2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Usage Report

by Joe Bond
2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Usage Report

The injury monster was out in full force this weekend. Michael Bonni can get you up to speed on all the major injuries in his injury report, but yeah it was a rough one. All of these will give us plenty to talk about in the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Usage Report.

Playoffs are a week away in most leagues. Some of you are fighting to get in, while others are set. If you're fighting to get in usage trends can help you find those Week 14 players to get you over the edge. If you're already in it, you are looking to set yourself up with potential league winners. Also something that usage trends can help with.

Good luck to everybody in their quest for the playoffs.

Of course, make sure you check out our Week 14 Waiver for both offense and IDP for even more advice.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Usage Report

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Running Backs

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Baltimore Ravens

For the second time this season (in a four week span), Keaton Mitchell got more carries than Gus Edwards. I'm not confident that it will be something we can rely on regularly, but he has been more explosive in his four games averaging 9.3 yards per carry. Now Gus has been good too with a 4.6 average, but Mitchell has more big-play potential for sure.

The big thing that still makes me want to continue to play Edwards over Mitchell is the red zone usage. Only four RBs have more carries inside the five-yard line than Edwards, Kenneth Walker, Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler and Tony Pollard. Even in the weeks that Mitchell has seen more work than Edwards, he has seen almost no red zone usage.

It is hard to predict touchdowns, but I like my odds with Gus more than just about anybody.

Carolina Panthers

Another week without Frank Reich and Chuba Hubbard dominated the backfield work in this one. He out-snapped Mile Sanders 44-23 and outcarried him 25-8. The only thing Sanders saw more of was targets 2-0.

Would I be surprised if Sanders got back to more of a 50-50 split like we have seen in the past? No. But we have not seen this kind of discrepancy in workload since Week 3 when Sanders was the lead back. This leads me to lean a bit more heavily in Hubbard's favor moving forward and the coaching staff thinks that way too.

Chicago Bears

Don't look now but Roschon Johnson got more work than both Khalil Herbert and D'Onta Foreman and by quite a large margin too.

This could be the Bears handing the keys to their rookie to see what he can do as their season is all but over. I don't think I trust to start him yet, but I'm for sure going after him on waivers if he is available in my leagues.

Other Running Backs

  • Falcons - I'm ready to call it. Bijan is going to get the lionshare of the workload the rest of the way. Over the last three games he has seen 51% of the carries, 72% of the snaps and of course his target share is off the charts for running backs. Tyler Allgeier, once a solid flex play, is no more than a handcuff at this point.
  • Bengals - First time all season we have looked at this team as it has been Mixon or bust. Now Mixon still outsnap and carried Chase Brown, but it was very interesting to see that part way through the second quarter Brown had more carries than Mixon. Not sure why it happened, but something to keep an eye on.
  • Texans - Why Houston, why? I get it you won the game, but I don't understand why you go away from Devin Singletary who is averaging 4.8 yards per carry in his last four games in favor of Dameon Pierce who is averaging 3.0 on the entire season. Pierce got all but one carry inside the red zone too. This usage makes it hard to start either one of them.
  • Dolphins - De'Von Achane returned from injury and outsnapped and outcarried Raheem Mostert. Both played well and I expect them both to be useful, but Achane is the preferred option.
  • Patriots - Rhamondre Stevenson is injured and now we get to see Ezekiel Elliott get a large workload. I would not expect too much, but hey volume is volume.
  • Titans - Derrick Henry left this game with an injury. There were rumors about a concussion, but now we're hearing that isn't the case. If he does miss this game Tyjae Spears becomes an immediate start candidate for anybody who rosters him and if he is out there on waivers, go get him.
  • Commanders - The Commanders have a bye week upcoming, but it is important to note that Brian Robinson Jr. suffered a hamstring injury. Is it possible he doesn't miss time? Yes. That seems unlikely given the timeframe we typically see of hamstring injuries. This put Antonio Gibson into the mix as an intriguing option. The upcoming schedule is tough though so it won't be easy.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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Indianapolis Colts

Here is a crazy stat, Michael Pittman since Week 8 has the fourth-most targets in the NFL, only behind CeeDee Lamb, Keenan Allen and Garrett Wilson (what?!). This is in one less game too as the Colts had a bye in this time and the rest did not. Pittman firmly planting him in low WR1 territory the rest of the season for rankings based on workload alone.

On the other side, it looks as though Josh Downs has lost some value to Alec Pierce. Since Week 7, Downs has run fewer routes than Pierce. Ant this past week was out-targeted for the second time in that time.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Christian Kirk left Week 13 very early and still Calvin Ridley could not take advantage of it. Just another week for a Ridley manager. One week you are loving life, the next you're wondering why you drafted him.

For Kirk managers, you are likely going to be without him the rest of the season as the Jags expect that he will need surgery.

I'll try to spin it as positive as possible here. The target share was still there for Ridley (8), just the production was not. Now on a very positive note, Evan Engram finally scored his first touchdown of the season, so perhaps we get a great fantasy playoff run for Evan Engram.

Zay Jones is the other obvious choice for more targets and production. However, a guy that should be on your radar for deeper leagues is Parker Washington. In Week 13 he saw six targets, catching all six for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Of course, this all is predicated on Trevor Lawrence being healthy, which is to be determined at this time.

Green Bay Packers

This is an unbelievable turnaround for this passing attack. Christian Watson is on a great run, scoring four touchdowns in the last three games. This puts him 11th in points per game in half-ppr scoring. Hopefully the hamstring injury he sustained does not slow him down.

Jayden Reed and Romeo Doubs are also relevant flex plays as well lately, scoring touchdowns and seeing around 5-6 targets a game each.

The fact that Jordan Love spreads the ball out so much between these three and now Dontayvion Wicks does limit their ceilings and lowers their floors a bit, but we like the trend, especially for Watson given his draft cost.

Other Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

  • Panthers - The last few weeks have not been kind to Adam Thielen. He is not getting the targets he was early on this season and the production overall is way down too. We are seeing that work go to Jonathan Mingo. It is not enough for me to want to start Mingo in most leagues, but it is enough for me to consider benching Theilen.
  • Bengals - Ohh boy, perhaps Ja'Marr Chase can be elite with Jake Browning afterall. 12 targets, 11 receptions, 149 yards and a touchdown. It might only be a coincidence that this happened on the night Tee Higgins returned from injury.
  • Browns - Joe Flacco stepped in for an injured Dorian Thompson-Robinson and peppered his friend from his time with the Jets, Elijah Moore, with 10 targets. Now to be fair, Amari Cooper left this game with a concussion and before that saw five targets himself. I mentioned on the Fantasy Six Pack Hour last week that I liked the Browns offense a lot more with Flacco under center. Hopefully he says there.
  • Texans - Sad news about Tank Dell being out for the season. This cements Nico Collins as the alpha receiver on this team and he should see an elite target share the rest of the season. Noah Brown is my No. 2 despite a disapointing Week 13 where he put up a goose egg. I would think Robert Woods would see an uptick in usage, but it probably won't be enough for most leagues. Dalton Schultz is somebody who should get a much larger target share now if he can get past his hamstring injury.
  • Chiefs - I mentioned it last week and I hope you listened. Rashee Rice needed to be rostered. He saw nine targets in Week 13, putting his last two week total at 19.
  • Vikings - Justin Jefferson should return this week. Hopefully he and Josh Dobbs can connect. This lowers all the other pass-catchers value, Jordan Addison and T.J. Hockenson.
  • Saints - Chris Olave has been a target machine the last two weeks and should continue to be so. Just wish he could find the endzone.
  • Steelers - Unfortunately, and I can't believe I'm saying this, the Steelers will be without Kenny Pickett at QB for the next few weeks. This is going to put Mitch Trubisky under center. Even though Pickett is not great, this is a fairly massive downgrade for everybody involved in this offense.
  • Commanders - As much as we like Sam Howell and what he is doing at QB for fantasy, he has not made his receivers useful consistently, not even Terry McLaurin.

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