Targets are paramount when it comes to evaluating pass-catchers for fantasy football. There are no receiving yards, no receiving touchdowns, and no receptions without a target.

We want the players on our rosters in fantasy football who will earn these targets because targets are the most important thing to look at when trying to separate one pass-catcher from another on a base level. Sure, the player that earned 160 targets may be a better fantasy option than the player who earned 110, but that doesn’t take into account the offenses these players are in, the target share percentages on their particular team, how deep down the field these targets were earned, and so on.

Each week, we’ll take a weekly team-by-team look into these target earners and separate the wheat from the chaff. 

We're through five weeks of the NFL season, and there's now plenty of data as bye weeks start this upcoming week with the Texans, Titans, Raiders and Lions all off this week, so we'll go through some team and player usage tendencies here in our Target Report. Before we get into the Target Report for Week 5, let's dive into a legend of terms we'll be referencing.




TargetsPasses thrown in the direction of a receiver, whether intended or not.
ReceptionsPasses caught by a pass-catcher.
Rec. YardsYards gained by a reception by the pass-catcher.
TDReceiving touchdowns.
Air Yards Yards a thrown ball travels before it reaches the pass-catcher; on complete or incomplete passes. This statistic is significant for determining the quarterback and coaching staff's predictive value in an offense and their intent.
Air Yards Team Share %A percentage share of air yards a pass-catcher has on their team in a given week.
Route %Percentage of routes a pass-catcher runs on a pass play per dropback on their team.
Snap %Percentage of snaps a pass-catcher plays on an offensive series on their team.
Target Share %Percentage of targets a pass-catcher receives in a given week on their team.
TPRRA metric that measures how often a receiver is targeted when he's running a route. A higher % means that player is better at earning targets when he's on the field. A low raw route number or low route % coupled with a high TPRR % means that the the pass-catcher is efficient at earning targets and could be in line for more routes depending on the team situation.
YPRRA metric that contextualizes efficiency of a pass-catcher with how many receiving yards per route run. A much better metric than yards per reception.
aDOTaDOT is "average depth of target", and is the average depth of all targets caught or incomplete by a targeted pass-catcher.


RACR is a ratio dividing receiving yards by total air yards. It measures how many receiving yards a player creates for every air yard thrown at him. The percentage of a team's air yards that a player commands based on his average depth of target and volume of targets. Most RACR numbers for running backs skew way down by the nature of the running back position rarely earning air yards.


WOPR is a weighted average that incorporates a players share of team targets and share of team air yards.

Start Your Studs: Players you should be starting in all formats, regardless of matchup. Use your judgment in shallower leagues where players who are typically startable are plentiful.

Dump ‘Em: Players that you should be dropping from your rosters. Use your judgment in deeper leagues where players with usefulness on waivers aren’t as plentiful.


NFL Week 5 Target Report

Arizona Cardinals

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Marquise BrownWR1087819833.4%97.8%97.1%26.3%22.7%1.779.80.6290.796
Zach ErtzTE1064809833.4%91.1%92.8%26.3%24.4%
Rondale MooreWR87680186.1%91.1%91.3%21.1%19.5%1.662.30.3593.778
A.J. GreenWR532007927.0%75.6%73.9%13.2%14.7%0.5915.80.3860.253
Eno BenjaminRB43280-1-0.3%55.6%53.6%10.5%16.0%1.12-0.30.156-28.000
James ConnerRB118010.3%28.9%34.8%2.6%7.7%0.621.00.0428.000
Trey McBrideTE000000.0%15.6%24.6%0.0%0.0%
Andre BaccelliaWR000000.0%15.6%17.4%0.0%0.0%
Darrel WilliamsRB000000.0%11.1%11.6%0.0%0.0%
Greg DortchWR000000.0%4.4%2.9%0.0%0.0%
Stephen AndersonTE000000.0%0.0%1.4%0.0%0.0%

James Conner and Darrel Williams both left the game, leading Eno Benjamin to take over running back duties as the Cardinals tried (and failed) to tie the game up late. Benjamin ended Week 5 with 54% snaps and 56% routes and could be a nice plug-and-play if Conner and/or Williams isn’t able to go in Week 6.

Rondale Moore saw a sizeable contingent of snaps and targets (7-68 on eight targets, 91% routes) in the slot, ticketing him for what we saw out of Greg Dortch in the early going in 2022 when DeAndre Hopkins returns. A.J. Green is currently taking up space on the outside with his large, old body until Hopkins is eligible to come back in Week 7.


Week 5 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Marquise Brown, Kyler Murray, James Conner (when healthy), DeAndre Hopkins (returns in Week 7)

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • I’m a bit concerned about Zach Ertz, and not really for the production now, but the production after Hopkins returns. The writing is on the wall, with either Rondale Moore or Ertz rotating the fantasy-friendly weeks in normal game scripts. Obviously, there will be more than enough room for both Moore and Ertz to eat in this offense in Arizona’s trailing scripts, but that was the thesis behind drafting Ertz where he was being drafted, knowing Hopkins was going to come back and knock everybody else down a peg.


Atlanta Falcons

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Drake LondonWR743505827.2%64.7%62.1%29.2%31.8%1.598.30.6280.603
KhaDarel HodgeWR533303516.4%29.4%30.3%20.8%50.0%3.307.00.4280.943
Olamide ZaccheausWR423913918.3%79.4%66.7%16.7%14.8%1.449.80.3781.000
Avery WilliamsRB22100-5-2.3%23.5%25.8%8.3%25.0%1.25-2.50.109-2.000
Feleipe FranksQB20005626.3%35.3%45.5%8.3%16.7%0.0028.00.3090.000
Anthony FirkserTE11110115.2%32.4%22.7%4.2%9.1%1.0011.00.0991.000
Bryan EdwardsWR1110052.3%26.5%21.2%4.2%11.1%
Parker HesseTE119062.8%35.3%62.1%4.2%8.3%0.756.00.0821.500
Damiere ByrdWR100083.8%35.3%36.4%4.2%8.3%
Tyler AllgeierRB000000.0%55.9%59.1%0.0%0.0%
Keith SmithFB000000.0%8.8%25.8%0.0%0.0%
Caleb HuntleyRB000000.0%14.7%24.2%0.0%0.0%
MyCole PruittTE000000.0%2.9%18.2%0.0%0.0%

The Falcons are weird. They’re like walking into a candy aisle and choosing the wasabi-flavored Kit Kat bars. Why would you do this? Who is this marketed for?

In a game that saw the Falcons without Cordarrelle Patterson and their 2021 top draft pick and Arthur Smith’s favorite decoy Kyle Pitts, Drake London suffered an ankle injury, which could be why he dropped to a season-low 65% routes. London wasn’t doing much anyway (4-35), but that’s the story of the Falcons' passing game in 2022. Nobody is doing anything. 


Week 5 Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Drake London (when healthy… for now.)

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • In the Falcons backfield, Tyler Allgeier led the way with 45% of the rushing attempts and 56% of routes. Granted, it didn’t return more than 4.5 fantasy points, but the Falcons were down 21-0 before scoring 15 unanswered points, making this game closer than it had any right to be. It looks like Allgeier leads this backfield with Caleb Huntley the next man up after him, but both backs aren’t anything more than flex plays and desperate flex plays against a strong 49ers defense in Week 6.


Baltimore Ravens

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Mark AndrewsTE1088916425.1%97.1%95.4%37.0%29.4%2.626.40.7311.391
Devin DuvernayWR7554011143.5%80.0%72.3%25.9%25.0%1.9315.90.6940.486
Demarcus RobinsonWR21803413.3%71.4%75.4%7.4%8.0%0.3217.00.2040.235
Tylan WallaceWR21804216.5%22.9%20.0%7.4%25.0%1.0021.00.2260.190
James ProcheWR2170114.3%40.0%27.7%7.4%14.3%0.505.50.1410.636
Isaiah LikelyTE2270-1-0.4%25.7%23.1%7.4%22.2%0.78-0.50.108-7.000
Kenyan DrakeRB1110-2-0.8%31.4%41.5%3.7%9.1%0.09-2.00.050-0.500
Josh OliverTE1000-4-1.6%22.9%35.4%3.7%12.5%0.00-4.00.0450.000
Patrick RicardFB000000.0%31.4%61.5%0.0%0.0%
J.K. DobbinsRB000000.0%37.1%40.0%0.0%0.0%
Mike DavisRB000000.0%5.7%7.7%0.0%0.0%

In the expansive worldwide search this offseason and into the regular season for the next “Deebo Samuel”, the Ravens threw their entrant into the ring: Devin Duvernay. Duvernay saw a season-high 80% of routes per dropback with Rashod Bateman sidelined and put up a modest stat line (5-54 on seven targets) while stretching the field with an almost 16-yard aDOT and getting some snaps in the backfield. Some creative usage for Duvernay in an otherwise milquetoast game between the Ravens and Bengals that should have been opened up a bit more in the passing game.

The Ravens did their part, letting some guys get deep but could not make the long-distance connections to Duvernay, Demarcus Robinson, and Tylan Wallace.

Besides them, what about Mark Andrews? I’m happy to report — still very #good.


Week 5 Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • Not super enthused about the Ravens mixing in multiple running backs (and the aforementioned Duvernay) in the backfield and making J.K. Dobbins the de facto two-down grinder. Dobbins is still the leader of this pack, but it sure looks like a group project backfield in typical Ravens' fashion.


Buffalo Bills

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Stefon DiggsWR118102111826.1%82.1%76.8%30.6%34.4%3.1910.70.6410.864
Gabe DavisWR63171215935.2%84.6%83.9%16.7%18.2%5.1826.50.4961.075
Isaiah HodginsWR63750449.7%25.6%25.0%16.7%60.0%7.507.30.3181.705
Khalil ShakirWR537518318.4%71.8%69.6%13.9%17.9%2.6816.60.3370.904
Quintin MorrisTE53390368.0%64.1%67.9%13.9%20.0%1.567.20.2641.083
Devin SingletaryRB214051.1%51.3%53.6%5.6%10.0%
Tanner GentryWR100071.5%17.9%19.6%2.8%14.3%
Tommy SweeneyTE000000.0%23.1%41.1%0.0%0.0%
Zack MossRB000000.0%30.8%28.6%0.0%0.0%
James CookRB000000.0%7.7%17.9%0.0%0.0%
Reggie GilliamFB000000.0%7.7%12.5%0.0%0.0%

The Bills are #good.

(via @benbbaldwin

Gabe Davis is a grown-ass man. First, he caught a 98-yard touchdown which set the Davis truthers out into the streets in a frenzy. To hammer home “Gabe Davis Day”, he caught a 62-yard touchdown where he ripped the ball away from Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick

Davis ended up with a 3-171-2 line on six targets and 85% routes and set the tone for Week 5 as they clobbered the Steelers 38-3.

Davis wasn’t the only Buffalo Bill eating well in Week 5. Of course, Stefon Diggs did as he led the team in targets and receptions (8-102-1, 11 targets, 82% routes) while coming out later when the game was well in hand.

With no Dawson Knox, Isaiah McKenzie or Jamison Crowder, Khalil Shakir saw an increased opportunity and parlayed his six targets into 3-75-1 on 72% routes. A very impressive performance from the rookie, and one could make a bit of a leap to say he’s earned some more standing in this offense even when McKenzie and Crowder return. 


Week 5 Buffalo Bills Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen, Gabe Davis (fight me), Devin Singletary (for now)

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • Dawson Knox isn’t the safest of holds right now, but at a weak tight end position, you can do much worse than Knox — who has produced like the AFC’s version of Robert Tonyan so far in 2022. 


Carolina Panthers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Christian McCaffreyRB12750092.6%79.6%85.7%30.0%30.8%
DJ MooreWR8459013940.9%91.8%92.9%20.0%17.8%1.3117.40.5860.424
Shi SmithWR546906820.0%71.4%61.4%12.5%14.3%1.9713.60.3281.015
Robbie AndersonWR513208123.8%79.6%77.1%12.5%12.8%0.8216.20.3540.395
Terrace MarshallWR44300226.5%38.8%38.6%10.0%21.1%1.585.50.1951.364
Giovanni RicciFB33270175.0%22.4%28.6%7.5%27.3%2.455.70.1481.588
Ian ThomasTE2280-4-1.2%22.4%38.6%5.0%18.2%0.73-2.00.067-2.000
Tommy TrembleTE100082.4%57.1%57.1%2.5%3.6%
Chuba HubbardRB000000.0%16.3%15.7%0.0%0.0%
D'Onta ForemanRB000000.0%0.0%4.3%0.0%0.0%

So Matt Rhule was fired early this week, and while we never like to actively celebrate or victory lap people losing their jobs (especially in this economy), Rhule was pretty #ungood at his job. What does this mean for the Panthers? Well, Ben McAdoo is still the offensive coordinator, so it doesn’t mean too much.

Naturally, the trade winds were circulating and people could not help themselves:

I just don’t think too many things change here on a personnel front for Carolina. It’s still a bad offensive environment and now the Panthers are likely starting PJ Walker at quarterback in Week 6 when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams. Perhaps that could mean more deep shots, certainly more elusiveness in and out of the pocket, and more risk-taking for Walker versus Mayfield, who has a bottom-six aDOT (6.9) amongst starting quarterbacks this season. Walker’s career aDOT sits right at 10 yards even, so that could mean more downfield shots and a varied offense.

One can hope.

In Week 5, McCaffrey saw a vintage McCaffrey day with 26 opportunities (14 carries, 12 targets) for 23.4 fantasy points. We love to see it.

D.J. Moore saw his deepest aDOT of the season by far (17.4 yards) and 139 air yards, which was the fifth-highest of the week’s action in the NFL Story of the year has been inefficiency but at least better here than earlier in the season, he’s seeing increased targets (20% share) to help make up for some of that.

Let’s just say it can’t get much worse with Walker at the helm instead of Mayfield.


Week 5 Carolina Panthers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Christian McCaffrey

Dump ‘Em: Robbie Anderson, however he spells his name. He’s seeing a starter’s share of routes and everything, but he’s not producing and doesn’t have a good offensive environment to boost him any further. If D.J. Moore is struggling to stay relevant here, what chance does Anderson have?


Chicago Bears

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Darnell MooneyWR525209957.2%100.0%94.0%23.8%17.2%1.7919.80.7580.525
David MontgomeryRB4462010.6%62.1%72.0%19.0%22.2%3.440.30.29062.000
Cole KmetTE444502413.9%93.1%90.0%19.0%14.8%1.676.00.3831.875
Equanimeous St. BrownWR22240179.8%65.5%62.0%9.5%10.5%
Ihmir Smith-MarsetteWR21150116.4%37.9%38.0%9.5%18.2%1.365.50.1871.364
Dante PettisWR20002615.0%62.1%60.0%9.5%11.1%0.0013.00.2480.000
Velus JonesWR1191-5-2.9%6.9%6.0%4.8%50.0%4.50-5.00.051-1.800
Ryan GriffinTE111000.0%10.3%26.0%4.8%33.3%0.330.00.0710.000
Khalil HerbertRB000000.0%24.1%28.0%0.0%0.0%
Khari BlasingameFB000000.0%10.3%18.0%0.0%0.0%
Trevon WescoTE000000.0%0.0%4.0%0.0%0.0%
Trestan EbnerRB000000.0%0.0%2.0%0.0%0.0%

The Bears are #ungood.

21 pass attempts. The most run-heavy team in the NFL. It’s nowhere near enough volume for anybody to thrive. 


Week 5 Chicago Bears Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: David Montgomery. That’s it.

Dump ‘Em: It’s time to drop Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet, as there’s just not enough volume and likely won’t be enough to support either of these assets in fantasy. Mooney is averaging slightly over four targets and two receptions per game.

Kmet has nine total receptions in five games, with just over 20 yards per game.

It’s not even their fault; it’s just a function of this inept offense.


Cincinnati Bengals

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Ja'Marr ChaseWR1275005043.5%100.0%100.0%35.3%31.6%1.324.20.8341.000
Hayden HurstTE765313631.3%84.2%81.0%20.6%21.9%1.665.10.5281.472
Samaje PerineRB44390-8-7.0%31.6%30.2%11.8%33.3%3.25-2.00.128-4.875
Tyler BoydWR4332065.2%97.4%96.8%11.8%10.8%0.861.50.2135.333
Mike ThomasWR313303732.2%73.7%71.4%8.8%10.7%1.1812.30.3580.892
Joe MixonRB33100-6-5.2%57.9%69.8%8.8%13.6%0.45-2.00.096-1.667
Stanley MorganWR100000.0%7.9%12.7%2.9%33.3%
Mitchell WilcoxTE000000.0%13.2%19.0%0.0%0.0%
Tee HigginsWR000000.0%18.4%15.9%0.0%0.0%
Trent TaylorWR000000.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.0%

The Bengals put together a non-Bengals-like gameplan of short dink and dunk passes which capped everybody in the offense — especially Ja’Marr Chase. Chase earned targets but of the shorter variety (4.2-yard aDOT) and the offense as a whole just couldn’t push the ball downfield.

Tee Higgins couldn’t stay on the field after he tweaked his ankle and was ruled out quickly.

Neither Chase (7-50 on 12 targets) nor Tyler Boyd (3-32 on four targets, 97% routes) could take advantage of one less big-time target in their offense. Frankly, the Bengals looked like a shell of themselves against Baltimore, who sports one of the worst secondaries in football.


Week 5 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins (when healthy)

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • Hayden Hurst staved off the “dump” list with seven targets and a 6-53-1 line on 84% of routes. If Higgins remains out, Hurst and by extension, Boyd. become much more attractive fantasy options.


Cleveland Browns

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Amari CooperWR12776112341.6%94.4%89.6%37.5%35.3%2.2410.30.8530.618
Donovan Peoples-JonesWR745009231.1%91.7%88.1%21.9%21.2%1.5213.10.5460.543
David NjokuTE668804615.5%88.9%85.1%18.8%18.8%2.757.70.3901.913
Kareem HuntRB3310000.0%50.0%49.3%9.4%16.7%0.560.00.1410.000
David BellWR116000.0%47.2%44.8%3.1%5.9%0.350.00.0470.000
Nick ChubbRB1000206.8%38.9%52.2%3.1%7.1%0.0020.00.0940.000
Harrison BryantTE100051.7%41.7%56.7%3.1%6.7%
Anthony SchwartzWR1000103.4%19.4%10.4%3.1%14.3%0.0010.00.0710.000
Pharaoh BrownTE000000.0%2.8%3.0%0.0%0.0%

Condensed passing game yields almost the same result week after week. Amari Cooper puts up his usually solid stat line on the most routes run by a Cleveland pass-catcher (7-76-1 on 12 targets, 94% routes) and his resurgent campaign soldiers on with his season-long 28% target share. The bar is set lower at tight end than wide receiver, so David Njoku should probably be started in every format if he’s going to continue putting up 6-88 stat lines on almost 90% of routes. 


Week 5 Cleveland Browns Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Amari Cooper, Nick Chubb, David Njoku

Dump ‘Em: Given the condensed nature of the Browns passing game, I’m fine cutting bait on guys like Donovan Peoples-Jones and David Bell. If injuries strike, that’s another story.


Dallas Cowboys

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
CeeDee LambWR855306152.1%100.0%92.7%50.0%42.1%2.797.61.1150.869
Michael GallupWR544404135.0%89.5%54.5%31.3%29.4%2.598.20.7141.073
Noah BrownWR2150108.5%84.2%76.4%12.5%12.5%0.315.00.2470.500
Dalton SchultzTE100054.3%31.6%18.2%6.3%16.7%
Peyton HendershotTE000000.0%52.6%67.3%0.0%0.0%
Ezekiel ElliottRB000000.0%47.4%65.5%0.0%0.0%
Jake FergusonTE000000.0%21.1%63.6%0.0%0.0%
Tony PollardRB000000.0%21.1%41.8%0.0%0.0%
Rico DowdleRB000000.0%0.0%5.5%0.0%0.0%
KaVontae TurpinWR000000.0%0.0%5.5%0.0%0.0%
Simi FehokoWR000000.0%0.0%1.8%0.0%0.0%

In a game where the Cowboys passed the ball just 16 times at a 36% clip for only 103 yards, there wasn’t a lot of smooth sailing here. Only four players even earned a target and CeeDee Lamb earned half of them for a 5-53 line on 100% route participation. Michael Gallup was the only other player that caught more than one pass for the Cowboys. It truly harkened back to the days of John Facenda narrating a slow-motion NFL Films documentary from the 1960’s.


Week 5 Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: CeeDee Lamb, Dak Prescott (when healthy), Ezekiel Elliott

Dump ‘Em: Dalton Schultz just cannot stay healthy, as he re-aggravated his knee injury after playing just 10 snaps in Week 5. He’s reportedly on track to play in Week 6 against the Eagles, but nothing is set in stone. Schultz hasn’t put a fantasy-friendly line together since Week 1.


Denver Broncos

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Courtland SuttonWR11574014839.8%95.6%93.2%28.9%25.6%1.7213.50.7130.500
Jerry JeudyWR8353010929.3%86.7%83.6%21.1%20.5%1.3613.60.5210.486
Eric SaubertTE75360338.9%53.3%56.2%18.4%29.2%1.504.70.3381.091
Melvin GordonRB33490-2-0.5%46.7%56.2%7.9%14.3%2.33-0.70.115-24.500
Mike BooneRB33470-3-0.8%42.2%41.1%7.9%15.8%2.47-1.00.113-15.667
KJ HamlerWR21100379.9%71.1%53.4%5.3%6.3%0.3118.50.1490.270
Albert OkwuegbunamTE1150-2-0.5%31.1%20.5%2.6%7.1%0.36-2.00.036-2.500
Eric TomlinsonTE1000143.8%17.8%47.9%2.6%12.5%0.0014.00.0660.000
Andrew BeckFB1000256.7%17.8%26.0%2.6%12.5%0.0025.00.0870.000
Tyrie ClevelandWR1000133.5%8.9%13.7%2.6%25.0%0.0013.00.0640.000
Montrell WashingtonWR000000.0%2.2%5.5%0.0%0.0%
Devine OzigboRB000000.0%2.2%2.7%0.0%0.0%

As one of the teams that helped to set offensive football back an entire generation, the Broncos' offensive highlights were the three field goals by Brandon McManus

(Meme may or may not have been a dramatization of my face while watching this game)

Related: Nathaniel Hackett is a coward.

(via @benbbaldwin)

In the wake of the Javonte Williams injury that knocked him out for the rest of the season, we saw Latavius Murray deemed inactive and Melvin Gordon taking most of the rushing work (65% of running back carries) minus third downs — which mostly went to Mike Boone.

For the passing game, Courtland Sutton (11) and Jerry Jeudy (8) saw exactly half of Denver’s targets in Week 5, with Eric Saubert (somehow) seeing seven on only 53% of routes. This tight end room is a wasteland, but Greg Dulcich is eligible to come off of IR for Week 6, so he might work his way into the receiving discussion moving forward.


Week 5 Denver Broncos Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy (for now)

Dump ‘Em: If you’re still holding K.J. Hamler, it’s time to cut bait. I think we love the *idea* of Hamler more than the actual player, and if we can’t get consistent production out of anybody in this offense besides Courtland Sutton, then I think we can rule out Hamler being anything more than a wide receiver handcuff.

This comes from an unabashed Hamler truther, but we’ve got new information that this offense isn’t all that’s cracked up to be in 2022 — at least not yet.




Detroit Lions

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Josh ReynoldsWR10692011641.9%100.0%90.9%31.3%25.6%2.3611.6


Kalif RaymondWR754505018.1%94.9%84.8%21.9%18.9%1.227.1


Amon-Ra St. BrownWR64180238.3%41.0%31.8%18.8%37.5%1.133.8


T.J. HockensonTE41604616.6%82.1%84.8%12.5%12.5%0.1911.5


Craig ReynoldsRB3368062.2%43.6%47.0%9.4%17.6%4.002.0


Justin JacksonRB10003111.2%15.4%21.2%3.1%16.7%0.0031.0


Tom KennedyWR100051.8%51.3%53.0%3.1%5.0%0.005.0


Brock WrightTE000000.0%20.5%42.4%0.0%0.0%0.000.0


Jamaal WilliamsRB000000.0%12.8%33.3%0.0%0.0%0.000.0


James MitchellTE000000.0%0.0%7.6%0.0%0.0%0.000.0


Maurice AlexanderWR000000.0%0.0%1.5%0.0%0.0%0.000.0



Sad times for Lions fans in Week 5, as they scored <checks notes> zero points. T.J. Hockenson, last week’s hero, came crashing back down to earth with a 1-6 line on four targets on 82% of routes.

Amon-Ra St. Brown gutted out a six-target, four-catch game on only 41% of routes so you could tell that the high ankle sprain that has hampered him the last couple of weeks really bothered him. Luckily, the Lions get a bye week to lick their wounds and get healthy.


Week 5 Detroit Lions Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Amon-Ra St. Brown (when healthy), D’Andre Swift (when healthy)

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • We’ll see if D’Andre Swift will be back in Week 7, but last week, Jamaal Williams still split some time with Craig Reynolds and Justin Jackson. We’ll see if Swift regains a full workload upon return or if he’ll be eased in.


Green Bay Packers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Randall CobbWR13799012241.9%70.7%63.5%33.3%44.8%3.419.40.7930.811
Allen LazardWR843519532.6%95.1%93.7%20.5%20.5%0.9011.90.5360.368
Romeo DoubsWR532906321.6%87.8%85.7%12.8%13.9%0.8112.60.3440.460
Robert TonyanTE44230-6-2.1%53.7%44.4%10.3%18.2%1.05-1.50.139-3.833
Aaron JonesRB3217010.3%70.7%73.0%7.7%10.3%0.590.30.11817.000
Josiah DeguaraTE2219020.7%4.9%14.3%5.1%100.0%9.501.00.0829.500
Tyler DavisTE21-30165.5%7.3%12.7%5.1%66.7%-
Marcedes LewisTE112120.7%34.1%50.8%2.6%7.1%
Christian WatsonWR1110-4-1.4%22.0%28.6%2.6%11.1%0.11-4.00.029-0.250
AJ DillonRB000000.0%26.8%17.5%0.0%0.0%
Amari RodgersWR000000.0%2.4%1.6%0.0%0.0%

This was a game where the Packers and Aaron Rodgers looked to the old and clunky in London — perhaps in respect to the departed Queen —  and it got them upset by a much inferior Giants team. 

Romeo Doubs paid the price for being too young and athletic as he ran 88% of routes but fell by the wayside to Randall Cobb’s 13 targets (71% routes) and Allen Lazard’s career-high eight targets. The Rodgers “trust in the olds” narrative was at work here, even across the pond.

I hope this is a one-game aberration with AJ Dillon, but he was shelved for the most part in favor of Aaron Jones.


Route %

Snap %

Aaron Jones - W4



Aaron Jones - W5



AJ Dillon - W4



AJ Dillon - W5





Week 5 Green Bay Packers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Aaron Jones

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump, but you should have dumped Robert Tonyan by now though.

  • If Rodgers is going to target the olds, then we’ve got to revisit Randall Cobb as a volume-dependent flex option in fantasy. It’s not looking like Christian Watson (29% snaps, 22% routes) will be a volume option anytime soon, so Cobb looks like the best bet for it outside of Lazard/Doubs. If you’re trolling waivers for usable production in these bye weeks, Cobb might be that solid option you’re looking for in a pinch.


Houston Texans

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Nico CollinsWR666508056.3%92.0%81.0%25.0%26.1%2.8313.30.7690.813
Brandin CooksWR642002719.0%92.0%77.6%25.0%26.1%0.874.50.5080.741
Dameon PierceRB5314053.5%52.0%79.3%20.8%38.5%
Rex BurkheadRB3213053.5%36.0%20.7%12.5%33.3%1.441.70.2122.600
Jordan AkinsTE22220139.2%36.0%17.2%8.3%22.2%2.446.50.1891.692
Mason SchreckTE116042.8%36.0%41.4%4.2%11.1%0.674.00.0821.500
O.J. HowardTE100085.6%60.0%79.3%4.2%6.7%
Tyler JohnsonWR000000.0%48.0%43.1%0.0%0.0%
Troy HairstonFB000000.0%8.0%37.9%0.0%0.0%
Phillip DorsettWR000000.0%8.0%19.0%0.0%0.0%

I think no quote better encapsulates Week 5’s tilt between the Texans and Jaguars than from RotoViz scribe and proprietor of ZeroRB Shawn Siegele: “A game was played between Houston and Jacksonville. It resembled what I’m told takes place in the USFL.”

Houston did win this game 13-6 on the back of Dameon Pierce and a whopping 31 opportunities; 26 carries and five targets. Ride him if you’ve got him; he’s RB8 on the season. Unless he puts a dent into the Rex Burkhead receiving role, Pierce is a bit at risk of getting game-scripted out of some blowout games.

Because of Pierce’s huge workload, Davis Mills had only 24 pass attempts, which stifled any sort of ceiling projection or any middling projection for the Texans receivers.

Both Nico Collins and Brandin Cooks saw six targets and routes on 92% of dropbacks, but Collins caught all for 65 yards in a much more fruitful downfield role (13.5-yard aDOT). Cooks caught only four of his targets for 20 yards, so as likely the only Texans’ receiving option universally started in fantasy, he was undoubtedly a disappointment.


Week 5 Houston Texans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Dameon Pierce, Brandin Cooks

Dump ‘Em: The one-week O.J. Howard experiment where he jumped up to 67% of routes and the hopefulness we (I) felt when he could represent an option at tight end in fantasy all but evaporated when Howard put up one catchless target on 60% of routes in Week 5. We must persevere and cut bait.

  • Players like Rex Burkhead seem relatively gross on the surface as a low-floor option in fantasy, but when we’re trying to fill out lineups with multiple teams on their bye weeks, he seems less gross? Yeah, we’ll go with that. Houston is on their bye in Week 6, but Burkhead is somebody I’m leaving around to at least fill out some points on our bench and start if we need to.


Indianapolis Colts

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Alec PierceWR988107329.3%75.0%59.5%25.0%25.0%
Michael PittmanWR855906526.1%100.0%98.7%22.2%16.7%
Deon JacksonRB44290-2-0.8%52.1%58.2%11.1%16.0%1.16-0.50.161-14.500
Phillip LindsayRB43140208.0%22.9%38.0%11.1%36.4%
Parris CampbellWR32220187.2%97.9%92.4%8.3%6.4%0.476.00.1761.222
Kylen GransonTE31160197.6%41.7%48.1%8.3%15.0%0.806.30.1780.842
Nyheim HinesRB2150-1-0.4%4.2%3.8%5.6%100.0%2.50-0.50.081-5.000
Ashton DulinWR11180187.2%8.3%15.2%2.8%25.0%4.5018.00.0921.000
Mo Alie-CoxTE117031.2%37.5%44.3%2.8%5.6%0.393.00.0502.333
Jelani WoodsTE10003614.5%27.1%29.1%2.8%7.7%0.0036.00.1430.000
Mike StrachanWR000000.0%8.3%8.9%0.0%0.0%

In the other half of the Thursday Night Football game, which set offensive football back to the stone age, the Colts got off to a rocky start after they were already behind the eight-ball by Jonathan Taylor missing the game. Nyheim Hines was knocked out of the game on the first drive with a concussion — leading the way for the vaunted Deon Jackson/Phillip Lindsay combination at running back for the rest of the night. Both split the work almost right down the middle, but Jackson saw more passing down work. If Taylor misses another week, 

With the Colts’ passing game, we saw one of the bear cases for it on Thursday. Michael Pittman (5-59, eight targets, 100% route participation) was just okay, and Alec Pierce had his best game as a pro, with 8-81 on 75% routes. 

If I had to draw a conclusion, I’d say It’s completely possible that Matt Ryan is just cooked as a quarterback. Because of that and the Colts’ inability to score consistently, it really hampers the upside of the entire group of fantasy-friendly options in Indianapolis.


Week 5 Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Michael Pittman, Jonathan Taylor (when healthy)

Dump ‘Em: Mo Alie-Cox dipped down from 63% route to just 38% in Week 5, with his production dwindling to just one target and one catch for seven yards. Alie-Cox is fine for a tight end streamer, but you can probably do much better than him for an every-week option.  

  • The eternal spinning roulette wheel for a WR2 in Indianapolis seems to have slowed down a little bit and landed on Pierce. Pierce produced double-digit fantasy points on just 42% of routes in Week 4 and now, with increased opportunity and efficiency, pumped those numbers up on 75% of routes. He’s looked markedly better than Parris Campbell, and hopefully, Campbell starts to see a reduction in routes to Pierce’s benefit.


Jacksonville Jaguars

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Marvin JonesWR117104013131.0%86.3%86.5%25.0%25.0%2.3611.90.5920.794
Evan EngramTE10669011627.5%82.4%74.3%22.7%23.8%1.6411.60.5330.595
Zay JonesWR831206214.7%82.4%79.7%18.2%19.0%
Travis EtienneRB53430112.6%58.8%54.1%11.4%16.7%1.432.20.1893.909
Christian KirkWR311106415.2%92.2%95.9%6.8%6.4%0.2321.30.2080.172
Dan ArnoldTE21200204.7%13.7%10.8%4.5%28.6%2.8610.00.1011.000
Chris ManhertzTE2215061.4%3.9%35.1%4.5%100.0%7.503.00.0782.500
James RobinsonRB2212081.9%37.3%40.5%4.5%10.5%0.634.00.0811.500
Jamal AgnewWR100040.9%7.8%6.8%2.3%25.0%
Luke FarrellTE000000.0%5.9%10.8%0.0%0.0%
JaMycal HastyRB000000.0%0.0%4.1%0.0%0.0%
Tim JonesWR000000.0%2.0%1.4%0.0%0.0%

Imagine scoring six points total but gaining 422 yards from scrimmage. This was the tale of Week 5’s Jacksonville Jaguars, as they could not muster any sort of points to put away the Houston Texans.

The Jaguars’ backfield of James Robinson and Travis Etienne are ships passing in the night, with Etienne looking like the star and Robinson looking like a dud. Take out Robinson’s 50-yard run in Week 3 as well as his 37-yard run in Week 2, and Robinson’s 2.3 yards per carry seems very Mixon-ian in comparison. 

It was a quiet week for the “supposed” top targets Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, as they combined for 11 targets but only caught four for 23 yards. Meanwhile, Marvin Jones had a 104-yard performance, which is great but something you can’t count on weekly. Evan Engram also ran 82% of routes and cashed in some target-earning potential we hoped for in his move to Jacksonville, with a 6-69 line on 10 targets. At worst, he has to be in the streaming tight end category with options on bye like Darren Waller and T.J. Hockenson, plus injuries.


Week 5 Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Christian Kirk, Travis Etienne

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.


Kansas City Chiefs

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR869008531.5%87.5%80.6%19.0%19.0%2.1410.60.5061.059
JuJu Smith-SchusterWR833306022.2%87.5%86.1%19.0%19.0%0.797.50.4410.550
Travis KelceTE872545219.3%87.5%77.8%19.0%19.0%0.606.50.4210.481
Mecole HardmanWR547306122.6%45.8%40.3%11.9%22.7%3.3212.20.3371.197
Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB4320093.3%37.5%43.1%9.5%22.2%
Jerick McKinnonRB3219041.5%47.9%52.8%7.1%13.0%0.831.30.1184.750
Skyy MooreWR32150-10-3.7%29.2%34.7%7.1%21.4%1.07-3.30.081-1.500
Noah GrayTE217041.5%27.1%40.3%4.8%15.4%0.542.00.0821.750
Justin WatsonWR1110051.9%4.2%15.3%2.4%50.0%
Jody FortsonTE000000.0%14.6%18.1%0.0%0.0%
Michael BurtonFB000000.0%0.0%8.3%0.0%0.0%
Isiah PachecoRB000000.0%2.1%2.8%0.0%0.0%

When the historians look back at this game, they’ll probably note two things: the heinous roughing the passer call on Chris Jones and the four-touchdown game from Travis Kelce.

Besides Kelce, Marquez Valdes-Scantling turned in a solid performance (6-90, eight targets, 88% routes) and was the only other pass-catcher to really put up anything noteworthy.

JuJu Smith-Schuster has been a failure at his ADP this season despite notching eight targets in four of five games this season. It’s time to adjust and take him for what he is at this juncture: a sporadic, medium-ceiling play in a strong offense. That seems more on the player and not on the scheme, as it seems like JuJu is not the player he once was — even at only 25 years old.


Week 5 Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (for now)

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • I’m still fine holding Skyy Moore; I don’t want to be the one dropping somebody from my roster in this offense who is just getting his feet wet in the NFL. Game speed takes a bit to adjust to, and we lose sight of that in an era where we’re getting immediate production out of rookies almost right out of the gate. Add in the fact he’s coming from Western Michigan too. The thesis behind the Moore play in drafts was never immediate production, though we would have most certainly taken it had it happened that way.
  • Almost 37% of Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s production has come via the touchdown, and he was shut down by the Raiders (nine carries, 15 yards), with Jerick McKinnon looking like the most athletic running back. CEH would be one of my bigger sells in fantasy if he scores a touchdown or two.


Las Vegas Raiders

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Davante AdamsWR73124215451.9%100.0%100.0%25.9%21.2%3.7622.00.7520.805
Josh JacobsRB55390-12-4.0%48.5%81.3%18.5%31.3%2.44-2.40.249-3.250
Hunter RenfrowWR44250227.4%72.7%54.7%14.8%16.7%
Mack HollinsWR400010435.0%90.9%95.3%14.8%13.3%0.0026.00.4670.000
Brandon BoldenRB33290155.1%21.2%15.6%11.1%42.9%
Jesper HorstedTE33190134.4%57.6%57.8%11.1%15.8%
Jakob JohnsonFB115010.3%15.2%39.1%3.7%20.0%
Darren WallerTE000000.0%18.2%12.5%0.0%0.0%
Keelan ColeWR000000.0%6.1%7.8%0.0%0.0%
Zamir WhiteRB000000.0%3.0%4.7%0.0%0.0%

We’ll obviously take Davante Adams’ 3-134-2 line as they game from long passes in almost the same way Gabe Davis’ touchdowns came. Make no question — Adams is an elite target earner in fantasy and has been for a long time now. The fact that he can get there with fantasy production in multiple ways just speaks to how talented a player is, post-game antics notwithstanding. Those antics could suspend him for a game after the bye week in Week 6.

The fantasy community seems to have some kind of “pick and choose” between how players get to their final stat lines. DeSean Jackson made a career from a lack of volume but deep shots that hit. Adams should (and rightly so) get some leeway here as the manner in which Adams scored doesn’t happen very often for him, if at all. I just prefer the destination over needing to see how the sausage is made.

Josh Jacobs looks like an every-week fantasy stud at running back in the mold of the Cowboys running DeMarco Murray until the wheels fall off. Jacobs’ 29 high-value touches (receptions + touches inside the 10-yard line) are tied for second in the NFL through five games. It seems like Jacobs was a player most of us whiffed on (including myself), so again, we must adjust.

Darren Waller played a total of eight snaps before leaving the game with a hamstring and not returning. It’s been a tumultuous season for Waller, and this just piles on.


Week 5 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller (when healthy)

Dump ‘Em: Mack Hollins is still running routes at a high clip (91% in Week 5) but is the split end and not seeing must in the way of production with four catchless targets. You can drop him if you need the room on your roster with the Raiders heading into the bye.

  • Hunter Renfrow missed the last two games with a concussion and saw his first game action since Week 2. He caught all four targets for 25 yards on only 73% of routes — a season-low. He should ramp up to his typical 80-90% of routes after the bye week.


Los Angeles Chargers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Mike WilliamsWR1310134011766.1%86.8%84.5%39.4%39.4%
Josh PalmerWR632404424.9%86.8%73.2%18.2%18.2%0.737.30.4470.545
Austin EkelerRB44261-18-10.2%47.4%59.2%12.1%22.2%1.44-4.50.111-1.444
Gerald EverettTE31202413.6%68.4%64.8%9.1%11.5%
Joshua KelleyRB22330-1-0.6%34.2%38.0%6.1%15.4%2.54-0.50.087-33.000
DeAndre CarterWR229021.1%60.5%59.2%6.1%8.7%0.391.00.0994.500
Tre' McKittyTE200000.0%31.6%50.7%6.1%16.7%
Donald ParhamTE100095.1%13.2%25.4%3.0%20.0%
Jason MooreWR000000.0%21.1%21.1%0.0%0.0%
Zander HorvathFB000000.0%2.6%14.1%0.0%0.0%
Michael BandyWR000000.0%2.6%7.0%0.0%0.0%
Sony MichelRB000000.0%2.6%2.8%0.0%0.0%

Mike Williams continues to show he is the unquestioned alpha of this offense, especially with Keenan Allen not playing. His 10-134 line on 13 targets and 87% of routes is awesome to see, but even more encouraging is Williams’ aDOT shortening up to exactly 9.0 yards. We know Williams is an awesome downfield weapon, but earning target volume (and consistently) is earned on shorter passes with more frequency. He's becoming more well-rounded and is finally realizing his immense potential.

Williams’ day came at the expense of… well, everybody else. Only eight targets and six receptions went to the other wide receivers in the offense. Gerald Everett (1-2 on three targets, 68% routes) and Josh Palmer (3-24 on six targets, 87%) wildly disappointed in Week 5. This offense misses that certain somebody by the name of Keenan Allen for Williams to play off of.


Week 5 Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Mike Williams, Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen (when healthy)

Dump ‘Em: Gerald Everett is probably on his last straw as it stands, and it’s bad timing for when Keenan Allen makes his return to the lineup. The other side of the coin is the weak tight end position, and Everett has three of five weeks with at least 13 fantasy points in full PPR.


Los Angeles Rams

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Cooper KuppWR10712517722.6%95.8%98.5%23.8%21.7%2.727.70.5161.623
Tyler HigbeeTE1074603710.9%79.2%96.9%23.8%26.3%
Ben SkowronekWR864103410.0%87.5%87.7%19.0%19.0%0.984.30.3561.206
Darrell HendersonRB54300298.5%52.1%56.9%11.9%20.0%
Allen RobinsonWR531203610.6%89.6%83.1%11.9%11.6%
Tutu AtwellWR215409628.2%16.7%13.8%4.8%25.0%6.7548.00.2690.563
Jake GervaseLB1112061.8%2.1%1.5%2.4%100.0%
Cam AkersRB1000257.4%10.4%30.8%2.4%20.0%0.0025.00.0870.000
Brandon PowellWR000000.0%8.3%16.9%0.0%0.0%
Malcolm BrownRB000000.0%10.4%12.3%0.0%0.0%
Kendall BlantonTE000000.0%4.2%3.1%0.0%0.0%

Cooper Kupp? As always, #good. Even in a game where they scored 10 points, Kupp still shined with a 7-125-1 line on 10 targets with a 75-yard touchdown.

In the same vein as Kupp, where I state the obvious but feel obligated to at least mention him, Allen Robinson, as always, #ungood. A 3-12 line on five targets is the quintessential Robinson stat line. We were all rugged by this one; most of all the Los Angeles Rams, who paid him a ton of money for minimal production.

The only other asset on this team that has worked to any sort of favorable degree is Tyler Higbee, who continues to rack up short targets (7-46 on 10 targets, 79% routes). By virtue of consistent targets regardless of depth, he’s worked his way into must-start territory — which is the perfect microcosm of how the tight end position broke through five weeks of the NFL season.


Week 5 Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Cooper Kupp (duh), Tyler Higbee

Dump ‘Em: Allen Robinson. Drop him with the quickness.

  • Darrell Henderson saw exactly zero carries in Week 5, while Akers got 13 of them. That’s 100% of the running back carries for Akers, but that doesn’t mean a huge gulf in favor of Akers. Henderson still saw five targets and 57% of snaps in a Tony Pollard-esque role for the Rams. Henderson still out-snapped Akers and has looked better in 2022. It’s still a backfield in flux, but battle lines are at least being drawn based on the type of work each is receiving, so in terms of clarity, the smoke is clearing in Rams land.


Miami Dolphins

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Tyreek HillWR774703214.7%59.5%64.2%22.6%31.8%
Myles GaskinRB53240146.4%24.3%19.4%16.1%55.6%2.672.80.2871.714
Cedrick WilsonWR422006429.4%32.4%23.9%12.9%33.3%1.6716.00.3990.313
Jaylen WaddleWR33230115.0%81.1%76.1%9.7%10.0%0.773.70.1802.091
Raheem MostertRB3190104.6%54.1%68.7%9.7%15.0%0.453.30.1770.900
Mike GesickiTE213003114.2%64.9%53.7%6.5%8.3%1.2515.50.1960.968
Trent SherfieldWR21502913.3%75.7%65.7%6.5%7.1%0.1814.50.1900.172
Chase EdmondsRB200010.5%13.5%14.9%6.5%40.0%
Durham SmytheTE118062.8%13.5%49.3%3.2%20.0%1.606.00.0681.333
River CracraftWR1000125.5%21.6%20.9%3.2%12.5%0.0012.00.0870.000
Tanner ConnerTE100083.7%8.1%10.4%3.2%33.3%
Alec IngoldFB000000.0%18.9%32.8%0.0%0.0%

By necessity, the Dolphins had to turn to a seventh-round rookie in Skylar Thompson because Teddy Bridgewater was ruled out very quickly in this one. That, in turn, cut all receiving options off at the legs in a stroke of bad luck, with Tyreek Hill (7-46 on seven targets, 60% routes) and Jaylen Waddle (3-23, three targets, 81%) suffering the most here.

Everybody’s favorite disappointing mid-round running back, Chase Edmonds, ceded work and snaps to Myles Gaskin (24% routes, 19% snaps), which should tell you everything you should know about how the team feels about Edmonds.

Raheem Mostert handled 78% of all running back carries, 69% of snaps, and 54% of routes in dominant utilization, putting him on a course for 122 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Needless to say, the Mostert regime is alive and well, so I feel good (for now) in calling him a mid-range RB2 on a team that without Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback, wants to run and keep the ball out of Skylar Thompson’s (Week 6’s starting quarterback) hands. 


Week 5 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle

Dump ‘Em: Drop Chase Edmonds. I’m not even sure that if something happened to Mostert if Edmonds would even get more than a piece of a backfield split. He’s definitely fallen out of favor to the point where he’s just a space filler on rosters at this point.


Minnesota Vikings

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Justin JeffersonWR131215409257.1%97.7%100.0%33.3%30.2%3.587.10.9001.674
Adam ThielenWR742703723.0%100.0%96.2%17.9%15.9%0.615.30.4300.730
Irv SmithTE544202113.0%70.5%63.3%12.8%16.1%1.354.20.2842.000
K.J. OsbornWR554103018.6%81.8%82.3%12.8%13.9%
Alexander MattisonRB43210-2-1.2%43.2%43.0%10.3%21.1%1.11-0.50.145-10.500
Dalvin CookRB22270-10-6.2%38.6%57.0%5.1%11.8%1.59-5.00.033-2.700
Johnny MundtTE2260-4-2.5%20.5%44.3%5.1%22.2%0.67-2.00.060-1.500
Jalen ReagorWR1111-3-1.9%2.3%3.8%2.6%100.0%1.00-3.00.025-0.333
C.J. HamFB000000.0%4.5%8.9%0.0%0.0%

The Vikings made a concerted effort to get Justin Jefferson involved and hyper-targeted. They did just that, with Kirk Cousins completing his first 17 passes of the game and almost half of them going to Jefferson, who ended up catching 12-of-13 targets for 154 yards.

While Jefferson ended up with 57% of the air yards and 1/3 of the targets, the rest of the Vikings pass-catchers were there to pick up the crumbs because there weren’t touchdowns to help buoy the fantasy points floor as all but a Jalen Reagor tip pass touchdown went to Dalvin Cook and Cousins.


Week 5 Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • Make sure you’re continuing to stash Alexander Mattison, as with Dalvin Cook’s shoulder injury, Mattison could see some more usage and in the event of Cook missing time, he carries massive contingent value. 


New England Patriots

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Jakobi MeyersWR87111110156.7%95.5%80.0%38.1%38.1%5.2912.60.9691.099
Hunter HenryTE545403519.7%90.9%98.3%23.8%25.0%2.707.00.4951.543
Tyquan ThorntonWR32704625.8%63.6%43.3%14.3%21.4%0.5015.30.3950.152
Rhamondre StevensonRB22140-8-4.5%72.7%90.0%9.5%12.5%0.88-4.00.111-1.750
Kendrick BourneWR111000.0%77.3%56.7%4.8%5.9%
Damien HarrisRB1110-5-2.8%9.1%10.0%4.8%50.0%0.50-5.00.052-0.200
Nelson AgholorWR100095.1%13.6%10.0%4.8%33.3%
DeVante ParkerWR000000.0%40.9%51.7%0.0%0.0%
Lil'Jordan HumphreyWR000000.0%0.0%23.3%0.0%0.0%
Matt SokolTE000000.0%0.0%13.3%0.0%0.0%
Matthew SlaterWR000000.0%0.0%3.3%0.0%0.0%

Jakobi Meyers. That’s the blurb.

Oh, we want more? Well, Meyers is essentially quarterback proof even if it’s third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe (henceforth known as “Zappe Hour”). Meyers put up 7-111-1 on eight targets while running the most routes per dropback among the Patriots’ pass-catching group at 96%. The DeVante Parker experiment isn’t looking so hot. The Hunter Henry experience in year two has stumbled out of the gates.

It’s Meyers or nothing.


Week 5 New England Patriots Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Jakobi Meyers, Rhamondre Stevenson (if Damien Harris misses time)

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • Rhamondre Stevenson took hold of the running back work in New England when Damien Harris left the game with a hamstring injury in Week 5. Stevenson took every running back touch and route after that and is a potential top-five play against the Browns in Week 6.


New Orleans Saints

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Alvin KamaraRB6691010.5%66.7%72.7%24.0%33.3%
Chris OlaveWR645417136.2%59.3%40.3%24.0%37.5%3.3811.80.6140.761
Tre'Quan SmithWR411004623.5%74.1%66.2%16.0%20.0%0.5011.50.4040.217
Adam TrautmanTE323214020.4%44.4%64.9%12.0%25.0%2.6713.30.3230.800
Marquez CallawayWR32502412.2%77.8%72.7%12.0%14.3%
Juwan JohnsonTE21130126.1%55.6%58.4%8.0%13.3%0.876.00.1631.083
Keith KirkwoodWR114021.0%40.7%39.0%4.0%9.1%0.362.00.0672.000
Deonte HartyWR000000.0%7.4%5.2%0.0%0.0%
Taysom HillTE000000.0%11.1%29.9%0.0%0.0%
J.P. HoltzTE000000.0%11.1%29.9%0.0%0.0%
Mark IngramRB000000.0%11.1%22.1%0.0%0.0%
Dwayne WashingtonRB000000.0%0.0%2.6%0.0%0.0%

Taysom Hill scored four touchdowns and ruined the fantasy slate for everybody that played against him. Was that what you wanted to read?

The outlier of outliers, Hill is the worst click you can make at the tight end position in that it’s never fun and the floor is absolute zero. Then again, that’s also most tight ends. Maybe the Taysom slappies were right; so I’ll just go ahead and say if you got him off of waivers, you probably paid way too much for him, considering last week was the absolute tippy-top ceiling for him. It’s a long fall from Week 5.

I do bring good news and a #good sign for Chris Olave:

Olave left the game and didn’t return after a pretty bad concussion after running 59% of routes and a 4-54-1 line. In a game where Hill bogarted 2/3 of the scoring for the Saints, it was nice to see Olave salvage a shortened day with a score. With Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry still not practicing, the Saints need all the reinforcements they can muster.


Week 5 New Orleans Saints Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas (when healthy), Chris Olave (when healthy)

Dump ‘Em: Adam Trautman scored the touchdown, but Juwan Johnson gets the routes run advantage. You can’t trust either.

  • Alvin Kamara looked Alvin Kamara-like with 29 opportunities, 103 yards on the ground and catching all six targets for 91 yards. Touchdown variance skewed HARD for Taysom Hill, but Kamara will find them thanks to the law of averages.




New York Giants

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Darius SlaytonWR767907353.3%67.7%59.0%26.9%33.3%3.7610.40.7771.082
Saquon BarkleyRB633602115.3%61.3%67.2%23.1%31.6%1.893.50.4531.714
Marcus JohnsonWR333502216.1%90.3%77.0%11.5%10.7%
Daniel BellingerTE3222085.8%54.8%73.8%11.5%17.6%
Richie JamesWR22160128.8%67.7%49.2%7.7%9.5%0.766.00.1771.333
Matt BreidaRB2213010.7%22.6%31.1%7.7%28.6%1.860.50.12013.000
David SillsWR2212021.5%29.0%42.6%7.7%22.2%1.331.00.1266.000
Chris MyarickTE1140-2-1.5%12.9%44.3%3.8%25.0%1.00-2.00.047-2.000
Tanner HudsonTE000000.0%45.2%44.3%0.0%0.0%
Gary BrightwellRB000000.0%9.7%11.5%0.0%0.0%

This week, I was a guest on Pat Fitzmaurice’s Fitz on Fantasy podcast, and as we’re both Packers fans, we were able to wax poetic about the team’s listless performance against these Giants. Good for Brian Daboll to get a team like the Giants, who have an obvious talent deficiency (especially on offense) but are maximizing what they do (i.e.: give the ball to Saquon Barkley) to overachieve. They’ll be in good shape eventually if they can turn over some of that receiving talent and get more of it on the field.

Speaking of receiving talent (or lack thereof), the ghost of Darius Slayton popped out for his yearly game that harkened back to 2019 when he was a darling of the dynasty fantasy football community, only to turn back into a pumpkin in the 2020 offseason. Slayton led the Giants in receiving (6-79, seven targets) in Week 5 on only 68% of routes. Former Colt Marcus Johnson (3-35, 90% routes) led the team on routes per dropback, and it seems like the team is shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic despite their 4-1 start to the season. Unfortunately, you can’t start any of these receivers with any sort of confidence since five different Giants have led the team in route % each week of the season.

Week 5 New York Giants Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Some guy named Saquon Barkley.

Dump ‘Em: We’re still holding Kadarius Toney and to a lesser degree, Wan’Dale Robinson. If you have Robinson and need the bench room with bye weeks here, by all means, cut bait. I do think the investment with Toney warrants him being held until he can make his way onto the field. 


New York Jets

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Corey DavisWR423804723.9%91.7%76.3%19.0%18.2%1.7311.80.4530.809
Garrett WilsonWR432702010.2%75.0%55.9%19.0%22.2%1.505.00.3571.350
Elijah MooreWR411106935.0%79.2%66.1%19.0%21.1%0.5817.30.5310.159
Breece HallRB221000178.6%50.0%69.5%9.5%16.7%8.338.50.2035.882
C.J. UzomahTE2212052.5%50.0%69.5%9.5%16.7%
Michael CarterRB22120-1-0.5%33.3%42.4%9.5%25.0%1.50-0.50.139-12.000
Jeff SmithWR1111031.5%8.3%20.3%4.8%50.0%5.503.00.0823.667
Tyler ConklinTE10003919.8%29.2%67.8%4.8%14.3%0.0039.00.2100.000
Braxton BerriosWR11-10-2-1.0%25.0%22.0%4.8%16.7%-0.17-2.00.0640.500
Jeremy RuckertTE000000.0%0.0%10.2%0.0%0.0%

The Jets took advantage of Miami’s quarterback situation to plow ahead and go with more of a run-heavy script. Zach Wilson had to throw only 21 times, but the star was Breece Hall, who put up a sick 197 yards from scrimmage, including a 79-yard reception that got him to the 1-yard line, where the new vulture and bane of Hall’s existence Michael Carter ran in the short touchdown as one of his two on the day. For the third consecutive week, Hall out-snapped and ran more routes than Carter, and Hall is proving to be a huge value at his fantasy draft ADP with his production in the first five weeks of 2022.

With so much production in the run game, it’s clearly affecting the passing game, as with 21 pass attempts, it puts a crunch on the upside of the passing game weapons like Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore. Perhaps that’s a side-effect of the game script, but the Jets were in a bit of a trailing script in Week 4 against the Steelers, and the passing game still suffered. The Jets drafted Zach Wilson with the second overall pick in 2021 to be much more than a game manager, and that’s what he is right now. We need more tangible improvements from Wilson to feel much better about starting these weapons in fantasy. Otherwise, he’s a poor man’s Jimmy Garoppolo. That’s #notgood.


Week 5 New York Jets Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Breece Hall

Dump ‘Em: The season-long stats are a bit skewed because of the change from Joe Flacco to Zach Wilson as starting quarterback, but the team is skewing more run-heavy with Wilson. It’s affecting everybody in the passing game, and at this point, Tyler Conklin is a pretty safe drop. He was moderately effective in Week 4 on 71%, but he saw those routes crater to just 29% in Week 5 where he had one catchless target. It was a good run for Conklin, but he’s waiver wire fodder.

  • The hope for Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore (and, to a lesser extent, Corey Davis) is that the passing game improves so both can be viable each week for fantasy. That hasn’t been the case, and it’s been tough to get even ONE involved weekly. Both ran just shy of 80% of routes in Week 5, but that was likely due to a commanding lead and getting them off the field. We have to see more, but right now, both are flex plays.


Philadelphia Eagles

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
DeVonta SmithWR11108703427.4%100.0%98.6%32.4%27.5%
Dallas GoedertTE989503729.8%92.5%95.9%26.5%24.3%2.574.10.6062.568
A.J. BrownWR733204838.7%85.0%74.0%20.6%20.6%0.946.90.5800.667
Quez WatkinsWR4319032.4%80.0%58.9%11.8%12.5%0.590.80.1936.333
Miles SandersRB326021.6%62.5%74.0%8.8%12.0%
Jack StollTE000000.0%10.0%41.1%0.0%0.0%
Kenneth GainwellRB000000.0%12.5%21.9%0.0%0.0%
Zach PascalWR000000.0%10.0%17.8%0.0%0.0%
Grant CalcaterraTE000000.0%2.5%13.7%0.0%0.0%
Trey SermonRB000000.0%7.5%4.1%0.0%0.0%

With a very short-area plan of attack that saw low aDOTs across the board from our favorite Eagles passing-game options, we still saw plenty of volume from DeVonta Smith (10-87, 11 targets, 100% route participation) and Dallas Goedert (8-95, nine targets, 93% routes). A.J. Brown saw a slight dip in routes but still was above 80% even if the production (3-32, seven targets) didn’t measure up to the other two main cohorts in the offense. 

Miles Sanders is seeing more and more work his way to the detriment of Kenneth Gainwell, who had a season-low routes share of 13% from 39% and 40% the last two weeks. With Boston Scott out, it feels good for Sanders’ fantasy managers to have him get a bigger slice of the pie in an above-average to good offense. Sanders didn’t do that much in terms of fantasy production, but him getting consolidated work in a good offense is something we’ll take almost every time.


Week 5 Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, Dallas Goedert, DeVonta Smith

Dump ‘Em: With Sanders’ consolidated workload, it’s time to cut bait with Kenneth Gainwell. He’s just not seeing much work these days, and Sanders has absorbed that passing-game utilization.


Pittsburgh Steelers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Diontae JohnsonWR13560014741.4%92.9%93.3%25.5%25.0%1.1511.30.6720.408
Chase ClaypoolWR955006718.9%92.9%90.7%17.6%17.3%0.967.40.3970.746
George PickensWR868308925.1%85.7%76.0%15.7%16.7%1.7311.10.4110.933
Zach GentryTE65430205.6%48.2%64.0%11.8%22.2%1.593.30.2162.150
Jaylen WarrenRB5439010.3%51.8%50.7%9.8%17.2%1.340.20.14939.000
Najee HarrisRB4316030.8%32.1%49.3%7.8%22.2%0.890.80.1245.333
Connor HeywardTE22120102.8%16.1%13.3%3.9%22.2%1.335.00.0791.200
Pat FreiermuthTE2212082.3%37.5%49.3%3.9%9.5%0.574.00.0751.500
Miles BoykinWR11110113.1%7.1%6.7%2.0%25.0%2.7511.00.0511.000
Derek WattFB1110-1-0.3%1.8%2.7%2.0%100.0%1.00-1.00.027-1.000
Steven SimsWR000000.0%1.8%4.0%0.0%0.0%

Consider that the Steelers only put up three points (in this economy?) against the Bills in Week 5, and then look at Kenny Pickett getting 52 pass attempts and 327 yards passing with that. Not too shabby, honestly, considering the Steelers could have just packed it in.

Diontae Johnson continued his brand of inefficient targets no matter who is under center, with a 5-60 line on a whopping 13 targets. Thanks to the increased targets due to the blowout, George Picks and Chase Claypool both saw eight and nine targets, respectively. Pickens’ day (6-83 on eight targets, 86% routes) builds on that rapport with Pickett, so now, especially with bye weeks starting, is the time to put Pickens in your flex spot in lineups. He’s earned it.

Pat Freiermuth’s day ended abruptly with a concussion, which explained his reduced route percentage (38%) from Week 5.


Week 5 Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Najee Harris (for now), Diontae Johnson

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.

  • The Steelers have been pretty bad at running the ball, especially Najee Harris, as he’s sporting a 3.2 yards per carry average to start the season — capped off with a 1.8 average in Week 5. He doesn’t even have that much target volume to help offset the lack of rushing prowess. Jaylen Warren also saw a good amount of work in this contest (52% routes, 51% routes), but that was likely due to the blowout nature in Week 5.


San Francisco 49ers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Deebo SamuelWR922017331.1%51.8%80.3%30.0%31.0%0.698.10.6670.274
George KittleTE654703514.9%50.0%87.9%20.0%21.4%1.685.80.4041.343
Brandon AiyukWR435805322.6%51.8%87.9%13.3%13.8%2.0013.30.3581.094
Tevin ColemanRB334412410.2%12.5%28.8%10.0%42.9%
Jauan JenningsWR22450114.7%19.6%22.7%6.7%18.2%
Kyle JuszczykFB2227000.0%26.8%56.1%6.7%13.3%1.800.00.1000.000
Jeff WilsonRB21120-6-2.6%26.8%57.6%6.7%13.3%0.80-3.00.082-2.000
Danny GrayWR20004519.1%5.4%10.6%6.7%66.7%0.0022.50.2340.000
Charlie WoernerTE000000.0%8.9%34.8%0.0%0.0%
Ray-Ray McCloudWR000000.0%14.3%27.3%0.0%0.0%
Ross DwelleyTE000000.0%0.0%4.5%0.0%0.0%
Jordan MasonRB000000.0%0.0%1.5%0.0%0.0%

Despite a very inefficient day from Deebo Samuel, where he only caught two balls on nine targets, the 49ers had no trouble with the declawed Panthers on Sunday afternoon. Samuel (88% routes) at least scored a touchdown to salvage his day from a fantasy perspective.

Something named Tevin Coleman unearthed himself from a 2016 time capsule to score two touchdowns in the year 2022, which baffled scientists and fantasy managers alike. Do I think Coleman has relevance going forward? Probably not, but it’s possible. Coleman at least set himself up as Wilson's spell and change of pace. The team also released Marlon Mack, so that bodes well. He didn’t take away from Jeff Wilson (73% snaps, 58% routes), who took 68% of the running back carries and put up 132 scrimmage yards plus a touchdown.


Week 5 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Deebo Samuel, Jeff Wilson, George Kittle

Dump ‘Em: Any other 49ers running back stash can be dropped because it’s looking like a one-two punch of Wilson and Coleman (for now), so unless you’re in a deeper league where pickings are slim, it’s not worth holding more 49ers backs on a shallow bench.

  • I’m staying the course with George Kittle as we know what kind of upside he has, but it’s curious how come we’re not getting the discourse on Kittle like we got with Kyle Pitts?


Seattle Seahawks

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
DK MetcalfWR858818929.7%100.0%96.2%33.3%26.7%2.9311.10.7080.989
Tyler LockettWR65104213545.0%100.0%96.2%25.0%20.0%3.4722.50.6900.770
Noah FantTE534905217.3%60.0%59.6%20.8%27.8%2.7210.40.4340.942
Will DisslyTE32210144.7%50.0%63.5%12.5%20.0%1.404.70.2201.500
DeeJay DallasRB1160-3-1.0%26.7%19.2%4.2%12.5%0.75-3.00.056-2.000
Dee EskridgeWR1000134.3%53.3%48.1%4.2%6.3%0.0013.00.0930.000
Kenneth WalkerRB000000.0%46.7%57.7%0.0%0.0%
Colby ParkinsonTE000000.0%30.0%28.8%0.0%0.0%
Rashaad PennyRB000000.0%10.0%28.8%0.0%0.0%
Penny HartWR000000.0%0.0%1.9%0.0%0.0%

Time to pour one out for Rashaad Penny, who is now out for the season with a leg fracture. His promising start to the season in an unexpectedly high-powered Seattle offense could have been really fruitful for fantasy purposes, but now, Penny cedes the work to rookie Kenneth Walker, who ran for 88 yards and a touchdown, including a 69-yard touchdown run. Walker is easily the one player worth blowing a FAAB budget or using your top waiver priority on, and the sky is the limit for Walker.

Besides that, the condensed nature of this offense is nothing new, as DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett each scored, ran 100% of routes per dropback, combined for 58% of the team’s targets and 77% of air yards. In fact, Noah Fant and Will Dissly were the only other non-running backs to even catch a pass in Week 5. Both Lockett and Metcalf are must-start options and have been smashes at their depressed preseason ADP so far in 2022.


Week 5 Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Kenneth Walker

Dump ‘Em: Rashaad Penny, who is now out for the season.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Leonard FournetteRB1110831-4-1.2%52.8%62.0%22.0%39.3%2.96-0.40.322-20.750
Mike EvansWR8481010530.9%84.9%84.8%16.0%17.8%1.8013.10.4560.771
Cade OttonTE76430257.4%86.8%93.7%14.0%15.2%0.933.60.2611.720
Scotty MillerWR7435012637.1%56.6%45.6%14.0%23.3%1.1718.00.4690.278
Chris GodwinWR666103710.9%50.9%51.9%12.0%22.2%
Russell GageWR622004613.5%75.5%73.4%12.0%15.0%0.507.70.2750.435
Rachaad WhiteRB4328051.5%41.5%39.2%8.0%18.2%
Kyle RudolphTE100000.0%3.8%11.4%2.0%50.0%
Ko KieftTE000000.0%0.0%17.7%0.0%0.0%
Jaelon DardenWR000000.0%17.0%13.9%0.0%0.0%
Kaylon GeigerWR000000.0%1.9%5.1%0.0%0.0%

That roughing the passer on Tom Brady was a crime, just saying.

A healthier Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a pass-heavy Tampa Bay Buccaneers and for fantasy purposes, we truly love to see it. The Buccaneers followed up their 90% pass play rate in Week 4 with a 70% rate in Week 5, including an 18% pass rate over expectation, so the volume is back and in a BIG way now that the main passing-game weapons are healthy (and not suspended) again.

We almost hit even more wide receiver production with Mike Evans (4-81 on eight targets, 85% routes) and Chris Godwin (6-61, six targets, 51% routes), as they were both stopped at the 1-yard line at different points which led to two touchdowns from Leonard Fournette. As if he needed them. He was fine on the ground with 56 yards but also caught 10 passes on 11 targets. Still the high-value touch monster he was last season, thanks to the offense he plays in.


Week 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Leonard Fournette

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright drop, but Russell Gage is starting to straddle that line. Thankfully, bye weeks are starting, so he’s going to get a bit more run in fantasy lineups due to the attrition. Gage is still running routes at a season-long 75% clip this season.




Tennessee Titans

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Robert WoodsWR843704421.4%93.5%84.4%34.8%27.6%
Dontrell HilliardRB5423121.0%54.8%31.3%21.7%29.4%1.350.40.33311.500
Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR3272011053.4%90.3%92.2%13.0%10.7%2.5736.70.5690.655
Derrick HenryRB22300125.8%32.3%64.1%8.7%20.0%
Kyle PhilipsWR2170146.8%51.6%28.1%8.7%12.5%0.447.00.1780.500
Austin HooperTE117073.4%71.0%53.1%4.3%4.5%0.327.00.0891.000
Geoff SwaimTE115052.4%22.6%65.6%4.3%14.3%0.715.00.0821.000
Chigoziem OkonkwoTE1000125.8%16.1%20.3%4.3%20.0%0.0012.00.1060.000
Cody HollisterWR000000.0%12.9%31.3%0.0%0.0%
Tory CarterFB000000.0%3.2%10.9%0.0%0.0%
Kevin RaderTE000000.0%0.0%7.8%0.0%0.0%
Dez FitzpatrickWR000000.0%9.7%7.8%0.0%0.0%
Hassan HaskinsRB000000.0%3.2%3.1%0.0%0.0%

The REAL crime is having to write about this team’s passing game without Treylon Burks, but we must persevere.

Both Robert Woods (4-37, eight targets) and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (2-72, three targets) ran 90% of routes in Week 5 in a rather consolidated share without Burks. The only other pass-catcher to notch over 52% of routes was Austin Hooper, who is pretty much dust after catching his only target for seven yards on 71% of routes.

This isn’t a passing game to target. At all.

How long until Malik Willis gets some starts at quarterback?


Week 5 Tennessee Titans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Derrick Henry

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump. Anybody outside of Henry, Burks, and Woods should have been dumped by now.


Washington Commanders

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Curtis SamuelWR866206719.2%90.7%90.5%21.6%20.5%1.598.40.4590.925
J.D. McKissicRB7537041.1%51.2%41.3%18.9%31.8%1.680.60.2929.250
Terry McLaurinWR657606017.2%97.7%98.4%16.2%14.3%1.8110.00.3641.267
Dyami BrownWR42105213338.1%37.2%31.7%10.8%25.0%6.5633.30.4290.789
Antonio GibsonRB43330113.2%27.9%31.7%10.8%33.3%2.752.80.1843.000
John BatesTE33390257.2%48.8%58.7%8.1%14.3%1.868.30.1721.560
Cole TurnerTE3000216.0%48.8%50.8%8.1%14.3%
Cam SimsWR2170288.0%58.1%58.7%5.4%8.0%0.2814.00.1370.250
Brian RobinsonRB000000.0%11.6%28.6%0.0%0.0%
Armani RogersTE000000.0%7.0%7.9%0.0%0.0%
Dax MilneWR000000.0%2.3%1.6%0.0%0.0%

More consolidation of routes with the Commanders as just like their Week 5 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, they had their rookie pass-catcher out in Jahan Dotson. Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin both ran at least 91% of routes and posted at least 12 fantasy points in full-PPR formats.

Both passing-game touchdowns and 102 of the receiving yards went to 2021 third-round pick Dyami Brown, who saw an increased bit of run without Dotson in the lineup. Brown still only ran 37% of routes per dropback, so we can’t recommend him as an immediate add or even somebody trending up toward that, but he is at least on the radar and not without a pulse.


Week 5 Washington Commanders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Terry McLaurin (for now)

Dump ‘Em: Nobody to outright dump.


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