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Inside The Gamebook – Late Games Week 9

N.Y. GIANTS 41 – SEATTLE 7

N.Y. Giants

Yards: Pass 290, Rush 197

Red Zone: 4-for-7, 57 percent (season: 20-for-31, 65 percent)

Drives: First Half: Kevin Boss fumble – Ahmad Bradshaw 2-yard touchdown – Hakeem Nicks 46-yard touchdown – (fumble recovery on kickoff) Bradshaw 4-yard touchdown – Steve Smith 6-yard touchdown – Boss 5-yard touchdown – ran out clock. Second Half: punt – 25-yard field goal – 20-yard field goal – turnover on downs at Seattle 7-yard line.

Players:

WR – Hakeem Nicks: 13 Targets; 5 deep, 4 red zone – big plays for 22, 25 yards and a 46-yard touchdown.

WR – Steve Smith: 7 Targets; 2 deep, 3 red zone – big plays for 15, 17 yards and a 6-yard touchdown.

WR – Mario Manningham: 4 Targets; 1 red zone – big play for 32 yards.

TE – Kevin Boss: 2 Targets; 1 red zone – big play for a 5-yard touchdown.

TE – Bear Pascoe: 1 Target.

TE – Travis Beckum: 1 Target; 1 deep.

RB – Ahmad Bradshaw: 19 Rush and 4 Targets; 8 red zone – big plays for a 2-yard touchdown and a 4-yard touchdown.

RB – Danny Ware: 13 Rush; 2 red zone.

RB – Brandon Jacobs: 11 Rush; 3 red zone – big play for 38 yards.

Fantasy Impact:
In their last four games the Giants have targeted three different tight ends in every game. With that kind of distribution to the position and so much more production coming from the other skill positions, it decreases the potential upside Boss may have long term. But if Smith misses the game this week (it’s now being reported that he will be out indefinitely), he could hold some potential for a bump in targets.

Seattle

Yards: Pass 113, Rush 49

Red Zone: 0-for-1, 0 percent (season: 9-for-23, 39 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – three-and-out – three-and-out – fumble on kickoff – ran out clock – interception on pass intended for Mike Williams – turnover on downs at New York 40-yard line. Second Half: three-and-out – three-and-out – Ben Obomanu 36-yard touchdown – ran out clock.

Players:

WR – Mike Williams: 8 Targets; 2 deep – big play for 17 yards.

WR – Deon Butler: 6 Targets; 1 deep.

WR – Brandon Stokley: 3 Targets; 1 deep – big play for 22 yards.

TE – John Carlson: 2 Targets.

TE – Chris Baker: 2 Targets; 1 deep.

WR – Ben Obomanu: 1 Target; 1 deep – big play for a 36-yard touchdown.

RB – Marshawn Lynch: 11 Rush – big play for 26 yards.

RB – Justin Forsett: 1 Rush and 1 Target.

Fantasy Impact:
Butler continues to see steady targets, but the play of his supporting cast will likely decrease the potential value he may have held.

INDIANAPOLIS
24 – PHILADELPHIA 26

Indianapolis

Yards: Pass 294, Rush 62

Red Zone: 3-for-4, 75 percent (season: 19-for-29, 66 percent)

Drives: First Half: interception on pass intended for Reggie Wayne – punt – Jacob Tamme 3-yard touchdown – Javarris James 6-yard touchdown – 37-yard field goal. Second Half: three-and-out – three-and-out – punt – punt – James 1-yard touchdown – interception on pass intended for Blair White.

Players:

TE – Jacob Tamme: 17 Targets; 4 deep, 3 red zone – big plays for 22 yards and a 3-yard touchdown.

WR – Reggie Wayne: 16 Targets; 4 deep, 2 red zone – big play for 18 yards.

WR – Pierre Garcon: 7 Targets; 4 deep.

WR – Blair White: 5 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone – big play for 33 yards.

TE – Gijon Robinson: 2 Targets.

WR – Austin Collie: 1 Target; 1 deep.

RB – Donald Brown: 15 Rush and 3 Targets; 1 red zone – big play for 20 yards.

RB – Javarris James: 4 Rush; 4 red zone – big plays for a 1-yard touchdown and a 6-yard touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:
Collie will miss the game this week. White will fill in this week, and in limited opportunities this year he’s caught 56 percent of his targets, 10 percent more than Garcon has caught. He also has one touchdown on the year, so Peyton Manning has gone to him in the red zone. White could hold some potential upside this week as a bye week replacement.

Philadelphia

Yards: Pass 218, Rush 195

Red Zone: 2-for-5, 40 percent (season: 13-for-25, 52 percent)

Drives: First Half: DeSean Jackson 9-yard touchdown – 22-yard field goal – 21-yard field goal – 31-yard field goal – three-and-out. Second Half: three-and-out – 44-yard field goal – Michael Vick 1-yard touchdown – punt – punt – ran out clock.

Players:

WR – DeSean Jackson: 3 Rush and 8 Targets; 3 deep, 2 red zone – big plays for 18, 18, 58 yards and a 9-yard touchdown.

WR – Jeremy Maclin: 8 Targets; 3 deep – big play for 22 yards.

WR – Jason Avant: 5 Targets; 3 red zone – big play for 34 yards.

TE – Brent Celek: 1 Target.

RB – LeSean McCoy: 16 Rush and 4 Targets; 3 red zone – big play for 62 yards.

RB – Jerome Harrison: 2 Rush; 2 red zone.

FB – Owen Schmitt: 1 Target.

Fantasy Impact:
Avant has been targeted 18 times in the last three games and he’s caught 72 percent of them for 163 yards. Not big numbers but he has been consistent and almost put the ball in the end zone last week so he does hold some potential upside as a bye week replacement.

KANSAS CITY
20 – OAKLAND 23

Kansas City

Yards: Pass 216, Rush 104

Red Zone: 2-for-4, 50 percent (season: 13-for-26, 50 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – three-and-out – turnover on downs at Oakland 41-yard line – Verran Tucker 11-yard touchdown – 43-yard field goal – three-and-out – punt – interception on pass intended for Tony Moeaki. Second Half: fumble on kickoff – 25-yard field goal – three-and-out – punt – (fumble recovery on punt) Dwayne Bowe 20-yard touchdown – punt. Overtime: three-and-out.

Players:

WR – Dwayne Bowe: 12 Targets; 4 deep – big plays for 19 yards and a 20-yard touchdown.

TE – Tony Moeaki: 9 Targets; 3 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 15 and 23 yards.

WR – Terrance Copper: 2 Targets – big play for 20 yards.

WR – Chris Chambers: 2 Targets.

WR – Verran Tucker: 1 Target; 1 red zone – big play for an 11-yard touchdown.

TE – Leonard Pope: 1 Target.

RB – Thomas Jones: 19 Rush; 3 red zone.

RB – Jamaal Charles: 10 Rush and 8 Targets; 2 red zone.

FB – Tim Castille: 1 Rush.

Fantasy Impact:
Moeaki is back in the picture after receiving nine targets last week. He has some limitations due to the strength of the team being in the running game, but he does have some upside during favorable matchups. This week is not one of them because Denver is last in the league in run defense.

Oakland

Yards: Pass 229, Rush 112

Red Zone: 1-for-3, 33 percent (season: 15-for-34, 44 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – punt – turnover on downs at Oakland 48-yard line – Darren McFadden fumble – punt – three-and-out – interception on pass intended for Johnnie Higgins – ran out clock. Second Half: kickoff returned for touchdown – (fumble recovery on kickoff) miss 47-yard field goal – Khalif Barnes 2-yard touchdown – punt – 23-yard field goal – punt – 41-yard field goal. Overtime: 33-yard field goal.

Players:

WR – Jacoby Ford: 9 Targets; 6 deep – big plays for 16, 29, 37, 47 yards and a 94-yard kickoff return for touchdown.

WR – Johnnie Higgins: 7 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone.

WR – Darrius Heyward-Bey: 5 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone.

TE – Brandon Myers: 4 Targets.

RB – Darren McFadden: 17 Rush and 4 Targets; 3 red zone – big plays for 16 and 34 yards.

RB – Michael Bush: 5 Targets.

FB – Marcel Reece: 1 Rush and 3 Targets.

RB – Rock Cartwright: 1 Rush.

Fantasy Impact:
Oakland is on a bye in Week 10.

DALLAS
7 – GREEN BAY 45

Dallas

Yards: Pass 183, Rush 39

Red Zone: 1-for-1, 100 percent (season: 14-for-23, 61 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – interception on pass intended for Miles Austin – three-and-out – three-and-out – fumble on kickoff – Dez Bryant 2-yard touchdown. Second Half: three-and-out – punt – interception on pass intended for Austin – three-and-out – fumble on punt return – ran out clock.

Players:

WR – Dez Bryant: 10 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 15, 41 yards and a 2-yard touchdown.

WR – Miles Austin: 6 Targets; 2 deep.

WR – Roy Williams: 4 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone.

TE – Jason Witten: 4 Targets; 1 red zone – big play for 30 yards.

TE – Martellus Bennett: 3 Targets.

WR – Sam Hurd: 1 Target.

RB – Felix Jones: 5 Rush and 1 Target.

RB – Marion Barber: 6 Rush.

RB – Tashard Choice: 3 Rush and 1 Target.

Fantasy Impact:
Jones has 114 total yards with no touchdowns over the last three games and Barber hasn’t been any better with only 43 total yards and one touchdown. With the play of these two being so pedestrian, Choice could be a speculative play if the season becomes lost and the team ends up going to a youth movement to evaluate the roster.

Green Bay

Yards: Pass 289, Rush 138

Red Zone: 4-for-6, 67 percent (season: 17-for-28, 61 percent)

Drives: First Half: 54-yard field goal blocked – Brandon Jackson 9-yard touchdown –Jackson 2-yard touchdown – Greg Jennings 8-yard touchdown – (fumble recovery returned for touchdown) – ran out clock. Second Half: three-and-out – James Jones 10-yard touchdown – 26-yard field goal – (interception returned for touchdown) – (fumble recovery on punt return) turnover on downs at Dallas 12-yard line.

Players:

WR – James Jones: 9 Targets; 1 deep, 3 red zone – big plays for 16, 22, 31 yards and a 10-yard touchdown.

WR – Greg Jennings: 7 Targets; 1 deep, 2 red zone – big plays for 33 yards and an 8-yard touchdown.

WR – Jordy Nelson: 6 Targets; 2 deep – big play for 27 yards.

WR – Brett Swain: 3 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone.

TE – Tom Crabtree: 2 Targets; 1 red zone.

RB – Brandon Jackson: 13 Rush and 5 Targets; 2 red zone – big plays for a 2-yard touchdown and a 9-yard touchdown.

FB – John Kuhn: 13 Rush and 2 Targets; 2 red zone – big play for 17 yards.

RB – Dimitri Nance: 4 Rush; 4 red zone.

Fantasy Impact: Green Bay is on a bye in Week 10.

PITTSBURGH
27 – CINCINNATI 21

Pittsburgh

Yards: Pass 202, Rush 121

Red Zone: 2-for-3, 67 percent: (season: 9-for-22, 41 percent)

Drives: First Half: Rashard Mendenhall 1-yard touchdown – (blocked punt) 25-yard field goal – punt – Hines Ward fumble – three-and-out – Ward 8-yard touchdown – 53-yard field goal. Second Half: three-and-out – three-and-out – three-and-out – Mike Wallace 39-yard touchdown, pass from Antwan Randle El – interception on pass intended for Heath Miller – miss 46-yard field goal – ran out clock.

Players:

WR – Mike Wallace: 7 Targets; 5 deep – big plays for 24, 35 yards and a 39-yard touchdown.

WR – Hines Ward: 6 Targets; 1 deep, 2 red zone – big play for an 8-yard touchdown.

TE – Heath Miller: 5 Targets; 1 deep.

WR – Antwan Randle El: 1 Rush and 3 Targets; 1 deep – big play for a 39-yard touchdown pass.

TE – Matt Spaeth: 1 Target.

RB – Rashard Mendenhall: 22 Rush and 3 Targets; 6 red zone – big plays for 17, 18, 20, 22 yards and a 1-yard touchdown.

RB – Mewelde Moore: 2 Rush and 2 Targets; 1 red zone.

RB – Isaac Redman: 2 Rush.

Fantasy Impact:
Randle El may have scored his first touchdown of the season except it came on a touchdown pass that he threw instead of receiving and he is not worth consideration. He only has 139 yards receiving this year with an average of three targets per game so far and he has only been targeted more than three times in two games this year.

Cincinnati

Yards: Pass 248, Rush 54

Red Zone: 2-for-3, 67 percent (season: 11-for-24, 46 percent)

Drives: First Half: fumble on kickoff return – punt – three-and-out – punt – Terrell Owens 19-yard touchdown – interception on pass intended for Owens – miss 51-yard field goal. Second half: miss 45-yard field goal – three-and-out – three-and-out –Owens 27-yard touchdown – Cedric Benson 1-yard touchdown – turnover on downs at Pittsburgh 12-yard line.

Players:

WR – Terrell Owens: 14 Targets; 3 deep, 2 red zone – big plays for 16, 20 yards, a 19-yard touchdown and a 27-yard touchdown.

WR – Chad Ochocinco: 7 Targets; 3 deep.

WR – Jordan Shipley: 7 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone – big play for 26 yards.

TE – Jermaine Gresham: 3 Targets.

RB – Cedric Benson: 18 Rush and 2 Targets; big plays for 16 yards and a 1-yard touchdown.

RB – Brian Leonard: 3 Targets.

Fantasy Impact:
Shipley is worth considering as a speculative play with some potential upside. In the past three games his targets have been steady and they could start to increase. He has shown consistency by converting 68 percent of his targets into receptions during this time span. That’s 20 percent better than Ochocinco in the same span, and Gresham just had his lowest amount of targets in a single game this season.

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