The following is a list of the Week 8 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.
• After a fairly uninspiring start to the season, LenDale White is making a push to remain the Titans' featured RB. He led all RB with 26 touches (25 carries, one catch) and 141 yards of offense (133 rushing, eight receiving) in Week 8, and has totaled 267 yards (237 rushing, 30 receiving) on 57 touches (52 carries, five catches) over the past two weeks. Chris Brown is likely to return from his ankle injury next week, but it remains to be seen how that will affect White's touches.
• As a Joseph Addai owner, I was relieved to see his touches (25 on 23 carries and two catches) dwarf those of possible platoon-mate Kenton Keith (six carries, no catches) in Week 8, especially after the two split the team's touches in Week 7 (Addai 20, Keith 17). Addai totaled 109 yards of offense (100 rushing, nine receiving) and scored 3 TD (two rushing, one receiving) – last week's matchup with the Jaguars was the only game thus far on the season in which Addai has played and not scored a TD.
• Brandon Jacobs is another RB who is doing his best to emerge from a platoon-type situation. In four games since returning from a knee injury, Jacobs has averaged 112 yards of offense on 21 touches per game, including 137 yards (131 rushing, six receiving) on 25 touches (23 carries, two catches) in Week 8. In the same four games, Derrick Ward and Reuben Droughns have combined to average 68 yards on 16 touches, although Ward missed this past week with an ankle injury.
• Ryan Grant is likely to have just made the Packers' backfield situation murkier with his solid performance on Monday night. He totaled 111 yards of offense (104 rushing, seven receiving) on his 25 touches (22 carries, three catches) versus the Broncos, both season highs for a Packers RB. Grant has already been named the team's starter for Week 9, but DeShawn Wynn and Vernand Morency remain in the mix.
• 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 8 included: Buffalo (Marshawn Lynch 22, Dwayne Wright 13), Carolina (DeShaun Foster 20, De Angelo Williams 11), Chicago (Cedric Benson 15, Adrian Peterson 8), Houston (Ron Dayne 18, Adimchinobi Echemandu 12), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 24, Maurice Jones-Drew 12), New England (Laurence Maroney 16, Kevin Faulk 12), New Orleans (Reggie Bush 17, Aaron Stecker 14), Oakland (Justin Fargas 15, LaMont Jordan 12), and St. Louis (Brian Leonard 18, Steven Jackson 10).
• Kevin Faulk led all RB with at least 10 touches in yards per touch in Week 8. He totaled 89 yards of offense (32 rushing, 57 receiving) on his 12 touches (five carries, seven catches), good for a 7.42-yard average. LaMont Jordan came in on the low end of the leaderboard, managing just 16 yards on his 12 carries (no receptions), just a 1.33-yard average.
• A Tampa Bay player with 18 looks topped the leaderboard for the second consecutive week – in Week 7 it was Earnest Graham, and this week it was Joey Galloway. Galloway obliterated his previous season high for looks (eight in Weeks 1 and 5) as Jeff Garcia attempted more than 40 passes for the second consecutive week. Galloway had just six receptions despite the exhorbitant attention, although they were good for 115 receiving yards, including a 58-yard TD.
• Kevin Walter continues to be the go-to guy in the Texans' passing game that is missing Andre Johnson. Over the past four weeks, Walter has averaged 12.3 looks, 7.5 receptions, and 100.3 receiving yards. Johnson is expected to remain out until at least Week 11.
• Jeff King was the lone highlight of the sluggish Carolina passing game in Week 8. He was targeted a season-high 13 times by the combination of Vinny Testaverde and David Carr, resulting in 10 catches for 82 yards. No other Carolina player had more than 35 yards receiving, including Steve Smith, who was limited to just two catches for 18 yards on seven looks.
• Braylon Edwards continues to shred opposing defenses. He turned 10 looks in Week 8 into eight catches for 117 yards and 2 TD, and he's now the second-highest scoring WR in Yahoo! default scoring, with 115 fantasy points. Edwards' average line in seven games this season: 8.9 looks, 5.3 receptions, 95.6 receiving yards, and 1.3 TD.