Week 4: Looks and Touches

Mike Harmon
Yahoo! Sports

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.

We've reached the quarter pole of the fantasy season (except for those using Week 17), and the ebb and flow of games keep the pundits scratching their heads. Owners saw the looks to Marvin Harrison yield fantasy gold this week, while Marc Bulger and Brett Favre fired off a boatload of TD passes in vain. Looking ahead to Week 5, both of Matt Hasselbeck's top options (Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram) are doubtful with injuries, meaning that Joe Jurevicius and Peter Warrick are likely to appear on the Looks list next week. Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, let's take a look at what we already know:

Looks:
After his brilliant breakout season in 2004, Ashley Lelie was expected to carry the torch for the Broncos passing game this year. Instead, he's shrunk away in the last two weeks. He was targeted 24 times over the first two weeks of the year, and just seven times in the past two games.

Tony Gonzalez owners can't be terribly impressed with his use in the offense, as he tallied just two catches for five yards while being targeted three times by Trent Green in Week 4. The return of Willie Roaf will solidify the line and let Gonzalez get away from blocking and back into pass routes. In any event, 26 looks in four games isn't what owners expected from their third or fourth-round selection.

Assuming that his arm is ready to reload on Sunday after tossing 60-plus passes against the Giants, Marc Bulger has found three new options in the absence of Isaac Bruce. Shaun McDonald and Dane Looker combined for 17 catches and 22 looks in Week 4, while Kevin Curtis was thrown to seven times. The Seattle defense is allowing only 184.5 yards per game through the air, with 1.25 touchdowns per game.

Keary Colbert got back into the act on Monday night against Green Bay, as the Packers threw the kitchen sink at Steve Smith. Colbert was targeted six times in the victory, and tallied four catches for 52 yards.

Touches:
LaMont Jordan leads the charge in the Touches column, a bit of a surprise given the issues that had plagued the Cowboys secondary heading into the Week 4 showdown with the Raiders. Jordan pounded the rock with 26 carries and continued to be a big factor in the passing game. Mixing columns, Jordan has been targeted 32 times by Kerry Collins through four weeks.

Despite the big day from Peyton Manning and the passing attack, the Colts continued to work Edgerrin James hard. James tops all backs with 109 touches through the first four weeks. Julius Jones of the Cowboys trails by a single touch.

The Falcons and Broncos are two teams demonstrating the effectiveness of a dual backfield in the Win column, but cause nothing but headaches for fantasy owners. This week, the quartet of Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell, Warrick Dunn, and T.J. Duckett each recorded at least 14 touches.

Stephen Davis continues to shoulder the load for the Panthers, averaging 19 touches per week. John Fox has also done a great job of working DeShaun Foster into the mix. He averages nearly 11 touches per week, and has shown to be a capable receiver out of the backfield. I anticipate that his touches continue to increase, primarily in the passing game.

Week 4 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

WEEK 4

SEASON

1

LaMont Jordan, Oak

30

95

2

Jamal Lewis, Bal

29

60

2

Deuce McAllister, NO

29

96

4

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD

28

93

5

Clinton Portis, Was

27

69

6

Tiki Barber, NYG

26

80

6

Mike Anderson, Den

26

68

8

Priest Holmes, Kan

23

85

8

Julius Jones, Dal

23

108

8

Edgerrin James, Ind

23

109

8

Domanick Davis, Hou

23

58

12

Shaun Alexander, Sea

21

87

12

Marcel Shipp, Ari

21

59

14

Stephen Davis, Car

20

76

14

Mewelde Moore, Min

20

54

16

Warrick Dunn, Atl

19

73

16

Rudi Johnson, Cin

19

96

18

Willis McGahee, Buf

18

84

18

Ahman Green, GB

18

78

20

Tatum Bell, Den

16

35

20

Curtis Martin, NYJ

16

92

22

Steven Jackson, STL

15

67

22

Corey Dillon, NE

15

78

22

Brian Westbrook, Phi

15

71

25

T.J. Duckett, Atl

14

38

26

Kevan Barlow, SF

13

55

26

Chester Taylor, Bal

13

31

26

Carnell Williams, Tam

13

102

29

Ladell Betts, Was

12

29

29

Kevin Jones, Det

12

48

29

DeShaun Foster, Car

12

43

29

Chris Brown, Ten

12

56

33

Michael Turner, SD

11

21

33

Michael Pittman, Tam

11

22

35

Fred Taylor, Jac

9

86

36

Tyson Thompson, Dal

8

12

36

Chris Perry, Cin

8

35

38

Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Ari

7

18

38

Larry Johnson, Kan

7

34

38

J.J. Arrington, Ari

7

25

41

Marshall Faulk, STL

6

24

41

Lamar Gordon, Phi

6

24

43

Ran Carthon, Ind

5

14

43

Najeh Davenport, GB

5

19

43

Antowain Smith, NO

5

15

46

Shawn Bryson, Det

4

13

46

Jarrett Payton, Ten

4

4

46

Frank Gore, SF

4

22

46

Chris Cooley, Was

4

9

46

Alvin Pearman, Jac

4

10

51

Shaud Williams, Buf

3

17

51

Michael Bennett, Min

3

18

51

Mack Strong, Sea

3

9

51

Jonathan Wells, Hou

3

9

51

Derrick Blaylock, NYJ

3

8

51

Darren Sproles, SD

3

6

57

William Henderson, GB

2

13

57

Ron Dayne, Den

2

13

57

Mike Alstott, Tam

2

13

57

Greg Jones, Jac

2

10

57

Brandon Jacobs, NYG

2

12

62

Zack Crockett, Oak

1

11

62

Vonta Leach, GB

1

2

62

Troy Fleming, Ten

1

4

62

Steve Bush, SF

1

2

62

Nick Goings, Car

1

5

62

Lorenzo Neal, SD

1

12

62

Kyle Johnson, Den

1

6

62

Justin Griffith, Atl

1

4

62

Justin Fargas, Oak

1

2

62

Josh Parry, Phi

1

5

62

Jeremi Johnson, Cin

1

5

62

Jerald Sowell, NYJ

1

8

62

Chris Hetherington, SF

1

2

62

Cecil Sapp, Den

1

2

Week 4 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

WEEK 4

SEASON

1

Terrell Owens, Phi

22

62

2

Plaxico Burress, NYG

16

53

3

Joey Galloway, Tam

14

31

3

Donald Driver, GB

14

34

5

Santana Moss, Was

13

32

6

Shaun McDonald, STL

12

25

6

Torry Holt, STL

12

49

6

Marvin Harrison, Ind

12

38

6

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cin

12

37

6

Anquan Boldin, Ari

12

44

11

Donte' Stallworth, NO

11

33

11

Larry Fitzgerald, Ari

11

38

13

Dane Looker, STL

10

13

13

Brandon Lloyd, SF

10

30

13

Darrell Jackson, Sea

10

46

13

L.J. Smith, Phi

10

32

13

David Givens, NE

10

38

18

Bobby Engram, Sea

9

35

18

Patrick Pass, NE

9

10

18

Travis Taylor, Min

9

32

18

Mewelde Moore, Min

9

14

18

Jimmy Smith, Jac

9

34

18

Ahman Green, GB

9

24

18

Keyshawn Johnson, Dal

9

33

18

Chad Johnson, Cin

9

39

26

David Patten, Was

8

19

26

Erron Kinney, Ten

8

23

26

Steven Jackson, STL

8

17

26

Antonio Gates, SD

8

22

26

Jeremy Shockey, NYG

8

27

26

Eddie Kennison, Kan

8

35

26

Priest Holmes, Kan

8

21

26

Reggie Williams, Jac

8

25

26

Alge Crumpler, Atl

8

32

35

Bo Scaife, Ten

7

11

35

Kevin Curtis, STL

7

30

35

Justin McCareins, NYJ

7

32

35

Laveranues Coles, NYJ

7

34

35

Bryant Johnson, Ari

7

31

40

Chris Cooley, Was

6

17

40

Drew Bennett, Ten

6

33

40

Michael Pittman, Tam

6

10

40

Johnnie Morton, SF

6

16

40

Jerramy Stevens, Sea

6

24

40

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD

6

15

40

Greg Lewis, Phi

6

32

40

Brian Westbrook, Phi

6

33

40

Jerry Porter, Oak

6

34

40

Troy Brown, NE

6

28

40

Deion Branch, NE

6

39

40

Matt Jones, Jac

6

21

40

Dallas Clark, Ind

6

13

40

Jabar Gaffney, Hou

6

12

40

Andre Johnson, Hou

6

21

40

Antonio Chatman, GB

6

17

40

David Martin, GB

6

10

40

Roy Williams, Det

6

29

40

Rod Smith, Den

6

36

40

Terry Glenn, Dal

6

31

60

Chris Perry, Cin

6

21

60

Keary Colbert, Car

6

25

60

Eric Moulds, Buf

6

29

60

Derrick Mason, Bal

6

28

60

Brian Finneran, Atl

6

23

65

Ben Troupe, Ten

5

17

65

Michael Clayton, Tam

5

30

65

Marshall Faulk, STL

5

14

65

Ryan Hannam, Sea

5

8

65

Eric Parker, SD

5

22

65

Randy Moss, Oak

5

36

65

LaMont Jordan, Oak

5

32

65

Troy Williamson, Min

5

13

65

Kevin Johnson, Det

5

17

65

Jeb Putzier, Den

5

21

65

Jason Witten, Dal

5

18

65

Steve Smith, Car

5

43

65

Marcel Shipp, Ari

5

15

78

Mike Alstott, Tam

4

11

78

Anthony Becht, Tam

4

9

78

Kevan Barlow, SF

4

17

78

Shaun Alexander, Sea

4

8

78

Deuce McAllister, NO

4

16

78

Ernie Conwell, NO

4

24

78

Marcus Robinson, Min

4

21

78

Dante Hall, Kan

4

15

78

Ernest Wilford, Jac

4

10

78

Alvin Pearman, Jac

4

6

78

Domanick Davis, Hou

4

14

78

Robert Ferguson, GB

4

25

78

Mike Williams, Det

4

8

78

Marcus Pollard, Det

4

15

78

Ashley Lelie, Den

4

31

78

DeShaun Foster, Car

4

14

78

Lee Evans, Buf

4

21

78

Mark Clayton, Bal

4

17

78

Todd Heap, Bal

4

16

78

Roddy White, Atl

4

10

78

Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Ari

4

17

Week 4 Touch Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

WEEK 4

SEASON

1

LaMont Jordan, Oak

30

95

2

Jamal Lewis, Bal

29

60

2

Deuce McAllister, NO

29

96

4

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD

28

93

5

Clinton Portis, Was

27

69

6

Tiki Barber, NYG

26

80

6

Mike Anderson, Den

26

68

8

Priest Holmes, Kan

23

85

8

Julius Jones, Dal

23

108

8

Edgerrin James, Ind

23

109

8

Domanick Davis, Hou

23

58

12

Shaun Alexander, Sea

21

87

12

Marcel Shipp, Ari

21

59

14

Stephen Davis, Car

20

76

14

Mewelde Moore, Min

20

54

16

Warrick Dunn, Atl

19

73

16

Rudi Johnson, Cin

19

96

18

Willis McGahee, Buf

18

84

18

Ahman Green, GB

18

78

20

Tatum Bell, Den

16

35

20

Curtis Martin, NYJ

16

92

22

Steven Jackson, STL

15

67

22

Corey Dillon, NE

15

78

22

Brian Westbrook, Phi

15

71

25

T.J. Duckett, Atl

14

38

26

Kevan Barlow, SF

13

55

26

Chester Taylor, Bal

13

31

26

Carnell Williams, Tam

13

102

29

Ladell Betts, Was

12

29

29

Kevin Jones, Det

12

48

29

DeShaun Foster, Car

12

43

29

Chris Brown, Ten

12

56

33

Michael Turner, SD

11

21

33

Michael Pittman, Tam

11

22

35

Fred Taylor, Jac

9

86

36

Tyson Thompson, Dal

8

12

36

Chris Perry, Cin

8

35

38

Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Ari

7

18

38

Larry Johnson, Kan

7

34

38

J.J. Arrington, Ari

7

25

41

Marshall Faulk, STL

6

24

41

Lamar Gordon, Phi

6

24

43

Ran Carthon, Ind

5

14

43

Najeh Davenport, GB

5

19

43

Antowain Smith, NO

5

15

46

Shawn Bryson, Det

4

13

46

Jarrett Payton, Ten

4

4

46

Frank Gore, SF

4

22

46

Chris Cooley, Was

4

9

46

Alvin Pearman, Jac

4

10

51

Shaud Williams, Buf

3

17

51

Michael Bennett, Min

3

18

51

Mack Strong, Sea

3

9

51

Jonathan Wells, Hou

3

9

51

Derrick Blaylock, NYJ

3

8

51

Darren Sproles, SD

3

6

57

William Henderson, GB

2

13

57

Ron Dayne, Den

2

13

57

Mike Alstott, Tam

2

13

57

Greg Jones, Jac

2

10

57

Brandon Jacobs, NYG

2

12

62

Zack Crockett, Oak

1

11

62

Vonta Leach, GB

1

2

62

Troy Fleming, Ten

1

4

62

Steve Bush, SF

1

2

62

Nick Goings, Car

1

5

62

Lorenzo Neal, SD

1

12

62

Kyle Johnson, Den

1

6

62

Justin Griffith, Atl

1

4

62

Justin Fargas, Oak

1

2

62

Josh Parry, Phi

1

5

62

Jeremi Johnson, Cin

1

5

62

Jerald Sowell, NYJ

1

8

62

Chris Hetherington, SF

1

2

62

Cecil Sapp, Den

1

2

Week 4 Look Leaders

RANK

PLAYER

WEEK 4

SEASON

1

Terrell Owens, Phi

22

62

2

Plaxico Burress, NYG

16

53

3

Joey Galloway, Tam

14

31

3

Donald Driver, GB

14

34

5

Santana Moss, Was

13

32

6

Shaun McDonald, STL

12

25

6

Torry Holt, STL

12

49

6

Marvin Harrison, Ind

12

38

6

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cin

12

37

6

Anquan Boldin, Ari

12

44

11

Donte' Stallworth, NO

11

33

11

Larry Fitzgerald, Ari

11

38

13

Dane Looker, STL

10

13

13

Brandon Lloyd, SF

10

30

13

Darrell Jackson, Sea

10

46

13

L.J. Smith, Phi

10

32

13

David Givens, NE

10

38

18

Bobby Engram, Sea

9

35

18

Patrick Pass, NE

9

10

18

Travis Taylor, Min

9

32

18

Mewelde Moore, Min

9

14

18

Jimmy Smith, Jac

9

34

18

Ahman Green, GB

9

24

18

Keyshawn Johnson, Dal

9

33

18

Chad Johnson, Cin

9

39

26

David Patten, Was

8

19

26

Erron Kinney, Ten

8

23

26

Steven Jackson, STL

8

17

26

Antonio Gates, SD

8

22

26

Jeremy Shockey, NYG

8

27

26

Eddie Kennison, Kan

8

35

26

Priest Holmes, Kan

8

21

26

Reggie Williams, Jac

8

25

26

Alge Crumpler, Atl

8

32

35

Bo Scaife, Ten

7

11

35

Kevin Curtis, STL

7

30

35

Justin McCareins, NYJ

7

32

35

Laveranues Coles, NYJ

7

34

35

Bryant Johnson, Ari

7

31

40

Chris Cooley, Was

6

17

40

Drew Bennett, Ten

6

33

40

Michael Pittman, Tam

6

10

40

Johnnie Morton, SF

6

16

40

Jerramy Stevens, Sea

6

24

40

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD

6

15

40

Greg Lewis, Phi

6

32

40

Brian Westbrook, Phi

6

33

40

Jerry Porter, Oak

6

34

40

Troy Brown, NE

6

28

40

Deion Branch, NE

6

39

40

Matt Jones, Jac

6

21

40

Dallas Clark, Ind

6

13

40

Jabar Gaffney, Hou

6

12

40

Andre Johnson, Hou

6

21

40

Antonio Chatman, GB

6

17

40

David Martin, GB

6

10

40

Roy Williams, Det

6

29

40

Rod Smith, Den

6

36

40

Terry Glenn, Dal

6

31

60

Chris Perry, Cin

6

21

60

Keary Colbert, Car

6

25

60

Eric Moulds, Buf

6

29

60

Derrick Mason, Bal

6

28

60

Brian Finneran, Atl

6

23

65

Ben Troupe, Ten

5

17

65

Michael Clayton, Tam

5

30

65

Marshall Faulk, STL

5

14

65

Ryan Hannam, Sea

5

8

65

Eric Parker, SD

5

22

65

Randy Moss, Oak

5

36

65

LaMont Jordan, Oak

5

32

65

Troy Williamson, Min

5

13

65

Kevin Johnson, Det

5

17

65

Jeb Putzier, Den

5

21

65

Jason Witten, Dal

5

18

65

Steve Smith, Car

5

43

65

Marcel Shipp, Ari

5

15

78

Mike Alstott, Tam

4

11

78

Anthony Becht, Tam

4

9

78

Kevan Barlow, SF

4

17

78

Shaun Alexander, Sea

4

8

78

Deuce McAllister, NO

4

16

78

Ernie Conwell, NO

4

24

78

Marcus Robinson, Min

4

21

78

Dante Hall, Kan

4

15

78

Ernest Wilford, Jac

4

10

78

Alvin Pearman, Jac

4

6

78

Domanick Davis, Hou

4

14

78

Robert Ferguson, GB

4

25

78

Mike Williams, Det

4

8

78

Marcus Pollard, Det

4

15

78

Ashley Lelie, Den

4

31

78

DeShaun Foster, Car

4

14

78

Lee Evans, Buf

4

21

78

Mark Clayton, Bal

4

17

78

Todd Heap, Bal

4

16

78

Roddy White, Atl

4

10

78

Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Ari

4

17

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