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Looks and Touches: Week 6

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 6 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
Larry Johnson led the league with 33 touches (31 carries, two catches) in Week 6, the second time this season that LJ has topped the leaderboard (previously in Week 4). His combined performance in those two games was 291 yards of offense (242 rushing, 49 receiving) on 61 touches (56 carries, five catches) and his only TD. In his other four games, he's totaled 226 yards of offense (152 rushing, 74 receiving) on 75 touches (59 carries, 16 receptions).

LenDale White saw a season-high 27 touches (25 carries, two catches) in Week 6, thanks in large part to a Chris Brown ankle injury. His two-yard TD aside, he didn't exactly separate himself from his competition with the performance, totaling 73 yards of offense (64 rushing, nine receiving) for an average of just 2.7 yards per touch.

Adrian Peterson went off in Week 6, rushing for 224 yards and 3 TD on his 20 carries and adding a nine-yard reception. Peterson's league-leading 607 rushing yards are 80 more than second place LaDainian Tomlinson's, despite having played five games to LT's six. Peterson's 782 yards of offense are second in the league to Ronnie Brown's 882, despite the fact that Peterson is just 12th in the league in total touches. He wasn't even his team's touch leader in Week 6, as Chester Taylor totaled 22 carries and 83 rushing yards (no receptions) – the Vikings had 43 run plays to 23 pass attempts in the 34-31 win over the Bears.

• Now this is the Maurice Jones-Drew that fantasy owners came to know and love during the 2006 season. MJD's 184 yards of offense (125 rushing, 59 receiving) were third behind Peterson's 233 and LT's 214 for the week, and he did it with just 16 touches (12 carries, four catches) and scored twice. After totaling 156 yards of offense (100 rushing, 56 receiving) and no scores on 32 touches (26 carries, six catches) through his first three games, MJD has totaled 296 yards (207 rushing, 89 receiving) and 3 TDs on 28 touches (21 carries, seven catches) over the past two games.

• 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 6 included: Atlanta (Warrick Dunn 10, Jerious Norwood 10), Carolina (DeShaun Foster 19, DeAngelo Williams 10), Dallas (Marion Barber III 10, Julius Jones 7), Green Bay (DeShawn Wynn 13, Vernand Morency 9), Minnesota (Chester Taylor 22, Adrian Peterson 21), New England (Kevin Faulk 16, Sammy Morris 10), NY Giants (Brandon Jacobs 14, Reuben Droughns 14, Derrick Ward 10), Seattle (Shaun Alexander 14, Leonard Weaver 7), and St. Louis (Brian Leonard 15, Travis Minor 8).

Jerious Norwood busted off his first long TD run of the season in the form of a 67-yarder on Monday night, and it helped him lead all players with at least 10 touches in yards per touch for the week. He totaled 138 yards of offense (87 rushing, 51 receiving) on his 10 touches (six carries, four catches), good for a 13.8-yard average. Before leaving the Week 6 matchup with the Cowboys with a chest injury, Sammy Morris totaled just 14 yards on his 10 carries (no receptions), and that 1.4-yard average was the worst of any player with at least 10 touches on the week.

LOOKS
• After totaling just nine looks over the past two games, Chris Chambers led the looks leaderboard in Week 6, the second time he's led the way this season (Week 2). He was the target on 18 of Cleo Lemon's 43 passes, but reminiscent of last season's disastrous campaign, only six were converted into catches, resulting in 63 yards. Chambers was traded to the Chargers on Tuesday – while he may not lead the league in looks again this season, he should improve on his 33 percent reception rate from Week 6, as Philip Rivers has completed 65 percent of his passes.

• The winner of the 'battle' between Randy Moss and Terrell Owens was … Wes Welker. While most of the many hours of pre-game discussion were devoted to the other two, Welker emerged from the game with 15 looks, 11 receptions, 124 receiving yards, and 2 TDs. Moss and Owens combined for 22 looks, 12 catches, 125 receiving yards, and 2 TDs.

Kevin Walter was Matt Schaub's go-to guy in Week 6, turning 15 looks into 12 catches for 160 yards. In the three games that Andre Johnson has missed, Walter has totaled 32 looks, 23 catches, and 304 receiving yards – Johnson is likely to miss at least another game.

Week 6 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 6 YEAR T/G
1 Larry Johnson KC 33 136 22.7
2 Willis McGahee BAL 29 149 24.8
3 Ronnie Brown MIA 28 136 22.7
4 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 27 147 24.5
4 LenDale White TEN 27 92 18.4
6 Brian Westbrook PHI 26 96 24.0
7 Thomas Jones NYJ 25 122 20.3
7 Reggie Bush NO 25 100 20.0
9 LaMont Jordan OAK 24 120 24.0
10 Clinton Portis WAS 23 98 19.6
10 Jason Wright CLE 23 48 8.0
12 Edgerrin James ARI 22 136 22.7
12 Chester Taylor MIN 22 35 11.7
14 Adrian Peterson MIN 21 106 21.2
15 Cedric Benson CHI 20 130 21.7
16 DeShaun Foster CAR 19 109 18.2
16 Earnest Graham TB 19 59 9.8
18 Ahman Green HOU 18 59 14.8
19 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 16 67 13.4
19 Kenny Watson CIN 16 42 8.4
19 Kevin Faulk NE 16 37 6.2
22 Brian Leonard STL 15 65 10.8
23 Shaun Alexander SEA 14 126 21.0
23 Brandon Jacobs NYG 14 40 13.3
23 Reuben Droughns NYG 14 26 4.3
26 DeShawn Wynn GB 13 58 9.7
27 Derrick Ward NYG 10 116 19.3
27 Warrick Dunn ATL 10 99 16.5
27 Sammy Morris NE 10 91 15.2
27 Marion Barber III DAL 10 78 13.0
27 DeAngelo Williams CAR 10 61 10.2
27 Jerious Norwood ATL 10 55 9.2
27 Aaron Stecker NO 10 26 5.2
34 Vernand Morency GB 9 29 9.7
34 Jerome Harrison CLE 9 9 4.5
36 Travis Minor STL 8 22 3.7
37 Julius Jones DAL 7 75 12.5
37 Fred Taylor JAC 7 64 12.8
37 Adrian Peterson CHI 7 37 6.2
37 Samkon Gado HOU 7 26 8.7
37 Leonard Weaver SEA 7 20 3.3
42 Ladell Betts WAS 6 50 10.0
43 Chris Brown TEN 5 65 13.0
43 Michael Turner SD 5 34 5.7
43 Antonio Pittman STL 5 5 2.5
46 Rudi Johnson CIN 4 70 17.5
46 Correll Buckhalter PHI 4 38 7.6
46 Musa Smith BAL 4 37 6.2
46 Michael Bennett KC 4 30 5.0
46 Mike Sellers WAS 4 21 4.2
51 Justin Fargas OAK 3 47 9.4
51 Leon Washington NYJ 3 39 6.5
51 Greg Jones JAC 3 14 2.8
51 Kyle Eckel NE 3 12 4.0
51 B.J. Askew TB 3 6 1.0
51 Terrelle Smith ARI 3 4 0.7
57 Lawrence Vickers CLE 2 12 2.0
57 Mike Karney NO 2 10 2.0
57 Tony Hunt PHI 2 8 2.7
57 Korey Hall GB 2 5 0.8
57 Madison Hedgecock NYG 2 5 5.0
62 Lorenzo Neal SD 1 14 2.3
62 Vonta Leach HOU 1 12 2.0
62 Maurice Morris SEA 1 11 2.8
62 Le'Ron McClain BAL 1 9 1.5
62 Brad Hoover CAR 1 9 1.5
62 Garrett Wolfe CHI 1 5 1.3
62 Jason McKie CHI 1 5 0.8
62 Ovie Mughelli ATL 1 4 0.7
62 Tony Richardson MIN 1 4 1.3
62 Mike Anderson BAL 1 1 1.0
62 Alex Haynes CAR 1 1 1.0
Week 6 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 6 YEAR L/G
1 Chris Chambers MIA 18 66 11.0
2 Wes Welker NE 15 51 8.5
2 Kevin Walter HOU 15 38 6.3
4 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 14 71 14.2
5 Randy Moss NE 13 55 9.2
5 Nate Burleson SEA 13 41 6.8
7 Chad Johnson CIN 12 60 12.0
7 Steve Smith CAR 12 54 9.0
9 Ronnie Brown MIA 11 40 6.7
9 Bobby Engram SEA 11 39 6.5
9 Ronald Curry OAK 11 35 7.0
9 Greg Jennings GB 11 28 7.0
13 Tony Gonzalez KC 10 52 8.7
13 Plaxico Burress NYG 10 50 8.3
13 Chris Cooley WAS 10 30 6.0
13 Eric Moulds TEN 10 25 5.0
13 David Patten NO 10 24 4.8
13 Ben Obomanu SEA 10 17 4.3
13 Marques Hagans STL 10 11 5.5
20 Terrell Owens DAL 9 56 9.3
20 Torry Holt STL 9 52 8.7
20 Braylon Edwards CLE 9 52 8.7
20 Amani Toomer NYG 9 39 6.5
20 Patrick Crayton DAL 9 39 6.5
20 Owen Daniels HOU 9 38 6.3
20 Earnest Graham TB 9 14 2.3
27 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 8 67 11.2
27 Bernard Berrian CHI 8 52 8.7
27 Reggie Bush NO 8 42 8.4
27 Kevin Curtis PHI 8 41 8.2
27 Brian Westbrook PHI 8 33 8.3
32 Donald Driver GB 7 55 9.2
32 Laveranues Coles NYJ 7 52 8.7
32 Dwayne Bowe KC 7 42 7.0
32 Ike Hilliard TB 7 36 6.0
32 Muhsin Muhammad CHI 7 35 5.8
32 Bobby Wade MIN 7 32 6.4
32 Reggie Brown PHI 7 31 6.2
32 Keary Colbert CAR 7 30 5.0
32 Donte' Stallworth NE 7 27 4.5
32 Laurent Robinson ATL 7 25 5.0
32 Jerry Porter OAK 7 25 5.0
32 Roydell Williams TEN 7 21 4.2
32 Adrian Peterson CHI 7 20 3.3
32 Jeff Webb KC 7 19 3.2
32 Greg Olsen CHI 7 16 4.0
32 LenDale White TEN 7 11.0 2.2
48 Derrick Mason BAL 6 69 11.5
48 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 6 53 8.8
48 Kellen Winslow CLE 6 50 8.3
48 Santana Moss WAS 6 31 7.8
48 Dennis Northcutt JAC 6 30 6.0
48 Michael Jenkins ATL 6 30 5.0
48 Bryant Johnson ARI 6 30 5.0
48 Joe Horn ATL 6 28 4.7
48 Andre' Davis HOU 6 24 6.0
48 LaMont Jordan OAK 6 21 4.2
48 Matt Jones JAC 6 15 3.8
59 Jason Witten DAL 5 49 8.2
59 Jeremy Shockey NYG 5 41 6.8
59 Marty Booker MIA 5 41 6.8
59 Roddy White ATL 5 38 6.3
59 Demetrius Williams BAL 5 38 6.3
59 Joey Galloway TB 5 32 5.3
59 Desmond Clark CHI 5 31 5.2
59 Alge Crumpler ATL 5 28 4.7
59 Mark Clayton BAL 5 26 4.3
59 Willis McGahee BAL 5 25 4.2
59 Bo Scaife TEN 5 20 4.0
59 Troy Williamson MIN 5 19 4.8
59 Cedric Benson CHI 5 18 3.0
59 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 5 16 3.2
59 Zach Miller OAK 5 16 3.2
59 Vernand Morency GB 5 15 5.0
59 Justin Gage TEN 5 15 3.0
59 Reggie Williams JAC 5 14 3.5
59 Leonard Weaver SEA 5 13 2.2
59 Ladell Betts WAS 5 13 2.6
59 Sinorice Moss NYG 5 12 2.0
59 Ahman Green HOU 5 11 2.8
59 Dominique Byrd STL 5 5 1.0
82 Antonio Gates SD 4 54 9.0
82 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 4 38 6.3
82 Vincent Jackson SD 4 35 5.8
82 Derrick Ward NYG 4 30 5.0
82 Donald Lee GB 4 29 4.8
82 Jeff King CAR 4 29 4.8
82 Joe Jurevicius CLE 4 27 4.5
82 Lance Moore NO 4 23 4.6
82 Marcedes Lewis JAC 4 21 4.2
82 Brian Leonard STL 4 20 3.3
82 Jerious Norwood ATL 4 20 3.3
82 Quinn Sypniewski BAL 4 19 3.2
82 Kevin Faulk NE 4 17 2.8
82 Robert Ferguson MIN 4 16 4.0
82 Jerheme Urban ARI 4 15 3.8
82 Clinton Portis WAS 4 14 2.8
82 Jason Wright CLE 4 14 2.3
82 Mike Williams OAK 4 14 3.5
82 Reggie Kelly CIN 4 12 2.4
82 Kenny Watson CIN 4 11 2.2
82 Antonio Chatman CIN 4 10 3.3
82 B.J. Askew TB 4 8 1.3
82 Matt Schobel PHI 4 8 1.6

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