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NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Giants

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (17) makes a reception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Etienne: 14 carries, 114 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, 5 receiving yards

Saquon Barkley: 24 carries, 110 yards, 4 receptions, 25 receiving yards

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The Jaguars' new starting running back: Travis Etienne started for the second straight week and dominated the backfield usage for the first time.

    • James Robinson had maintained a clear slight majority of snaps on early downs over the first four weeks of the season. That shifted to Etienne barely seeing a majority last week.
    • Etienne dominated early downs in a way that no Jaguars back has this season.
    • The backfield remained similar in other situations. Etienne remained the running back in clear passing situations, while Robinson had a slight advantage in short-yardage situations.
    • It’s worth monitoring the situation for another week or two before jumping to too big of conclusions, as there is a chance there is some health/injury reason for the dramatic change in playing time.
    • Etienne can probably be trusted in starting lineups regardless, as he was trending in the direction of seeing more touches and played well with them.
    • If this usage keeps up next week and past the trade deadline, then Robinson can be released in leagues with lighter benches, but he would remain a clear handcuff.

Add Wan’Dale Robinson: The Giants rookie receiver built on a strong game last week to lead the team’s receivers in targets and receptions against the Jaguars.

    • He caught six passes for 50 yards.
    • Robinson was given a sharp increase in offensive snaps, almost completely overtaking the slot receiver role from Richie James Jr.
    • He played 46-of-49 snaps in 11 personnel, 7-of-24 in 12 personnel and 0-of-3 in 21 personnel.
    • Robinson has probably reached the ceiling for his snap rate unless he can overtake one of the outside wide receivers in 12 personnel.
    • His 27.5% targets per route run mark is by far the highest on the Giants and ranks among the top 10 for all wide receivers with at least 50 routes this season.

Monitor the Daniel Bellinger injury: Bellinger suffered an eye injury that quickly led to swelling and bleeding. He was carted to the locker room and was soon after sent to the hospital.

    • Bellinger was a waiver target heading into the week because he played on 100% of the Giants’ third downs for the first time all season.
    • Tanner Hudson was back to being the third-down tight end for New York in this game prior to the injury. That destroyed any upside Bellinger had, regardless of the injury.
    • Hudson took Bellinger’s spot in two-tight end sets, while Chris Myarick took over as the early-down tight end in one-tight end sets.
    • This is a situation to avoid with or without the injury unless Bellinger can take Hudson’s job as the third-down tight end again.

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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