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NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Recap: Washington Commanders vs. Tennessee Titans

Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson (8) carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Henry: 28 carries, 102 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 receptions, 30 receiving yards

Dyami Brown: 2 receptions, 105 yards, 2 touchdowns

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The return of Brian Robinson Jr.: The rookie played in his first NFL game after suffering gunshot wounds just six weeks ago.

    • Antonio Gibson was still the starter, but he ran the ball only three times for six yards.
    • Robinson split early-down snaps almost perfectly with Gibson but was the primary player on run plays. He ran nine times for 22 yards.
    • He was also the primary back in short-yardage situations.
    • Robinson could be a fantasy starter against teams where Washington is the favorite or against teams with poor run defenses. He needs to be added in any league where he’s still available.
    • Gibson should be left out of fantasy starting lineups going forward.
    • J.D. McKissic saw slightly fewer snaps on early downs, which should remain true for the rest of the season.

Don’t add Dyami Brown: Brown caught two passes for 105 yards but was playing so much only because Jahan Dotson was out.

    • Brown wasn’t even the full-time replacement for Dotson. Cam Sims saw more offensive snaps and ran more routes.
    • Dotson will likely regain his starting job once he’s healthy.
    • Tight end Logan Thomas was also out for Washington. John Bates and Cole Turner split offensive snaps in his absence. Both tight ends should also be avoided, as Thomas will be the starter again sooner rather than later.

The Titans without Treylon Burks: The rookie wide receiver landed on injured reserve, providing more opportunities for others on the depth chart.

    • Both Robert Woods and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine saw a significantly higher percentage of offensive snaps than in previous weeks. Both stayed on the field in most situations.
    • Woods can more safely be started in fantasy for as long as Burks is out.
    • Kyle Philips and Cody Hollister split time in 11 personnel. There was a large trend of Philips being on the field on passing downs and Hollister on rushing plays.
    • Philips still maintains a 27.1% targets per route run rate, which is among the top 10 for wide receivers. This makes him a waiver target in deep leagues if his playing time continues to increase.

Table Notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including 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.

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