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Usage Notes: Week 4

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 10/4/22

Running Back

  • Raheem Mostert operated as the lead back for the Dolphins on Thursday night playing on 72% of the snaps with Chase Edmonds (28%) playing second fiddle. 17 touches for Mostert, 7 for Edmonds who found the endzone again.

  • Joe Mixonís usage and workload are top notch. He played on 83% of the snaps Thursday night and cedes some work on third downs to Samaje Perine (19%). Mixon (2.7 ypc) and the Bengals havenít got the run game going yet, but when it pops, heís going to bust out in a big way.

  • Alexander Mattison is working in a bit more than usual playing on 38% of the snaps in Week 4, and getting a lot of usage on third downs. Dalvin Cook (63%) is still the lead dog but isnít being used as a workhorse like he has in previous years.

  • With Alvin Kamara (ribs) out, the Saints called up Latavius Murray (43%) and added him to the committee with Mark Ingram (48%). Murray is worth consideration in games when Kamara is banged up.

  • We know what weíre getting with the Browns backfield. A split between Nick Chubb (55%) and Kareem Hunt (50%) with Chubb getting around 20-22 touches per game and being hyper-efficient. Hunt is getting 12-15 touches and makes for a solid Flex option.

  • The Falcons went run-heavy in their game against the Browns, calling 14 consecutive running plays at one point. With Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) placed on IR, Tyler Allgeier (44%) and Caleb Huntley (22%) will be waiver adds.

  • Devin Singletary has grabbed ahold of the lead back role in Buffalo, playing on 88% of the snaps in Week 4. His use in the passing game is strong. 16 targets and 13 catches the last two weeks.

  • The Ravens have settled into J.K. Dobbins (50%) and Justice Hill (36%) as their running back combo. Dobbins is a low-end RB2 option moving forward.

  • Brian Robinson Jr. is set to be activated this week but when he plays is still anyoneís guess. This will muddy backfield when he does return with Antonio Gibson (41%) and J.D. McKissic (51%) likely to be in the mix. A three-headed RBBC will be one to avoid.

  • Ezekiel Elliott played on 64% of the snaps against the Commanders with Tony Pollard playing on 39%. Zeke out-touched Pollard 21-9.

  • As expected, Jamaal Williams dominated running back touches (20) for the Lions, but played on just 50% of the snaps. Craig Reynolds (32%) only touched the ball three times.

  • With Travis Homer out, Seattle tightened up their RBBC this week, playing Rashaad Penny on 69% of the snaps and Kenneth Walker 36%. DeeJay Dallas (4%) was the only other running back to see action.

  • Austin Ekeler was the No.1 running back in Week 4, playing on 59% of the snaps. Sony Michel (24%) and Joshua Kelley (20%) are still seeing significant snaps but arenít fantasy worthy at the moment.

  • Dameon Pierce played on 68% of the snaps for the Texans and saw a season-high six targets (only 8 yards). He busted off a 75-yard TD run. Rex Burkhead played on 32% of the snaps.

  • Jonathan Taylor (88%) suffered a sprained ankle in this game and may miss Week 5 given the Colts play on a short week. Nyheim Hines (32%) may see an increased role. Phillip Lindsay could also see some action.

  • With David Montgomery out, Khalil Herbert saw a 77% snap share with Trestan Ebner (23%) filling a backup role.

  • The Giants lost both of their quarterback to injury, which led to a few snaps of Saquon Barkley in the wildcat. Barkley (94% of the snaps) finished with 33 touches and 158 yards. A true workhorse.

  • We saw a bit of an increase for Travis Etienne who played on 51% of the snaps to James Robinsonís 47% Both backs only touched the ball 8 times.

  • With Boston Scott inactive, the Eagles went with Miles Sanders (67% of snaps) and Kenneth Gainwell (27%). Trey Sermon (6%) got minimal run. Sanders saw 29 touches and scored twice in a bad weather game.

  • Snap percentages for Breece Hall the first four weeks: 45%, 27%, 51%, 66%.

  • Jaylen Warren played on 25% of the snaps for the Steelers. Heís in handcuff territory and doesnít have any weekly stand-alone value.

  • 18 touches for James Conner this week playing on 66% of the snaps. Heís been a disappointment through four weeks with only 1 TD. Eno Benjamin (15%) and Darrel Williams (21%) arenít seeing enough volume to be considered.

  • The Christian McCaffrey haters are looking for any reason to bury this guy. He didnít miss Week 4 as some predicted. In fact, he played 87% of the snaps and finished as a top 5 PPR running back on the week despite the struggles of this Baker-led offense.

  • Aaron Jones (62%) and AJ Dillon (58%) continue to do their thing in Green Bay. Jones (16-110-0) had 19 touches; Dillon (17-73-0) had 18.

  • With the unfortunate news the Javonte Williams (knee) will miss the rest of the season, Melvin Gordon (19%) and Mike Boone (36%) will split the workload. What the split looks like remains to be seen.

  • Josh Jacobs is a bellcow. He played on 89% of the snaps for the Raiders. Brandon Bolden (7%) and Zamir White (4%) are picking up scraps.

  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire (56%) saw 20 touches in Week 4. Isiah Pacheco saw his snap share increase to 21% at the expense of Jerick McKinnon (23%).

  • The Bucs finally took some heat off Leonard Fournette (61%) by using rookie Rachaad White (38%) in Week 4. White saw five targets in the passing game catching all five for 50 yards.

  • Cam Akers (38%) and Darrell Henderson (60%) continue to split time for the Rams with Henderson playing more in negative game scripts and passing situations. Malcom Brown (3%) was also added to mix.

  • Jeff Wilson (66%) is dominating the running back position for the 49ers at the moment. He saw 18 of 19 RB carries last night against the Rams. FB Kyle Juszczyk (64%) got the other carry.

Wide Receiver

Tight Ends

  • Once again, Mike Gesicki (44%) played fewer snaps than Durham Smythe (63%). Gesicki is the pass-catching tight end but heís a middling TE2 given his usage.

  • Irv Smith played 64% of the snaps in Week 4. A nice increase from Week 3 (51%) but still not in the 75% that weíd like to see.

  • The Saints are mixing and matching their tight ends with Taysom Hill (20%), Juwan Johnson (48%) and Adam Trautman (65%) all seeing time. We know Hill will get some valuable touches around the endzone making him somewhat viable in deep leagues.

  • Weíre seeing some encouraging usage for David Njoku who played on 92% of the Browns snaps in Week 4. Given how bad the position is, he feels like a safe low-end TE1 option.

  • Ohhh, Kyle Pitts (62%). The Falcons arenít running enough plays and they arenít passing the ball enough for Pitts to be a trusted fantasy option. 19 attempts and 7 completions for Mariota in Week 4.

  • Dawson Knox played 75% of the snaps in Week 4 making him a viable weekly option.

  • Isaiah Likely (37%) and Josh Oliver (30%) saw a similar snap share for the Ravens. Neither one of these guys is playable in fantasy.

  • Logan Thomas played on 74% of the snaps in Week 4.

  • After missing Week 3, Dalton Schultz played on 90% of the snaps in Week 4. Heís in the low-end TE1 consideration.

  • Gerald Everett (66% of snaps) has established himself as a mid-range TE1 option especially with Keenan Allen (hamstring) on the bench.

  • O.J. Howard played on 75% of the snaps for Houston with Brevin Jordan on the Inactive list. Howard saw 4 targets (2-27-0).

  • Austin Hooper has been bothered by a neck injury and played on only 37% of the snaps in Week 4. He isnít a weekly option. Geoff Swaim played on 74%.

  • The Colts continue to use three tight ends with Mo Alie-Cox (70%), Kylen Granson (46%) and Jelani Woods (23%) all seeing time. Alie-Cox scored twice against the Titans.

  • Evan Engram (1-16) played on 75% of the snaps but isnít seeing enough targets.

  • With C.J. Uzomah (44%) back in the mix, Tyler Conklin (81%) still played the majority of snaps and is the preferred option if you must have a Jets tight end.

  • Jonnu Smith (29%) left with a leg injury allowing Hunter Henry to play on 85% of the snaps. Henry might be a deep league option if Jonnu sits in Week 5.

  • Albert Okwuegbunam played 1 snap in Week 4Ö 1 snap. Eric Saubert (77%), Eric Tomlinson (45%) and Andrew Beck (27%) played ahead of Albert-O.

  • Darren Waller played 80% of the snaps for the Raiders. Heís scored once in four games.

  • The Chiefs are mixing in Noah Gray (58%) and using Jody Fortson (29%) around the goaline but itís not cutting into Travis Kelceís (81%) usage or production.

  • Tyler Higbee played on 93% of the snaps and leads all tight ends with 38 targets through four weeks.

  • George Kittle played on 94% of the snaps. Targets, not injuries are the concern at the moment.