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Usage Notes: Week 4



By Mike Krueger | Updated: 10/3/23

Each week, I’ll look at snaps, usage, touches, target shares and pull out the highlights you need to know from each game. Snap shares are in parenthesis next to each player’s name.

Thursday:

DET @ GB

Sunday Early:

ATL @ JAX | PIT @ HOU | LAR @ IND | MIN @ CAR | TB @ NO

WAS @ PHI | MIA @ BUF | CIN @ TEN | BAL @ CLE | DEN @ CHI


Sunday Late:

LV @ LAC | NE @ DAL | ARI @ SF

KC @ NYJ


Monday:

SEA @ NYG

David Montgomery

DET @ GB

Offensive Snaps
Lions: 75
Packers: 57

As much as we might want this to be different, itís not whatís happening on the field. David Montgomery (34 touches) is the clear lead running back for the Lions. He played 70.7% of the snaps Thursday night while Jahmyr Gibbs (12 touches) played 37.3%.

Josh Reynolds (73.3%) remains in No.2 wide receiver for the Lions. TE Sam LaPorta played 80.0% of the snaps.

Aaron Jones returned from his hamstring injury but was clearly limited, playing just 35.1% of the snaps while AJ Dillion played 66.7%. This needs to be flipped if the Packers want to win games.

Similar to Jones, Christian Watson (45.6%) was limited in his return which allowed Romeo Doubs (87.7%) to see 13 targets as the Packers tried to dig themselves out of a hole. Jayden Reed played 66.7% of the snaps.

Tight end Luke Musgrave (24.6%) left early with a concussion. Josiah Deguara filled in playing 63.2% of the snaps.

ATL @ JAX

Offensive Snaps
Falcons: 58
Jaguars: 66

Bijan Robinson (75.9%) has played at least 72% of the snaps the last three weeks. He out-touched Tylre Allgeier 19 to 8 in Week 4.

R.I.P. Kyle Pitts (61.5%). Dude saw fewer targets than fellow tight end Jonnu Smith (55.2%) who finished with a 6-6-95-0 line. Through four weeks, Pitts has 1 more target than Jonnu.

Travis Etienne (84.8%) continues to have a strong role but has lacked efficiency over the first four weeks (just 3.8 yards per carry).

Calvin Ridleyís (80.3%) target share has dropped every week Ė 34.4%, 19.5%, 17.5%, 6.7%. Tim Jones (59.1%) operated as the No.3 wideout with Zay Jones and Jamal Agnew on the inactive list.

TE Evan Engram saw a 26.7% target share, 5th among tight ends this week.

PIT @ HOU

Offensive Snaps
Steelers: 59
Texans: 71

Najee Harris (49.2%) and Jaylen Warren (49.2%) played the same number of snaps. Najee saw more carries (14 to 8) while Warren saw more targets (6 to 2).

The Steelers had a tight three-WR group of George Pickens (98.3%), Allen Robinson (84.7%) and Calvin Austin (89.8%). Pickens led the group with a 25.9% target share.

Dameon Pierce (59.2%) finally topped the 20-touch mark this season with 25 against the Steelers. Heís still averaging just 2.8 yards per carry.

Just an 11.1% target share for Tank Dell (70.4%) this week as Nico Collins (76.1%) went nuts (7-168-2).

TE Dalton Schultz played just 49.3% of the snaps as the Texans rolled 30-6 over the Steelers.

LAR @ IND

Offensive Snaps
Rams: 82
Colts: 64

Overtime allowed the Rams to run 82 plays. Kyren Williams (72.0%) finally got some relief with Ronnie Rivers playing 28% of the snaps but Williams still had 28 touches.

Cooper Kupp is eligible to play in Week 5. Weíll see if he does and what effect that will have on Puka Nacua (95.1%) who had a 25.6% target share this week. Van Jeffersonís (86.6%) playing time could take a hit.

Tyler Higbee (93.9%) had a 28.2% target share.

Zack Moss (82.8%) still had good role but not surprisingly saw fewer carries (18) with Anthony Richardson back in the mix. Trey Sermon (15.6%) operated as the No.2 RB.

MIN @ CAR

Offensive Snaps
Vikings: 48
Panthers: 72

Cam Akers (29.2%) got some run as the No.2 RB behind Alexander Mattison (68.8%) but the Vikings ran just 48 plays in this game. Mattison out-touched Akers 18 to 7.

Just 19 pass attempts for Kirk Cousins which led to quiet games from the Vikings secondary receivers. Jordan Addison played 58.3% of the snaps.

Miles Sanders (43.1%) came into this game with a groin injury and played less than Chuba Hubbard (54.2%). Both saw the same number of touches (16).

Adam Thielen (90.3%), D.J. Chark (91.7%) and Terrace Marshall Jr. (62.5%) led the Panthers receiving group. Marshall had a 32.3% target share and finished with a 9-56-0 line.

TB @ NO

Offensive Snaps
Buccaneers: 71
Saints: 65

Ke'Shawn Vaughn (29.6%) took over the backup RB role behind Rachaad White (70.4%). Sean Tucker didnít play a snap.

Mike Evans (36.6%) left with a hamstring injury which allowed Chris Godwin (74.6%) to see 11 targets and lead the team with a 36.7% target share.

Alvin Kamaraís first game of 2023 saw him get 14 targets, 13 receptions forÖ 33 yds. He also led the team in rushing with 11 carries (51 yds). Kendre Miller (7.7%) and Tony Jones (16.9%) filled the backup role.

TE Taysom Hill played 50.8% of the snaps, had 1 pass attempt (13 yds), 4 carries (10 yds) and 1 reception (7 yds).

WAS @ PHI

Offensive Snaps
Commanders: 78
Eagles: 71

Brian Robinson Jr. (55.1%) returned to the lead RB role with 16 touches compared to 7 touches for Antonio Gibson (38.5%).

Terry McLaurin (80.8%), Jahan Dotson (71.8%) and Curtis Samuel (69.2%) remain the top three receivers in the passing game. All three were above a 20% target share in Week 4.

Rashaad Penny was a healthy scratch for the Eagles. DíAndre Swift (63.4%) and Kenneth Gainwell (38.0%) were the only RBs to take a snap with Swift commanding 18 touches to 6 for Gainwell.

A.J. Brown (95.8%) and DeVonta Smith (98.6%) combined for 22 targets. TE Dallas Goedert (100%) has yet to get on track in this offense. He had an 11.8% target share against the Commanders.

MIA @ BUF

Offensive Snaps
Dolphins: 65
Bills: 58

Rookie Devon Achane (60.0%) played more snaps than Raheem Mostert (43.1%) but touches were relatively equal (11 to 10). Achane is averaging an insane 11.4 yards per carry on 27 attempts this season.

The Bills used a more balanced approach at RB this week as they jumped out to a big lead by halftime. James Cook (39.7%), Latavius Murray (32.8%) and Damien Harris (27.6%) all played but the running game wasnít a big factor.

TE Dalton Kincaid (51.7%) and Dawson Knox (50.0%) played almost the same number of snaps but Knox saw just 1 target while Kincaid had 5.

CIN @ TEN

Offensive Snaps
Bengals: 53
Titans: 66

The Bengals have struggled mightily on offense to start the season with only 3 TDs. Joe Mixon (79.2%) played well ahead of Trayveon Williams (11.3%).

Tee Higgins (50.9%) is likely going to miss some time with a rib injury. Trenton Irwin (41.5%) appears to be the next man up with Andrei Iosivas (18.9%) also in the mix.

With Irv Smith out, Tanner Hudson (43.4%) saw 2 targets as the pass-catching tight end for the Bengals.

Derrick Henry (59.1%) continues to share time with Tyjae Spears (53.0%). Henry out-touched Spears 23 to 8 against the Bengals. Spears has some stand-alone value as a Flex option.

With Treylon Burks out, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine played 83.3% of the snaps and saw a 23.1% target share. Chris Moore (78.8%) also saw significant action.

BAL @ CLE

Offensive Snaps
Ravens: 58
Browns: 69

Gus Edwards (69.0%) got the bulk of running back touches (17) for the Ravens. Justice Hill (12.1%) came into the game with a Questionable tag while Melvin Gordon played 19.0% of the snaps.

With Odell Beckham Jr. and Rashod Bateman out, the Ravens used Zay Flowers (98.3%), Nelson Agholor (74.1%) and Devin Duvernay (60.3%). Flowers is the only viable fantasy receiver.

Cleveland was without Deshaun Watson which cratered the offense. Jerome Ford (62.3%), Kareem Hunt (21.7%) and Pierre Strong Jr. (13.0%) combined for 24 touches.

DEN @ CHI

Offensive Snaps
Broncos: 48
Bears: 72

Jaleel McLaughlin (33.0%) made the most of his 10 touches (104 yds, 1 TD) but would likely be a timeshare with Samaje Perine (45.8%) if Javonte Williams (16.7%) misses time with a hip injury.

Some expected an increased role for Marvin Mims this week. He played on 35.4% of the snaps (as did Brandon Johnson) which was up from his 24.2% share last weeks but still far from a significant role. He saw two targets (2 rec, 47 yds) and played well behind Jerry Jeudy (62.5%) and Courtland Sutton (83.3%).

It was Khalil Herbert (77.8%) who dominated the Bears backfield in Week 5 over Roschon Johnson (22.2%). Herbert had 22 touches compared to Roschonís 6.

Chase Claypool was inactive and likely on his way out of Chicago. D.J. Moore (93.1%) is the only viable fantasy receiver but Equanimeous St. Brown did step in for 58.3% of the snaps.

TE Cole Kmet (73.6%) had his breakout game (7-85-2) of 2023 with a 28.1% target share.

LV @ LAC

Offensive Snaps
Raiders: 73
Chargers: 65

Josh Jacobs managed 25 touches including 8 receptions while playing 69.9% of the snaps. Zamir White (9.6%) and Ameer Abdullah (20.5%) filled their typical roles for the Raiders.

Rookie Aidan O'Connell got the start at QB and Davante Adams (86.3%) missed a portion of this game with a shoulder injury but still managed a 34.2% target share. Jakobi Meyers (95.9%) remains an every-down player.

Joshua Kelley (60.0%) had a disappointing run as a starter, filling in for Austin Ekeler (ankle). He had only two targets in the passing game the last three weeks and never found the endzone. The Chargers have a bye in Week 5 and we should see Ekeler back in Week 6.

With Mike Williams done for the year, Keenan Allen (75.4%) and Josh Palmer (86.2%) were the clear top two wideouts. Rookie Quentin Johnston played 50.8% of the snaps and saw a 12.5% target share.

NE @ DAL

Offensive Snaps
Patriots: 55
Cowboys: 70

Once again, the Patriots used just two running backs: Rhamondre Stevenson (63.6%) and Ezekiel Elliott (40.0%). Their offense was anemic against the Cowboys. QB Bailey Zappe (27.3%) got in for garbage time.

Tony Pollard only played 52.9% of the snaps as this game got out of hand. Rico Dowdle (8.6%) left with a hip injury and may miss some time. Deuce Vaughn played 34.1% of the snaps.

TE Jake Ferguson saw a 19.4% target share on 55.7% of the snaps.

ARI @ SF

Offensive Snaps
Cardinals: 71
49ers: 55

RB Keaontay Ingram (neck) was inactive for Arizona which allowed Emari Demercado to play 35.5% of the snaps as the backup to James Conner (62.0%).

WR Michael Wilson (70.4%) had his breakout game (7-76-2), playing alongside Marquise Brown (94.4%). Brown tied TE Zach Ertz with a 24.4% target share.

Elijah Mitchell was inactive which led to Christian McCaffrey to play 85.5% of the snaps. McCaffrey rolled up 177 yards and 4 TDs while Jordan Mason (14.5%) got four touches.

Deebo Samuel (87.3%) came into this game banged up and only saw 3 touchesÖ all runs. Brandon Aiyuk did his damage on 76.4% of the snaps. TE George Kittle (96.4%) had 1 target and 1 catch.

KC @ NYJ

Offensive Snaps
Chiefs: 70
Jets: 59

With Chiefs passing game stuck in mud against the Jets-D, RB Isiah Pacheco (60.0%) handled 23 touches and produced 158 yds and 1 TD.

The Chiefs WR room remains unplayable. Four players saw at least a 45% snap share including Skyy Moore (58.6%), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (54.3%), Justin Watson (61.4%) and Rashee Rice (45.7%). Rice led the group with a mediocre 17.2% target share.

The Jets are still using all three running backs with Breece Hall (44.1%), Dalvin Cook (25.4%) and Michael Carter (30.5%). Carter is playing on third downs and Cook has predictably been inefficient.

Garrett Wilson (93.2%) saw a 35.9% target share as has peppered with short throws against the Chiefs defense. Allen Lazard (86.4%) operated in two-WR sets.

SEA @ NYG

Offensive Snaps
Seahawks: 55
Giants: 75

It was kind of rough-go for Kenneth Walker (70.9%) whoís finally stat-line looked OK but was largely bottled up until he broke off a 31-yard run late. Zach Charbonnet (23.6%) isnít seeing enough touches (6) yet to have stand-alone value.

WR Jake Bobo (38.2%) is seeing enough playing time to be annoying for the rest of the Seattle receivers, including Jaxon Smith-Njigba (52.7%) who isnít fantasy relevant right now.

Matt Breida (73.3%) was used heavily in the dump-off passing game (5 catches, 48 yds) as Daniel Jones was getting demolished by the Seahawks defense (11 sacks). The Giants continued to slam Breida up the middle which wasnít working (14 carries, 30 yds).

Gary Brightwell (25.3%) was the clear backup to Breida. The Giants need Saquon back.

WaníDale Robinson (64.0%) saw an increased snap share and played ahead of Parris Campbell (30.7%), Isaiah Hodgins (37.3%) and Jalin Hyatt (60.0%). Darius Slayton (88%) was out there the most but itís tough to trust and wide receiver on this team.