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Week 15: Looks and Touches

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The following is a list of the Week 15 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.

And then there were two. Two weeks of action separate us from the NFL playoffs. But, we've got some business to attend to first.

Fantasy owners watched a group of veteran receivers rise to the forefront of targets this week. Rod Smith, Eric Moulds, Jimmy Smith, and Darrell Jackson stand alongside the youthful Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Chad Johnson, and Antonio Gates.

The top of the Touches list is headed by familiar faces, but the absence of Colts superstar Edgerrin James and second-half stud Samkon Gado among the leaders just doesn't seem right.

There were a lot of new faces breaking into both columns this week. Let's break down the play-by-play accounts.

LOOKS

Veteran receiver Rod Smith tops the Looks list this past week, having racked up 18 in the win over Buffalo. Early play-calling in this one called for a steady dose of passing attempts from Jake Plummer, begging the question of when the vaunted running attack would take over. Not to worry – Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell still piled up 35 Touches before the final gun sounded, but it was Plummer's connections with Smith that set the tone.
It will be interesting to see the play selection from Dennis Green now that Kurt Warner has been sidelined for the final two games. With another pair of double-digit Looks games in Week 15, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald have been targeted 306 times by Arizona quarterbacks. Josh McCown gets the nod for the Cardinals against the Eagles pass defense, which has proven susceptible to the big play.
Joe Horn will be happy to see the 2005 season come to a close. Not only hasn't he scored since Week 2, the veteran receiver has become an afterthought in the Saints passing game. He was targeted a mere four times in Week 15 while watching Donte' Stallworth rack up 12 Looks. That disparity occurred despite Stallworth dropping five balls during the game.
As expected, the return of Kelly Holcomb to the starting lineup meant big things for Eric Moulds coming off of suspension. The veteran Bills receiver was thrown to 12 times in Week 15. With Holcomb back under center again this weekend, Moulds will continue to see his share of action against Cincinnati.
In his first game back from injury, the Seahawks certainly put Darrell Jackson's knee to the test. The Seahawks' top receiver was thrown to nine times and finished with six catches and a score as part of the Seattle juggernaut. Look for the Seahawks to get rolling again this week against Indy as they fight for home field advantage.

TOUCHES

With their Herculean efforts in the Saturday game, Tiki Barber and Larry Johnson ascend to the top of the Touches chart for Week 15. Amazingly, Johnson has already eclipsed 300 Touches for the year, despite splitting time with Priest Holmes for half of a season.
LaDainian Tomlinson racked up another 28 Touches in the Chargers' upset win of the Colts, but sat out the final minutes and watched second-year back Michael Turner take it 83 yards to the house to seal the win. Don't worry, Tomlinson's 353rd Touch of the season didn't tip the balance. He was back at practice on Tuesday, and is ready to shoulder the load against Kansas City.
Marshall Faulk saw his most extensive action of the season in Week 15, piling up 19 Touches in the narrow loss to Philly. He figures to see another heavy workload this week as St. Louis plays its (and likely Faulk's) final home game against the lower-tier San Francisco run defense.
Brian Billick remains loyal to tailback Jamal Lewis. In Monday night's rout of the Packers, Lewis accumulated 24 Touches in reaching the century mark for the second time this year. In a position to give more extensive work and load up on carries for both backs, Billick called Chester Taylor's number only six times.
Somewhat lost in the Colts' defeat on Sunday was the change Indianapolis made from its normal play-calling. Though the San Diego defense has been very good against the run, Edgerrin James accrued only 15 Touches on this day. That amounted to half of his season average through 14 weeks.
Week 15 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER WK 15 SEASON
1 Tiki Barber, NYG 34 355
2 Larry Johnson, KAN 33 305
3 LaMont Jordan, OAK 30 342
4 Jonathan Wells, HOU 29 87
5 Thomas Jones, CHI 28 302
5 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 28 353
7 Shaun Alexander, SEA 26 343
8 Rudi Johnson, CIN 25 328
9 Clinton Portis, WAS 24 326
9 Jamal Lewis, BAL 24 252
11 DeShaun Foster, CAR 23 198
11 Corey Dillon, NE 23 205
11 Reuben Droughns, CLE 23 317
14 Mike Anderson, DEN 22 244
14 Frank Gore, SF 22 106
16 Chris Brown, TEN 20 242
17 Fred Taylor, JAC 19 183
17 Marshall Faulk, STL 19 84
17 Cedric Houston, NYJ 19 66
20 Warrick Dunn, ATL 18 285
20 Nick Goings, CAR 18 45
20 Artose Pinner, DET 18 103
23 Carnell Williams, TAM 17 256
24 Steven Jackson, STL 16 275
24 Willie Parker, PIT 16 229
26 Ricky Williams, MIA 15 130
26 Edgerrin James, IND 15 388
26 Julius Jones, DAL 15 239
26 Aaron Stecker, NO 15 115
30 Ronnie Brown, MIA 14 229
30 Greg Jones, JAC 14 161
30 Marion Barber, DAL 14 141
33 Tatum Bell, DEN 13 156
34 Willis McGahee, BUF 12 303
34 Ryan Moats, PHI 12 40
34 Ladell Betts, WAS 12 80
34 Michael Bennett, MIN 12 142
38 Antowain Smith, NO 10 147
39 Verron Haynes, PIT 9 69
39 Jerome Bettis, PIT 9 97
39 J.J. Arrington, ARI 9 120
42 T.J. Duckett, ATL 8 108
42 Noah Herron, PIT 8 11
42 Michael Turner, SD 8 56
42 Marcel Shipp, ARI 8 159
42 Kevin Faulk, NE 8 60
42 Jeremi Johnson, CIN 8 17
42 Tony Fisher, GB 8 81
49 Samkon Gado, GB 7 153
49 Shaud Williams, BUF 7 58
51 Jamel White, BAL 6 6
51 Chester Taylor, BAL 6 144
51 Vernand Morency, HOU 6 26
51 Reno Mahe, PHI 6 26
51 Lamar Gordon, PHI 6 65
51 Chris Cooley, WAS 6 64
57 B.J. Askew, NYJ 5 14
57 Arlen Harris, STL 5 5
59 Zack Crockett, OAK 4 40
59 Lorenzo Neal, SD 4 52
59 Brad Hoover, CAR 4 22
59 Rock Cartwright, WAS 4 25
59 Jarrett Payton, TEN 4 38
59 Mewelde Moore, MIN 4 166
65 Ciatrick Fason, MIN 3 27
65 Adrian Peterson, CHI 3 63
65 Michael Pittman, TAM 3 94
65 Derrick Ward, NYG 3 37
65 Mike Alstott, TAM 3 52
65 William Henderson, GB 3 30
65 Terrelle Smith, CLE 3 14
65 Jason McKie, CHI 3 4
73 Maurice Hicks, SF 2 39
73 Shawn Bryson, DET 2 93
73 Maurice Morris, SEA 2 55
73 Lee Suggs, CLE 2 7
73 Jerald Sowell, NYJ 2 27
73 Daimon Shelton, BUF 2 11
79 Tony Richardson, KAN 1 12
79 Terry Jackson, SF 1 8
79 Patrick Pass, NE 1 63
79 Obafemi Ayanbadejo, ARI 1 46
79 Mike Sellers, WAS 1 11
79 Mack Strong, SEA 1 37
79 Justin Griffith, ATL 1 30
79 Josh Parry, PHI 1 13
79 Joe Burns, BUF 1 1
79 Dominic Rhodes, IND 1 33
79 Derrick Wimbush, JAC 1 7
79 Cory Schlesinger, DET 1 7
79 Alvin Pearman, JAC 1 57
Week 15 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER WK 15 SEASON
1 Rod Smith, DEN 18 117
2 Reggie Wayne, IND 17 122
3 Marvin Harrison, IND 16 133
4 Chad Johnson, CIN 15 147
5 Anquan Boldin, ARI 14 152
5 Jimmy Smith, JAC 14 124
7 Todd Heap, BAL 13 105
7 Drew Bennett, TEN 13 98
9 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI 12 154
9 Eric Moulds, BUF 12 115
9 Donte' Stallworth, NO 12 119
9 Doug Jolley, NYJ 12 48
9 Jerry Porter, OAK 12 127
14 Brian Finneran, ATL 11 82
14 Donald Driver, GB 11 139
14 Andre Johnson, HOU 11 101
14 Antonio Gates, SD 11 128
14 Joey Galloway, TAM 11 133
19 Steve Smith, CAR 10 141
19 Samie Parker, KAN 10 51
19 Shaun McDonald, STL 10 70
22 T.J. Houshmandzadeh, CIN 9 107
22 Antonio Bryant, CLE 9 110
22 Chris Chambers, MIA 9 155
22 Amani Toomer, NYG 9 107
22 Laveranues Coles, NYJ 9 121
22 Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ 9 28
22 Darrell Jackson, SEA 9 55
22 Torry Holt, STL 9 153
22 Ben Troupe, TEN 9 71
31 Antonio Chatman, GB 8 73
31 Robert Ferguson, GB 8 63
31 Koren Robinson, MIN 8 37
31 David Givens, NE 8 94
31 Jeremy Shockey, NYG 8 119
31 Greg Lewis, PHI 8 93
37 Derrick Mason, BAL 7 122
37 Lee Evans, BUF 7 84
37 Muhsin Muhammad, CHI 7 137
37 Kelley Washington, CIN 7 18
37 Roy Williams, DET 7 83
37 Dallas Clark, IND 7 51
37 Marty Booker, MIA 7 76
37 Randy McMichael, MIA 7 89
37 Aaron Stecker, NO 7 43
37 Plaxico Burress, NYG 7 157
37 LaMont Jordan, OAK 7 111
37 Brandon Lloyd, SF 7 110
37 Alex Smith, TAM 7 48
37 Santana Moss, WAS 7 131
37 Chris Cooley, WAS 7 95
52 Roddy White, ATL 6 49
52 Alge Crumpler, ATL 6 111
52 Bernard Berrian, CHI 6 17
52 Terry Glenn, DAL 6 111
52 Stephen Alexander, DEN 6 34
52 Corey Bradford, HOU 6 55
52 Reggie Williams, JAC 6 58
52 Ernest Wilford, JAC 6 62
52 Tony Gonzalez, KAN 6 109
52 Travis Taylor, MIN 6 79
52 Deion Branch, NE 6 121
52 Justin McCareins, NYJ 6 99
52 Hines Ward, PIT 6 108
52 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 6 74
52 Reche Caldwell, SD 6 42
52 Bobby Engram, SEA 6 94
52 Jason McAddley, SF 6 15
52 Marshall Faulk, STL 6 47
52 Isaac Bruce, STL 6 60
52 Ike Hilliard, TAM 6 50
72 Michael Jenkins, ATL 5 67
72 Mark Clayton, BAL 5 72
72 Desmond Clark, CHI 5 51
72 Reuben Droughns, CLE 5 49
72 Dennis Northcutt, CLE 5 59
72 Julius Jones, DAL 5 42
72 Keyshawn Johnson, DAL 5 117
72 Jason Witten, DAL 5 84
72 Jeb Putzier, DEN 5 59
72 Scottie Vines, DET 5 63
72 Tony Fisher, GB 5 47
72 William Henderson, GB 5 33
72 David Martin, GB 5 40
72 Jabar Gaffney, HOU 5 85
72 Marcellus Rivers, HOU 5 24
72 Eddie Kennison, KAN 5 104
72 Marcus Robinson, MIN 5 61
72 Christian Fauria, NE 5 16
72 Tiki Barber, NYG 5 55
72 Randy Moss, MIN 5 105
72 Reggie Brown, PHI 5 65
72 L.J. Smith, PHI 5 97
72 Keenan McCardell, SD 5 93
72 Joe Jurevicius, SEA 5 82
72 Jerramy Stevens, SEA 5 71
72 Tyrone Calico, TEN 5 42
72 Bo Scaife, TEN 5 49
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