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Week 6: Looks and Touches

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The following is a list of the Week 6 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.

The biggest storylines of Week 6 came from the legs (and in one case, the arm) of the league's premier running backs. Shaun Alexander, Edgerrin James and TD machine LaDainian Tomlinson all had monster days at the office, combining for 10 touchdowns. Tatum Bell continued to turn up the heat on Mike Anderson in Denver with another long TD run, while Thomas Jones shocked Bears fans and unfortunately fantasy owners who had believed the negative injury reports all week with a big multi-TD day and 24 Touches. His brilliance kept ineffective rookie Cedric Benson on the sidelines learning from the master again.

On the receiving side, it was another big day for Santana Moss in terms of productive Looks from Mark Brunell, while frequent tosses to Troy Williamson and Jabar Gaffney failed to produce fantasy gold for the Vikings and Texans, respectively.

It's time to rip apart the box scores and shake out the Looks and Touches for Week 6.

Looks:

The continuing pain and misery for Minnesota can be summed up in the fact that three different targets registered 10 Looks from Daunte Culpepper this week. What's more telling is that these players are the TE, RB, and a rookie wide receiver. Jermaine Wiggins tied for the league lead this week with 15 Looks, while Troy Williamson (13) and Mewelde Moore (10) saw tremendous action in the drubbing by the Bears.

After getting in Drew Bledsoe's face during the Week 5 contest against Philadelphia, Keyshawn Johnson knew he'd hear his number called with greater regularity against the Giants. Johnson was the target of 14 Bledsoe passes (eight catches for 120 yards). Keyshawn had taken exception to Bledsoe's encouragement/criticism after a fumble against Philly. I suspect Keyshawn responded with a request for some end zone love like Terry Glenn had been receiving.

With Rudi Johnson firmly established as the workhorse on the ground, the Bengals needed to find a way to get second-year playmaker Chris Perry more involved. He's become a frequent target for Carson Palmer out of the backfield and is even splitting wide. He was targeted nine times this week, and has been thrown to 33 times this season. To put that number in perspective, Antwaan Randle El has had the same number of passes thrown to him, and Tony Gonzalez has been the target of just one more pass.

Despite playing with an injury and watching Marc Bulger leave with a shoulder injury on a bizarre play, Torry Holt finished the Monday night game with eight looks. He leads all receivers with 70 Looks through six weeks of play. For those keeping track, 62.9 percent of all passes thrown to Holt are completed, and the Rams gain slightly better than nine yards for every pass thrown to him.

Touches:

Chester Taylor ran quite well in his limited duty (8 carries, 4 receptions) for the Ravens, but Brian Billick continued to pound the ball between the tackles with Jamal Lewis. Despite a weak yards per carry average against the Browns and having the explosive Taylor at the ready, Billick called Lewis' number 26 times on the day. Billick maintains that he believes Lewis is on the verge of breaking off a huge game, and emphatically declared him his starting tailback.

Despite some troubles on the offensive line and the obvious issues due to turnover at the QB position, Curtis Martin is well on his way to his 12th consecutive 1,000-yard season. He gets there with durability, patience, and a coach who knows his value. Martin is averaging 22.5 Touches per game to guide the Jets offense.

Fantasy owners continue the call for Peyton Manning to capitalize on the brilliance of the O-Line and the dominance by Edgerrin James. Instead, it's the Colts tailback who continues to pile up tremendous numbers and a heavy workload. James is averaging nearly 27 Touches per game in the Colts' 6-0 start.

Greg Jones and Alvin Pearman made for an effective tag team in Sunday's OT thriller against the Steelers. Pearman had 20 Touches on the day, with Jones racking up 19. Should Fred Taylor miss an extended period of time, Jack Del Rio will have an interesting thunder/lightning combination to work with in support of Byron Leftwich.

Week 6 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER WEEK 6 SEASON
1 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 33 151
2 Willis McGahee, Buf 32 149
3 Jamal Lewis, Bal 26 107
3 Edgerrin James, Ind 26 160
5 Clinton Portis, Was 25 116
6 Thomas Jones, Chi 24 121
6 Warrick Dunn, Atl 24 118
8 Shaun Alexander, Sea 23 138
9 Steven Jackson, STL 22 112
10 Anthony Thomas, Dal 21 32
10 Willie Parker, Pit 21 98
10 Chris Brown, Ten 21 100
13 Curtis Martin, NYJ 20 135
13 Domanick Davis, Hou 20 105
13 Alvin Pearman, Jac 20 34
16 Rudi Johnson, Cin 19 135
16 Greg Jones, Jac 19 33
16 Priest Holmes, Kan 19 104
16 Mewelde Moore, Min 19 73
20 Aaron Stecker, NO 18 20
20 LaMont Jordan, Oak 18 113
22 Earnest Graham, Tam 17 28
23 Reuben Droughns, Cle 16 101
23 Michael Pittman, Tam 16 58
23 Tatum Bell, Den 16 65
23 Patrick Pass, NE 16 34
27 Mike Anderson, Den 15 95
27 Tiki Barber, NYG 15 95
27 Chris Perry, Cin 15 59
30 Larry Johnson, Kan 14 48
30 Kevin Jones, Det 14 88
32 Stephen Davis, Car 13 107
32 Marion Barber, Dal 13 15
34 Antowain Smith, NO 12 40
34 Chester Taylor, Bal 12 56
34 Dominic Rhodes, Ind 12 22
37 Ronnie Brown, Mia 11 96
37 Ricky Williams, Mia 11 11
39 Maurice Morris, Sea 8 23
39 Amos Zereoue, NE 8 8
39 Marshall Faulk, STL 8 32
42 Michael Turner, SD 7 28
42 Shawn Bryson, Det 7 22
44 Shaud Williams, Buf 6 25
44 Nick Goings, Car 6 11
46 Leonard Weaver, Sea 5 7
46 Artose Pinner, Det 5 22
46 Lorenzo Neal, SD 5 18
49 Jamal Robertson, Car 4 4
49 Jerome Bettis, Pit 4 22
49 Rock Cartwright, Was 4 4
49 Mack Strong, Sea 4 17
53 Cedric Benson, Chi 3 27
53 Michael Bennett, Min 3 21
53 Derrick Ward, NYG 3 11
53 Tyson Thompson, Dal 3 36
53 Verron Haynes, Pit 3 26
53 Justin Griffith, Atl 3 8
59 Jarrett Payton, Ten 2 14
59 Vernand Morency, Hou 2 2
59 William Green, Cle 2 12
59 T.J. Duckett, Atl 2 45
59 Kyle Johnson, Den 2 9
64 Moe Williams, Min 1 17
64 Zack Crockett, Oak 1 12
64 Brandon Jacobs, NYG 1 13
Week 6 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER WEEK 6 SEASON
1 David Givens, NE 15 51
1 Jermaine Wiggins, Min 15 41
1 Santana Moss, Was 15 61
4 Joey Galloway, Tam 14 56
4 Keyshawn Johnson, Dal 14 57
6 Jabar Gaffney, Hou 13 28
6 Muhsin Muhammad, Chi 13 56
6 Troy Williamson, Min 13 26
9 Antwaan Randle El, Pit 12 33
9 Brandon Jones, Ten 12 38
9 Deion Branch, NE 12 62
9 Doug Gabriel, Oak 12 15
9 Jerry Porter, Oak 12 46
14 Az-Zahir Hakim, NO 11 26
14 Drew Bennett, Ten 11 52
14 Eric Moulds, Buf 11 51
14 Justin McCareins, NYJ 11 46
14 Plaxico Burress, Pit 11 64
14 Reggie Wayne, Ind 11 47
20 Chad Johnson, Cin 10 58
20 Jeremy Shockey, NYG 10 37
20 Mewelde Moore, Min 10 24
20 Reggie Williams, Jac 10 40
24 Steve Smith, Car 10 66
24 Corey Bradford, Hou 9 25
24 Dennis Northcutt, Cle 9 30
24 Devery Henderson, NO 9 25
24 Ricky Proehl, Car 9 23
24 Chris Perry, Cin 9 33
30 Chris Cooley, Was 8 38
30 Derrick Mason, Bal 8 48
30 Donte' Stallworth, NO 8 46
30 Jimmy Smith, Jac 8 51
30 Kevin Johnson, Det 8 25
30 Laveranues Coles, NYJ 8 49
30 Patrick Pass, NE 8 20
30 Randy McMichael, Mia 8 32
30 Terry Glenn, Dal 8 49
30 Tony Gonzalez, Kan 8 34
30 Torry Holt, STL 8 70
41 Alge Crumpler, ATL 7 50
41 Antonio Bryant, Cle 7 41
41 Chester Taylor, Bal 7 23
41 Courtney Anderson, Oak 7 24
41 Heath Miller, Pit 7 16
41 LaMont Jordan, NYJ 7 39
41 Marcus Robinson, Min 7 28
41 Marty Booker, Mia 7 32
41 Rod Smith, Den 7 49
41 Todd Heap, Bal 7 23
41 Marvin Harrison, Ind 7 48
52 Alvis Whitted, Oak 6 15
52 Chris Chambers, Mia 6 53
52 David Patten, Was 6 38
52 Jason Witten, Dal 6 33
52 Joe Jurevicius, Sea 6 29
52 Ricky Williams, Mia 6 6
52 Steve Heiden, Cle 6 26
52 Steven Jackson, STL 6 30
60 Aaron Stecker, NO 5 6
60 Alex Smith, Tam 5 24
60 Alvin Pearman, Jac 5 12
60 Antonio Gates, SD 5 40
60 Ben Troupe, Ten 5 31
60 Cedrick Wilson, Pit 5 17
60 Domanick Davis, Hou 5 28
60 Erron Kinney, Ten 5 33
60 James Thrash, Was 5 19
60 Keenan McCardell, SD 5 40
60 Kevin Walter, Cin 5 18
60 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 5 27
60 Lee Evans, Buf 5 29
60 Marcus Pollard, Det 5 23
60 Patrick Crayton, Dal 5 25
60 Peter Warrick, Sea 5 9
60 Priest Holmes, Kan 5 26
60 Rod Gardner, Car 5 9
60 Tim Dwight, NE 5 15
60 Travis Taylor, Min 5 37
60 Wes Welker, Mia 5 17
60 Willis McGahee, Buf 5 19
60 Kevin Curtis, STL 5 46
60 Brandon Stokley, Ind 5 31
60 Edgerrin James, Ind 5 25
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