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Usage Notes: Week 17



By Mike Krueger | Updated: 1/1/24

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:

NYJ @ CLE


Saturday:

DET @ DAL


Sunday Early:

MIA @ BAL | TEN @ HOU | NE @ BUF | LAR @ NYG | SF @ WAS

ARI @ PHI | NO @ TB | CAR @ JAX | ATL @ CHI | LV @ IND


Sunday Late:

PIT @ SEA | LAC @ DEN | CIN @ KC

GB @ MIN


David Njoku

NYJ @ CLE

Offensive Snaps
Jets: 73
Browns: 60


Breece Hall (71.2%) and Israel Abanikanda (26.0%) handled all of the running back work for the Jets. Dalvin Cook didnít get a snap. Breece caught all 9 of his targets for 42 yards and a TD. He now has 25 targets and 21 receptions in his last two games.

Saddled with Trevor Siemian at quarterback, there wasnít much productivity for Garrett Wilson (98.6%) who saw 10 targets but caught only 5 for 50 yards. Jason Brownlee (97.3%) was virtually and every-down player with Xavier Gipson (69.9%) working as the No.3 wideout.

Tyler Conklin played 79.5% of the snaps and caught all five of his targets for 45 yards.

The Joe Flacco show continued in Week 17 which allowed the Browns to jump out to a big lead. As a result, Cleveland used all three of their running backs including Jerome Ford (40.0%), Kareem Hunt (36.7%) and Pierre Strong Jr. (23.3%). Ford totaled 121 yards and 2 TDs on 14 touches.

Amari Cooper was inactive due to a heel injury and Elijah Moore (53.3%) left with a concussion. TE David Njoku (81.7%) was the beneficiary of Flaccoís success, posting a 6-134-0 line on 8 targets. He now has 8 or more targets in seven out of his last eight games.

DET @ DAL

Offensive Snaps
Lions: 69
Cowboys: 65

As usual, David Montgomery (39.1%) and Jahmyr Gibbs (62.3%) handled all of the running back duties for the Lions. Montgomery found the endzone while Gibbs struggled to find running room (15-43-0).

Amon-Ra St. Brown (100.0%), Josh Reynolds (72.5%) and Jameson Williams (63.8%) were the top wideouts for the Lions. Williams left this game after a long 63-yard catch.

TE Sam LaPorta (100.0%) had a couple big catches late to help his fantasy day (7-84-0).

More of the same from Tony Pollard (84.6%) who turned 17 touches into 49 yards. Rico Dowdle was inactive which allowed Deuce Vaughn (12.3%) to get 3 touches and 12 yards.

This night belonged to CeeDee Lamb (95.4%) who finished with a 13-227-1 line on a whopping 17 targets. Lambís 17 targets represented a 45.9% target share. Brandin Cooks (78.5%) was able to find the endzone and had a 21.6% target share.

Jake Ferguson (89.2%) finished with a 4-33-0 line.

MIA @ BAL

Offensive Snaps
Dolphins: 69
Ravens: 57

Raheem Mostert was inactive which gave the running back work to Devon Achane (47.8%) and Jeff Wilson (49.3%). Chris Brooks got in for 5 snaps. Achane was the clear lead back, handling 18 touches for 137 yards and 1 TD while Wilson got just 6 touches.

With no Jaylen Waddle, Cedrick Wilson played 85.5% of the snaps and Braxton Berrios got in for 43.5%. Aside from Tyreek Hill (72.5%) who had a 33.3% target share, the remaining WR snaps were split between River Cracraft (21.7%), Chosen Anderson (18.8%) and Chase Claypool (14.5%).

Gus Edwards (54.4%) and Justice Hill (35.1%) did the heavy lifting at running back for the Ravens. Edwards got 16 touches (all runs), while Hill had just 8 touches including 5 targets.

The Ravens only needed 57 plays to pile up 56 points. Rashod Bateman (71.9%) led the WR group with a 27.3% target share but Zay Flowers (56.1%) turned 3 targets into 106 yards and a TD.

TE Isaiah Likely (63.2%) scored twice on 3 targets.

TEN @ HOU

Offensive Snaps
Titans: 55
Texans: 61

Weíve seen this season that when the Titans get behind on the scoreboard, Tyjae Spears (61.8%) gets more snaps than Derrick Henry (41.8%). That happened here as Tennessee lost 26-3 to Houston. Henry got 12 touches while Spears had 10 touches including 6 targets. Neither back was productive.

DeAndre Hopkins (85.5%) led the WR group with a 28.0% target share. Treylon Burks (81.8%) and Chris Moore (76.4%) were on the field a lot but arenít fantasy considerations.

TE Chigoziem Okonkwo (74.5%) finished with a 3-34-0 line on 4 targets.

Devin Singletary (62.3%) continued in the lead back role for Houston, handling 19 touches while Dameon Pierce (19.7%) got nine touches.

Nico Collins (62.3%) led the WR group with a 25.8% target share. Both Noah Brown (11.5%) and Robert Woods (63.9%) got injured in this game. John Metchie stepped in to play 60.7% of the snaps.

The Texans used some two-TE sets with Dalton Schultz (78.7%) and Brevin Jordan (50.8%) but the two combined for just 6 targets.

NE @ BUF

Offensive Snaps
Patriots: 53
Bills: 69

Ezekiel Elliott (81.1%) took 15 touches for 45 yards and 1 TD while Kevin Harris (20.8%) had 4 touches for 69 yards.

With JuJu Smith-Schuster on IR and DeVante Parker (28.3%) leaving early due to an injury, the Patriots used Demario Douglas (94.3%), Tyquan Thornton (69.8%) and Jalen Reagor (67.9%) at WR. Douglas led the group with a 20.8% target share.

TE Hunter Henry was inactive so Mike Gesicki (67,9%) and Pharaoh Brown (67.9%) handled the tight end duties. Gesicki had a 25.0% target share.

Ty Johnson (18.8%) got back in the mix this week over Leonard Fournette. James Cook (55.1%) posted a dud (16-48-0, 1 -4 -0) in the fantasy championship while Latavius Murray (27.5%) had just 1 carry.

Stefon Diggs (65.2%) had a 25.0% target share but has fallen to a WR2 as the season has progressed. Gabriel Davis (91.3%) and Khalil Shakir (79.7%) were in their normal roles.

Dalton Kincaid (55.1%) and Dawson Knox (43.5%) continue to share tight end duties. Kincaid turned 7 targets into a 4-87-0 line.

LAR @ NYG

Offensive Snaps
Rams: 62
Giants: 74

The Kyren Williams (93.5%) show included 22 touches and 3 TDs. Ronnie Rivers (6.5%) has taken over the No.2 RB role over Royce Freeman who didnít play a snap on offense.

Demarcus Robinson (91.9%) has the full-time No.3 role over Tutu Atwell (6.5%). Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua both played 98.4% of the snaps. Robinson led the group with a 29.4% target share.

Tyler Higbee (93.5%) had a 20.6% target share.

Saquon Barkley (89.2%) had just 15 touches (58 yards).

Darius Slayton (86.5%), Wan'Dale Robinson (82.4%) and Jalin Hyatt (77.0%) continue to dominate snaps at WR for the Giants. Robinson had a 23.1% target share and took a carry 24 yards for a TD.

TE Darren Waller (66.2%) finished with a 5-51-0 line on 6 targets.

SF @ WAS

Offensive Snaps
49ers: 70
Commanders: 46

Brian Robinson Jr. returned to action and played 54.3% of the snaps, handling 13 touches for 76 yards. Antonio Gibson (43.5%) only got 6 touches.

Sam Howell got the start and the Commanders could only run 46 plays. Pass catchers in this offense arenít really playable unless Jacoby Brissett is under center.

Terry McLaurin (89.1%) led the WRs with a 23.1% target share and did find the endzone. Curtis Samuel (50.0%) and Jahan Dotson (84.8%) were not fantasy factors on such low play volume.

TE Logan Thomas (60.9%) was sharing time with John Bates (54.3%).

Christian McCaffrey (54.3%) left early with a calf injury which allowed Elijah Mitchell (37.1%) to handle 17 carries for 80 yards and 1 TD. Mitchell will be in play for Week 18 if McCaffrey sits.

Both Brandon Aiyuk (87.1%) and Deebo Samuel (84.3%) found the endzone and both had over a 22% target share.

TE George Kittle (91.4%) had a 14.8% target share.

ARI @ PHI

Offensive Snaps
Cardinals: 76
Eagles: 49

Arizonaís nice win against the Eagles included a big game from James Conner (65.8%) who handled 27 touches for 133 yards and 2 TDs. Michael Carter (17.1%) and Emari Demercado (11.8%) also saw the field.

We have a Michael Wilson (85.5%) sighting! He had a 19.4% target share and found the endzone. Greg Dortch (81.6%) and Rondale Moore (65.8%) were also used with Dorth having a 22.6% target share.

TE Trey McBride (88.2%) had a 22.6% target share.

The bad body language continues for the Eagles who only got off 49 plays.

D'Andre Swift (46.9%) and Kenneth Gainwell (53.1%) handled the running back work with Swift getting 14 touches. Gainwell had 6.

DeVonta Smith (87.8%) played most of the game, but did come up lame with an ankle injury. Julio Jones (40.8%) scored twice on 2 targets while A.J. Brown (93.9%) was left out in the cold for much of the 2nd half.

TE Dallas Goedert (93.9%) had a 26.1% target share and finished with a 5-47-1 line.

NO @ TB

Offensive Snaps
Saints: 70
Buccaneers: 56

Alvin Kamara (32.9%) injured his ankle in the 2nd quarter and didnít play in the second half. Jamaal Williams (57.1%) handled the running back duties afterwards and got 23 touches. Kendre Miller was inactive.

Chris Olave (67.1%) had an 18.8% target share and finished with a 3-26-0 line on 6 targets. Rashid Shaheed (54.3%) only had 3 targets.

TE Juwan Johnson (71.4%) was the passing game focus with a 37.5% target share! He finished with an 8-90-1 line and has now scored a TD in three-straight games. Taysom Hill (34.3%) had 2 pass attempts (11 yards), 2 rushing attempts (-3 yards) and 2 receptions (30 yards, 1 TD).

Rachaad White (73.2%) and Chase Edmonds (26.8%) handled all of the running back work for the Bucs. White had 15 touches for 66 yards.

Mike Evans (72.1%), Chris Godwin (85.7%) and Trey Palmer (73.2%) were in their normal roles and all had over 70 receiving yards.

TE Cade Otton (94.6%) had 6 targets (2-10-0), the most heís had since Week 9.

CAR @ JAX

Offensive Snaps
Panthers: 54
Jaguars: 63

The Panthers got shutout so nobody was useful from a fantasy perspective. Chuba Hubbard (70.4%) handled 15 touches. Miles Sanders (25.9%) just 4.

Adam Thielen (92.6%), D.J. Chark (83.3%) and Jonathan Mingo (98.1%) continue to take virtually all of the WR snaps.

Tommy Tremble (70.4%) had 3 targets.

Travis Etienne (61.9%) had his best fantasy game (16-102-2, 2-16-0) since Week 8. Tank Bigsby (27.0%) got some garbage time run.

Zay Jones was inactive. Calvin Ridley (71.4%) had a 34.8% target share which turned into a 4-39-0 line.

TE Evan Engram (68.3%) had a 26.1% target share which turned into a 6-60-0 line.

ATL @ CHI

Offensive Snaps
Falcons: 60
Bears: 74

19 opportunities for Bijan Robinson (76.3%) this week but it was Tyler Allgeier (18.6%) who scored on a 75-yard reception.

Drake London (83.1%) had a 31.3% target share but finished with a 4-56-0 line on 10 targets.

TE Kyle Pitts (72.9%) and Jonnu Smith (78.0%) combined for 1 reception and 5 yards on 9 targets.

DíOnta Foreman was inactive (and didnít seem too pleased with the decision) which left the running game in the hands of Khalil Herbert (50.0%) and Roschon Johnson (48.6%). Herbert handled 20 touches while Johnson had 10.

D.J. Moore (81.1%) is and was the Bearsí passing game. Moore had a 43.3% target share. Darnell Mooney was inactive.

TE Cole Kmet (17.6%) came into the game with a knee injury and didnít get a target. Robert Tonyan (66.2%) and Marcedes Lewis (39.2%) handled the tight end duties.

LV @ IND

Offensive Snaps
Raiders: 75
Colts: 56

Another week of Josh Jacobs being inactive left Zamir White (57.3%) in the lead back role, handling 25 touches. Ameer Abdullah (40.0%) only had 2 touches.

Davante Adams (97.3%) saw 21 targets for a 13-126-2 line. Thatís a 45.7% target share! Jakobi Meyers (94.7%) and Tre Tucker (69.3%) combined for 15 targets while Hunter Renfrow (16.0%) is the No.4 wideout.

TE Michael Mayer continues to sit. Austin Hooper (85.3%) isnít fantasy worthy.

Zack Moss was inactive. Jonathan Taylor (62.5%) saw 22 touches for 104 yards and 1 TD. Trey Sermon (32.1%) and Tyler Goodson (5.4%) combined for 8 touches and 44 yards.

Michael Pittman Jr. (89.3%) had a 35.0% target share while Alec Pierce (98.2%) connected on a long bomb from Gardner Minshew. He finished with a 1-58-1 line. Josh Downs (62.5%) had just a 10.0% target share.

Mo Alie-Cox (60.7%) and Kylen Granson (62.5%) handled most of the snaps at tight end for the Colts but arenít fantasy relevant.

PIT @ SEA

Offensive Snaps
Steelers: 72
Seahawks: 49

Najee Harris (52.8%) and Jaylen Warren (54.2%) rolled all over the Seahawks including 27 carries for Najee. The two RBs combined for 220 yards and 3 TDs.

George Pickens (77.8%) and Diontae Johnson (58.3%) only got 24 attempts from QB Mason Rudolph but Pickens did see 9 targets for a 7-131-0 line.

Pat Freiermuth (63.9%) shared tight end duties with Darnell Washington (62.5%) but Washington didnít see a target.

Kenneth Walker (42.9%) was battling a shoulder injury coming into the game and wasnít able to finish but did rack up 75 yards and a TD before he left. Zach Charbonnet (57.1%) had just 7 touches (5 receptions) for 41 yards.

DK Metcalf (95.9%), Tyler Lockett (81.6%), Jaxon Smith-Njigba (67.3%) continue to work as the top receivers for Seattle. Metcalf had a 24.2% target share.

LAC @ DEN

Offensive Snaps
Chargers: 65
Broncos: 69

Austin Ekeler (72.3%) had 50 yards on 14 touches as the Chargers offense was stuck in mud with Easton Stick at quarterback.

The Chargers were thin at receiver with Quentin Johnston (90.8%), Alex Erickson (93.8%) and Keelan Doss (75.4%) working as the top three options. Erickson and Doss both had a 21.6% target share.

Gerald Everett (69.2%) had a 24.3% target share but finished with a 4-31-0 line on 9 targets.

The Broncos made a switch to Jarrett Stidham at quarterback and scored 16 points against the Chargers.

Javonte Williams (44.9%), Samaje Perine (24.6%) and Jaleel McLaughlin (27.5%) continue to work as a three-headed committee. Javonte had 18 touches for 58 yards.

Courtland Sutton was out with a concussion. Jerry Jeudy played just 47.8% of the snaps and tied Brandon Johnson (84.1%) with a 20.0% target share. Lil'Jordan Humphrey (65.2%) and Phillip Dorsett (40.6%) also saw significant action.

CIN @ KC

Offensive Snaps
Bengals: 74
Chiefs: 54

Joe Mixon (60.8%) handled 25 touches for 87 yards and a TD. Chase Brown (14.9%) had just 5 touches for 28 yards.

Ja'Marr Chase (73.0%) came into the game with a shoulder injury and later said he was about 70% healthy. He finished with 3-41-0 on 7 targets. Tee Higgins (40.5%) left early in the game with a hamstring injury but later returned. Tyler Boyd (68.9%) was in his typical role.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon were both out for this game which left Isiah Pacheco (92.6%) in a complete workhorse and he delivered 165 yards and 1 TD on 25 touches. La'Mical Perine (7.4%) didnít have a touch.

Two more drops from Marquez Valdes-Scantling (70.4%) who is playing himself out of the league. Rashee Rice (77.8%) finished with a 5-127-0 line on 6 targets. Justin Watson (44.4%), Richie James (22.2%), Justyn Ross (13.0%) and Mecole Hardman (9.3%) all saw the field despite reports Sunday morning suggesting the team would be condensing their rotation.

TE Travis Kelce (81.5%) had just a 14.3% target share as he saw a lot of double teams from the Bengals-D.

GB @ MIN

Offensive Snaps
Packers: 74
Vikings: 53

Aaron Jones (56.8%) is back in the clear lead role for the Packers as he got 21 touches for 130 yards Sunday night against the Vikings. AJ Dillon (16.2%), wearing a big wrap on his broken thumb, finished with a 7-27-0 line. Patrick Taylor also got some run as the Green Bay embarrassed the Vikings 33-10.

Green Bay receivers were running wide open through the Vikings secondary all night. Jayden Reed (31.1%) left early with a chest injury but still had 23.5% target share and finished with a 6-89-2 line. Romeo Doubs (75.7%) only had 3 catches while Bo Melton (66.2%) finished with a 6-105-1 line. Christian Watson is expected back in Week 18 for a must-win game against the Bears.

TE Tucker Kraft (82.4%) had a 17.6% target share.

The Vikings offense couldnít get going with rookie Jaren Hall (45.3%) or Nick Mullens (54.7%) at QB. The two combined for 144 yards passing.

Ty Chandler (56.6%) and Alexander Mattison (39.6%) shared the running back duties with Chandler getting 13 touches for 64 yards. Mattison had just 5 touches.

Justin Jefferson played every snap and had a 32.3% target share. Jordan Addison (92.5%) and K.J. Osborn (62.3%) were in their normal roles.

Johnny Mundt (77.4%) and Josh Oliver (45.35) handled tight end duties with Mundt receiver a 22.6% target share. Neither are really fantasy viable.