp-8-3 (22) (5.5), Lance Moore: 2-4-2-2-4 (14) (2.8), Kenny Stills: 4-2-3-2-2 (13) (2.6), Robert Meachem: 1-2-3-3-3 (12) (2.4), Ben Watson: 3-dnp-2-1-1 (7) (1.8), Josh Hill: 0-2-3-1-0 (6) (1.2), Mark Ingram: 3-2-0-0-0 (5) (1), Jed Collins: 0-1-0-1-1 (3) (0.6), Travaris Cadet: 0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2), Nick Toon: 0-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (1) (0.5)


On the season Pierre Thomas has 70 targets to Darren Sproles’ 69 targets. Sproles did miss one game, but that still shows just how much the Saints trust Thomas in the passing game this season. Last year, even though Sproles missed three games Thomas had 53 targets to Sproles’ 103. So those of us who loved Sproles this preseason finally have to face the harsh reality that Thomas has 192 total touches to Sproles’ 100. But Sproles is averaging .81 fantasy points per touch compared to Thomas’ .53.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jimmy Graham: Run 0/Tar 9, Marques Colston: Run 0/Tar 7, Pierre Thomas: Run 13/Tar 5, Lance Moore: Run 0/Tar 3, Ben Watson: Run 0/Tar 3, Josh Hill: Run 0/Tar 1, Darren Sproles: Run 2/Tar 1, Jed Collins: Run 3/Tar 0, Mark Ingram: Run 6/Tar 0, Khiry Robinson: Run 1/Tar 0



New York Giants


Victor Cruz: 10-11-4-7-6 (38) (7.6), Brandon Myers: 0-4-5-6-7 (22) (4.4), Rueben Randle: 3-3-7-4-4 (21) (4.2), Andre Brown: 3-5-4-5-4 (21) (4.2), Hakeem Nicks: 4-5-dnp-2-7 (18) (4.5), Jerrel Jernigan: 0-2-7-0-dnp (9) (2.2), Bear Pascoe: 0-1-2-3-1 (7) (1.4), Louis Murphy: 0-1-1-0-2 (4) (0.8), John Conner: 0-3-0-0-0 (3) (0.6), Peyton Hillis: 2-dnp-dnp-1-0 (3) (1)


Hakeem Nicks had his best game in a while with five receptions on seven targets for 135 yards. This was his third 100 yard game of the year, the last one coming in Week 5.  He has yet to catch a touchdown pass.


After Eli Manning threw four touchdowns in the season opener against Dallas he has totaled 12 touchdown passes in 12 games with 17 interceptions. Six of those 12 touchdowns went to Rueben Randle. So that leaves six receiving touchdown passes in the last 12 games for Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Myers and whoever else pops up. This offense has truly been a fantasy killer this season.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Brandon Myers: Run 0/Tar 5, Victor Cruz: Run 0/Tar 5, Andre Brown: Run 16/Tar 3, Hakeem Nicks: Run 0/Tar 2, Rueben Randle: Run 0/Tar 2, Louis Murphy: Run 0/Tar 2, Brandon Jacobs: Run 2/Tar 0, Eli Manning: Run 0/Tar 0, Peyton Hillis: Run 4/Tar 0



Philadelphia Eagles


Riley Cooper: 5-7-BYE-6-9 (27) (6.8), DeSean Jackson: 5-4-BYE-6-6 (21) (5.2), LeSean McCoy: 1-4-BYE-6-1 (12) (3), Brent Celek: 1-1-BYE-6-3 (11) (2.8), Jason Avant: 4-3-BYE-4-0 (11) (2.8), Zach Ertz: 0-3-BYE-6-1 (10) (2.5), Bryce Brown: 0-2-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), James Casey: 2-0-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), Jeff Maehl: 0-1-BYE-0-0 (1) (0.2), Brad Smith: dnp-0-BYE-0-1 (1) (0.3)


The Eagles had to deal with the eight inches of snow and it didn’t look like they were going to get anything at all, but in the fourth quarter LeSean McCoy erupted for two long touchdowns and 148 of his 217 rushing yards.


The targets went to the usual suspects, DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper and they remain the only reliable fantasy plays as long as Brent Celek and Zach Ertz continue splitting time.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Riley Cooper: Run 0/Tar 5, Zach Ertz: Run 0/Tar 1, DeSean Jackson: Run 0/Tar 1, LeSean McCoy: Run 11/Tar 1, James Casey: Run 0/Tar 1, Brent Celek: Run 0/Tar 1, Jason Avant: Run 0/Tar 1, Nick Foles: Run 11/Tar 0



San Francisco 49ers


Anquan Boldin: 5-9-6-13-8 (41) (8.2), Vernon Davis: 2-5-7-5-3 (22) (4.4), Mario Manningham: 6-4-7-0-4 (21) (4.2), Bruce Miller: 2-2-0-4-5 (13) (2.6), Michael Crabtree: dnp-dnp-dnp-4-8 (12) (6), Frank Gore: 2-3-2-2-1 (10) (2), Vance McDonald: 2-2-1-0-0 (5) (1), Jon Baldwin: 0-3-0-dnp-dnp (3) (1), LaMichael James: 0-1-1-0-0 (2) (0.4), Kendall Hunter: 1-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)


Anquan Boldin has turned it on in the last four games with 26 receptions on 36 targets for 341 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also topped 93 yards in his last three when he hadn’t had one game over 93 yards since his Week 1 explosion for 208 yards. His six receptions for 93 yards were in stark contrast to his last game against Seattle when he was completely stifled for 1 reception for seven yards. The return of Michael Crabtree is the biggest difference between those two games. Boldin isn’t going to get much when getting the best of the defense’s coverage. He is much better suited for the #2 receiver position at this point in his career.


Michael Crabtree tied him with the target lead, but was held to four receptions for 40 yards. The Seahawks will do that to you. Vernon Davis only had three targets, which is a little disconcerting, but he still caught a touchdown and leads in red zone targets.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Vernon Davis: Run 0/Tar 7, Anquan Boldin: Run 0/Tar 5, Bruce Miller: Run 1/Tar 2, Michael Crabtree: Run 0/Tar 1,
Frank Gore: Run 17/Tar 1, Jon Baldwin: Run 0/Tar 1, Colin Kaepernick: Run 3/Tar 0, Kendall Hunter: Run 3/Tar 0



Seattle Seahawks


Golden Tate: 7-4-BYE-5-8 (24) (6), Doug Baldwin: 8-2-BYE-5-4 (19) (4.8), Zach Miller: 0-5-BYE-8-3 (16) (4), Jermaine Kearse: 4-1-BYE-3-5 (13) (3.2), Marshawn Lynch: 3-2-BYE-4-0 (9) (2.2), Luke Willson: 2-1-BYE-1-4 (8) (2), Robert Turbin: 1-2-BYE-0-1 (4) (1), Ricardo Lockette: 1-1-BYE-1-0 (3) (0.8), Michael Robinson: 0-1-BYE-1-0 (2) (0.5), Derrick Coleman: dnp-dnp-BYE-1-0 (1) (0.5), Percy Harvin: dnp-1-BYE-dnp-dnp (1) (1)


These 49er/Seahawk games are the ones you try to stay away from in fantasy. They’re great real games often enough, but there’s not a big yardage and scoring party. Golden Tate leads the team in targets over the last month, but is only averaging 6 targets per game. That ranks around 47th for wide receivers. That’s not going to get you many fantasy points. Oh, did I mention he leads the team?


Luke Willson had a good game. He caught three passes for 70 yards and a touchdown, but only had four targets. It’s a good sign for the rookie, but nothing we can rely on.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jermaine Kearse: Run 0/Tar 4, Doug Baldwin: Run 0/Tar 2, Golden Tate: Run 0/Tar 2, Marshawn Lynch: Run 20/Tar 2, Zach Miller: Run 0/Tar 2, Derrick Coleman: Run 0/Tar 1, Christine Michael: Run 1/Tar 0, Russell Wilson: Run 4/Tar 0, Robert Turbin: Run 2/Tar 0



St. Louis Rams


Chris Givens: 4-BYE-6-9-2 (21) (5.2), Jared Cook: 2-BYE-5-6-6 (19) (4.8), Tavon Austin: 3-BYE-5-7-3 (18) (4.5), Zac Stacy: 3-BYE-2-2-4 (11) (2.8), Stedman Bailey: 0-BYE-1-4-4 (9) (2.2), Brian Quick: 0-BYE-2-4-0 (6) (1.5), Austin Pettis: 0-BYE-0-3-3 (6) (1.5), Cory Harkey: 3-BYE-0-0-1 (4) (1), Benny Cunningham: 1-BYE-0-0-2 (3) (0.8), Isaiah Pead: 0-BYE-0-3-0 (3) (0.8), Lance Kendricks: dnp-BYE-1-0-2 (3) (1)


Jared Cook has nine red zone targets all season. That seems off for a player with his ability and size doesn’t it? But I digress.  Kellen Clemens is not anywhere near a good quarterback unless he’s playing against one. He has five touchdown passes and five interceptions in six games.


Zac Stacy had a tough time against the Cardinals with just 22 total yards, but did find the end zone and has five touchdowns in his last five games.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Brian Quick: Run 0/Tar 3, Chris Givens: Run 0/Tar 3, Tavon Austin: Run 0/Tar 3, Zac Stacy: Run 7/Tar 2, Isaiah Pead: Run 0/Tar 1, Lance Kendricks: Run 0/Tar 1, Austin Pettis: Run 0/Tar 1, Jared Cook: Run 0/Tar 1, Benny Cunningham: Run 6/Tar 0, Kellen Clemens: Run 1/Tar 0



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Vincent Jackson: 8-12-3-5-8 (36) (7.2), Tiquan Underwood: 5-1-5-4-5 (20) (4), Tim Wright: 1-2-9-3-4 (19) (3.8), Brian Leonard: 3-5-2-2-0 (12) (2.4), Bobby Rainey: 1-2-1-3-4 (11) (2.2), Skye Dawson: 2-0-0-dnp-3 (5) (1.2), Erik Lorig: 0-2-0-1-1 (4) (0.8), Chris Owusu: dnp-0-0-3-0 (3) (0.8), Tom Crabtree: 0-1-0-dnp-dnp (1) (0.3)


Tampa Bay won this game 27-6 and Mike Glennon completed 9-of-25 passes for 90 yards. Yes, he did throw two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. This loss was all on E.J. Manuel who threw zero touchdowns and four interceptions.


Bobby Rainey had 80 yards on one carry, but had 47 yards on his 21 other carries. The Buccaneers’ offense was pretty much shut down, but with Manuel giving them great field position it didn’t really matter.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Vincent Jackson: Run 0/Tar 6, Tiquan Underwood: Run 0/Tar 3, Bobby Rainey: Run 13/Tar 3, Brian Leonard: Run 2/Tar 3, Tim Wright: Run 0/Tar 2, Erik Lorig: Run 0/Tar 1, Mike James: Run 2/Tar 0



Washington Redskins


Pierre Garcon: 10-10-11-12-12 (55) (11), Santana Moss: 3-7-4-1-6 (21) (4.2), Logan Paulsen: 3-3-2-4-5 (17) (3.4), Roy Helu: 4-4-1-4-4 (17) (3.4), Aldrick Robinson: 0-3-3-2-6 (14) (2.8), Josh Morgan: 1-dnp-6-1-3 (11) (2.8), Jordan Reed: 9-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (10) (5), Fred Davis: dnp-dnp-0-4-3 (7) (2.3), Leonard Hankerson: 5-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (6) (3), Darrel Young: 1-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (3) (1.5), Alfred Morris: 0-0-0-3-0 (3) (0.6), Evan Royster: 0-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2), Niles Paul: 0-0-0-dnp-1 (1) (0.2)


Washington was humiliated by Kansas City on Sunday. Robert Griffin III only completed 12-of 26 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Pierre Garcon once again had a ton of targets and once again didn’t have much production. I believe they are really missing Jordan Reed right now. Garcon needs somebody to take the heat off him and Griffin.


Red Zone Targets+Touches: Pierre Garcon: Run 0/Tar 4, Logan Paulsen: Run 0/Tar 4, Jordan Reed: Run 0/Tar 3, Fred Davis: Run 0/Tar 3, Santana Moss: Run 0/Tar 2, Josh Morgan: Run 0/Tar 1, Darrel Young: Run 0/Tar 1, Leonard Hankerson: Run 0/Tar 1, Roy Helu: Run 2/Tar 0, Alfred Morris: Run 8/Tar 0, Evan Royster: Run 1/Tar 0, Robert Griffin III: Run 5/Tar 0


Snap count data comes from our friends at Pro Football Focus.

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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