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Looks and Touches: Week 7

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 7 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
Justin Fargas dominated the touches for the Raiders in Week 7, garnering 30 (28 carries, 2 catches) to Darren McFadden's 11 (8 carries, 3 catches). It should be noted that Fargas managed fewer yards (81 - 74 rushing, 7 receiving) than McFadden (89 - 39 rushing, 50 receiving), but if the workload stays remotely the same moving forward, their percent-owned numbers will need to be a bit closer (Fargas 67%, McFadden 96%).

Mewelde Moore exceeded even the highest expectations in Week 7, compiling 25 touches (20 carries, 5 catches), 134 yards (120 rushing, 14 receiving), and three TDs (2 rushing, 1 receiving) against the Bengals. One advantage he has on Willie Parker is that the Steelers haven't been averse to throwing him the ball – despite totaling 54 catches in the past two seasons, Parker did not have a catch in the three games in which he was a participant. Moore has totaled 11 catches in the past three games.

Cedric Benson, the new starting RB for your Cincinnati Bengals. Despite being healthy and active, Chris Perry (2.6 yards-per-carry on the season) did not log a single touch in Week 7. Benson managed 62 yards (52 rushing, 10 receiving) on 15 touches (14 carries, 1 catch) against the Steelers and is a very low-upside option. The Bengals have averaged the third-fewest rushing attempts to this point in the season.

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 7 included: Buffalo (Marshawn Lynch 23, Fred Jackson 12), Carolina (DeAngelo Williams 19, Jonathan Stewart 18), Detroit (Kevin Smith 11, Rudi Johnson 6), Houston (Steve Slaton 20, Ahman Green 15), Kansas City (Kolby Smith 12, Jamaal Charles 7), Minnesota (Adrian Peterson 23, Chester Taylor 16), New England (Sammy Morris 16, BenJarvus Green-Ellis 13), New Orleans (Reggie Bush 10, Deuce McAllister 10), NY Giants (Brandon Jacobs 18, Ahmad Bradshaw 9), Seattle (Julius Jones 8, Maurice Morris 8), Tampa Bay (Earnest Graham 25, Warrick Dunn 17), and Tennessee (Chris Johnson 20, LenDale White 18).

Yards-per-touch leaders for Week 7 (minimum 10 touches) included: LenDale White 8.67, 18 for 156), Sammy Morris (8.63, 16 for 138), and Chris Johnson (8.6, 20 for 172). The bottom three: Ronnie Brown (2.0, 14 for 28), Kolby Smith (2.08, 12 for 25), and Earnest Graham (2.6, 25 for 65).

LOOKS
Braylon Edwards was rewarded for last week's success (5 catches, 154 yards, 1 TD) with a season-high 13 looks in Week 7, but he failed to capitalize, logging just four catches for 58 yards. This may be something of a no-brainer, but Edwards' drops and poor production are now a major focus for Browns coaches.

It may be hard to believe that Chad Johnson's eight catches (13 looks) for 52 yards and a score qualifies as his best game on the season, but he still has time to turn in his typical massive single-game performances that buoy his overall numbers. He scored at least one TD in just four of 16 games last season, and topped 100 receiving yards in five games; in 2006 he scored at least one TD in just three of 16 games, and topped the century mark in only four games.

Bernard Berrian (10 looks, 6 catches, 81 yards, 1 TD in Week 7) is developing into quite the attractive fantasy option. After averaging 5.3 looks, 2 catches, and 39 yards (no TD) in the season's first three games, he's averaged 9.5 looks, 5.5 catches, and 100 yards over the past four games, scoring three TDs.

Here's how the Roy Williams-less Lions spread the ball around in Week 7 in terms of looks for non-RBs: Mike Furrey 8, Shaun McDonald 6, Calvin Johnson 4 and Michael Gaines 3.

Notable names not among the Week 7 looks leaders: Marion Barber (2), Anthony Fasano (3), Matt Forte (3), Devin Hester (2), Steven Jackson (3) and Roy Williams (1).

Top 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Matt Forte (85%, 29/34), Bo Scaife (85%, 23/27), Steve Smith NYG (84%, 26/31), Marion Barber (84%, 26/31), Ike Hilliard (83%, 24/29), Brian Westbrook (82%, 14/17), Josh Reed (80%, 24/30), Marshawn Lynch (79%, 19/24), Frank Gore (78%, 25/32), and Jeremy Shockey (78%, 21/27).

Bottom 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Ashley Lelie (22%, 6/27), Justin McCareins (29%, 9/31), Shaun McDonald (38%, 11/29), Marty Booker (38%, 11/29), Billy McMullen (39%, 7/18), Braylon Edwards (41%, 20/49), Roy Williams (43%, 17/40), Terrell Owens (45%, 25/55), D.J. Hackett (45%, 10/22), and L.J. Smith 45%, 10/22).

Note: Looks data provided by FFToday.com

Week 7 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 7 YEAR T/G
1 Ryan Grant GB 33 141 20.1
2 Justin Fargas OAK 30 69 17.3
3 Clinton Portis WAS 28 173 24.7
4 Steven Jackson STL 27 146 24.3
5 Thomas Jones NYJ 25 121 20.2
5 Earnest Graham TB 25 109 15.6
5 Mewelde Moore PIT 25 57 9.5
8 Dominic Rhodes IND 24 63 10.5
9 Adrian Peterson MIN 23 163 23.3
9 Marshawn Lynch BUF 23 129 21.5
11 Matt Forte CHI 22 176 25.1
12 Willis McGahee BAL 21 88 17.6
13 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 20 147 21.0
13 Jamal Lewis CLE 20 120 20.0
13 Chris Johnson TEN 20 117 19.5
13 Steve Slaton HOU 20 109 18.2
13 Michael Pittman DEN 20 77 11.0
18 Marion Barber DAL 19 154 22.0
18 DeAngelo Williams CAR 19 113 16.1
20 Brandon Jacobs NYG 18 100 16.7
20 LenDale White TEN 18 82 13.7
20 Jonathan Stewart CAR 18 91 13.0
23 Warrick Dunn TB 17 108 15.4
24 Sammy Morris NE 16 81 13.5
24 Chester Taylor MIN 16 57 8.1
26 Ahman Green HOU 15 45 11.3
26 Cedric Benson CIN 15 29 9.7
28 Frank Gore SF 14 143 20.4
28 Ronnie Brown MIA 14 95 15.8
30 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE 13 14 7.0
31 Fred Jackson BUF 12 56 9.3
31 Kolby Smith KC 12 22 4.4
33 Darren McFadden OAK 11 77 12.8
33 Kevin Smith DET 11 67 11.2
35 Reggie Bush NO 10 129 18.4
35 Deuce McAllister NO 10 54 10.8
37 Le'Ron McClain BAL 9 83 13.8
37 Ray Rice BAL 9 53 8.8
37 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 9 29 4.8
40 Julius Jones SEA 8 105 17.5
40 Maurice Morris SEA 8 20 6.7
42 Derrick Ward NYG 7 60 10.0
42 Kevin Faulk NE 7 39 7.8
42 Jamaal Charles KC 7 40 6.7
42 Travis Minor STL 7 13 2.2
46 Rudi Johnson DET 6 53 8.8
46 Leon Washington NYJ 6 43 7.2
46 Brandon Jackson GB 6 38 6.3
46 Patrick Cobbs MIA 6 14 2.3
50 Kenny Watson CIN 5 14 2.8
51 Ricky Williams MIA 4 74 12.3
51 Gary Russell PIT 4 11 5.5
51 Rock Cartwright WAS 4 5 0.7
54 Shaun Alexander WAS 3 3 3.0
54 Jerome Harrison CLE 3 15 2.5
54 Aaron Stecker NO 3 6 2.0
57 Darren Sproles SD 2 37 5.3
57 Andre Hall DEN 2 36 5.1
57 Jason McKie CHI 2 14 2.0
57 Chad Simpson IND 2 2 2.0
57 Jameel Cook TB 2 2 2.0
57 Lawrence Vickers CLE 2 10 1.7
57 Mike Karney NO 2 9 1.5
57 Ahmard Hall TEN 2 9 1.5
57 Brad Hoover CAR 2 10 1.4
57 Tashard Choice DAL 2 8 1.1
57 Mike Cox KC 2 6 1.0
57 Michael Robinson SF 2 4 0.6
57 Quinton Ganther TEN 2 2 0.5
70 Pierre Thomas NO 1 34 4.9
70 T.J. Duckett SEA 1 28 4.7
70 Leonard Weaver SEA 1 19 3.2
70 Jason Wright CLE 1 12 2.0
70 Korey Hall GB 1 4 1.0
70 Lorenzo Neal BAL 1 5 0.8
70 Jerome Felton DET 1 5 0.8
70 Heath Evans NE 1 5 0.8
70 Deon Anderson DAL 1 2 0.4
70 John Kuhn GB 1 2 0.3
70 Charles Ali CLE 1 1 0.2
Week 7 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 7 YEAR L/G
1 Braylon Edwards CLE 13 49 8.2
1 Chad Johnson CIN 13 48 6.9
3 Andre Johnson HOU 12 71 11.8
3 Eddie Royal DEN 12 53 8.8
5 Jason Witten DAL 11 64 9.1
5 Greg Camarillo MIA 11 44 7.3
7 Brandon Marshall DEN 10 80 13.3
7 Bernard Berrian MIN 10 54 7.7
7 Dallas Clark IND 10 26 5.2
10 Reggie Wayne IND 9 57 9.5
10 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 9 65 9.3
10 Plaxico Burress NYG 9 45 9.0
10 Hines Ward PIT 9 46 7.7
10 Marty Booker CHI 9 29 4.1
10 Javon Walker OAK 9 18 3.6
10 Josh Morgan SF 9 25 3.6
17 Dwayne Bowe KC 8 64 10.7
17 Steve Smith CAR 8 51 10.2
17 Tony Gonzalez KC 8 49 8.2
17 Derrick Mason BAL 8 48 8.0
17 Owen Daniels HOU 8 41 6.8
17 Bobby Wade MIN 8 47 6.7
17 Lee Evans BUF 8 38 6.3
17 Anthony Gonzalez IND 8 38 6.3
17 Greg Olsen CHI 8 33 4.7
17 Mike Furrey DET 8 23 3.8
17 Dominic Rhodes IND 8 22 3.7
28 Santana Moss WAS 7 55 7.9
28 Terrell Owens DAL 7 55 7.9
28 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 7 41 6.8
28 Santonio Holmes PIT 7 41 6.8
28 Jeremy Shockey NO 7 27 6.8
28 Chris Cooley WAS 7 45 6.4
28 Antonio Gates SD 7 39 5.6
28 Patrick Crayton DAL 7 38 5.4
28 Ted Ginn Jr. MIA 7 31 5.2
28 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 7 32 4.6
28 Jamaal Charles KC 7 25 4.2
28 Chris Henry CIN 7 11 3.7
28 Chris Baker NYJ 7 16 2.7
28 Patrick Cobbs MIA 7 14 2.3
42 Wes Welker NE 6 56 9.3
42 Kellen Winslow CLE 6 44 8.8
42 Antonio Bryant TB 6 55 7.9
42 Muhsin Muhammad CAR 6 54 7.7
42 Marvin Harrison IND 6 45 7.5
42 Randy Moss NE 6 41 6.8
42 Donte' Stallworth CLE 6 13 6.5
42 Lance Moore NO 6 45 6.4
42 Shaun McDonald DET 6 29 4.8
42 Donnie Avery STL 6 23 4.6
42 John Carlson SEA 6 27 4.5
42 Devery Henderson NO 6 30 4.3
42 Robert Royal BUF 6 25 4.2
42 Warrick Dunn TB 6 29 4.1
42 Brandon Jackson GB 6 24 4.0
42 Chester Taylor MIN 6 24 3.4
42 Mewelde Moore PIT 6 14 2.3
42 Brad Smith NYJ 6 8 1.3
60 Laveranues Coles NYJ 5 45 7.5
60 Torry Holt STL 5 40 6.7
60 Vincent Jackson SD 5 45 6.4
60 Amani Toomer NYG 5 38 6.3
60 Donald Driver GB 5 43 6.1
60 Isaac Bruce SF 5 39 5.6
60 Arnaz Battle SF 5 36 5.1
60 Zach Miller OAK 5 28 4.7
60 Frank Gore SF 5 32 4.6
60 Bo Scaife TEN 5 27 4.5
60 Marshawn Lynch BUF 5 24 4.0
60 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN 5 28 4.0
60 Todd Heap BAL 5 23 3.8
60 Billy Miller NO 5 21 3.5
60 Aundrae Allison MIN 5 21 3.0
60 Malcom Floyd SD 5 9 1.5
76 Calvin Johnson DET 4 49 8.2
76 Greg Jennings GB 4 56 8.0
76 Bobby Engram SEA 4 20 6.7
76 Kevin Walter HOU 4 37 6.2
76 Antwaan Randle El WAS 4 43 6.1
76 Steve Smith NYG 4 31 5.2
76 Marques Colston NO 4 10 5.0
76 Rashied Davis CHI 4 35 5.0
76 Josh Reed BUF 4 30 5.0
76 Desmond Clark CHI 4 30 4.3
76 Koren Robinson SEA 4 8 4.0
76 Jerramy Stevens TB 4 20 4.0
76 Alex Smith TB 4 26 3.7
76 David Martin MIA 4 22 3.7
76 Heath Miller PIT 4 22 3.7
76 Leon Washington NYJ 4 22 3.7
76 Kevin Faulk NE 4 18 3.6
76 Ben Watson NE 4 14 3.5
76 Earnest Graham TB 4 20 2.9
76 Johnnie Lee Higgins OAK 4 16 2.7
76 Derrick Ward NYG 4 16 2.7
76 Darren McFadden OAK 4 13 2.2
76 Leonard Weaver SEA 4 12 2.0
76 Kenny Watson CIN 4 8 1.6
76 Lavelle Hawkins TEN 4 4 1.3

Note: Looks data provided by FFToday.com