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Week 12: Looks and Touches

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The following is a list of the Week 12 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.

Week 12 provided many highlights for fantasy owners, from Marvin Harrison's 80-yard TD reception to huge days from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Steve McNair, and Trent Green. Unfortunately, owners who had expected monster days from Byron Leftwich and his receivers were left in the cold with his early departure.

Larry Johnson and Shaun Alexander continue to rack up Touches and TDs, while Eli Manning relies heavily on his trusted trio of Jeremy Shockey, Plaxico Burress, and Tiki Barber.

It was a busy week in the NFL. Let's break apart the play-by-play accounts.

LOOKS

Talk about efficiency! Fantasy owners who started Kevin Curtis in the strong spot against the Texans had to sweat it out before finding production from the speedy wideout. He was targeted only three times on Sunday, with his lone catch being the 56-yard game-winning TD.
Kurt Warner may no longer be the MVP-caliber player we remember in St. Louis, but he sure has found a comfort zone passing in the desert. Of course, armed with receivers Anquan Boldin (20 Looks this past week) and Larry Fitzgerald, you're bound to have some modicum of success, even without a running game. Fitzgerald is ranked second among all receivers with 122 Looks on the season. That's a shade more than 11 per game. Who's the leader? Plaxico Burress of the Giants has been targeted by Eli Manning on 136 occasions (12.36 per game).
In what proved to be Steve Mariucci's finale in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, rookie Mike Williams was given an extended look and saw 11 passes from three quarterbacks. Interim coach Dick Jauron has named Jeff Garcia the starter, so odds are that the ball will be spread more efficiently throughout the Detroit receiving corps going forward.
After coming on strong in the wake of the Terrell Owens fiasco, Reggie Brown dropped off the map this past week against the Packers. He was targeted just three times, recording zero catches.
Running backs and tight ends continue to rise up the Looks charts each week. Nine of the top 30 targeted players in Week 12 resided at one of those two positions, led by Jeremy Shockey's 14 Looks against Seattle.

TOUCHES

He just keeps on keepin' on. Edgerrin James and the Colts are riding high at 11-0, and the star tailback is showing tremendous durability. Through 11 contests, James has racked up an incredible 304 Touches (27.64 per game). Not surprisingly, fantasy studs LaMont Jordan, LaDainian Tomlinson, Shaun Alexander make up the next three spots. Given the size of Larry Johnson's recent workloads, he'll catch them in no time. In just four games as the lone KC tailback, and sharing time with Priest Holmes in the others, Johnson has already amassed 211 Touches.
Aided by nagging injuries to expected challenger Lee Suggs, Reuben Droughns has proven to be one of the most consistent and durable backs this year. He missed a portion of one game earlier in the year, but has been counted on to handle the ball 242 times for the Browns. Though not necessarily a scoring threat, there is some comfort in knowing that your back will rack up 22 Touches weekly.
Marshall Faulk has played the role of spectactor for the '05 season, watching Steven Jackson develop into a bona fide star (his six-yard Week 11 performance against Arizona aside). Jackson is handling the ball more than 20 times per game, a feat unheard of in the past several seasons for a St. Louis back.
Despite missing two games with a knee injury, Domanick Davis has already surpassed 200 Touches for the year (208 to be exact). With David Carr and the passing attack still working to find a consistent No. 2 receiver behind Andre Johnson, Davis continues to shoulder the load (23 Touches per game).
Week 12 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER WK 12 SEASON
1 Larry Johnson, Kan 36 211
2 Shaun Alexander, Sea 32 273
3 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 31 273
3 Tiki Barber, NYG 31 253
5 Clinton Portis, Was 30 245
5 LaMont Jordan, Oak 30 277
7 Edgerrin James, Ind 29 304
8 Domanick Davis, Hou 28 208
8 Jamal Lewis, Bal 28 217
8 Rudi Johnson, Cin 28 248
8 Thomas Jones, Chi 28 237
12 Curtis Martin, NYJ 27 225
12 DeShaun Foster, Car 27 132
12 Samkon Gado, GB 27 95
12 Steven Jackson, STL 27 225
16 Brian Westbrook, Phi 25 204
16 Julius Jones, Dal 25 180
18 Reuben Droughns, Cle 25 242
19 Greg Jones, Jac 24 111
19 Mewelde Moore, Min 23 159
21 Carnell Williams, Tam 23 184
22 Willis McGahee, Buf 22 254
23 T.J. Duckett, Atl 21 85
24 Kevan Barlow, SF 19 190
24 Ricky Williams, Mia 18 87
24 Warrick Dunn, Atl 18 234
27 Ronnie Brown, Mia 18 193
28 Willie Parker, Pit 17 174
29 Travis Henry, Ten 16 49
30 Chris Brown, Ten 14 191
30 Mike Anderson, Den 13 200
32 Aaron Stecker, NO 13 82
32 Antowain Smith, NO 12 104
34 Shawn Bryson, Det 12 75
35 Marion Barber, Dal 11 108
36 Heath Evans, NE 10 52
36 Marcel Shipp, Ari 9 144
36 Maurice Hicks, SF 9 21
36 Patrick Pass, NE 9 62
36 Ron Dayne, Den 9 22
41 J.J. Arrington, Ari 9 80
42 Jerome Bettis, Pit 7 60
42 Justin Green, Bal 6 12
42 Ryan Moats, Phi 6 6
42 Stephen Davis, Car 6 175
46 Adrian Peterson, Chi 6 48
46 Cedric Houston, NYJ 5 18
46 Chris Perry, Cin 5 93
46 Mike Alstott, Tam 5 43
46 Tony Fisher, GB 5 59
51 Kevin Jones, Det 5 177
51 Mack Strong, Sea 4 29
53 Alvin Pearman, Jac 4 54
53 Artose Pinner, Det 3 52
53 Brad Hoover, Car 3 13
53 Ciatrick Fason, Min 3 14
53 Duce Staley, Pit 3 39
53 Justin Griffith, Atl 3 25
53 Lamar Gordon, Phi 3 54
53 Michael Bennett, Min 3 83
53 Chris Cooley, Was 3 43
62 James Mungro, Ind 2 5
62 Jarrett Payton, Ten 2 31
62 Jerald Sowell, NYJ 2 21
62 Jim Finn, NYG 2 6
62 Jonathan Wells, Hou 2 52
62 LaBrandon Toefield, Jac 2 10
62 Lorenzo Neal, SD 2 37
62 Marshall Faulk, STL 2 55
62 Michael Pittman, Tam 2 80
62 Mike Karney, NO 2 13
62 Nick Goings, Car 2 22
73 Dan Kreider, Pit 1 7
73 Derrick Wimbush, Jac 1 6
73 Dominic Rhodes, Ind 1 32
73 Jameel Cook, Tam 1 6
73 James Jackson, Ari 1 6
73 Jarrod Baxter, Ari 1 1
73 Jeremi Johnson, Cin 1 9
73 Josh Parry, Phi 1 12
73 Kyle Johnson, Den 1 14
73 Lousaka Polite, Dal 1 7
73 Madison Hedgecock, STL 1 3
73 Michael Cloud, NE 1 9
73 Rock Cartwright, Was 1 12
73 Terry Jackson, SF 1 6
73 Tony Richardson, Kan 1 9
73 Zack Crockett, Oak 1 33
Week 12 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER WK 12 SEASON
1 Anquan Boldin, Ari 20 105
2 Torry Holt, STL 18 115
3 Andre Johnson, Hou 17 68
4 Plaxico Burress, NYG 15 136
5 Jimmy Smith, Jac 14 89
5 Jeremy Shockey, NYG 14 84
7 Chris Chambers, Mia 13 110
7 LaMont Jordan, Oak 13 90
7 Joe Jurevicius, Sea 13 71
10 T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cin 12 82
10 Keyshawn Johnson, Dal 12 97
10 Deion Branch, NE 12 102
10 Brandon Lloyd, SF 12 89
14 Alge Crumpler, Atl 11 93
14 Eric Moulds, Buf 11 101
14 Mike Williams, Det 11 51
14 Amani Toomer, NYG 11 88
14 Eric Parker, SD 11 54
14 Bobby Engram, Sea 11 73
20 Marvin Harrison, Ind 10 100
20 Brian Westbrook, Phi 10 95
20 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 10 58
20 Arnaz Battle, SF 10 45
24 Lee Evans, Buf 9 59
24 Terry Glenn, Dal 9 84
24 Jason Witten, Dal 9 63
24 Marcus Pollard, Det 9 68
24 Jabar Gaffney, Hou 9 69
24 Tony Gonzalez, Kan 9 95
24 Jermaine Wiggins, Min 9 80
24 Jerry Porter, Oak 9 100
24 Antonio Gates, SD 9 94
24 Keenan McCardell, SD 9 76
24 Drew Bennett, Ten 9 69
35 Mark Clayton, Bal 8 46
35 Derrick Mason, Bal 8 97
35 Todd Heap, Bal 8 72
35 Justin Gage, Chi 8 36
35 Muhsin Muhammad, Chi 8 110
35 Chad Johnson, Cin 8 108
35 Braylon Edwards, Cle 8 53
35 Steve Heiden, Cle 8 50
35 Rod Smith, Den 8 82
35 Scottie Vines, Det 8 49
35 Donald Driver, GB 8 107
35 Tiki Barber, NYG 8 40
35 Hines Ward, Pit 8 84
35 Isaac Bruce, STL 8 29
35 Joey Galloway, Tam 8 106
50 Keary Colbert, Car 7 47
50 Antonio Bryant, Cle 7 89
50 Charles Rogers, Det 7 28
50 Reggie Wayne, Ind 7 94
50 Randy McMichael, Mia 7 71
50 Travis Taylor, Min 7 67
50 Joe Horn, NO 7 70
50 Donte' Stallworth, NO 7 88
50 Laveranues Coles, NYJ 7 93
50 Courtney Anderson, Oak 7 45
50 Roydell Williams, Ten 7 36
50 Ben Troupe, Ten 7 48
62 Bryant Johnson, Ari 6 58
62 Jamal Lewis, Bal 6 32
62 Reuben Droughns, Cle 6 42
62 Julius Jones, Dal 6 28
62 Roy Williams, Det 6 58
62 Shawn Bryson, Det 6 31
62 Robert Ferguson, GB 6 39
62 Larry Johnson, Kan 6 32
62 Koren Robinson, Min 6 20
62 Zachary Hilton, NO 6 25
62 Tim Dwight, NE 6 29
62 Doug Jolley, NYJ 6 27
62 Anthony Becht, Tam 6 23
62 Santana Moss, Was 6 105
76 LeRon McCoy, Ari 5 23
76 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari 5 122
76 DeShaun Foster, Car 5 38
76 Chris Henry, Cin 5 40
76 Frisman Jackson, Cle 5 25
76 Ashley Lelie, Den 5 71
76 Jeb Putzier, Den 5 49
76 David Martin, GB 5 22
76 Eddie Kennison, Kan 5 83
76 Samie Parker, Kan 5 29
76 Ben Watson, NE 5 36
76 Justin McCareins, NYJ 5 79
76 Doug Gabriel, Oak 5 49
76 Randy Moss, Oak 5 83
76 Heath Miller, Pit 5 40
76 Kevan Barlow, SF 5 37
76 Chris Brown, Ten 5 29
76 Chris Cooley, Was 5 75
76 Taylor Jacobs, Was 5 20