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
Steven Jackson finally got things going in Week 3 – thanks to a league-high 34 touches (30 carries, four receptions). With that said, Jackson did "only" finish seventh in total yards for the week, with 133 (115 rushing, 18 receiving), and he still has yet to score his first TD of the season. Oh yeah, and Jackson will be sidelined for at least a week or two with a groin strain/tear.

• The Giants went to Derrick Ward early and often in Week 3, and he ended up with 120 yards of offense (94 rushing, 26 receiving) on his 32 touches (26 carries, six catches). He's posted solid but unspectacular numbers filling in for the injured Brandon Jacobs, and should figure in the mix even when Jacobs returns.

• Deep draft-day discount LaMont Jordan continues to get the job done for his fantasy owners. He finished third among RB in both touches (31 – 29 carries, two catches) and yards (153 – 121 rushing, 32 receiving) in Week 3 and, on the season, is the league leader in touches (80 – 69 carries, 11 receptions), and is second in yardage (471 – 350 rushing, 121 receiving). Through the season's first three games, Jordan has scored as many TDs (2) as Steven Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Larry Johnson combined.

LaDainian Tomlinson has faced three stout defenses thus far, and it shows in his numbers – among players with at least ten touches on the season, LT2 has averaged the lowest yards per touch (3.23). He produced 95 yards of offense (62 rushing, 33 receiving) on his 25 touches (22 carries, three receptions) in Week 3, good for 3.8 yards per touch, so he actually improved his numbers this past week.

• 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 (Warrick Dunn 15, Jerious Norwood 9), Carolina (DeShaun Foster 21, DeAngelo Williams 11), Cincinnati (Rudi Johnson 18, Kenny Watson 10), Dallas (Marion Barber III 16, Julius Jones 9), Green Bay (Brandon Jackson 9, DeShawn Wynn 5), Houston (Samkon Gado 9, Jameel Cook 7, Ahman Green 6), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 17, Maurice Jones-Drew 17), New England (Laurence Maroney 19, Sammy Morris 12), Tampa Bay (Carnell Williams 13, Michael Pittman 10), and Tennessee (LenDale White 18, Chris Brown 15).

Brian Westbrook had one of his trademark games in Week 3, and he led all players with at least 10 touches in yards per touch. He put together a league-high 221 yards (110 rushing, 111 receiving) on 19 touches (14 carries, five catches), a 11.63-yard average. Larry Johnson had as unproductive of a week as was humanly possible, given his 25 touches (24 carries, one reception) – he totaled just 37 yards of offense (42 rushing, -5 receiving), 1.48-yard average.

LOOKS
Carson Palmer is leaning on T.J. Houshmandzadeh pretty heavily thus far – Housh not only led the league in looks for Week 3 (18), but his 45 looks and 29 catches after three games on the season both lead the league, as well. It's not that Palmer is ignoring Chad Johnson, either – CJ is second in the league in looks (40), third in catches (25), and first in receiving yards (442).

Last week I mentioned that Donovan McNabb had gotten off to a slow start with his WRs. He picked up the pace a bit in Week 3, at least when it came to his WR2. Curtis appeared to be largely ignored by the Detroit defense in Week 3, and he converted 14 looks from McNabb into 11 catches for 221 yards and 3 TD. WR1 Reggie Brown had two catches for 23 yards on two looks.

• Veteran Derrick Mason – and most notably not popular sleeper favorite Mark Clayton – has started the season off in fine fashion. Mason has had at least 12 looks and seven receptions in each of the season's first three weeks.

Muhsin Muhammad may agree with a solid contingent of Bears fans who would like to see a change at QB. He had just two catches on 10 looks in Week 3, and, on the season, he has four catches on 18 looks, a 22 percent catch rate.

Week 3 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 3 YEAR
1 Steven Jackson STL 34 77
2 Derrick Ward NYG 32 68
3 LaMont Jordan OAK 31 80
4 Ronnie Brown MIA 29 59
5 Adrian Peterson MIN 28 72
6 Thomas Jones NYJ 27 68
7 Willie Parker PIT 25 78
7 Willis McGahee BAL 25 75
7 Joseph Addai IND 25 73
7 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 25 71
7 Larry Johnson KC 25 61
12 Shaun Alexander SEA 23 72
13 Marshawn Lynch BUF 22 62
14 DeShaun Foster CAR 21 53
15 Clinton Portis WAS 20 55
16 Brian Westbrook PHI 19 70
16 Laurence Maroney NE 19 54
18 Rudi Johnson CIN 18 66
18 LenDale White TEN 18 53
20 Cedric Benson CHI 17 62
20 Jamal Lewis CLE 17 57
20 Fred Taylor JAC 17 40
20 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 17 39
24 Frank Gore SF 16 57
24 Marion Barber III DAL 16 44
26 Warrick Dunn ATL 15 55
26 Chris Brown TEN 15 48
28 Carnell Williams TB 13 51
28 Reggie Bush NO 13 45
30 Sammy Morris NE 12 35
31 Edgerrin James ARI 11 65
31 Travis Henry DEN 11 65
31 DeAngelo Williams CAR 11 39
34 Tatum Bell DET 10 42
34 Michael Pittman TB 10 24
34 Kenny Watson CIN 10 11
37 Brandon Jackson GB 9 49
37 Julius Jones DAL 9 42
37 Jerious Norwood ATL 9 26
37 Justin Fargas OAK 9 22
37 Samkon Gado HOU 9 9
42 Ladell Betts WAS 8 34
42 Adrian Peterson CHI 8 20
42 Musa Smith BAL 8 18
42 Earnest Graham TB 8 14
46 Michael Bennett KC 7 24
46 Kenton Keith IND 7 14
46 Leon Washington NYJ 7 14
46 Correll Buckhalter PHI 7 13
46 Kevin Faulk NE 7 11
46 Jameel Cook HOU 7 7
52 Ahman Green HOU 6 41
52 Mewelde Moore MIN 6 16
52 Dwayne Wright BUF 6 6
55 Deuce McAllister NO 5 28
55 Najeh Davenport PIT 5 22
55 DeShawn Wynn GB 5 19
55 Brian Leonard STL 5 10
55 Aaron Stecker NO 5 9
60 Michael Turner SD 4 17
60 Selvin Young DEN 4 10
60 Heath Evans NE 4 8
60 Ryan Grant GB 4 5
60 Kevin Jones DET 4 4
60 Tony Hunt PHI 4 4
66 J.J. Arrington ARI 3 12
66 Brian Calhoun DET 3 12
66 Lorenzo Neal SD 3 9
66 Carey Davis PIT 3 8
66 Thomas Tapeh PHI 3 7
66 Tyson Thompson DAL 3 5
66 Reuben Droughns NYG 3 5
66 Jason Wright CLE 3 4
74 Mack Strong SEA 2 12
74 Cecil Sapp DEN 2 9
74 Justin Griffith OAK 2 7
74 Mike Karney NO 2 6
74 Brad Hoover CAR 2 4
74 Marcel Shipp ARI 2 3
74 Michael Robinson SF 2 3
74 Zak Keasey SF 2 2
82 Mike Sellers WAS 1 9
82 Vonta Leach HOU 1 8
82 Le'Ron McClain BAL 1 7
82 Mike Bell DEN 1 6
82 Greg Jones JAC 1 4
82 Jeremi Johnson CIN 1 3
82 Leonard Weaver SEA 1 3
82 Ovie Mughelli ATL 1 2
Week 3 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 3 YEAR
1 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 18 45
2 Anquan Boldin ARI 17 32
3 Chad Johnson CIN 16 40
3 Roy Williams DET 16 35
5 Kevin Curtis PHI 14 29
6 Derrick Mason BAL 13 37
6 Antonio Gates SD 13 33
8 Chris Chambers MIA 12 39
8 Terrell Owens DAL 12 29
8 Plaxico Burress NYG 12 25
8 Nate Burleson SEA 12 21
12 Brandon Marshall DEN 11 26
13 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 10 32
13 Jeremy Shockey NYG 10 28
13 Bernard Berrian CHI 10 27
13 Kellen Winslow CLE 10 26
13 Muhsin Muhammad CHI 10 18
13 Lance Moore NO 10 15
19 Shaun McDonald DET 9 26
19 Marty Booker MIA 9 22
19 Tony Gonzalez KC 9 21
19 Jason Witten DAL 9 21
19 James Jones GB 9 21
19 Roddy White ATL 9 20
25 Donald Driver GB 8 32
25 Marvin Harrison IND 8 26
25 Marques Colston NO 8 26
25 Santana Moss WAS 8 25
25 Reggie Bush NO 8 24
25 Darrell Jackson SF 8 21
25 Ronnie Brown MIA 8 16
25 Vernon Davis SF 8 15
25 Joe Horn ATL 8 15
25 Michael Jenkins ATL 8 13
35 Randy Moss NE 7 25
35 Deion Branch SEA 7 23
35 Mike Furrey DET 7 19
35 Lee Evans BUF 7 19
35 Vincent Jackson SD 7 18
35 Derrick Ward NYG 7 18
35 Jeff King CAR 7 18
35 Bobby Wade MIN 7 18
35 Dwayne Bowe KC 7 17
35 Bobby Engram SEA 7 17
35 Owen Daniels HOU 7 15
35 Patrick Crayton DAL 7 13
35 Clinton Portis WAS 7 8
35 Greg Jennings GB 7 7
35 Delanie Walker SF 7 7
50 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 6 26
50 Wes Welker NE 6 24
50 Torry Holt STL 6 22
50 Eric Johnson NO 6 20
50 Dallas Clark IND 6 20
50 Tatum Bell DET 6 18
50 Joe Jurevicius CLE 6 17
50 Donald Lee GB 6 16
50 Alge Crumpler ATL 6 14
50 Kris Wilson KC 6 13
50 Craig Davis SD 6 11
50 Mark Clayton BAL 6 10
62 Braylon Edwards CLE 5 27
62 Steve Smith CAR 5 27
62 Brian Westbrook PHI 5 25
62 Reggie Wayne IND 5 25
62 Laveranues Coles NYJ 5 24
62 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 5 22
62 Amani Toomer NYG 5 21
62 Ronald Curry OAK 5 21
62 Todd Heap BAL 5 20
62 Antwaan Randle El WAS 5 18
62 Jerry Porter OAK 5 15
62 Marcedes Lewis JAC 5 14
62 Chris Cooley WAS 5 13
62 Heath Miller PIT 5 12
62 Warrick Dunn ATL 5 12
62 Peerless Price BUF 5 12
62 Roydell Williams TEN 5 11
62 Alex Smith TB 5 10
62 Anthony Gonzalez IND 5 10
62 DeShawn Wynn GB 5 9
62 Sidney Rice MIN 5 9
62 Mike Williams OAK 5 9
62 Kevin Faulk NE 5 8
62 Andre' Davis HOU 5 5
86 Isaac Bruce STL 4 26
86 Demetrius Williams BAL 4 18
86 Joey Galloway TB 4 17
86 Brandon Jones TEN 4 15
86 Michael Pittman TB 4 15
86 Brandon Jackson GB 4 15
86 Bubba Franks GB 4 15
86 Steven Jackson STL 4 14
86 Keary Colbert CAR 4 14
86 Ike Hilliard TB 4 13
86 Brandon Stokley DEN 4 12
86 Desmond Clark CHI 4 12
86 Randy McMichael STL 4 12
86 Drew Bennett STL 4 12
86 Bo Scaife TEN 4 11
86 Joseph Addai IND 4 11
86 Jerious Norwood ATL 4 10
86 Willis McGahee BAL 4 9
86 Eric Moulds TEN 4 9
86 Shaun Alexander SEA 4 9
86 Bryant Johnson ARI 4 9
86 Steve Heiden CLE 4 9