This was a fantastic week of football and I'm here to help summarize it up with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 10 Usage Report.
We had 10 games decided by less than seven points, with seven of those decided by three or less. We had amazing comebacks or collapses depending on the side you're on, looking at you Baltimore Ravens.
There is also the Bills who might be having their season collapse on them. They have now lost two in a row and 3-of-4. Those three losses were to Denver, New England and Cincinnati. I understand Cincy, but the other two are pretty bad losses for a team who was thought to be Super Bowl contender. Now they are on the outside looking in just to get into the playoffs.
One note, you might be noticing that this article is getting shorter as the season continues. This is because a lot of usage is not changing and trends have been established. As I was from the beginning, I'm more concerned with changes and things that Fantasy Football managers can react to, to gain an edge over their league.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 10 Usage Report
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David Montgomery returned from his injury and had a very successful game. He took 12 carries and ran for 116 yards and a touchdown.
However, unlike the last time DMont returned from injury, Jahmyr Gibbs was heavily involved. In fact, Gibbs was on the field more, carried the ball more and out-targeted DMont.
This offense is good enough to keep both backs fantasy relevant, but this does mean that it limits both of their upsides. It is going to be hard to rely on multiple long runs from both of them each week. Still, I'm starting either one of these two going forward.
Ummmm, excuse me? What just happened? After weeks of usage that made NFL analysts, fans and fantasy football managers shake their heads and fists at Arthur Smith, he goes out and gives Bijan Robinson the most carries he has gotten all season. He turned 22 carries into 95 yards and a touchdown. He was not as utilized in the passing game as we would hope, but we'll take this from Bijan.
Tyler Allgeier saw one of his lowest usage rates all season. He was only on the field for 17 snaps, 26%. This was even less than Cordarelle Patterson who saw 29% of the snaps. I'm not sure if this was game script, but something we have to pay attention to.
It is going to be hard to trust Bijan to get this kind of usage going forward but we just have to hope.
It is still a very even workload between the two, but now both feel a bit more trustworthy moving forward as the Steelers are leaning on the run game. With the success they are having on the run game, I would not be surprised to see a total of over 30 touches between the two in the right game scripts.
Other Running Backs
- Cardinals - James Conner returns from IR and he immediately went back to dominating the backfield.
- Ravens - Another week, another lead back for the Ravens. This week the usage went back go Gus Edwards. But Keaton Mitchell was able to take one of his three carries to the house for 39 yards.
- Bears - D'Onta Foreman is the bell-cow here... for now. Khalil Herbert returns soon so keep an eye out for that.
- Packers - Two weeks in a row now Aaron Jones outworked AJ Dillon. Great sign for Jones managers. Now they just need the offense to be more reliable.
- Colts - It is official Zack Moss is now nothing more than a handcuff to Jonathan Taylor. Moss was outsnapped, 48-15 and only saw one carry to JT's 23.
- Vikings - Don't look too much at the box score here. Alexander Mattison was knocked out with a concussion. I think Chandler is a decent pickup just in case Mattison isn't cleared on a week with four solid backs on bye.
- Seahawks - Seattle went back to Kenneth Walker heavily in the run game as he had 19 carries to Zach Charbonnet's six. Charbs got five targets to Walker's two, but Walker was able to take one of them 64 yards for a score.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Las Vegas Raiders
Two games now with Aiden O'Connell under center and it has not gone as hoped for the receivers. Yes, Jakobi Meyers scored in Week 9, but he has also seen a total of seven targets between the two games.
Davante Adams is getting the targets, but not turning them into a whole lot yet. 86 yards this week is better than last week, but not what we want from a top-10 drafted WR.
Maybe we should be a bit more optimistic about the future since this game was against the stout Jets defense. The rest of the schedule does ease up for the Raiders, so I'll be a tad optimistic and hope that the passing offense can open up a bit more.
He was not the best receiver on the field though. That was Noah Brown catching 7-of-8 for 172 yards. Dell was still fine as he got in the endzone and would be the receiver I trust more out of the two going forward.
My big takeaway from all this though is if Nico Collins has to miss more time, Noah Brown should get a lot consideration to be in your lineup if you roster him.
Other Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
- Cardinals - The return of Kyler Murray and what we saw Trey McBride and Rondale Moore lead the team in targets. Shockingly Marquise Brown only saw three. I think there are better days ahead for Brown though so don't panic.
- Panthers - Adam Thielen is still leading the team in targets, but the offense is struggling and we've seen his ADOT drop to a near-season low of 4.78. He is moving from must-start territory to WR3/Flex territory.
- Cowboys - Woah! I think the Cowboys just like to stick it to the Giants. They had a huge lead and CeeDee Lamb, and Brandin Cooks had double-digit targets. Jake Ferguson had seven and all three caught a touchdown.
- Vikings - Second week with Josh Dobbs and another week where T.J. Hockenson dominated. This week he saw a season-high 14 targets.
- Saints - Derek Carr was knocked out of the game with a concussion and in came gunslinger Jameis Winston. Yes, we got the turnovers, but we also got touchdowns. Most importantly for Fantasy Managers, Chris Olave saw eight of his nine targets with Winston in the game. If Carr misses time, I will rank Olave higher due to the aggressive nature Winston has.
- Steelers - As stated above the running game looks like it is becoming a focal point of the offense. This game it directly affected Dionatae Johnson who only saw four targets, catching one. I don't expect this to be the norm, but it does prove the floor is very low for everyone involved in this passing game.
- 49ers - Deebo Samuel returned and this team went back to be super-efficient in the passing game. Deebo, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle scored, but none were heavily used as far as number of targets. That is going to happen when the 49ers are rolling and Brock Purdy only needs to pass the ball 26 times.
- Commanders - In a game that saw Sam Howell drop back 44 times you would think the leading receivers would not have been Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson. Even more frustrating is Jahan Dotson, who had been on a bit of a roll, saw just two targets catching zero. Better days ahead though. This game just felt off for the primary passing targets for the Commanders as the Seahawks were letting them check it down more than taking the top off.
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