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Week 17 Target Watch

Friday, December 27, 2013


Kansas City Chiefs

 

Dwayne Bowe: 6-7-5-4-10 (32) (6.4), Jamaal Charles: 6-2-3-8-6 (25) (5), Dexter McCluster: 10-6-5-dnp-3 (24) (6), Donnie Avery: 5-6-2-3-4 (20) (4), Anthony Fasano: 5-5-dnp-dnp-4 (14) (4.7), Sean McGrath: 1-3-3-2-0 (9) (1.8), Junior Hemingway: 0-3-2-2-0 (7) (1.4), Knile Davis: 0-2-2-2-0 (6) (1.2), A.J. Jenkins: 1-4-0-1-0 (6) (1.2), Anthony Sherman: 2-2-0-1-0 (5) (1), Cyrus Gray: 0-1-1-1-1 (4) (0.8), Chad Hall: dnp-0-dnp-1-dnp (1) (0.5)

 

Kansas City didn’t really show up for this game. Well, Jamaal Charles did as he does, but otherwise it was a lifeless performance for a team that may rest their starters against San Diego this week.

 

Alex Smith threw for 153 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. In his last eight games he has five games with 20+ fantasy points, two with FOUR fantasy points and one with an unlucky 13. 

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Anthony Fasano: Run 0/Tar 7, Jamaal Charles: Run 14/Tar 7, Dexter McCluster: Run 1/Tar 6, Dwayne Bowe: Run 0/Tar 5, Donnie Avery: Run 0/Tar 1, Knile Davis: Run 3/Tar 1, Sean McGrath: Run 0/Tar 1, Junior Hemingway: Run 0/Tar 1, A.J. Jenkins: Run 1/Tar 1, Chad Hall: Run 0/Tar 1, Alex Smith: Run 1/Tar 0, Chase Daniel: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Brian Hartline: 5-15-8-8-10 (46) (9.2), Mike Wallace: 10-9-5-9-11 (44) (8.8), Charles Clay: 7-10-10-2-7 (36) (7.2), Rishard Matthews: 7-3-2-9-2 (23) (4.6), Lamar Miller: 4-1-4-1-0 (10) (2), Daniel Thomas: 2-dnp-1-1-2 (6) (1.5), Dion Sims: 1-2-2-1-0 (6) (1.2), Marcus Thigpen: 2-1-1-2-0 (6) (1.2), Marlon Moore: 2-1-0-1-0 (4) (0.8), Michael Egnew: 1-0-0-3-dnp (4) (1)

 

The Dolphins ran 52 total plays, had six first downs and 103 total yards. They never had a rushing play go for over 3 yards. This is a team that may make the playoffs.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Charles Clay: Run 1/Tar 5, Brian Hartline: Run 0/Tar 5, Mike Wallace: Run 0/Tar 3, Daniel Thomas: Run 9/Tar 3, Marcus Thigpen: Run 0/Tar 3, Lamar Miller: Run 10/Tar 3, Rishard Matthews: Run 0/Tar 2, Ryan Tannehill: Run 0/Tar 0, Mike Gillislee: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

Greg Jennings: 3-9-10-13-6 (41) (8.2), Cordarrelle Patterson: 11-4-7-6-7 (35) (7), Jerome Simpson: 4-9-8-3-5 (29) (5.8), John Carlson: 5-6-4-dnp-dnp (15) (5), Jarius Wright: 1-3-1-5-2 (12) (2.4), Rhett Ellison: 2-1-3-0-3 (9) (1.8), Adrian Peterson: 1-4-2-dnp-1 (8) (2), Matt Asiata: 0-0-0-5-dnp (5) (1.2), Toby Gerhart: 1-1-1-dnp-0 (3) (0.8), Jerome Felton: 1-1-1-0-0 (3) (0.6), Joe Webb: 0-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)

 

When you see glimpses of Matt Cassel being a competent quarterback they are often backed up by him being very much an incompetent quarterback. After last week’s big game against the Eagles he turned around and completed just 13-of-27 passes for 114 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Of course the Bengals are a much better defense than the Eagles, but if the Vikings have to roll Cassel out there next season it’s going to be a long one.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Cordarrelle Patterson: Run 0/Tar 6, Matt Asiata: Run 8/Tar 4, Greg Jennings: Run 0/Tar 3, Jerome Simpson: Run 0/Tar 3, Adrian Peterson: Run 10/Tar 2, Rhett Ellison: Run 0/Tar 2, Joe Webb: Run 0/Tar 1, Toby Gerhart: Run 3/Tar 1, Chase Ford: Run 0/Tar 1, John Carlson: Run 0/Tar 1, Matt Cassel: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

 

New England Patriots

 

Julian Edelman: 11-12-9-19-11 (62) (12.4), Shane Vereen: 11-6-17-7-2 (43) (8.6), Danny Amendola: 6-5-8-14-3 (36) (7.2), Rob Gronkowski: 10-12-5-dnp-dnp (27) (9), Josh Boyce: dnp-1-5-7-dnp (13) (4.3), Kenbrell Thompkins: 9-3-dnp-dnp-dnp (12) (6), Brandon Bolden: 1-1-dnp-0-4 (6) (1.5), Austin Collie: dnp-dnp-1-3-0 (4) (1.3), Michael Hoomanawanui: dnp-dnp-dnp-3-1 (4) (2), Aaron Dobson: 0-dnp-dnp-dnp-4 (4) (2), LeGarrette Blount: 0-0-2-1-0 (3) (0.6), James Develin: 0-1-1-0-0 (2) (0.4), Stevan Ridley: 0-dnp-1-0-1 (2) (0.5), Matthew Mulligan: 0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

The Patriots scored two defensive touchdowns in the last two minutes of the game so that 41 points doesn’t really coincide with the offensive output from the Patriots who only totaled 300 yards. Short passing to Julian Edelman and a steady dose of Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount got the job done. 

 

Edelman remains the target king and leads the team on the season in targets, receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns. It’s been a weird season for the Patriots but Edelman has been the one consistent force and should finish the season with 100 receptions and 1,000 yards.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Julian Edelman: Run 0/Tar 11, Shane Vereen: Run 5/Tar 11, Rob Gronkowski: Run 0/Tar 3, Danny Amendola: Run 0/Tar 3, Michael Hoomanawanui: Run 0/Tar 2, Austin Collie: Run 0/Tar 1, Josh Boyce: Run 0/Tar 1, James Develin: Run 1/Tar 0, Tom Brady: Run 2/Tar 0, Stevan Ridley: Run 2/Tar 0, Brandon Bolden: Run 2/Tar 0, LeGarrette Blount: Run 8/Tar 0

 

 

 

New Orleans Saints

 

Marques Colston: 6-7-13-13-10 (49) (9.8), Jimmy Graham: 7-9-11-6-11 (44) (8.8), Pierre Thomas: 6-4-4-8-5 (27) (5.4), Darren Sproles: dnp-8-3-10-5 (26) (6.5), Lance Moore: 2-2-4-7-3 (18) (3.6), Kenny Stills: 3-2-2-4-4 (15) (3), Robert Meachem: 3-3-3-1-2 (12) (2.4), Ben Watson: 2-1-1-3-2 (9) (1.8), Jed Collins: 0-1-1-1-2 (5) (1), Josh Hill: 3-1-0-dnp-dnp (4) (1.3), Mark Ingram: 0-0-0-2-1 (3) (0.6), Travaris Cadet: 1-0-0-0-dnp (1) (0.2)

 

Drew Brees continues to have trouble outside of the dome. After putting it to the Carolina Panthers for 313 yards and four touchdowns just two weeks ago at home, he could muster just 281 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a 13-17 loss.

 

On the season Brees is completing 73.2% of his passes for 350.6 yards per game and has a 23 to 3 touchdown to interception ratio at home for a 122.5 QB rating. On the road he is completing 64% of his passes for 290.9 yards per game and a 12 to 9 touchdown to interception ratio on the road for a 84.8 QB rating.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Marques Colston: Run 0/Tar 11, Jimmy Graham: Run 0/Tar 11, Lance Moore: Run 0/Tar 3, Pierre Thomas: Run 8/Tar 2, Darren Sproles: Run 2/Tar 2, Kenny Stills: Run 0/Tar 1, Jed Collins: Run 2/Tar 1, Ben Watson: Run 0/Tar 1, Mark Ingram: Run 2/Tar 0, Khiry Robinson: Run 2/Tar 0, Drew Brees: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

 

New York Giants

 

Brandon Myers: 5-6-7-3-7 (28) (5.6), Jerrel Jernigan: 7-0-dnp-8-12 (27) (6.8), Rueben Randle: 7-4-4-2-9 (26) (5.2), Victor Cruz: 4-7-6-7-dnp (24) (6), Hakeem Nicks: dnp-2-7-5-7 (21) (5.2), Andre Brown: 4-5-4-5-3 (21) (4.2), Bear Pascoe: 2-3-1-2-2 (10) (2), Louis Murphy: 1-0-2-1-2 (6) (1.2), Peyton Hillis: dnp-1-0-2-dnp (3) (1)

 

Jerrel Jernigan looks like Eli Manning’s favorite receiver at the moment. He’s led the team in targets and receptions over the last two games and fits Manning’s need to throw the ball short so he doesn’t break any more interception records.

 

Matthew Stafford gave this game away on a pick-six to tie it up and go into overtime. Neither team looked like they wanted to win, but somehow the Giants backed into the win. Both teams should be embarrassed.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Brandon Myers: Run 0/Tar 5, Andre Brown: Run 7/Tar 3, Victor Cruz: Run 0/Tar 2, Hakeem Nicks: Run 0/Tar 1, Louis Murphy: Run 0/Tar 1, Jerrel Jernigan: Run 0/Tar 1, Brandon Jacobs: Run 1/Tar 0, Eli Manning: Run 0/Tar 0, Peyton Hillis: Run 4/Tar 0

 

 

 

New York Jets

 

David Nelson: 5-8-4-4-5 (26) (5.2), Santonio Holmes: 4-0-5-8-6 (23) (4.6), Jeremy Kerley: dnp-dnp-7-3-11 (21) (7), Bilal Powell: 4-5-1-4-5 (19) (3.8), Kellen Winslow Jr: 4-3-6-1-5 (19) (3.8), Jeff Cumberland: 2-3-0-4-3 (12) (2.4), Greg Salas: 3-4-0-0-0 (7) (1.4), Tommy Bohanon: 0-0-2-2-1 (5) (1), Stephen Hill: 1-4-dnp-dnp-dnp (5) (2.5), Chris Ivory: 0-1-0-1-0 (2) (0.4)

 

While other teams throw in the towel on the season the Jets are amazingly playing some decent football after playing a whole bunch of awful football. Geno Smith’s two alter-egos continue to show up when you least expect them, but this week “Good Geno” played well against a good Browns’ defense completing 20-of36 passes for 214 yards, two touchdowns and most importantly, no interceptions. He also rushed 10 times for 48 yards and a touchdown.

 

The return of Jeremy Kerley has been a nice addition for Smith and you can tell he plays better knowing he has Kerley’s stable presence in the game. This is all of course in relation to how he had been playing, so all the praise is through that lens of lowered expectations.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: David Nelson: Run 0/Tar 6, Santonio Holmes: Run 0/Tar 4, Jeff Cumberland: Run 0/Tar 2, Jeremy Kerley: Run 0/Tar 2, Kellen Winslow Jr: Run 0/Tar 2, Tommy Bohanon: Run 0/Tar 1, Bilal Powell: Run 4/Tar 1, Stephen Hill: Run 0/Tar 1, Josh Cribbs: Run 1/Tar 0, Geno Smith: Run 3/Tar 0, Chris Ivory: Run 7/Tar 0

 

 

 

Oakland Raiders

 

Andre Holmes: 5-11-7-7-8 (38) (7.6), Rod Streater: 9-4-10-9-5 (37) (7.4), Marcel Reece: 5-4-5-7-6 (27) (5.4), Mychal Rivera: 2-3-8-5-3 (21) (4.2), Rashad Jennings: 5-2-dnp-3-3 (13) (3.2), Jamize Olawale: 2-0-4-1-1 (8) (1.6), Jacoby Ford: 1-5-1-1-dnp (8) (2), Jeron Mastrud: 1-0-0-1-3 (5) (1), Denarius Moore: dnp-dnp-dnp-2-3 (5) (2.5), Darren McFadden: dnp-1-dnp-dnp-3 (4) (2), Nick Kasa: 1-0-0-1-0 (2) (0.4), Brice Butler: 1-dnp-0-dnp-dnp (1) (0.5)

 

The Raiders wide receiver talent continues to help cancel each other out, especially with very little talent at the quarterback position. Unless your name is Peyton Manning it’s going to be impossible to give Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes enough productive targets to give any of them any kind of fantasy football consistency. Andre Holmes led them all last week with five receptions on eight targets for 71 yards and no touchdowns, while no other wide receiver topped three receptions or 17 receiving yards. We’ll continue to want these talented receivers on our fake teams, but they’ll continue being extremely inconsistent.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Marcel Reece: Run 4/Tar 6, Andre Holmes: Run 0/Tar 5, Rod Streater: Run 0/Tar 5, Mychal Rivera: Run 0/Tar 4, Jacoby Ford: Run 0/Tar 2, Rashad Jennings: Run 14/Tar 1, Terrelle Pryor: Run 1/Tar 0, Darren McFadden: Run 1/Tar 0, Matt McGloin: 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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