Looks and Touches: Week 3

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The following is a list of the Week 3 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
Steven Jackson finally got things going in Week 3 – thanks to a league-high 34 touches (30 carries, four receptions). With that said, Jackson did "only" finish seventh in total yards for the week, with 133 (115 rushing, 18 receiving), and he still has yet to score his first TD of the season. Oh yeah, and Jackson will be sidelined for at least a week or two with a groin strain/tear.

• The Giants went to Derrick Ward early and often in Week 3, and he ended up with 120 yards of offense (94 rushing, 26 receiving) on his 32 touches (26 carries, six catches). He's posted solid but unspectacular numbers filling in for the injured Brandon Jacobs, and should figure in the mix even when Jacobs returns.

• Deep draft-day discount LaMont Jordan continues to get the job done for his fantasy owners. He finished third among RB in both touches (31 – 29 carries, two catches) and yards (153 – 121 rushing, 32 receiving) in Week 3 and, on the season, is the league leader in touches (80 – 69 carries, 11 receptions), and is second in yardage (471 – 350 rushing, 121 receiving). Through the season's first three games, Jordan has scored as many TDs (2) as Steven Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Larry Johnson combined.

• LaDainian Tomlinson has faced three stout defenses thus far, and it shows in his numbers – among players with at least ten touches on the season, LT2 has averaged the lowest yards per touch (3.23). He produced 95 yards of offense (62 rushing, 33 receiving) on his 25 touches (22 carries, three receptions) in Week 3, good for 3.8 yards per touch, so he actually improved his numbers this past week.

• 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 3 included: Atlanta (Warrick Dunn 15, Jerious Norwood 9), Carolina (DeShaun Foster 21, DeAngelo Williams 11), Cincinnati (Rudi Johnson 18, Kenny Watson 10), Dallas (Marion Barber III 16, Julius Jones 9), Green Bay (Brandon Jackson 9, DeShawn Wynn 5), Houston (Samkon Gado 9, Jameel Cook 7, Ahman Green 6), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 17, Maurice Jones-Drew 17), New England (Laurence Maroney 19, Sammy Morris 12), Tampa Bay (Carnell Williams 13, Michael Pittman 10), and Tennessee (LenDale White 18, Chris Brown 15).

Brian Westbrook had one of his trademark games in Week 3, and he led all players with at least 10 touches in yards per touch. He put together a league-high 221 yards (110 rushing, 111 receiving) on 19 touches (14 carries, five catches), a 11.63-yard average. Larry Johnson had as unproductive of a week as was humanly possible, given his 25 touches (24 carries, one reception) – he totaled just 37 yards of offense (42 rushing, -5 receiving), 1.48-yard average.

LOOKS
• Carson Palmer is leaning on T.J. Houshmandzadeh pretty heavily thus far – Housh not only led the league in looks for Week 3 (18), but his 45 looks and 29 catches after three games on the season both lead the league, as well. It's not that Palmer is ignoring Chad Johnson, either – CJ is second in the league in looks (40), third in catches (25), and first in receiving yards (442).

Last week I mentioned that Donovan McNabb had gotten off to a slow start with his WRs. He picked up the pace a bit in Week 3, at least when it came to his WR2. Curtis appeared to be largely ignored by the Detroit defense in Week 3, and he converted 14 looks from McNabb into 11 catches for 221 yards and 3 TD. WR1 Reggie Brown had two catches for 23 yards on two looks.

• Veteran Derrick Mason – and most notably not popular sleeper favorite Mark Clayton – has started the season off in fine fashion. Mason has had at least 12 looks and seven receptions in each of the season's first three weeks.

• Muhsin Muhammad may agree with a solid contingent of Bears fans who would like to see a change at QB. He had just two catches on 10 looks in Week 3, and, on the season, he has four catches on 18 looks, a 22 percent catch rate.

Week 3 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

WEEK 3

YEAR

1

Steven Jackson

STL

34

77

2

Derrick Ward

NYG

32

68

3

LaMont Jordan

OAK

31

80

4

Ronnie Brown

MIA

29

59

5

Adrian Peterson

MIN

28

72

6

Thomas Jones

NYJ

27

68

7

Willie Parker

PIT

25

78

7

Willis McGahee

BAL

25

75

7

Joseph Addai

IND

25

73

7

LaDainian Tomlinson

SD

25

71

7

Larry Johnson

KC

25

61

12

Shaun Alexander

SEA

23

72

13

Marshawn Lynch

BUF

22

62

14

DeShaun Foster

CAR

21

53

15

Clinton Portis

WAS

20

55

16

Brian Westbrook

PHI

19

70

16

Laurence Maroney

NE

19

54

18

Rudi Johnson

CIN

18

66

18

LenDale White

TEN

18

53

20

Cedric Benson

CHI

17

62

20

Jamal Lewis

CLE

17

57

20

Fred Taylor

JAC

17

40

20

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

17

39

24

Frank Gore

SF

16

57

24

Marion Barber III

DAL

16

44

26

Warrick Dunn

ATL

15

55

26

Chris Brown

TEN

15

48

28

Carnell Williams

TB

13

51

28

Reggie Bush

NO

13

45

30

Sammy Morris

NE

12

35

31

Edgerrin James

ARI

11

65

31

Travis Henry

DEN

11

65

31

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

11

39

34

Tatum Bell

DET

10

42

34

Michael Pittman

TB

10

24

34

Kenny Watson

CIN

10

11

37

Brandon Jackson

GB

9

49

37

Julius Jones

DAL

9

42

37

Jerious Norwood

ATL

9

26

37

Justin Fargas

OAK

9

22

37

Samkon Gado

HOU

9

9

42

Ladell Betts

WAS

8

34

42

Adrian Peterson

CHI

8

20

42

Musa Smith

BAL

8

18

42

Earnest Graham

TB

8

14

46

Michael Bennett

KC

7

24

46

Kenton Keith

IND

7

14

46

Leon Washington

NYJ

7

14

46

Correll Buckhalter

PHI

7

13

46

Kevin Faulk

NE

7

11

46

Jameel Cook

HOU

7

7

52

Ahman Green

HOU

6

41

52

Mewelde Moore

MIN

6

16

52

Dwayne Wright

BUF

6

6

55

Deuce McAllister

NO

5

28

55

Najeh Davenport

PIT

5

22

55

DeShawn Wynn

GB

5

19

55

Brian Leonard

STL

5

10

55

Aaron Stecker

NO

5

9

60

Michael Turner

SD

4

17

60

Selvin Young

DEN

4

10

60

Heath Evans

NE

4

8

60

Ryan Grant

GB

4

5

60

Kevin Jones

DET

4

4

60

Tony Hunt

PHI

4

4

66

J.J. Arrington

ARI

3

12

66

Brian Calhoun

DET

3

12

66

Lorenzo Neal

SD

3

9

66

Carey Davis

PIT

3

8

66

Thomas Tapeh

PHI

3

7

66

Tyson Thompson

DAL

3

5

66

Reuben Droughns

NYG

3

5

66

Jason Wright

CLE

3

4

74

Mack Strong

SEA

2

12

74

Cecil Sapp

DEN

2

9

74

Justin Griffith

OAK

2

7

74

Mike Karney

NO

2

6

74

Brad Hoover

CAR

2

4

74

Marcel Shipp

ARI

2

3

74

Michael Robinson

SF

2

3

74

Zak Keasey

SF

2

2

82

Mike Sellers

WAS

1

9

82

Vonta Leach

HOU

1

8

82

Le'Ron McClain

BAL

1

7

82

Mike Bell

DEN

1

6

82

Greg Jones

JAC

1

4

82

Jeremi Johnson

CIN

1

3

82

Leonard Weaver

SEA

1

3

82

Ovie Mughelli

ATL

1

2

Week 3 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

WEEK 3

YEAR

1

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

CIN

18

45

2

Anquan Boldin

ARI

17

32

3

Chad Johnson

CIN

16

40

3

Roy Williams

DET

16

35

5

Kevin Curtis

PHI

14

29

6

Derrick Mason

BAL

13

37

6

Antonio Gates

SD

13

33

8

Chris Chambers

MIA

12

39

8

Terrell Owens

DAL

12

29

8

Plaxico Burress

NYG

12

25

8

Nate Burleson

SEA

12

21

12

Brandon Marshall

DEN

11

26

13

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

10

32

13

Jeremy Shockey

NYG

10

28

13

Bernard Berrian

CHI

10

27

13

Kellen Winslow

CLE

10

26

13

Muhsin Muhammad

CHI

10

18

13

Lance Moore

NO

10

15

19

Shaun McDonald

DET

9

26

19

Marty Booker

MIA

9

22

19

Tony Gonzalez

KC

9

21

19

Jason Witten

DAL

9

21

19

James Jones

GB

9

21

19

Roddy White

ATL

9

20

25

Donald Driver

GB

8

32

25

Marvin Harrison

IND

8

26

25

Marques Colston

NO

8

26

25

Santana Moss

WAS

8

25

25

Reggie Bush

NO

8

24

25

Darrell Jackson

SF

8

21

25

Ronnie Brown

MIA

8

16

25

Vernon Davis

SF

8

15

25

Joe Horn

ATL

8

15

25

Michael Jenkins

ATL

8

13

35

Randy Moss

NE

7

25

35

Deion Branch

SEA

7

23

35

Mike Furrey

DET

7

19

35

Lee Evans

BUF

7

19

35

Vincent Jackson

SD

7

18

35

Derrick Ward

NYG

7

18

35

Jeff King

CAR

7

18

35

Bobby Wade

MIN

7

18

35

Dwayne Bowe

KC

7

17

35

Bobby Engram

SEA

7

17

35

Owen Daniels

HOU

7

15

35

Patrick Crayton

DAL

7

13

35

Clinton Portis

WAS

7

8

35

Greg Jennings

GB

7

7

35

Delanie Walker

SF

7

7

50

Jerricho Cotchery

NYJ

6

26

50

Wes Welker

NE

6

24

50

Torry Holt

STL

6

22

50

Eric Johnson

NO

6

20

50

Dallas Clark

IND

6

20

50

Tatum Bell

DET

6

18

50

Joe Jurevicius

CLE

6

17

50

Donald Lee

GB

6

16

50

Alge Crumpler

ATL

6

14

50

Kris Wilson

KC

6

13

50

Craig Davis

SD

6

11

50

Mark Clayton

BAL

6

10

62

Braylon Edwards

CLE

5

27

62

Steve Smith

CAR

5

27

62

Brian Westbrook

PHI

5

25

62

Reggie Wayne

IND

5

25

62

Laveranues Coles

NYJ

5

24

62

LaDainian Tomlinson

SD

5

22

62

Amani Toomer

NYG

5

21

62

Ronald Curry

OAK

5

21

62

Todd Heap

BAL

5

20

62

Antwaan Randle El

WAS

5

18

62

Jerry Porter

OAK

5

15

62

Marcedes Lewis

JAC

5

14

62

Chris Cooley

WAS

5

13

62

Heath Miller

PIT

5

12

62

Warrick Dunn

ATL

5

12

62

Peerless Price

BUF

5

12

62

Roydell Williams

TEN

5

11

62

Alex Smith

TB

5

10

62

Anthony Gonzalez

IND

5

10

62

DeShawn Wynn

GB

5

9

62

Sidney Rice

MIN

5

9

62

Mike Williams

OAK

5

9

62

Kevin Faulk

NE

5

8

62

Andre' Davis

HOU

5

5

86

Isaac Bruce

STL

4

26

86

Demetrius Williams

BAL

4

18

86

Joey Galloway

TB

4

17

86

Brandon Jones

TEN

4

15

86

Michael Pittman

TB

4

15

86

Brandon Jackson

GB

4

15

86

Bubba Franks

GB

4

15

86

Steven Jackson

STL

4

14

86

Keary Colbert

CAR

4

14

86

Ike Hilliard

TB

4

13

86

Brandon Stokley

DEN

4

12

86

Desmond Clark

CHI

4

12

86

Randy McMichael

STL

4

12

86

Drew Bennett

STL

4

12

86

Bo Scaife

TEN

4

11

86

Joseph Addai

IND

4

11

86

Jerious Norwood

ATL

4

10

86

Willis McGahee

BAL

4

9

86

Eric Moulds

TEN

4

9

86

Shaun Alexander

SEA

4

9

86

Bryant Johnson

ARI

4

9

86

Steve Heiden

CLE

4

9

Week 3 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

WEEK 3

YEAR

1

Steven Jackson

STL

34

77

2

Derrick Ward

NYG

32

68

3

LaMont Jordan

OAK

31

80

4

Ronnie Brown

MIA

29

59

5

Adrian Peterson

MIN

28

72

6

Thomas Jones

NYJ

27

68

7

Willie Parker

PIT

25

78

7

Willis McGahee

BAL

25

75

7

Joseph Addai

IND

25

73

7

LaDainian Tomlinson

SD

25

71

7

Larry Johnson

KC

25

61

12

Shaun Alexander

SEA

23

72

13

Marshawn Lynch

BUF

22

62

14

DeShaun Foster

CAR

21

53

15

Clinton Portis

WAS

20

55

16

Brian Westbrook

PHI

19

70

16

Laurence Maroney

NE

19

54

18

Rudi Johnson

CIN

18

66

18

LenDale White

TEN

18

53

20

Cedric Benson

CHI

17

62

20

Jamal Lewis

CLE

17

57

20

Fred Taylor

JAC

17

40

20

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

17

39

24

Frank Gore

SF

16

57

24

Marion Barber III

DAL

16

44

26

Warrick Dunn

ATL

15

55

26

Chris Brown

TEN

15

48

28

Carnell Williams

TB

13

51

28

Reggie Bush

NO

13

45

30

Sammy Morris

NE

12

35

31

Edgerrin James

ARI

11

65

31

Travis Henry

DEN

11

65

31

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

11

39

34

Tatum Bell

DET

10

42

34

Michael Pittman

TB

10

24

34

Kenny Watson

CIN

10

11

37

Brandon Jackson

GB

9

49

37

Julius Jones

DAL

9

42

37

Jerious Norwood

ATL

9

26

37

Justin Fargas

OAK

9

22

37

Samkon Gado

HOU

9

9

42

Ladell Betts

WAS

8

34

42

Adrian Peterson

CHI

8

20

42

Musa Smith

BAL

8

18

42

Earnest Graham

TB

8

14

46

Michael Bennett

KC

7

24

46

Kenton Keith

IND

7

14

46

Leon Washington

NYJ

7

14

46

Correll Buckhalter

PHI

7

13

46

Kevin Faulk

NE

7

11

46

Jameel Cook

HOU

7

7

52

Ahman Green

HOU

6

41

52

Mewelde Moore

MIN

6

16

52

Dwayne Wright

BUF

6

6

55

Deuce McAllister

NO

5

28

55

Najeh Davenport

PIT

5

22

55

DeShawn Wynn

GB

5

19

55

Brian Leonard

STL

5

10

55

Aaron Stecker

NO

5

9

60

Michael Turner

SD

4

17

60

Selvin Young

DEN

4

10

60

Heath Evans

NE

4

8

60

Ryan Grant

GB

4

5

60

Kevin Jones

DET

4

4

60

Tony Hunt

PHI

4

4

66

J.J. Arrington

ARI

3

12

66

Brian Calhoun

DET

3

12

66

Lorenzo Neal

SD

3

9

66

Carey Davis

PIT

3

8

66

Thomas Tapeh

PHI

3

7

66

Tyson Thompson

DAL

3

5

66

Reuben Droughns

NYG

3

5

66

Jason Wright

CLE

3

4

74

Mack Strong

SEA

2

12

74

Cecil Sapp

DEN

2

9

74

Justin Griffith

OAK

2

7

74

Mike Karney

NO

2

6

74

Brad Hoover

CAR

2

4

74

Marcel Shipp

ARI

2

3

74

Michael Robinson

SF

2

3

74

Zak Keasey

SF

2

2

82

Mike Sellers

WAS

1

9

82

Vonta Leach

HOU

1

8

82

Le'Ron McClain

BAL

1

7

82

Mike Bell

DEN

1

6

82

Greg Jones

JAC

1

4

82

Jeremi Johnson

CIN

1

3

82

Leonard Weaver

SEA

1

3

82

Ovie Mughelli

ATL

1

2

Week 3 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

WEEK 3

YEAR

1

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

CIN

18

45

2

Anquan Boldin

ARI

17

32

3

Chad Johnson

CIN

16

40

3

Roy Williams

DET

16

35

5

Kevin Curtis

PHI

14

29

6

Derrick Mason

BAL

13

37

6

Antonio Gates

SD

13

33

8

Chris Chambers

MIA

12

39

8

Terrell Owens

DAL

12

29

8

Plaxico Burress

NYG

12

25

8

Nate Burleson

SEA

12

21

12

Brandon Marshall

DEN

11

26

13

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

10

32

13

Jeremy Shockey

NYG

10

28

13

Bernard Berrian

CHI

10

27

13

Kellen Winslow

CLE

10

26

13

Muhsin Muhammad

CHI

10

18

13

Lance Moore

NO

10

15

19

Shaun McDonald

DET

9

26

19

Marty Booker

MIA

9

22

19

Tony Gonzalez

KC

9

21

19

Jason Witten

DAL

9

21

19

James Jones

GB

9

21

19

Roddy White

ATL

9

20

25

Donald Driver

GB

8

32

25

Marvin Harrison

IND

8

26

25

Marques Colston

NO

8

26

25

Santana Moss

WAS

8

25

25

Reggie Bush

NO

8

24

25

Darrell Jackson

SF

8

21

25

Ronnie Brown

MIA

8

16

25

Vernon Davis

SF

8

15

25

Joe Horn

ATL

8

15

25

Michael Jenkins

ATL

8

13

35

Randy Moss

NE

7

25

35

Deion Branch

SEA

7

23

35

Mike Furrey

DET

7

19

35

Lee Evans

BUF

7

19

35

Vincent Jackson

SD

7

18

35

Derrick Ward

NYG

7

18

35

Jeff King

CAR

7

18

35

Bobby Wade

MIN

7

18

35

Dwayne Bowe

KC

7

17

35

Bobby Engram

SEA

7

17

35

Owen Daniels

HOU

7

15

35

Patrick Crayton

DAL

7

13

35

Clinton Portis

WAS

7

8

35

Greg Jennings

GB

7

7

35

Delanie Walker

SF

7

7

50

Jerricho Cotchery

NYJ

6

26

50

Wes Welker

NE

6

24

50

Torry Holt

STL

6

22

50

Eric Johnson

NO

6

20

50

Dallas Clark

IND

6

20

50

Tatum Bell

DET

6

18

50

Joe Jurevicius

CLE

6

17

50

Donald Lee

GB

6

16

50

Alge Crumpler

ATL

6

14

50

Kris Wilson

KC

6

13

50

Craig Davis

SD

6

11

50

Mark Clayton

BAL

6

10

62

Braylon Edwards

CLE

5

27

62

Steve Smith

CAR

5

27

62

Brian Westbrook

PHI

5

25

62

Reggie Wayne

IND

5

25

62

Laveranues Coles

NYJ

5

24

62

LaDainian Tomlinson

SD

5

22

62

Amani Toomer

NYG

5

21

62

Ronald Curry

OAK

5

21

62

Todd Heap

BAL

5

20

62

Antwaan Randle El

WAS

5

18

62

Jerry Porter

OAK

5

15

62

Marcedes Lewis

JAC

5

14

62

Chris Cooley

WAS

5

13

62

Heath Miller

PIT

5

12

62

Warrick Dunn

ATL

5

12

62

Peerless Price

BUF

5

12

62

Roydell Williams

TEN

5

11

62

Alex Smith

TB

5

10

62

Anthony Gonzalez

IND

5

10

62

DeShawn Wynn

GB

5

9

62

Sidney Rice

MIN

5

9

62

Mike Williams

OAK

5

9

62

Kevin Faulk

NE

5

8

62

Andre' Davis

HOU

5

5

86

Isaac Bruce

STL

4

26

86

Demetrius Williams

BAL

4

18

86

Joey Galloway

TB

4

17

86

Brandon Jones

TEN

4

15

86

Michael Pittman

TB

4

15

86

Brandon Jackson

GB

4

15

86

Bubba Franks

GB

4

15

86

Steven Jackson

STL

4

14

86

Keary Colbert

CAR

4

14

86

Ike Hilliard

TB

4

13

86

Brandon Stokley

DEN

4

12

86

Desmond Clark

CHI

4

12

86

Randy McMichael

STL

4

12

86

Drew Bennett

STL

4

12

86

Bo Scaife

TEN

4

11

86

Joseph Addai

IND

4

11

86

Jerious Norwood

ATL

4

10

86

Willis McGahee

BAL

4

9

86

Eric Moulds

TEN

4

9

86

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