The following is a list of the Week 10 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.
In Week 11, the scoreboard updated with the rapidity of a stock ticker, and fantasy owners certainly celebrated the massive point totals. The shootouts in Cincinnati and St. Louis aided fantasy owners in piling up big points, and naturally that meant a huge number of opportunities for multiple receiving options in those contests. Two-hundred and fifty different players were targeted at least once this past week.
It's time to scour the play-by-play accounts of Week 11.
Owners of Steve Smith have enjoyed his brilliant comeback season, watching him rack up massive reception and yardage totals on a weekly basis. Though he didn't find the end zone this week against the Bears, Smith still hauled in 14 balls for 169 yards. However, that's not the frightening part. Smith was targeted 22 times by Jake Delhomme in Sunday's loss. For the year, he's averaging 10.8 Looks per week.
With two more TD passes tossed by Aaron Brooks on Sunday, the Patriots pass defense has allowed multiple TD strikes in eight of 10 games. Jim Haslett clearly reviewed the tapes and put the ball into the air with great frequency (OK, Antowain Smith's 11 carries for 32 yards didn't exactly set the world aflame). Joe Horn and Donte' Stallworth provided great opportunities for fantasy owners, piling up 17 and 13 Looks, respectively.
Steve McNair and the Titans absorbed a difficult loss on Sunday against the Jaguars, but he welcomed back top receiving option Drew Bennett to the fold. Bennett was targeted eight times on the day (five receptions) and appears fully recovered from his thumb injury. Bennett and McNair make for solid options this week against the 49ers.
The Terrell Owens' saga is finally behind the Eagles after Wednesday's arbitration ruling, and Brian Westbrook's role in the offense is growing by the week. Westbrook's workload on the ground has increased in the past three weeks, with 16 or more carries in each of those games, and his role in the passing game continues to grow as well. For the year, Westbrook is averaging 8.5 Looks per game.
Trent Green looked to Tony Gonzalez frequently in Sunday's drubbing of the Texans, targeting the Pro Bowl TE 13 times (86 times for the season). Gonzalez figures to turn in another huge effort in Week 12 when the Chiefs host New England.
For the second straight week, Larry Johnson shouldered a heavy load for the Chiefs. He led all backs with 37 Touches while rumbling to 211 yards. After five games with single-digit carries in the first seven games of the year, Johnson has carried the ball 85 times in the past three weeks.
Bill Parcells shifted the bulk of the workload back to Julius Jones in Week 11. Jones tallied 22 Touches, but lost most of those all-important handles around the goal-line to Marion Barber. As his high ankle sprain becomes a distant memory, Jones figures to increase his role and steal back those TD runs.
There was some speculation that Adrian Peterson would continue to see significant time against the Panthers last week. Instead, Thomas Jones returned from his rib injury to handle the ball 25 times in the Bears' victory. Jones gained 87 yards against the stout Carolina defense, and will be tested again this week by the Buccaneers.
Speaking of the Buccaneers, fantasy owners finally saw the return of Carnell Williams to fantasy prominence (and his heaviest workload) after being slowed by injury. He ran for 30 yards on his first carry en route to his first 100-yard game since Week 3. Williams and the Tampa running game will be tested this week against the Bears.