Week 7 Backfield Report: Situations to trust or fade in fantasy

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NFL depth charts are always changing, whether it’s due to injuries, coaching decisions, or performance-related issues. The running back position, in particular, can be tough to stay on top of throughout the season, as the vast majority of teams have gone with some sort of committee approach, featuring two and sometimes even three backs.

Below is a breakdown of each team’s backfield to help us determine offenses that are using a single workhorse, committees, and situations to avoid for fantasy. I’ll use this space each week to track the numbers and provide some thoughts.

All snap counts and touches are compiled from Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Reference. Opportunities refers to the running back’s combined carries and targets.

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ARIZONA CARDINALS

  • Chase Edmonds (Week 1: 58% snap rate, 16 opportunities, Week 2: 64%, 13, Week 3: 66%, 19, Week 4: 67%, 17, Week 5: 61%, 10, Week 6: 37%, 8)

  • James Conner (Week 1: 49%, 16, Week 2: 39%, 8, Week 3: 37%, 12, Week 4: 42%, 20, Week 5: 48%, 11, Week 6: 55%, 17)

Notes: Conner is averaging just 3.4 YPC but has punched in five short touchdowns over the last four weeks and is eighth in the NFL with 17 red-zone carries and third with 11 totes inside the 10-yard line. Conner has converted 5-of-6 inside-the-five carries for touchdowns. We have a clear picture of this backfield. Edmonds is the guy between the 20-yard lines and in the passing game with 30 targets, and Conner is the preferred back in the red zone, at the goal line, and in clock-killing mode. Kyler Murray has 10 red-zone carries of his own and three touchdowns on those. Edmonds is the current RB27 in half-PPR points per game because he doesn’t score touchdowns. Conner is at RB24 based purely on his success at the goal line. 

ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Mike Davis (Week 1: 75% snap rate, 21 opportunities, Week 2: 64%, 16, Week 3: 60%, 16, Week 4: 67%, 15, Week 5: 64%, 18)

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (Week 1: 33%, 9, Week 2: 33%, 13, Week 3: 42%, 14, Week 4: 30%, 12, Week 5: 59%, 23) 

Notes: The Falcons are coming off their bye week. In an offense desperate for playmakers, Patterson’s snap share spiked last time out in London with Calvin Ridley out for personal reasons and Russell Gage still sidelined with his ankle issue. Patterson is seeing heavy snaps as both a running back and wideout, and coach Arthur Smith is making it a point to get the ball in his hands. He’s the overall RB3 in half-PPR points per game and is well deserving of the bump in playing time. Davis is purely a volume play. He’s not nearly the playmaker Patterson is, but Davis is seeing 4.8 targets per game to raise his fantasy floor. He’s scored in back-to-back games and is fantasy’s overall RB29.

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BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Ty’Son Williams (Week 1: 51% snap rate, 13 opportunities, Week 2: 49%, 15, Week 3: 50%, 6, Week 4: DNP, Week 5: 19%, 6, Week 6: DNP)

  • Latavius Murray (Week 1: 31%, 10, Week 2: 36%, 9, Week 3: 33%, 7, Week 4: 62%, 18, Week 5: 49%, 9, Week 6: 38%, 11)

  • Le’Veon Bell (Weeks 1-3: DNP, Week 4: 27%, 5, Week 5: DNP, Week 6: 32%, 8)

  • Devonta Freeman (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 13%, 2, Week 3: 16%, 3, Week 4: 8%, 1, Week 5: 27%, 5, Week 6: 30%, 11) 

Notes: Williams has been healthy-scratched two of the last three weeks. He watched all three members of the senior citizen trio of Murray, Bell, and Freeman score touchdowns last week against the Chargers. Murray, however, missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. If Murray needs to miss time, Williams could get back in the lineup as the lead back on early downs. Lamar Jackson is still the Ravens’ best runner. None of the RBs are exciting plays.

BUFFALO BILLS

  • Devin Singletary (Week 1: 75% snap rate, 16 opportunities, Week 2: 66%, 16, Week 3: 43%, 13, Week 4: 44%, 15, Week 5: 26%, 8, Week 6: 45%, 10)

  • Zack Moss (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 28%, 10, Week 3: 56%, 16, Week 4: 56%, 15, Week 5: 74%, 15, Week 6: 55%, 12)

Notes: After being a healthy scratch in Week 1, Moss is the overall RB21 in half-PPR points per game. He’s the Bills’ preferred back when they’re playing with a lead, and they have one of the easiest remaining schedules. Moss should be considered an every-week RB2 with 17 red-zone carries. Singletary is more of a back-end RB3/4 who doesn’t score touchdowns.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • Christian McCaffrey (Week 1: 89% snap rate, 30 opportunities, Week 2: 71%, 30, Week 3: 30%, 9, Weeks 4-6: DNP)

  • Chuba Hubbard (Week 1: 11%, 2, Week 2: 25%, 8, Week 3: 55%, 16, Week 4: 47%, 15, Week 5: 65%, 30, Week 6: 65%, 19)

  • Royce Freeman (Week 6: 31%, 1) 

Notes: McCaffrey (hamstring) is now on I.R. after apparently suffering a setback. He’s going to miss at least two more games. Hubbard has played more of a McCaffrey-like role the last two weeks as the overall RB21 in that span. He’s in a great Week 7 spot against the Giants.

CHICAGO BEARS

  • David Montgomery (Week 1: 59% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 80%, 24, Week 3: 82%, 14, Week 4: 62%, 23, Weeks 5-6: DNP)

  • Damien Williams (Week 1: 43%, 11, Week 2: 23%, 5, Week 3: 16%, 0, Week 4: 33%, 10, Week 5: 48%, 19, Week 6: DNP)

  • Khalil Herbert (Week 5: 53%, 18, Week 6: 89%, 22)

Notes: Montgomery (knee, I.R.) is expected to miss at least a couple more games. With Montgomery and Williams (COVID) out in Week 6, Herbert dominated the backfield work and cashed in with an early touchdown. Herbert has earned at least a 50-50 role alongside Williams for however much longer Montgomery is out. But as of Wednesday, Williams remained on the COVID list. The Bears signed veteran pass-catching RB Chris Thompson earlier in the week. Herbert’s Week 7 draw against the Bucs is brutal from a production standpoint. 

Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert (24) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert should be a steady workload as long as David Montgomery is out. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Joe Mixon (Week 1: 78% snap rate, 33 opportunities, Week 2: 84%, 22, Week 3: 74%, 19, Week 4: 69%, 18, Week 5: 28%, 11, Week 6: 62%, 24)

  • Samaje Perine (Week 1: 22%, 6, Week 2: 5%, 1, Week 3: 21%, 2, Week 4: 28%, 4, Week 5: 61%, 16, Week 6: DNP)

Notes: Mixon’s snaps and touches were dialed way back in Week 5 while playing through an ankle injury, but his usage returned to normal last week in the win over the Lions. It was particularly encouraging to see him back involved in the passing game with a season-high five catches. Mixon has a touchdown in three straight games and is the overall RB16 on the year. Rookie Chris Evans played a season-high 22% of the snaps last week with Perine out. Evans caught all three of his targets for 49 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown. 

CLEVELAND BROWNS

  • Nick Chubb (Week 1: 53% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 57%, 12, Week 3: 49%, 22, Week 4: 47%, 22, Week 5: 56%, 22, Week 6: DNP)

  • Kareem Hunt (Week 1: 47%, 9, Week 2: 38%, 14, Week 3: 41%, 17, Week 4: 53%, 18, Week 5: 44%, 18, Week 6: 69%, 17) 

Notes: Chubb (calf) missed Week 6 and has already been ruled out for Week 7, and now Hunt is on injured reserve with a calf injury of his own. He’s going to miss at least three games. D’Ernest Johnson and rookie Demetric Felton are going to form the backfield duo this week against the Broncos. Felton has yet to carry the ball this season. Johnson is expected to be the 1A to Felton’s 1B for however long Chubb and Hunt are out. Johnson is the preferred pickup.

DALLAS COWBOYS

  • Ezekiel Elliott (Week 1: 83% snap rate, 13 opportunities, Week 2: 71%, 18, Week 3: 70%, 20, Week 4: 75%, 21, Week 5: 60%, 24, Week 6: 71%, 26)

  • Tony Pollard (Week 1: 24%, 7, Week 2: 34%, 15, Week 3: 38%, 12, Week 4: 30%, 10, Week 5: 40%, 18, Week 6: 29%, 13)

Notes: Elliott is the overall RB4 on the year. Pollard is getting a few series to himself each week so Zeke can stay fresh. It’s basically a 65-45 backfield. Pollard is the No. 1 insurance running back in fantasy football right now. Elliott is fifth in red-zone carries and second with seven attempts inside the five-yard line. Zeke’s five red-zone scores trail only Derrick Henry’s eight.

DENVER BRONCOS

  • Melvin Gordon (Week 1: 50% snap rate, 14 opportunities, Week 2: 59%, 15, Week 3: 54%, 20, Week 4: 49%, 13, Week 5: 60%, 11, Week 6: 53%, 13)

  • Javonte Williams (Week 1: 50%, 15, Week 2: 41%, 14, Week 3: 40%, 16, Week 4: 51%, 10, Week 5: 42%, 11, Week 6: 47%, 14)

Notes: Gordon and Williams are pretty much splitting work right down the middle in a bad offense that has crashed back to Earth against better competition. Gordon and Williams might need an injury from one another for the other to become a weekly fantasy starter.

DETROIT LIONS

  • D’Andre Swift (Week 1: 68% snap rate, 22 opportunities, Week 2: 63%, 13, Week 3: 56%, 21, Week 4: 73%, 14, Week 5: 74%, 17, Week 6: 78%, 20)

  • Jamaal Williams (Week 1: 35%, 18, Week 2: 39%, 10, Week 3: 49%, 14, Week 4: 30%, 14, Week 5: 32%, 15, Week 6: 30%, 6)

Notes: Swift is second to only Najee Harris in targets among running backs with 42. And Swift has out-carried Williams 13-11 in the red zone. The Lions losing every week has greatly benefitted Swift with him racking up a ton of his fantasy production in the second halves of games. Even with splitting the work at the goal line and in the red zone, Swift is fantasy’s overall RB14. Williams is the overall RB32 and is a passable RB3 during bye-week crunches in fantasy who is guaranteed to see volume with Detroit running its offense through its backfield duo.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

  • Aaron Jones (Week 1: 49% snap rate, 7 opportunities, Week 2: 69%, 23, Week 3: 73%, 21, Week 4: 62%, 19, Week 5: 69%, 19, Week 6: 59%, 17)

  • AJ Dillon (Week 1: 28%, 5, Week 2: 29%, 6, Week 3: 29%, 8, Week 4: 40%, 16, Week 5: 33%, 12, Week 6: 42%, 11)

Notes: With Aaron Jones battling a bit of an ankle issue the last few weeks, Dillon’s touches and playing time have been on the rise. Jones is still a lock-and-load RB1 with massive touchdown potential. He’s third in the NFL with 22 red-zone carries, and 10 of those have come inside the 10-yard line. Dillon showed he has some standalone value as an RB3/FLEX with double-digit touches in three straight games. Jones is fantasy’s overall RB9, and Dillon would be an every-week RB1 if Jones ever needs to miss time. Dillon needs to be rostered everywhere. 

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HOUSTON TEXANS

  • Mark Ingram (Week 1: 46% snap rate, 26 opportunities, Week 2: 31%, 16, Week 3: 35%, 7, Week 4: 21%, 6, Week 5: 44%, 16, Week 6: 44%, 20)

  • David Johnson (Week 1: 28%, 7, Week 2: 43%, 8, Week 3: 38%, 2, Week 4: 57%, 9, Week 5: 53%, 8, Week 6: 43%, 4)

  • Phillip Lindsay (Week 1: 26%, 8, Week 2: 23%, 6, Week 3: 16%, 7, Week 4: 17%, 4, Week 5: 22%, 5, Week 6: 15%, 11) 

Notes: A three-man committee in a bottom-three offense leaves none of these backs playable in fantasy. Ingram is averaging just 3.3 YPC and hasn’t scored since Week 1 despite registering 14 red-zone carries. Johnson looks just as washed as Ingram. 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

  • Jonathan Taylor (Week 1: 55% snap rate, 24 opportunities, Week 2: 45%, 16, Week 3: 48%, 13, Week 4: 51%, 19, Week 5: 52%, 19, Week 6: 65%, 16)

  • Nyheim Hines (Week 1: 45%, 17, Week 2: 37%, 3, Week 3: 56%, 12, Week 4: 31%, 4, Week 5: 38%, 5, Week 6: 23%, 6)

  • Marlon Mack (Week 4: 31%, 12, Week 5: 14%, 7, Week 6: 19%, 5) 

Notes: The Colts are trying to trade Mack, rolling with Taylor and Hines as their backfield duo, though Mack is still getting carries. Taylor is a lock-and-load RB1 with major touchdown upside in this Indy offense where he leads the league with 28 red-zone carries. Taylor has scored five times in the last three weeks after going scoreless in Weeks 1-3. Hines is an extremely volatile RB3/4 with unpredictable week-to-week workloads.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

  • James Robinson (Week 1: 64% snap rate, 11 opportunities, Week 2: 73%, 14, Week 3: 59%, 21, Week 4: 95%, 20, Week 5: 68%, 19, Week 6: 85%, 21)

  • Carlos Hyde (Week 1: 34%, 11, Week 2: 25%, 4, Week 3: 34%, 8, Week 4: DNP, Week 5: 25%, 5, Week 6: 14%, 1) 

Notes: Hyde returned in Week 5, but Robinson has out-snapped him 104-27 the last two games. Robinson has five touchdown runs over the last four weeks and is fantasy’s overall RB11 on the year. This team doesn’t need Hyde. Robinson is back to being a confident RB1 play every week, even in a bad offense. He just needs coach Urban Meyer to stick with him.

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Week 1: 72% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 65%, 13, Week 3: 62%, 19, Week 4: 52%, 17, Week 5: 26%, 9, Week 6: DNP)

  • Darrel Williams (Week 1: 22%, 1, Week 2: 27%, 3, Week 3: 34%, 10, Week 4: 36%, 12, Week 5: 43%, 10, Week 6: 72%, 25)

  • Jerick McKinnon (Week 5: 31%, 3, Week 6: 28%, 7)

Notes: Edwards-Helaire has a sprained MCL and was placed on injured reserve. It will cost him at least two more games. Williams can do everything the Chiefs ask from their running backs, and he did exactly what we needed in Week 6 against Washington. Williams handled 21-of-24 backfield carries with CEH out and was targeted four times. Williams isn’t an explosive player, but he gets the job done and doesn’t make mistakes while playing in an elite offense. Williams is a borderline RB1 with Edwards-Helaire sidelined. He was the overall RB6 vs. Washington.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

  • Josh Jacobs (Week 1: 52% snap rate, 12 opportunities, Weeks 2-3: DNP, Week 4: 63%, 18, Week 5: 69%, 20, Week 6: 64%, 17)

  • Kenyan Drake (Week 1: 48%, 11, Week 2: 71%, 13, Week 3: 43%, 14, Week 4: 35%, 1, Week 5: 18%, 3, Week 6: 21%, 6) 

Notes: Jacobs is one of the most overvalued fantasy backs and is purely TD-dependent. He just rarely looks healthy after putting so many miles on his wheels. Jacobs is averaging a pitiful 3.2 YPC but has lucked into four rushing scores. Drake scored two times on six opportunities last week. He needs to see more work, but we doubt the coaches move away from Jacobs.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

  • Austin Ekeler (Week 1: 58% snap rate, 15 opportunities, Week 2: 63%, 18, Week 3: 74%, 17, Week 4: 60%, 20, Week 5: 71%, 22, Week 6: 61%, 13)

  • Larry Rountree (Week 1: 27%, 8, Week 2: 14%, 2, Week 3: 17%, 4, Week 4: 29%, 11, Week 5: 0%, 0, Week 6: DNP)

  • Justin Jackson (Week 1: 14%, 2, Week 2: 23%, 5, Week 3: 11%, 2, Week 4: 15%, 7, Week 5: DNP, Week 6: 14%, 1) 

Notes: Ekeler is as safe of an RB1 as there is in one of the league’s best offenses. He’s the overall RB2 in half-PPR points per game. Ekeler leads the team with 19 red-zone carries, tied for fifth in the league. Rountree, Jackson, and Joshua Kelley have all taken turns acting as the RB2 to Ekeler. None of the three have any sort of fantasy value with Ekeler healthy.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 

  • Darrell Henderson (Week 1: 94% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 68%, 18, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 90%, 20, Week 5: 66%, 18, Week 6: 82%, 24)

  • Sony Michel (Week 1: 6%, 1, Week 2: 27%, 10, Week 3: 74%, 24, Week 4: 10%, 3, Week 5: 34%, 12, Week 6: 18%, 9)

Notes: Henderson is a strong mid-range RB1 in a high-octane L.A. offense that is going to put up points every week. He’s the overall RB7. The Rams want him to be a workhorse and are using him like pre-injury Todd Gurley. Henderson’s body just has to be able to handle it. Michel is purely a bench stash at the moment in the event Henderson goes down with another injury.

MIAMI DOLPHINS 

  • Myles Gaskin (Week 1: 54% snap rate, 14 opportunities, Week 2: 61%, 10, Week 3: 52%, 19, Week 4: 23%, 2, Week 5: 69%, 15, Week 6: 36%, 11)

  • Malcolm Brown (Week 1: 30%, 5, Week 2: 12%, 5, Week 3: 41%, 7, Week 4: 67%, 9, Week 5: 9%, 0, Week 6: 36%, 6)

  • Salvon Ahmed (Week 1: 20%, 6, Week 2: 31%, 9, Week 3: 6%, 0, Week 4: 10%, 5, Week 5: 20%, 5, Week 6: 27%, 9) 

Notes: Brown was removed from the game plan against the run-stingy Bucs in Week 5 but returned to the lineup last week in London against the Jaguars. Despite Gaskin setting season highs in playing time and targets while catching two touchdowns the week before, the coaches got all three backs involved again in Week 6. None of these guys can be trusted for fantasy. Gaskin is third among RBs in targets and just needs one of Brown or Ahmed to disappear.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

  • Dalvin Cook (Week 1: 71% snap rate, 27 opportunities, Week 2: 77%, 25, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 49%, 15, Week 5: DNP, Week 6: 74%, 31)

  • Alexander Mattison (Week 1: 11%, 2, Week 2: 21%, 4, Week 3: 68%, 34, Week 4: 34%, 10, Week 5: 66%, 32, Week 6: 13%, 3)

Notes: Mattison has seen 66 combined carries and targets in the two games Cook has missed this season. He’s a legitimate RB1 every time Cook sits. Cook returned to handle 29-of-33 backfield carries last week against the Panthers and both of the RB targets. He posted the overall RB8 week and now gets the Vikings’ bye to get his ankle to 100% health.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Damien Harris (Week 1: 53% snap rate, 26 opportunities, Week 2: 41%, 17, Week 3: 31%, 8, Week 4: 61%, 6, Week 5: 33%, 14, Week 6: 48%, 19)

  • Brandon Bolden (Week 4: 32%, 7, Week 5: 38%, 6, Week 6: 20%, 2)

  • Rhamondre Stevenson (Week 5: 34%, 11, Week 6: 33%, 8) 

Notes: As a pure early-down runner and non-factor in the passing game, Harris’ floor is scary-low in an offense that doesn’t put up many points. He popped up for a 100-yard game last week against Dallas, but Stevenson is starting to get more involved on both early downs and in the pass game. The coaching staff just trusts Bolden more in pass-protection situations.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

  • Alvin Kamara (Week 1: 73% snap rate, 24 opportunities, Week 2: 84%, 11, Week 3: 84%, 28, Week 4: 87%, 26, Week 5: 88%, 24)

  • Tony Jones (Week 1: 35%, 12, Week 2: 27%, 3, Week 3: 21%, 4, Week 4: 13%, 6, Week 5: DNP)

Notes: The Saints are coming off their bye. Kamara is on pace for a career-high 320 rushing attempts as the obvious focal point of the New Orleans offense. He’s never topped 194 in a season before. Kamara is the overall RB12 in half-PPR points per game. He scored his first rushing touchdown of the season in Week 5, slamming his buy-low window shut. After seeing zero targets in Week 4, Kamara was targeted eight times against Washington. The Taysom Hill concussion could also lead to more Kamara carries at the goal line. Devine Ozigbo assumed the old Tony Jones role last time out with Jones on I.R. Ozigbo played 12% of the snaps.

NEW YORK GIANTS

  • Saquon Barkley (Week 1: 48% snap rate, 13 opportunities, Week 2: 84%, 16, Week 3: 86%, 23, Week 4: 89%, 19, Week 5: 9%, 3, Week 6: DNP)

  • Devontae Booker (Week 1: 39%, 5, Week 2: 14%, 3, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 11%, 2, Week 5: 88%, 20, Week 6: 72%, 16)

Notes: Barkley is all the way back from his knee injury, but now he has an ankle sprain and remained sidelined at Wednesday’s practice. Barkley could miss one more game but isn’t staring at an extended absence. Booker was the top waiver-wire add last week and handled 12-of-15 backfield carries against the Rams, losing a garbage-time touchdown to Elijhaa Penny. Look for Booker to fill the workhorse role again this week in a more favorable spot against Carolina if Barkley is forced to miss another game.

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NEW YORK JETS

  • Tevin Coleman (Week 1: 26% snap rate, 9 opportunities, Week 2: 10%, 5, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 18%, 6, Week 5: 9%, 4)

  • Ty Johnson (Week 1: 54%, 7, Week 2: 45%, 12, Week 3: 57%, 8, Week 4: 33%, 5, Week 5: 39%, 7)

  • Michael Carter (Week 1: 25%, 6, Week 2: 45%, 14, Week 3: 43%, 12, Week 4: 51%, 16, Week 5: 52%, 13)

Notes: The Jets are coming off their bye week. Carter is the only Jets running back worth rostering in fantasy leagues and leads the team with seven red-zone carries to Johnson’s six. Both backs scored short touchdowns in Week 5 against the Falcons. This offense is one of the worst in the league and still uses all three backs. Carter isn’t yet startable in 12-team leagues, but the arrow is pointing upward.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

  • Miles Sanders (Week 1: 66% snap rate, 20 opportunities, Week 2: 67%, 15, Week 3: 60%, 6, Week 4: 64%, 10, Week 5: 75%, 16, Week 6: 83%, 13)

  • Kenneth Gainwell (Week 1: 35%, 12, Week 2: 33%, 9, Week 3: 31%, 5, Week 4: 39%, 11, Week 5: 24%, 5, Week 6: 23%, 2)

Notes: Sanders has out-snapped Gainwell 93-28 the last two weeks, but neither of these running backs is doing very much in fantasy with Jalen Hurts dominating the rushing output. Hurts has 14 carries to Sanders’ nine in the red zone, and Hurts has scored five times on the ground to Sanders’ zero. Sanders is the overall RB38 but has some easier matchups on the docket. He could return some RB2 value if he’s able to keep separating himself from Gainwell.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • Najee Harris (Week 1: 100% snap rate, 19 opportunities, Week 2: 95%, 15, Week 3: 95%, 33, Week 4: 80%, 22, Week 5: 65%, 28, Week 6: 84%, 31)

Notes: Harris is an every-week RB1 based on volume alone, even if he’s running behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines while averaging 3.8 YPC. Harris leads all running backs with 46 targets and has seen 23 and 24 carries the last two weeks. He’s scored touchdowns in three straight games. Harris is up to the overall RB6 in half-PPR points per game. 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

  • Elijah Mitchell (Week 1: 64% snap rate, 19 opportunities, Week 2: 61%, 19, Weeks 3-4: DNP, Week 5: 68%, 11)

  • Trey Sermon (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 1%, 1, Week 3: 59%, 13, Week 4: 51%, 19, Week 5: 3%, 1)

Notes: The 49ers are coming off their bye. Sermon is miles behind Mitchell on the depth chart. Both backs, however, are losing snaps to Kyle Juszczyk. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to take back over as starter. Sermon is looking like a drop in shallower 12-team leagues. Mitchell is simply the better running back as a back-end RB2 in a run-centric offense.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • Chris Carson (Week 1: 78% snap rate, 19 opportunities, Week 2: 63%, 13, Week 3: 43%, 14, Week 4: 45%, 14, Weeks 5-6: DNP)

  • Alex Collins (Week 4: 39%, 12, Week 5: 71%, 18, Week 6: 60%, 21)

  • DeeJay Dallas (Week 5: 22%, 6, Week 6: 34%, 9) 

Notes: Carson is on I.R. with his neck injury and will miss at least two more games. Collins has been the starter the last two weeks and cooked the Steelers for 20-101-1 last Sunday night but did appear to hurt his hip. He has an extra day to rest with the Seahawks playing the Saints Monday night. Rashaad Penny (calf) hasn’t played since Week 1 but is expected back this week. Seattle has been rotating in Dallas and Travis Homer on passing downs. With four or five running backs to choose from, it’s hard to get excited about any of these guys in fantasy. 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

  • Leonard Fournette (Week 1: 65% snap rate, 16 opportunities, Week 2: 49%, 15, Week 3: 36%, 7, Week 4: 82%, 25, Week 5: 62%, 17, Week 6: 63%, 28)

  • Ronald Jones (Week 1: 9%, 4, Week 2: 41%, 9, Week 3: 16%, 5, Week 4: 17%, 6, Week 5: 14%, 6, Week 6: 19%, 6)

  • Giovani Bernard (Week 1: 26%, 3, Week 2: 10%, 2, Week 3: 45%, 10, Week 4: DNP, Week 5: 23%, 6, Week 6: 16%, 2)

Notes: Over the last three weeks, Fournette has played 157 snaps to Jones’ 37 and Bernard’s 29. Bernard did miss Week 4, but Fournette has still out-targeted him 11-4 the last two weeks. He’s coming off a season-high 28 touches last Thursday night and has become an every-week RB1 in the Bucs’ prolific offense. Fournette is the overall RB6 over the last three weeks. 

TENNESSEE TITANS

  • Derrick Henry (Week 1: 62% snap rate, 21 opportunities, Week 2: 76%, 41, Week 3: 72%, 31, Week 4: 59%, 35, Week 5: 77%, 29, Week 6: 81%, 23)

  • Jeremy McNichols (Week 1: 36%, 6, Week 2: 24%, 4, Week 3: 26%, 4, Week 4: 40%, 13, Week 5: 23%, 3, Week 6: 2%, 0)

Notes: Fantasy’s overall RB1, Henry leads the league in carries, rushing yards, and touchdowns. He’s produced five straight 100-yard games and has three three-touchdown contests in that span. Henry has 46.8 more half-PPR points than overall RB2 Austin Ekeler. The Big Dog is on pace for 2,218 rushing yards and has 260 more yards on the ground than the next-closest running back, Nick Chubb. Henry is simply in a class of his own.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

  • Antonio Gibson (Week 1: 65% snap rate, 25 opportunities, Week 2: 61%, 15, Week 3: 57%, 14, Week 4: 55%, 16, Week 5: 57%, 22, Week 6: 39%, 13)

  • J.D. McKissic (Week 1: 36%, 1, Week 2: 44%, 10, Week 3: 46%, 5, Week 4: 40%, 12, Week 5: 41%, 6, Week 6: 61%, 18)

Notes: Gibson’s shin is just giving him too many problems. He’s dealing with a stress fracture and can’t finish games. Gibson just can’t seem to stay 100% healthy when given larger workloads, as he’s always battling some sort of nagging issue. McKissic is a PPR-based RB2/3.

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