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Looks and Touches: Week 2

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 2 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
The Vikings fell to 0-2 on the season, but you can't put much of the blame on Adrian Peterson. He turned a career-high 33 touches (29 carries, 4 catches) into 180 yards of offense (160 rushing, 20 receiving), although he didn't find the end zone. Peterson topped 20 carries or 25 touches just twice during the 2007 season.

Julius Jones responded very well to his first game as sole feature back since early in 2006, compiling 141 yards (127 rushing, 14 receiving) on 29 touches (26 carries, 3 catches), including a 27-yard TD run. Maurice Morris is expected to miss Week 3, as well, and a strong performance against the Rams could push Jones clearly to the forefront of the expected platoon.

A tough early schedule has the Bengals' offense looking like a mess. Chris Perry did manage a 13-yard TD run against the Titans, but he totaled 51 yards on his other 20 carries (2.6-yard average) and his first two receptions of the season resulted in a net loss of eight yards.

We're seeing a pattern in the Titans' running game – an even split of the work and subsequent fantasy impact between the dynamic Chris Johnson and the stout LenDale White. Week 2 stats: Johnson had 121 yards (109 rushing, 12 receiving) on 21 touches; White had 59 yards on 18 carries (no catches), including a one-yard TD plunge.

What you need to know about the Panthers' running game in Week 2: DeAngelo Williams managed just 28 yards on 10 carries before halftime, so he got just one carry in the second half; Jonathan Stewart was given just one carry in the first half, but rallied his team with 76 yards on 13 carries in the second half, including two short scoring runs (4, 1) in the 20-17 win.

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 2 included: Arizona (Edgerrin James 19, Tim Hightower 11), Buffalo (Marshawn Lynch 20, Fred Jackson 13), Carolina (Jonathan Stewart 14, DeAngelo Williams 12), Denver (Selvin Young 9, Andre Hall 7, Michael Pittman 7), Green Bay (Ryan Grant 15, Brandon Jackson 8), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 15, Maurice Jones-Drew 10), Miami (Ronnie Brown 13, Ricky Williams 12), New England (LaMont Jordan 11, Sammy Morris 10, Laurence Maroney 8, Kevin Faulk 7), NY Giants (Brandon Jacobs 16, Derrick Ward 9), Oakland (Darren McFadden 22, Michael Bush 16), San Diego (LaDainian Tomlinson 12, Darren Sproles 9), Tampa Bay (Earnest Graham 16, Warrick Dunn 15), and Tennessee (Chris Johnson 21, LenDale White 18).

Earnest Graham made the most of another somewhat truncated workload, turning 16 touches (15 carries, 1 catch) into 128 yards (116 rushing, 12 receiving) – his 8.0 yards per touch were best among RB with at least 10 touches. Honorable mention has to go to Darren Sproles, who turned nine touches (7 carries, 2 catches) into 125 yards (53 rushing, 72 receiving), a 13.9-yard average. Sammy Morris totaled more touches (10 – 8 carries, 2 catches) than he did net yards of offense (7 – 0 rushing, 7 receiving), part of the reason for the four-way dispersal of touches for the Pats in Week 2 – his 0.7 yards per touch were easily worst among players with at least 10 touches.

LOOKS
Wow. Brandon Marshall made up for lost time in pretty short order, totaling an astronomical 20 looks, 18 catches, and 166 receiving yards in Week 2, including a six-yard score. Marshall's one-week totals are good enough to place him tops in the league in receptions, sixth in looks, and 15th in receiving yards.

Tony Gonzalez got the quantity, but not the quality, treatment thanks to shoddy QB play in Week 2. His 13 looks only resulted in five catches and 39 yards, albeit including a two-yard TD.

With Dallas Clark inactive and Marvin Harrison struggling to separate himself from defenders, Anthony Gonzalez garnered a career-high 12 looks, which resulted in nine catches for 137 yards. Clark may be active in Week 3, but this won't be the only time this season that Harrison fails to make an impact – Gonzalez remains WR3 on the depth chart as long as everyone is healthy, however.

Here's how the looks worked out for the notable players among the Colston-less Saints in Week 2: David Patten (10), Reggie Bush (9), Jeremy Shockey (3), Devery Henderson (3), Pierre Thomas (2), and Robert Meachem (1). It was clearly a struggle, as Drew Brees managed just 22 completions and 216 passing yards.

John Carlson should be on your radar if he already isn't, particularly if you are in a PPR league. The rookie TE garnered eight looks in Week 2, compiling six catches for 78 yards, and has team highs of 10 catches and 130 yards after two weeks. He should continue to be heavily utilized for at least as long as the Seahawks struggle to field a competent WR core.

It's inevitable that an under-rostered WR (or two) will emerge as solid fantasy option in a Mike Martz system. My money is currently on Bryant Johnson (57 percent owned), who turned seven looks into six catches for 78 yards and a score in Week 2.

Week 2 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 2 YEAR T/G
1 Adrian Peterson MIN 33 53 26.5
2 Julius Jones SEA 29 44 22
3 Willie Parker PIT 28 53 26.5
4 Matt Forte CHI 26 52 26
5 Brian Westbrook PHI 24 45 22.5
5 Frank Gore SF 24 42 21
7 Clinton Portis WAS 23 46 23
7 Chris Perry CIN 23 42 21
9 Marion Barber DAL 22 41 20.5
9 Jamal Lewis CLE 22 36 18
9 Darren McFadden OAK 22 32 16
12 Chris Johnson TEN 21 39 19.5
13 Marshawn Lynch BUF 20 41 20.5
13 Steven Jackson STL 20 37 18.5
15 Edgerrin James ARI 19 45 22.5
15 Thomas Jones NYJ 19 44 22
17 LenDale White TEN 18 33 16.5
18 Reggie Bush NO 17 39 19.5
18 Joseph Addai IND 17 30 15
20 Brandon Jacobs NYG 16 38 19
20 Earnest Graham TB 16 29 14.5
20 Michael Bush OAK 16 16 8
23 Michael Turner ATL 15 38 19
23 Ryan Grant GB 15 27 13.5
23 Fred Taylor JAC 15 25 12.5
23 Warrick Dunn TB 15 25 12.5
27 Kevin Smith DET 14 34 17
27 Jonathan Stewart CAR 14 24 12
29 Fred Jackson BUF 13 23 11.5
29 Ronnie Brown MIA 13 22 11
31 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 12 36 18
31 Larry Johnson KC 12 35 17.5
31 DeAngelo Williams CAR 12 31 15.5
31 Ricky Williams MIA 12 26 13
35 Tim Hightower ARI 11 22 11
35 LaMont Jordan NE 11 13 6.5
37 Sammy Morris NE 10 25 12.5
37 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 10 19 9.5
39 Justin Fargas OAK 9 29 14.5
39 Derrick Ward NYG 9 20 10
39 Selvin Young DEN 9 16 8
39 Darren Sproles SD 9 11 5.5
43 Pierre Thomas NO 8 20 10
43 Brandon Jackson GB 8 18 9
43 Laurence Maroney NE 8 18 9
43 Ladell Betts WAS 8 10 5
47 Jerious Norwood ATL 7 23 11.5
47 Andre Hall DEN 7 17 8.5
47 Michael Pittman DEN 7 14 7
47 Kevin Faulk NE 7 7 7
51 Leon Washington NYJ 6 14 7
51 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 6 6 3
53 Chester Taylor MIN 5 13 6.5
53 Leonard Weaver SEA 5 9 4.5
53 Jason McKie CHI 5 7 3.5
53 DeDe Dorsey CIN 5 5 2.5
53 Kolby Smith KC 5 5 5
58 Jamaal Charles KC 4 11 5.5
58 Dominic Rhodes IND 4 10 5
58 Kenny Watson CIN 4 8 4
58 Kregg Lumpkin GB 4 4 4
62 Felix Jones DAL 3 12 6
62 Mike Tolbert SD 3 9 4.5
62 B.J. Askew TB 3 6 3
62 Brad Hoover CAR 3 4 2
62 Ahmard Hall TEN 3 4 2
67 Lorenzo Booker PHI 2 7 3.5
67 Justin Griffith OAK 2 5 2.5
67 Correll Buckhalter PHI 2 4 2
67 Jerome Harrison CLE 2 2 1
67 Lawrence Vickers CLE 2 2 1
67 Naufahu Tahi MIN 2 2 1
67 Deuce McAllister NO 2 2 2
67 T.J. Duckett SEA 2 2 1
67 Antonio Pittman STL 2 2 1
76 Kevin Jones CHI 1 14 7
76 Rudi Johnson DET 1 4 2
76 Heath Evans NE 1 3 1.5
76 Ovie Mughelli ATL 1 2 1
76 Nick Goings CAR 1 2 1
76 Jason Wright CLE 1 2 1
76 Patrick Cobbs MIA 1 2 1
76 Madison Hedgecock NYG 1 2 1
76 Carey Davis PIT 1 2 1
76 Jerome Felton DET 1 1 0.5
76 Mike Karney NO 1 1 0.5
76 Tony Richardson NYJ 1 1 0.5
76 Owen Schmitt SEA 1 1 1
76 Mike Sellers WAS 1 1 0.5
Week 2 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 2 YEAR L/G
1 Brandon Marshall DEN 20 20 20
2 Tony Gonzalez KC 13 20 10
3 Calvin Johnson DET 12 22 11
3 Anthony Gonzalez IND 12 20 10
3 Amani Toomer NYG 12 17 8.5
6 Wes Welker NE 11 21 10.5
6 Kellen Winslow CLE 11 17 8.5
8 Matt Jones JAC 10 20 10
8 Shaun McDonald DET 10 16 8
8 Greg Jennings GB 10 15 7.5
8 Brandon Lloyd CHI 10 13 6.5
8 David Patten NO 10 12 6
8 Tony Scheffler DEN 10 12 6
14 Dwayne Bowe KC 9 22 11
14 Santana Moss WAS 9 19 9.5
14 Reggie Bush NO 9 18 9
14 Jason Witten DAL 9 18 9
14 Braylon Edwards CLE 9 18 9
14 Chris Chambers SD 9 15 7.5
14 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 9 13 6.5
21 DeSean Jackson PHI 8 18 9
21 Hines Ward PIT 8 14 7
21 Greg Camarillo MIA 8 14 7
21 Donald Driver GB 8 13 6.5
21 John Carlson SEA 8 12 6
21 Vincent Jackson SD 8 12 6
21 Brian Westbrook PHI 8 10 5
21 Rashied Davis CHI 8 10 5
21 Roddy White ATL 8 10 5
21 Isaac Bruce SF 8 8 4
21 Tom Santi IND 8 8 8
21 James Jones GB 8 8 8
33 Reggie Wayne IND 7 24 12
33 Eddie Royal DEN 7 18 9
33 Steven Jackson STL 7 14 7
33 Justin Gage TEN 7 13 6.5
33 Bryant Johnson SF 7 12 6
33 Roy Williams DET 7 12 6
33 Julius Jones SEA 7 11 5.5
33 Santonio Holmes PIT 7 11 5.5
33 Torry Holt STL 7 9 4.5
33 Mike Furrey DET 7 9 4.5
33 Michael Jenkins ATL 7 9 4.5
33 Billy McMullen SEA 7 7 7
33 Fred Jackson BUF 7 7 3.5
46 Muhsin Muhammad CAR 6 21 10.5
46 Plaxico Burress NYG 6 19 9.5
46 Anquan Boldin ARI 6 17 8.5
46 D.J. Hackett CAR 6 16 8
46 Antwaan Randle El WAS 6 14 7
46 Ike Hilliard TB 6 12 6
46 Antonio Gates SD 6 12 6
46 Ashley Lelie OAK 6 11 5.5
46 Brandon Stokley DEN 6 11 5.5
46 Laveranues Coles NYJ 6 10 5
46 Chad Johnson CIN 6 10 5
46 Alex Smith TB 6 9 4.5
46 Dante' Hall STL 6 9 4.5
46 Arnaz Battle SF 6 8 4
46 Chris Cooley WAS 6 7 3.5
61 Courtney Taylor SEA 5 14 7
61 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 5 13 6.5
61 Randy McMichael STL 5 12 6
61 Greg Lewis PHI 5 12 6
61 David Martin MIA 5 11 5.5
61 Frank Gore SF 5 9 4.5
61 Bobby Wade MIN 5 9 4.5
61 Reggie Williams JAC 5 9 4.5
61 Kevin Smith DET 5 9 4.5
61 Marion Barber DAL 5 9 4.5
61 Justin McCareins TEN 5 8 4
61 Ronnie Brown MIA 5 8 4
61 Josh Reed BUF 5 8 4
61 Derek Hagan MIA 5 6 3
61 Jeff King CAR 5 6 3
61 Kolby Smith KC 5 5 5
61 Laurent Robinson ATL 5 5 2.5
61 Ben Patrick ARI 5 5 2.5
79 Joey Galloway TB 4 17 8.5
79 Marvin Harrison IND 4 15 7.5
79 Lee Evans BUF 4 13 6.5
79 Terrell Owens DAL 4 12 6
79 Bernard Berrian MIN 4 11 5.5
79 Jason Avant PHI 4 8 4
79 Jerious Norwood ATL 4 8 4
79 Ladell Betts WAS 4 7 3.5
79 Chansi Stuckey NYJ 4 7 3.5
79 Thomas Jones NYJ 4 7 3.5
79 Dennis Northcutt JAC 4 7 3.5
79 Reggie Kelly CIN 4 7 3.5
79 Leon Washington NYJ 4 6 3
79 Adrian Peterson MIN 4 6 3
79 Warrick Dunn TB 4 5 2.5
79 Joseph Addai IND 4 5 2.5
79 Kevin Faulk NE 4 4 4
79 Daniel Graham DEN 4 4 2
79 Harry Douglas ATL 4 4 2

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