Fantasy Football On Target: Where to go after Week 12

by Tim Heaney on November 26, 2013 @ 10:31:47 PDT


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For a complete listing of targets and touches, check out our Statistics Analyzer and Utilizations pages.

Write-ups labeled with WW are waiver wire targets. Find more fantasy football risers in our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire.

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Bull's eye

Did Stevan Ridley fumble away control of the New England Patriots backfield? He didn't see the field after coughing it up early on Sunday Night Football. Bill Belichick must be running out of patience with Ridley's numerous mistakes. LeGarrette Blount probably let the small chance he had of establishing a grasp roll away, as well, after he also put the rock on the ground.

New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen
Soft-shoeing into the lead

Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden carried the mail in the second half, though Vereen's 24 utilizations comprised of 11 targets, his second straight week with that total. He was already in place to take over the majority game should Ridley drop the ball, merely because of his fit with their up-tempo system.

Though Bolden falls in line behind Vereen, he may have the inside track for between-the-tackles duties. He's a fine fantasy grab for the flex-desperate.

Vereen's heavy presence through the air also jeopardizes the rest of New England's catchers, but Julian Edelman was part of New England's second-half change of plans as he outplayed Danny Amendola. Aaron Dobson was also kept away, for so far unknown reasons, being replaced by Kenbrell Thompkins.

Running backs

Week 12 utilizations
Rk Player Tm Wk12 Notes
1 Knowshon Moreno DEN 38 Bone bruise in ankle could mean Montee Ball show
2 Adrian Peterson MIN 33 Groin injury not an issue
3 Eddie Lacy GB 31 Will asthma struggles mean fewer totes?
4 Le'Veon Bell PIT 28 Thankfully, he gets 20-plus touches.
5 Chris Johnson TEN 25 Stats were mediocre, but he's running harder.
6 Andre Brown NYG 25 Entrenched as bell cow
7 Matt Forte CHI 25 Will tweaked knee force CHI to trust Michael Bush? Yikes.
8 Reggie Bush DET 22 Joique Bell injury probably contributed to Bush's carry load.
9 Shane Vereen NE 21 As noted above, in position to take command.
10 Rashad Jennings OAK 21 Could push Darren McFadden (hamstring) to change-up duty even after Week 13
11 Jamaal Charles KC 20 JC saves.
12 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX 20 TD and 4-plus catches in each of last 3 weeks
13 Steven Jackson ATL 20 Looking healthier, pulling away from Jacquizz Rodgers

WW: If Zac Stacy (concussion) can't pass league tests to suit up this weekend, Benny Cunningham will carry the load for the St. Louis Rams. Isaiah Pead poses no threat for every-down work.

WW: The Houston Texans planned on involving Dennis Johnson a little more this past weekend, though Gary Kubiak insists Ben Tate (ribs) remains the starting back. Johnson, however, looks more effective for the immediate future and typically runs with a bit more giddy-up. That'll go a long way in helping Houston move the ball.

WW: Surprise! Chris Ivory (ankle) is hurt again. We'll know his status Wednesday, but Bilal Powell would shoulder the New York Jets' carry load and must be near the top of your pickup list.

Wide receivers

Week 12 utilizations
Rk Player Tm Wk12 Notes
1 Josh Gordon CLE 17 Immune to the Brandon Weeden plague
2 Dez Bryant DAL 16 Dropped passes but regained QB's faith late Sunday
3 Calvin Johnson DET 14 Was producing even when Darrelle Revis (groin) was playing
4 James Jones GB 12 Familiarity with Matt Flynn helped.
5 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 12 Enjoying Carson Palmer's rebirth
6 Keenan Allen SD 12 Had 11 over previous 2 weeks
7 Brandon Marshall CHI 12 47 last 4 weeks 3rd among WRs. 1st: teammate Alshon Jeffery (53)
8 Julian Edelman NE 11 Will he stick as top Gronk alternative?
9 Cecil Shorts JAX 11 Had 9 previous 2 weeks. Plea worked. Caught 8.
10 Dexter McCluster KC 11 WW: 19 last 2 weeks, 1 fewer than Dwayne Bowe
11 Antonio Brown PIT 11 Joe Haden? No problem.
12 Harry Douglas ATL 11 Still benefitting from D's attention to Tony G
13 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN 11 WW: Unleashing the rook with 20 last 2 weeks
14 Nate Burleson DET 11 WW: The new top complement to Calvin
15 Pierre Garcon WAS 11 With RGIII's struggles, they only mean so much....

Andre Johnson said the Texans' offense "suck[s]" after his six-target, two-grab day Sunday. Johnson totaled 42 looks before that stinker and should get the ball repeatedly this weekend, but will it be emerging lockdown CB Aqib Talib covering him?

On another sneaky play -- a handoff to a wideout -- the St. Louis Rams proved they're figuring out how to maximize Tavon Austin's dynamite game-changing abilities. His six utilizations still don't rank highly for a wideout, but his increasing efficiency and big-play prowess makes him a much more lineup-worthy asset now.

The Oakland Raiders' Rod Streater has reaped the benefits with the injury to Denarius Moore (shoulder). Streater had nine targets for the second straight week this past Sunday with Moore sidelined. He's snared 11 of them for 177 yards and a score to earn valid fantasy WR3 consideration.

Ted Ginn Jr. had 10 targets for the Carolina Panthers but only hauled in three and dropped a likely touchdown bomb. That sums up the speedster's fantasy value.

WW: Shifty undrafted rookie Darius Johnson (15 looks since Week 10) looks slightly more intriguing for late-season desperation than Roddy White (11). Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been forced to look to intermediate tosses more often without Julio Jones (foot), and Johnson's increased involvement isn't a fluke.

If Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) can't go once again, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan (each seven looks) will continue to be involved for the New York Giants, but Randle is the only one with fantasy relevance.

Miles Austin played more often than Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley, but none of these three did much. None are playable in most formats, though Austin has the best chance to be useful by season's end for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tight ends

Week 12 targets
Rk Player Tm Wk12 Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski NE 10 Back to normal.
2 Jordan Cameron CLE 10 Weeden under center will help.
3 Garrett Graham HOU 9 22 last 2 weeks tops TEs.
4 Greg Olsen CAR 9 17 last 2 weeks: Cam Newton leaning on him.
5 Timothy Wright TB 9 Had just 7 over 3 previous G. Matchup was golden.
6 Delanie Walker TEN 9 2nd among TEs with 27 looks over last 3 weeks.
7 Coby Fleener TEN 8 1st with 28.
8 Antonio Gates SD 8 Not doing much with his looks. Ladarius Green (WW) taking chunks away.
9 Jimmy Graham NO 7 Still marching.
10 Jason Witten DAL 7 Re-establishing RZ connection with Tony Romo
11 Charles Clay MIA 7 Has mustered 4 or fewer catches, 27 or fewer yards 3 of last 4 G
12 Vernon Davis SF 7 Got back into swing 2 weeks removed from concussion
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