Looks and Touches: Week 1

Looks and Touches: Week 1
By Matt Buser
September 11, 2007

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports
The following is a list of the Week 1 leaders in looks and touches. It defines those running backs and receivers who received the most attention this past weekend.

Touches is defined as the number of times a running back carried or caught the football.
Looks is defined as the number of times a player was the intended target of a pass.

 

TOUCHES
Shaun Alexander's fantasy owners got exactly what they were hoping for in Week 1 – lots of touches (a league-high 29), 100-plus yards (105 rushing, 12 receiving), and a score (one rushing TD). A stifling Seattle defense and an efficient Matt Hasselbeck certainly helped the cause, and both could be factors again in Week 2 as the Seahawks face the Cardinals.

• Each of the "Big 3" got the season started off in unorthodox fashion. LaDainian Tomlinson was limited to just 25 yards rushing on 17 carries by the Bears, but one carry was a seven-yard TD. H alsoe threw a 17-yard TD pass to Antonio Gates, and had seven receptions for 51 yards. Steven Jackson totaled just one fantasy point (Y! default scoring) on the day thanks to just 61 total yards on 19 touches, no TDs, and two fumbles lost, the same number he lost all of last season. Larry Johnson totaled just 43 yards rushing on a paltry 10 carries, but also caught seven passes for 44 yards.

Travis Henry made Selvin Young look like a bit less fantastic of a waiver addition in Week 1, totaling a league-high 183 yards (139 rushing, 44 receiving) on 26 touches (23 carries, three receptions). Young had just two carries for seven yards (no receptions) while Cecil Sapp had three carries for seven yards (no receptions) for the Broncos.

LaMont Jordan's fantasy owners should be cautiously optimistic at this point – while he had a middling 70 rushing yards on 15 carries (albeit with a TD), he also totaled 89 receiving yards on nine catches, both tops among RB. If Jordan approaches his 2005 totals of 70 receptions and 563 receiving yards, then he was a steal in drafts this season, as he compiled an ADP of 119.0 as the 38th RB taken on average.

• The platoon watch notes when a team's RB2 is given at least half as many touches as the RB1, regardless of the reason. Platoon watch for Week 1 included: Carolina (DeShaun Foster 18, DeAngelo Williams 16), Dallas (Julius Jones 17, Marion Barber III 12), Houston (Ahman Green 20, Ron Dayne 13), Jacksonville (Maurice Jones-Drew 10, Fred Taylor 6), Miami (Ronnie Brown 17, Jesse Chatman 13), New Orleans (Reggie Bush 16, Deuce McAllister 12), New England (Laurence Maroney 20, Sammy Morris 13), Tampa Bay (Carnell Williams 14, Michael Pittman 8), Tennessee (Chris Brown 20, LenDale White 20), and Washington (Ladell Betts 18, Clinton Portis 17).

• Chris Brown led all players with at least 10 touches in yards per touch, as he totaled 178 yards (175 rushing, three receiving) on 20 touches (19 carries, one catch), good for an 8.9-yard average. What made it all the more impressive was that it came against a Jaguars defense that allowed just 3.5 yards per carry in 2006, the third-lowest average in the league.

LOOKS
Javon Walker led the Week 1 leaderboard, as his 15 looks accounted for 38 percent of Jay Cutler's passes. Walker registered double-digits in looks just twice during the 2006 season, with a season-high of 13 (Week 7).

• Patriots fans must be absolutely giddy right now – Randy Moss turned nine looks from Tom Brady into nine catches for 183 yards, including a 51-yard TD. Things could get (stay?) ugly for opposing defenses. Also of note: while Brady completed passes to seven different players, only Moss and Wes Welker had more than four looks. Welker totaled six receptions on nine looks, good for 61 yards and a TD.

Ronald Curry was exceptionally active for a Raiders offense that tallied 40 pass attempts in Week 1, catching 10 passes on 12 looks for 133 yards, including a four-yard TD.

• While San Diego's offense sputtered overall against the formidable Chicago defense, Antonio Gates had a fantastic day, totaling nine catches on 12 looks for 107 yards, including a 17-yard TD from LaDainian Tomlinson.

• The Saints failed to get much going against a swarming Colts defense, but Drew Brees targeted Eric Johnson nine times, second among TE, and he responded with eight catches for 57 yards. The sure-handed Johnson could emerge as PPR-league gold at the position. Reggie Bush had four catches for just seven yards, perhaps in a trickle-down effect – Bush averaged six catches and 46 receiving yards last season.

• Arizona's terrific pair of WRs had a very quiet day against a 49ers defense that allowed 25 passing TDs last season, the fourth-most in the league. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin combined for seven catches on 16 looks, just 42 yards receiving, and one TD.

Week 1 Touch Leaders
RANK  PLAYER  TEAM WEEK 1 YEAR
1 Shaun Alexander SEA 29 29
2 Edgerrin James ARI 28 28
2 Willie Parker PIT 28 28
4 Travis Henry DEN 26 26
4 Joseph Addai IND 26 26
4 Brian Westbrook PHI 26 26
4 Warrick Dunn ATL 26 26
8 LaMont Jordan OAK 24 24
8 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 24 24
10 Willis McGahee BAL 22 22
11 Marshawn Lynch BUF 21 21
11 Rudi Johnson CIN 21 21
13 Chris Brown TEN 20 20
13 Adrian Peterson MIN 20 20
13 Ahman Green HOU 20 20
13 LenDale White TEN 20 20
13 Laurence Maroney NE 20 20
13 Cedric Benson CHI 20 20
19 Tatum Bell DET 19 19
19 Frank Gore SF 19 19
19 Brandon Jackson GB 19 19
19 Steven Jackson STL 19 19
23 DeShaun Foster CAR 18 18
23 Ladell Betts WAS 18 18
25 Derrick Ward NYG 17 17
25 Clinton Portis WAS 17 17
25 Larry Johnson KC 17 17
25 Julius Jones DAL 17 17
25 Ronnie Brown MIA 17 17
30 DeAngelo Williams CAR 16 16
30 Reggie Bush NO 16 16
32 Thomas Jones NYJ 15 15
33 Carnell Williams TB 14 14
34 Sammy Morris NE 13 13
34 Jesse Chatman MIA 13 13
34 Jamal Lewis CLE 13 13
34 Ron Dayne HOU 13 13
38 Marion Barber III DAL 12 12
38 Deuce McAllister NO 12 12
40 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 10 10
40 Michael Turner SD 10 10
42 Najeh Davenport PIT 9 9
43 Michael Pittman TB 8 8
44 Jerious Norwood ATL 7 7
44 Leon Washington NYJ 7 7
44 Adrian Peterson CHI 7 7
44 Michael Bennett KC 7 7
48 Musa Smith BAL 6 6
48 Kenton Keith IND 6 6
48 Brandon Jacobs NYG 6 6
48 Fred Taylor JAC 6 6
52 Earnest Graham TB 5 5
52 Justin Fargas OAK 5 5
52 Lorenzo Neal SD 5 5
52 Correll Buckhalter PHI 5 5
56 Maurice Morris SEA 4 4
56 Aaron Stecker NO 4 4
56 Mack Strong SEA 4 4
56 Chester Taylor MIN 4 4
56 Lawrence Vickers CLE 4 4
56 Mike Sellers WAS 4 4
56 Anthony Thomas BUF 4 4
56 J.J. Arrington ARI 4 4
64 Justin Griffith OAK 3 3
64 Le'Ron McClain BAL 3 3
64 Brian Leonard STL 3 3
64 Cecil Sapp DEN 3 3
64 Carey Davis PIT 3 3
64 T.J. Duckett DET 3 3
70 DeShawn Wynn GB 2 2
70 Brad Hoover CAR 2 2
70 Kevin Faulk NE 2 2
70 Tony Richardson MIN 2 2
70 Selvin Young DEN 2 2
70 Moran Norris SF 2 2
70 Naufahu Tahi MIN 2 2
70 Jason McKie CHI 2 2
70 Jeremi Johnson CIN 2 2
70 Heath Evans NE 2 2
80 Marcel Shipp ARI 1 1
80 Madison Hedgecock STL 1 1
80 Justin Green BAL 1 1
80 Ahmard Hall TEN 1 1
80 Reuben Droughns NYG 1 1
80 Brian Calhoun DET 1 1
80 Thomas Tapeh PHI 1 1
80 Jason Wright CLE 1 1
80 Ovie Mughelli ATL 1 1
80 Vonta Leach HOU 1 1
80 Maurice Hicks SF 1 1
Week 1 Look Leaders
RANK  PLAYER  TEAM WEEK 1 YEAR
1 Javon Walker DEN 15 15
2 Steve Smith CAR 13 13
3 Ronald Curry OAK 12 12
3 Antonio Gates SD 12 12
3 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 12 12
3 Reggie Wayne IND 12 12
3 Derrick Mason BAL 12 12
3 Donald Driver GB 12 12
3 Brian Westbrook PHI 12 12
10 Plaxico Burress NYG 11 11
10 Chris Chambers MIA 11 11
12 Amani Toomer NYG 10 10
12 LaMont Jordan OAK 10 10
12 Torry Holt STL 10 10
12 Andre Johnson HOU 10 10
12 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 10 10
12 Bernard Berrian CHI 10 10
18 Randy Moss NE 9 9
18 Eric Johnson NO 9 9
18 Wes Welker NE 9 9
18 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 9 9
18 Arnaz Battle SF 9 9
18 Michael Pittman TB 9 9
18 Kellen Winslow CLE 9 9
18 Dennis Northcutt JAC 9 9
18 Demetrius Williams BAL 9 9
18 Isaac Bruce STL 9 9
18 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 9 9
29 Laveranues Coles NYJ 8 8
29 Larry Johnson KC 8 8
29 Marques Colston NO 8 8
29 Chad Johnson CIN 8 8
29 Joey Galloway TB 8 8
29 Brandon Marshall DEN 8 8
29 Darrell Jackson SF 8 8
29 James Jones GB 8 8
29 Reggie Bush NO 8 8
29 Terrell Owens DAL 8 8
29 Braylon Edwards CLE 8 8
40 Shaun McDonald DET 7 7
40 Jesse Chatman MIA 7 7
40 Jeremy Shockey NYG 7 7
40 Tony Gonzalez KC 7 7
40 Anquan Boldin ARI 7 7
40 Dwayne Bowe KC 7 7
40 Santana Moss WAS 7 7
40 Steven Jackson STL 7 7
48 Jason Witten DAL 6 6
48 Ronnie Brown MIA 6 6
48 Antwaan Randle El WAS 6 6
48 Mike Furrey DET 6 6
48 Jeff King CAR 6 6
48 Marvin Harrison IND 6 6
48 Calvin Johnson DET 6 6
48 Ike Hilliard TB 6 6
48 Samie Parker KC 6 6
48 Brandon Jackson GB 6 6
48 Marcedes Lewis JAC 6 6
48 Todd Heap BAL 6 6
48 Roy Williams DET 6 6
48 Hines Ward PIT 6 6
48 Devery Henderson NO 6 6
48 Zach Miller OAK 6 6
48 Marty Booker MIA 6 6
48 Steve Smith NYG 6 6
48 Joe Jurevicius CLE 6 6
48 Bubba Franks GB 6 6
48 Reggie Brown PHI 6 6
69 Marcus Pollard SEA 5 5
69 Alge Crumpler ATL 5 5
69 Roddy White ATL 5 5
69 Derrick Ward NYG 5 5
69 Warrick Dunn ATL 5 5
69 Tatum Bell DET 5 5
69 Brandon Stokley DEN 5 5
69 Travis Henry DEN 5 5
69 Vincent Jackson SD 5 5
69 Brian Leonard STL 5 5
69 Dallas Clark IND 5 5
69 Ruvell Martin GB 5 5
69 Lee Evans BUF 5 5
69 Vernon Davis SF 5 5
83 Josh Reed BUF 4 4
83 Heath Miller PIT 4 4
83 Donald Lee GB 4 4
83 Ahman Green HOU 4 4
83 Jason Avant PHI 4 4
83 Patrick Crayton DAL 4 4
83 Laurent Robinson ATL 4 4
83 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 4 4
83 Rudi Johnson CIN 4 4
83 Joseph Addai IND 4 4
83 Daniel Graham DEN 4 4
83 Mack Strong SEA 4 4
83 Le'Ron McClain BAL 4 4
83 Kevin Curtis PHI 4 4
83 Dante Hall STL 4 4
83 David Patten NO 4 4
83 Michael Jenkins ATL 4 4
83 Justin Peelle MIA 4 4
83 Dane Looker STL 4 4
83 Sidney Rice MIN 4 4
83 Bobby Wade MIN 4 4
83 Tim Carter CLE 4 4
83 Najeh Davenport PIT 4 4
83 Mike Williams OAK 4 4
83 Muhsin Muhammad CHI 4 4
83 Tab Perry CIN 4 4

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Updated on Tuesday, Sep 11, 2007 5:33 pm, EDT

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