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Looks and Touches: Week 5

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 5 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
Kenton Keith was fantastic as an injury fill-in for Joseph Addai on Sunday, leading all RB in touches (33 on 28 carries and five catches) and total yards (158 – 121 rushing, 37 receiving) while scoring 2 TD. He was the top-scoring individual player in Yahoo! standard scoring leagues, with 27 total points. Addai's fantasy owners can only hope that Keith's impressive solo performance doesn't turn the RB situation in Indy into a full-fledged platoon. Through the first four weeks of the season, Addai averaged 23.8 touches while Keith averaged 6.3.

• Speaking of solo performances, Reggie Bush played his first full game as the Saints' RB1. He finished second in the league with 30 touches (21 carries, nine receptions), and his 119 yards (67 rushing, 52 receiving) were seventh among RB. While PPR owners were likely to be happy with his totals for the week, Bush's fantasy owners in general had to be displeased when Mike Karney scored on a two-yard goal-line carry.

Ronnie Brown's impressive run continued in Week 5, as he totaled 153 yards (114 rushing, 39 receiving) on his 28 touches (23 carries, five catches), including a three-yard TD run. Brown totaled 141 yards of offense and no TD on 30 touches through the season's first two weeks but, over the past three weeks, he's averaged 190 yards of offense and 1.7 TD on 26 touches.

Brandon Jacobs returned to the Giants' lineup after missing the past three weeks, rushing for 100 yards and 20 carries (no receptions), including a 19-yard TD run. Derrick Ward still saw plenty of action, totaling 16 touches (13 carries, three catches) and 64 yards of offense (56 rushing, eight receiving), including an eight-yard TD run. It's hard to imagine that the two won't continue to split the workload in the coming weeks.

• Leaders in rushing attempts per game after five weeks: Willie Parker (24.2), Steven Jackson (23), Edgerrin James (21.4), LaMont Jordan (21), and Joseph Addai (21). Leaders in receptions per game among RB after five weeks: Brian Westbrook (6.3), Reggie Bush (6.3), Ronnie Brown (5), Vernand Morency (5.0), and LaDainian Tomlinson (4.4).

• 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 5 included: Atlanta (Warrick Dunn 12, Jerious Norwood 8), Dallas (Marion Barber III, Julius Jones 12), Green Bay (Vernand Morency 16, DeShawn Wynn 14), Houston (Ron Dayne 17, Samkon Gado 10), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 17, Maurice Jones-Drew 12), NY Giants 20, Derrick Ward 16), NY Jets (Thomas Jones 15, Leon Washington 10), Tampa Bay (Earnest Graham 8, Michael Pittman 7), Tennessee (LenDale White 12, Chris Brown 12), and Washington (Clinton Portis 20, Ladell Betts 10).

Michael Turner led all RB with at least 10 touches in yards per touch, as he rumbled for 147 yards on his 10 carries (no catches), including a 74-yard TD run, good for a 14.7-yard averge. Larry Johnson's horrific week put him at the other end of the list, as his 14 touches (nine carries, five catches) netted 15 yards of offense (12 rushing, three receiving), a paltry 1.07-yard average.

LOOKS
• Week 5 was an active one for tight ends – Jason Witten became the first non-WR to lead the looks leaderboard, turning 15 targets into nine catches for 103 yards and a TD; Tony Gonzalez turned a season-high 14 looks, second-most in the league, into season highs of eight catches and 100 receiving yards; Kellen Winslow was targeted a season-high 12 times, but he managed just four catches for a season-low 49 yards, although he did score a TD; Dallas Clark continued his strong play, converting eight looks into seven catches for 49 yards and his fifth TD in four games; and another eight TE were targeted seven times in Week 5.

Larry Fitzgerald has had a nice two-game run in Anquan Boldin's absence. His 14 looks in Week 5 led all WR, and he's totaled 20 catches for 259 yards and 1 TD on 27 looks over the past two games. Boldin may be ready to return to action in Week 6.

• Leaders in looks per game after five weeks: T.J. Houshmandzadeh (14.3), Derrick Mason (12.6), Chad Johnson (12), Larry Fitzgerald (11.8), Anquan Boldin (10.7), Antonio Gates (10), Javon Walker (10), Andre Johnson (10), Donald Driver (9.6), and Chris Chambers (9.6).

Week 5 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 5 YEAR T/G
1 Kenton Keith IND 33 58 11.6
2 Reggie Bush NO 30 75 18.8
3 Willis McGahee BAL 29 120 24.0
4 Willie Parker PIT 28 129 25.8
4 Cedric Benson CHI 28 110 22.0
4 Ronnie Brown MIA 28 108 21.6
7 Edgerrin James ARI 27 114 22.8
8 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 24 120 24.0
9 Sammy Morris NE 23 81 16.2
9 Brian Leonard STL 23 50 10.0
11 Marshawn Lynch BUF 22 107 21.4
12 Clinton Portis WAS 20 75 18.8
12 Brandon Jacobs NYG 20 26 13.0
14 Frank Gore SF 19 95 19.0
14 DeShaun Foster CAR 19 90 18.0
14 Jason Wright CLE 19 25 5.0
17 Ron Dayne HOU 17 66 16.5
17 Fred Taylor JAC 17 57 14.3
19 Travis Henry DEN 16 107 21.4
19 Derrick Ward NYG 16 106 21.2
19 Vernand Morency GB 16 20 10.0
22 Thomas Jones NYJ 15 97 19.4
23 Shaun Alexander SEA 14 112 22.4
23 Larry Johnson KC 14 103 20.6
23 Marion Barber III DAL 14 68 13.6
23 DeShawn Wynn GB 14 45 9.0
27 Kevin Jones DET 13 29 9.7
28 Warrick Dunn ATL 12 89 17.8
28 Julius Jones DAL 12 68 13.6
28 LenDale White TEN 12 65 16.3
28 Chris Brown TEN 12 60 15.0
28 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 12 51 12.8
33 Najeh Davenport PIT 11 35 7.0
34 Ladell Betts WAS 10 44 11.0
34 Leon Washington NYJ 10 36 7.2
34 Michael Turner SD 10 29 5.8
34 Samkon Gado HOU 10 19 6.3
38 Clifton Dawson IND 9 9 9.0
39 Jerious Norwood ATL 8 45 9.0
39 Earnest Graham TB 8 40 8.0
39 Mike Sellers WAS 8 17 4.3
39 Travis Minor STL 8 14 2.8
43 DeAngelo Williams CAR 7 51 10.2
43 Michael Pittman TB 7 46 9.2
43 Musa Smith BAL 7 33 6.6
43 Aaron Stecker NO 7 16 4.0
43 Greg Jones JAC 7 11 2.8
48 Kyle Eckel NE 6 9 4.5
49 Adrian Peterson CHI 5 30 6.0
49 Selvin Young DEN 5 25 5.0
51 Tatum Bell DET 4 58 11.6
51 Kevin Faulk NE 4 21 4.2
51 Deon Anderson DAL 4 4 0.8
54 Leonard Weaver SEA 3 13 2.6
54 Carey Davis PIT 3 11 2.2
54 Lawrence Vickers CLE 3 10 2.0
57 J.J. Arrington ARI 2 14 2.8
57 Reuben Droughns NYG 2 12 2.4
57 Dwayne Wright BUF 2 9 1.8
57 Anthony Thomas BUF 2 8 1.6
57 Mike Karney NO 2 8 2.0
57 Moran Norris SF 2 6 1.2
57 Ahmard Hall TEN 2 3 0.8
57 Aveion Cason DET 2 2 1.0
57 Kolby Smith KC 2 2 0.4
57 Rock Cartwright WAS 2 2 0.5
67 Jamal Lewis CLE 1 81 16.2
67 Michael Bennett KC 1 26 5.2
67 Lorenzo Neal SD 1 13 2.6
67 Ryan Grant GB 1 11 2.8
67 Vonta Leach HOU 1 11 2.2
67 Maurice Hicks SF 1 9 1.8
67 Le'Ron McClain BAL 1 8 1.6
67 Brad Hoover CAR 1 8 1.6
67 Luke Lawton IND 1 5 1.0
67 Michael Robinson SF 1 5 1.0
67 Marcel Shipp ARI 1 4 0.8
67 Artose Pinner ATL 1 4 1.0
67 Garrett Wolfe CHI 1 4 1.3
67 Jason McKie CHI 1 4 0.8
67 Ovie Mughelli ATL 1 3 0.6
67 Madison Hedgecock NYG 1 3 3.0
67 B.J. Askew TB 1 3 0.6
67 Jon Bradley DET 1 2 0.4
67 Darren Sproles SD 1 2 0.4
67 Pierre Thomas NO 1 1 1.0
67 Dan Kreider PIT 1 1 0.2
Week 5 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 5 YEAR L/G
1 Jason Witten DAL 15 44 8.8
2 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 14 59 11.8
2 Tony Gonzalez KC 14 42 8.4
4 Derrick Mason BAL 13 63 12.6
4 Brandon Marshall DEN 13 46 9.2
6 Kellen Winslow CLE 12 44 8.8
7 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 11 47 9.4
7 Laveranues Coles NYJ 11 45 9.0
7 Braylon Edwards CLE 11 43 8.6
10 Reggie Wayne IND 10 41 8.2
10 Marty Booker MIA 10 36 7.2
10 Reggie Bush NO 10 34 8.5
10 Kevin Walter HOU 10 23 4.6
14 Terrell Owens DAL 9 47 9.4
14 Torry Holt STL 9 43 8.6
14 Patrick Crayton DAL 9 30 6.0
14 Ike Hilliard TB 9 29 5.8
14 Devery Henderson NO 9 20 5.0
14 Willis McGahee BAL 9 20 4.0
20 Randy Moss NE 8 42 8.4
20 Dallas Clark IND 8 38 7.6
20 James Jones GB 8 36 7.2
20 Dwayne Bowe KC 8 35 7.0
20 Demetrius Williams BAL 8 33 6.6
20 Joey Galloway TB 8 27 5.4
20 Bryant Johnson ARI 8 24 4.8
20 Anthony Gonzalez IND 8 19 3.8
20 Laurent Robinson ATL 8 18 4.5
29 Antonio Gates SD 7 50 10.0
29 Donald Driver GB 7 48 9.6
29 Plaxico Burress NYG 7 40 8.0
29 Marques Colston NO 7 33 8.3
29 Roddy White ATL 7 33 6.6
29 Owen Daniels HOU 7 29 5.8
29 Eric Johnson NO 7 27 6.8
29 Antwaan Randle El WAS 7 25 6.3
29 Dennis Northcutt JAC 7 24 6.0
29 Randy McMichael STL 7 24 4.8
29 Chris Cooley WAS 7 20 5.0
29 Donte' Stallworth NE 7 20 4.0
29 Ben Watson NE 7 19 3.8
29 Marion Barber III DAL 7 16 3.2
29 Quinn Sypniewski BAL 7 15 3.0
29 Cedrick Wilson PIT 7 12 2.4
29 Vernand Morency GB 7 10 5.0
29 Greg Olsen CHI 7 9 3.0
29 Kenton Keith IND 7 9 1.8
48 Steve Smith CAR 6 42 8.4
48 Shaun McDonald DET 6 36 7.2
48 Wes Welker NE 6 36 7.2
48 Mike Furrey DET 6 32 6.4
48 Larry Johnson KC 6 26 5.2
48 Drew Bennett STL 6 24 6.0
48 Roscoe Parrish BUF 6 23 4.6
48 Joe Horn ATL 6 22 4.4
48 Andre Davis HOU 6 18 6.0
48 Josh Reed BUF 6 18 4.5
48 Brian Leonard STL 6 16 3.2
48 Eric Moulds TEN 6 15 3.8
48 Selvin Young DEN 6 13 2.6
48 Jason Wright CLE 6 10 2.0
48 Ben Obomanu SEA 6 7 2.3
48 Glenn Martinez DEN 6 6 3.0
64 Jeremy Shockey NYG 5 36 7.2
64 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 5 34 6.8
64 Arnaz Battle SF 5 29 5.8
64 Ronnie Brown MIA 5 29 5.8
64 Michael Jenkins ATL 5 24 4.8
64 Heath Miller PIT 5 23 4.6
64 Brandon Jones TEN 5 20 5.0
64 Frank Gore SF 5 19 3.8
64 Chris Baker NYJ 5 15 3.0
64 Jeff Webb KC 5 12 2.4
64 Tim Carter CLE 5 12 2.4
64 Dante Hall STL 5 11 2.2
64 Jerheme Urban ARI 5 11 3.7
64 Marshawn Lynch BUF 5 11 2.2
64 Justin Gage TEN 5 10 2.5
64 Travis Minor STL 5 6 1.2
64 James Thrash WAS 5 5 1.3
81 Chris Chambers MIA 4 48 9.6
81 Lee Evans BUF 4 31 6.2
81 Vincent Jackson SD 4 31 6.2
81 Bobby Engram SEA 4 28 5.6
81 Nate Burleson SEA 4 28 5.6
81 Derrick Ward NYG 4 26 5.2
81 Desmond Clark CHI 4 26 5.2
81 Bubba Franks GB 4 25 5.0
81 Donald Lee GB 4 25 5.0
81 Alge Crumpler ATL 4 23 4.6
81 Keary Colbert CAR 4 23 4.6
81 Mark Clayton BAL 4 21 4.2
81 Warrick Dunn ATL 4 20 4.0
81 Lance Moore NO 4 19 4.8
81 Greg Jennings GB 4 17 5.7
81 Bo Scaife TEN 4 15 3.8
81 Brad Smith NYJ 4 14 2.8
81 Shaun Alexander SEA 4 14 2.8
81 Edgerrin James ARI 4 12 2.4
81 Najeh Davenport PIT 4 12 2.4
81 Aaron Stecker NO 4 10 2.5
81 Robert Royal BUF 4 10 2.0
81 Kevin Jones DET 4 7 2.3
81 Deon Anderson DAL 4 4 0.8