Jahmyr Gibbs (19 snaps, 27%) played well behind David
Montgomery but he certainly looked like the best running back
on the field. Montgomery (55 snaps, 78.6%) isnít going away
but if Gibbs can carve out even a 50-50 split, heís going
to be a fantasy force.
Those who drafted rookie TE Sam LaPorta should be feeling
good. He played on 82.9 % of the snaps and saw a 15.6% target
share. Heíll be in the low-end TE1 conversation on a weekly
Josh Reynolds was the clear No.2 wideout for Lions on
Thursday night, playing 70% of the snaps with a 21% target share.
The Chiefs had 7 WRs active for this game and used all of
them. Nobody can be counted on here including Kadarius
Toney (24.6% snap share) who had a severe case of the dropsies.
Toney created the most separation of any Chiefs receiver which
might explain Skyy
Mooreís poor target share (8.1%) while playing a healthy
69.2% of the snaps. Marquez
Valdes-Scantling (63.1%) was in his usual role and nobody
else played more than 35% of the snaps.
The Chiefs backfield turned into a three-headed committee
which could be explained by Isiah Pacheco (47.7% snaps) missing
a good portion of camp with a shoulder injury. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
(21.5%) got the ceremonially start but was third in snap share
behind Pacheco and McKinnon (30.8%).
Houston used three running backs but only Dameon Pierce and Devin Singletary got carries. Mike Boone did play 24 snaps and saw a
9.5% target share which is somewhat concerning for Pierceís
fantasy outlook. Houston was searching for answers in this game
but if we get a repeat of this scenario in a neutral or positive
game script, the it will be time to panic on Pierce.
The Ravens RB situation will be a hot topic this week with J.K. Dobbins (46.9% of snaps) out for the year with an Achilles injury.
Justice Hill (29.7%) and Gus Edwards (23.4%) are the in-house
replacements. HC John Harbaugh uttered the name ďMelvin GordonĒ out of his mouth as well.
Tight End Hayden Hurst saw a 22.6% target share as the leading
receiver (7 targets) for Carolina.
Bijan Robinson (63.5% of snaps) is not going to be unleashed
as a workhorse back under Arthur Smith. Tyler Allgeier is gong
to play a lot as he did in this game (55.8 % of snaps). The good
thing is, Bijan (6 targets) is talented enough to get there on
efficiency and will be used a lot more than Allgeier in the passing
Drake London posted a goose egg on 1 target while playing 90.4%
of the snaps. The low-volume passing attack in Atlanta is going
to continue to be a problem for London and TE Kyle Pitts.
CIN @ CLE
Offensive Snaps Bengals: 56
The Bengals offense never got on track in the wet conditions.
Rookie Chase Brown (Inactive) was the odd man out in the backfield
while Trayveon Williams (28.6% of snaps) operated as the backup
behind Joe Mixon (62.5%). Chris Evans played just 7 snaps and
isnít worth a look at this point.
The Browns dominated this game which allowed Jerome Ford (40.5%
of snaps) to get extensive work behind Nick Chubb (48.6%). If
available, Ford will be worth a look on your waiver wire as Pierre Strong Jr. didnít see a snap in this game.
Cleveland played six receivers with the main trio being Amari Cooper (62.2%), Donovan Peoples-Jones (89.2%) and Elijah Moore
(68.9%). Despite playing the most snaps, DPJ saw just a 6.9% target
share in the sloppy conditions. Cooper and Moore both saw a 24.1%
James Conner was in a workhorse role for the Cardinals playing
83.9% of the snaps including a 16.7% target share. Keaontay Ingram
played just 11.3% of snaps.
Michael Wilson (90.3%), Marquise Brown (83.9%) and Rondale Moore
(67.7%) were the clear top three receivers for the Cardinals but
the low volume of passing attempts and inefficiency at the QB
position isnít going to make them valuable fantasy assets.
The usage for Brian Robinson Jr. (60.6%) was encouraging; not
so much for Antonio Gibson. Robinson played well ahead of Gibson
(35.2%) and Robinson saw 20 touches while Gibson (fumble) had
just 4 touches.
Rookie Tyjae Spears saw a significant 54% of the snaps but only
got 3 carries and 4 targets. It seems the Titans are more open
to lightening Derrick Henryís workload (47.6% of snaps),
at least in the early part of the season.
As expected, Jamaal Williams (75.4% of snaps) dominated the backfield
for the Saints, he just couldnít do anything with his opportunities.
Tight ends Austin Hooper (52,5%) and Michael Meyer (49.2%) had
a near equal snap share but they totaled just 1 target.
I was skeptical Javonte Williams would play a lead role in Week
1 coming off his serious knee injury, but I was wrong. Williams
and Samaje Perine both played 29 snaps but Williams saw 17 touches
(6 targets) compared to Perineís 12 touches (4 targets).
I would expect a similar even split for the next few weeks.
Raheem Mostert played 73.1% of the RB snaps for Miami with Devon Achane on the Inactive list. Salvon Ahmed (28.4%) played sparingly
in the Dolphins shootout with the Chargers. Miami only ran the
ball 20 times while Tua attempted 45 passes.
It wasnít for a lack of trying as Cam Akers (34.6% of snaps)
ran the ball 22 times for 29 yards and didnít receive a
target. Kyren Williams (65.4%) should be a waiver wire darling
as he was a meaningful part of the Rams RB tandem with 15 carries
and 2 targets.
The Rams couldnít run it very well against Seattle, but
they sure could throw it. Puka Nacua (77.8%) and Tutu Atwell (79%)
both topped 100-yards receiving. Nacua (15 targets) should be
your waiver wire preference over the 5-9 Atwell. Van Jefferson
played 92.6% of the snaps but was third in target share (13.5%)
among the wideouts.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba (hand) played 58.8% of the snaps but this
offense was stuck in mud all day and only amassed 180 total yards.
PHI @ NE
Offensive Snaps Eagles: 66
So, word comes out a few minutes before 1 PM Eastern that Rashaad
Penny is going to be a healthy scratch. Big things for
Swift, right? Wrong. Swift plays just 28.8% of snaps and
gets two touches while Kenneth
Gainwell (62.1%) gets 18 touches. After the game, Nick
Sirianni said ďI don't ever want to come out of a game where
D'Andre Swift has only two touches.Ē Boston
Scott played 8 snaps. Swift owners may have to wait for
Sirianni to prove it before putting Swift back in their lineup.
The Bears three-head running back committee was in full-effect
Herbert (36.5%), Roschon
Johnson (39.2%) and D'Onta
Foreman (28.4%) and taking their turn. Iíd expect Herbert
and Roschon to be the most fantasy friendly during the season.
Note that Roschon's work came mostly in garbage time.
DAL @ NYG
Offensive Snaps Cowboys: 58
The Cowboys defense dominated this game resulting in a 40-0 rout.
As a result, the offensive output was skewed. Only Tony Pollard
(16 touches) contributed in a significant way. Rico Dowdle (15.5%)
and Deuce Vaughn (13.8%) arenít going to have standalone
value in this offense.
Buffalo committed four turnovers which are drive killers.
James Cook (59.4%) operated as the lead back but Damien Harris
(13%) and Latavius Murray (23.2%) also got work. Murray disturbingly
was in on the Bills final drive of the game during two-minute
Dalton Kincaid (79.7%) and Dawson Knox (84.1%) saw the filed
a lot and split tight end duties as the Bills used mainly
2 WRs and 2 TE sets.
Breece Hallís knee looked fine as he made three huge
chunk plays of 83, 26 and 20 yards, racking up 147 yards on
11 touches. Dalvin Cook (50%) saw a bigger snap percentage
but was noticeably inefficient with 59 yards on 16 touches.
Michael Carter mixed in on 22.2% of the snaps.