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Usage Notes: Week 9

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 11/7/23

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:

MIA @ KC | LAR @ GB | WAS @ NE | TB @ HOU


Sunday Late:





Diontae Johnson


Offensive Snaps
Titans: 74
Steelers: 65

We’ve seen this a few times during the season: Tyjae Spears (59.5%) played more snaps than Derrick Henry (48.6%) but Henry continues to get more touches (20 to 9).

Treylon Burks (51.4%) left with on a stretcher after banging his head/neck on the turf trying to make a catch. He seems to be OK the day after. This passing offense is only able to support one pass catcher and that is DeAndre Hopkins (68.9%) who had a 29.7% target share.

The Najee Harris (58.5%), Jaylen Warren (40.0%) split remains 60-40 with Warren having stand-alone value. Harris had 20 opportunities and scored a TD while Warren had 14 opportunities and totaled 113 yards.

Finally! Diontae Johnson’s long scoring drought is over. Johnson played 87.7% of the snaps and saw a 31.0% target share. Pickett is not very accurate, missing Johnson and George Pickens (89.2%) on throws that could’ve led to a bigger night for both.

At tight end, Conner Heyward (61.5%) continues to play more than Darnell Washington (49.2%) for the Steelers.


Offensive Snaps
Dolphins: 63
Chiefs: 60

The Dolphins continue to rotate three RBs with Salvon Ahmed (30.2%) playing more snaps than Jeff Wilson (17.5%) against the Chiefs. Raheem Mostert (55.6%) is the only fantasy viable option at the moment.

Jaylen Waddle (54.0%) left the game and missed a few snaps but did return. Cedrick Wilson (65.1%) picked up the slack over Braxton Berrios (27.0%) and Chase Claypool (22.2%).

With Clyde Edwards-Helaire inactive La'Mical Perine picked up 4 snaps behind Isiah Pacheco (68.3%) and Jerick McKinnon (25.0%).

The Chiefs wide receiver group continues to be a mess for fantasy lineups. Rashee Rice (68.3%) is really the only consideration. Justin Watson (63.3%) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (55.0%) were best of the rest but nobody had a target share above 18.0%. Kadarius Toney (11.7%) continues to earn snaps at a very low rate.

The Dolphins used a lot of double-teams on Travis Kelce (76.7%) who had his worst game of the season (3-14-0).


Offensive Snaps
Rams: 58
Packers: 72

The Rams have settled on a two-man backfield with Darrell Henderson (58.6%) and Royce Freeman (41.4%) handling the load. Henderson is the preferred option for his use in the passing game. Both had 12 touches.

Hopefully the bye will help Matthew Stafford (thumb) get back on the field, because the passing game took a hit with Brett Rypien at the helm. Cooper Kupp (84.5%), Puka Nacua (81.0%) and Tutu Atwell (67.2%) all had 7 targets.

The Packers “unleashed” Aaron Jones to the tune of 56.9% of the snaps. Yawn. He did get 24 touches which is encouraging and had his best performance (20-73-1, 4-26-0) since injuring his hamstring in Week 1. AJ Dillon (40.3%) had 10 touches.

It’s going to be a lost season for Christian Watson (77.8%) who is saddled with bad quarterback play and injuries. These young Packers receivers are learning on the job and it’s going to be difficult to trust them in lineups.


Offensive Snaps
Commanders: 78
Patriots: 64

Chris Rodriguez Jr. has been axed out of the running back rotation for now. Brian Robinson Jr. (56.4%) and Antonio Gibson (43.6%) continue to handle all the work with Robinson the clear lead back.

With Curtis Samuel out, Jamison Crowder (47.4%), Dyami Brown (29.5%) and Byron Pringle (23.1%) all saw a bump in snap share behind Terry McLaurin (85.9%) and Jahan Dotson (75.6%). Dotson has 18 targets in his last two games.

The Patriots are committed to their two-man backfield. Rhamondre Stevenson (62.5%) is still the lead back over Ezekiel Elliott (39.1%).

Injuries to the wide receiver group, led to a fairly tight WR rotation for New England. Demario Douglas (82.8%) and Jalen Reagor (76.6%) played the most while JuJu Smith-Schuster (35.9%) continued to see a lesser role. However, both JuJu and Douglas had 7 targets.

The Patriots played a lot of two-TE sets with Hunter Henry (87.5%) and Mike Gesicki (85.9%). Henry also had 7 targets.


Offensive Snaps
Buccaneers: 66
Texans: 72

Rachaad White (80.3%) had his best fantasy game (20-73-2, 4-46-0) of the season and saw 20 carries with a 13.3% target share. Chase Edmonds (12.1%) played slightly ahead of Ke'Shawn Vaughn (7.6%).

The Bucs continued with their tight WR rotation involving Mike Evans (73.3%), Chris Godwin (87.9%) and Trey Palmer (72.7%). Only Evans and Godwin are fantasy viable.

TE Cade Otton played every snap for the Bucs and had his best game (6-70-2) of the season on 9 targets.

It wasn’t too surprising that Devin Singletary (75.0%) failed (13-26-0. 2-0-0) against a fairly difficult Tampa run defense. Mike Boone (19.0%) worked as the backup with Dameon Pierce inactive. Pierce should be back in Week 10.

The Texans passing game blew up with C.J. Stroud tossing 5 TDs to go along with 470 yards. Noah Brown (72.2%) got in the action as the third receiver behind Nico Collins (79.2%) and Tank Dell (84.7%).

TE Dalton Schultz (79.2%) had his best fantasy game (10-130-1) of the season and saw a 28.9% target share.


Offensive Snaps
Cardinals: 52
Browns: 73

The Cardinals continue to surprise us with their RB usage. Emari Demercado was inactive which allowed Keaontay Ingram (42.3%) and Tony Jones (40.4%) to split the workload. Neither RB could do anything against the Browns-D.

It was a day to forget for the Cardinals passing game with Clayton Tune at the helm. Tune managed 58 passing yards… total. Michael Wilson probably considers himself lucky for being inactive.

Jerome Ford (64.4%) was back to a lead-back role for the Browns. He saw 27 opportunities to Kareem Hunt’s (28.8%) 15. The Browns ran the ball 40 times as they shutout the Cardinals.

Cedric Tillman (74.0%) filled the third WR role after the Browns traded away Donovan Peoples-Jones. He had just 1 target as Watson only threw the ball 30 times.

TE David Njoku (76.7%) has scored in back-to-back games.


Offensive Snaps
Bears: 68
Saints: 63

People keep wanting Roschon Johnson to be a thing, but he isn’t. He played 29.4% of the snaps and had 3 touches. Meanwhile, D'Onta Foreman played 58.8% of the snaps and had 20 touches, all carries.

Tyler Scott (58.8%) continues to hold down the No.3 wide receiver role behind D.J. Moore (97.1%) and Darnell Mooney (86.8%) in Chicago but he isn’t fantasy viable.

Another solid game from TE Cole Kmet (85.3%) who has 18 targets in his last two games.

Taysom Hill (46.0%) is a thing. He was involved in two more TDs this week, one receiving and one passing. He also had 11 carries for 52 yards.

Meanwhile, Alvin Kamara (49.2%) had 9 carries and Jamaal Williams (42.9%) had 6 opportunities. This Taysom usage continues to be an issue for Kamara and the rest of the skill players.

Case in point: Michael Thomas posted a goose-egg while playing 63.5% of the snaps.


Offensive Snaps
Seahawks: 49
Ravens: 76

For the second week in a row, Zach Charbonnet (55.1%) played more snaps than Kenneth Walker (49.0%). Walker did have more opportunities 11 to 9. The last two weeks have been difficult rushing matchups (CLE, BAL) but we need to keep a close eye on this usage.

Gus Edwards only played 18.4% of the snaps and got just five carries as the Ravens ran away from the Seahawks. Justice Hill (63.2%) and Keaton Mitchell (18.4%) handled most of the rushing work. Mitchell is an intriguing bench stash but will likely need an injury to have any trust-worthy fantasy value.

The Ravens were chirping all week along that Odell Beckham Jr. (46.1%) would find the endzone soon. He did. The WR rotation was spread out among Zay Flowers (68.4%), Rashod Bateman (56.6%) and Nelson Agholor (55.3%) as they dominated snaps and the scoreboard.


Offensive Snaps
Vikings: 75
Falcons: 69

Jaren Hall (18.2%) was concussed early in this game which required Joshua Dobbs (85.3%) to be thrust into action.

Cam Akers (30.7%) tore his Achilles and will miss the rest of the season. Alexander Mattison (56.0%) continues to be inefficient but the Vikings don’t have much of a chose but to give him touches. Ty Chandler should see some action next week.

Jordan Addison played 97.3% of the snaps. He and the rest of the Vikings pass catches will be getting to know their new quarterback in the coming weeks. K.J. Osborn (26.7%) left with a concussion allowing Trishton Jackson to play 70.7% of the snaps.

TE T.J. Hockenson (84.0%) saw a 34.3% target share. This may be sticky while Dobbs gets acquainted with his new receivers.

Another team with a new QB is the Falcons who gave Taylor Heinicke a shot this week.

Both Tyler Allgeier (34.8%) and Bijan Robinson (60.9%) got 15 opportunities. Robinson is nothing more than a middling RB2 with Arthur Smith calling the shots.

With Drake London out, the Falcons used Van Jefferson (65.2%), KhaDarel Hodge (66.7%), Scotty Miller (30.4%), Damiere Byrd (27.5%) and Mack Hollins (20.3%). Gross. Hodge had the biggest target share (17.6%).

Both tight ends played the same number of snaps (39). Jonnu Smith went 5-100-1 on six targets while Kyle Pitts went 4-56-0 on five targets.


Offensive Snaps
Colts: 61
Panthers: 71

Jonathan Taylor finally got lead-back usage, playing 73.8% snaps and getting 23 opportunities. Zack Moss played 21.3% of the snaps and got 7 carries. This should be the typical split moving forward.

Josh Downs (19.7%) came into the game with a knee injury and left in the first half. Isaiah McKenzie (44.3%) helped fill in the gap behind Michael Pittman Jr. (88.5%) and Alec Pierce (100%).

TE Kylen Granson returned to action and played 49.2% of the snaps. None of Colts tight ends are fantasy viable.

Chuba Hubbard (63.0%) continued to be the lead back for the Panthers over Miles Sanders (24.7%). Hubbard had 22 opportunities to 11 for Sanders.

Adam Thielen (97.3%) was marked by Kenny Moore (2 TDs) most of the day. Jonathan Mingo played 95.9% of the snaps but only had 1 catch for 5 yards.

TE Tommy Tremble (43.8%) and Hayden Hurst (57.5%) split tight end duties this week with Hurst having the better game (2-54-0).


Offensive Snaps
Giants: 63
Raiders: 60

What a mess the Giants are. QB Daniel Jones (33.3%) is out for the season with an ACL injury. Tommy DeVito (66.7%) is now at the controls. Yikes.

Saquon Barkley (74.6%) is the only fantasy option on this team. He had 20 touches for 113 yards.

Josh Jacobs (78.3%) turned 26 carries into 98 yards and 2 TDs. No targets.

Tre Tucker (46.7%) earned more snaps than Hunter Renfrow (21.7%). Both had 3 targets. Another quiet day for Davante Adams (88.3%) who had 7 targets for a 4-34-0 line.


Offensive Snaps
Cowboys: 75
Eagles: 62

It just isn’t happening for Tony Pollard (77.3%). He turned 17 opportunities into 63 yards.

CeeDee Lamb (93.3%) has been on a two-game tear: 30 targets, 23 receptions, 361 yards, 2 TDs

Brandin Cooks (77.3%) had 1 catch for 7 yards on 2 targets.

TE Jake Ferguson (89.3%) had a 22.7% target share and has his best fantasy game of the season (7-91-1).

Boston Scott was inactive which allowed Rashaad Penny to play… 2 snaps.

Olamide Zaccheaus (41.9%) and Julio Jones (30.6%) split the No.3 wide receiver role. Zaccheaus had 2 targets, Julio zero.

TE Dallas Goedert is going to miss some time with a broken forearm. Jack Stoll (43.5%) is the next man up, but it's doubtful he’ll command the same target share as Goedert.


Offensive Snaps
Bills: 58
Bengals: 70

James Cook (55.2%) is still the back to own in Buffalo as he splits time with Latavius Murray (44.8%) but Cook only has low-end RB2 value in this offense centered around Josh Allen and the passing game.

Khalil Shakir (70.7%) is working as the No.3 wideout but is behind Kincaid in targets.

TE Dalton Kincaid (89.7%) had a whopping 34.4% target share. He’s an easy TE1.

Trayveon Williams (18.6%) continues to work as the No.2 RB behind Joe Mixon (72.9%) for the Bengals.

Tee Higgins (82.9%) seemed healthy in this game and had 9 targets (8-110-0) as the Bills focused on Ja’Marr Chase (90.0%).


Offensive Snaps
Chargers: 58
Jets: 81

The Chargers had trouble moving the ball against the Jets as evidenced by just 58 plays. They only had two running backs active: Austin Ekeler (67.2%) and Joshua Kelley (34.5%).

With Josh Palmer on IR, Quentin Johnston (82.8%) was thrust into a starting role. Jalen Guyton (56.9%) handled No.3 wide receiver duties. Johnston might be serviceable as a Flex option in better matchups.

The Chargers used four TEs which caps the upside of Gerald Everett who played just 55.2% of the snaps and saw a 7.1% target share.

Despite 81 plays, the Jets offense struggled all night and could not get in the endzone. Michael Carter (30.9%) got some run in garbage time but played well behind Breece Hall (60.5%). Dalvin Cook will only be viable if Hall gets injured.

Garrett Wilson (97.5%) is the only fantasy viable pass catcher on this team. He had a 27.1% target share.