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Jahnke: Fantasy football reactions to NFL Week 10

Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (32) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Washington Football Team at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10 was one of the oddest weeks in recent memory — five early games and six late ones made for a unique viewing experience. Several games were heavily impacted by high winds. During the early window, we witnessed multiple plays of 90-plus yards, along with plenty of backup running backs and tight ends scoring touchdowns to the frustration of fantasy managers.

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As always, this collection of fantasy reactions will include snap counts for skill players on each team, along with notes on players who saw their fantasy stocks rise or fall during the action — and how we should react to anything new.

This article will be updated as late games wrap up. 

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles New York Giants
Travis Fulgham – 59 snaps Sterling Shepard – 58 snaps
Jalen Reagor – 59 snaps Darius Slayton – 45 snaps
Greg Ward – 42 snaps Golden Tate – 27 snaps
Alshon Jeffery – 18 snaps Austin Mack – 24 snaps
John Hightower – 3 snaps C.J. Board – 6 snaps
Dallas Goedert – 62 snaps Evan Engram – 49 snaps
Richard Rodgers – 21 snaps Kaden Smith – 41 snaps
Levine Toilolo – 21 snaps
Miles Sanders – 48 snaps Wayne Gallman – 42 snaps
Boston Scott – 18 snaps Alfred Morris – 15 snaps
Corey Clement – 1 snap Dion Lewis – 14 snaps
Total – 67 snaps Total – 71 snaps

Winner: RB Wayne Gallman, New York Giants

Gallman was part of the two-touchdown club this week, making him the winner in this game. He was a big part of the Giants offense even though he wasn’t particularly effective running with the ball. He ran for 53 yards on 18 carries and added a seven-yard catch. No skill player had over 100 yards, and the only other skill players to score had four or fewer touches in the game. Devonta Freeman should return to being the lead back for the Giants once he is healthy.

Loser: RB Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Sanders didn’t necessarily have a bad game, but it looks worse when you compare it to what his backups did. Sanders ran for a respectable 85 yards on 15 carries and added 10 yards on two carries. The problem is that backup Boston Scott broke a 56-yard carry for a touchdown, while third-string back Corey Clement scored on his only offensive snap. Sanders shouldn’t worry about his starting spot, but there is a chance Scott and Clement might see a few more opportunities after the plays they made today.

Returning From Injury: WR Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles

Jeffery has recovered from foot surgery and saw his first action since 2019 Week 14. He was limited to 18 snaps and didn’t catch his only target. Travis Fulgham and Jalen Reagor didn’t put up great numbers, but this game was great news for the future because Jeffery didn’t take any of their playing time. Instead, he took snaps from Greg Ward and John Hightower. Jeffery played in the slot on 42.1% of his snaps today compared to 8.9% of his snaps in 2019. Reagor also played more in the slot than he had in previous games. Going forward, I would expect Jeffery’s playing time to rise while Ward’s should fall.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Carolina Panthers
Chris Godwin – 72 snaps D.J. Moore – 42 snaps
Mike Evans – 64 snaps Robby Anderson – 36 snaps
Antonio Brown – 39 snaps Curtis Samuel – 34 snaps
Scotty Miller – 9 snaps Brandon Zylstra – 11 snaps
Tyler Johnson – 7 snaps
Justin Watson – 4 snaps
Rob Gronkowski – 65 snaps Ian Thomas – 29 snaps
Cameron Brate – 30 snaps Chris Manhertz – 26 snaps
Antony Auclair – 24 snaps Colin Thompson – 14 snaps
Tanner Hudson – 7 snaps
Ronald Jones – 47 snaps Mike Davis – 25 snaps
Leonard Fournette – 29 snaps Rodney Smith – 9 snaps
LeSean McCoy – 3 snaps Trenton Cannon – 5 snaps
Total – 80 snaps Total – 48 snaps

Winner: RB Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jones achieved the biggest play of the day with a 98-yard run that helped seal the deal for a Buccaneers victory. He totaled 192 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown. Even without that run, Jones was having a promising day — he played 69% of the first and second-down snaps. Leonard Fournette was seeing more early down work than Jones each of the last two games. Jones also averaged nearly two yards per carry more than Fournette when you exclude Jones' big gain. This should mean more playing time for Jones in the short term, but he will need to keep proving himself in order to keep the increase in snaps.

Loser: RB Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers

Davis was expected to have a good game thanks to volume, but he didn’t end up seeing enough work to put up big numbers. The Panthers only ran 48 plays, and Davis missed part of the game dealing with a finger injury. Carolina was down late, which meant most of his work came in the first half. Davis ran for 32 yards on seven carries and caught four passes for 12 yards. If Christian McCaffrey misses another game, Davis should have a much better game next week against the Lions.

Player to Cut: WR Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers

Samuel has been a popular waiver wire target over the past few weeks thanks to his touchdowns, but he wasn’t so lucky today. He caught three passes for eight yards and ran three times for four yards. The Panthers ran six plays in the red zone, and Samuel was only in for two of them. He should continue to see a few carries and targets each game, but if he’s not going to consistently play in the red zone, it’s hard to count on him for consistently scoring touchdowns. His floor is too low to trust him, and his percentage of touches per game should decrease once Christian McCaffrey returns.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars Green Bay Packers
D.J. Chark Jr. – 56 snaps Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 60 snaps
Chris Conley – 55 snaps Davante Adams – 53 snaps
Keelan Cole – 51 snaps Equanimeous St. Brown – 31 snaps
Collin Johnson – 7 snaps Tyler Ervin – 8 snaps
Terry Godwin – 3 snaps Malik Taylor – 8 snaps
Juwann Winfree – 7 snaps
Tyler Eifert – 40 snaps Robert Tonyan – 40 snaps
James O'Shaughnessy – 25 snaps Marcedes Lewis – 26 snaps
Ben Ellefson – 19 snaps Jace Sternberger – 20 snaps
James Robinson – 53 snaps Aaron Jones – 41 snaps
Dare Ogunbowale – 10 snaps Jamaal Williams – 31 snaps
Chris Thompson – 1 snap
Total – 64 snaps Total – 65 snaps

Winner: WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers

Valdes-Scantling was the only player in the early window with a 100-yard receiving day. He made an exceptional 78-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. Outside of that play, he caught an additional three passes for 71 yards. His target share hasn’t been high in recent weeks, but this is the second-straight game where he made multiple big plays for the Packers offense. With Allen Lazard slated to return next week, I wouldn’t expect him to consistently have good games. He should still be good for a few more large gains before the season is up.

Injury: RB Chris Thompson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Thompson left the game after one play due to a back injury and didn’t return. James Robinson typically plays just under 70% of snaps when Thompson has been healthy, so the injury led to an increase in playing time for Robinson. The rookie posted 88 yards on 18 carries, and had two touchdowns called back due to penalties. Robinson would constantly be ranked as a top-five back if Thompson misses time and Devine Ozigbo remains hurt.

Injury: RB/WR Tyler Ervin, Green Bay Packers

Ervin left for the locker room before halftime with a rib injury and didn’t return. He played from the backfield last week as the primary backup to Aaron Jones, but this week he returned to lining up outside of the tackle and often being a decoy on run plays. This led to the Packers using their backup wide receivers a little more often, as well as a few more plays with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams on the field at the same time. If Ervin misses significant time, this could mean more playing time for both Jones and Williams, especially if one of them takes Ervin’s role on those kinds of plays.

Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans Cleveland Browns
Brandin Cooks – 55 snaps Jarvis Landry – 38 snaps
Will Fuller V – 55 snaps Rashard Higgins – 38 snaps
Randall Cobb – 32 snaps KhaDarel Hodge – 38 snaps
Kenny Stills – 8 snaps Donovan Peoples-Jones – 16 snaps
Darren Fells – 34 snaps Austin Hooper – 55 snaps
Jordan Akins – 24 snaps Harrison Bryant – 36 snaps
Pharaoh Brown – 18 snaps David Njoku – 23 snaps
Duke Johnson Jr. – 54 snaps Kareem Hunt – 38 snaps
C.J. Prosise – 2 snaps Nick Chubb – 28 snaps
Buddy Howell – 1 snap
Cullen Gillaspia – 1 snap
Total – 57 snaps Total – 65 snaps

Winner: RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

Chubb returned to action after missing over a month, and he didn’t disappoint, running 19 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. He could have easily scored a second touchdown but instead ran out of bounds with less than a minute left so the Browns could kneel to victory. Chubb and Kareem Hunt returned to the same roles they had in the offense over the first month of the season. Chubb earned more snaps on early downs over the first three quarters, while Hunt played more in the fourth quarter as well as on third downs. Due to the wind, Cleveland ran a lot, allowing Hunt to also run for over 100 yards.

Loser: TE Jordan Akins, Houston Texans

Any wide receiver or tight end could have been picked here — no player had more than 48 receiving yards. Akins ended the day with just one catch for five yards. Backup tight end Pharaoh Brown scored the only receiving touchdown on the day from either team. Akins dominated in pass routes for Texans tight ends in the first month of the season before missing the second month with injury. All three Texans tight ends had between 10-13 pass routes today. 

Injury Replacement: RB Duke Johnson Jr., Houston Texans

David Johnson landed on injured reserve earlier in the week, resulting in Duke Johnson taking over as the lead back. Duke played the vast majority of snaps when David left last week and did so again today. He was held to an unimpressive 54 yards on 14 carries and no receptions. Duke will remain in the RB2 conversation each of the next two weeks while David is out thanks to his playing time and two very favorable matchups against the Patriots and Lions.

Washington Football Team at Detroit Lions

Washington Football Team Detroit Lions
Terry McLaurin – 86 snaps Marvin Jones Jr. – 51 snaps
Cam Sims – 83 snaps Marvin Hall – 38 snaps
Steven Sims – 40 snap Quintez Cephus – 30 snaps
Isaiah Wright – 29 snaps Danny Amendola – 23 snaps
Jeff Badet – 5 snaps
Logan Thomas – 87 snaps T.J. Hockenson – 38 snaps
Jeremy Sprinkle – 4 snaps Jesse James – 32 snaps
Temarrick Hemingway – 1 snap Isaac Nauta – 14 snaps
J.D. McKissic – 62 snaps D'Andre Swift – 43 snaps
Antonio Gibson – 33 snaps Kerryon Johnson – 9 snaps
Peyton Barber – 10 snaps Adrian Peterson – 7 snaps
Total – 88 snaps Total – 59 snaps

Winner: RB Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

Gibson is the winner in this game thanks to his two-touchdown day. His playing time and usage compared to J.D. McKissic has been annoying to fantasy owners all season, but it was particularly infuriating today. Gibson had a few more carries than McKissic but was much more effective. McKissic followed up his 13-target performance last week with 15 targets today — the most for a running back in a game this season. Gibson caught all four of his targets for 20 yards. Ideally, at some point this season we can see what Gibson could do with more targets and touches.

Loser: TE T.J. Hockinson, Detroit Lions

Hockenson was the unanimous TE2 coming into this week because of his solid recent play and a number of tight ends on bye weeks. He managed just two catches for 13 yards. It didn’t help that Hockenson ran a route on 64.7% of the Lions’ pass plays. Hockenson isn’t typically used in run formation, which leads him to miss some pass plays, but it was more than usual in this game. He was on the injury report with a toe injury coming into the game, which may have contributed to his lack of production.

Player to Cut: RB Adrian Peterson, Detroit Lions

Detroit made D’Andre Swift the starting back before the game, and Swift proved he deserved it, running for 81 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown on one of his five receptions. Peterson, on the other hand, ran four times for 21 yards. Peterson has been held to eight or fewer carries in each of the last three games. It would take a Swift injury for Peterson to have any fantasy value again this season.

Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Stefon Diggs – 69 snaps DeAndre Hopkins – 70 snaps
Cole Beasley – 58 snaps Larry Fitzgerald – 66 snaps
John Brown – 54 snaps Christian Kirk – 54 snaps
Gabriel Davis – 37 snaps Andy Isabella – 11 snaps
Isaiah McKenzie – 9 snaps
Dawson Knox – 51 snaps Maxx Williams – 39 snaps
Lee Smith – 12 snaps Dan Arnold – 35 snaps
Reggie Gilliam – 1 snap Darrell Daniels – 14 snaps
Zack Moss – 39 snaps Kenyan Drake – 38 snaps
Devin Singletary – 34 snaps Chase Edmonds – 36 snaps
Total – 73 snaps Total – 73 snaps

Winner: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

Hopkins held off some strong performances by Bills receivers to be the winner in this game with the last-second hail mary 43-yard touchdown catch. Hopkins finished with seven catches for 127 yards. No other Cardinals receiver ended up with more than 34 receiving yards. Hopkins was WR6 coming into the week and will remain in competition for the top wide receiver spot for the season.

Returning From Injury: RB Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals

Drake missed one game with injury but returned this week. Arizona put him back in his usual role as the primary runner while Chase Edmonds remained the primary receiving back. Drake gained 100 yards on 16 carries, but Kyler Murray ended up with both Cardinals rushing touchdowns. Over the rest of the season, we can expect Edmonds fantasy managers to be frustrated at Drake leading the way, and Drake fantasy managers being mad that Murray is taking the touchdowns.

Injury: WR John Brown, Buffalo Bills

Brown left in the middle of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and didn’t return. He was having a decent game with six catches for 72 yards before leaving. Tight end Dawson Knox was back to full strength, leading the Bills to use a lot less four wide receiver sets. That cut into rookie wide receiver Gabriel Davis’ playing time early in the game. Once Brown left, Davis took over for him on the outside. If Brown were to miss significant time, Davis would take over as the starter. The biggest implication would be a higher target share for Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, who both had double-digit catches and touchdowns today.

Injury: TE Darnell Daniels, Arizona Cardinals

Daniels was carted off near the end of the first half and didn’t return. On the season, he’s led the Cardinals tight ends in snaps as their primary blocker and has run significant pass routes. If Daniels misses significant time, Dan Arnold would see a slight increase in playing time and pass routes. Arnold had the second-most receiving yards for the Cardinals this week at 34. In deeper leagues, Arnold could be worth a flier on the waiver wire given the state of tight ends this year.

Los Angeles Chargers at Miami Dolphins

Los Angeles Chargers Miami Dolphins
Keenan Allen – 55 snaps DeVante Parker – 53 snaps
Mike Williams – 48 snaps Jakeem Grant – 44 snaps
Jalen Guyton – 45 snaps Malcolm Perry – 23 snaps
Tyron Johnson – 13 snaps Mack Hollins – 11 snaps
K.J. Hill – 1 snap
Hunter Henry – 59 snaps Durham Smythe – 39 snaps
Donald Parham – 14 snaps Mike Gesicki – 28 snaps
Adam Shaheen – 22 snaps
Kalen Ballage – 46 snaps Salvon Ahmed – 44 snaps
Joshua Kelley – 17 snaps Patrick Laird – 10 snaps
DeAndre Washington – 4 snaps
Total – 63 snaps Total – 58 snaps

Winner: RB Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins

Miami didn’t have its top three running backs for this game. Ahmed was given the ball early and often, which helped Miami secure the home victory. He scored a touchdown early in the first quarter to give Miami the lead and netted a total of 85 rushing yards on 21 carries. He wasn’t a factor in the pass game with one target leading to a five-yard catch. Ahmed should be the primary runner for the Dolphins at least one more week, but he will probably lose his role on offense once Myles Gaskin returns.

Loser: RB Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers

Kelley continues to fall down the Chargers depth chart. He lost his role as the primary runner to Troymaine Pope two weeks ago. Kalen Ballage took over a week ago after Pope was hurt. The one bright spot for Kelley last week is that he took over receiving back duties for an injured Justin Jackson. Unfortunately for Kelley, the receiving back role also went to Ballage today. This left Kelley with 21 yards on seven carries and no targets. He can be dropped by anyone still holding on to him.

Waiver Wire Target: WR Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins

Grant was elevated to the second position on the wide receiver depth chart due to an injury to Preston Williams and the trade of Isaiah Ford. Grant led the team with four catches while no other Dolphin had more than two. The Dolphins gained 43 yards on those passing plays, along with a first-quarter touchdown. DeVante Parker will likely lead the Dolphins in receiving most weeks, but Grant should be the second option the rest of the season.

Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders

Denver Broncos Las Vegas Raiders
K.J. Hamler – 62 snaps Henry Ruggs III – 45 snaps
Jerry Jeudy – 61 snaps Nelson Agholor – 43 snaps
Tim Patrick – 42 snaps Hunter Renfrow – 34 snaps
DaeSean Hamilton – 31 snaps Bryan Edwards – 20 snaps
Diontae Spencer – 2 snaps Zay Jones – 8 snaps
Noah Fant – 60 snaps Darren Waller – 64 snaps
Troy Fumagalli – 12 snaps Jason Witten – 37 snaps
Nick Vannett – 10 snaps Foster Moreau – 25 snaps
Melvin Gordon III – 40 snaps Josh Jacobs – 44 snaps
Phillip Lindsay – 21 snaps Devontae Booker – 25 snaps
Royce Freeman – 10 snaps Jalen Richard – 3 snaps
Total – 71 snaps Total – 72 snaps

Winner: RB Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Jacobs scored a touchdown early in the first quarter to give the Raiders a lead and added a second one in the third quarter to help clinch the victory for the silver and black. Las Vegas relied heavily on the run with 37 total rushing attempts by running backs compared to 25 passing attempts. Jacobs picked up 21 of those carries for 112 yards and also led the Raiders in catches with four for 24 yards. The trend of Jacobs putting up big numbers during Las Vegas wins continued — he hasn’t fared as well in losses.

Loser: TE Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

Fant had high expectations coming into the week as our consensus TE3 in PFF’s rankings. Drew Lock threw the ball 47 times, which should have led to a big game out of Fant. Instead, all four Broncos wide receivers ended up with more receptions and yards than Fant’s three catches on seven targets for 18 yards. This is the third time in four weeks since returning from injury that he was held to three catches. Fant is still showing up on injury reports with an ankle injury, so it’s likely his injury is preventing him from reaching his potential.

Injury: RB Jalen Richard, Las Vegas Raiders

Richard left the game in the second quarter with a chest injury and didn’t return. He had no carries or targets in the game. Devontae Booker ended up playing a lot more than usual because of Richard’s injury and the blowout win. Booker gained 81 yards on 16 carries with two garbage time touchdowns. If Richard misses time, there will be games where Booker leads the team in snaps if Las Vegas is losing.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers
Tee Higgins – 55 snaps Diontae Johnson – 63 snaps
A.J. Green – 54 snaps JuJu Smith-Schuster – 61 snaps
Tyler Boyd – 52 snaps Chase Claypool – 44 snaps
Mike Thomas – 18 snaps James Washington – 28 snaps
Auden Tate – 12 snaps Ray-Ray McCloud III – 15 snaps
Drew Sample – 57 snaps Eric Ebron – 62 snaps
Cethan Carter – 12 snaps Zach Gentry – 14 snaps
Giovani Bernard – 44 snaps James Conner – 64 snaps
Samaje Perine – 16 snaps Benny Snell Jr. – 4 snaps
Trayveon Williams – 5 snaps Jaylen Samuels – 1 snap
Total – 65 snaps Total – 73 snaps

Winner: WR Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers

Claypool gets the winner spot yet again thanks to his two touchdowns late in the game to extend the Steelers’ lead. He caught four of 10 passes for 56 yards. Surprisingly, Claypool did not have as much playing time as the last few games. He had 97 snaps in Weeks 8 and 9 compared to 104 by JuJu Smith-Schuster and 100 by Diontae Johnson. The gap in snaps between him and the other receivers was larger today, and he was off the field for 19 pass plays. As long as Claypool is seeing double-digit targets, it’s hard to be too concerned about his playing time.

Loser: WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Green was held without a catch for the second time in his last five games. He saw the fourth-most targets at five and second-most snaps for a wide receiver at 54, so he was put in position to put up at least a few catches. This game is more evidence that Auden Tate deserves more playing time. Tate caught two of four passes on 12 pass routes. His yards per route run on the season are more than double Green’s (2.1 to 1.0). As the Bengals fall further out of the playoff race, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Green’s playing time decline while Tate’s rises.

Player to Cut: RB Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

Bernard remained the lead back with Joe Mixon out with injury, but he began to lose his opportunities in the run game. Bernard ran eight times for 30 yards, but both Samaje Perine and Trayveon Williams cut into Bernard’s carries and both were more effective on a per-carry basis. Bernard remained the receiving back with four catches on seven targets for 17 yards, but his receiving value isn’t enough to keep him on fantasy rosters. Even if Mixon isn’t able to return, it’s harder to trust Bernard anymore because he’s no longer getting the majority of carries.

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams

Seattle Seahawks Los Angeles Rams
D.K. Metcalf – 64 snaps Josh Reynolds – 57 snaps
Tyler Lockett – 58 snaps Robert Woods – 56 snaps
David Moore – 41 snaps Cooper Kupp – 37 snaps
Freddie Swain – 25 snaps Van Jefferson – 12 snaps
Penny Hart – 3 snaps Nsimba Webster – 2 snaps
Greg Olsen – 48 snaps Tyler Higbee -59 snaps
Will Dissly – 24 snaps Gerald Everett – 43 snaps
Jacob Hollister – 6 snaps Johnny Mundt – 14 snaps
Alex Collins – 32 snaps Malcolm Brown – 32 snaps
DeeJay Dallas – 22 snaps Darrell Henderson – 20 snaps
Travis Homer – 7 snaps Cam Akers – 18 snaps
Total – 67 snaps Total – 70 snaps

Winner: RB Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are back to being one of the most frustrating backfields for fantasy purposes. Malcolm Brown has been the most consistent player of the group and it led to touchdowns in this game. Brown has always been the third-down back and always sees some of the work close to the end zone. Today he played four of the seven Rams snaps within 10 yards of scoring and converted two of those into touchdowns. He had 33 yards on the ground and 18 in the air. Now that Cam Akers is seeing significant playing time again, any one of the three has a reasonable chance of leading the group in fantasy points any given week. 

Loser: RB DeeJay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks

The question this week has been Dallas or Travis Homer. The answer was Alex Collins. Dallas was given two rushing opportunities where he gained eight yards and picked up another 23 yards on two catches. Collins ended up being the primary rusher with 43 yards on 11 carries and the Seahawks’ only touchdown of the day. Once Chris Carson or Carlos Hyde are ready for action, they will return to the starting role and the three backs who played today can be dropped. The Seahawks play on Thursday Night Football, so there is a chance Collins will be the primary runner again in a few days.

Waiver Wire Target: TE Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams

Everett was held to two catches on three targets for 27 yards. This was partially due to the matchup, as the Seahawks have given up record-breaking yardage to wide receivers but not nearly as much to tight ends. He’s a waiver wire target due to a combination of recent success and the Rams using tight ends more today compared to previous games. He ranks seventh in receiving yards for tight ends since Week 5 with 204. The Rams spent nearly half the game in two or three tight end sets, which resulted in significant playing time for both Everett and Tyler Higbee, while Cooper Kupp spent nearly half the game on the bench. Everett can be a TE1 in future games against more favorable matchups.

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints

San Francisco 49ers New Orleans Saints
Richie James Jr. – 69 snaps Michael Thomas – 46 snaps
Brandon Aiyuk – 68 snaps Emmanuel Sanders – 34 snaps
Kendrick Bourne – 41 snaps Deonte Harris – 21 snaps
Trent Taylor – 4 snaps Tre'Quan Smith – 16 snaps
River Cracraft – 3 snaps Marquez Callaway – 6 snaps
Ross Dwelley – 37 snaps Adam Trautman – 27 snaps
Jordan Reed – 31 snaps Jared Cook – 21 snaps
Charlie Woerner – 8 snaps Josh Hill – 9 snaps
Jerick McKinnon – 44 snaps Alvin Kamara – 39 snaps
JaMycal Hasty – 15 snaps Latavius Murray – 24 snaps
Austin Walter – 12 snaps
Total – 71 snaps Total – 59 snaps

Winner: RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Kamara was potentially the MVP in fantasy leagues for the week. He wasn’t very effective as a runner with 15 yards on eight carries, but he scored two rushing touchdowns and was essentially the Saints’ passing offense, catching seven passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. The rest of the Saints caught seven passes combined for 56 yards and no touchdowns. If Kamara can put up these numbers against the 49ers defense, he can do well against everyone.

Loser: RB Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers tried to run their offense through McKinnon but it didn’t work well. San Francisco gave him 18 attempts in the run game, but he averaged less than 2.0 yards per carry. He was limited to one catch in the pass game for 13 yards. Part of this was the opponent, but it would be hard to imagine the 49ers giving him this many tries in the run game again, especially if one of their running backs returns from injury.

Injury: QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Brees left at halftime with an injury to his ribs and was replaced by Jameis Winston. Winston wasn’t given many opportunities with 10 attempts in the second half, but he completed six for 63 yards. The Saints have the worst remaining strength of schedule for quarterbacks, according to PFF’s SOS Metric. If Brees misses time, I wouldn’t make Winston a high priority.

Injury: TE Josh Hill, New Orleans Saints

Hill left this game with a concussion in the third quarter, which primarily led to an increase in playing time for Adam Trautman in run-blocking situations. If Hill were to miss significant time, it would only lead to a slight increase in pass routes for Jared Cook going forward.

Injury: WR Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints

Yet another injury to the Saints offense, Smith left before halftime and didn’t return. Emmanuel Sanders and Deonte Harris both saw more playing time in his absence. Sanders was held to one catch for five yards today, but he could get more opportunities if Smith were to miss time.

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

Baltimore Ravens New England Patriots
Marquise Brown – 61 snaps Jakobi Meyers – 57 snaps
Willie Snead IV – 45 snaps Damiere Byrd – 42 snaps
Devin Duvernay – 37 snaps N'Keal Harry – 35 snaps
Miles Boykin – 21 snaps Matthew Slater – 1 snap
Mark Andrews – 50 snaps Ryan Izzo – 54 snaps
Nick Boyle – 31 snaps
J.K. Dobbins – 28 snaps Damien Harris – 32 snaps
Mark Ingram II – 17 snaps Rex Burkhead – 20 snaps
Gus Edwards – 15 snaps James White – 10 snaps
Justice Hill – 4 snaps
Total – 66 snaps Total – 58 snaps

Winner: WR Willie Snead IV, Baltimore Ravens

Snead put together the fourth two-touchdown game of his career, his second with the Ravens. The seventh-year pass-catcher led the Ravens in receiving yards with 64 after catching five of his seven targets. And at this point, he is worth considering as a waiver wire pickup.

Snead was averaging under two catches per game prior to the Ravens' bye week. He’s come away with at least four catches in each game since the bye. Snead has faced some tough competition in recent weeks, but there are a few pretty favorable matchups over the rest of the season.

Loser: RB James White, New England Patriots

White was barely part of the offense tonight. He caught two passes for 8 yards while playing eight snaps. It was the fourth straight game in which he has been held to 35 or fewer receiving yards.

Teammate Rex Burkhead caught two touchdowns in the second quarter while White has yet to score a touchdown this season. Unless the Patriots are significantly behind, this is a two-man backfield with Burkhead and Damien Harris. Harris had another impressive game, with 121 yards on 22 carries. Even fullback Jakob Johnson was a bigger part of the passing game than White, as he recorded 20 receiving yards on two catches. White can be cut in all league formats at this point.

It’s also worth noting that any of the Ravens running backs could also be listed here. Now that Mark Ingram II is healthy again, Baltimore’s backfield is now a four-person committee.

Injury: TE Nick Boyle, Baltimore Ravens

Boyle suffered a gruesome knee injury in the third quarter and was carted off the field. It looked to be significant and will have some big ramifications for the Ravens' offense. Mark Andrews and Boyle have been the only two tight ends to receive any playing time for Baltimore, and Andrews played in 100% of the Ravens snaps after the injury compared to 61% before it. Andrews ended up with season highs in catches (7) and yards (61). Over the rest of the season, Andrews should see significantly more playing time. Many will be run plays, but some will be pass plays, leading to more targets. We wish Boyle the best in his recovery.

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