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Week 9: Looks and Touches

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The following is a list of the Week 9 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.

Week 9 provided many thrills on the field, with an offensive explosion by the Colts (they now rank only second to Eli Manning's Giants in points per game), another banner day by second-year starter Carson Palmer, and some positives for the Vikings.

Of course, we also witnessed a large number of running backs exit action early due to injury. As a result, this week's tour into the play-by-play includes some new names and some heroes of fantasy seasons past.

Let's break it down.

LOOKS

Michael Vick wanted to display his arm strength and pocket presence to critics this past week, and finished the game with his best passing marks on the year. It also signaled another solid effort from Brian Finneran, who finished with 92 receiving yards and a rare touchdown. Finneran was targeted 13 times by Vick in Week 9. When last he hit the field, Finneran caught five passes for 103 yards. Clearly, Vick is comfortable with his veteran receiver and will continue to rely on him in the passing game. Look for him to put up another solid effort this week against Green Bay.
Andre Johnson returned to action, despite late-week reports that he'd be forced to miss another week with his calf injury. Instead, he turned in his best performance of the year, a nine-catch, 91-yard effort. He finished with 11 Looks from David Carr on the day. The ball was spread around more with the absence of Domanick Davis from the backfield.
Say what you will about the 49ers and their struggles to put up points, but Brandon Lloyd has talent. Yes, his terrific one-handed grab at the one-yard line was wiped away by a penalty, but Lloyd has shown that in the right system and with the right (that is, consistent) QB, he could really be a force. Fantasy owners looking for help at wideout may still want to look his way, as he tallied 10 Looks this past week with a total of 57 for the year.
I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge the big week from an unexpected source in Detroit. Marred by injuries to virtually every wideout, and the loss of their top tailback Kevin Jones to a nerve injury, Joey Harrington became myopic and fired the ball consistently to the unheralded Scottie Vines. Vines led all receivers with 17 Looks this week in Detroit's loss to Minnesota. Right now, he and Marcus Pollard are the lone healthy options for Harrington, so he'll see another healthy workload when the Cardinals visit Detroit this week.

TOUCHES

Peyton Manning and the passing attack got all the headlines this week, but the Colts leaned heavily on Edgerrin James' legs once again. James led all backs with 37 Touches this past week, bringing his season total to 219 (one behind LaDainian Tomlinson) and that includes the bye week. Tomlinson and the Chargers have a Week 10 bye. James has shown tremendous durability and is on the quest to be the last healthy back standing. He's averaged over 27 Touches per game this season.
Larry Johnson made the most of his start against the Raiders last week, combining his rushing and receiving efforts to defeat the Raiders and prove that he is indeed a No. 1 back. He finished with 25 Touches, including a pivotal 36-yard reception late that set up his game-winning one-yard plunge. He'll have ample opportunity for repeat performances now that Priest Holmes is lost for the year, starting with this week's game against the Bills. Opponents are averaging 30 rushing attempts per game against the Bills, so look for Johnson to appear at or near the top of the Touches column next week.
Sam who? Samkon Gado is one of the hottest pickups on the waiver wire this week, as he's the lone healthy running back in Green Bay (OK, technically there's nothing wrong with ReShard Lee). After Lee's fumble early against the Steelers, Mike Sherman rode the legs of the rookie back to 27 Touches. Gado even found the end zone before it was done. He'll have another big workload in Week 10 against Atlanta, as it's unlikely that Tony Fisher (ribs) will rejoin the fray.
And, Week 9 saw the return of Duce Staley to the field opposite Gado and the Green Bay Packers. After missing the first half of the year, Staley was fresh and ran with power and determination. He ultimately finished the day with 17 Touches after relieving the injured Willie Parker. Both Parker and Jerome Bettis are unlikely to be ready for Week 10 against Cleveland, and Ben Roethlisberger has already been ruled out. That means a big day on the ground for Staley.
Week 9 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER WEEK 9 SEASON
1 Edgerrin James, Ind 37 219
2 Rudi Johnson, Cin 30 202
3 Warrick Dunn, Atl 29 173
4 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 28 220
5 Samkon Gado, GB 27 27
6 Larry Johnson, Kan 25 106
7 Reuben Droughns, Cle 24 166
7 LaMont Jordan, Oak 24 194
7 Clinton Portis, Was 24 167
10 Tiki Barber, NYG 23 168
10 Shaun Alexander, Sea 23 182
10 Chris Brown, Ten 23 154
13 Curtis Martin, NYJ 21 173
13 Brian Westbrook, Phi 21 138
15 Michael Bennett, Min 19 48
15 Antowain Smith, NO 19 81
17 Jonathan Wells, Hou 18 31
17 DeShaun Foster, Car 18 84
19 Duce Staley, Pit 17 17
20 Kevan Barlow, SF 16 134
21 Jamal Lewis, Bal 15 157
21 Corey Dillon, Cin 15 136
21 Aaron Stecker, NO 15 57
24 Ronnie Brown, Mia 14 145
24 Marcel Shipp, Ari 14 121
24 Fred Taylor, Jac 14 148
24 Cedric Benson, Chi 14 46
24 Carnell Williams, Tam 14 130
29 Stephen Davis, Car 13 138
30 Thomas Jones, Chi 12 184
30 Mewelde Moore, Min 12 112
32 Jason Wright, Cle 11 11
33 Ricky Williams, Mia 10 44
34 Vernand Morency, Hou 9 11
34 Shawn Bryson, Det 9 49
34 Michael Pittman, Tam 9 72
34 J.J. Arrington, Ari 9 51
38 Kevin Jones, Det 8 142
38 Justin Griffith, Atl 8 22
38 Frank Gore, SF 8 59
38 Chester Taylor, Bal 8 80
38 Artose Pinner, Det 8 41
43 Greg Jones, Jac 7 44
43 Alvin Pearman, Jac 7 44
43 Adrian Peterson, Chi 7 15
46 Willie Parker, Pit 6 138
46 Maurice Morris, Sea 6 29
48 Zack Crockett, Oak 5 26
48 Ciatrick Fason, Min 5 5
48 Brandon Jacobs, NYG 5 26
51 Mike Sellers, Was 4 9
51 Michael Turner, SD 4 32
51 Lorenzo Neal, SD 4 30
51 Jerald Sowell, NYJ 4 15
55 William Henderson, GB 3 20
55 Verron Haynes, Pit 3 41
55 Terrelle Smith, Cle 3 5
55 Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Ari 3 29
55 Nick Goings, Car 3 19
55 Mike Alstott, Tam 3 23
55 Lamar Gordon, Phi 3 34
55 Ladell Betts, Was 3 52
55 Derrick Ward, NYG 3 28
55 Chris Perry, Cin 3 76
65 Tony Richardson, Kan 2 6
65 Sammy Morris, Mia 2 15
65 ReShard Lee, GB 2 10
65 Mike Karney, NO 2 10
65 Mack Strong, Sea 2 21
65 Josh Parry, Phi 2 9
65 Jim Finn, NYG 2 2
65 Derrick Wimbush, Jac 2 3
65 Dan Kreider, Pit 2 4
65 Cory Schlesinger, Det 2 4
65 Cedric Houston, NYJ 2 2
76 Walt Williams, GB 1 1
76 Troy Fleming, Ten 1 5
76 Michael Cloud, NE 1 1
76 Marc Edwards, Chi 1 8
76 Justin Green, Bal 1 3
76 Jarrett Payton, Ten 1 29
76 Dominic Rhodes, Ind 1 29
76 Darren Sproles, SD 1 8
76 Chris Hetherington, SF 1 4
Week 9 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER WEEK 9 SEASON
1 Scottie Vines, Det 17 36
2 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari 14 90
3 Brian Finneran, Atl 13 46
4 Joey Galloway, Tam 12 81
4 Reggie Wayne, Ind 12 68
6 Antonio Gates, SD 11 79
6 Marvin Harrison, Ind 11 68
6 Andre Johnson, Hou 11 33
6 Donald Driver, GB 11 75
6 Muhsin Muhammad, Chi 11 85
6 Bryant Johnson, Ari 11 52
12 Santana Moss, Was 10 86
12 Brandon Lloyd, SF 10 57
12 Jerry Porter, Oak 10 71
12 Laveranues Coles, NYJ 10 71
12 Plaxico Burress, NYG 10 99
12 Amani Toomer, NYG 10 54
18 Chris Cooley, Was 9 55
18 Erron Kinney, Ten 9 56
18 LaMont Jordan, Oak 9 60
18 Troy Brown, NE 9 38
18 Mike Williams, Det 9 40
23 Roydell Williams, Ten 8 28
23 Bo Scaife, Ten 8 31
23 Michael Clayton, Tam 8 45
23 Reggie Brown, Phi 8 25
23 Brian Westbrook, Phi 8 67
23 Randy Moss, Oak 8 59
23 Justin McCareins, NYJ 8 59
23 Jeremy Shockey, NYG 8 59
23 Daniel Graham, NE 8 21
23 Eddie Kennison, Kan 8 59
23 Tony Gonzalez, Kan 8 61
23 T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cin 8 62
23 Justin Gage, Chi 8 18
23 Todd Heap, Bal 8 49
23 Alge Crumpler, Atl 8 62
38 Courtney Roby, Ten 7 27
38 Reche Caldwell, SD 7 26
38 Greg Lewis, Phi 7 57
38 Ernest Wilford, Jac 7 27
38 Corey Bradford, Hou 7 38
38 Donald Lee, GB 7 18
38 Bubba Franks, GB 7 32
38 Marcus Pollard, Det 7 38
38 Antonio Bryant, Cle 7 62
38 Chad Johnson, Cin 7 87
38 Steve Smith, Car 7 86
38 Reggie Newhouse, Ari 7 7
50 Michael Pittman, Tam 6 30
50 Kevan Barlow, SF 6 30
50 Joe Jurevicius, Sea 6 44
50 Doug Gabriel, Oak 6 31
50 Deion Branch, NE 6 73
50 David Givens, NE 6 73
50 Troy Williamson, Min 6 38
50 Chris Chambers, Mia 6 75
50 Chris Horn, Kan 6 21
50 Larry Johnson, Kan 6 17
50 Brandon Stokley, Ind 6 42
50 Antonio Chatman, GB 6 44
50 Shawn Bryson, Det 6 24
50 Braylon Edwards, Cle 6 30
50 Derrick Mason, Bal 6 74
65 Ike Hilliard, Tam 5 31
65 Arnaz Battle, SF 5 31
65 Bobby Engram, Sea 5 40
65 Courtney Anderson, Oak 5 30
65 Doug Jolley, NYJ 5 15
65 Ben Watson, NE 5 24
65 Joe Horn, NO 5 46
65 Dante Hall, Kan 5 29
65 Jimmy Smith, Jac 5 62
65 Alvin Pearman, Jac 5 19
65 Jonathan Wells, Hou 5 13
65 Dennis Northcutt, Cle 5 39
65 Reuben Droughns, Cle 5 27
65 Daniel Wilcox, Bal 5 23
65 Chester Taylor, Bal 5 36
65 Roddy White, Atl 5 22
81 Jerramy Stevens, Sea 4 41
81 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 4 43
81 Jerald Sowell, NYJ 4 17
81 Corey Dillon, NE 4 14
81 Donte' Stallworth, NO 4 68
81 Travis Taylor, Min 4 49
81 Nate Burleson, Min 4 26
81 Marty Booker, Mia 4 46
81 Randy McMichael, Mia 4 48
81 Ronnie Brown, Mia 4 30
81 Matt Jones, Jac 4 39
81 Chris Henry, Cin 4 30
81 Warrick Dunn, Atl 4 16
81 LeRon McCoy, Ari 4 4
81 J.J. Arrington, Ari 4 16
81 Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Ari 4 28