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Week 4 Looks/Touches

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 4 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.

TOUCHES

Larry Johnson scored his first two touchdowns of the season while accumulating 142 rushing/receiving yards (101 rushing, 41 receiving) on a league-high 34 touches against the 49ers. Facing a bit of a tougher challenge against the Baltimore defense, LaDainian Tomlinson totaled 105 yards (98 rushing, 7 receiving) on 28 touches and did not score. With their teams each having played three games, LJ and LT have each recorded 88 touches -– Johnson on 74 carries and 14 receptions and Tomlinson on 77 carries and 11 receptions. Johnson holds the edge in total yards with 457 (295 rushing, 162 receiving) to Tomlinson's 376 (300 rushing, 76 receiving), while Tomlinson has scored three touchdowns to Johnson's two.
Vernand Morency saw his first extended action of the season on Monday night, amassing 32 touches (26 carries, 6 receptions) in place of Ahman Green, who missed the game with a hamstring injury. Morency was effective for the most part, totaling 118 rushing/receiving yards (99 rushing, 19 receiving), and handcuff-conscious owners should be targeting Morency if he is still available in their leagues.
Ron Dayne made a surprise appearance in the top 10 with 25 touches (22 carries, three receptions) against the Dolphins in Week 4. He averaged just 2.76 yards per touch, however, totaling 69 yards (58 rushing, 11 receiving), so he didn't exactly bulldoze the Miami defense. That said, just about any running back with the prospects of a monopoly on his team's touches is at least worth a look in fantasy.
Ronnie Brown totaled "just" 20 touches (12 carries, eight receptions) against the Texans, the second consecutive week in which he and the Miami offense were supposed to break out of their collective funk. Those in points-per-reception leagues could find some solace in Brown's performance, and 62 of his 111 rushing/receiving yards came via the air. Just 12 carries for 49 yards against Houston, and no touchdowns for the third consecutive week are universal grounds for concern, however.
The platoon watch notes when a team's RB2 is given at least half as many touches as the RB1, regardless of the reason. Platoon watch for Week 4 includes: Carolina (DeShaun Foster 17, DeAngelo Williams 9), Indianapolis (Joseph Addai 23, Dominic Rhodes 15), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 8, Maurice Jones-Drew 6), New Orleans (Reggie Bush 15, Deuce McAllister 12), New England (Corey Dillon 17, Laurence Maroney 16), New York Jets (Kevan Barlow 13, Cedric Houston 13, Leon Washington 10), Philadelphia (Correll Buckhalter 13, Ryan Moats 7), and Seattle (Maurice Morris 12, Mack Strong 6).
Maroney made the most of his somewhat limited opportunities, leading all running backs with at least 10 touches in yards per touch – he scored twice and totaled 140 rushing/receiving yards (125 rushing, 15 receiving) on his 16 touches (15 carries, one catch), good for a 8.75-yard average. Jerious Norwood should be mentioned here as well, as he had just six carries on the day (no receptions) but rushed for 106 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, good for a 17.67 average. Jamal Lewis was on the other end of the spectrum in Week 4, totaling just 34 yards on his 15 carries (no receptions) against the Chargers, a meager 2.27-yard average.

LOOKS

Steve Smith was targeted a league-high 14 times for the second consecutive week, although this week he shared the honors with Roy Williams. Williams set a career-high for receiving yards for the second consecutive week, as his league-high 139 in Week 4 one-upped his 138 from Week 3. Smith led all receivers in Week 4 with 10 catches.
Santana Moss certainly made the most out of what came his way in Week 4 – he was targeted eight times and had four receptions, but two of his receptions were touchdowns of more than 50 yards, and he totaled three scores and 138 receiving yards in the overtime win over the Jaguars. On the season, Moss' 326 receiving yards rank eighth while his 24 looks are tied for 41st and his 17 receptions are tied for 31st.
Mike Furrey just keeps showing up on the looks leaderboard. His 10 in Week 4 were tied for eighth, and his eight receptions were tied for fourth. On the season, his 31 looks are tied for 24th and his 22 receptions are tied for ninth among wide receivers.
Randy Moss' production has been, in a word, terrible. He had just one catch on six looks in Week 4, although it was a five-yard touchdown, his first of the season. Among all players with at least 20 looks on the season, Moss' catch percentage of 35 (7 of 20) is second-lowest in the league, immediately following Hines Ward's 34.6 percent (9 of 26). Moss has accumulated just 84 receiving yards to this point in the season – for reference, 14 players had at least that many in Week 4 alone.
Week 4 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM W4 YTD
1 Larry Johnson KAN 34 88
2 Vernand Morency GNB 32 41
3 Willis McGahee BUF 29 105
3 Clinton Portis WAS 29 59
5 LaDainian Tomlinson SDG 28 88
5 Steven Jackson STL 28 105
7 Reuben Droughns CLE 27 55
8 Thomas Jones CHI 26 91
9 Edgerrin James ARI 25 104
9 Ron Dayne HOU 25 51
11 Kevin Jones DET 24 83
12 Julius Jones DAL 23 61
12 Joseph Addai IND 23 57
14 LaMont Jordan OAK 22 51
15 Warrick Dunn ATL 20 86
15 Ronnie Brown MIA 20 87
17 DeShaun Foster CAR 17 74
17 Rudi Johnson CIN 17 95
17 Corey Dillon NWE 17 60
20 Laurence Maroney NWE 16 66
20 Frank Gore SFO 16 91
22 Jamal Lewis BAL 15 73
22 Dominic Rhodes IND 15 64
22 Reggie Bush NOR 15 68
25 Chester Taylor MIN 13 97
25 Kevan Barlow NYJ 13 51
25 Cedric Houston NYJ 13 15
25 Correll Buckhalter PHI 13 36
29 Deuce McAllister NOR 12 70
29 Maurice Morris SEA 12 36
29 Chris Brown TEN 12 36
29 Ladell Betts WAS 12 60
33 Cedric Benson CHI 11 32
34 Marion Barber III DAL 10 24
34 Leon Washington NYJ 10 20
36 DeAngelo Williams CAR 9 32
36 LenDale White TEN 9 20
38 Fred Taylor JAC 8 82
39 Samkon Gado HOU 7 15
39 Ryan Moats PHI 7 9
39 Michael Turner SDG 7 32
42 Jerious Norwood ATL 6 27
42 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 6 29
42 Lorenzo Neal SDG 6 10
42 Mack Strong SEA 6 22
46 Tyson Thompson DAL 5 8
46 Heath Evans NWE 5 7
48 Jason McKie CHI 4 13
48 Jerome Harrison CLE 4 11
48 Ronnie Cruz KAN 4 4
48 Mewelde Moore MIN 4 16
48 Michael Robinson SFO 4 14
48 Stephen Davis STL 4 11
54 Musa Smith BAL 3 20
54 Terrelle Smith CLE 3 6
54 Shawn Bryson DET 3 8
54 Aaron Stecker NOR 3 6
54 Justin Fargas OAK 3 9
54 Reno Mahe PHI 3 3
60 Brad Hoover CAR 2 7
60 Kenny Watson CIN 2 10
60 Quincy Wilson CIN 2 2
60 Jason Wright CLE 2 19
60 Brandon Miree GNB 2 2
60 Dee Brown KAN 2 2
60 Tony Richardson MIN 2 7
60 Kevin Faulk NWE 2 16
60 Thomas Tapeh PHI 2 8
60 Tony Fisher STL 2 10
70 J.J. Arrington ARI 1 3
70 Justin Griffith ATL 1 8
70 Mike Anderson BAL 1 10
70 Daimon Shelton BUF 1 1
70 Jeremi Johnson CIN 1 1
70 Noah Herron GNB 1 8
70 Jameel Cook HOU 1 7
70 Lee Suggs MIA 1 6
70 Mike Karney NOR 1 2
70 B.J. Askew NYJ 1 2
70 Maurice Hicks SFO 1 7
70 Moran Norris SFO 1 1
70 Madison Hedgecock STL 1 1
70 Mike Sellers WAS 1 7
Week 4 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM W4 YTD
1 Roy Williams DET 14 40
1 Steve Smith CAR 14 28
3 Andre Johnson HOU 13 38
3 Chad Johnson CIN 13 34
5 Torry Holt STL 12 52
5 Donald Driver GB 12 42
5 Isaac Bruce STL 12 34
8 Chris Chambers MIA 10 39
8 Derrick Mason BAL 10 36
8 Greg Jennings GB 10 33
8 Mike Furrey DET 10 31
12 Laveranues Coles NYJ 9 44
12 Troy Williamson MIN 9 34
12 Reggie Williams JAC 9 33
12 Lee Evans BUF 9 32
16 Marvin Harrison IND 8 46
16 Reggie Wayne IND 8 32
16 Braylon Edwards CLE 8 31
16 Bernard Berrian CHI 8 29
16 Terrell Owens DAL 8 28
16 Reggie Brown PHI 8 27
16 Santana Moss WAS 8 24
16 Travis Taylor MIN 8 24
16 Doug Gabriel NE 8 22
16 Marty Booker MIA 8 21
16 Ronnie Brown MIA 8 19
16 Antonio Gates SD 8 18
16 Marcus Robinson MIN 8 17
16 Eddie Kennison KC 8 15
30 Muhsin Muhammad CHI 7 34
30 Darrell Jackson SEA 7 32
30 Keyshawn Johnson CAR 7 32
30 Alge Crumpler ATL 7 27
30 Bobby Engram SEA 7 26
30 Wes Welker MIA 7 26
30 George Wrighster JAC 7 23
30 Edgerrin James ARI 7 22
30 Bubba Franks GB 7 18
30 Steven Jackson STL 7 18
30 Jermaine Wiggins MIN 7 18
30 Daniel Graham NE 7 17
30 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 7 17
30 Deion Branch SEA 7 10
30 Az-Zahir Hakim DET 7 9
30 Ernie Conwell NO 7 8
30 Vernand Morency GB 7 8
47 Anquan Boldin ARI 6 37
47 Marques Colston NO 6 33
47 Antonio Bryant SF 6 30
47 Reggie Bush NO 6 30
47 Donte' Stallworth PHI 6 26
47 Mark Clayton BAL 6 24
47 Joe Horn NO 6 24
47 Ernest Wilford JAC 6 23
47 Tony Gonzalez KC 6 22
47 Michael Jenkins ATL 6 21
47 Eric Moulds HOU 6 21
47 Eric Johnson SF 6 20
47 Randy Moss OAK 6 20
47 Terry Glenn DAL 6 19
47 David Givens TEN 6 18
47 Roscoe Parrish BUF 6 16
47 Koren Robinson GB 6 8
64 Todd Heap BAL 5 33
64 Matt Jones JAC 5 30
64 Kevin Jones DET 5 25
64 Desmond Clark CHI 5 22
64 Chris Cooley WAS 5 22
64 Peerless Price BUF 5 18
64 Bo Scaife TEN 5 16
64 Brandon Lloyd WAS 5 15
64 Roddy White ATL 5 15
64 Randal Williams OAK 5 12
64 Eric Parker SD 5 8
64 Joe Jurevicius CLE 5 5
76 Drew Bennett TEN 4 37
76 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 4 36
76 Kellen Winslow CLE 4 28
76 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 4 27
76 L.J. Smith PHI 4 26
76 Frank Gore SF 4 24
76 Dennis Northcutt CLE 4 22
76 Bobby Wade TEN 4 20
76 Dallas Clark IND 4 18
76 Arnaz Battle SF 4 17
76 Randy McMichael MIA 4 17
76 Josh Reed BUF 4 17
76 Ben Troupe TEN 4 17
76 Larry Johnson KC 4 16
76 Nate Burleson SEA 4 15
76 Mack Strong SEA 4 15
76 Joseph Addai IND 4 14
76 Alvis Whitted OAK 4 14
76 Jason McKie CHI 4 12
76 Ronald Curry OAK 4 10
76 Itula Mili SEA 4 10
76 Daniel Wilcox BAL 4 10
76 Hank Baskett PHI 4 8
76 Clinton Portis WAS 4 8
76 Maurice Morris SEA 4 6