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Looks and Touches: Week 3

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 3 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
Matt Forte continues to be heavily utilized by the Bears – he led the league for the second time in three weeks with 34 touches (27 carries, 7 catches), and his 155 yards of offense (89 rushing, 66 receiving) were good for fourth in the league among RB. On the season, Forte's 86 touches (73 carries, 13 catches) are 13 more than second place Frank Gore's 73, while Gore has a slim lead over Forte for the top mark in total offense (412 to 409). Of note: he was only able to manage 3.3 yards per carry this past week, and his matchup with a tenacious Philadelphia defense in Week 4 will be a challenge.

Reggie Bush is starting to make it look like he doesn't have to fit the mold of the "typical" starting RB to be a successful one in fantasy. He may never average 20 carries in a game, but he's currently sixth in the league with 68 total touches (42 carries, 26 catches) and his 402 yards of offense (152 rushing, 250 receiving) are good for third in the league.

Steven Jackson's fantasy owners probably shouldn't be too enthused that he considers a day's work at 2.9 yards per carry "a pretty nice day". Granted, he pulled in five catches for 62 yards (28 touches, 128 yards total), but he's not going to justify his ADP (4.6) without getting it done on the ground, and then some. We'll find out if Trent Green's handoffs are more effective than Marc Bulger's in Week 4 versus a Bills' defense that has allowed 3.6 yards per carry to this point (Jackson's mark is currently 3.2).

The Jacksonville RB attack finally got it going against the Bob Sanders-less Colts – both players got plenty of work (touches: Fred Taylor 28, Maurice Jones-Drew 23) and did a lot with it (yards: Taylor 130, MJD 166), and Jones-Drew also had a six-yard TD run. Through the season's first two weeks, the two had combined for 173 total yards on 44 touches.

Friendly matchups aside, it's safe to say that Julius Jones was wildly successful in two weeks as the lone feature back for the Seahawks. His two-game averages include 143 yards (134 rushing, 9 receiving) on 26 touches (24 carries, 2 catches), and 1 rushing TD. His performance has likely earned him a firmer majority of the touches moving forward, even when Maurice Morris returns.

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 3 included: Atlanta (Michael Turner 23, Jerious Norwood 12), Baltimore (Le'Ron McClain 18, Willis McGahee 16), Carolina (DeAngelo Williams 12, Jonathan Stewart 7), Denver (Selvin Young 12, Andre Hall 6, Michael Pittman 6), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 28, Maurice Jones-Drew 23), Miami (Ricky Williams 18, Ronnie Brown 18), Minnesota (Adrian Peterson 17, Chester Taylor 14), New England (Sammy Morris 10, LaMont Jordan 6), NY Giants (Brandon Jacobs 14, Derrick Ward 12), Oakland (Darren McFadden 17, Michael Bush 15), Seattle (Julius Jones 23, T.J. Duckett 19), Tampa Bay (Earnest Graham 12, Warrick Dunn 9), and Tennessee (Chris Johnson 18, LenDale White 16).

Yards-per-touch leaders for Week 3 (minimum 10 touches) included: Derrick Ward (8.83, 12 for 106), Jerious Norwood (8.57, 12 for 105), and Rudi Johnson (7.71, 17 for 131). The bottom three: Earnest Graham (1.33, 12 for 16), Willie Parker (1.54, 13 for 20), and Brandon Jacobs (2.5, 14 for 35).

LOOKS
Reggie Wayne, Brandon Marshall, and … Antonio Bryant. Bryant becomes the first somewhat unlikely leader of the looks tallies, in large part due to the fact that Brian Griese attempted 67 passes, just three short of the NFL record. Don't dismiss this entirely as a fluke, however – Bryant makes for a solid roster add.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh finally busted out in a big way, converting 15 looks into 12 catches for 146 yards and a score. Chad Johnson remained quiet on the field, however, turning seven looks into three catches for 29 yards.

Derek Anderson completed just 14 of 37 passes (37.8%) in Week 3, and Kellen Winslow bore the brunt of it – just two of his 13 targets resulted in catches (14 yards). Andre Johnson didn't fare much better, as he hauled in just two of his 12 looks (29 yards) – Matt Schaub completed 17 of 37 passes on the day (45.9%).

The numbers were once again ugly for the notable Chiefs receivers – Dwayne Bowe was targeted 12 times, but it resulted in just 4 catches for 43 yards (albeit with a score); Tony Gonzalez was targeted 10 times, resulting in four catches for 35 yards. In two games, Tyler Thigpen has completed 28 of his 69 pass attempts, just 40.6 percent.

Week 3 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 3 YEAR T/G
1 Matt Forte CHI 34 86 28.7
2 Frank Gore SF 31 73 24.3
2 Marion Barber DAL 31 72 24.0
4 Reggie Bush NO 29 68 22.7
4 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 29 65 21.7
6 Steven Jackson STL 28 65 21.7
6 Fred Taylor JAC 28 53 17.7
8 Marshawn Lynch BUF 27 68 22.7
9 Larry Johnson KC 24 59 19.7
10 Clinton Portis WAS 23 69 23.0
10 Julius Jones SEA 23 67 22.3
10 Michael Turner ATL 23 61 20.3
10 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 23 42 14.0
14 Chris Perry CIN 22 64 21.3
14 Steve Slaton HOU 22 38 19.0
16 Edgerrin James ARI 20 65 21.7
17 T.J. Duckett SEA 19 21 7.0
18 Chris Johnson TEN 18 57 19.0
18 Ricky Williams MIA 18 44 14.7
18 Ronnie Brown MIA 18 40 13.3
18 Le'Ron McClain BAL 18 39 19.5
22 Adrian Peterson MIN 17 70 23.3
22 Darren McFadden OAK 17 49 16.3
22 Joseph Addai IND 17 47 15.7
22 Rudi Johnson DET 17 21 7.0
26 LenDale White TEN 16 49 16.3
26 Correll Buckhalter PHI 16 20 6.7
26 Willis McGahee BAL 16 16 16.0
29 Jamal Lewis CLE 15 51 17.0
29 Michael Bush OAK 15 31 10.3
31 Brandon Jacobs NYG 14 52 17.3
31 Chester Taylor MIN 14 27 9.0
33 Willie Parker PIT 13 66 22.0
33 Ryan Grant GB 13 40 13.3
35 Thomas Jones NYJ 12 56 18.7
35 DeAngelo Williams CAR 12 43 14.3
35 Earnest Graham TB 12 41 13.7
35 Jerious Norwood ATL 12 35 11.7
35 Derrick Ward NYG 12 32 10.7
35 Selvin Young DEN 12 28 9.3
41 Sammy Morris NE 10 35 11.7
41 Jamaal Charles KC 10 21 7.0
43 Warrick Dunn TB 9 34 11.3
43 Pierre Thomas NO 9 29 9.7
45 Tim Hightower ARI 8 30 10.0
46 Jonathan Stewart CAR 7 31 10.3
46 Felix Jones DAL 7 19 6.3
46 Darren Sproles SD 7 18 6.0
46 Lorenzo Booker PHI 7 14 4.7
50 Fred Jackson BUF 6 29 9.7
50 Andre Hall DEN 6 23 7.7
50 Michael Pittman DEN 6 20 6.7
50 LaMont Jordan NE 6 19 6.3
50 Chris Taylor HOU 6 6 3.0
55 Brian Westbrook PHI 5 50 16.7
55 Ray Rice BAL 5 30 15.0
57 Brandon Jackson GB 4 22 7.3
57 Ladell Betts WAS 4 14 4.7
57 Mike Tolbert SD 4 13 4.3
60 Kevin Smith DET 3 37 12.3
60 Kevin Jones CHI 3 17 5.7
60 Leon Washington NYJ 3 17 5.7
60 Kevin Faulk NE 3 10 5.0
60 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 3 9 3.0
60 Lawrence Vickers CLE 3 5 1.7
60 Patrick Cobbs MIA 3 5 1.7
60 Travis Minor STL 3 3 1.0
68 Dominic Rhodes IND 2 12 4.0
68 Leonard Weaver SEA 2 11 3.7
68 Jason McKie CHI 2 9 3.0
68 B.J. Askew TB 2 8 2.7
68 DeDe Dorsey CIN 2 7 2.3
68 Kolby Smith KC 2 7 3.5
68 Justin Griffith OAK 2 7 2.3
68 DeShaun Foster SF 2 7 2.3
68 Tony Hunt PHI 2 5 1.7
68 Nick Goings CAR 2 4 1.3
68 Naufahu Tahi MIN 2 4 1.3
68 Mike Karney NO 2 3 1.0
68 Mike Sellers WAS 2 3 1.0
68 Darian Barnes BUF 2 2 0.7
82 Rashard Mendenhall PIT 1 11 3.7
82 Kenny Watson CIN 1 9 3.0
82 Brad Hoover CAR 1 5 1.7
82 Ahmard Hall TEN 1 5 1.7
82 Greg Jones JAC 1 4 1.3
82 Jason Wright CLE 1 3 1.0
82 Jerome Harrison CLE 1 3 1.0
82 Madison Hedgecock NYG 1 3 1.0
82 Carey Davis PIT 1 3 1.0
82 Zak Keasey SF 1 3 1.0
82 Tim Castille ARI 1 2 0.7
82 Lorenzo Neal BAL 1 2 1.0
82 Vonta Leach HOU 1 2 1.0
82 Owen Schmitt SEA 1 2 1.0
82 Garrett Wolfe CHI 1 1 0.3
82 Montell Owens JAC 1 1 0.3
82 Mewelde Moore PIT 1 1 0.3
82 Jacob Hester SD 1 1 0.3
Week 3 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 3 YEAR L/G
1 Antonio Bryant TB 18 29 9.7
2 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 15 28 9.3
3 Reggie Bush NO 14 32 10.7
4 Kellen Winslow CLE 13 30 10.0
5 Dwayne Bowe KC 12 34 11.3
5 Brandon Marshall DEN 12 32 16.0
5 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 12 25 8.3
5 Andre Johnson HOU 12 24 12.0
5 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 12 21 7.0
10 Jeremy Shockey NO 11 20 6.7
11 Calvin Johnson DET 10 32 10.7
11 Tony Gonzalez KC 10 30 10.0
11 Santana Moss WAS 10 29 9.7
11 Marvin Harrison IND 10 25 8.3
11 Greg Jennings GB 10 25 8.3
11 Matt Forte CHI 10 16 5.3
11 Jerramy Stevens TB 10 10 10.0
18 Plaxico Burress NYG 9 28 9.3
18 Jason Witten DAL 9 27 9.0
18 Amani Toomer NYG 9 26 8.7
18 Hines Ward PIT 9 23 7.7
18 Brandon Lloyd CHI 9 22 7.3
18 Justin McCareins TEN 9 17 5.7
18 Hank Baskett PHI 9 15 5.0
18 Kevin Walter HOU 9 13 6.5
18 Jordy Nelson GB 9 12 4.0
18 Jabar Gaffney NE 9 11 3.7
18 Steve Smith CAR 9 9 9.0
29 Donald Driver GB 8 21 7.0
29 Santonio Holmes PIT 8 19 6.3
29 Randy Moss NE 8 18 6.0
29 Torry Holt STL 8 17 5.7
29 Josh Reed BUF 8 16 5.3
29 Chris Cooley WAS 8 15 5.0
29 Billy McMullen SEA 8 15 7.5
29 Chansi Stuckey NYJ 8 15 5.0
29 Steve Smith NYG 8 14 4.7
29 Nate Washington PIT 8 11 3.7
29 Michael Clayton TB 8 9 4.5
29 Dustin Keller NYJ 8 9 3.0
41 Wes Welker NE 7 28 9.3
41 Braylon Edwards CLE 7 25 8.3
41 DeSean Jackson PHI 7 25 8.3
41 Eddie Royal DEN 7 25 8.3
41 Lee Evans BUF 7 20 6.7
41 Ike Hilliard TB 7 19 6.3
41 Terrell Owens DAL 7 19 6.3
41 Ashley Lelie OAK 7 18 6.0
41 Laveranues Coles NYJ 7 17 5.7
41 Chad Johnson CIN 7 17 5.7
41 Roddy White ATL 7 17 5.7
41 Alex Smith TB 7 16 5.3
41 Lance Moore NO 7 12 4.0
54 Reggie Wayne IND 6 30 10.0
54 Muhsin Muhammad CAR 6 27 9.0
54 Roy Williams DET 6 18 6.0
54 Bobby Wade MIN 6 15 5.0
54 Ted Ginn Jr. MIA 6 14 4.7
54 Dane Looker STL 6 13 4.3
54 Marshawn Lynch BUF 6 12 4.0
54 Tim Hightower ARI 6 11 3.7
54 Syndric Steptoe CLE 6 11 3.7
54 Chester Taylor MIN 6 11 3.7
54 Antonio Chatman CIN 6 10 3.3
54 Owen Daniels HOU 6 10 5.0
54 Correll Buckhalter PHI 6 9 3.0
67 Anquan Boldin ARI 5 22 7.3
67 Greg Camarillo MIA 5 19 6.3
67 Vincent Jackson SD 5 17 5.7
67 Tony Scheffler DEN 5 17 5.7
67 Bernard Berrian MIN 5 16 5.3
67 Roscoe Parrish BUF 5 13 4.3
67 Robert Royal BUF 5 13 4.3
67 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 5 12 4.0
67 Reggie Kelly CIN 5 12 4.0
67 Derrick Mason BAL 5 11 5.5
67 Jamaal Charles KC 5 10 3.3
67 Warrick Dunn TB 5 10 3.3
67 Devard Darling KC 5 9 3.0
67 Steven Jackson STL 5 9 3.0
67 Kevin Boss NYG 5 8 2.7
67 Donald Lee GB 5 8 4.0
67 Dallas Clark IND 5 6 3.0
67 Donnie Avery STL 5 5 2.5
85 Anthony Gonzalez IND 4 24 8.0
85 Matt Jones JAC 4 24 8.0
85 D.J. Hackett CAR 4 20 6.7
85 Shaun McDonald DET 4 20 6.7
85 Antwaan Randle El WAS 4 18 6.0
85 Antonio Gates SD 4 16 5.3
85 Brandon Stokley DEN 4 15 5.0
85 Rashied Davis CHI 4 14 4.7
85 Marion Barber DAL 4 13 4.3
85 Frank Gore SF 4 13 4.3
85 Michael Jenkins ATL 4 13 4.3
85 Jason Avant PHI 4 12 4.0
85 Isaac Bruce SF 4 12 4.0
85 Chris Johnson TEN 4 11 3.7
85 Bo Scaife TEN 4 11 3.7
85 Marcedes Lewis JAC 4 10 3.3
85 Mike Tolbert SD 4 10 3.3
85 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 4 10 3.3
85 Alge Crumpler TEN 4 9 3.0
85 Vernon Davis SF 4 9 3.0
85 Todd Heap BAL 4 9 4.5
85 Devery Henderson NO 4 9 3.0
85 Heath Miller PIT 4 9 3.0
85 Jamal Lewis CLE 4 8 2.7
85 Derrick Ward NYG 4 8 2.7
85 Domenik Hixon NYG 4 7 2.3
85 Steve Slaton HOU 4 7 3.5
85 Chris Baker NYJ 4 6 2.0
85 Maurice Stovall TB 4 5 2.5
85 Rudi Johnson DET 4 4 4.0
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