Fantasy Football Week 13 Usage Report: Waiver Wire & Trade Advice
High-end fantasy football performances and weekly finishes are fueled by high numbers of routes run and high-value targets and touches. The majority of top scorers from Week 13 saw healthy doses of red-zone targets, air yards, deep targets and goal-line carries.
Targeting players who run a high percentage of routes is also a good approach for identifying breakout candidates, beatable player props, DFS targets and players to prioritize in the Week 14 fantasy football rankings and 2022 rest of season rankings.
This weekly report will look at recent rates of routes run per dropback along with players who commanded a high rate of high-value opportunities compared to larger samples to find sleeper running backs, wide receivers and tight ends who are garnering more or fewer opportunities in the passing game heading into Week 14 and for the remainder of the 2022 season.
Teams on Bye Weeks in Week 14
Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Washington Commanders
|Player||Routes||% of routes run per dropback||Targets||Target Share||Target Rate Per Route Run|
|Michael Pittman Jr.||40||100%||4||11%||10%|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||39||91%||12||31%||31%|
|Equanimeous St. Brown||19||68%||4||16%||21%|
|Richie James Jr.||22||55%||3||11%||14%|
DJ Chark got in on the fun as well in Week 13, going 5-98 on 6 targets while running a route on a team-high 95% of dropbacks. Also led the Lions with a 47% air yards share. He should be a high-priority waiver wire target, with the Minnesota Vikings up next in Week 14.
Corey Davis — the Jets WR2 — saw 10 targets catching 5 for 85 yards (18% target share) in Week 13. He ran one more route than Elijah Moore, playing 81% of the snaps. Elijah Moore was targeted 6 times and caught 2 passes for 7 yards. Although his snaps (68%) and routes (75%) did increase dramatically from Week 12. Because Moore and Davis saw similar usage, I’d opt for chasing the better talent over the next few weeks than Davis’ 10 targets off the waiver wire. Half of his targets came in the 4th quarter, and both Mike White‘s interceptions came targeting Davis. Both Davis (4) and Moore (3) saw ample red-zone targets but failed to score.
RED-ZONE TARGETS, AIR YARDS AND DEEP TARGETS
|Player||Air Yards Share||Air Yards||Deep Targets||Deep Catches||Red-Zone Targets||Red-Zone TDs|
|Equanimeous St. Brown||33%||87||2||2||0||0|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||33%||76||0||0||4||2|
|Michael Pittman Jr.||9%||20||0||0||0||0|
|Richie James Jr.||8%||14||0||0||1||0|
- TEs/WRs that saw multiple deep targets that failed to haul them include Olamide Zaccheaus, DeVante Parker, Nico Collins, Tutu Atwell, Jaylen Waddle, Gabe Davis, Christian Watson, Dalton Schultz and Diontae Johnson
- WRs/TEs/RBs that saw multiple red-zone targets that did not register a receiving red-zone score in Week 13 include: Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Tyler Lockett, Tyler Boyd, Tyler Higbee, Zay Jones, Tyler Conklin, Zonovan Knight and Braxton Berrios. A LOT of Jets on the list.
|Player||Routes||% of routes run per dropback||Targets||Target Share||Target Rate Per Route Run|
- RBs that saw multiple carries inside the 10-yard line that did not score in Week 13 include: Christian McCaffrey, Zonovan Knight, Jerick McKinnon, Nyheim Hines and Dare Ogunbowale
RB Opportunity Share | Week 13
Goal-line carries (Any carry inside the 10-yard line)
|Player||Carries||Touches||Opportunities||Goal-Line Carries||Goal-line TDs||Overall Opportunity Share||Snap Share|
Cam Akers revival! The Rams flipped the switch on their RB room in Week 13 going away from rookie Kyren Williams back to the veteran. Akers totaled 17 carries (1 catch) for 60 yards and 2 rushing TDs. Williams had just 3 touches all game.
Akers accumulated an 82% opportunity share and played 72% of the snaps to Williams’ 28%. Also ran a route on 54% of dropbacks. The newfound RB1 role foreshadows Akers as a decent option in Week 14 versus the Raiders.
|Player||Routes||% of routes run per dropback||Targets||Target Share||Target Rate Per Route Run|
Greg Dulcich was the most productive player in BAL-DEN with 6 catches for 85 on a team-high 8 targets (38% target share). Benefitted from Courtland Sutton getting hurt with a hamstring injury. The rookie tight end converted his 81% route participation into a top-5 fantasy day. The first-year pro is easily the No. 1 tight end to add off waivers this week if he was dropped.
RED-ZONE TARGETS, AIR YARDS AND DEEP TARGETS
|Player||Air Yards Share||Air Yards||Deep Catches||Deep Targets||Red-Zone Targets||Red-Zone TDs|
Tyler Higbee and Tutu Atwell led the Rams in targets (5). Atwell also led in receiving yards (49) and air yards (112), while Brandon Powell caught the most passes (4 for 39). But Higbee needs to be dropped based on back-to-back weeks of underwhelming deployment. He ran a route on just 57% of dropbacks in Week 13.
Second week in a row that rookie tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo has out-produced Austin Hooper. Both saw 5 targets (25% target share), but Okonkwo compiled 68 yards on just 4 catches. Leads all TEs in yards per reception (18.3) and ranks fourth overall in that category. He continues to flash big-play ability. Okonkwo also played more snaps (58%) and nearly matched Hooper in route participation (57% vs 60%). Sneaky player to target off waivers.
TOP TEAM TAKEAWAYS
New England Patriots
- Rhamondre Stevenson is the NFL’s most-used running back when Damien Harris doesn’t play. The Patriots RB1 played 98% of the snaps and earned 95% of the backfield opportunities in Thursday night’s blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills. He led the team in targets (again), catching 6 for 24 on 8 passes (24% target share). Totaled 16 touches for 78 scoreless yards. Stevenson averaged 4.5 yards after contact per attempt. Rookie Kevin Harris had one carry for -1 yards.
- Jakobi Meyers led the Patriots WRs in targets (5, 15% target share), but only ran a route on 63% of dropbacks – fewer than DeVante Parker (82%). My best guess is that it was due to Meyers’ injury status leading up to the game.
- Hunter Henry had great usage – 79% route participation, 5 targets – but finished with just 2 catches for 13 yards. If he doesn’t score…he usually busts.
- Buffalo really shook up their backfield on Thursday night. Devin Singletary‘s role was reduced dramatically to a 44% snap share even though his final rushing line looks okay: 13-51-1.
- Rookie James Cook played a season-high 43% snap share and posted career numbers across the board. 14 for 64 as a rusher and a perfect 6-for-6 as a receiver for 41 yards – 40% target rate per route run – while running more routes than Singletary (41% vs 35%).
- The increased receiving role for Cook was already happening based on his usage from Week 12, but the boosted snaps and carries suggest that Cook is on the cusp of de-throning Singletary atop the Bills depth chart. First time he dominated the opportunity share (51%) with 20 total touches.
- Cook has been targeted on 46% of his routes the last two weeks.
- With 10 days between this game and the Bills’ next one, I’d bet the Bills boost up Cook’s role even more. Singletary’s role as a receiver might be totally gone by Week 14, considering he dropped two passes vs the Patriots and ranks 7th-worst in yards per route run this season. Cook ranks second-best (2.16).
- Nyheim Hines also played his largest role to date as a Bill: 31% snap share and 3 touches.
- Dawson Knox posted elite usage but fell victim to the Bills’ run-heavy game plan and target competition. He ran a route on 89% of dropbacks. Yet, zero catches (1 drop) on 1 target. Woof.
- Isaiah McKenzie ran a route on 70% of dropbacks, marking the 3rd time in the last four weeks he has crested that mark as the team’s clear-cut No. 3 WR. In those 3 games, he has averaged 5 catches for 59 yards. Those numbers are better than what Gabe Davis has done: An average of 4 catches for 49 yards.
- Gabe Davis was inefficient – 2 catches for 15 yards on 7 targets – but scored. Benefits of running the most routes (89%) on a Josh Allen-led offense. Also lost a deep ball in the lights and dropped another red-zone TD. In the last four weeks, Davis owns a 21% target share. Stefon Diggs owns a 32% target share.
San Francisco 49ers
- Fantasy managers got the CMC they were promised in Week 13: Christian McCaffrey rushed 17 times for 66 yards and added 8 catches for 80 yards on a team-high 10 targets (25% target share) – 9 targets coming from Brock Purdy. McCaffrey earned 77% of the backfield opportunities and played 82% of the snaps – his highest mark since Week 8. That was the last time he played a full game without Elijah Mitchell active.
- CMC also totaled two red-zone targets (scored) and both carries inside the 10-yard line.
- Rookie Jordan Mason operated as RB2 and was used sparingly throughout the game, totaling 8 carries for 51 yards (18% snap share. The gap in usage for McCaffrey was much wider than in past weeks when Mitchell was 100% healthy.
- Deebo Samuel 6-58-0 on 10 targets, Brandon Aiyuk 5-46-0 on 9 targets, George Kittle 2 catches for 22 yards on 3 targets. Woof.
- With Purdy under center, targets were distributed as Samuel (10, 27%), CMC (9, 24%), Aiyuk (7, 19%), Jennings (4, 11%) and Kittle (2, 5%).
- Purdy was drafted with the pick in this year’s NFL Draft, dubbing him as 2022’s Mr. Irrelevant. The Iowa State product looked composed in his season debut, completing 25 of 37 passes for 210 passing yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception. His passing EPA was average (0.6), and his passing air conversion ratio was top-10 on the week (1.05).
- At Iowa State, Purdy displayed top-tier accuracy, which is exactly what the 49ers need at quarterback: A game manager that can distribute the ball to the playmakers.
- Among the QB class, he ranked first in completion rate (72%), first in catchable ball percentage (88%), and second in on-target percentage (79%).
- Per Sports Info Solutions: At the pro level, Purdy classifies as an eventual backup quarterback that is the type of player that a team can “win in spite of.”
- Based on his strengths throwing at the short-to-intermediate level, guys like McCaffrey and Samuel should not see their fantasy values drastically change.
- Kittle’s lack of targets this past week is definitely concerning, and Aiyuk becomes much more difficult to trust as the team’s traditional WR1. Purdy went 0-2 targeting Aiyuk downfield with his lone interception.
- Tyreek Hill caught 9-146-1 on team-high 14 targets (42%), while Jaylen Waddle (leg injury) was limited to just 1 catch for 9 yards on 5 targets. He only played 52% of the snaps while battling the injury.
- Raheem Mostert started and went 7-30-0 rushing with 0 targets Jeff Wilson rushed once for 3 yards and earned 2 targets. Mostert also played the most snaps (61% vs 37%) and ran more routes. He saw 70% of the team’s backfield opportunities as a result, which was extremely different from how he was used weeks prior, even before his injury.
- With 6 teams on bye from Week 14, you can probably just start both of them versus the Los Angeles Chargers defense that struggles immensely versus stopping the run.
New York Jets
- Rookie Zonovan Knight dominated the Jets backfield in the absence of Michael Carter. He totaled 15 carries for 90 yards (6 ypc) while playing a team-high 55% snap share. Knight saw all the carries inside the 10-yard line (3) but didn’t score. He earned a 63% opportunity share for his efforts.
- James Robinson saw just 4 carries for 10 yards (11% snap share). Ty Johnson had just one carry for 3 yards while playing 33% of the snaps. Knight also went 5-for-5 as a receiver for 28 yards, while Johnson went 6-for-7 for 38 yards handling the majority of work on third down. 63% opportunity share for Knight. They nearly split the routes run 50/50 with Johnson running just two more routes than Knight (24 vs 26).
- Garrett Wilson cannot be stopped. 8 catches for 162 yards on 15 targets (27% target share). He saw 50% of the team’s total air yards (231 air yards). Total alpha. And he left production on the table as he failed to score on any of his four red-zone targets.
- Corey Davis — Jets WR2 — saw 10 targets catching 5 for 85 yards (18% target share). He ran one more route than Elijah Moore, playing 81% of the snaps.
- Elijah Moore was targeted 6 times and caught 2 passes for 7 yards. Although his snaps (68%) and routes (75%) did increase dramatically from Week 12.
- Because Moore and Davis saw similar usage, I’d opt for chasing the better talent over the next few weeks than Davis’ 10 targets off the waiver wire. Half of his targets came in the 4th quarter and both Mike White‘s interceptions came targeting Davis.
- Both Davis (4) and Moore (3) saw ample red-zone targets, but failed to score.
- Tyler Conklin: 7 targets but just 2 grabs for 9 yards. 62% route participation is not going to get the job done.
- 22 touches for Devin Cook. 86 rushing yards and 1 TD. Alexander Mattison had 3 carries for 14 yards (also scored) with 2 targets. 82% opportunity share for Cook.
- Justin Jefferson was good, but not great in a tough matchup: 7 for 45 and 1 TD on 11 targets (33% target share).
- Adam Thielen bombs: 2 for 27 on 6 targets despite running a route on nearly every dropback.
- T.J. Hockenson with just 4 for 33 on 6 targets (18% target share). He still played 90% of the snaps and ran a route on 93% of dropbacks. He’ll bounce back.
New York Giants
- Saquon Barkley was kept in check on the ground: 18 for 63, but scored and went 5-for-5 as a receiver for 18 yards. No other RB had a carry. Matt Breida had one target. 96% opportunity share and 88% opportunity share for Barkley.
- Darius Slayton operated as WR1 (6-90) on 8 targets (55-yard long, 29% target share, 76% air yards share, 134 air yards). Slayton owns a 23% target share and ranks 14th in receiving yards since Week 7 (pending Monday Night Football). Never worse than WR45, including 3 top-25 finishes.
- Isaiah Hodgins scored going 5-44 on 6 targets (21%).
- Daniel Bellinger made his return to the lineup after being out with an eye injury and caught all 5 of his targets for 24 yards. But more importantly, he played 97% of the snaps and ran a route on 83% of the dropbacks. The usage bodes well for his fantasy value moving forward and makes him a worthwhile waiver wire addition.
- Terry McLaurin did more scary things in Week 13: 8 for 105 and 1 TD on 12 targets (30% target share, 41% air yards share).
- With the Commanders throwing 40 times, we saw more work for other Washington receivers as well. Curtis Samuel (6-63) on 7 targets and Jahan Dotson (5-54) on 9 targets. The rookie scored and Samuel added 3 carries for 23 yards.
- Brian Robinson dominated the backfield touches carrying the ball 21 times for 96 rushing yards. Antonio Gibson had just 9 for 39. Both caught two passes but Gibson saw more targets (4 vs 2) and ran more routes 25 vs 12. B-Rob earned a 62% opportunity share, but Gibson played more snaps (49% vs 47%).
- It’s a pretty clear split backfield between Gibson and Robinson, with Robinson the preferred rusher and Gibson the preferred receiver. The game script will likely influence their usage week-to-week. But all things being equal, Robinson is probably the Commander RBs you want the most, based on his volume over the last four weeks. He has averaged 21 touches per game versus Gibson’s 15.
- Logan Thomas ran a route on just 64% of dropbacks. With the increased target competition around him, LT just can’t be relied on in any capacity with his fringe fantasy usage.
- Nick Chubb was held in check: 17 for 80 and no TDs. 1 target and just a 55% opportunity share versus the league’s worst run defense. Kareem Hunt‘s usage got a bump with his seeing double-digit touches: 9 carries for 56 yards, 2 for 18 on 3 targets). The first time he has had double-digit touches since Week 8.
- Amari Cooper tanked on the road again: 4 for 40 on 9 targets (43% target share, 57% air yards share).
- Deshaun Watson posted a 53.4 passer rating (12/22 for 131 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT). Looked like a guy that hasn’t played real football in 700 days. Watson’s dakota (adjusted EPA + CPOE composite based on coefficients that best predict adjusted EPA/play) ranked last among all QBs in Week 13.
- Pharaoh Brown played more snaps than Harrison Bryant in a run-heavy game plan, but Bryant ran more routes (66%). Bryant saw one target.
- Demetric Felton took over slot duties (67% route participation) after David Bell left the game with an injury.
- Dameon Pierce got back to encouraging usage: 18 carries for 73 yards, and 3 catches for 22 yards. Dare Ogunbowale had 2 carries (both inside the 10-yard line) for 8 yards and 2 catches for 13 yards. 81% opportunity share and 72% snap share for Pierce. He did, however, run a route on just 49% of dropbacks. And it’s concerning that the team opted to use Ogunbowale inside the 10-yard line instead of Pierce. There’s a lot of risk with Pierce in Week 14 for fear that Houston gets blown out versus a red-hot Dallas defense playing on the road.
- Nico Collins saw a whopping 10 targets (27% target share) but caught just 3 for 35. He did score late. The second-year WR saw 173 air yards (60% air yards share) and went 0-4 on his 4 targets of 20-plus air yards.
- Jordan Akins was second with 6 targets (62% route participation), followed by Brevin Jordan (5, 31% route participation). Teagan Quitoriano played the most tight end snaps and ran more routes than Jordan.
- Is D’Andre Swift back? Yes sir. The Lions running back started the game and led the team in carries (14 for 62 and 1 TD) over Jamaal Williams (11 for 35 and 1 TD). He also was targeted 6 times catching 4 for 49 yards. 54% opportunity share. Swift out-touched Williams 18-to-11 and played the lion’s share of snaps (51%). Also saw 3 carries inside the 10-yard line to Williams’ 2.
- Swift’s 14 carries were the most he has had in a game since Week 1.
- Amon-Ra St. Brown continues to ball out: 11 for 114 and 2 touchdowns on 12 targets (31% target share).
- DJ Chark got in on the fun as well: 5-98 on 6 targets while running a route on a team-high 95% of dropbacks. Also led the Lions with a 47% air yards share. He should be a high-priority waiver wire target with the Minnesota Vikings up next in Week 14.
- Jameson Williams saw one deep target that fell incomplete. Ran just two routes.
- Travis Etienne Jr. rushed 13 times for 54 yards and did not score. He saw 3 targets for 12 yards. No other RB saw a target and Snoop Conner saw one carry for 6 yards. Etienne was a full-blown bellcow after the injury scare a week ago, seeing 94% of the backfield opportunities on an 88% snap share.
- Zay Jones WOOF. Multiple drops going 2 for 16 on 7 targets. Two were in the red zone.
- Christian Kirk. Have a DAY. 6 for 104 on a team-high 8 targets (24% target share).
- Evan Engram shows life! The solid usage finally paid off (82% route participation), with the Jaguars tight end catching 5 of 7 targets (21% target share) for 30 yards and 1 TD.
- Justin Fields only rushed 6 times for 71 yards but scored on a 55-yard scamper.
- David Montgomery totaled 18 touches for 67 yards and 1 TD. Other Bears running backs combined for 3 carries. Monty earned an 86% opportunity share while playing 77% of the snaps.
- Cole Kmet led the team in targets (again, 28% target share) going 6 for 7 and 72 yards. Par for the course when you play 100% of the snaps and run a route on 96% of dropbacks.
- Chase Claypool finished second with 6 targets (5-28, 24% target rate) while running the second-most routes (82%).
- Equanimeous St. Brown caught 3 passes for 85 yards (56-yard long), but he ran fewer routes than Dante Pettis.
Green Bay Packers
- Christian Watson is a STAR. 3 for 68 and 1 TD as a receiver on 6 targets (21% target share) to go along with a 46-rushing TD. 42% air yards share (120 air yards, two incomplete deep targets). 8 TDs in his last four games to go along with a 24% target share. Ridiculous.
- Tied Allen Lazard for the team lead in targets. Lazard caught 5 for 67.
- Aaron Jones only totaled 9 carries for 26 yards, but caught 5 passes for 24 yards (5 targets) in Week 13. A.J. Dillon dominated the ground attack with 18 carries for 93 yards and 1 TD (also targeted thrice). Jones was battling a shin injury during the game but returned.
- Hence, Dillon’s 58% opportunity share and 68% snap share. And even though Jones was banged up, this is the second week in a row Dillon has seen encouraging usage. He finished with the 3rd most routes run among Packers in Week 13.
- The Gus Edwards bus got way off the rails: He was out-carried by Kenyan Drake 6 to 7 and out-snapped (47% vs 24%). The latter saw a lot of usage in the second half. Drake also added 3 targets. May have been due to Edwards’ ineffectiveness (2 yards per carry).
- Drake led the way with 53% of the backfield opportunities.
- Demarcus Robinson led the Ravens in targets (8, 22% target share), catching 7 for 41 while running a route on 85% of dropbacks. They all came from backup QB Tyler Huntley.
- Devin Duvernay caught all 6 of his targets for 34 yards (4 from Huntley) while running a route on 98% of the dropbacks.
- Mark Andrews caught 4 for 53 yards on 7 targets (6 from Huntley). His 91% route participation keeps him in the top tier of fantasy TEs.
- Isaiah Likely went 4-for-4 for 30 yards. His 27% target rate per route run was the highest among Ravens pass-catchers. He ran a route on just 32% of dropbacks as he was dealing with an injury during the game.
- Greg Dulcich was the most productive player in this game with 6 catches for 85 on a team-high 8 targets (38% target share). Benefitted from Courtland Sutton getting hurt with a hamstring injury. The rookie tight end converted his 81% route participation into a top-5 fantasy day.
- Jerry Jeudy was a perfect 4-for-4 for 65 yards in his return to the starting lineup. It’s an impressive stat line when you consider Jeudy was limited to just 38% route participation in his return from injury. He was targeted on 40% of his routes. Expect his volume to increase with more playing time further removed from injury.
- Latavius Murray was a bellcow: 21 touches for 61 yards for a 68% opportunity share. Mike Boone had 6 carries for 18 yards, Marlon Mack 2 for 3 yards. Both had one target/catch. Murray ran a route on 50% of the dropbacks.
- Cordarrelle Patterson led the Falcons in carries (11 for 60) but split work nearly 50/50 with Tyler Allgeier (10 for 52). However, Patterson’s uptick in receiving did not carry over from last week…as he saw zero targets while running a route on just 44% of dropbacks – fewer than Allgeier (48%).
- At least Drake London saw life: 6 for 95 on a team-high 12 targets (50% target share, 55% target rate per route run). Nobody else saw more than 5 targets. 176 total air yards.
- Olamide Zaccheaus ran the same number of routes (88%) but finished with just 2 catches for 13 yards. 100-plus air yards gone to waste from Marcus Mariota. The Mariota prayer yards are becoming a recurring theme in Atlanta.
- Najee Harris led the Steelers with 17 carries for 86 yards and added 1 catch for 6 yards. Jaylen Warren (3 touches) and Benny Snell (7 touches) relieved Harris when he needed a breather. 64% opportunity share for Harris. But his 35% route participation leaves a lot to be desired.
- George Pickens…YHTSI. 2 targets. One catch for 2 yards despite running a route on 87% of the dropbacks.
- Diontae Johnson…5 catches for 60 yards on 11 targets (41% target share). More empty volume. Went 0-2 on his two deep targets and came up short in the red zone again.
- Pat Freiermuth had only 5 targets, but he had a massive 57-yard catch to accumulate 3 for 76. Although his usage with a 55% route participation and 55% snap share is a major red flag. Perhaps it’s a blip on the radar, but it’s worth monitoring his role heading into Week 14.
- I think the reduced role was more to the game flow, as the Steelers only attempted nine passes in the second half after 19 attempts in the first half when Freiermuth was posting his numbers.
- A.J. Brown WR1 szn. 8 catches for 119 receiving yards and 2 TDs on a team-high 10 targets (26% target share).DeVonta Smith also scored (5-102-1) on 8 targets. Both guys ran a route on 98% of the dropbacks.
- Miles Sanders totaled 24 rushing yards on 10 carries (46% opportunity share, 53% snap share). Also targeted twice for 16 yards. He salvaged the day with a late rushing TD. Kenneth Gainwell saw more targets (4). Sanders will be set up nicely for a bounce-back effort in Week 14 versus a beatable Giants run defense.
- Quez Watkins (5-37) on 6 targets, Jack Stoll (3-41) on 3 targets.
- Derrick Henry was bottled up for the second straight game: 11 for 30 and no TDs. Caught 2 passes for 8 yards. Woof. No. 2 RB Julius Chestnut rushed 5 times late in the 4th quarter so pay no attention to his usage.
- Second week in a row that rookie tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo has out-produced Austin Hooper. Both saw 5 targets (25% target share), but Okonkwo compiled 68 yards on just 4 catches. Leads all TEs in yards per reception (18.3) and ranks fourth overall in that category. He continues to flash big-play ability.
- Okonkwo also played more snaps (58%) and nearly matched Hooper in route participation (57% vs 60%). Sneaky player to target off waivers.
- Treylon Burks scored on his 1 target for a 25-yard TD, but was knocked out with a concussion. Robert Woods also saw 5 targets while running a route on 97% of dropbacks: But one catch for 6 yards. Super inefficient per usual.
- I’d much rather bet on Nick Westbrook-Ihkine taking on a bigger role if Burks misses a week or two. He also ran a route on 97% of dropbacks and has shown spiked week potential this season.
- Tyler Lockett: 9-128-1 on team-high 12 targets (32% target share)
- DK Metcalf: 8-127-1 on 8 targets (41% air yards share)
- Noah Fant: 4-42-1 on 5 targets, Will Dissly 2 catches for 22 yards. Still, Fant’s 45% route participation makes him tough to trust most weeks.
- Geno Smith: 28/39 passing for 367-3-1
- Kenneth Walker left the game early with an ankle injury. In relief, Tony Jones Jr. led the backfield with 4 targets and 7 carries. DeeJay Dallas had 10 carries and 1 target (42% opportunity share). He was the first back in after Walker’s injury, but that was because Travis Homer was out with an injury. He is usually the Seahawks No. 2 RB.
- If Walker misses time, we will likely see a 50/50 split between the two healthiest backs with neither offering the same abilities as Walker.
Los Angeles Rams
- Cam Akers revival! The Rams flipped the switch on their RB room in Week 13 going away from rookie Oren Williams back to the veteran. Akers totaled 17 carries (1 catch) for 60 yards and 2 rushing TDs. Williams had just 3 touches all game.
- Akers accumulated an 82% opportunity share and played 72% of the snaps to Williams’ 28%. Also ran a route on 54% of dropbacks.
- Tyler Higbee and Tutu Atwell led the Rams in targets (5). Atwell also led in receiving yards (49) and air yards (112), while Brandon Powell caught the most passes (4 for 39).
- Higbee needs to be dropped. He ran a route on just 57% of dropbacks.
- Van Jefferson caught just 2 passes for 39 yards on 4 targets. Although he was the only Rams player to run a route on 100% of dropbacks.
Kansas City Chiefs
- Isiah Pacheco led the Chiefs with 14 carries for 66 yards and 1 rushing TD. Also caught two balls for 16 yards (62% opportunity share). Jerick McKinnon had 8 carries for 51 yards and also scored (plus 2 catches) while leading the backfield in routes run (42%). Each running back got two carries inside the 10-yard line and scored. McKinnon’s score was a reception.
- Travis Kelce (4-56) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (2-71) tied for the team lead with 6 targets (26% target share). 4 of MVS’s targets were 20-plus air yard throws (139 air yards).
- JuJu Smith-Schuster didn’t do much again: 3 for 35 on 4 targets despite leading the team in routes (81%).
- No targets for Sky Moore. Just one carry for 12 yards while running a route on 32% of dropbacks.
- Samaje Perine does it AGAIN. 21 carries for 106 rushing yards and 6 catches for 49 receiving yards on 7 targets. The other Cincy RBs totaled 2 combined touches. 93% opportunity share for Perine.
- Ja’Marr Chase led the Bengals with 97 receiving yards, 7 receptions and 8 targets (26% target share). Ran a route on 92% of dropbacks. No restrictions in his first game back from the hip injury.
- Tee Higgins went 3-35-1 on 5 targets while leading the Bengals in routes run.
- Hayden Hurst left with an injury (2-12), but Tyler Boyd earned just 4-60-0 on 5 targets. Boyd dropped a TD and failed to score on either of his two red-zone targets.
Los Angeles Chargers
- Austin Ekeler: 10 for 35 as a rusher in Week 13, Joshua Kelley went 7 for 30 rushing yards. Ekeler finished with 6 catches for 57 through the air, whereas Kelley had zero catches. Ekeler did only run a route on 54% of dropbacks and his 60% snap share was his lowest mark since Week 5. That was the last game Kelley played before he was placed on short-term IR. Add Kelley as a high-upside handcuff to Ekeler.
- Keenan Allen led with 14 targets (31%, 50% air yards share) followed by Joshua Palmer (11). Allen went 6-88-1. Palmer: 7-60-0 while running a route on 96% of dropbacks.
- Gerald Everett also had 6 targets, going 5 for 80 while running a route on 63% of dropbacks. “Meh” usage for Everett but he stays in the fantasy TE1 conversation due to the pass-happy nature of the Chargers offense.
Las Vegas Raiders
- Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs are fantasy’s best WR-RB duo.
- Jacobs rushed 26 times for 144 yards and 1 touchdown. (88% opportunity share).
- Added 2 catches for 28 total touches
- Zamir White and Ameer Abdullah combined for 4 backfield opportunities.
- Davante Adams caught 8 balls for 177 yards and 2 TDs (44% target share, 58% air yards share).
- Nobody else had more than 35 receiving yards (Mack Hollins, 9 targets and 33% target share).
- Foster Moreau ran a route on 70% of dropbacks but was dealing with a concussion. However, he cleared protocol and played 90% of the overall snaps.
- Jonathan Taylor carried the ball 21 times for 82 yards in Week 13. Also added 3 catches on 4 targets for 21 yards. Deon Jackson had just 2 carries for 6 yards and 1 target. All of Zack Moss‘s carries came on the final drive for the Colts when they were down 54-19. JT earned an 81% opportunity share, played 82% of the snaps and ran a route on 68% of dropbacks.
- Alec Pierce led the Colts in targets (8, 23%), catches (4) air yards (108) and receiving yards (86). Parris Campbell caught 4-43 on 5 targets and Michael Pittman Jr. caught 2-16 on 4 targets. Both ran more routes than Pierce but had little production to back up the usage.
- A week after rookie Jelani Woods broke out, he was regulated back to TE2 duties. He ran fewer routes than Kylen Granson (6 targets) and played less snaps than Mo Alie-Cox (1 target). Woods caught 2 of his 4 targets for 28 yards (36% target rate) while running a route on 28% of dropbacks. Woof.
- Tony Pollard started the game and went bananas: 12 carries for 91 rushing yards and two rushing TDs on a 41% snap share. Ezekiel Elliott was also heavily involved with 17 carries for 77 yards and 1 rushing TD on a 56% snap share. Both guys saw 3 targets and ran a similar number of routes. Elliott out-touched Pollard 20 to 15 with a 56% opportunity share. Zeke also saw 2 carries inside the 10-yard line to Pollard’s one.
- CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup both saw 7 targets (23% target share). Lamb went 5-71- and Gallup scored twice on four of his catches for 23 yards. Three of his targets came in the red zone (27% target rate per route run)
- Noah Brown also ran the same number of routes as Lamb (90%).
- Tight end Dalton Schultz saw 6 targets, but caught just 2 for 33 yards in Week 13. However, his usage remained top-tier with a 90% route run rate and 34% air yard share (tied with Gallup to lead the team).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Rachaad White drew the start for Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football, but split the backfield opportunities 50/50 with veteran Leonard Fournette. Fournette rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries while White rushed for 28 yards on 9 carries. Both RBs caught 6 passes, with White earning one more target (8 vs 7) which happened to also be the game-winning touchdown. But Fournette played a higher percentage of snaps (60% vs 41%) and ran more routes (32, 58% vs 21, 38%).
- Chris Godwin led the Buccaneers with a 25% target share, catching 8 of 13 targets for 63 yards.
- Mike Evans saw just 4 targets despite leading the Bucs in routes (87%). Julio Jones operated as the WR3 even with Russell Gage back, commanding a team-high 97 air yards.
- Rookie tight end Cade Otton saw his production spike in the absence of Cameron Brate which has been the case any time the veteran has missed time. Otton hauled in 6 of 10 targets for 28 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. He ran a route on 84% of the dropbacks.
New Orleans Saints
- Alvin Kamara led the Saints backfield with 12 carries for an abysmal 26 rushing yards. He actually totaled fewer rushing yards than Mark Ingram (7 for 27) on 5 fewer carries. He caught 2 of his 3 targets for 11 scoreless yards. Ingram saw 5 targets (18%). Kamara totaled just a 56% opportunity share with Ingram fully back in the lineup and continued his recent streak of inefficient play.
- Taysom Hill totaled 5 touches (3 carries for 10 yards, 2 catches for 35 yards and 1 TD) with one pass completed for 21 yards. Ran a route on 39% of dropbacks and played 46% of the snaps.
- Chris Olave led the Saints with a 22% target share going 4 for 65 on 6 targets. Ran a route on 79% of dropbacks. Rashid Shaheed served as the No. 2 for the second straight week, leading the team with 75 receiving yards.
- Adam Trautman played a team-high 80% snap share, but ran a route on just 55% of dropbacks. Not worth starting even if Juwan Johnson misses another week.
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