The following is a list of the Week 11 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.
• Brian Westbrook is having quite the season. He led all players with 33 touches (32 carries, once catch) in Week 11, and was third among RB with 148 yards of offense (148 rushing, zero receiving). On the season, and despite having missed Week 4 to injury, Westbrook is second in the league with 233 touches (178 carries, 55 receptions), leads the league with 1,367 yards of offense (849 rushing, 518 receiving) and is third among RB with 9 TD (five rushing, four receiving). Westbrook is the top-scoring RB in standard scoring leagues, with 184 fantasy points in nine games.
• Maybe we should start talking up the Vikings' O-line as regularly as we gush about their RBs. Chester Taylor went off in Week 11, filling in for the injured Adrian Peterson, to the tune of a league-high 164 rushing yards on 22 carries and a league-most 202 yards of total offense on 25 touches. On the season, Vikings' ball-carriers have averaged 5.9 yards on 299 carries (including Peterson at 6.4 and Taylor at 5.6), a full 1.2 yards per carry more than the second-place Broncos.
• Kenny Watson out-produced Rudi Johnson in Week 11, a situation that is becoming a weekly occurrence. Watson had 45 yards on his nine carries (good for a 5-yard average), while Johnson had 25 yards on his eight carries (3.1-yard average); Watson also added 50 receiving yards on eight catches, while Johnson had a single two-yard reception. Over the past three weeks, Watson has averaged 81.7 yards on 13.3 touches, while Johnson has averaged 30.7 yards on 14 touches.
• 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 11: Chicago (Cedric Benson 12, Adrian Peterson 6), Cincinnati (Kenny Watson 17, Rudi Johnson 9), Dallas (Marion Barber 16, Julius Jones 9), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 20, Maurice Jones-Drew 13), Kansas City (Priest Holmes 20, Kolby Smith 11), New England (Heath Evans 12, Kyle Eckel 11, Laurence Maroney 6), NY Giants (Brandon Jacobs 15, Reuben Droughns 14), Pittsburgh (Willie Parker 21, Najeh Davenport 12), and Tampa Bay (Earnest Graham 18, Michael Pittman 12).
• Chester Taylor's big day put him atop the leaderboard for yards per touch among RB with at least 10 touches – his 202 yards of offense (164 rushing, 38 receiving) on 25 touches (22 carries, three catches) was good for 8.08 yards per touch. Willie Parker's poor showing against the Jets had him on the opposite end of the spectrum – his 52 rushing yards on 21 carries (no catches) were good for just 2.48 yards per touch.
• Reggie Bush couldn't get much going on the ground against the Texans, totaling just 34 yards on 15 carries, but his 12 receptions on a league-high 16 looks for 70 yards certainly helped make up for it. On the season, Bush is 17th in the league with 86 looks and fourth with 67 receptions.
• D.J. Hackett has been Matt Hasselbeck's target of choice since returning from an ankle sprain three weeks ago. Over the past three games, the third-year wideout has averaged 10.3 looks, 7.7 receptions, 98.3 receiving yards, and 1 TD. In standard scoring leagues, he's been the highest-scoring WR not named Terrell Owens or Randy Moss during that time, with 46 fantasy points.
• Carson Palmer has been spreading the love around since Chris Henry returned from suspension. Over the past two games, Henry has totaled 18 looks, 12 catches, 180 yards, and 1 TD; T.J. Houshmandzadeh has totaled 20 looks, 14 catches, 132 yards, and 1 TD; and Chad Johnson has totaled 16 looks, 12 catches, 159 yards, and 0 TD.
• All I can say is that I hope you sold high on Plaxico Burress when you had the opportunity. After averaging 5 catches on 8.3 looks for 84.5 yards and 1.3 TD over the season's first six games, he's averaged 3.8 catches on 8 looks for 32 yards and 0 TD over the past four games.
- Kenny Watson
- Chester Taylor