The following is a list of the Week 13 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.
It was another big week for the usual suspects in the rushing and receiving departments. Larry Johnson again rose to the top of the backs with 32 Touches, while Chris Chambers racked up a ridiculous 26 Looks in the frenzied comeback against the Bills. The huge attempt totals from Brett Favre and Kurt Warner naturally place receivers from Green Bay and Arizona all over the Looks list. In the Touches column, Domanick Davis continues to show his versatility and durability while everyone envisions Reggie Bush in a Texans uniform.
But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Welcome to the final Looks and Touches piece ahead of the first round of the fantasy playoffs. As you go down the column, no doubt you'll discover a number of new names on the radar such as Roscoe Parrish and Bryan Gilmore, and the return of some familiar names such as Troy Brown, Koren Robinson, and Tyrone Calico. Take a look at their respective matchups for this week, as each has the opportunity to be among the leaders for Week 14.
Let's break down the play-by-play from Week 13.
By now, we've all seen the highlights of Chris Chambers' leaping TD grab to finish the Dolphins' dramatic comeback over the Bills. Chambers caught 15 balls on Sunday, a remarkable performance in and of itself. A deeper look into the play-by-play reveals that Gus Frerotte and Sage Rosenfels fired 26 passes in his direction.
Anquan Boldin has caught six or more passes in seven games this season (three in double-digits). Without a running game in Arizona, Boldin has been targeted 121 times this season, while teammate Larry Fitzgerald has racked up 134 Looks. The Cardinals still have Houston and Philadelphia on the schedule, and that means more games of 40-plus attempts from Kurt Warner.
Second-year receiver Lee Evans turned in his second multi-TD game of the year, scoring three touchdowns in a brilliant first half from J.P. Losman. Evans finished with 10 Looks on the day (he averages 5.75 per game) and finds himself in a favorable matchup this week against New England. Additionally, veteran receiver Eric Moulds has reportedly been suspended for one game by Coach Mike Mularkey, which will open up more opportunities for the speedy Evans.
Since returning from his calf injury, Andre Johnson has been making up for lost time in the Looks department. David Carr has thrown to Johnson nearly 12 times per game over the past five weeks. The sight of the ball bouncing off his chest in the end zone against the Ravens was disconcerting, but he'll have plenty of opportunities to atone for his mistake in Week 14 against Tennessee.
Just as he did last year, Bill Parcells is riding the legs of Julius Jones hard down the stretch. Jones led all backs in Touches in the second half of '04, and he's in the running again this year. He tallied 32 Touches this week (23 carries, 9 receptions) and put to rest the worries of a future split with Marion Barber.
Reuben Droughns became the first Browns back to top 1,000 rushing yards in 20 years, and Romeo Crennel sure gave him the workload to get there. Droughns has averaged more than 22 Touches per game over the course of the season, and has never seen a real threat to his playing time from Lee Suggs or William Green.
Corey Dillon finally returned to the field in Week 14, racking up 20 Touches in leading the Patriots to a win over the Jets. Dillon's legs will be the focal point this week against the weak Buffalo run defense.
Even though the Seahawks were in the middle of a laugher against the Eagles, Shaun Alexander got a decent workout in before sitting down. Alexander carried the ball 19 times before hitting the sidelines. Maurice Morris carried the ball 15 times in relief of Alexander to complete the 42-0 rout. Alexander owners, and those with a suspect backfield and available bench slot for the playoffs, should take a look to see if Morris remains available. If the Seahawks lock up home field advantage, PT for Alexander may be drastically reduced.