Monday, October 22, 2012
Fantasy Watch: Playing time in Week 7
By Mike Sando
Our latest look at playing time in the NFC West, with an eye toward fantasy football:
Wide receivers are the focus this time.
Every team but San Francisco had more than four of them active in Week 7.
- Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald was targeted six times, all from the Cardinals' three-receiver offense. Andre Roberts, Early Doucet and tight end Rob Housler each had four targets from that personnel. Roberts and Doucet got all five wide receiver targets from the four-receiver offense.
- San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers emphasized the run in this game. Seattle took away deeper throws. That explains why running back Frank Gore led the team in receiving yards with 45 this week. Twelve of Alex Smith's 14 completed passes traveled no more than five yards past the line of scrimmage.
- St. Louis Rams: Quarterback Sam Bradford spread the ball pretty evenly to his various targets. He targeted six players on third down, none more than twice. Steven Jackson and Austin Pettis saw their third-down targets increase in Week 6, the Rams' first game without Danny Amendola. Lance Kendricks and Brandon Gibson went from zero last week to two apiece this week. No pattern there yet.
- Seattle Seahawks: Doug Baldwin's injury left additional snaps for the other receivers. Braylon Edwards has five targets over the past two games after getting one over the previous four. That includes two of the team's four red zone targets over the past two weeks. That could be something to watch given that Edwards did catch a touchdown pass against New England.
All for now. About to board a plane from St. Louis to Seattle. Catch you in a bit.