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Usage Notes: Week 1

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 9/12/23

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


ARI @ WAS | TB @ MIN | JAX @ IND | TEN @ NO | LV @ DEN




Jahmyr Gibbs


Offensive Snaps
Lions: 70
Chiefs: 65

  • Jahmyr Gibbs (19 snaps, 27%) played well behind David Montgomery but he certainly looked like the best running back on the field. Montgomery (55 snaps, 78.6%) isnít going away but if Gibbs can carve out even a 50-50 split, heís going to be a fantasy force.

  • Those who drafted rookie TE Sam LaPorta should be feeling good. He played on 82.9 % of the snaps and saw a 15.6% target share. Heíll be in the low-end TE1 conversation on a weekly basis.

  • Josh Reynolds was the clear No.2 wideout for Lions on Thursday night, playing 70% of the snaps with a 21% target share.

  • The Chiefs had 7 WRs active for this game and used all of them. Nobody can be counted on here including Kadarius Toney (24.6% snap share) who had a severe case of the dropsies. Toney created the most separation of any Chiefs receiver which might explain Skyy Mooreís poor target share (8.1%) while playing a healthy 69.2% of the snaps. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (63.1%) was in his usual role and nobody else played more than 35% of the snaps.

  • The Chiefs backfield turned into a three-headed committee which could be explained by Isiah Pacheco (47.7% snaps) missing a good portion of camp with a shoulder injury. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (21.5%) got the ceremonially start but was third in snap share behind Pacheco and McKinnon (30.8%).

  • TE Noah Gray was on the field for 87.7% of the snaps while Travis Kelce sat out with a knee injury.


Offensive Snaps
Texans: 77
Ravens: 64

  • Houston used three running backs but only Dameon Pierce and Devin Singletary got carries. Mike Boone did play 24 snaps and saw a 9.5% target share which is somewhat concerning for Pierceís fantasy outlook. Houston was searching for answers in this game but if we get a repeat of this scenario in a neutral or positive game script, the it will be time to panic on Pierce.

  • Noah Brown (67.5%) was the third receiver behind Nico Collins (70.1%) and Robert Woods (75.3%) but Tank Dell did mix in on 48.1% of the snaps. Collins (26.2%) and Woods (23.8%) dominated target share.

  • The Ravens RB situation will be a hot topic this week with J.K. Dobbins (46.9% of snaps) out for the year with an Achilles injury. Justice Hill (29.7%) and Gus Edwards (23.4%) are the in-house replacements. HC John Harbaugh uttered the name ďMelvin GordonĒ out of his mouth as well.

  • Odell Beckham Jr. (92.2% of snaps) was on the field a lot for the Ravens but Zay Flowers (84.4%) saw an outrageous 47.6% target share. These two dominated in two-WR sets with Rashod Bateman (39.1%) and Nelson Agholor (37.5%) filling backup roles.

  • Isaiah Likely played a respectable 71.9% of the snaps with Mark Andrews inactive but saw just a 4.8% target share. Charlie Kolar (20.3% of snaps) mixed in as well.


Offensive Snaps
Panthers: 77
Falcons: 52
  • Carolina used just two running backs: Miles Sanders (57.1% of snaps) and Chuba Hubbard (36.4%). Sanders saw 22 touches (6 targets) to Hubbardís 11.

  • Adam Thielen (88.3%), Jonathan Mingo (87%) and Terrace Marshall Jr. (89.6%) worked as the clear top three receivers for the Panthers with D.J. Chark inactive. Marshall (19.4%) and Mingo (16.1%) led in target share but Bryce Young struggled to complete passes to his wideouts.

  • Tight End Hayden Hurst saw a 22.6% target share as the leading receiver (7 targets) for Carolina.

  • Bijan Robinson (63.5% of snaps) is not going to be unleashed as a workhorse back under Arthur Smith. Tyler Allgeier is gong to play a lot as he did in this game (55.8 % of snaps). The good thing is, Bijan (6 targets) is talented enough to get there on efficiency and will be used a lot more than Allgeier in the passing game.

  • Drake London posted a goose egg on 1 target while playing 90.4% of the snaps. The low-volume passing attack in Atlanta is going to continue to be a problem for London and TE Kyle Pitts.


Offensive Snaps
Bengals: 56
Browns: 74
  • The Bengals offense never got on track in the wet conditions. Rookie Chase Brown (Inactive) was the odd man out in the backfield while Trayveon Williams (28.6% of snaps) operated as the backup behind Joe Mixon (62.5%). Chris Evans played just 7 snaps and isnít worth a look at this point.

  • The Browns dominated this game which allowed Jerome Ford (40.5% of snaps) to get extensive work behind Nick Chubb (48.6%). If available, Ford will be worth a look on your waiver wire as Pierre Strong Jr. didnít see a snap in this game.

  • Cleveland played six receivers with the main trio being Amari Cooper (62.2%), Donovan Peoples-Jones (89.2%) and Elijah Moore (68.9%). Despite playing the most snaps, DPJ saw just a 6.9% target share in the sloppy conditions. Cooper and Moore both saw a 24.1% target share.


Offensive Snaps
49ers: 68
Steelers: 63


Offensive Snaps
Cardinals: 62
Commanders: 71
  • James Conner was in a workhorse role for the Cardinals playing 83.9% of the snaps including a 16.7% target share. Keaontay Ingram played just 11.3% of snaps.

  • Michael Wilson (90.3%), Marquise Brown (83.9%) and Rondale Moore (67.7%) were the clear top three receivers for the Cardinals but the low volume of passing attempts and inefficiency at the QB position isnít going to make them valuable fantasy assets.

  • The usage for Brian Robinson Jr. (60.6%) was encouraging; not so much for Antonio Gibson. Robinson played well ahead of Gibson (35.2%) and Robinson saw 20 touches while Gibson (fumble) had just 4 touches.

  • Despite his toe injury, Terry McLaurin played 88.7% of the snaps.


Offensive Snaps
Buccaneers: 68
Vikings: 64
  • Ke'Shawn Vaughn was inactive for the Bucs. As expected, Rachaad White (79.4% of snaps) dominated the workload with Sean Tucker (14.7%) and Chase Edmonds (11.8%) filling the backup role.

  • Cade Otton (97.1%) dominated snaps at tight end for Tampa Bay but saw a somewhat disappointing 9.4% target share.

  • Trey Palmer (33.8%) worked slightly ahead of Deven Thompkins (26.5%) as the Bucs No.3 receiver but snaps and target share were dominated by Mike Evans (83.8%) and Chris Godwin (85.3%).

  • Alexander Mattison (73.4% of snaps) worked as the clear lead RB for the Vikings with Ty Chander (17.2%) in the backup role.

  • K.J. Osborn (90.6%) played well ahead of Jordan Addison (56.2%) but both saw a 13.6% target share.

  • The Vikings played a lot of two TE sets which allowed Josh Oliver to see a 46.9% snap share. T.J. Hockensonís 20.5% target share was 6th among TEs.


Offensive Snaps
Jaguars: 70
Colts: 72


Offensive Snaps
Titans: 63
Saints: 65
  • Rookie Tyjae Spears saw a significant 54% of the snaps but only got 3 carries and 4 targets. It seems the Titans are more open to lightening Derrick Henryís workload (47.6% of snaps), at least in the early part of the season.

  • As expected, Jamaal Williams (75.4% of snaps) dominated the backfield for the Saints, he just couldnít do anything with his opportunities.

  • Michael Thomas (80% of snaps) and Chris Olave (78.5%) were the top two wideouts for the Saints with Rashid Shaheed (53.8) filling the No.3 role.

  • Juwan Johnson played 75.4% of the snaps and saw a 15.6% target share. Taysom Hill played 9 snaps, got 3 carries and 1 target.


Offensive Snaps
Raiders: 59
Broncos: 64
  • It was the Josh Jacobs show for the Raiders. Despite the holdout, he played 79.7% of snaps with Zamir White (8.5%) and Ameer Abdullah (11.9%) being afterthoughts.

  • With Patrick Surtain sticking on Davante Adams (89.8%) like glue, the Raiders were peppering Jakobi Meyers (79.7%) with targets (10) before he suffered a concussion. Weíll see who the Raiders want to use in two WR sets opposite Adams next week. Kristian Wilkerson (22%), Hunter Renfrow (22%) and DeAndre Carter (16.9%) are the candidates.

  • Tight ends Austin Hooper (52,5%) and Michael Meyer (49.2%) had a near equal snap share but they totaled just 1 target.

  • I was skeptical Javonte Williams would play a lead role in Week 1 coming off his serious knee injury, but I was wrong. Williams and Samaje Perine both played 29 snaps but Williams saw 17 touches (6 targets) compared to Perineís 12 touches (4 targets). I would expect a similar even split for the next few weeks.

  • Something else I was wrong about. Marvin Mims (26.6%) was fourth in snaps among Denver wideouts, playing behind Courtland Sutton (85.9%), Lil'Jordan Humphrey (70.3%) and Brandon Johnson (50%).


Offensive Snaps
Dolphins: 67
Chargers: 81


Offensive Snaps
Rams: 81
Seahawks: 51
  • It wasnít for a lack of trying as Cam Akers (34.6% of snaps) ran the ball 22 times for 29 yards and didnít receive a target. Kyren Williams (65.4%) should be a waiver wire darling as he was a meaningful part of the Rams RB tandem with 15 carries and 2 targets.

  • The Rams couldnít run it very well against Seattle, but they sure could throw it. Puka Nacua (77.8%) and Tutu Atwell (79%) both topped 100-yards receiving. Nacua (15 targets) should be your waiver wire preference over the 5-9 Atwell. Van Jefferson played 92.6% of the snaps but was third in target share (13.5%) among the wideouts.

  • Seattle used three running backs led by Kenneth Walker (62.7%), followed by Zach Charbonnet (23.5%) and DeeJay Dallas (21.6%). A predictable usage early in the season.

  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba (hand) played 58.8% of the snaps but this offense was stuck in mud all day and only amassed 180 total yards.


Offensive Snaps
Eagles: 66
Patriots: 80
  • So, word comes out a few minutes before 1 PM Eastern that Rashaad Penny is going to be a healthy scratch. Big things for DíAndre Swift, right? Wrong. Swift plays just 28.8% of snaps and gets two touches while Kenneth Gainwell (62.1%) gets 18 touches. After the game, Nick Sirianni said ďI don't ever want to come out of a game where D'Andre Swift has only two touches.Ē Boston Scott played 8 snaps. Swift owners may have to wait for Sirianni to prove it before putting Swift back in their lineup.

  • Only two RBs played for the Patriots: Rhamondre Stevenson (72.5%) and Ezekiel Elliott (35%).

  • Kendrick Bourne (91.2%) operated as a starting wideout and saw the most snaps and targets (11) of any Patriots WR. Kayshon Boutte (68.8) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (53.8%) were next in the pecking order.


Offensive Snaps
Packers: 60
Bears: 74
  • Aaron Jones (46.7%) sat out a good chunk of the 2nd half after tweaking his hamstring on a 35-yard TD reception. AJ Dillon (48.3%) couldnít get anything going with just 36 yards on 15 touches.

  • Speaking of hamstrings, Romeo Doubs played 48.3% of the snaps while Jayden Reed (53.3%), Dontayvion Wicks (61.7%), Malik Heath (48.3%) and Samori Toure (35%) filled out the WR group.

  • The Bears three-head running back committee was in full-effect with Khalil Herbert (36.5%), Roschon Johnson (39.2%) and D'Onta Foreman (28.4%) and taking their turn. Iíd expect Herbert and Roschon to be the most fantasy friendly during the season. Note that Roschon's work came mostly in garbage time.


Offensive Snaps
Cowboys: 58
Giants: 70


Offensive Snaps
Bills: 69
Jets: 54
  • Buffalo committed four turnovers which are drive killers. James Cook (59.4%) operated as the lead back but Damien Harris (13%) and Latavius Murray (23.2%) also got work. Murray disturbingly was in on the Bills final drive of the game during two-minute mode.

  • No surprise Stefon Diggs (84.1%) was the alpha WR for the Bills with a 33.3% target share. Deonte Harty (21.7%) was the WR3 and matched Gabriel Davisí 10.3% target share.

  • Dalton Kincaid (79.7%) and Dawson Knox (84.1%) saw the filed a lot and split tight end duties as the Bills used mainly 2 WRs and 2 TE sets.

  • Breece Hallís knee looked fine as he made three huge chunk plays of 83, 26 and 20 yards, racking up 147 yards on 11 touches. Dalvin Cook (50%) saw a bigger snap percentage but was noticeably inefficient with 59 yards on 16 touches. Michael Carter mixed in on 22.2% of the snaps.

  • The Jets used mainly three WRs: Garrett Wilson (92.6%), Allen Lazard (77.8%) and Randall Cobb (40.7%). Mecole Hardman didnít have a snap on offense.