Looks and Touches: Week 4

The following is a list of the Week 4 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 RB carried or caught the football.

Looks is defined as the number of times a player was the intended target of a pass.

TOUCHES
There's a pair of familiar names atop the leaderboard this week. Larry Johnson and Steven Jackson finished 1-2 in both touches (33 and 29) and yards of offense (198 and 188), and combined for three scores (LJ 2, SJ 1). Johnson reached season-highs in both touches (28 carries, 5 catches) and yards – he has averaged 160 yards on 29 touches over the past two weeks after averaging 54 yards on 18 touches in the season's first two games. Jackson also had his biggest workload (24 carries, 5 catches) and offensive output – and he's averaged 158 yards on 29 touches in the past two games after averaging 82 yards on 19 touches in the first two.

With Justin Fargas inactive and Darren McFadden limited by turf toe, Michael Bush saw the lion's share of touches (21 – 14 carries, 7 catches) for the Raiders and his 128 yards of offense (48 rushing, 80 receiving) were good for fourth among RB in Week 4. The Raiders are on a bye in Week 5, so we could be looking at a three-headed monster when they take on the Saints in Week 6 if both Fargas and McFadden get back to 100 percent during the off week.

Earnest Graham reached 20 carries for the first time this season en route to 111 rushing yards in Week 4 (he also added 1 catch for 3 yards) – he's just 23rd in the league in carries per game (14.3) but 10th in rushing yards per game (83.5). Quick stat: Graham has 57 carries on the season, but his three longest runs to this point (68, 47, 46) combine for just under 50 percent of his total rushing yards (334).

The Deuce appears to be loose, at least for now. Deuce McAllister led Saints' RB with 21 touches (20 carries, 1 catch) and 83 yards of offense (73 rushing, 10 receiving) and should remain heavily utilized for as long as he can stay on the field. Reggie Bush was ineffective (15 touches, 38 yards), largely due to his marginal impact in the passing game (5 catches, 7 yards) – he had entered the game averaging nine catches for 83 yards. Pierre Thomas was marginalized to the point that he saw fewer touches (1 carry) than Olaniyi Sobomehin (2 carries).

The smallish Steve Slaton (5-foot-9, 201) emerged from a pair of tough road matchups (@TEN, @JAC) looking pretty good. He totaled 116 yards of offense (33 rushing, 83 receiving) on 18 touches (10 carries, 8 catches) in Week 4 and totaled 240 yards (149 rushing, 92 receiving) on 40 touches (28 carries, 12 catches) and two scores (1 rushing, 1 receiving) in the two games. Things (should) get easier for Slaton over the next four weeks, with some favorable matchups and all home cooking (IND, MIA, DET, CIN).

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 4 included: Arizona (Edgerrin James 14, Tim Hightower 7), Baltimore (Le'Ron McClain 19, Willis McGahee 16), Carolina (DeAngelo Williams 18, Jonathan Stewart 14), Denver (Selvin Young 11, Michael Pittman 6), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 13, Maurice Jones-Drew 9), New Orleans (Deuce McAllister 21, Reggie Bush 15), NY Jets (Thomas Jones 20, Leon Washington 11), Pittsburgh (Mewelde Moore 11, Rashard Mendenhall 10, Carey Davis 9), Tampa Bay (Earnest Graham 21, Warrick Dunn 18), and Tennessee (Chris Johnson 20, LenDale White 11).

Yards-per-touch leaders for Week 4 (minimum 10 touches) included: Steven Jackson (6.48, 29 for 188), Steve Slaton (6.44, 18 for 116), and Frank Gore (6.28, 18 for 113). The bottom three: Ryan Grant (0.94, 17 for 16), LenDale White (1.18, 11 for 13), and Chris Perry (2.53, 17 for 43).

LOOKS
I'll avoid the Terrell Owens "situation" as well as I can while still pointing out his league-high 17 looks were also his highest single-game total since the 2005 season. He's currently averaging 4.3 catches and 66 yards on 9.0 looks per game – his averages from the previous two seasons (31 G) include 5.4 catches and 82 yards on 9.5 looks per game.

Laveraneus Coles and Brett Favre appear to officially be on the same page. Coles has improved his looks, catches, yards, and TD in each of the season's four games: from 4-1-5-0 to 6-3-72-0 to 7-6-75-1 to 12-8-105-3.

DeSean Jackson isn't showing many signs of slowing his roll – he garnered 10 looks for the second time in four games, had possession of the ball in the end zone for the first time, and he hasn't had fewer than seven looks in any single game.

Top 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Steve Slaton (100%, 15/15), Jason Witten (96%, 27/28), Anthony Fasano (92%, 11/12), Ike Hilliard (86%, 18/21), Frank Gore (83%, 15/18), Chansi Stuckey (82%, 14/17), Matt Forte (82%, 18/22), Antwaan Randle El (82%, 18/22), Josh Reed (81%, 17/21), and John Carlson (80%, 12/15)

Bottom 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Ashley Lelie (28%, 5/18), Justin McCareins (33%, 9/27), Michael Jenkins (33%, 6/18), Courtney Taylor (33%, 5/15), Braylon Edwards (37%, 11/30), Chris Chambers (40%, 8/20), L.J. Smith (40%, 6/15), Mark Clayton (42%, 5/12), Jerramy Stevens (42%, 5/12), and Roy Williams (44%, 8/18).

Note: Looks and touches data provided by FFToday.com

Week 4 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

WEEK 4

YEAR

T/G

1

Larry Johnson

KC

33

92

23.0

2

Steven Jackson

STL

29

94

23.5

3

Jamal Lewis

CLE

27

78

19.5

4

Matt Forte

CHI

24

110

27.5

5

Clinton Portis

WAS

23

92

23.0

5

Marshawn Lynch

BUF

23

91

22.8

7

Adrian Peterson

MIN

22

92

23.0

7

LaDainian Tomlinson

SD

22

87

21.8

9

Earnest Graham

TB

21

62

15.5

9

Michael Bush

OAK

21

52

13.0

9

Deuce McAllister

NO

21

23

11.5

12

Chris Johnson

TEN

20

77

19.3

12

Thomas Jones

NYJ

20

76

19.0

14

Michael Turner

ATL

19

80

20.0

14

Le'Ron McClain

BAL

19

58

19.3

16

Frank Gore

SF

18

91

22.8

16

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

18

61

15.3

16

Steve Slaton

HOU

18

56

18.7

16

Warrick Dunn

TB

18

52

13.0

16

Correll Buckhalter

PHI

18

38

9.5

21

Chris Perry

CIN

17

81

20.3

21

Ryan Grant

GB

17

57

14.3

23

Willis McGahee

BAL

16

32

16.0

24

Reggie Bush

NO

15

83

20.8

25

Edgerrin James

ARI

14

79

19.8

25

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

14

45

11.3

27

Fred Taylor

JAC

13

66

16.5

28

LenDale White

TEN

11

60

15.0

28

Selvin Young

DEN

11

39

9.8

28

Leon Washington

NYJ

11

28

7.0

28

Ladell Betts

WAS

11

25

6.3

28

Mewelde Moore

PIT

11

12

3.0

33

Marion Barber

DAL

10

82

20.5

33

Fred Jackson

BUF

10

39

9.8

33

Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

10

21

5.3

36

Darren McFadden

OAK

9

58

14.5

36

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

9

51

12.8

36

Carey Davis

PIT

9

12

3.0

39

Chris Taylor

HOU

8

14

4.7

40

Jerious Norwood

ATL

7

42

10.5

40

Tim Hightower

ARI

7

37

9.3

40

Darren Sproles

SD

7

25

6.3

43

Michael Pittman

DEN

6

26

6.5

43

Jason Wright

CLE

6

9

2.3

45

Jerome Harrison

CLE

5

8

2.0

46

Andre Hall

DEN

4

27

6.8

46

Jamaal Charles

KC

4

25

6.3

48

Brandon Jackson

GB

3

25

6.3

48

Kevin Jones

CHI

3

20

5.0

48

Lorenzo Booker

PHI

3

17

4.3

48

Tony Hunt

PHI

3

8

2.0

52

Mike Tolbert

SD

2

15

3.8

52

Jason McKie

CHI

2

11

2.8

52

Kolby Smith

KC

2

9

3.0

52

DeShaun Foster

SF

2

9

2.3

52

Lawrence Vickers

CLE

2

7

1.8

52

Greg Jones

JAC

2

6

1.5

52

Naufahu Tahi

MIN

2

6

1.5

52

Mike Cox

KC

2

4

1.0

52

Olaniyi Sobomehin

NO

2

2

2.0

52

Brian Leonard

STL

2

2

2.0

62

Ray Rice

BAL

1

31

10.3

62

Pierre Thomas

NO

1

30

7.5

62

Chester Taylor

MIN

1

28

7.0

62

Justin Griffith

OAK

1

8

2.0

62

Ahmard Hall

TEN

1

6

1.5

62

Vonta Leach

HOU

1

3

1.0

62

Montell Owens

JAC

1

2

0.5

62

Terrelle Smith

ARI

1

1

0.3

62

Jason Snelling

ATL

1

1

0.3

Week 4 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

WEEK 4

YEAR

L/G

1

Terrell Owens

DAL

17

36

9.0

2

Roddy White

ATL

16

33

8.3

3

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

15

40

10.0

4

Santana Moss

WAS

14

43

10.8

4

Derrick Mason

BAL

14

25

8.3

6

Brandon Marshall

DEN

13

45

15.0

6

Anquan Boldin

ARI

13

35

8.8

8

Dwayne Bowe

KC

12

46

11.5

8

Eddie Royal

DEN

12

37

9.3

8

Laveranues Coles

NYJ

12

29

7.3

8

Steve Smith

CAR

12

21

10.5

12

Greg Jennings

GB

11

36

9.0

12

Arnaz Battle

SF

11

22

5.5

14

Muhsin Muhammad

CAR

10

37

9.3

14

Jason Witten

DAL

10

37

9.3

14

DeSean Jackson

PHI

10

35

8.8

14

Justin McCareins

TEN

10

27

6.8

14

Brandon Stokley

DEN

10

25

6.3

14

Justin Gage

TEN

10

23

7.7

14

Steve Breaston

ARI

10

22

5.5

14

Lance Moore

NO

10

22

5.5

14

Owen Daniels

HOU

10

20

6.7

14

Patrick Crayton

DAL

10

19

4.8

14

Reggie Brown

PHI

10

13

6.5

25

Kevin Walter

HOU

9

22

7.3

26

Reggie Bush

NO

8

40

10.0

26

Kellen Winslow

CLE

8

38

9.5

26

Antonio Bryant

TB

8

37

9.3

26

Vincent Jackson

SD

8

25

6.3

26

Bernard Berrian

MIN

8

24

6.0

26

Isaac Bruce

SF

8

20

5.0

26

Visanthe Shiancoe

MIN

8

20

5.0

26

Antonio Chatman

CIN

8

18

4.5

26

Zach Miller

OAK

8

18

4.5

26

Steve Slaton

HOU

8

15

5.0

26

Michael Bush

OAK

8

9

2.3

37

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

CIN

7

35

8.8

37

Matt Jones

JAC

7

31

7.8

37

Santonio Holmes

PIT

7

26

6.5

37

Torry Holt

STL

7

24

6.0

37

Chad Johnson

CIN

7

24

6.0

37

Antonio Gates

SD

7

23

5.8

37

Chris Cooley

WAS

7

22

5.5

37

Bobby Wade

MIN

7

22

5.5

37

Randy McMichael

STL

7

21

5.3

37

Greg Olsen

CHI

7

14

3.5

37

Chris Perry

CIN

7

14

3.5

37

Donnie Avery

STL

7

12

4.0

37

Johnnie Lee Higgins

OAK

7

9

2.3

37

Jerheme Urban

ARI

7

8

2.0

51

Steven Jackson

STL

6

25

6.3

51

Matt Forte

CHI

6

22

5.5

51

Michael Clayton

TB

6

15

5.0

51

Adrian Peterson

MIN

6

13

3.3

51

Daniel Graham

DEN

6

12

3.0

51

Miles Austin

DAL

6

12

4.0

51

Edgerrin James

ARI

6

10

2.5

51

Mike Walker

JAC

6

9

3.0

59

Braylon Edwards

CLE

5

30

7.5

59

Andre Johnson

HOU

5

29

9.7

59

Lee Evans

BUF

5

25

6.3

59

Josh Reed

BUF

5

21

5.3

59

Frank Gore

SF

5

18

4.5

59

Michael Jenkins

ATL

5

18

4.5

59

Jason Avant

PHI

5

17

4.3

59

Reggie Williams

JAC

5

17

4.3

59

Jordy Nelson

GB

5

17

4.3

59

Chris Johnson

TEN

5

16

4.0

59

Warrick Dunn

TB

5

15

3.8

59

Leon Washington

NYJ

5

13

3.3

59

Harry Douglas

ATL

5

11

2.8

59

Devin Hester

CHI

5

8

2.7

59

Billy Miller

NO

5

7

2.3

59

Brian Finneran

ATL

5

6

1.5

59

Larry Johnson

KC

5

6

1.5

76

Tony Gonzalez

KC

4

34

8.5

76

Jerricho Cotchery

NYJ

4

25

6.3

76

Donald Driver

GB

4

24

6.0

76

Antwaan Randle El

WAS

4

22

5.5

76

Bryant Johnson

SF

4

17

4.3

76

Reggie Kelly

CIN

4

16

4.0

76

Marshawn Lynch

BUF

4

16

4.0

76

Desmond Clark

CHI

4

15

3.8

76

Marcedes Lewis

JAC

4

14

3.5

76

Heath Miller

PIT

4

13

3.3

76

Jerious Norwood

ATL

4

13

3.3

76

Mark Clayton

BAL

4

12

4.0

76

Marty Booker

CHI

4

10

2.5

76

Brandon Jones

TEN

4

10

2.5

76

Le'Ron McClain

BAL

4

9

3.0

76

Aundrae Allison

MIN

4

8

2.0

76

James Hardy

BUF

4

8

2.0

76

Brent Celek

PHI

4

7

1.8

76

Mewelde Moore

PIT

4

4

1.0

Week 4 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

WEEK 4

YEAR

T/G

1

Larry Johnson

KC

33

92

23.0

2

Steven Jackson

STL

29

94

23.5

3

Jamal Lewis

CLE

27

78

19.5

4

Matt Forte

CHI

24

110

27.5

5

Clinton Portis

WAS

23

92

23.0

5

Marshawn Lynch

BUF

23

91

22.8

7

Adrian Peterson

MIN

22

92

23.0

7

LaDainian Tomlinson

SD

22

87

21.8

9

Earnest Graham

TB

21

62

15.5

9

Michael Bush

OAK

21

52

13.0

9

Deuce McAllister

NO

21

23

11.5

12

Chris Johnson

TEN

20

77

19.3

12

Thomas Jones

NYJ

20

76

19.0

14

Michael Turner

ATL

19

80

20.0

14

Le'Ron McClain

BAL

19

58

19.3

16

Frank Gore

SF

18

91

22.8

16

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

18

61

15.3

16

Steve Slaton

HOU

18

56

18.7

16

Warrick Dunn

TB

18

52

13.0

16

Correll Buckhalter

PHI

18

38

9.5

21

Chris Perry

CIN

17

81

20.3

21

Ryan Grant

GB

17

57

14.3

23

Willis McGahee

BAL

16

32

16.0

24

Reggie Bush

NO

15

83

20.8

25

Edgerrin James

ARI

14

79

19.8

25

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

14

45

11.3

27

Fred Taylor

JAC

13

66

16.5

28

LenDale White

TEN

11

60

15.0

28

Selvin Young

DEN

11

39

9.8

28

Leon Washington

NYJ

11

28

7.0

28

Ladell Betts

WAS

11

25

6.3

28

Mewelde Moore

PIT

11

12

3.0

33

Marion Barber

DAL

10

82

20.5

33

Fred Jackson

BUF

10

39

9.8

33

Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

10

21

5.3

36

Darren McFadden

OAK

9

58

14.5

36

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

9

51

12.8

36

Carey Davis

PIT

9

12

3.0

39

Chris Taylor

HOU

8

14

4.7

40

Jerious Norwood

ATL

7

42

10.5

40

Tim Hightower

ARI

7

37

9.3

40

Darren Sproles

SD

7

25

6.3

43

Michael Pittman

DEN

6

26

6.5

43

Jason Wright

CLE

6

9

2.3

45

Jerome Harrison

CLE

5

8

2.0

46

Andre Hall

DEN

4

27

6.8

46

Jamaal Charles

KC

4

25

6.3

48

Brandon Jackson

GB

3

25

6.3

48

Kevin Jones

CHI

3

20

5.0

48

Lorenzo Booker

PHI

3

17

4.3

48

Tony Hunt

PHI

3

8

2.0

52

Mike Tolbert

SD

2

15

3.8

52

Jason McKie

CHI

2

11

2.8

52

Kolby Smith

KC

2

9

3.0

52

DeShaun Foster

SF

2

9

2.3

52

Lawrence Vickers

CLE

2

7

1.8

52

Greg Jones

JAC

2

6

1.5

52

Naufahu Tahi

MIN

2

6

1.5

52

Mike Cox

KC

2

4

1.0

52

Olaniyi Sobomehin

NO

2

2

2.0

52

Brian Leonard

STL

2

2

2.0

62

Ray Rice

BAL

1

31

10.3

62

Pierre Thomas

NO

1

30

7.5

62

Chester Taylor

MIN

1

28

7.0

62

Justin Griffith

OAK

1

8

2.0

62

Ahmard Hall

TEN

1

6

1.5

62

Vonta Leach

HOU

1

3

1.0

62

Montell Owens

JAC

1

2

0.5

62

Terrelle Smith

ARI

1

1

0.3

62

Jason Snelling

ATL

1

1

0.3

Week 4 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

WEEK 4

YEAR

L/G

1

Terrell Owens

DAL

17

36

9.0

2

Roddy White

ATL

16

33

8.3

3

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

15

40

10.0

4

Santana Moss

WAS

14

43

10.8

4

Derrick Mason

BAL

14

25

8.3

6

Brandon Marshall

DEN

13

45

15.0

6

Anquan Boldin

ARI

13

35

8.8

8

Dwayne Bowe

KC

12

46

11.5

8

Eddie Royal

DEN

12

37

9.3

8

Laveranues Coles

NYJ

12

29

7.3

8

Steve Smith

CAR

12

21

10.5

12

Greg Jennings

GB

11

36

9.0

12

Arnaz Battle

SF

11

22

5.5

14

Muhsin Muhammad

CAR

10

37

9.3

14

Jason Witten

DAL

10

37

9.3

14

DeSean Jackson

PHI

10

35

8.8

14

Justin McCareins

TEN

10

27

6.8

14

Brandon Stokley

DEN

10

25

6.3

14

Justin Gage

TEN

10

23

7.7

14

Steve Breaston

ARI

10

22

5.5

14

Lance Moore

NO

10

22

5.5

14

Owen Daniels

HOU

10

20

6.7

14

Patrick Crayton

DAL

10

19

4.8

14

Reggie Brown

PHI

10

13

6.5

25

Kevin Walter

HOU

9

22

7.3

26

Reggie Bush

NO

8

40

10.0

26

Kellen Winslow

CLE

8

38

9.5

26

Antonio Bryant

TB

8

37

9.3

26

Vincent Jackson

SD

8

25

6.3

26

Bernard Berrian

MIN

8

24

6.0

26

Isaac Bruce

SF

8

20

5.0

26

Visanthe Shiancoe

MIN

8

20

5.0

26

Antonio Chatman

CIN

8

18

4.5

26

Zach Miller

OAK

8

18

4.5

26

Steve Slaton

HOU

8

15

5.0

26

Michael Bush

OAK

8

9

2.3

37

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

CIN

7

35

8.8

37

Matt Jones

JAC

7

31

7.8

37

Santonio Holmes

PIT

7

26

6.5

37

Torry Holt

STL

7

24

6.0

37

Chad Johnson

CIN

7

24

6.0

37

Antonio Gates

SD

7

23

5.8

37

Chris Cooley

WAS

7

22

5.5

37

Bobby Wade

MIN

7

22

5.5

37

Randy McMichael

STL

7

21

5.3

37

Greg Olsen

CHI

7

14

3.5

37

Chris Perry

CIN

7

14

3.5

37

Donnie Avery

STL

7

12

4.0

37

Johnnie Lee Higgins

OAK

7

9

2.3

37

Jerheme Urban

ARI

7

8

2.0

51

Steven Jackson

STL

6

25

6.3

51

Matt Forte

CHI

6

22

5.5

51

Michael Clayton

TB

6

15

5.0

51

Adrian Peterson

MIN

6

13

3.3

51

Daniel Graham

DEN

6

12

3.0

51

Miles Austin

DAL

6

12

4.0

51

Edgerrin James

ARI

6

10

2.5

51

Mike Walker

JAC

6

9

3.0

59

Braylon Edwards

CLE

5

30

7.5

59

Andre Johnson

HOU

5

29

9.7

59

Lee Evans

BUF

5

25

6.3

59

Josh Reed

BUF

5

21

5.3

59

Frank Gore

SF

5

18

4.5

59

Michael Jenkins

ATL

5

18

4.5

59

Jason Avant

PHI

5

17

4.3

59

Reggie Williams

JAC

5

17

4.3

59

Jordy Nelson

GB

5

17

4.3

59

Chris Johnson

TEN

5

16

4.0

59

Warrick Dunn

TB

5

15

3.8

59

Leon Washington

NYJ

5

13

3.3

59

Harry Douglas

ATL

5

11

2.8

59

Devin Hester

CHI

5

8

2.7

59

Billy Miller

NO

5

7

2.3

59

Brian Finneran

ATL

5

6

1.5

59

Larry Johnson

KC

5

6

1.5

76

Tony Gonzalez

KC

4

34

8.5

76

Jerricho Cotchery

NYJ

4

25

6.3

76

Donald Driver

GB

4

24

6.0

76

Antwaan Randle El

WAS

4

22

5.5

76

Bryant Johnson

SF

4

17

4.3

76

Reggie Kelly

CIN

4

16

4.0

76

Marshawn Lynch

BUF

4

16

4.0

76

Desmond Clark

CHI

4

15

3.8

76

Marcedes Lewis

JAC

4

14

3.5

76

Heath Miller

PIT

4

13

3.3

76

Jerious Norwood

ATL

4

13

3.3

76

Mark Clayton

BAL

4

12

4.0

76

Marty Booker

CHI

4

10

2.5

76

Brandon Jones

TEN

4

10

2.5

76

Le'Ron McClain

BAL

4

9

3.0

76

Aundrae Allison

MIN

4

8

2.0

76

James Hardy

BUF

4

8

2.0

76

Brent Celek

PHI

4

7

1.8

76

Mewelde Moore

PIT

4

4

1.0

Note: Looks and touches data provided by FFToday.com

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