Looks and Touches: Week 9

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 9 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
A few unexpected things happened in Cincinnati on Sunday: the Bengals won a game and Cedric Benson was very productive. Pretty much anything positive that Benson did was a season high for a Bengals RB, including touches (25; 24 carries, 1 catch) and yardage (109; 104 rushing, 5 receiving). In Chris Perry's six starts, he averaged 50 yards of offense on 18.3 touches. In Benson's three starts, he's averaged the same amount of touches (18.3) but has managed 80 yards per game.

Ray Rice was massive in Week 9, turning his 24 touches (21 carries, 3 catches) into a league-high 176 yards (154 rushing, 22 receiving). He's been effective all season, however, when given the chance. In the four games in which Rice has seen at least 10 touches (Weeks 1, 6, 8, 9), he's averaged 112 yards of offense (76 rushing, 36 receiving) on 18.3 touches (14.3 carries, 4 catches).

Tim Hightower's strong performance in Week 9 (23 touches, 108 yards, 1 TD) has clearly established that he's the starting RB in Arizona, ahead of Edgerrin James. If one play was the microcosm of what Hightower brings to the table that Edge doesn't, it was his 30-yard TD run – Edge hasn't logged a carry of at least 30 yards since Week 7 of the 2005 season, a span of 47 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 9 included: Baltimore (Ray Rice 24, Le'Ron McClain 15), Buffalo (Marshawn Lynch 12, Fred Jackson 10), Denver (Michael Pittman 9, Peyton Hillis 7), Detroit (Kevin Smith 16, Rudi Johnson 10), Jacksonville (Maurice Jones-Drew 12, Fred Taylor 6), Kansas City (Jamaal Charles 18, Kolby Smith 10), New England (BenJarvus Green-Ellis 16, Kevin Faulk 15), NY Giants (Brandon Jacobs 17, Derrick Ward 14), NY Jets (Thomas Jones 18, Leon Washington 9), Oakland (Justin Fargas 6, Michael Bush 6), Seattle (Julius Jones 11, Maurice Morris 8), and St. Louis (Antonio Pittman 14, Steven Jackson 7).

Yards-per-touch leaders for Week 9 (minimum 10 touches) included: J.J. Arrington (10.82, 11 for 119), Ray Rice (7.33, 24 for 176), and Brandon Jacobs (6.88, 17 for 117). The bottom three: Antonio Pittman (1.93, 14 for 27), Marion Barber (2.1, 20 for 42) and Joseph Addai (2.21, 19 for 42).

LOOKS
Calvin Johnson's career-high 18 looks gave us our ninth different looks leader in nine weeks. He also set a career-high with eight catches and scored a TD for the fourth consecutive week. The excessive utilization moved him into a tie for the 10th-most looks in the league (73).

Greg Camarillo went from being quietly productive to a PPR must-start in Week 9, turning 15 looks into 11 catches for 111 yards. It was the second time in three weeks that Camarillo had at least 11 looks, and over the past five games he's averaged 9.6 looks, 6.4 catches, and 67.4 yards.

Owen Daniels has emerged as the draft bargain of the TE position. While he was the 12th-ranked player at his position in ADP (110.4), he's currently third among his peers in standard scoring leagues with 62 points, and his 58 looks on the season are good for fourth.

Remember back when Mark Clayton was going to be a top-line WR? His 11 looks in Week 9 were just the third time he'd been targeted in double digits in his past 31 games, and his receiving TD was the first he'd logged in his past 25 games.

Notable names not among the Week 9 looks leaders: Joey Galloway (3), Maurice Jones-Drew (2), Heath Miller (0), Zach Miller (3), Amani Toomer (3) and Roy Williams (2).

Top 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Steve Slaton (94%, 30/32), Ike Hilliard (87%, 33/38), Marion Barber (85%, 33/39), Brian Westbrook (84%, 26/31), Kevin Faulk (83%, 25/30), Marshawn Lynch (79%, 27/34), Matt Forte (79%, 30/38), Josh Reed (79%, 26/33), Brandon Jackson (79%, 22/28) and Chris Cooley (76%, 48/63).

Bottom 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Ashley Lelie (21%, 7/34), Justin McCareins (36%, 14/39), Braylon Edwards (41%, 26/64), Justin Gage (41%, 13/32), Roy Williams (43%, 20/46), Mark Clayton (44%, 17/39), L.J. Smith (44%, 12/27), D.J. Hackett (45%, 10/22), Santonio Holmes (46%, 25/54) and Bobby Engram (47%, 15/32).

Note: Looks data provided by FFToday.com

Week 9 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 9 YEAR T/G
1 Michael Turner ATL 31 179 22.4
2 Chris Johnson TEN 30 170 21.3
3 Brian Westbrook PHI 26 122 20.3
4 Adrian Peterson MIN 25 188 23.5
4 Cedric Benson CIN 25 69 13.8
6 Steve Slaton HOU 24 150 18.8
6 Earnest Graham TB 24 154 17.1
6 Ray Rice BAL 24 88 11.0
9 Matt Forte CHI 23 199 24.9
9 Ronnie Brown MIA 23 133 16.6
9 Tim Hightower ARI 23 88 11.0
12 Willie Parker PIT 21 87 21.8
13 Clinton Portis WAS 20 218 24.2
13 Marion Barber DAL 20 205 22.8
13 Jamal Lewis CLE 20 161 20.1
13 Ryan Grant GB 20 161 20.1
17 Joseph Addai IND 19 86 14.3
18 Thomas Jones NYJ 18 154 19.3
18 Jamaal Charles KC 18 64 8.0
20 Brandon Jacobs NYG 17 136 17.0
21 Kevin Smith DET 16 94 11.8
21 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE 16 39 9.8
23 Le'Ron McClain BAL 15 106 13.3
23 Kevin Faulk NE 15 71 10.1
23 Jerious Norwood ATL 15 77 9.6
26 Derrick Ward NYG 14 92 11.5
26 Antonio Pittman STL 14 38 7.6
28 Marshawn Lynch BUF 12 159 19.9
28 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 12 113 14.1
30 Julius Jones SEA 11 124 15.5
30 J.J. Arrington ARI 11 21 5.3
32 Fred Jackson BUF 10 77 9.6
32 Rudi Johnson DET 10 72 9.0
32 Chester Taylor MIN 10 67 8.4
32 Kolby Smith KC 10 45 6.4
36 Michael Pittman DEN 9 86 10.8
36 Leon Washington NYJ 9 58 7.3
36 Jason Snelling ATL 9 12 1.5
39 LenDale White TEN 8 101 12.6
39 Maurice Morris SEA 8 39 7.8
41 Steven Jackson STL 7 153 21.9
41 Ricky Williams MIA 7 90 11.3
41 Mewelde Moore PIT 7 85 10.6
41 Peyton Hillis DEN 7 11 1.6
45 Justin Fargas OAK 6 87 14.5
45 Fred Taylor JAC 6 96 12.0
45 Michael Bush OAK 6 68 8.5
48 Dominic Rhodes IND 5 93 11.6
48 Brandon Jackson GB 5 43 6.1
48 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 5 34 4.3
48 Tashard Choice DAL 5 13 1.4
52 Clifton Smith TB 4 5 2.5
52 Jason Wright CLE 4 19 2.4
54 Correll Buckhalter PHI 3 74 9.3
54 Ryan Torain DEN 3 3 3.0
54 Lorenzo Booker PHI 3 21 2.6
54 Jason McKie CHI 3 17 2.1
54 Owen Schmitt SEA 3 6 0.9
59 Andre Hall DEN 2 38 4.8
59 T.J. Duckett SEA 2 38 4.8
59 Michael Bennett TB 2 8 1.6
59 Heath Evans NE 2 7 0.9
59 Ovie Mughelli ATL 2 6 0.8
59 John Kuhn GB 2 4 0.5
59 Dantrell Savage KC 2 3 0.5
66 Chris Perry CIN 1 111 12.3
66 Kevin Jones CHI 1 35 4.4
66 Shaun Alexander WAS 1 11 3.7
66 Kenny Watson CIN 1 16 2.3
66 Jerome Harrison CLE 1 17 2.1
66 Patrick Cobbs MIA 1 15 1.9
66 Ahmard Hall TEN 1 12 1.5
66 Korey Hall GB 1 5 1.0
66 Moran Norris DET 1 3 1.0
66 Jameel Cook TB 1 3 1.0
66 Naufahu Tahi MIN 1 7 0.9
66 Lorenzo Neal BAL 1 6 0.8
66 Lousaka Polite MIA 1 2 0.7
66 Vonta Leach HOU 1 5 0.6
66 Najeh Davenport PIT 1 2 0.5
66 Corey McIntyre BUF 1 1 0.3
66 Terrelle Smith ARI 1 2 0.3
66 Tony Richardson NYJ 1 2 0.3
Week 9 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 9 YEAR L/G
1 Calvin Johnson DET 18 73 9.1
2 Greg Camarillo MIA 15 67 8.4
3 Santonio Holmes PIT 13 54 7.7
3 Owen Daniels HOU 13 58 7.3
5 Matt Jones JAC 12 75 9.4
6 Eddie Royal DEN 11 64 9.1
6 Kevin Curtis PHI 11 17 8.5
6 Greg Jennings GB 11 67 8.4
6 Chris Cooley WAS 11 63 7.0
6 Donald Driver GB 11 54 6.8
6 Mark Clayton BAL 11 39 4.9
6 Clinton Portis WAS 11 23 2.6
13 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 10 86 9.6
13 Antonio Bryant TB 10 74 8.2
13 Tony Gonzalez KC 10 65 8.1
13 Derrick Mason BAL 10 63 7.9
13 Torry Holt STL 10 57 7.1
13 Koren Robinson SEA 10 22 5.5
19 Brandon Marshall DEN 9 89 12.7
19 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 9 77 9.6
19 Anquan Boldin ARI 9 56 9.3
19 Terrell Owens DAL 9 73 8.1
19 Braylon Edwards CLE 9 64 8.0
19 Donnie Avery STL 9 42 6.0
19 Bo Scaife TEN 9 44 5.5
19 Steve Slaton HOU 9 32 4.0
19 Michael Gaines DET 9 23 2.9
19 Peyton Hillis DEN 9 11 1.6
29 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 8 62 7.8
29 Randy Moss NE 8 60 7.5
29 Chad Johnson CIN 8 65 7.2
29 Kevin Walter HOU 8 52 6.5
29 Steve Smith NYG 8 46 5.8
29 Patrick Crayton DAL 8 49 5.4
29 Rashied Davis CHI 8 43 5.4
29 Brian Westbrook PHI 8 31 5.2
29 Chris Johnson TEN 8 35 4.4
38 Andre Johnson HOU 7 90 11.3
38 Wes Welker NE 7 74 9.3
38 Kellen Winslow CLE 7 51 8.5
38 Santana Moss WAS 7 73 8.1
38 DeSean Jackson PHI 7 63 7.9
38 Bernard Berrian MIN 7 61 7.6
38 Lee Evans BUF 7 57 7.1
38 Marvin Harrison IND 7 57 7.1
38 Brandon Stokley DEN 7 43 6.1
38 Ted Ginn Jr. MIA 7 47 5.9
38 Ben Watson NE 7 22 3.7
38 Mark Bradley KC 7 18 3.6
38 Thomas Jones NYJ 7 24 3.0
51 Dwayne Bowe KC 6 80 10.0
51 Reggie Wayne IND 6 71 8.9
51 Plaxico Burress NYG 6 56 8.0
51 Dallas Clark IND 6 44 6.3
51 Shaun McDonald DET 6 43 5.4
51 Devin Hester CHI 6 32 4.6
51 Desmond Clark CHI 6 36 4.5
51 Robert Royal BUF 6 35 4.4
51 Mike Furrey DET 6 34 4.3
51 Ike Hilliard TB 6 38 4.2
51 Anthony Fasano MIA 6 33 4.1
51 Dennis Northcutt JAC 6 24 4.0
51 Brandon Jones TEN 6 30 3.8
51 Earnest Graham TB 6 33 3.7
51 Fred Jackson BUF 6 25 3.1
51 J.J. Arrington ARI 6 12 3.0
51 Brent Celek PHI 6 16 2.0
68 Roddy White ATL 5 77 9.6
68 Laveranues Coles NYJ 5 61 7.6
68 Hines Ward PIT 5 58 7.3
68 Justin Gage TEN 5 32 6.4
68 Anthony Gonzalez IND 5 47 5.9
68 Antwaan Randle El WAS 5 51 5.7
68 Justin McCareins TEN 5 39 5.6
68 Greg Olsen CHI 5 38 4.8
68 Kevin Faulk NE 5 30 4.3
68 John Carlson SEA 5 34 4.3
68 Michael Clayton TB 5 34 4.3
68 Marcedes Lewis JAC 5 34 4.3
68 Roscoe Parrish BUF 5 24 4.0
68 Syndric Steptoe CLE 5 23 2.9
68 Michael Bush OAK 5 18 2.6
68 John Gilmore TB 5 16 1.8
68 Owen Schmitt SEA 5 6 0.9
85 Steve Breaston ARI 4 57 7.1
85 Bobby Engram SEA 4 32 6.4
85 Bobby Wade MIN 4 51 6.4
85 Matt Forte CHI 4 38 4.8
85 Marshawn Lynch BUF 4 34 4.3
85 Brandon Jackson GB 4 28 4.0
85 Jerious Norwood ATL 4 30 3.8
85 Javon Walker OAK 4 26 3.7
85 Kevin Smith DET 4 29 3.6
85 Chris Henry CIN 4 18 3.6
85 Derrick Ward NYG 4 26 3.3
85 Dustin Keller NYJ 4 24 3.0
85 Kevin Boss NYG 4 23 2.9
85 Mewelde Moore PIT 4 23 2.9
85 Ray Rice BAL 4 22 2.8
85 Derek Fine BUF 4 4 2.0
85 Martellus Bennett DAL 4 17 1.9
85 James Thrash WAS 4 17 1.9
85 Antonio Pittman STL 4 14 1.8
85 Jason Wright CLE 4 13 1.6
85 Jerry Porter JAC 4 8 1.6
85 Vonta Leach HOU 4 10 1.3

Note: Looks data provided by FFToday.com