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Usage Notes: Week 3

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 9/27/22

Rhamondre Stevenson

Running Back

  • Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt had been splitting the workload fairly evenly the first two weeks of the season. This week, we saw a slight increase for Chubb, playing on 63% of the snaps and Hunt playing on 44% of the snaps. Still within their normal range of outcomes.

  • Jaylen Warren’s snap share the first three weeks: Wk 1 (37%), Wk2 (29%), Wk 3 (20%). He’s still just a handcuff without any standalone value.

  • The Ravens running game outside of Lamar is still broken but J.K. Dobbins did return in Week 3 and played on 43% of the snaps splitting time almost evenly with Justice Hill (48%). Mike Davis was inactive. Expect Dobbins’ usage to increase moving forward.

  • Rhamondre Stevenson (41) continues to out-snap Damien Harris (25). Both backs scored in Week 3. For the season, Harris has 41 touches, Stevenson 36. Rhamondre seems to be pickup steam.

  • Jerick McKinnon (52% of snaps) continues to see the field a significant amount of time resulting in Clyde Edwards-Helaire (40%) struggling to produce RB2 value without extreme efficiency.

  • Nyheim Hines played on 45% of the snap for the Colts and is getting 5 to 6 targets a game, but is still struggling to be valuable in PPR leagues.

  • Alvin Kamara (15-61-0; 2-12-0) played on 70% of the snaps while Mark Ingram played on 33%. Kamara is off to a rough start in 2022 but does have decent matchups against Minnesota and Seattle coming up.

  • Snap share remains stable for Christian McCaffrey (80%).

  • After a Week 1 blip, Dameon Pierce (59%) has a firm grip on the lead back role in Houston. Even though Rex Burkhead (41%) is still a thorn, Pierce is getting the majority of touches and best used in projected positive or neutral game scripts.

  • David Montgomery (11 snaps) left early with an ankle injury but it doesn’t appear to be serious. Khalil Herbert (38 snaps) would be a workhorse if Montgomery were to miss time.

  • Devin Singletary (73% of snaps) was getting peppered with targets (11) by Josh Allen against the Dolphins. Zack Moss (17%) and James Cook (12%) have no stand-alone value.

  • Raheem Mostert (24 snaps) and Chase Edmonds (19 snaps) continued their timeshare with Edmonds finding the endzone twice. This is going to be a frustrating backfield to project moving forward.

  • D’Andre Swift (41% of snaps) suffered a shoulder injury in this game and is going to miss a couple weeks. That leaves the door open for Jamaal Williams (45%) to be a viable RB2.

  • Dalvin Cook (shoulder) played on 61% of the snaps for the Vikings with Alexander Mattison (39%) showing a glimmer of standalone value. Monitor Cook’s shoulder injury.

  • Samaje Perine played on 34% of the snaps for the Bengals seeing 11 touches (his most since Week 7 last season). Joe Mixon (66%) was banged in the fourth quarter leading to Perine’s increased snap share.

  • Breece Hall (51%) and Michael Carter (49%) continue their even snap share but it was the rookie Hall who saw 11 targets in the passing game compared to 2 for Carter. That’s 22 targets for Hall in three games.

  • Despite not traveling with the team, and being listed as Questionable, Josh Jacobs assumed his normal role for the Raiders playing on 64% of the snaps. Brandon Bolden (36%) was the clear backup with Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White failing to get on the field.

  • The Eagles running back rotation continues to be three-headed with Miles Sanders (59% of snaps), Kenneth Gainwell (31%) and Boston Scott (10%) all seeing action. Gainwell had 3 rushing attempts and didn’t see a target in Week 3.

  • Antonio Gibson (44% of snaps) hasn’t seen more than 14 carries in any game this season. J.D. McKissic (53%) saw 9 targets as the Commanders trailed the Eagles all day.

  • James Robinson (58% of snaps) is still operating the as the lead back for the Jaguars over Travis Etienne (43%). Robinson has out-touched Etienne 57 to 34 through three games.

  • Aaron Jones played on 63% of the snaps for the Packers, AJ Dillon (53%). This is inline with what we’ve seen the over the first two weeks.

  • Leonard Fournette (91% of snaps) continues to dominate the running back playing time and touches in Tampa Bay. HC Lovie Smith is chirping that the other RBs need to get involved.

  • The Rams are working a two-back committee with Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson playing the same number of snaps (24) in Week 3. Akers did out-touch Henderson 12 to 4. This will be a weekly pick your poison with very little upside.

  • Eno Benjamin (22 snaps) and Darrel Williams (14 snaps) split time behind James Conner (50 snaps). Only Conner has fantasy value in this backfield when he’s healthy.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (61%) and Tyler Allgeier (37%) are sharing the workload for the Falcons with Patterson operating as the lead back.

  • Rashaad Penny played on 69% of the snaps for Seattle with Kenneth Walker playing 13%. This offense doesn’t have enough juice to make both backs fantasy viable. Third-down RB Travis Homer sustained a rib injury that will cause him to miss some time.

  • Jeff Wilson (41 snaps) shared running back duties with Deebo Samuel but the other pure runners, Jordan Mason (5 snaps) and Marlon Mack (0 snaps), had no impact.

  • The Broncos used Mike Boone (14 snaps) a bit in Week 3 cutting into the snap share for Javonte Williams (45%) and Melvin Gordon (38%). Not great.

  • Ezekiel Elliott saw a 64% snap share Monday night compared to Tony Pollard’s 44%. Touches were very close – 16 for Zeke, 13 for Pollard with only 1 reception between the two. Pollard averaged 8.1 yards per carry.

  • Saquon Barkley played on 92% of the snaps for the Giants. He’s one of the true workhorses in fantasy football.

Wide Receiver

Tight Ends

  • David Njoku’s blow-up game (9-89-1) was likely matchup-based as he played a high percentage of snaps (88%) just like he has the first two weeks.

  • Isaiah Likely came into Week 3 a little banged up but did play on 33% of the snaps. Josh Oliver (40%) is also involved making Likely unstartable at this time.

  • Hunter Henry (70%) and Jonnu Smith (49%) continue to share time for the Patriots but neither are producing enough be low-end TE1 considerations.

  • The Colts used three tight ends against the Chiefs in Week 3 with Mo Alie-Cox (59%), Kylen Granson (42%) and Jelani Woods (23%) all seeing time. Despite the 2 TDs from Woods, none of them are fantasy viable.

  • With Taysom Hill out, Juwan Johnson (47) and Adam Trautman (44) both played a significant number of snaps. Johnson is the preferred receiving option but posted a goose egg in Week 3.

  • Durham Smythe (32) is more of a blocking tight end but continues to play more snaps than Mike Gesicki (17).

  • Irv Smith played on 51% of snaps. We’d like to see that percentage closer to 75 in order to trust him a low-end TE1.

  • Hayden Hurst played on 38% of the Bengals snaps in Week 3. He’s a non-factor as a tight end streamer.

  • The Raiders upped the usage of tight end Foster Moreau (50%) he last two weeks who saw five targets for a 3-44-0 line against the Titans. He’s a deep league option at the position.

  • Robert Tonyan saw a 58% snap share in Week 3, and increase over his 40% snap share in Week 2.

  • Cameron Brate (89%) saw and increased snap share in Week 3 with rookie Cade Otton inactive. Kyle Rudolph (14%) barely played.

  • Tyler Higbee played on 94% of the snaps in Week 3 making him an easy TE1 option most weeks.

  • Zach Ertz is getting the Higbee treatment playing on 93% of the snaps for the Cardinals.

  • If you’re going to take a stab at a Seattle tight end, make it Will Dissly who played on 61% of the snaps in Week 3. Noah Fant (55%) and Coly Parkinson (37%) are also seeing time.

  • George Kittle made his season debut and played 91% of the snaps. He’s back in the TE1 conversation with that kind of usage.

  • With Dalton Schultz (knee) out, the Cowboys used Jake Ferguson (83%) and Peyton Hendershot (59%) with a sprinkle of Sean McKeon (17%) at tight end. Schultz has a chance to play in Week 4.