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Usage Notes: Week 6

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 10/17/23

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.



Sunday Early:



Sunday Late:

NE @ LV | DET @ TB | ARI @ LAR | PHI @ NYJ




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Offensive Snaps
Broncos: 52
Chiefs: 71

Isiah Pachecoís 22 touches came on a 63.4% snap share which is his highest snap share of the season. Jerick McKinnon (26.8%) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (12.7%) are still involved which cap Pachecoís upside.

The Chiefs WR by committee saw a bit of a change this week as Rashee Rice saw a 49.3% snap share, his highest mark of the season. This should be sticky as heís the only Chiefs wideout that shown some promise through the early part of the season.

Travis Kelce played 69.0% of the snaps on his injured ankle and posted his best yardage game of the season (9-124-0).

The Broncos gave Javonte Williams (34.6%) and rookie Jaleel McLaughlin (40.4%) the bulk of the running back work at the expense of Samaje Perine (17.3%). Perine was still active in the two-minute drill and passing game which is unfortunate. Williams and McLaughlin are the backs to own moving forward.

Courtland Sutton (94.2%) has solidified himself as the No.1 WR on the Broncos while trade rumors surround Jerry Jeudy (65.4%). Marvin Mims (23.1%) continues to be hidden in background along with Brandon Johnson (30.8%) and Lil'Jordan Humphrey (28.8%).

TE Greg Dulcich (21.2%) finally got back on the field and promptly left withÖ. you guessed itÖ a hamstring injury.


Offensive Snaps
Ravens: 71
Titans: 55

Gus Edwards (62.0%) was in the lead back role over Justice Hill (38.0%) in Week 6 and out-touched Hill 17 to 11. Both hold marginal Flex value with Lamar Jackson soaking up 10 rushing opportunities on a weekly basis.

Zay Flowers (88.7%) continues to be the only fantasy wide receiver option in Baltimore. Nelson Agholor (52.1%), Rashod Bateman (47.9%) and Odell Beckham Jr. (40.8%) donít see enough targets in this offense.

It was almost and even split between Derrick Henry (52.7%) and Tyjae Spears (56.4%). Weíve seen this throughout the season especially in negative game scripts for Tennessee. Despite the equal snap share, Henry continues to get more of the opportunities (14 to 5).

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (70.9%) is on the field but only DeAndre Hopkins (87.3%) is worthy of fantasy rosters among the Tennessee wide receivers. Treylon Burks was inactive.


Offensive Snaps
Commanders: 51
Falcons: 83

Washington struggled to move the ball against the Falcons which led to fewer opportunities for Brian Robinson Jr. (52.9%) and Antonio Gibson (39.2%). Their roles remain constant.

Terry McLaurin (84.3%) saw a very high 52.4% target share while Jahan Dotsonís (80.4%) forgettable season continues. He saw 1 target in this game and dropped it while Curtis Samuel (62.7%) caught all four of his targets for 42 yards and a TD.

After 11 targets in Week 5, TE Logan Thomas (78.4%) saw just 1 target in Week 6.

Atlanta ran 83 plays which allowed QB Desmond Ridder to throw 47 times, by far the most attempts heís had this season.

Bijan Robinson (77.1%) was on the field far more than Tyler Allgeier (27.7%) but both had 13 carries. As expected, Bijan was active in the passing game with 8 targets while Allgeier had none.

Kyle Pitts (55.4%) found the endzone but is still sharing tight end time with Jonnu Smith (54.2%) who also found the endzone this week.

Drake London (81.9%) had a 27.3% target share. Newly acquired Van Jefferson played 26.5% of the snaps.


Offensive Snaps
49ers: 62
Browns: 76

Christian McCaffrey (58.1%) left this game with an oblique injury which allowed Jordan Mason (24.2%) and Elijah Mitchell (11.3%) to see some extra carries. This was Mitchellís first game back since Week 3 so itís a little unclear if heíll remain third on the depth chart. HC Kyle Shanahan loves him and it wouldn't be surprising to see him have a bigger role in Week 7 if CMC sits. Mason will be a waiver wire add this week.

Deebo Samuel (14.5%) has battled injuries early this season and left this game with a shoulder issue. Jauan Jennings (53.2%) has been the next man up in these scenarios while Ray-Ray McCloud (71.0%) probably isnít going to be fantasy-worthy if Deebo misses time.

With Deshaun Watson (shoulder) out, the Browns leaned on their two running backs Jerome Ford (50.0%) and Kareem Hunt (36.8%) who totaled 34 touches.

No change in WR play for the Browns as Amari Cooper (84.2%), Elijah Moore (80.3%) and Donovan Peoples-Jones (80.3%) were in their typical roles.


Offensive Snaps
Saints: 82
Texans: 63

Alvin Kamara (80.5%) is operating like a workhorse back with a 76% rush share and a 21.1% target share. Kendre Miller (22.0%) had 3 touches.

Rashid Shaheed (75.6%) is still operating as the third receiver for the Saints behind Chris Olave (87.8%) and Michael Thomas (82.9%) but needs a big play to have any fantasy relevance.

We saw Taysom Hill (59.8%) get a 21.1% target share this week, by far the most work heís seen in the passing game in his career. Keep in mind the Saints ran 82 plays and Carr attempted 50 passes so Hillís receiving work may not be sticky moving forward.

Dameon Pierce (33.3%) is losing playing time and opportunities to Devin Singletary (54.0%). Both had 13 touches this week but Pierce has been less efficient (2.9 yards per carry) all season. Expect Singletary to have a significant role moving forward.

Noah Brown (55.6%) was working as the third receiver with Tank Dell inactive. John Metchie (25.4%) saw 2 targets.


Offensive Snaps
Panthers: 69
Dolphins: 67

With Miles Sanders out, the Panthers used only Chuba Hubbard (76.8%) and Raheem Blackshear (71.4%) at running back. Hubbard out-touched Blackshear 20 to 6.

Adam Thielen (81.2%) has been a league winner through six weeks. He saw a 37.1% target share on Sunday. The Panthers are 0-6 and HC Frank Reich is giving up play-calling duties.

Jonathan Mingo (92.8%) and D.J. Chark (66.7%) are the only other considerations in this offense.

The beat goes on for the high-flying Dolphins. Raheem Mostert (61.2%), Salvon Ahmed (35.8%) and Chris Brooks (16.4%) share RB duties. Mostert scored three TDs on 20 touches and is now averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

Speaking of high efficiency, Tyreek Hill (56.7%) is averaging 19.4 yards per reception. He left this game for awhile with cramps but later returned. Jaylen Waddle (68.7%) has now scored in back-to=back games but seems to be getting forced looks even when Hill is open.


Offensive Snaps
Seahawks: 74
Bengals: 54

Kenneth Walker (75.7%) has a consistent workload but has yet to top 100 rushing in a game this season. Zach Charbonnet (24.3%) remains a good hold if you have the bench spot.

DK Metcalf (78.4%) continues to have diva moments on the field while Jaxon Smith-Njigba (71.6%) had his highest output of the season at just 48 yards (sigh).

Joe Mixon (70.4%) continues his inefficient ways but the Bengals show no signs of reducing his role.

Tee Higgins (53.7%) didnít see his normal amount of snaps in his first game back with a rib injury. Trenton Irwin (44.4%) filled the void.


Offensive Snaps
Colts: 78
Jaguars: 64

Jonathan Taylor saw his snap percentage increase to 42.3% this week, still a little behind Zack Moss (50.0%). Both RBs had 13 touches.

Alec Pierce (74.4%) left this game with a shoulder injury. Josh Downs (78.2%) has been more active in the passing game and should continue to be the No.2 receiver in the Colts offense.

Travis Etienne (79.7%) continues to have a dominant RB role and logged another 21 touches on Sunday.

We may see Trevor Lawrence miss Week 7 with a knee injury. Calvin Ridley (79.7%) had a 28.6% target share but had just 4 catches for 30 yards.


Offensive Snaps
Vikings: 57
Bears: 66

Alexander Mattison (78.9%) is still playing well-ahead of Cam Akers (15.8%).

In their first game without Justin Jefferson, the Vikings used Jordan Addison (86.0%) and K.J. Osborn (93.3%) as their top two wideouts with Brandon Powell (59.6%) working as the 3rd receiver.

TE T.J. Hockenson (78.9%) had the highest target share of the receiving group at 26.7%.

DíOnta Foreman worked as the lead back for the Bears playing 60.6% of the snaps ahead of Darrynton Evans (36.4%). Expect Roshcon Johnson to get into the mix ahead of Evans when heís ready to return.

The Bears will likely be without Justin Fields (thumb) in Week 7. Tyler Scott (59.1%) filled the No.3 receiver role this week but isnít fantasy viable.


Offensive Snaps
Patriots: 60
Raiders: 70

We actually saw some efficiency from the Patriots running backs this week as Rhamondre Stevenson (65.0%) and Ezekiel Elliott (38.3%) both averaged over 4.6 yards per carry! Both are still uninspiring Flex options.

JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) missed this game which allowed DeVante Parker (75.0%) and Kendrick Bourne (93.3%) to see the majority of snaps. Tyquan Thornton (41.7%) saw his first action of the season but isnít fantasy relevant. Bourne saw a 35.5% target share and is the WR to own.

Nobody creates a 3-yard dust cloud like Josh Jacobs (81.4%).

The concentration of passing volume on Davante Adams (91.4%) and Jakobi Meyers (91.4%) is actually quite amazing. However, keep your eye on rookie TE Michael Mayer (81.4%) who is starting to make his presence known in this offense. He has 114 yards over the last two weeks.


Offensive Snaps
Lions: 70
Buccaneers: 56

The Lions lost David Montgomery (25.7%) early in this game with a rib injury and will likely roll with Craig Reynolds (61.4%) if Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) continues to miss.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (91.4%) returned to his normal role after a one-game absence and promptly saw 15 targets.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn (21.4%) has taken over the No.2 running back role in Tampa Bay behind Rachaad White (78.6%) but he has little fantasy value in this offense.

Mike Evans (80.4%) was not limited in his return from a hamstring injury. Trey Palmer (66.1%) operated as the third wideout.


Offensive Snaps
Cardinals: 76
Rams: 57

The Cardinals used three running backs with James Conner out. Keaontay Ingram (36.8%) Emari Demercado (43.4%) and Damien Williams (17.1%). Interestingly, Demercado only had 3 touches while Ingram had the highest rush share (33.3%). Williams had 9 touches. All of these backs will peak at Flex value until Arizona decides to eliminate one from the mix.

WR Rondale Moore (65.8%) did not see any extra work at RB with Conner out.

TE Trey McBride (57.9%) had an equal target share to Zach Ertz (46.1%) as both saw five targets.

The Rams barely ran the ball in the first half, then flipped the switch on Kyren Williams (82.5%) who rolled up 158 rushing yards on 20 carries. Keep an eye on Williams who suffered an ankle injury and backup Ronnie Rivers (7.0%) suffered a knee injury. Zach Evans would be the next man up.

Both Cooper Kupp (100%) and Puka Nacua (96.5%) saw a high target share (15 combined targets on 24 attempts from Stafford) which leaves very little for Tutu Atwell (87.7%) or TE Tyler Higbee (94.7%).


Offensive Snaps
Eagles: 70
Jets: 65

Boston Scott (7.1%) saw a few offensive snaps this week but mainly DíAndre Swift (57.1%) and Kenneth Gainwell (41.4%) continued in their normal roles. Swift saw 10 targets (8-40-1) which helped considered he only rushed for 18 yards against the tough Jets-D.

Olamide Zaccheaus (81.4%) filled in for Quez Watkins but quickly found out the targets go to A.J. Brown (95.7%) and DeVonta Smith (98.6%) in this offense.

The Jets are still using three running backs but at least their giving Breece Hall (66.2%) the majority of carries (57.1% rush share). Hall got a gift TD at the end of the game as the Eagles let him score from 8-yards out.

TE Tyler Conklin (70.8%) has solidified himself as the pass-catching tight end in this offense. C.J. Uzomah played 36.9% of the snaps.


Offensive Snaps
Giants: 77
Bills: 61

Saquon Barkley (77.9%) returned to action and was not limited by any means. He had 28 touches as the Giants tried to move the ball on the ground with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. Matt Breida (23.4%) only played 18 snaps.

Jalin Hyatt saw his highest snap share of the season at 72.7% but only had 4 targets. Darius Slayton (87.0%) and Wan'Dale Robinson (59.7%) round out the top three receivers. Robinson has some marginal value in PPR leauges.

Latavius Murray (49.2%) played the same number of snaps as James Cook (49.2%) as Murray had some success early running up the middle. Damien Harris left early with a scary neck injury.

Stefon Diggs (93.4%) and Gabriel Davis (88.5%) continue to pace the Bills receivers in snap percentage. Tight end Dalton Kincaid was inactive which allowed Dawson Knox to play 75.4% of the snaps.


Offensive Snaps
Cowboys: 64
Chargers: 73

Deuce Vaughn was a healthy scratch for Dallas. Tony Pollard (79.7%) is still in a bellcow role. He saw 21 touches including 6 receptions and totaled 110 yards. He hasnít scored since Week 1.

Michael Gallup (70.3%) was targeted 10 times in this game (33.3% target share) but only caught 3 passes for 24 yards, just missing on a few big plays.

TE Jake Ferguson (85.9%) only had 1 target as the gameplan focused on the wideouts and attacking CB Michael Davis.

Austin Ekeler (68.5%) saw 18 touches in his return from an ankle injury while Joshua Kelley (27.4%) played the backup role.

Josh Palmer (97.3%) had a 19.4% target share and had three catches called back due to a penalty. One was a TD. Keenan Allen had a 30.6% target share and delivered 7-85-1.