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Usage Notes: Week 12

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 11/28/23

Each week, I’ll look at snaps, usage, touches, target shares and pull out the highlights you need to know from each game.

- All games will be available Monday afternoon each week.
- Snap shares are in parenthesis next to each player’s name.





Sunday Early:


NO @ ATL | TB @ IND | NE @ NYG

Sunday Late:





AJ Dillon


Offensive Snaps
Packers: 56
Lions: 84

With Aaron Jones out, AJ Dillon and Patrick Taylor handled the bulk of the running back work for the Packers. Dillon was the clear lead back with 17 touches.

Jayden Reed (73.2%), Romeo Doubs (85.7%) and Christian Watson (87.5%) dominated snaps at the receiver position. Reed led the group with a 26.7% target share.

TE Tucker Kraft (96.4%) was basically an every-down player with Luke Musgrave out.

With the Lions playing from behind, Jahmyr Gibbs played 71.4% of the snaps compared to 27.4% for David Montgomery. However, Montgomery did see 16 opportunities with 19 for Gibbs.

Josh Reynolds (64.3%) and Jameson Williams (63.1%) were the top two options behind Amon-Ra St. Brown (91.7%) who saw a 26.8% target share.

TE Sam LaPorta (86.9%) saw a 19.5% target share.


Offensive Snaps
Commanders: 78
Cowboys: 54

Brian Robinson Jr. (44.9%) and Antonio Gibson (46.2%) were back splitting playing time but Robinson continued to see the bulk of the work out-touching Gibson 17 to 9.

The Commanders used six wide receivers once again with Terry McLaurin (84.6%) Jahan Dotson (84.6%) and Curtis Samuel (55.1%) seeing the bulk of the action. Samuel led the group with a 27.3% target share and finished with a 9-100-0 line.

Tony Pollard played 75.9% of the snaps and saw 19 touches. Rico Dowdle played 22.2% of the snaps and saw 4 touches.

The Cowboys continue to scorch the league with their passing game. CeeDee Lamb (92.6%) saw a 28.1% target share. Brandin Cooks (79.6%) the only other full time receiver. Michaal Gallup (33.3%) has lost playing time to Jalen Tolbert (37.0%) and other secondary receivers.


Offensive Snaps
49ers: 66
Seahawks: 56

Christian McCaffrey (77.3%) scored twice on 24 touches. Elijah Mitchell played 25.8% of the snaps and remains the clear handcuff to McCaffrey.

As we know, the bulk of the receiving work gets done by Brandon Aiyuk (89.4%) and Deebo Samuel (75.8%). This was Deebo’s day who saw a 30% target share.

TE George Kittle played every snap.

With Kenneth Walker out, Zach Charbonnet played 87.5% of the snaps and was the clear lead back handling 18 touches. DeeJay Dallas played 12.5%.

The top trio in Seattle remains consistent with DK Metcalf (85.7%), Tyler Lockett (94.6%) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (75.0%). Metcalf led the group with a 33.3% target share.


Offensive Snaps
Dolphins: 70
Jets: 58

With Devon Achane Inactive, Jeff Wilson got in the action, playing 32.9% of the snaps and getting 14 touches.

Raheem Mostert (60.0%) had 21 opportunities and scored twice.

Tyreek Hill (62.9%) tweaked his ankle early the game but didn’t miss much time. Jaylen Waddle (65.7%) and Hill soaked up 20 targets combined.

The Jets were once again incompetent on offense. Breece Hall (65.5%) and Dalvin Cook (32.8%) were the only two running backs to get a carry. Hall handled 14 touches including 7 receptions.

Garrett Wilson (94.8%), Jason Brownlee (98.3%) and Xavier Gipson (72.4%) were the top receivers for the Jets. Wilson (27.8% target share.) is the only consideration in this subpar offense.


Offensive Snaps
Jaguars: 76
Texans: 60

D'Ernest Johnson (39.5%) operated as the No.2 running back for the Jaguars behind Travis Etienne (61.8%). Etienne had 26 opportunities.

Back-to-back good games from Calvin Ridley (93.4%) who posted a 5-89-1 line. Christian Kirk (76.3%) led the wide receiver group with an 18.9% target share.

TE Evan Engram (69.7%) had a 21.6% target share.

Dameon Pierce (18.3%) returned but only got 6 touches, playing well behind Devin Singletary (81.7%) who had 12 touches.

Nico Collins (76.7%), Tank Dell (80.0%) and Robert Woods (58.3%) led the wide receiver group, as expected. Nico and Tank combined for 17 targets.

Dalton Schultz (43.3%) shared tight end duties with Brevin Jordan (43.3%). Both had 2 targets.


Offensive Snaps
Steelers: 71
Bengals: 43

Predictably, the Bengals struggled on offense with Jake Browning at quarterback, running just 43 plays.

Trayveon Williams (18.6%) continues to work as the backup running back behind Joe Mixon (65.1%).

Ja’Marr Chase (88.4%) caught two tipped balls which was extremely lucky. He finished with a 4-81-0 line.

Trenton Irwin (72.1%) received the most playing time of the backup receivers, with Tee Higgins inactive.

There was a very even split between Najee Harris (53.5%) and Jaylen Warren (47.9%). 16 touches for Warren, 15 for Harris.

Diontae Johnson (73.2%) caught half of his 8 targets for 50 yards.

Pat Freiermuth (59.2%) had a 26.2% target share and topped 100 yards for the first time this season.


Offensive Snaps
Panthers: 74
Titans: 53

Chuba Hubbard (63.5%) and Miles Sanders (36.5%) were the only running backs to see the field for the Panthers. Chuba had 19 touches compared to 15 for Sanders.

The three receiver rotation for Carolina included: Adam Thielen (89.2%), Jonathan Mingo (91.9%) and D.J. Chark (74.3%). Mingo led the group with a 25.0% target share.

Derrick Henry (64.2%) found the endzone twice. Tyjae Spears played on 39.6% of the snaps but had just 3 touches.

DeAndre Hopkins (56.6%) and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (75.5%) led the receiving group with an 18.5% target share.


Offensive Snaps
Saints: 72
Falcons: 62

Alvin Kamara (63.9%) handled 19 touches and racked up 119 yards.

With Michael Thomas out, A.T. Perry played 73.6% of the snaps but had just 2 targets. Chris Olave (47.2%) had a 25.7% target share (7-114-0) despite leaving early with a concussion.

Taysom Hill played 34.7% of the snaps. He had 9 touches for 81 total yards.

Despite splitting the running back work three ways, Bijan Robinson (62.9%) had 25 opportunities and found the endzone twice. Tyler Allgeier (29.0%) and Cordarrelle Patterson (25.8%) combined for 18 touches… all runs.

Drake London (83.9%) had a 35.0% target share (5-91-0).

Kyle Pitts played just 50.0% of the snaps as the Falcons used four tight ends including Jonnu Smith (35.5%), Parker Hesse (37.1%) and MyCole Pruitt (25.8%).


Offensive Snaps
Buccaneers: 60
Colts: 73

Rachaad White (86.7%) was a late addition to the injury report on Saturday but handled 17 touches and posted his best game on the ground (15-100-0).

Trey Palmer (68.3%) continues to hold down the No.3 receiver spot behind Mike Evans (91.7%) and Chris Godwin (83.3%). Evans led the group with a 30.0% target share.

TE Cade Otton played every snap.

The Colts used Zack Moss (41.1%) more in this game but Jonathan Taylor (57.5%) still out-touched him 15 to 10. All of Taylor’s touches were runs.

Michael Pittman Jr. (95.9%), Alec Pierce (94.5%) and Josh Downs (68.5%) remain the top three receivers in the Colts offense. Downs and Pittman both saw a 32.5% target share.


Offensive Snaps
Patriots: 68
Giants: 52

The Patriots played both quarterbacks Mac Jones (51.5%) and Bailey Zappe (48.5%). The team scored 7 points.

Rhamondre Stevenson (77.9%) had 26 touches for the Patriots although his 5 catches went for just 9 yards. Ezekiel Elliott (22.1%) had 11 touches.

WR Demario Douglas (48.5%) left the game after getting clotheslined in the neck. He still had a 25.7% target share. DeVante Parker (75.0%), JuJu Smith-Schuster (64.7%), Tyquan Thornton (44.1%) also saw the field while Jalen Reagor was inactive.

TE Hunter Henry played 67.6% of the snaps but didn’t have a target.

Saquon Barkley (80.8%) had just 13 touches as the Giants ran just 52 plays.

Wan'Dale Robinson (76.9%) played the most of any Giants receiver but Jalin Hyatt (59.6%) led the group with a 25.0% target share.


Offensive Snaps
Browns: 73
Broncos: 67

Jerome Ford (69.9%) played well ahead of Kareem Hunt (26.0%) but the Browns fell behind and were forced to pass much of the day.

Amari Cooper (74.0%) left this game with a rib injury. Elijah Moore (86.3%) led the wide receivers with a 23.1% target share.

TE David Njoku also had a 23.1% target share. He has at least 6 catches in his last three games.

Jaleel McLaughlin (3.0%) only had 2 touches in this game as the Broncos stuck with Javonte Williams (70.1%) and Samaje Perine (26.9%). Williams finished with 21 touches but Perine got the TD.

Courtland Sutton (77.6%), Jerry Jeudy (61.2%), Marvin Mims (47.8%) and Lil'Jordan Humphrey (29.9%) got the receiving work for the Broncos.


Offensive Snaps
Rams: 67
Cardinals: 71

Kyren Williams (61.2%) returned to action and saw 22 touches (16-143-0, 6-61-2). Royce Freeman (34.3%) worked as the No.2 back and got 13 carries, zero targets.

Cooper Kupp (88.1%) and Puka Nacua (80.6%) were in their normal roles. Demarcus Robinson played 59.7% of the snaps while Tutu Atwell played 35.8%. Nacua led the group with a 25.8% target share.

James Conner (42.3%) lost some playing time and opportunities to Michael Carter (38.0%) who saw 8 touches. Emari Demercado (19.7%) was also in the mix. Conner’s value will take a hit if this usage continues.

Marquise Brown (87.3%), Rondale Moore (74.6%) and Greg Dortch (76.1%) were the top three wideouts for the Cardinals. Brown led the group with a 27.3% target share. His 88 yards were the most since Week 4.


Offensive Snaps
Bills: 95
Eagles: 66

95 plays by the Bills led to 51 pass attempts by Josh Allen. James Cook (43.2%) and Latavius Murray (44.2%) played a similar number of snaps.

Gabriel Davis (95.8%) busted out his mini-slump and posted a 6-105-1 line on 12 targets. Stefon Diggs (91.6%) saw 11 targets. Khalil Shakir played 80.0% of the snaps and has secured the No.3 receiver role.

TE Dalton Kincaid (61.1%) saw just 6 targets on 51 attempts from Allen.

D’Andre Swift (63.6%) had 15 touches, 11 more than Kenneth Gainwell (34.8%).

The passing game in Philadelphia only has eyes for A.J. Brown (93.9%) and DeVonta Smith (98.5%). The two combined for 17 targets.


Offensive Snaps
Chiefs: 60
Raiders: 58

The Chiefs were down Jerick McKinnon, Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman in this game.

Isiah Pacheco played 78.3% of the snaps and had 20 touches (15-55-2, 5-34-0). Clyde Edwards-Helaire played 20.0% of the snaps.

Down a couple receivers, the Chiefs used Rashee Rice (66.7%), Justin Watson (56.7%), Skyy Moore (56.7%) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (53.3%). Rice led the group with a 31.3% target share. He’s the only Chiefs wideout that is fantasy viable.

The Raiders continue to pound the ball with Josh Jacobs (75.9%). He busted off a 63-yard TD run. Ameer Abdullah (20.7%) is the backup.

Davante Adams (100%) and Jakobi Meyers (91.4%) continue to be the alpha receivers for the Raiders.

TE Michael Mayer played 84.5% of the snaps.


Offensive Snaps
Ravens: 71
Chargers: 66

Keaton Mitchell (46.5%) played the most snaps of any Ravens running back and saw 11 touches. Gus Edwards (26.8%) and Justice Hill (28.2%) makeup the three-headed RBBC with Edwards second in line.

Rashod Bateman (80.3%) was operating as the Ravens No.2 receiver behind Zay Flowers (94.4%). Odell Beckham Jr. (32.4%) saw five targets.

TE Isaiah Likely played 73.2% of the snaps and saw a 20.0% target share. If this usage keeps up, he’s a solid TE1.

The Chargers turned the ball over 4 times, leading to a loss. Austin Ekeler (80.3%) played well ahead of Joshua Kelley (19.7%).

Another disappointing game for Quentin Johnston (43.9%) who left with an injury but could’ve come back in but was held out. Jalen Guyton (80.3%) had a 12.2% target share.

Keenan Allen (98.5%) saw 16 targets for the second game in a row.

Gerald Everett (63.6%) shared time with Donald Parham (42.4%). Parham didn’t get a target.


Offensive Snaps
Bears: 70
Vikings: 55

It was an ugly night for both offenses as only 1 TD was scored (T.J. Hockenson).

Roschon Johnson (74.3%) was the lead back for the Bears handling 15 touches including 5-40-0 in the passing game. Khalil Herbert (21.4%) had 8 touches while D’Onta Foreman was inactive. We’ll see how sticky Roschon’s lead back status is once Foreman returns from injury.

Equanimeous St. Brown (48.6%) had a clear handle on the No.3 receiver role but only D.J. Moore (92.9%) is viable in the Bears passing game. Moore had a 40.6% target share.

TE Cole Kmet (88.6%) had a 21.9% target share.

As expected, the Vikings split the running back work between Alexander Mattison (56.4%) and Ty Chandler (32.7%). 12 touches for Mattison, 5 for Chandler.

Jordan Addison (96.4%) saw a 33.3% target share and is the only WR fantasy viable in the Vikings offense. K.J. Osborn (85.5%) and Brandon Powell (65.5%) are desperation plays.

TE T.J. Hockenson (80.0%) had a 20.0% target share.