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NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Recap: Washington Commanders vs. Cleveland Browns

Landover, Maryland, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) carries the ball as Washington Commanders safety Jeremy Reaves (39) defends during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Amari Cooper: 3 receptions, 105 yards, 2 touchdowns

Nick Chubb: 14 carries, 104 yards, 1 reception, 12 receiving yards

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The Commanders without Antonio Gibson: The Commanders were down two of their top three running backs from the start of the season but still relied heavily on the run game.

  • Jonathan Williams unexpectedly started the game and took every snap on the Commanders’ first drive.
  • Williams rarely took an early-down snap after that point. Washington’s running backs settled into clear roles, with Brian Robinson Jr. playing on early downs and in short-yardage situations while Williams played in passing situations.
  • Robinson ran the ball 24 times but gained only 87 yards. It marked his fourth time surpassing 85 yards in the past five weeks.
  • On one play, he was stopped short of the goal line by one yard and then Washington ran a quarterback sneak.
  • Robinson will likely keep this early-down role next season, but ideally the offense will play better so he can score more touchdowns.

Michael Woods II usurps David Bell on the depth chart: Bell has spent most of the season as the Browns’ third wide receiver, but Woods played more offensive snaps this week.

  • Woods primarily saw more snaps from plays in two- or one-wide receiver sets.
  • Woods played five snaps in 12 personnel in place of Amari Cooper, while Bell didn’t play in 12 personnel. Woods also took five snaps in 13 personnel, while Bell took two snaps from that group as kneel-downs.
  • Bell held a slight edge in 11 personnel, at 13 snaps to 10, which was still a lot closer than the two rookies had been in recent weeks.
  • Neither receiver saw a target, and neither has gained more than 35 yards in a game this season.
  • The third receiver spot is likely one the Browns will look to upgrade this offseason.

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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