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Week 12 Fantasy Football Pass Targets Winners And Losers

Fantasy Alarm Post Week 12 Fantasy Football Pass Targets Winners and Losers for wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends

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Week 12 Target Winners and Losers

Happy early Turkey Day to everyone. Is it me, or as adults, at least ones who love football, has Thanksgiving become the best holiday of the year? As a kid we all loved the gift getting holidays, but as adults those holidays turn from getting gifts to getting an empty wallet. Thanksgiving seems like the one holiday where we adults actually get things, like a full stomach and now a full day of Football. So grab that wishbone, crack it off, while you are enjoying the best holiday of the season and may your Fantasy Football playoff wish come true. In the meantime, here are your Week 12 Target Winners and Losers.

Wide Receiver Target Winners

Josh Gordon 16 14
Dez Bryant 15 9
Calvin Johnson 14 7
Brandon Marshall 12 10
Keenan Allen 12 9
James Jones 12 7
Harry Douglas 11 9
Cecil Shorts 11 8
Larry Fitzgerald 11 5
Cordarrelle Patterson 11 8
Pierre Garcon 11 8
Mike Wallace 11 5
Julian Edelman 11 9

* Josh Gordon finished with a franchise record 237 yards receiving topping Ozzie Newsome's previous record of 191 yards in a single game. Can you imagine what kind of numbers Gordon would be able to put up if he had any stability at the quarterback position?

* Dez Bryant had more targets in Week 12 than he had combined in his last two previous games, but has not found the end zone in his last three games.

* Keenan Allen saw one more target then he did in his last two games combined and finished with nine catches for 124 yards, which is a little surprising considering the Chargers were facing the Chiefs.

* James Jones seemed to benefit the most from the switch to Matt Flynn to quarterback last week for the Packers as he saw his most targets since Week One of the season.

* Larry Fitzgerald went 11 straight games without a dropped pass before mishandling his first pass of the season this past Sunday. Three of Fitzgerald's eight receiving touchdowns have come in his last two games.

* Cordarrelle Patterson had season-highs in targets, receptions, yards, and was a dropped touchdown pass away from having his best standard league performance of his rookie season.

* Julian Edelman's performance came out of nowhere as he had not seen more than four targets in each of his last three previous games and scored his 1st two touchdowns since Week One, making it tough to count on him going forward with some many offensive weapons on that Patriots team.


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Running Back Target Winners

Shane Vereen 11 8
Matt Forte 7 7
Reggie Bush 7 4
Maurice Jones-Drew 6 6
Pierre Thomas 6 5
Jamaal Charles 6 4
Ben Tate 6 5
Eddie Lacy 6 6
6 tied with 5 targets    


* Shane Vereen finished in the top two of running back targets for the second week in a row, and may even get more rushing attempts going forward since Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount would have trouble holding on to a baby at this point.

* Top targeted running backs on the season are Jamaal Charles (85), Matt Forte (71), Danny Woodhead (67), Pierre Thomas (62), Reggie Bush (61) and Darren Sproles and Chris Ogbonnaya (59).

* Maurice Jones-Drew finished Sunday's win over the Texans with a season-high 144 total yards as he rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and added six receptions for 60 yards. MJD has been rejuvenated of late having scored a rushing touchdown and caught at least four pass in each of his last three games.

* Only thing that seemed to slow Eddie Lacy down was a flare up of his asthma as he had to leave Sunday's game on two occasions as his asthma acted up. "It's worse in the winter time," Lacy said. "I've had it since I was little. Sometimes it's worse than others."

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Tight End Target Winners

Rob Gronkowski 10 7
Jordan Cameron 10 3
Delanie Walker 9 5
Greg Olsen 9 5
Garrett Graham 9 5
Tim Wright 9 8
Antonio Gates 8 3
Coby Fleener 8 4
4 tied with 7 targets    

* Rob Gronkowski has 27 targets and 21 receptions over his last three games and has scored a touchdown in each of those games. Gronk tied with Chiefs Anthony Fasano in red zone targets with three apiece in Week 12.

* The Browns stuck to their word and tried to get Jordan Cameron more involved in the offense, unfortunately he only caught 30% of the passes thrown his way. Hopefully for his sake, Brandon Weeden gets the start this week as Cameron has averaged more yards per catch and targets with him at the helm.

* You should continue to expect to see Delanie Walker, Coby Fleener, Tim Wright, and Antonio Gates on this list going forward.

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Week 12 Target Losers

For this portion of the target report I am going to take a little different approach than you may be used to. The criteria going forward is that each player eligible to land in this "Land of Let Down" must have been on the field for 60% or more of their team's snaps (50% for running backs), had fewer than 60 yards receiving, and did not reach the end zone. For example, Doug Baldwin saw only two targets (two receptions), which was tied for the second fewest among receivers who saw 60% of their team's snap, but he did have 63 yards receiving and a touchdown, so he did not make our list of losers. So, I think we would agree that Baldwin over performed despite a limited number of targets. Get it? Got it? Good, Let's Go...

Wide Receiver Target Losers

Roddy White 2 2
Victor Cruz 4 2
Eric Decker 4 1
Greg Little 5 2
Brandon Lafell 5 2
Nate Washington 5 5
Danny Amendola 6 3
Kris Durham 6 3
Alshon Jeffery 6 4

* Way too many big names on this list for our liking, starting with Roddy White who may arguably be the most disappointing Fantasy wide receiver this season. Continue to view Harry Douglas as the must start Falcons' wide out until Roddy proves otherwise.

* My vote for most frustrating quarterback goes to Eli Manning, how does Victor Cruz only get four targets against the worst pass defense in the league is beyond me.

* Eric Decker had his worst outing of the season with just one reception for five yards. Decker has dropped to a wide receiver play as he has not had more than five receptions or a touchdown in his last four games.

* I sure hope you do not own a Browns' receiver not named Josh Gordon.

* Alshon Jeffery went from the penthouse the last two weeks with a combined 25 targets to the outhouse this week with just six targets, four receptions for 42 yards and did not reach the end zone for the third consecutive week. Look for a bounce back week for Jeffery as he and the Bears take on the Vikings and the game is in Minnesota, so it will be indoors eliminating any chance of the weather effecting his potential.


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Running Back Target Losers

Ray Rice 1 1
Bobby Rainey 1 0
Adrian Peterson 1 1
Knowshon Moreno 1 1
Trent Richardson 2 2
Stevan Jackson 3 3
DeMarco Murray 3 3

* Ray Rice said that the Jets defensive front was the best they played all season, and it showed as Rice had only 30 yards on 16 carries (1.9 ypc) and was non-existent in the passing game and things are unlikely to get better this week if Rice's Week 7 stat line against the Steeler's, the Ravens opponent this week, is any indication (15 carries for 45 yards).

* I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say we'd be happy to see Adrian Peterson's name on this list if it means he rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown every time it does.

* DeMarco Murray has rushed for over 85 yards in each of his last two games, so if he can keep that up any production in the passing game is just a bonus.



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Tight End Target Losers

Logan Paulsen 1 0
Marcedes Lewis 1 1
Virgil Green 2 1
Andrew Quarless 2 2
John Carlson 4 3


* Fred Davis' name should appear on this list as many expected him to step in a be a factor with Jordan Reed sidelined with concussion symptoms. But instead, Davis skipped team meetings last week even though he was expected to be active and thus did not see the field until about the last two minutes of the first half and did not see a target for the game. So, like the rest of the names on this list, they all should be dead to you, including John Carlson if Kyle Rudolph returns to action this week.

And with that we bring this week's Target Winners and Losers to a close, but do not forget to join our Fantasy Alarm Sunday Morning Live Start/Sit Chat from 10am till game time every Sunday here: “Ask the Experts." and follow us on twitter.


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