Targets are paramount when it comes to evaluating pass-catchers for fantasy football. There are no receiving yards, touchdowns, or 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 eight weeks of the NFL season, and we had our largest group of teams on bye in Week 9 with six. We'll go through some team and player usage tendencies here in our Target Report, but before we get into the Target Report for Week 9, let's dive into a legend of terms we'll be referencing:






Passes thrown in the direction of a receiver, whether intended or not.


Passes caught by a pass-catcher.

Rec. Yards

Yards gained by a reception by the pass-catcher.


Receiving 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 pass-catcher has a percentage share of air yards 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.


A metric that measures how often a receiver is targeted when they are 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 pass-catcher is efficient at earning targets and could be in line for more routes depending on the team situation.


A metric that contextualizes the efficiency of a pass-catcher with how many receiving yards per route run. A much better metric than yards per reception.


aDOT 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 wildly by the nature of the running back position that rarely earns air yards.


WOPR is a weighted average that incorporates a player's share of team targets and share of team air yards.


Bye Weeks:

Week 8Chiefs, Chargers

Week 9: Browns, Cowboys, Broncos, Giants, Steelers, 49ers

Week 10: Ravens, Bengals, Patriots, Jets

Week 11: Jaguars, Dolphins, Seahawks, Buccaneers

Week 13: Cardinals, Panthers

Week 14: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Colts, Saints, Commanders



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.

Keep Them Rostered: Players that should be rostered in all formats assuming 12-team leagues with six-player benches. League size designations or other designations (bench stash, etc.) will be in parenthesis next to players for deeper leagues. As always, this is a general recommendation; depending on your league, use your best judgment.

Example: Terrace Marshall (14), Alexander Mattison (bench stash).

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 9 Target Report

Arizona Cardinals

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Rondale MooreWR1086904323.1%90.9%90.5%30.3%25.0%1.734.30.6161.605
Zach ErtzTE854019551.1%97.7%96.8%24.2%18.6%0.9311.90.7210.421
DeAndre HopkinsWR543612915.6%95.5%93.7%15.2%11.9%0.865.80.3361.241
James ConnerRB55190-12-6.5%65.9%71.4%15.2%17.2%0.66-2.40.182-1.583
Robbie AndersonWR31-402614.0%86.4%82.5%9.1%7.9%-
Eno BenjaminRB1115052.7%25.0%27.0%3.0%9.1%1.365.00.0643.000
Greg DortchWR110000.0%6.8%7.9%3.0%33.3%
Trey McBrideTE000000.0%15.9%20.6%0.0%0.0%
Stephen AndersonTE000000.0%0.0%4.8%0.0%0.0%
A.J. GreenWR000000.0%2.3%1.6%0.0%0.0%
Keaontay IngramRB000000.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.0%

The two-high safety look that’s been sweeping the football nation over the last year or so was in full effect here as the Cardinals did put a bit of a clamp on DeAndre Hopkins (4-36-1, five targets), but he still scored a touchdown to salvage his day. Almost 55% of the team’s total targets went to underneath options like Zach Ertz (5-40-1, eight targets) and Rondale Moore (8-69, 10 targets, 91% routes).

Moore has at least eight targets in four of his last five contests with top-24 PPR performances in three of them. He’s got to be started at this point as he’s been an integral part of the offense and should continue to be.

Robbie Anderson (1-(-4), three targets) shot up to 86% routes essentially supplanting A.J. Green’s outside receiver role, but that role figures to be pretty boom-or-bust with spotty production. I can’t recommend him as anything more than a desperate half-court heave for fantasy purposes.


Week 9 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: DeAndre HopkinsJames Conner (when healthy), Kyler Murray, Zach Ertz, Rondale Moore

Keep Them Rostered: Eno Benjamin (handcuff), Robbie Anderson

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Atlanta Falcons

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Kyle PittsTE7227020860.6%70.4%68.9%30.4%36.8%1.4229.70.8810.130
Drake LondonWR732306117.8%88.9%75.4%30.4%29.2%0.968.70.5810.377
KhaDarel HodgeWR21190308.7%18.5%26.2%8.7%40.0%3.8015.00.1920.633
Olamide ZaccheausWR22190175.0%74.1%70.5%8.7%10.0%0.958.50.1651.118
Tyler AllgeierRB1124051.5%29.6%37.7%4.3%12.5%
Cordarrelle PattersonRB119020.6%33.3%39.3%4.3%11.1%
MyCole PruittTE116051.5%14.8%29.5%4.3%25.0%1.505.00.0751.200
Avery WilliamsRB112020.6%7.4%4.9%4.3%50.0%
Damiere ByrdWR1000133.8%55.6%47.5%4.3%6.7%0.0013.00.0920.000
Parker HesseTE000000.0%14.8%47.5%0.0%0.0%
Keith SmithFB000000.0%3.7%24.6%0.0%0.0%
Caleb HuntleyRB000000.0%14.8%21.3%0.0%0.0%
Feleipe FranksQB000000.0%7.4%6.6%0.0%0.0%

It’s the same story with the Falcons almost every week. They’re going to run the air out of the ball whether you like it or not. We don’t like it, especially for fantasy but it’s what we have to live with. 

Only 23 Marcus Mariota pass attempts and only two pass-catchers with more than two targets in this one; with both catching less than half of their targets. Kyle Pitts (2-27, seven targets, 70% routes) led the NFL in air yards in Week 9 (208) and JUST missed a 70+ yard touchdown if Mariota didn’t overthrow him. They actually did try and get Pitts some deep shots but none came to fruition.

Drake London (3-23, seven targets, 89% of routes) would be a star on any other team but he’s hamstrung by his team’s offense. It’s not his fault; Arthur Smith is just trying to find a time machine to go back to his time in 1920’s based on the style of offense they’ve ran so far. They did get Cordarrelle Patterson back and he promptly ran in two touchdowns. He’s an auto-start, but Tyler Allgeier still came one yard shy of 100 yards rushing as well, so you can start him too as with the sheer volume of rush attempts, Allgeier will get a ton of chances for fantasy production.


Week 9 Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Cordarrelle Patterson

Keep Them Rostered: Kyle Pitts, Drake London, Tyler Allgeier, Marcus Mariota (deep 12 & 14)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Baltimore Ravens

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Isaiah LikelyTE512417132.7%80.0%76.5%23.8%25.0%1.2014.20.5860.338
Demarcus RobinsonWR411206530.0%68.0%50.0%19.0%23.5%0.7116.30.4950.185
James ProcheWR22220146.5%32.0%25.0%9.5%25.0%2.757.00.1881.571
Josh OliverTE2119041.8%48.0%64.7%9.5%16.7%1.582.00.1564.750
DeSean JacksonWR211606228.6%20.0%16.2%9.5%40.0%3.2031.00.3430.258
Kenyan DrakeRB22160-5-2.3%48.0%67.6%9.5%16.7%1.33-2.50.127-3.200
Justice HillRB118041.8%36.0%25.0%4.8%11.1%0.894.00.0842.000
Mike DavisRB1170-4-1.8%4.0%4.4%4.8%100.0%7.00-4.00.059-1.750
Devin DuvernayWR115041.8%80.0%73.5%4.8%5.0%
Patrick RicardFB114020.9%36.0%67.6%4.8%11.1%0.442.00.0782.000
Nick BoyleTE000000.0%4.0%23.5%0.0%0.0%

Week 9 was THE lowest scoring week of fantasy football so far this season, and games like this were a big culprit, as are injuries to top players like Mark AndrewsIsaiah Likely (1-24, five targets) filled in, running 80% of routes and scoring a touchdown almost immediately. That would be Likely’s only reception of the night. That seems like the perfect cherry on top for this week.

No Raven has more than two receptions or 24 yards receiving. A returning 35-year-old DeSean Jackson did hit the trifecta: a long pass, a receptions, and he left the game with an injury. Par for the course. Yikes.


Week 9 Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Mark Andrews (when healthy), Lamar Jackson, Isaiah Likely (should be started with Andrews out, a deep-league stash otherwise)

Keep Them Rostered: Devin DuvernayKenyan DrakeGus EdwardsJustice Hill (deep 12 & 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Buffalo Bills

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Stefon DiggsWR10593018747.7%85.7%74.2%30.3%27.8%2.5818.70.7880.497
Gabe DavisWR5233012130.9%97.6%95.2%15.2%12.2%0.8024.20.4430.273
Devin SingletaryRB54240-4-1.0%66.7%74.2%15.2%17.9%0.86-0.80.220-6.000
Dawson KnoxTE43250215.4%76.2%85.5%12.1%12.5%0.785.30.2191.190
James CookRB42180102.6%23.8%22.6%12.1%40.0%1.802.50.2001.800
Isaiah McKenzieWR3212071.8%69.0%66.1%9.1%10.3%0.412.30.1491.714
Jake KumerowWR1000246.1%7.1%8.1%3.0%33.3%0.0024.00.0880.000
Nyheim HinesRB1000266.6%7.1%6.5%3.0%33.3%0.0026.00.0920.000
Quintin MorrisTE000000.0%16.7%21.0%0.0%0.0%
Reggie GilliamFB000000.0%7.1%16.1%0.0%0.0%
Khalil ShakirWR000000.0%19.0%14.5%0.0%0.0%

The biggest story from this week’s games has been the ulnar collateral ligament of Josh Allen, the most scrutinized ligament in recent memory. 

For those who are unfamiliar, it’s typically an injury for pitchers in baseball, where the relatively unnatural of repetitive arm motion throwing a pitch can strain or rupture the tendon, requiring surgery and a long layover. The Bills have to be careful with their most prized asset so him not playing against the Vikings in Week 10 could be an option. This is obviously a fluid situation here, so we’ll definitely have more news in the coming days. That said, Allen did throw a ball 70 yards on the final play of Week 9’s loss to the Jets.

All in all, it was a pedestrian day for one of the highest-flying offenses in the NFL as Allen only threw for 205 yards and two interceptions. Stefon Diggs put up the only thing resembling a solid fantasy day with a 5-93 line on 10 targets.

If it’s Case Keenum in for Allen at quarterback, this offense tanks quite a bit.

We can’t have nice things, not in this economy.


Week 9 Buffalo Bills Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Josh Allen (if healthy), Stefon Diggs

Keep Them Rostered: Gabe DavisDevin SingletaryDawson KnoxNyheim HinesIsaiah McKenzie (deep 12-& 14 team), Khalil Shakir (deep 14-team) 

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Carolina Panthers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Terrace MarshallWR635316739.4%96.9%91.8%20.0%19.4%1.7111.20.5760.791
DJ MooreWR622406940.6%96.9%98.0%20.0%19.4%0.7711.50.5840.348
Raheem BlackshearRB44400-1-0.6%31.3%34.7%13.3%40.0%4.00-0.30.196-40.000
Tommy TrembleTE421114023.5%56.3%55.1%13.3%22.2%0.6110.00.3650.275
Spencer BrownRB32100-7-4.1%25.0%26.5%10.0%37.5%1.25-2.30.121-1.429
D'Onta ForemanRB32-2000.0%34.4%42.9%10.0%27.3%-
Shi SmithWR2120031.8%84.4%79.6%6.7%7.4%0.741.50.1126.667
Giovanni RicciFB118000.0%21.9%26.5%3.3%14.3%
Laviska ShenaultWR1000-1-0.6%6.3%6.1%3.3%50.0%0.00-1.00.0460.000
Ian ThomasTE000000.0%31.3%36.7%0.0%0.0%

The Panthers were “Mixon’d” in Week 9, as they were down 35-0 at halftime. Seems #bad.

It was pretty lackluster for the Panthers in all facets, which is pretty normal for them. “Status quo”, even.

Baker Mayfield came in for P.J. Walker in the second half and that went about as well as one would expect, but neither didn’t throw to DJ Moore (2-24, six targets) as much as they should. It’s like a team goes out of their way to not feature him. It’s uncanny.

Terrace Marshall (3-53-1, six targets) caught a late touchdown and has run 95%+ routes each of the last three weeks. If he’s not added in leagues, I don’t mind stashing him on my bench. He’s been a top-30 fantasy wide receiver the last two weeks.


Week 9 Carolina Panthers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Nah.

Keep Them Rostered: DJ Moore, D’Onta Foreman, Terrace Marshall, Chuba Hubbard (deep 12-& 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Chicago Bears

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Darnell MooneyWR874314219.3%92.1%86.5%29.6%22.9%
Cole KmetTE654125123.4%81.6%97.3%22.2%19.4%1.328.50.4970.804
Chase ClaypoolWR621304621.1%42.1%35.1%22.2%37.5%0.817.70.4810.283
David MontgomeryRB218000.0%52.6%70.3%7.4%10.0%0.400.00.1110.000
N'Keal HarryWR21602210.1%23.7%28.4%7.4%22.2%0.6711.00.1820.273
Equanimeous St. BrownWR20004420.2%68.4%70.3%7.4%7.7%0.0022.00.2520.000
Dante PettisWR11120136.0%42.1%36.5%3.7%6.3%0.7513.00.0970.923
Khalil HerbertRB000000.0%23.7%28.4%0.0%0.0%
Trevon WescoTE000000.0%7.9%24.3%0.0%0.0%
Khari BlasingameFB000000.0%2.6%17.6%0.0%0.0%
Ryan GriffinTE000000.0%2.6%2.7%0.0%0.0%
Trestan EbnerRB000000.0%0.0%2.7%0.0%0.0%

If anything, the Bears made one hell of a valiant effort to stick with the Dolphins, but this game for Chicago was all about the full-on ascension of Justin Fields. 178 yards (an NFL record for quarterbacks), four total touchdowns, and his fourth-consecutive QB8 or better performance in fantasy.

His huge day was mostly on the ground, but he did throw three touchdowns — two of those to Cole Kmet (5-41-2, six targets, 82% of routes). Darnell Mooney (7-43-1, eight target, 92% of routes) caught the other touchdown and led the Bears in all receiving categories minus touchdowns. Chase Claypool (2-13, six targets, 42% of routes) ran a limited number of routes in his first game but his TPRR (37.5%) was through the roof because he only ran a total of 16 routes. 

We’ll get more into the players that were traded from one team to another, but T.J. Hockenson was the anomaly coming right in to run over 84% of routes in his first game. Some teams are able to throw a lot of things at a player and some teams have to spoon-feed the concepts and scheme to a player. It’s a case by case basis, so expecting Claypool to run a 90% routes share (which he’ll no doubt get to soon) right out of the gate is a bit unfair.


Week 9 Chicago Bears Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Justin Fields

Keep Them Rostered: David Montgomery, Darnell Mooney, Chase ClaypoolKhalil Herbert

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Cincinnati Bengals

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Tee HigginsWR876005531.4%90.9%62.2%26.7%26.7%
Tyler BoydWR654403821.7%87.9%66.2%20.0%20.7%1.526.30.4521.158
Joe MixonRB54581105.7%42.4%64.9%16.7%35.7%
Hayden HurstTE553502413.7%63.6%45.9%16.7%23.8%1.674.80.3461.458
Trent TaylorWR2214052.9%27.3%35.1%6.7%22.2%1.562.50.1202.800
Samaje PerineRB213010.6%33.3%36.5%6.7%18.2%
Trenton IrwinWR11140126.9%60.6%48.6%3.3%5.0%0.7012.00.0981.167
Devin AsiasiTE10003017.1%6.1%31.1%3.3%50.0%0.0030.00.1700.000
Mitchell WilcoxTE000000.0%27.3%54.1%0.0%0.0%
Mike ThomasWR000000.0%21.2%29.7%0.0%0.0%
Stanley MorganWR000000.0%0.0%13.5%0.0%0.0%
Chris EvansRB000000.0%0.0%1.4%0.0%0.0%

Joe Mixon scored FIVE touchdowns and with Cincinnati up 35-0, this game was essentially over by halftime. There was at least some decent volume by Tee Higgins (7-60, eight targets), Tyler Boyd (5-44, six targets), and Hayden Hurst (5-35, five targets), but the lone receiving touchdown went to (WHO ELSE?) Mixon.

Predictably, the snap counts on the main players were depressed because of how lopsided the game script was.


Week 9 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Ja’Marr Chase (when healthy), Tee HigginsJoe Burrow

Keep Them Rostered: Tyler Boyd, Hayden HurstSamaje Perine (14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A




Cleveland Browns

Bye in Week 9.


Week 9 Cleveland Browns Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Amari CooperNick ChubbDavid Njoku

Keep Them Rostered: Kareem HuntDeshaun Watson (if you have room on your roster)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Dallas Cowboys

Bye in Week 9.


Week 9 Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: CeeDee Lamb, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard

Keep Them Rostered: Dalton Schultz, Michael Gallup

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Denver Broncos

Bye in Week 9.


Week 9 Denver Broncos Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Greg Dulcich

Keep Them Rostered: Russell Wilson, Latavius Murray, Chase EdmondsMelvin GordonKJ Hamler (deeper 12 & 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Detroit Lions

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Amon-Ra St. BrownWR945508183.5%100.0%96.8%37.5%34.6%
D'Andre SwiftRB434001010.3%26.9%16.1%16.7%57.1%5.712.50.3224.000
Tom KennedyWR411601313.4%73.1%66.1%16.7%21.1%0.843.30.3441.231
Kalif RaymondWR33170-8-8.2%96.2%95.2%12.5%12.0%0.68-2.70.130-2.125
James MitchellTE228155.2%15.4%21.0%8.3%50.0%
Shane ZylstraTE111111.0%30.8%25.8%4.2%12.5%
Brock WrightTE1000-5-5.2%69.2%80.6%4.2%5.6%0.00-5.00.0260.000
Jamaal WilliamsRB000000.0%19.2%61.3%0.0%0.0%
Justin JacksonRB000000.0%23.1%21.0%0.0%0.0%
Stanley BerryhillWR000000.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.0%
Craig ReynoldsRB000000.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.0%

The Lions weren’t even that good from an “eye-test”, a box-score, or any kind of descriptor you want to throw in there, but they scored 15 points and beat the Packers. 

After trading T.J. Hockenson, the tight ends were something I wanted to see how it would shake out, and the two passing touchdowns went to the second and third-string tight ends Shane Zylstra and James Mitchell. Zylstra ran 31% of routes and Mitchell ran half of that. The presumptive (and actual) starting tight end Brock Wright had one catchless target on 69% of routes, but if you’re looking for the next great waiver wire find at fantasy’s thinnest position, you’re likely not finding anything consistent here.

D’Andre Swift played all of 10 snaps and was targeted on 4-of-7 pass routes as he works his way into more playing time. This is probably going to be a slow process for the next couple of weeks.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (4-55, nine targets, 100% route participation) led the Lions in targets and was his typical target-dominant self, especially when you remove Hockenson and some of the injured or more limited pieces of the offense.


Week 9 Detroit Lions Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Amon-Ra St. Brown, D’Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams (if Swift is out)

Keep Them Rostered: DJ CharkJared Goff, Kalif Raymond, Josh Reynolds, Jameson Williams (priority hold), Brock Wright (14 team), James Mitchell (14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Green Bay Packers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Allen LazardWR10487115036.0%95.7%87.8%25.0%22.2%1.9315.00.6270.580
Josiah DeguaraTE55410286.7%34.0%37.8%12.5%31.3%2.565.60.2351.464
Sammy WatkinsWR5190204.8%83.0%81.1%12.5%12.8%
Samori ToureWR423409723.3%46.8%37.8%10.0%18.2%1.5524.30.3130.351
Robert TonyanTE432904510.8%48.9%45.9%10.0%17.4%1.2611.30.2260.644
AJ DillonRB42100143.4%59.6%66.2%10.0%14.3%0.363.50.1740.714
Christian WatsonWR22240153.6%25.5%23.0%5.0%16.7%
Aaron JonesRB22200-5-1.2%31.9%40.5%5.0%13.3%1.33-2.50.067-4.000
Marcedes LewisTE11190143.4%23.4%43.2%2.5%9.1%1.7314.00.0611.357
Romeo DoubsWR11180184.3%2.1%1.4%2.5%100.0%18.0018.00.0681.000
David BakhtiariOT100041.0%2.1%0.0%2.5%100.0%
Amari RodgersWR1000174.1%19.1%25.7%2.5%11.1%0.0017.00.0660.000
Tyler DavisTE000000.0%0.0%6.8%0.0%0.0%
Kylin HillRB000000.0%0.0%1.4%0.0%0.0%

Romeo Doubs? One catch, one snap, one pass route and a high ankle sprain that will sideline him for at least a month.

Aaron Jones? In a walking boot in the post-game presser after hurting HIS ankle in the second half.

Christian Watson? He returned and then left with what was thought to be a concussion but has practiced this week and is not in concussion protocol.

As if Aaron Rodgers’ demonstrative demeanor can take anymore weapons being off the field. He still has Allen Lazard (4-87-1, 10 targets, 96% routes) as the pass-catcher he can lean on. Boy is he going to need him. I’m not sure the cadre of unproven (Samari ToureAmari Rodgers) and dusty (Sammy Watkins) weapons can sustain even meager production the Packers have produced this season.

Since Matt LaFleur took over as head coach for the Packers in 2019, they’ve averaged a robust 2.67 points per drive in games Rodgers has started — the second-best mark in the NFL over those two seasons. In 2022? The Packers are the seventh-WORST team with 1.60 yards per drive. That’s in company with such offense stalwarts as the Texans and Panthers.

This offense has been atrocious. With injuries, it doesn’t figure to get much better.


Week 9 Green Bay Packers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Aaron Jones, Allen Lazard

Keep Them Rostered: Aaron Rodgers, Romeo DoubsAJ Dillon, Sammy Watkins (14 team), Samori Toure (14 team)

Dump ‘Em: Christian Watson


Houston Texans

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Phillip DorsettWR536907749.0%79.3%76.7%23.8%21.7%3.0015.40.7000.896
Chris MooreWR544311912.1%72.4%73.3%23.8%23.8%
O.J. HowardTE211401610.2%41.4%43.3%9.5%16.7%
Rex BurkheadRB2160138.3%31.0%21.7%9.5%22.2%0.676.50.2010.462
Brevin JordanTE2150159.6%69.0%63.3%9.5%10.0%
Tyron JohnsonWR1180-2-1.3%44.8%41.7%4.8%7.7%0.62-2.00.063-4.000
Jalen CampWR117074.5%17.2%25.0%4.8%20.0%1.407.00.1031.000
Teagan QuitorianoTE112121.3%13.8%30.0%4.8%25.0%0.502.00.0801.000
Jordan AkinsTE100095.7%34.5%26.7%4.8%10.0%
Troy HairstonFB100010.6%6.9%16.7%4.8%50.0%
Dameon PierceRB000000.0%55.2%78.3%0.0%0.0%
Dare OgunbowaleRB000000.0%0.0%1.7%0.0%0.0%

Unless you’re an absolute degenerate (or Colby Conway, noted Texans fan), you weren’t likely to have picked up any of the Texans’ pass-catching options once wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins were ruled out prior to their Thursday night tilt with the Eagles.

In a game-script that was honestly closer than expected, Davis Mills still only threw the ball 22 times. Naturally, that doesn’t lend itself to much passing volume unless it’s ultra-concentrated to one or two players.

I guess if we’re being technical, almost half of the targets went to two players: Phillip Dorsett and Chris Moore. Both had five targets and ran routes per dropback in the 72-80% range. Moore (4-43-1) even scored and Dorsett (3-69) led the team with 49% of air yards and a 15.4-yard aDOT.

I wrote too many words on the Texans here but one more note is tight end Brevin Jordan took a big leap in routes run from Week 8’s 46% to Week 9’s nice 69%. Jordan has a really nice athletic and receiving profile from his college days at Miami, so we can only hope this is something consistent as he was pretty useful for fantasy towards the end of last season and is now healthy.


Week 9 Houston Texans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Dameon Pierce

Keep Them Rostered: Brandin CooksRex Burkhead, Brevin Jordan (deep 12 & 14 team), Nico Collins (deep 12 & 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Indianapolis Colts

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Michael PittmanWR632204826.5%95.2%90.3%21.4%15.0%0.558.00.5070.458
Parris CampbellWR521506033.1%90.5%82.3%17.9%13.2%0.3912.00.5000.250
Jordan WilkinsRB54150-10-5.5%31.0%30.6%17.9%38.5%1.15-2.00.229-1.500
Deon JacksonRB32130105.5%47.6%62.9%10.7%15.0%0.653.30.1991.300
Jelani WoodsTE31204726.0%23.8%29.0%10.7%30.0%0.2015.70.3420.043
Alec PierceWR2123073.9%81.0%71.0%7.1%5.9%0.683.50.1343.286
Mo Alie-CoxTE22130116.1%45.2%54.8%7.1%10.5%0.685.50.1501.182
Phillip LindsayRB1000-3-1.7%9.5%14.5%3.6%25.0%0.00-3.00.0420.000
Kylen GransonTE1000116.1%38.1%41.9%3.6%6.3%0.0011.00.0960.000
Mike StrachanWR000000.0%11.9%19.4%0.0%0.0%
Keke CouteeWR000000.0%2.4%1.6%0.0%0.0%

The Colts are out here flipping light switches trying to get something to work and after the change to Sam Ehlinger at quarterback, which has been an abomination so far, the next light switch to flip was firing head coach Frank Reich this week and installing former Colts great Jeff Saturday as interim head coach. Perplexing.

As far as fantasy is concerned, it’s really hard to put any of these options in your fantasy lineup, and that includes Michael Pittman (3-22, six targets). Perhaps Saturday will go back to Matt Ryan at quarterback to safe a little face, but this team is a fantasy disaster right now and you can't trust any of them outside of Jonathan Taylor once he's healthy. Even THAT is a dicey proposition.


Week 9 Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Jonathan Taylor (when healthy)

Keep Them Rostered: Michael PittmanDeon Jackson (now the contingent back if Taylor is out), Alec Pierce

Dump ‘Em: Probably for the best to dump Parris Campbell in this severely depressed offensive environment.


Jacksonville Jaguars

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Christian KirkWR987615532.9%93.9%75.4%31.0%29.0%2.456.10.6961.382
Marvin JonesWR654806740.1%78.8%56.5%20.7%23.1%1.8511.20.5910.716
Zay JonesWR554002012.0%97.0%94.2%17.2%15.6%
Travis EtienneRB2217010.6%66.7%81.2%6.9%9.1%0.770.50.10817.000
Evan EngramTE218031.8%54.5%55.1%6.9%11.1%0.441.50.1162.667
Chris ManhertzTE217084.8%18.2%53.6%6.9%33.3%
Dan ArnoldTE11190127.2%24.2%34.8%3.4%12.5%2.3812.00.1021.583
Luke FarrellTE1115021.2%9.1%21.7%3.4%33.3%
JaMycal HastyRB1150-1-0.6%18.2%18.8%3.4%16.7%0.83-1.00.048-5.000
Tim JonesWR000000.0%0.0%2.9%0.0%0.0%
Snoop ConnerRB000000.0%0.0%1.4%0.0%0.0%
Jamal AgnewWR000000.0%0.0%1.4%0.0%0.0%

Over the last three weeks, Travis Etienne (81% snaps, 67% routes — ELITE) has absolutely taken over this backfield, necessitated the trade of James Robinson, put up three top-10 fantasy performances with four touchdowns, and three consecutive 100-yard performances to boot. That dawg in him, Etienne has. He’s an RB1 and one could argue a top-five option rest of season only behind (for me) Austin Ekeler, Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, and Saquon Barkley.

This offense condensed to Christian KirkMarvin Jones (5-48, six targets), and Zay Jones (5-40, five targets) as no Jaguars other pass-catcher notched more than two targets. Kirk’s 8-76-1 line on 94% of routes per dropback easily paced the team in all categories. Kirk has been a nice find for fantasy managers after a lot of the top receivers went off in drafts as he’s somehow WR10 despite not having a huge blowup game to his credit so far after nine weeks of the fantasy season. 


Week 9 Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Travis Etienne, Christian Kirk

Keep Them Rostered: Evan EngramTrevor Lawrence, Zay Jones (deeper 12 & 14 team), Marvin Jones (14 team), JaMycal Hasty (14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Kansas City Chiefs

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Travis KelceTE1710106011125.5%83.3%83.0%27.4%26.2%1.636.50.5900.955
JuJu Smith-SchusterWR12108807216.5%88.5%83.0%19.4%17.4%
Mecole HardmanWR967916013.8%57.7%54.0%14.5%20.0%1.766.70.3141.317
Jerick McKinnonRB8640040.9%64.1%62.0%12.9%16.0%0.800.50.20010.000
Justin WatsonWR523707116.3%25.6%26.0%8.1%25.0%1.8514.20.2350.521
Noah GrayTE33450398.9%34.6%40.0%4.8%11.1%1.6713.00.1351.154
Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB21140184.1%12.8%17.0%3.2%20.0%1.409.00.0770.778
Kadarius ToneyWR2212020.5%7.7%9.0%3.2%33.3%
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR11120122.8%71.8%71.0%1.6%1.8%0.2112.00.0431.000
Michael BurtonFB119051.1%1.3%5.0%1.6%100.0%
Isiah PachecoRB1140-6-1.4%17.9%22.0%1.6%7.1%0.29-6.00.015-0.667
Skyy MooreWR10004811.0%24.4%26.0%1.6%5.3%0.0048.00.1010.000

On the opposite side of the Titans avoiding passing the ball like the plague, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs passed the ball 68 times — the most pass attempts by an NFL team this season.

You can only imagine that there were huge target numbers across the board and there was, with four Chiefs players reaching eight or more and two (Travis Kelce and JuJu Smith-Schuster) cracking double-digits.

Kelce (10-106, 17 targets) and Smith-Schuster (10-88, 12 targets) both carried almost half of that huge volume for the Chiefs, but Mecole Hardman (6-79-1, nine targets, 58% routes) scored the lone passing-game touchdown. Hardman has scored in three consecutive weeks, but this is the first week he’s carried actual target volume en route to that score. His route percentages the last three weeks (45%, 57%, 58%) leave a little to be desired but Hardman is being used creatively. Beggars can’t be choosers with fantasy production, especially when it’s coming from the potent Chiefs offense, so Hardman is not in “must-start” territory by any means, but he’s startable.

Making his Chiefs debut, Kadarius Toney (2-12, two targets, 8% routes) caught the first pass of the night for the team and then caught one more to round out his night. He’s going to be a chess piece for the team but I’m honestly not sure how he works into this established rotation of pass-catchers. Especially with Hardman on such a good run right now as the “gadget” guy.


Week 9 Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Travis Kelce, Patrick MahomesJuJu Smith-Schuster

Keep Them Rostered: Marquez Valdes-ScantlingMecole Hardman, Clyde Edwards-HelaireKadarius Toney, Jerick McKinnon, Isiah Pacheco (deeper 12 & 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A




Las Vegas Raiders

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Davante AdamsWR1710146219454.6%100.0%94.9%47.2%43.6%3.7411.41.0910.753
Foster MoreauTE524206117.2%87.2%96.6%13.9%14.7%1.2412.20.3290.689
Hunter RenfrowWR43260308.5%84.6%74.6%11.1%12.1%0.797.50.2260.867
Mack HollinsWR421706518.3%84.6%84.7%11.1%12.1%0.5216.30.2950.262
Josh JacobsRB33200-5-1.4%48.7%69.5%8.3%15.8%1.05-1.70.115-4.000
Ameer AbdullahRB3180102.8%28.2%23.7%8.3%27.3%0.733.30.1450.800
Jakob JohnsonFB000000.0%10.3%22.0%0.0%0.0%
Keelan ColeWR000000.0%12.8%15.3%0.0%0.0%
Brandon BoldenRB000000.0%10.3%6.8%0.0%0.0%
Jesper HorstedTE000000.0%2.6%5.1%0.0%0.0%
Zamir WhiteRB000000.0%0.0%1.7%0.0%0.0%

Davante Adams is #good as he had a 9-146-2 line heading in halftime. He caught one more ball for zero yards in the second half in the ultimate tease. He could have had a record-setting day but of course, in typical Raiders fashion, they blew a 17-0 lead for the third time this season — this time to the Jaguars.

Adams’ 17 (!) targets easily led the team (I should hope so!) with only five other pass-catchers even earning a target. It wasn’t pretty. It never is with the Raiders.

Maybe Darren Waller can play an NFL game in 2022; wouldn’t that be something?


Week 9 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Keep Them Rostered: Hunter RenfrowDerek CarrMack Hollins (deep 12 team), Foster Moreau (should be rostered with Waller out, dropped when Waller returns)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Los Angeles Chargers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Joshua PalmerWR10810609639.8%97.8%91.3%23.3%22.7%2.419.60.6281.104
Austin EkelerRB97241-17-7.1%62.2%68.1%20.9%32.1%0.86-1.90.265-1.412
Gerald EverettTE853604016.6%80.0%68.1%18.6%22.2%
Michael BandyWR852604619.1%84.4%79.7%18.6%21.1%0.685.80.4130.565
DeAndre CarterWR655307129.5%86.7%82.6%14.0%15.4%1.3611.80.4160.746
Richard RodgersTE100010.4%11.1%21.7%2.3%20.0%
Sony MichelRB100041.7%11.1%15.9%2.3%20.0%
Tre' McKittyTE000000.0%22.2%34.8%0.0%0.0%
Isaiah SpillerRB000000.0%11.1%18.8%0.0%0.0%
Jason MooreWR000000.0%8.9%11.6%0.0%0.0%
Zander HorvathFB000000.0%2.2%4.3%0.0%0.0%

The Chargers were down a ton of their pass-catchers (Mike WilliamsKeenan Allen’s hamstring saga continuing) but they still make it work as Justin Herbert was able to feed some target volume to the receivers still there. Four Chargers had at least eight targets, including Josh Palmer’s team-leading 10 for an 8-106 line on 98% routes.

Austin Ekeler (7-24, nine targets, 62% routes) caught the lone touchdown for the Chargers but he caught a ton of short dump-offs to pad the stats here. The volume from most of these players sans Palmer was a bit hollow as they were predominately short and never really broke off for anything, which ended up keeping the score close in the end.

Another possible development was Isaiah Spiller (seven carries) flipping Sony Michel (one carry, one target) in workload. I’m not sure if it’s quite the huge deal quite yet but it’s interesting as the team gets Spiller more work and opportunity to see what they have, especially if something happens to Ekeler.


Week 9 Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Austin EkelerJustin HerbertMike Williams (when healthy), Keenan Allen (when healthy)

Keep Them Rostered: Gerald EverettJosh Palmer, DeAndre Carter (deeper 12 & 14 team), Isaiah Spiller (deeper 12 & 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Los Angeles Rams

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Cooper KuppWR9812716426.2%100.0%100.0%34.6%29.0%
Allen RobinsonWR532404217.2%90.3%89.5%19.2%17.9%0.868.40.4090.571
Van JeffersonWR500013454.9%51.6%35.1%19.2%31.3%0.0026.80.6730.000
Ben SkowronekWR200062.5%51.6%64.9%7.7%12.5%
Malcolm BrownRB11100-1-0.4%38.7%28.1%3.8%8.3%0.83-1.00.055-10.000
Brandon PowellWR1140-6-2.5%16.1%8.8%3.8%20.0%0.80-6.00.040-0.667
Tyler HigbeeTE100031.2%61.3%78.9%3.8%5.3%
Brycen HopkinsTE100020.8%22.6%24.6%3.8%14.3%
Darrell HendersonRB100000.0%35.5%49.1%3.8%9.1%
Cam AkersRB000000.0%12.9%19.3%0.0%0.0%

What a hilarious stat line from the Rams in this one, where it’s plainly obvious who the top target is (Cooper Kupp: still #good at football) as Kupp pulled in 127 of Matthew Stafford’s 165 total passing yards. That left a total of 38 passing yards for everybody else. Allen Robinson saw five of those targets for a 3-24 line. Van Jefferson saw FIVE catchless targets, but did see 134 air yards which is cool if you’re into that. Tyler Higbee saw one target and couldn’t catch it.

What a mess. The Rams are down bad.


Week 9 Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Cooper Kupp

Keep Them Rostered: Tyler HigbeeDarrell Henderson, Matthew Stafford

Dump ‘Em: When can you ever trust Allen Robinson? Unless you’re in a very deep league where you’re anchored to him out of lack of depth on the waiver wire, you’re cutting bait.


Miami Dolphins

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Tyreek HillWR87143111242.3%90.3%78.9%27.6%28.6%5.1114.00.7101.277
Jaylen WaddleWR7585111844.5%83.9%71.9%24.1%26.9%3.2716.90.6740.720
Trent SherfieldWR33270155.7%58.1%63.2%10.3%16.7%1.505.00.1951.800
Jeff WilsonRB3321172.6%41.9%49.1%10.3%23.1%1.622.30.1743.000
Cedrick WilsonWR2223062.3%19.4%22.8%6.9%33.3%3.833.00.1193.833
Mike GesickiTE213083.0%61.3%49.1%6.9%10.5%
Raheem MostertRB200020.8%38.7%47.4%6.9%16.7%
Durham SmytheTE2000-3-1.1%16.1%57.9%6.9%40.0%0.00-1.50.0960.000
Alec IngoldFB000000.0%25.8%49.1%0.0%0.0%
Hunter LongTE000000.0%0.0%10.5%0.0%0.0%

If there’s one thing you can set your watch to in fantasy, it’s the Miami Dolphins offense condensing at the top with Tyreek Hill (7-143-1, eight targets, 90% routes) and Jaylen Waddle (5-85-1, seven targets, 84% routes). Both receivers combined for 52% of the targets and 87% of the air yards in this one; both with touchdowns. These two have been the skeleton key to unlocking fantasy this season; separately for fantasy and together for this potent, efficient offense.

The other big story in this surprisingly back and forth game with the Bears is Jeff Wilson immediately turning the Dolphins’ backfield into a 50/50 split committee. Wilson and Raheem Mostert are both startable, but the upside from this offense being so potent is gone as it’s going to likely be cut in half. Both are former backs under Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel when he was offensive coordinator in San Francisco, so both are very familiar with the Shanahan offensive system.


Week 9 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Tyreek Hill, Jaylen WaddleTua Tagovailoa

Keep Them Rostered: Raheem MostertJeff WilsonMike Gesicki

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Minnesota Vikings

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Justin JeffersonWR137115117745.9%100.0%100.0%33.3%30.2%2.6713.60.8210.650
T.J. HockensonTE997005013.0%83.7%90.9%23.1%25.0%1.945.60.4371.400
Adam ThielenWR7367012031.1%93.0%93.9%17.9%17.5%1.6817.10.4870.558
Dalvin CookRB629151.3%65.1%86.4%15.4%21.4%0.320.80.2401.800
K.J. OsbornWR2000338.5%88.4%80.3%5.1%5.3%0.0016.50.1370.000
Johnny MundtTE111010.3%9.3%22.7%2.6%25.0%
Alexander MattisonRB110000.0%14.0%13.6%2.6%16.7%
C.J. HamFB000000.0%4.7%9.1%0.0%0.0%
Jalen ReagorWR000000.0%4.7%3.0%0.0%0.0%

The most interesting part of this game wasn’t the Justin Jefferson (7-115-1, 13 targets, 100% route participation and snaps) blowup game; although that was pretty great. It was T.J. Hockenson not missing a step in his first game after being traded to the Vikings. The narrative that a player “needs time to digest the playbook” apparently didn’t apply to Hockenson as he put up a 9-70 line on nine targets and a robust 84% of routes immediately.

I think it’s very bullish for somebody to step into that role immediately and Hockenson vaults into the top-five conversation of fantasy tight ends. I’m not going to see he’s going to put up nine catches every week, but the immediate rapport there with Jefferson stretching the field up top further strengthens this passing attack.


Week 9 Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Justin Jefferson, T.J. HockensonDalvin Cook, Adam Thielen

Keep Them Rostered: Kirk CousinsAlexander MattisonK.J. Osborn (deeper 12 & 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


New England Patriots

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Rhamondre StevensonRB731013018.3%70.6%73.0%23.3%29.2%0.424.30.4780.333
Jakobi MeyersWR654204024.4%91.2%81.0%20.0%19.4%1.356.70.4711.050
Hunter HenryTE445003722.6%64.7%66.7%13.3%18.2%
Jonnu SmithTE43210-16-9.8%38.2%54.0%13.3%30.8%1.62-4.00.132-1.313
Kendrick BourneWR4311031.8%88.2%76.2%13.3%13.3%0.370.80.2133.667
Tyquan ThorntonWR41506740.9%67.6%66.7%13.3%17.4%0.2216.80.4860.075
J.J. TaylorRB118031.8%20.6%27.0%3.3%14.3%
Nelson AgholorWR000000.0%32.4%33.3%0.0%0.0%
Lynn BowdenWR000000.0%11.8%22.2%0.0%0.0%

Patriots/Colts, the old rivalry from the AFC East decades ago (I just aged myself big time here), was a rather bleak affair, but at least the Patriots put up 26 points to make it not much of a game. New England only put up 203 total yards here, which you can just imagine how great that much have made the fantasy-relevant pieces here.

Rhamondre Stevenson (3-10, team-high seven targets) had the lone offensive touchdown on 70 total yards and 71% of routes without Damien HarrisJ.J. Taylor worked his way into some routes but it was Stevenson out there for the most part on 73% of snaps too. Four field goals and a defensive touchdown rounded out the scoring and… well, yeah. That was about it. Boring. Milquetoast.

Jakobi Meyers (5-42, six targets) ran routes on 91% of dropbacks and Kendrick Bourne (3-11, four targets) hit a season-high 88% of routes here as well.


Week 9 New England Patriots Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Jakobi Meyers, Rhamondre Stevenson

Keep Them Rostered: Damien Harris, DeVante Parker (when healthy), Hunter Henry (deeper 12 & 14 team), Tyquan Thornton (deeper 12 & 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


New Orleans Saints

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Chris OlaveWR967108543.8%97.1%100.0%32.1%26.5%
Marquez CallawayWR532405829.9%51.4%63.0%17.9%27.8%1.3311.60.4770.414
Alvin KamaraRB43320105.2%77.1%97.8%14.3%14.8%
Tre'Quan SmithWR432902311.9%62.9%78.3%14.3%18.2%1.325.80.2971.261
Juwan JohnsonTE22421115.7%82.9%82.6%7.1%6.9%1.455.50.1473.818
Kevin WhiteWR1110042.1%40.0%32.6%3.6%7.1%0.714.00.0682.500
Adam TrautmanTE118021.0%17.1%39.1%3.6%16.7%1.332.00.0614.000
Dwayne WashingtonRB117010.5%5.7%4.3%3.6%50.0%3.501.00.0577.000
Taysom HillTE100000.0%31.4%37.0%3.6%9.1%
Rashid ShaheedWR000000.0%8.6%10.9%0.0%0.0%
J.P. HoltzTE000000.0%0.0%4.3%0.0%0.0%
Jordan HowardRB000000.0%2.9%2.2%0.0%0.0%

Unless it was involving targeting Chris Olave (6-71, nine targets, 97% routes), Andy Dalton was #notgood on Monday night. It was primarily short passing with some of the intermediate shots to Olave. Only Marquez Callaway (3-24) had more than four targets amongst the Saints pass-catchers.

The injuries to Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry are really taking their toll on the bottom line as Alvin Kamara (62 total yards, three receptions) and Olave can’t do the heavy lifting themselves. Luckily, it’s looking like Landry might just be back for Week 10. It’s still early, but it’s a useful body that they desperately need.


Week 9 New Orleans Saints Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Alvin Kamara, Chris Olave

Keep Them Rostered: Jarvis LandryTaysom Hill (total wild card but totally startable in 12 team leagues if you’re not risk-averse), Andy Dalton (deeper 12 and 14 team), Mark Ingram (deeper 12 and 14 team), Juwan Johnson (deeper 12 and 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A




New York Giants

Bye in Week 9.


Week 9 New York Giants Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Saquon Barkley

Keep Them Rostered: Wan’Dale Robinson, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton (deep 12 & 14 team), Tanner Hudson (deep 12 and 14 team), 

Dump ‘Em: N/A


New York Jets

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Garrett WilsonWR989207249.3%96.6%91.7%37.5%32.1%
Denzel MimsWR411206745.9%86.2%83.3%16.7%16.0%0.4816.80.5710.179
C.J. UzomahTE3316042.7%34.5%53.3%12.5%30.0%1.601.30.2074.000
Tyler ConklinTE2170128.2%79.3%71.7%8.3%8.7%0.306.00.1830.583
Braxton BerriosWR2160-1-0.7%37.9%35.0%8.3%18.2%0.55-0.50.120-6.000
James RobinsonRB2251-9-6.2%31.0%40.0%8.3%22.2%0.56-4.50.082-0.556
Jeff SmithWR116064.1%6.9%11.7%4.2%50.0%
Michael CarterRB11100-5-3.4%41.4%51.7%4.2%8.3%0.83-5.00.039-2.000
Ty JohnsonRB000000.0%10.3%11.7%0.0%0.0%
Kenny YeboahTE000000.0%3.4%5.0%0.0%0.0%

The Jets beat the Buffalo Bills in a game where Zach Wilson threw only 25 times, for 154 yards, and one touchdown. No Jets receiver had more than 16 yards or four targets, except for Garrett Wilson.

Wilson (8-92, nine targets, 97% routes) was sublime as he’s been the only thing in this passing game that’s been working the last two weeks with top-16 fantasy performances in both weeks. Keep this going!

Elijah Moore is doing his best “early-season 2021 Brandon Aiyuk” impression as he went without a target on 48% of routes in Week 9. He and the Jets head into the bye week with news that Moore will be working in the slot for now, which elicits some hope, but Moore clearly has that doghouse in him.


Week 9 New York Jets Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Garrett Wilson

Keep Them Rostered: Michael CarterJames Robinson, Elijah MooreTyler Conklin (deeper 12 & 14 team

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Philadelphia Eagles

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Dallas GoedertTE9810018546.2%78.8%90.8%36.0%34.6%3.859.40.8631.176
A.J. BrownWR645915932.1%100.0%86.2%24.0%18.2%1.799.80.5841.000
Kenneth GainwellRB3316021.1%27.3%27.7%12.0%33.3%1.780.70.1888.000
Quez WatkinsWR22250116.0%60.6%53.8%8.0%10.0%
DeVonta SmithWR22220147.6%100.0%89.2%8.0%6.1%0.677.00.1731.571
Jack StollTE21130137.1%30.3%35.4%8.0%20.0%1.306.50.1691.000
Zach PascalWR118000.0%18.2%30.8%4.0%16.7%1.330.00.0600.000
Miles SandersRB000000.0%60.6%64.6%0.0%0.0%
Grant CalcaterraTE000000.0%0.0%10.8%0.0%0.0%
Boston ScottRB000000.0%6.1%7.7%0.0%0.0%
Britain CoveyWR000000.0%0.0%1.5%0.0%0.0%

The Eagles are who they are and they’re very, very consistent about it. It’s the main three of AJ BrownDeVonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert running the majority of pass routes and snaps. The rest fill in the gaps and while one might pop off in a given week, they’re not very relevant for fantasy purposes.

Brown (4-59-1, six targets) did catch a touchdown to cap off a solid week, but it was Goedert (8-110-1, nine targets, 79% routes) that did the most damage here. The fly in the ointment here is Smith (2-22, two targets, 100% route participation), who has a combined seven catches for 45 yards in his last two games since the Week 7 bye. Compared to Goedert and Brown, Smith seems like the “boom/bust” option of the trio, We know he can blow up; his Week 3 effort (8-169-1, 12 targets) proves that, but the Eagles haven’t been in many scenarios at all that necessitate an increased use of the pass game. The Eagles have only averaged 30 pass attempts a game (sixth-lowest in 2022) while averaging the second-most rush attempts per game. It’s an offense predicated on efficiency and while it’s been there, it’s going to need some volume for Smith to be a consistent weekly fantasy producer.


Week 9 Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: AJ Brown, Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith, Dallas GoedertMiles Sanders

Keep Them Rostered: Kenneth Gainwell (deep 12 & 14 team), Boston Scott (14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


San Francisco 49ers

Bye week in Week 9.


Week 9 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk

Keep Them Rostered: Elijah Mitchell (slots in as the main spell to CMC once he returns), Jimmy Garoppolo (deeper 12 & 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Seattle Seahawks

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Noah FantTE659603445.3%63.2%60.3%18.8%25.0%
DK MetcalfWR653713445.3%92.1%80.8%18.8%17.1%
Tyler LockettWR556712432.0%86.8%74.0%15.6%15.2%
Will DisslyTE4324045.3%36.8%58.9%12.5%28.6%1.711.00.2256.000
Kenneth WalkerRB43200-19-25.3%55.3%76.7%12.5%19.0%0.95-4.80.010-1.053
Travis HomerRB3325000.0%34.2%28.8%9.4%23.1%1.920.00.1410.000
Colby ParkinsonTE2260-5-6.7%23.7%39.7%6.3%22.2%0.67-2.50.047-1.200
Dee EskridgeWR200034.0%63.2%53.4%6.3%8.3%
Dareke YoungWR000000.0%7.9%19.2%0.0%0.0%
DeeJay DallasRB000000.0%2.6%2.7%0.0%0.0%
Penny HartWR000000.0%0.0%1.4%0.0%0.0%

Targets for the Seahawks were atypically flat across the board and spread out, but it was the main player who caught both touchdowns. DK Metcalf (5-37-1, six targets) and Tyler Lockett (5-67-1, five targets) both posted solid days and Noah Fant rose above his tight end committee with a 5-96 day, but if he’s going to be rostered in fantasy, he’s gotta get over the 63% routes hump. With Will Dissly (37%) and Colby Parkinson (24%) still hanging around, it cuts the upside off at the legs. 


Week 9 Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: DK Metcalf, Tyler LockettKenneth WalkerGeno Smith

Keep Them Rostered: Travis Homer (deep 12 & 14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Mike EvansWR1154007326.5%88.3%88.1%20.0%20.8%0.756.60.4860.548
Chris GodwinWR1073604315.6%96.7%91.7%18.2%17.2%0.624.30.3820.837
Scotty MillerWR875304516.4%51.7%41.7%14.5%25.8%1.715.60.3331.178
Leonard FournetteRB75410114.0%56.7%61.9%12.7%20.6%
Cade OttonTE656814014.5%88.3%84.5%10.9%11.3%
Julio JonesWR522806122.2%35.0%35.7%9.1%23.8%1.3312.20.2920.459
Rachaad WhiteRB3370-7-2.5%28.3%34.5%5.5%17.6%0.41-2.30.064-1.000
Ko KieftTE216062.2%6.7%20.2%3.6%50.0%1.503.00.0701.000
Breshad PerrimanWR211041.5%28.3%28.6%3.6%11.8%
Ke'Shawn VaughnRB1000-1-0.4%1.7%3.6%1.8%100.0%0.00-1.00.0250.000
Kyle RudolphTE000000.0%6.7%6.0%0.0%0.0%

With the matchup against the Rams, it was pretty disappointing considering how far both of these teams have fallen in just 10 months. Both are in depressed states right now and it continued that way for the Buccaneers as well.

No Buccaneer had over 68 yards receiving despite 58 pass attempts. Cade Otton (5-68-1, six targets, 88% routes) would have been worse had it not been for a long 28-yard gain on the game-winning drive. Lots of targets, quite a bit of raw receptions from most of the usual players like Chris Godwin (7-36, 10 targets), Mike Evans (5-40, 11 targets), and even Scotty Miller (7-53, eight targets) got involved with just 52% routes but a high targets per route run (26%).


Week 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Mike Evans, Chris GodwinLeonard Fournette

Keep Them Rostered: Tom Brady, Julio JonesRachaad White

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Tennessee Titans

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Chigoziem OkonkwoTE314801610.1%31.8%35.3%23.1%42.9%6.865.30.4173.000
Austin HooperTE323405232.7%59.1%60.8%23.1%23.1%2.6217.30.5750.654
Robert WoodsWR20002717.0%72.7%62.7%15.4%12.5%0.0013.50.3500.000
Hassan HaskinsRB1120-4-2.5%18.2%11.8%7.7%25.0%0.50-4.00.098-0.500
Chris ConleyWR10002616.4%13.6%17.6%7.7%33.3%0.0026.00.2300.000
Cody HollisterWR10001811.3%59.1%49.0%7.7%7.7%0.0018.00.1950.000
Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR10002817.6%90.9%78.4%7.7%5.0%0.0028.00.2390.000
Dontrell HilliardRB1000-4-2.5%27.3%31.4%7.7%16.7%0.00-4.00.0980.000
Derrick HenryRB000000.0%31.8%58.8%0.0%0.0%
Geoff SwaimTE000000.0%27.3%5.9%0.0%0.0%
Kevin RaderTE000000.0%4.5%23.5%0.0%0.0%

Derrick Henry is the entire offense. No WR caught a pass. Malik Willis probably shouldn’t be playing snaps on an NFL team right now, but you can say that about almost everybody else besides Henry, Robert Woods and potentially Dontrell Hilliard.

It’s gross out here, ESPECIALLY for fantasy.


Week 9 Tennessee Titans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Derrick Henry

Keep Them Rostered: Treylon Burks

Dump ‘Em: N/A

Washington Commanders

NamePos.TargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %TPRRYPRRaDOTWOPRRACR
Terry McLaurinWR955608439.6%100.0%100.0%34.6%27.3%1.709.30.7970.667
Curtis SamuelWR436515626.4%78.8%75.0%15.4%15.4%2.5014.00.4161.161
Antonio GibsonRB32110-2-0.9%54.5%57.8%11.5%16.7%0.61-0.70.166-5.500
Logan ThomasTE30004420.8%66.7%71.9%11.5%13.6%0.0014.70.3180.000
John BatesTE2150188.5%24.2%39.1%7.7%25.0%0.639.00.1750.278
Brian RobinsonRB22-60-7-3.3%33.3%43.8%7.7%18.2%-0.55-3.50.0920.857
Cam SimsWR1112094.2%54.5%43.8%3.8%5.6%0.679.00.0871.333
Dax MilneWR116141.9%12.1%15.6%3.8%25.0%1.504.00.0711.500
Dyami BrownWR100062.8%24.2%31.3%3.8%12.5%
Armani RogersTE000000.0%12.1%20.3%0.0%0.0%
Alex ArmahRB000000.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.0%

The Commanders were actually up 10 points in the fourth quarter before the Vikings pulled the game out with 13 answered points. For Washington, it was more of a “death by 1000 cuts” (which is apparently a theme this week?) rather than somebody taking over, as outside of Terry McLaurin’s (5-56, nine targets, 100% route participation and snaps) just okay game, Curtis Samuel (3-65-1, four targets, 79% routes) caught a touchdown and nobody other Commander had more than 12 receiving yards or two receptions.

Speaking of Samuel’s touchdown:

All and all, it’s a pedestrian passing game headed up by a backup quarterback who takes chances but the upside is never really there in most weeks.


Week 9 Washington Commanders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Terry McLaurin

Keep Them Rostered: Antonio GibsonBrian Robinson, Curtis Samuel, J.D. McKissic (deep 12 & 14 team when healthy), Taylor Heinicke (14-team or bye week fill-in), Logan Thomas (14 team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A

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