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Backfield Report

Nick Chubb Should See Heavy Usage in Week 15 Against the Raiders

by Nick Mensio
Updated On: December 16, 2021, 1:55 am ET

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NFL depth charts are always changing, whether it’s due to injuries, coaching decisions, or performance-related issues. The running back position, in particular, can be tough to stay on top of throughout the season, as the vast majority of teams have gone with some sort of committee approach, featuring two and sometimes even three backs.

With one week under our belt, we now have some data to help clear some things up for us. Below is a breakdown of each team’s backfield to help us determine offenses that are using a single workhorse, committees, and situations to avoid for fantasy. I’ll use this space each week to track the numbers and provide some thoughts.

All snap counts and touches are compiled from Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Reference. Opportunities refers to the running back’s combined carries and targets.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

  • Chase Edmonds (Week 1: 58% snap rate, 16 opportunities, Week 2: 64%, 13, Week 3: 66%, 19, Week 4: 67%, 17, Week 5: 61%, 10, Week 6: 37%, 8, Week 7: 69%, 18, Week 8: 59%, 11, Week 9: 1%, 1, Weeks 10-14: DNP)
  • James Conner (Week 1: 49%, 16, Week 2: 39%, 8, Week 3: 37%, 12, Week 4: 42%, 20, Week 5: 48%, 11, Week 6: 55%, 17, Week 7: 30%, 10, Week 8: 37%, 5, Week 9: 77%, 26, Week 10: 82%, 14, Week 11: 82%, 27, Week 13: 91%, 22, Week 14: 96%, 22)

 

Notes: Edmonds (ankle) wasn’t activated from I.R. ahead of Monday night’s Week 14 loss to the Rams, allowing Conner to again have a bell-cow usage game, playing his highest snap rate of the season and handling all running back chances. Conner was then injured on the final play of the night and needed an MRI on his ankle. Coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t believe it’s a serious issue but admitted he’s played Conner too much in Edmonds’ absence. Understandable. Conner has been excellent as fantasy’s overall RB2 behind only Jonathan Taylor since Week 9. Look for Edmonds to eat pretty heavily into Conner’s pass-game work when he returns. After being targeted a total of eight times in Weeks 1-8, Conner has seen 26 targets Weeks 9-14.

ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (Week 1: 33% snap rate, 9 opportunities, Week 2: 33%, 13, Week 3: 42%, 14, Week 4: 30%, 12, Week 5: 59%, 23, Week 7: 73%, 19, Week 8: 60%, 14, Week 9: 56%, 15, Week 10: 28%, 6, Week 11: DNP, Week 12: 48%, 19, Week 13: 48%, 18, Week 14: 49%, 21)
  • Mike Davis (Week 1: 75%, 21, Week 2: 64%, 16, Week 3: 60%, 16, Week 4: 67%, 15, Week 5: 64%, 18, Week 7: 60%, 4, Week 8: 64%, 15, Week 9: 56%, 11, Week 10: 37%, 5, Week 11: 48%, 7, Week 12: 50%, 9, Week 13: 54%, 8, Week 14: 57%, 17)
  • Qadree Ollison (Week 11: 48%, 12, Week 12: DNP, Week 13: 18%, 3, Week 14: 9%, 5)

 

Notes: Devoid of playmakers, Atlanta is running its offense through Patterson. He’s the overall RB10 on the year thanks to insane efficiency. His target numbers are a bit down in recent weeks with Patterson running fewer routes. After averaging over 6.4 targets per game Weeks 2-9, C-Patt’s at 4.3 pass-game looks over the last three weeks. He’s still seen touch counts of 18, 16, and 18 in those games, as Patterson has become the Falcons’ early-down back. Davis is nothing more than a touchdown-dependent, desperation RB3/FLEX play. With the Falcons controlling Week 14, Davis’ 16 touches last week were his most since Week 3. He does have at least four targets in four straight games, giving himself some PPR usefulness down the stretch.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Latavius Murray (Week 1: 31%, 10, Week 2: 36%, 9, Week 3: 33%, 7, Week 4: 62%, 18, Week 5: 49%, 9, Week 6: 38%, 11, Weeks 7-10: DNP, Week 11: 37%, 12, Week 12: 44%, 8, Week 13: 19%, 4, Week 14: 27%, 1)
  • Devonta Freeman (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 13%, 2, Week 3: 16%, 3, Week 4: 8%, 1, Week 5: 27%, 5, Week 6: 30%, 11, Week 7: 40%, 7, Week 9: 58%, 16, Week 10: 58%, 14, Week 11: 58%, 22, Week 12: 49%, 17, Week 13: 69%, 22, Week 14: 66%, 18)

 

Notes: Lamar Jackson is the Ravens’ true RB1 but now has an ankle injury, though Baltimore expects him to play in Week 15. Freeman has settled in as the Ravens’ clear lead back and reliable fantasy RB2 playing in a run-favorable offense. Freeman has five touchdowns over his last eight games and is averaging 17.3 touches per game over the last six outings.

BUFFALO BILLS

  • Zack Moss (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 28% snap rate, 10 opportunities, Week 3: 56%, 16, Week 4: 56%, 15, Week 5: 74%, 15, Week 6: 55%, 12, Week 8: 64%, 15, Week 9: 28%, 7, Week 10: 48%, 7, Week 11: 29%, 4, Week 12: DNP, Week 13: 41%, 11, Week 14: DNP)
  • Devin Singletary (Week 1: 75%, 16, Week 2: 66%, 16, Week 3: 43%, 13, Week 4: 44%, 15, Week 5: 26%, 8, Week 6: 45%, 10, Week 8: 34%, 8, Week 9: 72%, 14, Week 10: 38%, 8, Week 11: 38%, 7, Week 12: 68%, 16, Week 13: 48%, 10, Week 14: 82%, 11)
  • Matt Breida (Week 10: 14%, 6, Week 11: 32%, 7, Week 12: 32%, 11, Week 13: 12%, 2, Week 14: 14%, 4)

 

Notes: With all three of Moss, Singletary, and Breida seeing snaps and touches, it renders this backfield useless for fantasy. Josh Allen is the Bills’ best pure runner and favorite for TDs.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • Chuba Hubbard (Week 1: 11%, 2, Week 2: 25%, 8, Week 3: 55%, 16, Week 4: 47%, 15, Week 5: 65%, 30, Week 6: 65%, 19, Week 7: 53%, 17, Week 8: 55%, 26, Week 9: 17%, 5, Week 10: 21%, 9, Week 11: 2%, 0, Week 12: 20%, 3, Week 14: 39%, 10)
  • Ameer Abdullah (Week 8: 30%, 13, Week 9: 37%, 6, Week 10: 21%, 13, Week 11: 16%, 1, Week 12: 49%, 8, Week 14: 59%, 8)

 

Notes: Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is done for the season. Cam Newton led the Panthers in rushing with a 10-47-1 line in Week 14. Hubbard’s 10 carries produced 33 yards and a score, but he wasn’t targeted in the pass game and is as TD-dependent as any running back in fantasy with a brutal schedule the rest of the way. Abdullah is merely a deeper-league PPR option.

CHICAGO BEARS

  • David Montgomery (Week 1: 59% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 80%, 24, Week 3: 82%, 14, Week 4: 62%, 23, Weeks 5-8: DNP, Week 9: 85%, 15, Week 11: 95%, 15, Week 12: 84%, 20, Week 13: 70%, 30, Week 14: 84%, 17)
  • Khalil Herbert (Week 5: 53%, 18, Week 6: 89%, 22, Week 7: 77%, 23, Week 8: 84%, 25, Week 9: 16%, 4, Week 11: 12%, 1, Week 12: 14%, 4, Week 13: 29%, 5, Week 14: 8%, 1)

 

Notes: Montgomery is virtually an every-snap player after missing four weeks in the middle of the season with his knee issue. Montgomery’s 10 carries in Week 14 against the Packers were his fewest of the season, but he has seen 16 targets over the last two weeks with 14 catches. Justin Fields’ return to the lineup came with him leading the team in rushing in Green Bay with a 9-74 output. Montgomery is the overall RB25 on the season and should be viewed as a borderline RB1/2 the rest of the way due to every-down usage and with better TD luck.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Joe Mixon (Week 1: 78% snap rate, 33 opportunities, Week 2: 84%, 22, Week 3: 74%, 19, Week 4: 69%, 18, Week 5: 28%, 11, Week 6: 62%, 24, Week 7: 54%, 12, Week 8: 77%, 19, Week 9: 63%, 18, Week 11: 72%, 30, Week 12: 72%, 32, Week 13: 66%, 20, Week 14: 60%, 20)
  • Samaje Perine (Week 1: 22%, 6, Week 2: 5%, 1, Week 3: 21%, 2, Week 4: 28%, 4, Week 5: 61%, 16, Week 6: DNP, Week 7: 48%, 12, Week 8: 25%, 2, Week 9: 33%, 8, Week 11: 15%, 5, Week 12: 15%, 4, Week 13: 34%, 7, Week 14: 42%, 9)

 

Notes: Mixon’s nine-game touchdown streak was snapped last week with an empty 18-58 rushing line. Mixon’s pass-game role has been sporadic with four-plus targets in five games and 0-2 targets in eight others. If he caught more passes, Mixon would be right there with Jonathan Taylor, Austin Ekeler, and Dalvin Cook. Instead, Mixon is more touchdown-dependent and a volume-driven runner. He’s still an every-week RB1 playing in a run-heavy offense.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

  • Nick Chubb (Week 1: 53% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 57%, 12, Week 3: 49%, 22, Week 4: 47%, 22, Week 5: 56%, 22, Weeks 6-7: DNP, Week 8: 56%, 17, Week 9: 56%, 16, Week 10: DNP, Week 11: 57%, 24, Week 12: 50%, 12, Week 14: 66%, 21)
  • Kareem Hunt (Week 1: 47%, 9, Week 2: 38%, 14, Week 3: 41%, 17, Week 4: 53%, 18, Week 5: 44%, 18, Week 6: 69%, 17, Weeks 7-11: DNP, Week 12: 38%, 8, Week 14: 20%, 4)
  • D’Ernest Johnson (Week 7: 69%, 24, Week 8: 31%, 7, Week 9: 33%, 8, Week 10: 88%, 27, Week 11: 35%, 5, Week 12: 10%, 0, Week 14: 22%, 5)

 

Notes: Hunt is hurt again with an ankle injury that is expected to sideline him for at least Week 15. With Baker Mayfield and Jarvis Landry now on the COVID list, look for Chubb to get one of his heaviest workloads of his career, if this game even gets played amidst Cleveland’s COVID outbreak. Johnson should be in line to handle 8-12 touches in the Hunt role.

DALLAS COWBOYS

  • Ezekiel Elliott (Week 1: 83% snap rate, 13 opportunities, Week 2: 71%, 18, Week 3: 70%, 20, Week 4: 75%, 21, Week 5: 60%, 24, Week 6: 71%, 26, Week 8: 75%, 22, Week 9: 53%, 13, Week 10: 49%, 17, Week 11: 69%, 15, Week 12: 64%, 17, Week 13: 64%, 16, Week 14: 64%, 18)
  • Tony Pollard (Week 1: 24%, 7, Week 2: 34%, 15, Week 3: 38%, 12, Week 4: 30%, 10, Week 5: 40%, 18, Week 6: 29%, 13, Week 8: 26%, 8, Week 9: 39%, 6, Week 10: 42%, 18, Week 11: 33%, 9, Week 12: 42%, 14, Week 13: 40%, 11, Week 14: DNP)

 

Notes: Elliott is nursing a knee issue that isn’t bad enough to keep him out but is clearly playing a part in his down games. Since the Cowboys’ Week 7 bye, Elliott is averaging 41.3 rushing yards per game and is the overall RB27 in half-PPR points per contest. He still sees heavy goal-line usage to keep him afloat, but Elliott has devolved into a back-end RB2. Elliott said he doesn’t expect his knee to be “good” health-wise until the playoffs. Pollard missed Week 14 with a foot issue, and Corey Clement out-carried Elliott 13-12 in the win. That’s a bad sign for Zeke.

DENVER BRONCOS

  • Melvin Gordon (Week 1: 50% snap rate, 14 opportunities, Week 2: 59%, 15, Week 3: 54%, 20, Week 4: 49%, 13, Week 5: 60%, 11, Week 6: 53%, 13, Week 7: 58%, 11, Week 8: 57%, 13, Week 9: 53%, 24, Week 10: 43%, 13, Week 12: 42%, 19, Week 13: DNP, Week 14: 50%, 24)
  • Javonte Williams (Week 1: 50%, 15, Week 2: 41%, 14, Week 3: 40%, 16, Week 4: 51%, 10, Week 5: 42%, 11, Week 6: 47%, 14, Week 7: 42%, 11, Week 8: 43%, 13, Week 9: 47%, 17, Week 10: 57%, 11, Week 12: 58%, 18, Week 13: 78%, 32, Week 14: 49%, 17)

 

Notes: Gordon missed Week 13 with a hip injury, and we got our first glimpse at Williams in a workhorse role. The rookie proved he’s probably already one of the league’s most talented backs, piling up 178 total yards and one touchdown on 29 touches against the Chiefs, finishing the week as Week 13’s top fantasy points-scorer. Gordon returned in Week 14 and was right back in his 1A role to Williams’ 1B position. But against the Lions, both backs scored and finished as top-eight fantasy backs for Week 14. Gordon and Williams are both weekly RB2’s.

DETROIT LIONS

  • D’Andre Swift (Week 1: 68% snap rate, 22 opportunities, Week 2: 63%, 13, Week 3: 56%, 21, Week 4: 73%, 14, Week 5: 74%, 17, Week 6: 78%, 20, Week 7: 75%, 23, Week 8: 71%, 17, Week 10: 93%, 39, Week 11: 73%, 18, Week 12: 20%, 6, Weeks 13-14: DNP)
  • Jamaal Williams (Week 1: 35%, 18, Week 2: 39%, 10, Week 3: 49%, 14, Week 4: 30%, 14, Week 5: 32%, 15, Week 6: 30%, 6, Week 7: 29%, 12, Weeks 8-10: DNP, Week 11: 27%, 7, Week 12: 63%, 20, Week 13: 47%, 18, Week 14: DNP)
  • Godwin Igwebuike (Week 13: 39%, 4, Week 14: 44%, 8)
  • Craig Reynolds (Week 14: 46%, 13)

 

Notes: Swift (shoulder) and Williams (COVID) both missed Week 14. “Craig Reynolds” out of nowhere ended up totaling 99 yards on 13 touches as the week’s RB20. Coach Dan Campbell is “hopeful” Swift is back for Week 15 against Arizona. Williams should also be back soon. If both miss this week’s game, Reynolds will have some deep-league RB4 appeal.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

  • Aaron Jones (Week 1: 49% snap rate, 7 opportunities, Week 2: 69%, 23, Week 3: 73%, 21, Week 4: 62%, 19, Week 5: 69%, 19, Week 6: 59%, 17, Week 7: 73%, 11, Week 8: 66%, 26, Week 9: 63%, 14, Week 10: 46%, 13, Week 11: DNP, Week 12: 49%, 11, Week 14: 45%, 8)
  • AJ Dillon (Week 1: 28%, 5, Week 2: 29%, 6, Week 3: 29%, 8, Week 4: 40%, 16, Week 5: 33%, 12, Week 6: 42%, 11, Week 7: 23%, 5, Week 8: 40%, 16, Week 9: 38%, 12, Week 10: 49%, 23, Week 11: 75%, 17, Week 12: 51%, 25, Week 14: 54%, 15)

 

Notes: Dillon is the Packers’ clock-killer after dominating usage after halftime against the Bears. He’s the Packers’ hammer, and teams don’t want to tackle this guy. Jones sees money touches in the red zone and at the goal line and is the Packers’ preferred pass-game back. Both of these guys are lock-and-load every-week RB2 plays in a good offense that runs the ball.

HOUSTON TEXANS

  • David Johnson (Week 1: 28% snap rate, 7 opportunities, Week 2: 43%, 8, Week 3: 38%, 2, Week 4: 57%, 9, Week 5: 53%, 8, Week 6: 43%, 4, Week 7: 54%, 13, Week 8: 18%, 3, Week 9: 45%, 9, Week 11: 55%, 17, Week 12: 39%, 13, Weeks 13-14: DNP)
  • Rex Burkhead (Week 8: 49%, 8, Week 9: 30%, 2, Week 11: 42%, 18, Week 12: 61%, 15, Week 13: 46%, 10, Week 14: 44%, 15)
  • Royce Freeman (Week 14: 54%, 19)

 

Notes: There’s no fantasy value in this inefficient backfield behind a brutal offensive line.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

  • Jonathan Taylor (Week 1: 55% snap rate, 24 opportunities, Week 2: 45%, 16, Week 3: 48%, 13, Week 4: 51%, 19, Week 5: 52%, 19, Week 6: 65%, 16, Week 7: 69%, 21, Week 8: 74%, 20, Week 9: 69%, 21, Week 10: 84%, 29, Week 11: 83%, 35, Week 12: 71%, 21, Week 13: 76%, 32)
  • Nyheim Hines (Week 1: 45%, 17, Week 2: 37%, 3, Week 3: 56%, 12, Week 4: 31%, 4, Week 5: 38%, 5, Week 6: 23%, 6, Week 7: 28%, 11, Week 8: 31%, 6, Week 9: 45%, 12, Week 10: 28%, 6, Week 11: 19%, 4, Week 12: 36%, 5, Week 13: 19%, 7)

 

Notes: The Colts are coming out of their bye week. Simply put, Taylor is the premier fantasy back in fantasy ever since Derrick Henry went down with his season-ending foot injury. Taylor has 71 red-zone carries. The next-closest player has just 41, and Taylor leads the league in rushing yards and touchdowns. He’s averaging over 103 yards per game on the ground and over 25 more as a receiver.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

  • James Robinson (Week 1: 64% snap rate, 11 opportunities, Week 2: 73%, 14, Week 3: 59%, 21, Week 4: 95%, 20, Week 5: 68%, 19, Week 6: 85%, 21, Week 8: 11%, 6, Week 9: DNP, Week 10: 59%, 17, Week 11: 63%, 15, Week 12: 52%, 21, Week 13: 44%, 12, Week 14: 64%, 6)
  • Carlos Hyde (Week 1: 34%, 11, Week 2: 25%, 4, Week 3: 34%, 8, Week 4: DNP, Week 5: 25%, 5, Week 6: 14%, 1, Week 8: 66%, 17, Week 9: 79%, 23, Week 10: 27%, 4, Week 11: 30%, 1, Week 12: 44%, 7, Week 13: 49%, 10, Week 14: 22%, 3)

 

Notes: The Jaguars are a complete mess. The only good news is Robinson gets a date with the Texans in Week 15. However, coach Urban Meyer’s sudden lack of faith in Robinson and quick hook for mistakes has rendered Robinson a somewhat-scary RB2 playing in a bad offense.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Week 1: 72% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 65%, 13, Week 3: 62%, 19, Week 4: 52%, 17, Week 5: 26%, 9, Weeks 6-10: DNP, Week 11: 47%, 14, Week 13: 51%, 17, Week 14: 35%, 13)
  • Darrel Williams (Week 1: 22%, 1, Week 2: 27%, 3, Week 3: 34%, 10, Week 4: 36%, 12, Week 5: 43%, 10, Week 6: 72%, 25, Week 7: 64%, 9, Week 8: 64%, 19, Week 9: 54%, 23, Week 10: 59%, 20, Week 11: 53%, 8, Week 13: 46%, 8, Week 14: 35%, 5)

 

Notes: CEH and Williams are splitting snaps basically right down the middle, but Edwards-Helaire has seen 44 combined carries and targets to Williams’ 119 since CEH’s return three games back. Edwards-Helaire is an RB2 with ridiculous touchdown upside in K.C.’s offense, but he doesn’t have an overwhelmingly strong volume ceiling. Williams remains a strong hold on fantasy benches should CEH go down again.

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LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

  • Josh Jacobs (Week 1: 52% snap rate, 12 opportunities, Weeks 2-3: DNP, Week 4: 63%, 18, Week 5: 69%, 20, Week 6: 64%, 17, Week 7: 36%, 9, Week 9: 49%, 17, Week 10: 57%, 12, Week 11: 66%, 16, Week 12: 66%, 26, Week 13: 85%, 22, Week 14: 75%, 15)
  • Peyton Barber (Week 14: 11%, 4)

 

Notes: Jacobs has played 85% and 75% of the snaps the last two weeks after Kenyan Drake went down with a season-ending foot injury while Jalen Richard has been out with COVID. Jacobs has become a rock-solid RB1/2 as the new focal point of Vegas’ offense. He has 30 catches on 35 targets over the last six weeks and is the team’s early-down and goal-line back.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

  • Austin Ekeler (Week 1: 58% snap rate, 15 opportunities, Week 2: 63%, 18, Week 3: 74%, 17, Week 4: 60%, 20, Week 5: 71%, 22, Week 6: 61%, 13, Week 8: 75%, 21, Week 9: 67%, 20, Week 10: 71%, 17, Week 11: 70%, 18, Week 12: 68%, 20, Week 13: 73%, 19, Week 14: 46%, 16)

 

Notes: Ekeler is as safe of an RB1 as there is in one of the league’s more talented offenses. He’s the overall RB3 in half-PPR points per game. But now Ekeler is dealing with an ankle injury after going down in Week 14 against the Giants. The Chargers play Thursday night against the Chiefs, so it’s going to be a quick turnaround for Ekeler. He was limited in Tuesday’s practice. If Ekeler sits, the Bolts have Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley, and Larry Rountree. All three have taken turns acting as Ekeler’s backup this season. Last week, Jackson narrowly out-snapped Kelley 20-19 while Kelley went 10-33 to Jackson’s 9-35 on the ground. Both saw only one target. Rountree was inactive but easily could find his way back into the lineup.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

  • Darrell Henderson (Week 1: 94% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 68%, 18, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 90%, 20, Week 5: 66%, 18, Week 6: 82%, 24, Week 7: 88%, 21, Week 8: 61%, 16, Week 9: 60%, 15, Week 10: 75%, 11, Week 12: 81%, 20, Weeks 13-14: DNP)
  • Sony Michel (Week 1: 6%, 1, Week 2: 27%, 10, Week 3: 74%, 24, Week 4: 10%, 3, Week 5: 34%, 12, Week 6: 18%, 9, Week 7: 12%, 2, Week 8: 30%, 11, Week 9: 40%, 10, Week 10: 25%, 6, Week 12: 19%, 4, Week 13: 97%, 28, Week 14: 100%, 21)

 

Notes: Henderson has yet to run for 100 yards in a game this season and hasn’t rushed for a score since Week 8. He’s still the overall RB14 on the season thanks to seven combined touchdowns. Henderson hasn’t had monster games but has been a solid producer. He’s missed the last two games with a quad injury and COVID. Michel’s usage is insane over the last two weeks as a true every-snap back. This could become a 65-35 shared backfield the rest of the way. Henderson will still be the preferred RB2, but Michel could find his way into FLEX value.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

  • Myles Gaskin (Week 1: 54% snap rate, 14 opportunities, Week 2: 61%, 10, Week 3: 52%, 19, Week 4: 23%, 2, Week 5: 69%, 15, Week 6: 36%, 11, Week 7: 63%, 19, Week 8: 58%, 16, Week 9: 72%, 26, Week 10: 61%, 16, Week 11: 74%, 27, Week 12: 50%, 18, Week 13: 64%, 17)
  • Malcolm Brown (Week 1: 30%, 5, Week 2: 12%, 5, Week 3: 41%, 7, Week 4: 67%, 9, Week 5: 9%, 0, Week 6: 36%, 6, Week 7: 7%, 4, Weeks 8-13: DNP)
  • Salvon Ahmed (Week 1: 20%, 6, Week 2: 31%, 9, Week 3: 6%, 0, Week 4: 10%, 5, Week 5: 20%, 5, Week 6: 27%, 9, Week 7: 30%, 9, Week 8: 23%, 9, Week 9: 19%, 4, Week 10: 13%, 3, Week 11: DNP, Week 12: 18%, 6, Week 13: 32%, 8)
  • Phillip Lindsay (Week 12: 20%, 12, Week 13: DNP)

 

Notes: Miami is coming off its bye week. Averaging 19.7 touches per game over his last seven outings, Gaskin has settled in as an every-week RB2 based on volume alone. He has five touchdowns in those seven games, and Gaskin is sixth among all running backs with 56 targets on the season. But now Gaskin, Lindsay, and Ahmed are all on the COVID list.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

  • Dalvin Cook (Week 1: 71% snap rate, 27 opportunities, Week 2: 77%, 25, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 49%, 15, Week 5: DNP, Week 6: 74%, 31, Week 8: 71%, 20, Week 9: 80%, 20, Week 10: 82%, 29, Week 11: 76%, 26, Week 12: 53%, 17, Week 13: DNP, Week 14: 77%, 30)
  • Alexander Mattison (Week 1: 11%, 2, Week 2: 21%, 4, Week 3: 68%, 34, Week 4: 34%, 10, Week 5: 66%, 32, Week 6: 13%, 3, Week 8: 12%, 4, Week 9: 17%, 5, Week 10: 15%, 5, Week 11: 17%, 4, Week 12: 40%, 10, Week 13: 86%, 25, Week 14: 19%, 7)

 

Notes: Cook (shoulder) surprisingly returned last Thursday night against the Steelers and went nuclear with 27-205-2 on the ground with a 17-yard catch as the week’s far-and-away RB1. He’s right there with Jonathan Taylor as the top fantasy back for the rest of the season. Mattison, of course, is an easy top-10 fantasy running back any time Cook misses action.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Damien Harris (Week 1: 53% snap rate, 26 opportunities, Week 2: 41%, 17, Week 3: 31%, 8, Week 4: 61%, 6, Week 5: 33%, 14, Week 6: 48%, 19, Week 7: 46%, 16, Week 8: 53%, 24, Week 9: 39%, 16, Week 10: DNP, Week 11: 39%, 11, Week 12: 37%, 12, Week 13: 25%, 10)
  • Brandon Bolden (Week 4: 32%, 7, Week 5: 38%, 6, Week 6: 20%, 2, Week 7: 28%, 9, Week 8: 32%, 4, Week 9: 47%, 10, Week 10: 27%, 6, Week 11: 27%, 3, Week 12: 33%, 10, Week 13: 12%, 5)
  • Rhamondre Stevenson (Week 5: 34%, 11, Week 6: 33%, 8, Week 7: DNP, Week 8: 16%, 10, Week 9: 27%, 12, Week 10: 55%, 25, Week 11: 34%, 13, Week 12: 32%, 4, Week 13: 63%, 24)

 

Notes: New England is coming out of its bye. The Patriots famously ran the ball 46 times and called just three pass plays last time out against the Bills. Harris pulled a hamstring along the way but did practice Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s date with the Colts. If Harris needs to miss time, Stevenson would be a volume-driven RB1/2 in New England’s run-oriented offense.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

  • Alvin Kamara (Week 1: 73% snap rate, 24 opportunities, Week 2: 84%, 11, Week 3: 84%, 28, Week 4: 87%, 26, Week 5: 88%, 24, Week 7: 82%, 31, Week 8: 67%, 23, Week 9: 68%, 20, Weeks 10-13: DNP, Week 14: 74%, 32)
  • Mark Ingram (Week 8: 29%, 8, Week 9: 34%, 14, Week 10: 85%, 21, Week 11: 72%, 24, Week 12: DNP, Week 13: 43%, 12, Week 14: DNP)
  • Tony Jones (Week 11: 15%, 3, Week 12: 37%, 16, Week 13: DNP, Week 14: 29%, 7)

 

Notes: Kamara returned from his four-week absence last week to shred the Jets for a season-best 27-120-1 rushing line and four catches for 25 yards, finishing as the week’s overall RB6. It helped that both Mark Ingram and Ty Montgomery were out on the COVID list, but Kamara’s a clear top-five running back the rest of the way.

NEW YORK GIANTS

  • Saquon Barkley (Week 1: 48% snap rate, 13 opportunities, Week 2: 84%, 16, Week 3: 86%, 23, Week 4: 89%, 19, Week 5: 9%, 3, Weeks 6-9: DNP, Week 11: 62%, 12, Week 12: 87%, 18, Week 13: 75%, 20, Week 14: 55%, 19)
  • Devontae Booker (Week 1: 39%, 5, Week 2: 14%, 3, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 11%, 2, Week 5: 88%, 20, Week 6: 72%, 16, Week 7: 82%, 17, Week 8: 93%, 21, Week 9: 73%, 24, Week 11: 36%, 4, Week 12: 17%, 4, Week 13: 35%, 10, Week 14: 41%, 13)

 

Notes: Barkley’s snap share is elite, but the production hasn’t exactly been there, and the Giants are missing Daniel Jones (neck) under center, being forced to trot out Mike Glennon. Barkley’s 16 carries last week against the Chargers matched a season-high, and he did find the end zone in garbage time with a 3-31-1 receiving line. His 64 rushing yards were a season-best for him, telling us all we need to know. Barkley is an RB2 and gets a tough Week 15 date against Dallas’ ferocious defensive front. Barkley was injured against the Cowboys in Week 5.

NEW YORK JETS

  • Michael Carter (Week 1: 25% snap rate, 6 opportunities, Week 2: 45%, 14, Week 3: 43%, 12, Week 4: 51%, 16, Week 5: 52%, 13, Week 7: 72%, 20, Week 8: 70%, 29, Week 9: 58%, 15, Week 10: 52%, 22, Week 11: 33%, 10, Weeks 12-14: DNP)
  • Ty Johnson (Week 1: 54%, 7, Week 2: 45%, 12, Week 3: 57%, 8, Week 4: 33%, 5, Week 5: 39%, 7, Week 7: 32%, 12, Week 8: 29%, 10, Week 9: 42%, 7, Week 10: 32%, 10, Week 11: 33%, 2, Week 12: 34%, 7, Week 13: 47%, 5, Week 14: 73%, 13)
  • Tevin Coleman (Week 1: 26%, 9, Week 2: 10%, 5, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 18%, 6, Week 5: 9%, 4, Weeks 7-9: DNP, Week 10: 22%, 7, Week 11: 33%, 6, Week 12: 45%, 19, Week 13: 39%, 15, Week 14: DNP)
  • Austin Walter (Week 12: 24%, 10, Week 13: 14%, 3, Week 14: DNP)

 

Notes: Carter suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 11 and remains on I.R. And Coleman missed last week with a concussion while Walter was sick. There are just too many backs involved here in a really bad offense.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

  • Miles Sanders (Week 1: 66% snap rate, 20 opportunities, Week 2: 67%, 15, Week 3: 60%, 6, Week 4: 64%, 10, Week 5: 75%, 16, Week 6: 83%, 13, Week 7: 17%, 7, Weeks 8-10: DNP, Week 11: 46%, 17, Week 12: 33%, 10, Week 13: 58%, 27)
  • Kenneth Gainwell (Week 1: 35%, 12, Week 2: 33%, 9, Week 3: 31%, 5, Week 4: 39%, 11, Week 5: 24%, 5, Week 6: 23%, 2, Week 7: 51%, 13, Week 8: 31%, 13, Week 9: 19%, 2, Week 10: 31%, 3, Week 11: DNP, Week 12: 16%, 4, Week 13: 38%, 17)
  • Boston Scott (Week 7: 31%, 9, Week 8: 45%, 13, Week 9: 44%, 10, Week 10: 31%, 13, Week 11: 37%, 8, Week 12: 51%, 18, Week 13: 4%, 0)
  • Jordan Howard (Week 8: 25%, 12, Week 9: 40%, 17, Week 10: 38%, 12, Week 11: 17%, 10, Weeks 12-13: DNP)

 

Notes: The Eagles are coming off their bye week. Sanders still doesn’t have a touchdown this season but is averaging a robust 5.2 YPC on the season and is coming off a 24-120 evisceration of the Jets two weeks ago. If Sanders gets better touchdown luck the rest of the way, he could be a true league-winner in the Eagles’ run-heavy offense. Gainwell and Scott are mere RB3/FLEX plays fighting for work behind Sanders and run-happy QB Jalen Hurts.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • Najee Harris (Week 1: 100% snap rate, 19 opportunities, Week 2: 95%, 15, Week 3: 95%, 33, Week 4: 80%, 22, Week 5: 65%, 28, Week 6: 84%, 31, Week 8: 84%, 29, Week 9: 82%, 25, Week 10: 87%, 30, Week 11: 75%, 18, Week 12: 58%, 13, Week 13: 97%, 26, Week 14: 96%, 23)

 

Notes: Harris is an every-week RB1 based on volume alone, even if he’s running behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines while averaging 3.7 YPC. Harris is fourth among running backs, seeing 5.8 targets per game. He scored on the ground and through the air last week. Harris is the overall RB7 in half-PPR points per game. He’s on pace for 388 touches as a rookie.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

  • Elijah Mitchell (Week 1: 64% snap rate, 19 opportunities, Week 2: 61%, 19, Weeks 3-4: DNP, Week 5: 68%, 11, Week 7: 66%, 18, Week 8: 64%, 18, Week 9: 66%, 13, Week 10: 53%, 27, Week 11: DNP, Week 12: 70%, 33, Week 13: 84%, 25, Week 14: DNP)
  • JaMycal Hasty (Week 7: 34%, 9, Week 8: 34%, 5, Week 9: 34%, 5, Weeks 10-12: DNP, Week 13: 2%, 0, Week 14: 20%, 3)
  • Jeff Wilson (Week 10: 32%, 10, Week 11: 58%, 21, Week 12: 14%, 3, Week 13: 3%, 0, Week 14: 59%, 13)

 

Notes: Mitchell has now missed four games as a rookie with various injuries. He missed last week with a concussion and knee issue. Wilson and Hasty did nothing of note. But Deebo Samuel now has five rushing touchdowns on 27 carries over the last four weeks. This new backfield thing appears to be real for Samuel. Mitchell is a safe RB2 with RB1 upside when healthy, and Samuel looks like his change-of-pace to give the defense a different look and as a way to get the ball in Samuel’s hands. Wilson has flopped in his two games sans Mitchell.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • Alex Collins (Week 4: 39% snap rate, 12 opportunities, Week 5: 71%, 18, Week 6: 60%, 21, Week 7: 39%, 17, Week 8: 47%, 10, Week 10: 49%, 11, Week 11: 37%, 10, Week 12: 40%, 8, Week 13: DNP, Week 14: 23%, 8)
  • Rashaad Penny (Week 7: 36%, 6, Week 8: 19%, 7, Week 10: DNP, Week 11: 16%, 2, Week 12: DNP, Week 13: 41%, 11, Week 14: 57%, 17)

 

Notes: Chris Carson (neck) needs disc-fusion neck surgery and is done for the season. The Seahawks finally gave Penny a long look last week against the Texans. His 16 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns were all career-highs. Penny should be the easy lead back the rest of the way. Collins is dust and simply hasn’t done anything to deserve carries.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

  • Leonard Fournette (Week 1: 65% snap rate, 16 opportunities, Week 2: 49%, 15, Week 3: 36%, 7, Week 4: 82%, 25, Week 5: 62%, 17, Week 6: 63%, 28, Week 7: 53%, 19, Week 8: 61%, 13, Week 10: 65%, 20, Week 11: 59%, 16, Week 12: 81%, 25, Week 13: 87%, 21, Week 14: 80%, 26)
  • Ronald Jones (Week 1: 9%, 4, Week 2: 41%, 9, Week 3: 16%, 5, Week 4: 17%, 6, Week 5: 14%, 6, Week 6: 19%, 6, Week 7: 19%, 10, Week 8: 15%, 4, Week 10: 2%, 0, Week 11: 19%, 8, Week 12: 18%, 7, Week 13: 3%, 2, Week 14: 10%, 3)

 

Notes: Fournette is the overall RB7 on the season. Jones and Giovani Bernard simply aren’t even playing with Fournette running so hot. He’s been unbelievably good this season and a true league-winner, handling pass-game and red-zone work in the Bucs’ elite offense. Bernard is now headed to I.R. with hip and knee issues. Fournette is averaging 7.6 targets since Week 10.

TENNESSEE TITANS

  • Derrick Henry (Week 1: 62% snap rate, 21 opportunities, Week 2: 76%, 41, Week 3: 72%, 31, Week 4: 59%, 35, Week 5: 77%, 29, Week 6: 81%, 23, Week 7: 74%, 31, Week 8: 74%, 28, Weeks 9-14: DNP)
  • Jeremy McNichols (Week 1: 36%, 6, Week 2: 24%, 4, Week 3: 26%, 4, Week 4: 40%, 13, Week 5: 23%, 3, Week 6: 2%, 0, Week 7: 15%, 1, Week 8: 23%, 3, Week 9: 45%, 10, Week 10: 27%, 7, Weeks 11-12: DNP, Week 14: 38%, 9)
  • D’Onta Foreman (Week 9: 21%, 5, Week 10: 35%, 13, Week 11: 19%, 8, Week 12: 49%, 20, Week 14: 32%, 15)
  • Dontrell Hilliard (Week 11: 63%, 17, Week 12: 51%, 14, Week 14: 34%, 8)

 

Notes: Henry (foot) allegedly could be back for Week 18 and the playoffs. With Henry out and the other three backs healthy, the Titans are running a three-way RBBC with Foreman as the early-down grinder and McNichols and Hilliard handling most of the pass-game reps.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

  • Antonio Gibson (Week 1: 65% snap rate, 25 opportunities, Week 2: 61%, 15, Week 3: 57%, 14, Week 4: 55%, 16, Week 5: 57%, 22, Week 6: 39%, 13, Week 7: 42%, 16, Week 8: 33%, 11, Week 10: 63%, 26, Week 11: 49%, 19, Week 12: 68%, 36, Week 13: 82%, 29, Week 14: 68%, 12)
  • J.D. McKissic (Week 1: 36%, 1, Week 2: 44%, 10, Week 3: 46%, 5, Week 4: 40%, 12, Week 5: 41%, 6, Week 6: 61%, 18, Week 7: 64%, 10, Week 8: 46%, 11, Week 10: 38%, 6, Week 11: 46%, 11, Week 12: 39%, 12, Weeks 13-14: DNP)

 

Notes: Washington was never in the game against the Cowboys with four turnovers. Gibson’s snap share remained strong, but the touches weren’t there with the Football Team chasing points. Gibson has divisional dates the rest of the way against the Eagles, Cowboys, Eagles again, and Giants. He’s a strong RB2. McKissic has been sidelined with a concussion but is a PPR-specific RB2/3 when healthy.