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Week 16 Target Watch: AFC

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Ace Sanders: 10-5-11-6-3 (35) (7), Cecil Shorts: 5-11-11-6-dnp (33) (8.2), Marcedes Lewis: 7-1-4-4-7 (23) (4.6), Maurice Jones-Drew: 4-6-8-3-dnp (21) (5.2), Mike Brown: 3-dnp-2-7-7 (19) (4.8), Kerry Taylor: 5-4-0-0-5 (14) (2.8), Jordan Todman: 1-1-2-2-8 (14) (2.8), Clay Harbor: 5-1-3-0-4 (13) (2.6), Will Ta’ufo’ou: 1-2-0-0-0 (3) (0.6), Jeremy Ebert: dnp-0-dnp-dnp-2 (2) (1), Danny Noble: 1-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.2), Justin Forsett: dnp-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (1) (1)

 

With Cecil Shorts out for this game, running back Jordan Todman and tight end Marcedes Lewis led in targets. Lewis caught his third touchdown in the last three games and looks like a big part of the offense with Shorts out.

 

Jordan Todman had eight targets, catching four for 44 yards and also ran the ball 25 times for 109 yards. That’s 33 looks, which is a ton for anyone in the 2013 version of the NFL. He looked good for the most part and may be winning a chance at lead back duties for next season.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Ace Sanders: Run 0/Tar 5, Cecil Shorts: Run 0/Tar 4, Marcedes Lewis: Run 0/Tar 4, Mike Brown: Run 0/Tar 3, Clay Harbor: Run 0/Tar 2, Jordan Todman: Run 8/Tar 2, Maurice Jones-Drew: Run 10/Tar 1, Kerry Taylor: Run 0/Tar 1, Will Ta’ufo’ou: Run 0/Tar 1, Chad Henne: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Dwayne Bowe: 14-6-7-5-4 (36) (7.2), Dexter McCluster: 8-10-6-5-dnp (29) (7.2), Jamaal Charles: 8-6-2-3-8 (27) (5.4), Donnie Avery: 3-5-6-2-3 (19) (3.8), Anthony Fasano: 4-5-5-dnp-dnp (14) (4.7), Sean McGrath: 3-1-3-3-2 (12) (2.4), Anthony Sherman: 3-2-2-0-1 (8) (1.6), Junior Hemingway: 0-0-3-2-2 (7) (1.4), Knile Davis: 1-0-2-2-2 (7) (1.4), A.J. Jenkins: 0-1-4-0-1 (6) (1.2), Cyrus Gray: 0-0-1-1-1 (3) (0.6), Chad Hall: dnp-dnp-0-dnp-1 (1) (0.5)

 

Do you mind if I just write JAMAAL CHARLES here and go on with the other teams? Ok, well, he played pretty well. He was the target leader with eight and Dwayne Bowe was second with four. He totaled 215 of Kansas City’s 385 yards and 195 of Alex Smith’s 287 yards passing. And of course he had five of their seven offensive touchdowns. He was the total offense. Knile Davis chipped in a touchdown run in garbage time, but this was all Charles, all game.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jamaal Charles: Run 17/Tar 9, Anthony Fasano: Run 0/Tar 7, Dexter McCluster: Run 1/Tar 6, Dwayne Bowe: Run 0/Tar 6, Knile Davis: Run 4/Tar 2, Junior Hemingway: Run 0/Tar 1, Anthony Sherman: Run 1/Tar 1, A.J. Jenkins: Run 1/Tar 1, Sean McGrath: Run 0/Tar 1, Donnie Avery: Run 0/Tar 1, Chad Hall: Run 0/Tar 1, Alex Smith: Run 1/Tar 0, Chase Daniel: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Brian Hartline: 13-5-15-8-8 (49) (9.8), Mike Wallace: 6-10-9-5-9 (39) (7.8), Charles Clay: 7-7-10-10-2 (36) (7.2), Rishard Matthews: 6-7-3-2-9 (27) (5.4), Lamar Miller: 2-4-1-4-1 (12) (2.4), Marcus Thigpen: 0-2-1-1-2 (6) (1.2), Dion Sims: 0-1-2-2-1 (6) (1.2), Daniel Thomas: 1-2-dnp-1-1 (5) (1.2), Marlon Moore: 0-2-1-0-1 (4) (0.8), Michael Egnew: 0-1-0-0-3 (4) (0.8)

 

If you take out the Steelers’ game, Mike Wallace has had a nice run of late. And even if you keep that Steelers’ game intact he has 20 receptions on 33 targets for 333 yards and three touchdowns over the last four games. (If he had 33 receptions my day would have been made).

 

That also coincides with some strong games from Ryan Tannehill. In that stretch he is averaging 288.3 yards per game and has nine touchdowns and three interceptions. He finishes off with two good matchups and they hold their playoff destiny in their hands, so it will be interesting to see if he can keep this up.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Charles Clay: Run 1/Tar 6, Brian Hartline: Run 0/Tar 6, Rishard Matthews: Run 0/Tar 3, Lamar Miller: Run 10/Tar 3, Mike Wallace: Run 0/Tar 3, Daniel Thomas: Run 12/Tar 3, Marcus Thigpen: Run 0/Tar 3, Mike Gillislee: Run 1/Tar 0, Ryan Tannehill: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

New England Patriots

 

Julian Edelman: 4-11-12-9-19 (55) (11), Shane Vereen: 11-11-6-17-7 (52) (10.4), Danny Amendola: 7-6-5-8-14 (40) (8), Rob Gronkowski: 7-10-12-5-dnp (34) (8.5), Kenbrell Thompkins: 2-9-3-dnp-dnp (14) (4.7), Josh Boyce: 0-dnp-1-5-7 (13) (3.2), Aaron Dobson: 7-0-dnp-dnp-dnp (7) (3.5), Michael Hoomanawanui: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-3 (4) (2), Austin Collie: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-3 (4) (2), LeGarrette Blount: 0-0-0-2-1 (3) (0.6), James Develin: 0-0-1-1-0 (2) (0.4), Brandon Bolden: dnp-1-1-dnp-0 (2) (0.7), Matthew Mulligan: 1-0-0-1-0 (2) (0.4), Stevan Ridley: 0-0-dnp-1-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola are the kings of targetry, well, for this game at least. Together they saw 33 targets and caught 23 for 270 yards and one touchdown. Of course the touchdowns were needed a little more than the rest of that, but the rest of that is pretty amazing for fantasy. Without true playmakers like Gronkowski they’ll need to continue with the shorter passing game.

 

Miami did a good job of keeping Shane Vereen from beating them, which paid off. He is their biggest playmaker at the moment and they would much rather give up shorter passes to Edelman and Amendola than Vereen.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Julian Edelman: Run 0/Tar 11, Shane Vereen: Run 5/Tar 10, Rob Gronkowski: Run 0/Tar 5, Danny Amendola: Run 0/Tar 3, Michael Hoomanawanui: Run 0/Tar 2, Aaron Dobson: Run 0/Tar 1, Josh Boyce: Run 0/Tar 1, Austin Collie: Run 0/Tar 1, Brandon Bolden: Run 2/Tar 0, Stevan Ridley: Run 4/Tar 0, James Develin: Run 1/Tar 0, Tom Brady: Run 2/Tar 0, LeGarrette Blount: Run 7/Tar 0

 

 

New York Jets

 

Santonio Holmes: 8-4-0-5-8 (25) (5), David Nelson: 3-5-8-4-4 (24) (4.8), Bilal Powell: 1-4-5-1-4 (15) (3), Kellen Winslow Jr: 1-4-3-6-1 (15) (3), Jeff Cumberland: 4-2-3-0-4 (13) (2.6), Stephen Hill: 7-1-4-dnp-dnp (12) (4), Jeremy Kerley: dnp-dnp-dnp-7-3 (10) (5), Greg Salas: 2-3-4-0-0 (9) (1.8), Tommy Bohanon: 2-0-0-2-2 (6) (1.2), Chris Ivory: 1-0-1-0-1 (3) (0.6)

 

Santonio Holmes led the team in targets with eight, but only caught two for 14 yards. Jeff Cumberland led the team in yards receiving with 50 on three receptions. Chris Ivory looked good on just 11 carries for 66 yards, but was vultured by Sheldon Richardson at the goal line. It’s actually amazing that they moved the ball enough to score 20 points on the Panthers.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: David Nelson: Run 0/Tar 6, Stephen Hill: Run 0/Tar 3, Santonio Holmes: Run 0/Tar 3, Jeff Cumberland: Run 0/Tar 3, Bilal Powell: Run 3/Tar 2, Tommy Bohanon: Run 0/Tar 1, Jeremy Kerley: Run 0/Tar 1, Kellen Winslow Jr: Run 0/Tar 1, Josh Cribbs: Run 1/Tar 0, Chris Ivory: Run 7/Tar 0, Geno Smith: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

Oakland Raiders

 

Rod Streater: 8-9-4-10-9 (40) (8), Andre Holmes: 3-5-11-7-7 (33) (6.6), Marcel Reece: 5-5-4-5-7 (26) (5.2), Mychal Rivera: 6-2-3-8-5 (24) (4.8), Rashad Jennings: 3-5-2-dnp-3 (13) (3.2), Jacoby Ford: 1-1-5-1-1 (9) (1.8), Denarius Moore: 6-dnp-dnp-dnp-2 (8) (4), Jamize Olawale: 0-2-0-4-1 (7) (1.4), Nick Kasa: 0-1-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Jeron Mastrud: 0-1-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Darren McFadden: dnp-dnp-1-dnp-dnp (1) (1), Brice Butler: 0-1-dnp-0-dnp (1) (0.3)

 

Oakland scored 31 points on Kansas City, which is pretty amazing, but of course Kansas City scored 56. Matt McGloin threw four interceptions in pass-first mode, so it’s a good idea not to get him in pass-first mode. He threw the ball the most to Rod Streater, but only could complete four of 10 targets for 59 yards.

 

The fantasy winner for Oakland was Rashad Jennings who got in on two goal line runs and totaled 103 yards on 26 touches. He has set himself up well to compete with and possibly beat out Darren McFadden for the starting job next season.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Rod Streater: Run 0/Tar 5, Mychal Rivera: Run 0/Tar 3, Marcel Reece: Run 5/Tar 3, Andre Holmes: Run 0/Tar 3, Jacoby Ford: Run 0/Tar 2, Denarius Moore: Run 0/Tar 1, Terrelle Pryor: Run 1/Tar 0, Rashad Jennings: Run 17/Tar 0

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Antonio Brown: 13-10-8-9-6 (46) (9.2), Heath Miller: 10-6-9-4-4 (33) (6.6), Le’Veon Bell: 5-5-9-9-5 (33) (6.6), Emmanuel Sanders: 2-7-11-6-6 (32) (6.4), Jerricho Cotchery: 5-1-6-9-3 (24) (4.8), Markus Wheaton: 5-0-0-1-0 (6) (1.2), Will Johnson: 1-1-1-1-0 (4) (0.8), Jonathan Dwyer: 2-2-0-0-0 (4) (0.8), David Paulson: 2-0-0-0-0 (2) (0.4), Matt Spaeth: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-1 (1) (0.5), Felix Jones: 0-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-25 passes for 191 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Antonio Brown once again caught five passes. He has yet to dip below five all season. He also caught a touchdown and returned a punt for a touchdown. And after just two touchdowns in the first seven games he now has six in the last seven, not counting the punt return.

 

Le’Veon Bell continues to piece together good games. In this game he had five targets and caught all five for 50 yards and also ran the ball 24 times for 57 yards and a touchdown.  As you can see, his ability in the passing game really pays off in fantasy, and not just in PPR leagues. Since his first game in Week 4 he has averaged 22 touches per game.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jerricho Cotchery: Run 0/Tar 9, Antonio Brown: Run 0/Tar 6, LeVeon Bell: Run 15/Tar 5, Emmanuel Sanders: Run 0/Tar 5, Heath Miller: Run 0/Tar 3, Will Johnson: Run 0/Tar 2, Matt Spaeth: Run 0/Tar 1, David Paulson: Run 0/Tar 1, Markus Wheaton: Run 0/Tar 1, Ben Roethlisberger: Run 1/Tar 0, Jonathan Dwyer: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

San Diego Chargers

 

Keenan Allen: 6-12-10-3-5 (36) (7.2), Antonio Gates: 6-8-9-6-3 (32) (6.4), Eddie Royal: 3-4-dnp-4-6 (17) (4.2), Ladarius Green: 5-5-6-1-0 (17) (3.4), Vincent Brown: 6-1-2-4-3 (16) (3.2), Danny Woodhead: 2-4-3-5-1 (15) (3), Ryan Mathews: 2-2-6-4-1 (15) (3), Seyi Ajirotutu: 2-1-0-0-0 (3) (0.6), Ronnie Brown: 0-1-0-1-0 (2) (0.4), John Phillips: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) (0.4), Le’Ron McClain: 0-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2)

 

Ryan Mathews was the engine behind the Chargers’ offense in this one as he rushed 27 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. Last week he also rushed 29 times. I don’t think I have to even look up the stats to see if that has happened before; it hasn’t. He had eight first down runs and helped keep Peyton Manning off the field, which is exactly what you have to do to beat him.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Keenan Allen: Run 0/Tar 7, Danny Woodhead: Run 3/Tar 6, Ladarius Green: Run 0/Tar 3, Antonio Gates: 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 1/Tar 0, Ryan Mathews: Run 16/Tar 0, Ronnie Brown: Run 2/Tar 0

 

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Kendall Wright: 12-7-11-3-20 (53) (10.6), Delanie Walker: 10-9-2-dnp-11 (32) (8), Nate Washington: 3-6-6-6-9 (30) (6), Justin Hunter: 1-6-5-8-dnp (20) (5), Chris Johnson: 1-5-7-3-3 (19) (3.8), Kenny Britt: 0-2-0-dnp-6 (8) (2), Taylor Thompson: 0-2-3-1-0 (6) (1.2), Michael Preston: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-5 (6) (3), Collin Mooney: 0-2-1-dnp-dnp (3) (1), Craig Stevens: 1-1-dnp-0-0 (2) (0.5), Visanthe Shiancoe: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-dnp (2) (2), Shonn Greene: 0-1-1-0-0 (2) (0.4), Quinn Johnson: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-1 (1) (0.5)

 

Kendall Wright showed once again why he is going to be a star in this league as he caught 12 passes on 20 targets for 150 yards. And he did most of his damage against Patrick Peterson, catching six of seven passes for 96 yards when Peterson was in coverage.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 36-of-58 passes for 402 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions and this overtime game. He threw an interception in overtime, but those numbers are fantasytastic, especially against the Cardinals.

 

Red Zone Targets+TouchesDelanie Walker: Run 0/Tar 6, Chris Johnson: Run 9/Tar 5, Kendall Wright: Run 0/Tar 3, Michael Preston: Run 0/Tar 3, Kenny Britt: Run 0/Tar 2, Nate Washington: Run 0/Tar 2, Justin Hunter: Run 0/Tar 1, Shonn Greene: Run 5/Tar 0, Ryan Fitzpatrick: Run 4/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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