The following is a list of the Week 5 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.
Chester Taylor tops the touches leaderboard for the second time this season (Week 1). He finished second among Week 5 leaders with 154 yards of total offense (123 rushing, 31 receiving) on his 31 touches (26 carries, five catches). On the season, Taylor is third in the league in touches with 128 (11 carries, 17 receptions) and fourth in total offense with 539 yards (421 rushing, 118 receiving).
Edgerrin James continues to pile up the touches, but has yet to put together an exceptional overall performance, having yet to average over 4.0 yards-per-carry in five games. Despite a league-leading 134 touches after Week 5 (112 carries, 22 receptions), James is ninth in the league with 469 total yards (343 rushing, 126 receiving). Steven Jackson's league-leading 649 yards of offense (465 rushing, 184 receiving) are 180 more than James' and have come on three less touches overall, as Jackson has 131 (113 carries, 18 receptions).
Frank Gore's strong season continued against the Raiders in Week 5, as Gore led all players with 172 rushing/receiving yards (134 rushing, 38 receiving) on his 30 touches (27 carries, three receptions). Gore also didn't fumble in a game for the first time this season. Gore is currently fifth in the league with 121 touches on the season (102 carries, 19 catches), and his 632 yards of offense (465 rushing, 167 receiving) is good for second in the league.
Leon Washington and Noah Herron made surprise appearances among the Week 5 touch leaders. Washington managed 109 total yards (101 rushing, eight receiving) against the stellar Jacksonville defense on his 24 touches (23 carries, one catch). The game was the first in which a Jets running back had topped 49 yards rushing this season. Herron became Green Bay's feature back on Sunday after Vernand Morency's fumble on the Packers' first possession led to an early St. Louis touchdown, and his solid overall performance (126 rushing/receiving yards, one touchdown) muddies the RB2 situation in Green Bay.
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 5 includes: Baltimore ( Jamal Lewis 16, Musa Smith 9), Chicago ( Thomas Jones 26, Cedric Benson 16), Indianapolis ( Dominic Rhodes 25, Joseph Addai 15), Jacksonville ( Fred Taylor 22, Maurice Jones-Drew 13), New England ( Laurence Maroney 18, Corey Dillon 10), New Orleans ( Reggie Bush 20, Deuce McAllister 16), Oakland ( LaMont Jordan 15, Justin Fargas 9), San Diego ( LaDainian Tomlinson 21, Michael Turner 11), and Tennessee ( Travis Henry 21, LenDale White 11).
McAllister made the most of his 16 touches (15 carries, one catch), as he accumulated 131 yards of offense (123 rushing, eight receiving) and led all running backs with at least 10 touches at 8.19 yards per touch. Michael Robinson brought up the rear this week – he managed just 21 yards on his 12 carries (no receptions), a lowly 1.75-yard average.
Lee Evans was the target of over half of J.P. Losman's 27 pass attempts in Week 5, and he led all receivers with 14 looks. Evans has averaged 12 looks over the past three weeks, and his 46 looks on the season is good for sixth overall.
Despite being targeted a season-high 13 times, Terrell Owens managed just three catches for 45 yards against the Eagles on Sunday. For the season, Owens has 17 receptions on 41 looks – the 41.5 catch percentage is worst among the 35 players with at least 33 looks through Week 5.
Congrats to those of you who pegged Wes Welker and Mike Furrey as solid draft picks in your points-per-reception leagues. For the season, Welker is tied for seventh among wide receivers with 27 catches, while Furrey is tied for 12th with 25. Welker's 38 looks on the season is tied for 21st overall while Furrey's 40 has him in a tie for 15th.
Concerns over production are likely to be steadily increasing for Antonio Gates owners. His seven looks on the week were good for fourth-best among tight ends, and on the season he is just ninth overall at his position with 25 looks. Gates averaged 9.3 looks in 15 games in 2005, but has averaged 6.3 looks so far in 2006. His 13 receptions are tied for 12th among tight ends, and his 177 receiving yards are good for sixth.