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Targets and Touches

Week 9 AFC Targets and Touches

by Graham Barfield
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

From here on out, this column will only have players’ six most recent games, regardless if they were active or on a bye. Targets and touches will be in descending order of games played.

 

All targets and touches data is compiled from Pro Football Reference.

 

Note: if a player has an asterisk next to a number in their data set, that indicates the player was injured during the game. Also, this data will stick to fantasy relevant players meaning that running backs and wide receivers that only see one target or touch per-game will not be included.

 

Just as a reminder, the NFC targets and touches report comes out every Wednesday.

 

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Baltimore Ravens

 

Targets: Justin Forsett (7, 1, 5, 8, 4, 1), Crockett Gillmore (3, 0, 0, 6, 7, 4), Kamar Aiken (1, 7, 9, 8, 3, 6), Marlon Brown (5, 4, 4, 4, 5, 1), Maxx Williams (7, 4, 1, 4, 0, 0), Buck Allen (0, 0, 1, 3, 1, 4)

 

RB Touches: Justin Forsett (14, 27, 25, 24, 15, 18) and Javorius Allen (3, 5, 8, 5, 4, 7)

 

Red zone Targets: Crockett Gillmore (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1), Justin Forsett (0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1), Kamar Aiken (0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0), Javorius Allen (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Justin Forsett (0, 2, 2, 3, 2, 3), Buck Allen (0, 1, 4, 1, 0, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At (via PFF): Jimmy Smith 10, 4, 11, 5, 5, 4 (Allowed: 7-126-1, 2-28, 8-92, 2-53, 4-33-2, 2-15) and Lardarius Webb 10, 3, 10, 3, 6, 8 (5-90-1, 1-9-0, 10-72-1, 1-5, 4-81, 8-58-1)

 

Analysis: Now down Steve Smith (Achilles) and with Breshad Perriman (knee) out indefinitely, the Ravens starting wide receivers are Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens, and Marlon Brown. Aiken offers the most fantasy appeal of the bunch and should be a top waiver wire add this week, but Baltimore will likely look to just spread around Steve Smith’s workload (10.4 targets per-game) amongst their remaining options.

 

If Steve Smith does indeed call it career at age-36 after his Achilles’ tear, he’ll have left behind a first-ballot Hall of Fame career. Smith is 10th all-time in receiving yards (13,932), 15th in career receptions (961), and is tied for 28th in receiving touchdowns (76).

 

Buffalo Bills – On Bye in Week 8

 

Targets: Sammy Watkins (8, 2*, 0, 0, 5*, 0), Charles Clay (6, 7, 13, 3, 13, 5), Percy Harvin (5, 8, 8, 4, 0*, 0), LeSean McCoy (3, 3, 0, 0, 4, 4), Robert Woods (3, 5, 5, 2, 6, 13), Karlos Williams (2, 0, 4, 0, 0, 0), Chris Hogan (1, 4, 5, 3, 5, 11), Anthony Dixon (0, 0, 3, 3, 0, 0), Dan Herron (0, 2, 1)

 

RB Touches: LeSean McCoy (18, 12, 0, 0, 18, 20), Karlos Williams (8, 12, 21, 0, 0, 0), Anthony Dixon (0, 5, 2, 10, 0, 0), Dan Herron (9, 2, 3)

 

Red zone Targets: Charles Clay (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), LeSean McCoy (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Percy Harvin (0, 1, 2, 0, 0, 0), Chris Hogan (1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1), Robert Woods (0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2)

 

Red zone Carries: LeSean McCoy (2, 1, 0, 0, 4, 1), Karlos Williams (2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0), Tyrod Taylor (1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Anthony Dixon (0, 0, 2, 1, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Stephon Gilmore 13, 6, 10, 6, 8, 4 (8-57-1, 3-66-1, 4-49-1, 2-20, 5-78-1, 3-50-1), Ronald Darby 9, 11, 7, 5, 7, 8 (3-48, 4-51, 2-6, 3-20, 6-53, 2-40), Nickell Robey 6, 4, 4, 4, 2, 1 (5-72, 3-37, 3-18, 3-28, 1-24, 1-5)

 

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Cincinnati Bengals

 

Targets: A.J. Green (4, 13, 9, 8, 7, 17), Tyler Eifert (5, 3, 4, 12, 4, 8), Jeremy Hill (1, 0, 0, 2, 1, 1), Giovani Bernard (3, 4, 0, 8, 2, 3), Marvin Jones (5, 8, 2, 8, 12, 5), Mohamed Sanu (2, 4, 6, 5, 4, 3)

 

RB Touches: Jeremy Hill (11, 12, 9, 9, 17, 16) and Gio Bernard (23, 16, 13, 20, 9, 3)

 

Red zone Targets: A.J. Green (2, 3, 1, 0, 0, 4), Tyler Eifert (2, 2, 0, 2, 1, 0), Mohamed Sanu (1, 2, 2, 0, 0, 0), Gio Bernard (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Marvin Jones (2, 2, 0, 1, 1, 1), Jeremy Hill (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Jeremy Hill (0, 4, 4, 2, 0, 1), Gio Bernard (6, 4, 2, 3, 4, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Dre Kirkpatrick 5, 8, 10, 3, 11, 8 (4-67-1, 4-53-1, 7-122, 1-7, 7-82, 4-48) and Adam Jones 7, 5, 1, 1, 5, 6 (5-47, 4-36, 0-0, 1-22, 3-25, 4-28-1)

 

Analysis: Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard split snaps (36:34) in Week 8, but Hill saw 16 touches (Bernard had just three). Hill has now out-touched Bernard in two straight games. It’s a little surprising that Cincinnati decided to attack the Steelers’ fairly stout run defense (7th in Rush Defense DVOA) with a big dose of Hill instead of using Bernard heavily in the passing game or rushing off-tackle. We’ll see if this trend continues.

 

Cleveland Browns

 

Targets: Travis Benjamin (10, 10, 12, 13, 8, 5), Gary Barnidge (10, 6, 10, 9, 7, 11), Duke Johnson (7, 10, 8, 4, 7, 2), Brian Hartline (7, 6, 3, 3, 3, 10), Isaiah Crowell (0, 3, 2, 2, 0, 2), Robert Turbin (1, 2, 0)

 

RB Touches: Isaiah Crowell (10, 13, 15, 13, 8, 11), Duke Johnson (10, 17, 15, 12, 13, 3), Robert Turbin (10, 6, 3)

 

Red zone Targets: Gary Barnidge (2, 2, 1, 2, 0, 2), Travis Benjamin (2, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Duke Johnson (0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0), Brian Hartline (0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 3), Taylor Gabriel (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Isaiah Crowell (2, 3, 0, 1, 1, 1), Duke Johnson (0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0), Robert Turbin (1, 0, 2)

 

CBs Thrown At: Joe Haden 7, 8, 6, 0, 5*, 5*(6-99-1, 3-34-1, 6-87, 0-0, 4-44, 5-123-2) and Tramon Williams 7, 6, 5, 13, 2, 13 (3-26, 2-16, 3-59, 5-103-1, 1-20, 7-132)

 

Analysis: The Cleveland backfield doesn’t make any rational sense. Just as soon as Duke Johnson begins to give the Browns’ a pass-catching element Cleveland desperately needed, the Browns' decide to give Johnson just three touches in Week 8 against the Cardinals. Cleveland's backfield split in Week 8 was as follows: Johnson (26 snaps), Crowell (20), and Robert Turbin (20). This backfield can be mostly avoided in weekly lineup decisions, but Johnson still offers the most appeal in PPR leagues.

 

Denver Broncos

 

Targets: Emmanuel Sanders (14, 9, 6, 12, 12, 5), Demaryius Thomas (14, 13, 12, 8, 17, 11), Ronnie Hillman (1, 1, 1, 2, 5, 2), C.J. Anderson (1, 1, 1, 2, 4, 1), Owen Daniels (5, 9, 5, 5, 3, 3), Virgil Green (3, 1, 0, 0, 0, 3)

 

RB Touches: Ronnie Hillman (9, 8, 12, 8, 23, 20) and C.J. Anderson (13, 9, 12, 13, 17, 15)

 

Red zone Targets: Demaryius Thomas (0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 1) Emmanuel Sanders (2, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0), Owen Daniels (0, 2, 2, 2, 0, 0), Ronnie Hillman (0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Ronnie Hillman (2, 1, 2, 0, 1, 4) and C.J. Anderson (0, 4, 2, 3, 3, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Chris Harris Jr. 4, 4, 7, 7, 4, 5 (4-58, 3-20, 4-48, 4-40, 2-11, 4-23), Aqib Talib 5, 9, 7, 3, 7, 1 (1-7, 7-70, 6-70-1, 1-19, 3-44, 1-3), Bradley Roby 0, 3, 8, 4, 4, 3 (0-0, 1-5, 6-86, 3-26, 2-25, 1-7)

 

Analysis: Ronnie Hillman is now the “starter” in Denver and has led C.J. Anderson in touches for the last two weeks (43:32) and snaps (83:67). But, as those numbers indicate, Anderson will still be involved as the “change-of-pace” back and will siphon around 30-45% of carries every week. Denver could easily just ride the hot hand week-to-week if one running back shows well in a game.

 

The Broncos just recently acquired 31-year-old veteran tight end Vernon Davis from San Francisco; the teams will swap late-round picks in 2016 and San Francisco will receive the Broncos' sixth-round pick in 2017. Davis is the clear pass-catching tight end Denver needs after Julius Thomas’ departure. 15.03% of Peyton Manning’s passes have been thrown to either Owen Daniels or Virgil Green this season. Davis, at the very least, is back on the fantasy radar in Denver but we'll have to see how quickly he can acclimate in Denver.

 

Houston Texans

 

Targets: DeAndre Hopkins (14, 22, 14, 15, 12, 11), Nate Washington (9, 0*, 0, 0, 16, 6*), Cecil Shorts (9, 10, 0, 6, 0, 0), Alfred Blue (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 5), Jonathan Grimes (2, 7, 4, 0, 1, 3), Chris Polk (0, 4, 3, 2, 3, 2)

 

RB Touches: Alfred Blue (31, 6, 7, 0, 3, 19), Chris Polk (5, 6, 3, 9, 7, 9), Jonathan Grimes (7, 8, 12, 0, 0, 2)

 

Red zone Targets: DeAndre Hopkins (1, 7, 0, 2, 1, 1), Cecil Shorts (0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0), Nate Washington (1, 0*, 0, 0, 3, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Chris Polk (1, 0, 2, 0, 1, 2, 1) and Alfred Blue (0, 5, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Johnathan Joseph 12, 2, 8, 9, 3, 8 (2-24, 2-9, 5-55-1, 5-54, 3-21, 5-42) and Kevin Johnson 5, 3, 7, 9, 3, 3 (4-74-1, 2-8, 3-33, 5-72, 3-73-2, 1-12)

 

Analysis: In Houston’s first game without Arian Foster since he tore his Achilles, Alfred Blue led all Texans backs in touches and snaps. The Texans’ backfield snap split was as follows in Week 8: Blue (33 snaps), Jonathan Grimes (18), and Chris Polk (15). If that trend continues, Blue should offer the most weekly value but will be a low-end RB2 weekly at best.

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

Targets: T.Y. Hilton (7, 13, 9, 9, 15, 7), Donte Moncrief (7, 9, 3, 11, 6, 7), Frank Gore (2, 7, 0, 3, 8, 3), Andre Johnson (1, 2, 7, 6, 4, 8), Dwayne Allen (0, 0, 1, 3, 1, 3), Coby Fleener (6, 12, 3, 6, 5, 11), Ahmad Bradshaw (1, 2, 1)

 

RB Touches: Frank Gore (15, 17, 22, 15, 14, 25) and Ahmad Bradshaw (5, 2, 8)

 

Red zone Targets: T.Y. Hilton (0, 1, 2, 2, 3, 0), Andre Johnson (0, 0, 3, 0, 0, 2), Donte Moncrief (1, 1, 0, 1, 2, 0), Dwayne Allen (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Frank Gore (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Coby Fleener (0, 2, 1, 0, 0, 5)

 

Red zone Carries: Frank Gore (3, 4, 4, 2, 0, 0) and Ahmad Bradshaw (1, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Vontae Davis 6, 9, 5, 4, 5, 10 (4-50-1, 4-55, 3-28-1, 1-10, 3-27, 3-46-1), Greg Toler 9, 9, 9, 8 (7-103, 6-102, 4-74, 5-103), Darius Butler 0, 12, 1, 3, 4, 4 (0-0, 10-134-1, 1-6, 1-19, 3-27-1, 3-14-1)

 

Analysis: We can debate about “how hurt” Andrew Luck (shoulder, ribs) is, but the fact of the matter is he is not playing well at all. He’s now thrown two or more interceptions in five of his six active games this year and has completed 52.3% and 48.9% of his passes in back-to-back weeks. Luck’s poor play is also unlikely to improve drastically in the next week. The Colts host a piping-hot Denver defense that just held Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards on 22 pass attempts in Week 9.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars – On Bye in Week 8

 

Targets: Allen Robinson (12, 9, 12, 9, 12, 9), T.J. Yeldon (4, 3, 3, 6, 0, 3), Julius Thomas (0, 0, 0, 2, 13, 5), Allen Hurns (4, 4, 15, 6, 7, 8), Marcedes Lewis (4, 2, 8, 4, 2, 2)

 

RB Touches: T.J. Yeldon (28, 13, 24, 16, 0, 21)

 

Red zone Targets: Allen Robinson (1, 0, 1, 2, 0, 1), Allen Hurns (0, 0, 2, 1, 1, 1), T.J. Yeldon (0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: T.J. Yeldon (6, 1, 3, 1, 0, 3)

 

CBs Thrown At: Aaron Colvin 5, 6, 5, 0, 5, 8 (5-53, 6-63-1, 2-24, 0-0, 4-41, 4-35) and Davon House 2, 4, 11, 6*, 15, 4 (1-18, 2-23, 5-33, 2-24, 10-138-2, 2-24)

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Targets: Jeremy Maclin (11, 13, 12, 4*, 0, 5), Travis Kelce (10, 7, 6, 7, 6, 8), Chris Conley (1, 7, 3, 7, 7, 1), Charcandrick West (1, 3, 2, 2, 5, 6), Knile Davis (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Albert Wilson (3, 0, 0, 6, 6, 4)

 

RB Touches: Charcandrick West (0, 6, 8, 10, 24, 23) and Knile Davis (0, 0, 2, 6, 1, 4)

 

Red zone Targets: Jeremy Maclin (1, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1), Travis Kelce (1, 2, 1, 1, 0, 2), Chris Conley (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Charcandrick West (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 3)

 

Red zone Carries: Charcandrick West (0, 0, 0, 2, 7, 3), Knile Davis (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Marcus Peters 4, 5, 12, 10, 9, 5 (3-22-1, 4-81-1, 9-86-1, 4-46, 6-125, 3-40-1) and Sean Smith 3, 7, 4, 8, 9 (1-5, 4-68, 4-76, 4-49-1, 5-76)

 

Analysis: With the general injury carnage at the running back position this year, Charcandrick West is a fantasy “RB1” (top-12) by default for the rest of the season. After faltering in his first start since Jamaal Charles’ injury against Minnesota in Week 6, West has racked up 207 rushing yards on 42 carries (4.93 yards per carry) and has scored two rushing touchdowns in his last two games. He’s also seeing Charles-level targets in the passing game (11 total in Week 7 and 8). Two of West’s next three matchups are difficult, however, as the Chiefs have their bye in Week 9 and then face the Broncos (away), Chargers (away), and Bills (home).

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Targets: Jarvis Landry (10, 13, 12, 4, 5, 8), Lamar Miller (6, 3, 2, 3, 3, 5), Jordan Cameron (4, 8, 9, 8, 2, 5), Rishard Matthews (7, 10, 3, 6, 3, 12), Kenny Stills (4, 1, 8, 2, 0, 7), Damien Williams (4, 3, 1, 0, 2, 0), DeVante Parker (1, 7, 0, 0, 0, 0), Jonas Gray (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 5)

 

RB Touches: Lamar Miller (15, 10, 8, 21, 17, 14), Damien Williams (5, 3, 1, 2, 6, 0), Jonas Gray (0, 9, 1, 8, 13, 6)

 

Red zone Targets: Jarvis Landry (1, 3, 5, 1, 1, 0), Jordan Cameron (0, 2, 2, 2, 0, 0), Damien Williams (1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Rishard Matthews (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Kenny Stills (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1), DeVante Parker (0, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Lamar Miller (3, 1, 0, 1, 2, 1), Damien Williams (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Jonas Gray (0, 4, 0, 6, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Brent Grimes 8, 3, 3*, 10, 9, 6 (3-14, 3-89, 5-73, 4-44, 4-52-1) and Jamar Taylor 4, 4, 4, 5, 9, 8 (2-26, 3-49-1, 3-31, 3-43, 6-103-1, 3-36)

 

Analysis: Better days are ahead for Lamar Miller after his nine carry, 15-yard (one touchdown) performance against the Patriots on Thursday Night Football in Week 8. However, three of the Dolphins next four games are against teams that entered Week 8 with top-10 rush defenses in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric (Bills, Eagles, and Jets). Miami’s remaining schedule lightens up considerably after that stretch, however, as they face: the Ravens, Giants, Chargers, Colts, and Patriots (Week 17) to close out the season.

 

New England Patriots

 

Targets: Rob Gronkowski (13, 7, 5, 5, 16, 9), Julian Edelman (19, 11, 5, 10, 9, 9), Dion Lewis (9, 5, 11, 6, 0, 9), Danny Amendola (2, 5, 3, 9, 9, 1), Scott Chandler (5, 2, 0, 3, 1, 2), LeGarrette Blount (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1), Brandon LaFell (8, 7)

 

RB Touches: Dion Lewis (13, 13, 14, 7, 0, 11) and LeGarrette Blount (2, 19, 13, 17, 3, 18)

 

Red zone Targets: Rob Gronkowski (1, 2, 0, 0, 7, 0) Julian Edelman (4, 2, 0, 2, 3, 3), Scott Chandler (2, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0), Danny Amendola (0, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0), Dion Lewis (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 2), LeGarrette Blount (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0), Brandon LaFell (0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Dion Lewis (3, 4, 2, 1, 0, 0) and LeGarrette Blount (2, 9, 2, 0, 0, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Malcolm Butler 2, 5, 4, 13, 9, 8 (1-32-1, 2-66-1, 1-17, 7-83-1, 5-82, 6-61) and Logan Ryan 5, 4, 3, 10, 6, 10 (4-39, 4-49, 1-3, 6-73, 4-23, 5-54)

 

Analysis: Not only has Tom Brady thrown for 300 or more yards in five of seven weeks this year while boasting an absurd 20:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, but he’s shredding opposing defenses while feeding his best targets voluminously. Julian Edelman leads the team with 75 targets (26% of team targets) while Rob Gronkowski has 63 (21.9%) and Dion Lewis has 45 (19.2%, when active).

 

New York Jets

 

Targets: Brandon Marshall (10, 14, 11, 9, 7, 18), Eric Decker (11, 0, 5, 7, 12, 7), Bilal Powell (5, 8, 1, 1, 0, 0), Chris Ivory (2, 0, 2, 3, 2, 5), Devin Smith (0, 9, 6, 0, 2, 0), Zac Stacy (0, 2, 3, 2, 1, 1)

 

RB Touches: Chris Ivory (16, 0, 29, 23, 17, 18), Bilal Powell (16, 17, 1, 5, 0, 0), Zac Stacy (0, 4, 7, 15, 8, 4)

 

Red zone Targets: Brandon Marshall (1, 3, 2, 0, 1, 2), Eric Decker (2, 0, 2, 1, 2, 1), Chris Ivory (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 1), Bilal Powell (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Devin Smith (0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0), Zac Stacy (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Chris Ivory (4, 0, 2, 4, 3, 1), Bilal Powell (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Zac Stacy (0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: Darrelle Revis 9, 2, 3, 5, 5, 6 (5-75, 0-0, 1-2, 2-8-1, 3-47, 4-34), Buster Skrine 10, 5, 10, 5, 3, 2 (6-65, 4-34, 6-82, 3-28, 3-31, 2-11-1), Antonio Cromartie 4, 4, 7, 6, 6, 9 (3-71-1, 0-0, 5-64-1, 2-26, 3-32, 7-140-2)

 

Analysis: Brandon Marshall (ankle, toe) soldiered through Week 8 after coming out of the game twice nursing the aforementioned injuries. He still received 18 targets as Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) was injured on the Jets’ opening drive of the game. Marshall’s status will be updated as the week rolls on and it seems like he avoided a significant injury; however, Fitzpatrick is seemingly bound to miss time with torn ligaments in his left (non-throwing) thumb.

 

Oakland Raiders

 

Targets: Amari Cooper (11, 11, 9, 4, 6, 9), Michael Crabtree (16, 9, 6, 9, 8, 12), Latavius Murray (3, 1, 5, 4, 1, 2), Mychal Rivera (5, 1, 3, 3, 3, 0), Roy Helu (0, 1, 2, 6, 0, 1), Clive Walford (2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3)

 

RB Touches: Latavius Murray (18, 27, 19, 16, 16, 21), Taiwan Jones (3, 2, 0, 0, 5, 3), Roy Helu (0, 1, 7, 6, 4, 0)

 

Red zone Targets: Amari Cooper (0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Michael Crabtree (1, 2, 0, 0, 1, 1), Mychal Rivera (1, 0, 1, 0, 2, 0)

 

Red zone Carries: Latavius Murray (2, 8, 1, 3, 3, 2) and Taiwan Jones (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: D.J. Hayden 8, 9, 5, 8, 13, 7 (5-54, 6-62-1, 4-56-1, 5-78, 10-75, 5-45-1) and David Amerson 4, 8, 9, 5, 13 (3-32, 5-44, 6-66, 4-47, 7-76)

 

Analysis: In a trend I don’t necessarily expect to continue: Michael Crabtree has out-targeted Amari Cooper in three straight games. Crabtree’s target share in the last three weeks: 23.1%, 25.8%, and 33.3%; here is Amari Cooper’s: 10.3%, 19.4%, and 25%. This is largely matchup based as Cooper has seen the tougher cornerback draw over the last three games against Denver, San Diego, and the New York Jets.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Targets: Antonio Brown (13, 9, 6, 8, 8, 11), Martavis Bryant (8, 8, 9), Heath Miller (3, 2, 3, 1, 2, 13), DeAngelo Williams (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 4), Markus Wheaton (3, 1, 3, 2, 4, 2)

 

RB Touches: DeAngelo Williams (1, 2, 5, 1, 5, 13)

 

Red zone Targets: Heath Miller (2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1), Antonio Brown (1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 4), Martavis Bryant (2, 2), Darrius Heyward-Bey (0, 0, 1, 1, 0), Markus Wheaton (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: DeAngelo Williams (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0)

 

CBs Thrown At: William Gay 9, 4, 3, 3, 6, 3 (6-61, 4-44, 2-15, 2-24, 3-18, 2-23), Ross Cockrell 4, 3, 2, 5, 6, 8 (4-34, 1-5, 1-15-1, 4-61, 3-68, 4-22-1), Antwon Blake 8, 3, 10, 6, 13, 10 (6-54, 2-32, 6-76, 5-41, 9-163-1, 7-79)

 

Analysis: In an injury-mired Week 8, no injury was bigger than Le’Veon Bell’s (MCL, season-ending IR). The Steelers had Big Ben, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and Martavis Bryant on the field for just 18 total snaps in 2015.

 

DeAngelo Williams will now be the Steelers’ lead back for the remainder of the season – remember, he received 22 and 24 touches along with 83.6% and 93% of snaps in the opening two weeks of the season as Le’Veon Bell was suspended. Pittsburgh’s depth behind Williams is: Dri Archer, Isaiah Pead, Jordan Todman, and Roosevelt Nix.

 

San Diego Chargers

 

Targets: Keenan Allen (18, 7, 10, 15, 13, 5*), Antonio Gates (11, 16, 0, 5), Danny Woodhead (4, 4, 7, 7, 12, 3), Stevie Johnson (5, 8*, 0, 0, 8, 4), Ladarius Green (0, 6, 5, 4, 9, 1*), Melvin Gordon (1, 2, 9, 0, 0, 6), Malcom Floyd (7, 2, 4, 12, 3, 6)

 

RB Touches: Melvin Gordon (14, 14, 22, 7, 7, 23) and Danny Woodhead (8, 12, 9, 13, 16, 5)

 

Red zone Targets: Antonio Gates (2, 5, 0, 0), Stevie Johnson (1, 0*, 0, 0, 0, 0), Keenan Allen (1, 0, 1, 2, 0, 1), Ladarius Green (0, 1, 0, 3, 0, 0), Danny Woodhead (0, 0, 0, 1, 3, 0), Malcom Floyd (2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Danny Woodhead (0, 0, 0, 5, 0, 0) and Melvin Gordon (0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 2)

 

CBs Thrown At: Jason Verrett 2, 0, 5, 2, 4, 9 (2-24, 0-0, 2-43, 2-51, 3-93-2, 6-90), Brandon Flowers 0*, 10, 8, 5, 5, 6 (0-0, 7-64, 5-138-1, 2-30-1, 3-21, 6-81), Patrick Robinson 3, 4, 0, 2, 3, 4 (2-24, 2-19, 0-0, 1-12, 2-15, 2-13)

 

Analysis: Keenan Allen (kidney) left the Bolts’ Week 8 game at the end of the first half, while Ladarius Green (ankle) missed the majority of the game against the Ravens. The Chargers play on Monday Night Football against the Bears in Week 9 and it’s too early to prognosticate on Green's availability and it seems Allen is dealing with a multi-week injury. Stevie Johnson would be the likely beneficiary of Allen's leftover targets should he miss time.

 

Danny Woodhead saw a season-low number of touches (5) in Week 8, along with a season low percentage of snaps (37.7%). Woodhead has been averaging 11.4 touches per-game and 48.1% of snaps this season. Melvin Gordon’s usage in Week 8 may have been game plan related, but its clear San Diego wants to keep him involved no matter what.

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Targets: Kendall Wright (4, 12, 6, 5, 8, 7), Delanie Walker (0*, 10, 6, 10, 9, 6), Harry Douglas (8, 6, 3, 4, 0, 6), Justin Hunter (2, 2, 6, 4, 4, 3), Dorial Green-Beckham (2, 2, 0, 6, 1, 2), Dexter McCluster (4, 2, 1, 4, 8, 6), Antonio Andrews (0, 2, 4, 1, 0, 3), Bishop Sankey (2, 3, 3, 1, 0, 0)

 

RB Touches: Dexter McCluster (14, 6, 9, 8, 11, 7), Antonio Andrews (0, 13, 10, 10, 10, 19), Bishop Sankey (12, 7, 10, 4, 0, 0),

 

Red zone Targets: Kendall Wright (0, 4, 0, 1, 1, 0), Delanie Walker (0, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0), Harry Douglas (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), Bishop Sankey (2, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0), Dorial Green-Beckham (1, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0), Justin Hunter (0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0), Dexter McCluster (0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1)

 

Red zone Carries: Bishop Sankey (1, 2, 1, 0, 0, 0) and Antonio Andrews (0, 4, 2, 1, 0, 1)

 

CBs Thrown At: Coty Sensabaugh 6, 4, 3, 2, 8, 9 (4-84-1, 0-0, 3-52-1, 1-13, 5-46, 7-101-1), Jason McCourty 4, 5, 7, 8 (1-6, 5-54-1, 5-68, 7-79-1), Blidi Wreh-Wilson 3, 5, 0, 5, 4, 2 (1-50-1, 2-56, 0-0, 5-92, 4-56, 1-11)

 

Analysis: Ken Whisenhunt is out as Tennessee’s head coach. The Titans -- who are currently ranked 30th in points per offensive drive (1.43) -- now might have a legitimate shot at having a competent offense for the rest of the season.