Targets are paramount when it comes to evaluating pass-catchers for fantasy football. There are no air yards, receiving yards, receptions, or touchdowns without first earning a target. And to earn a target, you need to be deemed “open” by the quarterback. It’s one big trickle-down effect. There’s a reason the biggest and most consistent target-earners are near the top of fantasy football ADP: They can be relied on by not just their team’s offense to earn targets and produce on those targets, but that also trickles down to the fantasy managers drafting those pass-catchers and starting them in their lineups each week.

In this season’s Fantasy Football Target Report, we’ll take a weekly team-by-team look into these target earners and separate the wheat from the chaff. To properly lead into what we’ll be looking at this season, we’ll have to establish a baseline of the most important things we’re looking at with targets and other receiving metrics that paint the full picture for who we should be rostering, who we should be adding, and who we can drop. Combing the box score stats doesn’t paint a clear picture of the players we should target, roster, and start. Fantasy football rankings can only paint so much of the picture as well.


Everything we’ll be talking about here and this season in this season’s Fantasy Football Target Report will be some of the best statistics and metrics that correlate with fantasy football production. Think of targets as a page in a coloring book, just the outline yet to be colored. Coloring on that page adds context and flavor to that page. That’s what we’ll be doing with targets — adding more context than just some target totals and saying, “go add this player,” which doesn’t help anybody.

This season, we're adding a video component, so if you want to get some of the juiciest nuggets of the target report in video form, check out the Target Report Bulletpoints for the upcoming Week 10!




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


Passes caught by a pass-catcher

Rec. Yards

Yards gained from a completed pass by the pass-catcher.


Receiving touchdowns

Air Yards

 The distance between where the pass is thrown from a quarterback to where the intended receiver either catches or doesn’t catch the ball. Caught or not caught, the air yards are recorded regardless.

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’s percentage share of a team's air yards 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.

Yards per Target

Receiving yards a player gets on average per target. YPT is another intent-based metric but more predictive with the more targets a player receives.


Targets per route run (TPRR) is a metric that measures how often a receiver is targeted vs. the amount of routes they run. A higher TPRR means that the 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.

25%+ TPRRElite

17-18%Close to replacement level

Sub 17%Not fantasy relevant


aDOT is "average depth of target". It’s the average depth of all targets caught or incomplete by a targeted pass-catcher. Shows how a receiver is used in his team’s offense (vertical threat, short area target, etc.)


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


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


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, which rarely earns air yards.


Bye Weeks:

  • Week 5: CLE, LAC, SEA, TB
  • Week 6: GB, PIT
  • Week 7: CAR, CIN, DAL, HOU, NYJ, TEN
  • Week 9: DEN, DET, JAX, SF
  • Week 10: KC, LAR, MIA, PHI
  • Week 11: ATL, IND, NE, NO
  • Week 13: BAL, BUF, CHI, LV, MIN, NYG
  • Week 14: ARI, WAS


  • Always Start Your Studs: These are players you should be starting in all formats, regardless of matchup. Use your judgment in shallower leagues where startable players are plentiful.
  • Start ‘Em: Players that should be starting most weeks on your fantasy rosters.
  • Keep Them Rostered: Players that should be rostered in most formats but shouldn't be started unless you’re in a pinch or during bye weeks. Maybe they’re not startable due to various issues like a backup quarterback playing, a player coming back from injury, a contingent running back, or are just unproductive, consistent, or dependable at the moment. League size designations or other designations (bench stash, etc.) will be in parenthesis next to players for deeper leagues. Depending on your league, this is a general recommendation, so use your best judgment.
  • Example: Robert Woods (deeper 12 & 14-team), Royce Freeman (bench stash).
  • Add ‘Em: Players that warrant an add due to circumstances, productivity, or metrics that show they’re being utilized heavily in their offenses. These will usually have a format that they should be added in. 
  • Listing a player as “12-team leagues” assumes that player also be an addition in deeper 12-team and 14-team formats as well. 
  • 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.
  • Any player not listed in any of these categories for a particular team is assumed to not be rosterable in most fantasy formats.

All statistics below are listed in the following format:

  • WR/TE as:
    • (10-4-100-2) Targets - Receptions - Rec. Yds. - TD
  • RB as:
    • (18-75-1; 10-4-100-2) Rush Att. - Rush Yds. - TD; Targets - Receptions - Rec. Yds. - TD

NFL Target Report

Arizona Cardinals

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Marquise BrownWR842403673.5%96.9%96.1%40.0%3.025.8%4.50.771.1140.6673149
Rondale MooreWR2150-5-10.2%78.1%68.6%10.0%2.58.0%-
Zach PascalWR1000510.2%59.4%58.8%5.0%0.05.3%
Greg DortchWR1120-2-4.1%37.5%43.1%5.0%2.08.3%-
Trey McBrideTE532202857.1%62.5%68.6%25.0%4.425.0%
Geoff SwaimTE     0.0%37.5%49.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Elijah HigginsTE     0.0%34.4%29.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Keaontay IngramRB     0.0%31.3%39.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Tony JonesRB3250-13-26.5%46.9%43.1%15.0%1.720.0%-4.30.330.039-0.3851522

We’re starting out with the Cardinals, who put up a whopping 58 total yards against the Browns. This was Clayton Tune starting, and as long as Kyler Murray has no setbacks, he’s the starter against the Falcons at home. It’s tough to take anything tangible away from this game since the offense should run MUCH smoother with Murray back in the fold.

Marquise Brown (8-4-24; 36 air yards) led the Cardinals in all of the stats after his name. Trey McBride (5-3-22) was also there. We’ve got to move on.

Week 9 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Marquise Brown, Kyler Murray

Keep Them Rostered: Trey McBrideEmari Demercado (missed Week 9 - toe), James Conner (on IR), Michael Wilson (deeper 12 & 14-team), Rondale Moore (14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Atlanta Falcons

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Mack HollinsWR33360196.1%16.7%20.3%8.8%12.042.9%
KhaDarel HodgeWR6360013543.5%69.0%68.1%17.6%10.020.7%
Scott MillerWR     0.0%31.0%31.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Van JeffersonWR411406320.3%66.7%63.8%11.8%3.514.3%15.80.500.3190.2222844
Damiere ByrdWR20004514.5%28.6%27.5%5.9%0.016.7%
Kyle PittsTE545605417.4%66.7%56.5%14.7%11.217.9%
Jonnu SmithTE651001123.9%54.8%55.1%17.6%16.726.1%2.04.350.2928.3332338
MyCole PruittTE     0.0%7.1%42.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Tucker FiskTE     0.0%2.4%26.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Bijan RobinsonRB4280-8-2.6%57.1%60.9%11.8%2.016.7%-2.00.330.158-1.0002442
Tyler AllgeierRB32-90-7-2.3%23.8%34.8%8.8%-3.030.0%-2.3-0.900.1171.2861024
Cordarrelle PattersonRB1130-3-1.0%9.5%13.0%2.9%3.025.0%-3.00.750.037-1.00049

NFL public enemy #1, Arthur Smith, loves to make a mockery of our little game of fantasy football. Anyway, here’s almost six minutes of why the mustache-less Arthur Smith doesn’t want to give the ball to Bijan Robinson (11-51; 4-2-8) at the goal line:

Cool, cool. Tyler Allgeier (12-39-1; 3-2-(-9)) saw all three green-zone touches for the Falcons in their losing effort because of course he did.

There are so many other things wrong with this offense. Why did KhaDarel Hodge (6-3-60) tie for the team lead in targets with Jonnu Smith (6-5-100-1)? Why did Hodge get 135 air yards? Why did Smith also get more goal-line carries than Robinson did? Why can’t we free Kyle Pitts (5-4-56)?

Tune in next week for… more of the same.


Week 9 Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Bijan RobinsonDrake London (missed Week 9 - groin), Kyle Pitts

Keep Them Rostered: Jonnu Smith (deeper 12 & 14-team), Tyler Allgeier (14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Baltimore Ravens

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Rashod BatemanWR5328010844.4%60.5%56.6%16.1%5.621.7%
Odell BeckhamWR755615924.3%65.8%46.1%22.6%8.028.0%
Zay FlowersWR1111062.5%81.6%68.4%3.2%11.03.2%6.00.350.0661.8333152
Nelson AgholorWR1120-3-1.2%42.1%55.3%3.2%2.06.3%-
Devin DuvernayWR22100-3-1.2%15.8%21.1%6.5%5.033.3%-1.51.670.088-3.333616
Tylan WallaceWR     0.0%7.9%15.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Mark AndrewsTE1098006627.2%73.7%57.9%32.3%8.035.7%6.62.860.6741.2122844
Isaiah LikelyTE44420145.8%23.7%25.0%12.9%10.544.4%3.54.670.2343.000919
Charlie KolarTE     0.0%7.9%22.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Gus EdwardsRB     0.0%18.4%18.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Keaton MitchellRB11-40-4-1.6%7.9%18.4%3.2%-4.033.3%-4.0-1.330.0371.000314
Patrick RicardFB     0.0%13.2%30.3%0.0%0.00.0%

With the Ravens’ demolition of the Seahawks 37-3, the Ravens ran the most plays and ran for 298 yards as a team.

Keaton Mitchell’s (9-138-1; 1-1-(-4)) Week 9 started slow, as he got his first carry in the second quarter against the Seahawks, but he crushed in a hyper-efficient outing. Mitchell only saw 8% of routes, 17% of snaps, and 24% of the rush attempts, and the Ravens, in a blowout script, kept Justice Hill (13-40; 1-0-0) out there for 64% of snaps and 71% of routes per dropback. Most of Hill’s work was later in the game as they kept him in to soak up carries. It’s a three-way backfield now with Gus Edwards (5-52-2), Hill and Mitchell, but Mitchell can provide the juice and big play ability he showed this past Sunday; the Ravens can keep him off the field going forward.

Zay Flowers (1-1-11) was super quiet, considering he led the Ravens in routes. Odell Beckham (7-5-56-1) got a squeaky wheel touchdown from backup quarterback Tyler Huntley. Seattle has historically been pretty awful against the tight end position, so Mark Andrews (10-9-80) and even Isaiah Likely (4-4-42) were excellent and efficient as expected.

Week 9 Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, Zay Flowers

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Gus Edwards, Justice Hill (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Buffalo Bills

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Stefon DiggsWR7686121.1%93.2%94.8%22.6%12.317.1%
Gabe DavisWR20003619.8%90.9%93.1%6.5%0.05.0%
Trent SherfieldWR2190179.3%29.5%36.2%6.5%4.515.4%8.50.690.1620.5291321
Deonte HartyWR10005329.1%6.8%5.2%3.2%0.033.3%
Khalil ShakirWR445703619.8%75.0%70.7%12.9%14.312.1%9.01.730.3321.5833341
Dalton KincaidTE11108104223.1%97.7%89.7%35.5%7.425.6%3.81.880.6941.9294352
Quintin MorrisTE     0.0%2.3%3.4%0.0%0.00.0%
James CookRB44190-4-2.2%45.5%55.2%12.9%4.820.0%-1.00.950.178-4.7502032

With the Bills (17.3%) and Bengals passing the ball in almost all situations, that led to some pretty solid fantasy-friendly stat lines for both teams. Except Gabe Davis (2-0-0; 91% routes):

Stefon Diggs (7-6-86-1) is awesome. Dalton Kincaid (11-10-81) saw some fantastic volume opposite of Diggs, as he’s looking like the clear second target now in this offense. Running 75% of routes was Khalil Shakir (4-4-57), who has established himself as a semi-clear third pass-catcher here.

It’s hard to really dive into the running game for the Bills when the backs had just eight rushing attempts between James Cook (6-20; 4-4-19) and Latavius Murray (2-4; 1-1-6).

Week 9 Buffalo Bills Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Dalton Kincaid

Start ‘Em: James Cook

Keep Them Rostered: Gabe Davis, Khalil Shakir, Latavius Murray (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Carolina Panthers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Adam ThielenWR652902918.7%97.9%100.0%16.2%4.812.8%4.80.620.3741.0004771
DJ CharkWR3291149.0%54.2%57.7%8.1%3.011.5%4.70.350.1850.6432641
Jonathan MingoWR41503723.9%97.9%98.6%10.8%1.38.5%
Terrace MarshallWR1000-5-3.2%50.0%45.1%2.7%0.04.2%-
Hayden HurstTE425404327.7%41.7%33.8%10.8%13.520.0%10.82.700.3561.2562024
Tommy TrembleTE22120117.1%25.0%45.1%5.4%6.016.7%
Stephen SullivanTE542803120.0%27.1%19.7%13.5%5.638.5%
Miles SandersRB53220-1-0.6%22.9%25.4%13.5%4.445.5%-
Chuba HubbardRB6490-4-2.6%62.5%64.8%16.2%1.520.0%-0.70.300.225-2.2503046
Raheem BlackshearRB115000.0%12.5%9.9%2.7%5.016.7%0.00.830.0410.00067

There has to be some buyer’s remorse with the Panthers taking Bryce Young over C.J. Stroud, even this early. While I’m sure the Panthers fully believe in Young’s potential, it has to sting a bit that Stroud is having the degree of success he’s having in such a short time.

Adam Thielen (6-5-29) was a non-factor in a game where Colts slot man Kenny Moore brought home TWO pick-sixes for touchdowns. I reaped those benefits:

D.J. Chark (3-2-9-1) caught a short touchdown for the only score among the Panthers’ pass-catchers. The Panthers’ tight ends combined for 94 of Young’s 173 passing yards, but you’re not starting any of them since they all get 25-40% of routes weekly.

Chuba Hubbard (16-58; 6-4-9; 65% snaps) still had a significant workload disparity, with Miles Sanders (6-39; 5-3-22; 25% snaps) still the clear backup for now. Sanders probably makes this backfield closer to a 50/50 split when Sanders is healthy, but for now, Hubbard is the running back to roster in Carolina while you can stash Sanders.

Week 9 Carolina Panthers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Adam Thielen

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Chuba Hubbard, Miles Sanders, Jonathan Mingo (14-team), D.J. Chark (14-team), Bryce Young (14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Chicago Bears

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DJ MooreWR534409555.6%94.6%97.0%19.2%8.814.3%
Darnell MooneyWR658202615.2%91.9%86.6%23.1%13.717.6%4.32.410.4533.1543458
Tyler ScottWR2000127.0%56.8%58.2%7.7%0.09.5%
Velus JonesWR1000-3-1.8%18.9%14.9%3.8%0.014.3%-
Trent TaylorWR     0.0%5.4%7.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Cole KmetTE865524124.0%83.8%85.1%30.8%6.925.8%5.11.770.6291.3413157
Robert TonyanTE1111063.5%24.3%22.4%3.8%11.011.1%
Marcedes LewisTE     0.0%2.7%20.9%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Onta ForemanRB     0.0%29.7%58.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Roschon JohnsonRB1190-5-2.9%35.1%29.9%3.8%9.07.7%-5.00.690.037-1.8001320
Darrynton EvansRB22190-1-0.6%10.8%9.0%7.7%9.550.0%-0.54.750.111-19.00046
Khari BlasingameFB     0.0%5.4%10.4%0.0%0.00.0%

Front and center on the Andrew Cooper bingo card is never playing a tight end against the Saints’ Demario Davis and Tyrann Mathieu, both of whom typically lock down the opposing tight end and making fantasy managers wonder if they are even playing in the game in most instances. That was not the case in Week 9, as Cole Kmet (8-6-55-2) had an AWESOME first touchdown grab and then tacked on another while leading the Bears in everything but receiving yards.

DJ Moore (5-3-44) missed a touchdown that was knocked out of his hands and lost a fumble on a day that should have been much better. Darnell Mooney (6-5-82) had his most relevant game of the season, but that seems more like a blip on the radar than something he can build off of.

D’Onta Foreman (20-83) saw virtually all the run on 58% of snaps, but Roschon Johnson (2-6; 1-1-9) was a bit involved as he ran routes on 35% of Tyson Bagents dropbacks. Khalil Herbert may be in play for Week 10, which should muddy things up in this backfield if he does. How will touches be distributed? That’s the thought on everybody’s mind. Thanks to the short turnaround for Thursday Night’s game against the Carolina Panthers, Bagent is likely starting for one more week before giving way to Justin Fields.

Week 9 Chicago Bears Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: DJ Moore

Start ‘Em: Justin Fields (missed Week 6-9 - thumb)

Keep Them Rostered: D’Onta Foreman, Cole Kmet, Khalil Herbert (Missed Week 6-9 - ankle), Roschon Johnson (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Cincinnati Bengals

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Ja'Marr ChaseWR844106927.7%97.8%90.0%19.0%5.117.8%8.60.910.4800.5944563
Tee HigginsWR9811008333.3%93.5%82.9%21.4%12.220.9%9.22.560.5551.3254358
Tyler BoydWR535607128.5%89.1%84.3%11.9%11.212.2%14.21.370.3780.7894159
Trenton IrwinWR     0.0%19.6%20.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Andrei IosivasWR119083.2%6.5%10.0%2.4%9.033.3%
Irv SmithTE43261197.6%47.8%35.7%9.5%6.518.2%
Drew SampleTE43301-6-2.4%10.9%37.1%9.5%7.580.0%-
Mitchell WilcoxTE     0.0%0.0%14.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Tanner HudsonTE544502710.8%28.3%22.9%11.9%9.038.5%5.43.460.2541.6671316
Joe MixonRB65310-22-8.8%60.9%72.9%14.3%5.221.4%-
Trayveon WilliamsRB     0.0%8.7%18.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Chris EvansRB     0.0%8.7%7.1%0.0%0.00.0%

The Bengals are BACK.

+17.3% pass rate over expected, Joe Burrow mobile in the pocket, and a consolidated passing attack. Never mind that Ja'Marr Chase (8-4-41) is dealing with a back injury; we’ve been waiting for our passing kings to return, and we got it. Tee Higgins (9-8-110) led the way in all passing categories but the touchdowns as both went to the tight ends. The trio of Chase, Higgins, and Tyler Boyd (5-3-56) all saw at least 89%+ routes in typical Bengals fashion.

Joe Mixon (14-37-1; 6-5-31) was Joe Mixon and got a touchdown here and was third on the team in targets.

Week 9 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Ja'Marr Chase

Start ‘Em: Joe Burrow, Tee Higgins, Joe Mixon

Keep Them Rostered: Tyler Boyd

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Cleveland Browns

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Amari CooperWR55139110652.7%97.1%79.5%17.9%27.815.2%
Elijah MooreWR22140105.0%82.4%61.6%7.1%7.07.1%5.00.500.1421.4002845
Cedric TillmanWR1130-2-1.0%73.5%74.0%3.6%3.04.0%-
Marquise GoodwinWR20007637.8%17.6%11.0%7.1%0.033.3%
James ProcheWR     0.0%2.9%8.2%0.0%0.00.0%
David NjokuTE6426163.0%67.6%76.7%21.4%4.326.1%
Jordan AkinsTE3111084.0%20.6%26.0%10.7%3.742.9%2.71.570.1891.375719
Harrison BryantTE     0.0%8.8%32.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Jerome FordRB7533010.5%58.8%64.4%25.0%4.735.0%0.11.650.37833.0002047
Pierre StrongRB11-70-8-4.0%5.9%6.8%3.6%-7.050.0%-8.0-3.500.0260.87525
Kareem HuntRB100042.0%17.6%28.8%3.6%0.016.7%

It’s hard to average less than 3.0 yards per carry on a whopping 40 carries, but the Cleveland Browns did it in Week 9. Frankly, it didn’t matter as they shut out the Clayton Tune-led Cardinals 27-0. They could do what they wanted, including helmet doinks off an offensive lineman to get Amari Cooper (5-5-139-1) his touchdown. David Njoku (6-4-26-1) led the pass-catchers in targets and caught the other touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson. With Donovan Peoples-Jones in Detroit, Cedric Tillman (1-1-3; season-high 74% routes) saw those routes transfer to him, but just like DPJ, it didn’t translate into much production.

Jerome Ford (20-44; 7-5-33) had a strong 64% snap rate and led the Browns in carries, although he was pretty inefficient. It's the same with Kareem Hunt (14-38-1; 1-0-0), though he saw a short touchdown on the ground. That seems to be how this backfield should go most weeks, with Hunt getting the high-value touches in the green zone with sporadic usage while Ford leads the Browns in touches most weeks.

Week 9 Cleveland Browns Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Deshaun Watson, Amari Cooper, Jerome Ford

Keep Them Rostered: Kareem Hunt, David NjokuElijah Moore

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Dallas Cowboys

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
CeeDee LambWR1611192023455.7%96.2%93.3%36.4%12.031.4%14.63.760.9350.8215170
Brandin CooksWR2170245.7%86.8%77.3%4.5%3.54.3%
Michael GallupWR32190225.2%49.1%48.0%6.8%6.311.5%7.30.730.1390.8642636
Jalen TolbertWR534917217.1%43.4%41.3%11.4%9.821.7%
KaVontae TurpinWR115151.2%20.8%17.3%2.3%5.09.1%5.00.450.0421.0001113
Jake FergusonTE1079117517.9%88.7%89.3%22.7%9.121.3%7.51.940.4661.2134767
Luke SchoonmakerTE110000.0%13.2%16.0%2.3%0.014.3%
Sean McKeonTE     0.0%5.7%12.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Tony PollardRB53120-8-1.9%62.3%77.3%11.4%2.415.2%-1.60.360.157-1.5003358
Rico DowdleRB     0.0%22.6%18.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Hunter LuepkeRB1000-4-1.0%3.8%6.7%2.3%0.050.0%-

CeeDee Lamb (16-11-191) is HIM.

It always helps to be pushed in a game throughout by the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the weird game scripts the Cowboys have had seemingly every week. Jake Ferguson (10-7-91-1) has looked outstanding in his two games after Dallas’ Week 7 bye, with a 4-47-1 line last week and following it up with a volume week and another touchdown. Ferguson is looking more and more like the clear second target in this offense, as Brandin Cooks (2-1-7; 87% routes) has been sporadic when he’s been in the lineup with only one week with more than four targets all season. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jalen Tolbert (5-3-49-1; 43% routes) gets more of a look opposite of Lamb, as he produced this week with Cooks and Michael Gallup (3-2-19) being major disappointments.

Speaking of disappointment, Tony Pollard (12-51; 5-3-12). Look, I‘m still a card-carrying member of the “Cult of Pollard,” but watching Mike McCarthy call run plays where Pollard is just running into the center every play is nauseating. Pollard had a touchdown, but an illegal formation penalty nullified it.

We’re still starting Pollard and hoping some of the efficiency clears up. Being in a bunch of weird game scripts early in the season where the focus wasn’t on getting Pollard going doesn’t help, but we’re in a results-oriented game, and people will ding him for the game scripts. Perhaps unfairly. I’m still in; he’s getting a huge workload each week and isn’t in danger of losing that to anybody.

Week 9 Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: CeeDee Lamb

Start ‘Em: Tony Pollard, Dak Prescott, Jake Ferguson

Keep Them Rostered: Brandin Cooks

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Denver Broncos


Week 9 Denver Broncos Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Courtland Sutton, Javonte Williams

Keep Them Rostered: Jerry Jeudy, Russell Wilson (deeper 12 & 14-team), Jaleel McLaughlin (14-team), Samaje Perine (14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Detroit Lions


Week 9 Detroit Lions Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Sam LaPorta, Jahmyr Gibbs, David Montgomery (Missed Week 7/8 - rib)

Start ‘Em: Jared Goff

Keep Them Rostered: Jameson Williams (deeper 12 & 14-team; the fact that the Lions traded for Donovan Peoples-Jones doesn’t seem like the most ringing endorsement for Jamo here), Josh Reynolds (14-team), Craig Reynolds (14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Green Bay Packers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Christian WatsonWR213707543.1%80.6%77.8%8.0%18.58.0%37.51.480.4220.4932556
Romeo DoubsWR333603520.1%80.6%86.1%12.0%12.012.0%11.71.440.3211.0292562
Jayden ReedWR33190137.5%45.2%38.9%12.0%6.321.4%4.31.360.2321.4621428
Dontayvion WicksWR444903721.3%48.4%31.9%16.0%12.326.7%
Malik HeathWR1000179.8%3.2%9.7%4.0%0.0100.0%
Luke MusgraveTE435113117.8%80.6%83.3%16.0%12.816.0%
Tucker KraftTE     0.0%19.4%38.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Josiah DeguaraTE117052.9%16.1%18.1%4.0%7.020.0%5.01.400.0801.400513
Ben SimsTE     0.0%0.0%6.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Aaron JonesRB64260-31-17.8%51.6%56.9%24.0%4.337.5%-5.21.630.235-0.8391641
AJ DillonRB1130-8-4.6%41.9%40.3%4.0%3.07.7%-
Emanuel WilsonRB     0.0%3.2%11.1%0.0%0.00.0%

The Packers didn’t have to exert much effort to beat the Brett Rypien-led Los Angeles Rams 20-3. Jordan Love still isn’t great and isn’t keying on one or two specific targets each week, which isn’t ideal for fantasy. Christian Watson (2-1-37) has been a fantasy disaster as a third or fourth-round pick thanks to the offensive woes. Love keyed on Aaron Jones (20-73-1; 6-4-26) and Luke Musgrave (4-3-51-1) primarily in the passing game. Romeo Doubs (3-3-36) was just kind of there, and Dontayvion Wicks (4-4-49; 48% routes) ran more routes than Jayden Reed (3-3-19; 45% routes), who seems more like a specialized player in their offense than a full-time “featured” part right now. They apparently must like what Wicks offers them to gain a regular foothold in this offense. That made Samori Toure a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

With Jones (20-73-1; 6-4-26) “unleashed” for the Packers, he saw double-digit carries for the first time all season, and his routes jumped up to 52% — his highest since Week 1’s 53%. He’s a pretty safe start going forward now, where you don’t have to worry as much about the workload due to his previous hamstring injury. AJ Dillon (9-40; 1-1-3) looked as efficient in Week 9 as he has all season in his reduced role as the spell for Jones.

Week 9 Green Bay Packers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Aaron Jones

Keep Them Rostered: Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs (deeper 12 & 14-team), Luke Musgrave (deeper 12 & 14-team), AJ Dillon (14-team and weak contingent play)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Jayden Reed (team’s WR3/4 in a poor offensive environment running less than 50% of routes)


Houston Texans

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Nico CollinsWR535414811.5%80.9%79.2%13.2%10.813.2%9.61.420.2781.1253857
Noah BrownWR6615317518.0%74.5%72.2%15.8%25.517.1%12.54.370.3632.0403552
John MetchieWR1114041.0%17.0%15.3%2.6%14.012.5%4.01.750.0463.500811
Xavier HutchinsonWR     0.0%10.6%12.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Tank DellWR116114222253.4%87.2%84.7%28.9%10.426.8%20.22.780.8080.5144161
Dalton SchultzTE111013016816.3%80.9%79.2%28.9%11.828.9%6.23.420.5491.9123857
Eric SaubertTE     0.0%6.4%16.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Devin SingletaryRB2200-3-0.7%57.4%75.0%5.3%0.07.4%-
Mike BooneRB     0.0%34.0%26.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Andrew BeckFB225020.5%21.3%37.5%5.3%2.520.0%1.00.500.0822.5001027

Just a week after the Houston Texans galaxy-brained themselves into thinking they needed to run, run, and run some more to beat the 0-6 Carolina Panthers (and they didn’t), the Texans got back to their passing ways (+5.5% pass rate over expected) and C.J. Stroud engineered a game-winning touchdown drive in the final 46 seconds to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Stroud crushed with 470 yards and five touchdowns and that quarterback choice the Panthers made with Bryce Young is already looking rather dubious early on.

Two of those five touchdowns went to Tank Dell (11-6-114-2; 2-2), who tied for the target lead with Dalton Schultz (11-10-130-1). The Buccaneers aren’t super great against the tight end position, certainly weaker than against wide receivers, but clearly it didn’t matter. Noah Brown (6-6-153-1) and Nico Collins (5-3-54-1) only saw six and five targets respectively, but both caught a touchdown and Brown led the team in receiving yardage thanks to his 75-yard score in the third quarter. It will be interesting to see who the fourth man in this wide receiver group will be once Robert Woods is healthy, so I have some hesitancy in picking up Noah Brown based on this game.

With Dameon Pierce out, Devin Singletary (13-26; 2-2-0) had the backfield mostly to himself with 75% snaps, but averaged 2.0 yards per carry and didn’t really factor into anything as it was all about the passing game. We continue to be less than enthused about the Texans’ running backs.

Week 9 Houston Texans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Nico Collins, Tank Dell, C.J. Stroud

Keep Them Rostered: Dameon Pierce (missed Week 9 - ankle), Devin Singletary, Dalton Schultz, Robert Woods (missed Week 8/9 - foot)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Indianapolis Colts

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Michael PittmanWR886403855.1%92.9%88.5%36.4%8.030.8%4.82.460.9311.6842654
Josh DownsWR1110057.2%17.9%19.7%4.5%10.020.0%
Isaiah McKenzieWR321201623.2%60.7%44.3%13.6%4.017.6%5.30.710.3670.7501727
Juwann WinfreeWR     0.0%3.6%9.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Mo Alie-CoxTE     0.0%14.3%50.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Kylen GransonTE20001318.8%46.4%49.2%9.1%0.015.4%
Andrew OgletreeTE311901115.9%21.4%37.7%13.6%6.350.0%
Jonathan TaylorRB55221-14-20.3%75.0%73.8%22.7%4.423.8%-
Zack MossRB     0.0%10.7%21.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Trey SermonRB     0.0%0.0%4.9%0.0%0.00.0%

The Colts were pretty run-heavy in Week 9, and they weren’t exactly pushed too much by the Carolina Panthers here, as Gardner Minshew only threw for 127 yards and a touchdown. Michael Pittman (8-8-64) saw most of that passing-game workload, with Josh Downs (1-1-10; 18% routes) leaving the game after reaggravating his knee injury. There is nothing really new or actionable in this passing game, as the Colts love to use a bunch of tight ends and rotational wide receivers. Though if Downs cannot go in Week 10, Isaiah McKenzie (3-2-12; season-high 61% routes) gets some sleeper buzz in the slot for them in their upcoming game in Germany against the Patriots.

Jonathan Taylor (18-47; 5-5-22-1) saw his highest snap share of the season at 74% as his ramp-up should plateau out a bit here. In a leading script, the Colts were able to get Taylor and Zack Moss (7-26) a bit of work. Moss saw just a 21% snap share and figures to be more of the spell going forward with Taylor now stretched out. That said, if something happens to Taylor, Moss remains one of the better contingency backs in fantasy football.

Week 9 Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Michael Pittman, Jonathan Taylor

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Zack Moss (back to being a fringe starter/contingent play), Josh Downs (left Week 9 - knee), Gardner Minshew (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Jacksonville Jaguars


Week 9 Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Travis Etienne, Trevor Lawrence

Start ‘Em: Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk, Evan Engram

Keep Them Rostered: Zay Jones (missed Week 6-8 - knee)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Kansas City Chiefs

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Kadarius ToneyWR1118052.9%11.4%11.7%3.6%18.025.0%5.04.500.0743.60047
Skyy MooreWR323301911.1%28.6%25.0%10.7%11.030.0%6.33.300.2381.7371015
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR322205733.3%62.9%55.0%10.7%7.313.6%
Rashee RiceWR2217131.8%60.0%68.3%7.1%8.59.5%1.50.810.1195.6672141
Justin WatsonWR521507745.0%71.4%63.3%17.9%3.020.0%15.40.600.5830.1952538
Mecole HardmanWR33100-8-4.7%14.3%21.7%10.7%3.360.0%-
Travis KelceTE43140-3-1.8%80.0%76.7%14.3%3.514.3%-0.80.500.202-4.6672846
Noah GrayTE333402414.0%51.4%51.7%10.7%11.316.7%8.01.890.2591.4171831
Blake BellTE     0.0%14.3%26.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Isiah PachecoRB1000-5-2.9%54.3%68.3%3.6%0.05.3%-
Jerick McKinnonRB2222110.6%20.0%25.0%7.1%11.028.6%
La'Mical PerineRB100010.6%2.9%6.7%3.6%0.0100.0%

One day, we will see Rashee Rice (2-2-17-1; 60% routes) take the mantle as the top route-runner on this Chiefs’ team that needs consistency with their receiver room. Week 9 was not that week, as the Chiefs traveled to Germany and played a game with the Miami Dolphins that was a dud despite the hype as two of the top teams in the AFC.

No Chief besides Justin Watson (5-2-15; 71% routes) had over four targets. Eleven total Chiefs players earned targets in Week 9. Production (no Chief had over 34 yards receiving) and routes are spread so thin that it actually doesn’t matter. You’re always starting Patrick Mahomes. But besides Travis Kelce (4-3-14; 80% routes) and sometimes Rice, there’s no soul you can start as a pass-catcher and feel good about anything but minor production.

Isiah Pacheco (16-66; 1-0-0) was Isiah Pacheco seeing 68% of snaps and Jerick McKinnon (1-2; 2-2-22-1) got into the end zone with a touchdown reception. This backfield is pretty much the same every week.

Week 9 Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes

Start ‘Em: Isiah Pacheco

Keep Them Rostered: Rashee RiceJerick McKinnon (14-team) 

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Las Vegas Raiders

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Davante AdamsWR743407637.1%96.0%88.3%29.2%4.929.2%10.91.420.6970.4472453
Jakobi MeyersWR523804823.4%84.0%81.7%20.8%7.623.8%9.61.810.4760.7922149
Hunter RenfrowWR3232083.9%32.0%21.7%12.5%10.737.5%
Tre TuckerWR325207235.1%36.0%46.7%12.5%17.333.3%24.05.780.4330.722928
DeAndre CarterWR11150-4-2.0%16.0%15.0%4.2%15.025.0%-4.03.750.049-3.75049
DJ TurnerWR     0.0%0.0%5.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Austin HooperTE1110010.5%40.0%48.3%4.2%10.010.0%
Michael MayerTE2211000.0%60.0%88.3%8.3%5.513.3%0.00.730.1250.0001553
Jesper HorstedTE     0.0%4.0%1.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Josh JacobsRB     0.0%56.0%78.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Zamir WhiteRB     0.0%4.0%8.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Ameer AbdullahRB2217042.0%16.0%13.3%8.3%8.550.0%

Make it make sense.

The first week of the Antonio Pierce interim head coach regime was a resounding success as the post-firing first-game narrative was in full effect and didn’t disappoint. The Giants threw a ton of double coverage on Davante Adams (7-4-34), so he didn’t beat them, but everybody else did. Josh Jacobs (26-98-2) got a massive workload, and Jakobi Meyers (5-2-38; 1-17-1) tossed in a rushing score on top of a middling day in terms of volume.

Michael Mayer’s (2-2-11) routes slid from 82% in Week 8 to just 60% in Week 8. Hopefully, that’s a blip on the radar, but it’s worth noting that Austin Hooper’s (1-1-10) routes came back up from 29% to 40%.

Week 9 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs

Start ‘Em: Jakobi Meyers

Keep Them Rostered: Michael Mayer (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Los Angeles Chargers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Keenan AllenWR987706748.2%91.9%87.7%32.1%8.626.5%
Quentin JohnstonWR321405036.0%94.6%84.2%10.7%4.78.6%16.70.400.4130.2803548
Derius DavisWR1100-4-2.9%10.8%14.0%3.6%0.025.0%-
Simi FehokoWR     0.0%0.0%5.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Jalen GuytonWR20002417.3%73.0%57.9%7.1%0.07.4%
Gerald EverettTE22180-7-5.0%59.5%56.1%7.1%9.09.1%-3.50.820.072-2.5712232
Donald ParhamTE2000107.2%40.5%54.4%7.1%0.013.3%
Stone SmarttTE1000-1-0.7%13.5%14.0%3.6%0.020.0%-
Nick VannettTE     0.0%5.4%19.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Austin EkelerRB72230-4-2.9%59.5%66.7%25.0%3.331.8%-
Joshua KelleyRB114042.9%32.4%35.1%3.6%4.08.3%4.00.330.0741.0001220

Despite putting up 27 points on the Jets, Justin Herbert did #not have a day. He only completed 16 passes, and the Jets defense gave him a lot of fits, sacking him five times and pressuring him into some bad throws and a couple of drops by his receivers.

Keenan Allen (9-8-77) still had a solid day at the offense, while no other Charger caught more than two balls. It didn’t help that Quentin Johnston (3-2-14; 1-2; 95% routes) saw Sauce Gardner in front of him, so I think Johnston can be excused for his performance (or lack thereof). The only other player with more than three targets was Austin Ekeler (14-47-2; 7-2-23), who really consolidated most of the work in total with Allen, as all of the ancillary targets mixed in sparingly. Ekeler had both offensive touchdowns to add to the punt return touchdown by rookie Derius Davis

Week 9 Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Keenan Allen, Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Joshua Palmer (placed on IR - knee), Quentin Johnson (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Los Angeles Rams

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Cooper KuppWR7248013152.6%87.9%84.5%25.9%6.924.1%18.71.660.7570.3662949
Tutu AtwellWR741305923.7%78.8%67.2%25.9%1.926.9%8.40.500.5550.2202639
Puka NacuaWR733204116.5%87.9%81.0%25.9%4.624.1%
Ben SkowronekWR     0.0%9.1%25.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Demarcus RobinsonWR1115062.4%12.1%15.5%3.7%15.025.0%6.03.750.0722.50049
Austin TrammellWR116052.0%9.1%5.2%3.7%6.033.3%
Tyler HigbeeTE100041.6%75.8%91.4%3.7%0.04.0%
Brycen HopkinsTE     0.0%21.2%19.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Davis AllenTE     0.0%3.0%10.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Darrell HendersonRB2216020.8%51.5%58.6%7.4%8.011.8%1.00.940.1178.0001734
Royce FreemanRB100010.4%27.3%41.4%3.7%0.011.1%

I, for one, was shocked that Brett Rypien couldn’t rally these troops and put up more than a field goal on the similarly-hamstrung Packers offense. Rypien only put up 130 passing yards, and the offense couldn’t lean on the run game as the Packers caved in and dared Rypien to beat them. Rypien then proceeded to complete his second pass of the game with 4:20 left in the first half


Even with Cooper Kupp (7-2-48; 131 air yards) and Puka Nacua (7-3-32), Rypien couldn’t get into a rhythm. He was so bad that the team had to pick Carson Wentz out of the trash heap to be their backup for Matthew Stafford in case Stafford can’t go in Week 10 or later in the season.

It seems to be a week-to-week thing with the backs because Darrell Henderson’s (10-19; 2-2-16; 59% snaps, 52% routes) role was a bit greater than Royce Freeman’s (12-32; 1-0-0; 41% snaps, 27% routes) role, especially in terms of routes run.

Week 9 Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Cooper Kupp, Puca Nacua (both as long as Stafford is starting)

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Darrell Henderson, Royce Freeman, Matthew Stafford (missed Week 9 - thumb), Tyler Higbee (14-team), Tutu Atwell (14-team), Kyren Williams (on IR - ankle)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Miami Dolphins

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Tyreek HillWR1086207627.0%89.5%90.5%30.3%6.229.4%7.61.820.6440.8163457
Jaylen WaddleWR634209834.9%55.3%54.0%18.2%7.028.6%
Braxton BerriosWR     0.0%36.8%27.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Cedrick WilsonWR513118731.0%76.3%65.1%15.2%6.217.2%
Chase ClaypoolWR     0.0%13.2%22.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Durham SmytheTE3317041.4%65.8%84.1%9.1%5.712.0%1.30.680.1464.2502553
Julian HillTE     0.0%7.9%11.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Raheem MostertRB100010.4%31.6%55.6%3.0%0.08.3%
Jeff WilsonRB43320113.9%21.1%17.5%12.1%8.050.0%
Salvon AhmedRB328031.1%36.8%30.2%9.1%2.721.4%1.00.570.1442.6671419
Alec IngoldFB111010.4%21.1%42.9%3.0%1.012.5%

This was a weird game, but you could definitely see what the Chiefs were trying to do to contain Tyreek Hill (10-8-62; 90% routes). Hill had a solid game, but obviously not game-breaking. His day was a bit hampered by Jaylen Waddle (6-3-42; 55% routes) leaving for stretches with a knee injury. Cedrick Wilson (5-1-31-1; 76% routes) ended up getting the lone passing-game touchdown on the day and he saw more routes because of Waddle being in and out of the lineup.

Raheem Mostert (12-85-1; 1-0-0) was in his usual lead role and scored, but the fact that Jeff Wilson (2-6; 4-3-32) hasn’t gotten run in this offense over Salvon Ahmed (3-4; 3-2-8) should tell you what you need to know about the hierarchy of this backfield. And that’s without De’Von Achane, who could be back after this week’s bye and play in Week 11.

Week 9 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Tyreek Hill, Jaylen WaddleTua Tagovailoa

Start ‘Em: Raheem Mostert

Keep Them Rostered: De’Von Achane (on IR - knee), Jeff Wilson (14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Minnesota Vikings

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Jordan AddisonWR755207234.0%97.9%97.3%20.0%7.415.2%
K.J. OsbornWR22170157.1%23.4%26.7%5.7%8.518.2%7.51.550.1351.1331120
Trishton JacksonWR3120125.7%72.3%70.7%8.6%0.78.8%
Brandon PowellWR321512511.8%74.5%69.3%8.6%5.08.6%8.30.430.2110.6003552
N'Keal HarryWR     0.0%6.4%8.0%0.0%0.00.0%
T.J. HockensonTE1276907635.8%91.5%84.0%34.3%5.827.9%6.31.600.7650.9084363
Josh OliverTE2210-7-3.3%21.3%30.7%5.7%0.520.0%-
Johnny MundtTE1118000.0%6.4%8.0%2.9%18.033.3%
Alexander MattisonRB224912511.8%48.9%57.3%5.7%24.58.7%
Cam AkersRB33130-6-2.8%21.3%30.7%8.6%4.330.0%-2.01.300.109-2.1671023
C.J. HamFB     0.0%8.5%17.3%0.0%0.00.0%

Jaren Hall started this game at quarterback, suffered a concussion, was ruled out for the game, and then Joshua Dobbs — with all of a handful of days as a Viking — comes in to beat the Falcons. Take THAT, Disney (and Arthur Smith).

When combing through all of the available quarterback options last week that the Vikings could sign or acquire, hearing Dobbs’ name called as he was traded from Arizona to Minnesota was met with universal applause. The fantasy options would be (mostly) saved! Hall would get the start in Week 9 while Dobbs got up to speed, and then he would assume the job for the rest of the season.

Turns out all Dobbs needed to do was learn it all on the fly.

Dobbs finished as QB5 in Week 9, tossing two touchdowns and adding 66 rushing yards and a rushing score. Dobbs peppered T.J. Hockenson (12-7-69) and Jordan Addison (7-5-52) with 54% of the target volume and hit Brandon Powell (3-2-15-1) with the game-winning touchdown with 22 seconds remaining. Absent, for the most part, was K.J. Osborn (2-2-17; 23% routes), who suffered a concussion early on. In his absence, Trishton Jackson (3-1-2; 72% routes) took most of Osborn’s routes.

Cam Akers (8-25; 3-3-13) suffered another Achilles’ tear (on the other foot from the previous one), so he’ll be out for the season. That puts Ty Chandler back in the sidecar for Alexander Mattison’s (16-44; 2-2-49-1) lead role.

Also of note: Justin Jefferson’s return from IR window opened up this week, but head coach Kevin O’Connell said it was pretty unlikely we’d see Jefferson this week.

Week 9 Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: T.J. Hockenson

Start ‘Em: Jordan Addison

Keep Them Rostered: Alexander Mattison, K.J. Osborn, Joshua Dobbs (deeper 12 & 14-team), Justin Jefferson (on IR - hamstring)

Add ‘Em: Ty Chandler (contingent play once again with Akers done for 2023)

Dump ‘Em: Cam Akers (tore Achilles’ tendon, out for season)


New England Patriots

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
JuJu Smith-SchusterWR76510348.9%41.3%35.9%16.3%7.336.8%4.92.680.3071.5001923
Demario DouglasWR755504812.6%82.6%82.8%16.3%7.918.4%6.91.450.3321.1463853
Tyquan ThorntonWR41705514.4%21.7%18.8%9.3%1.840.0%13.80.700.2410.1271012
Jalen ReagorWR6111011831.0%67.4%76.6%14.0%1.819.4%19.70.350.4260.0933149
Hunter HenryTE743917218.9%84.8%87.5%16.3%5.617.9%
Mike GesickiTE1000287.3%87.0%85.9%2.3%0.02.5%
Pharaoh BrownTE     0.0%6.5%10.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Rhamondre StevensonRB64420215.5%60.9%62.5%14.0%7.021.4%3.51.500.2482.0002840
Ezekiel ElliottRB5315051.3%34.8%39.1%11.6%3.031.3%1.00.940.1843.0001625

In a game where the Commanders and Patriots tossed the ball around in the passing game, both teams didn’t really convert in the scoring department, as it was only a 20-17 final. Three Patriots led the way with seven targets, including a reemergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster (7-6-51; 41% routes) on minimal routes. Demario Douglas (7-5-55; 83% routes) led the way with 55 receiving yards and is the receiver to add moving forward for the Patriots vs. the others who just don’t run enough routes.

Rhamondre Stevenson (9-87-1; 6-4-42) hit paydirt for a 64-yard touchdown run, which made most of his day because, besides that, Stevenson was not great besides some receiving work. Ezekiel Elliott (6-17l 5-3-15) wasn’t really efficient either.

Week 9 New England Patriots Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Rhamondre Stevenson, Demario Douglas

Keep Them Rostered: Hunter Henry (deeper 12 & 14-team), Ezekiel Elliott (deeper 12 & 14-team), JuJu Smith-Schuster (deeper 12 & 14-team), Mike Gesicki (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


New Orleans Saints

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Chris OlaveWR864616451.2%83.3%71.4%25.0%5.826.7%8.01.530.7330.7193045
Michael ThomasWR100097.2%72.2%63.5%3.1%0.03.8%
Rashid ShaheedWR3322064.8%63.9%50.8%9.4%7.313.0%2.00.960.1743.6672332
A.T. PerryWR     0.0%22.2%25.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Lynn BowdenWR     0.0%13.9%22.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Juwan JohnsonTE552912016.0%69.4%74.6%15.6%5.820.0%
Foster MoreauTE11230108.0%25.0%49.2%3.1%23.011.1%10.02.560.1032.300931
Taysom HillTE54131129.6%36.1%46.0%15.6%2.638.5%
Alvin KamaraRB5444064.8%50.0%49.2%15.6%8.827.8%1.22.440.2687.3331831
Jamaal WilliamsRB326032.4%30.6%42.9%9.4%2.027.3%1.00.550.1572.0001127
Kendre MillerRB11310-5-4.0%13.9%9.5%3.1%31.020.0%-

Over the last six seasons, we’ve been through an odyssey with Taysom Hill (5-4-13-1; 11-52, TD pass). Is he a quarterback? Is he a running back? Tight end? He’s a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. We DO know that over the last four weeks, Hill has averaged 18 fantasy points per game as fantasy TE2, with just 1.4 fewer fantasy points than Travis Kelce. With EVERYBODY healthy in New Orleans, all tight ends, all running backs, it doesn’t matter. Taysom Hill still has a sizable role on this team, especially in the red zone. Everybody is pretty much the same after the elite fantasy tight end options; you’re hoping for a touchdown.

Hill saw his largest rush attempt share of his career, taking 42% of the team’s Week 9 carries against the Bears. In three of the last four weeks, Hill has at least five targets, and if he’s passing for a touchdown, getting 8-10 carries per game, and seeing a handful of targets, you’ve got to put him up as a mid-range TE1 in fantasy. We can revolt and say this is all fool’s gold as we have in previous seasons, but with a body of work that’s been pretty sustainable through multiple weeks and with every player healthy in New Orleans, we’ve got new information, and we must adjust.

It’s looking like Alvin Kamara (9-26; 5-4-44) is taking a slight step back in snaps, as he’s gone from 81% in Week 6 with a steady drop each week to a season-low 49% in Week 9. Jamaal Williams (3-6; 3-2-6) is getting more involved in his snaps, with them almost doubling from the last two weeks to 43%.

On the receiver side, Michael Thomas (1-0-0) had by far his worst game of 2023. Chris Olave (8-6-46-1) got into the end zone as the only Saint with over 31 receiving yards. Juwan Johnson (5-5-29-1) caught Hill's TD pass, proving he is still, indeed, alive.

Week 9 New Orleans Saints Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Chris Olave

Start ‘Em: Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, Taysom Hill (better starter where he’s TE eligible as well as a better start in half-PPR vs. full PPR)

Keep Them Rostered: Derek CarrRashid Shaheed (deeper 12 & 14-team), 

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


New York Giants

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Darius SlaytonWR745906622.9%90.5%81.0%25.9%8.418.4%9.41.550.5490.8943851
Isaiah HodginsWR1000134.5%45.2%47.6%3.7%0.05.3%
Jalin HyattWR5219015152.4%64.3%58.7%18.5%3.818.5%30.20.700.6450.1262737
Wan'Dale RobinsonWR54351289.7%52.4%54.0%18.5%7.022.7%5.61.590.3461.2502234
Sterling ShepardWR     0.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Daniel BellingerTE33430248.3%76.2%85.7%11.1%14.39.4%8.01.340.2251.7923254
Lawrence CagerTE     0.0%21.4%42.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Saquon BarkleyRB4323020.7%61.9%74.6%14.8%5.815.4%0.50.880.22711.5002647
Matt BreidaRB216041.4%33.3%28.6%7.4%3.014.3%2.00.430.1211.5001418
Deon JacksonRB     0.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.00.0%

The Giants are cursed. They lost the returning Daniel Jones to a torn ACL, and he’s out for the season. The Tommy DeVito reign of terror continues as the Giants did have him throw a little bit more, but he never really locked on to any one target and spread some of the target love around.

It’s hard to find optimism here in this offense; even for Saquon Barkley (16-90; 4-3-23). This offensive environment is putrid and definitely isn’t able to support any pass-catchers with regularity. That may trickle down to Barkley, who defenses know will get the ball almost every time. With Jones now out, just yikes for the rest of the season with this offense.

Week 9 New York Giants Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Saquon Barkley

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Wan’Dale Robinson (14-team), Jalin Hyatt (14-team), Darren Waller (placed on IR - hamstring)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Daniel Jones (out for season - torn ACL)


New York Jets

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Garrett WilsonWR13780016546.1%98.3%97.5%27.1%6.222.8%12.71.400.7290.4855779
Allen LazardWR621805615.6%87.9%88.9%12.5%3.011.8%9.30.350.2970.3215172
Xavier GipsonWR22320267.3%62.1%58.0%4.2%16.05.6%13.00.890.1131.2313647
Irvin CharlesWR     0.0%5.2%4.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Malik TaylorWR21704612.8%24.1%22.2%4.2%3.514.3%23.00.500.1520.1521418
Tyler ConklinTE666604813.4%65.5%61.7%12.5%11.015.8%8.01.740.2811.3753850
C.J. UzomahTE52110308.4%29.3%34.6%10.4%2.229.4%6.00.650.2150.3671728
Jeremy RuckertTE117041.1%20.7%28.4%2.1%7.08.3%4.00.580.0391.7501223
Breece HallRB44100-13-3.6%43.1%60.5%8.3%2.516.0%-3.30.400.100-0.7692549
Dalvin CookRB211000.0%6.9%8.6%4.2%0.550.0%
Michael CarterRB66240-1-0.3%39.7%30.9%12.5%4.026.1%-
Nick BawdenFB1170-3-0.8%1.7%3.7%2.1%7.0100.0%-

Zach Wilson is terrible, and I’m not sure how the Jets can keep this charade going, wasting a solid roster and opportunistic defense with Wilson leading the charge. Head coaches and general managers hate being wrong and rarely admit it. It sure seems like Aaron Rodgers wants to try to come back this season off of his torn Achilles’, which is wild, but there’s no witch doctor in the world that can heal that injury quick enough to get Rodgers back on the field. However, 65% of Rodgers may still be better than Wilson.

Leading the way was Garrett Wilson (13-7-80), and at the very least, the quarterback Wilson knows to target the receiver Wilson as he has had four games of 12+ targets in his last five games. Tyler Conklin (6-6-66) had a mark of the devil game, and no other pass-catcher caught more than two balls besides Breece Hall (16-50; 4-4-10).

Week 9 New York Jets Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Garrell Wilson

Start ‘Em: Breece Hall

Keep Them Rostered: Tyler Conklin (14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Philadelphia Eagles

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
A.J. BrownWR9766110354.2%96.9%96.8%42.9%7.329.0%
DeVonta SmithWR335114322.6%100.0%93.5%14.3%17.09.4%14.31.590.3731.1863258
Olamide ZaccheausWR218084.2%46.9%41.9%9.5%4.013.3%4.00.530.1721.0001526
Julio JonesWR     0.0%37.5%30.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Dallas GoedertTE435002915.3%75.0%77.4%19.0%12.516.7%
Jack StollTE     0.0%21.9%43.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Albert OkwuegbunamTE     0.0%6.3%9.7%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Andre SwiftRB2231063.2%46.9%64.5%9.5%15.513.3%
Kenneth GainwellRB111010.5%43.8%37.1%4.8%1.07.1%
Rashaad PennyRB     0.0%0.0%3.2%0.0%0.00.0%

On the other side of the NFC East showdown with the Cowboys, Jalen Hurts didn’t need to do as much production-wise as far as passing volume. He only threw 23 passes but was pretty efficient, tossing touchdowns to A.J. Brown (9-7-66-1) and DeVonta Smith (3-3-51-1), plus taking a QB sneak for a score.

With Dallas Goedert (4-3-50; 75% routes) fracturing his forearm, that injury will narrow the target tree to Brown and Smith even more, which is great for their fantasy prospects as it raises both their floor and ceiling. I’m not very interested in any of the ancillary guys in this offense, like Julio Jones (untargeted; 38% routes) or Olamide Zaccheaus (2-1-8; 47% routes), who run routes but aren’t targeted enough to matter weekly. Even at tight end, Jack Stoll (untargeted; 22% routes) isn’t worth the pickup. Perhaps a glimmer of hope for Albert Okwuegbunam’s (untargeted; 10% routes) future prospects?

D’Andre Swift (18-43; 2-2-31) has been a compiler lately with another performance under 4.0 yards per carry; perhaps that’s why Kenneth Gainwell (3-22-1; 1-1-1)is seeing slightly more work? He got the non-Hurts rushing touchdown in Week 9.

Week 9 Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Jalen HurtsA.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith

Start ‘Em: D’Andre Swift

Keep Them Rostered: Dallas Goedert (placed on IR - forearm)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Pittsburgh Steelers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Diontae JohnsonWR979017551.0%96.7%87.5%31.0%10.031.0%
George PickensWR52-102919.7%93.3%89.1%17.2%-0.217.9%5.8-0.040.397-0.0342857
Allen RobinsonWR211001610.9%76.7%71.9%6.9%5.08.7%8.00.430.1800.6252346
Calvin AustinWR10003523.8%20.0%26.6%3.4%0.016.7%
Miles BoykinWR116053.4%6.7%9.4%3.4%6.050.0%
Darnell WashingtonTE117021.4%33.3%48.4%3.4%7.010.0%2.00.700.0613.5001031
Rodney WilliamsTE     0.0%0.0%4.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Najee HarrisRB4270-10-6.8%50.0%59.4%13.8%1.826.7%-2.50.470.159-0.7001538
Jaylen WarrenRB33250-9-6.1%33.3%40.6%10.3%8.330.0%-3.02.500.112-2.7781026
Connor HeywardFB3216042.7%66.7%60.9%10.3%5.315.0%1.30.800.1744.0002039

Diontae Johnson (9-7-90-1) scored his first touchdown since Week 17 of 2021 to cap off a Steelers’ win on Thursday night. On the flip side, George Pickens (5-2-(-1)) didn’t drag his toe after catching a would-be touchdown, then scrubbed his social media, removing all Steelers references from his Instagram, and then putting out an Instagram story that said “free me.” A totally rational thing that any normal NFL player would do after a win that moved Pittsburgh to 5-3. Pickens has suffered a bit in the stat sheet since Johnson returned to the lineup, with 10 targets, but just three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown in his last two games. He may be just going through it, but Pickens may have a ways to go before being mentioned as a 1A or 1B in tandem with Johnson.

Stop me if you’ve heard me say this, but Jaylen Warren (11-88; 3-3-25) looked much better than Najee Harris (16-69-1; 4-2-7) as a much more dynamic runner in space. That said, Harris did crack the end zone and was much more efficient (4.3 yards per carry) than he has been in recent weeks, so both backs are certainly usable, and it’s not likely to be a “one over the other” thing unless injury strikes.

Week 9 Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Diontae Johnson

Start ‘Em: George Pickens

Keep Them Rostered: Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren, Kenny Pickett (deeper 12 & 14-team), Pat Freiermuth (on IR - hamstring)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


San Francisco 49ers


Week 9 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Christian McCaffrey, Brandon Aiyuk

Start ‘Em: Deebo Samuel (missed Week 7-8 - shoulder), George Kittle, Brock Purdy

Keep Them Rostered: Elijah Mitchell (purely a contingent play should something happen to CMC; 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Seattle Seahawks

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DK MetcalfWR415005226.5%88.2%85.7%16.0%12.513.3%13.01.670.4260.9623042
Tyler LockettWR833208241.8%94.1%89.8%32.0%4.025.0%
Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWR766304623.5%88.2%81.6%28.0%9.023.3%
Jake BoboWR     0.0%17.6%18.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Noah FantTE100010.5%41.2%53.1%4.0%0.07.1%
Will DisslyTE100084.1%8.8%22.4%4.0%0.033.3%
Colby ParkinsonTE116063.1%41.2%44.9%4.0%6.07.1%6.00.430.0811.0001422
Kenneth WalkerRB211010.5%41.2%49.0%8.0%0.514.3%
Zach CharbonnetRB115000.0%52.9%55.1%4.0%5.05.6%

Seattle was 100% shut down by the Baltimore Ravens 37-3, ran the fewest plays of any team in Week 9, and was stymied at every turn. It was still a game at halftime, but it got out of hand in the third quarter.

76% of the targets went to the trio of DK MetcalfTyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-NjigbaMetcalf (4-1-50) saw just a 50-yard catch, and Lockett (8-3-32) caught a few meaningless passes from Geno Smith. Smith-Njigba (7-6-63) produced in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. All three ran routes on at least 88% of Smith’s dropbacks.

Kenneth Walker (9-16; 2-1-1) and Zach Charbonnet (4-8; 1-1-5) split the workload again, with Charbonnet getting the more significant share, but we know Walker is dealing with a calf injury and now a chest injury heading into Week 10. 

Week 9 Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Keep Them Rostered: Geno Smith, Zach Charbonnet

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Mike EvansWR548708231.1%90.9%83.3%16.7%17.416.7%16.42.900.4671.0613055
Chris GodwinWR621604818.2%90.9%87.9%20.0%2.720.0%8.00.530.4270.3333058
Trey PalmerWR435105822.0%84.8%72.7%13.3%12.814.3%14.51.820.3540.8792848
Deven ThompkinsWR     0.0%6.1%13.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Rakim JarrettWR     0.0%9.1%12.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Cade OttonTE967027327.7%90.9%100.0%30.0%7.830.0%8.12.330.6440.9593066
Ko KieftTE     0.0%3.0%15.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Payne DurhamTE     0.0%6.1%15.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Rachaad WhiteRB4446062.3%75.8%80.3%13.3%11.516.0%1.51.840.2167.6672553
Chase EdmondsRB11-10-2-0.8%12.1%12.1%3.3%-1.025.0%-2.0-0.250.0450.50048
Ke'Shawn VaughnRB11-10-1-0.4%3.0%7.6%3.3%-1.0100.0%-1.0-1.000.0471.00015

Obviously, the Bucs took a backseat here to the Texans in terms of passing game prowess, but Baker Mayfield led a game-winning touchdown drive culminating in Cade Otton’s (9-6-70-2) second touchdown of the day with 46 seconds left. It’s just that C.J. Stroud is a maniac and drove the Texans down in 40 seconds to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Outside of Otton’s big day, it was a mediocre production effort from Mike Evans (5-4-87) and Chris Godwin (6-2-16) outside of one Evans 53-yard reception.

Rachaad White (20-73-2; 4-4-46) was solid on the ground and in the receiving game with two touchdowns, but it still came on 3.7 yards per carry. Efficiency (or lack thereof) has been the name of the game for White, and that makes him a low-end RB2 for fantasy. That said, it was nice not to see him be a near-zero in a game script that had both teams combine for 76 points.

Week 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Mike Evans

Start ‘Em: Chris Godwin

Keep Them Rostered: Rachaad WhiteCade Otton (deep 12 & 14-team), Trey Palmer (14-team), Baker Mayfield (14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Tennessee Titans

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DeAndre HopkinsWR11460015040.0%82.2%68.9%30.6%5.529.7%13.61.620.7380.4003751
Treylon BurksWR322306116.3%53.3%51.4%8.3%7.712.5%20.30.960.2390.3772438
Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR11230236.1%44.4%58.1%2.8%23.05.0%
Kyle PhilipsWR546807219.2%48.9%31.1%13.9%13.622.7%
Chris MooreWR212904411.7%35.6%41.9%5.6%14.512.5%22.01.810.1650.6591631
Chigoziem OkonkwoTE43280349.1%82.2%73.0%11.1%7.010.8%8.50.760.2300.8243754
Trevon WescoTE     0.0%11.1%52.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Josh WhyleTE     0.0%2.2%5.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Kevin RaderTE     0.0%2.2%8.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Derrick HenryRB43270-9-2.4%26.7%48.6%11.1%6.833.3%-
Tyjae SpearsRB644000.0%64.4%59.5%16.7%0.720.7%

The Tennessee Titans have done the best thing they could do in naming Will Levis the starting quarterback even when Ryan Tannehill is healthy, especially for fantasy managers. DeAndre Hopkins (11-4-60) gets his fantasy floor — even if the efficiency didn’t come along for the ride this week — raised even more so with a more competent downfield passer in Levis with his 10.1-yard aDOT in Week 9 and Levis’ maneuverability in the pocket to break out upon pressure and allow for some off-script passing.

It even led Kyle Philips (5-4-68; 49% routes) to a relevant day, though nobody would have started him. Treylon Burks (3-2-23) took a nasty hit and was diagnosed with a concussion late in the fourth quarter. 

Tyjae Spears (5-18; 6-4-4) continues to out-snap Derrick Henry (17-75-1; 3-3-27), but Henry gets his weekly 15+ carries. Spears is still a low-end flex play with contingent value. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Week 9 Tennessee Titans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: DeAndre HopkinsDerrick Henry

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Will Levis (deeper 12 & 14-team), Tyjae Spears (deeper 12 & 14-team), Chigoziem Okonkwo (deeper 12 & 14-team), Treylon Burks (left Week 9 - concussion; 14-team)

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Dump ‘Em: N/A


Washington Commanders

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Terry McLaurinWR757306416.8%84.6%85.9%15.9%10.415.9%9.11.660.3571.1414467
Jahan DotsonWR8469111530.3%78.8%75.6%18.2%8.619.5%14.41.680.4850.6004159
Dyami BrownWR423307720.3%26.9%28.2%9.1%8.328.6%19.32.360.2780.4291422
Byron PringleWR435505514.5%28.8%23.1%9.1%13.826.7%13.83.670.2381.0001518
Jamison CrowderWR642304010.5%46.2%48.7%13.6%3.825.0%6.70.960.2780.5752438
Logan ThomasTE64310205.3%84.6%73.1%13.6%5.213.6%3.30.700.2411.5504457
John BatesTE21-50143.7%30.8%47.4%4.5%-2.512.5%7.0-0.310.094-0.3571637
Cole TurnerTE     0.0%5.8%5.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Brian RobinsonRB214051.3%34.6%56.4%4.5%2.011.1%
Antonio GibsonRB55420-10-2.6%42.3%43.6%11.4%8.422.7%-2.01.910.152-4.2002234
Alex ArmahFB     0.0%3.8%12.8%0.0%0.00.0%

The Commanders love to pass, and in this fake shootout where lots of passing happened but not so much in the scoring department, the ever-present volume was there. Four Commanders saw six or more targets, including Terry McLaurin (7-5-73), Logan Thomas (6-4-31) and Jamison Crowder (6-4-23; 45% routes), who saw more work in the slot without Curtis Samuel in Week 

Two straight weeks with a touchdown and stacking some solid performances together is what Jahan Dotson (8-4-69-1; 79% routes) sorely needed. He has at least eight targets in the last three games. 

The usual workload split with the Commanders continued in Week 9, as Brian Robinson (18-63-1; 2-1-4) took most of the carries, and Antonio Gibson (6-34; 5-5-42) runs the routes and saw solid receiving work.

Week 9 Washington Commanders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Terry McLaurin

Keep Them Rostered: Jahan Dotson, Brian RobinsonSam Howell, Logan Thomas, Antonio Gibson (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


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