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 7!





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


Passes caught by a pass-catcher

Rec. Yards

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


Receiving touchdowns

Air Yards

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

This statistic is significant for determining the quarterback and coaching staff's predictive value in an offense and their intent.

Air Yards Team Share %

A pass-catcher’s percentage share of a team's air yards in a given week.

Route %

Percentage of routes a pass-catcher runs on a pass play per dropback on their team.

Snap %

Percentage of snaps a pass-catcher plays on an offensive series on their team.

Target Share %

Percentage of targets a pass-catcher receives in a given week on their team.

Yards per Target

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


Targets per route run (TPRR) is a metric that measures how often a receiver is targeted vs. the amount of routes they run. A higher TPRR means that the player is better at earning targets when he's on the field. A low raw route number or low route % coupled with a high TPRR means that the pass-catcher is efficient at earning targets and could be in line for more routes depending on the team situation.

25%+ TPRRElite

17-18%Close to replacement level

Sub 17%Not fantasy relevant


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


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


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


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


Bye Weeks:

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


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

All statistics below are listed in the following format:

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


NFL Target Report

Arizona Cardinals

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Marquise BrownWR11434018347.8%89.1%89.5%28.9%3.126.8%16.60.830.7690.1864168
Rondale MooreWR7430010.3%69.6%65.8%18.4%4.321.9%0.10.940.27830.0003250
Zach PascalWR1000195.0%13.0%14.5%2.6%0.016.7%
Michael WilsonWR436206015.7%89.1%88.2%10.5%15.59.8%15.01.510.2681.0334167
Greg DortchWR1000379.7%28.3%21.1%2.6%0.07.7%
Zach ErtzTE522204511.7%52.2%46.1%13.2%4.420.8%9.00.920.2800.4892435
Trey McBrideTE54620379.7%45.7%57.9%13.2%12.423.8%7.42.950.2651.6762144
Geoff SwaimTE     0.0%2.2%19.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Keaontay IngramRB22110-3-0.8%23.9%36.8%5.3%5.518.2%-
Emari DemercadoRB116030.8%58.7%43.4%2.6%6.03.7%
Damien WilliamsRB118010.3%6.5%17.1%2.6%8.033.3%1.02.670.0418.000313

In a game where the Cardinals were wholly more uncompetitive than a 26-9 score looked on the surface, Marquise Brown (11-4-34) seemed to suffer with a lack of efficiency that comes with a quarterback like Joshua Dobbs playing over his skis for a bit and then coming back down to earth. Rondale Moore (7-4-30) and Michael Wilson (4-3-62) were involved but were just “shrug your shoulder” plays and don’t inspire much confidence; not that ancillary Cardinals receivers should.

Trey McBride (5-4-62) is clearly the more athletic, exciting tight end option in Arizona and it seems like he’s being given much more of a shot over noted glacier Zach Ertz (5-2-22), whose routes cratered from over 83% in the last two weeks to just 52% in Week 6. McBride saw a season-high 46% routes himself and while that’s not exactly super enticing from a fantasy perspective, he saw five targets on that and Ertz and McBride are two fantasy tight end ships passing in the night with McBride benefitting. Through all of the Michael Mayer hoopla, McBride is a great consolation prize in his own right as the top tight end coming out of Colorado St. in 2022.

For this run game, we saw noted former dustball Damien Williams (8-36; 1-1-8; 17% snaps) admittedly look like he had some gas left in the tank. Keaontay Ingram (10-40; 2-2-11; 37% snaps, 24% routes) had the most carries on the day while taking a backseat in snaps and routes to Emari Demercado (2-11; 1-1-6; 43% snaps; 59% routes), but Demercado didn’t see close to the same opportunity that Ingram and Williams saw. I’m still prioritizing Ingram here if you’re in a pinch and need some kind of running back production on the waiver wire.

Week 6 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Marquise Brown

Keep Them Rostered:  James Conner (placed on IR), Keaontay Ingram, Joshua Dobbs (deeper 12 & 14 team), Michael Wilson (14 team), Rondale Moore (14 team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Atlanta Falcons

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Drake LondonWR129125013232.8%82.7%81.9%29.3%10.427.9%11.02.910.6690.9474368
Mack HollinsWR43410328.0%25.0%34.9%9.8%10.330.8%
KhaDarel HodgeWR1000225.5%34.6%33.7%2.4%0.05.6%
Scott MillerWR2140112.7%32.7%33.7%4.9%2.011.8%
Van JeffersonWR10005814.4%28.8%26.5%2.4%0.06.7%
Kyle PittsTE644315714.2%65.4%55.4%14.6%7.217.6%
Jonnu SmithTE543614811.9%63.5%54.2%12.2%7.215.2%
MyCole PruittTE219061.5%23.1%37.3%4.9%4.516.7%3.00.750.0841.5001231
Bijan RobinsonRB754304010.0%86.5%77.1%17.1%6.115.6%5.70.960.3261.0754564
Tyler AllgeierRB1000-4-1.0%15.4%27.7%2.4%0.012.5%-
Cordarrelle PattersonRB     0.0%17.3%13.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Keith SmithFB     0.0%7.7%19.3%0.0%0.00.0%

Desmond Ridder attempted 47 passes, so there’s hope for the Falcons yet! Unless it was some kind of Jedi mind-trick by Arthur Smith to try and appease us lowly fantasy football players with how the team used Drake London (12-9-125) and Kyle Pitts (6-4-43-1) in Week 6.

Pitts got a touchdown on the board very early and London dominated the Commanders at almost every turn. The talent is never in question with London, but it’s the environment and weird decisions to go away from their best players that have gotten in the way of success. It was for naught, as Ridder threw three interceptions including a backbreaker to seal the game for Washington and give Ridder his first home loss in college or the pros.

Giving Bijan Robinson (13-37; 8-5-43) an expanded role in the passing game is all well and good, but splitting up the rushing workload 50/50 with Tyler Allgeier (13-51; 1-0-0) should never be in the cards in Week 6. We can’t be all the way mad though; you have to figure the massive workloads and fantasy ceiling games are coming.

Week 6 Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Bijan Robinson

Start ‘Em: Drake London, Kyle Pitts

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Baltimore Ravens

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Rashod BatemanWR32150229.9%51.4%47.9%10.3%5.015.8%7.30.790.2240.6821934
Odell Beckham.WR423402712.1%43.2%40.8%13.8%8.525.0%
Zay FlowersWR865015826.0%89.2%88.7%27.6%6.324.2%7.31.520.5960.8623363
Nelson AgholorWR324003817.0%62.2%52.1%10.3%13.313.0%12.71.740.2741.0532337
Devin DuvernayWR     0.0%18.9%21.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Mark AndrewsTE646909040.4%89.2%84.5%20.7%11.518.2%
Isaiah LikelyTE     0.0%13.5%23.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Charlie KolarTE     0.0%0.0%8.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Gus EdwardsRB1112020.9%51.4%62.0%3.4%12.05.3%2.00.630.0586.0001944
Justice HillRB3300-16-7.2%29.7%38.0%10.3%0.027.3%-
Patrick RicardFB113020.9%16.2%32.4%3.4%3.016.7%2.00.500.0581.500623

The Ravens were fully content on running the ball (57% run rate) against the Titans’ stout run defense, which made sense to nobody considering their pass defense has been something every other opponent has exploited. But that’s why I’m writing about it and not calling offensive plays.

Zay Flowers (8-6-50-1) and Mark Andrews (6-4-69) are the only players in this passing game worth your time, as those two accounted for almost 50% of the targets in Week 6. Rashod Bateman (3-2-15; 51% routes) is clearly not capable of producing at the level we expected him to right now, so he can’t be on any fantasy rosters.

Leading this backfield still is Gus Edwards (16-41; 1-1-12) but Justice Hill works in as a change of pace. The thought was that Keaton Mitchell would work his way into the running back rotation in Week 6, but he didn’t play an offensive snap despite being active.

Week 6 Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: N/A

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Buffalo Bills

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Stefon DiggsWR1610100015365.1%100.0%93.4%55.2%6.350.0%
Gabe DavisWR432103715.7%78.1%88.5%13.8%5.316.0%9.30.840.3170.5682554
Trent SherfieldWR     0.0%46.9%36.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Deonte HartyWR1131-7-3.0%28.1%16.4%3.4%3.011.1%-7.00.330.031-0.429910
Khalil ShakirWR1113010.4%15.6%39.3%3.4%13.020.0%1.02.600.05513.000524
Dawson KnoxTE631703615.3%71.9%75.4%20.7%2.826.1%6.00.740.4180.4722346
Quintin MorrisTE11151156.4%21.9%29.5%3.4%15.014.3%
James CookRB     0.0%46.9%49.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Damien HarrisRB     0.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Latavius MurrayRB     0.0%40.6%49.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Reggie GilliamFB     0.0%3.1%8.2%0.0%0.00.0%

This is a one-man show in the passing game and that’s Stefon Diggs (16-10-100). I feel bad that I didn’t get enough exposure to him in both best ball and season-long leagues as I faded him a little bit due to some of the sideline concerns from last season’s playoffs and the fact that he is a bit older. That said, that’s a flaw in my own personal game and Diggs is very much a monster producer in an elite offense. Sometimes, football doesn’t have to be difficult.

With no Dalton KincaidDawson Knox (6-3-17) saw 70%+ routes but, didn’t do much with it in a game where Buffalo clearly had their struggles on offense putting up only 14 points.

It’s clear at this point that the Bills just don’t fully trust James Cook (14-71) to take full control of the running back workload and Latavius Murray (12-45) is going to have a pretty good role while he’s still upright. Murray has admittedly looked pretty good as the oldest running back currently employed in the NFL. Murray saw his first game above 32% snaps with 49% in Week 6 and if he’s sitting there going forward in terms of the workload split, then Cook can’t be anything more than a low-end RB2 unless his efficiency spikes off the page. That hasn’t been the case at any point this season, and that may be the rub here.

Week 6 Buffalo Bills Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs

Start ‘Em: James Cook, Gabe Davis 

Keep Them Rostered: Latavius Murray (contingent play; deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Carolina Panthers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Adam ThielenWR1311115112042.1%90.5%80.9%37.1%8.834.2%
DJ CharkWR632606522.8%64.3%67.6%17.1%4.322.2%10.80.960.4170.4002746
Jonathan MingoWR322103211.2%95.2%92.6%8.6%7.07.5%10.70.530.2070.6564063
Terrace MarshallWR30003010.5%35.7%30.9%8.6%0.020.0%
Laviska ShenaultWR33150-8-2.8%11.9%16.2%8.6%5.060.0%-
Ihmir Smith-MarsetteWR     0.0%7.1%8.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Hayden HurstTE311603813.3%45.2%54.4%8.6%5.315.8%12.70.840.2220.4211937
Tommy TrembleTE2225062.1%38.1%45.6%5.7%12.512.5%3.01.560.1004.1671631
Stephen SullivanTE     0.0%11.9%8.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Chuba HubbardRB112020.7%64.3%77.9%2.9%2.03.7%
Raheem BlackshearRB114000.0%14.3%16.2%2.9%4.016.7%0.00.670.0430.000611

Yada, yada, Adam Thielen (13-11-115-1) something, something.

I more than understand the entire thesis on Thielen; the people who more or less irresponsibly drafted him more than a few times are touting Thielen as a huge win. I’m not saying Thielen can’t be a huge win for 2023; I’d say he already has been. However, the entire thesis for him CONTINUING his production is fragile. The team has already said they’re looking for a #1 receiver. Bryce Young’s aDOT has come up to 7.0 yards from 6.6 in just a week. Young has looked much improved from even a week or two ago before he missed Week 3, but there’s such a gulf between Thielen’s target share and the rest of his receivers that when Young starts to push the ball downfield, it’s not going to be to Thielen. It’s going to have to be to the other guys like D.J. Chark (6-3-26; 64% routes) and Jonathan Mingo (3-2-21; 95% routes). 

You can make the case that perpetually targeting Thielen is actually detrimental to Young’s progression as an NFL quarterback. He’s going to have to make NFL-level throws with accuracy at the intermediate ranges. To make a comparison to a different sport, NBA teams cannot win with just layups and short jumpers. Every Super Bowl-winning quarterback since the 2006 season has had an aDOT above 8 yards but one — last season Patrick Mahomes had a 7.5-yard aDOT. It’s also Patrick Mahomes. If you made it through my “this is why I think there’s warts with Adam Thielen for WR1” soliloquy, I appreciate you.

With no Miles SandersChuba Hubbard (19-88-1; 1-1-2) took hold of the running game to pretty solid success. I’ve been banging the drum this season for the Panthers to give Hubbard much more run and he’s looked way better from the eye test than Sanders has, but Sanders was the one that was paid in free agency.

Week 6 Carolina Panthers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Adam Thielen

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Miles Sanders (missed Week 6 - shoulder), Chuba Hubbard, Jonathan Mingo (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 MooreWR855108862.0%100.0%95.5%33.3%6.425.0%11.01.590.9340.5803263
Darnell MooneyWR32480128.5%90.6%78.8%12.5%16.010.3%4.01.660.2474.0002952
Tyler ScottWR421202719.0%62.5%59.1%16.7%3.020.0%6.80.600.3830.4442039
Velus JonesWR115053.5%6.3%10.6%4.2%5.050.0%5.02.500.0871.00027
Trent TaylorWR100042.8%6.3%3.0%4.2%0.050.0%
Cole KmetTE329021.4%75.0%95.5%12.5%3.012.5%0.70.380.1974.5002463
Robert TonyanTE1111042.8%25.0%24.2%4.2%11.012.5%4.01.380.0822.750816
Marcedes LewisTE     0.0%3.1%24.2%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Onta ForemanRB112010.7%37.5%60.6%4.2%2.08.3%
Darrynton EvansRB1120-2-1.4%28.1%36.4%4.2%2.011.1%-
Khari BlasingameFB111010.7%6.3%12.1%4.2%1.050.0%1.00.500.0671.00028

The common theme for this week — which led to by far the lowest fantasy scoring week of this season — is terribly producing passing games. Case in point? Chicago, who by no fault of their own, put up a paltry 141 passing yards with Justin Fields (who left the game with a dislocated thumb) and somebody named Tyson Bagent, who I assume won a contest to be the backup quarterback for the Week 7. Amazingly enough, Bagent (I kid, he’s an actual quarterback from Shepherd University in West Virginia) may end up getting another start if Fields’ thumb isn’t in shape for him to start. 

You can imagine the pass-catchers weren’t exactly overflowing with opportunity and production, with DJ Moore (8-5-51) being the only player with more than two catches and four targets.

Not wanting to subject their understudy quarterback to more torture besides losing a fumble and throwing an interception, the Bears skewed very run heavy with the lowest pass rate over expected in Week 6 (-15.9%). With Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson both out, D’Onta Foreman (15-65; 1-1-2) led the way with Darrynton Evans (9-32; 1-1-2) mixing in. Foreman likely maintains a role for the interim as Johnson gets back into the swing of things and then when Herbert comes back, is phased out like he was in the beginning of the season. 

Week 6 Chicago Bears Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: DJ Moore, Justin Fields (left Week 6 - thumb)

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Cincinnati Bengals

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Ja'Marr ChaseWR13680012764.8%97.4%90.7%37.1%6.234.2%
Tee HigginsWR422003819.4%56.4%53.7%11.4%5.018.2%9.50.910.3070.5262229
Tyler BoydWR773812110.7%97.4%88.9%20.0%5.418.4%
Trenton IrwinWR     0.0%35.9%44.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Andrei IosivasWR113131.5%15.4%14.8%2.9%3.016.7%3.00.500.0541.00068
Irv SmithTE2150105.1%64.1%61.1%5.7%2.58.0%
Drew SampleTE114042.0%23.1%35.2%2.9%4.011.1%4.00.440.0571.000919
Mitchell WilcoxTE     0.0%5.1%11.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Joe MixonRB43240-2-1.0%48.7%70.4%11.4%6.021.1%-
Trayveon WilliamsRB2230-5-2.6%20.5%16.7%5.7%1.525.0%-2.50.380.068-0.60089
Chase BrownRB118000.0%7.7%7.4%2.9%8.033.3%0.02.670.0430.00034
Chris EvansRB     0.0%5.1%3.7%0.0%0.00.0%

“Well surely the Cincinnati Bengals can put up some offense in Week 6!”

*214 total yards, 46 rushing yards, 185 passing yards*

At least the Bengals didn’t continue the Joe Mixon (12-38; 4-3-24) charade for a long time here, as the team only ran the ball 15 times all game.

Ja'Marr Chase (13-6-80) is still awesome. Tee Higgins (4-2-20) was pretty much a decoy and only ran 56% of routes as he’s still hampered by his rib injury. The other usual suspect in this Bengals’ offense, Tyler Boyd (7-7-38-1) caught a touchdown and helped carry this offense underneath with just a 3.0-yard aDOT.

It really wasn’t exciting here for the Bengals; it was more of a real-life NFL win than one where Joe Burrow throws the ball around the yard and we get fun stats and highlights. 

Week 6 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins

Start ‘Em: Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon

Keep Them Rostered: Tyler Boyd

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Cleveland Browns

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Amari CooperWR84108010442.1%92.1%84.2%26.7%13.522.9%
Elijah MooreWR411904719.0%86.8%80.3%13.3%4.812.1%11.80.580.3330.4043361
Donovan Peoples-JonesWR1000218.5%76.3%80.3%3.3%0.03.4%
David BellWR3160114.5%18.4%13.2%10.0%2.042.9%3.70.860.1810.545710
Marquise GoodwinWR21402811.3%18.4%19.7%6.7%2.028.6%14.00.570.1790.143715
David NjokuTE43240197.7%86.8%82.9%13.3%6.012.1%4.80.730.2541.2633363
Jordan AkinsTE2000176.9%7.9%9.2%6.7%0.066.7%
Harrison BryantTE100062.4%18.4%35.5%3.3%0.014.3%
Jerome FordRB227031.2%34.2%50.0%6.7%3.515.4%1.50.540.1092.3331338
Pierre StrongRB     0.0%0.0%1.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Kareem HuntRB33240-9-3.6%34.2%36.8%10.0%8.023.1%-3.01.850.124-2.6671328

Good defenses pitted against each other, a backup quarterback in P.J. Walker, and not-so-great weather. Clearly, offense was not on the menu in Week 6. Even if Deshaun Watson was active and/or healthy, I doubt it would have mattered. Other than Amari Cooper (8-4-108) having a quality day, no Cleveland Brown had more than 24 yards receiving.

The offense flowed through both Jerome Ford (17-84; 2-2-7) and Kareem Hunt (12-47-1; 3-3-24) as Ford saw 19-of-35 running back opportunities with Hunt seeing the other 15.

Week 6 Cleveland Browns Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Deshaun Watson (missed Week 6 - shoulder), Amari Cooper, Jerome Ford

Keep Them Rostered: Elijah Moore, David Njoku, Kareem Hunt (deeper 12 & 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 LambWR7711708632.5%97.4%84.4%23.3%16.718.9%
Brandin CooksWR443613011.3%86.8%78.1%13.3%9.012.1%
Michael GallupWR10324011443.0%81.6%70.3%33.3%2.432.3%11.40.770.8010.2113145
Jalen TolbertWR     0.0%18.4%23.4%0.0%0.00.0%
KaVontae TurpinWR     0.0%0.0%3.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Jalen BrooksWR     0.0%2.6%7.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Jake FergusonTE1115093.4%84.2%85.9%3.3%15.03.1%9.00.470.0741.6673255
Luke SchoonmakerTE     0.0%13.2%26.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Sean McKeonTE100051.9%7.9%12.5%3.3%0.033.3%
Tony PollardRB76800217.9%57.9%79.7%23.3%11.431.8%3.03.640.4053.8102251
Rico DowdleRB     0.0%2.6%15.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Hunter LuepkeRB     0.0%7.9%12.5%0.0%0.00.0%

Somehow, in 2023, Michael Gallup (10-3-24) led the Cowboys in targets while catching just three of them. Let’s not do that again, okay? Let’s keep it to CeeDee Lamb (7-7-117) and to a lesser degree, Brandin Cooks (4-4-36-1), who both caught all of their targets and Cooks brought in the lone receiving touchdown from Dak Prescott.

Tony Pollard (15-30; 7-6-80; 80% snaps) continues to slightly underperform from his huge run last season but is still a heavily featured past of the offense even if Brian Schottenheimer has him running into the interior of the offensive line as an homage to departed former Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott.

Week 6 Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Dak Prescott, Brandin Cooks, Jake Ferguson (deeper 12 & 14-team), Michael Gallup (14-team)

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 JeudyWR531403529.9%89.7%65.4%23.8%2.819.2%7.00.540.5670.4002634
Courtland SuttonWR644615042.7%96.6%94.2%28.6%7.721.4%8.31.640.7280.9202849
Marvin MimsWR     0.0%24.1%23.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Brandon JohnsonWR20002521.4%34.5%30.8%9.5%0.020.0%
Lil'Jordan HumphreyWR     0.0%10.3%28.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Greg DulcichTE113043.4%31.0%21.2%4.8%3.011.1%4.00.330.0950.750911
Adam TrautmanTE21401916.2%51.7%69.2%9.5%2.013.3%
Chris ManhertzTE1000-6-5.1%24.1%46.2%4.8%0.014.3%-
Javonte WilliamsRB     0.0%17.2%34.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Samaje PerineRB22160-5-4.3%17.2%17.3%9.5%8.040.0%-
Jaleel McLaughlinRB22120-5-4.3%37.9%40.4%9.5%6.018.2%-
Michael BurtonFB     0.0%17.2%23.1%0.0%0.00.0%

Denver threw the ball 22 times and only gained 95 yards through the air. Only Courtland Sutton (6-4-46-1) caught more than three passes and earned more than 16 yards through the air. It was as miserable as it sounds. Jerry Jeudy (5-3-14) may not be long for the Broncos as he’s been the subject of trade rumors and his performance didn’t exactly do anything to sway the team the other way. Making his return to the Broncos was Greg Dulcich (1-1-3), but he didn’t play the whole game as he seemed to reaggravate his hamstring injury. He only saw 21% of snaps before exiting Week 6’s contest.

This backfield is a three-way mess with Jaleel McLaughlin (7-30; 2-2-12) and Javonte Williams (10-52) playing about 35-40% of snaps. Samaje Perine (no carries; 2-2-16) was more or less phased out with just nine snaps on offense. Even in a pretty good home matchup with the Packers, Williams isn’t anything more than a middling flex in an offense that’s clearly non-functional in most aspects.

Week 6 Denver Broncos Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Courtland Sutton, Javonte Williams

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Detroit Lions

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Amon-Ra St. BrownWR151212416623.2%91.7%91.4%36.6%8.334.1%4.42.820.7111.8794464
Jameson WilliamsWR325317024.6%18.8%22.9%7.3%17.733.3%23.35.890.2820.757916
Kalif RaymondWR33230196.7%27.1%21.4%7.3%7.723.1%6.31.770.1561.2111315
Josh ReynoldsWR335003211.2%85.4%81.4%7.3%16.77.3%
Marvin JonesWR115051.8%29.2%28.6%2.4%5.07.1%5.00.360.0491.0001420
Antoine GreenWR     0.0%0.0%5.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Sam LaPortaTE11436010135.4%81.3%82.9%26.8%3.328.2%9.20.920.6510.3563958
Brock WrightTE117020.7%47.9%61.4%2.4%7.04.3%2.00.300.0413.5002343
Darrell DanielsTE     0.0%2.1%2.9%0.0%0.00.0%
David MontgomeryRB11190-7-2.5%12.5%25.7%2.4%19.016.7%-
Craig ReynoldsRB22280-6-2.1%60.4%61.4%4.9%14.06.9%-3.00.970.058-4.6672943
Devine OzigboRB118031.1%4.2%8.6%2.4%8.050.0%

The Lions didn’t have to expend much energy in this one to put their foot on the Bucs and handle them easily while only scoring 20 points. David Montgomery (6-14; 1-1-19) left early in Week 6 with a rib cartilage that is expected to have him miss Week 7. Craig Reynolds (10-15; 2-2-28) stepped in and didn’t really do much of anything himself, but the Lions skewed much more pass-heavy (13.6% pass rate over expected) than at any point in 2023 and certainly under Dan Campbell as a pivot to losing Montgomery.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (15-12-124-1) proved he is extremely #good. Sam LaPorta (11-4-36) saw a bunch of targets but it was expected he’d have a tougher day than normal with his calf injury and that was certainly the case. It was still highly encouraging to see Jared Goff try to get him involved to this degree despite his 50/50 availability leading up to inactives on Sunday morning. Jameson Williams caught his first touchdown of the season but his routes inexplicably went from 50% last week to 19% this week for “reasons”.

Week 6 Detroit Lions Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Sam LaPorta, David Montgomery (left Week 6 - rib; expected to miss Week 7)

Start ‘Em: Jahmyr Gibbs (missed Week 6 - hamstring), Jared Goff

Keep Them Rostered: Jameson Williams, Josh Reynolds (14 team)

Add ‘Em: Craig Reynolds (with Montgomery out and Gibbs likely back but limited, could be a sneaky play in Week 7)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Green Bay Packers


Week 6 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 WoodsWR31613415.4%71.9%63.5%12.5%2.013.0%
Nico CollinsWR648007634.4%78.1%73.0%25.0%13.324.0%
Noah BrownWR523704219.0%71.9%55.6%20.8%7.421.7%8.41.610.4460.8812335
John MetchieWR     0.0%15.6%23.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Xavier HutchinsonWR     0.0%15.6%19.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Dalton SchultzTE746115223.5%68.8%63.5%29.2%8.731.8%7.42.770.6021.1732240
Teagan QuitorianoTE     0.0%18.8%34.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Brevin JordanTE1111020.9%6.3%19.0%4.2%11.050.0%2.05.500.0695.500212
Dameon PierceRB     0.0%21.9%33.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Devin SingletaryRB2140156.8%56.3%54.0%8.3%2.011.1%
Mike BooneRB     0.0%15.6%15.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Andrew BeckFB     0.0%25.0%44.4%0.0%0.00.0%

Solid days for a good portion of the main players here with Tank Dell out. Nico Collins (6-4-80) was solid, as was Dalton Schultz (7-4-61-1), who has seen his snaps spike up from 49% in Week 4 to Week 6’s 64%. They’re not where we’d like them to be in order to start him without though, but he’s viable… just not this week with the Texans’ bye.

While Stroud has given every opportunity for the run game to play off of a better-than-expected passing game through the first six games of this season, that hasn’t come to fruition. Over six games, Dameon Pierce (13-34) has averaged just 2.9 yards per carry, and among running backs with at least 100 snaps, is the second-worst running back in yards before contact with just 0.6.

Enter Devin Singletary (12-58; 2-1-4), who carved a big gash into the workload of Pierce with 12 carries to Pierce’s 13 in Week 6. He was much more efficient with his carries and work in all situations, especially with a lead like the Texans had against the Saints. Singletary took both short yardage snaps, 24-of-45 early-down snaps, and while Pierce did have four high-value touches to Singletary’s one, those are on deck if Pierce doesn’t gain some more efficiency with his opportunities. Pierce played a season-low 33% of snaps and 22% of routes, Singletary took 40% of rushing attempts to Pierce’s 43% after having over 60% in each game this season.

The Houston Texans’ run game gets murkier by the week and if you roster Pierce, you’re clearly finding it harder and harder to put him into a lineup, but at least the Texans have their bye this week. As for Singletary, he’s a player that you can slot into your deeper-league flex spot in Week 8 now that he’s seeing 7-12 carries per game and showing much more efficiency than Pierce. 

Week 6 Houston Texans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Nico Collins, Tank Dell (missed Week 6 - concussion), C.J. Stroud

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

Add ‘Em: Devin Singletary (Pierce seeing his lowest usage yet to the benefit of Singletary, who has been much more efficient)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Indianapolis Colts

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Michael PittmanWR149109014737.5%100.0%100.0%26.9%7.823.3%10.51.820.6660.7416078
Alec PierceWR632508020.4%68.3%74.4%11.5%4.214.6%13.30.610.3160.3134158
Josh DownsWR85211399.9%81.7%78.2%15.4%2.616.3%4.90.430.3000.5384961
Isaiah McKenzieWR22230-6-1.5%5.0%5.1%3.8%11.566.7%-3.07.670.047-3.83334
Amari RodgersWR2000307.7%31.7%25.6%3.8%0.010.5%
Mo Alie-CoxTE     0.0%10.0%10.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Kylen GransonTE436705012.8%56.7%57.7%7.7%16.811.8%12.51.970.2051.3403445
Andrew OgletreeTE1000174.3%28.3%35.9%1.9%0.05.9%
Will MalloryTE1000276.9%15.0%11.5%1.9%0.011.1%
Jonathan TaylorRB6546000.0%36.7%42.3%11.5%7.727.3%
Zack MossRB7638061.5%46.7%50.0%13.5%5.425.0%0.91.360.2136.3332839
Trey SermonRB100020.5%10.0%9.0%1.9%0.016.7%

Look, when you’re down, you’re down. So rather than going full Atlanta Falcons and running the ball through it, you pass and see what you can do to get yardage quickly and extend the game. That’s what the Colts did with an 80% raw pass rate — the highest of Week 6 — and Gardner Minshew’s 55 pass attempts. That also resulted in three Minshew interceptions and a fourth turnover by way of a lost fumble. Win some, lose some.

Besides Michael Pittman (14-9-109; 100% routes) and his quality outing, a lot of the production came on running back dumpoffs and shorter-aDOT passes to Josh Downs (8-5-21-1) who was the recipient of Minshew’s lone touchdown on the day.

Both Zack Moss (7-21-1; 7-6-38) and Jonathan Taylor (8-19; 6-5-46) both made their fantasy days through the passing game as they compiled dumpoffs aside from Moss’s touchdown. As for the workload split, Moss still saw the majority of work, but Taylor was much closer with 42% snaps to Moss’s 50%. Week 7 could be the week where Taylor takes the slight majority from Moss, but it’s going to be against Cleveland; a tough ask for any running game.

Week 6 Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Michael Pittman

Start ‘Em: Zack Moss, Jonathan Taylor

Keep Them Rostered: Josh Downs, Gardner Minshew (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Anthony Richardson (out for the 2023 season)

Jacksonville Jaguars

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Calvin RidleyWR8430010042.9%91.4%79.7%28.6%3.825.0%12.50.940.7290.3003251
Christian KirkWR634918436.1%88.6%70.3%21.4%8.219.4%14.01.580.5740.5833145
Jamal AgnewWR     0.0%42.9%31.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Tim JonesWR     0.0%14.3%20.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Elijah CooksWR     0.0%8.6%15.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Evan EngramTE77410239.9%88.6%75.0%25.0%5.922.6%3.31.320.4441.7833148
Luke FarrellTE     0.0%22.9%45.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Brenton StrangeTE322713314.2%28.6%53.1%10.7%9.030.0%11.02.700.2600.8181034
Travis EtienneRB33280-8-3.4%57.1%79.7%10.7%9.315.0%-2.71.400.137-3.5002051
Tank BigsbyRB116010.4%20.0%26.6%3.6%6.014.3%1.00.860.0576.000717
D'Ernest JohnsonRB     0.0%2.9%3.1%0.0%0.00.0%

With no Zay Jones, targets consolidate heavily to Calvin Ridley (8-4-30), Christian Kirk (6-3-49-1), Evan Engram (7-7-41) , and Travis Etienne (18-55-2; 3-3-28). Between that quartet, they accounted for almost 86% of the targets. It’s a narrow target tree in Jacksonville, but that’s great for fantasy instead of having to wade through TE4’s and WR6’s working their way into steal touchdowns. Hilariously enough, that still did happen with rookie tight Brenton Strange (3-2-27-1) taking one of two Trevor Lawrence touchdowns.

Week 6 Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Travis Etienne, Trevor LawrenceCalvin Ridley, Christian Kirk

Start ‘Em: Evan Engram

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Tank Bigsby (hold in super-deep leagues for contingency, but Etienne has a Alcatraz-like lockdown on this backfield)


Kansas City Chiefs

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Kadarius ToneyWR639184.6%37.0%43.7%15.4%1.535.3%1.30.530.2631.1251731
Skyy MooreWR422203822.0%50.0%52.1%10.3%5.517.4%9.50.960.3080.5792337
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR100074.0%71.7%56.3%2.6%0.03.0%
Rashee RiceWR44720179.8%47.8%47.9%10.3%18.018.2%
Justyn RossWR     0.0%4.3%14.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Justin WatsonWR10003017.3%39.1%39.4%2.6%0.05.6%
Travis KelceTE9912408448.6%80.4%69.0%23.1%13.824.3%9.33.350.6861.4763749
Noah GrayTE2214031.7%43.5%54.9%5.1%7.010.0%1.50.700.0894.6672039
Blake BellTE     0.0%8.7%19.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Isiah PachecoRB66360-14-8.1%39.1%63.4%15.4%6.033.3%-
Jerick McKinnonRB5320063.5%39.1%26.8%12.8%4.027.8%
Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB1190-6-3.5%13.0%12.7%2.6%9.016.7%-6.01.500.014-1.50069

Oh good, what we asked for: MORE ambiguity when it comes to the Chiefs’ pass-catchers. Justin Watson (1-0-0) hurt his elbow and will miss a handful of games and the team also completed a trade to bring back Mecole Hardman from the Jets.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (1-0-0; 72% routes) was the only Chiefs wide pass-catcher not named Travis Kelce (9-9-124) to run more than 50% of routes. Skyy Moore (4-2-22) was right at half of the routes but he hasn’t mattered in weeks. Rashee Rice (4-4-72) continues to run less routes but produce a bit of a spark with them comparatively speaking. Rice is somebody that’s earned much more time on the field than he’s gotten but continues to languish in the 40-50% routes range. Rice has double-digit fantasy points in three of his last four games and four of six games overall. We’re talking a season-long 32% targets per route run and 2.78 yards per route run. What are we doing here?

Isiah Pacheco (16-62; 6-6-36) continues to see heavy volume and topped it off with six targets in Week 6, so with a struggling wide receiver room, Pacheco’s receiving game has upticked slightly from last season and already has more targets in six games (19) than he did all of last season (14). Any receiving upside that we can add to a solid rushing profile is going to make the floor even higher.

Week 6 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 AdamsWR522906124.3%100.0%91.4%16.1%5.815.2%12.20.880.4120.4753364
Jakobi MeyersWR756117931.5%97.0%91.4%22.6%8.721.9%11.31.910.5590.7723264
Hunter RenfrowWR     0.0%12.1%10.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Tre TuckerWR225704618.3%54.5%31.4%6.5%28.511.1%
DeAndre CarterWR100031.2%12.1%8.6%3.2%0.025.0%
Austin HooperTE2219062.4%27.3%34.3%6.5%9.522.2%
Michael MayerTE657504919.5%66.7%81.4%19.4%12.527.3%8.23.410.4271.5312257
Josh JacobsRB5216093.6%60.6%81.4%16.1%3.225.0%1.80.800.2671.7782057
Zamir WhiteRB227072.8%6.1%5.7%6.5%3.5100.0%3.53.500.1161.00024
Ameer AbdullahRB1000-9-3.6%12.1%12.9%3.2%0.025.0%-
Jakob JohnsonFB     0.0%0.0%24.3%0.0%0.00.0%

On the first offensive play in the Raiders/Packers game on Monday Night Football in Week 5, the Raiders threw their first pass to Michael Mayer (6-5-75) and immediately gained 20 yards. While he would only catch one more pass for 19 yards in Week 5, it at least signaled a flicker of hope for the second-round tight end that he could at least begin to get ahead of Austin Hooper (2-2-19), who had been working ahead of Mayer, especially in 3-WR sets as the lone tight end. Mayer out-snapped Hooper in Week 5, but that trend was confirmed in Week 6.

In Week 6, Mayer ran 81% of snaps and 67% of routes, played as the primary tight end in 11 personnel, and caught five of six targets and led the Raiders in receiving yards. At a tight end position where we’re looking for anybody with a pulse, Mayer has that, and then some. 27% targets per route run and an 8.2-yard aDOT for Mayer in Week 6 means he’s pushing a bit down the field with his targets instead of just getting dump-offs.

Of course, the quarterback situation in Las Vegas needs to be monitored with Jimmy Garoppolo’s back because I can’t imagine Brian Hoyer or Aidan O’Connell supporting all of Davante Adams (5-2-29), Jakobi Meyers (7-5-61-1), and Mayer, but with a role that’s rapidly expanding for a tight end that was the consensus best tight end coming out of college by most experts before April’s NFL Draft, you want to get on board with that as a potential breakout candidate. He should be added in all leagues where with Vegas having a sneakily condensed target tree, Mayer could soon be a key component of that.

Revenge narrative was on full display with Meyers as Adams had his second quiet week in a row, but he’s been banged up with a shoulder and other various nicks. Josh Jacobs (25-77; 5-2-16) looks like West Coast Joe Mixon right now; all volume, no efficiency. The efficiency was there in his monster 2022 but not so much in 2023. Definitely concerning if you bought in at a hefty second-round price in drafts.

Week 6 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs

Start ‘Em: Jakobi Meyers

Keep Them Rostered: N/A

Add ‘Em: Michael Mayer (flipped Austin Hooper in snaps/routes, especially in 11 personnel; he’s an immediate TE streamer with upside for top-10 ROS)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Los Angeles Chargers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Keenan AllenWR11785112750.2%97.7%95.8%30.6%7.726.2%
Quentin JohnstonWR20004116.2%48.8%47.2%5.6%0.09.5%
Joshua PalmerWR746006726.5%100.0%97.2%19.4%8.616.3%9.61.400.4770.8964370
Derius DavisWR     0.0%2.3%2.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Keelan DossWR     0.0%18.6%16.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Gerald EverettTE53161218.3%60.5%73.6%13.9%3.219.2%4.20.620.2660.7622653
Donald ParhamTE32190145.5%32.6%41.7%8.3%6.321.4%4.71.360.1641.3571430
Tre' McKittyTE     0.0%2.3%9.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Stone SmarttTE     0.0%11.6%15.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Austin EkelerRB64350-26-10.3%58.1%69.4%16.7%5.824.0%-4.31.400.178-1.3462550
Joshua KelleyRB212093.6%23.3%26.4%5.6%1.020.0%
Isaiah SpillerRB     0.0%2.3%4.2%0.0%0.00.0%

Keenan Allen (11-7-85-1) does Keenan Allen things. He’s awesome.

Not as awesome (in fact, the opposite of awesome) is Quentin Johnston (2-0-0), who we expected to see a sizeable usage bump coming out of their Week 5 bye and that never materialized. Actually less so, as his routes dropped pre-bye from 71% to just 49% in Week 6. The Chargers have no problem trotting out Joshua Palmer (7-4-60) for 100% route participation and obviously Allen will do his thing, but it’s really concerning to see routes drop post-bye on a first round pick that carries some of the same traits as the guy we thought he’d replace once he went down for the season, Mike Williams.

Austin Ekeler (14-27; 6-4-35) was back for the first time since Week 1 on a nice 69% of snaps, but the production was not super great. Better days are ahead here.

Week 6 Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Joshua Palmer, Quentin Johnson (14-team), Gerald Everett (14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Los Angeles Rams

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Cooper KuppWR97148111362.4%100.0%100.0%42.9%16.432.1%
Tutu AtwellWR113001910.5%82.1%87.7%4.8%30.04.3%19.01.300.1451.5792350
Puka NacuaWR742603519.3%100.0%96.5%33.3%3.725.0%5.00.930.6350.7432855
Ben SkowronekWR     0.0%3.6%5.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Austin TrammellWR     0.0%14.3%7.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Tyler HigbeeTE321801910.5%89.3%94.7%14.3%6.012.0%6.30.720.2880.9472554
Brycen HopkinsTE     0.0%3.6%1.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Davis AllenTE     0.0%0.0%7.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Kyren WilliamsRB     0.0%75.0%82.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Ronnie RiversRB1140-5-2.8%7.1%8.8%4.8%4.050.0%-
Zach EvansRB     0.0%3.6%8.8%0.0%0.00.0%

I did watch most of the this Rams/Cardinals game for admittedly DFS reasons and the Rams in the first half looked incredibly flat and unbalanced with just a handful of carries for Kyren Williams (20-158-1) in the first half. The first drive of the second half started out with EIGHT consecutive runs, a Matthew Stafford scramble, and then a short touchdown throw to Cooper Kupp (9-7-148-1) at the pilon for a touchdown. The Rams didn’t need to get much going through the air but what was there was heavily condensed to Kupp and Puka Nacua (7-4-26), even if the full production didn’t get there from Nacua. He still ran 100% of routes, had multiple end-zone looks, and saw 33% of targets. No need to panic at all, as the two elite receivers can more than co-exist together.

Williams is likely missing time with a high ankle sprain, as is Ronnie Rivers (3-9; 1-1-4) with a PCL sprain. The Rams brought in a bunch of running backs like former Dolphin Myles Gaskin and former Ram Darrell Henderson to add to the room they already have with rookie Zach Evans (4-10) and veteran Royce Freeman. I’d be adding Gaskin and Freeman over Evans because of the baseline production they can provide vs. Evans who is a rookie, pressed into some action very late, didn’t look overly good with it, and if they were enamored with him, they wouldn’t be going out to sign multiple players in an “all hands on deck” approach.

Tutu Atwell (1-1-30) and Tyler Higbee (3-2-18) seem like the spotty week-to-week plays that could pop off in tandem with the main receiving options, not standalone players that can be started each week. Both saw 82%+ routes but should have more volatile fantasy lines going forward with so much of the work consolidating to Kupp and Nacua.

Week 6 Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Cooper Kupp, Puka Nacua

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Tutu Atwell, Matthew Stafford, Tyler Higbee (deeper 12 & 14-team), Kyren Williams (out for several weeks)

Add ‘Em: Zach Evans, Myles Gaskin, Royce Freeman (there’s no way of knowing how this will shake out but all should at least be speculative adds)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Miami Dolphins

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Tyreek HillWR106163114957.3%72.7%56.7%33.3%16.341.7%14.96.790.9011.0942438
Jaylen WaddleWR975119938.1%81.8%68.7%30.0%5.733.3%11.01.890.7170.5152746
Braxton BerriosWR22200124.6%45.5%29.9%6.7%10.013.3%6.01.330.1321.6671520
Cedrick WilsonWR     0.0%24.2%37.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Robbie ChosenWR     0.0%15.2%25.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Durham SmytheTE100010.4%72.7%65.7%3.3%0.04.2%
Julian HillTE     0.0%21.2%46.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Tanner ConnerTE     0.0%0.0%14.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Raheem MostertRB33171-13-5.0%48.5%61.2%10.0%5.718.8%-
Salvon AhmedRB53110124.6%48.5%35.8%16.7%2.231.3%2.40.690.2820.9171624
Chris BrooksRB     0.0%6.1%16.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Alec IngoldFB     0.0%30.3%41.8%0.0%0.00.0%

The most explosive offense in the NFL doubled up the winless Carolina Panthers 41-21 on the back of Raheem Mostert (17-115-2; 3-3-17-1), who hasn’t skipped a beat since losing backfield-mate De’Von AchaneJeff Wilson looms as his return from IR was pushed back a week. But this offense is condensed enough, potent enough, and doesn’t take talent off the field, so still expect heavy Mostert moving forward with Wilson being worked in.

The passing game is the same story as it is most weeks: heavy target consolidation to Tyreek Hill (10-6-163-1) and Jaylen Waddle (9-7-51-1), with a couple of targets to an ancillary guy (Braxton BerriosDurham SmytheSalvon Ahmed, etc.)

Week 6 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Tyreek Hill, Jaylen WaddleTua Tagovailoa, Raheem Mostert

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: DeVon Achane (on IR - knee; eligible to play in Week 10), Jeff Wilson (slated to make debut in Week 7)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Minnesota Vikings

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Jordan AddisonWR532816734.5%100.0%86.0%16.7%5.615.2%13.40.850.4920.4183349
K.J. OsbornWR544804020.6%100.0%93.0%16.7%9.615.2%8.01.450.3941.2003353
Trishton JacksonWR     0.0%0.0%7.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Brandon PowellWR432002211.3%75.8%59.6%13.3%5.016.0%5.50.800.2790.9092534
N'Keal HarryWR     0.0%0.0%1.8%0.0%0.00.0%
T.J. HockensonTE865006332.5%87.9%78.9%26.7%6.327.6%7.91.720.6270.7942945
Josh OliverTE     0.0%6.1%38.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Johnny MundtTE     0.0%0.0%12.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Alexander MattisonRB7428063.1%60.6%78.9%23.3%4.035.0%0.91.400.3724.6672045
Cam AkersRB1170-4-2.1%18.2%15.8%3.3%7.016.7%-
C.J. HamFB     0.0%3.0%28.1%0.0%0.00.0%

With the Vikings minus Justin Jefferson, it was very “status-quo” with the pass-catchers moving up in the pecking order. Both Jordan Addison (5-3-28-1) and K.J. Osborn (5-4-48) ran 100% of Kirk Cousins’ dropbacks, with Brandon Powell (4-3-20) getting up to 76%. T.J. Hockenson (8-6-50) led the team in all receiving categories on 88% of routes and these four consolidated the entire target share amongst the non-running backs.

This passing game is one you can seemingly set your watch to each week. It’s going to be a bit less efficient without Jefferson, and this was a low-end week for the Vikings in terms of raw passing volume, but the Vikings will pass more than run in almost every game unless things get crazy.

Alexander Mattison (18-44; 7-4-28; 61% routes, 79% snaps) is just upper Midwest Joe Mixon, lots of volume and doesn’t do much with it. Cam Akers isn’t good enough to beat him out or even take a bigger slice of work, so Mattison keeps trudging along at his own pace.

Week 6 Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: T.J. Hockenson

Start ‘Em: Jordan Addison, Kirk Cousins

Keep Them Rostered: Alexander Mattison, K.J. Osborn, Cam Akers, Justin Jefferson (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
DeVante ParkerWR31705331.5%78.4%75.0%9.7%2.310.3%
Kendrick BourneWR11108902213.1%91.9%93.3%35.5%8.132.4%2.02.620.6244.0453456
Tyquan ThorntonWR21605130.4%48.6%41.7%6.5%3.011.1%25.50.330.3090.1181825
Jalen ReagorWR     0.0%21.6%23.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Hunter HenryTE31701710.1%54.1%61.7%9.7%2.315.0%5.70.350.2160.4122037
Mike GesickiTE33280169.5%59.5%60.0%9.7%9.313.6%
Pharaoh BrownTE1115042.4%16.2%31.7%3.2%15.016.7%4.02.500.0653.750619
Rhamondre StevensonRB6524021.2%62.2%65.0%19.4%4.026.1%
Ezekiel ElliottRB11150-1-0.6%32.4%38.3%3.2%15.08.3%-
Ty MontgomeryRB119042.4%8.1%5.0%3.2%9.033.3%
Malik CunninghamQB     0.0%8.1%10.0%0.0%0.00.0%

I would like to just let you know, intrepid reader, that there are no redeeming qualities to having to devote article space to writing about the New England Patriots offense each week. All you can hope for is that Rhamondre Stevenson (10-46-1; 6-5-24) did something useful. I am happy to inform you that in a matchup against the Raiders, Stevenson did just that. The actual yardage output isn’t great, but the receiving component gets him back to RB2 levels. That said, Ezekiel Elliott (7-34-1; 1-1-15) mixing in to a degree and in the quantity he is is concerning. Elliott gets about 30-40% of the total workload every week, so is a threat to siphon off any upside Stevenson has in a given week which is why he’s been such a bust as a top-36 pick in fantasy this season.

Kendrick Bourne (11-10-89) saw a ton of targets on a day where only Stevenson (6) saw more than three targets. We did get a Tyquan Thornton (2-1-6) return as he saw just two targets but on almost 50% of routes, so that’s something we can hopefully see an increase to add some much-needed juice and athleticism to the Patriots’ receiver corps.

Week 6 New England Patriots Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Rhamondre Stevenson

Keep Them Rostered: Hunter Henry (deeper 12-team), 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 OlaveWR10796015732.9%96.3%89.0%21.7%9.619.2%15.71.850.5560.6115273
Michael ThomasWR854509319.5%88.9%82.9%17.4%5.616.7%11.60.940.3970.4844868
Rashid ShaheedWR6285114229.8%81.5%75.6%13.0%14.213.6%23.71.930.4040.5994462
Keith KirkwoodWR     0.0%14.8%18.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Lynn BowdenWR     0.0%3.7%9.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Foster MoreauTE44330296.1%27.8%47.6%8.7%8.326.7%
Taysom HillTE874906012.6%63.0%58.5%17.4%6.123.5%7.51.440.3490.8173448
Jimmy GrahamTE     0.0%9.3%17.1%0.0%0.00.0%
J.P. HoltzTE     0.0%0.0%1.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Alvin KamaraRB87360-5-1.0%51.9%80.5%17.4%4.528.6%-
Kendre MillerRB2113010.2%22.2%22.0%4.3%6.516.7%

In a stark contrast to, well, almost every team this week apparently, the Saints threw the ball around this week like the 2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: a bunch of air yards (477) and not much efficiency. But bless ‘em, they tried!

Both Chris Olave (10-7-96) and chunk play maven Rashid Shaheed (6-2-85-1) had over 140 air yards each. Michael Thomas (8-5-45) was the “closer to the line of scrimmage” guy comparatively speaking than his cohorts with “just” an 11.6-yard aDOT. All three ran routes on 80%+ of Derek Carr’s dropbacks as the condensed trio this offense revolves around.

With eight targets, Taysom Hill (8-7-49; 63% routes) becomes a bit more interesting if he’s going to earn some volume instead of the gadgety, all-over-the-map utilization we’ve been accustomed to in his career.

Consolidating running back touches and work was Alvin Kamara (19-68; 8-7-36), who took 81% of snaps and is looking more and more like our generation’s Leonard Fournette with each passing week. Look, we stayed on theme with the 2022 Buccaneers!

Week 6 New Orleans Saints Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Chris Olave

Start ‘Em: Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara

Keep Them Rostered: Derek Carr, Rashid Shaheed (14-team), Jamaal Williams (on IR - but designated to return), Rashid Shaheed (14-team)

Add ‘Em: Taysom Hill (he’s running actual receiver routes now at TE)

Dump ‘Em: Juwan Johnson


New York Giants

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Darius SlaytonWR6469010344.6%93.2%87.0%19.4%11.514.6%17.21.680.6020.6704167
Isaiah HodginsWR     0.0%20.5%22.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Jalin HyattWR432106628.6%79.5%74.0%12.9%5.311.4%16.50.600.3940.3183557
Wan'Dale RobinsonWR886203816.5%72.7%59.7%25.8%7.825.0%4.81.940.5021.6323246
Sterling ShepardWR     0.0%0.0%1.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Darren WallerTE754202611.3%81.8%92.2%22.6%6.019.4%
Daniel BellingerTE     0.0%18.2%53.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Lawrence CagerTE     0.0%2.3%6.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Saquon BarkleyRB5460-3-1.3%54.5%76.6%16.1%1.220.8%-
Matt BreidaRB100010.4%27.3%24.7%3.2%0.08.3%
Eric GrayRB     0.0%0.0%1.3%0.0%0.00.0%

Saquon Barkley (24-93; 5-4-5) is alive and kicking, as he jumped right into 77% of snaps and 29 running back opportunities, so he’s good to go.

You’ve gotta give it to Tyrod Taylor at this point in his career. We talk on Lightning Round all the time about “professional wide receivers” that just go out and do their jobs with less fanfare than some of their flashy counterparts. Taylor may be the quarterback version of that, as he was able to make this passing game more functional than at any point this season with Daniel Jones.

Wan’Dale Robinson (8-8-62; 73% routes) did short aDOT things while leading the Giants in targets and receptions, Darius Slayton (6-4-69) let us know he was still hanging around, and Darren Waller (7-5-42) was alright too. The passing game was much more competent but to be fair, the first five weeks of the season weren’t exactly the highest bar to clear anyway.

Week 6 New York Giants Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Darren Waller

Keep Them Rostered: Saquon Barkley, Wan’Dale Robinson (deeper 12 & 14-team), Jalin Hyatt (deeper 12 & 14-team), Daniel Jones (placed on IR - neck)

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 WilsonWR12890012849.4%92.5%87.7%36.4%7.532.4%10.72.430.8910.7033757
Allen LazardWR3180249.3%75.0%76.9%9.1%2.710.0%
Mecole HardmanWR2000259.7%10.0%9.2%6.1%0.050.0%
Randall CobbWR3000228.5%65.0%55.4%9.1%0.011.5%
Xavier GipsonWR     0.0%7.5%10.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Irvin CharlesWR     0.0%7.5%7.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Tyler ConklinTE432404417.0%75.0%70.8%12.1%6.013.3%11.00.800.3010.5453046
C.J. UzomahTE1000186.9%27.5%36.9%3.0%0.09.1%
Jeremy RuckertTE118000.0%25.0%35.4%3.0%8.010.0%0.00.800.0450.0001023
Breece HallRB5554010.4%60.0%66.2%15.2%10.820.8%
Dalvin CookRB1120-5-1.9%7.5%13.8%3.0%2.033.3%-5.00.670.032-0.40039
Michael CarterRB100020.8%20.0%20.0%3.0%0.012.5%
Nick BawdenFB     0.0%5.0%9.2%0.0%0.00.0%

Garrett Wilson (12-8-90) saw 12 targets (36% target share) in Week 6 in a huge win for the Jets, but it wasn’t huge for fantasy purposes. Remember: Zach Wilson is still the quarterback of this team. He wasn’t great either but only Breece Hall (12-39-1; 5-5-54) saw more than three targets for the Jets in Week 6. He also saw a gift-wrapped touchdown run from the Eagles after an interception that immediately put them into the red zone.

Truly not too much to write about in what was actually an exciting end of the game, but that’s about how inspiring options like Allen Lazard (3-1-8) and Tyler Conklin (4-3-24) are. I don’t know Howard Bender roots for this team, but we trudge forward.

Also, I regret to inform you that the Dalvin Cook (3-12; 1-1-2; 14% snaps) dream (was that a thing?) is dead. 

Week 6 New York Jets Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall

Keep Them Rostered: N/A

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Dalvin Cook (it’s over)


Philadelphia Eagles

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
A.J. BrownWR97131014941.9%96.0%95.7%20.9%14.618.8%16.62.730.6070.8794867
DeVonta SmithWR11544015443.3%100.0%98.6%25.6%4.022.0%14.00.880.6870.2865069
Olamide ZaccheausWR2150154.2%84.0%81.4%4.7%2.54.8%
Britain CoveyWR     0.0%2.0%2.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Dallas GoedertTE85420164.5%72.0%77.1%18.6%5.322.2%
Jack StollTE     0.0%24.0%31.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Grant CalcaterraTE     0.0%8.0%7.1%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Andre SwiftRB10840192.5%54.0%57.1%23.3%4.037.0%0.91.480.3674.4442740
Kenneth GainwellRB2140133.7%38.0%41.4%4.7%2.010.5%
Boston ScottRB1114000.0%6.0%7.1%2.3%14.033.3%0.04.670.0350.00035

No Sauce Gardner or D.J. Reed at corner for the Jets meant the Eagles had carte blanche to pass to their heart’s content and they did just that. They lost this game thanks to four turnovers, because the Jets defense is pretty damn good, and that effect was felt in the run game. D’Andre Swift (10-18; 10-8-40-1) couldn’t do a thing on the ground but made up for it with eight receptions and a touchdown.

A.J. Brown (8-7-131) is #good, and four Eagles saw at least eight targets here as they compiled their way to get past the Jets to no avail. Dallas Goedert (8-5-42) saw targets on a middling day. DeVonta Smith (11-5-44) dropped a potential long gain in the third quarter and was pretty inefficient on the afternoon while leading the team in targets. Smith is on the injury report for Week 7 with a hamstring injury and Julio Jones was brought in on Wednesday afternoon. Unsure if this is a corresponding move with concern to Smith, but it’s more likely Jones rotates in with Olamide Zaccheaus (2-1-5; 84% routes) than become any threat to Smith or the condensed target hierarchy in Philadelphia.

Week 6 Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: D’Andre Swift, Dallas Goedert 

Keep Them Rostered: N/A

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Pittsburgh Steelers


Week 6 Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Diontae Johnson (likely returning in Week 7)

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

Keep Them Rostered: Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren, Kenny Pickett

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


San Francisco 49ers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Brandon AiyukWR10476015865.8%100.0%98.4%41.7%7.631.3%15.82.381.0860.4813261
Deebo SamuelWR100041.7%9.4%14.5%4.2%0.033.3%
Jauan JenningsWR422603815.8%59.4%53.2%16.7%6.521.1%9.51.370.3610.6841933
Ronnie BellWR     0.0%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Ray-Ray McCloudWR2140-3-1.3%81.3%71.0%8.3%2.07.7%-
George KittleTE21102711.3%96.9%98.4%8.3%0.56.5%
Charlie WoernerTE     0.0%6.3%8.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Ross DwelleyTE1000177.1%3.1%6.5%4.2%0.0100.0%
Christian McCaffreyRB3391-9-3.8%43.8%58.1%12.5%3.021.4%-3.00.640.161-1.0001436
Elijah MitchellRB     0.0%15.6%11.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Jordan MasonRB     0.0%28.1%24.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Kyle JuszczykFB119083.3%46.9%54.8%4.2%9.06.7%8.00.600.0861.1251534

The seemingly productive and efficiency 49ers offense was anything but in Week 6 as they played in a rainy muck for a good portion of the game. They also lost a couple of key offensive starters including Deebo Samuel (1-0-0; 2-11; 9% routes) to a shoulder injury and Christian McCaffrey (11-43; 3-3-9-1) to an oblique injury, as well as Trent Williams for a series before he gutted out the rest of the game on a balky ankle.

The big decision fantasy managers have had to make is to pick up either Jordan Mason (5-27-1) or Elijah Mitchell (2-(-3)) in case McCaffrey can’t play on Monday Night Football vs. Minnesota. Mason has been incredibly efficient and productive this season while Mitchell has been hurt, but Mitchell has been the clear backup for McCaffrey when he actually has been healthy. I’m leaning to Mason for the production; Mitchell’s lack of health may have pushed Mason ahead in the pecking order.

Brock Purdy probably had his worst game as a pro with 12-of-27 passing for just 125 passing yards; 76 of them to Brandon Aiyuk (10-4-76). With Samuel out for the majority of the game, Ray-Ray McCloud (2-1-4) saw 81% of routes but didn’t amount to much production. Only Jauan Jennings (4-2-26; 59% routes) saw more than nine receiving yards amongst the rest of the pass-catchers. George Kittle (2-1-1) was a non-factor.

Week 6 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Christian McCaffrey (left Week 6 - oblique/rib), Brandon Aiyuk

Start ‘Em: Deebo Samuel (left Week 6 - shoulder), George Kittle, Brock Purdy

Keep Them Rostered: Jordan Mason (deeper 12 & 14-team), Elijah Mitchell (missed Week 4-6 - knee)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Seattle Seahawks

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DK MetcalfWR10469014341.0%81.3%78.1%27.0%6.925.6%14.31.770.6920.4833957
Tyler LockettWR8694011332.4%81.3%76.7%21.6%11.820.5%14.12.410.5510.8323956
Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWR544803810.9%81.3%71.2%13.5%9.612.8%
Jake BoboWR22430277.7%31.3%31.5%5.4%21.513.3%13.52.870.1351.5931523
Cody ThompsonWR     0.0%2.1%5.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Noah FantTE119061.7%37.5%42.5%2.7%9.05.6%6.00.500.0531.5001831
Will DisslyTE114000.0%27.1%43.8%2.7%4.07.7%0.00.310.0410.0001332
Colby ParkinsonTE43160267.4%39.6%43.8%10.8%4.021.1%6.50.840.2140.6151932
Kenneth WalkerRB3327000.0%56.3%76.7%8.1%9.011.1%
Zach CharbonnetRB22140-1-0.3%25.0%23.3%5.4%7.016.7%-
DeeJay DallasRB11-10-3-0.9%6.3%5.5%2.7%-1.033.3%-3.0-0.330.0350.33334

Much has been said about how much of a disappointment Jaxon Smith-Njigba has been over the first four weeks of the season, where he’s averaged less than five targets per game, put up just 62 receiving yards, and the targets he’s seeing on average have been incredibly close to the line of scrimmage with a 3.4 aDOT.

One thing for rookies is hoping for a usage bump coming out of the bye week for Seattle and JSN (5-4-48) saw that in Week 6. JSN saw a season-high 81% routes, which equaled DK Metcalf (10-4-69) and Tyler Lockett (8-6-94). JSN also saw a modest spike in his work farther down the field with a 7.6-aDOT - his highest of the season. JSN is too talented to be a distant third option in this offense and at least for a week so far, it looks like Seattle is doing their part to rectify that. JSN also had a missed walk-in touchdown in the fourth quarter to put Seattle ahead.

Head coach Pete Carroll talked about that play in the post-game press conference where that play in particular was a play they were waiting on all game and missed the opportunity. 

It’s not a full-on trend here, but it’s a positive signal for Smith-Njigba if you’re holding him on your benches. And trust me, as one of the most bullish on JSN, we’ll take what we can get. But this post-bye usage increase could be a sign of bigger and better things going forward.

Post-bye, Kenneth Walker maintains the stranglehold and clearly has distanced himself from Zach Charbonnet, who was thought of by many (me) to be a usurper to the throne. Definitely hasn’t worked out that way as Charbonnet has seen two very low-end workloads in Week 4 and again here in Week 6.

Week 6 Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: N/A

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Mike EvansWR10449012728.7%82.9%80.4%27.0%4.929.4%12.71.440.6060.3863445
Chris GodwinWR767709020.3%90.2%83.9%18.9%11.018.9%
Trey PalmerWR7247015434.8%65.9%66.1%18.9%6.725.9%22.01.740.5270.3052737
Deven ThompkinsWR42-20286.3%24.4%25.0%10.8%-0.540.0%7.0-0.200.206-0.0711014
Rakim JarrettWR     0.0%7.3%12.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Cade OttonTE21150357.9%90.2%96.4%5.4%7.55.4%17.50.410.1360.4293754
Ko KieftTE     0.0%9.8%25.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Payne DurhamTE118030.7%7.3%10.7%2.7%8.033.3%3.02.670.0452.66736
Rachaad WhiteRB43120112.5%75.6%78.6%10.8%3.012.9%2.80.390.1801.0913144
Ke'Shawn VaughnRB2000-5-1.1%9.8%21.4%5.4%0.050.0%-

The Buccaneers didn’t score a touchdown despite wearing their sweet retro “creamsicle” uniforms, which is crying shame. In this matchup of old NFC Central rivals, the Lions easily put it to their former 1990’s divisional doormats.

Mike Evans (10-4-49) saw the most targets for the Bucs, with Chris Godwin (7-6-77) and Trey Palmer (7-2-47) not too far behind as the trio combined for 65% of targets. Palmer saw a ton of deep looks with a whopping 154 air yards and a 22-yard aDOT.

The Buccaneers’ run game is inspiring exactly nobody right now as even with Rachaad White’s (7-26; 4-3-12) stranglehold on snaps (79%), he’s not producing anything close to what an NFL running back should. You only get so long of a leash where you’re easily replaced and it’s looking more and more by the week that White may be more suited to rotational work rather than having the top seat in an NFL backfield. He may just not be very good.

Week 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Mike Evans

Start ‘Em: Chris Godwin

Keep Them Rostered: Rachaad White, Trey Palmer (14-team) Baker Mayfield (14-team), Cade Otton (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 HopkinsWR512006135.9%96.6%87.3%25.0%4.017.9%12.20.710.6260.3282848
Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR432503520.6%69.0%70.9%20.0%6.320.0%
Kyle PhilipsWR2160169.4%55.2%49.1%10.0%3.012.5%8.00.380.2160.3751627
Chris MooreWR1160-2-1.2%37.9%36.4%5.0%6.09.1%-2.00.550.067-3.0001120
Colton DowellWR     0.0%3.4%1.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Chigoziem OkonkwoTE421806638.8%75.9%72.7%20.0%4.518.2%16.50.820.5720.2732240
Trevon WescoTE     0.0%13.8%43.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Josh WhyleTE1111074.1%3.4%3.6%5.0%11.0100.0%
Kevin RaderTE     0.0%13.8%23.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Derrick HenryRB22160-8-4.7%31.0%52.7%10.0%8.022.2%-4.01.780.117-2.000929
Tyjae SpearsRB11480-5-2.9%55.2%56.4%5.0%48.06.3%-

DeAndre Hopkins (5-1-20) led the Titans in targets but this passing game is 100% toxic. Ryan Tannehill left the game with a high ankle sprain, Malik Willis came in to mop up, and somehow, this passing game got even uglier. Tyjae Spears received most of Willis’ 74 passing yards on one target with a 48-yard reception. That actually led the Titans in receiving on that lone target.

Besides a 63-yard run, Derrick Henry (12-97-1; 2-2-16) wasn’t great either; a running theme for his 2023 besides his Week 4 against the Bengals.

Week 6 Tennessee Titans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: DeAndre Hopkins

Start ‘Em: Derrick Henry

Keep Them Rostered: Tyjae SpearsChigoziem Okonkwo (deeper 12 & 14-team), Treylon Burks (missed Week 4-6 - 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 McLaurinWR11681010756.9%92.9%84.3%52.4%7.442.3%
Jahan DotsonWR10002513.3%89.3%80.4%4.8%0.04.0%
Curtis SamuelWR444212814.9%67.9%62.7%19.0%10.521.1%
Dyami BrownWR10003116.5%21.4%21.6%4.8%0.016.7%
Byron PringleWR     0.0%3.6%7.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Logan ThomasTE112021.1%67.9%76.5%4.8%2.05.3%
John BatesTE     0.0%10.7%41.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Cole TurnerTE     0.0%10.7%17.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Brian RobinsonRB22251-5-2.7%46.4%52.9%9.5%12.515.4%-2.51.920.124-5.0001327
Antonio GibsonRB111100.0%42.9%39.2%4.8%1.08.3%
Chris RodriguezRB     0.0%3.6%11.8%0.0%0.00.0%

We go from the Titans’ passing-game implosion to Sam Howell throwing three touchdowns on just 23 pass attempts and 151 yards. The Commanders have had 52 and 60 dropbacks the previous two weeks, so to go to just 28 dropbacks is a stark contrast.

The passing game options here have been pretty hit or miss all season, but Terry McLaurin (11-6-81) saw 52% of Washington’s targets by himself and besides Curtis Samuel (4-4-42-1) seeing four targets, nobody earned more than two targets. Not Logan Thomas (1-1-2), not Antonio Gibson (1-1-1-1), though he did score a touchdown. It’s hard to pinpoint this passing game besides knowing that at least McLaurin will always be involved.

Somebody who is pretty much never been involved in 2023 is Jahan Dotson (1-0-0), of whom our collective patience is wearing thin with.

Week 6 Washington Commanders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Terry McLaurin

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


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