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Dalvin Cook is Averaging 24 Touches Per Game Since Returning

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook

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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.

With one week under our belt, we now have some data to help clear some things up for us. 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.

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, Week 7: 69%, 18, Week 8: 59%, 11, Week 9: 1%, 1, Week 10: DNP)
  • 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, Week 7: 30%, 10, Week 8: 37%, 5, Week 9: 77%, 26, Week 10: 82%, 14)
  • Eno Benjamin (Week 9: 24%, 9, Week 10: 27%, 7)

Notes: Edmonds is on I.R. with a high-ankle sprain and will need to miss at least two more games. Week 10 got away from the Cardinals quickly, but Conner was able to save his fantasy week with a late, meaningless 11-yard touchdown, his NFL-leading 11th rushing score of the season. Conner is a high-end RB1 for however long Edmonds is on the shelf.

ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (Week 1: 33% snap rate, 9 opportunities, Week 2: 33%, 13, Week 3: 42%, 14, Week 4: 30%, 12, Week 5: 59%, 23, Week 7: 73%, 19, Week 8: 60%, 14, Week 9: 56%, 15, Week 10: 28%, 6)
  • Mike Davis (Week 1: 75%, 21, Week 2: 64%, 16, Week 3: 60%, 16, Week 4: 67%, 15, Week 5: 64%, 18, Week 7: 60%, 4, Week 8: 64%, 15, Week 9: 56%, 11, Week 10: 37%, 5)
  • Wayne Gallman (Week 10: 43%, 17)

Notes: Patterson suffered a sprained ankle in the Week 10 blowout loss to the Cowboys and is expected to miss Thursday night’s Week 11 date with the Patriots at the very least. Davis is averaging a pitiful 3.3 yards per carry in his first season with Atlanta. With Patterson out and Davis’ role reduced against Dallas, Gallman went 15-55 on the ground with a 21-yard catch. A good chunk of his production came in garbage time, but Gallman was in there with the Matt Ryan group before Josh Rosen took over for the fourth quarter. Gallman is at least worth a speculative add off the waiver wire for running back-needy fantasy players.

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, Week 7: 29%, 4, Week 9: 18%, 0, Week 10: 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, Weeks 7-10: DNP)
  • Le’Veon Bell (Weeks 1-3: DNP, Week 4: 27%, 5, Week 5: DNP, Week 6: 32%, 8, Week 7: 30%, 7, Week 9: 23%, 11, Week 10: 42%, 3)
  • 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, Week 7: 40%, 7, Week 9: 58%, 16, Week 10: 58%, 14)

Notes: Lamar Jackson is on pace for a career-high 200 rushing attempts. He’s the Ravens’ RB1. Murray has been out with an ankle injury. The Ravens have completely eliminated Williams from the rotation. Freeman is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and has three total touchdowns over his last four games. He’s at least put himself on the RB2 map with 28 touches over the last two weeks, but Murray’s eventual return could throw a wrench into things again. Bell was cut by the Ravens on Tuesday, signaling that Murray is healthy.

BUFFALO BILLS

  • Zack Moss (Week 1: DNP, Week 2: 28% snap rate, 10 opportunities, Week 3: 56%, 16, Week 4: 56%, 15, Week 5: 74%, 15, Week 6: 55%, 12, Week 8: 64%, 15, Week 9: 28%, 7, Week 10: 48%, 7)
  • Devin Singletary (Week 1: 75%, 16, Week 2: 66%, 16, Week 3: 43%, 13, Week 4: 44%, 15, Week 5: 26%, 8, Week 6: 45%, 10, Week 8: 34%, 8, Week 9: 72%, 14, Week 10: 38%, 8)
  • Matt Breida (Week 10: 14%, 6)

Notes: Moss and Singletary hadn’t been providing much juice to the Buffalo backfield, so the Bills made Breida active for Week 10 against the Jets and went with a three-man RBBC where Breida turned six of his looks into a pair of touchdowns. It likely earned him a spot on the game-day active roster, leaving this backfield one to avoid in lineup decisions moving forward.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

  • Christian McCaffrey (Week 1: 89% snap rate, 30 opportunities, Week 2: 71%, 30, Week 3: 30%, 9, Weeks 4-8: DNP, Week 9: 49%, 19, Week 10: 59%, 23)
  • 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, Week 7: 53%, 17, Week 8: 55%, 26, Week 9: 17%, 5, Week 10: 21%, 9)
  • Ameer Abdullah (Week 8: 30%, 13, Week 9: 37%, 6, Week 10: 21%, 13)

Notes: McCaffrey has touch counts of 18 and 23 in his two games back from I.R., and that’s not even on his normal complement of snaps. The Panthers eased him back into action in Week 9, and Carolina then blew out the Cardinals in Week 10, allowing CMC to rest for much of the fourth quarter. McCaffrey has re-solidified himself as the overall RB1 the rest of the way. The Panthers are going to be extremely run-heavy going forward with Cam Newton under center.

CHICAGO BEARS

  • David Montgomery (Week 1: 59% snap rate, 17 opportunities, Week 2: 80%, 24, Week 3: 82%, 14, Week 4: 62%, 23, Weeks 5-8: DNP, Week 9: 85%, 15)
  • 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, Week 7: 17%, 4, Week 8: 6%, 2, Week 9: DNP)
  • Khalil Herbert (Week 5: 53%, 18, Week 6: 89%, 22, Week 7: 77%, 23, Week 8: 84%, 25, Week 9: 16%, 4)

Notes: The Bears are coming off their bye week. Fresh off I.R., Montgomery played a season-high 85% of the snaps against the Steelers in Week 9 and handled 15 touches to Herbert’s four. The expectation was Herbert would stay involved a bit, but Montgomery went right back into workhorse duties. He’s a solid RB1/2 the rest of the way. Herbert is now nothing more than a bench stash.

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, Week 7: 54%, 12, Week 8: 77%, 19, Week 9: 63%, 18)
  • 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, Week 7: 48%, 12, Week 8: 25%, 2, Week 9: 33%, 8)

Notes: The Bengals are coming off their bye week. Mixon has at least one touchdown in six straight games and is coming off his second straight two-score effort while catching a season-best five passes. He’s the overall RB8 on the year. Mixon’s pass-game role has been sporadic at times with four-plus targets in four games and 0-1 targets in three others.

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, Weeks 6-7: DNP, Week 8: 56%, 17, Week 9: 56%, 16, Week 10: 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, Weeks 7-10: DNP)
  • D’Ernest Johnson (Week 7: 69%, 24, Week 8: 31%, 7, Week 9: 33%, 8, Week 10: 88%, 27)

Notes: Chubb missed Week 10 with COVID, and Hunt remained on I.R. with his calf injury. It allowed Johnson another chance at workhorse duties after he starred in the same position back in Week 7. Johnson answered with another big performance despite the blowout loss. He deserves a bigger role in an NFL backfield, but it won’t happen in Cleveland when Chubb and Hunt are healthy. Chubb should be back for Week 11. He’s the RB7 on the season.

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, Week 8: 75%, 22, Week 9: 53%, 13, Week 10: 49%, 17)
  • 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, Week 8: 26%, 8, Week 9: 39%, 6, Week 10: 42%, 18)

Notes: Elliott’s 49% snap rate against the Falcons was his lowest of the season, but Dallas held an insurmountable 36-3 halftime lead, giving Elliott a chance to rest his knee contusion from the week before. Zeke played a big part in the Cowboys jumping out to such a huge lead, converting a pair of goal-line touchdowns, his first scores since Week 5. Elliott is averaging just over 52 rushing yards per game over his last four contests but remains the overall RB9 on the year. Should anything ever happen to Elliott, Pollard would be a mouthwatering RB1 play.

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, Week 7: 58%, 11, Week 8: 57%, 13, Week 9: 53%, 24, Week 10: 43%, 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, Week 7: 42%, 11, Week 8: 43%, 13, Week 9: 47%, 17, Week 10: 57%, 11)

Notes: Gordon and Williams are pretty much splitting work right down the middle in a slow-paced vanilla offense. The duo saw 10 touches each last week in the loss to the Eagles. And it was Gordon’s second-half fumble that was returned for a touchdown as the nail in Denver’s coffin. But Gordon still has five touchdowns over the last four weeks while Williams continues to run over defenders. After the fumble, Williams dominated snaps. It will be interesting to see if the coaches flip to Williams as the Broncos’ lead back after the Week 11 bye in a Week 12 date with the division-rival Chargers. Williams is at least going to be fun in 2022 when Gordon is off the roster. Coach Vic Fangio compared him to Edgerrin James.

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, Week 7: 75%, 23, Week 8: 71%, 17, Week 10: 93%, 39)
  • 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, Week 7: 29%, 12, Weeks 8-10: DNP)

Notes: Williams has missed the last two games with a thigh injury. Swift absolutely dominated the snaps last week against Pittsburgh en route to a career-high 36 touches. Unfortunately for him, backup RBs Jermar Jefferson and Godwin Igwebuike turned their five combined touches into two touchdowns while Swift was held out of the end zone. Swift is fantasy’s overall RB12 on the season and the engine of the Detroit offense. Swift leads all running backs in targets.

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, Week 7: 73%, 11, Week 8: 66%, 26, Week 9: 63%, 14, Week 10: 46%, 13)
  • 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, Week 7: 23%, 5, Week 8: 40%, 16, Week 9: 38%, 12, Week 10: 49%, 23)

Notes: Jones suffered a sprained MCL in the second half of the shutout win over the Seahawks, paving the way for AJ Dillon to railroad Seattle’s defense for 128 total yards and two touchdowns on 23 touches. Prior to Jones’ injury, Jones had been dominating red-zone and goal-line looks in the Green Bay backfield. With Jones now expected to miss 1-2 games, Dillon should get all he can handle as the Packers’ clear lead dog fresh off two- and three-yard touchdown runs. Dillon is an immediate plug-and-play RB1 against the Vikings and Rams the next two weeks before the Packers have their Week 13 bye.

HOUSTON TEXANS

  • 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, Week 7: 54%, 13, Week 8: 18%, 3, Week 9: 45%, 9)
  • 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, Week 7: 7%, 2, Week 8: 13%, 3, Week 9: 20%, 8)
  • Rex Burkhead (Week 8: 49%, 8, Week 9: 30%, 2)

Notes: Houston is coming off its bye. The Texans traded away Mark Ingram three weeks ago and somehow remained a three-man backfield committee. None are worth rostering in fantasy.

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, Week 7: 69%, 21, Week 8: 74%, 20, Week 9: 69%, 21, Week 10: 84%, 29)
  • 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, Week 7: 28%, 11, Week 8: 31%, 6, Week 9: 45%, 12, Week 10: 28%, 6)
  • Marlon Mack (Week 4: 31%, 12, Week 5: 14%, 7, Week 6: 19%, 5, Week 7: 6%, 3, Week 8: 1%, 0, Weeks 9-10: DNP)

Notes: After the Colts failed to trade Mack, he’s been removed from the offense as a healthy scratch the last two weeks. Taylor has 10 touchdowns over his last seven games, leads the league in red-zone carries, and has a case to be ranked as the overall RB1 the rest of the way. Taylor is the overall RB1 in half-PPR points since the start of Week 4 and is coming off season-highs in snap share (84%), carries (21), and targets (eight) as the week’s RB4 against the Jaguars. Hines is a volatile RB3/4 with sporadic, totally unpredictable touch counts.

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, Week 8: 11%, 6, Week 9: DNP, Week 10: 59%, 17)
  • 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, Week 8: 66%, 17, Week 9: 79%, 23, Week 10: 27%, 4)

Notes: After missing what amounted to basically two games with a heel issue, Robinson was eased back into the offense against the Colts last week before the coaches seemed to unleash him more after halftime in a failed comeback attempt. Assuming he escaped healthy and without setbacks, Robinson’s snap share should rise closer to normal going forward as a steady RB1 as the only real means of offense for this team. Hyde is nothing more than an end-of-bench stash.

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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, Weeks 6-10: 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, Week 7: 64%, 9, Week 8: 64%, 19, Week 9: 54%, 23, Week 10: 59%, 20)
  • Jerick McKinnon (Week 5: 31%, 3, Week 6: 28%, 7, Week 7: 31%, 4, Week 8: 16%, 0, Week 9: 31%, 3, Week 10: 26%, 6)
  • Derrick Gore (Week 8: 20%, 11, Week 9: 15%, 4, Week 10: 14%, 6)

Notes: Edwards-Helaire (knee) returned to practice last week and reportedly has a good shot of suiting up for Week 11 against the Cowboys. His role, however, remains unclear after Williams played better than Edwards-Helaire ever has during CEH’s extended absence. Williams does everything well, something we can’t say about Edwards-Helaire. Williams is coming off the overall RB3 performance in the Chiefs’ rout of the Raiders last Sunday night when he turned 20 touches into 144 yards and one touchdown, going over 100 yards as a pass-catcher with a 9-101-1 line and brilliant 38-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. CEH has done nothing in the past to be given the starting job. We could see some sort of backfield split.

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, Week 7: 36%, 9, Week 9: 49%, 17, Week 10: 57%, 12)
  • 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, Week 7: 39%, 17, Week 9: 45%, 12, Week 10: 31%, 7)

Notes: Jacobs is purely touchdown-dependent. When he isn’t scoring touchdowns, Jacobs is a mere RB3 with no playmaking skills as a receiver. He has nine catches over the last two weeks but has managed to turn them into just 39 yards. Jacobs just rarely looks healthy after putting so many miles on his tires. Jacobs is averaging just 3.7 YPC but has five rushing scores in seven games. He’s a TD-or-bust back-end RB2. Drake is tough to start with any confidence and should probably be pushing for more work over Jacobs. It just hasn’t happened yet.

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, Week 8: 75%, 21, Week 9: 67%, 20, Week 10: 71%, 17)
  • 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, Week 8: 13%, 4, Week 9: 9%, 1, Week 10: 15%, 5)
  • 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, Week 8: 12%, 3, Weeks 9-10: DNP)

Notes: Ekeler is as safe of an RB1 as there is in one of the league’s more talented offenses. He’s the overall RB3 in half-PPR points per game. Ekeler leads the team with 28 red-zone carries, tied for fourth in the league, and is third among running backs, averaging 5.7 targets per game. Ekeler is right there with Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Taylor as the top RB1’s the rest of the season. Rountree, Jackson, and Joshua Kelley have all taken turns acting as the RB2. 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, Week 7: 88%, 21, Week 8: 61%, 16, Week 9: 60%, 15, Week 10: 75%, 11)
  • 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, Week 7: 12%, 2, Week 8: 30%, 11, Week 9: 40%, 10, Week 10: 25%, 6)

Notes: Henderson is 10th in the NFL in red-zone carries and is a strong mid-range RB1 in a high-octane L.A. offense. Week 10 just got away from the Rams pretty quickly, falling in an early 14-0 hole. Michel remains little more than a bench stash.

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, Week 7: 63%, 19, Week 8: 58%, 16, Week 9: 72%, 26, Week 10: 61%, 16)
  • 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, Week 7: 7%, 4, Weeks 8-10: DNP)
  • 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, Week 7: 30%, 9, Week 8: 23%, 9, Week 9: 19%, 4, Week 10: 13%, 3)

Notes: With Brown (quad) missing the last three games on I.R., Gaskin has managed to turn 46 carries into just 101 yards (2.2 YPC) and one touchdown, adding 10 catches for 56 yards. It’s not a good way to show he deserves more of the backfield pie when Brown is eligible to return. Sixth among running backs, seeing 4.8 targets per game, Gaskin’s pass-game role plus double-digit carries in four straight weeks keeps him a useful RB2/FLEX option.

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, Week 8: 71%, 20, Week 9: 80%, 20, Week 10: 82%, 29)
  • 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, Week 8: 12%, 4, Week 9: 17%, 5, Week 10: 15%, 5)

Notes: Cook is as safe of an every-down workhorse there is when he’s healthy. But he has just three touchdowns on the year and is the overall RB13 in half-PPR points per game since returning to action in Week 6. Cook is averaging 24 touches per contest in that span. He’s due for some serious positive regression in the touchdown department. According to former Rotoworld analyst Rich Hribar, Cook has been tackled a league-leading five times at the one-yard line and failed to later score a touchdown on the same possession. Mattison is an RB1 whenever Cook misses action with touch counts of 32 and 32 in two games without Cook.

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, Week 7: 46%, 16, Week 8: 53%, 24, Week 9: 39%, 16, Week 10: DNP)
  • Brandon Bolden (Week 4: 32%, 7, Week 5: 38%, 6, Week 6: 20%, 2, Week 7: 28%, 9, Week 8: 32%, 4, Week 9: 47%, 10, Week 10: 27%, 6)
  • Rhamondre Stevenson (Week 5: 34%, 11, Week 6: 33%, 8, Week 7: DNP, Week 8: 16%, 10, Week 9: 27%, 12, Week 10: 55%, 25)

Notes: Harris missed Week 10 with a concussion, and it allowed rookie Stevenson to have his coming out party, turning in a healthy 20-100-2 rushing line to go with four catches on five targets. Stevenson punched in five- and two-yard touchdown runs, dominating the goal-line and red-zone work in Harris’ absence. Stevenson was the week’s RB2 behind AJ Dillon. Harris should be back sooner than later, so it will be very interesting to see how backfield duties are split up after Stevenson’s big game. Harris has played well in his own right, but Stevenson just looks like he has an extra gear to his game. He remains a must-hold in all formats.

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, Week 7: 82%, 31, Week 8: 67%, 23, Week 9: 68%, 20, Week 10: DNP)
  • Mark Ingram (Week 8: 29%, 8, Week 9: 34%, 14, Week 10: 85%, 21)

Notes: Kamara missed Week 10 with a knee injury. In his absence, Ingram played 85% of the snaps and handled 21-of-23 backfield opportunities. With 108 total yards and a touchdown against the Titans, Ingram finished as the week’s RB10. Ingram is averaging 11 touches per game in two games with Kamara since his trade from the Texans. In a run-heavy offense with minimal pass-catching talent, Ingram is an RB1 when Kamara sits. Kamara is fantasy’s overall RB4 in half-PPR points per game. The offense operates through these two backs.

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, Weeks 6-9: 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, Week 7: 82%, 17, Week 8: 93%, 21, Week 9: 73%, 24)

Notes: The Giants are coming off their bye week. Barkley hasn’t played since twisting his ankle in Week 5 but is expected back this week against the Bucs. It’s a brutal on-paper matchup, but Tampa Bay did just get gouged for two touchdowns by Antonio Gibson last week and lost interior anchor DT Vita Vea to injury. Barkley is a cinch RB1 play no matter the opponent.

NEW YORK JETS

  • Michael Carter (Week 1: 25% snap rate, 6 opportunities, Week 2: 45%, 14, Week 3: 43%, 12, Week 4: 51%, 16, Week 5: 52%, 13, Week 7: 72%, 20, Week 8: 70%, 29, Week 9: 58%, 15, Week 10: 52%, 22)
  • Ty Johnson (Week 1: 54%, 7, Week 2: 45%, 12, Week 3: 57%, 8, Week 4: 33%, 5, Week 5: 39%, 7, Week 7: 32%, 12, Week 8: 29%, 10, Week 9: 42%, 7, Week 10: 32%, 10)
  • Tevin Coleman (Week 1: 26%, 9, Week 2: 10%, 5, Week 3: DNP, Week 4: 18%, 6, Week 5: 9%, 4, Weeks 7-9: DNP, Week 10: 22%, 7)

Notes: Carter has distanced himself as the Jets’ lead back. Even in Coleman’s return from injury, Carter handled 20 touches and scored his fourth touchdown. Johnson and Coleman will fight for scraps behind the rookie. Carter is ninth among all running backs, seeing five targets per game, and is fantasy’s overall RB16 since Week 4. He’s settled in as an every-week RB2.

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, Week 7: 17%, 7, Weeks 8-10: DNP)
  • 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, Week 7: 51%, 13, Week 8: 31%, 13, Week 9: 19%, 2, Week 10: 31%, 3)
  • Boston Scott (Week 7: 31%, 9, Week 8: 45%, 13, Week 9: 44%, 10, Week 10: 31%, 13)
  • Jordan Howard (Week 8: 25%, 12, Week 9: 40%, 17, Week 10: 38%, 12)

Notes: Sanders remains on I.R. with his ankle injury but is eligible to return this week against the Saints. The Eagles have adopted a massive run-first approach since Sanders went down, and Howard has been the biggest backfield beneficiary with a combined 41-211-3 rushing line since his promotion from the practice squad when Sanders was hurt. Howard is the overall RB20 since Week 8. Sanders’ eventual return will muddy this backfield up even more. Gainwell has essentially been eliminated from the rotation as the pass-game back in an offense that doesn’t pass. Scott is seeing enough to warrant FLEX consideration as the RB29 since Week 8.

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, Week 8: 84%, 29, Week 9: 82%, 25, Week 10: 87%, 30)

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 3.7 YPC. Harris is third among running backs, seeing 6.2 targets per game. He had his five-game touchdown streak snapped last week against the Lions but did post his second 100-yard rushing game in the tie. Harris is the overall RB5 in half-PPR points per game. He’s averaging 27.8 touches per game since Week 5.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

  • Elijah Mitchell (Week 1: 64% snap rate, 19 opportunities, Week 2: 61%, 19, Weeks 3-4: DNP, Week 5: 68%, 11, Week 7: 66%, 18, Week 8: 64%, 18, Week 9: 66%, 13, Week 10: 53%, 27)
  • JaMycal Hasty (Week 7: 34%, 9, Week 8: 34%, 5, Week 9: 34%, 5, Week 10: DNP)
  • Jeff Wilson (Week 10: 32%, 10)

Notes: Mitchell is an every-week RB2 with 17-plus carries in 5-of-7 games played. He has four games of 91-plus rushing yards. Mitchell has next to no pass-game involvement outside of an outlier Week 9 that saw him catch five passes. Hasty missed Week 10 with an injury, allowing Wilson to handle 10 carries in his season debut as Mitchell’s change of pace. When everyone is healthy, Mitchell is the only one with a clear role. He’s in a great Week 11 spot against Jacksonville, but Mitchell is now injured again after suffering a broken finger against the Rams. His status for Week 11 is in doubt. We could see Trey Sermon’s ghost reappear.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

  • Chris Carson (Week 1: 78% snap rate, 19 opportunities, Week 2: 63%, 13, Week 3: 43%, 14, Week 4: 45%, 14, Weeks 5-10: DNP)
  • Alex Collins (Week 4: 39%, 12, Week 5: 71%, 18, Week 6: 60%, 21, Week 7: 39%, 17, Week 8: 47%, 10, Week 10: 49%, 11)
  • Rashaad Penny (Week 7: 36%, 6, Week 8: 19%, 7, Week 10: DNP)
  • Travis Homer (Week 10: 51%, 5)

Notes: Carson (neck) returned to practice last Wednesday but wasn’t cleared to play against the Packers. Coach Pete Carroll said they’ll “revisit” Carson’s status this week. It doesn’t sound like a good thing. Penny has no role after playing zero snaps last week. And Collins has 47 yards or fewer in five of the last six games. This backfield lacks talent and upside.

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, Week 7: 53%, 19, Week 8: 61%, 13, Week 10: 65%, 20)
  • 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, Week 7: 19%, 10, Week 8: 15%, 4, Week 10: 2%, 0)
  • 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, Week 7: 15%, 3, Week 8: 21%, 3, Week 10: 29%, 4)

Notes: Fournette is the overall RB12 since Week 4. He’s soaking up all the money touches in the passing game and at the goal line when the Bucs decide to run the ball down there. He’s tied for seventh in the NFL in red-zone carries with 26. Even with the Bucs playing from behind against Washington, Fournette still dominated the touches and playing time.

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, Week 7: 74%, 31, Week 8: 74%, 28, Weeks 9-10: DNP)
  • 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, Week 7: 15%, 1, Week 8: 23%, 3, Week 9: 45%, 10, Week 10: 27%, 7)
  • Adrian Peterson (Week 9: 33%, 11, Week 10: 33%, 9)
  • D’Onta Foreman (Week 9: 21%, 5, Week 10: 35%, 13)

Notes: Henry (foot) is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season. The Titans are using a full-blown three-man committee without Henry. Foreman is the flavor of the week on waivers this week after out-touching Peterson 13-9 against the Saints. But it’s still Peterson getting the goal-line looks. None of these backs are overly exciting fantasy options. Good luck.

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, Week 7: 42%, 16, Week 8: 33%, 11, Week 10: 63%, 26)
  • 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, Week 7: 64%, 10, Week 8: 46%, 11, Week 10: 38%, 6)
  • Jaret Patterson (Week 8: 23%, 12, Week 10: 7%, 4)

Notes: The bye week apparently did Gibson some good, as he logged his highest snap share since Week 1 in the upset of the Bucs. Playing from ahead all day also contributed to Gibson’s elevated playing time and season-high 24 carries. Gibson’s two touchdowns were his first end-zone trips since Week 5. Even after the big game, Gibson remains a mostly TD-dependent RB2 without much of a role in the pass game. McKissic is a PPR-friendly RB2/3 who succeeds when Washington is chasing points on the scoreboard.