Week 13 Backfield Report: Joe Mixon in midst of career year

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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

  • 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 10-11: 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)

  • Eno Benjamin (Week 9: 24%, 9, Week 10: 27%, 7, Week 11: 22%, 7)

Notes: Arizona is coming off its bye week. Edmonds remains on I.R. with a high-ankle sprain and will need to miss at least one more week. Conner has touchdowns in five straight games and eight of the last nine. He’s second in the NFL with his 12 rushing scores, trailing Jonathan Taylor by two after Taylor scored five times in Week 11. Conner is a high-end RB1 for however long Edmonds is on the shelf and has likely earned an even bigger slice of the pie once Edmonds does return. Conner has two 26-touch games in the last three contests.

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)

  • 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)

  • Wayne Gallman (Week 10: 43%, 17, Week 11: 4%, 1, Week 12: 8%, 4)

  • Qadree Ollison (Week 11: 48%, 12, Week 12: DNP) 

Notes: After coach Arthur Smith said Qadree Ollison had “earned the right” for more carries, Ollison missed Week 12 with an illness. The good news is Patterson returned after missing the previous game with an ankle injury. He picked up right where he’d left off as the engine of the Atlanta offense. Patterson recorded his second-ever 100-yard rushing game against the Jaguars and scored twice on the ground. He’s up to the overall RB6 on the season and is seventh among all running backs, seeing 5.2 targets per game. Davis has been no threat.

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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)

  • 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)

Notes: Lamar Jackson is the Ravens’ true RB1. With Ty’Son Williams relegated to special teams work when active on game days and Le’Veon Bell released in November, the Ravens have narrowed their backfield down to veterans Freeman and Murray. Freeman has taken 1A duties and is averaging 16.75 touches per game over the last four contests. He’s a solid, if unspectacular, RB2 with Murray looking as washed up as ever off his ankle injury.

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)

  • 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)

  • Matt Breida (Week 10: 14%, 6, Week 11: 32%, 7, Week 12: 32%, 11)

Notes: Moss was again healthy-scratched on Thanksgiving night against the Saints. Singletary registered a season-high 15 carries in that one while Breida scored his third touchdown in as many games since being added to the gameday roster. He easily looks like the freshest, most explosive back in Buffalo. If forced to pick, Breida is the preferred RB3/FLEX play.

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)

  • Ameer Abdullah (Week 8: 30%, 13, Week 9: 37%, 6, Week 10: 21%, 13, Week 11: 16%, 1, Week 12: 49%, 8) 

Notes: Christian McCaffrey rolled his ankle at the end of the second quarter of the Week 12 blowout loss to the Dolphins. Initially believed to be a minor issue, CMC has now been placed on I.R. and is done for the season. Look for Hubbard to handle early-down work while Abdullah gets the pass-game snaps. Cam Newton is the Panthers’ best bet for goal-line carries. Abdullah is the preferred add in PPR leagues while Hubbard is a TD-or-bust RB2/3 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)

  • Damien Williams (Week 1: 43%, 11, Week 2: 23%, 5, Week 3: 16%, 0, Week 4: 33%, 10, Week 5: 48%, 19, Week 6: DNP, Week 7: 17%, 4, Week 8: 6%, 2, Weeks 9-12: DNP)

  • 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)

Notes: Montgomery has played 85%, 95%, and 84% of the snaps in three games back from I.R. That’s more playing time than he was getting before the knee injury. But Montgomery is scoreless on 54 carries since his return and is coming off a disappointing 17-46 rushing line against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Montgomery’s stranglehold of the playing time and volume keeps him a high-end RB2 headed into a Week 13 date with the Cardinals. 

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)

  • 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) 

Notes: Mixon has at least one touchdown in eight straight games and is coming off his fourth straight two-score effort. Mixon has been otherworldly of late and is all the way up to the RB4 on the season. He’s posted back-to-back 100-yard games on a total of 58 carries. Mixon’s pass-game role has been sporadic with four-plus targets in five games and 0-1 targets in four others. If he caught more passes, Mixon would be right there with Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler. Instead, Mixon is more touchdown-dependent and a volume-driven runner. 

CINCINNATI, OHIO - NOVEMBER 28: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Joe Mixon has been on a scoring binge, with 13 touchdowns already this season. His previous best was nine. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

Notes: Chubb and Hunt played together last week for the first time since Week 5. Eased back in off his calf injury, Hunt tallied just seven carries to Chubb’s eight, and Hunt failed to catch a pass for the first time all season. The duo now has a bye to rest up before a second straight date with the Ravens in Week 14. Chubb and Hunt are both top-15 fantasy running backs in this run-dominant offense when they’re healthy. They’ll look for better results next time out.

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)

  • 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) 

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. Zeke is coming off a season-low nine carries in each of the last two games, and he’s averaging just 39.8 rushing yards per game over the last five weeks. He’s gone six straight weeks without a 100-yard game and has failed to score in four of those. Pollard is the Cowboys’ best running back right now and matched a season-high in snap rate last Thursday. With Zeke ailing and Pollard playing well, there are whispers the Cowboys could “alter” Elliott’s workload or even give him “some time off to heal,” though owner/GM Jerry Jones refuted those reports Tuesday, saying he expected Zeke to have a “serious load” this week against the Saints. Zeke has devolved to RB2 status but still carries big touchdown upside. Pollard is a high-ceiling RB2 with top-12 upside if he gets even more of the backfield pie.

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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)

  • 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)

Notes: Gordon remains the Broncos’ “starter,” but it’s worth noting Williams played a season-high 58% of the snaps last week and totaled over 100 yards with his first rushing score since Week 3. Williams has been one of the toughest running backs to tackle in football this season, but he and Gordon are canceling each other out enough that it keeps both as mid-range RB2 plays most weeks. When the Broncos are able to play with a lead, it heightens both backs’ fantasy floors. As 9.5-point road underdogs Sunday night against the Chiefs, it’s tough to envision a run-friendly environment for Denver in Week 13.

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)

  • 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)

Notes: Swift injured his shoulder Thanksgiving morning against the Bears after 10 snaps and is on the wrong side of questionable to play Week 13. With Swift out last week, Williams set new season-highs in snap rate (63%) and carries (15) while catching his most passes (5) since Week 1. If Swift does indeed sit, Williams will be a volume-driven RB2 against Minnesota.

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)

  • 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) 

Notes: Jones came back from his sprained MCL after missing one game. But it was Dillon who out-touched Jones 25-10 against the Rams. It sure looks like things might have flipped in Green Bay’s backfield, with Dillon being the 1A to Jones’ 1B, though we’d still expect Jones to see money chances in the red zone and scoring area. Dillon, however, has closed the gap on Jones, who gets the Week 13 bye to rest his knee. Consider both RB2’s coming out of the bye. 

HOUSTON TEXANS

  • David Johnson (Week 1: 28%, 7, 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)

  • Rex Burkhead (Week 8: 49%, 8, Week 9: 30%, 2, Week 11: 42%, 18, Week 12: 61%, 15)

Notes: The Texans have traded Mark Ingram and waived Phillip Lindsay over the last month-plus, going from a four-man backfield to a two-way committee. Burkhead has 30 carries over the last two weeks, but he’s averaging 2.6 YPC on the season. Burkhead is the early-down guy with Johnson as the pass-game specialist. Royce Freeman is next up as the No. 3 back.

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)

  • 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)

  • Marlon Mack (Week 4: 31%, 12, Week 5: 14%, 7, Week 6: 19%, 5, Week 7: 6%, 3, Week 8: 1%, 0, Weeks 9-12: DNP)

Notes: After the Colts failed to trade Mack, he’s been removed from the offense as a healthy scratch. Taylor is coming off a five-touchdown barrage of the Bills two weeks ago and has 16 touchdowns over his last nine games. He leads the league with 64 red-zone carries, 27 more than second-place Dalvin Cook. Taylor is just on a wild pace after a slow start to the season. He’s the clear top fantasy back the rest of the way. Hines is a volatile RB3/4 with sporadic, totally unpredictable touch counts.

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)

  • 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)

Notes: Robinson was briefly benched last week against the Falcons following a lost fumble. But coach Urban Meyer ended his punishment, realizing Robinson is all he has on offense. Robinson is a steady RB1 as the only real means of offense for this team, especially with Jamal Agnew (hip) now done for the season. Hyde is nothing more than an end-of-bench stash.

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)

  • 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)

Notes: The Chiefs are coming off their bye week. Edwards-Helaire made his return to the lineup last time out against the Cowboys, out-touching Williams 14-6, even though Williams held a slight edge in playing time. Williams’ pass-blocking will always be a priority for this offense, but CEH looks poised for steady high-end RB2 numbers the rest of the way. The week off gives him a chance to get even closer to 100% off his MCL sprain. Williams remains a hold in 12-team leagues.

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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)

  • Kenyan Drake (Week 1: 48%, 11, Week 2: 71%, 13, Week 3: 43%, 14, Week 4: 35%, 1, Week 5: 18%, 3, Week 6: 21%, 6, Week 7: 39%, 17, Week 9: 45%, 12, Week 10: 31%, 7, Week 11: 32%, 7, Week 12: 18%, 9)

Notes: Jacobs set season-highs in carries (22) and rushing yards (87) while scoring his first touchdown since Week 7 last Thursday against the Cowboys. The Raiders wanted to “re-emphasize” the run game and effectively did so with Jacobs. His back-to-back 66% snap rates suggest the Raiders want to ride Jacobs in their push for a playoff spot. Jacobs’ pass-game involvement has spiked in recent weeks with 20 targets over his last four games. Jacobs has settled in as a high-floor, TD-dependent RB2. Drake is a mere RB3/4. 

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)

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. Ekeler leads the team with 31 red-zone carries, tied for fifth in the league, and is third among running backs, averaging six targets per game. Ekeler is right there with Jonathan Taylor as the top RB1 options for the rest of the season. Larry Rountree, Justin Jackson, and Joshua Kelley have all taken turns acting as the RB2. None of the three have any sort of fantasy value with Ekeler healthy. 

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)

  • 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)

Notes: Henderson has yet to run for 100 yards in a game this season but did catch his third touchdown last week against Green Bay. He hasn’t rushed for a score since Week 8 and is the overall RB15 on the season. Henderson hasn’t had big games but has been a solid producer. He’s now battling a bit of a quad issue that will keep him out of practice this week. Michel needs to be added everywhere as a possible plug-and-play RB1/2 if Henderson can’t play.

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)

  • 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 8-12: 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)

  • Phillip Lindsay (Week 12: 20%, 12)

Notes: Brown (quad) has missed the last five games on I.R. Gaskin has double-digit carries in six straight contests and scored his second and third rushing touchdowns of the season last week in the win over the Panthers. Lindsay handled 12 carries in his Miami debut, but most of those came in clock-killing mode. Ahmed’s role is shrinking, and it looks like the Dolphins are willing to move forward with Gaskin and Lindsay. Gaskin is a floor play RB2 seeing 4.5 targets per game. Lindsay could cut into Gaskin’s early-down reps at some point.

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)

  • 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)

Notes: Mattison is an RB1 whenever Cook misses action with touch counts of 32 and 32 in two games without Cook. Now Cook is expected to miss at least the next two weeks with a shoulder injury. Mattison is the top add of the week ahead of another juicy date with the Lions after Mattison shredded Detroit for 153 total yards and one score back in Week 5 in place of Cook.

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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

Notes: With everyone healthy, Harris and Stevenson are splitting early-down reps while Bolden continues operating as the pass-game specialist for his blocking prowess. In the Patriots’ run-centric offense, there’s enough for both Harris and Stevenson to have box-score success. The problem is the upside is capped. Harris has played well this season, but Stevenson just looks like he has an extra gear to his game. Consider both back-end, TD-dependent RB2’s.

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 10-12: DNP)

  • Mark Ingram (Week 8: 29%, 8, Week 9: 34%, 14, Week 10: 85%, 21, Week 11: 72%, 24, Week 12: DNP)

  • Tony Jones (Week 11: 15%, 3, Week 12: 37%, 16)

Notes: Kamara has missed the last three games with a knee injury and it looks like Week 13 will extend that streak to four. Ingram should at least be back from his knee issue and is an RB1 any time Kamara sits. Jones face-planted in his spot start and lost all pass-game work to Ty Montgomery. The Saints are now going with Taysom Hill at quarterback, signaling an even run-heavier approach going forward. Kamara is the RB5 in fantasy points per game. 

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)

  • 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) 

Notes: Barkley’s snaps were back up last week against the Eagles, but he turned 17 touches into just 53 scoreless yards. With Mike Glennon expected to start this week against the Dolphins in place of an injured Daniel Jones (neck), look for the Giants to lean even more heavily on Barkley. He should continue to be rolled out as a matchup-proof RB1. He’s due for a big game. 

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, Week 12: 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)

  • 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)

  • Austin Walter (Week 12: 24%, 10) 

Notes: Carter suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Week 11 loss to the Dolphins and will be on I.R. for at least two more weeks. Coleman registered a season-high 16 carries last week, but it was practice-squad callup Walter getting the goal-line work with a short touchdown against the Texans. The Jets remain a three-man committee backfield. Coleman is just a volume-based RB3. Walter isn’t yet worth adding in fantasy despite the 9-38-1 rush line and no targets. 

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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Jordan Howard (Week 8: 25%, 12, Week 9: 40%, 17, Week 10: 38%, 12, Week 11: 17%, 10, Week 12: DNP) 

Notes: Sanders might have re-injured his ankle in Week 12, leading to his decreased snap share, but he was limited in Wednesday’s practice. Even with Howard (knee) out, the Eagles remained a three-man committee, getting Gainwell back in the mix on pass downs. Sanders and Scott look like usable RB2/3 options ahead of a juicy Week 13 date with the Jets.

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)

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 3.6 YPC. Harris is second among running backs, seeing 6.1 targets per game. He has six touchdowns over his last eight games. Harris is the overall RB8 in half-PPR points per game. He’s on pace for over 380 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)

  • JaMycal Hasty (Week 7: 34%, 9, Week 8: 34%, 5, Week 9: 34%, 5, Weeks 10-12: DNP)

  • Jeff Wilson (Week 10: 32%, 10, Week 11: 58%, 21, Week 12: 14%, 3)

Notes: Mitchell is an every-week RB2 with 17-plus carries in 6-of-8 games played. He has five games of 91-plus rushing yards. With Deebo Samuel (groin) now out for at least one game, Mitchell looks like the focal point of the Niners’ offense after posting a 27-133-1 day against the Jaguars last week. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the year, and Mitchell played a season-high 70% of the snaps in Week 12. Mitchell is a top-12 option against Seattle.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • Alex Collins (Week 4: 39%, 12, 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)

  • Rashaad Penny (Week 7: 36%, 6, Week 8: 19%, 7, Week 10: DNP, Week 11: 16%, 2, Week 12: DNP)

  • Travis Homer (Week 10: 51%, 5, Week 11: 10%, 1, Week 12: DNP)

  • DeeJay Dallas (Week 11: 37%, 6, Week 12: 60%, 8)

Notes: Chris Carson (neck) needs disc-fusion neck surgery and is done for the season. The Seahawks can’t seem to find a capable running back, cycling through all four remaining options week in and week out. Penny (hamstring) is hurt again. Collins is averaging 3.2 YPC with no touchdowns over the last five weeks. The Seahawks are so desperate that they signed Adrian Peterson on Wednesday. The 3-8 Seahawks are pretty much toast.

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)

  • 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)

  • Giovani Bernard (Week 1: 26%, 3, Week 2: 10%, 2, Week 3: 45%, 10, Week 4: DNP, Week 5: 23%, 6, Week 6: 16%, 2, Week 7: 15%, 3, Week 8: 21%, 3, Week 10: 29%, 4, Week 11: 10%, 1, Week 12: 1%, 0) 

Notes: Fournette is the overall RB9 on the season after his four-touchdown outburst against the Colts in Week 12. He’s soaking up all the money touches in the passing game and at the goal line when the Bucs decide to run the ball down there. He’s third in the NFL in red-zone carries with 36. Fournette is just a rock-solid RB1/2 in a potent 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 9-12: 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)

  • D’Onta Foreman (Week 9: 21%, 5, Week 10: 35%, 13, Week 11: 19%, 8, Week 12: 49%, 20)

  • Dontrell Hilliard (Week 11: 63%, 17, Week 12: 51%, 14)

Notes: Henry (foot) is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season. McNichols missed Weeks 11 and 12 with an injury, and Adrian Peterson was cut after turning in a 27-82-1 (3.0 YPC) line across three games with the team. Hilliard and Foreman each went over 100 yards last week against the Patriots. Foreman is the Titans’ preferred early-down runner with Hilliard getting most of the pass-game work. Tennessee will continue to operate through both backs with its receiving corps decimated by injuries. A.J. Brown (chest) is out for two more weeks.

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)

  • 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)

  • Jaret Patterson (Week 8: 23%, 12, Week 10: 7%, 4, Week 11: 19%, 7, Week 12: 4%, 1)

Notes: Gibson's carries (29) and catches (7) last week were both season-highs, besting his previous totals of 24 and three in the respective categories. He out-carried McKissic 29-7 and actually out-targeted the pass-game specialist 7-5. But it was McKissic who scored a pair of red-zone touchdowns with one each as a runner and receiver. McKissic did have to leave late with a neck injury. He’s a PPR-friendly RB2/3, but he has unpredictable workloads each week. Gibson has 81 touches over the last three weeks since the bye and is fantasy’s RB9 since Week 10.

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