Welcome to the AFC targets and touches for Week 10 of the NFL season. The NFC portion is behind these words right here.
I have all the targets for each player since Week 5, and then in parentheses I have the average targets per game played for that player. Then below that I have the Red Zone targets and touches for each player. It’s as easy as following me on Twitter.
Torrey Smith: 9-4-6-BYE-8 (27) (6.8), Ray Rice: 7-4-5-BYE-4 (20) (5), Marlon Brown: dnp-7-4-BYE-9 (20) (6.7), Jacoby Jones: dnp-2-8-BYE-8 (18) (6), Tandon Doss: 5-6-3-BYE-4 (18) (4.5), Deonte Thompson: 7-0-0-BYE-4 (11) (2.8), Dallas Clark: 0-6-4-BYE-1 (11) (2.8), Ed Dickson: 2-0-2-BYE-3 (7) (1.8), Vonta Leach: 1-2-1-BYE-0 (4) (1), Bernard Pierce: 0-2-1-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Kyle Juszczyk: 1-0-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2), Billy Bajema: 0-1-dnp-BYE-dnp (1) (0.5)
The pure volume of passes from Joe Flacco allowed some fantasy points, but for the most part Flacco was off target in this one, which hurt the team and the fantasy players. Marlon Brown was easily the star fantasy player with five receptions on nine targets for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
Ray Rice continues to have trouble making plays. In the past he was able to create on his own, no matter the offensive line woes, but he hasn’t been able to do that this season and is officially a fantasy football bust unless you traded for him before Week 5 and then traded him away afterward.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Ray Rice: 6-0-0-2-5-4-4-BYE-0 (21), Bernard Pierce: 1-3-4-1-0-1-0-BYE-0 (10), Torrey Smith: 1-0-1-2-1-0-0-BYE-2 (7), Marlon Brown: 1-1-0-1-0-2-0-BYE-2 (7), Dallas Clark: 2-0-1-1-0-1-2-BYE-0 (7), Vonta Leach: 2-0-0-1-0-0-2-BYE-1 (6), Tandon Doss: 0-0-0-0-1-1-1-BYE-0 (3), Jacoby Jones: 0-0-0-0-0-1-2-BYE-0 (3), Deonte Thompson: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-1 (2), Brandon Stokley: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (1)
Joe Flacco did his damage on short passes against the Browns and Marlon Brown’s two red zone targets were both caught for touchdowns.
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Robert Woods: 13-6-4-3-8 (34) (6.8), Steve Johnson: 3-dnp-13-11-7 (34) (8.5), Scott Chandler: 6-4-3-11-9 (33) (6.6), Fred Jackson: 6-5-5-4-2 (22) (4.4), T.J. Graham: 5-6-2-4-4 (21) (4.2), Marquise Goodwin: dnp-3-0-5-4 (12) (3), C.J. Spiller: 0-2-3-dnp-3 (8) (2), Chris Hogan: 5-3-0-0-0 (8) (1.6), Tashard Choice: 0-3-1-0-1 (5) (1), Lee Smith: 1-0-1-0-0 (2) (0.4), Marcus Easley: 1-0-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Frank Summers: 0-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)
With Jeff Tuel under center the Bills turned to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller for offense and they showed up. Spiller totaled 155 yards on 14 touches and Jackson had 99 yards on 17. They couldn’t overcome Tuel’s mistakes, but they should get E.J. Manuel back soon and both running backs look healthy enough for a good stretch run against an easy schedule.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Fred Jackson: 0-2-4-3-2-3-4-5-5 (28), Tashard Choice: 0-0-0-0-2-3-6-0-1 (12), Steve Johnson: 1-3-1-0-0-0-2-1-2 (10), C.J. Spiller: 0-2-2-4-0-0-0-0-1 (9), Robert Woods: 1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-2 (6), Scott Chandler: 0-2-0-0-0-0-1-1-1 (5), T.J. Graham: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 (2), Lee Smith: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 (1)
Jackson remains the back for picking up tough yards and Spiller the big play back in space. That usually lends itself to Jackson getting more looks the closer they get to the end zone.
A.J. Green: 8-11-8-7-19 (53) (10.6), Marvin Jones: 2-5-6-8-7 (28) (5.6), Jermaine Gresham: 4-4-5-3-7 (23) (4.6), Tyler Eifert: 7-3-4-4-4 (22) (4.4), Giovani Bernard: 3-7-6-2-4 (22) (4.4), Mohamed Sanu: 2-6-2-3-9 (22) (4.4), Dane Sanzenbacher: 0-1-1-2-1 (5) (1), Andrew Hawkins: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-2 (2) (2), Brandon Tate: 0-1-0-1-0 (2) (0.4), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) (0.4)
Bad Andy Dalton showed up for this one while Giovani Bernard flashed greatness before leaving with a rib injury and Geno Atkins went down with a torn ACL.
A.J. Green led the NFL in Week 9 with 19 targets. Andre Johnson and Brandon Marshall were a distant second with 13. Five Bengals’ wide receivers saw targets in this one, but four touchdown man Marvin Jones did see more time on the field this week than the last thee games and was second in yardage to Green and third in targets with seven.
Giovani Bernard had a huge game on just 13 looks. He caught all four of his targets for 25 yards and rushed nine times for 79 yards and two touchdowns while Benjarvus Green-Ellis plodded 21 times for 72 yards.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Giovani Bernard: 0-1-2-2-1-2-2-2-4 (16), BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 3-3-1-2-3-1-0-3-0 (16), A.J. Green: 2-2-1-2-0-2-0-1-3 (13), Marvin Jones: 0-0-1-0-0-1-1-5-1 (9), Mohamed Sanu: 0-1-1-0-0-1-1-1-1 (6), Tyler Eifert: 0-0-0-1-1-1-0-2-0 (5), Jermaine Gresham: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 (2)
Bernard saw four red zone looks compared to Green-Ellis’ zero, which included a three yard touchdown run. It’s really good to see him being used near the goal line and succeeding.
Josh Gordon: 6-9-6-10-7 (38) (7.6), Greg Little: 5-5-9-3-9 (31) (6.2), Jordan Cameron: 5-6-9-4-5 (29) (5.8), Davone Bess: 5-3-6-8-4 (26) (5.2), Chris Ogbonnaya: 2-12-2-4-6 (26) (5.2), Fozzy Whittaker: dnp-0-5-2-4 (11) (2.8), Gary Barnidge: 1-3-1-1-1 (7) (1.4), Willis McGahee: 2-1-1-2-0 (6) (1.2), Armanti Edwards: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-1 (3) (1.5), Travis Benjamin: 1-2-0-0-dnp (3) (0.8), MarQueis Gray: 0-0-1-1-0 (2) (0.4)
This was the week for two Browns’ receivers not named Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon to shine. Both Davone Bess and Greg Little have had awful seasons with drops and poor play, but both showed up against the Ravens. Little didn’t have any drops and caught seven of nine targets for 122 yards and Bess had three of four receptions for just 24 yards, but two touchdowns. Jason Campbell did a good job (for his real team) of spreading the ball around and it helped them get a win.
The running game is nowhere at this point and that is displayed by Willis McGahee’s 21 attempts for 31 yards. The offensive line isn’t helping, but neither are McGahee’s old legs.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Willis McGahee: 0-0-0-4-10-3-1-1-6 (25), Jordan Cameron: 4-0-5-1-2-1-2-0-0 (15), Chris Ogbonnaya: 0-0-0-1-0-3-2-0-1 (7), Greg Little: 2-0-2-1-0-1-1-0-0 (7), Davone Bess: 1-1-1-2-0-0-0-0-2 (7), Josh Gordon: 0-0-1-0-0-1-2-0-1 (5), Bobby Rainey: 0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-0 (4), Gary Barnidge: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-1 (3), Trent Richardson: 0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (2), Fozzy Whittaker: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 (2), Tori Gurley: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)
McGahee saw six red zone looks, but couldn’t get any traction. Campbell to Bess was the only way they could get into the end zone against the Ravens stout defense.
Wes Welker: 6-8-12-10-BYE (36) (9), Eric Decker: 8-7-13-7-BYE (35) (8.8), Demaryius Thomas: 6-5-9-11-BYE (31) (7.8), Julius Thomas: 12-7-6-3-BYE (28) (7), Knowshon Moreno: 5-10-6-6-BYE (27) (6.8), Ronnie Hillman: 4-2-1-dnp-BYE (7) (2.3), Joel Dreessen: 0-1-0-2-BYE (3) (0.8), Montee Ball: 0-2-0-1-BYE (3) (0.8), Jacob Tamme: 0-0-1-1-BYE (2) (0.5), Andre Caldwell: 0-0-0-2-BYE (2) (0.5), Virgil Green: 0-0-0-1-BYE (1) (0.2)
Demaryius Thomas got back on the target wagon with his highest number since Week 3 and it paid off with seven receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Manning wasn’t throwing the ball particularly well downfield so he let his teammates do much of the work after the catch. Wes Welker caught his ninth touchdown pass, which ties his career high, in the eighth game of the season. Welker’s route running coupled with Manning’s less than rocket arm and his still superior decision-making, Welker is in the perfect place.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Knowshon Moreno: 0-1-1-4-7-8-2-3-BYE (26), Wes Welker: 3-1-2-3-2-2-4-2-BYE (19), Ronnie Hillman: 0-0-3-4-4-2-2-0-BYE (15), Julius Thomas: 0-1-1-0-4-4-3-0-BYE (13), Eric Decker: 1-2-1-0-2-1-4-1-BYE (12), Demaryius Thomas: 1-1-1-2-0-1-0-4-BYE (10), Montee Ball: 2-2-0-0-1-0-0-4-BYE (9), Virgil Green: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-BYE (2), Joel Dreessen: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (1)
Demaryius Thomas had four red zone targets over the previous five games coming into this one and saw four just in this one game. Peyton Manning never forgets about one of his receivers for too long.
Andre Johnson: 10-8-6-BYE-13 (37) (9.2), Garrett Graham: 5-4-8-BYE-6 (23) (5.8), DeAndre Hopkins: 4-5-4-BYE-6 (19) (4.8), Arian Foster: 5-7-0-BYE-1 (13) (3.2), Ben Tate: 2-4-3-BYE-2 (11) (2.8), DeVier Posey: 2-1-2-BYE-4 (9) (2.2), Owen Daniels: 9-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (9) (9), Greg Jones: 1-2-0-BYE-1 (4) (1), Lestar Jean: dnp-2-2-BYE-0 (4) (1.3), Ryan Griffin: 0-3-0-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Keshawn Martin: 1-2-0-BYE-0 (3) (0.8)
It’s cliché to say, but Case Keenum is a gunslinger whereas Matt Schaub was a peashooter. According to Pro Football Focus on passes that traveled at least 10 yards in the air Keenum was 14 of 19 for 314 yards and three scores. Most of the yards went to Andre Johnson who caught nine of 13 targets for 229 yards and three touchdowns. That didn’t leave too much for the rest of the team.
Ben Tate played through his four fractured ribs and looked impaired (while any of us would be in traction) as he ran 22 times for 81 yards. If he had been 100% it looked like he could have had a huge game, but alas.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Arian Foster: 2-4-4-5-BYE-2-0-0-0 (17), Ben Tate: 1-1-0-0-BYE-9-0-0-3 (14), Garrett Graham: 1-3-0-1-BYE-2-0-0-0 (7), DeAndre Hopkins: 2-2-0-0-BYE-1-1-0-0 (6), Owen Daniels: 2-1-1-1-BYE-0-0-0-0 (5), Andre Johnson: 0-0-2-1-BYE-0-0-0-1 (4), Greg Jones: 0-0-0-0-BYE-1-1-0-0 (2), Keshawn Martin: 0-0-0-1-BYE-1-0-0-0 (2), DeVier Posey: 0-0-0-0-BYE-1-0-0-0 (1)
Keenum has been letting the ball fly so there have been some long touchdowns and not much red zone work of late.
T.Y. Hilton: 6-8-11-BYE-12 (37) (9.2), Reggie Wayne: 9-8-8-BYE-dnp (25) (8.3), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 6-2-7-BYE-6 (21) (5.2), Coby Fleener: 3-6-5-BYE-5 (19) (4.8), Donald Brown: 2-2-3-BYE-2 (9) (2.2), Griff Whalen: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-9 (9) (9), Trent Richardson: 1-2-0-BYE-3 (6) (1.5), Stanley Havili: dnp-1-2-BYE-1 (4) (1.3), LaVon Brazill: dnp-0-0-BYE-2 (2) (0.7), Robert Hughes: 2-dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp (2) (2)
On the other side of the ball it was the T.Y. Hilton show with Reggie Wayne done for the season. After a very slow start Hilton and Andrew Luck started to heat up and Hilton finished with seven receptions on 12 targets for 121 yards and three touchdowns.
With Darrius Heyward-Bey leaving the game after a hit to the head, Griff Whalen saw nine targets, but only caught three for 32 yards. Coby Fleener was the second best receiver with three receptions on five targets for 64 yards including a two-point conversion.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Coby Fleener: 1-3-1-1-0-0-3-BYE-1 (10), Donald Brown: 0-1-0-2-1-0-2-BYE-2 (8), Reggie Wayne: 1-1-0-3-0-1-1-BYE-0 (7), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 0-2-0-1-0-0-1-BYE-2 (6), Trent Richardson: 0-0-1-3-0-1-0-BYE-0 (5), T.Y. Hilton: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-BYE-4 (5), Stanley Havili: 0-0-0-2-0-0-1-BYE-0 (3), Griff Whalen: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-1 (1), LaVon Brazill: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-1 (1)
Hilton was the main red zone target against the Texans while Donald Brown took the lead on the ground. Trent Richardson is the odd man out at the moment.
Justin Blackmon: 9-20-9-10-BYE (48) (12), Cecil Shorts: 10-1-13-10-BYE (34) (8.5), Mike Brown: dnp-5-8-6-BYE (19) (6.3), Maurice Jones-Drew: 3-2-2-8-BYE (15) (3.8), Clay Harbor: 5-3-0-1-BYE (9) (2.2), Justin Forsett: 0-3-1-3-BYE (7) (1.8), Will Taufoou: 1-3-0-3-BYE (7) (1.8), Marcedes Lewis: dnp-dnp-3-3-BYE (6) (3), Ace Sanders: 1-3-dnp-1-BYE (5) (1.7), Jeremy Ebert: 2-dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE (2) (2), Stephen Williams: dnp-2-0-dnp-BYE (2) (1), D.J. Williams: 1-0-0-0-BYE (1) (0.2)
Maurice Jones-Drew saw a ton of work in this one with 27 looks totaling 122 yards, but the Jaguars defense couldn’t stop a dead squirrel from scoring on them. It was another high target day for Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon. Shorts fared better than Blackmon, but Mike Brown was the only receiver to get a touchdown. This was a tough matchup, so what they did get wasn’t too shabby, but us garbage-time fans were a little disappointed.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Maurice Jones-Drew: 0-2-6-1-0-4-1-4-BYE (18), Cecil Shorts: 0-0-3-1-2-0-3-2-BYE (11), Justin Blackmon: 0-0-0-0-2-4-2-3-BYE (11), Mike Brown: 0-0-0-0-0-2-1-2-BYE (5), Ace Sanders: 2-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-BYE (5), Clay Harbor: 0-2-0-1-1-0-0-0-BYE (4), Jordan Todman: 1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-BYE (3), Marcedes Lewis: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-BYE (3), Stephen Burton: 0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (2), Jeremy Ebert: 0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-BYE (2), Allen Reisner: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (2), Will Taufoou: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-BYE (1), D.J. Williams: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-BYE (1)
Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown have been the preferred red zone targets of late and should see targets funneled their way with Justin Blackmon done for the season.
Jamaal Charles: 9-9-4-7-7 (36) (7.2), Dwayne Bowe: 6-4-9-2-12 (33) (6.6), Dexter McCluster: 3-5-5-10-4 (27) (5.4), Donnie Avery: 4-4-4-5-5 (22) (4.4), Sean McGrath: 6-3-2-2-0 (13) (2.6), Anthony Fasano: dnp-dnp-5-3-1 (9) (3), Anthony Sherman: 2-0-4-3-0 (9) (1.8), Chad Hall: 4-0-0-1-0 (5) (1), Knile Davis: 1-1-0-1-0 (3) (0.6), Junior Hemingway: 1-1-0-1-0 (3) (0.6), Kevin Brock: 2-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (3) (1.5), A.J. Jenkins: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) (0.4)
Alex Smith only completed one pass that traveled over 10 yards in the air against the Bills, a 20 yarder to Anthony Fasano. UDFA rookie Case Keenum completed 14 for 314 yards and three touchdowns! They are hiding Smith and letting their defense win games, but they won’t be facing Jeff Tuel each week.
Smith completed 19-of-29 passes for 124 yards for no touchdowns or interceptions. The only touchdowns Kansas City had were defensive.
Jamaal Charles now has had back-to-back games without a touchdown after having one or more in each of his previous games. Kansas City is becoming so predictable that even one of the best running backs in the league is going to have some trouble unfortunately.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jamaal Charles: 3-2-7-6-7-6-4-2-0 (37), Anthony Sherman: 0-0-1-0-2-0-2-1-1 (7), Dwayne Bowe: 0-1-0-1-3-0-1-0-1 (7), Dexter McCluster: 0-0-2-0-0-1-1-0-2 (6), Donnie Avery: 1-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0 (4), Sean McGrath: 0-0-0-1-1-0-1-0-0 (3), Anthony Fasano: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-0 (3), Knile Davis: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 (2), Cyrus Gray: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 (2), A.J. Jenkins: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 (2), Junior Hemingway: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Chad Hall: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)
This is the first week that Charles hasn’t had a look in the red zone and it’s probably not a coincidence that they didn’t score a single offensive touchdown.
Mike Wallace: 16-BYE-10-10-8 (44) (11), Brian Hartline: 7-BYE-11-6-5 (29) (7.2), Charles Clay: 6-BYE-3-8-3 (20) (5), Brandon Gibson: 5-BYE-8-2-dnp (15) (5), Rishard Matthews: 0-BYE-1-6-4 (11) (2.8), Lamar Miller: 0-BYE-3-3-4 (10) (2.5), Daniel Thomas: 2-BYE-1-1-2 (6) (1.5), Michael Egnew: 1-BYE-0-2-1 (4) (1), Dion Sims: 0-BYE-0-2-dnp (2) (0.7), Marcus Thigpen: 1-BYE-0-0-1 (2) (0.5)
Mike Wallace had one of his better games as a Dolphin even though he didn’t put up huge fantasy numbers. He caught six of eight targets for 82 yards and also drew a critical pass interference call.
The defense did most of the work with a 94-yard pick-six and a game winning safety, but it was good to see Lamar Miller continue to improve his play with 20 touches for 129 yards including four targets, which he caught. Daniel Thomas continued to be less than stellar with 13 touches for 42 yards.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Daniel Thomas: 1-0-2-2-1-BYE-1-3-4 (14), Lamar Miller: 1-1-2-3-0-BYE-3-2-0 (12), Charles Clay: 0-1-0-2-2-BYE-1-2-0 (8), Mike Wallace: 0-1-0-0-4-BYE-0-2-0 (7), Brandon Gibson: 0-0-1-1-1-BYE-3-1-0 (7), Brian Hartline: 1-0-1-0-0-BYE-2-0-0 (4), Dion Sims: 0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0-0-0 (1)
Daniel Thomas continues to see red zone looks, but Ryan Tannehill took scored the only offensive touchdown on a one-yard run.
Aaron Dobson: 4-10-7-5-9 (35) (7), Rob Gronkowski: dnp-dnp-17-5-10 (32) (10.7), Julian Edelman: 7-11-7-2-4 (31) (6.2), Danny Amendola: 9-4-dnp-6-4 (23) (5.8), Kenbrell Thompkins: 4-6-5-1-dnp (16) (4), Brandon Bolden: 8-3-3-2-0 (16) (3.2), Michael Hoomanawanui: 2-4-0-0-2 (8) (1.6), Austin Collie: dnp-2-5-0-0 (7) (1.8), Stevan Ridley: dnp-1-2-0-4 (7) (1.8), LeGarrette Blount: 0-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)
Aaron Dobson leads the team in targets over the last five games and had his biggest game as a rookie this week as he caught five of nine targets for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He of course wasn’t the only player to have a big game. Rob Gronkowski was unstoppable, as he caught nine of 10 targets for 143 yards and a touchdown. The other big receiving game came from Danny Amendola who was only targeted four times, but caught each one and finished with 122 yards and a touchdown. He is not Julian Edelman.
Stevan Ridley managed to stay out of the doghouse after fumbling and rushed 26 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns. There were plenty of fantasy points for the taking in this one. The return of a full speed Rob Gronkowski showed it’s full effect this week and it’s a good sign for the Patriots going forward.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Stevan Ridley: 1-1-2-2-0-8-3-2-9 (28), Brandon Bolden: 0-0-0-3-0-2-3-4-1 (13), LeGarrette Blount: 0-0-4-1-1-2-0-3-2 (13), Julian Edelman: 2-3-1-1-1-1-0-0-1 (10), Kenbrell Thompkins: 3-0-3-3-0-1-0-0-0 (10), Aaron Dobson: 0-1-2-1-0-2-0-1-1 (8), Danny Amendola: 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 (3), Rob Gronkowski: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3 (3), Shane Vereen: 2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (2), Josh Boyce: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Matthew Mulligan: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 (1)
Ridley and Gronkowski were the main red zone workers in this one and should be going forward as well.
New York Jets
Jeremy Kerley: 6-7-10-4-2 (29) (5.8), David Nelson: 2-1-7-12-3 (25) (5), Stephen Hill: 2-8-5-7-1 (23) (4.6), Jeff Cumberland: 4-5-7-2-dnp (18) (4.5), Bilal Powell: 2-3-2-6-3 (16) (3.2), Clyde Gates: 1-7-dnp-dnp-dnp (8) (4), Zach Sudfeld: dnp-0-0-2-4 (6) (1.5), Greg Salas: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-3 (3) (3), Mike Goodson: 2-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (3) (1.5), Tommy Bohanon: 0-0-0-0-2 (2) (0.4), Konrad Reuland: 0-2-0-0-0 (2) (0.4), Josh Cribbs: dnp-dnp-0-0-2 (2) (0.7), Chris Ivory: 0-0-2-0-0 (2) (0.4), Alex Green: 0-0-0-1-dnp (1) (0.2)
There wasn’t much passing from Geno and The Jets in this one. He completed just eight passes on 15 attempts for 115 yards. It was easily his fewest completions, attempts and yards on the season, but they still beat the Saints through defense and the run game.
Chris Ivory played very well against his old team running for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. They weren’t going to let Smith beat them with mistakes and it worked.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Bilal Powell: 1-1-3-BYE-3-3-0-0-3 (14), Chris Ivory: 1-3-0-BYE-1-0-4-0-4 (13), Jeremy Kerley: 0-0-1-BYE-1-0-2-0-0 (4), David Nelson: 0-0-0-BYE-2-0-2-0-0 (4), Jeff Cumberland: 0-0-0-BYE-1-1-2-0-0 (4), Kellen Winslow Jr: 1-2-0-BYE-1-0-0-0-0 (4), Stephen Hill: 1-0-1-BYE-0-1-0-0-0 (3), Tommy Bohanon: 0-1-0-BYE-0-0-1-0-0 (2), Clyde Gates: 0-1-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-0 (1), Greg Salas: 0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1 (1), Josh Cribbs: 0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1 (1), Zach Sudfeld: 0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0-1 (1)
No receivers saw targets inside the red zone. Both running backs and Geno Smith had rushing attempts and Smith and Ivory both got into the end zone from close range.
Denarius Moore: 8-10-BYE-4-11 (33) (8.2), Rod Streater: 3-7-BYE-6-6 (22) (5.5), Mychal Rivera: 3-3-BYE-1-5 (12) (3), Rashad Jennings: 0-2-BYE-0-10 (12) (3), Jacoby Ford: 2-2-BYE-1-5 (10) (2.5), Marcel Reece: 3-3-BYE-0-2 (8) (2), Juron Criner: dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-8 (8) (8), Darren McFadden: dnp-3-BYE-2-2 (7) (2.3), Brice Butler: 1-1-BYE-3-dnp (5) (1.7), Jeron Mastrud: 0-2-BYE-1-1 (4) (1), Jamize Olawale: 2-0-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), Nick Kasa: 0-0-BYE-0-1 (1) (0.2), Jeremy Stewart: 1-0-BYE-0-0 (1) (0.2)
It’s hard to get much from this game for the Raiders since they were blown out of the bay. Terrelle Pryor and company were in garbage-time before they had time to blink.
With the Eagles playing back they didn’t have much of a problem throwing underneath and that led to ten targets for Rashad Jennings which he caught seven of while Darren McFadden was on the sidelines with an injured hamstring.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Darren McFadden: 3-4-3-0-0-0-0-6-1 (17), Denarius Moore: 3-0-3-0-1-0-0-0-2 (9), Marcel Reece: 1-2-2-1-1-0-0-0-0 (7), Rashad Jennings: 2-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 (5), Mychal Rivera: 0-1-0-2-1-0-0-0-0 (4), Jeremy Stewart: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 (2), Rod Streater: 1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 (2), Jacoby Ford: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 (2), Juron Criner: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 (2)
This game was so garbagey we saw the dynamic duo of Matt McGloin and Jeremy Stewart so there weren’t many red zone looks worth getting into.
Antonio Brown: BYE-11-7-13-9 (40) (10), Emmanuel Sanders: BYE-6-2-11-11 (30) (7.5), Heath Miller: BYE-7-4-6-5 (22) (5.5), LeVeon Bell: BYE-3-1-7-10 (21) (5.2), Jerricho Cotchery: BYE-0-4-4-8 (16) (4), Felix Jones: BYE-1-1-3-3 (8) (2), Will Johnson: BYE-3-1-0-0 (4) (1), Jonathan Dwyer: BYE-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2), David Paulson: BYE-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)
The Steelers defense didn’t show up so Ben Roethlisberger and the offense had to chuck it to keep up. As far as fantasy goes that’s a recipe for success and Roethlisberger did hit 400 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately for many fantasy players Jerricho Cotchery horded the touchdowns, catching three. Antonio Brown continues to play well and caught the other touchdown even though he was benched late in the game for running the wrong route, which led to an interception. But Brown does lead the league in receptions, so I wouldn’t worry about that impacting his snaps and targets.
Le’Veon Bell had a goofy game with 139 total yards on 20 touches, but didn’t get into the end zone.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: LeVeon Bell: 0-0-0-6-BYE-4-5-6-3 (24), Antonio Brown: 0-0-1-4-BYE-2-0-1-1 (9), Emmanuel Sanders: 2-0-1-1-BYE-0-1-1-3 (9), Jerricho Cotchery: 2-0-0-2-BYE-0-1-0-4 (9), Isaac Redman: 5-0-0-0-BYE-0-0-0-0 (5), Heath Miller: 0-0-0-2-BYE-0-1-2-0 (5), Felix Jones: 0-0-1-0-BYE-0-0-1-1 (3), Will Johnson: 0-0-0-0-BYE-1-0-0-0 (1), Markus Wheaton: 0-0-0-1-BYE-0-0-0-0 (1)
Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery had red zone looks against the Patriots, but Cotchery came out on top with the touchdowns. Now all three of Brown, Sanders and Cotchery are tied with nine red zone targets, while Brown is the clear winner for the season in total targets.
Keenan Allen: 9-12-6-BYE-11 (38) (9.5), Antonio Gates: 10-8-6-BYE-10 (34) (8.5), Danny Woodhead: 9-5-4-BYE-12 (30) (7.5), Vincent Brown: 9-4-2-BYE-6 (21) (5.2), Eddie Royal: 8-0-4-BYE-6 (18) (4.5), Ladarius Green: 1-1-3-BYE-1 (6) (1.5), Ronnie Brown: 3-0-0-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Ryan Mathews: 0-1-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2), LeRon McClain: 0-1-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2), John Phillips: 0-0-1-BYE-0 (1) (0.2)
Keenan Allen has ascended as one of the top receivers in the league and Philip Rivers’ top target. He had a horrible drop in the fourth quarter, but came back and made some great plays and Rivers had no qualms about going to him. He ended up catching eight passes on 11 targets for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Danny Woodhead is now on pace for 98 receptions after catching nine of 12 targets for 77 yards. The record for receptions by a running back is 101 by Larry Centers, so that will be something to watch as the season progresses.
Ryan Mathews was the odd man out in this one. He started the game with a nice 11-yard gain and finished with a paltry seven attempts for 34 yards. This was a prime matchup for Mathews against Washington’s weak run defense so his lack of touches is telling especially coming off back-to-back 20+ rushing attempts and 100+ yard games.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Danny Woodhead: 0-1-1-4-8-5-3-BYE-2 (24), Ryan Mathews: 1-3-2-1-0-1-2-BYE-0 (10), Ronnie Brown: 2-0-2-0-4-1-0-BYE-0 (9), Keenan Allen: 0-0-0-1-3-2-1-BYE-2 (9), Eddie Royal: 3-4-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-1 (9), Antonio Gates: 0-1-2-0-2-0-3-BYE-1 (9), Vincent Brown: 2-1-1-2-1-0-0-BYE-0 (7), LeRon McClain: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-BYE-0 (1), Malcom Floyd: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-BYE-0 (1), Ladarius Green: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-BYE-0 (1)
Keenan Allen has been the target leader in the red zone of late, but Danny Woodhead is the leader since he gets both targets and rushing attempts.
Kendall Wright: 8-8-12-BYE-5 (33) (8.2), Nate Washington: 8-4-10-BYE-4 (26) (6.5), Delanie Walker: 6-5-5-BYE-2 (18) (4.5), Chris Johnson: 5-4-4-BYE-4 (17) (4.2), Damian Williams: 2-5-3-BYE-1 (11) (2.8), Kenny Britt: 6-1-2-BYE-1 (10) (2.5), Justin Hunter: 3-1-2-BYE-2 (8) (2), Jackie Battle: 2-0-1-BYE-0 (3) (0.8), Darius Reynaud: 0-0-2-BYE-dnp (2) (0.7), Collin Mooney: 0-0-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.2), Craig Stevens: 0-0-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.2), Shonn Greene: dnp-dnp-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.5)
It only took eight games, but Chris Johnson finally got a rushing touchdown, two actually, and rushed for over 100 yards, 150 actually. It was a huge game and harkens back to yesteryear and the days of CJ2K Yore.
Jake Locker looks like maybe he was rushed back a little too quickly because he does not look anything like the player we saw emerging before his hip injury. He completed just 13-of-22 passes for 185 yards and two interceptions.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Chris Johnson: 9-2-1-5-0-0-0-0-4 (21), Jackie Battle: 1-1-1-2-3-0-0-0-0 (8), Delanie Walker: 0-1-2-1-2-0-1-0-0 (7), Kendall Wright: 1-1-1-2-0-0-0-0-0 (5), Shonn Greene: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3 (3), Nate Washington: 0-0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0 (3), Kenny Britt: 0-0-1-0-2-0-0-0-0 (3), Justin Hunter: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 (2), Craig Stevens: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 (1)
Johnson had gone four games without seeing a look inside the red zone and he had four this week. Shonn Greene had three and scored a short touchdown, so there hasn’t been a change of the goal line back.
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