Week 12: Snaps and Targets
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Week 12: Snaps and Targets

We look at who played last week, how often and how many passes came their way Profiled players include Trent Richardson, Shane Vereen, Donald Brown, Antonio Brown, and Pierre Garcon.
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In the first week they were the Colts' only two running backs, Week 4, Trent Richard played 56 snaps and Donald Brown played 13 snaps. Since, the distribution has trended toward even. Finally, last week, Brown played more than Richardson, 36 snaps to 33 snaps. Though that difference is minor, the difference in production is not. Brown: 14 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns, one catch for 14 yards. Richardson: eight carries for 22 yards and no touchdowns, five catches for 31 yards. The Colts are clearly moving toward Brown and away from Richardson, and there's no reason to expect that direction to change nwo that Brown has passed Richardson. If I had to choose one Indianapolis running back going forward, it's Brown with minimal hesitation.

Returning from an injury that has kept him out since Week 1, Vereen led the Patriots with 11 targets. He turned those into eight catches for 65 yards, both team highs, and that doesn't seem like a fluke. Vereen had 10 targets for seven catches and 58 yards in Week 1. But he also 14 carries for 101 yards back then and just one carry for seven yards last week. Perhaps, he's still easing back from injury, as rushing is usually more physically demanding than receiving. But the fact that he picked up where he left off as a receiver makes Vereen at least an OK fantasy option (and good in PPR leagues). If his rushing comes around soon, upgrade him substantially.

In the first week they were the Colts' only two running backs, Week 4, Trent Richard played 56 snaps and Donald Brown played 13 snaps. Since, the distribution has trended toward even. Finally, last week, Brown played more than Richardson, 36 snaps to 33 snaps. Though that difference is minor, the difference in production is not. Brown: 14 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns, one catch for 14 yards. Richardson: eight carries for 22 yards and no touchdowns, five catches for 31 yards. The Colts are clearly moving toward Brown and away from Richardson, and there's no reason to expect that direction to change nwo that Brown has passed Richardson. If I had to choose one Indianapolis running back going forward, it's Brown with minimal hesitation.

Brown had a monster seven catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns last week, and it's nice that he can hit that level. But his biggest asset is his consistency. Brown is one of just two players with at least 10 games and played at least seven targets in each of them. (Pierre Garcon is the other.) As long as Ben Roethlisberger is Pittsburgh's quarterback, Brown is in good shape.

Garcon had an unremarkable six catches for 68 yards last week, but those numbers are pretty great for a player's floor. Garcon doesn't have elite upside, but he has elite consistency as Robert Griffin's favorite target. Garcon one of just two players with at least 10 games played and at least seven targets in each of them. (Antonio Brown is the other.) If you're a favorite, play Garcon. If you're an underdog, perhaps look elsewhere if you can.

 
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