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Looks and Touches: Week 8

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 8 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
• After a fairly uninspiring start to the season, LenDale White is making a push to remain the Titans' featured RB. He led all RB with 26 touches (25 carries, one catch) and 141 yards of offense (133 rushing, eight receiving) in Week 8, and has totaled 267 yards (237 rushing, 30 receiving) on 57 touches (52 carries, five catches) over the past two weeks. Chris Brown is likely to return from his ankle injury next week, but it remains to be seen how that will affect White's touches.

• As a Joseph Addai owner, I was relieved to see his touches (25 on 23 carries and two catches) dwarf those of possible platoon-mate Kenton Keith (six carries, no catches) in Week 8, especially after the two split the team's touches in Week 7 (Addai 20, Keith 17). Addai totaled 109 yards of offense (100 rushing, nine receiving) and scored 3 TD (two rushing, one receiving) – last week's matchup with the Jaguars was the only game thus far on the season in which Addai has played and not scored a TD.

Brandon Jacobs is another RB who is doing his best to emerge from a platoon-type situation. In four games since returning from a knee injury, Jacobs has averaged 112 yards of offense on 21 touches per game, including 137 yards (131 rushing, six receiving) on 25 touches (23 carries, two catches) in Week 8. In the same four games, Derrick Ward and Reuben Droughns have combined to average 68 yards on 16 touches, although Ward missed this past week with an ankle injury.

Ryan Grant is likely to have just made the Packers' backfield situation murkier with his solid performance on Monday night. He totaled 111 yards of offense (104 rushing, seven receiving) on his 25 touches (22 carries, three catches) versus the Broncos, both season highs for a Packers RB. Grant has already been named the team's starter for Week 9, but DeShawn Wynn and Vernand Morency remain in the mix.

• 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 8 included: Buffalo (Marshawn Lynch 22, Dwayne Wright 13), Carolina (DeShaun Foster 20, De Angelo Williams 11), Chicago (Cedric Benson 15, Adrian Peterson 8), Houston (Ron Dayne 18, Adimchinobi Echemandu 12), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 24, Maurice Jones-Drew 12), New England (Laurence Maroney 16, Kevin Faulk 12), New Orleans (Reggie Bush 17, Aaron Stecker 14), Oakland (Justin Fargas 15, LaMont Jordan 12), and St. Louis (Brian Leonard 18, Steven Jackson 10).

Kevin Faulk led all RB with at least 10 touches in yards per touch in Week 8. He totaled 89 yards of offense (32 rushing, 57 receiving) on his 12 touches (five carries, seven catches), good for a 7.42-yard average. LaMont Jordan came in on the low end of the leaderboard, managing just 16 yards on his 12 carries (no receptions), just a 1.33-yard average.

LOOKS
• A Tampa Bay player with 18 looks topped the leaderboard for the second consecutive week – in Week 7 it was Earnest Graham, and this week it was Joey Galloway. Galloway obliterated his previous season high for looks (eight in Weeks 1 and 5) as Jeff Garcia attempted more than 40 passes for the second consecutive week. Galloway had just six receptions despite the exhorbitant attention, although they were good for 115 receiving yards, including a 58-yard TD.

Kevin Walter continues to be the go-to guy in the Texans' passing game that is missing Andre Johnson. Over the past four weeks, Walter has averaged 12.3 looks, 7.5 receptions, and 100.3 receiving yards. Johnson is expected to remain out until at least Week 11.

Jeff King was the lone highlight of the sluggish Carolina passing game in Week 8. He was targeted a season-high 13 times by the combination of Vinny Testaverde and David Carr, resulting in 10 catches for 82 yards. No other Carolina player had more than 35 yards receiving, including Steve Smith, who was limited to just two catches for 18 yards on seven looks.

Braylon Edwards continues to shred opposing defenses. He turned 10 looks in Week 8 into eight catches for 117 yards and 2 TD, and he's now the second-highest scoring WR in Yahoo! default scoring, with 115 fantasy points. Edwards' average line in seven games this season: 8.9 looks, 5.3 receptions, 95.6 receiving yards, and 1.3 TD.

Week 8 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 8 YEAR T/G
1 LenDale White TEN 26 149 21.3
2 Brian Westbrook PHI 25 145 24.2
2 Joseph Addai IND 25 140 23.3
2 Brandon Jacobs NYG 25 86 17.2
2 Kevin Jones DET 25 75 15.0
2 Ryan Grant GB 25 36 6.0
7 Willie Parker PIT 24 176 25.1
7 Kenny Watson CIN 24 100 14.3
7 Fred Taylor JAC 24 100 14.3
7 Selvin Young DEN 24 52 7.4
11 Marshawn Lynch BUF 22 159 22.7
12 Thomas Jones NYJ 21 162 20.3
13 Adrian Peterson MIN 20 139 19.9
13 DeShaun Foster CAR 20 129 18.4
15 Jesse Chatman MIA 19 50 6.3
16 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 18 165 23.6
16 Brian Leonard STL 18 95 11.9
16 Ron Dayne HOU 18 85 14.2
19 Reggie Bush NO 17 139 19.9
19 Jamal Lewis CLE 17 98 16.3
21 Clinton Portis WAS 16 134 19.1
21 Laurence Maroney NE 16 76 15.2
23 Cedric Benson CHI 15 163 20.4
23 Earnest Graham TB 15 106 13.3
23 Justin Fargas OAK 15 66 9.4
26 Aaron Stecker NO 14 43 6.1
27 Frank Gore SF 13 125 17.9
27 Dwayne Wright BUF 13 25 3.6
29 LaMont Jordan OAK 12 147 21.0
29 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 12 95 13.6
29 Kevin Faulk NE 12 55 6.9
29 Adimchinobi Echemandu HOU 12 12 12.0
33 DeAngelo Williams CAR 11 72 10.3
34 Steven Jackson STL 10 87 21.8
35 Adrian Peterson CHI 8 52 6.5
35 Najeh Davenport PIT 8 45 6.4
35 Reuben Droughns NYG 8 39 4.9
38 Chester Taylor MIN 7 55 11.0
38 Leon Washington NYJ 7 51 6.4
40 Kenton Keith IND 6 81 11.6
40 Correll Buckhalter PHI 6 48 6.9
40 LaBrandon Toefield JAC 6 6 6.0
43 Jason Wright CLE 5 53 7.6
43 Heath Evans NE 5 20 2.5
43 Jerome Harrison CLE 5 14 4.7
43 Michael Robinson SF 5 13 1.9
47 Michael Turner SD 4 38 5.4
47 Vernand Morency GB 4 33 8.3
47 Kyle Eckel NE 4 23 4.6
47 Chris Henry TEN 4 17 8.5
47 Patrick Cobbs MIA 4 8 1.0
52 Ladell Betts WAS 3 56 8.0
52 Vonta Leach HOU 3 16 2.0
52 Maurice Hicks SF 3 14 2.0
52 Clifton Dawson IND 3 12 6.0
52 Pierre Thomas NO 3 6 1.5
52 Alex Haynes CAR 3 4 2.0
52 Andre Hall DEN 3 3 1.5
59 Michael Bennett TB 2 35 5.8
59 Lorenzo Neal SD 2 16 2.3
59 B.J. Askew TB 2 12 1.5
59 Brad Hoover CAR 2 11 1.6
59 Jon Bradley DET 2 4 0.6
59 Fred Jackson BUF 2 2 2.0
65 DeShawn Wynn GB 1 59 8.4
65 Mike Sellers WAS 1 30 4.3
65 Travis Minor STL 1 29 3.6
65 Greg Jones JAC 1 16 2.3
65 Justin Griffith OAK 1 14 2.0
65 Lawrence Vickers CLE 1 13 1.9
65 Cecil Sapp DEN 1 13 1.9
65 Mike Karney NO 1 13 1.9
65 Carey Davis PIT 1 13 1.9
65 DeDe Dorsey CIN 1 8 2.0
65 T.J. Duckett DET 1 8 2.7
65 Thomas Tapeh PHI 1 8 1.1
65 Jeremi Johnson CIN 1 7 1.0
65 Moran Norris SF 1 7 1.0
65 Korey Hall GB 1 6 0.9
65 Tony Richardson MIN 1 6 1.2
65 Reagan Mauia MIA 1 4 0.5
65 Darren Sproles SD 1 3 0.4
65 Oren O'Neal OAK 1 1 0.2
Week 8 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 8 YEAR L/G
1 Joey Galloway TB 18 55 6.9
2 Kevin Walter HOU 14 62 7.8
3 Jeff King CAR 13 42 6.0
4 Roy Williams DET 12 59 8.4
4 Marques Colston NO 12 55 7.9
4 Reggie Brown PHI 12 49 7.0
7 Reggie Wayne IND 11 65 9.3
7 Santana Moss WAS 11 44 7.3
9 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 10 87 12.4
9 Wes Welker NE 10 72 9.0
9 Braylon Edwards CLE 10 62 8.9
9 Arnaz Battle SF 10 49 7.0
13 Chad Johnson CIN 9 73 10.4
13 Ike Hilliard TB 9 55 6.9
13 Isaac Bruce STL 9 40 6.7
13 Hines Ward PIT 9 39 7.8
13 Jerry Porter OAK 9 36 5.1
13 Brandon Stokley DEN 9 34 4.9
13 Vernon Davis SF 9 30 6.0
13 Kevin Faulk NE 9 28 3.5
21 Bernard Berrian CHI 8 67 8.4
21 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 8 67 8.4
21 Plaxico Burress NYG 8 64 8.0
21 Chris Cooley WAS 8 40 5.7
21 Keary Colbert CAR 8 38 5.4
21 Greg Jennings GB 8 36 7.2
21 Justin Peelle MIA 8 24 3.0
28 Torry Holt STL 7 74 9.3
28 Brandon Marshall DEN 7 63 9.0
28 Steve Smith CAR 7 61 8.7
28 Reggie Bush NO 7 55 7.9
28 Dallas Clark IND 7 51 7.3
28 Lee Evans BUF 7 46 6.6
28 Bobby Wade MIN 7 43 6.1
28 Drew Bennett STL 7 33 5.5
28 Adrian Peterson CHI 7 31 3.9
28 Greg Olsen CHI 7 30 5.0
28 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN 7 22 3.1
28 DeAngelo Williams CAR 7 21 3.0
28 Derek Hagan MIA 7 21 2.6
28 Ashley Lelie SF 7 13 2.2
42 Donald Driver GB 6 61 8.7
42 Kevin Curtis PHI 6 54 7.7
42 Amani Toomer NYG 6 49 6.1
42 Owen Daniels HOU 6 49 6.1
42 Ronald Curry OAK 6 48 6.9
42 Shaun McDonald DET 6 45 6.4
42 Desmond Clark CHI 6 42 5.3
42 Antwaan Randle El WAS 6 39 5.6
42 Randy McMichael STL 6 38 4.8
42 Donte' Stallworth NE 6 37 4.6
42 Santonio Holmes PIT 6 37 6.2
42 David Patten NO 6 35 5.0
42 Joe Jurevicius CLE 6 33 4.7
42 Josh Reed BUF 6 27 4.5
42 Brad Smith NYJ 6 25 3.1
42 Clinton Portis WAS 6 23 3.3
42 Kenny Watson CIN 6 21 3.0
42 Selvin Young DEN 6 20 2.9
42 Jacoby Jones HOU 6 17 2.8
42 Bryan Gilmore SF 6 10 3.3
62 Chris Chambers SD 5 71 10.1
62 Randy Moss NE 5 65 8.1
62 Brian Westbrook PHI 5 46 7.7
62 Andre' Davis HOU 5 39 6.5
62 Mike Williams OAK 5 19 3.8
62 Jabar Gaffney NE 5 18 2.3
62 Thomas Jones NYJ 5 18 2.3
62 Jesse Chatman MIA 5 17 2.1
62 Maurice Stovall TB 5 6 0.8
71 Kellen Winslow CLE 4 54 7.7
71 Marty Booker MIA 4 53 6.6
71 Jeremy Shockey NYG 4 51 6.4
71 James Jones GB 4 43 6.1
71 Mike Furrey DET 4 38 5.4
71 Calvin Johnson DET 4 28 4.7
71 Brian Leonard STL 4 26 3.3
71 Sidney Rice MIN 4 26 3.7
71 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 4 24 3.4
71 Cedric Benson CHI 4 23 2.9
71 Vonta Leach HOU 4 18 2.3
71 Correll Buckhalter PHI 4 17 2.4
71 David Anderson HOU 4 17 3.4
71 Robert Royal BUF 4 16 2.3
71 Willie Parker PIT 4 16 2.3
71 Justin Griffith OAK 4 14 2.0
71 Tony Scheffler DEN 4 14 2.3
71 Justin Fargas OAK 4 10 1.4