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Usage Notes: Week 18



By Mike Krueger | Updated: 1/8/24

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.


Saturday:

PIT @ BAL | HOU @ IND


Sunday Early:

ATL @ NO | JAX @ TEN | MIN @ DET

NYJ @ NE | TB @ CAR | CLE @ CIN


Sunday Late:

SEA @ ARI | CHI @ GB | PHI @ NYG | LAR @ SF

DEN @ LV | KC @ LAC | DAL @ WAS

BUF @ MIA


Najee Harris

PIT @ BAL

Offensive Snaps
Steelers: 62
Ravens: 57


The rain and dreary weather played a factor in this game as neither team threw for more than 152 yards.

Najee Harris (59.7%) logged 31 touches while Jaylen Warren (43.5%) had 14 as the Steelers ran the ball 39 times. They were the only two Steelers running backs to see an offensive snap.

Diontae Johnson (48.4%) had a 25.0% target share but the Steelers only threw the ball 20 times. George Pickens (80.6%) didnít have a target. Allen Robinson (67.7%) had 1 target.

Justice Hill (54.4%) played the most of any Ravensí RB but didnít have a carry and had 3 receptions on 10 targets. Gus Edwards (33.3%) and Melvin Gordon (14.0%) combined for 17 carries and 66 yards.

Nelson Agholor played every snap. Laquon Treadwell (75.4%), Rashod Bateman (47.4%) and Tylan Wallace (42.1%) were other receivers used while Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers were inactive.

TE Isaiah Likely (33.3%) saw reduced snaps in this meaningless game for the Ravens allowing Charlie Kolar to play 70.2% of the snaps.

HOU @ IND

Offensive Snaps
Texans: 56
Colts: 66

A win and youíre in game. Devin Singletary (87.5%) continued in his lead-back role for the Texans handling 25 touches for 65 yards and a TD. Dare Ogunbowale (12.5%) worked as the No.2 RB while Dameon Pierce did not see the field.

Nico Collins (83.9%) dominated this game from the very beginning, eventually landing on a 9-195-1 line on 9 targets. Xavier Hutchinson (64.3%) and John Metchie (67.9%) were the other main receivers while Robert Woods was inactive. They combined for 6 targets, 2 catches and 11 yards.

Dalton Schultz (78.6%) had a 26.9% target share and finished with a 5-42-0 line.

Jonathan Taylor (77.3%) was the Coltsí offensive star, handling 32 touches for 196 yards and a TD. Zack Moss (16.7%) was active for this game but only had 6 touches, all carries.

Gardner Minshew only threw for 141 yards which didnít leave a lot of room for Michael Pittman Jr. (100.0%) or Josh Downs (68.2%) to do damage. Pittman had a 26.1% target share.

The Colts used three tight ends including Mo Alie-Cox (53.0%), Kylen Granson (62.1%) and Will Mallory (3.0%). MAC led the trio with a 17.4% target share.

ATL @ NO

Offensive Snaps
Falcons: 61
Saints: 67

Bijan Robinson (73.8%) had a monster receiving game in Arthur Smithís last game as the coach for the Falcons. He finished with a 11-28-0, 7-103-1 line. Tyler Allgeier (33.3%) and Cordarrelle Patterson (13.1%) were also in the mix.

Drake London (75.4%) is the only receiver that matters (sometimes) in this offense. He had 26.5% target share.

Five different tight ends saw action in this game. Kyle Pitts (63.9%) and Jonnu Smith (62.3%) combined for 6 targets.

The Saints were missing Alvin Kamara in this game. As a result, Jamaal Williams (49.3%) and Kendre Miller (35.8%) handled most of the running back work with TE Taysom Hill (41.8%) mixing in for 6 carries and 51 yards. Williams had 17 touches (1.9 ypc) while Miller had 14.

Chris Olave (73.1%), Rashid Shaheed (67.2%) and A.T. Perry (64.2%) were the top three receivers. Shaheed had the highest target share at 19.0%.

TE Juwan Johnson (46.3%) had just 3 targets while Taysom Hill had 4.

JAX @ TEN

Offensive Snaps
Jaguars: 71
Titans: 55

The Jaguars needed a win to make the playoffs and couldnít get it done. QB Trevor Lawrence came into the game with a shoulder injury but played every offensive snap.

Travis Etienne (66.2%) handled 21 touches for 87 yards. D'Ernest Johnson (21.1%) and Tank Bigsby (12.7%) combined for 4 touches.

No Christian Kirk in this game. Calvin Ridley (84.5%) had a 24.4% target share while Zay Jones (93.0%) had a 22.0% target share. Parker Washington (67.6%) worked as the No.3 wideout.

TE Evan Engram (88.7%) continued to be a dominant force with a 31.7% target share. He was the TE1 on the week.

The last game in a Titans uniform for Derrick Henry (65.5%)? If so, he went out in style with a 19-153-1 line. Tyjae Spears (30.9%) turned 6 touches into 66 yards and 2 TDs.

DeAndre Hopkins (78.2%) had a 40.0% target share. Treylon Burks (69.1%) didnít see a target.

Chigoziem Okonkwo (56.4%) had 3 targets, 2 catches and 36 yards.

MIN @ DET

Offensive Snaps
Vikings: 73
Lions: 57

Ty Chandler (53.4%) handled 14 touches for 89 yards. Alexander Mattison (31.5%) had 8 touches for 29 yards.

Justin Jefferson (93.2%) closed out the year strong with a 32.6% target share and a 12-192-1 line on 13 targets. Jordan Addison (93.2%) turned 8 targets into a 4-57-1 line.

TE duties were split between Johnny Mundt (75.3%) and Josh Oliver (53.4%). Mundt had a 14.0% target share.

Jahmyr Gibbs (50.9%) and David Montgomery (49.1%) split snaps almost evenly. 13 touches for Gibbs, 10 for Montgomery.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (71.9%) had a 33.3% target share and finished with a 7-144-1 line. No Jameson Williams in this game led to Josh Reynolds (87.7%) and Donovan Peoples-Jones (36.8%) to see slightly increased playing time.

TE Sam LaPorta (40.4%) suffered a knee injury and is going to be Questionable for the Wildcard round.

NYJ @ NE

Offensive Snaps
Jets: 65
Patriots: 57

Snow was flying throughout this game which led to a run-heavy gameplan for the Jets. Breece Hall (89.2%) carried the ball 37 times.

Garrett Wilson (58.5%) and Xavier Gipson (56.9%) led the Jets receivers with 5 targets.

The Patriots scored 3 points. Bill Belichick out the door? Ezekiel Elliott (93.0%) had 18 touches for 81 yards.

Demario Douglas (96.5%) and Jalen Reagor (82.5%) played the most from the WR room with Reagor getting a 20.7% target share.

Mike Gesicki (71.9%) had a 10.3% target with Hunter Henry out.

TB @ CAR

Offensive Snaps
Buccaneers: 65
Panthers: 52

Zero TDs in this game as the Bucs won 9-0. As usual, Rachaad White (73.8%) and Chase Edmonds (26.2%) were the only running backs to see the field for Tampa Bay. 23 touches for White.

Mike Evans (86.2%) led the receivers with a 25.8% target share but finished with just a 3-22-0 line. Chris Godwin (76.9%) had 6-51-0 on 7 targets.

Chuba Hubbard (80.8%) handled 25 touches for 92 yards.

Adam Thielen (92.3%) had just 3 targets. Terrace Marshall Jr. (92.3%) filled in for the injured Jonathan Mingo but had just 1 target. D.J. Chark (65.4%) led the group with a 22.2% target share.

CLE @ CIN

Offensive Snaps
Browns: 53
Bengals: 64

In a meaningless game for the Browns all three of their running backs were active but Pierre Strong Jr. (50.9%) was operating as the lead back until he left with an injury. Strong had 14 carries for 65 yards.

Amari Cooper was inactive. Cedric Tillman (64.2%), David Bell (98.1%), and James Proche (94.3%) operated as the three receivers. Tillman led the group with a 24.0% target share.

Harrison Bryant (66.0%) and Jordan Akins (64.2%) worked at tight end. David Njoku didnít see the field.

Joe Mixon (54.7%) scored twice and handled 15 touches for the Bengals. Chase Brown (61.1%) had 12 touches for 53 yards.

Ja'Marr Chase (48.4%) didnít play much in the blowout over the Browns. Andrei Iosivas (92.2%) scored twice and led the WRs with a 25.0% target share. Tee Higgins was inactive.

SEA @ ARI

Offensive Snaps
Seahawks: 55
Cardinals: 70

Kenneth Walker (49.1%) and Zach Charbonnet (52.7%) were in their typical roles. Walker had 18 touches for 81 yards.

DK Metcalf (83.6%) had a 23.1% target share but had just 1 catch for 10 yards. Tyler Lockett (78.2%) finished with a 2-71-1 line on 4 targets. Jaxon Smith-Njigba (65.5%) had 5 targets for 14 yards.

TE Colby Parkinson (78.2%) had 4 targets.

James Conner (74.3%) has been on a roll the last five weeks. He turned 31 touches into 204 yards and 1 TD against Seattle this week, averaging 5.6 yards per carry.

Michael Wilson (82.9%) led the Cardinals receivers with a 20.7% target share.

TE Trey McBride (97.1%) had a 20.7% target share.

CHI @ GB

Offensive Snaps
Bears: 48
Packers: 60

RB D'Onta Foreman was again inactive. Khalil Herbert (49.9%) and Roschon Johnson (50.0%) split running back duties but the Bears got off just 48 plays.

D.J. Moore (89.6%) had a 37.5% target share.

TE Cole Kmet (68.8%) was back to a normal role and had a 25.0% target share.

AJ Dillon was inactive. Aaron Jones (81.7%) and Patrick Taylor handled all of the running back duties. Jones had 27 touches for 141 yards while Taylor had just 8 touches.

Christian Watson was inactive. Dontayvion Wicks (71.7%), Jayden Reed (60.0%) and Bo Melton (75.0%) were the top wideouts as Romeo Doubs (18.3%) left with a chest injury. 4-112-0 for Reed.

Luke Musgrave (15.0%) returned to action in a limited role. Tucker Kraft (90.0%) had just 3 targets (3-31-0).

PHI @ NYG

Offensive Snaps
Eagles: 65
Giants: 67

The Eagles continued their downslide as they got waxed by the Giants 27-10. DíAndre Swift missed this game with an illness. Kenneth Gainwell (38.5%), Rashaad Penny (30.8%) and Boston Scott (30.8%) all took turns at running back.

DeVonta Smith missed this game with an ankle injury. A.J. Brown (18.5%) left early with a knee injury. Quez Watkins (98.5%) had a 33.3% target share and finished with an 8-93-1 line on 11 targets. Olamide Zaccheaus (81.5%) had 4 targets.

TE Dallas Goedert (35.4%) was pulled early with the game out of hand.

Saquon Barkley (70.1%) went out on a high note with 2 TDs and 97 yards.

Darius Slayton (77.6%) had a 21.9% target share. Wan'Dale Robinson (68.7%) finished with a 5-85-0 line on 6 targets.

TE Darren Waller (50.7%) had a 18.8% target share.

LAR @ SF

Offensive Snaps
Rams: 67
49ers: 61

The Rams rested key players Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Kyren Williams. Ronnie Rivers (50.7%) and Royce Freeman (40.3%) handled running back duties. 13 touches for Rivers, 5 for Freeman.

Puka Nacua (43.3%) played long enough to get his records and had a 26.1% target share. Tutu Atwell (92.5%), Ben Skowronek (61.2%) and Tyler Johnson (53.7%) got the most playing time. Demarcus Robinson played just 38.8% of the snaps.

The 49ers rested key players Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffrey and George Kittle. Elijah Mitchell (52.5%) played in the lead back role and got 16 touches for 67 yards and a TD. Jordan Mason (44.3%) had just 7 touches.

Deebo Samuel (32.8%) and Brandon Aiyuk (37.7%) saw limited action. Chris Conley (70.5%) led the WR group with a 24.0% target share. Ronnie Bell (62.3%) and Rat-Ray McCloud (59.0%) also saw the field.

Charlie Woerner (77.0%) and Brayden Willis (41.0%) share tight end duties.

DEN @ LV

Offensive Snaps
Broncos: 61
Raiders: 66

The Broncos continued with their three-man RB rotation of Javonte Williams (41.0%), Samaje Perine (37.7%) and Jaleel McLaughlin (14.8%). Williams had 16 touches including 7-43-0 through the air.

Courtland Sutton only played 45.9% of the snaps. Jerry Jeudy (62.3%) had an 18.8% target share and finished with 3-79-1.

Zamir White (72.7%) continued to do the heavy lifting at RB for the Raiders and handled 26 touches. Ameer Abdullah (27.3%) had just 1 touch.

Davante Adams (93.9%) had a 29.6% target share while Jakobi Meyers (87.9%) finished with a 3-61-1, 1-5-1 line. Tre Tucker (63.6%) handled the No.3 wideout role.

KC @ LAC

Offensive Snaps
Chiefs: 58
Chargers: 83

There were no offensive TDs in this game.

The Chiefs rested key starters Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Isiah Pacheco and Rashee Rice. La'Mical Perine (81.0%) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (18.2%) were the only running backs to see the field. Perine had 24 touches for 109 yards.

Richie James (82.8%), Mecole Hardman (100.0%) and Justyn Ross (65.5%) were the top three wideouts. Hardman had a 37.9% target share.

Noah Gray (46.6%) and Blake Bell (70.7%) handled tight end duties. Gray came in on obvious passing downs.

Austin Ekeler (75.9%) and Joshua Kelley (21.7%) were the only running backs to see the field for the Chargers. Ekeler had 17 touches for 49 yards.

Josh Palmer (57.8%) returned but got banged up and missed some time in this game. Quentin Johnston (86.7%), Alex Erickson (68.7%), Keelan Doss (34.9%) and Derius Davis (22.9%) all got playing time.

TE Gerald Everett (4.8%) injured his knee on the first series and didnít return. Donald Parham (56.6%) had a 5-83-0 line on 6 targets.

DAL @ WAS

Offensive Snaps
Cowboys: 72
Commanders: 49

Tony Pollard (56.9%) and Rico Dowdle (36.1%) were in their typical roles for the Cowboys. Pollard turned 19 touches into 86 yards and 1 TD.

CeeDee Lamb (84.7%) had a 32.5% target share and continues to crush. Heís had a TD in nine straight games. Brandin Cooks (79.2%) had a 20.0% target share.

Jake Ferguson (72.2%) had a 6-69-0 line on 6 targets.

Brian Robinson Jr. (42.9%) shared running back duties with Antonio Gibson (51.0%). Robinson found the endzone on 12 touches. Gibson only had 5 touches.

Terry McLaurin (87.8%), Jahan Dotson (83.7%) and Curtis Samuel (57.1%) were in their typical roles. McLaurin led the group with a 29.6% target share.

BUF @ MIA

Offensive Snaps
Bills: 78
Dolphins: 52

Leonard Fournette (20.5%) handled 7 touches behind James Cook (61.5%). Latavius Murray was inactive.

Stefon Diggs (88.5%) was back to a normal snap share but hasnít had a 100-yard game since Week 6. He led the Bills receivers with a 21.6% target share.

TE Dalton Kincaid (55.1%) also had a 21.6% target share and finished with a 7-84-0 line on 8 targets.

Raheem Mostert and Jaylen Waddle missed this game due to injury. Devon Achane (63.5%) worked in the lead back role which is typical when Mostert is out. Jeff Wilson (48.1%) handled 9 touches, Achane 11.

Tyreek Hill (76.9%) had a 48.1% target share. Cedrick Wilson (96.2%) and Braxton Berrios (46.2%) were keeping the other defenders occupied.

TE Durham Smythe (75.0%) saw just 3 targets.