Welcome to the AFC targets and touches for Week 12 of the NFL season. The NFC portion can be found with a click of the clicky thing.
I have all the targets for each player since Week 7, and then in parentheses are the total and then average targets per game played for that player. Then below that I have the Red Zone targets and touches for each player, now sorted for rushing attempts and passing targets from Week 7 on. I hope you enjoy and if you get a chance give a follow on Twitter.
Torrey Smith: 6-BYE-8-14-8 (36) (9), Jacoby Jones: 8-BYE-8-2-2 (20) (5), Ray Rice: 5-BYE-4-6-5 (20) (5), Marlon Brown: 4-BYE-9-3-dnp (16) (5.3), Tandon Doss: 3-BYE-4-1-5 (13) (3.2), Ed Dickson: 2-BYE-3-4-3 (12) (3), Dallas Clark: 4-BYE-1-2-4 (11) (2.8), Deonte Thompson: 0-BYE-4-1-3 (8) (2), Bernard Pierce: 1-BYE-0-3-0 (4) (1), Vonta Leach: 1-BYE-0-0-1 (2) (0.5)
The fantasy story of this game was Ray Rice’s return to the fantasy world. He rushed 25 times for 131 yards and a touchdown while catching three of five targets for 17 yards. It was his best game of the season with 57 more rushing yards than any previous match. Of course these are the Chicago Bears we are talking about. They’ve been getting destroyed by opponents’ running backs. But it’s hard to knock a 131-yard rushing performance against any NFL team.
The elements weren’t good for the passing game and even though Joe Flacco has a strong arm, he didn’t rise to the occasion. Torrey Smith led in targets as usual and found the end zone for the second straight week, which saved both his fantasy days since he had low yardage totals.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Torrey Smith: Run 0/Tar 7, Dallas Clark: Run 0/Tar 4, Marlon Brown: Run 0/Tar 2, Jacoby Jones: Run 0/Tar 2, Ray Rice: Run 12/Tar 1, Tandon Doss: Run 0/Tar 1, Deonte Thompson: Run 0/Tar 1, Joe Flacco: Run 1/Tar 0, Vonta Leach: Run 4/Tar 0
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Steve Johnson: 13-11-7-10-dnp (41) (10.2), Scott Chandler: 3-11-9-3-3 (29) (5.8), Marquise Goodwin: 0-5-4-4-9 (22) (4.4), T.J. Graham: 2-4-4-4-4 (18) (3.6), Fred Jackson: 5-4-2-4-2 (17) (3.4), Robert Woods: 4-3-8-dnp-dnp (15) (5), C.J. Spiller: 3-dnp-3-3-2 (11) (2.8), Chris Gragg: 0-0-0-6-0 (6) (1.2), Chris Hogan: 0-0-0-1-4 (5) (1), Lee Smith: 1-0-0-1-2 (4) (0.8), Marcus Easley: 0-0-1-2-0 (3) (0.6), Tashard Choice: 1-0-1-0-1 (3) (0.6), Frank Summers: 0-1-0-0-1 (2) (0.4)
With Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods out for this game it was the Marquise Goodwin show and he didn’t disappoint catching six of nine targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. His nine targets were much more than the #2 receivers Chris Hogan and T.J. Graham who had four each. Graham made the most of his with two receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.
The Jets’ rush defense is stout and it showed as C.J. Spiller ran 13 times for six yards and Fred Jackson rushed 12 times for 34 yards. Last season Spiller averaged 3.6 yards after contact and this season he’s averaging 1.8. He’s not the same player.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Steve Johnson: Run 1/Tar 5, Scott Chandler: Run 0/Tar 3, Robert Woods: Run 0/Tar 2, T.J. Graham: Run 0/Tar 2, Fred Jackson: Run 15/Tar 2, C.J. Spiller: Run 2/Tar 2, Marquise Goodwin: Run 0/Tar 1, Marcus Easley: Run 0/Tar 1, Chris Gragg: Run 0/Tar 1, Tashard Choice: Run 6/Tar 1, EJ Manuel: Run 1/Tar 0, Thaddeus Lewis: Run 3/Tar 0, Frank Summers: Run 1/Tar 0
A.J. Green: 8-7-19-15-5 (54) (10.8), Marvin Jones: 6-8-7-7-2 (30) (6), Mohamed Sanu: 2-3-9-8-5 (27) (5.4), Giovani Bernard: 6-2-4-8-5 (25) (5), Tyler Eifert: 4-4-4-10-1 (23) (4.6), Jermaine Gresham: 5-3-7-dnp-6 (21) (5.2), Dane Sanzenbacher: 1-2-1-0-0 (4) (0.8), Andrew Hawkins: dnp-dnp-2-0-2 (4) (1.3), Alex Smith: 0-0-0-2-1 (3) (0.6), Brandon Tate: 0-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)
Andy Dalton completed 13-of-27 passes (48%) for 93 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. I doubt you can find too many three-touchdown games from quarterbacks who only score 11 fantasy points in standard format. His 93 yards are a record low for a player who attempted at least 25 passes and threw three touchdowns in the same game. Mohammed Sanu threw for 25 yards on one attempt; over a fourth of the yardage Dalton could muster.
Giovani Bernard had 30 snaps to BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ 23, but had 14 touches to Green-Ellis’ 16. Bernard outplayed him again though with 86 total yards to his 62.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Marvin Jones: Run 0/Tar 7, Giovani Bernard: Run 7/Tar 6, A.J. Green: Run 0/Tar 4, Mohamed Sanu: Run 0/Tar 4, Tyler Eifert: Run 0/Tar 3, Jermaine Gresham: Run 0/Tar 1, Alex Smith: Run 0/Tar 1, BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Run 4/Tar 0
Josh Gordon: 6-10-7-BYE-15 (38) (9.5), Greg Little: 9-3-9-BYE-6 (27) (6.8), Jordan Cameron: 9-4-5-BYE-7 (25) (6.2), Chris Ogbonnaya: 2-4-6-BYE-12 (24) (6), Davone Bess: 6-8-4-BYE-6 (24) (6), Fozzy Whittaker: 5-2-4-BYE-5 (16) (4), Willis McGahee: 1-2-0-BYE-2 (5) (1.2), Gary Barnidge: 1-1-1-BYE-1 (4) (1), MarQueis Gray: 1-1-0-BYE-dnp (2) (0.7), Armanti Edwards: dnp-dnp-1-BYE-0 (1) (0.5)
Jason Campbell was the check down king in this one. He had the third most passing attempts ever by a Browns’ quarterback with 27 attempts going to a running back or tight end. 44 of his 56 attempts were thrown shorter than 10 yards.
Chris Ogbonnaya had 12 targets, the second most to Josh Gordon’s 15. He only caught six, but if you didn’t know how many targets he saw that would be a good number. He finished the day with 99 yards on 14 touches.
Jordan Cameron is getting absolutely no help from his quarterback. His deepest target was six yards down field. That’s not going to get the job done no matter how many times you throw it to him.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Josh Gordon: Run 0/Tar 7, Chris Ogbonnaya: Run 1/Tar 5, Greg Little: Run 0/Tar 4, Jordan Cameron: Run 0/Tar 3, Fozzy Whittaker: Run 1/Tar 2, Davone Bess: Run 0/Tar 2, Gary Barnidge: Run 0/Tar 1, Armanti Edwards: Run 1/Tar 0, Willis McGahee: Run 10/Tar 0
Demaryius Thomas: 9-11-BYE-10-13 (43) (10.8), Wes Welker: 12-10-BYE-6-10 (38) (9.5), Eric Decker: 13-7-BYE-5-6 (31) (7.8), Knowshon Moreno: 6-6-BYE-8-1 (21) (5.2), Julius Thomas: 6-3-BYE-5-5 (19) (4.8), Montee Ball: 0-1-BYE-0-4 (5) (1.2), Andre Caldwell: 0-2-BYE-1-1 (4) (1), Virgil Green: 0-1-BYE-1-0 (2) (0.5), Joel Dreessen: 0-2-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), Jacob Tamme: 1-1-BYE-0-0 (2) (0.5), Ronnie Hillman: 1-dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp (1) (1)
Peyton Manning wasn’t hitting his deep passes in this one, but was his usual accurate self on shorter passes and he let his receivers do the rest of the work. The big four receivers all had either over 70 yards or a touchdown.
Montee Ball scored two rushing touchdowns, one from eight yards and the other from one, much to the chagrin of Knowshon Moreno owners. On the day Moreno had 60 snaps to Ball’s 22 and 27 touches to Ball’s 11, but he had just one target compared to his average of seven targets over the previous five games while Ball had four. Ball had a total of five on the season before this game.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Wes Welker: Run 0/Tar 7, Demaryius Thomas: Run 0/Tar 6, Eric Decker: Run 0/Tar 5, Julius Thomas: Run 0/Tar 4, Montee Ball: Run 6/Tar 2, Knowshon Moreno: Run 7/Tar 1, Joel Dreessen: Run 0/Tar 1, Ronnie Hillman: Run 1/Tar 1, Virgil Green: Run 0/Tar 1
Andre Johnson: 6-BYE-13-12-17 (48) (12), Garrett Graham: 8-BYE-6-3-13 (30) (7.5), DeAndre Hopkins: 4-BYE-6-11-2 (23) (5.8), Ben Tate: 3-BYE-2-5-6 (16) (4), DeVier Posey: 2-BYE-4-6-4 (16) (4), Keshawn Martin: 0-BYE-0-0-5 (5) (1.2), Lestar Jean: 2-BYE-0-1-0 (3) (0.8), Greg Jones: 0-BYE-1-1-1 (3) (0.8), Dennis Johnson: dnp-BYE-0-1-0 (1) (0.3), Arian Foster: 0-BYE-1-dnp-dnp (1) (0.5), Ryan Griffin: 0-BYE-0-1-dnp (1) (0.3)
The numbers between Case Keenum and Matt Schaub look very similar. Keenum completed 13-of-24 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception while Matt Schaub completed 12-of-25 passes for 155 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions. Keenum’s interception came from him getting hit as he threw the ball. That and another early turnover from Garrett Graham caused the Texans to get down quick. In the end Keenum had a better Pro Football Focus grading and just looked like he had more juice.
Garrett Graham did end up with his best game on the season, even after fumbling on his first reception. He finished the day with seven receptions on 12 targets for 136 yards. After Owen Daniels went down these kinds of games seemed they would be more likely for Graham, but they hadn’t materialized until this week when most had given up on him.
DeAndre Hopkins lost some snaps for some mistakes early in the game, but he was back on the field at the end. At this point in the season with no chance for the playoffs they need to get him as many snaps as possible.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Andre Johnson: Run 0/Tar 6, Ben Tate: Run 9/Tar 3, DeAndre Hopkins: Run 0/Tar 2, Garrett Graham: Run 0/Tar 1, DeVier Posey: Run 0/Tar 1, Keshawn Martin: Run 0/Tar 1, Ryan Griffin: Run 0/Tar 1, Case Keenum: Run 2/Tar 0
T.Y. Hilton: 11-BYE-12-8-9 (40) (10), Coby Fleener: 5-BYE-5-10-10 (30) (7.5), Darrius Heyward-Bey: 7-BYE-6-6-3 (22) (5.5), Griff Whalen: dnp-BYE-9-5-3 (17) (5.7), Trent Richardson: 0-BYE-3-5-5 (13) (3.2), Donald Brown: 3-BYE-2-5-1 (11) (2.8), Stanley Havili: 2-BYE-1-4-1 (8) (2), LaVon Brazill: 0-BYE-2-5-1 (8) (2), Reggie Wayne: 8-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (8) (8), Weslye Saunders: dnp-BYE-dnp-dnp-3 (3) (3), David Reed: dnp-BYE-0-1-0 (1) (0.3), Daniel Herron: dnp-BYE-dnp-1-0 (1) (0.5)
Coby Fleener led the way with 10 targets of which he caught eight for 107 yards, his career high. Fleener very much needs to emerge as a reliable target for Andrew Luck since T.Y. Hilton has been the only receiver to reliably get open.
Donald Brown was the other fantasy winner in this one. As the hurry up/come from behind back he saw the most looks after the Colts trailed 14-o after the first quarter and 17-6 at halftime. He finished the day with 14 carries for 80 yards for two touchdowns. Trent Richardson did see five targets, which he caught all five of for 31 yards. That’s a little glimmer of hope.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: T.Y. Hilton: Run 0/Tar 7, Darrius Heyward-Bey: Run 0/Tar 5, Coby Fleener: Run 0/Tar 5, LaVon Brazill: Run 0/Tar 4, Griff Whalen: Run 0/Tar 4, Stanley Havili: Run 0/Tar 2, Donald Brown: Run 6/Tar 2, David Reed: Run 0/Tar 1, Reggie Wayne: Run 0/Tar 1, Matt Hasselbeck: Run 0/Tar 0, Trent Richardson: Run 1/Tar 0, Daniel Herron: Run 1/Tar 0, Andrew Luck: Run 4/Tar 0
Cecil Shorts: 13-10-BYE-4-5 (32) (8), Mike Brown: 8-6-BYE-4-3 (21) (5.2), Justin Blackmon: 9-10-BYE-dnp-dnp (19) (9.5), Marcedes Lewis: 3-3-BYE-6-7 (19) (4.8), Maurice Jones-Drew: 2-8-BYE-4-4 (18) (4.5), Ace Sanders: dnp-1-BYE-1-10 (12) (4), Clay Harbor: 0-1-BYE-1-5 (7) (1.8), Will Ta’ufo’ou: 0-3-BYE-1-1 (5) (1.2), Kerry Taylor: dnp-dnp-BYE-dnp-5 (5) (5), Justin Forsett: 1-3-BYE-dnp-dnp (4) (2), Jordan Todman: 0-0-BYE-1-1 (2) (0.5), Stephen Burton: dnp-dnp-BYE-1-dnp (1) (1), Danny Noble: dnp-dnp-BYE-0-1 (1) (0.5)
The Jaguars continue to languish in mediocrity. After scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter it looked like they might put up a fight, but the fight was short lived as Carson Palmer carved up their defense.
Ace Sanders led the way with 10 targets, but garbage time didn’t result in much more than a lot of targets. Sanders led the way with eight receptions for 61 yards.
Over the last two weeks Cecil Shorts has only seen nine targets, which seems odd and Shorts thinks so as well. He’s not happy with his targets and there’s a good shot they’ll get him more this week.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Cecil Shorts: Run 0/Tar 5, Marcedes Lewis: Run 0/Tar 5, Justin Blackmon: Run 1/Tar 4, Mike Brown: Run 0/Tar 3, Ace Sanders: Run 0/Tar 2, Maurice Jones-Drew: Run 10/Tar 1, Will Ta’ufo’ou: Run 0/Tar 1, Jordan Todman: Run 1/Tar 0, Chad Henne: Run 1/Tar 0
Kansas City Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe: 9-2-12-BYE-14 (37) (9.2), Dexter McCluster: 5-10-4-BYE-8 (27) (6.8), Jamaal Charles: 4-7-7-BYE-8 (26) (6.5), Donnie Avery: 4-5-5-BYE-3 (17) (4.2), Anthony Fasano: 5-3-1-BYE-4 (13) (3.2), Anthony Sherman: 4-3-0-BYE-3 (10) (2.5), Sean McGrath: 2-2-0-BYE-3 (7) (1.8), Kyle Williams: 1-3-dnp-BYE-0 (6) (1.5), Knile Davis: 0-1-0-BYE-1 (2) (0.5), Junior Hemingway: 0-1-0-BYE-0 (1) (0.2), Chad Hall: 0-1-0-BYE-dnp (1) (0.3)
Alex Smith played a pretty good game for Alex Smith. The check down aficionado actually attempted 14 passes over 10 yards, but had his receivers drop four. So his stats don’t exactly pop off the page, 21-of-45 for 230 yards and two touchdowns, but they could have been much better and he also added five rushing attempts for 52 yards.
Dwayne Bowe saw 14 targets but only hauled in four, one for a touchdown. It is a good sign that he was targeted so much, but the four receptions is disappointing.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Anthony Sherman: Run 2/Tar 4, Anthony Fasano: Run 0/Tar 4, Dwayne Bowe: Run 0/Tar 4, Jamaal Charles: Run 9/Tar 2, Dexter McCluster: Run 1/Tar 2, Knile Davis: Run 2/Tar 1, Sean McGrath: Run 0/Tar 1, Alex Smith: Run 4/Tar 0, Cyrus Gray: Run 1/Tar 0
Brian Hartline: 11-6-5-8-13 (43) (8.6), Mike Wallace: 10-10-8-7-6 (41) (8.2), Rishard Matthews: 1-6-4-14-6 (31) (6.2), Charles Clay: 3-8-3-8-7 (29) (5.8), Lamar Miller: 3-3-4-3-2 (15) (3), Brandon Gibson: 8-2-dnp-dnp-dnp (10) (5), Michael Egnew: 0-2-1-2-0 (5) (1), Daniel Thomas: 1-1-2-0-1 (5) (1), Dion Sims: 0-2-dnp-0-0 (2) (0.5), Marcus Thigpen: 0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)
Well, all the love for Lamar Miller the fantasy community has had this year seems to be for naught. Of course we’ve come to that conclusion a few times now, but there were signs that he was getting the nod as the go to guy, but yet again Daniel Thomas led the way in snaps and touches. Thomas is also showing a better feel for inside running now and now in his third season has shown a better nose for the goal line with five rushing attempts inside the five yard line and three touchdowns on those attempts, one of those in this game.
Charles Clay showed up once again with a nice game, catching six of seven targets for 90 yards and a touchdown. He had been pretty quiet over the last three weeks, so it’s good to see him step up.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Charles Clay: Run 1/Tar 5, Brandon Gibson: Run 0/Tar 4, Brian Hartline: Run 0/Tar 4, Daniel Thomas: Run 9/Tar 3, Rishard Matthews: Run 0/Tar 3, Lamar Miller: Run 3/Tar 2, Mike Wallace: Run 0/Tar 2, Michael Egnew: Run 0/Tar 1
New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski: 17-5-10-BYE-7 (39) (9.8), Aaron Dobson: 7-5-9-BYE-7 (28) (7), Danny Amendola: dnp-6-4-BYE-7 (17) (5.7), Julian Edelman: 7-2-4-BYE-4 (17) (4.2), Shane Vereen: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-11 (11) (11), Kenbrell Thompkins: 5-1-dnp-BYE-2 (8) (2.7), Stevan Ridley: 2-0-4-BYE-0 (6) (1.5), Brandon Bolden: 3-2-0-BYE-dnp (5) (1.7), Austin Collie: 5-0-0-BYE-dnp (5) (1.7), Michael Hoomanawanui: 0-0-2-BYE-1 (3) (0.8), Matthew Mulligan: 0-0-0-BYE-1 (1) (0.2)
Rob Gronkowski has taken over the target lead for the team while Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola come in second and third. Shane Vereen led the team in targets with 11 and had 34 snaps in his first game back from his wrist injury. Those are pretty robust numbers for his return game and could be a sign of things to come. It will be interesting to see if he gets more rushing attempts going forward. He only had the one, which went seven yards for a first down.
Stevan Ridley had a costly fumble and saw the bench for a while, but got back onto the field and scored a goal line touchdown. LeGarrette Blount put up good numbers, 10 attempts for 49 yards, even though he appears to be running in quicksand. Both running backs finished the game with 19 snaps each.
Kenbrell Thompkins only had two targets, but made both count as he reeled them in for 60 yards, but he only had 14 snaps to Dobson’s 53.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Rob Gronkowski: Run 0/Tar 5, Aaron Dobson: Run 0/Tar 3, Danny Amendola: Run 0/Tar 1, Julian Edelman: Run 0/Tar 1, LeGarrette Blount: Run 7/Tar 0, Brandon Bolden: Run 8/Tar 0, Stevan Ridley: Run 17/Tar 0
New York Jets
David Nelson: 7-12-3-BYE-3 (25) (6.2), Stephen Hill: 5-7-1-BYE-7 (20) (5), Jeremy Kerley: 10-4-2-BYE-dnp (16) (5.3), Jeff Cumberland: 7-2-dnp-BYE-4 (13) (4.3), Bilal Powell: 2-6-3-BYE-1 (12) (3), Santonio Holmes: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-8 (8) (8), Zach Sudfeld: 0-2-4-BYE-0 (6) (1.5), Greg Salas: dnp-dnp-3-BYE-2 (5) (2.5), Tommy Bohanon: 0-0-2-BYE-2 (4) (1), Chris Ivory: 2-0-0-BYE-1 (3) (0.8), Josh Cribbs: 0-0-2-BYE-0 (2) (0.5), Kellen Winslow Jr: dnp-dnp-dnp-BYE-1 (1) (1), Alex Green: 0-1-dnp-BYE-dnp (1) (0.5)
This game was probably Geno Smith’s worst as a pro. He completed just 8-of-23 passes for 103 yards, three interceptions and one fumble. He had negative four fantasy points. That didn’t bode too well for his receivers. Santonio Holmes did catch two passes for 71 yards, but had eight targets. It’s safe to say he is the #1 receiver again, but the quarterback situation will hold him back.
The best news is Chris Ivory. He ran 15 times for 98 yards and a touchdown. It’s good to see him get a decent amount of carries even in a game where the Jets are getting blown out.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: David Nelson: Run 0/Tar 4, Jeff Cumberland: Run 0/Tar 3, Stephen Hill: Run 0/Tar 2, Jeremy Kerley: Run 0/Tar 2, Zach Sudfeld: Run 0/Tar 1, Chris Ivory: Run 10/Tar 1, Bilal Powell: Run 3/Tar 1, Greg Salas: Run 0/Tar 1, Tommy Bohanon: Run 1/Tar 0, Josh Cribbs: Run 1/Tar 0, Geno Smith: Run 5/Tar 0
Denarius Moore: BYE-4-11-9-6 (30) (7.5), Rod Streater: BYE-6-6-4-8 (24) (6), Rashad Jennings: BYE-0-10-5-3 (18) (4.5), Mychal Rivera: BYE-1-5-2-6 (14) (3.5), Marcel Reece: BYE-0-2-3-5 (10) (2.5), Juron Criner: BYE-dnp-8-dnp-dnp (8) (8), Jacoby Ford: BYE-1-5-0-1 (7) (1.8), Darren McFadden: BYE-2-2-dnp-dnp (4) (2), Andre Holmes: BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp-3 (3) (3), Brice Butler: BYE-3-dnp-dnp-0 (3) (1.5), Jeron Mastrud: BYE-1-1-0-0 (2) (0.5), Nick Kasa: BYE-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)
Matt McGloin came to play and he made the most of his early opportunities. He was able to turn two early turnovers into passing touchdowns to Denarius Moore and Rod Streater and then after the Texans answered with two of their own touchdowns he made a beautiful 26 yard pass to tight end Mychal Rivera for a touchdown. It’s hard to know if these target numbers will continue, but Rod Streater was the leader with eight targets for 84 yards and a touchdown on six receptions. I’m not ready to crown any of these guys as fantasy starters yet, but McGloin is a better pocket passer than Terrelle Pryor at the moment and would be an upgrade to the receivers.
Rashad Jennings continues to impress. He ran the ball 22 times for 150 yards and a touchdown, including an 80-yard touchdown run out of the wildcat. Darren McFadden may have been Wally Pipped.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Denarius Moore: Run 0/Tar 4, Juron Criner: Run 0/Tar 2, Jacoby Ford: Run 0/Tar 2, Rod Streater: Run 0/Tar 2, Andre Holmes: Run 0/Tar 1, Darren McFadden: Run 6/Tar 1, Rashad Jennings: Run 9/Tar 0, Marcel Reece: Run 1/Tar 0, Jeremy Stewart: Run 2/Tar 0, Terrelle Pryor: Run 3/Tar 0
Antonio Brown: 7-13-9-11-13 (53) (10.6), Emmanuel Sanders: 2-11-11-6-2 (32) (6.4), Heath Miller: 4-6-5-5-10 (30) (6), Le’Veon Bell: 1-7-10-3-5 (26) (5.2), Jerricho Cotchery: 4-4-8-2-5 (23) (4.6), Felix Jones: 1-3-3-0-0 (7) (1.4), Markus Wheaton: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-5 (6) (3), Jonathan Dwyer: 0-0-1-1-2 (4) (0.8), David Paulson: 1-0-0-0-2 (3) (0.6), Will Johnson: 1-0-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Michael Palmer: 0-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)
With the run game getting stuffed and the Lions going off in the second quarter, Ben Roethlisberger attempted 45 passes, completing 20 for 367 yards and four touchdowns, his second four touchdown game in three games.
Antonio Brown benefitted the most from all those attempts as he caught seven of 13 targets for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He leads the league in receptions and is having a Pro Bowl season.
Heath Miller had his biggest number of targets with 10 which he caught eight of for 67 yards. The uptick in targets can be linked to Emmanuel Sanders getting injured and with him most likely returning this week he may be hard pressed to see 10 targets again.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jerricho Cotchery: Run 0/Tar 9, Le’Veon Bell: Run 22/Tar 8, Emmanuel Sanders: Run 0/Tar 6, Antonio Brown: Run 0/Tar 6, Heath Miller: Run 0/Tar 5, Will Johnson: Run 0/Tar 1, Felix Jones: Run 1/Tar 1, Markus Wheaton: Run 0/Tar 1, David Paulson: Run 0/Tar 1, Jonathan Dwyer: Run 1/Tar 0, Ben Roethlisberger: Run 1/Tar 0
San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates: 6-BYE-10-8-6 (30) (7.5), Keenan Allen: 6-BYE-11-5-6 (28) (7), Danny Woodhead: 4-BYE-12-5-2 (23) (5.8), Vincent Brown: 2-BYE-6-4-6 (18) (4.5), Eddie Royal: 4-BYE-6-4-3 (17) (4.2), Ladarius Green: 3-BYE-1-1-5 (10) (2.5), Ryan Mathews: 0-BYE-0-2-2 (4) (1), Seyi Ajirotutu: 0-BYE-0-0-2 (2) (0.5), John Phillips: 1-BYE-0-0-1 (2) (0.5)
Ryan Mathews touched the ball 21 times for 143 yards compared to Danny Woodhead’s seven touches for 37 yards. Mathews also saw 55% of the snaps, his highest number on the season. This is his third 100 yard rushing game out of his last five and it looks like the coaching staff is letting him run more pass routes with 14 in this game to Woodhead’s 15. Of course they have a tough schedule coming up against the run, but that’s how it goes.
Ladarius Green had four receptions on five targets for 84 yards. This was his best game as a professional and should get him more snaps going forward. It does look like Keenan Allen should be okay after hurting his knee in this game, so there won’t be a big void to fill, but Green is going to be hard to keep off the field much longer.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Antonio Gates: Run 0/Tar 6, Danny Woodhead: Run 7/Tar 5, Keenan Allen: Run 0/Tar 4, Eddie Royal: Run 0/Tar 1, John Phillips: Run 0/Tar 1, Ladarius Green: Run 0/Tar 1, Vincent Brown: Run 0/Tar 1, Ryan Mathews: Run 7/Tar 0, Ronnie Brown: Run 1/Tar 0, Philip Rivers: Run 5/Tar 0
Kendall Wright: 12-BYE-5-9-12 (38) (9.5), Delanie Walker: 5-BYE-2-8-10 (25) (6.2), Nate Washington: 10-BYE-4-5-3 (22) (5.5), Chris Johnson: 4-BYE-4-7-1 (16) (4), Justin Hunter: 2-BYE-2-7-1 (12) (3), Kenny Britt: 2-BYE-1-1-0 (4) (1), Damian Williams: 3-BYE-1-0-dnp (4) (1.3), Shonn Greene: 0-BYE-1-3-0 (4) (1), Craig Stevens: 0-BYE-1-1-1 (3) (0.8), Darius Reynaud: 2-BYE-dnp-dnp-dnp (2) (2), Jackie Battle: 1-BYE-0-0-0 (1) (0.2), Collin Mooney: 0-BYE-1-0-0 (1) (0.2), Taylor Thompson: 0-BYE-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)
Kendall Wright had 12 targets and caught nine for 80 yards while Delanie Walker caught all ten of his targets for 91 yards and a touchdown. With Ryan Fitzpatrick dinking and dunking these two should continue to have value in PPR leagues.
Chris Johnson started extremely hot with a 30-yard and a seven-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He finished with 17 carries for 86 yards and the two touchdowns. This is his second big game in three weeks, but of course he had a dud in between. He remains a boom or bust back.
Red Zone Targets+Touches: Delanie Walker: Run 0/Tar 4, Kendall Wright: Run 0/Tar 3, Chris Johnson: Run 11/Tar 1, Taylor Thompson: Run 0/Tar 1, Nate Washington: Run 0/Tar 1, Justin Hunter: Run 0/Tar 1, Ryan Fitzpatrick: Run 2/Tar 0, Jake Locker: Run 1/Tar 0, Shonn Greene: Run 3/Tar 0