Fantasy Football On Target - Week 17 (with video)

by Eric McClung on December 27, 2012 @ 07:44:09 PDT

 

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Opportunity in the NFL can translate to success in fantasy football. Are these target numbers a trend or an aberration for these players' fantasy football value? Do they deserve attention on fantasy football waiver wires?

Arizona Cardinals

RB (rush att+targets)
W14
W15
W16
  WR/TE (targets)
W14
W15
W16
LaRod Stephens-Howling
3
6
13
  Larry Fitzgerald
11
5
12
William Powell
8
5
7
  Andre Roberts
5
5
12
Beanie Wells
6
17
4
  Michael Floyd
5
5
8
 
  Rob Housler
10
2
3

Brian Hoyer will be the fourth starting quarterback for the Cardinals this season. He connected with Fitzgerald four times for 50 yards in the second half of last week's game, but the Redbirds offense has now failed to score a touchdown in three of the last four games. Any Fitz owner left standing has no doubt been able make it happen with him on their bench.

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
Hoyer a fix for Fitz?

There's no reason to change direction now facing an angry San Francisco 49ers team at home with the division at stake.

Beanie was benched after a first quarter fumble and believes he's done in Arizona after this season. LSH took over with 11 carries for a measly 20 yards.

Stephens-Howling had some moments as a midseason starter and is the better fit when playing from behind. If Beanie is held out or benched again Stephens-Howling is unlikely to get more than a mostly even split of playing time with Powell.

Atlanta Falcons

RB (rush att+targets)
W14
W15
W16
  WR/TE (targets)
W14
W15
W16
Michael Turner
7
18
17
  Julio Jones
11
7
12
Jacquizz Rodgers
11
12
7
  Roddy White
11
5
10
Jason Snelling
2
9
1
  Tony Gonzalez
9
7
2
 
  Harry Douglas
3
4
2

As the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Falcons have nothing to play for in Week 17. Head coach Mike Smith said he's playing the game to win but would be smart to give White some extra rest for his knee. Snelling looks to be the biggest gainer assuming he spells Turner and Rodgers more frequently in the second half. Starting any of the main cast is risky, but it appears they should see a fair amount of action, hopefully at least the first two quarters.

Developing situations

Keep in mind that results of the games starting at 1:00 pm EST may alter the plans for teams kicking off at 4:25 pm EST. Owners forced to play this week may want to check the wire for any Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins players as an emergency plan. The winner of the nightcap claims the NFC East crown and a home playoff game, so no one is resting.

Last week Joshua Morgan played a similar snap count to Pierre Garcon, while Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson saw the field sparingly. Morgan is averaging 4.2 targets per game this season and has scored in two of the last three games.

Kevin Ogletree is playing more snaps than Dwayne Harris, but the latter scored his first career touchdown last week and is getting more targets lately.

DeMarco Murray only sat for eight of the Cowboys' 58 snaps, leaving Evan Royster as the preferred desperation option at running back over Felix Jones.

Logan Paulsen plays nearly every snap on offense and is the only emergency parachute at tight end.

What else will affect the final week?

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About Eric McClung

Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a three-time award finalist. Over the years, he's made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts. He's also captured the fantasy football championship in the KFFL staff league twice.

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