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.
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.
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.