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Usage Notes: Week 1

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 9/13/22

Darrell Henderson

Running Back

  • Darrell Henderson got the start for the Rams and operated as the lead back playing on 82% of the snaps. He played exclusively on three out of the first four drives with Cam Akers (18%) getting a short-lived drive that ended in a turnover. Taking an early-season “L” on Akers.

  • James Cook (5%) fumbled on his first carry for the Bills. Yikes. Kareem Hunt started his career in similar fashion. Cook was a distant third in usage behind Devin Singletary (59%) and Zack Moss (37%). Moss had 6 targets in the passing game… very notable for PPR leagues… we’ll see if that continues.

  • Dameon Pierce and Rex Burkhead handled all of the running back touches for the Texans but Burkhead played a bigger role than expected and operated as the lead back with a 71% snap share to Pierce’s 29%. This is significant considering the Texans had the lead most of the game. 8 targets for Burkhead, 1 for Pierce. Burkhead will a priority add on the waiver wire this week.

  • Nick Chubb (52.5%) and Kareem Hunt (56.2%) played a similar number of snaps and handled their typical roles with Chubb logging 22 carries and Hunt seeing 4 targets.

  • Damien Harris (22 snaps) had 11 touches and Rhamondre Stevenson had 10 touches. Ty Montgomery was more involved than fantasy owners would like, playing on 21 snaps ahead of Rhamondre’s 14 snaps. Update: Montgomery has been placed on IR and will miss four weeks.

  • Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert got the bulk of work at running back for the Dolphins with Edmonds leading the way with a 63% snap share. Edmonds finished with 16 touches, Mostert with 6.

  • Kenyan Drake (33) saw the most snaps for the Ravens ahead of Justice Hill (11) and Mike Davis (7). If you must, Drake is the priority add on the waiver wire.

  • James Robinson (34) and Travis Etienne (36) played a similar amount of snaps but Robinson out-touched Etienne 12 to 6 and was working as the lead back.

  • With Brian Robinson Jr. out, Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic got almost all of the running back action for the Commanders. Jonathan Williams was active but only played on 1 offensive snap.

  • Miles Sanders led the three-headed backfield in Philadelphia with a 52% snap share while Kenneth Gainwell (30%) and Boston Scott (18%) also seeing action. Sanders and Gainwell are the only two worth considering on a weekly basis.

  • Damien Williams (ribs) left in the first quarter while Cordarrelle Patterson continued his dual-threat role from last season, rushing 22 times and receiving 5 targets. Rookie Tyler Allgeier was inactive.

  • Saquon Barkley was back to being a workhorse for the Giants, playing on 83% of the snaps.

  • Josh Jacobs operated as the lead back for the Raiders with a 60% snap share. Brandon Bolden (28%) left with a hamstring injury and Ameer Abdullah (12%) was an afterthought.

  • It looks like we’re getting a three-man committee for the Chargers, especially early in the season as they try and keep Austin Ekeler (18 touches) fresh. Only a 49% snap share for Ekeler, 44% for Sony Michel and 27% for Joshua Kelley.

  • Aaron Jones played 37 snaps while AJ Dillon played 31. It’s going to be difficult for either to reach RB1 status with them sharing playing time this evenly. Dillon out-touched Jones 15-to-8 but don’t expect this to be a trend. I’d expect a more even distribution moving forward.

  • The Chiefs used a three-man RBBC with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (39%), Jerick McKinnon (39%) and Isiah Pacheco all seeing action. McKinnon was used mostly in passing situations. This was also a lop-sided win so it’s possible we’ll see more CEH in neutral game scripts.

  • Ezekiel Elliott (40) and Tony Pollard (38) played roughly the same number of snaps but the Cowboys’ offense looked out of sync even before Dak Prescott left with a thumb injury.

  • Javonte Williams (38 snaps) did his best Christian McCaffrey impression with 11 catches for 65 yards as Russell Wilson became captain checkdown on Monday Night Football. Melvin Gordon (27 snaps) continued sharing time with Javonte but was definitely second in the pecking order.

  • Rashaad Penny got 12 of the 13 running back carries for the Seahawks with Travis Homer (1 carry) played on 3rd downs and was the only other RB to log a stat. DeeJay Dallas saw 2 snaps on offense.

Wide Receiver

Tight Ends

  • Tyler Higbee played 94% of the snaps for the Rams and received 11 targets. Whoa. He only had one double-digit target game last season (Wk9 TEN).

  • Dawson Knox finished Week 1 with an 86% snap share for the Bills. Only two targets.

  • O.J. Howard scored twice for Texans but played on only 17% of the snaps behind Brevin Jordan (60%) and Pharaoh Brown (66%). This was likely an outlier for Howard who isn’t worth chasing after on the waiver wire.

  • David Njoku (71) almost doubled the number of snaps played by Harrison Bryant (38). One target for Njoku, 4 for Harrison.

  • Isaiah Likely played on 45% of the snaps for the Ravens and saw 4 targets that resulted in 0 catches.

  • Tyler Conklin operated as the main tight end for the Jets playing on 92% of the snaps and posting a 4-14-1 line on 7 targets. He’s worth a look if you’re streaming TEs. C.J. Uzomah played on 27% if the snaps and wasn’t targeted.

  • With George Kittle out, Tyler Kroft (37 snaps) played the most of the remaining 49ers’ tight ends. You can look elsewhere for a streamer.

  • Cole Kmet was out there – 83% of the snaps - but had only 1 target.

  • Juwan Johnson (45 snaps) played ahead of Adam Trautman (25 snaps) for the Saints.

  • The Packers played four tight ends: Marcedes Lewis (38%), Robert Tonyan (36%), Josiah Deguara (25%) and Tyler Davis (25%). Only Tonyan is fantasy viable.

  • Irv Smith played on only 31% of the snaps while Johnny Mundt played on 65%. Irv missed a big portion of training camp with a thumb injury so they could be easing him back in to action.

  • Will Dissly (3-43-1) out-snapped Noah Fant (3-16-0) 36 to 31. Dissly is going to be involved and limits the ceiling of Fant.