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.
As I reviewed the Looks and Touches totals for the games of Week 14, a number of new names leaped off the page. Not to worry, those familiar faces of Edgerrin James and Anquan Boldin offer comfort near the top. But you might be surprised to see the names of two tight ends, Jeremy Shockey and Antonio Gates, in the top three. Of course, overtime and comeback games will push you up the charts.
Let's rip apart the play-by-play accounts from Week 14.
The Seattle Seahawks are working to finish off home field advantage for the playoffs, and Matt Hasselbeck has turned to veteran receiver Bobby Engram to help lead the way. Engram has scored three touchdowns in the past two weeks after a scoreless start to the season, and was targeted 10 times in the Seahawks' win over San Francisco. The return of Darrell Jackson likely cuts into his opportunities, but Engram has averaged better than seven Looks per game for the year.
Donte' Stallworth racked up 12 Looks in the Monday night loss to the Falcons. It proved to be Aaron Brooks' undoing, as Todd Bouman will be the starter in Week 15. Stallworth has become the No. 1 option for the Saints, averaging 8.2 Looks per game this year.
The Jaguars continue their road to the playoffs with David Garrard under center. After a slow middle of the season with the emergence of Ernest Wilford and Matt Jones, Jimmy Smith has re-established himself as Garrard's top play. He was targeted 10 times in the loss to Indianapolis, and has averaged over eight Looks per game this season.
With just four Looks in Week 14, a number of receivers closed the gap on Plaxico Burress's league-leading total of 150. Chris Chambers, Larry Fitzgerald, and Torry Holt all now stand within 10 Looks of the leader.
With 39 Touches in Week 14, Edgerrin James ran his season total to 373. That's an average of nearly 29 Touches per game. Owners of James are most certainly dreading the moment that Tony Dungy decides to pull the starters. It doesn't figure to happen in the next two weeks with San Diego and Seattle on tap, but those using Week 17 as championship week need to be ready to plug in another option against the Cardinals.
Jon Gruden continues to work his rookie tailback hard. Carnell Williams turned in perhaps his most impressive effort to date in Week 14, carrying the ball 29 times and scoring two touchdowns. Look for another big effort in the Saturday game against the Patriots.
The Jets had figured to rely heavily on Curtis Martin down the stretch in his quest for another 1,000-yard season. Instead, fans and fantasy owners were treated to a tremendous effort from rookie Cedric Houston. He tallied 28 Touches this week against the Raiders, and figures to take the lion's share of Touches over the final three weeks. The win over Oakland certainly stung some fans who were hoping to ascend to the No. 1 pick at this juncture of the campaign. Nonetheless, Houston turned in a great effort, and stands a good chance to repeat this week against the middle-of-the-road Miami run defense.
After getting roughed up against the Raiders, LaDainian Tomlinson was back on the field for the Chargers in the shocking loss to the Dolphins. He piled up 22 Touches despite bruised ribs that had limited him all week in practice. For the season, Tomlinson has averaged 25 Touches per game.