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Usage Notes: Week 7



By Mike Krueger | Updated: 10/24/23

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:

JAX @ NO


Sunday Early:

CLE @ IND | BUF @ NE | LV @ CHI

WAS @ NYG | ATL @ TB | DET @ BAL


Sunday Late:

ARI @ SEA | PIT @ LAR | GB @ DEN | LAC @ KC

MIA @ PHI


Monday:

SF @ MIN

Taysom Hill

JAX @ NO

Offensive Snaps
Jaguars: 56
Saints: 90

The Jaguars got a defensive TD in this game which tends to limit snaps for the offense.

RB Tank Bigsby (14.3%) continues to be an afterthought. He had just two touches in this game.

Al Michaels noted early in the broadcast that the Jags coaches thought Christian Kirk (80.4%) could have a big game out of the slot. He caught 6 of six targets for 90 yards and a TD while Calvin Ridley (87.5%) was a ghost finishing with a 1-5-0 line on four targets.

Jamal Agnew (51.8%) was working as the third receiver with Zay Jones inactive.

The Saints offense continues to struggle with timing and looks out of sync with Derek Carr at quarterback. Itís good news for Alvin Kamara (73.3%), especially in PPR leagues, as the checkdown is being used at a high rate. This was Kamaraís second game with 14 targets!

Jamaal Williams (22.2%) returned to action which sent Kendre Millerís (3.3%) value plummeting. Miller can be released unless you have a deep bench.

This is the second-straight week that TE Taysom Hill (57.8%) was being used like a tight end in the passing game. He now has 13 targets and 11-99-0 in the last two weeks. His 4-50-0 through the air and 5-18-1 on the ground should easily make him a top 10 TE this week.

CLE @ IND

Offensive Snaps
Browns: 75
Colts: 70

Jerome Ford (42.7%) left in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury which allowed Kareem Hunt (25.3%) and Pierre Strong Jr. (30.7%) some extra work. There two would likely split time if Ford were to miss Week 8 with Hunt being the preferred option given his goaline role.

Amari Cooper played 88.0% of the snaps and had a 22.9% target share but caught only 2 passes as Deshaun Watson (16.0%) left this game early after being checked for a concussion. Watson was cleared but HC Kevin Stefanski opted to go with P.J. Walker as Watson came into the game with a shoulder injury.

TE David Njoku played 96.0% of the snaps and had a 25.7% target share, his highest target share of the season.

Weíve seen Jonathan Taylorís snap share increase the last two weeks, but he split time evenly this week with Zack Moss. Both played 50% of the snaps. The new normal? Taylor had 24 opportunities while Moss had 22.

Alec Pierce played 100.0% of the snaps but is clearly the WR3 in this offense behind Michael Pittman Jr. (97.1%) and Josh Downs (71.4%). Downs has 22 more targets than Pierce for the season.

BUF @ NE

Offensive Snaps
Bills: 71
Patriots: 60

With Damien Harris out, the Bills stuck with a two-man running back committee. James Cook (52.1%) out-touched Latavius Murray (45.1%) 16 to 6.

The Bills continue to rotate their third-receiver role making Khalil Shakir (33.8%), Deonte Harty (26.8%) and Trent Sherfield (22.5%) unplayable.

The Bills liked the matchup with TE Dalton Kincaid (60.6%) this week as he saw a 20.5% target share while fellow TE Dawson Knox (63.4%) had just a 7.7% target share.

The Patriots continue to give all of their running back touches to Rhamondre Stevenson (65.0%) and Ezekiel Elliott (35.0%). Rhamondre had 15 opportunities while Zeke had 11.

Kendrick Bourne (93.3%) is operating as the Patriots No.1 wideout with a 23.3% target share this week. Demario Douglas (61.7%), DeVante Parker (58.3%) and Jalen Reagor (41.7%) were on the field but not fantasy worthy. JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) was Inactive.

LV @ CHI

Offensive Snaps
Raiders: 65
Bears: 71

We saw increase playing time for Zamir White (21.5%) who had just 5 touches. Josh Jacobs (66.2%) continues to be inefficient, sporting 2.9 yards per carry this season.

WR Tre Tucker (49.2%) is seeing significant action at the expense of Hunter Renfrow (36.9%) but neither are fantasy worthy behind Davante Adams (75.4%) and Jakobi Meyers (93.8%).

Michael Mayer played 70.8% of the snaps, well ahead of Austin Hooper (33.8%).

DíOnta Foremanís monster game (16-89-2, 3-31-1) happened on just 46.5% of the snaps as he split time with Darrynton Evans (47.9%). Travis Homer was active but only played 3 snaps. Evans saw 15 touches as the Bears torched the Raiders 30 to 12.

WAS @ NYG

Offensive Snaps
Commanders: 69
Giants: 68

The Commanders have given Chris Rodriguez Jr. (13.0%) more opportunities the last two weeks which cuts into the fantasy value of Brian Robinson Jr. (49.3%) and Antonio Gibson (37.7%). Not great.

Terry McLaurin (88.4%), Jahan Dotson (84.1%) and Curtis Samuel (55.1%) all saw a target share above 22.2% this week. Dotsonís 43 yards was his highest yardage output of the season.

Saquon Barkley (83.8%) is one of the few workhorse backs in the league. Heís had 24 and 28 touches the last two weeks.

The Giants WR group seems stable at the moment with Darius Slayton (83.8%), Jalin Hyatt (70.6%) and WaníDale Robinson (60.3%) but lacks real fantasy value.

TE Darren Waller (82.4%) had his best game of the season and led all Giants pass catches with a 29.6% target share.

ATL @ TB

Offensive Snaps
Falcons: 65
Buccaneers: 73

Bijan Robinson (16.9%) played just 11 snaps as it was revealed after the game that he was suffering from a bad headache that started Saturday night. He went through warmups but still didnít feel right and HC Arthur Smith decided to roll with Tyler Allgeier (50.8%) and Cordarrelle Patterson (40.0%) and running back. Yikes. Bijan had 1 carry late in the game and says that he will be ready for Week 8.

Van Jefferson (49.2%) is seeing his playing time increase but Drake London (84.6%) is the only WR that is fantasy viable in this offense.

Kyle Pitts (52.3%) and Jonnu Smith (53.8%) continue to split time as both remain on the high-end TE2 radar.

Rachaad White (75.3%) is a volume-based RB2 who catches passes but lacks any real upside. He has just 1 TD on the season.

Trey Palmer (64.4%) continues to operate as Tampaís No.3 receiver but isnít getting enough looks to be counted on in starting lineups.

DET @ BAL

Offensive Snaps
Lions: 75
Ravens: 60

Dan Campbell mentioned early in the week that Jahmyr Gibbs was going to get a lot of work and he did (11-68-1, 9-58-0). Gibbs played on 86.7% of the snaps and demonstrated why he can be RB1 as he received 10 targets in the passing game as the Lions played from behind. Craig Reynolds (9.3%) was barely used.

The early deficit was huge for Amon-Ra St. Brown (97.3%) who saw a 38.8% target share. Jameson Williams played 44.0% of the snaps as Kalif Raymond (36.0%) left with a hamstring injury.

Gus Edwards and Justice Hill both played 50.0% of the snaps. With Ravens playing from ahead, Edwards out-touched Hill 15 to 5.

Zay Flowers (71.7%) played the most of any Ravens receiver but Odell Beckham Jr. (56.7%) had the highest target share at 25.0%. Rashod Bateman (48.3%) and Nelson Agholor (36.7%) were also in the mix.

ARI @ SEA

Offensive Snaps
Cardinals: 66
Seahawks: 60

Emari Demercado was the lead back for the Cardinals and played on 80.3% of the snaps while Keaontay Ingram (0.0%) was strictly used on special teams. Damien Williams (18.2%) only had 1 carry. We donít know if Demercadoís lead back status is sticky given he only had 3 touches in Week 6. Stay tunedÖ

The Cardinals are using a tight wide receiver group with Marquise Brown (82.4%), Michael Wilson (83.3%) and Rondale Moore (66.7%) but have a subpar quarterback isnít helping their value. Brown had a 21.2% target share.

Zach Ertz and Trey McBride both played 53.0% of the snaps.

Zach Charbonnet was inactive for Seattle which allowed Kenneth Walker to play 80.0% of the snaps. DeeJay Dallas played 23.3% but had just 1 touch.

DK Metcalf was Inactive so the Seahawks basically played Jake Bobo (75.0%) in his position. Bobo saw a 20.8% target share as did Tyler Lockett while Jaxon Smith-Njigba (63.3%) saw a 29.2% target share. Bobo will be a fantasy consideration whenever Metcalf is out.

PIT @ LAR

Offensive Snaps
Steelers: 59
Rams: 68

Najee Harris (57.6%) has seen exactly 14 carries in his last three games. He finally found the endzone for the first time this year as did Jaylen Warren (45.8%) on 7 touches.

Diontae Johnson (66.1%) played for the first time since injuring his hamstring in Week 1 and had a 26.1% target share. George Pickens (89.8%) led the team with a 34.8% target share.

With TE Pat Freiermuth out, Darnell Washington (52.5%) and Connor Heyward (86.4%) shared tight end duties and donít have any fantasy value.

We got word late in the week that Zach Evans wasnít going to be a thing at running back for the Rams. Instead, Darrell Henderson (57.4%) and Royce Freeman (42.6%) split the duties with Henderson handling 20 opportunities and Freeman 12. Henderson is the preferred option here for the time being.

The Rams are locked in with their top three receivers: Cooper Kupp (100%), Puka Nacua (92.6%) and Tutu Atwell (73.5%).

GB @ DEN

Offensive Snaps
Packers: 64
Broncos: 59

Itís been seven weeks and weíve yet to get a full game from Aaron Jones. He was once again limited due to his hamstring injury, playing just 35.9% of the snaps and getting out-touched by AJ Dillon (56.2%) 17 to 11. Jones has been one of the big disappointments of the fantasy season.

Jayden Reed (48.4%) played well behind Christian Watson (87.5%) and Romeo Doubs (81.2%).

TE Luke Musgrave played just 67.2% of the snaps as he left after a big hit from Broncos DB Kareem Jackson.

The Broncos three-headed RBBC is a nightmare. Javonte Williams (52.5%), Samaje Perine (25.4%) and Jaleel McLaughlin (16.9%) are difficult to trust in any given week. Williams is the lead RB of the group but he comes with high risk.

Marvin Mims played 30.5% of the snaps behind Brandon Johnson (37.3%) and had just 1 target

LAC @ KC

Offensive Snaps
Chargers: 63
Chiefs: 68

Austin Ekeler (63.5%) spent some time on the sidelines in the first half with an injury but later returned. While he has out, Joshua Kelley (36.5%) busted off a 49-yard TD run. Ekelerís had two subpar performances since returning in Week 6.

Rookie Quentin Johnston (54.0%) had just a 6.7% target share as the offense continues to run through Keenan Allen (93.7%) and Josh Palmer (98.4%) at wideout.

Isiah Pacheco (52.9%) got there, but it took a while. His first every TD reception came late in the fourth quarter. He has 10 targets in the last two games.

The Chiefs added Mecole Hardman (16.2%) to the six-WR rotation this week. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (69.1%), Rashee Rice (58.8%) and Skyy Moore (60.3%) are out there the most, but Rice seems to be the wideout with the most fantasy juice. Kadarius Toney (19.1%) had 1 target.

MIA @ PHI

Offensive Snaps
Dolphins: 49
Eagles: 72

Jeff Wilson (14.3%) returned to action this week and didnít see a carry. He had 1 target, playing behind Raheem Mostert (53.1%) and Salvon Ahmed (36.7%).

Jaylen Waddle (44.9%) left with a back issue then later returned. It seems heíll be fine moving forward. Cedrick Wilson and Braxton Berrios both played 59.2% of the snaps.

The Eagles running back tandem is stable with DíAndre Swift (68.1%) and Kenneth Gainwell (31.9%) filling their typical roles. Boston Scott didnít play an offensive snap.

Julio Jones played 22.2 of the snaps. He wonít be fantasy viable unless an injury occurs to A.J. Brown or DeVonta Smith.

SF @ MIN

Offensive Snaps
49ers: 53
Vikings: 70

Christian McCaffrey played every snap for the 49ers. Elijah Mitchell (7.5%) appeared to be the backup while Jordan Mason didnít play a snap on offense.

With Deebo Samuel out, Jauan Jennings (73.6%) stepped into a starting role and saw a 31.0% target share, the highest of all 49ersí receivers. Ray-Ray McCloud (35.8%) filled the third receiver role behind Brandon Aiyuk (98.1%).

TE George Kittle played 96.2% of the snaps and saw a 24.1% target share.

Cam Akers (38.6%) saw an increase in usage this week which could be a sign of things to come. Akers had 13 opportunities while Alexander Mattison (52.9%) had 11.

Jordan Addison (74.3%) left the game for a bit with cramps but did return to add two more catches to his total (7-123-2). Heís the clear No.1 option at WR for the Vikings with Justin Jefferson out. K.J. Osborn played 92.9% of the snaps and should be rostered.

TE T.J. Hockenson (84.3%) is the No.2 receiving option and saw a 27.9% target share.