The following is a list of the Week 11 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.
topped the touches leaderboard for the first time this season in Week 11, with 34 on season-highs of 22 carries and 12 receptions, but did not have one of his more productive games (for those of you in non points-per-reception leagues) as he failed to score for the third consecutive week. Westbrook actually managed more yards per carry (4.6, 102 rushing yards) than yards per reception (3.8, 46 receiving yards).
, along with the Tampa Bay offense, showed some signs of life for the first time in weeks. Williams had just his second 100-yard effort of the season, netting a season-high 122 rushing yards on a season-high 27 carries (he also added 34 yards on two receptions). It was just the fifth time this season that Williams registered at least 20 touches.
had a huge day against the Seahawks, rushing for a 49ers franchise-record 212 yards on 24 carries, and adding 26 yards on four receptions. It was the fourth time this season that Gore rushed for 127 yards or more. On the season, Gore is eighth amongst running backs in touches, with 226 (189 carries, 37 receptions), but is third behind just Larry Johnson
and LaDainian Tomlinson
in total yards, with 1,330 (1043 rushing, 287 receiving).
was the featured back for the Raiders for most of Week 11 and figures to be going forward, as LaMont Jordan
tore the MCL in his left knee during the first quarter of Sunday's game. Jordan's season ends with just 508 yards of offense (434 rushing, 74 receiving) in nine games, currently the 33rd-highest total among running backs. What was particularly disturbing to Jordan's fantasy owners was his complete lack of involvement in the Raiders' passing game – Jordan had just 10 catches in his nine games after logging 70 in 14 games last 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 11 included: Denver (Mike Bell
22, Damien Nash
13), Houston (Samkon Gado
15, Wali Lundy
12), Indianapolis (Joseph Addai
14, Dominic Rhodes
12), New England (Laurence Maroney
23, Corey Dillon
12), New Orleans (Reggie Bush
21, Deuce McAllister
13), and the New York Jets
14, Cedric Houston
Gore's career day also helped him lead all running backs with at least 10 touches in yards per touch. His 238 yards of offense came on 28 touches, good for an 8.50-yard per touch average. Ronnie Brown
had what could be considered a bad game for the Dolphins and came up at the bottom of the list. He managed two yards on his 12 carries (no receptions), a mind-numbing 0.17 yards per touch.
has been a decent fantasy wideout so far this season, but he absolutely blew up on Sunday. He took advantage of Houston's pass defense to the tune of 11 catches, on a season-high 16 looks, for 265 yards and two touchdowns. The yardage total was a franchise record, and his amazing 205 receiving yards in the first quarter, thanks to a pair of 83-yard touchdown receptions, set a new league record.
and Jeff Garcia
combined for 61 pass attempts this past week, resulting in four Philly players being in the top 15 for looks. Garcia, who had 48 of the pass attempts after McNabb left early in the second quarter, relied on the short passing game a great deal. Westbrook and Smith totaled 19 receptions on 26 looks, but had only 103 receiving yards between them. Garcia finished the day averaging just 3.9 yards per attempt.
did his best Marques Colston
impression on Sunday, with nine catches on 12 looks for 169 yards as Colston missed the game with a left ankle sprain. Henderson helped Drew Brees
throw for an astonishing 510 yards on the day.
had his best receiving day of the season, with season-highs of 11 looks, seven catches, and 113 yards. Branch also scored his fourth touchdown of the season. His increased involvement in the Seattle passing game has done nothing to limit Darrell Jackson
's production, however. Over the past six weeks, Branch has totaled 48 looks, 25 catches, 376 yards, and four scores. Over that same span, Jackson has totaled 56 looks, 28 catches, 492 yards, and five touchdowns.