The following is a list of the Week 3 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.
Willie Parker rebounded splendidly from a horrific Week 2 performance against the Jaguars, totaling 146 rushing/receiving yards (133 rushing, 13 receiving) and two touchdowns on a league-leading 32 touches against the Bengals. Parker currently ranks third in the league with 78 touches (71 carries, seven receptions) through the season's first three weeks, and his 300 rushing/receiving yards (268 rushing, 32 receiving) rank 14th among running backs.
Ahman Green has been very involved in the Packers offense and playing well – of course, it's the whole playing well for an entire season thing that would actually make Green owners happy. Regardless, Green was particularly active in the passing game in Week 3, catching eight passes for 68 yards and his first touchdown of the season while totaling 63 yards rushing on 22 carries. His 353 rushing/receiving yards (215 rushing, 138 receiving) through Week 3 are good for fifth among running backs, and his 17 receptions are good for second.
Mike Bell, fantasy sleeper, we hardly knew ye. Let's break down the touches for the two Bells (Tatum and Mike) for the season's first three weeks: in Week 1, Tatum edged Mike 15 to 14; in Week 2, Tatum saw just a bit more action, with 18 to Mike's 14; enter Week 3, where Tatum's 29 dwarfed Mike's four. Tatum totaled 142 yards of offense (123 rushing, 19 receiving) on 27 carries and two receptions in Week 3, while Mike managed just 12 yards on four carries.
The platoon watch notes when a team's RB2 is given at least half as many touches as the RB1 during the game, regardless of the reason. Platoon watch stats for Week 3: Jacksonville ( Fred Taylor 22, Maurice Jones-Drew 17), New Orleans ( Deuce McAllister 23, Reggie Bush 17), New York Jets ( Kevan Barlow 12, Leon Washington 9), Philadelphia ( Brian Westbrook 12, Correll Buckhalter 7), Seattle ( Shaun Alexander 22, Maurice Morris 15), Washington ( Ladell Betts 19, Clinton Portis 18).
Westbrook and Portis appear on the platoon watch list this week thanks to their teams' large leads in their respective games. Coincidentally, those two players led the way in yards-per-touch for Week 3. Westbrook had a dream game, scoring three touchdowns and totaling 164 yards (117 rushing, 47 receiving) on just 12 touches (eight carries, four receptions), a 13.67 average. Portis scored twice and totaled 164 yards (86 rushing, 78 receiving) on 18 touches (16 carries, two receptions), good for a 9.11 yard average. With the Raiders on a bye week, someone other than LaMont Jordan was bound to bring up the rear – that honor goes to Maurice Morris, who rushed for just 18 yards on 15 carries after replacing the injured Shaun Alexander, a measly 1.20 average.
Hopefully you became aware of Steve Smith's status for Sunday's game in time to get him into the lineup – it certainly didn't take him long to get back into the swing of things. His stat-line was vintage Steve Smith, as he recorded seven catches on a league-high 14 looks for 112 yards.
Torry Holt has accumulated a league-high 40 looks after three weeks, and had his first big-time game of the season in Week 3, grabbing eight catches on 13 looks for 120 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals.
Joey Galloway's game log is not exactly a thing of beauty. He's had catch totals of zero, nine, and one in the season's first three weeks, respectively. While his lone catch this past week was an eight-yard touchdown, he was targeted just seven times after a league-high 18 looks in Week 2.
Hines Ward's struggles are undoubtedly tied to Ben Roethlisberger's, as Ward was targeted 11 times in Week 3 but managed just two receptions for 17 yards. Roethlisberger completed just 18 of 39 passes overall against the Bengals, and has completed less than 50 percent of his passes on the season, while Ward has managed just nine catches on 26 looks.