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Week 5 Looks/Touches

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

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.

TOUCHES

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.

LOOKS

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.
Week 5 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM W5 YTD
1 Chester Taylor MIN 31 128
2 Edgerrin James ARI 30 134
2 Frank Gore SF 30 121
4 DeShaun Foster CAR 27 101
4 Julius Jones DAL 27 88
6 Steven Jackson STL 26 131
6 Thomas Jones CHI 26 117
6 Tiki Barber NYG 26 95
9 Dominic Rhodes IND 25 89
9 Noah Herron GB 25 33
11 Leon Washington NYJ 24 44
12 Carnell Williams TB 23 72
13 Larry Johnson KC 22 110
13 Fred Taylor JAC 22 104
15 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 21 108
15 Tatum Bell DEN 21 83
15 Reuben Droughns CLE 21 76
15 Travis Henry TEN 21 54
19 Reggie Bush NO 20 88
20 Clinton Portis WAS 19 78
21 Willis McGahee BUF 18 123
21 Ronnie Brown MIA 18 105
21 Laurence Maroney NE 18 84
24 Willie Parker PIT 17 95
25 Jamal Lewis BAL 16 89
25 Deuce McAllister NO 16 86
25 Brian Westbrook PHI 16 75
25 Cedric Benson CHI 16 48
29 Joseph Addai IND 15 72
29 LaMont Jordan OAK 15 66
31 Kevin Jones DET 14 97
32 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 13 42
33 Michael Robinson SF 12 26
34 Michael Turner SD 11 43
34 LenDale White TEN 11 31
34 Brandon Jacobs NYG 11 26
37 Corey Dillon NE 10 70
37 Marion Barber III DAL 10 34
39 Musa Smith BAL 9 29
39 Justin Fargas OAK 9 18
41 Vernand Morency GB 8 49
42 Jerome Harrison CLE 7 18
43 Kevan Barlow NYJ 5 56
43 Mewelde Moore MIN 5 21
43 Mike Anderson BAL 5 15
46 Correll Buckhalter PHI 4 40
46 Verron Haynes PIT 4 22
46 Mike Alstott TB 4 16
46 Stephen Davis STL 4 15
46 Michael Pittman TB 4 14
51 Ladell Betts WAS 3 63
51 Heath Evans NE 3 10
51 Kyle Johnson DEN 3 7
51 Cory Schlesinger DET 3 5
51 Dee Brown KC 3 5
51 Cecil Sapp DEN 3 4
51 Artose Pinner MIN 3 4
51 Najeh Davenport PIT 3 3
59 Kevin Faulk NE 2 18
59 Lorenzo Neal SD 2 12
59 Tony Fisher STL 2 12
59 Shawn Bryson DET 2 10
59 Thomas Tapeh PHI 2 10
59 Tony Richardson MIN 2 9
59 Ronnie Cruz KC 2 6
59 Obafemi Ayanbadejo ARI 2 4
59 B.J. Askew NYJ 2 4
59 Sammy Morris MIA 2 2
69 DeAngelo Williams CAR 1 33
69 Ryan Moats PHI 1 10
69 Maurice Hicks SF 1 8
69 Moran Norris SF 1 2
69 Madison Hedgecock STL 1 2
69 Nick Goings CAR 1 1
69 Ahmard Hall TEN 1 1
Week 5 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM W5 YTD
1 Lee Evans BUF 14 46
2 Terrell Owens DAL 13 41
3 Steve Smith CAR 12 40
3 Wes Welker MIA 12 38
3 Az-Zahir Hakim DET 12 21
6 Braylon Edwards CLE 11 42
6 Reggie Bush NO 11 41
8 Chris Chambers MIA 10 49
8 Greg Jennings GB 10 43
8 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 10 25
11 Mike Furrey DET 9 40
11 Kellen Winslow CLE 9 37
11 Randy McMichael MIA 9 26
11 Eddie Kennison KC 9 24
11 Bryant Johnson ARI 9 20
16 Todd Heap BAL 8 41
16 Keyshawn Johnson CAR 8 40
16 Reggie Wayne IND 8 40
16 Joey Galloway TB 8 36
16 Amani Toomer NYG 8 33
16 Mark Clayton BAL 8 32
16 Travis Taylor MIN 8 32
16 Joe Horn NO 8 32
16 Chris Cooley WAS 8 30
16 Plaxico Burress NYG 8 29
16 Brian Westbrook PHI 8 29
16 Javon Walker DEN 8 28
16 Randy Moss OAK 8 28
16 Larry Johnson KC 8 24
16 Koren Robinson GB 8 16
16 Eric Parker SD 8 16
32 Torry Holt STL 7 59
32 Anquan Boldin ARI 7 44
32 Bernard Berrian CHI 7 36
32 Benjamin Watson NE 7 33
32 Kevin Jones DET 7 32
32 Terry Glenn DAL 7 26
32 Antonio Gates SD 7 25
32 Samie Parker KC 7 19
32 Ronald Curry OAK 7 17
41 Marvin Harrison IND 6 52
41 Laveranues Coles NYJ 6 50
41 Donald Driver GB 6 48
41 Muhsin Muhammad CHI 6 40
41 Reggie Williams JAC 6 39
41 Marques Colston NO 6 39
41 Antonio Bryant SF 6 36
41 Reggie Brown PHI 6 33
41 L.J. Smith PHI 6 32
41 Hines Ward PIT 6 32
41 Edgerrin James ARI 6 28
41 Doug Gabriel NE 6 28
41 Rod Smith DEN 6 27
41 Troy Brown NE 6 25
41 Peerless Price BUF 6 24
41 Jason Witten DAL 6 23
41 Rashied Davis CHI 6 14
41 Hank Baskett PHI 6 14
41 Alex Smith TB 6 14
41 Brandon Jones TEN 6 14
41 Musa Smith BAL 6 13
62 Derrick Mason BAL 5 41
62 Dennis Northcutt CLE 5 27
62 Tiki Barber NYG 5 27
62 Chester Taylor MIN 5 18
62 Verron Haynes PIT 5 17
62 Nate Washington PIT 5 16
62 Willis McGahee BUF 5 15
62 Thomas Jones CHI 5 15
62 Mewelde Moore MIN 5 15
62 Kevin Curtis STL 5 15
62 Kris Mangum CAR 5 13
62 Keenan McCardell SD 5 12
62 Dominic Rhodes IND 5 11
62 Noah Herron GB 5 9
62 Brandon Stokley IND 5 6
77 Troy Williamson MIN 4 38
77 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 4 31
77 George Wrighster JAC 4 27
77 Eric Johnson SF 4 24
77 Bobby Wade TEN 4 24
77 Bubba Franks GB 4 22
77 Jermaine Wiggins MIN 4 22
77 Marcus Robinson MIN 4 21
77 Arnaz Battle SF 4 21
77 Jeremy Shockey NYG 4 20
77 Antwaan Randle El WAS 4 19
77 Alvis Whitted OAK 4 18
77 Marion Barber DAL 4 14
77 Tim Carter NYG 4 14
77 Carnell Williams TB 4 14
77 Dante' Hall KC 4 13
77 Ike Hilliard TB 4 13
77 Ernie Conwell NO 4 12
77 Reuben Droughns CLE 4 10
77 Jerome Harrison CLE 4 10
77 Eddie Drummond DET 4 10
77 David Kircus DEN 4 8
77 LaMont Jordan OAK 4 8
77 Malcolm Floyd SD 4 8
77 LenDale White TEN 4 7