The following is a list of the Week 13 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.
• Shrewd owners who were the first to nab Justin Fargas in their respective leagues have been reaping the benefits over the past few weeks. He totaled 164 yards of offense (146 rushing, 18 receiving) on a league-high 35 touches (33 carries, two catches) in Week 13, and has averaged 127 yards on 27 touches over the past five weeks, with three touchdowns.
• Willis McGahee's season-highs of 34 touches (30 carries, four catches) and 159 yards (138 rushing, 21 receiving) against a tough New England defense were pleasant surprises for fantasy owners. McGahee may be in for a spike in touches and production with Steve McNair out for the season. In the last three games that McNair played for the Ravens (Weeks 5, 9-10), the team averaged 7.6 points on the scoreboard, with McGahee averaging 89 yards on 21 touches. In the past three games in which McNair did not play (Weeks 11-13), the Ravens have averaged 22.6 points, with McGahee accounting for 115 yards of offense on 25 touches.
• Adrian Peterson's first start for the Bears was a success in terms of fantasy production, particularly in PPR leagues. Peterson totaled 149 yards of offense on his 29 touches, highlighted by seven catches for 82 yards. He failed to score a TD, however, as the Bears scored their lone touchdown on a 1-yard pass to Desmond Clark. Cedric Benson's season-high of 110 yards of offense came back in Week 2, and he had more than two catches just once this season (Week 4).
• 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 13 included: Atlanta (Warrick Dunn 11, Jerious Norwood 11), Carolina (DeShaun Foster 24, DeAngelo Williams 18), Dallas (Marion Barber 18, Julius Jones 10), Denver (Travis Henry 15, Selvin Young 9), Detroit (Kevin Jones 6, T.J. Duckett 3), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 14, Maurice Jones-Drew 12), Miami (Jesse Chatman 13, Lorenzo Booker 7), Minnesota (Adrian Peterson 16, Chester Taylor 16), New England (Laurence Maroney 15, Kevin Faulk 9), New Orleans (Reggie Bush 16, Aaron Stecker 11), NY Jets (Thomas Jones 25, Leon Washington 12), and Tennessee (LenDale White 13, Chris Brown 13).
• A season-high 94 rushing yards on just eight carries helped Jerious Norwood lead all RB with at least 10 touches in yards per touch. He added three catches for 21 yards, and his combined 115 yards of offense on 11 touches gave him an average of 10.45 yards per touch. Clinton Portis got the call often for the Redskins in Week 13 (25 carries) but couldn't get a lot done against the Bills (50 rushing yards) – he also had two catches for 10 yards, giving him 60 yards on 27 touches, and the 2.22-yard average was the lowest of the week among qualifiers.
• Roddy White has had an inconsistent season, as has the entire Falcons passing game, but he's been busy the past few weeks and has posted back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time this season. He had season-highs of 18 looks, 10 catches, and 146 yards in Week 13, and has totaled 28 looks, 16 catches, 250 yards, and two touchdowns over the past two games.
• Mike Furrey, last season's PPR-league surprise, had season highs of nine looks and seven receptions in a game in which the team's leading receiver Roy Williams was lost to a strained PCL. Furrey's production has dipped after averaging 9.1 looks, 6.1 receptions, and 67.9 yards per game last season, but he'll improve on his current season numbers (4.1 looks, 2.9 catches, 32.6 yards) with Williams out.
• Widely-available RBs among the league leaders in looks per game over the past three weeks: Anthony Thomas (6.5 – third), Kenny Watson (5.3 – sixth), Adrian Peterson CHI (5 – eighth), Fred Jackson (4.7 – ninth), Ron Dayne (4.3 – 10th), J.J. Arrington (4 – 13th), Kevin Faulk (4 – 13th), and Lorenzo Booker (3.5 – 18th).
• Widely-available WRs among the league leaders in looks per game over the past three weeks: D.J. Hackett injured (9.5 – 16th), Justin Gage (8.3 – 25th), Jerry Porter (8.3 – 25th), Josh Reed (8.3 – 25th), and Darrell Jackson (8 – 30th).
• Widely-available TE among the league leaders in looks per game over the past three weeks: Bo Scaife (7 – sixth), L.J. Smith (7 – sixth), Jeff King (6.3 – 12th), Chris Baker (5.3 – 14th), and Marcedes Lewis (5.3 – 14th).
- Adrian Peterson