Running Back Usage Report: Week 8



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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.

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

James Conner

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

72%

15

27

Week 2

21%

11

9

Week 3

60%

18

21

Week 4

66%

18

20

Week 5

35%

10

14

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Eno Benjamin

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

34%

7

12

Week 2

43%

12

18

Week 3

27%

9

13

Week 4

14%

6

5

Week 5

54%

12

25

Week 6

87%

18

39

Week 7

73%

17

24

Week 8

74%

16

36

Darrel Williams

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

46%

11

22

Week 3

17%

2

10

Week 4

21%

5

6

Week 5

12%

3

5

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 8

27%

8

15

Keaontay Ingram

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 3

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

13%

3

5

Week 7

30%

11

9

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Red-Zone Carries: Benjamin (12), Kyler Murray (11), Conner (8), Ingram (5), Williams (4), Rondale Moore (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Murray (4), Conner (3), Ingram (2), Benjamin (1), Williams (1)

Notes: Conner mass missed the last three weeks with his ribs issue. With Benjamin playing better than Conner did when he was healthy, the Cardinals have taken things slow with Conner, allowing him to get back to 100 percent. We should expect all three of Conner, Benjamin, and potentially even Williams to see snaps when all are healthy, making this backfield a mess.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Cordarrelle Patterson

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

65%

27

19

Week 2

59%

11

13

Week 3

61%

18

12

Week 4

29%

9

5

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Tyler Allgeier

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

31%

10

4

Week 3

37%

7

8

Week 4

44%

11

8

Week 5

59%

13

19

Week 6

57%

15

12

Week 7

62%

16

7

Week 8

60%

17

16

Caleb Huntley

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

5%

1

1

Week 3

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 4

22%

10

1

Week 5

24%

8

5

Week 6

34%

16

2

Week 7

23%

6

4

Week 8

36%

16

7

Avery Williams

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

31%

3

17

Week 2

25%

1

5

Week 3

7%

1

2

Week 4

13%

1

3

Week 5

26%

5

8

Week 6

12%

3

3

Week 7

15%

2

4

Week 8

7%

2

2

Red-Zone Carries: Allgeier (17), Huntley (14), Patterson (10), Marcus Mariota (10), Williams (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Allgeier (3), Mariota (3), Huntley (1)

Notes: Patterson (knee) has fulfilled his four missed games on injured reserve and returned to practice Wednesday. He's eligible to play starting in Week 9. Across Weeks 5-8 with Patterson out, Allgeier was fantasy's overall RB34 in half-PPR points per game and found the end zone in Weeks 7-8. We should expect the Falcons to keep using a three-man weave out of the backfield, even when Patterson is back. They run the ball enough to keep Patterson an RB2.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

J.K. Dobbins

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 3

43%

9

14

Week 4

50%

17

14

Week 5

40%

8

13

Week 6

27%

7

6

Week 7

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Gus Edwards

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 3

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

36%

16

4

Week 8

21%

11

2

Kenyan Drake

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

59%

12

15

Week 2

27%

6

7

Week 3

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

42%

5

10

Week 6

58%

12

17

Week 7

27%

12

3

Week 8

58%

11

24

Justice Hill

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

20%

4

9

Week 2

36%

3

5

Week 3

48%

6

10

Week 4

36%

10

10

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

31%

5

7

Week 8

21%

4

7

Mike Davis

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

13%

2

4

Week 2

31%

5

6

Week 3

2%

0

0

Week 4

3%

0

2

Week 5

8%

1

2

Week 6

8%

0

2

Week 7

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Red-Zone Carries: Lamar Jackson (12), Dobbins (7), Drake (7), Edwards (3), Davis (3), Hill (3), Devin Duvernay (2), Patrick Ricard (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Dobbins (3), Jackson (3), Davis (2), Edwards (1)

Notes: Dobbins re-injured his knee in Week 6 and was sent to injured reserve, knocking him out for at least two more games. Edwards then pulled his hamstring on a short week last Thursday night. Drake has been the lone constant and will have some RB2 appeal in Week 9 if Edwards needs to sit. Hill is merely a change-of-pace and two-minute, catch-up mode back.

BUFFALO BILLS

Devin Singletary

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

59%

10

18

Week 2

54%

10

28

Week 3

73%

20

39

Week 4

88%

16

33

Week 5

54%

8

19

Week 6

86%

22

30

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

75%

16

20

Zack Moss

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

37%

12

14

Week 2

19%

4

8

Week 3

17%

5

7

Week 4

9%

3

2

Week 5

29%

1

11

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

James Cook

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

5%

1

0

Week 2

26%

12

3

Week 3

12%

6

7

Week 4

3%

1

2

Week 5

18%

4

3

Week 6

14%

2

6

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

25%

6

7

Red-Zone Carries: Josh Allen (14), Singletary (9), Cook (3), Isaiah McKenzie (2), Case Keenum (2)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Allen (6), Singletary (2)

Notes: Singletary has been dominating the snaps and touches out of Buffalo's backfield but has produced just the overall RB32 numbers to this point. At the trade deadline Tuesday, the Bills swung a deal for Nyheim Hines, shipping Zack Moss to the Colts in the process. The acquisition of Hines certainly dings Singletary's fantasy value. Buffalo has been trying to find a pass-catching back for a while now after J.D. McKissic backed out of a deal in free agency. With all three of Singletary, Hines, and Cook to see snaps and Josh Allen being the team's best goal-line back, it's hard to really love any of these guys for fantasy as more than RB3 plays.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

D'Onta Foreman

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

13%

2

5

Week 2

5%

2

1

Week 3

7%

0

4

Week 4

8%

1

1

Week 5

4%

2

0

Week 6

23%

5

5

Week 7

54%

17

10

Week 8

68%

27

21

Chuba Hubbard

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

6%

1

1

Week 2

3%

0

1

Week 3

11%

3

2

Week 4

6%

0

2

Week 5

16%

0

7

Week 6

9%

3

2

Week 7

46%

12

11

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Red-Zone Carries: Foreman (9), Baker Mayfield (5), Spencer Brown (2), Hubbard (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Foreman (2)

Notes: After Foreman produced in place of an injured Derrick Henry last season, he's picked up right where he left off in Carolina after the Panthers traded Christian McCaffrey prior to Week 7. Foreman is fantasy's overall RB4 the last two weeks. He had an insane nine red-zone carries last week against the Falcons and converted both of his goal-line looks for touchdowns. Foreman has league-winning upside down the stretch for an offense that wants to run it.

CHICAGO BEARS

David Montgomery

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

66%

21

14

Week 2

80%

17

11

Week 3

17%

3

4

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

72%

16

18

Week 6

78%

16

30

Week 7

56%

15

12

Week 8

70%

18

21

Khalil Herbert

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

29%

10

4

Week 2

20%

5

4

Week 3

60%

22

14

Week 4

77%

20

17

Week 5

28%

4

7

Week 6

22%

7

7

Week 7

41%

14

10

Week 8

28%

16

3

Red-Zone Carries: Herbert (18), Justin Fields (15), Montgomery (15), Trestan Ebner (3), Velus Jones (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Herbert (6), Fields (6), Montgomery (1), Ebner (1)

Notes: In an offense that wants to run the ball as much as anyone else, both Montgomery and Herbert have back-end RB2 playability. Montgomery is seeing consistent volume, and Herbert has been the Bears' preferred back at the goal line to this point. Herbert is averaging a league-high 6.2 YPC, tying Travis Etienne and Tony Pollard for the top spot.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Joe Mixon

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

73%

36

38

Week 2

76%

23

24

Week 3

66%

19

25

Week 4

83%

28

21

Week 5

70%

17

20

Week 6

72%

13

24

Week 7

72%

20

24

Week 8

72%

17

25

Samaje Perine

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

26%

6

21

Week 2

20%

2

8

Week 3

34%

11

6

Week 4

19%

2

8

Week 5

30%

7

12

Week 6

25%

4

8

Week 7

29%

3

14

Week 8

25%

4

9

Red-Zone Carries: Mixon (23), Joe Burrow (8), Perine (1), Ja'Marr Chase (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Mixon (9), Burrow (4)

Notes: Mixon's usage is elite, and he's starting to score touchdowns with TDs in back-to-back games and three of the last five. He's second among all running backs with 23 red-zone carries, is second in routes run at the position, and has at least three catches in all eight games.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Nick Chubb

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

52%

23

10

Week 2

54%

20

15

Week 3

62%

24

14

Week 4

55%

22

15

Week 5

52%

18

14

Week 6

44%

14

16

Week 7

57%

19

15

Week 8

51%

24

7

Kareem Hunt

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

56%

15

22

Week 2

46%

15

12

Week 3

44%

16

17

Week 4

49%

13

16

Week 5

49%

14

18

Week 6

43%

5

18

Week 7

47%

7

16

Week 8

46%

15

15

Red-Zone Carries: Chubb (25), Hunt (19), Jacoby Brissett (10), D'Ernest Johnson (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Chubb (9), Hunt (4), Brissett (2)

Notes: First among all running backs in red-zone carries with 25, Chubb is probably the best pure running back in the NFL and is coming off his third multi-TD game. Chubb is fantasy's overall RB2. Hunt is still seeing enough to warrant every-week RB3/FLEX starts.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Ezekiel Elliott

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

58%

12

18

Week 2

67%

17

19

Week 3

64%

16

21

Week 4

64%

21

15

Week 5

65%

22

9

Week 6

61%

14

21

Week 7

49%

15

11

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Tony Pollard

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

55%

8

15

Week 2

39%

16

13

Week 3

44%

14

9

Week 4

39%

11

12

Week 5

42%

8

4

Week 6

40%

14

12

Week 7

65%

14

14

Week 8

53%

15

11

Red-Zone Carries: Pollard (10), Elliott (8), Dak Prescott (3), Malik Davis (1), CeeDee Lamb (1), KaVontae Turpin (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Elliott (5), Pollard (2)

Notes: Pollard's role didn't change all that much with Elliott sidelined in Week 8, but he did make the most of his opportunities with a 14/131/3 rushing line. Malik Davis filled in on 33% of the snaps, seeing 10 touches as the Pollard to Pollard's Zeke. Elliott should be expected to return after the Week 9 bye, and the Cowboys have said he'll remain the 1A in Dallas.

DENVER BRONCOS

Melvin Gordon

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

41%

14

13

Week 2

32%

11

9

Week 3

38%

18

13

Week 4

19%

4

5

Week 5

56%

18

21

Week 6

16%

3

5

Week 7

51%

15

27

Week 8

56%

13

22

Latavius Murray

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 3

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 4

NO

NO

NO

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

47%

16

9

Week 7

39%

11

15

Week 8

44%

16

11

Mike Boone

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

5%

1

2

Week 2

10%

0

5

Week 3

19%

1

11

Week 4

36%

6

12

Week 5

41%

10

19

Week 6

36%

5

12

Week 7

11%

4

3

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Red-Zone Carries: Gordon (12), Javonte Williams (4), Murray (4), Boone (1), Russell Wilson (1), KJ Hamler (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Gordon (5), Murray (2), Williams (1), Wilson (1)

Notes: Gordon has reclaimed “starting” duties in Denver, but Murray has remained involved on early downs and short-yardage situations. Now, the Broncos have acquired Chase Edmonds from the Dolphins in the Bradley Chubb trade. Look for Edmonds to fill the Boone role on passing downs and third-down, two-minute situations. It's tough to get excited about Edmonds.

DETROIT LIONS

D'Andre Swift

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

67%

18

25

Week 2

51%

10

21

Week 3

41%

11

22

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 7

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 8

55%

10

21

Jamaal Williams

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

33%

13

10

Week 2

34%

13

6

Week 3

45%

22

8

Week 4

50%

22

15

Week 5

33%

15

3

Week 6

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 7

44%

16

7

Week 8

37%

13

12

Craig Reynolds

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

15%

4

3

Week 3

17%

7

5

Week 4

32%

3

12

Week 5

47%

9

17

Week 6

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 7

34%

7

11

Week 8

8%

3

1

Red-Zone Carries: Williams (19), Swift (2), Reynolds (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Williams (10)

Notes: Swift still doesn't look right despite playing in Week 8. His ankle clearly isn't 100 percent. It's fair to wonder if we'll ever get the Week 1 version of Swift again this season. Williams has goal-line duties locked up and warrants every-week RB3/FLEX consideration for his TD upside.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Aaron Jones

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

61%

10

28

Week 2

59%

18

18

Week 3

63%

16

22

Week 4

62%

20

15

Week 5

73%

16

26

Week 6

56%

13

27

Week 7

74%

18

26

Week 8

67%

25

19

AJ Dillon

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

51%

16

16

Week 2

57%

21

15

Week 3

53%

15

14

Week 4

58%

19

20

Week 5

32%

6

10

Week 6

49%

16

19

Week 7

30%

4

8

Week 8

42%

11

14

Red-Zone Carries: Jones (10), Dillon (9), Christian Watson (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Dillon (2), Jones (1)

Notes: The Packers have expressed multiple times already this season that they've been wanting to get the ball in Jones' hands more. His snaps and touches have ramped up in recent weeks. And despite the Packers losing to Buffalo last week, Jones had his best rushing game of the year. He's an RB1/2. I've seen Dillon dropped in some leagues. He would still be an RB1 if Jones would ever need to miss action. Dillon is tough to get behind as anything more than a standalone RB3/FLEX with Jones healthy, however. He still should be rostered in 12-teamers.

HOUSTON TEXANS

Dameon Pierce

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

29%

12

5

Week 2

62%

16

15

Week 3

59%

22

9

Week 4

68%

20

19

Week 5

79%

31

13

Week 6

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 7

52%

24

12

Week 8

78%

20

20

Rex Burkhead

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

71%

22

25

Week 2

37%

3

20

Week 3

41%

8

15

Week 4

32%

5

15

Week 5

21%

6

9

Week 6

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 7

35%

8

19

Week 8

19%

1

8

Red-Zone Carries: Pierce (16), Burkhead (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Pierce (5)

Notes: Thoroughly dominating the playing time and carries, Pierce's role is fantastic. He's the centerpiece of coach Lovie Smith's run-centric offense, even if the offense is bad overall. Pierce caught a garbage-time touchdown last week, another good sign he's way ahead of Burkhead.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Jonathan Taylor

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

76%

38

34

Week 2

74%

10

22

Week 3

76%

26

25

Week 4

88%

23

29

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

55%

18

22

Week 8

69%

17

17

Nyheim Hines

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

28%

9

22

Week 2

30%

6

14

Week 3

45%

9

22

Week 4

32%

3

12

Week 5

4%

3

2

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

38%

9

18

Week 8

36%

7

12

Deon Jackson

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

4%

2

0

Week 3

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

58%

17

25

Week 6

67%

22

34

Week 7

8%

2

3

Week 8

3%

1

1

Phillip Lindsay

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 3

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

38%

15

11

Week 6

33%

6

16

Week 7

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Red-Zone Carries: Taylor (14), Hines (4), Jackson (3), Sam Ehlinger (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Taylor (4), Hines (1), Jackson (1), Ehlinger (1)

Notes: Taylor tried to play through his ankle issue in Week 8 but needed to get it re-taped early on and hasn't looked at all like his 2021 version. Taylor is now back on the sideline, registering a DNP Wednesday, and the Colts traded Nyheim Hines to the Bills for a pick and Zack Moss. If Taylor can't play Week 9, Deon Jackson immediately again becomes a plug-and-play RB2.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Travis Etienne

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

51%

8

22

Week 2

37%

12

14

Week 3

43%

16

14

Week 4

51%

9

14

Week 5

53%

15

27

Week 6

46%

12

13

Week 7

80%

19

20

Week 8

79%

27

20

JaMycal Hasty

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

4%

0

1

Week 2

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 3

4%

1

2

Week 4

6%

2

3

Week 5

4%

1

0

Week 6

16%

3

6

Week 7

6%

1

2

Week 8

22%

8

10

Red-Zone Carries: Etienne (18), Trevor Lawrence (9), Zay Jones (2), Evan Engram (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Etienne (6), Lawrence (4)

Notes: With James Robinson removed from the offense the last two weeks, Etienne has posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and is fantasy's RB7 since Week 7. He leads the league with his 6.2 YPC average. Hasty has taken over RB2 duties in Jacksonville and is worth looking into in deeper formats as a bench stash with only Etienne ahead of him.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

39%

10

13

Week 2

44%

12

14

Week 3

40%

12

17

Week 4

56%

21

22

Week 5

43%

13

18

Week 6

42%

9

17

Week 7

27%

7

8

Week 8

BYE

BYE

BYE

Jerick McKinnon

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

39%

8

17

Week 2

47%

6

14

Week 3

52%

8

20

Week 4

22%

3

10

Week 5

53%

11

23

Week 6

43%

5

20

Week 7

44%

5

16

Week 8

BYE

BYE

BYE

Isiah Pacheco

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

23%

12

4

Week 2

9%

2

2

Week 3

8%

3

2

Week 4

21%

11

5

Week 5

3%

1

1

Week 6

15%

4

6

Week 7

30%

8

7

Week 8

BYE

BYE

BYE

Red-Zone Carries: Edwards-Helaire (8), McKinnon (8), Pacheco (6), Patrick Mahomes (6), Travis Kelce (2), Mike Burton (1), Noah Gray (1), Mecole Hardman (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Edwards-Helaire (3), McKinnon (3), Pacheco (2), Kelce (1), Gray (1), Hardman (1)

Notes: Edwards-Helaire is fantasy's overall RB20 now thanks to an insane touchdown rate. Game-by-game, this rotation seems to change, with all three of CEH, McKinnon, and Pacheco seeing playing time. Pacheco got the “start” in Week 7, but playing time remains split pretty evenly. It's hard to truly love any of these backs for fantasy, but if one of them ever goes down, the other two would be surefire fantasy starters. The touches are just spread out too much.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Josh Jacobs

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

60%

11

17

Week 2

72%

20

17

Week 3

64%

19

27

Week 4

89%

34

24

Week 5

81%

26

16

Week 6

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 7

80%

24

17

Week 8

55%

14

17

Red-Zone Carries: Jacobs (19), Zamir White (2)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Jacobs (5)

Notes: Jacobs is legitimately playing out of his mind in a contract year, averaging 5.6 YPC on the season with six touchdowns in his last four games. He's also getting pass-game work with at least four targets in five straight games. Jacobs is fantasy's overall RB4 on the year.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Austin Ekeler

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

49%

18

14

Week 2

63%

24

31

Week 3

56%

12

25

Week 4

59%

20

24

Week 5

59%

20

19

Week 6

66%

30

35

Week 7

77%

21

41

Week 8

BYE

BYE

BYE

Sony Michel

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

24%

7

9

Week 2

12%

5

2

Week 3

23%

7

6

Week 4

24%

9

5

Week 5

3%

1

0

Week 6

32%

11

14

Week 7

18%

5

11

Week 8

BYE

BYE

BYE

Joshua Kelley

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

27%

6

10

Week 2

25%

6

10

Week 3

21%

3

7

Week 4

20%

6

9

Week 5

38%

12

12

Week 6

2%

0

2

Week 7

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 8

BYE

BYE

BYE

Red-Zone Carries: Ekeler (12), Kelley (5), Michel (5), Justin Herbert (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Michel (2)

Notes: Ekeler is fantasy's overall RB1 and doing all of the heavy lifting for the Los Angeles offense. Dealing with major injuries all over the roster, Ekeler is the only guy left. He has multiple touchdowns in three of the last four games and eight total in that span. He's on pace to catch over 120 passes and run for 900-plus yards. Ekeler is carrying fantasy squads.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Darrell Henderson

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

82%

18

39

Week 2

56%

10

20

Week 3

50%

5

15

Week 4

59%

11

31

Week 5

57%

5

26

Week 6

71%

15

21

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

41%

6

15

Cam Akers

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

18%

3

10

Week 2

43%

18

8

Week 3

50%

12

4

Week 4

38%

9

14

Week 5

31%

14

5

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

DNP

DNP

DNP

Malcolm Brown

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 3

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 4

3%

0

1

Week 5

12%

0

5

Week 6

25%

8

4

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

22%

5

2

Ronnie Rivers

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 3

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

5%

2

1

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

36%

12

12

Red-Zone Carries: Akers (8), Henderson (7), Brown (3), Rivers (1), Matthew Stafford (1), Ben Skowronek (1), Brandon Powell (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Akers (2), Henderson (2), Brown (2)

Notes:Ronnie Rivers” got the start for the Rams last week but predictably didn't do anything to convince the coaches he's any sort of answer. After not trading Akers at the deadline, the Rams are trying to get him back involved after he was told to stay home the last three weeks. The Los Angeles line can't block, so we shouldn't expect anyone to emerge as a reliable RB2.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Raheem Mostert

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

42%

6

13

Week 2

55%

14

24

Week 3

56%

10

11

Week 4

72%

18

26

Week 5

69%

21

20

Week 6

62%

16

27

Week 7

71%

21

27

Week 8

65%

15

20

Chase Edmonds

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

63%

16

21

Week 2

51%

8

24

Week 3

44%

7

8

Week 4

28%

8

9

Week 5

15%

3

5

Week 6

40%

4

24

Week 7

29%

9

10

Week 8

24%

4

9

Red-Zone Carries: Mostert (11), Edmonds (5), Tua Tagovailoa (4), Alec Ingold (2), Tyreek Hill (1), Durham Smythe (1), Teddy Bridgewater (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Edmonds (2), Ingold (2), Mostert (1), Smythe (1)

Notes: The Dolphins quickly gave up on the Edmonds experiment, trading him to the Broncos in the Bradley Chubb trade Tuesday. They replaced him by acquiring Jeff Wilson from the 49ers. Look for Mostert's snaps to be dialed back in order to keep him healthy. Wilson already knows the offense after playing for coach Mike McDaniel in San Francisco. Both backs have fantasy value the rest of the way as RB2/FLEX plays and touchdown viability in a high-scoring offense.

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Dalvin Cook

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

77%

25

23

Week 2

69%

12

31

Week 3

61%

17

14

Week 4

62%

22

20

Week 5

57%

20

17

Week 6

87%

14

16

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

76%

26

22

Alexander Mattison

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

23%

8

6

Week 2

31%

7

16

Week 3

39%

8

11

Week 4

38%

4

15

Week 5

43%

13

17

Week 6

13%

1

4

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

24%

5

7

Red-Zone Carries: Cook (12), Mattison (6), Kirk Cousins (2), Justin Jefferson (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Cook (4), Cousins (1), Jefferson (1)

Notes: Cook remains an every-week RB1 thanks to touchdown scoring, but his pass-game role has really left a lot to be desired much of the season, though he is coming off a season-high six targets in Week 8. Cook's arrow is trending upward, and he's up to the overall RB9 on the year.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Rhamondre Stevenson

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

25%

10

5

Week 2

62%

11

23

Week 3

62%

17

25

Week 4

55%

19

13

Week 5

90%

27

14

Week 6

86%

24

20

Week 7

77%

19

22

Week 8

63%

24

23

Damien Harris

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

39%

12

10

Week 2

40%

17

9

Week 3

38%

14

11

Week 4

45%

19

6

Week 5

10%

5

1

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

17%

5

5

Week 8

41%

13

17

Red-Zone Carries: Stevenson (16), Harris (8), Mac Jones (4), Kevin Harris (2), Tyquan Thornton (2), Kendrick Bourne (1), Bailey Zappe (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Stevenson (5), Harris (2), Jones (1)

Notes: Stevenson is fantasy's overall RB7 over the last four weeks and has claimed No. 1 duties in New England's run-centric offense. Harris will remain involved enough to warrant RB3/FLEX startability, but he's extremely reliant on scoring touchdowns.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Alvin Kamara

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

62%

13

17

Week 2

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 3

70%

22

26

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

73%

29

18

Week 6

69%

28

24

Week 7

72%

20

28

Week 8

72%

28

22

Mark Ingram

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

33%

5

10

Week 2

37%

12

9

Week 3

33%

5

7

Week 4

48%

13

12

Week 5

22%

9

3

Week 6

33%

11

9

Week 7

28%

7

13

Week 8

8%

1

4

Red-Zone Carries: Kamara (10), Taysom Hill (7), Ingram (3), Andy Dalton (2)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Kamara (2), Dalton (2), Hill (1)

Notes: Kamara got the touchdown monkey off his back in Week 8, finding the end zone three times. He's up to fantasy's overall RB4 in half-PPR since returning from injury in Week 5. The move to Andy Dalton at quarterback has been a major boon to Kamara's pass-game role.

NEW YORK GIANTS

Saquon Barkley

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

83%

25

21

Week 2

84%

25

34

Week 3

92%

18

35

Week 4

94%

33

16

Week 5

69%

19

19

Week 6

88%

25

22

Week 7

81%

28

19

Week 8

80%

25

27

Red-Zone Carries: Barkley (22), Daniel Jones (13), Matt Breida (4), Gary Brightwell (2), Daniel Bellinger (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Barkley (7), Jones (4), Brightwell (1), Bellinger (1)

Notes: Fantasy's overall RB6, Barkley is the engine of the Giants' offense. In a contract year, the Giants are running the wheels off Barkley. He's legitimately the Giants' RB1 and WR1, leading the team in routes and catches as well as all rushing categories.

NEW YORK JETS

Michael Carter

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

60%

19

26

Week 2

61%

12

25

Week 3

49%

13

19

Week 4

44%

12

14

Week 5

42%

12

8

Week 6

49%

7

9

Week 7

73%

15

19

Week 8

56%

14

20

James Robinson

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

JAX

JAX

JAX

Week 2

JAX

JAX

JAX

Week 3

JAX

JAX

JAX

Week 4

JAX

JAX

JAX

Week 5

JAX

JAX

JAX

Week 6

JAX

JAX

JAX

Week 7

JAX

JAX

JAX

Week 8

22%

6

2

Red-Zone Carries: Carter (15), Zach Wilson (3), Ty Johnson (1), Braxton Berrios (1), Tyler Conklin (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Carter (3), Wilson (1), Conklin (1)

Notes: Just a devastating, sad torn ACL for Breece Hall in Week 7. He's done for the year, and the Jets immediately traded for James Robinson last week. The Jets plan to ease Robinson into the offense, so look for Carter to pace this backfield until Robinson is up to speed. Carter looks like he'll have RB2 volume in the coming weeks in an offense that wants to run the ball. There's a chance Carter just keeps hold of this backfield the rest of the season.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Miles Sanders

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

52%

15

18

Week 2

53%

20

14

Week 3

59%

16

19

Week 4

67%

30

15

Week 5

74%

18

26

Week 6

62%

19

15

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

51%

9

11

Kenneth Gainwell

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

30%

9

10

Week 2

26%

4

12

Week 3

31%

3

16

Week 4

27%

7

12

Week 5

22%

3

5

Week 6

24%

5

8

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

25%

2

11

Boston Scott

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

18%

4

6

Week 2

21%

5

10

Week 3

10%

2

4

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

14%

6

2

Week 7

BYE

BYE

BYE

Week 8

23%

7

4

Red-Zone Carries: Jalen Hurts (25), Sanders (17), Gainwell (5), Scott (1), Zach Pascal (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Hurts (10), Sanders (3), Gainwell (1), Scott (1)

Notes: Fantasy's overall RB17, Sanders is a locked-in every-week RB2 as the lead back in Philly's hyper-efficient rushing attack. Even if Hurts is commanding a lot of the goal-line looks, Sanders' volume is valuable. He's a comfortable fantasy start every week.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Najee Harris

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

59%

12

15

Week 2

71%

21

19

Week 3

80%

18

15

Week 4

75%

18

16

Week 5

49%

15

15

Week 6

69%

17

17

Week 7

77%

21

26

Week 8

71%

14

28

Jaylen Warren

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

37%

4

10

Week 2

29%

5

11

Week 3

20%

5

3

Week 4

25%

4

10

Week 5

51%

10

28

Week 6

31%

2

12

Week 7

23%

4

10

Week 8

29%

9

13

Red-Zone Carries: Harris (14), Warren (4), Kenny Pickett (3), Chase Claypool (1), Diontae Johnson (1), Mitch Trubisky (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Harris (3), Pickett (2), Claypool (1), Trubisky (1)

Notes: Harris is averaging over 16.5 touches per game, but he's averaging just 3.3 YPC and hasn't rushed for a touchdown since Week 3. Warren still isn't seeing enough to warrant any standalone value, but he's a strong bench stash as the clear RB2 in Pittsburgh behind a guy in Harris who battled a Lisfranc sprain over the summer and looks cooked at 24 years old.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Christian McCaffrey

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

CAR

CAR

CAR

Week 2

CAR

CAR

CAR

Week 3

CAR

CAR

CAR

Week 4

CAR

CAR

CAR

Week 5

CAR

CAR

CAR

Week 6

CAR

CAR

CAR

Week 7

28%

10

11

Week 8

81%

27

18

Jeff Wilson

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

59%

11

17

Week 2

49%

20

10

Week 3

73%

15

19

Week 4

66%

18

9

Week 5

58%

19

15

Week 6

52%

8

19

Week 7

33%

8

13

Week 8

36%

6

11

Red-Zone Carries: Wilson (12), McCaffrey (5), Tevin Coleman (4), Jimmy Garoppolo (4), Trey Lance (4), Deebo Samuel (3), Tyrion Davis-Price (3), Kyle Juszczyk (3), Elijah Mitchell (1)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Wilson (5), Garoppolo (3), Juszczyk (2), McCaffrey (1), Samuel (1), Coleman (1), Davis-Price (1)

Notes: The 49ers easEd McCaffrey into the game plan Week 7 on a short week but fully unleashed him in Week 8. He was the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson to throw for, run for, and catch a touchdown all in the same game. It was enough for the Niners to trade Jeff Wilson to the Dolphins on Tuesday. CMC is fantasy's overall RB1 the rest of the way.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Ken Walker

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 2

24%

7

5

Week 3

13%

6

4

Week 4

36%

9

8

Week 5

58%

8

13

Week 6

69%

24

15

Week 7

73%

23

18

Week 8

77%

20

19

Travis Homer

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

35%

1

11

Week 2

45%

6

11

Week 3

3%

1

0

Week 4

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 5

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 6

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 7

DNP

DNP

DNP

Week 8

22%

3

9

Red-Zone Carries: Walker (18), Rashaad Penny (5), Geno Smith (5)

Inside-The-Five Carries: Walker (1)

Notes: Walker is fantasy's overall RB7 over the last three weeks since taking over for an injured Rashaad Penny. Walker doesn't have much of a pass-game role and is pretty reliant on scoring touchdowns, but he's a rock-solid RB1/2 in Seattle's efficient offense.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Leonard Fournette

Snap Rate

Opportunities

Pass Routes

Week 1

76%

23

22

Week 2

87%

28

25

Week 3

91%

18

32

Week 4

61%

10