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.
• 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.
• 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).
- Ronnie Brown
- Reggie Bush