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Targets - From -&- Thru Week 14 (2012)

Posted by d-Rx on 12/12/12

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Every week Pyro® takes a look at who was fed the ball the most in the previous week and who was starved from fantasy football opportunity. This is our week 14 edition, we tell you how many targets each player got this week and even break down the season total!

We’ve added a twist to the PYRO Targets Report.  You see in the RB and QB charts, I’ve included a new column – LOOKS.  For RB’s, LOOKS = Carries + Targets.  For QB’s, LOOKS = Pass Attempts + Carries.  The purpose of the report is to show overall involvement in the offense, and we agreed at PYRO HQ to add this wrinkle in, as it is a better indicator of the data we’re after.   

If you’re a first timer just checking in for this weekly report, here’s how we break it down…



The Gravy Train…

The Gravy Train showcase is to “target” the guys who will be regulars at the top of the list throughout the season.  Rain or shine, this crew will find a way to be here most weeks.  These are your work horses that you can ride to your league’s playoff door.


Eating with the Big Dogs…

This section showcases guys who had a great feeding by their offensive coordinators this week but who will see the top of the list infrequently.  Or, a fresh face on the rise that has shown he just may belong with the Big Dogs.



Dude, Where’s my Pizza…

Here’s where we highlight this week’s batch of players that normally should be fed but we’re starved out over the weekend.




Quarterbacks (Pass Attemps + Carries)


targets week 14 for QBs - fantasy football



The Gravy Train…

Big Ben returned from injury with a vengeance throwing for 285 yards and 3 scores. He made sure to get his favorite target involved as well in helping Mike Wallace to the biggest fantasy receiver day of the week. The Steelers however were not as fortunate as their defense allowed 34 points to the San Diego Chargers. Big Ben was having an incredible year until his injury and his return provided a big boost for the entire Steelers offensive unit.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

Nick Foles notched the first win of his career over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The entire offense was on his shoulders after Bryce Brown managed .5 (yes that is point five) yards per carry against the stout Buc’s run defense. Foles finally worked the ball downfield a bit more, showing off the big arm he possesses for the first time this season. His day wasn’t extraordinary but he put up big fantasy numbers in the form of 381 yards passing and 3 total touchdowns. He also got his best receiver involved for the first time in weeks targeting Jeremy Maclin 13 times.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Aaron Rodgers put up a less than stellar fantasy day and may have well gotten your team knocked from the playoff ranks. He only had 24 pass attempts in some sloppy weather and if it weren’t for his legs his fantasy day would have been a complete waste as he totaled only 173 passing yards and no touchdowns. However his 34 yards and a score running the ball was a nice boost to get his to a lackluster 15 points.





Running Backs (Rushing Carries + Receiving Targets)


running backs targets from and thru week 14



The Gravy Train…

The Muscle Hamster has been running in his little exercise ball the last few weeks, but against the Eagles he slammed that thing into the wall and broke out. He saw 33 looks on Sunday tied for second most in the league this week and made good use of his 31 total touches. He rushed 28 times for 128 yards and a score while also catching 3 passes for 4 yards. Doug Martin looks to maintain his roll into a tasty matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend.


Eating with the Big Dogs…

Knowshon Moreno led the league in looks this past week after setting the table Thursday night with a nice fantasy performance. He had 37 looks, one of the highest totals in the league this year and since he has spent the majority of the year riding the pine he is the freshest running back in the league at this point. He ran 32 times for 119 yards and a score but his versatility is his best asset in this Peyton Manning led offense as he is a very capable receiver who caught 4 of his 5 targets for 48 yards. It looks like John Fox trusts him more than any other back currently active and with his fresh legs, watch out.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

If you’re looking for C.J. Spiller you can find him languishing all the way down at 43 in this week’s rankings even though he was clearly more effective than his counterpart Fred Jackson on Sunday. Jackson saw 14 touches while Spiller only had 8. Jackson had 30 combined while Spiller had 52. Sometimes you just scratch your head and wonder why a coach beats a dead horse that ended up averaging 1.5 yards per carry over the more dynamic Spiller who was averaging 5.3 on the game and over 6 yards per carry on the season.





Wide Receivers (Receiving Targets)


targets thru week 14 for wide receivers



The Gravy Train…

Brandon Marshall continues his pursuit to catch Reggie Wayne in targets and his 19 on Sunday really helped his cause and gave him the highest total this week. He also turned his targets into production catching 10 passes for 160 yards and a score. When you watch Marshall play you feel like he has the ability to catch 15 passes every game as he is just that dominating of a presence on the field. Marshall looks poised to make a big push in the fantasy playoffs as his team will need the same push to find themselves in the postseason after a rough few weeks.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

A lot of 2nd tier wide receivers had big days. Whether it was the 143 yards put up by Kenny Britt, the 133 by Jason Avant, the 9 catches by Maclin and Crabtree, or the two touchdowns scored by Wallace and Alexander. These guys were all heavily involved in the passing game and look to be gaining favor in their quarterback’s hearts.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

A.J. Green saw 8 targets on Sunday and so did his teammate Andrew Hawkins. A guy of his caliber should be in double digits targets every single week. The Cowboys game plan was to take him away and force the ball to go to the other targets but Green didn’t produce with the 8 targets he got either catching only 3 of them for 44 yards. At this time of the year you really need your studs to step up and produce but Green just didn’t do that on Sunday.


Tight Ends (Receiving Targets)


targets thru week 14 tight ends - fantasy football chart



The Gravy Train…

Jimmy Graham saw another 10 targets on Sunday but did not have his usual outburst that he typically has when seeing double digit targets. He caught only half of them for 56 yards and was kept out of the endzone. Graham has been a constant producer all season long but nowhere near the incredible numbers he put up last year. He must step up in the coming weeks in order for your faith in him to pay off.



Eating with the Big Dogs…

Aaron Hernandez led the league in targets this week with 11 and also had the best fantasy day of all tight ends. Hernandez showed on Monday night why he is a matchup nightmare running a variety of routes from a variety of different positions on the field. His final stat line of 8 catches for 58 yards and 2 scores wasn’t overpowering but his use in the Patriots offense was absolutely crucial and very fun to watch.



Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Jason Witten is the leader in tight end targets on the season yet he only saw 4 of them this week. It’s not like he was having a bad day as he caught all 4 for 62 yards but he could have done much more for his team and for fantasy owners. Fantasy owners count on a high volume of targets for Witten because he catches pretty much everything thrown his way and will pick up nice yardage. Without the consistent double digit targets that we are accustomed to seeing it is tough to count on Witten as he has never been a monster in the redzone in the mold of many tight ends.




by Stagg Party


Quarterbacks (Pass Attempts + Carries)

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