2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Usage Report

by Joe Bond
2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Usage Report

We are finally here. The Fantasy Football Playoffs have arrived. And let me tell you the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Usage Report has a lot to unpack for you.

Of course, injuries, especially to the quarterback position, are changing things and will make a drastic impact for the rest of the season. Unfortunately for guys such as Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen, it is not good news, as Justin Herbert is lost for the season. This drives their stock down quite a bit heading into the playoffs. There have been a few cases like this over the last couple of weeks.

We've got a couple of running back injuries to discuss too such as Josh Jacobs and Isiah Pacheco to see how these will play out.

You catch up on all the major injuries coming out of Week 14 with our Injury Impact article.

Of course, make sure you check out our Week 15 Waiver for both offense and IDP for even more advice.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 14 Usage Report

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Running Backs

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Cincinnati Bengals

Chase Brown has arrived as a great flex play option and you saw the upside of him in Week 14 as he scored 18 half-ppr points.

With Joe Burrow out, Jake Browning has checked down early and often. This is proven by his aDOT of  4.5 over the last three weeks. The Bengals are also throwing the ball less which provides many more opportunities for both Brown and Joe Mixon. Not to mention the checkdowns are great for both.

Mixon is still seeing plenty of work, 40 rushing attempts over the last two games, but his percentage of snaps and rushing attempts has dropped thanks to Brown's emergence.

Kansas City Chiefs

Isiah Pacheco was ruled out early in the week prompting a mad rush to pick up Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon off waivers.

These two split the snaps, 30-28, in favor of CEH and routes run, 18-16, in favor of McKinnon. CEH had 11 rushing attempts to McKinnon's four. Both were mediocre with the ball in their hands, the only real difference being McKinnon found the endzone.

Personally, I still want CEH over McKinnon due to a higher usage rate, but both are fringe starting players in fantasy and more of desperation or deep league plays.

Los Angeles Chargers

Head coach Brandon Staley hinted at some changes in the backfield. This led to a lot of nervous Austin Ekeler managers, myself included.

Ultimately it didn't impact him too much as he saw the same amount of work he usually does. Who it did impact was Joshua Kelley. Kelley lost quite a bit of work to Isaiah Spiller. Neither of them are fantasy relevant though.

Now this offense, as mentioned in the intro, is going to look a whole lot different without Justin Herbert under center. I'm not benching Ekeler or Keenan Allen, but this does limit the ceiling of both and would perhaps make me want to take a chance on a higher upside player in my flex if I were a pretty big underdog in my matchup.

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Other Running Backs

  • Ravens - After the bye week we saw even more usage headed Keaton Mitchell's way. He took 50% of the carries this week as opposed to just 33% for Gus Edwards. I still think Edwards is the guy they will go to when near the goal line, but over the last two games we have not seen a single rushing attempt from the Ravens inside the 10 yard line so we don't really know either.
  • Panthers - Chuba Hubbard is the man for sure now. As predicted last week though, he is a RB2 at best most weeks due to being in a bad offense.
  • Bears - Before the bye week I got excited to see that Roschon Johnson got so much work. Well apparently I got a bit too excited as D'Onta Foreman returned from injury and took 56% of the snaps and 42% of the rushing attempts. Johnson saw his lowest usage rate all season with just 4% of the rushing attempts. Can't win 'em all.
  • Lions - The roulette wheel continues to spin each week for the Lions backfield. It has not been consistent as far as usage trends, but both are startable, given good both are.
  • Texans - Another backfield that I can't seem to figure out. Dameon Pierce returns from injury in Week 12 and is barely on the field compared to Devin Singletary. The next week Pierce almost doubles the workload of Singletary. This week It is all Singletary again. I'd say both are RB3 but that might not even be the case if C.J. Stroud can't get on the field this week.
  • Colts - Zack Moss put up a dud again. His workload will keep him in the RB1 conversation for rankings again though if Jonathan Taylor can't suit up. Also the matchup this week isn't as scary as it looks against the Steelers as they allowed James Conner and Ezekiel Elliott to finish as RB1s.
  • Raiders - Josh Jacobs suffered a knee injury, which promotes Zamir White to lead back. However I need to mention that he won't get near the workload Jacobs did since he will likely lose passing down work to Ameer Abdullah.
  • Dolphins - This feels like the Texans and Lions. I just don't know what to expect from this backfield any given week. Week 13 it was De'Von Achane with more work, this week it was Raheem Mostert. It is at least more like the Lions, where both can be valuable most weeks.
  • Vikings - Ty Chandler looks like he is going to get all the work he can handle with Alexander Mattison likely to miss Week 15 due to an ankle sprain.
  • Patriots - Zeke got a massive workload both rushing and in the passing game and put it to good work being the RB1 on the week. I'm still leaving him in the RB2 conversation though as the Patriots are unlikely to repeat that offensive performance.
  • Seahawks - With both Kenneth Walker and Zach Charbonnet healthy we got a pretty even usage rate. Good news for Walker is he was their short yardage back, which signals to me he will get the goalline work when the opportunity arises.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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Baltimore Ravens

Zay Flowers is on the field far more than any other receiver on the team and getting a consistent target share. That we've known for a while.

What we need to be paying attention to is the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr. This past week he popped for 17.7 half-ppr points. That also makes four of his last five games he has double-digit points.

He unfortunately is not on the field a ton or running a lot of routes, as he is in a bit of a three-way split with Nelson Agholor and Rashod Bateman, but his targets per route run is at 33% over the last three games, which would put him up with Tyreek Hill over the last couple of weeks with the same amount.

Isaiah Likely appears to be getting more involved in the offense with six and seven targets over the last two weeks. He showed his big play ability, catching a 54-yard touchdown this past week too. He still sit in TE2 territory for me mostly due to the Ravens dependence on the run game, but he has TE1 upside for sure.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Let's get it out of the way now. Calvin Ridley came crashing back down, just when we started to trust him.

Now the good news. Zay Jones saw a crazy amount of targets, 14, with Christian Kirk sidelined. He may not have turned them into much, but that is a great sign as we head into the fantasy playoffs.

Unfortunately, the schedule does not get much better this week as the Jags face the Ravens. After that though it is the Bucs and Panthers.

We can't forget about Evan Engram. As I predicted, he saw an uptick in work with a season-high 12 targets. He also now has three touchdowns on the season, all in the last two weeks.

Other Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

  • Bengals - Unless Browning is going to push the ball down the field more, Ja'Marr Chase is going to have a hard time repeating his Week 13 performance. The rest of the receivers can be left on your bench while Chase is a boom/bust WR2.
  • Broncos - Courtland Sutton continues to be a touchdown-dependent receiver. He caught his 10th of the season Sunday, which ties him with Mike Evans for second most. He has done this on just 79 targets, good for 38th-most. To put it into perspective even more. Despite 10 touchdowns, Sutton is WR20 on the season in half-ppr leagues.
  • Texans - No Tank Dell. Nico Collins left early with an injury and C.J. Stroud suffered a concussion. It will be hard to trust any receiver without Stroud. With Stroud, if Collins misses time, I would look for Noah Brown to be a risky, high-upside play.
  • Chiefs - The offense is struggling overall, but hey Rashee Rice has 29 targets over the last three games. He is your Chiefs WR1.
  • Rams - I will at least say this. The targets for Puka and Kupp are there. The results are mixed, but they get a favorable schedule for most of the playoffs with the Commanders and Giants in two out of the three games.
  • Chargers - I think Allen will get the workload we are used to seeing, but the ceiling is lowered.
  • Eagles - Dallas Goedert returned but this did not hamper the targets for DeVonta Smith as we've seen in the past. Now we do have to be mindful that the Eagles were playing from behind for most of the game which led to them having to air it out.

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