2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Usage Report

by Joe Bond
2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Usage Report

What a difference a week makes huh? The Dolphins drop 70 on the Broncos, then turn around and allow 48 by the Bills. We actually saw quite a few blowouts this weekend, which is going to be interesting as we look into the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Usage Report.

Why might I say that? Well, gamescript plays a big part in usage. If a team is behind multiple scores, they have the tendency to pass the ball more. This usually limits the usage of the primary running back. It also tends to lend itself to a very high usage for receivers and tight ends as far as the number of routes run and targets.

After Week 4, we are also able to predict a bit better what teams are susceptible to getting behind and having to abandon the run. Yes, on any given Sunday we can be surprised, for example, the Cardinals in Week 3 and the Jets this week. This is going to allow us to be able to predict week-to-week usage for players moving forward too.

This article can help you make some of those waiver decisions this week. Of course make sure you check out our Week 5 Waiver for both offense and IDP.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Usage Report

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Running Backs

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Miami Dolphins

As mentioned above the Dolphins had quite the opposite week from the previous one. They were humming at first on offense, tied 14-14 early in the second quarter. This allowed the running backs to stay involved early.

What we saw during that time and throughout the rest of the blowout loss, was De'Von Achane took more snaps than Raheem Mostert, 38-24. He also ran more routes than Mostert did, which tells me they consider him the pass-catching back now.

Rushing attempts were split pretty even, but 8-7. However, Achane took two of his to the house, finishing with 101 yards and those two touchdowns.

I think it is pretty clear they want Achane to touch the ball, but I would have liked to have seen a more balanced competitive game to really see how they will utilize both running backs.

Detroit Lions

Plain and simple this week did not bode well for the Jahmyr Gibbs truthers. David Montgomery returned from injury and dominated the snaps and workload. 51 snaps to 28, 32 carries to eight and even ran more routes.

Montgomery is taking all the redzone work too. Even missing a game he has 18 carries inside the 20 compared to Gibbs four. Probably most importantly those inside the five carries Montgomery has him beaten 6-to-1.

So if you want some good news for Gibbs it is that he saw five targets on his 14 routes run this past game. That is good for 36% targets on routes run. That is a pretty good percentage. Still, he will need more work to be considered anything but a flex play moving forward.

Carolina Panthers

On the season as a whole Miles Sanders has a 57%-28% carry advantage over Chuba Hubbard. However, this pas week we saw a different story. Hubbard had more snaps, carries and routes run than Sanders. Perhaps it was the injury that Sanders came into the game with that prevented him from seeing more work but its something to pay attention to.

Hubbard appears like he is a good pick up and stash play as he has actually been the more efficient back on this team.

  • Falcons - Tyler Allgeier is seeing less and less work each week. He is still worth a stash in my opinion, but is no longer flex worthy.
  • Ravens - Gus Edwards dominated the backfield touches this past week, and even ran 18 routes compared to just six total between Justice Hill and Melvin Gordon.
  • Bills - James Cook is seeing less and less work each week as Latavius Murray and Damien Harris are seeing more. It is still in Cook's favor, but his ceiling will be limited with this.
  • Bears - I know we all want Roschon Johnson to be a thing, but it is not happening. Herbert saw 55 snaps compared to Johnson's 15.
  • Colts - Zack Moss might be turning into a pumpkin as we are getting news that Jonathan Taylor is back at practice and ready to return.
  • Raiders - Josh Jacobs finally had a good game. He didn't run all that well just 17-58, but he did score and caught eight passes for 81 yards.
  • Vikings - Cam Akers first game he saw half as many snaps and 12 fewer carries. He looked slightly better though ripping those off for 40 yards. I'm keeping an eye on this backfield as Akers gets more integrated into the offense.
  • Patriots - I thought this was going to be a revenge game for Ezekiel Elliot. Well, a blowout prevented him from seeing much work. Oh well.
  • Saints - Alvin Kamara returned and saw a staggering 75% of the snaps and 61% of the rushing attempts (Taysom Hill had four carries). Tony Jones and Kendre Miller can safely be dropped at this point.
  • Eagles - D'Andre Swift appears to be the only running back worthy of rostering starting at this point. Kenneth Gainwill is only seeing work in the passing game.
  • Steelers - It is still not pretty, but again this is still Najee Harris or bust for me. Jaylen Warren is getting more work than I like to see as someone who rosters Harris in multiple leagues, but he isn't getting it done for Fantasy. With Pickett out I don't expect it to get better.
  • Seahawks - Zach Charbonnet was an afterthought in this game seeing only five carries.
  • Buccaneers - So much for my Sean Tucker hope. He did not record a single snap in Week 4. Shrug.
  • Titans - There is the Derrick Henry game we expected. Of course, this was in a 27-3 rout. It still feels like it's a week-to-week thing for his usage with how the team is playing.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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Atlanta Falcons

Wide Receivers are dead in this offense. Thankfully Drake London caught a touchdown, but they only saw a total of 12 targets out of 31 possible from Desmond Ridder. Running Backs saw six and the tight ends saw the rest.

The real story here is the tight end usage. Jonnu Smith is now tied on the season with Kyle Pitts with targets, 20. He now has more targets two out of the last three weeks, including this past week in London. Smith ended up catching all six for 91 yards, while Pitts only caught two for 21.

Another telling stat is the targets on possible routes run percentage. Smith sits at 22% on the season while Pitts sits at 16%. Yes Pitts has more routes run, but that needs to be higher for a player of his talents.

San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Aiyuk returned and uh oh we saw a complete dude from Deebo Samuel. Zero targets and only three rushes for six yards. I did not expect that, but sadly I did predict that we would see a lot less usage going Deebo's way when Aiyuk returned.

Now this was a blow out and Christian McCaffrey dominated, but you have to know that Deebo is going to be a boom-bust player with Aiyuk on the field. If somebody thinks otherwise then trade him to them.

Another casualty of game script and Aiyuk's return was George Kittle. Last week without Aiyuk, Kittle saw nine targets. This week just one.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Uh oh. Mike Evans injured his hamstring and is set to get an MRI on it today (Tuesday). There is optimism that he can return after the Bucs Week 5 bye. If not though I think we saw that Chris Godwin is going to go off without him.

We saw Godwin put up his best game by quite a large margin this season after Evans left the Week 4 game. That is expected, but question is who else is going to get a boost without Evans.

Trey Palmer saw a nice bump in routes run, but was still behind Deven Thompkins in targets and receptions. Neither of them excite me. Who might see the biggest boost is Cade Otton, who ran the most routes he has all season and ended up catching a touchdown.

  • Cardinals - Don't look now but the Cardinals receivers might not be dead after all. Joshua Dobbs has given some life to this offense. Marquise Brown has three solid games in a row and Michael Wilson caught two touchdowns in Week 4.
  • Panthers - DJ Chark ran more routes than Terrace Marshall but this week saw six less targets. In fact, Marshall led the team in targets. He could be an interesting stash player to see if he develops a more consistent role in the offense.
  • Bengals - This offense looks like they are in trouble. Joe Burrow is not right and the receivers are suffering cause of it. Now Tee Higgins is hurt. This will lead to an uptick in work for Tyler Boyd and even a bit more for Ja'Marr Chase.
  • Cowboys - Is Michael Gallup making a case to take the WR2 spot from Brandin Cooks. So far still running less routes, but has seen the same or more targets each of the last two games.
  • Lions - Josh Reynolds returned to the box score after a goose egg in Week 3. Keep an eye on his usage now that Jameson Williams is back from suspension.
  • Packers - Christian Watson's first game was not great. Only 20 routes, 4th most on the team and four targets. I expect better days ahead, but I don't see Romeo Doubs giving up too much.
  • Texans - The inevitable down game from Tank Dell. With Robert Woods and Nico Collins there, it seems like we will have a down game from one of them each week. So far Woods is the steady safe play, while Collins and Dell are swapping big games.
  • Jaguars - Christian Kirk seems to have taken back his WR1 status on the team. More targets and catches on the season, even with a dud Week 1. Calvin Ridley is a big play maker so I expect him to be fine overall, but teams seem to be taking him out of the equation and making Trevor Lawrence check down to Kirk and even Evan Engram.
  • Rams - Puka Nacua does it again. 10 targets and now 39 receptions on the season. I will be watching this offense very closely this coming week if Cooper Kupp returns.
  • Chargers - First week without Mike Williams. Josh Palmer saw 31 routes compared to Quentin Johnston's 13. Palmer was only able to secure three of them though. I said this was Palmer's role immediately, while they get QJ more involved slowly.
  • Giants - Darren Waller managers are mad right now. Look take solace in the fact that he is tied for 9th in TE targets and is 11th in yards. You give him one touchdown he is TE10, two touchdowns and he is TE8. The volume is there and that is what you drafted him for.
  • Jets - OMG Zach Wilson actually looked like a capable quarterback on Sunday. Garrett Wilson was peppered with targets, 13. Lazard only saw three but was able to secure a touchdown. I'm not saying I fully trust them as much as I did before the Aaron Rodgers injury, but maybe there is hope.

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