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Usage Notes: Week 5



By Mike Krueger | Updated: 10/10/23

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:

CHI @ WAS


Sunday Early:

JAX @ BUF | NYG @ MIA | NO @ NE | BAL @ PIT

CAR @ DET | HOU @ ATL | TEN @ IND


Sunday Late:

CIN @ ARI | PHI @ LAR | KC @ MIN | NYJ @ DEN

DAL @ SF

Monday:

GB @ LV

D.J. Moore

CHI @ WAS

Offensive Snaps
Bears: 64
Commanders: 70

Chicago ran into all kinds of problems at running back this week. Khalil Herbert (65.6%), Rochon Johnson (9.4%) and Travis Homer (0%) were all active and all got injured. DíOnta Foreman was inactive. Monitor the injury status of this group to see if Foreman will have any value moving forward.

Running backs didnít matter for the Bears as D.J. Moore (87.5%) went ham with 10 targets, 8 catches, 230 yards and 3 TDs. His 10 targets represented a 40% target share. Darnell Mooney (78.1%) had 4 targets and zero catches.

TE Cole Kmet (82.8%) saw a 20% target share and is the only other notable pass-catcher in the offense.

Equanimeous St. Brown (37.5%) has moved into the No.3 WR role for the Bears bud doesn't have any fantasy value.

The Commanders fell behind early and only ran the ball 10 times. Brian Robinson Jr. (35.7%) played fewer snaps than Antonio Gibson (54.3%) but out-touched Gibson 10 to 4. Robinson is the better fantasy play when Washington is in positive or neutral game script.

It was a quiet night for Terry McLaurin (82.9%) and Jahan Dotson (80%) as Curtis Samuel (70%) and tight end Logan Thomas (78.6%) got the most receiving work. Thomas led the group with a 22.9% target share.

JAX @ BUF

Offensive Snaps
Jaguars: 88
Bills: 60

Jaguars ran more plays than anyone else in the league this week. Not surprisingly Travis Etienne (83.0%) had his best fantasy game of the season (26-136-2, 4-48-0). Tank Bigsby (14.8%) isnít being used enough for stand-alone value.

Zay Jones (43.2%) missed the last two weeks and had to leave this game with a knee injury. Calvin Ridley (85.2%) and Christian Kirk (83.0%) are the receivers to have here. Both saw a 21.6% target share this week along with TE Evan Engram (85.2%).

The Bills were having trouble sustaining drives which led to a bad day at the office for James Cook (61.7%). Latavius Murray (18.3%) and Damien Harris (18.3%) are still involved which caps Cookís upside as an RB2.

Buffalo rotates their third receiver which makes all of them unplayable as Flex options. Stefon Diggs (86.7%) and Gabriel Davis (90.0%) both cracked 100-yards in this game.

Dawson Knox (70.0%) out-snapped Dalton Kincaid (53.3%). Kincaidís snap share has hovered in the 50ís the last three weeks compared to 79.7% in Week 1.

NYG @ MIA

Offensive Snaps
Giants: 72
Dolphins: 54

The anemic Giants offense switched up their backup running back this week. Eric Gray played 41.7% of the snaps behind Matt Breida (58.3%) while Gary Brightwell (0%) stuck the sidelines. Only Breida is viable as a desperation play.

Darius Slayton (68.1%) and WaníDale Robinson (66.7%) played the most snaps at WR for the Giants but Robinson left with a concussion and they still used six receivers which makes all them less than ideal in your starting lineup.

Darren Waller (91.7%) had his best fantasy game of the season (8-86-0) and saw a 36.7% target share.

Miami was so efficient in their dismantling of the Giants that they only ran 54 plays. Raheem Mostert (59.3%) and Devon Achane (48.1%) both got 12 opportunities. Achane is averaging 12.1 yards per carry (38 rush attempts) and has scored 7 times in five weeks. Who says you need volume to be a RB1?

Tyreek Hill (8-181-1) saw a 32.1% target share while playing just 46.3% of the snaps. Cedrick Wilson picked up the slack from Tyreek playing 53.7% of the snaps. Jaylen Waddle (81.5%) and Hill are the only two wideouts to consider.

NO @ NE

Offensive Snaps
Saints: 72
Patriots: 54

Kendre Miller (36.1%) took over the backup running back role for the Saints this week behind Alvin Kamara (62.5%) and looks to be a good bench stash moving forward.

With Juwan Johnson out, the Saints used Foster Moreau (66.7%) and Jimmy Graham (37.5%) to fill the void, while Taysom Hill (38.9%) played his typical role. You can avoid everyone but Taysom in this scenario.

Itís a struggle to find any fantasy value with the Patriots right now. Rhamondre Stevenson (50.0%) and Ezekiel Elliott (46.3%) continue to share playing time but itís difficult to recommend them as Flex options given the state of the offense.

Kendrick Bourne (87.0%) and DeVante Parker (98.1%) are the top two wideouts but until this offense shows some signs of the life they can be left on your bench. JuJu Smith-Schuster (50.0%) left with a head injury.

BAL @ PIT

Offensive Snaps
Ravens: 70
Steelers: 66

Gus Edwards (42.9%) and Justice Hill (55.7%) split the running back duties for the Ravens. Hill is the preferred option here as he works in the receiving game.

Zay Flowers (98.6%) continues to be the dominant WR in the Ravens offense (28.9% target share) and the only wideout to consider for your starting lineup. Rashod Bateman (38.6%), Nelson Agholor (58.6%) and Odell Beckham Jr. (52.9%) are secondary pieces that donít have enough value in an offense that has TE Mark Andrews soaking up a 26.3% target share.

Weíre almost at an equal split between Najee Harris (56.1%) and Jaylen Warren (48.5%) in snap share. Harris is still getting a few more touches but itís easy to see Warren the better player and the preferred fantasy back to have in this offense.

George Pickens (87.9%) posted a 6-130-1 line on a 32.3% target share. Allen Robinson (86.4%) and Calvin Austin (56.1%) arenít fantasy viable.

With Pat Freiermuth out, Darnell Washington played 69.7% of the snaps and saw 2 targets with zero catches.

CAR @ DET

Offensive Snaps
Panthers: 71
Lions: 60

Miles Sanders (46.5%) not only lost a fumble but is losing snap share to Chuba Hubbard (49.9%). The Panthers were down early so we donít want to read too much into this but it wouldnít be surprising to see a more even split moving between the two Carolina backs moving forward.

Adam Thielen (97.2%) saw a 37.1% target share and continues to be viable weekly fantasy option especially in PPR leagues. He has two 100-yard game and 3 TDs in five games. D.J. Chark (98.6%) and Jonathan Mingo (85.9%) were the top three wide receivers and this trend should continue as long as they are healthy.

The Lions came into this game short-handed at running back and wide receiver with Jahmyr Gibbs and Amon-Ra St. Brown inactive. David Montgomery (75.0%) saw 21 touches while Craig Reynolds (21.7%) filled the backup role with 7 touches.

We knew Jameson Williams (46.7%) was going to be on a snap count in his first game this season. Marvin Jones (58.3%), Kalif Raymond (48.3%) and Josh Reynolds (46.7%) all saw significant action. Reynolds led the group with a 18.5% target share but Goff only had 28 attempts.

TE Sam LaPorta (86.7%) continues to be a monster, scoring twice on only 4 targets.

HOU @ ATL

Offensive Snaps
Texans: 58
Falcons: 77

Dameon Pierce saw high 87.0% rush share despite playing just 58.6% of the snaps. Heís been inefficient to start the season with just 2.9 yards per carry. Devin Singletary (29.3%) did have a carry.

Tank Dell (36.2%) left this game with a concussion which allowed John Metchie to play 43.1% of the snaps.

TE Dalton Schultz (58.6%) saw a 31.3% target share, easily his highest of the season.

A result that should surprise nobody, Tyler Allgeier (44.2%) saw 17 touches compared to Bijan Robinsonís (61.0%) 16. This is a slight dip for Bijan and a reminder that Allgeier is going to be used in this offense on a weekly basis.

It was tight end week across the league indicated by Kyle Pitts (53.2%) finally seeing some action (11 targets) with a 28.9% target share. Fellow tight end Jonnu Smith (63.6%) is still involved and finished with a 6-67-0 line.

TEN @ IND

Offensive Snaps
Titans: 60
Colts: 66

Tyjae Spears (51.7%) continues to see significant playing time for the Titans. His TD came on an end-around and he now has at least 4 targets in four of five games.

DeAndre Hopkins (83.3%) saw a high 32.4% target share. With Treylon Burks still sidelined, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (70.0%) saw the biggest snap share of the secondary receivers but he isnít fantasy viable.

Jonathan Taylorís return to action was limited to just 10 snaps which allowed Zack Moss (80.3%) to dominate the slate and finish with a 23-16-2, 2-30-0 line. We may not get a full workload from Taylor for a few weeks.

WR Josh Downs (71.2%) saw a 25% target share while Alec Pierce (98.5%) saw just an 8.3% target share. Downs has twice as many targets than Pierce through give games.

Expect QB Anthony Richardson to miss several weeks with a shoulder injury.

CIN @ ARI

Offensive Snaps
Bengals: 82
Cardinals: 57

Joe Mixon (76.8%) has multiple opportunities at the goaline but couldnít score. His 29 touches were second on the week behind Travis Etienneís 30.

No Tee Higgins, no problem. Just throw it to JaíMarr Chase (92.7%). He had a whopping 43.2% target share and finished with 15-192-3. Trenton Irwin (75.6%) filled the Higgins role with Tyler Boyd (73.2%) seeing 7 targets.

James Conner (21.1%) left this game with a knee injury which allowed Emari Demercado (77.2%) to see 11 touches. Demercado is worth a bench stash in deeper leagues.

Marquise Brown (91.2%) saw a 33.3% target share while Rondale Moore (66.7%) broke another long run (41 yds) going 3-50-0 on the ground. Moore is too inconsistent to be counted on as a Flex spot in 12-team leagues.

PHI @ LAR

Offensive Snaps
Eagles: 79
Rams: 56

The Eagles running back rotation remains consistent with DíAndre Swift (62.0%) and Kenneth Gainwell (38.0%) taking all the snaps.

It wouldnít be tight end week without Dallas Goedert (94.9%) joining in the fun. There are a lot of weapons on the Eagles offense so it might be a while before we see another Goedert game like this (8-117-1).

The Rams welcomed the return of Cooper Kupp (94.6%) which took away some of the target upside for Kyren Williams (83.9%). Williams is still a solid RB2 with a high snap share.

No restrictions for Kupp as he saw 35.3% target share and finished with 8-118-0. Whatís more encouraging is that Puka Nacua played every snap and saw a 32.4% target share. Tutu Atwell (89.3%) was the third receiver which left Van Jefferson (3.6%) out in the cold. He can be dropped.

KC @ MIN

Offensive Snaps
Chiefs: 66
Vikings: 72

The Chiefs three-headed running back attack is still plodding along. Isiah Pacheco (59.1%) is the only one worth considering unless an injury occurs.

The WR room still has too many bodies to be fantasy reliable with Marquez Valdes-Scantling (65.2%), Skyy Moore (56.1%), Justin Watson (43.9%), Kadarius Toney (37.9%) and Rashee Rice (30.3%) all rotating in. If Travis Kelce (ankle) sits in Week 6, it may force one of this group to take a leap forward.

Cam Akers (29.2%) has solidified his spot as the No.2 RB in Minnesota but is still behind Alexander Mattison (51.4%). The Vikings are a pass-heavy team that turns the ball over which forces them to abandon the running game.

Justin Jefferson (70.8%) left in the 4th quarter with a hamstring injury. The biggest usage bump as result was for Brandon Powell (30.6%). K.J. Osborn (88.9%) and Jordan Addison (75.0%) would be the top two fantasy options if Jefferson misses any time.

NYJ @ DEN

Offensive Snaps
Jets: 65
Broncos: 63

Breece Hallís snap shares: Wk1 Ė 31.5%, Wk2 Ė 34.0%, Wk 3 Ė 49.2%, Wk4 Ė 44.1%, Wk 5 Ė 52.3%. While heís still sharing time with Dalvin Cook and Michael Carter, itís notable he had a 68.8% rush share this week against the Broncos, by far his highest percentage of the season. We should expect this kind of usage moving forward making him a low-end RB1.

With Javonte Williams inactive, Jaleel McLaughlin (33.3%) and Samaje Perine (60.3%) split the RB work. McLaughlin had 12 touches to Perineís 10. Both should be owned and can be deployed as a Flex with McLaughlin being the preferred option.

Marvin Mims (31.7%) continues to play behind Brandon Johnson (50.8%) in the Broncos third WR spot.

DAL @ SF

Offensive Snaps
Cowboys: 49
49ers: 71

The Cowboys got blasted by the 49ers and couldnít move the ball on offense. Nothing to see here.

Elijah Mitchell was inactive leading to Jordan Mason (18.3%) filling the backup RB role behind Christian McCaffrey (73.2%).

Brandon Aiyuk (78.9%) saw a 28.0% target share while Deebo Samuel (73.2%) is playing through multiple injuries.

Tight End week saw three TDs from George Kittle (78.9%) on 4 targets.

GB @ LV

Offensive Snaps
Packers: 58
Raiders: 64

Reportedly, Aaron Jones was set to be a big part of the gameplan but he was Inactive due to a hamstring injury. AJ Dillon (63.8%) shared RB duties with Patrick Taylor (36.2%) with Dillon seeing 20 carries for 76 yds and 1 TD. Taylor had 4 touches.

Christian Watson (84.5%) was back in a full-time role after being limited last week with a hamstring injury. Romeo Doubs (86.2%) was the only other Packersí receiver to play more than 22% of the snaps.

Another day at the inefficient office for Josh Jacobs (84.4%). Dudeís getting all the work though with 25 touches in this game. Heís averaging 2.9 yards per carry this season.

Davante Adams (93.8%) and Jakobi Meyers (95.3%) continue to dominant the receiving work for Las Vegas.