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 9!




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


Passes caught by a pass-catcher

Rec. Yards

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


Receiving touchdowns

Air Yards

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

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

Air Yards Team Share %

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

Route %

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

Snap %

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

Target Share %

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

Yards per Target

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


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


25%+ TPRRElite

17-18%Close to replacement level

Sub 17%Not fantasy relevant


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


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


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


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


Bye Weeks:

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


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

All statistics below are listed in the following format:

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

NFL Target Report

Arizona Cardinals

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Marquise BrownWR963312912.1%92.7%94.7%25.0%3.723.7%3.20.870.4601.1383872
Rondale MooreWR32100177.1%82.9%69.7%8.3%3.38.8%
Zach PascalWR10002410.0%12.2%14.5%2.8%0.020.0%
Michael WilsonWR645807230.0%87.8%89.5%16.7%9.716.7%12.01.610.4600.8063668
Andre BaccelliaWR     0.0%4.9%2.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Trey McBrideTE14109519840.8%87.8%81.6%38.9%6.838.9%7.02.640.8690.9693662
Geoff SwaimTE     0.0%14.6%35.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Elijah HigginsTE     0.0%12.2%15.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Keaontay IngramRB117031.3%53.7%36.8%2.8%7.04.5%3.00.320.0502.3332228
Emari DemercadoRB1110-3-1.3%29.3%55.3%2.8%1.08.3%-
Damien WilliamsRB114000.0%2.4%3.9%2.8%4.0100.0%

Of all the talk about rookie tight ends this season with Sam LaPorta, Dalton Kincaid, and Michael MayerTrey McBride (14-10-95-1) hasn’t gotten the recognition he’s deserved over the past few weeks. As I’ve said, “Always a Bridesmaid, never a McBride” when it comes to me drafting him, and possibly some others, but with Zach Ertz hitting injured reserve for the next few weeks, the job belongs to McBride and boy, did he put an exclamation point on that.

McBride was TE1 in Week 8 with a 39% target share and 41% of the team’s air yards. McBride was already taking work from Ertz before Ertz hit IR so that unfortunate injury just sped up the process for McBride. He’s going to have Clayton Tune throwing him passes in Week 9 in Cleveland before the likely scenario of Kyler Murray’s debut at home vs. Atlanta takes place in Week 10. But if he’s running routes on all but five of 41 total dropbacks for the Cardinals — that’s 88% — then McBride needs to be rostered and started in 100% of leagues, no matter who is throwing him the ball. As gross as the tight end position has been at times, he’s targeted when he’s on the field and he’s getting a large quarterback upgrade with Murray’s return. 

Besides McBride running a bunch of routes, the Cardinals’ main route runners all were running at least 83%+ routes, with the rest of the secondary players picking up scraps. Marquise Brown (9-6-33-1) was fine and got into the end zone, Michael Wilson (6-4-58) has a clearly defined role in this offense, and Rondale Moore (3-2-10) didn’t do much with 83% of routes.

Emari Demercado (20-78; 1-1-1) kept his sizable role as the main back on early downs, but Keaontay Ingram (2-9; 1-1-7) was back in on offense from last week’s zero offensive snaps to run 54% of routes. The only thing you can predict in a James Conner-less backfield is that Demercado will get the most carries. After that, it’s all over the map.

Week 8 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Marquise Brown

Keep Them Rostered: Emari Demercado, James Conner (on IR), Emari Demercado, Michael Wilson (deeper 12 & 14-team), Rondale Moore (deeper 12 & 14-team), Kyler Murray (stash; likely starting Week 10)

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 LondonWR755506621.5%55.8%54.4%21.2%7.929.2%
Mack HollinsWR322704013.0%14.0%20.6%9.1%9.050.0%13.34.500.2280.675614
KhaDarel HodgeWR337504213.7%41.9%42.6%9.1%25.016.7%
Scott MillerWR22141123.9%20.9%33.8%6.1%7.022.2%6.01.560.1181.167923
Van JeffersonWR532406521.2%79.1%70.6%15.2%4.814.7%13.00.710.3750.3693448
Kyle PittsTE533506019.5%62.8%60.3%15.2%7.018.5%12.01.300.3640.5832741
Jonnu SmithTE1113031.0%65.1%70.6%3.0%13.03.6%3.00.460.0524.3332848
MyCole PruittTE2130103.3%16.3%27.9%6.1%1.528.6%5.00.430.1140.300719
Bijan RobinsonRB500092.9%72.1%73.5%15.2%0.016.1%
Tyler AllgeierRB     0.0%14.0%22.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Cordarrelle PattersonRB     0.0%20.9%17.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Keith SmithFB     0.0%0.0%5.9%0.0%0.00.0%

Lots of moving parts here for the Falcons, including a concussed/benched quarterback, a groin injury knocking Drake London (7-5-55) out of the game (and possibly Week 9), and Van Jefferson (5-3-24) leading the team in routes with 79%, because of course he did.

Kyle Pitts (5-3-35) continues to run 63% of routes, and then Arthur Smith wonders why he can’t get going. KhaDarel Hodge (3-3-75) had a deep shot, and Scott Miller (2-2-14-1) caught the lone passing touchdown on 21% of routes.

Desmond Ridder was in concussion protocol, and was cleared, but didn’t return to the game as Taylor Heinicke came in to spell him for the rest of the game. Heinicke will get a Week 9 start against the Vikings in an epic matchup of Heinicke vs. Jaren Hall, which I know everybody has had circled since the schedule came out in May.

Seeing most of the work is Bijan Robinson (11-62-1; 5-0-0) on 73% snaps after Week 8’s #MigraineGate, but Tyler Allgeier (8-31) is still pretty involved, as is Cordarrelle Patterson (2-7), to our collective dismay.

Week 8 Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Bijan Robinson

Start ‘Em: Drake London (left Week 8 - groin), Kyle Pitts

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Baltimore Ravens

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Rashod BatemanWR223403421.9%62.5%61.5%7.7%17.010.0%17.01.700.2691.0002040
Odell BeckhamWR40004730.3%65.6%56.9%15.4%0.019.0%
Zay FlowersWR751902415.5%93.8%75.4%26.9%2.723.3%3.40.630.5120.7923049
Nelson AgholorWR1000138.4%43.8%41.5%3.8%0.07.1%
Devin DuvernayWR     0.0%0.0%3.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Mark AndrewsTE544012415.5%90.6%76.9%19.2%8.017.2%4.81.380.3971.6672950
Isaiah LikelyTE11100106.5%15.6%10.8%3.8%10.020.0%
Charlie KolarTE     0.0%0.0%20.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Gus EdwardsRB2214074.5%37.5%52.3%7.7%7.016.7%
Justice HillRB44400-4-2.6%46.9%47.7%15.4%10.026.7%-1.02.670.213-10.0001531
Patrick RicardFB     0.0%18.8%53.8%0.0%0.00.0%

Baltimore didn’t have to go too crazy with their offense one way or another to dispatch the Arizona Cardinals in the last game of the Joshua Dobbs era. Gus Edwards (19-80-3; 2-2-14) and Justice Hill (4-15; 4-4-40) split the backfield in a pretty conventional way, as Edwards was the hammer and Hill was the satellite back and route runner. 

Mark Andrews (5-4-40-1) led the way and had the only touchdown for the Ravens pass-catchers, as Lamar Jackson only threw 27 times for 157 yards and the sole touchdown. Zay Flowers (7-5-19) had just a 3.4-yard aDOT on his team-leading seven targets.

Week 8 Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: N/A

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Odell Beckham (running routes but only had 14 catches on the year and hasn’t had a weekly route rate over 57% since Week 1)


Buffalo Bills

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Stefon DiggsWR1297007431.5%100.0%98.6%30.8%5.826.1%6.21.520.6820.9464668
Gabe DavisWR1298718034.0%97.8%98.6%30.8%7.326.7%6.71.930.7001.0884568
Trent SherfieldWR     0.0%32.6%31.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Deonte HartyWR     0.0%8.7%8.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Khalil ShakirWR669205322.6%71.7%65.2%15.4%15.318.2%8.82.790.3891.7363345
Dalton KincaidTE756513615.3%84.8%84.1%17.9%9.317.9%5.11.670.3761.8063958
James CookRB1160-6-2.6%60.9%66.7%2.6%6.03.6%-
Latavius MurrayRB1140-2-0.9%28.3%33.3%2.6%4.07.7%-2.00.310.033-2.0001323
Reggie GilliamFB     0.0%2.2%2.9%0.0%0.00.0%

On Thursday night in Week 8, the Bills consolidated all but two targets to four players, with Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis, Khalil Shakir, and Dalton Kincaid. Diggs (12-9-70) and Davis (12-9-87-1) both led the Bills with 12 targets each while running their usual 95-100% of routes. What was a bit different for Davis is that his aDOT shortened up quite a bit to 6.7 yards as he was targeted much closer to the line of scrimmage. With Dawson Knox placed on IR, it really looked like some of the routes Knox was normally ticketed for went to Davis, and some of the downfield stuff went to Shakir (6-6-92; 72% routes), who put up an excellent game in his own right.

With no Knox, Kincaid (7-5-65-1) was the only tight end on the roster who got snaps in Week 8, and he delivered a solid performance with the highest routes per dropback percentage he’s had all season at 85%.

James Cook (14-67; 1-1-6) saw his highest snap % of the season, but gave up two goal-line touches to Latavius Murray (5-7; 1-1-4), who converted neither in a tribute to Joe Mixon. Perhaps the incoming Leonard Fournette, who has to be fresh as a daisy without OTAs, training camp, practices, and game action, can come in and be an upgraded version of Murray. I’m not sure if Fournette takes work directly from Cook, but the Bills seem hellbent on capping the upside of Cook with older backs.

Week 8 Buffalo Bills Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs

Start ‘Em: James Cook, Dalton Kincaid

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

Add ‘Em: Khalil Shakir (cream may have risen to the top with the slot work in Buffalo), Leonard Fournette (speculative add)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Carolina Panthers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Adam ThielenWR1187204724.6%97.5%97.0%35.5%6.528.2%4.31.850.7051.5323965
DJ CharkWR422307137.2%95.0%92.5%12.9%5.810.5%17.80.610.4540.3243862
Jonathan MingoWR546204423.0%97.5%98.5%16.1%12.412.8%8.81.590.4031.4093966
Terrace MarshallWR1190105.2%5.0%6.0%3.2%9.050.0%10.04.500.0850.90024
Hayden HurstTE200094.7%37.5%32.8%6.5%0.013.3%
Tommy TrembleTE3241-1-0.5%32.5%53.7%9.7%1.323.1%-0.30.310.141-4.0001336
Stephen SullivanTE11130115.8%27.5%19.4%3.2%13.09.1%
Miles SandersRB     0.0%25.0%17.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Chuba HubbardRB2226000.0%52.5%67.2%6.5%13.09.5%
Raheem BlackshearRB2226000.0%12.5%14.9%6.5%13.040.0%

The Panthers won their first game of the season in part to a solid game from Bryce Young and a weird gameplan from the Texas which saw them #EstablishIt and getting away from the pass-friendly attack that’s gotten them in games they didn’t have much reason to be in.

There are a lot of moving parts here with this Carolina Panthers backfield, both before and after the bye week in Week 7. The Panthers in Week 6 had Chuba Hubbard (15-28; 2-2-26) take 76% of the rush attempts while Miles Sanders (2-0) was out with his shoulder injury to great success; Hubbard’s 16 fantasy points put him as RB13 that week. After that, during their Week 7 bye, head coach Frank Reich turned offensive playcalling duties over to offensive coordinator Thomas Brown, whose last playcalling came with the Miami Hurricanes from 2016-2018.

In Carolina’s first game with Brown as play-caller this past week, they got win number one with Sanders seemingly THIRD in the pecking order behind Hubbard and Raheem Blackshear (3-5; 2-2-26). Hubbard took 71% of the rushing attempts, 66% of the snaps, and almost 50% of the routes. Sanders only took two carries to Hubbard’s 15 and played just 12 snaps to Hubbard’s 45.

Yes, Carolina paid Sanders $13 million guaranteed. Yes, Sanders is probably a bit banged up, but look, Sanders wasn’t on the injury report at all this week. He’s had time to get healthy. Hubbard has been by far the most explosive and consistent back in Carolina, with the fourth-highest rush percent over expected (ROE%) at 47.8%, contrasting to Sanders, who is dead last among qualified backs with at least 40 rushing attempts at 22.2%.

We’re not quite writing the eulogy for Sanders’ fantasy value quite yet, but the pen and paper are almost ready if this utilization for Hubbard holds into Week 9. Sanders, for me right now, is a non-starter in fantasy leagues, and Hubbard is in the RB2 range right now if he’s getting 19 and 15 carries in the last two games.

Adam Thielen (11-8-72) did Adam Thielen things on just a 4.3-yard aDOT, so the things he’s doing is compiling at such a high rate and being a reliable safety value for Young. The Panthers had their three wide receivers run at least 95% to severely condense down their route runner which is great for us because it’s letting us know who the guys are going to be each week. Obviously, Thielen is one, but so are Jonathan Mingo (5-4-62; 98% routes) and D.J. Chark (4-3-23; 95% routes).

Week 8 Carolina Panthers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Adam Thielen

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Chuba Hubbard, Miles Sanders, Jonathan Mingo, 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 MooreWR645504216.5%100.0%87.9%16.2%9.215.4%7.01.410.3591.3103958
Darnell MooneyWR414107127.8%92.3%84.8%10.8%10.311.1%
Tyler ScottWR311105822.7%64.1%57.6%8.1%3.712.0%19.30.440.2810.1902538
Velus JonesWR21404417.3%5.1%4.5%5.4%2.0100.0%
Cole KmetTE10107905320.8%82.1%84.8%27.0%7.931.3%5.32.470.5511.4913256
Robert TonyanTE118031.2%12.8%19.7%2.7%8.020.0%3.01.600.0492.667513
Marcedes LewisTE     0.0%7.7%25.8%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Onta ForemanRB212000.0%20.5%31.8%5.4%1.025.0%
Roschon JohnsonRB43100-11-4.3%33.3%36.4%10.8%2.530.8%-2.80.770.132-0.9091324
Travis HomerRB     0.0%0.0%1.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Darrynton EvansRB43220-8-3.1%20.5%27.3%10.8%5.550.0%-2.02.750.140-2.750818
Khari BlasingameFB100031.2%12.8%21.2%2.7%0.020.0%

With Tyson Bagent under center for the Bears, you know the floor and ceiling for the Bears’ pass-catchers gets lower and lower here. The Bears were in catchup mode for most of the game, with the Chargers getting off to a fast start, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a couple of decent notes.

Namely, Cole Kmet (10-10-79; 82% routes) doing his best Adam Thielen impression on a 5.3-yard aDOT. DJ Moore (6-4-55) was the only non-running back other than Kmet to be targeted more than once.

The Bears' backfield was a murky three-way split, with nobody really doing anything of note a week after D’Onta Foreman had three touchdowns. Foreman (9-34; 2-1-2), Roschon Johnson (6-21; 4-3-10), and even Darrynton Evans (4-18-1; 4-3-22) getting into the mix, taking a touchdown. Johnson saw the most work compared to the other backs, with 33% routes and 36% snaps, but Foreman saw 32% of snaps himself. Foreman and Johnson are low-end flex options, but man are they volatile plays. It could actually get worse when Khalil Herbert returns.

Week 8 Chicago Bears Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: DJ Moore

Start ‘Em: Justin Fields (missed Week 6-8 - thumb)

Keep Them Rostered: D’Onta Foreman, Cole Kmet, Khalil Herbert (Missed Week 6-8 - ankle), Roschon Johnson (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Cincinnati Bengals

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Ja'Marr ChaseWR121010017239.8%94.7%88.9%37.5%8.333.3%6.02.780.8411.3893656
Tee HigginsWR656906535.9%81.6%66.7%18.8%11.519.4%
Tyler BoydWR334013217.7%92.1%85.7%9.4%13.38.6%
Trenton IrwinWR2224063.3%21.1%27.0%6.3%12.025.0%
Andrei IosivasWR112121.1%7.9%15.9%3.1%2.033.3%2.00.670.0551.000310
Irv SmithTE4425042.2%68.4%58.7%12.5%6.315.4%1.00.960.2036.2502637
Drew SampleTE1000-1-0.6%26.3%38.1%3.1%0.010.0%-
Mitchell WilcoxTE     0.0%0.0%14.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Joe MixonRB3323010.6%60.5%74.6%9.4%7.713.0%
Trayveon WilliamsRB     0.0%18.4%17.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Chris EvansRB     0.0%10.5%6.3%0.0%0.00.0%

Well, the Bengals seem like the Bengals again as they went into San Francisco and beat the 49ers by two touchdowns. Tee Higgins (6-5-69; 82% routes) ran more routes in Week 8 than he had in any week since Week 3, Tyler Boyd (3-3-40-1) hit for a touchdown, and of course, Ja'Marr Chase (12-1-100-1) is pretty freaking good. No surprise there. 

It’s been a long road for Joe Burrow, but a 28-of-32 line with 283 yards and three touchdowns while racing on 43 rushing yards seems to signal that Burrow is no longer “Joever”. Joe Mixon (16-87-1; 3-3-23) was solid enough as well, and his stranglehold on the Bengals backfield continues unopposed.

Week 8 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Ja'Marr Chase

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

Keep Them Rostered: Tyler Boyd

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Cleveland Browns

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Amari CooperWR11689012549.8%83.8%80.8%36.7%8.135.5%11.42.870.8990.7123163
Elijah MooreWR523007429.5%89.2%82.1%16.7%6.015.2%14.80.910.4560.4053364
Donovan Peoples-JonesWR     0.0%83.8%83.3%0.0%0.00.0%
David BellWR     0.0%5.4%3.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Marquise GoodwinWR     0.0%13.5%11.5%0.0%0.00.0%
David NjokuTE847714517.9%75.7%78.2%26.7%9.628.6%5.62.750.5251.7112861
Jordan AkinsTE116041.6%13.5%11.5%3.3%6.020.0%
Harrison BryantTE1000145.6%13.5%30.8%3.3%0.020.0%
Jerome FordRB2120-1-0.4%27.0%33.3%6.7%1.020.0%-
Pierre StrongRB11410-7-2.8%27.0%30.8%3.3%41.010.0%-
Kareem HuntRB11120-3-1.2%29.7%34.6%3.3%12.09.1%-

The Browns were down 14-0 and then 17-7 after the first quarter to the Seattle Seahawks, and it looked like this game would start to go sideways, just like the week before against the Indianapolis Colts. The scoring didn’t get out of hand, though they did give up a fourth-quarter go-ahead touchdown to the Seahawks to ice it.

Backup quarterback P.J. Walker, at the very least, understood the assignment, as he targeted Amari Cooper (11-6-89), David Njoku (8-4-77-1), and Elijah Moore (5-2-30) for 80% of the team’s targets. No other Brown other than Jerome Ford (9-37; 2-1-2) had more than one target.

Speaking of Ford, the split here between Ford, Kareem Hunt (14-55-1; 1-1-12), and Pierre Strong (10-41; 1-1-41) was about as even as you’ll see across the board in the table above. Hunt got the short touchdown, Ford left for a stretch (potentially because of his ankle), but Strong mixed in with both backs all game. That makes it super difficult to sort this out, but as long as he’s healthy, Ford should be the guy here. Without the ankle injury, Ford likely gets 45-50% of snaps, and likely, the first opportunity for the touchdown Hunt received.

Week 8 Cleveland Browns Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Deshaun Watson (left Week 7 - shoulder), Amari Cooper, Jerome Ford (left Week 7 - ankle), Kareem Hunt 

Keep Them Rostered: Elijah Moore, David Njoku

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 LambWR1412158214449.1%85.4%81.5%41.2%11.340.0%10.34.510.9621.0973553
Brandin CooksWR434916020.5%68.3%61.5%11.8%12.314.3%15.01.750.3200.8172840
Michael GallupWR322003010.2%51.2%50.8%8.8%6.714.3%10.00.950.2040.6672133
Jalen TolbertWR100051.7%43.9%44.6%2.9%0.05.6%
KaVontae TurpinWR211303411.6%14.6%16.9%5.9%6.533.3%
Jake FergusonTE44471248.2%82.9%80.0%11.8%11.811.8%6.01.380.2341.9583452
Luke SchoonmakerTE1113000.0%26.8%38.5%2.9%13.09.1%
Sean McKeonTE100082.7%9.8%16.9%2.9%0.025.0%
Tony PollardRB1120-4-1.4%46.3%64.6%2.9%2.05.3%-
Rico DowdleRB2270-6-2.0%19.5%35.4%5.9%3.525.0%-3.00.880.074-1.167823
Hunter LuepkeRB11-20-2-0.7%4.9%9.2%2.9%-2.050.0%-2.0-1.000.0391.00026

Dallas Cowboys play a normal game script, level: IMPOSSIBLE”

At least it favored the Cowboys this time. Dallas got out to a 33-9 lead at halftime, then put the game on cruise control against a Rams team that lost Matthew Stafford to a thumb ligament injury. CeeDee Lamb (14-12-158-2) was possessed. Brandin Cooks (4-3-49-1) and Jake Ferguson (4-4-47-1) also caught touchdowns, as nobody but Lamb earned more than four targets.

Tony Pollard (12-53; 1-1-2) has been a disappointment in fantasy circles, but when you play in extreme blowouts on both sides of the coin, I find it difficult to understand how he’s supposed to get going in those scenarios from a volume standpoint. Yes, fantasy football is a results-oriented game, but I’m not down on Pollard by any means. He “only” took 65% of snaps as he bowed out in the fourth quarter to backups.

Week 8 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)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Michael Gallup (losing work to Jalen Tolbert, not ideal.)


Denver Broncos

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Jerry JeudyWR62501126102.4%71.9%59.2%33.3%8.326.1%
Courtland SuttonWR322913326.8%90.6%78.9%16.7%9.710.3%
Marvin MimsWR1100-3-2.4%37.5%40.8%5.6%0.08.3%-
Lil'Jordan HumphreyWR     0.0%43.8%31.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Tre'Quan SmithWR     0.0%12.5%14.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Adam TrautmanTE     0.0%71.9%81.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Chris ManhertzTE     0.0%18.8%54.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Nate AdkinsTE     0.0%9.4%5.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Javonte WilliamsRB33131-16-13.0%34.4%63.4%16.7%4.327.3%-
Samaje PerineRB32160-5-4.1%34.4%23.9%16.7%5.327.3%-1.71.450.222-3.2001117
Jaleel McLaughlinRB2260-12-9.8%12.5%11.3%11.1%3.050.0%-6.01.500.098-0.50048
Michael BurtonFB     0.0%3.1%19.7%0.0%0.00.0%

Despite the Broncos putting up 24 points on the Kansas City Chiefs, if you were looking for a bunch of counting stats and fantasy goodness from the Broncos, you’re not finding too much of that. The Broncos only had 19 total pass attempts compared to 40 rushing attempts, as they completely took the air out of the ball with Javonte Williams (27-85; 3-3-13-1), who has cemented himself as the lead runner in Denver. Any running back workload Jaleel McLaughlin (4-33; 2-2-6) and Samaje Perine (1-5; 3-2-16) get is likely taken from each other rather than from Williams, who had a season-high 63% snaps.

With only 19 pass attempts for 114 yards, Russell Wilson still threw three touchdowns, which at the very least, went to the correct players who are being started by fantasy managers. Courtland Sutton (3-2-29-1), Jerry Jeudy (6-2-50-1), and Williams all caught the touchdowns on a day where nobody caught more than three passes.

Week 8 Denver Broncos Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Courtland Sutton, Javonte Williams

Keep Them Rostered: Jerry Jeudy, Russell Wilson (deeper 12 & 14-team), Jaleel McLaughlin (14-team), Samaje Perine (14-team), 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. BrownWR9610806744.1%94.7%91.9%26.5%12.025.0%
Jameson WilliamsWR321602315.1%36.8%39.5%8.8%5.321.4%
Kalif RaymondWR4224095.9%36.8%24.4%11.8%6.028.6%2.31.710.2182.6671421
Josh ReynoldsWR11130138.6%86.8%82.6%2.9%13.03.0%13.00.390.1041.0003371
Antoine GreenWR     0.0%7.9%7.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Sam LaPortaTE1085714932.2%92.1%94.2%29.4%5.728.6%4.91.630.6671.1633581
Brock WrightTE1150-1-0.7%23.7%53.5%2.9%5.011.1%-1.00.560.040-5.000946
James MitchellTE     0.0%2.6%5.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Jahmyr GibbsRB55370-7-4.6%73.7%69.8%14.7%7.417.9%-1.41.320.188-5.2862860
Craig ReynoldsRB11120-1-0.7%18.4%27.9%2.9%12.014.3%-1.01.710.040-12.000724
Devine OzigboRB     0.0%0.0%2.3%0.0%0.00.0%

Monday Night Football was a showcase for the studs to be studs, as Jahmyr Gibbs (26-152-1; 5-5-37) was just a force to be reckoned with. Gibbs took a healthy 70% of snaps and 74% of routes, with Craig Reynolds (14-74; 1-1-12) mixing in later in the game despite losing a fumble. If the Lions get up in games, they will just run, run, run and run some more to salt games away. Just as an aside, if David Montgomery comes back and relegates Gibbs to 5-to-7 carries each week after the show he put on in Week 8, it’s time to march with pitchforks to Detroit Lions HQ.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (8-6-108) is really #good. Sam LaPorta (10-8-57-1) is also REALLY #good. Both St. Brown and LaPorta combined for 56% of the Detroit targets on the night, and deservedly so.

Week 8 Detroit Lions Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: Jared Goff

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Green Bay Packers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Christian WatsonWR8333011932.6%81.6%82.4%20.0%4.120.0%14.90.830.5280.2774056
Romeo DoubsWR9418110027.4%79.6%82.4%22.5%2.023.1%11.10.460.5290.1803956
Jayden ReedWR648309726.6%87.8%79.4%15.0%13.814.0%16.21.930.4110.8564354
Samori ToureWR     0.0%6.1%5.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Dontayvion WicksWR422804612.6%36.7%32.4%10.0%7.022.2%11.51.560.2380.6091822
Luke MusgraveTE3290123.3%73.5%72.1%7.5%3.08.3%
Tucker KraftTE     0.0%18.4%27.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Josiah DeguaraTE     0.0%2.0%7.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Ben SimsTE     0.0%2.0%7.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Aaron JonesRB54170-4-1.1%36.7%50.0%12.5%3.427.8%-0.80.940.180-4.2501834
AJ DillonRB55410-5-1.4%42.9%52.9%12.5%8.223.8%-1.01.950.178-8.2002136

I said it last week; I’ll say it this week: this team stinks.

The young weapons aren’t thriving together, and it starts at the top with Jordan Love, who has been woefully below average now that he has his full complement of weapons. The term “weapons” is used loosely, by the way.

It’s a struggle even to get one of these passing-game weapons to have a fantasy-relevant day, so Romeo Doubs (9-4-18-1; 80% routes) got that distinction this week despite a line plagued with inefficiency. Love overshot Christian Watson (8-3-33) on a couple of deep ball attempts. The Packers did scheme stuff for Jayden Reed (6-4-83), who had the best and most productive day of the Packers receivers and ran a career-high in routes (88%).

Aaron Jones (7-29; 5-4-17) doesn’t seem fully healthy as he’s still running with a reduced snap share (50%) compared to A.J. Dillon (6-11; 5-5-41) and his 53% snaps. It’s still not a fruitful offense to start anybody from, much less guys like Jones and Watson.

It’s bad out here.

Week 8 Green Bay Packers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Aaron Jones (clearly isn’t 100% right now), Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed (deeper 12 &14-team), Luke Musgrave (deeper 12 & 14-team), AJ Dillon (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
Nico CollinsWR643009754.2%81.5%72.4%25.0%5.027.3%16.21.360.7540.3092242
Noah BrownWR535705027.9%88.9%72.4%20.8%11.420.8%10.02.380.5081.1402442
John MetchieWR     0.0%3.7%12.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Xavier HutchinsonWR     0.0%3.7%8.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Tank DellWR431602111.7%92.6%77.6%16.7%4.016.0%5.30.640.3320.7622545
Dalton SchultzTE525073.9%81.5%77.6%20.8%1.022.7%
Teagan QuitorianoTE     0.0%14.8%34.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Dameon PierceRB     0.0%25.9%43.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Devin SingletaryRB22130-4-2.2%29.6%39.7%8.3%6.525.0%-2.01.630.109-3.250823
Mike BooneRB1111021.1%29.6%17.2%4.2%11.012.5%2.01.380.0705.500810
Andrew BeckFB118063.4%22.2%37.9%4.2%8.016.7%6.01.330.0861.333622

The Texans went away from pretty much every gameplan they’ve employed this season to go super run-heavy against the Panthers with an -11.4% pass rate over expected, their lowest percentage of the season. Unfortunately, they galaxy-brained themselves, kept Carolina in the game, and gave them their first win of the season.

Everything from a passing standpoint was their worst output of the season, with C.J. Stroud passing for just 140 yards on 24 attempts. Only Nico Collins (6-4-30) had more than four receptions. Tank Dell (4-3-16; 3-15) was involved a little bit in the heavy running attack as a change of pace from giving Dameon Pierce (12-46) the ball for three yards.

Week 8 Houston Texans Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

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

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Indianapolis Colts

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Michael PittmanWR1384017625.1%97.7%98.6%34.2%3.130.2%5.80.930.6890.5264370
Alec PierceWR534103210.6%93.2%94.4%13.2%8.212.2%
Josh DownsWR977206822.4%84.1%80.3%23.7%8.024.3%7.61.950.5121.0593757
Isaiah McKenzieWR     0.0%6.8%7.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Juwann WinfreeWR1000268.6%6.8%12.7%2.6%0.033.3%
Mo Alie-CoxTE21110103.3%29.5%32.4%5.3%5.515.4%5.00.850.1021.1001323
Andrew OgletreeTE313316521.5%45.5%53.5%7.9%11.015.0%21.71.650.2690.5082038
Will MalloryTE2160175.6%31.8%21.1%5.3%3.014.3%8.50.430.1180.3531415
Jonathan TaylorRB212072.3%59.1%60.6%5.3%1.07.7%
Zack MossRB118020.7%31.8%39.4%2.6%8.07.1%2.00.570.0444.0001428

The one thing I continue to talk about is Gardner Minshew being the quarterback for this particular Colts team and what it means for the pass-catchers here. You’re likely not getting the volume (albeit inefficient; beggars can’t be choosers) you’d be getting for Michael Pittman (13-8-40-1) and Josh Downs (9-7-72). I’m not saying that Anthony Richardson COULDN’T do that, but his particular range of outcomes for 2023 had bringing volume to his pass-catchers very high towards the nut optimal outcome rather than something we could expect weekly, like his rushing. In a weird byproduct of Richardson missing 2023, it establishes Downs as the second weapon in the passing game instead of moving chess pieces around like the Colts have done for most of this decade. With a core of Richardson, Pittman, Downs, and the newly extended Jonathan Taylor, the Colts are in pretty good shape but need to shore up some more vital components of their offense and defense.

Speaking of Taylor (12-95; 2-1-2), his snaps got up to 60% in Week 8, and Zack Moss (11-66-1; 1-1-8) came down to 30%, but Moss took the majority of running back touches in the second half negative game script to just two for Taylor. These kinds of things swing back the other way, especially with Taylor working his way back into form. But Moss is going to be a thorn in the side of fantasy managers all season because he’s likely not going away, having earned a role on this team thanks to his excellent play at the beginning of the season.

Week 8 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: N/A


Jacksonville Jaguars

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Calvin RidleyWR10683012960.0%89.2%85.9%31.3%8.330.3%12.92.520.8890.6433361
Christian KirkWR544605023.3%81.1%66.2%15.6%9.216.7%10.01.530.3970.9203047
Jamal AgnewWR     0.0%35.1%28.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Tim JonesWR     0.0%29.7%35.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Elijah CooksWR     0.0%5.4%9.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Evan EngramTE10108803315.3%83.8%78.9%31.3%8.832.3%3.32.840.5762.6673156
Luke FarrellTE115052.3%29.7%46.5%3.1%5.09.1%5.00.450.0631.0001133
Brenton StrangeTE     0.0%29.7%40.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Travis EtienneRB63701-2-0.9%73.0%88.7%18.8%11.722.2%-0.32.590.275-35.0002763
Tank BigsbyRB     0.0%8.1%8.5%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Ernest JohnsonRB     0.0%0.0%4.2%0.0%0.00.0%

Just five Jaguars earned targets in Week 8, and all but one target went to the correct players — great! It's a bit of a return to form for Calvin Ridley (10-6-83), the much-discussed and debated receiver who, no matter what is still really good in a good offensive environment with a quality cast of weapons around him. Ridley’s 10 targets were matched by Evan Engram (10-10-88), who had an excellent day in his own right. Christian Kirk (5-4-46) took a bit of a backseat here to Ridley and Engram.

The Travis Etienne (24-79; 6-3-70-1) train keeps on chugging along with a season-high 89% routes and utter domination of this backfield.

Week 8 Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Travis EtienneTrevor Lawrence

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

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Kansas City Chiefs

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Kadarius ToneyWR114041.5%15.2%16.7%2.8%4.014.3%4.00.570.0521.000710
Skyy MooreWR31804316.6%56.5%56.7%8.3%2.711.5%14.30.310.2410.1862634
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR322707227.8%63.0%58.3%8.3%9.010.3%24.00.930.3200.3752935
Rashee RiceWR54560176.6%58.7%60.0%13.9%11.218.5%
Justin WatsonWR324207027.0%43.5%36.7%8.3%14.015.0%
Mecole HardmanWR22130-10-3.9%30.4%35.0%5.6%6.514.3%-5.00.930.056-1.3001421
Travis KelceTE965804316.6%82.6%85.0%25.0%6.423.7%4.81.530.4911.3493851
Noah GrayTE32250259.7%41.3%48.3%8.3%8.315.8%8.31.320.1931.0001929
Blake BellTE1000-2-0.8%4.3%5.0%2.8%0.050.0%-
Isiah PachecoRB43-30-7-2.7%43.5%53.3%11.1%-0.820.0%-1.8-0.150.1480.4292032
Jerick McKinnonRB2111041.5%39.1%41.7%5.6%5.511.1%2.00.610.0942.7501825
Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB     0.0%2.2%3.3%0.0%0.00.0%

Further proof that anything can happen in the NFL, the Chiefs turned the ball over five times, including two interceptions and a fumble from Patrick Mahomes, as the Chiefs took a massive road loss to the mediocre Denver Broncos.

As far as actual production, Travis Kelce (9-6-58) still put up a usable week at the very least. Rashee Rice (5-4-56; 59% routes) continues to produce amidst the carousel of Chiefs wide receivers.

No change at all on the running back front for Kansas City. Isiah Pacheco (8-40; 4-3-(-3)) takes most of the carries, and Jerick McKinnon (2-(-2); 2-1-11) mops up and grabs some passing down work. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Week 8 Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes

Start ‘Em: Isiah Pacheco

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Las Vegas Raiders

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Davante AdamsWR7111013959.4%92.9%95.7%33.3%1.626.9%19.90.420.9160.0792644
Jakobi MeyersWR11190187.7%96.4%97.8%4.8%19.03.7%18.00.700.1251.0562745
Hunter RenfrowWR421903012.8%67.9%60.9%19.0%4.821.1%
Tre TuckerWR     0.0%21.4%13.0%0.0%0.00.0%
DeAndre CarterWR     0.0%0.0%2.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Austin HooperTE22190-1-0.4%28.6%21.7%9.5%9.525.0%-0.52.380.140-19.000810
Michael MayerTE211903314.1%82.1%91.3%9.5%9.58.7%16.50.830.2420.5762342
Josh JacobsRB4227093.8%57.1%76.1%19.0%6.825.0%2.31.690.3133.0001635
Zamir WhiteRB     0.0%0.0%2.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Ameer AbdullahRB1112062.6%17.9%21.7%4.8%12.020.0%6.02.400.0892.000510
Jakob JohnsonFB     0.0%0.0%10.9%0.0%0.00.0%

Week 8 was apparently the straw that broke the camel’s back for our favorite bowl-cutted NFL owner Mark Davis, as he fired both head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager David Ziegler. Jimmy Garoppolo? Not it. He and his 10-for-21 for 126 yards with an interception are heading to the bench in favor of Aidan O’Connell. We’ll see if interim head coach Antonio Pierce, a former player and well-respected in circles, can have the same impact as previous interim head coach Rich Bisaccia had to bring the Raiders to the playoffs after Jon Gruden’s firing.

You could tell just how frustrated Davante Adams (7-1-11) was after having multiple deep balls airmailed over his head and off-target. No Raider caught more than two passes in Week 8, and it was just an ugly performance outside of Josh Jacobs (15-61-1; 4-2-27), who found the end zone for the only offensive touchdown for the Silver and Black while leading the team in receiving yards. Yup, it was THAT kind of night.

Week 8 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs

Start ‘Em: Jakobi Meyers

Keep Them Rostered: Michael Mayer

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Los Angeles Chargers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Keenan AllenWR10869011864.1%97.6%79.7%26.3%6.925.0%11.81.730.8440.5854055
Quentin JohnstonWR655004725.5%65.9%69.6%15.8%8.322.2%7.81.850.4161.0642748
Joshua PalmerWR43240147.6%80.5%68.1%10.5%6.012.1%3.50.730.2111.7143347
Derius DavisWR2240-8-4.3%12.2%13.0%5.3%2.040.0%-4.00.800.049-0.50059
Simi FehokoWR2191189.8%19.5%23.2%5.3%4.525.0%
Donald ParhamTE54431137.1%58.5%62.3%13.2%8.620.8%2.61.790.2473.3082443
Tre' McKittyTE     0.0%2.4%21.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Stone SmarttTE     0.0%48.8%56.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Austin EkelerRB87941-18-9.8%63.4%66.7%21.1%11.830.8%-2.33.620.247-5.2222646
Joshua KelleyRB     0.0%14.6%21.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Isaiah SpillerRB115000.0%9.8%11.6%2.6%5.025.0%

The Chargers social media team is the legit BEST.

We’ve talked about the post-bye route bumps for rookie pass-catchers like Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Dalton Kincaid, and Michael Mayer, but that hasn’t really materialized for Quentin Johnston (6-5-50; 66% routes) so far. Perhaps out of necessity for the Chargers, we could be getting that here starting with Week 8. Johnston had his best game when the Chargers needed him, with Joshua Palmer (4-3-24) banged up for a portion of their Week 8 win against the Bears. Johnston also saw a solid 22.2% targets per route run and a normalized 7.8-yard aDOT.

The Chargers’ offense looked more like what we’ve been expecting from them before the season, and it’s no surprise that a healthy Austin Ekeler (15-29; 8-7-94-1) reshapes their offense and takes some defensive attention away from Justin HerbertKeenan Allen (10-8-69), etc.

For Johnston, his career-high counting stats and utilization aren’t something we’re victory-lapping, but it’s a positive note for him and something to hopefully build off of because we know that the depth behind Allen, Palmer, and Johnston is severely lacking, especially if Palmer and his knee injury are going to be a thing here in the next couple of weeks. The Chargers drafted Johnston in the first round for a reason, and he’s going to get the opportunity to pay that off in the latter half of the season. You can’t start Johnston right now unless you’re desperate, but he needs to be monitored for right now. Proactive fantasy managers can stash him if they have room on their rosters for somebody in an elite offense who could work his way into a big piece of the massive volume for the Chargers.

Week 8 Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: Joshua Palmer

Keep Them Rostered: Quentin Johnson (stash for all leagues)

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 KuppWR1042106731.5%100.0%100.0%31.3%2.128.6%6.70.600.6890.3133562
Tutu AtwellWR422103215.0%97.1%96.8%12.5%5.311.8%8.00.620.2930.6563460
Puka NacuaWR734304320.2%88.6%91.9%21.9%6.122.6%6.11.390.4691.0003157
Ben SkowronekWR11201157.0%8.6%8.1%3.1%20.033.3%15.06.670.0961.33335
Austin TrammellWR     0.0%2.9%3.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Tyler HigbeeTE754506530.5%80.0%87.1%21.9%6.425.0%9.31.610.5420.6922854
Brycen HopkinsTE     0.0%8.6%8.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Davis AllenTE     0.0%5.7%4.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Darrell HendersonRB33540-9-4.2%40.0%46.8%9.4%18.021.4%-3.03.860.111-6.0001429
Royce FreemanRB     0.0%45.7%53.2%0.0%0.00.0%

With not only a blowout game script, but the team losing Matthew Stafford in Week 8 to a thumb ligament injury, the Rams trying to make the game respectable with backup quarterback Brett Rypien an exercise in futility no matter how good the weapons are. Cooper Kupp (10-4-21) and Puka Nacua (7-3-43) struggled with efficiency big time and Tyler Higbee (7-5-45) earned some targets for the first time in a while. Ben Skowronek (1-1-20-1; just 9% routes) was the recipient of the lone receiving touchdown for the Rams that nobody asked for.

Still a two-man split in the running game, with Royce Freeman (9-44-1) getting the edge in routes and snaps (plus a touchdown), but Darrell Henderson (12-31; 3-3-54) seeing more touches. Freeman should be rostered in most leagues and is a viable flex in the majority of them.

Week 8 Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Cooper Kupp, Puca Nacua

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Darrell Henderson, Royce Freeman, Matthew Stafford (left Week 8 - thumb), Tyler Higbee (14-team), Tutu Atwell (14-team), Kyren Williams (on IR - ankle)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Miami Dolphins

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Tyreek HillWR138112111237.5%91.7%75.3%29.5%8.629.5%8.62.550.7051.0004458
Jaylen WaddleWR127121113244.1%87.5%75.3%27.3%10.128.6%11.02.880.7180.9174258
Braxton BerriosWR3280113.7%56.3%53.2%6.8%2.711.1%3.70.300.1280.7272741
Cedrick WilsonWR111110.3%16.7%29.9%2.3%1.012.5%
Chase ClaypoolWR21150258.4%12.5%14.3%4.5%7.533.3%12.52.500.1270.600611
Durham SmytheTE33280258.4%52.1%70.1%6.8%9.312.0%
Julian HillTE214062.0%31.3%44.2%4.5%2.013.3%
Raheem MostertRB     0.0%50.0%55.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Jeff WilsonRB22140-1-0.3%20.8%24.7%4.5%7.020.0%-0.51.400.066-14.0001019
Salvon AhmedRB44160-14-4.7%22.9%24.7%9.1%4.036.4%-3.51.450.104-1.1431119
Alec IngoldFB215020.7%18.8%32.5%4.5%2.522.2%1.00.560.0732.500925

Another week, another heavy consolidation of targets by the fastest show on any playing surface in 2023, the Miami DolphinsTyreek Hill (13-8-112-1) and Jaylen Waddle (12-7-121-1) combined for 57% of the team’s targets, which was a whopping 25 between the two of them.

Raheem Mostert (13-46-1; 56% snaps) still gets the bulk of the running back workload, but Salvon Ahmed (2-1; 4-4-16) and Jeff Wilson (5-23; 2-2-14) are still carving out six or seven touches apiece without one displacing the other, which is somewhat annoying. If Wilson can’t leap over Ahmed, I’m not sure about Wilson’s season-long prospects. That said, De’Von Achane could return from IR in the next couple of weeks to render it all moot.

Week 8 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: N/A

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

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 AddisonWR878216430.2%94.9%93.1%24.2%10.321.6%
K.J. OsbornWR1089905626.4%89.7%86.1%30.3%9.928.6%5.62.830.6391.7683562
Trishton JacksonWR     0.0%12.8%9.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Brandon PowellWR3110083.8%66.7%54.2%9.1%3.311.5%2.70.380.1631.2502639
N'Keal HarryWR     0.0%5.1%5.6%0.0%0.00.0%
T.J. HockensonTE968818640.6%92.3%83.3%27.3%9.825.0%9.62.440.6931.0233660
Josh OliverTE     0.0%20.5%47.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Johnny MundtTE1180-5-2.4%5.1%6.9%3.0%8.050.0%-
Alexander MattisonRB112020.9%56.4%61.1%3.0%2.04.5%
Ty ChandlerRB     0.0%0.0%1.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Kene NwangwuRB     0.0%10.3%23.6%0.0%0.00.0%
C.J. HamFB112010.5%20.5%27.8%3.0%2.012.5%

Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles’ tendon and is out for the season, which puts a huge damper on the Jordan Addison (8-7-82-1) breakout campaign, which was really starting to get steam here. Perhaps it could be in the cards with Joshua Dobbs, who is coming over from Arizona to handle the starting quarterback gig once he’s up to speed. Jaren Hall will start in Week 9, but the offensive environment takes a radical new shape.

T.J. Hockenson (9-6-88-1) is clearly still a TE1, but the ceiling games aren’t likely as high, and his floor is much lower. You can say the same for Addison in that regard too. Would it even make sense for Justin Jefferson to return now with Dobbs under center? We’ll see, but that’s something for him to consider as well. Perhaps there will still be some heavy passing volume with Dobbs, where K.J. Osborn (10-8-99) can still keep some fantasy relevancy too.

The same split is still happening in the run game independent of what’s going on with the quarterbacks, with Alexander Mattison (16-31; 1-1-2; 61% snaps) still clearly ahead of Cam Akers (9-19-1; 1-1-6) despite Akers’ rushing touchdown.

Week 8 Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: T.J. Hockenson

Start ‘Em: Jordan Addison

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

Add ‘Em: Joshua Dobbs (we know he’s not afraid to throw the ball a little bit)

Dump ‘Em: Kirk Cousins (out for season - Achilles)


New England Patriots

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
JuJu Smith-SchusterWR113131.7%34.4%34.0%3.6%3.09.1%
DeVante ParkerWR21140105.6%40.6%43.4%7.1%7.015.4%
Kendrick BourneWR433613519.6%59.4%60.4%14.3%9.021.1%8.81.890.3511.0291932
Demario DouglasWR752504223.5%84.4%77.4%25.0%3.625.9%6.00.930.5390.5952741
Jalen ReagorWR2000168.9%62.5%58.5%7.1%0.010.0%
Hunter HenryTE332802011.2%50.0%58.5%10.7%9.318.8%6.71.750.2391.4001631
Mike GesickiTE321103117.3%37.5%28.3%10.7%3.725.0%10.30.920.2820.3551215
Pharaoh BrownTE22330179.5%9.4%39.6%7.1%16.566.7%8.511.000.1741.941321
Rhamondre StevensonRB4211052.8%59.4%58.5%14.3%2.821.1%1.30.580.2342.2001931
Ezekiel ElliottRB     0.0%31.3%41.5%0.0%0.00.0%

With Kendrick Bourne (4-3-36-1; 59% routes) now out for the season with an ACL tear, that opens up the door for Demario Douglas (7-5-25; 84% routes), who led the Patriots in routes run in Week 8, as well as targets and receptions. Still, Douglas is probably the only pass-catcher here you’d even consider here in New England, as even Hunter Henry (3-3-28; 50% routes) are unstartable with the routes (or lack thereof) that they get.

Nothing new on the running back front, as Rhamondre Stevenson (10-39; 4-2-11; 59% snaps, 59% routes) sees more touches than Ezekiel Elliott (7-36; 42% snaps, 31% routes), but Elliott is continually more efficient, somehow.

Week 8 New England Patriots Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: N/A

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

Add ‘Em: Demario Douglas (Bourne’s ACL injury opens up a sizable role for Douglas moving forward)

Dump ‘Em: Kendrick Bourne (out for season - ACL)


New Orleans Saints

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Chris OlaveWR9546017044.6%80.6%74.2%31.0%5.136.0%18.91.840.7780.2712549
Michael ThomasWR746805715.0%74.2%66.7%24.1%9.730.4%8.12.960.4671.1932344
Rashid ShaheedWR33153112532.8%51.6%27.3%10.3%51.018.8%41.79.560.3851.2241618
A.T. PerryWR     0.0%9.7%12.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Lynn BowdenWR     0.0%25.8%36.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Juwan JohnsonTE2150215.5%58.1%60.6%6.9%2.511.1%
Foster MoreauTE     0.0%45.2%69.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Taysom HillTE1114010.3%38.7%43.9%3.4%14.08.3%
Alvin KamaraRB54511112.9%58.1%57.6%17.2%10.227.8%2.22.830.2794.6361838
Jamaal WilliamsRB1180-4-1.0%16.1%22.7%3.4%8.020.0%-4.01.600.044-2.000515
Kendre MillerRB119000.0%16.1%13.6%3.4%9.020.0%0.01.800.0520.00059

Another week, another solid week of production from Alvin Kamara (17-59-1; 5-4-51-1). While Kamara doesn’t look as explosive and dynamic as he used to, he’s compiling in the receiving end and being just good enough on the ground to matter. Kamara also saw 58% of snaps and 58% of routes in the backfield, which are pretty good splits there, with two other backs behind him in Jamaal Williams (6-30-1-1-8) and Kendre Miller (3-10; 1-1-9).

In the passing game, the New Orleans Saints have become ground zero for the “air yards matter” movement. As we know, Chris Olave (9-5-46) is always ticketed for 125+ each week (170 in Week 8), but he should have had a touchdown, but it bounced off of his helmet. That’s a new one. Rashid Shaheed (3-3-153-1) is an overperforming monster in the vein of, dare I say, Will Fuller? Michael Thomas (7-4-68) compiled. Taysom Hill (9-63-2) got bounced from his tight end role and instead racked up two rushing touchdowns. With Juwan Johnson (2-1-5; 58% routes) back in the lineup, it’s hard to start Hill without him running tight end routes (39% in Week 8), but without a ton of mid-range options, he’s a much better dart throw at the position than he has been in previous seasons.

Week 8 New Orleans Saints Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Alvin Kamara, Chris Olave

Start ‘Em: Michael Thomas

Keep Them Rostered: Derek Carr, Rashid Shaheed (14-team), Taysom Hill (deeper 12 & 14-team)

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: Jamaal Williams (purely a contingent play, but no guarantee the Saints won’t go to a gross committee with Williams, Kendre Miller, and Hill being involved if something happened to Kamara)


New York Giants

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Darius SlaytonWR21-1012120.0%100.0%98.7%16.7%-0.58.3%6.0-0.041.090-0.0832474
Isaiah HodginsWR     0.0%45.8%64.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Parris CampbellWR     0.0%0.0%4.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Jalin HyattWR     0.0%54.2%33.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Wan'Dale RobinsonWR1000330.0%87.5%80.0%8.3%0.04.8%
Darren WallerTE214011110.0%33.3%22.7%16.7%2.025.0%5.50.501.0200.364817
Daniel BellingerTE1000220.0%75.0%89.3%8.3%0.05.6%
Saquon BarkleyRB5300-18-180.0%79.2%89.3%41.7%0.026.3%-3.60.00-0.6350.0001967
Matt BreidaRB114000.0%8.3%10.7%8.3%4.050.0%

The Giants had 10 air yards. TEN. The entire game.

This Giants team ran the ball 52 damn times because they didn’t trust the former Syracuse and Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito (2-of-7, -1 passing yards; 4-12-1) to throw the ball. Considering the Giants had -9 net passing yards, that was probably best. If you’re looking for any kind of fantasy goodness out of anybody besides Saquon Barkley (36-128; 5-3-0) and his bajillion carries, you won’t find it here. Darren Waller (2-1-4) re-aggravated his hamstring and left early after just 33% routes.

It was ugly out there.

Week 8 New York Giants Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Saquon Barkley, Darren Waller (left Week 8 - hamstring)

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Wan’Dale Robinson (deeper 12 & 14-team), Jalin Hyatt (deeper 12 & 14-team), Daniel Jones (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 WilsonWR137100016465.9%97.7%89.1%38.2%7.731.0%12.62.381.0350.6104257
Allen LazardWR634506726.9%81.4%81.3%17.6%7.517.1%
Jason BrownleeWR     0.0%0.0%3.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Xavier GipsonWR100062.4%27.9%25.0%2.9%0.08.3%
Malik TaylorWR     0.0%39.5%35.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Tyler ConklinTE200052.0%67.4%68.8%5.9%0.06.9%
C.J. UzomahTE1119041.6%27.9%46.9%2.9%19.08.3%4.01.580.0554.7501230
Jeremy RuckertTE1000 0.0%25.6%42.2%2.9%0.09.1%
Breece HallRB9676141.6%53.5%64.1%26.5%8.439.1%0.43.300.40819.0002341
Dalvin CookRB     0.0%14.0%12.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Michael CarterRB1000-1-0.4%25.6%23.4%2.9%0.09.1%-
Nick BawdenFB     0.0%2.3%7.8%0.0%0.00.0%

To illustrate just how back Zach Wilson is, the Giants ran the ball over and over again, daring Wilson to make a move and get the ball downfield to score, and they could barely do THAT. Between Garrett Wilson (13-7-100), Allen Lazard (6-3-45), and Breece Hall (12-17; 9-6-76-1), they took 82% of the targets. That’s a good thing. No need to get anybody else involved in this car wreck. Only one other Jet even caught a pass, so that’s totally fun.

Week 8 New York Jets Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Garrett WilsonBreece Hall

Keep Them Rostered: N/A

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. BrownWR88130210438.5%95.1%98.4%22.9%16.320.5%13.03.330.6121.2503962
DeVonta SmithWR779916122.6%100.0%96.8%20.0%14.117.1%8.72.410.4581.6234161
Olamide ZaccheausWR21503613.3%56.1%47.6%5.7%2.58.7%
Julio JonesWR2181197.0%29.3%23.8%5.7%4.016.7%9.50.670.1350.4211215
Dallas GoedertTE74360259.3%87.8%92.1%20.0%5.119.4%
Jack StollTE     0.0%17.1%36.5%0.0%0.00.0%
D'Andre SwiftRB32703011.1%56.1%69.8%8.6%2.313.0%10.00.300.2060.2332344
Kenneth GainwellRB55300-1-0.4%29.3%30.2%14.3%6.041.7%-0.22.500.212-30.0001219
Boston ScottRB1140-4-1.5%2.4%1.6%2.9%4.0100.0%-

Do I need to keep saying A.J. Brown (8-8-130-2) is a grown-ass man? Same story, different week.

DeVonta Smith (7-7-99-1) finally gave fantasy managers what they’ve been looking for, namely a touchdown and some production through the air. Smith was always a buy-low for fantasy managers, but that window slammed shut. With how condensed this offense is — especially at the top — it was only a matter of time before Smith joined the part. Dallas Goedert (7-4-36) took a bit of a backseat on his usual high-volume of routes. Julio Jones (2-1-8-1) also grabbed a touchdown, but he’s basically a wide receiver handcuff and if that contingency doesn’t happen, a nostalgia tour in search of a Super Bowl ring, not a fantasy asset.

A typically productive day from D’Andre Swift (16-57-1; 3-2-7) though Kenneth Gainwell (2-(-4); 5-5-30; lost fumble on his only goal-line carry) did take a good chunk of the receiving work in this one.

Week 8 Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Jalen HurtsA.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

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Diontae JohnsonWR14885018852.7%98.0%91.0%35.0%6.128.6%13.41.730.8940.4524961
George PickensWR512218122.7%96.0%92.5%12.5%4.410.4%16.20.460.3460.2724862
Allen RobinsonWR1000329.0%70.0%68.7%2.5%0.02.9%
Calvin AustinWR2219092.5%24.0%26.9%5.0%9.516.7%4.51.580.0932.1111218
Miles BoykinWR     0.0%4.0%7.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Darnell WashingtonTE     0.0%6.0%14.9%0.0%0.00.0%
Rodney WilliamsTE200082.2%12.0%17.9%5.0%0.033.3%
Najee HarrisRB55420113.1%36.0%52.2%12.5%8.427.8%2.22.330.2093.8181835
Jaylen WarrenRB5419041.1%48.0%49.3%12.5%3.820.8%0.80.790.1954.7502433
Connor HeywardFB65240246.7%80.0%73.1%15.0%4.015.0%4.00.600.2721.0004049

Yes, of course, we predicted Diontae Johnson (14-8-85) and a massive 35% target share in Week 8. How could we NOT predict his 13.4-yard aDOT and 188 air yards, which led all players this week? Johnson returning to a huge target share was rarely in question, but Johnson also seeing downfield targets was not on the bingo card. That’s huge for his bottom line and will only help George Pickens (5-1-22-1)  in the long run despite a quieter game where his only catch went for a touchdown.

The Steelers’ backfield is the same as it ever was: Najee Harris (7-13; 5-5-42) seeing more work on the ground, Jaylen Warren (5-19; 5-4-19) running more routes and being more efficient overall, with both being solidly involved in the receiving game.

Week 8 Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Diontae Johnson, George Pickens

Start ‘Em: N/A

Keep Them Rostered: Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren, Kenny Pickett (left Week 8 - rib; deeper 12 & 14-team), Pat Freiermuth (on IR - hamstring)

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 AiyukWR95109013953.7%89.7%91.5%30.0%12.125.7%
Jauan JenningsWR     0.0%84.6%84.7%0.0%0.00.0%
Ronnie BellWR     0.0%10.3%8.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Ray-Ray McCloudWR22430-5-1.9%59.0%49.2%6.7%21.58.7%-2.51.870.086-8.6002329
Willie SneadWR     0.0%2.6%1.7%0.0%0.00.0%
George KittleTE119147010540.5%92.3%93.2%36.7%13.430.6%
Charlie WoernerTE     0.0%7.7%18.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Ross DwelleyTE     0.0%5.1%6.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Christian McCaffreyRB76641228.5%97.4%96.6%23.3%9.118.4%3.11.680.4092.9093857
Elijah MitchellRB1000-2-0.8%5.1%11.9%3.3%0.050.0%-
Kyle JuszczykFB     0.0%33.3%37.3%0.0%0.00.0%

Despite being upset at home by the Bengals and being without Deebo Samuel, the Niners only had five players earn targets in Week 8, which is great because the main players all had excellent games for fantasy. While the 49ers’ target tree becomes a bit muddied with Samuel in the lineup, there are no worries this week with George Kittle (11-9-147) and Brandon Aiyuk (9-5-109) both notching 100-yard games. Christian McCaffrey (12-54-1; 7-6-64-1), of course, had two touchdowns and was as dynamic as we expect on a weekly basis.

Week 8 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Christian McCaffrey, Brandon Aiyuk

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

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

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Seattle Seahawks

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DK MetcalfWR14567015255.3%87.2%77.2%38.9%4.841.2%10.91.970.9700.4413444
Tyler LockettWR988119032.7%92.3%84.2%25.0%9.025.0%
Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWR4336100.0%66.7%64.9%11.1%9.015.4%0.01.380.1670.0002637
Jake BoboWR2223072.5%25.6%33.3%5.6%11.520.0%3.52.300.1013.2861019
Dee EskridgeWR     0.0%0.0%5.3%0.0%0.00.0%
Noah FantTE32320165.8%56.4%57.9%8.3%10.713.6%5.31.450.1662.0002233
Will DisslyTE     0.0%30.8%40.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Colby ParkinsonTE     0.0%25.6%35.1%0.0%0.00.0%
Brady RussellTE     0.0%0.0%1.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Kenneth WalkerRB2140145.1%30.8%42.1%5.6%2.016.7%7.00.330.1190.2861224
Zach CharbonnetRB22110-4-1.5%56.4%56.1%5.6%5.59.1%-2.00.500.073-2.7502232
Nick BelloreFB     0.0%0.0%1.8%0.0%0.00.0%

Seattle had the lead for most of the game, gave it up to the Browns as they got down 20-17 in the fourth quarter before Jaxon Smith-Njigba (4-3-36-1) took a bubble screen and took it into the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown and the game-winner for Seattle. Smith-Njigba’s routes came back down a little bit to 67% from 86% last week, and his aDOT shortened back up to a whopping zero yards. But the fact that he was schemed for this specific touch in a high-leverage scenario is the stuff that gets a guy more trust, more looks, and more routes eventually.

Besides JSN, DK Metcalf (14-5-67) and Tyler Lockett (9-8-81-1) consolidated targets, taking 64% of the team’s targets. 

Zach Charbonnet (5-53; 2-2-21) took a season-high 56% snaps and 56% routes in a game where both Charbonnet and Kenneth Walker (8-66; 2-1-4) were both healthy. Pete Carroll does like to play some hot hand with his running backs, so whether this becomes a semi-regular thing or what remains to be seen. It probably puts Charbonnet more firmly into the flex conversation for fantasy, if anything.

Week 8 Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Takeaways:

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

Start ‘Em: Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Keep Them Rostered: Geno Smith, Zach Charbonnet

Add ‘Em: N/A

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
Mike EvansWR633919840.0%83.3%85.1%15.4%6.515.0%16.30.980.5110.3984057
Chris GodwinWR755414217.1%81.3%85.1%17.9%7.717.9%6.01.380.3891.2863957
Trey PalmerWR632203915.9%87.5%80.6%15.4%3.714.3%6.50.520.3420.5644254
Deven ThompkinsWR     0.0%18.8%16.4%0.0%0.00.0%
Rakim JarrettWR31903012.2%18.8%14.9%7.7%3.033.3%
Cade OttonTE64270249.8%93.8%97.0%15.4%4.513.3%4.00.600.2991.1254565
Ko KieftTE     0.0%4.2%9.0%0.0%0.00.0%
Payne DurhamTE1000229.0%10.4%11.9%2.6%0.020.0%
Rachaad WhiteRB77700-6-2.4%68.8%82.1%17.9%10.021.2%-
Chase EdmondsRB32160-4-1.6%10.4%11.9%7.7%5.360.0%-
Ke'Shawn VaughnRB     0.0%4.2%6.0%0.0%0.00.0%

For the Bucs, the targets were distributed pretty evenly amongst a ton of players, with five players getting at least six targets. Despite touchdowns from both Mike Evans (6-3-39-1) and Chris Godwin (7-5-54-1), neither put a complete game together as Evans came on with a late touchdown after sitting on one reception for most of the game, and Godwin looking good early but fading late. Trey Palmer (6-3-22) saw his highest percentage of routes of the season (88%) but didn’t really much with them. Cade Otton (6-4-27) ran a bunch of routes, but was unfortunately, Cade Otton.

Rachaad White (9-39; 7-7-70; 82% snaps) hasn’t really been great, and it’s looking more and more like the running the ball thing isn’t his forte, although catching the ball is — something I alluded to in last week’s Target Report. Considering White’s targets per route run in college were the third-best ever behind Christian McCaffrey and Kenyan Drake, White, at this point, just seems miscast. His rush yards over expected (RYOE) tell that tale as one of just two running backs (only behind Cam Akers) with a negative one-yard RYOE per attempt. With Chase Edmonds (3-5; 3-2-16) back in the fold for the Bucs, he could be used a bit more in tandem with White on more rushing downs and could be sneaky fantasy value during bye weeks as a plug-and-play back.

Week 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: Mike Evans

Start ‘Em: Chris Godwin

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

Add ‘Em: Chase Edmonds (somebody who the Bucs wanted to use before he hit IR, back healthy now and could find a role in the next little bit. Purely speculative.)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


Tennessee Titans

NamePosTargetsRec.Rec. YardsTDAir YardsAir Yards %Route %Snap %Target Share %Yards per TargetTPRRaDOTYPRRWOPRRACRPlayer RoutesPlayer Snaps
DeAndre HopkinsWR64128313441.4%80.6%63.2%22.2%21.324.0%
Treylon BurksWR20008125.0%54.8%51.5%7.4%0.011.8%
Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR213317322.5%41.9%50.0%7.4%16.515.4%36.52.540.2690.4521334
Kyle PhilipsWR3324072.2%48.4%26.5%11.1%8.020.0%2.31.600.1823.4291518
Chris MooreWR     0.0%29.0%41.2%0.0%0.00.0%
Chigoziem OkonkwoTE642303912.0%74.2%72.1%22.2%3.826.1%
Trevon WescoTE     0.0%3.2%58.8%0.0%0.00.0%
Kevin RaderTE     0.0%3.2%23.5%0.0%0.00.0%
Derrick HenryRB44210-5-1.5%45.2%64.7%14.8%5.328.6%-1.31.500.211-4.2001444
Tyjae SpearsRB4390-5-1.5%58.1%44.1%14.8%2.322.2%-1.30.500.211-1.8001830
Jonathan WardRB     0.0%0.0%4.4%0.0%0.00.0%

There’s a pulse now at the quarterback position with Will Levis, and I can’t imagine a team seeing Levis toss four touchdown passes and then making the on-purpose decision to put Ryan Tannehill back in. Too many young quarterbacks play not to make mistakes, but Levis has some “huck it, chuck it” in him, which is great to see as long as that mentality is managed judiciously. Three of Levis’ touchdowns went to DeAndre Hopkins (6-4-128-3) in an excellent performance that just shows how good Hopkins is at times. Besides the fourth touchdown to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine-Ikhine (2-1-33-1), he completed short, low-aDOT passes and then took deep shots when he needed to. The excitement is there, Thursday Night Football in Week 9 against the Steelers will be the next test.

We got a bit of a vintage Derrick Henry (22-101; 4-4-21) game on 65% snaps, with Tyjae Spears (3-27; 4-3-9) working his way in with 58% routes and 44% snaps. Spears isn’t taking over the backfield by any means, but he’s a bit of a harder flex to slot in unless you’re desperate.

Week 8 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

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 McLaurinWR12563112632.1%96.4%94.4%23.5%5.322.6%
Jahan DotsonWR10810819925.3%89.1%84.7%19.6%10.820.4%
Curtis SamuelWR4422041.0%20.0%19.4%7.8%5.536.4%
Dyami BrownWR     0.0%27.3%30.6%0.0%0.00.0%
Byron PringleWR1000389.7%7.3%9.7%2.0%0.025.0%
Jamison CrowderWR779515514.0%34.5%31.9%13.7%13.636.8%
Logan ThomasTE864415313.5%81.8%73.6%15.7%5.517.8%6.60.980.3300.8304553
John BatesTE11170174.3%32.7%47.2%2.0%17.05.6%17.00.940.0601.0001834
Brian RobinsonRB22200-3-0.8%36.4%48.6%3.9%10.010.0%-
Antonio GibsonRB5528092.3%56.4%51.4%9.8%5.616.1%1.80.900.1633.1113137
Alex ArmahFB1100-6-1.5%5.5%8.3%2.0%0.033.3%-

You can certainly hang your hat on the top team in the NFL in terms of pass rate over expected (+17.4% - best in Week 8) passing the ball in most situations, and with Sam Howell’s 52 pass attempts, volume was on the menu as they hung with the Eagles the entire game but still fell short.

Curtis Samuel (4-4-22; 20% routes) left this one early with a foot injury, but other than that, every pass-catcher got there. Even Jahan Dotson (10-8-108-1)! Terry McLaurin (12-5-63-1) and Logan Thomas (8-6-44-1) caught touchdowns, as did Jamison Crowder (7-7-95-1; 35% routes), who came in for Samuel to man the slot. There’s more than enough to go around for a couple of these pass-catchers each week, especially if Howell is going to flirt with 400 yards passing as well.

Brian Robinson (10-59; 2-2-20; 49% snaps, 36% routes) and Antonio Gibson (2-14; 5-5-28; 51% snaps, 56% routes) returned to their two-man backfield as the clear second option after “pass, pass, pass, and then pass again” in this offense.

Week 8 Washington Commanders Fantasy Takeaways:

Start Your Studs: N/A

Start ‘Em: Terry McLaurin

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

Add ‘Em: Jamison Crowder (if Samuel doesn’t play in Week 9, Crowder is a smash this week)

Dump ‘Em: N/A


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