Week 4 Looks/Touches

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 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

Larry Johnson scored his first two touchdowns of the season while accumulating 142 rushing/receiving yards (101 rushing, 41 receiving) on a league-high 34 touches against the 49ers. Facing a bit of a tougher challenge against the Baltimore defense, LaDainian Tomlinson totaled 105 yards (98 rushing, 7 receiving) on 28 touches and did not score. With their teams each having played three games, LJ and LT have each recorded 88 touches -– Johnson on 74 carries and 14 receptions and Tomlinson on 77 carries and 11 receptions. Johnson holds the edge in total yards with 457 (295 rushing, 162 receiving) to Tomlinson's 376 (300 rushing, 76 receiving), while Tomlinson has scored three touchdowns to Johnson's two.

Vernand Morency saw his first extended action of the season on Monday night, amassing 32 touches (26 carries, 6 receptions) in place of Ahman Green, who missed the game with a hamstring injury. Morency was effective for the most part, totaling 118 rushing/receiving yards (99 rushing, 19 receiving), and handcuff-conscious owners should be targeting Morency if he is still available in their leagues.

Ron Dayne made a surprise appearance in the top 10 with 25 touches (22 carries, three receptions) against the Dolphins in Week 4. He averaged just 2.76 yards per touch, however, totaling 69 yards (58 rushing, 11 receiving), so he didn't exactly bulldoze the Miami defense. That said, just about any running back with the prospects of a monopoly on his team's touches is at least worth a look in fantasy.

Ronnie Brown totaled "just" 20 touches (12 carries, eight receptions) against the Texans, the second consecutive week in which he and the Miami offense were supposed to break out of their collective funk. Those in points-per-reception leagues could find some solace in Brown's performance, and 62 of his 111 rushing/receiving yards came via the air. Just 12 carries for 49 yards against Houston, and no touchdowns for the third consecutive week are universal grounds for concern, however.

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 includes: Carolina ( DeShaun Foster 17, DeAngelo Williams 9), Indianapolis ( Joseph Addai 23, Dominic Rhodes 15), Jacksonville ( Fred Taylor 8, Maurice Jones-Drew 6), New Orleans ( Reggie Bush 15, Deuce McAllister 12), New England ( Corey Dillon 17, Laurence Maroney 16), New York Jets ( Kevan Barlow 13, Cedric Houston 13, Leon Washington 10), Philadelphia ( Correll Buckhalter 13, Ryan Moats 7), and Seattle ( Maurice Morris 12, Mack Strong 6).

Maroney made the most of his somewhat limited opportunities, leading all running backs with at least 10 touches in yards per touch – he scored twice and totaled 140 rushing/receiving yards (125 rushing, 15 receiving) on his 16 touches (15 carries, one catch), good for a 8.75-yard average. Jerious Norwood should be mentioned here as well, as he had just six carries on the day (no receptions) but rushed for 106 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, good for a 17.67 average. Jamal Lewis was on the other end of the spectrum in Week 4, totaling just 34 yards on his 15 carries (no receptions) against the Chargers, a meager 2.27-yard average.

LOOKS

Steve Smith was targeted a league-high 14 times for the second consecutive week, although this week he shared the honors with Roy Williams. Williams set a career-high for receiving yards for the second consecutive week, as his league-high 139 in Week 4 one-upped his 138 from Week 3. Smith led all receivers in Week 4 with 10 catches.

Santana Moss certainly made the most out of what came his way in Week 4 – he was targeted eight times and had four receptions, but two of his receptions were touchdowns of more than 50 yards, and he totaled three scores and 138 receiving yards in the overtime win over the Jaguars. On the season, Moss' 326 receiving yards rank eighth while his 24 looks are tied for 41st and his 17 receptions are tied for 31st.

Mike Furrey just keeps showing up on the looks leaderboard. His 10 in Week 4 were tied for eighth, and his eight receptions were tied for fourth. On the season, his 31 looks are tied for 24th and his 22 receptions are tied for ninth among wide receivers.

Randy Moss' production has been, in a word, terrible. He had just one catch on six looks in Week 4, although it was a five-yard touchdown, his first of the season. Among all players with at least 20 looks on the season, Moss' catch percentage of 35 (7 of 20) is second-lowest in the league, immediately following Hines Ward's 34.6 percent (9 of 26). Moss has accumulated just 84 receiving yards to this point in the season – for reference, 14 players had at least that many in Week 4 alone.

Week 4 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

W4

YTD

1

Larry Johnson

KAN

34

88

2

Vernand Morency

GNB

32

41

3

Willis McGahee

BUF

29

105

3

Clinton Portis

WAS

29

59

5

LaDainian Tomlinson

SDG

28

88

5

Steven Jackson

STL

28

105

7

Reuben Droughns

CLE

27

55

8

Thomas Jones

CHI

26

91

9

Edgerrin James

ARI

25

104

9

Ron Dayne

HOU

25

51

11

Kevin Jones

DET

24

83

12

Julius Jones

DAL

23

61

12

Joseph Addai

IND

23

57

14

LaMont Jordan

OAK

22

51

15

Warrick Dunn

ATL

20

86

15

Ronnie Brown

MIA

20

87

17

DeShaun Foster

CAR

17

74

17

Rudi Johnson

CIN

17

95

17

Corey Dillon

NWE

17

60

20

Laurence Maroney

NWE

16

66

20

Frank Gore

SFO

16

91

22

Jamal Lewis

BAL

15

73

22

Dominic Rhodes

IND

15

64

22

Reggie Bush

NOR

15

68

25

Chester Taylor

MIN

13

97

25

Kevan Barlow

NYJ

13

51

25

Cedric Houston

NYJ

13

15

25

Correll Buckhalter

PHI

13

36

29

Deuce McAllister

NOR

12

70

29

Maurice Morris

SEA

12

36

29

Chris Brown

TEN

12

36

29

Ladell Betts

WAS

12

60

33

Cedric Benson

CHI

11

32

34

Marion Barber III

DAL

10

24

34

Leon Washington

NYJ

10

20

36

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

9

32

36

LenDale White

TEN

9

20

38

Fred Taylor

JAC

8

82

39

Samkon Gado

HOU

7

15

39

Ryan Moats

PHI

7

9

39

Michael Turner

SDG

7

32

42

Jerious Norwood

ATL

6

27

42

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

6

29

42

Lorenzo Neal

SDG

6

10

42

Mack Strong

SEA

6

22

46

Tyson Thompson

DAL

5

8

46

Heath Evans

NWE

5

7

48

Jason McKie

CHI

4

13

48

Jerome Harrison

CLE

4

11

48

Ronnie Cruz

KAN

4

4

48

Mewelde Moore

MIN

4

16

48

Michael Robinson

SFO

4

14

48

Stephen Davis

STL

4

11

54

Musa Smith

BAL

3

20

54

Terrelle Smith

CLE

3

6

54

Shawn Bryson

DET

3

8

54

Aaron Stecker

NOR

3

6

54

Justin Fargas

OAK

3

9

54

Reno Mahe

PHI

3

3

60

Brad Hoover

CAR

2

7

60

Kenny Watson

CIN

2

10

60

Quincy Wilson

CIN

2

2

60

Jason Wright

CLE

2

19

60

Brandon Miree

GNB

2

2

60

Dee Brown

KAN

2

2

60

Tony Richardson

MIN

2

7

60

Kevin Faulk

NWE

2

16

60

Thomas Tapeh

PHI

2

8

60

Tony Fisher

STL

2

10

70

J.J. Arrington

ARI

1

3

70

Justin Griffith

ATL

1

8

70

Mike Anderson

BAL

1

10

70

Daimon Shelton

BUF

1

1

70

Jeremi Johnson

CIN

1

1

70

Noah Herron

GNB

1

8

70

Jameel Cook

HOU

1

7

70

Lee Suggs

MIA

1

6

70

Mike Karney

NOR

1

2

70

B.J. Askew

NYJ

1

2

70

Maurice Hicks

SFO

1

7

70

Moran Norris

SFO

1

1

70

Madison Hedgecock

STL

1

1

70

Mike Sellers

WAS

1

7

Week 4 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

W4

YTD

1

Roy Williams

DET

14

40

1

Steve Smith

CAR

14

28

3

Andre Johnson

HOU

13

38

3

Chad Johnson

CIN

13

34

5

Torry Holt

STL

12

52

5

Donald Driver

GB

12

42

5

Isaac Bruce

STL

12

34

8

Chris Chambers

MIA

10

39

8

Derrick Mason

BAL

10

36

8

Greg Jennings

GB

10

33

8

Mike Furrey

DET

10

31

12

Laveranues Coles

NYJ

9

44

12

Troy Williamson

MIN

9

34

12

Reggie Williams

JAC

9

33

12

Lee Evans

BUF

9

32

16

Marvin Harrison

IND

8

46

16

Reggie Wayne

IND

8

32

16

Braylon Edwards

CLE

8

31

16

Bernard Berrian

CHI

8

29

16

Terrell Owens

DAL

8

28

16

Reggie Brown

PHI

8

27

16

Santana Moss

WAS

8

24

16

Travis Taylor

MIN

8

24

16

Doug Gabriel

NE

8

22

16

Marty Booker

MIA

8

21

16

Ronnie Brown

MIA

8

19

16

Antonio Gates

SD

8

18

16

Marcus Robinson

MIN

8

17

16

Eddie Kennison

KC

8

15

30

Muhsin Muhammad

CHI

7

34

30

Darrell Jackson

SEA

7

32

30

Keyshawn Johnson

CAR

7

32

30

Alge Crumpler

ATL

7

27

30

Bobby Engram

SEA

7

26

30

Wes Welker

MIA

7

26

30

George Wrighster

JAC

7

23

30

Edgerrin James

ARI

7

22

30

Bubba Franks

GB

7

18

30

Steven Jackson

STL

7

18

30

Jermaine Wiggins

MIN

7

18

30

Daniel Graham

NE

7

17

30

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

CIN

7

17

30

Deion Branch

SEA

7

10

30

Az-Zahir Hakim

DET

7

9

30

Ernie Conwell

NO

7

8

30

Vernand Morency

GB

7

8

47

Anquan Boldin

ARI

6

37

47

Marques Colston

NO

6

33

47

Antonio Bryant

SF

6

30

47

Reggie Bush

NO

6

30

47

Donte' Stallworth

PHI

6

26

47

Mark Clayton

BAL

6

24

47

Joe Horn

NO

6

24

47

Ernest Wilford

JAC

6

23

47

Tony Gonzalez

KC

6

22

47

Michael Jenkins

ATL

6

21

47

Eric Moulds

HOU

6

21

47

Eric Johnson

SF

6

20

47

Randy Moss

OAK

6

20

47

Terry Glenn

DAL

6

19

47

David Givens

TEN

6

18

47

Roscoe Parrish

BUF

6

16

47

Koren Robinson

GB

6

8

64

Todd Heap

BAL

5

33

64

Matt Jones

JAC

5

30

64

Kevin Jones

DET

5

25

64

Desmond Clark

CHI

5

22

64

Chris Cooley

WAS

5

22

64

Peerless Price

BUF

5

18

64

Bo Scaife

TEN

5

16

64

Brandon Lloyd

WAS

5

15

64

Roddy White

ATL

5

15

64

Randal Williams

OAK

5

12

64

Eric Parker

SD

5

8

64

Joe Jurevicius

CLE

5

5

76

Drew Bennett

TEN

4

37

76

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

4

36

76

Kellen Winslow

CLE

4

28

76

Jerricho Cotchery

NYJ

4

27

76

L.J. Smith

PHI

4

26

76

Frank Gore

SF

4

24

76

Dennis Northcutt

CLE

4

22

76

Bobby Wade

TEN

4

20

76

Dallas Clark

IND

4

18

76

Arnaz Battle

SF

4

17

76

Randy McMichael

MIA

4

17

76

Josh Reed

BUF

4

17

76

Ben Troupe

TEN

4

17

76

Larry Johnson

KC

4

16

76

Nate Burleson

SEA

4

15

76

Mack Strong

SEA

4

15

76

Joseph Addai

IND

4

14

76

Alvis Whitted

OAK

4

14

76

Jason McKie

CHI

4

12

76

Ronald Curry

OAK

4

10

76

Itula Mili

SEA

4

10

76

Daniel Wilcox

BAL

4

10

76

Hank Baskett

PHI

4

8

76

Clinton Portis

WAS

4

8

76

Maurice Morris

SEA

4

6

Week 4 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

W4

YTD

1

Larry Johnson

KAN

34

88

2

Vernand Morency

GNB

32

41

3

Willis McGahee

BUF

29

105

3

Clinton Portis

WAS

29

59

5

LaDainian Tomlinson

SDG

28

88

5

Steven Jackson

STL

28

105

7

Reuben Droughns

CLE

27

55

8

Thomas Jones

CHI

26

91

9

Edgerrin James

ARI

25

104

9

Ron Dayne

HOU

25

51

11

Kevin Jones

DET

24

83

12

Julius Jones

DAL

23

61

12

Joseph Addai

IND

23

57

14

LaMont Jordan

OAK

22

51

15

Warrick Dunn

ATL

20

86

15

Ronnie Brown

MIA

20

87

17

DeShaun Foster

CAR

17

74

17

Rudi Johnson

CIN

17

95

17

Corey Dillon

NWE

17

60

20

Laurence Maroney

NWE

16

66

20

Frank Gore

SFO

16

91

22

Jamal Lewis

BAL

15

73

22

Dominic Rhodes

IND

15

64

22

Reggie Bush

NOR

15

68

25

Chester Taylor

MIN

13

97

25

Kevan Barlow

NYJ

13

51

25

Cedric Houston

NYJ

13

15

25

Correll Buckhalter

PHI

13

36

29

Deuce McAllister

NOR

12

70

29

Maurice Morris

SEA

12

36

29

Chris Brown

TEN

12

36

29

Ladell Betts

WAS

12

60

33

Cedric Benson

CHI

11

32

34

Marion Barber III

DAL

10

24

34

Leon Washington

NYJ

10

20

36

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

9

32

36

LenDale White

TEN

9

20

38

Fred Taylor

JAC

8

82

39

Samkon Gado

HOU

7

15

39

Ryan Moats

PHI

7

9

39

Michael Turner

SDG

7

32

42

Jerious Norwood

ATL

6

27

42

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

6

29

42

Lorenzo Neal

SDG

6

10

42

Mack Strong

SEA

6

22

46

Tyson Thompson

DAL

5

8

46

Heath Evans

NWE

5

7

48

Jason McKie

CHI

4

13

48

Jerome Harrison

CLE

4

11

48

Ronnie Cruz

KAN

4

4

48

Mewelde Moore

MIN

4

16

48

Michael Robinson

SFO

4

14

48

Stephen Davis

STL

4

11

54

Musa Smith

BAL

3

20

54

Terrelle Smith

CLE

3

6

54

Shawn Bryson

DET

3

8

54

Aaron Stecker

NOR

3

6

54

Justin Fargas

OAK

3

9

54

Reno Mahe

PHI

3

3

60

Brad Hoover

CAR

2

7

60

Kenny Watson

CIN

2

10

60

Quincy Wilson

CIN

2

2

60

Jason Wright

CLE

2

19

60

Brandon Miree

GNB

2

2

60

Dee Brown

KAN

2

2

60

Tony Richardson

MIN

2

7

60

Kevin Faulk

NWE

2

16

60

Thomas Tapeh

PHI

2

8

60

Tony Fisher

STL

2

10

70

J.J. Arrington

ARI

1

3

70

Justin Griffith

ATL

1

8

70

Mike Anderson

BAL

1

10

70

Daimon Shelton

BUF

1

1

70

Jeremi Johnson

CIN

1

1

70

Noah Herron

GNB

1

8

70

Jameel Cook

HOU

1

7

70

Lee Suggs

MIA

1

6

70

Mike Karney

NOR

1

2

70

B.J. Askew

NYJ

1

2

70

Maurice Hicks

SFO

1

7

70

Moran Norris

SFO

1

1

70

Madison Hedgecock

STL

1

1

70

Mike Sellers

WAS

1

7

Week 4 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

W4

YTD

1

Roy Williams

DET

14

40

1

Steve Smith

CAR

14

28

3

Andre Johnson

HOU

13

38

3

Chad Johnson

CIN

13

34

5

Torry Holt

STL

12

52

5

Donald Driver

GB

12

42

5

Isaac Bruce

STL

12

34

8

Chris Chambers

MIA

10

39

8

Derrick Mason

BAL

10

36

8

Greg Jennings

GB

10

33

8

Mike Furrey

DET

10

31

12

Laveranues Coles

NYJ

9

44

12

Troy Williamson

MIN

9

34

12

Reggie Williams

JAC

9

33

12

Lee Evans

BUF

9

32

16

Marvin Harrison

IND

8

46

16

Reggie Wayne

IND

8

32

16

Braylon Edwards

CLE

8

31

16

Bernard Berrian

CHI

8

29

16

Terrell Owens

DAL

8

28

16

Reggie Brown

PHI

8

27

16

Santana Moss

WAS

8

24

16

Travis Taylor

MIN

8

24

16

Doug Gabriel

NE

8

22

16

Marty Booker

MIA

8

21

16

Ronnie Brown

MIA

8

19

16

Antonio Gates

SD

8

18

16

Marcus Robinson

MIN

8

17

16

Eddie Kennison

KC

8

15

30

Muhsin Muhammad

CHI

7

34

30

Darrell Jackson

SEA

7

32

30

Keyshawn Johnson

CAR

7

32

30

Alge Crumpler

ATL

7

27

30

Bobby Engram

SEA

7

26

30

Wes Welker

MIA

7

26

30

George Wrighster

JAC

7

23

30

Edgerrin James

ARI

7

22

30

Bubba Franks

GB

7

18

30

Steven Jackson

STL

7

18

30

Jermaine Wiggins

MIN

7

18

30

Daniel Graham

NE

7

17

30

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

CIN

7

17

30

Deion Branch

SEA

7

10

30

Az-Zahir Hakim

DET

7

9

30

Ernie Conwell

NO

7

8

30

Vernand Morency

GB

7

8

47

Anquan Boldin

ARI

6

37

47

Marques Colston

NO

6

33

47

Antonio Bryant

SF

6

30

47

Reggie Bush

NO

6

30

47

Donte' Stallworth

PHI

6

26

47

Mark Clayton

BAL

6

24

47

Joe Horn

NO

6

24

47

Ernest Wilford

JAC

6

23

47

Tony Gonzalez

KC

6

22

47

Michael Jenkins

ATL

6

21

47

Eric Moulds

HOU

6

21

47

Eric Johnson

SF

6

20

47

Randy Moss

OAK

6

20

47

Terry Glenn

DAL

6

19

47

David Givens

TEN

6

18

47

Roscoe Parrish

BUF

6

16

47

Koren Robinson

GB

6

8

64

Todd Heap

BAL

5

33

64

Matt Jones

JAC

5

30

64

Kevin Jones

DET

5

25

64

Desmond Clark

CHI

5

22

64

Chris Cooley

WAS

5

22

64

Peerless Price

BUF

5

18

64

Bo Scaife

TEN

5

16

64

Brandon Lloyd

WAS

5

15

64

Roddy White

ATL

5

15

64

Randal Williams

OAK

5

12

64

Eric Parker

SD

5

8

64

Joe Jurevicius

CLE

5

5

76

Drew Bennett

TEN

4

37

76

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

4

36

76

Kellen Winslow

CLE

4

28

76

Jerricho Cotchery

NYJ

4

27

76

L.J. Smith

PHI

4

26

76

Frank Gore

SF

4

24

76

Dennis Northcutt

CLE

4

22

76

Bobby Wade

TEN

4

20

76

Dallas Clark

IND

4

18

76

Arnaz Battle

SF

4

17

76

Randy McMichael

MIA

4

17

76

Josh Reed

BUF

4

17

76

Ben Troupe

TEN

4

17

76

Larry Johnson

KC

4

16

76

Nate Burleson

SEA

4

15

76

Mack Strong

SEA

4

15

76

Joseph Addai

IND

4

14

76

Alvis Whitted

OAK

4

14

76

Jason McKie

CHI

4

12

76

Ronald Curry

OAK

4

10

76

Itula Mili

SEA

4

10

76

Daniel Wilcox

BAL

4

10

76

Hank Baskett

PHI

4

8

76

Clinton Portis

WAS

4

8

76

Maurice Morris

SEA

4

6

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