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 6!





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.
  • 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 BrownWR10461114348.8%88.9%91.2%33.3%6.131.3%14.31.910.8420.4273252
Rondale MooreWR53260144.8%75.0%66.7%16.7%5.218.5%2.80.960.2831.8572738
Zach PascalWR1000103.4%16.7%17.5%3.3%0.016.7%
Michael WilsonWR211803110.6%80.6%75.4%6.7%9.06.9%15.50.620.1740.5812943
Greg DortchWR     0.0%2.8%1.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Zach ErtzTE421013311.3%83.3%75.4%13.3%2.513.3%8.30.330.2790.3033043
Trey McBrideTE321703411.6%25.0%33.3%10.0%5.733.3%11.31.890.2310.500919
Geoff SwaimTE22220103.4%16.7%38.6%6.7%11.033.3%5.03.670.1242.200622
Emari DemercadoRB31120186.1%66.7%77.2%10.0%4.012.5%6.00.500.1930.6672444

The Cardinals being not that bad so far in 2023 qualifies as a success story have been in games it had no business being competitive. The check may have arrived in Week 5, as the Cardinals played their worst game of the season as the Cardinals lost to a resurgent Bengals team 34-20.

In a game where Joshua Dobbs threw for just 166 yards, completed less than half of his passes and threw two interceptions, it was definitely a struggle in the passing game. Luckily, the pieces you were likely using both scored touchdowns. So, little victories? Marquise Brown (10-4-61-1; 89% routes) continued his strong start to 2023 with his third 10-target game and third touchdown of thew season. Of course, Dobbs has been inefficient, which lays into the fact that Brown has only caught 25-of-42 targets, but Brown is a top-12 fantasy WR after five weeks. Not too shabby.

Zach Ertz (4-2-10-1; 83% routes) caught his first touchdown of season to salvage a not-so-good day otherwise. He continues to skate by on the fringes of usable tight ends each week, but he is in fact, usable. He’s the spoonful of medicine you don’t want to take but he’s a better and more palatable option at the position than having to rely on guys like Chigoziem Okonkowo.

Leaving early on was James Conner, so Emari Demercado (10-45-1; 3-1-12) filled in and got a touchdown run in the loss. The Cardinals’ backfield without Conner (placed on IR for a minimum of four weeks) will get much murkier as this could turn into a combination of Demercado, a returning Keaontay Ingram, and Tony Jones who was just added by the team. Corey Clement could work his way into the equation as well. This is a wait-and-see approach but it’s notable that Ingram when healthy was playing ahead of Demercado and likely returns in Week 6.

Week 5 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Marquise Brown

Keep Them Rostered:  James Conner (placed on IR), Zach Ertz (borderline top-12 tight end), Joshua Dobbs (deeper 12 & 14 team), Michael Wilson (14 team), Rondale Moore (14 team)

Add ‘Em: Keaontay Ingram & Emari Demercado (backfield split that we have to see how it shakes out. I prefer Ingram over Demercado but both should be rostered as well as Tony Jones in deeper leagues)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Atlanta Falcons

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Drake LondonWR9678010433.8%94.9%86.8%23.7%8.724.3%
Mack HollinsWR222903611.7%33.3%38.2%5.3%14.515.4%
KhaDarel HodgeWR1111061.9%48.7%48.7%2.6%11.05.3%6.00.580.0531.8331937
Scott MillerWR22100-7-2.3%28.2%23.7%5.3%5.018.2%-3.50.910.063-1.4291118
Kyle PittsTE11787012540.6%64.1%52.6%28.9%7.944.0%11.43.480.7180.6962540
Jonnu SmithTE766704113.3%66.7%64.5%18.4%9.626.9%5.92.580.3691.6342649
MyCole PruittTE1122000.0%15.4%44.7%2.6%22.016.7%0.03.670.0390.000634
Bijan RobinsonRB22121-1-0.3%59.0%61.8%5.3%6.08.7%-0.50.520.077-12.0002347
Tyler AllgeierRB100041.3%23.1%43.4%2.6%0.011.1%
Cordarrelle PattersonRB117000.0%12.8%6.6%2.6%7.020.0%0.01.400.0390.00055
Keith SmithFB11280 0.0%7.7%27.6%2.6%28.033.3%0.09.330.0390.000321

I’ll just say it: Tyler Allgeier (1-0-0; 17-40) should never out-touch Bijan Robinson (2-2-12-1; 14-46) in a game where both are healthy. Full stop.

It was nice to see that both Kyle Pitts (11-7-87) and Drake London (9-6-78) had usable games in the same game, thanks to a pretty good performance by Desmond Ridder. Pitts’ routes (64%) are still not great and not where we want them to be, especially as a tight end that plays wide receiver and doesn’t ever block.

Jonnu Smith (7-6-67) pass blocks at the fifth-highest rate among tight ends with 20+ targets, but is still targeted pretty frequently despite that (27% TPRR). He only ran routes on 67% of Ridder’s dropbacks but he’s a tight end streamer right now thanks to his target frequency on limited, but not the worst percentage of routes.

Week 5 Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Bijan Robinson

Start ‘Em: Drake London, Kyle Pitts

Keep Them Rostered: Tyler Allgeier (deeper 12 & 14-team), Jonnu Smith (TE streamer; deeper 12 & 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 BatemanWR31804512.6%31.1%38.6%10.7%2.721.4%15.00.570.2490.1781427
Odell BeckhamWR421304713.2%64.4%52.9%14.3%3.313.8%11.80.450.3070.2772937
Zay FlowersWR11573016847.2%100.0%98.6%39.3%6.624.4%15.31.620.9200.4354569
Nelson AgholorWR546408523.9%60.0%58.6%17.9%12.818.5%17.02.370.4350.7532741
Devin DuvernayWR1000236.5%8.9%8.6%3.6%0.025.0%
Isaiah LikelyTE     0.0%6.7%11.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Gus EdwardsRB     0.0%24.4%42.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Justice HillRB44130-12-3.4%40.0%55.7%14.3%3.322.2%-3.00.720.191-1.0831839
Kenyan DrakeRB     0.0%2.2%1.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Patrick RicardFB     0.0%22.2%37.1%0.0%0.00.0%

In a pretty ugly Steelers/Ravens game (for some of the wrong reasons), the Ravens let the Steelers hang around with some offensive miscues which led to their loss. The Ravens had more drops in this game (six) than they had the entire season up to this point (five). 

Rashod Bateman (3-1-8; 31% routes) dropped a gift-wrapped touchdown. Mark Andrews (10-6-65; 98% routes) had three drops of his own. Nelson Agholor (5-4-64; 60% routes) dropped a dime from Lamar Jackson that would have been a big play. Zay Flowers (11-5-73; 100% routes) dropped a couple as well, but let’s be honest: if you got punched in your throat by T.J. Watt, I’d be dropping everything too.

Justice Hill (7-32-1; 4-4-13) worked into the running back rotation in Week 4 but in Week 5, he out-snapped and ran more routes than Gus Edwards (12-48) as the backfield condensed back down essentially to the two backs. Rookie Keaton Mitchell has gotten some buzz and could be an option at running back for the Ravens, so I don’t mind him as a speculative stash if you have to room to do so on your bench.

Week 5 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), Odell Beckham (deeper 12 & 14-team),

Add ‘Em: Keaton Mitchell (speculative stash if you have bench room)

Dump ‘Em: Rashod Bateman (it’s time), Melvin Gordon


Buffalo Bills

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Stefon DiggsWR118121118242.6%88.4%86.7%30.6%11.028.9%
Gabe DavisWR86100111126.0%93.0%90.0%22.2%12.520.0%13.92.500.5150.9014054
Trent SherfieldWR113020.5%16.3%18.3%2.8%3.014.3%2.00.430.0451.500711
Deonte HartyWR226205913.8%30.2%25.0%5.6%31.015.4%29.54.770.1801.0511315
Khalil ShakirWR1111040.9%16.3%31.7%2.8%11.014.3%4.01.570.0482.750719
Dawson KnoxTE631705813.6%67.4%70.0%16.7%2.820.7%9.70.590.3450.2932942
Dalton KincaidTE22190112.6%55.8%53.3%5.6%9.58.3%5.50.790.1011.7272432
Quintin MorrisTE     0.0%7.0%10.0%0.0%0.00.0%
James CookRB4325010.2%62.8%61.7%11.1%6.314.8%0.30.930.16825.0002737
Damien HarrisRB     0.0%11.6%18.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Latavius MurrayRB1110-1-0.2%18.6%18.3%2.8%1.012.5%-
Reggie GilliamFB     0.0%11.6%11.7%0.0%0.00.0%

The same Buffalo Bills team that put up 48 points on the Miami Dolphins and clearly looked dominant fell incredibly flat against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday morning. The Jaguars played their second game in as many weeks across the pond while the Bills made the weird decision to play out to London on a Friday. There’s been a lot said about NFL players being on a regimented schedule during the season and how much players don’t like how that routine is interrupted with a trans-Atlantic flight, and then your body clock is thrown out of whack with a London game. That looked to be the case for the most part for Buffalo.

Stefon Diggs (11-8-121-1; 182 air yards) is awesome and Gabe Davis (8-6-100-1) had his fourth-straight game with a touchdown. Banking on touchdowns is essentially a no-go in fantasy but ride the wave here with Davis as he’s healthy (unlike most of last season), thriving with Josh Allen, and making the most of his opportunities with almost nobody else stepping up in ancillary role in this passing game. 

Dalton Kincaid (2-2-19) is the main player who we hoped would step up, but the Bills seem hellbent on keeping the training wheels on him for now. After three weeks of rising route percentages and then eclipsing Dawson Knox (6-3-17) for the first time in Week 5, Kincaid’s routes cratered back to a season-low 56% after reaching 79% the previous week. He’s close to unstartable right now, as much as we want him to be a thing right now. Considering the draft day investment, you’re probably locked into holding him on your bench unless you’re in a shallow league.

Jumping back up to 60%+ in routes and snaps, James Cook (4-3-25; 5-(-4))seems back in a good place as far as utilization, but the team’s entire rushing component was absolutely putrid (29 total rushing yards on 14 attempts), and it didn’t really matter. Allen did run in for the lone touchdown on the ground.

Week 5 Buffalo Bills Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs

Start ‘Em: James Cook, Gabe Davis 

Keep Them Rostered: N/A

Add ‘Em: Latavius Murray (seems to be the preferred contingent play; may grab some standalone value here on an offense that’s going to be scoring), Dalton Kincaid (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Carolina Panthers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Adam ThielenWR131110718635.5%95.3%97.2%37.1%8.231.7%6.62.610.8061.2444169
DJ CharkWR634217531.0%100.0%98.6%17.1%7.014.0%12.50.980.4740.5604370
Jonathan MingoWR754805522.7%83.7%84.5%20.0%6.919.4%7.91.330.4590.8733660
Laviska ShenaultWR     0.0%18.6%23.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Hayden HurstTE33210145.8%60.5%59.2%8.6%7.011.5%4.70.810.1691.5002642
Ian ThomasTE21280177.0%14.0%22.5%5.7%14.033.3%8.54.670.1351.647616
Tommy TrembleTE111110.4%16.3%19.7%2.9%1.014.3%
Miles SandersRB1000-5-2.1%51.2%46.5%2.9%0.04.5%-
Chuba HubbardRB2100-1-0.4%39.5%47.9%5.7%0.011.8%-

The Panthers were boat-raced by what looks like a very legitimate Lions team as the Panthers let Bryce Young throw it a bit in the fourth quarter. He tossed touchdowns to DJ Chark (6-3-42-1) and Adam Thielen (13-11-107-1) in garbage time, and Young looked a bit better because of the lessened defensive pressure.

Like many other people, the move from Minnesota to Carolina for Thielen was thought to represent an offensive environment shift that would hasten his dropoff from a longtime fantasy asset to a declining asset with sporadic usage. It turns out that definitely isn’t the case through five weeks.

All Thielen has done through the first five weeks on a per-game basis is an average of 9.5 targets, eight receptions, and 79 receiving yards. That’s good enough for 19.6 fantasy points per game in PPR, which is WR10. Thielen’s playing in the slot this season more than he ever has, with 71.6% of his snaps coming from the slot. We’ve seen older players like Larry Fitzgerald and Hines Ward jump into the slot and rejuvenate their careers. Thielen was one of the worst wide receivers in the NFL with 90+ targets last season in Minnesota when looking at his 1.06 yards per route run; this season, he’s almost DOUBLED last year’s mark with a 1.89 YPRR. 

If the thesis for Young as quarterback of this Carolina offense is that he’s throwing short and continues to struggle a bit as he has through his four games, then the short-area targets will be there for Thielen. The main concerns are that Young has the worst PFF passing grade among QBs with 90 dropbacks and has the second-lowest aDOT among those quarterbacks as well. The Panthers have made it known in the media that they’re actively looking for a #1 wide receiver. Does that mean they acquire somebody right away? That’s clearly a concern too.

For the first time this season, Chuba Hubbard (58% of RB opportunities) out-snapped Miles Sanders (42% of RB opportunities), which was likely due to the blowout nature of this game and Sanders’ groin injury. 

Week 5 Carolina Panthers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Adam Thielen

Keep Them Rostered: Miles SandersJonathan Mingo (deeper 12 & 14-team), Chuba Hubbard (deeper 12 & 14-team), D.J. Chark (deeper 12 & 14-team), Bryce Young (deeper 12 & 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 MooreWR108230311545.3%97.0%87.5%40.0%23.031.3%
Darnell MooneyWR40009537.4%81.8%78.1%16.0%0.014.8%
Equanimeous St. BrownWR1000-2-0.8%42.4%37.5%4.0%0.07.1%-
Tyler ScottWR     0.0%24.2%23.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Velus JonesWR     0.0%3.0%7.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Cole KmetTE554213011.8%72.7%82.8%20.0%8.420.8%6.01.750.3831.4002453
Robert TonyanTE2210072.8%36.4%32.8%8.0%5.016.7%3.50.830.1391.4291221
Marcedes LewisTE     0.0%0.0%34.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Khalil HerbertRB300093.5%60.6%65.6%12.0%0.015.0%
Roschon JohnsonRB     0.0%9.1%9.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Khari BlasingameFB     0.0%21.2%40.6%0.0%0.00.0%

It looks like Justin Fields is the best quarterback DJ Moore has ever played with.

So Moore (10-8-230-3) has FIVE touchdowns in his last three games and is on a monster tear right now, so he is a must-start while on this run because this is the ceiling he provides. Darnell Mooney (4-0-0) runs a starter’s number of routes but has been near-worthless, so if he’s still clinging to the bottom of rosters, cut bait.

We talk a ton about wanting tight ends that are top-two options on their teams, and while it’s a big volatile with Cole Kmet (5-5-42-1) because he’s been running routes on 74.3% of Fields’ dropbacks this season, the last couple of games he’s been targeted a ton and gotten into the end zone three times. In his last two games, Kmet has a 2.51 yards per route run and a 27.7% targets per route run, so even in limited pass attempts, it’s Moore and Kmet consolidating a ton of the targets here for Chicago. Kmet should be started here, but beware: we know the volatility of this Bears offense, so the floor is low, but the ceiling is also pretty high.

The Bears’ running game is going to be one to watch in the injury report as Khalil Herbert (ankle), Roschon Johnson (concussion), AND Travis Homer (hamstring) all left the game with different ailments. Fullback Khari Blasingame had to take carries because the Bears did not have any other backs left to take them.

Week 5 Chicago Bears Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: DJ Moore

Start ‘Em: Justin Fields, Cole Kmet

Keep Them Rostered: Khalil Herbert (left Week 5 - ankle), Roschon Johnson (left Week 5 - concussion)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Darnell Mooney (Averaging 3.3 targets per game and has just eight receptions in five games this season.)


Cincinnati Bengals

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Ja'Marr ChaseWR1915192315451.7%96.1%92.7%43.2%10.138.8%8.13.921.0091.2474976
Tyler BoydWR763903010.1%88.2%73.2%15.9%5.615.6%4.30.870.3091.3004560
Trenton IrwinWR10860010234.2%82.4%75.6%22.7%6.023.8%10.21.430.5810.5884262
Andrei IosivasWR2190258.4%29.4%31.7%4.5%4.513.3%12.50.600.1270.3601526
Kwamie LassiterWR1120-1-0.3%3.9%6.1%2.3%2.050.0%-
Drew SampleTE     0.0%17.6%34.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Mitchell WilcoxTE     0.0%9.8%25.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Joe MixonRB44130-7-2.3%62.7%76.8%9.1%3.312.5%-1.80.410.120-1.8573263
Trayveon WilliamsRB     0.0%11.8%14.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Chase BrownRB1120-5-1.7%2.0%1.2%2.3%2.0100.0%-
Chris EvansRB     0.0%2.0%3.7%0.0%0.00.0%

Ja'Marr Chase (19-15-192-3) was “always ****’in open”. No doubt about it. The Bengals looked more like the classic Bengals in Week 5 than at any point this season, even without the services of Tee Higgins, who missed this game with his rib injury. Tyler Boyd (7-6-39) and Trenton Irwin (10-8-60) each moved up a slot in the pecking order running routes on 88% and 82% respectively.

Even this version of the Bengals is still third in PROE (pass rate over expected) on the season but down to 5.6%. We haven’t seen much consistent offensive success to necessitate throwing so much; even the Miami Dolphins are at 2.3% but love to run the ball to get their chunk plays too. 

Joe Mixon (4-4-13; 25-88) failed miserably on a bunch of rush attempts inside the five-yard line, but it’s 100% his backfield.

Week 5 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins (missed Week 5 - ribs)

Start ‘Em: Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon

Keep Them Rostered: Tyler Boyd

Add ‘Em: Trenton Irwin (deep league WR; solid in a pinch if Higgins missed Week 6 as well)

Dump ‘Em: Trayveon Williams


Cleveland Browns


Week 5 Cleveland Browns Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Deshaun Watson (missed Week 4 - shoulder), Amari CooperJerome Ford

Keep Them Rostered: Elijah MooreDavid NjokuKareem Hunt (14-team)

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 LambWR544904514.9%86.7%69.4%20.0%9.819.2%9.01.880.4041.0892634
Brandin CooksWR417012240.3%80.0%65.3%16.0%1.816.7%
Michael GallupWR521508829.0%86.7%81.6%20.0%3.019.2%17.60.580.5030.1702640
Jalen TolbertWR     0.0%30.0%44.9%0.0%0.00.0%
KaVontae TurpinWR11261268.6%6.7%4.1%4.0%26.050.0%
Jake FergusonTE3328051.7%73.3%69.4%12.0%9.313.6%
Luke SchoonmakerTE1000196.3%16.7%40.8%4.0%0.020.0%
Sean McKeonTE     0.0%0.0%12.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Tony PollardRB5435020.7%56.7%69.4%20.0%7.029.4%
Deuce VaughnRB1110-4-1.3%3.3%10.2%4.0%1.0100.0%-
Hunter LuepkeRB     0.0%3.3%12.2%0.0%0.00.0%

Not a lot of meat on the bone here for the Cowboys in a blowout loss where Dak Prescott throws three interceptions. CeeDee Lamb (5-4-49; 87% routes), Michael Gallup  (5-2-15; 87% routes), and Tony Pollard (5-4-35; 8-29; lost fumble) tied for the team lead in targets before the starters bowed out and backup quarterback Cooper Rush hit the field.

Maybe one of these weeks, the Cowboys won’t be in a blowout win (Giants, Jets, Patriots) or blowout loss (49ers). A bunch of very weird game scripts in the early going for Dallas and that makes it much harder to pinpoint just who this team is and how good they actually are.

Week 5 Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Dak PrescottBrandin CooksMichael Gallup (deeper 12 & 14-team), Jake Ferguson

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Denver Broncos

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Jerry JeudyWR765006549.2%95.1%85.7%25.9%7.117.9%
Courtland SuttonWR311304030.3%90.2%85.7%11.1%4.38.1%13.30.350.3790.3253754
Marvin MimsWR1140-4-3.0%29.3%31.7%3.7%4.08.3%-4.00.330.034-1.0001220
Brandon JohnsonWR1190-1-0.8%61.0%50.8%3.7%9.04.0%-1.00.360.050-9.0002532
Lil'Jordan HumphreyWR     0.0%9.8%12.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Adam TrautmanTE542613728.0%82.9%90.5%18.5%5.214.7%7.40.760.4740.7033457
Chris ManhertzTE     0.0%4.9%23.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Nate AdkinsTE1000-3-2.3%9.8%11.1%3.7%0.025.0%-
Samaje PerineRB5473032.3%68.3%60.3%18.5%14.617.9%0.62.610.29424.3332838
Jaleel McLaughlinRB43211-5-3.8%24.4%33.3%14.8%5.340.0%-
Michael BurtonFB     0.0%2.4%9.5%0.0%0.00.0%

The best player on the field for the Broncos was by far Jaleel McLaughlin (9-68; 4-3-21-1), who looked to have quite a bit of juice compared to Samaje Perine (6-22; 5-4-73), who looked like his runs were set to .5x speed on the broadcast. Between McLaughlin, Perine, and a returning Javonte Williams, this could be another ugly split. That said, it’s hard to keep McLaughlin off the field when he’s looked like the most athletic of the three this season. Not a slight to Williams whatsoever, but he’s certainly not 100% and likely won’t be for much of this season if at all. Perine saw 68% of routes and 60% of snaps in Week 5, but with all three players healthy, I’d be surprised if even one of these backs eclipsed 45% of snaps consistently.

While the backfield was pretty efficient all things considered, the passing game was a bit or miss. The non-McLaughlin touchdown came from former Saint (aren’t they all?) Adam TrautmanCourtland Sutton (3-1-13) only caught one of his three targets in a forgettable game, while Jerry Jeudy (7-6-50; 95% routes) led the team in targets and receptions. Marvin Mims (1-1-4; 29% routes) continues to get the short end of the stick, but he did fumble a punt return, so he’s not exactly helping his own cause here for getting on the field with an old-school head coach like Sean Payton.

Week 5 Denver Broncos Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy

Keep Them Rostered: Samaje PerineRussell Wilson, Javonte Williams (missed Week 5 - hip flexor), Jaleel McLaughlin, Marvin Mims (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: Jaleel McLaughlin 

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Detroit Lions

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Jameson WilliamsWR322031.8%50.0%46.7%11.1%0.720.0%
Kalif RaymondWR334502917.5%60.0%48.3%11.1%15.016.7%9.72.500.2891.5521829
Josh ReynoldsWR547616438.6%43.3%46.7%18.5%15.238.5%12.85.850.5481.1881328
Marvin JonesWR222201710.2%56.7%60.0%7.4%11.011.8%
Antoine GreenWR     0.0%20.0%18.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Sam LaPortaTE434724325.9%83.3%86.7%14.8%11.816.0%10.81.880.4041.0932552
Brock WrightTE33160127.2%40.0%61.7%11.1%5.325.0%4.01.330.2171.3331237
Darrell DanielsTE     0.0%6.7%25.0%0.0%0.00.0%
David MontgomeryRB6220031.8%66.7%75.0%22.2%3.330.0%
Craig ReynoldsRB     0.0%10.0%21.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Zonovan KnightRB1180-5-3.0%6.7%3.3%3.7%8.050.0%-

The Detroit Lions carry the fourth-lowest PROE (-5.6%) in the NFL and when they want to run, they’re going to take the air out of the ball. With no Amon-Ra St. Brown or Jahmyr Gibbs, that’s exactly what they did with David Montgomery (19-109-1; 6-2-20). Montgomery saw 75% of snaps and Craig Reynolds (7-52-1) got involved too with all seven carries coming after Montgomery left the game.

Sam LaPorta (4-3-47-2; 83% routes) continues his top-five fantasy tight end season with two touchdowns. If it wasn’t for Puka Nacua, LaPorta would be the fantasy MVP right now.

Even without two of the central passing game pieces, chronic overachiever Josh Reynolds (5-4-76-1; 43% routes) still finds ways to get in the box score and be efficient about it. Jameson Williams (3-2-2; 50% routes) in his first game back post-suspension saw him not do much in the production department but he ran routes on 50% of dropbacks. We’ll likely see him ramp up a bit more with routes; likely at the expense of Reynolds.

Week 5 Detroit Lions Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Sam LaPorta, David Montgomery

Start ‘Em: Jahmyr Gibbs (missed Week 5 - hamstring), Jared Goff

Keep Them Rostered: Jameson Williams, Josh 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 WatsonWR6391017772.8%85.3%84.5%21.4%15.220.7%
Romeo DoubsWR4140187.4%97.1%86.2%14.3%1.012.1%
Jayden ReedWR21703213.2%58.8%50.0%7.1%3.510.0%16.00.350.1990.2192029
Samori ToureWR     0.0%0.0%1.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Dontayvion WicksWR11100104.1%23.5%25.9%3.6%10.012.5%
Luke MusgraveTE7534093.7%67.6%69.0%25.0%4.930.4%1.31.480.4013.7782340
Tucker KraftTE     0.0%20.6%39.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Josiah DeguaraTE1119041.6%14.7%25.9%3.6%19.020.0%4.03.800.0654.750515
Ben SimsTE1112000.0%8.8%15.5%3.6%12.033.3%
AJ DillonRB1000-5-2.1%35.3%63.8%3.6%0.08.3%-
Patrick TaylorRB5250-2-0.8%50.0%36.2%17.9%1.029.4%-
Emanuel WilsonRB     0.0%0.0%1.7%0.0%0.00.0%

The Packers honestly, might just stink. They have some fleeting moments of competency as most young groups of skill position players so, but this is the youngest team in the league that’s being failed by Matt LaFleur’s tired play-calling. You can only run AJ Dillon (1-0-0; 20-76-1) into the ground for so long, but sadly, he was the one thing this offense had going for it on Monday night. Patrick Taylor was third on the team in targets behind Luke Musgrave (7-6-34) and Christian Watson, who had a long gain destined for a touchdown if it not for a horse-collar tackle that prevented it. 

Old school NFL fans will call that a “good penalty” but at the risk of potential injury? Some on social media were calling for the “clear path” penalty like in the NBA. I don’t know how you work that in (maybe a field goal attempt and then ball at your own 25? Who knows. That’s for people much smarter than me to figure out) but it’s an interesting discussion in a league that’s hellbent on player safety in the media but implementation of it is spotty at best.

Watson (6-3-91) didn’t do much besides that huge 77-yard gain, and neither did anybody else on offense. Jordan Love threw three interceptions including a backbreaker in the end zone to essentially end the game as they drove down to score the game-winning touchdown. Romeo Doubs (4-1-4) ran routes on 97% of dropbacks but his production cratered from two straight games of 12+ targets. The Packers head into their bye in Week 6.

Week 5 Green Bay Packers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Aaron Jones (missed Week 5 - hamstring), Christian Watson

Keep Them Rostered: Romeo DoubsLuke Musgrave (borderline 12-team starter), AJ Dillon, Jordan Love (deeper 12 & 14-team), Jayden Reed (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Houston Texans

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Robert WoodsWR933007727.7%65.7%67.8%28.1%3.339.1%8.61.300.6160.3902340
Nico CollinsWR43390259.0%91.4%88.1%12.5%9.812.5%
John MetchieWR22200145.0%51.4%44.1%6.3%10.011.1%
Xavier HutchinsonWR     0.0%14.3%13.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Tank DellWR435706523.4%40.0%35.6%12.5%14.328.6%
Dalton SchultzTE1076518129.1%71.4%59.3%31.3%6.540.0%8.12.600.6730.8022535
Teagan QuitorianoTE11220145.0%11.4%39.0%3.1%22.025.0%14.05.500.0821.571423
Brevin JordanTE     0.0%2.9%3.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Dameon PierceRB1116072.5%28.6%57.6%3.1%16.010.0%7.01.600.0652.2861034
Devin SingletaryRB1000-5-1.8%42.9%30.5%3.1%0.06.7%-
Mike BooneRB     0.0%14.3%11.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Andrew BeckFB     0.0%28.6%49.2%0.0%0.00.0%

C.J. Stroud still hasn’t thrown an interception in the NFL but this may have been his worst game as an NFL quarterback. That said, 20-of-35, 249 yards and a touchdown? That’s numbers any rookie quarterback would take in their fifth career start. Stroud has spoiled us with how well he’s taken to the NFL game from a passing standpoint, so it’s really hard to knock him as he helped keep the Texans in this game with the Falcons until Younghoe Koo kicked a game-winning field goal.

The passing game options we’ve gotten used to with Tank Dell (4-3-57; left game - concussion), Nico Collins (4-3-39; 91% routes), and Robert Woods (9-3-30; 66% routes) didn’t come along for the ride. Instead, it was a Dalton Schultz (10-7-65-1; 71% routes) game as he led the Texans in all receiving categories including the sole touchdown from Stroud.

Neither Dameon Pierce (20-66; 1-1-16; season-low 29% routes) nor Devin Singletary (zero carries, one target) really helped for anything fantasy-wise, but that’s nothing new if you drafted Pierce.

Week 5 Houston Texans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Tank Dell (left Week 5 - concussion), C.J. Stroud

Keep Them Rostered: Dameon Pierce, Robert Woods (deeper 12 & 14-team), Dalton Schultz (deeper 12 & 14-team)

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 PittmanWR755207141.8%100.0%100.0%29.2%7.425.0%10.11.860.7300.7322866
Alec PierceWR211002514.7%100.0%98.5%8.3%5.07.1%12.50.360.2280.4002865
Josh DownsWR669705431.8%82.1%71.2%25.0%16.226.1%
Isaiah McKenzieWR     0.0%10.7%10.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Amari RodgersWR     0.0%0.0%1.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Mo Alie-CoxTE11170158.8%25.0%18.2%4.2%17.014.3%15.02.430.1241.133712
Kylen GransonTE3215074.1%42.9%39.4%12.5%5.025.0%
Andrew OgletreeTE22160137.6%32.1%60.6%8.3%8.022.2%6.51.780.1791.231940
Jonathan TaylorRB11160-6-3.5%14.3%15.2%4.2%16.025.0%-
Zack MossRB22300-9-5.3%67.9%80.3%8.3%15.010.5%-4.51.580.088-3.3331953
Trey SermonRB     0.0%3.6%4.5%0.0%0.00.0%

Well Jonathan Taylor (6-18; 1-1-16; 15% snaps) returned in Week 5, but Zack Moss wasn’t ready to give up his bag quite yet. What a monster performance from Moss (23-165-2, 2-2-30; 80% snaps) that not a lot of people really got to take advantage of unless you had no choice at running back with injuries or byes. 

What’s next here for this backfield? Well, we know Taylor’s snaps are going to ramp up. Clearly they will be at the expense of Moss. But the questions is when? Moss has earned a role with this team, so the 90% snaps Taylor that fantasy managers were expecting could be off the table going forward unless an injury strikes. Honestly, we have no clue how slow or fast this transition from Moss to Taylor taking the majority of the workload will take. That makes Taylor more difficult to slot into lineups, but I think you’ve got to do it if you’ve lasted this long waiting for him to return.

Not only that, but Anthony Richardson is slated to miss a month or so of game action with an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. 

(It’s because I built all of my lineups around him in DFS in Week 5 — please forgive me)

We’ll see Gardner Minshew take over at quarterback for the Colts which gives a bump to the passing game options and that’s really only two players that we want to focus on: Michael Pittman (7-5-52; 100% routes) and Josh Downs (6-6-97; 82% routes). Minshew has no issues with dumping the ball underneath or in the short-area, so Downs should get a sizeable bump here as a borderline WR3 in fantasy. Pittman should continue to be a strong target earned as he’s been with more volume-based upside.

Also, Alec Pierce (2-1-10; 100% routes) for the “All-Exercise Team” Hall of Fame after his five games where he’s sporting an unfathomably low 0.70 yards per route run, 9% targets per route run, and 10% target share on 94% routes.

Week 5 Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Michael Pittman

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Anthony Richardson (placed on IR - shoulder; eligible to play Week 10), Zack Moss, Jonathan Taylor, Josh Downs

Add ‘Em: Gardner Minshew (uptick in Colts’ passing game prospects with Minshew for next four games)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Jacksonville Jaguars

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Calvin RidleyWR87122012442.2%91.5%85.2%21.6%15.318.6%15.52.840.6200.9844375
Christian KirkWR867805518.7%95.7%83.0%21.6%9.817.8%6.91.730.4551.4184573
Zay JonesWR532313712.6%51.1%43.2%13.5%4.620.8%7.40.960.2910.6222438
Jamal AgnewWR     0.0%12.8%12.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Tim JonesWR1000124.1%25.5%26.1%2.7%0.08.3%
Evan EngramTE842804716.0%83.0%85.2%21.6%3.520.5%5.90.720.4360.5963975
Luke FarrellTE1116010.3%10.6%37.5%2.7%16.020.0%
Brenton StrangeTE1000113.7%12.8%27.3%2.7%0.016.7%
Travis EtienneRB5448072.4%66.0%83.0%13.5%9.616.1%1.41.550.2196.8573173
Tank BigsbyRB     0.0%8.5%14.8%0.0%0.00.0%
JaMycal HastyRB     0.0%2.1%1.1%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Ernest JohnsonRB     0.0%0.0%1.1%0.0%0.00.0%

Perhaps that second week across the pond helped. In Jacksonville’s “home away from home”, they looked like the MUCH better team against the Bills. Calvin Ridley (8-7-122; 2-14) saw a ton of looks from Trevor Lawrence, including 35% first-read looks. Also earning quite a bit of volume on the day were Christian Kirk (8-6-78) and Evan Engram (8-4-28) to varied success. Ridley, Kirk, and Engram accounted for roughly 65% of the team’s targets in Week 5. Zay Jones (5-3-23-1) returned to the lineup at reduced routes (51%) but still caught a touchdown to salvage his day for any fantasy managers desperate enough to start him.

Travis Etienne (5-4-48; 26-136-2; 83% routes, 66% snaps) has this backfield on lockdown. 

Week 5 Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Travis Etienne, Trevor LawrenceCalvin Ridley

Start ‘Em: Christian Kirk, Evan Engram

Keep Them Rostered: Zay Jones (deeper 12 & 14-team), Tank Bigsby (weaker contingent play; deeper 12 & 14-team)

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 ToneyWR6526031.3%39.5%37.9%15.4%4.335.3%0.51.530.2408.6671725
Skyy MooreWR2211020.8%53.5%56.1%5.1%5.58.7%1.00.480.0835.5002337
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR211202711.3%67.4%65.2%5.1%6.06.9%13.50.410.1560.4442943
Rashee RiceWR54331239.6%23.3%30.3%12.8%6.650.0%4.63.300.2601.4351020
Justyn RossWR422803815.9%14.0%9.1%10.3%7.066.7%9.54.670.2650.73766
Justin WatsonWR325608535.6%53.5%43.9%7.7%18.713.0%28.32.430.3640.6592329
Travis KelceTE11106715221.8%53.5%59.1%28.2%6.147.8%4.72.910.5751.2882339
Noah GrayTE22210145.9%69.8%65.2%5.1%10.56.7%7.00.700.1181.5003043
Blake BellTE     0.0%18.6%30.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Isiah PachecoRB1190-4-1.7%27.9%59.1%2.6%9.08.3%-4.00.750.027-2.2501239
Jerick McKinnonRB32180-1-0.4%27.9%27.3%7.7%6.025.0%-0.31.500.112-18.0001218
Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB     0.0%11.6%13.6%0.0%0.00.0%

Travis Kelce scared half-near everybody in NFL and Swift Nation when he rolled his ankle and left the game. He did return, but he only saw 54% of routes as a result. Even then, he still put up a monster Kelce-like game. His Week 6 is in a bit of jeopardy as he’s questionable for Thursday Night Football against the Denver Broncos.

Besides Noah Gray and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, no other Chief ran more than 54% of routes in Week 5. This Chiefs’ massive roulette wheel of pass-catchers keeps spinning and spinning. On a per-route basis, Rashee Rice (5-4-33-1) has been the best of the bunch, but somehow, his routes cratered to 23% from 51% and 47% the previous two weeks. Rice carries a robust 36% targets per route run, a 2.62 yards per route run, and is a prime candidate to get an increase in his workload, but that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. He’s more of a stash right now on the chance that that does materialize. Makes sense.

Isiah Pacheco (6-55-1; 1-1-9) saw 59% of snaps and 17-of-24 running back opportunities in Week 5, even if the routes don’t come through, he’s the clear lead back from an actual running back standpoint.

Week 5 Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Travis KelcePatrick Mahomes

Start ‘Em: Isiah Pacheco

Keep Them Rostered: Jerick McKinnon (deeper 12 & 14-team leagues), Rashee Rice (deeper 12 & 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 AdamsWR44450117.3%97.1%93.8%13.8%11.311.8%2.81.320.2584.0913460
Jakobi MeyersWR1077519260.9%97.1%95.3%34.5%7.529.4%
Hunter RenfrowWR2170127.9%42.9%31.3%6.9%3.513.3%6.00.470.1590.5831520
Tre TuckerWR1000159.9%17.1%10.9%3.4%0.016.7%
DeAndre CarterWR1000-2-1.3%22.9%26.6%3.4%0.012.5%-
Austin HooperTE2211032.0%45.7%56.3%6.9%5.512.5%1.50.690.1173.6671636
Michael MayerTE323902617.2%45.7%65.6%10.3%13.018.8%8.72.440.2761.5001642
Josh JacobsRB55200-4-2.6%68.6%84.4%17.2%4.020.8%-0.80.830.240-5.0002454
Ameer AbdullahRB11110-2-1.3%20.0%17.2%3.4%11.014.3%-2.01.570.042-5.500711
Jakob JohnsonFB     0.0%11.4%15.6%0.0%0.00.0%

With the hyper-condensed offense of the Raiders, the offensive success boils down to one of three players: Davante AdamsJosh Jacobs, or Jakobi Meyers. Jacobs (20-69-1; 5-5-20) ran in a touchdown was pretty AJ Dillon-esque as he’s continued his 2023 trend of being inefficient on the ground. Meyers (10-7-75-1; 97% routes) earned a team-high 10 targets and scored the other touchdown for the Raiders and he had to do a lot of the heavy lifting with Adams (4-4-45; 97% routes) having a subpar day by his standards.

For the first time all season, Michael Mayer (3-2-39; 66% snaps) out-snapped Austin Hooper (2-2-11; 56% snaps) and it looked like Jimmy Garoppolo tried to get him involved a lot more into the offense from the jump as Mayer caught Garoppolo’s first pass of the game. It’s still going to take a lot more for Mayer to be a functionally consistent part of this offense, but it’s nice to see the Raiders remember he exists after drafting him 35th overall almost six months ago.

Week 5 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs

Start ‘Em: Jakobi Meyers

Keep Them Rostered: N/A

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Los Angeles Chargers


Week 5 Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Keenan AllenJustin HerbertAustin Ekeler (likely back in Week 6)

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Joshua PalmerQuentin Johnson

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Joshua Kelley (If Ekeler is back in Week 6, Kelley hasn’t shown much in his expanded carries to keep him with a very small share of them)


Los Angeles Rams

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Cooper KuppWR128118013740.8%97.6%94.6%35.3%9.829.3%11.42.880.8150.8614153
Van JeffersonWR     0.0%2.4%3.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Tutu AtwellWR52916419.0%95.2%89.3%14.7%1.812.5%
Puka NacuaWR11771112637.5%100.0%100.0%32.4%6.526.2%11.51.690.7480.5634256
Ben SkowronekWR1000144.2%2.4%10.7%2.9%0.0100.0%
Austin TrammellWR     0.0%2.4%1.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Tyler HigbeeTE3220072.1%95.2%92.9%8.8%6.77.5%2.30.500.1472.8574052
Brycen HopkinsTE     0.0%4.8%5.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Davis AllenTE     0.0%0.0%1.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Kyren WilliamsRB2240-12-3.6%78.6%83.9%5.9%2.06.1%-
Ronnie RiversRB     0.0%16.7%16.1%0.0%0.00.0%

We’ve talked about Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell doing a lot of heavy lifting for this Los Angeles Rams offense with Cooper Kupp off the field. Nacua and Atwell certainly have, and then some. Nacua has led the NFL in targets and receptions in Weeks 1-4, is second in receiving yards behind Justin Jefferson, and has put up a stellar 33% target share. Atwell has been excellent to his credit as fantasy’s WR24 through four weeks with almost nine targets per game, almost six receptions per game, 63 receiving yards per game and has run the most raw routes of any player in the NFL through four weeks — with Nacua just behind him in second.

Enter Kupp and Week 5; how will these players co-exist? Kupp (12-8-118, 97% routes) played the entire game with seemingly no rust whatsoever. Nacua (11-7-71-1) had 100% route participation. Atwell (5-2-9-1) ran routes on 95% of Matthew Stafford’s dropbacks and had a disappointing day production-wise, yet still scored a touchdown. Van Jefferson played just two total snaps and ran one route the entire game, and just days later, he’s been traded to the Atlanta Falcons.

We know how this is going to shake out now with Kupp and Nacua as the main target earners, Atwell being a more dynamic version of Jefferson running deeper routes, lifting the lid off of the defense with the ability to be used on designed plays and runs behind the line of scrimmage. Tyler Higbee (3-2-20) is still involved but is the clear third or fourth target most weeks. But the main question was, can Nacua and Kupp both exist together as fantasy WR1 options in the same offense? Much like Kupp and Robert Woods did years ago, the answer right now is a resounding yes. 

Kyren Williams (13-53; 2-2-24) continues to dominate the Rams backfield with 84% of snaps and Ronnie Rivers mixing in sometimes. It’s easy to feel good about Williams based on his workload, lack of options behind him taking work, and an interesting Rams offense in most weeks.

Week 5 Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Cooper Kupp, Puca Nacua, Kyren Williams

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Tutu AtwellMatthew Stafford, Tyler Higbee

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 HillWR9818116452.0%56.3%46.3%32.1%20.150.0%
Jaylen WaddleWR1053513125.2%87.5%81.5%35.7%3.535.7%
Braxton BerriosWR2213054.1%56.3%37.0%7.1%6.511.1%2.50.720.1362.6001820
Cedrick WilsonWR445203326.8%43.8%53.7%14.3%13.028.6%8.33.710.4021.5761429
Robbie ChosenWR     0.0%12.5%18.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Durham SmytheTE     0.0%87.5%81.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Julian HillTE     0.0%0.0%25.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Raheem MostertRB22130-6-4.9%53.1%59.3%7.1%6.511.8%-3.00.760.073-2.1671732
De'Von AchaneRB11140-4-3.3%46.9%48.1%3.6%14.06.7%-4.00.930.031-3.5001526
Chris BrooksRB     0.0%0.0%13.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Alec IngoldFB     0.0%31.3%35.2%0.0%0.00.0%

De’Von Achane (11-151-1; 1-1-14) played 48% of snaps, put up 151 rushing yards and touchdown, and then broke everybody’s hearts by being placed on IR with a knee injury. I’m guessing it’s because we just can’t have nice things like Achane and Justin Jefferson

The run game focuses on Raheem Mostert (10-65-1; 2-2-13) and a returning Jeff Wilson off of IR to pick up the slack, with the possibility of Chris Brooks mixing in too. If you followed the mantra of “a Dolphins running back in every fantasy draft”, you should have no issues.

In the passing game, Tyreek Hill (9-8-181-1) and Jaylen Waddle (10-5-35-1; 88% routes) saw 68% of Miami’s targets in Week 5, with Hill playing only 56% of routes because of his knee issue he’s been dealing with. If Hill is doing what he’s been doing banged up, imagine him fully healthy. Wow.

Week 5 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Tyreek Hill, Jaylen WaddleTua Tagovailoa

Start ‘Em: Raheem Mostert

Keep Them Rostered: DeVon Achane (placed on IR - knee; eligible to play in Week 10), Jeff Wilson (slated to come off of IR in Week 6)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Minnesota Vikings

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Justin JeffersonWR632804512.7%64.0%70.8%13.0%4.718.8%7.50.880.2840.6223251
Jordan AddisonWR9664110429.3%82.0%75.0%19.6%7.122.0%11.61.560.4990.6154154
K.J. OsbornWR954905314.9%88.0%88.9%19.6%5.420.5%
Brandon PowellWR644306618.6%34.0%30.6%13.0%7.235.3%11.02.530.3260.6521722
N'Keal HarryWR     0.0%2.0%1.4%0.0%0.00.0%
T.J. HockensonTE855107621.4%70.0%79.2%17.4%6.422.9%9.51.460.4110.6713557
Josh OliverTE21150154.2%20.0%34.7%4.3%7.520.0%7.51.500.0951.0001025
Johnny MundtTE1111020.6%12.0%13.9%2.2%11.016.7%2.01.830.0375.500610
Alexander MattisonRB32201-9-2.5%42.0%51.4%6.5%6.714.3%-3.00.950.080-2.2222137
Cam AkersRB223030.8%16.0%29.2%4.3%1.525.0%1.50.380.0711.000821
C.J. HamFB     0.0%16.0%25.0%0.0%0.00.0%

It’s time for Jordan Addison to swim in the deep end.

With Justin Jefferson (6-3-28; 64% routes) exiting early with a hamstring injury that would put the Vikings’ star player on IR for a minimum of four weeks, Addison (9-6-64-1; career-high 82% routes) is going to have a lot of pressure on him to carry the mantle for the Vikings. Once Jefferson left the game, Addison had 100% route participation with K.J. Osborn (9-5-49; 88% routes) and direct backup Brandon Powell (6-4-43; 34% routes) coming in as well. We know what Osborn is. We know what Powell is. Can Addison take the next step up? He’ll at least have T.J. Hockenson (8-5-51) to play off of, but he’s never been the best efficiency play himself.

It’s possible the Vikings shift to more work in the run game, but it’s not like that aspect of their offense should give anybody confidence other than the fact that they kind of have to do it to maintain some kind of balance where they just can’t pass ALL the time. 

The run game really is just a formality-based option for the Vikings rather than a strength of their team that they’d like to use — no matter how much they say the opposite in pressers. Alexander Mattison (8-26; 3-2-20-1) and Cam Akers (5-15; 2-2-3) are league average backs at absolutely best, but Mattison could take on a bit more of a role in the passing game without Jefferson. Even fullback C.J. Ham is getting involved is passing downs now with eight snaps on third down opportunities longer than five yards (per PFF’s Nathan Jahnke). Seems bad.

Week 5 Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: T.J. Hockenson

Start ‘Em: Jordan AddisonKirk Cousins, Alexander Mattison 

Keep Them Rostered: Alexander MattisonK.J. Osborn (deeper 12 and 14-team), Cam Akers, Justin Jefferson (placed on IR - hamstring)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


New England Patriots

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
JuJu Smith-SchusterWR4360-5-1.5%42.4%50.0%12.9%1.528.6%-1.30.430.183-1.2001427
DeVante ParkerWR422006619.4%100.0%98.1%12.9%5.012.1%16.50.610.3290.3033353
Kendrick BourneWR5243011634.0%90.9%87.0%16.1%8.616.7%23.21.430.4800.3713047
Demario DouglasWR21240298.5%18.2%13.0%6.5%12.033.3%
Hunter HenryTE20004814.1%69.7%77.8%6.5%0.08.7%
Mike GesickiTE42170257.3%33.3%29.6%12.9%4.336.4%6.31.550.2450.6801116
Pharaoh BrownTE     0.0%3.0%20.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Rhamondre StevensonRB200061.8%45.5%50.0%6.5%0.013.3%
Ezekiel ElliottRB44170-1-0.3%30.3%46.3%12.9%4.340.0%-0.31.700.191-17.0001025
Ty MontgomeryRB41505716.7%27.3%27.8%12.9%1.344.4%14.30.560.3110.088915

Zero points in Week 5 for the New England Patriots. Eight first downs. 156 total yards. YIKES.

DeVante Parker (4-2-20; 100% routes) and Kendrick Bourne (5-2-43; 91% routes) are this team's only high-volume route runners, but you can’t start them. The same goes for Hunter Henry (2-0-0; 70% routes) and Mike Gesicki (4-2-17; 33% routes), though Henry’s routes are much more stable and consistent than Gesicki, whose season-long route percentages are 41%, 79%, 47%, 62%, and 33% in each week.

The only actual starter you’d consider is Rhamondre Stevenson, and he hasn’t scored over 10 fantasy points since Week 2. I know bye weeks suck, and it’s an “all hands on deck” thing, but it’s getting harder and harder to start Stevenson. They play the Raiders, Bills, and Dolphins in their next three games after facing the Jets, Cowboys, and Saints, so I’m still sheepishly trotting him out there to do something and hoping the game scripts don’t get so negative they wipe out the rushing game completely like they did in New England’s last two games where they scored three and zero points.

Week 5 New England Patriots Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Rhamondre Stevenson

Keep Them Rostered: Hunter Henry, Kendrick Bourne (deeper 12-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 OlaveWR521218736.3%100.0%79.2%20.0%2.416.7%17.40.400.5540.1383057
Michael ThomasWR7465012652.5%93.3%70.8%28.0%9.325.0%18.02.320.7880.5162851
Rashid ShaheedWR222802811.7%66.7%56.9%8.0%14.010.0%14.01.400.2021.0002041
Keith KirkwoodWR111010.4%13.3%23.6%4.0%1.025.0%
Lynn BowdenWR     0.0%0.0%12.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Foster MoreauTE116100.0%33.3%66.7%4.0%6.010.0%0.00.600.0600.0001048
Taysom HillTE111010.4%40.0%38.9%4.0%1.08.3%
Jimmy GrahamTE100062.5%26.7%37.5%4.0%0.012.5%
Alvin KamaraRB33170-4-1.7%36.7%62.5%12.0%5.727.3%-1.31.550.168-4.2501145
Kendre MillerRB44530-5-2.1%30.0%36.1%16.0%13.344.4%-1.35.890.225-10.600926
Adam PrenticeFB     0.0%10.0%11.1%0.0%0.00.0%

The Saints didn’t have to do too much here as they put up 34 points thanks in some part to an interception return for the touchdown and the ineptitude of the Patriots’ offensive attack.

New Orleans only threw the ball 26 times, so it was the usual suspects in Chris Olave (5-2-12-1) and Michael Thomas (7-4-65) leading the way with 93%+ routes each. Rashid Shaheed (2-2-28) ran his usual near-average 67% routes. No Juwan Johnson in this one, so tight end routes were split almost evenly to the benefit of nobody.

Alvin Kamara (3-3-17; 22-80-1)got his now that the running backs room has cleared out to an extent. Kendre Miller (4-4-53; 11-37) got a bunch of run towards the end of this blowout.

Week 5 New Orleans Saints Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Chris Olave

Start ‘Em: Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara

Keep Them Rostered: Derek CarrJamaal Williams (on IR - hamstring), Rashid Shaheed (14-team), Juwan Johnson (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 SlaytonWR423204522.2%79.5%68.5%13.3%8.011.4%11.30.910.3550.7113550
Isaiah HodginsWR2219094.4%31.8%39.7%6.7%9.514.3%4.51.360.1312.1111429
Parris CampbellWR22230115.4%29.5%21.9%6.7%11.515.4%5.51.770.1382.0911316
Jalin HyattWR     0.0%61.4%45.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Wan'Dale RobinsonWR65170146.9%54.5%65.8%20.0%2.825.0%2.30.710.3481.2142448
Sterling ShepardWR21130104.9%20.5%27.4%6.7%6.522.2%5.01.440.1341.300920
Darren WallerTE11886011657.1%100.0%91.8%36.7%7.825.0%10.51.950.9500.7414467
Daniel BellingerTE117021.0%18.2%38.4%3.3%7.012.5%2.00.880.0573.500828
Matt BreidaRB113031.5%59.1%58.9%3.3%3.03.8%
Eric GrayRB1110-7-3.4%34.1%41.1%3.3%1.06.7%-

Some brutal beats for the New York Football Giants as Daniel Jones left the game with a neck injury and he’s looking more and more unlikely to play in Week 6 because of it. That depletes an already suspect passing game with Tyrod Taylor in at quarterback. With Saquon Barkley remaining limited in practice as well this week, it’s a lot of bodies having to play key roles here.

For the first time this season, Darren Waller (11-8-86) got going in terms of heavy volume and ran 100% of routes. Wan’Dale Robinson (6-5-17; 55% routes) and Jalin Hyatt (untargeted; 61% routes) are starting to get modest bumps in their routes over the last couple of weeks, so it wouldn’t surprise if those two plus one of Darius Slayton (4-2-32; WR-leading 80% routes) or whoever is running as the preferred three-WR set.

The Giants also tried to get Eric Gray (12-25; 1-1-1l; 41% snaps) more work in tandem with Matt Breida (9-21; 1-1-3; 59% snaps), but to little success. 

Week 5 New York Giants Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Darren Waller

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Saquon Barkley (missed Week 3-5 - ankle), Daniel Jones (left Week 5 - neck; looking unlikely to play in Week 6), Jalin Hyatt (deeper 12 & 14-team), Wan’Dale Robinson (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


New York Jets

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Garrett WilsonWR7354010759.1%97.0%83.1%26.9%7.721.9%15.31.690.8180.5053254
Allen LazardWR433303720.4%87.9%92.3%15.4%8.313.8%
Randall CobbWR100073.9%51.5%35.4%3.8%0.05.9%
Xavier GipsonWR     0.0%21.2%30.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Irvin CharlesWR     0.0%6.1%3.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Tyler ConklinTE546703720.4%66.7%55.4%19.2%13.422.7%
C.J. UzomahTE2212021.1%39.4%44.6%7.7%6.015.4%1.00.920.1236.0001329
Jeremy RuckertTE1120-1-0.6%9.1%29.2%3.8%2.033.3%-1.00.670.054-2.000319
Breece HallRB33170-5-2.8%30.3%52.3%11.5%5.730.0%-1.71.700.154-3.4001034
Dalvin CookRB     0.0%12.1%16.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Michael CarterRB33140-3-1.7%51.5%30.8%11.5%4.717.6%-1.00.820.161-4.6671720
Nick BawdenFB     0.0%18.2%26.2%0.0%0.00.0%

Breece HallUNLEASHED~! For the most part.

Hall (22-177-1; 3-3-17) put up 194 yards and a touchdown as the definitive star of this offense in Week 5. He also out-touched Dalvin Cook (6 carries) and Michael Carter (3 receptions) with 22 carries and three receptions. If Hall can annex some of the Carter routes (52%) and snaps (31%) in the coming weeks, we could have even more of a fantasy monster on our hands. We were told by head coach Robert Saleh that Hall was no longer on a snap count, so this full workload could be Hall’s in short order.

Not much to write about in the passing game, with Garrett Wilson (7-3-54; 97% routes) and his team-leading seven targets plus a middling stat line. It was (of course) Tyler Conklin (5-4-67; 67% routes) leading the team in receptions and receiving yards. The only offensive touchdown was from Hall; the rest of the 31 points was a defensive score, a safety, and five field goals from Greg Zeurlein. Quarterback Zach Wilson is going to have to carry this offense a bit too or the Jets will turn to somebody who can drive the ship a bit better.

Week 5 New York Jets Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall

Keep Them Rostered: Dalvin Cook (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. BrownWR86127013551.1%97.7%98.7%23.5%15.919.0%
DeVonta SmithWR51603513.3%100.0%93.7%14.7%1.211.6%
Quez WatkinsWR3240176.4%72.1%65.8%8.8%1.39.7%
Olamide ZaccheausWR     0.0%16.3%11.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Dallas GoedertTE9811716424.2%88.4%94.9%26.5%13.023.7%
Jack StollTE114031.1%16.3%27.8%2.9%4.014.3%3.00.570.0521.333722
Grant CalcaterraTE     0.0%2.3%7.6%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Andre SwiftRB6638041.5%58.1%62.0%17.6%6.324.0%0.71.520.2759.5002549
Kenneth GainwellRB217062.3%20.9%38.0%5.9%3.522.2%3.00.780.1041.167930

It’s pretty clear that the Eagles made Dallas Goedert (9-8-117-1) one of the keys to their game plan against the Rams as he had himself a day, unfortunately at the expense of DeVonta Smith (5-1-6; 100% routes). No worries though, A.J. Brown (8-6-127) is still awesome. 

Even D’Andre Swift (17-70; 6-6-38) got into the mix with six targets to couple with the rushing component. It wasn’t Philadelphia’s most explosive game by any means, but several strong days by the main cohorts in this offense (and Jalen Hurts with 72 rushing yards plus a rushing touchdown) in an almost quiet way just shows how truly good they are.

Week 5 Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: D’Andre Swift, Dallas Goedert 

Keep Them Rostered: Kenneth Gainwell (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Pittsburgh Steelers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
George PickensWR106130119665.3%97.3%87.9%32.3%13.027.8%19.63.610.9410.6633658
Allen RobinsonWR952906521.7%97.3%86.4%29.0%3.225.0%7.20.810.5870.4463657
Calvin AustinWR1000144.7%75.7%56.1%3.2%0.03.6%
Miles BoykinWR100041.3%13.5%18.2%3.2%0.020.0%
Gunner OlszewskiWR     0.0%5.4%6.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Darnell WashingtonTE200041.3%48.6%69.7%6.5%0.011.1%
Rodney WilliamsTE     0.0%0.0%6.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Najee HarrisRB1130-1-0.3%35.1%56.1%3.2%3.07.7%-
Jaylen WarrenRB3339000.0%37.8%48.5%9.7%13.021.4%0.02.790.1450.0001432
Connor HeywardFB43230186.0%48.6%56.1%12.9%5.822.2%

The Steelers head into their Week 6 bye with some momentum as they beat AFC North rival Baltimore with a banged-up Kenny Pickett and some pieces they’d like to get back to make a serious go of it in Week 7.

George Pickens (10-6-130-1; 97% routes) had a monster game and was by far the biggest part of the team’s offense. Pickens led the NFL in air yards (196) in Week 5 and with Diontae Johnson’s pending return post-bye, it couldn’t come at a better time. Lump that return in with a possible return from tight end Pat Freiermuth, and the Steelers could not have picked a better time to have their bye come up. Allen Robinson (9-5-29; 97% routes) also saw a bunch of targets that didn’t really matter in the grand scheme. 

Jaylen Warren (9-40; 3-3-39; 38% routes, 49% snaps) continues to outplay Najee Harris (14-37; 1-1-3; 35% routes, 56% snaps) each week. In other news, the grass is green, water is wet, etc.

Week 5 Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Diontae Johnson (placed on IR - hamstring; eligible to return in Week 6)

Start ‘Em: George Pickens, Pat Freiermuth (missed Week 5 - hamstring)

Keep Them Rostered: Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren (standalone play as well as a priority contingent play), Kenny Pickett

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Calvin Austin (likely saw his last extended playing time with Diontae Johnson slated to return after the Week 6 bye)


San Francisco 49ers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Brandon AiyukWR7458010449.3%85.7%78.9%28.0%8.329.2%14.92.420.7650.5582456
Deebo SamuelWR335503215.2%75.0%73.2%12.0%18.314.3%10.72.620.2861.7192152
Jauan JenningsWR11190188.5%39.3%38.0%4.0%19.09.1%18.01.730.1201.0561127
Ronnie BellWR1000115.2%10.7%19.7%4.0%0.033.3%
Ray-Ray McCloudWR1110-1-0.5%10.7%18.3%4.0%1.033.3%-1.00.330.057-1.000313
George KittleTE436734521.3%85.7%78.9%16.0%16.816.7%11.32.790.3891.4892456
Charlie WoernerTE     0.0%21.4%31.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Ross DwelleyTE     0.0%7.1%21.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Christian McCaffreyRB32270-4-1.9%89.3%73.2%12.0%9.012.0%-
Jordan MasonRB100041.9%7.1%18.3%4.0%0.050.0%
Tyrion Davis-PriceRB     0.0%0.0%9.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Kyle JuszczykFB4426120.9%39.3%39.4%16.0%6.536.4%0.52.360.24713.0001128

The reason we continue to start George Kittle (4-3-67-3; 86% routes) is for games like this where the gravitational force of the universe revolves around Kittle for one night, as it did on Sunday Night Football against the Cowboys. Brock Purdy threw four touchdowns (one to Kyle Juszczyk) and it was short work for the 49ers as they put away the Cowboys very early and coasted the rest of the way. The 49ers are the best team in football and it seems pretty clear heading into Week 6.

Besides Kittle’s monster game, Brandon Aiyuk (7-4-58; 86% routes; 49% of team’s air yards) led the team in targets and has been the downfield target for Purdy with Deebo Samuel (3-3-55; 5-30) running routes and getting backfield snaps and carries.

No worries though, Christian McCaffrey (19-51; 3-2-27) got his weekly touchdown and still ran 90% of routes. Jordan Mason (10-69-1; 1-0-0) got a bunch of run in this one too as did Tyrion Davis-Price (6-21) to salt away this game.

Week 5 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Christian McCaffrey, Brandon Aiyuk

Start ‘Em: Deebo Samuel, George KittleBrock Purdy

Keep Them Rostered: Elijah Mitchell (missed Week 4 & 5 - knee)

Add ‘Em: Jordan Mason (a solid  chance he takes the backup/sporadic work McCaffrey doesn’t get even when Mitchell gets healthy)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Seattle Seahawks


Week 5 Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: DK MetcalfTyler LockettKenneth Walker

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Zach Charbonnet (contingent play), Geno SmithJaxon Smith-Njigba (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Week 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Mike EvansChris Godwin

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Rachaad White, Cade Otton (14-team), Baker Mayfield (14-team), Trey Palmer (deeper 12 & 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 HopkinsWR108140017363.6%97.3%83.6%30.3%14.027.8%17.33.890.9000.8093651
Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR31903412.5%59.5%68.9%9.1%3.013.6%11.30.410.2240.2652242
Kyle PhilipsWR1000197.0%37.8%23.0%3.0%0.07.1%
Chris MooreWR     0.0%62.2%62.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Chigoziem OkonkwoTE953303713.6%64.9%57.4%27.3%3.737.5%4.11.380.5040.8922435
Trevon WescoTE1121093.3%13.5%45.9%3.0%21.020.0%
Josh WhyleTE117062.2%16.2%37.7%3.0%7.016.7%
Kevin RaderTE     0.0%0.0%8.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Derrick HenryRB33190-8-2.9%40.5%60.7%9.1%6.320.0%-
Tyjae SpearsRB5435020.7%54.1%52.5%15.2%7.025.0%0.41.750.23217.5002032

DeAndre Hopkins (10-8-140) is the robust, still-thriving elm tree growing in the middle of a public landfill that’s about to be condemned by the EPA. That’s about the nicest thing I can say about the Tennessee Titans’ passing game. Chigoziem Okonkwo (9-5-33) saw more volume than he has all season, but at his lowest route (65%) and snaps (57%) this season. You just can’t trust him, but bye weeks aren’t helping, so he’s a guy where you plug your nose and hope he gets seven points out of your tight end spot when you start him. Not a great place to be.

Since Week 1, when we were surprised about Tyjae Spears (7-34-1; 5-4-35) seeing 50% of the routes and 54% of the snaps, we thought the workload disparity would normalize as has been the case in the Tennessee backfield for the last half-decade with Derrick Henry. That hasn’t been the case, and Spears has been taking more and more situational work from Henry. In Week 5, Spears took all of the long down and distance snaps, all of the two-minute snaps, and most of the short down and distance snaps, and in a trailing script, Spears saw much more of the field than Henry did.

Tennessee even gave Spears a nifty run on a reverse that got him loose for a 19-yard touchdown. Spears was fourth in the NFL in rush over expected percentage up until Week 5, when his 27 carries this season knocked him off the leaderboard where the minimum was 30 to be listed. ROE% measures how consistently a running back is getting rushing yards over expected in their carries. 

Are we seeing the demise of Derrick Henry? Eventually, but I don’t think he’s quite dead yet. That said, Henry just hasn’t looked the same this season as in previous seasons, and we have to be cognizant that he’s a 29-year-old running back who’s turning 30 at the end of his contract with 300 carries in three of his last four seasons. We have to be smart fantasy gamers and separate what we WANT to happen with what IS happening.

Tennessee is finding ways to get Spears on the field, and now he’s infiltrating Henry’s workload, as Henry failed to hit 70% of the rushing attempts for the first time this season. For a team looking for a spark, Spears is giving them as the Titans are willing to deploy him in a number of ways. Henry certainly has viability, but besides his game against Cincinnati in Week 4, where he had 122 yards and a touchdown, he’s averaging 3.1 yards per carry in those other games.

All that said, Spears is starting to become a pretty viable flex play for fantasy managers now that we’re getting in the thick of bye weeks. Spears carries some immense contingent upside should the wheels fully come off Henry in his final contract year. It behooves the Titans to see what they have in Spears this season after a Day 2 pick on him, and that’s exactly what’s happening here.

Week 5 Tennessee Titans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: DeAndre Hopkins

Start ‘Em: Derrick Henry (you’re pot-committed)

Keep Them Rostered: Tyjae Spears (elite contingent play, good enough standalone value), Chigoziem Okonkwo (deeper 12 & 14-team), Treylon Burks (missed Week 4 & 5 - knee)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Washington Commanders

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Terry McLaurinWR544907820.8%83.3%82.9%10.4%9.810.0%15.60.980.3020.6285058
Jahan DotsonWR533003810.1%76.7%80.0%10.4%6.010.9%7.60.650.2270.7894656
Curtis SamuelWR766516717.9%66.7%70.0%14.6%9.317.5%9.61.630.3440.9704049
Dyami BrownWR311104612.3%28.3%24.3%6.3%3.717.6%15.30.650.1800.2391717
Byron PringleWR21100236.1%15.0%15.7%4.2%5.022.2%
Jamison CrowderWR22210174.5%13.3%11.4%4.2%10.525.0%8.52.630.0941.23588
Logan ThomasTE1197717319.5%78.3%78.6%22.9%7.023.4%6.61.640.4801.0554755
John BatesTE22190133.5%16.7%20.0%4.2%9.520.0%6.51.900.0871.4621014
Cole TurnerTE119071.9%15.0%15.7%2.1%9.011.1%
Brian RobinsonRB44330-7-1.9%30.0%35.7%8.3%8.322.2%-1.81.830.112-4.7141825
Antonio GibsonRB64640205.3%46.7%54.3%12.5%10.721.4%
Derrick GoreRB     0.0%11.7%10.0%0.0%0.00.0%

In this one, 60 dropbacks and 51 pass attempts for the Commanders and somehow, Terry McLaurin (5-4-49) and Jahan Dotson (5-3-30) could only muster five targets apiece. That’s not going to cut it, with both McLaurin and Dotson seeing about 16-17% of the team’s targets through five games.

Logan Thomas (11-9-77-1) missed Week 3, but in his four healthy games, he’s right there with those two wide receivers at a 16.8% season-long target share. Thomas was the star in Week 5 for the Commanders as he led the team in all receiving categories and scored one of two touchdowns. Thomas has to be a starting consideration for fantasy managers looking to get some production out of the tight end position. 

It was a bad night for the running backs, as Brian Robinson (6-10; 4-4-33) only saw six carries in a game where the Bears led 27-3 at halftime. Antonio Gibson (zero carries; 6-4-64) did not see one carry for the first time in his NFL career, but he did put up double-digit fantasy points in the receiving game. Obviously, this was a blip on the radar for Robinson in a lousy game script. They just ran into a buzzsaw known as DJ Moore, so I’m not going to knock him for this.

Week 5 Washington Commanders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Brian Robinson

Keep Them Rostered: Logan ThomasTerry McLaurin, Antonio Gibson (deeper flex in 12-team leagues, start in 14-team PPR formats), Jahan Dotson (deeper 12 & 14-team), Sam Howell (deeper 12 & 14-team leagues)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


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