Now that we’re into the nitty-gritty weeks here, Target Report will take a bigger shift toward player-focused takes to help you better with starts, sits, and who you can trust in your lineups going forward into the fantasy football playoffs and to a fantasy championship!

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 significant 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 complete 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 discuss here and this season in the 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 18!




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.


Any player not listed for a particular team is not somebody who’s rostered in most fantasy formats. The listing at the end (QB1, RB2, etc.) is how they should be viewed for the rest of the season, not for the next week.)

All statistics below are listed in the following format:

  • QB as:
    • (20-of-30, 212 yds., 1/1; 4-100-2) 
    • Pass Completions - Pass Att. - Pass Yds., TD/Int; Rush Att - Rush Yds. - TD
  • RB as:
    • (18-75-1; 10-4-100-2) 
    • Rush Att. - Rush Yds. - TD; Targets - Receptions - Rec. Yds. - TD
  • WR/TE as:
    • (10-4-100-2)
    • Targets - Receptions - Rec. Yds. - TD

NFL Target Report

Arizona Cardinals

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Rondale MooreWR43230107.0%74.3%65.8%12.9%5.815.4%2.50.880.2422.3002650
Zach PascalWR     0.0%17.1%22.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Michael WilsonWR643515135.7%94.3%85.5%19.4%5.818.2%
Greg DortchWR778204531.5%85.7%81.6%22.6%11.723.3%6.42.730.5591.8223062
Trey McBrideTE7648085.6%94.3%88.2%22.6%6.921.2%1.11.450.3786.0003367
Elijah HigginsTE222101611.2%25.7%36.8%6.5%10.522.2%8.02.330.1751.313928
Travis VokolekTE     0.0%11.4%25.0%0.0%0.00.0%
James ConnerRB115153.5%51.4%65.8%3.2%5.05.6%
Emari DemercadoRB319085.6%22.9%11.8%9.7%3.037.5%
Michael CarterRB116100.0%14.3%17.1%3.2%6.020.0%

Week 17 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Kyler Murray (25-of-31, 232 yds., 3/1; 5-24)
    • Murray had his best start of the season in Week 17, with a QB4 finish propelled by three touchdown passes and a pretty efficient day minus the interception. Murray gets the Seahawks in Week 18, so with the amount of quarterbacks resting this week, he vaults into the top half of fantasy starters.
      • QB1 this week
  • James Conner (26-128-1; 1-1-5-1)
    • Two straight RB4 finishes has Conner riding high on momentum heading into a good matchup with Seattle, where he’ll be an RB1 to close out this season.
      • Low-end RB1
  • Trey McBride (7-6-48)
    • While McBride hasn’t been the force in the past two weeks (TE21 and TE12) as he was in the previous few weeks before that, McBride is still a must-start option this week.
      • Must-start TE1


Atlanta Falcons

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Drake LondonWR10456011233.7%92.3%83.1%31.3%5.627.8%11.21.560.7050.5003649
Mack HollinsWR     0.0%20.5%28.8%0.0%0.00.0%
KhaDarel HodgeWR20003811.4%20.5%28.8%6.3%0.025.0%
Scott MillerWR     0.0%12.8%13.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Van JeffersonWR531904714.2%46.2%40.7%15.6%3.827.8%
Kyle PittsTE51507923.8%82.1%72.9%15.6%1.015.6%
Jonnu SmithTE40005616.9%76.9%78.0%12.5%0.013.3%
MyCole PruittTE11140144.2%7.7%23.7%3.1%14.033.3%14.04.670.0761.000314
Tucker FiskTE     0.0%2.6%33.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Bijan RobinsonRB43110-8-2.4%76.9%76.3%12.5%2.813.3%-2.00.370.171-1.3753045
Tyler AllgeierRB11751-6-1.8%10.3%18.6%3.1%75.025.0%-6.018.750.034-12.500411
Cordarrelle PattersonRB     0.0%12.8%13.6%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Bijan Robinson (15-75; 4-3-11)
    • Bijan is still a top-ten option this week, as you would think Arthur Smith may low-key be playing for his job to last one more season with the Falcons. They do get a tougher matchup vs. the Saints, but Robinson only needs one run to make his day, though the long runs have been hard to come by, with his highest rush of the season being only 38 yards.
      • Low-end RB1
  • Drake London (10-4-56)
    • London is hard to trust, no matter who is at quarterback for the Falcons. Even if he gets volume, the efficiency (or lack thereof) is something that doesn’t always come along for the ride.
      • Mid-range WR3
  • Kyle Pitts (5-1-5)
    • Pitts is so volatile you’re just hoping and praying he gets in the end zone or gets a long game and compiles the rest of the game. 
      • Mid-range TE2/high-end streamer


Baltimore Ravens

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Rashod BatemanWR645409337.1%88.5%71.9%27.3%9.026.1%15.52.350.6680.5812341
Odell BeckhamWR113303313.1%53.8%31.6%4.5%33.07.1%33.02.360.1601.0001418
Zay FlowersWR3310616124.3%53.8%56.1%13.6%35.321.4%20.37.570.3751.7381432
Nelson AgholorWR2218083.2%61.5%45.6%9.1%9.012.5%
Tylan WallaceWR     0.0%3.8%17.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Laquon TreadwellWR     0.0%3.8%8.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Isaiah LikelyTE324222811.2%80.8%63.2%13.6%14.014.3%
Charlie KolarTE11191197.6%23.1%49.1%4.5%19.016.7%
Gus EdwardsRB     0.0%23.1%54.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Justice HillRB5564131.2%53.8%35.1%22.7%12.835.7%0.64.570.34921.3331420
Melvin GordonRB     0.0%3.8%14.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Patrick RicardFB114162.4%11.5%52.6%4.5%4.033.3%6.01.330.0850.667330

Week 17 Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Takeaways:

Baltimore will be resting their starters in Week 18 with their first-round bye already clinched. Tyler Huntley was already named as this week's start, with others (Zay Flowers, Isaiah Likely, Gus Edwards, etc.) likely playing either very little or not at all.


Buffalo Bills

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Stefon DiggsWR7426010832.5%76.5%65.2%25.0%3.726.9%
Gabe DavisWR32210267.8%88.2%91.3%10.7%7.010.0%8.70.700.2160.8083063
Trent SherfieldWR3000298.7%20.6%27.5%10.7%0.042.9%
Deonte HartyWR     0.0%5.9%4.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Khalil ShakirWR44390288.4%76.5%79.7%14.3%9.815.4%7.01.500.2731.3932655
Dawson KnoxTE     0.0%32.4%43.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Dalton KincaidTE7487012938.9%79.4%55.1%25.0%12.425.9%
Quintin MorrisTE     0.0%5.9%10.1%0.0%0.00.0%
James CookRB31-4092.7%47.1%55.1%10.7%-1.318.8%3.0-0.250.180-0.4441638
Latavius MurrayRB100030.9%17.6%27.5%3.6%0.016.7%
Ty JohnsonRB     0.0%14.7%18.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Reggie GilliamFB     0.0%5.9%5.8%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Buffalo Bills Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Josh Allen (15-of-30, 169 yds., 0/1; 11-44-2)
    • We’re starting him no matter what.
      • Locked-in QB1
  • James Cook (16-48; 3-1-(-4))
    • With something to play for (the AFC East) and a huge role as of late, Cook is a top-six option at running back on a team that’s struggled mightily to pass the ball. Running the ball has been the one thing that’s worked in this offense over the last month.
      • Mid-range RB1
  • Stefon Diggs (7-4-26)
    • Diggs has been struggling lately, with just one week better than WR45 in the last six weeks. If you’ve made it this far with him in your lineup, you’re pretty much locked into starting him, but you don’t feel great about it.
      • High-end WR2
  • Dalton Kincaid (7-4-87)
    • Even with some of the fringe options getting bumped up in Week 18, Kincaid is still a hard tight end to trust this week, with just one week of double-digit fantasy points (last week) in his last five games.
      • Purely a streamer this week, incredibly difficult to trust

Carolina Panthers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Adam ThielenWR66380197.7%94.9%92.6%19.4%6.316.2%
DJ CharkWR6118013956.3%92.3%83.3%19.4%3.016.7%23.20.500.6840.1293645
Jonathan MingoWR3200187.3%100.0%98.1%9.7%0.07.7%
Ihmir Smith-MarsetteWR3312010.4%12.8%22.2%9.7%4.060.0%0.32.400.14812.000512
Ian ThomasTE1000239.3%7.7%11.1%3.2%0.033.3%
Tommy TrembleTE3160249.7%59.0%70.4%9.7%2.013.0%
Stephen SullivanTE2000187.3%30.8%22.2%6.5%0.016.7%
Miles SandersRB22120-2-0.8%23.1%25.9%6.5%6.022.2%-1.01.330.091-6.000914
Chuba HubbardRB5426072.8%38.5%70.4%16.1%5.233.3%1.41.730.2623.7141538
Raheem BlackshearRB     0.0%5.1%3.7%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Carolina Panthers Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Chuba Hubbard (11-45; 5-4-26)
    • A pure volume play, Hubbard has had the lead role in Carolina even with the return of Miles Sanders. But he’s on the worst team in football, so the game-script can get out of hand in a hurry. Still, he’s a solid bet to get some yardage with an outside chance of getting into the end zone.
      • Mid-range RB2
  • Adam Thielen (6-6-38)
    • Strictly a volume play, and the only receiver worth a damn in Carolina in fantasy. Which let’s face it: that’s a stretch.
      • Low-end WR3 in Week 18

Chicago Bears

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DJ MooreWR139159115359.5%92.1%81.1%43.3%12.237.1%11.84.541.0671.0393560
Equanimeous St. BrownWR     0.0%36.8%39.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Tyler ScottWR521506726.1%65.8%59.5%16.7%3.020.0%13.40.600.4320.2242544
Velus JonesWR     0.0%26.3%20.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Trent TaylorWR     0.0%34.2%36.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Collin JohnsonWR1111072.7%15.8%14.9%3.3%11.016.7%7.01.830.0691.571611
Cole KmetTE     0.0%10.5%17.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Robert TonyanTE434003915.2%78.9%66.2%13.3%10.013.3%9.81.330.3061.0263049
Marcedes LewisTE     0.0%2.6%39.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Khalil HerbertRB3250-11-4.3%34.2%50.0%10.0%1.723.1%-3.70.380.120-0.4551337
Roschon JohnsonRB33380-2-0.8%36.8%48.6%10.0%12.721.4%-0.72.710.145-19.0001436
Khari BlasingameFB100041.6%7.9%23.0%3.3%0.033.3%

Week 17 Chicago Bears Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Justin Fields (20-of-32, 268 yds., 1/0; 11-45-1)
    • Give it to Fields; he’s making Chicago’s decision about keeping him or drafting a quarterback in 2024 incredibly difficult. For fantasy purposes in Week 18, he gets an exploitable Packers' defense and even if the Packers have played better during the last few weeks, Fields is still a QB1.
      • High-end QB1
  • Khalil Herbert (18-124-1; 3-2-5)
    • Herbert has back-to-back 112+ rushing yard games with touchdowns in each game. He’s gotten 50% of snaps in the last two games with D’Onta Foreman a healthy scratch in both games. Fire up Herbert as an upside RB2 against the Packers in Week 18.
      • Mid-range RB2 with upside in a good matchup
  • DJ Moore (13-9-159-1)
    • Moore has the best quarterback he’s ever played with and Moore’s best statistical season by far has been this season. He’s a WR1 in the final regular game of 2023 despite the possible presence of Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander who comes off of a one-game suspension in Week 17.
      • Mid-range WR1


Cincinnati Bengals

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Ja'Marr ChaseWR734108133.8%86.7%73.0%22.6%5.917.9%
Tee HigginsWR211905522.9%46.7%40.5%6.5%9.59.5%27.50.900.2570.3452130
Tyler BoydWR222902811.7%80.0%68.9%6.5%14.55.6%14.00.810.1781.0363651
Trenton IrwinWR21402510.4%44.4%50.0%6.5%2.010.0%
Andrei IosivasWR     0.0%17.8%27.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Drew SampleTE43210187.5%33.3%71.6%12.9%5.326.7%4.51.400.2461.1671553
Mitchell WilcoxTE1000-4-1.7%13.3%25.7%3.2%0.016.7%-
Tanner HudsonTE733805121.3%62.2%45.9%22.6%5.425.0%7.31.360.4870.7452834
Joe MixonRB44221-4-1.7%33.3%60.8%12.9%5.526.7%-1.01.470.182-5.5001545
Trayveon WilliamsRB     0.0%17.8%13.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Chase BrownRB22230-10-4.2%8.9%14.9%6.5%11.550.0%-5.05.750.068-2.300411

Week 17 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Jake Browning (19-of-33, 197 yds., 1/0; 7-32-1)
    • Jake Browning has been QB8, QB4, and QB4 in the past three weeks before Week 16, but he came back down to earth after his game against the Steelers, where he had three interceptions. Browning bounced back in Week 17 with a QB8 performance thanks to some sneaky rushing upside. I like him as a fringe QB1 against the Browns, who likely play without some starters on defense.
      • Mid-range QB2/so-so streamer
  • Joe Mixon (21-65; 4-4-22-1)
    • Mixon is a volume-dependent RB2 with the hope he falls into the end zone.
      • Mid-range RB2
  • Ja'Marr Chase (7-3-41)
    • With Chase healthy, he’s a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 to close out this season.
      • High-end WR2
  • Tee Higgins (2-1-19)
    • The Chiefs may have shut down the upside of the Bengals’ passing attack, but if multiple high-end pieces are sitting for the Browns on defense, the Bengals could eat in a good matchup to close out the season. Fire up Higgins as a high-end WR3 who we know can get hot and go off at any moment.
      • High-end WR3


Cleveland Browns

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Elijah MooreWR656113821.2%63.3%53.3%20.7%10.231.6%
Cedric TillmanWR41803217.9%93.3%95.0%13.8%2.014.3%
David BellWR327095.0%73.3%58.3%10.3%2.313.6%3.00.320.1900.7782235
Marquise GoodwinWR     0.0%16.7%18.3%0.0%0.00.0%
David NjokuTE8613404726.3%73.3%81.7%27.6%16.836.4%
Jordan AkinsTE112802212.3%23.3%20.0%3.4%28.014.3%
Harrison BryantTE3214073.9%30.0%46.7%10.3%4.733.3%2.31.560.1832.000928
Jerome FordRB32572147.8%33.3%40.0%10.3%19.030.0%4.75.700.2104.0711024
Pierre StrongRB     0.0%30.0%23.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Kareem HuntRB1000105.6%23.3%36.7%3.4%0.014.3%

Week 17 Cleveland Browns Fantasy Takeaways

With Kevin Stefanski announcing the Browns are resting their starters like Jerome Ford, David Njoku, Amari Cooper, Joe Flacco, and others, the Browns are looking to the playoffs.

Dallas Cowboys

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
CeeDee LambWR1713227113434.4%97.6%95.4%45.9%13.442.5%7.95.680.9301.6944062
Brandin CooksWR8560117144.0%92.7%78.5%21.6%7.521.1%21.41.580.6320.3513851
Michael GallupWR     0.0%41.5%30.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Jalen TolbertWR119092.3%34.1%38.5%2.7%9.07.1%9.00.640.0571.0001425
KaVontae TurpinWR     0.0%0.0%1.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Jalen BrooksWR     0.0%0.0%3.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Jake FergusonTE643305714.7%87.8%89.2%16.2%5.516.7%9.50.920.3460.5793658
Luke SchoonmakerTE     0.0%4.9%26.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Peyton HendershotTE116061.5%19.5%27.7%2.7%6.012.5%6.00.750.0511.000818
Tony PollardRB3100164.1%65.9%84.6%8.1%0.011.1%
Deuce VaughnRB11100-4-1.0%4.9%12.3%2.7%10.050.0%-
Hunter LuepkeRB     0.0%2.4%12.3%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Dak Prescott (26-of-38, 345 yds., 2/1; 2-5)
    • Dallas can lock up the second seed in the NFC and in Week 18, gets the best matchup any fantasy quarterback can get: the Washington Commanders. Dak is the overall QB1 this week.
      • Fantasy QB1
  • Tony Pollard (16-49; 3-1-0)
    • Rounding out the 2023 season with a whimper, Pollard has just played compiler for the last couple of weeks. He’s an RB2 based on his role and volume, but you’re starting him in the hopes that he gets in the end zone.
      • Mid-range RB2 with a low floor
  • CeeDee Lamb (17-13-227-1; 1-5)
    • Stud.
      • Must-start WR1
  • Brandin Cooks (8-5-60-1)
    • Cooks is still a low-end flex, but the floor is pretty low. His value fluctuates based on the game script. It could be great here with the primo matchup vs. Washington.
      • Low-end WR3/high-end flex
  • Jake Ferguson (6-4-33)
    • Continue to start Ferguson with his matchup against Washington in Week 18, who haven’t stopped anybody in the passing game.
      • Low-end TE1


Denver Broncos

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Jerry JeudyWR635404420.1%63.9%47.8%20.0%9.026.1%7.32.350.4411.2272333
Brandon JohnsonWR642704219.2%91.7%84.1%20.0%4.518.2%7.00.820.4340.6433358
Lil'Jordan HumphreyWR426919041.1%55.6%65.2%13.3%17.320.0%22.53.450.4880.7672045
Phillip DorsettWR20005726.0%44.4%40.6%6.7%0.012.5%
Adam TrautmanTE219083.7%38.9%49.3%6.7%4.514.3%4.00.640.1261.1251434
Chris ManhertzTE     0.0%11.1%40.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Nate AdkinsTE     0.0%2.8%4.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Lucas KrullTE22140-3-1.4%50.0%33.3%6.7%7.011.1%-1.50.780.090-4.6671823
Javonte WilliamsRB33170-7-3.2%33.3%44.9%10.0%5.725.0%-2.31.420.128-2.4291231
Samaje PerineRB22160-1-0.5%22.2%24.6%6.7%8.025.0%-
Jaleel McLaughlinRB33180-11-5.0%22.2%27.5%10.0%6.037.5%-
Michael BurtonFB     0.0%16.7%20.3%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Denver Broncos Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Javonte Williams (15-41; 3-3-17)
    • Williams is a high-end RB3 on a middling offense mixing in with Samaje Perine and Jaleel McLaughlin and barely worth the start unless you’re up against it and have no better options.
      • High-end RB3 with little upside
  • Courtland Sutton (Missed Week 17 - concussion)
    • Sutton missed Week 17 with a concussion and is now on the fence for Week 18. With Russell Wilson benched for the rest of the season, there’s not much reason to go back to starting Sutton with Jarrett Stidham as quarterback in Week 18.
      • Low-end WR3


Detroit Lions

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Amon-Ra St. BrownWR869017533.5%100.0%100.0%25.8%11.322.9%9.42.570.6211.2003569
Jameson WilliamsWR326906428.6%48.6%63.8%9.7%23.017.6%
Kalif RaymondWR1111094.0%48.6%27.5%3.2%11.05.9%9.00.650.0771.2221719
Josh ReynoldsWR21130125.4%80.0%72.5%6.5%6.57.1%6.00.460.1341.0832850
Donovan Peoples-JonesWR     0.0%5.7%4.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Sam LaPortaTE1278407935.3%97.1%100.0%38.7%7.035.3%6.62.470.8281.0633469
James MitchellTE114010.4%11.4%27.5%3.2%4.025.0%
Jahmyr GibbsRB3100-8-3.6%71.4%62.3%9.7%0.012.0%-
David MontgomeryRB1000-8-3.6%28.6%39.1%3.2%0.010.0%-

Week 17 Detroit Lions Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Jared Goff (19-of-34, 271 yds., 1/2)
    • Head coach Dan Campbell has said he’s not resting his starters, so it’s business as usual for the Lions as they’re pretty much locked into the three-seed in the NFC playoffs. Fire up Goff as a low-end QB1 in a great matchup against the Vikings.
      • Low-end QB1
  • Jahmyr Gibbs (15-43; 3-1-0)
  • David Montgomery (14-65-1; 1-0-0)
    • This offense flows through the run, and the proverbial table is plenty full for Gibbs and Montgomery to both get their fill. Start both in Week 18 and continue to reap the benefits.
      • Both Gibbs and Montgomery are high-end RB2 options, and both have weekly RB1 upside
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown (8-6-90-1)
    • Stud. Must-start.
      • Solid WR1
  • Sam LaPorta (12-7-84)
    • The possible overall TE1 in redraft and current TE1 after 17 weeks is undoubtedly a must-start.
      • Must-start top-two TE


Green Bay Packers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Romeo DoubsWR632807821.8%85.3%75.7%17.6%4.720.7%13.00.970.4180.3592956
Jayden ReedWR8689214440.3%44.1%31.1%23.5%11.153.3%18.05.930.6350.6181523
Samori ToureWR11-60-6-1.7%14.7%12.2%2.9%-6.020.0%-6.0-1.200.0321.00059
Malik HeathWR21130236.4%52.9%62.2%5.9%6.511.1%11.50.720.1330.5651846
Bo MeltonWR96105111231.4%70.6%66.2%26.5%11.737.5%12.44.380.6170.9382449
Tucker KraftTE6648092.5%76.5%82.4%17.6%8.023.1%1.51.850.2825.3332661
Josiah DeguaraTE     0.0%2.9%14.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Ben SimsTE116020.6%29.4%55.4%2.9%6.010.0%2.00.600.0483.0001041
Aaron JonesRB11100-5-1.4%50.0%56.8%2.9%10.05.9%-5.00.590.034-2.0001742
AJ DillonRB     0.0%2.9%16.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Patrick TaylorRB     0.0%5.9%27.0%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Green Bay Packers Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Jordan Love (24-of-33, 256 yds., 3/0; 2-2-1)
    • Love has been a quality fantasy option and gets a must-win game on his plate against the Bears, where if the Packers win, they’re in. Love is stacking up good, solid games but not massive games. Still, that puts him in low-end QB1 territory.
      • High-end QB2/streamer
  • Aaron Jones (20-120; 1-1-10)
    • Jones has put together his best two games of the season back to back, so right now, you’ve got to be starting Jones if you roster him in Week 18.
      • Mid-range RB2
  • Christian Watson (Missed Week 17 - hamstring)
    • Watson has missed the last month with a hamstring injury. It will be very hard to trust him in lineups, even if he returns in Week 18. He practiced on Wednesday, which is a good sign for that potential return.
      • High-end WR3 when healthy
  • Romeo Doubs (6-3-28)
    • Doubs is too inconsistent to see starting treatment despite Watson being out of the lineup. He’s been touchdown-dependent but you can do better in the championship round.
      • Low-end WR3 and an inconsistent low-end flex
  • Jayden Reed (8-6-89-2; left Week 17 - chest/ribs)
    • Reed was on his way to his legacy game until he left the game with a rib injury, but the jury is still out if he returns for Week 18. If he does, he’s a WR2.
      • Mid-range WR2
  • Tucker Kraft (6-6-48)
    • Kraft has been excellent since entering the starting lineup and has played 90%+ snaps and routes for the Packers in the majority of games since Luke Musgrave went down. With four double-digit fantasy games in a row, Kraft is a high-end TE2 going into Lambeau with the playoffs on the line vs. the Bears.
      • High-end TE2

Houston Texans

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Robert WoodsWR445803019.6%76.5%63.9%12.9%14.515.4%
Nico CollinsWR878005032.7%70.6%62.3%25.8%10.033.3%6.33.330.6161.6002438
Noah BrownWR21801610.5%14.7%11.5%6.5%4.040.0%8.01.600.1700.50057
John MetchieWR31801610.5%55.9%60.7%9.7%2.715.8%5.30.420.2180.5001937
Xavier HutchinsonWR32802516.3%38.2%42.6%9.7%2.723.1%8.30.620.2600.3201326
Dalton SchultzTE421902315.0%70.6%78.7%12.9%4.816.7%5.80.790.2990.8262448
Brevin JordanTE22191-2-1.3%32.4%50.8%6.5%9.518.2%-1.01.730.088-9.5001131
Eric SaubertTE1120-3-2.0%14.7%29.5%3.2%2.020.0%-3.00.400.035-0.667518
Dameon PierceRB115042.6%8.8%19.7%3.2%5.033.3%4.01.670.0671.250312
Devin SingletaryRB3360-6-3.9%50.0%62.3%9.7%2.017.6%-2.00.350.118-1.0001738
Dare OgunbowaleRB     0.0%23.5%18.0%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Houston Texans Fantasy Takeaways:

  • C.J. Stroud (24-of-32, 213 yds., 1/0; 1-4)
    • With Stroud back, he took on more of a game-manager role as he didn’t put up gaudy stats but did what he had to against the Titans in their win. Now, he can put the Texans over the top and get them in the position they need to win and then root for the Titans on Sunday. Fire up Stroud as a QB1 option for the fantasy championships.
      • Top-8 fantasy QB when healthy
  • Devin Singletary (16-80; 3-3-6)
    • Singletary was back leading the backfield with 19 opportunities in Week 17 and now gets the Colts in a huge game that will help decide the AFC South if the Jaguars lose to the Titans on Sunday. Volume plus his overall solid efficiency land Singletary as a mid-range RB2 thanks to having Stroud back to keep defenses honest.
      • Mid-range RB2
  • Nico Collins (8-7-80; 1-7)
    • Collins was obviously a massive benefactor with C.J. Stroud returning, as the passing game got their footing on solid ground following Davis Mills and Case Keenum taking the reins in the previous weeks. Collins has blossomed into a star in the NFL and, for sure, in fantasy football circles, and his breakout 2023 can finish on a high note, making him a WR2 for Week 18. 
      • High-end WR2 when healthy
  • Noah Brown (2-1-8; left Week 17 - back/hip/knee)
    • Brown is all sorts of banged up for the Texans, as a hip issue is what led him out of Week 17’s game. I don’t think I could trust him even if he is active. If you have to play him, he would be a flex option and a low-end one at that.
      • Low-end flex play if he plays in Week 18
  • Dalton Schultz (4-2-19)
    • Schultz gets a bit of a bump with tight end falling by the wayside and not playing in Week 18, like Isaiah Likely, George Kittle, and David Njoku. Schultz is still a boom-or-bust option, but he runs 75-80% of routes in this Houston offense quarterbacked by C.J. Stroud, so that’s certainly worth something.
      • Low-end TE1/high-end TE streamer


Indianapolis Colts

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Michael PittmanWR754604125.6%96.0%89.3%35.0%6.629.2%5.91.920.7041.1222450
Alec PierceWR115813220.0%100.0%98.2%5.0%58.04.0%32.02.320.2151.8132555
Josh DownsWR225302515.6%52.0%62.5%10.0%26.515.4%
D.J. MontgomeryWR     0.0%0.0%7.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Mo Alie-CoxTE32180116.9%48.0%60.7%15.0%6.025.0%3.71.500.2731.6361234
Kylen GransonTE311304125.6%56.0%62.5%15.0%4.321.4%13.70.930.4040.3171435
Will MalloryTE1119095.6%24.0%16.1%5.0%19.016.7%
Jonathan TaylorRB1180-5-3.1%48.0%62.5%5.0%8.08.3%-5.00.670.053-1.6001235
Trey SermonRB229063.8%36.0%32.1%10.0%4.522.2%
Tyler GoodsonRB     0.0%4.0%5.4%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Jonathan Taylor (21-96-1; 1-1-8)
    • Taylor’s role is pretty solid, but he’s giving up snaps and some routes to Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodson. Still, fire up Taylor in a must-win game the Colts need if they want to put themselves in the best position to make the playoffs.
      • Set-and-forget RB1
  • Michael Pittman (7-5-46)
    • Pittman has been an awesome volume-based receiver that you can almost set your watch to, but he’s a bit banged up currently. We’re still starting Pittman as a mid-range WR2 because we know the volume will be there and Minshew has eyes for the huge boundary target in Pittman.
      • Mid-range WR2


Jacksonville Jaguars

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Calvin RidleyWR843906742.1%93.1%71.4%34.8%4.929.6%8.41.440.8170.5822745
Jamal AgnewWR225304025.2%24.1%14.3%8.7%26.528.6%20.07.570.3071.32579
Tim JonesWR1000138.2%55.2%61.9%4.3%0.06.3%
Parker WashingtonWR112021.3%55.2%39.7%4.3%2.06.3%
Elijah CooksWR     0.0%27.6%39.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Evan EngramTE666003119.5%100.0%68.3%26.1%10.020.7%
Luke FarrellTE117063.8%20.7%49.2%4.3%7.016.7%
Brenton StrangeTE211042.5%13.8%47.6%8.7%0.550.0%
Travis EtienneRB22160-4-2.5%62.1%61.9%8.7%8.011.1%-2.00.890.113-4.0001839
Tank BigsbyRB     0.0%6.9%27.0%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Ernest JohnsonRB     0.0%13.8%19.0%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Trevor Lawrence (Missed Week 17 - shoulder)
    • Lawrence has been practicing this week in preparation for their Week 18 game with the Titans. All the Jags need to do is win and they win the AFC South, so they’ll want all hands on deck. For fantasy, Lawrence is a low-end QB1 against the Titans’ pass-funnel defense.
      • Low-end QB1
  • Travis Etienne (16-102-2; 2-2-16)
    • Bouncing back from a tough stretch, Etienne’s Week 17 put him back in the high-end RB2/low-end RB1 conversation despite a tougher matchup looming against the Titans.
      • Low-end RB1/High-end RB2
  • Calvin Ridley (8-4-39)
    • The boom-or-bust season for Ridley continues, as we don’t know which Ridley we’ll get each week. Because of that, he’s a highly-volatile WR3; especially if Christian Kirk (whose practice window was activated this week) is active for Week 18. 
      • Volatile WR3 with WR1 upside 
  • Evan Engram (6-6-60)
    • Engram is an easy top-three TE for Week 18.
      • Mid-range TE1


Kansas City Chiefs

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR31304428.0%69.7%70.4%10.7%1.013.0%
Rashee RiceWR6512704428.0%87.9%77.8%21.4%21.220.7%7.34.380.5182.8862942
Richie JamesWR116053.2%27.3%22.2%3.6%6.011.1%5.00.670.0761.200912
Justyn RossWR     0.0%9.1%13.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Justin WatsonWR314104931.2%48.5%44.4%10.7%13.718.8%16.32.560.3790.8371624
Mecole HardmanWR     0.0%6.1%9.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Travis KelceTE43160148.9%78.8%81.5%14.3%4.015.4%3.50.620.2771.1432644
Noah GrayTE4317074.5%42.4%59.3%14.3%4.328.6%
Blake BellTE     0.0%6.1%20.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Isiah PachecoRB77351-6-3.8%81.8%92.6%25.0%5.025.9%-0.91.300.348-5.8332750
La'Mical PerineRB     0.0%9.1%7.4%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Takeaways:

The Chiefs and Andy Reid have already announced that Blaine Gabbert will be starting at quarterback for the Chiefs in Week 18. Reid usually rests multiple starters, so that means players like Isiah Pacheco and Travis Kelce could also miss most, if not all, of Week 18. The same goes for Rashee Rice.


Las Vegas Raiders

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Davante AdamsWR2113126222455.0%98.0%97.3%45.7%6.043.8%10.72.631.0700.5634873
Jakobi MeyersWR1065606917.0%93.9%94.7%21.7%5.621.7%
Hunter RenfrowWR     0.0%18.4%16.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Tre TuckerWR5236011027.0%79.6%69.3%10.9%7.212.8%22.00.920.3520.3273952
DeAndre CarterWR     0.0%2.0%2.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Austin HooperTE3328092.2%77.6%85.3%6.5%9.37.9%3.00.740.1133.1113864
Cole FotheringhamTE     0.0%2.0%2.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Zamir WhiteRB65350-7-1.7%36.7%57.3%13.0%5.833.3%-1.21.940.184-5.0001843
Ameer AbdullahRB1118020.5%46.9%40.0%2.2%18.04.3%2.00.780.0369.0002330
Brandon BoldenRB     0.0%0.0%2.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Jakob JohnsonFB     0.0%4.1%20.0%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Zamir White (20-71; 1-0-0)
    • White took the bellcow role as he’s averaged 68% of the snaps for the Raiders over the past three weeks and rewarded fantasy managers who took a chance on him with three fantasy top-16 finishes. If Jacobs makes Week 18, White becomes droppable, but Jacobs cannot go, White jumps back into the mid-range RB2 conversation. 
      • Mid-range RB2
  • Davante Adams (21-13-126-2)
    • Well, where has THIS Davante Adams been? He’s been dormant (relatively speaking) for a while, but this is what we in the biz call a “ceiling game”. We’ve been starting Adams regardless, so stay the course in Week 18.
      • High-end WR2
  • Jakobi Meyers (10-6-56)
    • Meyers is not immune to the passing game struggles this season for the Raiders, but he’s cemented himself as a low-end WR3 or flex option with a low floor.
      • Low-end WR3


Los Angeles Chargers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Quentin JohnstonWR632906723.9%89.7%90.8%16.2%4.817.1%11.20.830.4110.4333559
Derius DavisWR     0.0%10.3%20.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Keelan DossWR852506924.6%84.6%75.4%21.6%3.124.2%8.60.760.4970.3623349
Jalen GuytonWR     0.0%7.7%4.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Alex EricksonWR879806523.2%89.7%93.8%21.6%12.322.9%8.12.800.4871.5083561
Gerald EverettTE943104917.5%69.2%69.2%24.3%3.433.3%
Stone SmarttTE22230165.7%25.6%29.2%5.4%11.520.0%8.02.300.1211.4381019
Nick VannettTE     0.0%12.8%16.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Austin EkelerRB2140196.8%51.3%72.3%5.4%2.010.0%
Joshua KelleyRB     0.0%10.3%9.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Isaiah SpillerRB22100-5-1.8%20.5%18.5%5.4%5.025.0%-

Week 17 Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Austin Ekeler (13-46; 2-1-4)
    • Ekeler came back to looking a little closer to his normal self, but Ekeler still has disappointed his fantasy managers who spent a mid-first rounder on him. If you still have him on your championship roster, he’s probably more of an RB2.
      • High-end RB2 with reception-based upside


Los Angeles Rams

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Cooper KuppWR642714321.7%100.0%98.4%17.6%4.515.8%7.20.710.4170.6283861
Tutu AtwellWR     0.0%2.6%6.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Puka NacuaWR8511804522.7%100.0%98.4%23.5%14.821.1%
Ben SkowronekWR     0.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Demarcus RobinsonWR10692010955.1%97.4%91.9%29.4%9.227.0%10.92.490.8270.8443757
Austin TrammellWR     0.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Tyler HigbeeTE76620126.1%84.2%93.5%20.6%8.921.9%1.71.940.3515.1673258
Brycen HopkinsTE     0.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Davis AllenTE     0.0%5.3%6.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Kyren WilliamsRB22140-3-1.5%34.2%93.5%5.9%7.015.4%-
Ronnie RiversRB1140-8-4.0%5.3%6.5%2.9%4.050.0%-

Week 17 Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Takeaways:

The Rams have already announced that Carson Wentz will be the starting quarterback in Week 18 for Matthew Stafford, who will rest up for the playoffs. Head coach Sean McVay also announced that Kyren Williams and Cooper Kupp will sit as well for Week 18. Puka Nacua will play, as he’s 29 yards from the NFL rookie receiving record, but once he gets that, he will likely sit for the remainder of Week 18.

  • DeMarcus Robinson (10-6-92)
    • With Kupp and Nacua sitting for the majority of Week 18, Robinson should pace the Rams in targets in Week 18. It’s also possible he sits for a portion too, but that’s the Week 18 game; we just don’t know how the coaches will manage some of their players. I still feel pretty decent about starting Robinson against the 49ers.
      • Mid-range WR3


Miami Dolphins

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Tyreek HillWR12676011442.9%84.1%72.5%33.3%6.332.4%
Braxton BerriosWR2210010.4%50.0%43.5%5.6%5.09.1%0.50.450.08610.0002230
Cedrick WilsonWR422714818.0%88.6%85.5%11.1%6.810.3%12.00.690.2930.5633959
River CracraftWR100010.4%9.1%21.7%2.8%0.025.0%
Robbie ChosenWR1000238.6%27.3%18.8%2.8%0.08.3%
Chase ClaypoolWR10003011.3%9.1%14.5%2.8%0.025.0%
Durham SmytheTE335403814.3%70.5%73.9%8.3%18.09.7%12.71.740.2251.4213151
Julian HillTE119031.1%13.6%33.3%2.8%9.016.7%3.01.500.0503.000623
Jeff WilsonRB43130249.0%56.8%49.3%11.1%3.316.0%6.00.520.2300.5422534
De'Von AchaneRB54301-14-5.3%43.2%47.8%13.9%6.026.3%-2.81.580.171-2.1431933
Chris BrooksRB     0.0%0.0%7.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Alec IngoldFB21180-2-0.8%20.5%31.9%5.6%9.022.2%-

Week 17 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Takeaways: 

  • Tua Tagovailoa (22-of-38, 237 yds., 2/2; 2-14)
    • Tua hasn’t been as good in the second half of 2023 as he had been in the beginning of the season, but he’s still a low-end QB1.
      • Low-end QB1
  • De’Von Achane (14-107; 5-4-30-1)
  • Raheem Mostert (Missed Week 17 - knee/ankle)
    • Achane took most of the passing and rushing volume with Jeff Wilson cleaning up the rest in Week 18 without Raheem Mostert in the fold. Mostert hasn’t practiced yet leading up to Miami’s showdown with Buffalo for the AFC East, but if Mostert can’t go, fire up Achane as a high-end RB2.
      • Achane is a high-end RB2 without Mostert active. If Mostert is active, consider Mostert as a high-end RB2 with Achane taking a dip into low-end RB2 territory. 
  • Tyreek Hill (12-6-76)
    • Stud. Best fantasy wide receiver right now.
      • THE WR1
  • Jaylen Waddle (Missed Week 17 - ankle)
    • I would not be surprised if the Dolphins held Waddle out with his ankle sprain and kept him for the playoff run. 
      • Low-end WR2 if he plays


Minnesota Vikings

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Justin JeffersonWR10559012149.8%100.0%100.0%32.3%5.926.3%12.11.550.8320.4883853
Jordan AddisonWR532807731.7%92.1%92.5%16.1%5.614.3%15.40.800.4640.3643549
K.J. OsbornWR     0.0%78.9%62.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Brandon PowellWR2000218.6%13.2%17.0%6.5%0.040.0%
Lucky JacksonWR     0.0%2.6%1.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Josh OliverTE21170135.3%18.4%45.3%6.5%8.528.6%6.52.430.1341.308724
Johnny MundtTE74391229.1%81.6%77.4%22.6%5.622.6%
Alexander MattisonRB22130-1-0.4%42.1%39.6%6.5%6.512.5%-0.50.810.094-13.0001621
Ty ChandlerRB33240-10-4.1%26.3%56.6%9.7%8.030.0%-3.32.400.116-2.4001030
C.J. HamFB     0.0%5.3%7.5%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Ty Chandler (10-40; 3-3-24)
    • Seeing the volume over Alexander Mattison and somehow, Mattison has the edge on Chandler in routes (42-26%) in Week 17. Still, Chandler is a solid option against the Lions and should be in championship lineups as no worse than a flex option.
      • Mid-range RB2
  • Justin Jefferson (10-5-59)
    • He’s a stud. Jefferson is a fantasy starter every week as long as he’s active.
      • Locked-in WR1
  • Jordan Addison (5-3-28)
    • Addison got back to running routes on 92% of dropbacks in Week 17, but hit the low end of variance in production with Johnny Mundt earning seven targets and scoring a touchdown, plus there not being that much volume to go around elsewhere. He should have a better run in Week 18, as he’s a low-end flex with clear upside.
      • Low-end flex/low-end WR3


New England Patriots

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DeVante ParkerWR211502311.7%29.0%28.3%8.3%7.522.2%11.51.670.2070.652915
Demario DouglasWR533106533.0%93.5%94.3%20.8%6.217.2%
Tyquan ThorntonWR332402311.7%71.0%69.8%12.5%8.013.6%
Jalen ReagorWR313905226.4%83.9%67.9%12.5%13.011.5%17.31.500.3720.7502636
Mike GesickiTE643503618.3%67.7%67.9%25.0%5.828.6%6.01.670.5030.9722136
Pharaoh BrownTE115010.5%32.3%67.9%4.2%5.010.0%1.00.500.0665.0001036
Matt SokolTE     0.0%0.0%1.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Ezekiel ElliottRB2160-2-1.0%41.9%81.1%8.3%3.015.4%-1.00.460.118-3.0001343
Kevin HarrisRB22540-1-0.5%22.6%20.8%8.3%27.028.6%-0.57.710.121-54.000711

Week 17 New England Patriots Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Ezekiel Elliott (14-39-1; 2-1-6)
    • The Patriots are just running out the clock on the season, and with Rhamondre Stevenson on IR to end his season, Elliott is a low-end fantasy RB2 by default. He gets quite a bit of volume, but end-zone trips are few and far between.
      • Low-end RB2


New Orleans Saints

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Chris OlaveWR632603823.6%88.6%67.1%17.6%4.319.4%6.30.840.4300.6843147
Rashid ShaheedWR32140148.7%65.7%54.3%8.8%4.713.0%4.70.610.1931.0002338
A.T. PerryWR2150106.2%57.1%45.7%5.9%2.510.0%
Keith KirkwoodWR     0.0%14.3%22.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Lynn BowdenWR1160-3-1.9%20.0%25.7%2.9%6.014.3%-3.00.860.031-2.000718
Juwan JohnsonTE1289018452.2%68.6%71.4%35.3%7.550.0%7.03.750.8951.0712450
Foster MoreauTE11130106.2%28.6%54.3%2.9%13.010.0%10.01.300.0881.3001038
Taysom HillTE223012414.9%28.6%34.3%5.9%15.020.0%
Jimmy GrahamTE     0.0%0.0%7.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Alvin KamaraRB2240-2-1.2%25.7%32.9%5.9%2.022.2%-1.00.440.080-2.000923
Jamaal WilliamsRB44130-18-11.2%40.0%57.1%11.8%3.328.6%-4.50.930.098-0.7221440
Adam PrenticeFB117042.5%11.4%21.4%2.9%7.025.0%4.01.750.0621.750415

Week 17 New Orleans Saints Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Derek Carr (24-of-32, 197 yds., 2/0; 3-(-3))
    • Carr had a solid game against the Bucs and now gets the Falcons in Week 18, where the easiest path for the playoffs is a Saints win and Bucs loss to the Panthers. They may not have Alvin Kamara in tow for that game, so that could lead to more passing for the Saints. That’s always good for fantasy, so Carr is a solid streaming option if you don’t have a better starting option in your championship.
      • High-end QB2/solid quarterback streaming option
  • Alvin Kamara (10-45; 2-2-4; left Week 17 - ankle)
    • Kamara is considered “day-to-day” with an ankle sprain, but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Saints play it safe and rule him out, which would boost Jamaal Williams up to a low-end RB2. If Kamara plays, he’s a target-dependent as well as volume-dependent mid-range RB2.
      • Mid-range RB2 if he plays in Week 18
  • Chris Olave (6-3-26)
    • Olave is a pretty solid option this week against the Falcons, where Carr may have throw a bit more if Kamara is sidelined with his ankle sprain.
      • Mid-range WR2 with WR1 upside


New York Giants

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Darius SlaytonWR64106111435.4%88.0%86.5%15.4%17.713.6%19.02.410.4790.9304464
Isaiah HodginsWR21180299.0%22.0%24.3%5.1%9.018.2%14.51.640.1400.6211118
Jalin HyattWR432505115.8%82.0%77.0%10.3%6.39.8%12.80.610.2650.4904157
Wan'Dale RobinsonWR96550299.0%80.0%82.4%23.1%6.122.5%3.21.380.4091.8974061
Sterling ShepardWR100051.6%8.0%6.8%2.6%0.025.0%
Gunner OlszewskiWR     0.0%2.0%2.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Darren WallerTE655104112.7%80.0%66.2%15.4%8.515.0%
Daniel BellingerTE44390195.9%20.0%43.2%10.3%9.840.0%4.83.900.1952.0531032
Saquon BarkleyRB63190319.6%56.0%89.2%15.4%3.221.4%5.20.680.2980.6132866
Matt BreidaRB     0.0%0.0%5.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Eric GrayRB116030.9%8.0%8.1%2.6%6.025.0%3.01.500.0452.00046

Week 17 New York Giants Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Saquon Barkley (12-39; 6-3-19)
    • Barkley is a bellcow through and through, and he’ll succumb to the variance that is the Giants’ offense at times, but the good times will be GOOD. He’s at least going to help make up for any potential game-script shortcomings on the ground with some upside in the receiving game, so he’s still a high-end RB2 for that reason against the Eagles in Week 18.
      • High-end RB2
  • Darren Waller (6-5-51)
    • Waller has gone from 47% routes per dropback in Week 15 to 71% in Week 16, to 80% in Week 17. With the Giants not playing for anything, Waller will try and get some momentum leading into 2024 with a solid performance here in Week 18. He’s a low-end TE1 with blow-up potential because we know what kind of athlete and talent Waller is.
      • Low-end TE1


New York Jets

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Garrett WilsonWR1055009351.7%100.0%98.6%22.7%5.020.0%
Randall CobbWR     0.0%6.0%4.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Jason BrownleeWR222802111.7%100.0%97.3%4.5%14.04.0%10.50.560.1501.3335071
Xavier GipsonWR74330137.2%78.0%69.9%15.9%4.717.9%1.90.850.2892.5383951
Irvin CharlesWR     0.0%2.0%8.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Tyler ConklinTE554503519.4%76.0%79.5%11.4%9.013.2%
Kenny YeboahTE32280147.8%28.0%34.2%6.8%9.321.4%
Breece HallRB99421-9-5.0%54.0%71.2%20.5%4.733.3%-1.01.560.272-4.6672752
Israel AbanikandaRB74270137.2%30.0%26.0%15.9%3.946.7%1.91.800.2892.0771519
Nick BawdenFB118000.0%6.0%11.0%2.3%8.033.3%0.02.670.0340.00038

Week 17 New York Jets Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Breece Hall (13-84; 9-9-42-1)
    • Breece Hall might just be playing himself into being a top-four running back in 2024, because we know the tantalizing upside is there, even in THIS offense. Hall has ended 2024 in fantastic fashion and is a must-start option against the Patriots to end the season.
      • High-end RB2
  • Garrett Wilson (10-5-50; 1-(-1))
    • Trevor Siemian understands the assignment, apparently. Get the ball to Garrett Wilson, even if it’s inefficient. We’ll take it. Start him in Week 18.
      • Low-end WR2

Philadelphia Eagles

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
A.J. BrownWR545305424.0%92.0%93.9%21.7%10.621.7%10.82.300.4940.9812346
DeVonta SmithWR533009542.2%80.0%87.8%21.7%6.025.0%19.01.500.6220.3162043
Olamide ZaccheausWR     0.0%20.0%12.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Julio JonesWR223422812.4%72.0%40.8%8.7%17.011.1%14.01.890.2181.2141820
Dallas GoedertTE654714419.6%88.0%93.9%26.1%7.827.3%
Jack StollTE     0.0%24.0%61.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Grant CalcaterraTE     0.0%12.0%10.2%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Andre SwiftRB115010.4%24.0%46.9%4.3%5.016.7%1.00.830.0685.000623
Kenneth GainwellRB4415031.3%56.0%53.1%17.4%3.828.6%

Week 17 Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Jalen Hurts (18-of-23, 167 yds., 3/1; 8-25)
    • A weekly stud that needs to be in all lineups. Good for a rushing score every week, it seems like. Except this past week, apparently. Still, he’s a must-start option at quarterback in Week 18.
      • A must-start QB1
  • D’Andre Swift (13-61; 1-5)
    • A solid, no-frills RB2 where you’re hoping Jalen Hurts can just let Swift have one touchdown, as a treat.
      • Mid-range RB2
  • A.J. Brown (5-4-53)
    • Stud. Grown a** man. Brown is a must-start each week.
      • Locked-in WR1
  • DeVonta Smith (5-3-30)
    • In a must-win game where the Eagles are still alive for the two-seed in the NFC playoffs, Smith and A.J. Brown are must-start fantasy wide receivers against the Giants.
      • High-end WR2 with WR1 potential
  • Dallas Goedert (6-5-47-1)
    • A floor play tight end in a dynamic offense, Goedert at least has the floor to not kill you if he doesn’t score, but if he does score, he’s usually a top-six option. That doesn’t put him there in terms of the tight end rankings for Week 18, but he’s definitely a TE1 you should have in your lineups this week.
      • Low-end TE1


Pittsburgh Steelers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Diontae JohnsonWR447604022.2%80.8%58.3%19.0%19.019.0%10.03.620.4411.9002142
George PickensWR97131011865.6%100.0%77.8%42.9%14.634.6%
Allen RobinsonWR     0.0%57.7%66.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Calvin AustinWR     0.0%26.9%19.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Miles BoykinWR     0.0%3.8%8.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Pat FreiermuthTE43440137.2%69.2%63.9%19.0%11.022.2%3.32.440.3363.3851846
Darnell WashingtonTE     0.0%19.2%62.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Rodney WilliamsTE     0.0%3.8%5.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Najee HarrisRB     0.0%19.2%52.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Jaylen WarrenRB4423095.0%73.1%54.2%19.0%5.821.1%
Connor HeywardFB     0.0%19.2%30.6%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Jaylen Warren (13-75-1; 4-4-23)
  • Najee Harris (27-122-2)
    • The Steelers have given a renewed focus to the run game by giving Najee Harris 27 carries and almost eliminating him from the receiving game. Warren has played almost exclusively in that receiving capacity (averaging 72% routes per dropback over the past three weeks) while chipping in on the ground too. Both Harris and Warren had excellent, fantasy-worthy games in Week 17, and both can be started as mid-range RB2 with the volume they get. 
      • Harris and Warren are low-end RB2s without much upside, though Harris carries the touchdown equity in this backfield
  • Diontae Johnson (4-4-76)
    • Johnson has fallen by the wayside to an extent, as quarterback Mason Rudolph has clearly favored George Pickens over him. Johnson is still startable, but he’s second in the pecking order right now. 
      • Low-end WR3
  • George Pickens (9-7-131)
    • Pickens seems to be the apple of Mason Rudolph’s eye with 11 catches, 326 yards, and two touchdowns in his last two games and should be considered a high-end WR3 for Week 18. 
      • High-end WR3


San Francisco 49ers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Brandon AiyukWR87114110154.9%89.7%87.1%29.6%14.330.8%12.64.380.8291.1292661
Deebo SamuelWR65371116.0%93.1%84.3%22.2%6.222.2%1.81.370.3753.3642759
Ronnie BellWR1000126.5%27.6%14.3%3.7%0.012.5%
Chris ConleyWR     0.0%31.0%31.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Tay MartinWR     0.0%3.4%4.3%0.0%0.00.0%
George KittleTE432903820.7%96.6%91.4%14.8%7.314.3%
Charlie WoernerTE     0.0%24.1%24.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Brayden WillisTE     0.0%3.4%8.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Christian McCaffreyRB5427094.9%65.5%54.3%18.5%5.426.3%1.81.420.3123.0001938
Elijah MitchellRB     0.0%27.6%37.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Jordan MasonRB     0.0%3.4%7.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Kyle JuszczykFB33230137.1%44.8%55.7%11.1%7.723.1%4.31.770.2161.7691339

Week 17 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Takeaways:

With Sam Darnold named the starting quarterback for the 49ers and Christian McCaffrey already ruled out, it looks like the 49ers may rule out most if not all of their front-line starters in Week 18. They've already clinched a first-round bye as well as the NFC West.


Seattle Seahawks

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DK MetcalfWR8510607734.2%94.6%95.9%24.2%13.322.9%
Tyler LockettWR511005223.1%86.5%81.6%15.2%2.015.6%10.40.310.3890.1923240
Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWR2112173.1%75.7%67.3%6.1%6.07.1%3.50.430.1131.7142833
Jake BoboWR114010.4%10.8%10.2%3.0%4.025.0%
Noah FantTE655904921.8%45.9%44.9%18.2%9.835.3%8.23.470.4251.2041722
Will DisslyTE     0.0%35.1%42.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Colby ParkinsonTE323803616.0%43.2%57.1%9.1%12.718.8%12.02.380.2481.0561628
Kenneth WalkerRB33220-10-4.4%24.3%42.9%9.1%7.333.3%-3.32.440.105-2.200921
Zach CharbonnetRB55390135.8%64.9%57.1%15.2%7.820.8%2.61.630.2683.0002428

Week 17 Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Geno Smith (23-of-33, 290 yds., 1/0; 3-33)
    • With Seattle needing help in addition to a win against the Arizona Cardinals to get in the playoffs, the Seahawks will be business as usual. That cements Geno Smith as a fringe fantasy QB1, with teams resting some of their starters this week.
      • Mid-range QB2/okay streamer
  • Kenneth Walker (10-53-1; 3-3-22)
    • Walker may have lost the majority of routes and Zach Charbonnet, but Walker still has the edge on Charbonnet in production with 13 total opportunities to Charbonnet’s seven. Walker is still a mid-range RB2 with a good matchup this week against Arizona in the desert.
      • Mid-range RB2
  • DK Metcalf (8-5-106)
    • With a good matchup on tap and Metcalf’s trajectory steadily rising, he’s a WR2 with some spike week potential in Week 18 as the Seahawks try to get in the playoffs.
      • Boom-or-bust mid-range WR2
  • Tyler Lockett (5-1-10)
    • Lockett followed up an 11-target, 8-81 game with a complete dud. He had just five targets and caught one for 11 yards on 87% of Geno Smith’s routes. Lockett is a hard-to-trust WR3 in the fantasy championships.
      • Low-end WR3/okay flex option
  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba (2-1-12-1)
    • JSN is just as difficult to trust, as he got a touchdown to salvage his day but only earned two targets. Start Smith-Njigba if you must, but I’d rather have a safer option in my lineup.
      • Low-end WR3 and low-end flex


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Mike EvansWR437007124.8%88.6%82.1%12.1%17.512.9%
Chris GodwinWR538116723.4%91.4%85.7%15.2%16.215.6%13.42.530.3911.2093248
Trey PalmerWR5484110436.4%80.0%73.2%15.2%16.817.9%
Deven ThompkinsWR2100-3-1.0%11.4%12.5%6.1%0.050.0%-
David MooreWR100093.1%20.0%28.6%3.0%0.014.3%
Cade OttonTE621004917.1%97.1%94.6%18.2%1.717.6%
David WellsTE     0.0%0.0%7.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Payne DurhamTE     0.0%2.9%10.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Rachaad WhiteRB44240-4-1.4%62.9%73.2%12.1%6.018.2%-
Chase EdmondsRB65400-7-2.4%31.4%26.8%18.2%6.754.5%-1.23.640.256-5.7141115

Week 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Baker Mayfield (22-of-33, 309 yds., 2/2; 1-(-1))
    • Baker Mayfield started Week 17 out absolutely awful but ended up passing through it for 309 yards and two touchdowns. It wasn’t a total loss, but at the very least, the Bucs get Carolina to cure what ails them. Win, and they win the NFC South, so you have to figure Baker will be at his best as a high-end QB2 and quality streaming option for anybody needing a quarterback in a pinch.
      • High-end QB2 and an excellent streaming option for QB-needy fantasy teams
  • Rachaad White (11-42; 4-4-24)
    • White has a top-three running back role in fantasy and is shockingly close to the role Christian McCaffrey has without the fanfare or a consistently superb, efficient offense. White put up a dud in fantasy lineups last week, but in a must-win game for Tampa Bay, he’s locked into the low-end RB1 conversation with some high-profile backs taking a seat in Week 18.
      • Low-end RB1 in Week 18
  • Mike Evans (4-3-70)
    • Evans has been solid throughout the season, and in a must-win game, Evans should be treated as a low-end WR1.
      • Low-end WR1
  • Chris Godwin (5-3-81-1)
    • Coming on strong to finish the season, Chris Godwin has really turned it on with volume, with at least 11 targets in Weeks 14-16. Last week, he at least made up for the lack of volume with a touchdown. Expect Godwin to split the difference this week with volume and a good shot at a touchdown, making him a low-end WR2 in fantasy lineups.
      • Low-end WR2


Tennessee Titans

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DeAndre HopkinsWR777204525.6%96.9%85.5%28.0%10.322.6%6.42.320.5991.6003147
Treylon BurksWR321104626.1%90.6%81.8%12.0%3.710.3%15.30.380.3630.2392945
Chris MooreWR313207240.9%81.3%76.4%12.0%10.711.5%
Colton DowellWR     0.0%3.1%3.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Mason KinseyWR     0.0%6.3%9.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Chigoziem OkonkwoTE43340179.7%81.3%74.5%16.0%8.515.4%4.31.310.3082.0002641
Kevin RaderTE116021.1%12.5%21.8%4.0%6.025.0%2.01.500.0683.000412
Derrick HenryRB100021.1%25.0%41.8%4.0%0.012.5%
Tyjae SpearsRB64290-8-4.5%65.6%61.8%24.0%4.828.6%-1.31.380.328-3.6252134
Jonathan WardRB     0.0%0.0%5.5%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Tennessee Titans Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Derrick Henry (12-42; 1-0-0)
    • Henry was game-scripted out of their matchup in Week 17 against the Texans, and that’s the danger with somebody like Henry. The Titans can play spoiler against the Jaguars in what could be Henry’s final game with the Titans. Consider him a mid-range RB2 with some steep downside should the game get out of hand.
      • Mid-range RB2 with steep downside
  • DeAndre Hopkins (7-7-72)
    • No matter who is at quarterback for the Titans, the fact that Hopkins has close to 70 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in this team’s passing-game environment is a testament to how good Hopkins truly is. Consider him a high-end WR3 for this week’s final regular season game.
      • High-end WR3


Washington Commanders

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Terry McLaurinWR646118961.0%96.6%89.1%23.1%10.221.4%
Jahan DotsonWR100032.1%82.8%84.8%3.8%0.04.2%
Curtis SamuelWR433303624.7%62.1%50.0%15.4%8.322.2%9.01.830.4030.9171823
Dyami BrownWR     0.0%3.4%4.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Byron PringleWR1000106.8%17.2%21.7%3.8%0.020.0%
Jamison CrowderWR     0.0%13.8%26.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Logan ThomasTE432002315.8%72.4%60.9%15.4%5.019.0%5.80.950.3410.8702128
John BatesTE216096.2%37.9%54.3%7.7%3.018.2%4.50.550.1590.6671125
Brian RobinsonRB44320-1-0.7%44.8%54.3%15.4%8.030.8%-0.32.460.226-32.0001325
Antonio GibsonRB42170-23-15.8%37.9%43.5%15.4%4.336.4%-5.81.550.120-0.7391120
Alex ArmahFB     0.0%6.9%10.9%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 17 Washington Commanders Fantasy Takeaways:

  • Brian Robinson (9-44; 4-4-32)
    • Robinson returns to the Commanders’ lineup in Week 17 to more of the same: a split role with Antonio Gibson. Robinson’s role is the side of the split you want in fantasy, but with the Commanders out of any playoff contention and staring down the barrel of the Dallas Cowboys, who are playing to cement their two-seed in the playoffs, Robinson could be a risky low-end RB2 option for fantasy lineups.
      • Mid-range RB2 when healthy
  • Terry McLaurin (7-4-61-1)
    • With McLaurin the clear breadwinner for the Commanders among their receiver corps, he still has a shot at 75 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards with just two catches and 54 receiving yards. He should be able to attain both benchmarks as a mid-range WR3 and the only startable Commander on the passing-game side in Week 18.
      • Mid-range WR3



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