Looks and Touches: Week 1
By Matt Buser
September 11, 2007
Touches is defined as the number of times a running back carried or caught the football.
• 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.
• 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.
Updated on Tuesday, Sep 11, 2007 5:33 pm, EDT