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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
Ryan Grant's on-again, off-again relationship with a solid yards-per-carry average continued in Week 6. He led the league with 33 touches (all carries) but managed just 90 yards and once again failed to score his first TD of the season. Grant's yards-per-carry averages on the season: 7.7, 1.3, 4.2, 1.3, 4.6, and 2.7.

Injuries to Tony Romo and Felix Jones should mean that Marion Barber will be exceptionally active for the Cowboys, particularly with a spike in catching the ball out of the backfield. Barber's season high of 173 total yards came largely in the passing game (45 rushing, 128 receiving), as he nearly doubled his reception total on the season (17 carries, 11 catches). While the arrival of Roy Williams gives Brad Johnson another talented WR to work with, it's unlikely that Barber won't be the focal point of a reigned-in offensive game plan.

Warrick Dunn makes something of an unusual appearance near the top of the touches leaderboard – with Earnest Graham pushed into fullback duties, Dunn saw a season-high 25 touches (22 carries, 3 catches) to Graham's seven (5 carries, 2 catches). According to Jon Gruden, Graham will be back at halfback in Week 7, so expect a more even split of the touches.

I'll use the stock Comment, "Correll Buckhalter gave his best Brian Westbrook impersonation," to describe Buckhalter's Week 6 performance, turning 25 touches (18 carries, 7 catches) into a league-high 178 yards (93 rushing, 85 receiving) and a TD. Even if Westbrook is healthy after the team's Week 7 bye, the Eagles plan to keep Buckhalter involved in the offense moving forward.

Michael Pittman became the first Denver RB to see more than 11 carries in a single game this season, garnering 20 carries (109 yards) and an additional three catches (16 yards). Whether that will happen again is anyone's guess – Pittman benefitted from Selvin Young's absence (groin strain), and Ryan Torain may be activated after the team's Week 8 bye.

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: Arizona (Tim Hightower 11, Edgerrin James 9), Baltimore (Ray Rice 13, Willis McGahee 12), Carolina (DeAngelo Williams 13, Jonathan Stewart 7), Houston (Steve Slaton 16, Ahman Green 9), Miami (Ronnie Brown 16, Ricky Williams 13), New England (Sammy Morris 14, Kevin Faulk 11), New Orleans (Reggie Bush 17, Deuce McAllister 15), NY Giants (Brandon Jacobs 14, Derrick Ward 12), Oakland (Justin Fargas 10, Darren McFadden 8), and Seattle (Julius Jones 12, Leonard Weaver 6, Maurice Morris 6).

Yards-per-touch leaders for Week 6 (minimum 10 touches) included: Derrick Ward (8.5, 12 for 102), Correll Buckhalter (7.12, 25 for 178), and Kevin Faulk (7.0, 11 for 77). The bottom three: Chris Perry (1.23, 13 for 16), Michael Turner (2.16, 25 for 54), and Rudi Johnson (2.33, 18 for 42).

LOOKS
Andre Johnson had his second straight massive week, turning a league-high 19 looks into 10 catches for 178 yards and a score. Despite already having had his bye and totaling just five catches for 68 yards in Weeks 3 and 4 (17 combined targets), Johnson currently ranks second in the league in looks (59), eighth in receptions (34), and sixth in receiving yards (488).

Remember when you knocked Brandon Marshall down a peg or two when you found out he was looking at a suspension? I'm regretting it, too. Marshall has been targeted fewer than 12 times in just one of his five games, and his 18 in Week 6 gave him a fairly comfortable lead over Johnson for the league lead (70). Marshall is tops in the league in receptions (43) and fourth in receiving yards (521).

Roddy White is also establishing himself as one of the most heavily-utilized WR in the game. After averaging five looks, three catches, and 57 yards in the season's first two weeks, he's come on to average 12 looks, 7 catches, and 113 yards in the past four games, with three TD.

Notable names not among the Week 6 looks leaders: Devery Henderson (2), Ike Hilliard (2), LaDainian Tomlinson (3), Amani Toomer (2), and Roy Williams (3).

Top 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Bo Scaife (91%, 20/22), Matt Forte (87%, 27/31), Marion Barber (86%, 25/29), Brian Westbrook (82%, 14/17), Ike Hilliard (82%, 23/28), Frank Gore (81%, 22/27), Steve Smith NYG (81%, 22/27), Josh Reed (81%, 21/26), Chris Cooley (79%, 30/38), and Anquan Boldin (77%, 27/35).

Bottom 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Ashley Lelie (23%, 6/26), Justin McCareins (29%, 9/31), Billy McMullen (39%, 7/18), Roy Williams (44%, 17/39), Jerramy Stevens (44%, 7/16), Braylon Edwards (44%, 16/36), D.J. Hackett (45%, 10/22), L.J. Smith (45%, 10/22), Chris Chambers (46%, 11/24), and Michael Jenkins (46%, 13/28).

Note: Looks data provided by FFToday.com

Week 6 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 6 YEAR T/G
1 Ryan Grant GB 33 108 18.0
2 Marion Barber DAL 28 135 22.5
3 Adrian Peterson MIN 26 140 23.3
4 Matt Forte CHI 25 154 25.7
4 Steven Jackson STL 25 119 23.8
4 Michael Turner ATL 25 131 21.8
4 Warrick Dunn TB 25 91 15.2
4 Correll Buckhalter PHI 25 65 10.8
4 Dominic Rhodes IND 25 39 7.8
10 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 24 86 14.3
11 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 23 127 21.2
11 Michael Pittman DEN 23 57 9.5
13 Clinton Portis WAS 22 145 24.2
13 Frank Gore SF 22 129 21.5
13 Jamal Lewis CLE 22 100 20.0
16 Thomas Jones NYJ 20 96 19.2
17 Rudi Johnson DET 18 47 9.4
18 Reggie Bush NO 17 119 19.8
19 Steve Slaton HOU 16 89 17.8
19 Ronnie Brown MIA 16 81 16.2
21 Deuce McAllister NO 15 44 11.0
22 Brandon Jacobs NYG 14 82 16.4
22 Sammy Morris NE 14 65 13.0
24 Chris Perry CIN 13 110 18.3
24 DeAngelo Williams CAR 13 94 15.7
24 Ricky Williams MIA 13 70 14.0
24 Ray Rice BAL 13 44 8.8
28 Julius Jones SEA 12 97 19.4
28 Willis McGahee BAL 12 67 16.8
28 Derrick Ward NYG 12 53 10.6
31 Tim Hightower ARI 11 57 9.5
31 Kevin Faulk NE 11 32 8.0
33 Justin Fargas OAK 10 39 13.0
34 Edgerrin James ARI 9 111 18.5
34 Ahman Green HOU 9 30 10.0
34 Leon Washington NYJ 9 37 7.4
34 Ladell Betts WAS 9 44 7.3
38 Darren McFadden OAK 8 66 13.2
38 Chester Taylor MIN 8 41 6.8
40 Earnest Graham TB 7 84 14.0
40 Jonathan Stewart CAR 7 73 12.2
40 Kevin Smith DET 7 56 11.2
43 Maurice Morris SEA 6 12 6.0
43 Leonard Weaver SEA 6 18 3.6
45 Mike Tolbert SD 5 20 3.3
45 Michael Bennett TB 5 6 2.0
47 Fred Taylor JAC 4 82 13.7
47 Michael Bush OAK 4 56 11.2
47 Jerious Norwood ATL 4 53 8.8
47 Cedric Benson CIN 4 14 7.0
47 Jerome Harrison CLE 4 12 2.4
47 Greg Jones JAC 4 11 1.8
47 Mike Karney NO 4 7 1.4
54 Le'Ron McClain BAL 3 74 14.8
54 Darren Sproles SD 3 35 5.8
54 Pierre Thomas NO 3 33 5.5
54 Felix Jones DAL 3 32 5.3
54 DeShaun Foster SF 3 12 2.0
54 Patrick Cobbs MIA 3 8 1.6
54 Brad Hoover CAR 3 8 1.3
54 Travis Minor STL 3 6 1.2
62 Joseph Addai IND 2 67 13.4
62 Kevin Jones CHI 2 34 5.7
62 T.J. Duckett SEA 2 27 5.4
62 J.J. Arrington ARI 2 9 4.5
62 Jason Wright CLE 2 11 2.2
62 Jesse Chatman NYJ 2 2 2.0
62 Aaron Stecker NO 2 3 1.5
62 Korey Hall GB 2 3 1.0
62 Mike Hart IND 2 3 0.6
62 Michael Robinson SF 2 2 0.3
72 Lorenzo Booker PHI 1 18 3.0
72 Jason McKie CHI 1 12 2.0
72 Justin Griffith OAK 1 9 1.8
72 Lawrence Vickers CLE 1 8 1.6
72 DeShawn Wynn GB 1 1 1.0
72 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE 1 1 1.0
72 Jerome Felton DET 1 4 0.8
72 Heath Evans NE 1 4 0.8
72 Jacob Hester SD 1 2 0.3
72 Casey Cramer MIA 1 1 0.3
72 John Kuhn GB 1 1 0.2
72 Dan Klecko PHI 1 1 0.2
72 Rock Cartwright WAS 1 1 0.2
Week 6 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 6 YEAR L/G
1 Andre Johnson HOU 19 59 11.8
2 Brandon Marshall DEN 18 70 14.0
3 Roddy White ATL 13 57 9.5
4 Marion Barber DAL 12 29 4.8
5 Wes Welker NE 11 50 10.0
5 Laveranues Coles NYJ 11 40 8.0
5 Torry Holt STL 11 35 7.0
8 Steve Smith CAR 10 43 10.8
8 Reggie Wayne IND 10 48 9.6
8 DeSean Jackson PHI 10 47 7.8
8 Matt Jones JAC 10 47 7.8
8 Randy Moss NE 10 35 7.0
8 Vincent Jackson SD 10 40 6.7
8 Donald Driver GB 10 38 6.3
8 Steve Smith NYG 10 27 5.4
8 Devin Hester CHI 10 24 4.8
17 Terrell Owens DAL 9 48 8.0
17 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 9 34 6.8
17 Steve Breaston ARI 9 39 6.5
17 Correll Buckhalter PHI 9 22 3.7
21 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 8 56 9.3
21 Plaxico Burress NYG 8 36 9.0
21 Marvin Harrison IND 8 39 7.8
21 Lance Moore NO 8 39 6.5
21 Ashley Lelie OAK 8 26 5.2
21 Greg Olsen CHI 8 25 4.2
21 Vernon Davis SF 8 19 3.2
21 Ray Rice BAL 8 13 2.6
29 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 7 57 9.5
29 Calvin Johnson DET 7 45 9.0
29 Greg Jennings GB 7 52 8.7
29 Derrick Mason BAL 7 40 8.0
29 Muhsin Muhammad CAR 7 48 8.0
29 Bernard Berrian MIN 7 44 7.3
29 Donte' Stallworth CLE 7 7 7.0
29 Kevin Walter HOU 7 33 6.6
29 Antwaan Randle El WAS 7 39 6.5
29 Chris Perry CIN 7 27 4.5
29 Desmond Clark CHI 7 26 4.3
29 Hank Baskett PHI 7 24 4.0
29 Demetrius Williams BAL 7 19 3.8
29 Steve Heiden CLE 7 10 2.0
43 Reggie Bush NO 6 55 9.2
43 Braylon Edwards CLE 6 36 7.2
43 Greg Camarillo MIA 6 33 6.6
43 Bobby Wade MIN 6 39 6.5
43 Chris Cooley WAS 6 38 6.3
43 Chad Johnson CIN 6 35 5.8
43 Isaac Bruce SF 6 34 5.7
43 Patrick Crayton DAL 6 31 5.2
43 Rashied Davis CHI 6 31 5.2
43 Mark Clayton BAL 6 25 5.0
43 John Carlson SEA 6 21 4.2
43 Ronald Curry OAK 6 19 3.8
43 Dante Rosario CAR 6 21 3.5
43 Ben Utecht CIN 6 17 3.4
43 Marty Booker CHI 6 20 3.3
43 Sammy Morris NE 6 16 3.2
43 Andre' Davis HOU 6 15 3.0
43 Harry Douglas ATL 6 17 2.8
61 Jason Witten DAL 5 53 8.8
61 Owen Daniels HOU 5 33 6.6
61 Steven Jackson STL 5 30 6.0
61 Antonio Gates SD 5 32 5.3
61 Matt Forte CHI 5 31 5.2
61 Michael Jenkins ATL 5 28 4.7
61 Zach Miller OAK 5 23 4.6
61 Donnie Avery STL 5 17 4.3
61 Warrick Dunn TB 5 23 3.8
61 Marcedes Lewis JAC 5 23 3.8
61 Leon Washington NYJ 5 18 3.6
61 Tim Hightower ARI 5 20 3.3
61 Darrell Jackson DEN 5 6 3.0
61 Dennis Northcutt JAC 5 12 3.0
61 Aundrae Allison MIN 5 16 2.7
61 Michael Pittman DEN 5 12 2.0
61 Jonathan Stewart CAR 5 6 1.0
78 Bobby Engram SEA 4 16 8.0
78 Santana Moss WAS 4 48 8.0
78 Anthony Gonzalez IND 4 30 6.0
78 Brandon Stokley DEN 4 36 6.0
78 Arnaz Battle SF 4 31 5.2
78 Frank Gore SF 4 27 4.5
78 Anthony Fasano MIA 4 20 4.0
78 Koren Robinson SEA 4 4 4.0
78 Greg Lewis PHI 4 23 3.8
78 Reggie Williams JAC 4 23 3.8
78 Jordy Nelson GB 4 22 3.7
78 Kevin Faulk NE 4 14 3.5
78 Chester Taylor MIN 4 18 3.0
78 Josh Morgan SF 4 16 2.7
78 Willis McGahee BAL 4 10 2.5
78 Chris Henry CIN 4 4 2.0
78 Brian Finneran ATL 4 10 1.7
78 Robert Ferguson MIN 4 5 0.8
78 Malcom Floyd SD 4 4 0.8

Note: Looks data provided by FFToday.com

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