2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Usage Report

by Joe Bond
2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Usage Report

And we're back with your Week 8 of the 2023 Fantasy Football Usage Report.

The NFL was ravaged by injuries this past week, especially at the quarterback position. This is going to change the way offenses look and produce going forward. Unfortunately, right now it is going to be mostly speculation about how the teams look with backup quarterbacks, but you can usually expect a decrease in production for your favorite running backs and receivers on those teams.

Of course, make sure you check out our Week 7 Waiver for both offense and IDP.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Usage Report

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Running Backs

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Carolina Panthers

Miles Sanders returned from injury and did not see much work at all. Just 12 snaps and two carries. Chuba Hubbard on the other hand got 40 snaps and 15 carries. Sanders returning from injury likely had a big part in his massively reduced workload, but we can't forget just how much they were splitting in Week 4 and 5, the last two weeks Sanders was healthy.

The snaps actually favored Hubbard and so did the rushing attempts. Routes run slightly favored Sanders, but he saw a total of one less target. I for one did not see this coming before the season, but it appears Hubbard is the running back to trust a tad more in Carolina.

Pittsburgh Steelers

This is the first game all season where Jaylen Warren was on the field more than Najee Harris. It was only one extra snap and actually didn't lead to him getting more work. Harris still saw more carries and actually saw the same number of targets, catching all of them.

I know there is a lot of talk about Warren being the guy you want, I just don't see it though. Not that I'm trusting Harris. He was firmly on my bench this week in leagues I roster him. They are bye week fill-ins at best right now unless one of them goes down. Even then I'm not sure there is going to be enough production.

Seattle Seahawks

This was a strange week for the Seattle backfield. Kenneth Walker was on the field less than Zach Charbonnet, 30-24 snaps, and only saw seven rushing attempts. He wasn't utilized inside the redzone either which is something he has dominated this season.

You would think that means Charbonnet got an uptick in work. Not really. He did run a career-high in routes but didn't see more targets or carries than usual.

I'm going to chalk this one up to the Seahawks not trying to force running against the stout Browns defense and expect this to go back to normal next week.

Other Running Backs

  • Cardinals - It is official now. No James Conner and it's Emari Demercado's backfield. He saw 20 carries to a total of six for the rest of the team, including receiver Rondale Moore.
  • Falcons - Bijan was back in the mix, but strangely enough did not see a single touch in the 4th quarter after seeing 11 rushes and five targets (although zero receptions) in the first three. You're trotting him out there because he is talented, but he is underwhelming in fantasy thanks to coaching.
  • Ravens - The Gus "Bus" Edwards has been dominating the last two weeks. He is only about a 55-45% snaps split with him and Justice Hill, but he is dominating the carries and seeing just about as much work in the passing game.
  • Bills Only mentioning this because I feel like it's going to be messy with the signing of Leonard Fournette this week.
  • Browns - A surprise active this week was Jerome Ford. That is the good news. The bad news is this created a three-headed monster of a backfield between Ford, Kareem Hunt and Pierre Strong. They all saw snap percentages in the 30s. If I had to guess Ford is still the one you want to trust and they were simply protecting him as he was no 100%, but this bears watching to see how they handle it.
  • Lions - Jahmyr Gibbs is absolutely crushing it without David Montgomery. I'm actually worried as a DMont manager to see what kind of workload he gets upon his return from injury. Lions have a bye week in Week 9, so they have plenty of time to figure out how to use both of these two, but it's clear to me that Gibbs should be utilized way more than he was in the early part of the season.
  • Packers - I'm not really sure what is going on here Aaron Jones has returned from injury and is seeing less time on the field than AJ Dillon. They are seeing pretty much identical workload too, even in the passing game. This is despite Jones being the far more efficient running back.
  • Colts - It appears Zack Moss is going to be a thorn in the side of Jonathan Taylor's managers. They once again split the workload evenly both performing very well.
  • Chargers - Austin Ekeler is still conceding more carries to Joshua Kelley than a lot of us would like to see. The good news is he got back to being heavily involved in the passing game with eight targets. The bad news is his rushing stats were less than ideal.
  • Dolphins - Jeff Wilson is taking over as the second running back on this team. He was on the field just as much as Salvon Ahmed but saw more overall work. Raheem Mostert was banged up in this one and De'Von Achane should be returning so this one will be interesting to see how it plays out.
  • Saints - We all know this is Alvin Kamara or bust, but I wanted to share this fun fact. Even though he has played in only five games this season, Kamara leads all running backs in targets with 44. One more than Josh Jacobs and seven more than Christian McCaffrey and Bijan Robinson.
  • Jets - Dalvin Cook is an afterthought at this point. Breece Hall is taking 67% of the carries compared to just 16% for Cook over the last three games played for the Jets.
  • Commanders - So much for that dart throw on Chris Rodriguez. After two consecutive weeks in a row where he saw more and more work, Rodriguez did not see the field in Week 8.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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Tennessee Titans

DeAndre Hopkins lives!!! OK so yes I'm excited because he caught three touchdowns but let's get real. This is never going to happen again. He caught 4-of-5 targets for those three touchdowns.

Will Levis has an absolute cannon of an arm. Some of those deep throws looked way too easy for him, but defenses are going to be game-planning for those now.

Overall I think Levis raises DHop's ceiling, but it also might lower his floor as we will get some dud games from Levis as he still is getting adjusted to the NFL, despite having a great first game.

Los Angeles Chargers

With Joshua Palmer dealing with a knee injury we finally got to see a bit of Quentin Johnston. It wasn't great, but it was a sign that he might not be the bust some are trying to call him already. He caught 5-of-6 targets and even proved to be more than just a deep threat as he had an ADOT of just 8.5 this game.

I still don't think he will have much of a role this season, at least not one you can rely on, but for Dynasty Managers, you love to see the production.

Another notable performance was 6'8"

Minnesota Vikings

Not much to say here about the WR and TE workload, but I do want to give my thoughts about how the unfortunate Kirk Cousins injury is going affect this team. I think realistically we knock down their production about 25%. Look we're talking about Jaren Hall, Nick Mullens or Sean Mannion. That just isn't going to get me excited when talking about this passing attack.

I've seen people saying that the Vikings should trade for Ryan Tannehill. No, just no. He has two touchdowns all season. Rookie Will Levis just beat that in one game. Now I could get on board with Jameis Winston or Jacoby Brissett. Those two have proven that they can be solid quarterbacks enough to keep good receivers and tight ends relevant. If one of those two were to get traded to the Vikings then I would likely only downgrade this corps 10-15%.

Other Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

  • Falcons - Jonnu Smith being relevant seems to have disappeared. Apparently, with Arthur Smith we aren't allowed to have any useful offensive players in fantasy from this team.
  • Bills - With Dawson Knox on IR, Dalton Kincaid has flourished. He has seen 15 total targets in the last two weeks. This week he caught five for 65 and a touchdown. Kincaid should be viewed as a TE1 the rest of the season.
  • Packers - We are seeing plenty of work for Christian Watson, with him running the most routes on the team and seeing eight targets last week. The problem is only 38% of his targets were catchable. Jordan Love is just not accurate enough, ranking as the dead last in the NFL in completion percentage among qualified passers.
  • Raiders - Nope.. just nope, I'm passing on this one, and I'll pass on it better than Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Patriots - Unfortunately Kendrick Bourne tore his ACL. He was having a solid year and was the clear leader for targets on the team. This looks like a great opportunity for JuJu Smith-Schuster to step up finally and do something, but I'm not holding my breath.
  • Giants - Waller got hurt and he was the only person catching passes on this team that I cared about. Without him in the lineup this game (he got injured early), the Giants passed for a total of seven yards. Waller in fact was tied for the team lead in passing yards with four.
  • Steelers - It only took one week, but Diontae Johnson went back to being the target hog that we expected to see in this offense. He out-targeted George Pickens 14-5 in this one. Now the biggest issue here is quarterback play. Not that Kenny Pickett is great, but we might be having to deal with Mitch Trubisky for at least one game as Pickett is dealing with a rib injury.
  • Seahawks - DK Metcalf returned and as expected Jaxon Smith-Njigba's workload went back to pre-Week 7 numbers. He did score though, but so did Jake Bobo. Hard to rely on those when the workload isn't there.
  • Commanders - Jahan Dotson delivered his best game of the season by far. He has also been more utilized over the last two weeks seeing his routes run back to early season numbers. His targets are also on the rise from a season-low of one in Week 6. Perhaps this is a sign of things to come.

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