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Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap: Immediate takeaways & analysis for every game

London, England, United Kingdom; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (4) congratulates Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst (81) after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the New York Jets at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Week 5 gave us our first quadruple-header of the regular season. It started with the New York Jets taking on the Atlanta Falcons in London and concludes with the Buffalo Bills taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of the 2020 AFC Championship Game.

PFF's fantasy football recap focuses on player usage and stats, breaking down all the vital information you need to achieve fantasy success in 2021.

Table Notes

  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties like offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

NYG @ ATL | MIA @ TB | NO @ WFT | PHI @ CAR | NE @ HOU | GB @ CIN | TEN @ JAX | DEN @ PIT | DET @ MINCLE @ LAC | CHI @ LVSF @ ARZ |
NYG @ DAL| BUF @ KC

Denver Broncos @ Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Najee Harris: 23 carries, 122 yards, 1 TD, (3 explosive runs), 2 receptions, 20 receiving yards
  • Courtland Sutton: 7 receptions, 120 yards, 1 TD (3.24 YPRR)
Denver Broncos Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Tim Patrick 57 40 9 0
Courtland Sutton 54 37 10 0
Kendall Hinton 39 27 2 0
Tyrie Cleveland 5 4 0 0
David Moore 4 4 2 0
Diontae Spencer 2 2 1 0
TE
Noah Fant 58 37 4 0
Eric Saubert 16 8 0 0
HB
Melvin Gordon III 36 22 2 9
Javonte Williams 25 13 3 8
Total 60 41 33 17

Pittsburgh Steelers Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Diontae Johnson 60 25 2 0
Chase Claypool 36 21 6 0
Ray-Ray McCloud III 34 13 2 0
JuJu Smith-Schuster 25 9 1 2
Cody White 16 4 1 0
TE
Pat Freiermuth 32 11 2 0
Eric Ebron 25 15 2 0
Zach Gentry 22 4 1 0
HB
Najee Harris 42 12 5 23
Benny Snell Jr. 13 5 1 5
Kalen Ballage 10 3 1 4
Total 65 26 24 35

Monitor the JuJu Smith-Schuster injury: Smith-Schuster has dealt with a ribs injury the last two weeks that has at times limited him in practice, and now he has a shoulder injury as well. He went down hard in the second quarter and didn’t return to the game. If he misses time, Ray-Ray McCloud III would take over in the slot and would be worth a waiver wire target in deeper leagues. If anything, this should also mean more opportunities for the Steelers' star players. Chase Claypool is one player who potentially saw more targets, leading to five receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown.

Sell high on Courtland Sutton: Sutton’s fantasy production has been a roller coaster this season, and today was one of the peaks. Part of the reason for his success is that three of the Broncos' top six wide receivers/tight ends didn’t play in this game with injury. This allowed the players who were healthy to dominate in targets. Jerry Jeudy was expected to miss four to six weeks with his high ankle sprain, and that was four weeks ago. Once Jeudy is back, it will be harder for Sutton to consistently play well.

Avoid the Steelers tight ends: Neither of the Steelers' top two tight ends could stay fantasy relevant as long as they were fighting each other for snaps. It will be even harder now with 2019 fifth-round pick Zach Gentry becoming a bigger part of the offense. He’s primarily a run-blocking tight end, but he has the highest threat-rate of the three on the season. He’s also graded well the last two weeks as a receiver, which could lead to more opportunities. One day Pat Freiermuth will be a starting fantasy tight end, but that day seems further away now than before.

Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Derrick Henry: 29 carries, 130 yards, 3 TD (5 avoided tackles)
  • James Robinson: 18 carries, 149 yards, 1 TD (38.9% first down/touchdown rate)
Tennessee Titans Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Marcus Johnson 48 20 4 0
A.J. Brown 41 24 5 0
Chester Rogers 31 15 1 1
Josh Reynolds 18 6 1 0
Cameron Batson 10 1 0 2
TE
MyCole Pruitt 38 6 1 0
Geoff Swaim 36 6 0 0
Anthony Firkser 27 14 4 0
HB
Derrick Henry 49 8 0 29
Jeremy McNichols 15 10 2 1
Total 64 26 18 35

Jacksonville Jaguars Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Marvin Jones Jr. 66 33 4 0
Laviska Shenault Jr. 52 23 3 0
Jamal Agnew 45 26 7 1
Tavon Austin 24 19 5 0
TE
Dan Arnold 52 30 8 0
Chris Manhertz 22 3 0 0
Jacob Hollister 15 8 1 0
Luke Farrell 8 3 1 0
HB
James Robinson 48 21 1 18
Carlos Hyde 18 8 0 5
Dare Ogunbowale 5 3 1 0
Total 71 38 31 28

Add Dan Arnold: Arnold was traded to the Jaguars from Carolina two weeks ago. He was used in a limited role on Thursday Night Football a week ago after being on the team for just a few days. After over a full week of practice, he’s clearly the Jaguars' receiving tight end. He led the team in receptions (6) and receiving yards (64) despite Jacksonville relying heavily on the run. There are very few tight ends who run a route on nearly all of their team’s pass plays. With a quarterback who wants to target tight ends, he's a borderline starter.

Buy low on A.J. Brown: Brown was a player to buy low after Week 2, as a lot of the reasons behind his poor numbers were unlikely to continue. Unfortunately, he suffered a hamstring injury in Week 3, which kept him out of most of that game as well as last week. Brown played today, but his playing time was limited compared to usual. He led the team in targets but only caught three passes for 38 yards. His talent should lead to much better games in the future once he's healthy and Julio Jones returns.

Buy low on Laviska Shenault Jr.: Shenault had one highlight-worthy play of 58 yards but wasn’t a large part of the offense outside of that. The Jaguars moved him to an outside receiver to replace D.J. Chark Jr. instead of the slot role he held all season. He had played both positions significantly as a rookie, and over his career he’s played much better out wide. Trevor Lawrence has also been much more willing to throw to outside receivers this year, with 66 targets out wide compared to 38 in the slot. It didn’t work out today, but in the long run this should be a positive move for Shenault’s fantasy value. The following are his career numbers at the two alignments.

Laviska Shenault
Receiving Grade Routes Targets TD 1D Explosive Plays
Wide 75.7 306 60 5 27 13
Slot 64.4 212 42 0 15 6

Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals 

Green Bay Packers Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Davante Adams 58 37 16 0
Allen Lazard 55 37 2 0
Randall Cobb 35 25 3 0
Equanimeous St. Brown 12 7 0 0
Amari Rodgers 5 3 0 0
Malik Taylor 4 1 0 0
TE
Robert Tonyan 38 25 2 0
Marcedes Lewis 29 9 2 0
Josiah Deguara 13 7 0 0
Tyler Davis 4 1 0 0
HB
Aaron Jones 44 29 5 14
A.J. Dillon 21 11 4 9
Kylin Hill 2 2 1 0
Total 64 41 35 23

 

Cincinnati Bengals Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Ja'Marr Chase 61 41 9 0
Tyler Boyd 55 38 5 0
Tee Higgins 47 36 8 0
Auden Tate 13 4 1 0
Trenton Irwin 9 4 0 0
TE
C.J. Uzomah 56 35 2 0
Drew Sample 21 10 3 0
Mitchell Wilcox 2 2 0 0
HB
Samaje Perine 41 26 5 11
Joe Mixon 19 8 1 10
Chris Evans 7 6 2 0
Total 67 43 36 23

Sell high on Aaron Jones: The veteran back has been a top-five fantasy running back so far this season and had a 100-yard game, but his time as an elite fantasy back might be coming to an end. A.J. Dillon has become more involved with the offense. On the season, Dillon has graded better as a runner. Jones has been the more explosive player, but Dillon has more consistently gotten first downs. 

Dillon was the more effective receiver today with 49 yards on four catches and a touchdown. Jones had back-to-back weeks with 20-plus touches in Weeks 2 and 3, but those kinds of games will be hard to come by again with Dillon playing this well.

Monitor the Bengals RBs: Joe Mixon was surprisingly able to play in this game but on a limited basis. He and Samaje Perine split the carries, while there was a heavy three-back rotation for the pass work. As the game progressed, Perine took a higher percentage of the pass plays. Mixon didn’t play at all on third downs, which isn’t surprising considering his limited third-down snaps in recent weeks. As long as Mixon is able to practice some this upcoming week, he should be good to return to fantasy starting lineups next Sunday with a very favorable matchup against the Lions.

Bench and consider dropping Robert Tonyan: Tonyan was held to single-digit receiving yards for the fourth time in five weeks. Green Bay has used a four-man rotation at tight end. Tonyan is still far and away the one seeing the most snaps in passing situations, but he’s not seeing the targets. Davante Adams is taking a higher target share than ever, and the ball is getting spread out among everyone else. We all knew his touchdowns would regress significantly based on how he was used last season, and they have. He will score his share of touchdowns this year, but it’s not worth scoring 1.8 PPR points several weeks to get there.

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings 

Detroit Lions Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Amon-Ra St. Brown 47 31 8 0
Kalif Raymond 46 28 2 0
KhaDarel Hodge 44 25 5 0
Quintez Cephus 22 13 3 0
Trinity Benson 21 10 2 0
TE
T.J. Hockenson 55 32 3 0
Darren Fells 21 5 0 0
HB
D'Andre Swift 50 29 6 11
Jamaal Williams 22 7 2 13
Total 68 39 31 24

Minnesota Vikings Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Adam Thielen 62 36 3 0
Justin Jefferson 61 37 8 0
K.J. Osborn 40 26 4 0
Dede Westbrook 13 11 4 0
TE
Tyler Conklin 50 28 3 0
Ben Ellefson 14 1 1 0
Chris Herndon 7 2 0 0
HB
Alexander Mattison 44 16 7 25
Ameer Abdullah 12 8 0 1
Total 67 37 31 27

Buy low on T.J. Hockenson: The third-year tight end had an excellent start to the season with eight catches in each of his first two games. He’s caught eight passes over the last three games combined, including two today for 22 yards. It’s worth noting that Hockenson has dealt with a knee injury that kept him limited in practice all week. He should see a higher target share similar to the start of the season once he’s closer to 100%.

Hold onto Alexander Mattison: Dalvin Cook was a game-time decision all week and was ruled out earlier today. Mattison took advantage of the opportunity to be a centerpiece in the Vikings' offense which helped lead them to victory. Considering Cook has gone three straight weeks with either not practicing or being limited in practice, it wouldn’t be surprising if Mattison gets another start either this week or at some point in the season.

Monitor the Lions' wide receivers: The Lions' wide receiver situation has constantly evolved throughout the season. Detroit used their fourth and fifth wide receivers Trinity Benson and KhaDarel Hodge for 20 of the possible 22 snaps at wide receiver in 21 personnel. Quintez Cephus was carted to the locker room in the second quarter and didn’t return. This left Hodge getting playing time similar to the starters. 

Kalif Raymond was the only starter who consistently played in both two and three-receiver sets but didn’t have a catch. Amon-Ra St. Brown was the star of the group, but he still very rarely plays in two-receiver sets. Someone could eventually emerge from this group with how many injuries they’ve had, but no one has consistently played well yet.

New York JetsAtlanta Falcons 

  • Kyle Pitts: 9 receptions, 119 yards, 1 TD (4 explosive plays)
  • Cordarrelle Patterson: 14 carries, 54 yards; 7 receptions, 60 receiving yards (33.3% threat rate)
New York Jets Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Corey Davis 45 27 7 0
Jamison Crowder 34 24 6 0
Keelan Cole 31 18 3 0
Elijah Moore 23 16 2 0
Denzel Mims 8 6 2 0
Braxton Berrios 6 3 1 0
TE
Ryan Griffin 51 24 2 0
Daniel Brown 2 2 0 0
HB
Michael Carter 29 15 3 10
Ty Johnson 22 13 3 4
Tevin Coleman 5 2 0 3
Total 56 35 29 17

 

Atlanta Falcons Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Olamide Zaccheaus 66 40 4 0
Tajae Sharpe 63 35 5 0
Christian Blake 16 8 4 0
TE
Kyle Pitts 54 36 10 0
Hayden Hurst 43 26 5 0
Lee Smith 34 7 3 0
HB
Mike Davis 50 21 4 13
Cordarrelle Patterson 46 24 8 14
Wayne Gallman 3 0 0 1
Total 78 46 43 29

Keep starting Cordarrelle Patterson: Patterson didn’t score the touchdowns in this game, but he played a much bigger role in the offense compared to past weeks and surpassed 100 yards on offense. This increased workload could be down to the Falcons' injuries at wide receiver, but the veteran also handled an increased workload out of the backfield.

Patterson was more effective than Mike Davis today, which could lead to an even bigger role down the road. He needs to remain in starting lineups.

Don’t start Elijah Moore: Moore was questionable coming into the game due to the concussion he suffered in Week 3, but his small role in the offense was disappointing nonetheless. The rookie receiver was constantly rotating in and out with Keelan Cole and saw a relatively small target share, although there was one big play where a defensive pass interference penalty kept him from coming down with the ball.

Moore was targeted twice but didn’t catch a single pass. He played primarily out of the slot in college, but Jamison Crowder has that role wrapped up for the Jets. This offense needs to improve and Moore needs to see more opportunity before we consider putting the first-year wideout in lineups.

Monitor Kyle Pitts: Pitts had the best game of his short NFL career and even found the end zone for the first time as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. The injuries to the Falcons' top receiving targets presented him with an increased target share, but it didn’t necessarily increase his playing time. Atlanta still ran a lot of passing plays with Pitts off the field, which isn’t ideal for a borderline top-five fantasy tight end — he needs to stay on the field if he is ever to reach his full fantasy potential. 

Consider starting Michael Carter: The fourth-round pick served as the clear primary back for New York for the third consecutive game, and his role is very similar to several other starting fantasy running backs.

Unfortunately, the game script was as bad as it gets, as the Jets found themselves down 17-0 after 19 minutes of football. Still, he still managed double-digit carries and a touchdown while also catching a career-high three passes. If New York can improve offensively, he will be a clear every-week starter.


Miami Dolphins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Miami Dolphins Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Jaylen Waddle 43 35 7 1
Preston Williams 40 32 4 1
Mack Hollins 14 11 2 0
Albert Wilson 12 11 0 0
Isaiah Ford 3 2 1 0
TE
Mike Gesicki 42 34 6 0
Durham Smythe 36 25 3 0
Adam Shaheen 21 11 2 0
Cethan Carter 5 2 0 0
HB
Myles Gaskin 37 22 10 5
Salvon Ahmed 11 7 3 2
Malcolm Brown 5 1 0 0
Total 54 44 38 9

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Mike Evans 58 42 8 0
Chris Godwin 51 35 11 0
Antonio Brown 42 32 8 0
Tyler Johnson 38 27 3 0
Jaydon Mickens 13 5 0 0
TE
O.J. Howard 44 17 3 0
Cameron Brate 28 20 1 0
Codey McElroy 12 4 1 0
HB
Leonard Fournette 46 29 5 12
Giovani Bernard 17 8 2 4
Ronald Jones 10 4 1 5
Total 74 48 43 24

Sell high on Myles Gaskin: Gaskin notched career-highs in targets (10), receptions (10) and receiving touchdowns (2). He’s been very up and down this season in both his playing time and stats. His playing time was up in this game, but the stats he did well in aren’t sustainable. He had five or fewer carries for the third time in four weeks, which isn’t ideal for a running back. His double-digit targets were at least partially influenced by Miami missing two of its top three wide receivers. He will remain a very frustrating play for fantasy managers, so it would be better to let him be someone else’s problem.

Drop Ronald Jones: It’s becoming more clear each week that Jones is not a big part of the offense’s game plan. This is the kind of game script where Jones ideally would have had an OK game, but he was given just five carries and one target. Jones would have some fantasy value if Leonard Fournette gets hurt, but that seems to be the only scenario where he gets more involved at this point.

Monitor the Buccaneers' tight ends: Rob Gronkowski missed a second game with an injury, putting the two backup tight ends in the spotlight. Cameron Brate had been the clear receiving option over O.J. Howard after the first month of the season, with 84 routes run to 28. This week, they shifted to more of an even split. Howard ran fewer routes but had more targets, receptions and yards. It wouldn’t be surprising if the former first-round pick can maintain an extended role in the offense going forward.


New Orleans SaintsWashington Football Team

  • Antonio Gibson: 20 carries, 60 yards, 2 TD, (26.3% first down/touchdown rate), 2 receptions, 12 receiving yards
  • Marquez Callaway: 4 receptions, 85 yards, 2 TD (18.9 aDOT)
New Orleans Saints Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Marquez Callaway 46 28 7 0
Kenny Stills 40 28 5 1
Ty Montgomery 25 16 0 0
Chris Hogan 8 4 1 0
Deonte Harris 2 2 1 0
TE
Adam Trautman 48 23 2 0
Garrett Griffin 17 4 0 0
Juwan Johnson 6 4 1 0
HB
Alvin Kamara 49 24 8 16
Devine Ozigbo 7 7 0 0
Dwayne Washington 2 2 0 0
Total 56 34 27 21

 

Washington Football Team Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Terry McLaurin 70 43 11 0
DeAndre Carter 58 35 7 1
Adam Humphries 52 36 4 0
Dax Milne 34 19 1 0
Antonio Gandy-Golden 8 5 0 0
Curtis Samuel 5 2 1 1
TE
Ricky Seals-Jones 82 42 9 0
John Bates 17 3 0 0
HB
Antonio Gibson 47 18 2 19
J.D. McKissic 34 23 3 3
Jaret Patterson 5 0 0 4
Total 83 48 38 28

Monitor the Taysom Hill injury: Hill suffered a concussion and was carted off the field in this game. He’s been the closest thing the Saints have had to a receiving tight end the last few weeks. Adam Trautman had 43 receiving yards, which is more than the previous four games put together. Trautman should be left on the waiver wire, but there is a chance he sees more opportunities if Hill misses time.

Avoid the Saints wide receivers: Deonte Harris has been by far the most impressive wide receiver for New Orleans this season. He barely played in Week 6 due to a hamstring injury but caught a 72-yard touchdown pass. Marquez Callaway has made more plays in recent weeks, including a Hail Mary touchdown to end the first half. Next time we see the Saints — which will be after their bye next week — the starters could be Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith. Smith said he’ll return after the bye, and Thomas will be eligible to come off the PUP list. The stats might look impressive, but the receiving room is about to get a lot more crowded. 

Add Ricky Seals-Jones: Logan Thomas is on injured reserve and will miss a minimum of two weeks. Seals-Jones has taken on the exact same role as Thomas, leading to five catches for 41 yards in Week 6. His PFF grade is nearly identical on the season despite a dropped pass. His threat rate has been higher, and he has more explosive plays. He should not only be on rosters but also potentially in starting lineups for as long as Thomas is out.


Philadelphia Eagles @ Carolina Panthers

  • Chuba Hubbard: 24 carries, 101 yards, (3.3 yards after contact per carry); 5 receptions, 33 receiving yards
  • DeVonta Smith: 7 receptions, 77 yards (2-for-2 on contested targets)
Philadelphia Eagles Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
DeVonta Smith 62 40 9 0
Quez Watkins 56 34 3 0
Jalen Reagor 46 35 5 0
Greg Ward 11 9 0 0
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 3 1 0 0
TE
Dallas Goedert 46 23 3 0
Zach Ertz 39 23 5 0
Jack Stoll 5 1 0 0
HB
Miles Sanders 50 28 5 11
Kenneth Gainwell 16 10 3 2
Total 67 42 33 21

 

Carolina Panthers Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
D.J. Moore 63 40 7 1
Robby Anderson 61 39 7 0
Terrace Marshall Jr. 54 33 3 0
Brandon Zylstra 11 4 0 0
Alex Erickson 5 2 0 0
TE
Ian Thomas 45 24 5 0
Tommy Tremble 27 16 3 0
Colin Thompson 7 1 0 0
HB
Chuba Hubbard 46 18 6 24
Royce Freeman 14 10 2 3
Rodney Smith 11 10 0 0
Total 71 42 33 28

Bench Dallas Goedert: The Eagles' younger tight end has been borderline-benchable all season because of the time he is splitting with Zach Ertz. And that problem persisted in this game, as they split the receiving work evenly.

Ertz was targeted five times in Week 5 compared to Goedert's three. He’s now seen five or fewer tragets in six straight games, all with Jalen Hurts at quarterback. He is talented enough that he will still make a few big plays over the rest of the season, but they will come at unpredictable times.

Start DeVonta Smith: The first-round rookie continues to be the clear top receiving option in the Eagles offense. He’s seen six targets in each game so far, and that’s only gone up over the last two weeks. He didn’t catch any of his first seven contested catches this season but now has caught his last three.

The rookie pass-catcher had a few miscues in this game, with a drop and fumble, but those are unlikely to be a problem going forward. He’s a reliable player and we haven’t seen his ceiling yet.

Continue to start Chuba Hubbard as long as Christian McCaffrey is out: Hubbard had a much better game than he did last week, with nearly double the rushing attempts and yards. The Panthers used three different running backs in passing opportunities, but the rookie saw the most work. He rarely played on third downs but did stay in for the two-minute drill.

This led to career-high numbers across the board in the passing game, and the only problem is he didn’t find the end zone. He should remain among the league leaders in touches as long as McCaffrey isn’t playing.


New England Patriots @ Houston Texans

New England Patriots Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Jakobi Meyers 58 31 5 0
Nelson Agholor 43 25 4 0
Kendrick Bourne 32 20 3 1
N'Keal Harry 22 7 2 0
TE
Hunter Henry 40 25 8 0
Jonnu Smith 40 8 2 1
HB
Brandon Bolden 24 17 4 2
Rhamondre Stevenson 22 7 0 11
Damien Harris 21 4 0 14
Total 64 31 28 30

 

Houston Texans Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Chris Conley 54 29 4 0
Brandin Cooks 50 30 5 0
Chris Moore 37 22 5 0
TE
Pharaoh Brown 37 11 3 0
Jordan Akins 27 21 2 0
Antony Auclair 20 5 1 0
HB
David Johnson 31 23 6 2
Mark Ingram II 26 7 0 16
Phillip Lindsay 13 3 0 5
Total 59 32 26 24

Don’t add Chris Moore: Moore might seem like a good waiver wire target due to his impressive stat line, but there will be a lot working against him soon. Danny Amendola is the Texans' starting slot receiver but was limited in practice throughout the week and missed the game. Once he’s back, there’s a chance Moore doesn’t see any playing time. Nico Collins is on injured reserve but can return as early as next week. That will also probably push Moore down the depth chart.

Don’t worry about Damien Harris: Harris had a fine game on the ground, gaining 58 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. This was particularly impressive considering New England was missing four-fifths of its offensive line. The third-year back suffered a chest injury that cost him significant time in the second half. Rhamondre Stevenson saw four snaps in the first half and then received extensive work in the second. He wasn’t as effective as Harris, which should help secure Harris’ starting role for the foreseeable future as long as he’s healthy.

Cut Jonnu Smith: Through four weeks, Smith had been used more as a blocking tight end, while Hunter Henry the bulk of the receiving work. That was even more true in this game, resulting in Smith having single-digit routes run. He was held under 30 receiving yards for the fourth consecutive week. There is still a chance the Patriots could change their offense at some point this season to get Smith more involved, but that is more unlikely by the week.


Cleveland Browns @ Los Angeles Chargers 

  • Austin Ekeler: 17 carries, 66 yards, 2 TD, (0% stuffed rate); 5 receptions, 53 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
  • Nick Chubb: 21 carries, 161 yards, 1 TD, 9 avoided tackles
Cleveland Browns Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Odell Beckham Jr. 58 31 3 0
Donovan Peoples-Jones 49 26 6 0
Rashard Higgins 34 22 6 0
Anthony Schwartz 9 5 1 0
Demetric Felton 3 1 0 0
TE
Austin Hooper 52 15 0 0
David Njoku 46 21 7 0
Harrison Bryant 31 10 0 0
HB
Nick Chubb 40 15 1 21
Kareem Hunt 32 13 6 12
Total 72 35 30 33

 

Los Angeles Chargers Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Keenan Allen 67 45 9 0
Mike Williams 58 39 15 0
Jalen Guyton 43 29 3 0
Josh Palmer 16 9 3 0
K.J. Hill 4 2 0 0
TE
Jared Cook 50 30 3 0
Donald Parham 41 14 2 0
Stephen Anderson 15 6 1 0
HB
Austin Ekeler 53 28 5 17
Joshua Kelley 26 19 0 2
Total 75 48 41 20

Cut Austin Hooper: Hooper has been fighting David Njoku for receiving snaps at tight end all season. The two ran a similar number of routes this week, but the stat line couldn't be more different. Njoku caught seven passes for 149 yards and a touchdown, while Hooper wasn’t targeted. Njoku can be left on the waiver wire unless he takes the vast majority of the receiving work. Hooper can be cut, as he should only see a decrease in workload from now on.

Sell high on most players in this game: This was an exciting game that featured a number of positive performances on offense. Along with Ekeler and Chubb, Kareem Hunt and Mike Williams also put up dominant performances, scoring two touchdowns apiece. All four players should remain every-week starters regardless of matchup, but it can never hurt to see what you can get for big-name players after they have a big game — it can potentially lead to multiple starters in your fantasy lineup.

Monitor the Chargers' tight ends: The 34-year-old Jared Cook has been the Chargers' primary receiving tight end so far this season, but he's been far from efficient through five weeks. This was a particularly poor game, as he was held to one catch for 29 yards while backup Donald Parham scored a touchdown in his second straight game on limited routes. There has yet to be a sign that Los Angeles is looking to limit Cook’s snaps, but based on the quality of play, they might want to consider it.


Chicago Bears @ Las Vegas Raiders

  • Damien Williams: 16 carries, 64 yards, 1 TD, (1.9 yards before contact per carry); 2 receptions, 20 receiving yards
  • Josh Jacobs: 15 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD (3 avoided tackles); 4 receptions, 19 receiving yards
Chicago Bears Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Allen Robinson II 53 22 5 0
Darnell Mooney 49 21 5 1
Damiere Byrd 28 10 0 0
Marquise Goodwin 24 9 2 0
Jakeem Grant 2 2 0 0
TE
Cole Kmet 51 16 4 0
Jimmy Graham 25 7 0 0
Jesper Horsted 2 2 1 0
HB
Khalil Herbert 34 7 0 18
Damien Williams 31 10 3 16
Ryan Nall 3 0 0 0
Total 64 24 20 37

 

Las Vegas Raiders Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Henry Ruggs III 56 36 3 0
Bryan Edwards 51 33 6 0
Hunter Renfrow 50 34 8 0
Zay Jones 12 7 2 0
Willie Snead IV 6 2 1 0
TE
Darren Waller 64 36 8 0
Foster Moreau 15 2 0 0
Nick Bowers 2 0 0 0
HB
Josh Jacobs 46 20 5 15
Kenyan Drake 12 6 1 2
Jalen Richard 10 8 1 0
Total 67 40 35 20

Cut Kenyan Drake: Peyton Barber has received the majority of carries with Josh Jacobs out, and Jalen Richard has taken the third-down role after returning from the injured reserve. This left Drake with just two carries and no catches in Week 5. It would now take multiple injuries for Drake to become a fantasy starter. The best-case scenario is that the Raiders trade him before the deadline.

Sell high on Damien Williams: Williams was expected to be the Bears' primary ball carrier with David Montgomery out. Instead, he and rookie Khalil Herbert split snaps fairly evenly throughout the game. The Bears held a lead for most of the game, which allowed them to rely heavily on the running game. Both backs recorded more than 16 rushing attempts, with Herbert finishing with more rushing yards but Williams scoring the touchdown. The even split will make it much harder to start either one of these backs in games where Chicago is playing from behind.

Leave Justin Fields on the bench: Fields once held starting fantasy potential due to his accuracy passing and his ability to run. He didn’t really show either in this game, though, with a 54.5% adjusted completion percentage and only three carries. He will need to improve on his accuracy and his impact in the running game before he can safely go into lineups.


San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals 

  • DeAndre Hopkins: 6 receptions, 87 yards, 1 TD (All first downs/touchdowns)
  • Trey Lance: 15 for 29, 192 yards, 1 INT, (10.0 aDOT), 16 carries, 89 rushing yards 
San Francisco 49ers Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Deebo Samuel 56 33 6 1
Brandon Aiyuk 46 27 3 0
Mohamed Sanu 30 17 3 0
Travis Benjamin 15 5 2 0
Trent Sherfield 9 1 0 0
TE
Ross Dwelley 59 26 3 0
Charlie Woerner 21 11 1 0
Tanner Hudson 1 0 0 0
HB
Elijah Mitchell 44 18 2 9
Trey Sermon 2 1 0 1
Total 65 35 24 24

 

Arizona Cardinals Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
DeAndre Hopkins 56 34 9 0
A.J. Green 49 30 2 0
Christian Kirk 33 18 5 1
Rondale Moore 29 20 6 3
Antoine Wesley 3 0 0 0
TE
Demetrius Harris 32 13 0 0
Maxx Williams 25 14 1 0
Ross Travis 9 2 0 0
HB
Chase Edmonds 37 16 4 7
James Conner 29 12 2 10
Total 61 34 29 27

Rondale Moore is now a must-add: Moore’s role has expanded in the Cardinals' offense. He played 26 of a possible 102 offensive snaps in 11 personnel over the first four weeks. The three starting wide receivers were all at 80-plus snaps. This week, he played in 13 of 27, while Christian Kirk was restricted to 16. The increased role allowed him to lead the team in rushing yards while also having the second-most targets. Tight end Maxx Williams was carted off with what appeared to be a serious injury. Demetrius Harris took over as the receiving tight end. Arizona already runs significant four-receiver sets, but that could increase even more with Williams presumably out. Moore’s route to a consistent fantasy wide receiver became a lot clearer today.

Monitor the 49ers' backfield: Elijah Mitchell missed the past two games with injury but went right back to his role as the first- and second-down back. Trey Sermon was active but didn’t play an offensive snap until late in the fourth quarter. Kyle Juszczyk remained the third-down back. The 49ers have a bye next week, and then Jeff Wilson Jr. is at least eligible to return. Once he’s back, it will be interesting to see how playing time is distributed. Wilson should get picked up off the waiver wire, as this could eventually be his job.

Start Trey Lance as long as he starts: Lance had a rough start when it came to helping the 49ers win, but what he did on the field is promising for fantasy managers. He had a similar debut to Jalen Hurts, running the ball 16-plus times in his first start. Hurts has consistently been a fantasy starter since becoming the Eagles' QB1. Lance will be in a similar situation, where his rushing floor is so high that even a bad performance won’t stop him. Unfortunately, he didn’t score a touchdown in this game, but they will come — both on the ground and through the air.


New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

  • Ezekiel Elliott: 21 carries, 110 yards, 1 TD, (5 explosive runs); 2 receptions, 2 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
  • Kadarius Toney: 10 receptions, 189 yards (54.2% threat rate)
New York Giants Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
John Ross 41 28 5 0
Kadarius Toney 37 24 13 1
Collin Johnson 30 18 3 0
Kenny Golladay 24 15 3 0
C.J. Board 21 10 3 0
TE
Evan Engram 50 30 4 0
Kyle Rudolph 41 22 1 0
Kaden Smith 24 7 0 0
HB
Devontae Booker 60 30 4 16
Elijhaa Penny 6 0 0 1
Saquon Barkley 6 4 1 2
Total 68 41 37 23

 

Dallas Cowboys Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
CeeDee Lamb 65 33 5 1
Amari Cooper 57 29 5 0
Cedrick Wilson 52 27 1 1
Noah Brown 23 8 4 0
Malik Turner 5 1 0 0
TE
Dalton Schultz 57 25 8 0
Blake Jarwin 31 10 0 0
Jeremy Sprinkle 13 1 0 0
HB
Ezekiel Elliott 47 18 3 21
Tony Pollard 31 12 4 14
Total 78 36 30 38

Add Devontae Booker: Saquon Barkley had his ankle rolled up on, which led him to get ruled out for the game shortly thereafter. Booker took over as the running back for the Giants. He ran 14 times for 35 yards and a touchdown. He wasn’t all that effective on the ground, but any back who sees that many carries needs to be on a roster. Ideally, Barkley won’t miss much time, but Booker will be a borderline fantasy starter for as long as Barkley is out.

Start Dalton Schultz: Schultz had his third consecutive week with six catches. He gained 79 yards on those plays but failed to score a touchdown. He and Blake Jarwin split playing time the first three weeks, but Schultz earned a bigger role last week. He maintained that by staying on the field for the vast majority of the Cowboys' pass plays. This role makes his play much more sustainable over time. He will eventually have a bad week while other wide receivers shine, but he should be a solid starter more often than not.

Monitor the Kenny Golladay injury: Golladay was ruled out with a knee injury. He was held without a catch in this game. He’s already appeared on the injury report in four of the first five weeks with a hamstring, a groin and a hip injury. The Giants were also without Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton in this game. That all contributed to Kadarius Toney’s breakout game. Toney definitely needs to be on fantasy rosters. There is no guarantee he keeps an every-down role once everyone is healthy, though. Slayton is likely the odd man out of three-receiver sets once the corps is at full strength. Availability will likely dictate who is on the field the next few weeks at least.


Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

  • Josh Allen: 15-for-26, 316 yards, 3 TD, (3.1-second average time to throw); 11 carries, 59 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
  • Dawson Knox: 3 receptions, 117 yards, 1 TD (28.3 aDOT)
Buffalo Bills Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Emmanuel Sanders 45 28 6 0
Stefon Diggs 42 24 5 0
Cole Beasley 22 16 2 0
Gabriel Davis 14 6 1 0
Isaiah McKenzie 8 4 0 0
Jake Kumerow 7 2 0 0
TE
Dawson Knox 55 26 4 0
Tommy Sweeney 10 3 1 0
HB
Zack Moss 42 19 4 11
Devin Singletary 15 8 2 6
Total 57 30 25 24

 

Kansas City Chiefs Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
WR
Tyreek Hill 73 54 14 1
Demarcus Robinson 65 48 2 0
Mecole Hardman 59 45 12 0
Byron Pringle 26 20 2 0
Josh Gordon 9 4 1 0
Marcus Kemp 4 2 0 0
TE
Travis Kelce 75 56 8 0
Blake Bell 17 6 1 0
Joe Fortson 14 10 0 0
HB
Darrel Williams 37 24 4 5
Jerick McKinnon 27 22 2 1
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 22 13 2 7
Total 86 63 48 16

Monitor the Clyde Edwards-Helaire injury: Somehow, Edwards-Helaire's fantasy stats were improving while his playing time was decreasing. Tonight, the reduction in playing time continued, but it coincided with a large drop-off in his fantasy production. Tonight, Kansas City used a very heavy rotation of their backs, rotating them in and out every play or two.

His night got worse when he suffered what could be a significant knee injury. If he misses a significant amount of time, expect Darrel Williams to be the primary rushing back and Jerick McKinnon to serve as the primary receiving back. This makes Williams the player to pick up off the waiver wire. Williams has only played in over 50% of offensive snaps twice in his career and has never topped 11 carries. 

Derrick Gore is on the practice squad and is the current favorite to be the third back on the roster. He would likely see a few carries each game and be worth an add in deeper leagues.  It’s possible Kansas City makes a trade for a running back who could complement Williams in the run game or potentially see more carries than Williams.

Monitor the Kansas City wide receivers: Kansas City made headlines a week ago when they added Josh Gordon to the roster. He was used sparingly tonight, taking a few snaps from each of the other receivers. The addition may have motivated Mecole Hardman, as he led the team in receptions (9) and yards (76).  Hardman was WR60 coming into the week, though that will likely go up this week. Still, it’s not out of the question that Gordon takes snaps away and at least one receiver sees a significant decrease going forward.

Don’t start Cole Beasley: Beasley’s role in the offense has steadily declined as the season has progressed. He played over 90% of offensive snaps in Week 1, which fell to the 50%-70% range the previous three weeks to under 50% tonight. He caught one pass for five yards, while Buffalo made an effort to get the fourth, fifth and sixth players on the depth chart some playing time.

It’s probably too early to cut him, as he’s just two weeks removed from an 11-catch, 98-yard performance. If this trend continues for another week or two, he can be left off rosters.

Start Dawson Knox: The Bills tight end caught a touchdown for the fourth straight game. His 53-yard catch alone made this one of his top-five games ever in receiving yards. The other two catches brought him 50 yards over his previous best. At some point, he will have a game without a touchdown, but right now he is one of the top few options on the highest-scoring offense in the NFL


 

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