I was really excited to dive into the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Usage Report knowing that we had a bunch of quarterback changes this past week. I wanted to see how the change at quarterback was going to affect offenses both in the run and pass game. I'll be getting into that below.
This week was one of the more boring weeks in the NFL from a pure game-watching standpoint I can remember. The Chiefs-Dolphins was supposed to be a high-scoring affair but turned out to only have a total of 35. On Sunday, we had five one-score games, and honestly a couple of those felt like they were not even that close.
This many lopsided games makes analyzing usage trends tough. Play calling changes drastically when the game is so one-sided. One team usually plays more conservatively while the other tries to play catchup being very aggressive in the passing game. That won't stop me from trying though.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Usage Report
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Green Bay Packers
Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for Aaron Jones as he has clearly been the better back on this team, when healthy this season. Who knows maybe if Jones can be more of the focal point in this offense then we get a better Jordan Love as well.
Now neither was able to do much against the Ravens, much like was the case against the Browns last week, but this is noteworthy for sure.
Another issue for Walker and Charbonnet is they have a pretty tough schedule the rest of the way. Week 10 against the Commanders should be a get right game though so it might be time to sell after that.
New Orleans Saints
Kamara somehow only saw nine carries, a season-low, and five targets. Hill on the other hand ran the ball 11 times, threw for a touchdown and caught just as many passes, four. Oh, he also caught a touchdown.
As I've said before on the Fantasy Six Pack Hour and the Sunday Social Show, Taysom Hill is the most difficult person to rank each week. He usually only get the ball a handful of times so if he doesn't score he is worthless. Predicting touchdowns on that few touches is really hard to do, especially for a gadget type players.
The Saints are putting him in very good spots to be successful though and if this usage continues, I'm worried that Kamara will suffer more weeks that we want. To be fair though we all thought it was going to be Jamaal Williams to take red zone/goalline work from him, instead its Hill.
Other Running Backs
- Falcons - Different week, same story, unfortunately. Bijan Robinson continues to be underutilized by Arthur Smith. Had more snaps, but carried the ball one less time than Tyler Allgeier. It is even more infuriating to see the red zone usage where Bijan saw zero work to Allgeier's four carries. Over the course of the season, it is 26-9 in favor of Allgeier.
- Ravens - This one was a blowout, but it is worth mentioning that Gus Edwards saw just 15 snaps to Justice Hill's 48. Even Keaton Mitchell saw 13 snaps. He saw just five carries, compared to Hill's 13 and Mitchell's nine. Mitchell did some real damage with this opportunity too, rushing for 138 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps a solid waiver option, but will be hard to trust him until we see him used more regularly.
- Browns - A week removed from Jerome Ford's injury and we got back to the two-headed monster instead of the three-headed monster of a backfield. Ford led the way overall over Kareem Hunt, but is not getting the red zone work, and more importantly the goalline work. A trend we've seen all season with Hunt getting 12 carries compared to just three for Ford.
- Cowboys - Pollard is the clear workhorse in Dallas but is just not getting it done for the Fantasy. Over the last five weeks, Pollard is RB34 in half-ppr formats.
- Texans - I was one of many who was hoping for a much better day from Devin Singletary sans Dameon Pierce. He was on the field a lot, but only saw 13 carries, one more than his season high. C.J. Stroud and his amazing 400+ yard, five-touchdown performance has a lot to do with the lack of production, but I also think we saw just why Singletary is not a trustworthy player.
- Colts - Good news, Jonathan Taylor saw 62% of the carries this week come Zack Moss's 24%. He also ran 18 more routes. Bad news, neither one of the running backs could get much going on the ground as they totaled just 73 yards. Thankfully JT was able to find the endzone in the passing game.
- Vikings - Cam Akers just can't catch a break. He tore his right Achilles. This is going to leave Alexander Mattison to be the lone running back to trust in this offense. He has been inefficient for sure, but volume will be in his favor to keep him as a low-end RB2 most weeks.
- Patriots - Don't let the box score fool you, this was still a split workload per usual.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Las Vegas Raiders
Hard to evaluate in the first week with no Jimmy Garopolo and Josh McDaniels because the Raiders got up big and quickly. It was a quick strike to Jakobi Meyers, then two rushing touchdowns and then the Raiders took the foot off the pedal against a hapless Giants team.
The result wasn't what we were hoping for, but the good news is Davante Adams did lead the team in targets.
I'm a bit bullish on Adams and Meyers moving forward as they have some very favorable matchups the rest of the way, just like Jason mentioned in his Week 10 trade targets article.
Maybe all is not lost after all. It wasn't the explosiveness of the Vikings offense that we are used to, but Josh Dobbs had to come in a lot quicker than we all expected and performed well for somebody still learning the system. This led to Addison seeing seven targets, right around his season average. The results weren't there, but it is a good sign that Dobbs is looking his way often already.
Also of note is the usage of T.J. Hockenson. He tied his season-high in targets with 12, catching seven. Dobbs used the TE a lot in Arizona, so hopefully we see that trend continue and Hock can still be a top-3 TE the rest of the way.
Other Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
- Cardinals - You simply cannot start anyone on this team unless Kyler Murray is under center, which is apparently going to be this week! I expect rust, but this is great for Marquise Brown, Trey McBride and company.
- Cowboys - The passing offense appears to be trending toward being a one-two punch with CeeDee Lamb as the Alpha and Jake Ferguson next in line. Brandin Cooks and Michael Gallup simply don't see enough targets week to week to be trusted.
- Packers - Christian Watson is once again banged up, which is going to open up opportunities for the other receiving options. Two issues though, there are a lot of mouths to feed, including the running backs, but also Jordan Love still does not look good.
- Texans - Wow, everybody ate this game. Dalton Schultz saw an amazing 11 targets, catching 10. Nico only caught 3-of-5, but scored. Tank Dell saw 11 targets, catching two touchdowns. Third option, but notable because Robert Woods was out again, is Noah Brown. He caught all six targets for 153 yards and a score. He could be a sneaky flex play for those with bye week woes until Woods returns.
- Patriots - Demario Douglas and JuJu Smith-Schuster led team in targets with seven. Oddly enough though JuJu only ran 19 routes compared to 38 for Douglas. He was even behind Jalen Reagor. Both Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki ran the most routes of anyone 39 and 40, but Henry out targeted Gesicki 7-1. Simply put those, this offense lacks upside while Mac Jones is the quarterback, so even their best player are flex plays at best most weeks.
- Seahawks - I think it is very noteworthy that Jaxon Smith-Njigba ran just as many routes as DK Metcalf and two less than Tyler Lockett. I've been saying it for a few weeks now, it looks like this offense is turning into a three WR set team. This could be a reason why we are seeing Kenneth Walker not used as much.
- Titans - Week 2 of Will Levis was not as productive for DeAndre Hopkins, but you have to love seeing 11 targets go his way.
- Commanders - This is now three weeks in a row we've seen Jahan Dotson used heavily in the passing attack. He has 25 targets over that span, catching 17, two of them being for touchdowns. If he is somehow on your waivers, he needs to be picked up this week.
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