2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Usage Report

by Joe Bond
2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Usage Report

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving week. We had a very busy week of NFL action starting with three games on Thanksgiving day and our first ever Black Friday game. There is a lot to digest this week in the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Usage Report as we approach Week 13 and get closer to the Fantasy Football Playoffs.

With the Playoffs approaching you will need to figure out who you can trust moving forward. This article can help you find the latest usage trends to see who you should think about cutting loose or taking a chance on. Every year we get players who see their usage increase in the fantasy playoffs and win people championships. I'm hoping in the next article or two I can help you find those.

Of course, make sure you check out our Week 13 Waiver for both offense and IDP for even more work.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Usage Report

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Running Backs

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Indianapolis Colts

Well, I wasn't going to mention the Colts, but new just came out that Jonathan Taylor is dealing with a thumb injury that could put his availability in doubt.

This might explain why he didn't completely dominate the usage this past week as he has the previous two games.

Of course, this puts Zack Moss right at the top of the waiver claim list if he was dropped in your league. We have seen how productive Moss can be without JT there.

Houston Texans

This was a backfield I was curious to see what would happen with Damien Pierce returning from injury.

Devin Singletary saw the bulk of the snaps (82%) and routes run (74%). However, Pierce was able to cut a sizable chunk out of his carry workload taking 42% of the carries. Although it was still just five carries as the Texans relied on the pass a lot in this game.

A heavy passing attack plays way more into Singletary's wheelhouse. He ran a season-high 34 routes and saw seven targets. Something fantasy managers will be very happy to see.

Pierce might lower Singletary's ceiling a bit, but he is the only RB you want to use going forward.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The first game without Matt Canada as OC and we got an offensive performance we haven't seen from the Steelers in years.

The usage was right on point for both Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren as we've seen most of the season, especially recently. Harris is slightly ahead on snaps and rushing attempts, but Warren gets the edge in passing work.

This week Harris proved to be the better fantasy play as he was able to find the endzone. I still prefer Warren overall, especially in PPR formats, thanks to his receiving usage, but it will be close between them.

Los Angeles Rams

Kyren Williams absolutely dominated in his return from the IR. 16 carries, 143 yards, six targets, six receptions 61 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

It wasn't an elite workload amount, but this game got out of hand quickly and my bet is we get a heavier percentage of the work to go to Williams in a tighter matchup.

Other Running Backs

  • Cardinals - Chalking this one up to them getting behind so fast and so quickly, but it's worth mentioning that James Conner only played 39% of the snaps.
  • Falcons - Bijan had a great game just note that he saw a lower snaps percentage than in Week 10, fewer carries and ran fewer routes too. I want to get excited about the Bijan game, but I'm not trying to get too carried away.
  • Bills - This is turning into more of a 50/50 split between James Cook and Latavius Murray than I ever thought it would be.
  • Panthers - Just when I thought Miles Sanders was getting more involved and making it more of a 50/50 split, we see Chuba Hubbard take control of the backfield and get a 65/35 split for snap count. Sanders did actually outcarry Hubbard but Hubbard ran significantly more routes and saw way more targets. Hubbard is still the preferred option for fantasy in this backfield, but again the struggling offense is going to limit his upside.
  • Bengals - This is still going to be dominated by Joe Mixon, but the fantasy production is going to be tough to come by without Joe Burrow.
  • Packers - No Aaron Jones and just as I predicted AJ Dillon was not going to be very productive. He hasn't been all season.
  • Chargers - Ekeler is still getting elite RB1 workload, but the production is just not there like we are used to. You're still starting him but geez it's been disappointing.
  • Dolphins - With De'Von Achane out and Salvon Ahmed on IR, Jeff Wilson saw an increased workload. He took second fiddle to Raheem Mostert. Expect to see that moving forward until Achane and/or Ahmed return.
  • Vikings - This was one ugly game so its hard to take much away from it, but we saw similar usage numbers from a percentage standpoint this week as we saw in Week 11.
  • Seahawks - As expected Zach Charbonnet dominated the usage for the Seahawks. Too bad this was against the 49ers and was unable to do much of anything with those touches.
  • He gets another tough matchup this week against the Cowboys so even if he does get the backfield to himself again with Kenneth Walker being out, I would temper expectations.
  • Commanders - In a blowout loss, Brian Robinson saw decreased usage, especially with Antonio Gibson back in action.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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Baltimore Ravens

With no Mark Andrews, I expected, maybe more hoping, to see more passing targets to the wide receivers.

The total number of targets might have increased, but not enough to make a difference in their overall value.

Probably the most disappointing player in all this is Isaiah Likely. There were high hopes for him across the Fantasy community. I was skeptical as he has only played without Mark Andrews three times over the last two seasons and he has just one good game out of those. To me, it is clear they are not going to run the passing offense through him like they do Mark Andrews. Likely is going to be nothing more than a TD-dependent TE2.

Arizona Cardinals

Being blown out, Marquise Brown saw his usage triple this week compared to the weeks before.

Greg Dortch saw nine targets as well, which is right on par with what we saw in Week 11 when Michael Wilson was out. This at least keeps him on the radar as a cheap WR DFS option.

I hope to see more of the same for Brown moving forward, but it will be hard to rely on that unless they need to pass the ball 45 times again. Keep in mind the Cards have only passed the ball 40 or more times two other games, both blowout losses to the 49ers and Rams.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Is it a coincidence that Calvin Ridley has his four best games with Zay Jones in the lineup? I'm starting to think not.

Oddly enough Christian Kirk has seen some of his worst games with Jones in the lineup.

I still think Kirk is a good safe floor player with the amount of targets he sees but Ridley is the player who can win you fantasy weeks with his ceiling being higher. You just have to endure the dud weeks he is bound to put up.

Other Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

  • Bengals - Ja'Marr Chase at least saw the same number of targets he had seen the previous four weeks. Just like Mixon though, his production was down. Chase stays at a WR2 at best moving forward.
  • Cowboys - After a couple of weeks of dominant usage, Jake Ferguson has seen his role diminish. It was nice while it lasted.
  • Packers - We are still seeing an even usage rate between Christian Watson, Jayden Reed and Romeo Doubs. This limits their upside, making them a bit touchdown-dependent. However, with Jordan Love playing much better you can use all three as WR3/Flex plays for now.
  • Texans - This wound up being a Nico Collins week as he got in the end zone. However, as mentioned last week Tank Dell has proven to be a favorite target for CJ Stroud making him a near-elite fantasy player.
  • Colts - Great to see Josh Downs get back to his old self. In Week 12 he saw his highest usage rates of the season, which amounted to 12 targets. The production was not quite there, but fantasy managers will gladly take that.
  • Chiefs - I don't mention the Chiefs very much because it is usually Travis Kelce or bust. However, over the last two weeks, we have seen Mahomes target rookie Rashee Rice 23% of the time. This could be the start of a trend we have been waiting for from any of the Chiefs receivers. If he is out there in your leagues, pick him up now.
  • Patriots - This team is a mess right now. Mac Jones has been benched for Bailey Zappe twice now and the passing offense is just not something you want to rely on. The only person even possibly worth playing is Demario Douglas thanks to seeing 18 targets over the last two games.
  • Saints - Chris Olave was on his way to a ridiculous game before his concussion early in the 3rd Quarter. Even with that, he saw 25% of the teams targets. It looks like without Michael Thomas, Olave is going to be a target hog.
  • Eagles - Without Dallas Goedert, DeVonta Smith has seen a massive target increase. He saw 21% of the target share in Weeks 1-9. In 11 and 12, he has seen 35%. That is more than A.J. Brown during that span.
  • Steelers - The biggest beneficiary of the Matt Canada firing is Pat Freiermuth. He saw 35% of the targets a massive increase for him from what he has seen all season. I wouldn't expect that every week, but he should be picked up for TE-needy teams.

Hope the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Usage Report was helpful. Don't miss out on the rest of the great Fantasy Football content here at Fantasy Six Pack!

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