Usage Notes: Week 5
With Javonte Williams out, the Broncos rolled with Melvin Gordon on 56% of the snaps and Mike Boone on 46%. Newly signed
Latavius Murray was inactive. Gordon handled 18 touches to Boone’s
Nyheim Hines was concussed early in this game leaving Deon Jackson (58%) and Phillip Lindsay (38%) to handle the rushing
duties. We’re expecting Jonathan Taylor (ankle) to play
in Week 6.
Saquon Barkley saw his snap percentage (69%) take a bit of
a hit in Week 5 as the Giants incorporated Matt Breida (30%)
and Gary Brightwell (12%). Not concerned for Barkley though.
AJ Dillon’s snap share fell to 32% in Week 5 with Aaron Jones playing on 73% of the snaps. Dillon is typically in
the 50% range.
Devin Singletary played on 54% of the snaps during Buffalo’s
blowout of Pittsburgh which allowed Zack Moss (29%) and James Cook (18%) to get involved.
Jaylen Warren (51%) and Najee Harris (49%) split snaps almost
evenly for the Steelers. The blowout was a good spot to give
Najee some rest.
Joshua Kelley (25%) was featured as the backup to Austin Ekeler (59%) while Sony Michel only saw 2 snaps. Put Kelley
on your watch-list.
Rinse and repeat for the Cleveland running backs. Nick Chubb
(52%) gets there every week playing about half the snaps.
Dameon Pierce (80%) is a lead-back we can count on. He’s
had 20+ touches in each of the last three weeks.
David Montgomery returned from his sprained ankle and operated
as the lead-back playing on 72% of the snaps. Khalil Herbert
was used in backup role playing on 28% of the snaps. No stand-alone
value for Herbert with Montgomery back in the mix.
Dalvin Cook’s usage is down from what we’re used
to in previous seasons. He played on 57% of the snaps in Week
5 with Alexander Mattison playing on 43%.
Damien Harris left with a hamstring injury which resulted
in an increased snap share for Rhamondre Stevenson (90%).
If Harris sits in Week 6, Rhamondre will have RB1 upside.
The Lions were blanked in Week 5 which allowed Craig Reynolds
(47%) to get some extra run. Jamaal Williams played on 33%
of the snaps. Expect D’Andre Swift back in Week 7 after
Detroit’s bye in Week 6.
The Seahawks lost Rashaad Penny (broken leg) for the season
so we expect Kenneth Walker (58%) to get most of the work
moving forward. Tony Jones was signed from the Saints practice
squad and a combination of DeeJay Dallas (19%) and Travis Homer (ribs) will fill complementary roles.
Coming off his rib injury, Alvin Kamara operated as the lead
back and played on 73% of the snaps. Mark Ingram (22%) filled
the backup role.
Raheem Mostert (69%) saw a dominant snap share for the Dolphins,
well ahead of Chase Edmonds (15%) and Myles Gaskin (19%).
Breece Hall (70%) had a higher snap share than Michael Carter
(42%) but both are seeing enough touches to be fantasy worthy.
With Cordarrelle Patterson out, the Falcons used Tyler Allgeier
(59%), Caleb Huntley (24%) and Avery Williams (26%) at the
running back position. Allgeier is the only back to consider.
Rachaad White (40%) continues to see the field at a decent
clip as a backup to Leonard Fournette (62%).
Brian Robinson Jr. returned and played on 29% of the snaps,
forming a committee with J.D. McKissic (41%) and Antonio Gibson
(32%). This backfield needs some clarity before trusting it
in your lineup.
In San Francisco, Jeff Wilson (58%) lost some snaps to Tevin Coleman (28%) this week making Coleman a consideration for
Miles Sanders saw a 74% snap share for the Eagles with Kenneth Gainwell playing on 22% of the snaps. Boston Scott was inactive.
All Arizona running backs outside of Eno Benjamin (54%) left
this game due to injury including James Conner (35%). Follow
practice reports this week to see who will be available.
Ezekiel Elliott (66%) saw 22 carries against the Rams, 0
targets and was out-produced by Tony Pollard (42%) on 8 touches.
The Rams can’t get their running game going with either
Cam Akers (31%) or Darrell Henderson (57%).
Joe Mixon played on 70% of the snaps for the Bengals while
Samaje Perine played on 30%. Perine is worth a bench stash
if you have the room.
J.K. Dobbins played only 40% of the snaps for the Ravens.
Kenyan Drake (42%) operated as the No.2 back.
The Chiefs continued their three-man committee at running
back with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (43%), Jerick McKinnon (53%)
and Isiah Pacheco (3%) all seeing action. McKinnon provided
some burst and earned a few more snaps as a result.
Josh Jacobs continues to be a workhorse for the Raiders playing
on 81% of the snaps Monday night. Brandon Bolden saw a 16%
Michael Pittman Jr. (99%) and Parris Campbell (92%) continue
to see the most snaps for the Colts. The inept Colts offense
makes Pittman the only fantasy consideration.
Darius Slayton (54%), Marcus
Johnson (77%), Richie
James (54%) and David
Sills (43%) were the Giants wide receivers in Week 5. Would
rather stash Kadarius
Toney or Wan’Dale
Allen Lazard (94%) and Romeo Doubs (86%) play the most snaps
of the Packers wideouts with Randall Cobb (64%) filling the
third wide receiver role.
With Isaiah McKenzie (concussion) out, rookie Khalil Shakir
played a respectable 70% of the snaps with Isaiah Hodgins
(23%) and Tanner Gentry (20%) also seeing action in the Bills
blowout win over the Steelers.
Diontae Johnson (93%) and Chase Claypool (91%) play the most
snaps of the Steelers’ wideouts but George Pickens (76%)
is the preferred option over Claypool.
As expected, Mike Williams (85%), Josh Palmer (73%) and DeAndre
Carter (59%) were the top wideouts for the Chargers with Keenan Allen out.
This passing attack in Houston is kinda broken but at least
we know who the targets are. Brandin Cooks (78%) and Nico Collins (81%).
Jakobi Meyers returned to action and immediate saw a full-time
role playing on 80% of the snaps. DeVante Parker (51%), Kendrick Bourne (57%) and Tyquan Thornton (42%) we’re also in
Amon-Ra St. Brown was limited to a 32% snap share his first
week back from an ankle injury. The Lions have a bye in Week
6. Josh Reynolds (91%) and Kalif Raymond (85%) were full-time
With Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry out, Marquez Callaway
(73%) and Tre'Quan Smith (68%) played the most snaps for the
Saints. Chris Olave (40%) would’ve been a full-time
player but suffered a concussion and left early.
With Kyle Pitts out, the Falcons gave their best weapon,
Drake London, a 67% snap share alongside Olamide Zaccheaus
Chris Godwin only played 52% of the snaps for the Bucs while
Mike Evans (85%) and Russell Gage (73%) saw a bigger snap
With rookie Treylon Burks out, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine saw
his snap share rise to 92%. Robert Woods played on 84% of
With Jahan Dotson sidelined, Terry McLaurin (98%) and Curtis Samuel (91%) were full time players. Dyami Brown (32%) and
Cam Sims (59%) helped fill Dotson’s role.
The return of Rondale Moore (91%) has put Greg Dortch (3%)
on the proverbial bench. A.J. Green (73%) is back, soaking
up playing time but not producing any fantasy worthy stats.
Tee Higgins (16%) aggravated his sprained ankle and barely
played Sunday night. Ja’Marr Chase played every snap
and Tyler Boyd (97%) wasn’t far behind.
With Rashod Bateman out, Devin Duvernay (72%) and Demarcus Robinson (75%) were the main options at receiver for the Ravens.
The wide receiver usage in Kansas City remains consistent
with no receiver seeing a dominant target share. Marquez Valdes-Scantling
played on 81% of the snaps with JuJu Smith-Schuster (87%)
and Mecole Hardman (40%) forming the top three.
Davante Adams played every snap for the Raiders. Mack Hollins
(95%) and Hunter Renfrow (55%) were next in line.
Albert Okwuegbunam continues to be a non-factor for the Broncos.
Eric Saubert (56%) played the most of the Denver tight ends
with Eric Tomlinson (48%) also seeing action.
The Colts are using three tight ends including Mo Alie-Cox
(44%), Kylen Granson (48%) and Jelani Woods (29%) making all
of them untrustworthy for lineups.
Robert Tonyan (44%) continues to share time with other tight
ends which is limiting his upside. He’s not really playable
until this changes.
Quintin Morris (68%) and Tommy Sweeney (41%) formed a TE
committee for the Bills with Dawson Knox out. Morris is the
preferred pass-catching option.
Donald Parham returned from injury this week and played on
38% of the snaps This didn’t cut into Gerald Everett’s
time on the field (65%) but Parham’s pass-catching chops
give them another viable option at the position which is concerning
O.J. Howard (79%) played the most snaps of all the Houston
tight ends with Brevin Jordan out.
Hunter Henry (98%) dominated snaps at tight end for the Patriots
with Jonnu Smith out and turned a usable fantasy performance
Noah Fant (60%) and Will Dissly (64%) continue to play a
significant number of snaps for the Seahawks cancelling out
their fantasy value.
Taysom Hill’s monstrous game came on a 30% snap share.
Adam Trautman (65%) and Juwan Johnson (57%) are seeing the
most snaps at the true tight end position.
Tyler Conklin (40) and C.J. Uzomah (41) played almost the
same number of snaps for the Jets.
With Cameron Brate out, rookie Cade Otton saw an impressive
94% snap share. He’s worth an add if Brate continues
George Kittle (88%) saw a dominant snap share in Week 5 against
Dalton Schultz only played 18% of the snaps as he works his
way back from a knee injury.
Tyler Higbee is played an astounding 97% of the snaps for
Hayden Hurst played on 81% of the snaps for the Bengals.
Darren Waller pulled a Tee Higgins and only played 8 snaps
before leaving with a hamstring injury. Jesper Horsted (58%)
filled in with Foster Moreau on the Inactive list.
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