The following is a list of the Week 14 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.
Ladell Betts topped the touches leaderboard for the second consecutive week, and is producing like a top-tier RB1. Although he scored only one touchdown over the past three weeks, Betts has totaled 466 yards of offense (430 rushing, 36 receiving) on 92 touches (85 carries, seven receptions), averages of 155.3 yards of offense and 30.7 touches.
Willie Parker's game log continues to be truly a bewildering study in contrasts. His league-high 223 rushing yards on 32 carries in Week 13 gave him 1,199 for the season. That represents the fifth-highest total in the league, but Parker has rushed for more than 70 yards in just six games this season. In fact, he's racked up 793 yards in the five games he's gone over the century mark, an average of 158.6 per game. In the season's eight other games, Parker has totaled 406 rushing yards, an average of 50.8 yards per game.
Artose Pinner came out of nowhere to post one of the best performances by a running back in Week 14. Filling in for the injured Chester Taylor, in favor of Ciatrick Fason and Mewelde Moore, he totaled 140 yards of offense (125 rushing, 15 receiving) on his 31 touches (29 carries, two receptions), and scored three touchdowns on the ground against the Lions.
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 14 included: Atlanta ( Warrick Dunn 13, Justin Griffith 13, Jerious Norwood 8), Buffalo ( Anthony Thomas 18, Willis McGahee 16), Carolina ( DeShaun Foster 10, DeAngelo Williams 6), Chicago ( Cedric Benson 16, Thomas Jones 13), Indianapolis ( Joseph Addai 12, Dominic Rhodes 11), Jacksonville ( Maurice Jones-Drew 16, Alvin Pearman 13, Fred Taylor 9), New Orleans ( Deuce McAllister 24, Reggie Bush 12), and the New York Jets ( Cedric Houston 19, Leon Washington 14).
Reggie Bush led all running backs with at least 10 touches in yards per touch for Week 14. Bush totaled 162 yards of offense (37 rushing, 125 receiving) on his 12 touches (six carries, six receptions), good for a 13.50-yard average. Three other players also deserve mention here. Julius Jones had 126 yards (116 rushing, 10 receiving) on 11 touches (10 carries, one catch), a 11.45-yard average; Maurice Jones-Drew had 181 yards (166 rushing, 15 receiving) on 16 touches (15 carries, one catch), a 11.31-yard average; and Jones-Drew's teammate Fred Taylor has 131 yards rushing on just nine carries (no receptions), good for a 14.56-yard average. Brandon Jacobs came up on the opposite end of the spectrum, as he managed just 16 yards on his 10 carries (no receptions), a 1.60-yard average.
Reggie Wayne topped the looks leaderboard for the first time this season, and he continues to slightly outpace Marvin Harrison as the most productive wideout on the Colts this season. On the season, Harrison has 119 looks to Wayne's 115 and 74 receptions to Wayne's 70, but Wayne has the edge in receiving yards (1,129 to 1,094) and touchdowns (eight to six).
Steven Jackson has been targeted at least 11 times in three straight games, and has totaled 53 looks over the past five games, the fourth-highest total in the league. His 41 receptions in the past five games are tops in the league over that span.
Torry Holt has reclaimed the distinction of being the most targeted player in the league from Andre Johnson, with 145 to Johnson's 142. Holt was the season's early leader, Johnson held the title from Weeks 9-12, and Holt moved into a tie with Johnson last week, passing him in Week 14. Johnson still has more receptions (92) and receiving yards (1059) than Holt (76 and 985), while Holt has 10 touchdowns to Johnson's five.