2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Usage Report

by Joe Bond
2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Usage Report

I'm back ready to give you the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Usage Report.

What an eventful Week 15. We entered the week with an unprecedented amount of injuries that affected many Fantasy Football Playoff matchups. I know I'm not alone in saying that I'm glad I had a bye in one league as my team lost two of its best players before the games even started. Some of my other teams were not as fortunate and I'm sure some of you are in the same boat.

Either way if you are here, you are likely still alive. Either that or are here trying to recoup some of those lost entry fees playing some DFS and want the scoop on some usage trends.

Just an FYI As the season winds down. This is going to be a much shorter report as there are less and less trends that we need to be tracking.

Of course, make sure you check out our Week 16 Waiver for both offense and IDP for even more advice.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 15 Usage Report

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Running Backs

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Baltimore Ravens

Ravens were dealt another major blow when running back Keaton Mitchell suffered a torn ACL. We are now back to the Gus Edwards and Justice Hill show.

We have seen this before, it just has been a while. To recap, when these are the two healthy running backs we typically see Gus Edwards lead the way, but not by much.

My guess is we get about a 55-45 snap count split, with Gus seeing about double the rushing attempts Hill does. Hill will see more passing work though. This makes Gus the guy I would want to trust more in this backfield going foward.

Cincinnati Bengals

This is not what Joe Mixon managers want to hear as we get further into the playoffs, but he is losing more and more work to Chase Brown.

This past week Mixon was on the field a ton, but his usage is down to season lows of 45% rushing attempts and 8% targets. Brown saw a season-high mark of 32% rushing attempts.

Thankfully Mixon is finding the endzone to salvage his days, but if he does not and the usage trends continue, we could see a playoff-bust performance.

Houston Texans

Week 13 is starting to feel like an outlier here as Pierce has seen his usage drop considerably over the last two weeks. Week 14 and 15 snap percentages were 16 and six, while his rushing attempts was at 21 and three percent.

Devin Singletary in those same weeks saw 58 and 75 percent snap shares, while his rush attempts was 68 and 81 percent.

This puts Singletary firmly in the high-end RB2 conversation the rest of the fantasy playoffs.

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Other Running Backs

  • Falcons - I know it was a bad game for Bijan, but seeing his snap count drop to under 60% when it had been over 70 the last two games was a shock.
  • Bears - So much for D'Onta Foreman being the guy. Week 15 we saw Foreman drop to a 23% snap count and only 24% of the carries. Roschon Johnson saw 53% of the snaps and 20% of the carries. While Khalil Herbert saw 24% snaps and 24% carries. I'm avoiding if I can.
  • Lions - David Montgomery got back to his 60% carry share. He was out performed by Jahmyr Gibbs though as he ran for 100 yards and a TD.
  • Packers - Great to see Aaron Jones back in action. Hopefully we get better performances out of him though.
  • Colts - Zack Moss left early due to an injury and while it was Trey Sermon who saw more work overall and was more productive, Tyler Goodson was involved as well and actually saw the first carries post-injury. Moss is supposed to try and play through the injury, but if he does not, we could be in for a fairly split backfield.
  • Chiefs - CEH dominated the touches in this one. Both scored, both in the air due to seeing redzone targets.
  • Chargers - We're just going to forget this game ever happened.
  • Raiders - Zamir White was the man with no Josh Jacobs. He even saw more targets than Ameer Abdullah, which was a bit surprising. He did benefit from a very favorable gamescript, so don't expect a repeat performance.
  • Dolphins - De'Von Achane's workload was below Raheem Mostert's again for a second week in a row. In both games the Dolphins were up big, so maybe there is something to that. Still Mostert is the guy I want to trust more going forward as Achane feels like he needs more big plays to produce for us.
  • Vikings - Ty Chander dominated in all facets of the game without Alexander Mattison. He looks like he could be a league-winner if Mattison misses more time.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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Indianapolis Colts

Michael Pittman suffered a concussion on a really nasty hit, see the image above. I would not be surprised if he misses time.

I would trust Alec Pierce as the safer play, but Josh Downs has a bit more upside imo. The receiver who saw their value change the most was D.J. Montgomery though. Not a startable fantasy player, but perhaps a good DFS punt plat at WR if you need one.

Washington Commanders

Careful box score watching in this one cause you'll see that Terry McLaurin performed great, catching six of 12 for 141 and a touchdown.

A closer look and you'll see he caught three of those for 93 yards and his touchdown with backup QB Jacoby Brissett.

Ron Rivera already committed to starting Howell this coming week. So not only does that seem to play against McLaurin, but he also gets the Jets in Week 16 and the 49ers in Week 17. Not a great playoff schedule for him. Don't say you weren't warned.

Other Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

  • Cardinals - Yikes a big ol' goose egg from Marquise Brown. Not even a single target. Very strange
  • Ravens - Don't look now, but Likely is the TE2 over the last two games. He is also 7th in targets, and 2nd in yards. Turning into quite the TE savior during the fantasy playoffs.
  • Lions - This is more of a Dynasty take. Jameson saw his season-high target share of 27%/
  • Texans - Tank Dell and Nico Collins were both out for this game and Noah Brown saw is highest target share of the season. Will be tough to trust him if Case Keenum starts and/or Nico Collins returns from his injury. But I think there could be enough work go his way for him to stay at least in flex consideration.
  • Jaguars - Calvin Ridley was targeted 12 times, most on the team. He was not able to do much with them as he caught 5-for-39 yards.  To be fair nobody did much against the Ravens stout defense. Things get easier for them though facing the Bucs and Panthers the next two weeks.
  • Vikings - Jordan Addison, have yourself a day. He was crazy good, scoring twice. The great news is Justin Jefferson played, despite being injured in Week 14 and saw 10 targets, a team high.

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