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Usage Notes: Week 16



By Mike Krueger | Updated: 12/26/23

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.


Thursday:

NO @ LAR


Saturday:

CIN @ PIT | BUF @ LAC


Sunday Early:

SEA @ TEN | IND @ ATL | CLE @ HOU

GB @ CAR | WAS @ NYJ | DET @ MIN


Sunday Late:

JAX @ TB | ARI @ CHI | DAL @ MIA

NE @ DEN

Monday:

LV @ KC | NYG @ PHI | BAL @ SF

Demarcus Robinson

NO @ LAR

Offensive Snaps
Saints: 60
Rams: 70


Alvin Kamara (73.3%) and Jamaal Williams (21.7%) handled all the running back work with Kamara getting 14 touches for 35 yards. Williams had 3 touches for 13 yards as New Orleans did all of their offensive damage through the air.

Chris Olave (75.0%) battled through an ankle injury to post a 9-123-0 line on 13 targets. Rashid Shaheed (81.7%) and A.T. Perry (60.0%) rounded out the top three receivers. Shaheed (5-70-1) scored on a 45-yard pass.

Just 10 snaps and 2 touches for TE Taysom Hill this week. Not great. However, Juwan Johnson played on 71.7% of the snaps and found the endzone.

As usual, it was the Kyren Williams (78.6%) show on the ground for the Rams. Ronnie Rivers (21.4%) returned to action and played in the No.2 RB role over Royce Freeman who didnít have a snap.

WR Puka Nacua (98.6%) and Cooper Kupp (100.0%) were in their normal rules but Nacua had the better fantasy day (9-164-1). Demarcus Robinson (92.9%) held off Tutu Atwell (5.7%) for the No.3 role. This should continue in Week 17.

CIN @ PIT

Offensive Snaps
Bengals: 64
Steelers: 59

Joe Mixon (59.4%) and Chase Brown (21.9%) did the heavy lifting at running back but the running game was thrown out of window as the Bengals got down multiple scores early.

With JaíMarr Chase out, Tee Higgins (81.2%), Tyler Boyd (79.7%) and Andrei Iosivas (71.9%) were the top the wideouts. Higgins and Iosivas both had a 20.0% target share.

Najee Harris (44.1%) and Jaylen Warren (57.6%) split the running back duties as usual. Harris had 19 touches, all runs. Warren had 13 touches that included 5 receptions.

Mason Rudolph got the start at quarterback for the Steelers and promptly connected with George Pickens (78.0%) on an 86-yard TD in the first quarter. Pickens finished with a 24.0% target share and a 4-195-2 line. Diontae Johnson () had a 20.0% target share but only had 2 catches for 15 yards.

TE Pat Freiermuth (62.7%) had zero targets.

BUF @ LAC

Offensive Snaps
Bills: 55
Chargers: 70

Ty Johnson was inactive for Buffalo as Leonard Fournette (18.2%) saw his first action of the season (5 carries, 20 yards). James Cook (74.5%) continued to be the lead back and handled 20 touches, all runs.

Gabriel Davis (85.5%) was the receiving star for Buffalo posting a 4-130-1 line. Stefon Diggs (60.0%) had a 38.1% target share but had just 5 receptions for 29 yards. He hasnít had a 100-yard game since Week 6.

Dalton Kincaid (41.8%) and Dawson Knox (47.3%) have taken a back seat the last couple weeks as the Billsí run rate has increased. They combined for just 4 targets in Week 16.

Isaiah Spiller (24.3%) has been operating as the backup RB behind Austin Ekeler (64.3%) the last two weeks. But thatís only amounted to 9 touches.

Josh Palmer (92.9%) and Quentin Johnston (82.9%) are getting the most work at receiver with Keenan Allen out. Alex Erickson () is working as the No.3 with Jalen Guyton (24.3%) and Derius Davis (21.4%) mixing in. Palmer had a 25.0% target share.

TE Gerald Everett (70.0%) had a 25.0% target and will be in the TE2 conversation for Week 17. Donald Parham was inactive.

SEA @ TEN

Offensive Snaps
Seahawks: 62
Titans: 66

Kenneth Walker (58.1%) Zach Charbonnet (41.9%) couldnít get going against the Titans. They combined for 53 yards on 20 touches.

DK Metcalf (88.7%), Tyler Lockett (80.6%), and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (62.9%) combined for 24 targets. Lockett led the trio with a 30.6% target share.

Derrick Henry (48.5%) and Tyjae Spears (56.1%) split all the running back work for the Titans. Henry had 20 touches while Spears had 14.

DeAndre Hopkins (81.8%) only had 4 targets which led all Titan receivers.

TE Chigoziem Okonkwo (71.2%) had a 25.0% target share and finished with a 6-63-1 line, scoring his first TD of the season.

IND @ ATL

Offensive Snaps
Colts: 71
Falcons: 64

RB Zack Moss was ruled out for the Colts which left the backfield to Jonathan Taylor (59.2%). Taylor got all but four of the running back touches and scored the only Colts TD.

Josh Downs (93.0%), Alec Pierce (100.0%), and D.J. Montgomery (85.9%) were the top wide receivers. Downs led the group with a 25.7% target share.

Bijan Robinson (75.0%) led the Falcons three-headed running back committee with 19 touches including 7 receptions (50 yards). Tyler Allgeier (20.3%) and Cordarrelle Patterson (20.3%) combined for 19 touches.

Drake London (76.6%) led the wideouts with 4 targets (39 yds).

TE Kyle Pitts (71.9%) found the endzone but had two fewer targets than Jonnu Smith (68.8%).

CLE @ HOU

Offensive Snaps
Browns: 82
Texans: 75

Jerome Ford (42.7%) found the endzone but managed just 1.7 rushing yards per attempt. Kareem Hunt (37.8%) wasnít any better (1.6 ypc).

Joe Flacco continued his hot streak throwing for 368 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs.

A monster day for Amari Cooper (79.3%) who finished with an 11-265-2 line on 15 targets (34.9% target share).

TE David Njoku (79.3%) had a 20.9% target share and has scored in each of his last three games.

Devin Singletary (44.0%) had just 12 touches as the Texans were behind on the scoreboard all day. Dameon Pierce (14.7%) had just 4 touches as he shared the backup role with Dare Ogunbowale (41.3%).

Nico Collins played just 46.7% of the snaps after being listed as Questionable with a calf injury. Noah Brown (81.3%) and Robert Woods (81.3%) did the heavy lifting but no Texans receiver saw more than a 14.6% target share.

TE Dalton Schultz (78.7%) saw a 22.9% target share while Brevin Jordan played just 25.3% of the snaps.

GB @ CAR

Offensive Snaps
Packers: 66
Panthers: 66

AJ Dillon was active for this game but played just 18.2% of the snaps. He got 7 carries and did vulture a goaline TD. Aaron Jones (51.5%) handled 22 touches for 135 yards. Patrick Taylor (30.3%) got 4 touches.

The Packers came into the game down Christian Watson. Dontayvion Wicks (39.4%) left early with a chest injury. Romeo Doubs (87.9%), Bo Melton (37.9%) and Malik Heath (77.3%) picked up the slack. Melton led the group with a 23.1% target share.

TE Tucker Kraft played 92.4% of the snaps and saw a 23.1% target share. Heís in play when the Packers are thin at WR.

Chuba Hubbard (63.6%) handled 17 touches and found the endzone while Miles Sanders (36.4%) had just 4 touches.

Adam Thielen (87.9%), D.J. Chark (72.7%) and Jonathan Mingo (92.4%) dominated snaps at WR for Carolina. Chark and Thielen both had a 25.0% target share.

WAS @ NYJ

Offensive Snaps
Commanders: 61
Jets: 90

Antonio Gibson (44.3%) and Chris Rodriguez Jr. (39.3%) did the heavy lifting at RB for Washington. Rodriguez had 11 touches while Gibson had 10. This will be a split backfield as long as Brian Robinson Jr. remains out.

QB Sam Howell (55.7%) was benched for Jacoby Brissett (44.3%) for the second game in a row.

Terry McLaurin (91.8%), Jahan Dotson (73.8%) and Curtis Samuel (65.6%) were in their typical roles. Samuel led the group with a 18.8% target share.

TE Logan Thomas (70.5%) had an 18.8% target share.

The Jets ran a whopping 90 plays which allowed Breece Hall to have his best game of the season (20-95-2, 12-96-0) that included 16 targets! Israel Abanikanda (17.8%) is working ahead of Dalvin Cook (5.6%) as the backup running back.

The Jets top three receivers were Garrett Wilson (95.6%), Jason Brownlee (82.2%) and Xavier Gipson (62.2%). Wilson saw a 33.3% target share.

DET @ MIN

Offensive Snaps
Lions: 79
Vikings: 55

David Montgomery (39.2%) didnít play much in the second half and the Lions were mum on any injury. Jaymyr Gibbs (58.2%) did his thing, scoring twice and racked up 100 yards on 19 touches.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (98.7%) led the Lions receivers with a 35.9% target share. Josh Reynolds (59.5%) and Jameson Williams (58.2%) were next in line combining for 10 targets.

TE Sam LaPorta (94.9%) only saw 3 targets.

Alexander Mattison (9.1%) returned to action but played well behind Ty Chandler (65.5%) who saw 8 touches. Mattison had 2 touches as the Vikings abandoned the run game.

Justin Jefferson (98.2%) and K.J. Osborn (85.5%) were primary targets as both Jordan Addison (38.2%) and TE T.J. Hockenson (43.6%) left this game due to injury. Addison appears to have a sprained ankle and is considered week-to-week. Jefferson had a 28.6% target share.

JAX @ TB

Offensive Snaps
Jaguars: 66
Buccaneers: 74

Travis Etienne (72.7%) has cooled off the second half of the season. Just 9 touches for 31 yards in this game. D'Ernest Johnson (25.8%) had just 1 touch.

Calvin Ridley (92.4%) had -12 yards at halftime and zero catches but finished with a 6-90-2, 1-12-0 line on 9 targets as the Jaguars spent most of the game playing catch-up. Tim Jones (68.2%), Parker Washington (57.6%), and Jamal Agnew (47.0%) attempted to fill the void left by Zay Jones and Christian Kirk who were both out.

TE Evan Engram (90.9%) led all Jaguars with a 34.9% target share.

Rachaad White (67.6%) and Chase Edmonds (32.4%) were the only Tampa running backs to get work. White handled 26 touches including 6 receptions.

Mike Evans (77.0%) continues to deliver with 2 more TDs this week (13 on the season). Chris Godwin (79.7%) had a 31.4% target share while Trey Palmer (52.7%) had a 17.1% target share.

TE Cade Otton (97.3%) had 1 target.

ARI @ CHI

Offensive Snaps
Cardinals: 61
Bears: 70

Once again, the Cardinal used three running backs: James Conner (59.0%), Emari Demercado (37.7%) and Michael Carter (3.3%). Conner had 17 touches including 5 receptions.

Arizona continues to struggle getting their WRs involved in the passing game. Michael Wilson (90.2%) had 4 targets and 0 catches. Rondale Moore (82.0%) had 2 catches and Greg Dortch (78.7%) had a 2-45-1 line on five targets.

TE Trey McBride (96.7%) led all Cardinals receivers with a 21.6% target share but had just 31 yards on 6 receptions.

RB DíOnta Foreman was inactive for the Bears. Khalil Herbert (51.4%) took over the lead back role and finished with a 20-112-1, 1-9-0 line. Roschon Johnson (45.7%) handled 12 touches for 53 yards.

D.J. Moore (74.3%) missed time early in this game with an ankle injury but still finished with a 26.1% target share. Darnell Mooney (81.4%) saw just 4 targets.

TE Cole Kmet (42.9%) had a strong game (4-107-0) but left with a knee injury and didnít play in the 2nd half.

DAL @ MIA

Offensive Snaps
Cowboys: 66
Dolphins: 65

Tony Pollard (69.7%) had 13 touches for just 43 yards and was stopped at the goaline. Rico Dowdle (16.7%) had just 2 touches for 4 yards.

CeeDee Lamb (87.9%) had a 31.3% target share. Brandin Cooks (78.8%) had just 2 targets as TE Jake Ferguson (83.3%) was the second option in the passing game this week with a 25.0% target share.

Raheem Mostert (29.2%), Devon Achane (55.4%) and Jeff Wilson (23.1%) all saw playing time in this game with Mostert leading the group with 12 touches. The three running backs combined for 26 touches.

Tyreek Hill (84.6%) was back after a one-week absence and saw a 38.9% target share. Heís fine. Jaylen Waddle (43.1%) missed a chunk of this game after suffering a high ankle sprain. Heís likely to be out next week. Cedrick Wilson (61.5%) and Braxton Berrios (46.2%) should see more work moving forward.

TE Durham Smythe (84.6%) had his best fantasy game of the season with a 5-56-0 line.

NE @ DEN

Offensive Snaps
Patriots: 58
Broncos: 69

Ezekiel Elliott (82.8%) dominated running back work for the Patriots but this is the second-straight game heís rushed for less than 30 yards. His 9-33-1 receiving line made up for it in PPR leagues.

It was DeVante Parker (93.1%) Jalen Reagor (86.2%) and Demario Douglas (74.1%) getting the most snaps at WR for New England this week. Douglas led with a 25.8% target share.

No Hunter Henry this week led to Mike Gesicki (65.5%) and Pharaoh Brown (46.6%) sharing tight end duties. The two combined for four targets.

The three-headed backfield in Denver remains intact: Javonte Williams (39.1%), Samaje Perine (34.8%) and Jaleel McLaughlin (24.6%) all got playing time with McLauglin seeing 10 touchesÖ his most since Week 5.

Courtland Sutton (13.0%) left early with a concussion which allowed Brandon Johnson to play 68.1% of the snaps. Jerry Jeudy (72.5%) and Johnson led the WRs with just a 14.3% target share. Marvin Mims played 43.5% of the snaps and saw just 4 targets.

LV @ KC

Offensive Snaps
Raiders: 55
Chiefs: 76

Zamir White (76.4%) busted a long run late to seal the game for the Raiders but otherwise had nothing going on offense. White had 22 touches, all runs.

Aidan O'Connell threw for 62 yards which isnít going to work for Davante Adams (90.9%) and Jakobi Meyers (81.8%).

TE Michael Mayer was out which allowed Austin Hooper to play 89.1% of the snaps.

The Chiefs continue to have trouble with turnovers, penalties and drops which is limiting their offensive output. Isiah Pacheco (56.6%) had 15 touches for just 30 yards and left with a concussion which puts his Week 17 availability in doubt. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (39.5%) had 7 touches. Jerick McKinnon was inactive.

With Kadarius Toney inactive, the Chiefs shrunk their WR rotation a bit, using Rashee Rice (75.0%), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (80.3%), Justin Watson (64.5%) and Richie James (32.9%) the most. Rice led the group with a 29.3% target share.

Travis Kelce (80.3%) had just a 17.1% target share and committed a drop.

NYG @ PHI

Offensive Snaps
Giants: 63
Eagles: 75

Tommy DeVito (50.8%) got benched at halftime for Tyrod Taylor (49.2%). No word yet on who starts in Week 17.

Saquon Barkley (88.9%) handled 26 touches for 84 yards and 1 TD. Matt Breida (7.9%) worked as the backup.

Wan'Dale Robinson (71.4%) had a 25.9% target share which led all Giants WRs. Darius Slayton (93.7%) and Jalin Hyatt (55.6%) combined for 6 targets but Slayton got loose for a 69-yard TD.

TEs Darren Waller and Daniel Bellinger both played 63.5% of the snaps and both had 5 targets. Thatís the most targets Bellinger has seen in a game this season.

D'Andre Swift (57.3%) handled 20 touches and found the endzone for the first time since Week 11. Kenneth Gainwell (40.0%) had 9 touches for 79 yards.

A.J. Brown (97.3%) was moving slowly and appeared to be bothered by an injury late in the game but still led the team with a 30.6% target share. DeVonta Smith (93.3%) finished with a 4-79-1 line on 5 targets.

Dallas Goedert (85.3%) had a 25.0% target share and finished with a 7-71-0 line.

BAL @ SF

Offensive Snaps
Ravens: 68
49ers: 70

Gus Edwards (42.6%) and Justice Hill (61.8%) handled all of the running back duties for the Ravens. Hill had 13 touches compared to 10 for Edwards. Gus got a goaline score.

Zay Flowers (77.9%) was the star of the receiving show finishing with a 9-72-1 line on 13 targets. Odell Beckham Jr., Rashod Bateman and Nelson Agholor all played 54.4% of the snaps.

TE Isaiah Likely (73.5%) had just an 11.8% target share.

The Ravens dominated the 49ers on defense forcing 4 INTs from Brock Purdy (72.9%) who was relieved by Sam Darnold (27.1%) late in the game.

Christian McCaffrey (100.0%) had another dominating performance with 131 yards and 1 TD on 20 touches. Jordan Mason didnít get a snap.

Deebo Samuel (95.7%) and Brandon Aiyuk (94.3%) were in their normal roles. Deebo had a 27.3% target share. Willie Snead (35.7%) worked as the No.3 wideout with Jauan Jennings out.

TE George Kittle (88.6%) was up to his usual tricks with a 22.7% target share and a 7-126-0 line on 10 targets.