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Week 17 Target Watch

Friday, December 27, 2013


Cleveland Browns

 

Josh Gordon: 17-15-10-10-16 (68) (13.6), Jordan Cameron: 10-7-9-6-dnp (32) (8), Greg Little: 7-4-4-7-4 (26) (5.2), Davone Bess: 8-5-4-3-dnp (20) (5), Chris Ogbonnaya: 5-5-3-5-1 (19) (3.8), Fozzy Whittaker: 5-1-7-2-0 (15) (3), Gary Barnidge: 0-0-2-1-4 (7) (1.4), Edwin Baker: dnp-dnp-dnp-4-3 (7) (3.5), MarQueis Gray: dnp-0-2-0-4 (6) (1.5), Josh Cooper: 0-0-dnp-dnp-6 (6) (2), Willis McGahee: 0-2-1-dnp-0 (3) (0.8)

 

Josh Gordon leads all wide receivers in targets since his suspension as well as in total yards, but he leads the league in total yards even counting the missed games. He has only caught 53.7% of his targets, which is low, but has an amazing 19.6 yards per reception. If you factor in the carousel of sub-par quarterbacks and his low percentage deep ball targets, he’s doing pretty well for himself.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Josh Gordon: Run 0/Tar 8, Edwin Baker: Run 9/Tar 3, Jordan Cameron: Run 0/Tar 3, Greg Little: Run 0/Tar 2, Chris Ogbonnaya: Run 3/Tar 1, Fozzy Whittaker: Run 2/Tar 1, Davone Bess: Run 0/Tar 1, Gary Barnidge: Run 0/Tar 1, MarQueis Gray: Run 1/Tar 0, Jason Campbell: Run 1/Tar 0, Willis McGahee: Run 2/Tar 0

 

 

 

 Dallas Cowboys

 

Dez Bryant: 16-9-4-17-11 (57) (11.4), DeMarco Murray: 3-5-5-7-3 (23) (4.6), Jason Witten: 7-3-3-8-2 (23) (4.6), Terrance Williams: 2-6-3-5-6 (22) (4.4), Miles Austin: 3-5-4-4-2 (18) (3.6), Cole Beasley: 4-3-3-4-2 (16) (3.2), Gavin Escobar: 1-0-2-2-0 (5) (1), Lance Dunbar: 2-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (3) (1.5), James Hanna: 0-0-1-1-0 (2) (0.4), Tyler Clutts: dnp-dnp-0-0-1 (1) (0.3)

 

Dez Bryant led the team in targets with 11 and caught four for 73 yards and a touchdown, but it looks like the Cowboys finally figured out that getting the ball to Terrance Williams over Miles Austin was the best choice as he caught four of six targets for 84 yards to lead the team while Austin had just two targets and caught one for eight yards. It will be extremely surprising to see Austin ahead of Williams on the depth chart next season.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Dez Bryant: Run 0/Tar 10, Jason Witten: Run 0/Tar 7, Terrance Williams: Run 0/Tar 4, Cole Beasley: Run 0/Tar 3, DeMarco Murray: Run 21/Tar 2, Gavin Escobar: Run 0/Tar 1, Joseph Randle: Run 2/Tar 0, Tony Romo: Run 3/Tar 0, Lance Dunbar: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

 

Denver Broncos

 

Eric Decker: 4-12-12-5-17 (50) (10), Demaryius Thomas: 9-6-10-5-14 (44) (8.8), Knowshon Moreno: 1-5-7-6-4 (23) (4.6), Julius Thomas: dnp-dnp-7-8-8 (23) (7.7), Wes Welker: 8-5-10-dnp-dnp (23) (7.7), Jacob Tamme: 5-3-5-2-3 (18) (3.6), Andre Caldwell: 0-1-1-10-3 (15) (3), Montee Ball: 3-2-4-5-1 (15) (3), Virgil Green: 2-1-0-0-1 (4) (0.8), Joel Dreessen: 1-0-2-0-0 (3) (0.6), C.J. Anderson: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (1) (1)

 

Of course this one will go down in the record books as being Peyton Manning’s record breaking 51st touchdown game, but it also marks a huge finish to the season for Eric Decker. In the last four games he caught 28 passes for 464 yards and seven touchdowns. That includes a game where he caught two passes for 42 yards!  He had just three touchdowns in the first 11 games compared to the seven in the last four. That puts five Broncos’ players over 10 touchdowns. That is a record. This team is one big fat record.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Eric Decker: Run 0/Tar 11, Demaryius Thomas: Run 0/Tar 7, Knowshon Moreno: Run 10/Tar 7, Wes Welker: Run 0/Tar 3, Andre Caldwell: Run 0/Tar 3, Jacob Tamme: Run 0/Tar 2, Joel Dreessen: Run 0/Tar 2, Julius Thomas: Run 0/Tar 2, Montee Ball: Run 11/Tar 1, Virgil Green: Run 0/Tar 1

 

 

 

Detroit Lions


Calvin Johnson: 14-10-5-14-4 (47) (9.4), Kris Durham: 6-7-3-4-7 (27) (5.4), Joique Bell: 3-4-7-2-10 (26) (5.2), Nate Burleson: 10-1-5-6-2 (24) (4.8), Reggie Bush: 7-5-dnp-4-4 (20) (5), Brandon Pettigrew: 5-2-3-2-dnp (12) (3), Joseph Fauria: 1-1-0-1-7 (10) (2), Dorin Dickerson: 0-1-1-0-3 (5) (1), Kevin Ogletree: 0-1-0-0-4 (5) (1), Theo Riddick: 0-1-0-1-0 (2) (0.4), Jeremy Ross: 0-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

As Calvin Johnson goes so goes Matthew Stafford. Stafford's fantasy points by week go - 20, 17, 21, 15, 14, 23, 26, 26, BYE, 18, 22, 15, 19, 6, 7, 6. As you can see the last three weeks have been the worst by far. The fact that they coincide with the fantasy playoffs didn’t help any of his owners much. His poor numbers coincide with Calvin Johnson playing injured or not playing at all this season. The Lions desperately need to find more receiving talent because Stafford isn't going anywhere.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Kris Durham: Run 0/Tar 4, Joseph Fauria: Run 0/Tar 4, Joique Bell: Run 13/Tar 3, Brandon Pettigrew: Run 0/Tar 2, Calvin Johnson: Run 0/Tar 2, Nate Burleson: Run 0/Tar 2, Jeremy Ross: Run 0/Tar 1, Reggie Bush: Run 9/Tar 1, Kevin Ogletree: Run 0/Tar 1, Matthew Stafford: Run 1/Tar 0, Theo Riddick: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

 

Green Bay Packers

 

James Jones: 12-5-5-7-12 (41) (8.2), Jarrett Boykin: 10-3-3-6-13 (35) (7), Jordy Nelson: 7-4-4-9-5 (29) (5.8), Eddie Lacy: 6-4-5-5-3 (23) (4.6), Andrew Quarless: 3-2-7-6-4 (22) (4.4), Brandon Bostick: 5-dnp-4-1-dnp (10) (3.3), John Kuhn: 4-1-1-1-1 (8) (1.6), Ryan Taylor: 0-1-2-1-0 (4) (0.8), James Starks: 2-0-0-1-1 (4) (0.8)

 

Matt Flynn gave it the old college try, but Aaron Rodgers will be back in Week 17 and all the stats over the last five weeks are outdated. Jordy Nelson in seven full games with Aaron Rodgers averaged 5.5 catches, 92.7 yards, and 7 total touchdowns. Nelson in seven games without Rodgers averaged 4.5 catches for 62.4 yards and one total touchdown. I think they may be better with Rodgers at the helm, but I’m just guessing.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jarrett Boykin: Run 0/Tar 6, Andrew Quarless: Run 0/Tar 5, Jordy Nelson: Run 0/Tar 4, James Jones: Run 0/Tar 3, Eddie Lacy: Run 22/Tar 3, Brandon Bostick: Run 0/Tar 2, Ryan Taylor: Run 0/Tar 1, James Starks: Run 7/Tar 1, Brandon Bostick: Run 0/Tar 1, Scott Tolzien: Run 1/Tar 0, John Kuhn: Run 2/Tar 0, Matt Flynn: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

 

Houston Texans

 

Andre Johnson: 6-9-21-10-13 (59) (11.8), Garrett Graham: 9-11-14-dnp-dnp (34) (11.3), DeAndre Hopkins: 4-5-7-5-4 (25) (5), Keshawn Martin: 2-1-6-3-6 (18) (3.6), Ben Tate: 6-0-4-6-dnp (16) (4), Ryan Griffin: 2-0-3-6-5 (16) (3.2), Dennis Johnson: 2-2-1-2-4 (11) (2.2), Greg Jones: 0-0-1-0-2 (3) (0.6), Lestar Jean: 0-dnp-dnp-1-1 (2) (0.7), DeVier Posey: 1-0-1-0-dnp (2) (0.5), Deji Karim: 0-0-0-1-1 (2) (0.4)

 

Matt Schaub remains not very good at football this season. With Case Keenum out with an injury, Schaub got the start against the Broncos at home and completed just 18-of-37 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Schaub’s descent into less than mediocrity is fully complete and this Texans’ team isn’t going to look like the Texans of the last few years next season.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Andre Johnson: Run 0/Tar 6, Garrett Graham: Run 0/Tar 5, DeAndre Hopkins: Run 0/Tar 3, Keshawn Martin: Run 0/Tar 2, Greg Jones: Run 0/Tar 1, Dennis Johnson: Run 5/Tar 1, Matt Schaub: Run 0/Tar 0, Deji Karim: Run 1/Tar 0, Case Keenum: Run 2/Tar 0, Ben Tate: Run 10/Tar 0

 

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

T.Y. Hilton: 9-7-5-12-7 (40) (8), Coby Fleener: 8-5-9-1-3 (26) (5.2), Da'Rick Rogers: dnp-0-9-6-6 (21) (5.2), Trent Richardson: 2-0-6-6-5 (19) (3.8), LaVon Brazill: 5-8-4-dnp-1 (18) (4.5), Donald Brown: 2-3-6-0-3 (14) (2.8), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 6-5-3-0-0 (14) (2.8), Griff Whalen: dnp-dnp-dnp-5-8 (13) (6.5), Weslye Saunders: 2-dnp-2-0-2 (6) (1.5), Stanley Havili: dnp-4-0-dnp-1 (5) (1.7), Jack Doyle: dnp-dnp-1-2-1 (4) (1.3), David Reed: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (2), Justice Cunningham: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (1) (1)

 

Griff Whalen was your targets, receptions and yards leader for the Colts last Sunday. This is a player just signed off their practice squad a couple weeks ago. But Da’Rick Rogers didn’t have a NFL reception when he went off a couple weeks ago, so really some guy named Ducky Singleton could lead them in receiving next week for all I know.

 

I do know one thing and that is I was wrong about Trent Richardson, at least for this season. Donald Brown on the other hand continues to play well after most had given up on him. He totaled 110 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 touches against Kansas City while Richardson had 19 touches for 58 yards and no touchdowns. The numbers speak for themselves there.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Donald Brown: Run 4/Tar 3, Da'Rick Rogers: Run 0/Tar 2, Darrius Heyward-Bey: Run 0/Tar 2, T.Y. Hilton: Run 0/Tar 2, Coby Fleener: Run 0/Tar 2, Trent Richardson: Run 7/Tar 2, Griff Whalen: Run 0/Tar 2, Jack Doyle: Run 0/Tar 1, Weslye Saunders: Run 0/Tar 1, LaVon Brazill: Run 0/Tar 1, Chris Rainey: Run 0/Tar 1, Andrew Luck: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Ace Sanders: 5-11-6-3-5 (30) (6), Cecil Shorts: 11-11-6-dnp-dnp (28) (9.3), Marcedes Lewis: 1-4-4-7-6 (22) (4.4), Mike Brown: dnp-2-7-7-6 (22) (5.5), Maurice Jones-Drew: 6-8-3-dnp-5 (22) (5.5), Kerry Taylor: 4-0-0-5-7 (16) (3.2), Jordan Todman: 1-2-2-8-2 (15) (3), Clay Harbor: 1-3-0-4-1 (9) (1.8), Will Ta'ufo'ou: 2-0-0-0-0 (2) (0.4), Jeremy Ebert: 0-dnp-dnp-2-dnp (2) (1), Justin Forsett: 1-dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp (1) (1)

 

Chad Henne has thrown two touchdowns in each of his last four games, scored 15 fantasy points in each of his last three and thrown for exactly 237 yards in his last two. Coincidence? Yes, of course. But he has been getting his teammates some receiving touchdowns, especially Marcedes Lewis who has now caught a touchdown in each of his last four games.

 

Kerry Taylor led the team in targets, but Mike Brown was the fantasy leader with five receptions on six targets for 71 yards and a touchdown. He has proven he has ability this year. 

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Marcedes Lewis: Run 0/Tar 5, Ace Sanders: Run 0/Tar 4, Mike Brown: Run 0/Tar 4, Cecil Shorts: Run 0/Tar 4, Jordan Todman: Run 9/Tar 2, Clay Harbor: Run 0/Tar 2, Kerry Taylor: Run 0/Tar 1, Will Ta'ufo'ou: Run 0/Tar 1, Maurice Jones-Drew: Run 9/Tar 1, Chad Henne: Run 1/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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