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Backfield Report

Devin Singletary is in a Prime Week 17 Spot Against Atlanta

by Nick Mensio
Updated On: December 30, 2021, 12:53 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, Week 15: 39%, 7, Week 16: 92%, 25)
  • 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, Week 15: 44%, 10, Week 16: DNP)

 

Notes: Conner (heel) didn’t play in Week 16, and Edmonds finished as the week’s RB6, setting season highs across the board with 127 yards and a touchdown on 25 touches. Conner is expected back for Week 17. Both will be RB2 plays with upside against the Cowboys.

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, Week 15: 62%, 13, Week 16: 54%, 9)
  • 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, Week 15: 45%, 7, Week 16: 57%, 8)

 

Notes: Patterson has totaled 36 yards over the last two weeks, and his pass-game usage has evaporated with 1, 5, and -1 receiving yards over the last three weeks. Patterson has been fantasy's RB35 since Week 13. Davis is little more than a TD-dependent RB3/4.

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, Week 15: 41%, 10, Week 16: 29%, 6)
  • 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, Week 15: 56%, 7, Week 16: 56%, 8)

 

Notes: Freeman has a total of 12 carries over the last two weeks with the Ravens playing from behind, but he did save his Week 16 with a touchdown plunge. Freeman is a TD-dependent and touch-based RB2 playing in an offense that should get Lamar Jackson (ankle) back this week.

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, Weeks 14-15: DNP, Week 16: 33%, 4)
  • 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, Week 15: 93%, 23, Week 16: 68%, 18)
  • Matt Breida (Week 10: 14%, 6, Week 11: 32%, 7, Week 12: 32%, 11, Week 13: 12%, 2, Week 14: 14%, 4, Week 15: 4%, 1, Week 16: DNP)

 

Notes: Singletary is the lone constant here, as both Moss and Breida have been rotating DNPs based on matchups and performance. Singletary looks like a strong RB2 play with upside for fantasy championship week against a talent-deficient Falcons defense.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • Chuba Hubbard (Week 1: 11% snap rate, 2 opportunities, 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, Week 15: 47%, 9, Week 16: 49%, 7)
  • 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, Week 15: 53%, 8, Week 16: 33%, 8)

 

Notes: This is an offense to stream defenses against with Christian McCaffrey out for the season. Hubbard and Abdullah split things down the middle. Neither is an efficient runner.

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, Week 15: 70%, 24, Week 16: 78%, 30)
  • 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, Week 15: 23%, 4, Week 16: 11%, 3)

 

Notes: Montgomery is a volume-based, every-week RB2, and he finally found the end zone again last week in Seattle. Montgomery’s PPR floor has been raised considerably, too, with 28 targets over the last four weeks. Montgomery gets another tasty Week 17 date with the Giants.

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, Week 15: 58%, 18, Week 16: 82%, 24)
  • 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, Week 15: 30%, 6, Week 16: 14%, 2)

 

Notes: Mixon’s 82% snap rate last week was his highest since Week 2, and his six catches marked a new season-high. He totaled over 100 yards for the sixth time this season and scored both on the ground and through the air. Mixon is an elite every-week RB1 as the Bengals’ offensive focal point. Week 17 could be a back-and-forth affair with the Chiefs.

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, Week 15: 66%, 24, Week 16: 60%, 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, Weeks 15-16: DNP)
  • 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, Week 15: 32%, 5, Week 16: 38%, 6)

 

Notes: With Hunt (ankle, COVID) out the last two weeks, Chubb is fantasy’s overall RB1 in that span with touchdowns in back-to-back games and more involvement in the pass game. One of the league’s most efficient runners, Chubb is a safe RB1 in the Browns’ run-heavy offense. 

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, Week 15: 62%, 20, Week 16: 58%, 10)
  • 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, Week 15: 41%, 15, Week 16: 34%, 11)

 

Notes: Elliott is scoring touchdowns – he scored his 11th and 12th touchdowns of the year last week on 10 touches vs. Washington – but his efficiency is lacking. Elliott is playing through a knee injury that he doesn’t expect to be 100% until the playoffs. Still, playing in one of the league’s most explosive offenses and getting heavy goal-line usage, Zeke is a high-end RB2.

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, Week 15: 41%, 16, Week 16: 55%, 8)
  • 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, Week 15: 59%, 19, Week 16: 52%, 9)

 

Notes: Gordon and Williams are both weekly RB2’s with RB1 upside in the Broncos’ run-heavy offense. Both have multi-touchdown potential in games the Broncos stay competitive. Drew Lock playing quarterback, however, makes Denver incompetent. And it hurt both running backs last week, handling a combined season-low in touches for the duo.

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 13-16: 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, Weeks 14-15: DNP, Week 16: 42%, 19)
  • Craig Reynolds (Week 14: 46%, 13, Week 15: 65%, 27, Week 16: 40%, 15)

 

Notes: Swift (shoulder) has missed the last five games basically after getting hurt 10 snaps into Week 12. Practicing fully now, Swift is expected back for Week 17. He’s unlikely to see the workload he was getting before the injury with Williams and Reynolds healthy and involved. Treat Swift as a risk-reward RB2 option. Williams and Reynolds are mere RB4 plays.

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, Week 15: 63%, 15, Week 16: 56%, 18)
  • 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, Week 15: 37%, 8, Week 16: 44%, 12)

 

Notes: The Jones-Dillon timeshare isn’t going away. Both are RB2 plays with RB1 upside when they score touchdowns. Coach Matt LaFleur wants to get both backs equal touches, and the split has pretty much been right down the middle over the last four weeks.

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, Week 15: 20%, 7, Week 16: 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, Week 15: 64%, 19, Week 16: 62%, 24)
  • Royce Freeman (Week 14: 54%, 19, Week 15: 15%, 3, Week 16: 35%, 12)

 

Notes: There’s no fantasy value in this inefficient backfield behind a brutal offensive line, even though Burkhead is coming off an outlier Week 16 where he totaled 149 yards and two touchdowns on 24 touches against the COVID-stricken Chargers. Johnson is back from COVID.

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, Week 15: 98%, 29, Week 16: 79%, 29)
  • 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, Week 15: 19%, 2, Week 16: 26%, 4)

 

Notes: Taylor is the overall RB1 every week. Simple as that. He’s in the MVP discussion.

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, Week 15: 84%, 24, Week 16: 15%, 3)
  • 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, Weeks 15-16: DNP)
  • Dare Ogunbowale (Week 16: 82%, 21)

 

Notes: Robinson and Hyde (concussion) are done for the year after Robinson tore his Achilles’ in the first quarter last week. Ogunbowale was all the Jaguars had left. Ryquell Armstead and Mekhi Sargent are candidates to handle early-down carries over the final two weeks. Be careful not to read too much into Ogunbowale’s snaps and touches from Week 16. Sargent had just been claimed off waivers from the Rams, and Armstead was inactive.

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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, Week 15: 71%, 13, Week 16: 30%, 10)
  • 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, Week 15: 29%, 6, Week 16: 42%, 14)
  • Derrick Gore (Week 16: 28%, 15)

 

Notes: Edwards-Helaire was injured again in Week 16, going down with a collarbone issue. He avoided a major injury, but CEH is expected to miss at least Week 17. Williams will be in the RB2 discussion while Gore might handle some early-down and short-yardage work.

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, Week 15: 65%, 19, Week 16: 70%, 30)
  • Peyton Barber (Week 14: 11%, 4, Week 15: 19%, 6, Week 16: 17%, 6)

 

Notes: With Darren Waller out the last four weeks, Jacobs has been the clear focal point of Vegas’ offense. His snap share and playing time has generally been trending upward the last two months, and Jacobs has settled in as a borderline RB1/2 seeing heavy usage in the passing game with Kenyan Drake (foot) now done for the season.

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, Week 15: 34%, 16, Week 16: DNP)
  • Justin Jackson (Week 15: 54%, 14, Week 16: 73%, 20)

 

Notes: Ekeler is as safe of an RB1 as there is in one of the league’s more talented offenses, but he’s coming back from COVID this week and could see a decreased workload after Jackson filled in admirably against the Texans last week. Ekeler remains a must-start in season-long formats, but the risk is definitely there.

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, Week 15: 27%, 8, Week 16: 7%, 1)
  • 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, Week 15: 73%, 20, Week 16: 90%, 31)

 

Notes: Henderson is out for at least the next three weeks with a sprained MCL. We won’t see him again until the playoffs. Cam Akers (Achilles’) may make his season debut this week, but we shouldn’t expect him to play a major role. Michel fantasy’s overall RB10 in half-PPR points per game over the last four weeks and is a locked-in RB1 the rest of the way.

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, Week 15: 37%, 10, Week 16: 31%, 6)
  • 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 8-16: 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, Weeks 15-16: DNP)
  • Phillip Lindsay (Week 12: 20%, 12, Weeks 13-15: DNP, Week 16: 29%, 13)
  • Duke Johnson (Week 15: 58%, 23, Week 16: 35%, 13)

 

Notes: Miami is rotating three backs, using Gaskin on passing downs and Lindsay and Johnson as pure runners. It makes all three useless for fantasy purposes.

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, Week 15: 89%, 31, Week 16: DNP)
  • 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, Week 15: DNP, Week 16: 75%, 17)

 

Notes: Cook is an every-week top-three RB1, dominating carries with huge volume in this Minnesota offense. He has 30-touch upside any time he takes the field and was activated from the COVID list Wednesday after being forced to miss last week’s loss to the Rams.

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, Week 15: DNP, Week 16: 48%, 18)
  • 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, Week 15: 56%, 9, Week 16: 53%, 7)
  • 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, Week 15: 46%, 11, Week 16: DNP)

 

Notes: Harris is coming off the overall RB1 week after scoring three times against the Bills. With multi-touchdown upside every time he takes the field in New England’s run-dominant offense, Harris is a more explosive LeGarrette Blount and safe-floor RB2. Stevenson is back from the COVID list after missing Week 16, but he’s little more than an RB3 with Harris healthy.

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, Week 15: 61%, 17, Week 16: 60%, 17)
  • 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, Week 15: 49%, 11, Week 16: 46%, 4)

 

Notes: Kamara didn’t have a chance with rookie Ian Book under center in Week 16 against the Dolphins. With Taysom Hill back from COVID this week, Kamara is a much safer RB1 against a Panthers team riddled with COVID positives and Carolina playing out the string of its season.

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, Week 15: 59%, 23, Week 16: 34%, 16)
  • 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, Week 15: 44%, 10, Week 16: 54%, 10)

 

Notes: Barkley hasn’t rushed for a touchdown since Week 4 and is lacking efficiency behind a brutal offensive line with Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm playing quarterback. Booker is starting to eat more into Barkley’s snaps, rendering the latter as a low-floor RB2 option.

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, Week 15: 54%, 10, Week 16: 74%, 19)
  • 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, Week 15: DNP, Week 16: 2%, 0)
  • 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, Week 15: 37%, 8, Week 16: 33%, 15)

 

Notes: Carter played a season-high 74% of the snaps last week against the lowly Jaguars and looks back to 100% after spending Weeks 12-14 on injured reserve. He and Tevin Coleman have settled in as the Jets’ backfield tandem with Carter solidifying himself as a back-end RB2.

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, Week 15: 49%, 20, Week 16: 30%, 10)
  • 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, Week 15: 8%, 1, Week 16: 3%, 1)
  • 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, Week 15: DNP, Week 16: 32%, 12)
  • Jordan Howard (Week 8: 25%, 12, Week 9: 40%, 17, Week 10: 38%, 12, Week 11: 17%, 10, Weeks 12-13: DNP, Week 15: 48%, 15, Week 16: 35%, 13)

 

Notes: Sanders is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a broken hand. Howard is battling a neck stinger. Scott is one of the top waiver adds of the week. He and Howard should both see double-digit carries in Philly’s run-heavy offense as RB2 plays.

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, Week 15: 100%, 17, Week 16: 78%, 26)

 

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.

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, Weeks 14-16: DNP)
  • Jeff Wilson (Week 10: 32%, 10, Week 11: 58%, 21, Week 12: 14%, 3, Week 13: 3%, 0, Week 14: 59%, 13, Week 15: 88%, 23, Week 16: 75%, 17)

 

Notes: Mitchell practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and looks ready to return after missing three weeks. With Wilson playing well and Mitchell showing he’s injury-prone, look for the Niners to ease Mitchell back in and use all three of Wilson, Mitchell, and Deebo Samuel as runners.

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, Weeks 15-16: DNP)
  • 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, Week 15: 42%, 13, Week 16: 54%, 18)
  • DeeJay Dallas (Week 15: 58%, 12, Week 16: 39%, 8)

 

Notes: Penny has passed Collins on the depth chart and is Seattle’s locked-in early-down back with Dallas handling pass-game work. Penny is an upside RB2 who produces big plays.

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, Week 15: 45%, 16, Week 16: DNP)
  • 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, Week 15: 30%, 10, Week 16: 52%, 23)
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn (Week 16: 36%, 8)

 

Notes: Fournette is done for the season with a hamstring issue that will keep him out until the playoffs. With Giovani Bernard (knee, hip) also on I.R. already, the Bucs signed washed-up Le’Veon Bell last week. Jones is a top-12 fantasy option in Tampa Bay’s elite offense.

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 9-15: 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, Week 15: 29%, 9, Week 16: 42%, 8)
  • D’Onta Foreman (Week 9: 21%, 5, Week 10: 35%, 13, Week 11: 19%, 8, Week 12: 49%, 20, Week 14: 32%, 15, Week 15: 39%, 25, Week 16: 34%, 9)
  • Dontrell Hilliard (Week 11: 63%, 17, Week 12: 51%, 14, Week 14: 34%, 8, Week 15: 36%, 15, Week 16: 21%, 7)

 

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 RB2 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, Week 15: 78%, 22, Week 16: 37%, 10)
  • 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 13-16: DNP)

 

Notes: McKissic was placed on I.R. ahead of Week 15, so he could be done for the season. Gibson briefly left Week 15’s win over the Eagles with a toe issue, but he was able to return, and now he’s battling some sort of hip problem. Still, Gibson is an every-week RB1/2 with McKissic done for the year, allowing Gibson to rack up more targets in the pass game to add onto his secure early-down, goal-line workload.