Week 6 Backfield Report: Browns sport two top-10 fantasy RBs

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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)

  • James Conner (Week 1: 49%, 16, Week 2: 39%, 8, Week 3: 37%, 12, Week 4: 42%, 20, Week 5: 48%, 11)

Notes: Conner is averaging a pitiful 3.2 YPC but has punched in five short touchdowns over the last three weeks and is seventh in the NFL with 15 red-zone carries. We have a clear picture of this backfield. Edmonds is the guy between the 20-yard lines and in the passing game with 26 targets, and Conner is the preferred back in the red zone, at the goal line, and in clock-killing mode. Kyler Murray has six red-zone carries of his own and two touchdowns inside the five-yard line. Edmonds is the current RB29 in half-PPR points per game because he doesn’t score touchdowns. Conner is at RB24 based purely on him scoring touchdowns. 

ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Mike Davis (Week 1: 75% snap rate, 21 opportunities, Week 2: 64%, 16, Week 3: 60%, 16, Week 4: 67%, 15, Week 5: 64%, 18)

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (Week 1: 33%, 9, Week 2: 33%, 13, Week 3: 42%, 14, Week 4: 30%, 12, Week 5: 59%, 23)

Notes: In an offense desperate for playmakers, Patterson’s snap share spiked last week in London with Calvin Ridley out for personal reasons and Russell Gage still sidelined with his ankle issue. Patterson is seeing heavy snaps as both a running back and wideout, and coach Arthur Smith is making it a point to get the ball in his hands. He’s the overall RB3 in half-PPR points per game and is well deserving of the bump in playing time. Davis is purely a volume play. He’s not nearly the playmaker Patterson is, but Davis is seventh among running backs with 24 targets. He’s scored in back-to-back games and is fantasy’s overall RB32.

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BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Ty’Son Williams (Week 1: 51% snap rate, 13 opportunities, Week 2: 49%, 15, Week 3: 50%, 6, Week 4: DNP, Week 5: 19%, 6)

  • Latavius Murray (Week 1: 31%, 10, Week 2: 36%, 9, Week 3: 33%, 7, Week 4: 62%, 18, Week 5: 49%, 9)

  • Le’Veon Bell (Weeks 1-3: DNP, Week 4: 27%, 5, Week 5: DNP)

  • Devonta Freeman (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 13%, 2, Week 3: 16%, 3, Week 4: 8%, 1, Week 5: 27%, 5)

Notes: Lamar Jackson is the Ravens’ best “running back.” Plain and simple. Williams was active again in Week 5 after a healthy scratch in Week 4, but all these guys are splitting work.

BUFFALO BILLS

  • Devin Singletary (Week 1: 75% snap rate, 16 opportunities, Week 2: 66%, 16, Week 3: 43%, 13, Week 4: 44%, 15, Week 5: 26%, 8)

  • Zack Moss (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 28%, 10, Week 3: 56%, 16, Week 4: 56%, 15, Week 5: 74%, 15)

Notes: Moss has been a pleasant surprise in fantasy. After being a healthy scratch in Week 1, Moss is the overall RB17 in half-PPR points per game. He’s the Bills’ preferred back when they’re winning games, and Buffalo is smoking teams. They now have one of the easiest remaining schedules. Moss should be considered an every-week RB1/2 with 14 red-zone carries over the last four games. Singletary is more of a back-end RB3 who doesn’t score.

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 10: Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (20) is chased by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during a run in the first quarter of an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs on Oct 10, 2021 at GEHA Filed at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Zack Moss has become a reliable fantasy contributor after being a healthy scratch in Week 1. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • Christian McCaffrey (Week 1: 89% snap rate, 30 opportunities, Week 2: 71%, 30, Week 3: 30%, 9, Weeks 4-5: DNP)

  • Chuba Hubbard (Week 1: 11%, 2, Week 2: 25%, 8, Week 3: 55%, 16, Week 4: 47%, 15, Week 5: 65%, 30)

Notes: McCaffrey (hamstring) is “50-50” to play Week 6 against the Vikings, per coach Matt Rhule. Hubbard’s snaps spiked against the Eagles in Week 5, and he turned in 134 yards on 29 touches in more of a McCaffrey-like role. Hubbard is an RB2 whenever McCaffrey is out.

CHICAGO BEARS 

  • David Montgomery (Week 1: 59% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 80%, 24, Week 3: 82%, 14, Week 4: 62%, 23, Week 5: DNP)

  • Damien Williams (Week 1: 43%, 11, Week 2: 23%, 5, Week 3: 16%, 0, Week 4: 33%, 10, Week 5: 48%, 19)

  • Khalil Herbert (Week 5: 53%, 18)

Notes: Montgomery will be sidelined 4-5 weeks with a sprained knee suffered late in the Week 4 win over the Lions. In the first game without Montgomery, Herbert actually out-snapped Damien Williams, though it’s notable a lot of his work came late in the easy win over the Raiders. Herbert was the clock-killer. Williams will be the guy when the Bears are chasing points as the preferred back in the passing game. Williams out-targeted Herbert 3-0 and scored the lone touchdown between the two. But with news that Williams landed on the Reserve COVID-19 list on Thursday — and is likely out for Week 6 — Herbert needs to be added in all leagues.

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)

  • Samaje Perine (Week 1: 22%, 6, Week 2: 5%, 1, Week 3: 21%, 2, Week 4: 28%, 4, Week 5: 61%, 16)

Notes: Mixon snaps and touches were dialed way back in Week 5 while playing through an ankle injury. His pass-game reps have particularly been removed and given to Perine. The good news is Mixon avoided any setbacks and practiced Wednesday. Meanwhile, Perine landed on the COVID list ahead of a Week 6 date with the Lions, so Mixon could be eyeing a ceiling game.

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)

  • Kareem Hunt (Week 1: 47%, 9, Week 2: 38%, 14, Week 3: 41%, 17, Week 4: 53%, 18, Week 5: 44%, 18)

Notes: Chubb and Hunt split work in the Browns’ run-heavy offense. Chubb handles the bulk of the red-zone looks whereas Hunt is the preferred option on passing downs. Both backs are startable assets in fantasy, but Chubb gets the edge as the favorite for touchdowns as an RB1. Hunt is more of a volatile RB2. Chubb has out-carried Hunt 22-12 in the red zone and 10-6 inside the 10-yard line, but it has been Hunt who has punched in 3-of-4 inside-the-five carries. Hunt is the overall RB5 in half-PPR points per game, and Chubb checks in at RB9.

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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)

  • Tony Pollard (Week 1: 24%, 7, Week 2: 34%, 15, Week 3: 38%, 12, Week 4: 30%, 10, Week 5: 40%, 18) 

Notes: Elliott has looked better every week, and we shouldn’t have been so down on him after a sluggish opener against the Bucs’ elite run defense. Elliott is the overall RB4 on the year. Pollard is getting a few series to himself each week so Zeke can stay fresh. It’s basically a 65-45 backfield. Pollard is the No. 1 insurance running back in fantasy football right now. Elliott is sixth in red-zone carries and has scored five times on those 16 attempts inside the 20-yard line.

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)

  • Javonte Williams (Week 1: 50%, 15, Week 2: 41%, 14, Week 3: 40%, 16, Week 4: 51%, 10, Week 5: 42%, 11)

Notes: Gordon and Williams are pretty much splitting work right down the middle in a bad offense that has crashed back to Earth against better competition. Gordon and Williams might need an injury from one another for the other to become a weekly fantasy starter. 

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)

  • Jamaal Williams (Week 1: 35%, 18, Week 2: 39%, 10, Week 3: 49%, 14, Week 4: 30%, 14, Week 5: 32%, 15)

Notes: Swift is second to only Najee Harris in targets among running backs with 35. Both Swift and Williams have 11 red-zone carries. Even with splitting the work at the goal line and in the red zone, Swift is fantasy’s overall RB14 seeing 17.4 opportunities per game. Williams is the overall RB26 and is a passable RB3 in fantasy who is guaranteed to see volume with Detroit running its offense through its backfield duo.

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)

  • AJ Dillon (Week 1: 28%, 5, Week 2: 29%, 6, Week 3: 29%, 8, Week 4: 40%, 16, Week 5: 33%, 12) 

Notes: With Aaron Jones battling a bit of an ankle issue the last couple weeks, Dillon’s touches and playing time have been on the rise. Jones is still a lock-and-load RB1 with massive touchdown potential. He’s fourth in the NFL with 18 red-zone carries, and eight of those have come inside the 10-yard line. Dillon showed he has some standalone value as an RB3/FLEX, but he’s best treated as a top insurance policy. Jones is fantasy’s overall RB8, and Dillon would be an every-week RB1 if Jones ever needs to miss time. Dillon needs to be added everywhere.

HOUSTON TEXANS

  • Mark Ingram (Week 1: 46% snap rate, 26 opportunities, Week 2: 31%, 16, Week 3: 35%, 7, Week 4: 21%, 6, Week 5: 44%, 16)

  • David Johnson (Week 1: 28%, 7, Week 2: 43%, 8, Week 3: 38%, 2, Week 4: 57%, 9, Week 5: 53%, 8)

  • Phillip Lindsay (Week 1: 26%, 8, Week 2: 23%, 6, Week 3: 16%, 7, Week 4: 17%, 4, Week 5: 22%, 5)

Notes: A three-man committee in a bottom-three offense leaves none of these backs playable in fantasy.

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)

  • Nyheim Hines (Week 1: 45%, 17, Week 2: 37%, 3, Week 3: 56%, 12, Week 4: 31%, 4, Week 5: 38%, 5) 

Notes: The Colts are trying to trade Marlon Mack, rolling with Taylor and Hines as their backfield duo, though Mack is still getting carries. Taylor remains a high-end RB2 with major touchdown upside in this Indy offense where he leads the league with 24 red-zone carries. Taylor has scored three times in the last two weeks after going scoreless in Weeks 1-3. Hines is an extremely volatile RB3/4 with unpredictable week-to-week workloads.

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)

  • Carlos Hyde (Week 1: 34%, 11, Week 2: 25%, 4, Week 3: 34%, 8, Week 4: DNP, Week 5: 25%, 5) 

Notes: Carlos Hyde (shoulder) returned last week, but Robinson went berserk with 100-plus yards and another touchdown. He has four touchdown runs over the last three weeks and is fantasy’s overall RB11 on the year. This team doesn’t need Hyde. Robinson is back to being a confident RB1/2 play every week. He just needs coach Urban Meyer to feature him.

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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)

  • Darrel Williams (Week 1: 22%, 1, Week 2: 27%, 3, Week 3: 34%, 10, Week 4: 36%, 12, Week 5: 43%, 10)

  • Jerick McKinnon (Week 5: 31%, 3)

Notes: Edwards-Helaire has a sprained MCL and was placed on injured reserve. It will cost him at least the next three games. Williams can do everything the Chiefs ask from their running backs, and he’s worth adding in fantasy solely on the fact that he’s going to see the field in one of the league’s most potent offenses. Kansas City could make a move in the backfield. 

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

  • Josh Jacobs (Week 1: 52% snap rate, 12 opportunities, Weeks 2-3: DNP, Week 4: 63%, 18, Week 5: 69%, 20)

  • Kenyan Drake (Week 1: 48%, 11, Week 2: 71%, 13, Week 3: 43%, 14, Week 4: 35%, 1, Week 5: 18%, 3)

  • Peyton Barber (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 29%, 13, Week 3: 57%, 28, Week 4: 2%, 1, Week 5: DNP) 

Notes: Jacobs is one of the most overvalued fantasy backs and is purely TD-dependent. He just rarely looks healthy after putting so many miles on his wheels. Jacobs is averaging a pitiful 3.2 YPC but has lucked into three rushing scores and has seen 10 targets over the last two weeks since his return. Drake’s role is gone, giving Jacobs back-end RB2 appeal.

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%, )

  • Larry Rountree (Week 1: 27%, 8, Week 2: 14%, 2, Week 3: 17%, 4, Week 4: 29%, 11, Week 5: 0%, 0)

  • Justin Jackson (Week 1: 14%, 2, Week 2: 23%, 5, Week 3: 11%, 2, Week 4: 15%, 7, Week 5: DNP)

Notes: Ekeler is as safe of an RB1 as there is in one of the league’s best offenses. He’s the overall RB2 in half-PPR points per game. Ekeler leads the team with 18 red-zone carries, tied for third in the league. Rountree and Jackson carries might as well just be kneel-downs.

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)

  • Sony Michel (Week 1: 6%, 1, Week 2: 27%, 10, Week 3: 74%, 24, Week 4: 10%, 3, Week 5: 34%, 12)

Notes: Henderson is a strong back-end RB1 in a high-octane L.A. offense that is going to put up points every week, but he just can’t seem to stay healthy. After missing Week 3 with a ribs issue, he appeared to get nicked up in the Week 5 win over Seattle. The Rams want him to be a workhorse, but Henderson’s body may not be able to handle it. Michel is purely a bench stash at the moment in the event Henderson goes down with another injury.

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)

  • Malcolm Brown (Week 1: 30%, 5, Week 2: 12%, 5, Week 3: 41%, 7, Week 4: 67%, 9, Week 5: 9%, 0)

  • Salvon Ahmed (Week 1: 20%, 6, Week 2: 31%, 9, Week 3: 6%, 0, Week 4: 10%, 5, Week 5: 20%, 5)

Notes: Purely an early-down runner, Brown was removed from the game plan against the run-stingy Bucs in Week 5. It led to Gaskin setting season highs in playing time and targets while catching two touchdowns. Gaskin is a popular waiver-wire pickup, but we need to see the Dolphins commit more to him on a weekly basis before trusting him as a fantasy starter.

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)

  • Alexander Mattison (Week 1: 11%, 2, Week 2: 21%, 4, Week 3: 68%, 34, Week 4: 34%, 10, Week 5: 66%, 32)

Notes: Mattison has seen 66 combined carries and targets in the two games Cook has missed this season. He’s a legitimate RB1 every time Cook sits. Cook was back at practice Wednesday and should be back for Week 6 against the Panthers, sending Mattison to the bench. However, the Vikings’ bye is set for Week 7. It would make sense to give Mattison another game and allow Cook to get back to 100% with his ankle.

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)

  • Brandon Bolden (Week 4: 32%, 7, Week 5: 38%, 6)

Notes: As a pure early-down runner and non-factor in the passing game, Harris’ floor is scary-low in an offense that doesn’t put up many points. That’s the danger with him. Bolden has taken over the James White role with White (hip) out for the season. Harris is dealing with a ribs issue. Rhamondre Stevenson saw 11 carries with Harris in and out of the lineup in Week 5.

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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)

  • Tony Jones (Week 1: 35%, 12, Week 2: 27%, 3, Week 3: 21%, 4, Week 4: 13%, 6, Week 5: DNP)

Notes: Kamara is on pace for a career-high 320 rushing attempts as the obvious focal point of the New Orleans offense. He’s never topped 194 in a season before. Kamara is the overall RB10 in half-PPR points per game and is ninth in red-zone carries. He scored his first rushing touchdown of the season in Week 5, slamming his buy-low window shut. After seeing zero targets in Week 4, Kamara was targeted eight times against Washington. The Taysom Hill concussion would also lead to more Kamara carries at the goal line. Devine Ozigbo assumed the old Tony Jones role last week with Jones on I.R. Ozigbo played 12% of the snaps.

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)

  • Devontae Booker (Week 1: 39%, 5, Week 2: 14%, 3, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 11%, 2, Week 5: 88%, 20)

Notes: Barkley is all the way back from his knee injury, but now he has an ankle sprain after nine snaps last week. It’s said to be of the low variety, and Barkley is expected to miss just one or two games. Booker handled every touch after Barkley’s departure against the Cowboys. Booker is a top waiver-wire add and is competent both as a runner and pass-catcher.

NEW YORK JETS

  • Tevin Coleman (Week 1: 26% snap rate, 9 opportunities, Week 2: 10%, 5, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 18%, 6, Week 5: 9%, 4)

  • Ty Johnson (Week 1: 54%, 7, Week 2: 45%, 12, Week 3: 57%, 8, Week 4: 33%, 5, Week 5: 39%, 7)

  • Michael Carter (Week 1: 25%, 6, Week 2: 45%, 14, Week 3: 43%, 12, Week 4: 51%, 16, Week 5: 52%, 13)

Notes: Carter is the only Jets running back worth rostering in fantasy leagues and leads the team with seven red-zone carries to Johnson’s six. Both backs scored short touchdowns in Week 5 against the Falcons. This offense is one of the worst in the league and still uses all three backs. Carter isn’t yet startable in 12-team leagues, but the arrow is pointing upward.

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)

  • Kenneth Gainwell (Week 1: 35%, 12, Week 2: 33%, 9, Week 3: 31%, 5, Week 4: 39%, 11, Week 5: 24%, 5) 

Notes: Sanders has the 2:1 playing-time edge over Gainwell, but neither of these running backs is doing very much in fantasy with Jalen Hurts dominating the rushing output. Hurts has 10 carries to Sanders’ five in the red zone. Sanders just seems to make too many mistakes with the ball in his hands. Week 6 looks like a Gainwell week, with the rookie being the Eagles’ preferred option in the passing game. Gainwell is fantasy’s RB34. Sanders is the RB35.

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)

Notes: Seeing a running back play this kind of snap rate is very rare these days. Harris is an every-week RB1 based on volume alone, even if he’s running behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines. Harris leads all running backs with 39 targets and has rushed for touchdowns in back-to-back games. Harris is up to the overall RB7 in half-PPR points per game.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 10: Najee Harris #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field on October 10, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Steelers rookie Najee Harris has quickly become one of the NFL's every-down backs. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

  • Elijah Mitchell (Week 1: 64% snap rate, 19 opportunities, Week 2: 61%, 19, Weeks 3-4: DNP, Week 5: 68%, 11)

  • Trey Sermon (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 1%, 1, Week 3: 59%, 13, Week 4: 51%, 19, Week 5: 3%, 1)

Notes: Sermon is miles behind Mitchell on the depth chart. Both backs, however, are losing snaps to Kyle Juszczyk, and then Trey Lance handled 16 carries in his NFL debut. Sermon is looking like a drop in shallower 12-team leagues. Mitchell is simply the better running back.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • Chris Carson (Week 1: 78% snap rate, 19 opportunities, Week 2: 63%, 13, Week 3: 43%, 14, Week 4: 45%, 14, Week 5: DNP)

  • Alex Collins (Week 4: 39%, 12, Week 5: 71%, 18)

Notes: Carson missed Week 5 with his neck injury. He’s eyeing a Week 6 return against the Steelers. But the Seahawks have been rotating in four running backs, including Collins, DeeJay Dallas, and Travis Homer. And now with Geno Smith under center, the Seahawks will likely try to lean on Carson, but they’ll end up having to chase points and abandon the run. Carson is a low-floor, shaky RB2/3 whose pass-game role had been evaporating this season.

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)

  • Ronald Jones (Week 1: 9%, 4, Week 2: 41%, 9, Week 3: 16%, 5, Week 4: 17%, 6, Week 5: 14%, 6)

  • Giovani Bernard (Week 1: 26%, 3, Week 2: 10%, 2, Week 3: 45%, 10, Week 4: DNP, Week 5: 23%, 6) 

Notes: With Bernard back in the lineup for Week 5, it was still Fournette playing the role of the Bucs’ clear No. 1 back. On Tom Brady’s drop-backs, Fournette ran 29 routes to Bernard’s nine. Fournette is now dominating the early-down work and starting to push Bernard out of the way. Fournette should be fired up as a reliable RB2 playing in the league’s best 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)

  • Jeremy McNichols (Week 1: 36%, 6, Week 2: 24%, 4, Week 3: 26%, 4, Week 4: 40%, 13, Week 5: 23%, 3) 

Notes: Fantasy’s overall RB1, Henry leads the league in carries, rushing yards, and touchdowns. He’s produced four straight 100-yard games and has two three-touchdowns contests in that span. Henry’s 156 touches are the most through five games in NFL history.

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)

  • J.D. McKissic (Week 1: 36%, 1, Week 2: 44%, 10, Week 3: 46%, 5, Week 4: 40%, 12, Week 5: 41%, 6)

Notes: Gibson is very much not Christian McCaffrey lite as the coaches hyped over the summer, but he remains a strong RB2 as fantasy’s overall RB16 in half-PPR points per game. Gibson just can’t seem to stay 100% healthy when given larger workloads, as he’s always battling some sort of nagging issue. McKissic is an RB4/FLEX in PPR formats.