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Usage Notes: Week 3

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 9/26/23

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



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Sunday Late:






Offensive Snaps
Giants: 50
49ers: 83

With Saquon Barkley out, the Giants rolled with Matt Breida on 82% of the snaps. However, the offense was anemic which resulted in a 4-17-1; 3 (targets)-3-1-0 line for Breida. Gary Brightwell played 18% of the snaps.

Wan’Dale Robinson saw his first action of the season playing on 22% of the snaps. Darius Slayton (84%), Isaiah Hodgins (66%) and Parris Campbell (42%) continue to see the most plays.

With the 49ers playing on a short week, Elijah Mitchell (33.7%) got involved but Christian McCaffrey (61.4%) still dominated touches 23 to 14.

With Brandon Aiyuk out, Deebo Samuel (81.9%) and TE George Kittle (83.1%) were the stars of the receiving show. The two combined for 21 targets with Deebo seeing a 35.3% target share.

Ray-Ray McCloud (45.8%), Jauan Jennings (37.3%) and rookie Ronnie Bell (37.3%) were the secondary receivers.

Keenan Allen


Offensive Snaps
Chargers: 66
Vikings: 82

Joshua Kelley (72.7%) dominated snap share at RB for the Chargers but their running game struggles without Ekeler. Isaiah Spiller (24.2%) was the second back through ahead of Elijah Dotson (1 snap).

Mike Williams (66.7%) will be out for the season, meaning we’ll see more of Josh Palmer (60.6%) and rookie Quentin Johnston (24.25) moving forward. Palmer has been running ahead of Johnston through three weeks.

Keenan Allen saw an insane 41.7% target share on way to his 20-18-215-0 line.

TEs Donald Parham (51.5%) and Gerald Everett (57.6%) saw roughly the same amount of snaps.

Jordan Addison (70.7%) saw a 16.7% target share ahead of K.J. Osborn’s (92.7%) 6.3%.


Offensive Snaps
Bills: 68
Commanders: 54

Latavius Murray (29.4%) and Damien Harris (13.2%) are seeing just enough playing time to be annoying for James Cook (61.8%).

The Bills blowout (37-3) allowed backups to see more snaps than usual.

The negative game script for Washinton allowed Antonio Gibson (61.1%) to see his highest snap share of the season but he ended up with just 5 touches. Brian Robinson Jr. (37%) had 10 touches… all runs.

With Logan Thomas out, Cole Turner (57.4%) and John Bates (57.4%) split the tight end work evenly. However, Turner had 7 targets while Bates had 2.


Offensive Snaps
Saints: 61
Packers: 79

Tony Jones (49.2%) out-snapped rookie Kendre Miller (34.4%) at running back while Taysom Hill saw 4 carries and 1 target. Alvin Kamara will be back in Week 4.

WR Rashid Shaheed played 72.1% of the snaps but had just a 6.1% target share.

AJ Dillon’s (51.9%) woes continue. With Aaron Jones out, he lost playing time to Patrick Taylor (39.2%) and Emanuel Wilson (10.1%).

Romeo Doubs (86.1%), Jayden Reed (65.8%) and Dontayvion Wicks (65.8%) continue to be the top three receivers when Christian Watson is out. Doubs (27.9% target share) and Reed are fantasy viable.


Offensive Snaps
Falcons: 67
Lions: 70

Bijan Robinson (80.6%) saw an outsized snap share over Tyler Allgeier (29.9%) but the Falcons threw the ball more than they typically do with just 17 carries combined for the two RBs.

TE Kyle Pitts saw a 23.7% target share and played 77.6% of the snaps and saw 9 targets with a 5-41-0 result.

With David Montgomery out, Jahmyr Gibbs (60.0%) worked as the main RB and saw 18 touches. Craig Reynolds (28.6%) and Zonovan Knight (10%) filled the backup role.


Offensive Snaps
Titans: 46
Browns: 71

Caught in another negative game script, the Titans used Tyjae Spears (56.2%) more than Derrick Henry (37.5%), however Henry had 11 touches (all runs) compared to 8 touches for Spears.

DeAndre Hopkins (72.9%), Treylon Burks (75.0%) and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (81.2%) were the top three wideouts for Tennessee.

Jerome Ford (56.3%) had some help in the backfield this week, with Kareem Hunt (19.7%) and Pierre Strong Jr. (11.3%) both seeing action. Ford had just 13 touches.

Elijah Moore (76.1%) saw a 29.0% target share this week and is clearly the 2nd option in the passing game behind Amari Cooper (80.3%).


Offensive Snaps
Texans: 56
Jaguars: 73

Dameon Pierce (53.6%) has yet to top 20 touches in a game and is averaging 2.5 yards per carry through three weeks.

Tank Dell (60.7%) has solidified himself in three WR sets alongside Nico Collins (66.1%) and Robert Woods (76.8%). Dell’s 24.1% target share led all Texans receivers.

Travis Etienne played 71.2% of the snaps and logged 23 touches. He remains a solid lead RB.

With Zay Jones out, Jamal Agnew (54.8%) got the bump in snaps while TE Evan Engram saw a 20% target share.


Offensive Snaps
Patriots: 72
Jets: 63

Ezekiel Elliott (37.5%) saw his biggest workload of the season with 17 touches despite trailing Rhamondre Stevenson (65.3%) in snap share. The two RBs combined for 35 carries.

DeVante Parker (76.4%), JuJu Smith-Schuster (73.6%) and Kendrick Bourne (55.6%) were the top three wideouts but tight end Hunter Henry (86.1%) had the highest target share (18.5%) of any receiver.

The Jets offense is in bad shape with Zach Wilson at quarterback. Garrett Wilson (96.8%) and Allen Lazard (96.8%) played virtually all of the snaps with Wilson clocking a 32.1% target share.

The last two weeks, Breece Hall (49.2%) has 16 carries for 27 yards. Dalvin Cook (25.4%) has 12 carries for 25 yards.


Offensive Snaps
Broncos: 62
Dolphins: 73

Marvin Mims continues to make big chunk plays on very little usage. His snap share the first three weeks: 26.6%, 24.2%, 24.2% and continues to play behind Courtland Sutton (95.2%), Jerry Jeudy (75.8%) and Brandon Johnson (59.7%).

Adam Trautman played 87.1% of the snaps for the Broncos.

Both Raheem Mostert (50.7%) and Devon Achane (41.1%) ripped up the Broncos defense, totaling… 8, eight, VIII touchdowns combined. Both backs saw over 20 touches in the 70 to 20 beatdown and combined for 375 rushing/receiving yards.


Offensive Snaps
Colts: 84
Ravens: 72

This overtime game allowed both teams over 70 snaps.

Zack Moss (76.2%) didn’t see every RB snap but he still managed 32 touches and 145 yards in Week 3. Trey Sermon was called up from the practice squad and played 21.4% of the snaps.

Michael Pittman Jr. played every snap. Alec Pierce (96.4%) wasn’t far behind. Pittman has double-digit targets in every game.

Another week, more injuries for the Ravens. Gus Edwards (44.4%) left with a concussion, leaving Melvin Gordon (40.3%) and Kenyan Drake (15.3%) as the two healthy running backs.

Rookie Zay Flowers played the most snaps of any Ravens receiver ahead of Rashod Bateman (69.4%) and Nelson Agholor (72.2%). Bateman left with a hamstring injury.


Offensive Snaps
Panthers: 79
Seahawks: 75

The Panthers only use two running backs. Miles Sanders (64.6%) and Chuba Hubbard (34.2%). Sanders has seen at least 5 targets in each game.

Old man Adam Thielen (92.4%) is the dominant receiver in this offense for now. He’s seen a 29.0% and 24.6% target share the last two weeks.

D.J. Chark played 93.7% of the snaps while Terrace Marshall Jr. (59.5%) saw a bump thanks to an injury to Jonathan Mingo (32.9%).

Zach Charbonnet played a healthy 42.7% of the snaps and saw 10 touches. Kenneth Walker (50.7%) had 21 touches.

Jake Bobo (41.3%) played more at the expense of Jaxon Smith-Njigba (44.0%).


Offensive Snaps
Cowboys: 81
Cardinals: 61

Tony Pollard’s touch count the last two weeks: 32, 26. He played 86.4% of the snaps this week.

Brandin Cooks returned this week and played 80.2% of the snaps. Dallas’ top three receivers all had an 18.9% target share.

Marquise Brown (95.1%) saw a 33.3% target share for the Cardinals with Rondale Moore (54.1%) close behind at 28.6%.

Arizona used three tight ends this week: Zach Ertz (59.0%), Trey McBride (49.2%) and Geoff Swaim (52.5%).


Offensive Snaps
Bears: 51
Chiefs: 77

Chicago did very little on offense in this game. Khalil Herbert (54.9%) saw a slight lead in snap share over Roschon Johnson (45.1%).

D.J. Moore (100%) and Chase Claypool (86.3%) played the most snaps at wide receiver for the Bears. Darnell Mooney (70.6%) saw a 5.0% target share.

Patrick Mahomes played roughly 3/4 of the game in the Chiefs blowout of the Bears. Isiah Pacheco (41.6%), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (29.9%) and Jerick McKinnon (28.6%) all got in the endzone.

As usual the Chiefs wide receiver rotation was spread out. Skyy Moore (64.9%), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (53.2%), Rashee Rice (50.6%), Justin Watson (40.3%) and Justyn Ross (37.7%) all played meaningful snaps. Kadarius Toney (2.6%) came into the game with a toe injury and barely played.


Offensive Snaps
Steelers: 62
Raiders: 72

The rotation between Najee Harris (50.0%) and Jaylen Warren (45.2%) tightened this week but Najee still out-touched Warren 19 to 11.

Calvin Austin played 72.6% of the snaps as the Steelers third wideout.

The Raiders passing game only has eyes for Davante Adams (97.2%) and Jakobi Meyers (86.1%). The two combined for a 72.8% target share and 20 catches.


Offensive Snaps
Eagles: 80
Buccaneers: 47

D’Andre Swift (53.8%) and Kenneth Gainwell (46.2%) were the only running backs to play a snap for the Eagles. Gainwell (15 touches) played in two-minute situations which puts a cap on Swift’s upside. Swift was very efficient with 17 touches.

Olamide Zaccheaus (55%) filled in for Quez Watkins who was inactive. A.J. Brown (82.5%) had a 40.0% target share.

Rachaad White played on 91.5% of the snaps. Sean Tucker (8.5%) was the only other running back to see a snap.

Trey Palmer (72.3%) was operating as the third receiver for the Bucs but only saw 1 target compared to Deven Thompkins (21.3%) who saw 4 targets.


Offensive Snaps
Rams: 55
Bengals: 77

The Rams struggled to move the ball against the Bengals but we got another insane usage game from RB Kyren Williams who played every snap. He played 95% of the snaps last week and now has 17 targets in the last two games.

The Rams tight receiver rotation continues with Puka Nacua (96.4%), Tutu Atwell (87.3%) and Van Jefferson (92.7%). Atwell led the group with a 28.1% target share.

Trayveon Williams (18.2%) continues to serve as the backup to Joe Mixon (75.3%). Chase Brown played 1 snap.

With Irv Smith out, the Bengals used Tanner Hudson (46.8%), Mitchell Wilcox (41.6%) and Drew Sample (44.2%) as a three-headed committee at tight end. Hudson (4) saw the most targets.

Ja’Marr Chase saw a 32.6% target share and finished with 15-12-141-0.