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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
Clinton Portis had his first big game of the season, rushing for 196 yards on his 36 carries (no catches), with 1 TD. Portis had yet to have more than 100 yards of offense in any game this season, and his previous season-high for touches was 23 (Week 6). Portis handcuff Ladell Betts also had one of his better games of the season, rushing for a season-high 64 yards on nine carries (no catches).

LenDale White is adjusting well to his role as featured back. He's the league leader in touches over the past three weeks (89 – 83 carries, six receptions), and he's accumulated 368 yards of offense (337 rushing, 31 receiving) during that span, with 2 TD. Also worth noting is that the Titans have gone 3-0 in those games.

Joseph Addai's big game against the Patriots moved him into second place among RB for fantasy points in default scoring leagues. Addai had the second 100/100 game of the season (Brian Westbrook turning in the first in Week 3), rushing for 112 yards on 26 carries and turning five catches into 114 yards, including a 73-yard score. Addai's 139 fantasy points are second only to Adrian Peterson's 166 in default leagues, despite his having missed a game to injury.

Rudi Johnson and Kenny Watson split the touches for the Bengals in Week 9, with very different results. Johnson returned from missing two games due to a hamstring injury and rushed for 11 yards on nine carries and had one catch for six yards. Watson was limited earlier in the week's practices with a mild concussion, but rushed for 11 yards on four carries and had seven catches for 90 yards. On the season, Johnson has accumulated 294 yards and 1 TD on his 80 touches in five games, while Watson has 579 yards and 4 TD on 111 touches in eight 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: Cincinnati (Kenny Watson 11, Rudi Johnson 10), Dallas (Marion Barber 19, Julius Jones 16), Denver (Travis Henry 11, Selvin Young 8), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 14, Maurice Jones-Drew 7), New England (Laurence Maroney 15, Kevin Faulk 10), NY Jets (Thomas Jones 15, Leon Washington 8), and Seattle (Shaun Alexander 15, Maurice Morris 11).

• Not surprisingly, Adrian Peterson led all RB with at least 10 touches in yards per touch in Week 9 action. Peterson rushed for an NFL-record 296 yards on his 30 carries and added a 19-yard reception, averaging 10.16 yards on his 31 touches. Rudi Johnson brought up the rear, totaling 17 yards (11 rushing, six receiving) on his 10 touches (nine carries, one catch) for an average of just 1.7 yards per touch.

LOOKS
Bobby Engram was a busy man in Week 9, as he was the intended target on 21 of Matt Hasselbeck's 47 pass attempts versus the Browns. The 21 looks were a single-game high for the season, with Engram converting them into 14 catches for 139 yards and 1 TD. Engram has stepped to the forefront of the Seahawks' passing game in Deion Branch's absence – over the past three games, Engram has averaged 14.3 looks, 9.7 catches, and 110.7 receiving yards.

Kellen Winslow was the main cog of the other offense in the Seahawks/Browns matchup. He was targeted a season-high 18 times as Derek Anderson threw a season-high 48 passes. Winslow converted the looks into season-highs of 11 receptions and 125 yards. On the season, Winslow is second among TE in looks (72), fourth in receptions (42), and first in receiving yards (657).

Lee Evans is finally starting to justify his ADP of 39.8, good for 14th among WR. He had season highs of 13 looks, nine catches, and 165 receiving yards in Week 9, and has averaged 9.3 looks, 6.3 catches, 133.7 yards, and 0.7 TD over the past three games.

Week 9 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM Week 9 YEAR T/G
1 Clinton Portis WAS 36 170 21.3
1 Earnest Graham TB 36 142 15.8
3 LenDale White TEN 32 181 22.6
4 Joseph Addai IND 31 171 24.4
4 Adrian Peterson MIN 31 170 21.3
6 Marshawn Lynch BUF 30 189 23.6
6 Brian Westbrook PHI 30 175 25.0
8 Warrick Dunn ATL 27 140 17.5
9 Justin Fargas OAK 25 91 11.4
10 Willie Parker PIT 24 200 25.0
10 Reggie Bush NO 24 163 20.4
10 Jamal Lewis CLE 24 122 17.4
13 Ryan Grant GB 23 59 8.4
14 Larry Johnson KC 22 188 23.5
14 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 22 187 23.4
16 Ron Dayne HOU 21 106 15.1
17 DeShaun Foster CAR 19 148 18.5
17 Marion Barber DAL 19 121 15.1
17 Michael Robinson SF 19 32 4.0
20 Kevin Jones DET 18 93 15.5
21 Julius Jones DAL 16 104 13.0
22 Willis McGahee BAL 15 185 23.1
22 Thomas Jones NYJ 15 177 19.7
22 Shaun Alexander SEA 15 161 20.1
22 Laurence Maroney NE 15 91 15.2
26 Fred Taylor JAC 14 114 14.3
27 Travis Henry DEN 11 135 19.3
27 Kenny Watson CIN 11 111 13.9
27 Chester Taylor MIN 11 66 11.0
27 Najeh Davenport PIT 11 56 7.0
27 Maurice Morris SEA 11 34 5.7
32 Rudi Johnson CIN 10 80 16.0
32 Kevin Faulk NE 10 65 7.2
34 Edgerrin James ARI 9 171 21.4
34 Ahman Green HOU 9 84 14.0
34 Ladell Betts WAS 9 65 8.1
37 Selvin Young DEN 8 60 7.5
37 Leon Washington NYJ 8 59 6.6
37 Aaron Stecker NO 8 51 6.4
37 Maurice Hicks SF 8 22 2.8
41 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 7 102 12.8
42 LaMont Jordan OAK 6 153 19.1
42 DeAngelo Williams CAR 6 78 9.8
42 Jerious Norwood ATL 6 70 8.8
45 Brandon Jackson GB 5 54 13.5
45 Michael Bennett TB 5 40 6.7
45 T.J. Duckett DET 5 13 3.3
48 Kenton Keith IND 4 85 10.6
48 Jason Wright CLE 4 57 7.1
48 Mike Sellers WAS 4 34 4.3
48 Chris Henry TEN 4 21 7.0
48 Priest Holmes KC 4 9 4.5
53 Leonard Weaver SEA 3 29 3.6
53 J.J. Arrington ARI 3 22 2.8
53 Lawrence Vickers CLE 3 16 2.0
53 Carey Davis PIT 3 16 2.0
57 Correll Buckhalter PHI 2 50 6.3
57 Adimchinobi Echemandu HOU 2 14 7.0
57 Brad Hoover CAR 2 13 1.6
57 Ovie Mughelli ATL 2 7 0.9
57 Aveion Cason DET 2 4 1.0
62 Musa Smith BAL 1 39 4.9
62 Michael Turner SD 1 39 4.9
62 Vernand Morency GB 1 34 6.8
62 Dwayne Wright BUF 1 26 3.3
62 Heath Evans NE 1 21 2.3
62 Vonta Leach HOU 1 17 1.9
62 Greg Jones JAC 1 17 2.1
62 Jameel Cook HOU 1 16 1.8
62 Cecil Sapp DEN 1 14 1.8
62 Mike Karney NO 1 14 1.8
62 B.J. Askew TB 1 13 1.4
62 Anthony Thomas BUF 1 12 1.7
62 Le'Ron McClain BAL 1 10 1.3
62 DeDe Dorsey CIN 1 9 1.8
62 Jeremi Johnson CIN 1 8 1.0
62 Moran Norris SF 1 8 1.0
62 Marcel Shipp ARI 1 7 0.9
62 Tony Richardson MIN 1 7 1.2
62 Jon Bradley DET 1 5 0.6
62 Justin Griffith OAK 1 1 0.1
Week 9 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM Week 9 YEAR L/G
1 Bobby Engram SEA 21 71 8.9
2 Brandon Marshall DEN 18 81 10.1
2 Kellen Winslow CLE 18 72 9.0
2 Brian Westbrook PHI 18 64 9.1
5 Randy Moss NE 14 79 8.8
6 Tony Gonzalez KC 13 75 9.4
6 Marques Colston NO 13 68 8.5
6 Lee Evans BUF 13 59 7.4
9 Terrell Owens DAL 12 75 9.4
10 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 11 88 11.0
10 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 11 78 8.7
10 Braylon Edwards CLE 11 73 9.1
10 Brad Smith NYJ 11 36 4.0
14 Derrick Mason BAL 10 91 11.4
14 Chris Chambers SD 10 81 10.1
14 Steve Smith CAR 10 71 8.9
14 Kevin Curtis PHI 10 64 8.0
14 Arnaz Battle SF 10 59 7.4
14 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 10 49 6.1
14 Vernon Davis SF 10 40 6.7
21 Joey Galloway TB 9 64 7.1
21 Reggie Bush NO 9 64 8.0
21 Shaun McDonald DET 9 54 6.8
21 Josh Reed BUF 9 36 5.1
25 Chad Johnson CIN 8 81 10.1
25 Reggie Wayne IND 8 73 9.1
25 Roy Williams DET 8 67 8.4
25 Ike Hilliard TB 8 63 7.0
25 Reggie Brown PHI 8 57 7.1
25 Roddy White ATL 8 54 6.8
25 Darrell Jackson SF 8 47 5.9
25 Kenny Watson CIN 8 29 3.6
25 Reggie Williams JAC 8 25 3.6
25 D.J. Hackett SEA 8 10 3.3
35 Santana Moss WAS 7 51 7.3
35 Chris Cooley WAS 7 47 5.9
35 Jerry Porter OAK 7 43 5.4
35 Vincent Jackson SD 7 43 5.4
35 Roydell Williams TEN 7 41 5.1
35 Tony Scheffler DEN 7 21 3.0
41 Kevin Walter HOU 6 68 7.6
41 Antonio Gates SD 6 63 7.9
41 Nate Burleson SEA 6 53 6.6
41 Anquan Boldin ARI 6 51 10.2
41 Hines Ward PIT 6 45 7.5
41 Keary Colbert CAR 6 44 5.5
41 David Patten NO 6 41 5.1
41 Brandon Stokley DEN 6 40 5.0
41 Mark Clayton BAL 6 40 5.0
41 Joe Jurevicius CLE 6 39 4.9
41 Bo Scaife TEN 6 37 4.6
41 Sidney Rice MIN 6 32 4.0
41 Quinn Sypniewski BAL 6 30 3.8
41 Ernest Wilford JAC 6 27 3.4
41 Drew Carter CAR 6 26 3.3
41 Nate Washington PIT 6 25 3.1
41 Jamal Lewis CLE 6 13 1.9
41 Aaron Moorehead IND 6 10 1.7
59 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 5 92 11.5
59 Wes Welker NE 5 77 8.6
59 Jason Witten DAL 5 67 8.4
59 Donald Driver GB 5 66 8.3
59 Owen Daniels HOU 5 54 6.0
59 Ronald Curry OAK 5 53 6.6
59 Michael Jenkins ATL 5 44 5.5
59 Santonio Holmes PIT 5 42 6.0
59 Greg Jennings GB 5 41 6.8
59 Donald Lee GB 5 37 4.6
59 Calvin Johnson DET 5 33 4.7
59 Kevin Faulk NE 5 33 3.7
59 Leon Washington NYJ 5 28 3.1
59 Joseph Addai IND 5 27 3.9
59 Jeff Webb KC 5 26 3.3
59 Chris Baker NYJ 5 25 3.1
59 Jerheme Urban ARI 5 23 3.8
59 Glenn Holt CIN 5 22 2.8
59 Daniel Graham DEN 5 21 2.6
59 Justin McCareins NYJ 5 21 2.3
59 Ryan Grant GB 5 14 2.0
59 Koren Robinson GB 5 5 2.5
81 Dallas Clark IND 4 55 6.9
81 James Jones GB 4 47 5.9
81 Eric Johnson NO 4 42 5.3
81 Joe Horn ATL 4 40 5.0
81 Bryant Johnson ARI 4 39 4.9
81 Earnest Graham TB 4 39 4.3
81 Willis McGahee BAL 4 32 4.0
81 Zach Miller OAK 4 31 3.9
81 Lance Moore NO 4 30 3.8
81 Marcedes Lewis JAC 4 29 3.6
81 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 4 28 3.5
81 Samie Parker KC 4 24 3.0
81 Selvin Young DEN 4 24 3.0
81 Robert Ferguson MIN 4 23 3.3
81 Kevin Jones DET 4 20 3.3
81 Robert Royal BUF 4 20 2.5
81 Mike Sellers WAS 4 18 2.3
81 Glenn Martinez DEN 4 15 3.0
81 L.J. Smith PHI 4 14 2.8
81 Hank Baskett PHI 4 12 1.5
81 John Broussard JAC 4 12 1.7
81 Priest Holmes KC 4 5 2.5
81 Tim Dwight OAK 4 4 4.0