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NFL Usage Report for Week 11

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Welcome to the Week 11 Usage Report. This piece is designed to give you a glimpse of both rushing shares and usage rates for running backs, wide receivers, and occasionally tight ends. It will help you understand how often a player is involved in his team’s game plan and if those players are susceptible to being faded or emphasized during various game scripts.

(To see more, check out our Weekly Rushing Share and Usage by Situation pages.)

Definitions:

tgt_big_lead — Target share when team is leading by 14+ points
tgt_leading — Target share when team is leading by 9-13 points
tgt_one_score — Target share when team is in a one score game
tgt_down — Target share when team is down by 9-13 points
tgt_down_big — Target share when team is down by 14+ points

 

 

Weekly Rushing Share

Tier 1 — Teams with Situations in Flux

Carolina Panthers

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The return of Cam Newton throws this entire offense into flux, both on the ground and through the air. Newton had 12 rushing touchdowns last season with the Patriots and immediately became the most threatening option around the goal line for the Panthers this past week Christian McCaffrey will still get his, especially through the air, but expect Newton to get the call around the end zone.

Green Bay Packers

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Aaron Jones suffered an MCL sprain and is expected to miss 1-2 weeks. In his stead, expect a healthy dose of AJ Dillon, the bruising sophomore out of Boston College. The Packers do have a Week 13 bye, so it is not unreasonable to expect Jones to miss the next two games and target a return in Week 14.

New England Patriots

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Damien Harris missed his first game of the season in Week 10 due to a concussion. Rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson got the start and literally ran with it. Stevenson had 24 touches for 114 yards and a pair of scores in an efficient victory for the Patriots. Harris returned to the practice field Tuesday and cleared concussion protocol Wednesday. Harris does have seven rushing touchdowns and has been effective for much of this season.

Tier 2 — Teams with Situations worth Monitoring

Arizona Cardinals

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Chase Edmonds remains on injured reserve and James Conner continues to score touchdowns. He now has 12 on the season which is one shy of tying his career high. Eno Benjamin does have 15 carries and a score over his last two games and remains nothing more than a change-of-pace option. This team is missing its quarterback and does have its bye coming up in Week 12.

Atlanta Falcons

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Cordarrelle Patterson is dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered in the first half of Week 10. He did not play in the second half, which opened up the opportunity for Wayne Gallman to see additional work. Patterson is a true game-time decision for Thursday and could miss this week unless we hear positive news soon.

Baltimore Ravens

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The Ravens released Le’Veon Bell this week. Latavius Murray has not played since Week 6 but could return this week if he can practice in some capacity. Devonta Freeman remains the only running back you can roster and start with confidence. Ty’Son Williams has only 11 total carries since Week 3.

Cleveland Browns

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Running backs Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton missed Week 10 due to being on the Reserve/COVID-19 List, and Kareem Hunt has missed four games with a calf injury. D’Ernest Johnson got his second chance in four weeks and delivered in a big way for fantasy managers. Chubb should be able to return this week unless there’s a setback, but Johnson has been a worthy stash this season.

Detroit Lions

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D’Andre Swift continues to carry the load while Jamaal Williams works his way back from a thigh injury. Swift is the RB5 on the season and touched the ball 38 times in Week 10. It looks like Williams will practice this week which bodes well for this team who may not want to lean on Swift to the tune of 35-plus touches each week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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James Robinson missed one game and immediately returned to his lead role in Week 10. The Jaguars have demonstrated a willingness to utilize one running back, which means Carlos Hyde is now a change-of-pace option at best and a bench stash at worst.

Kansas City Chiefs

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Darrel Williams is the RB16 on the year and has done an excellent job filling in for the injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire. CEH has not played since Week 5 but is on track to return this week. It remains to be seen how the Chiefs will distribute the backfield touches as Williams has certainly earned a share of the work given his production over the last several weeks.

New Orleans Saints

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Alvin Kamara missed his first game of the season with a knee injury in Week 10, which left veteran Mark Ingram to carry the load. Ingram topped 100 yards from scrimmage on 18 touches and he also found the end zone. Keep an eye on reports coming out of New Orleans this week as they pertain to Kamara’s health. Ingram is willing and able to shoulder a large workload when asked.

New York Giants

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Saquon Barkley has not played since Week 5 but practiced Monday for the first time in over a month. He is on track to return in Week 11, having had the benefit of a Week 10 bye. The Giants don’t play until Monday night, which could complicate things for fantasy managers. Devontae Booker has played well over the last few weeks and has at least 16 touches in five straight games.

Philadelphia Eagles

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The Eagles designated Miles Sanders to return from injured reserve, which means the team has 21 days to activate him to the active roster. It remains to be seen if Sanders will play this week. The split backfield of Jordan Howard and Boston Scott has been effective over the last three weeks and rookie Kenneth Gainwell has rotated in on a few occasions as well.

San Francisco 49ers

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Rookie running back Elijah Mitchell has dominated this backfield over the last four weeks. However, he suffered a broken finger and his status for Week 11 is in doubt. Trey Sermon has been a massive disappointment for fantasy thus far and it remains to be seen how this backfield will operate if Mitchell is limited or unavailable.

Seattle Seahawks

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Chris Carson has not played since Week 4 and, as of this writing, is still on injured reserve with a neck injury. However, Carson did return to practice last week and there is a slight chance he could return this week. In his stead, Alex Collins remains a fringe starter based on volume and opportunity. Collins has six consecutive games with at least 10 carries.

Washington Football Team

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The bye week must have been exactly what Antonio Gibson needed to get healthy. He set a season-high mark in rushing attempts (24) and scored his first touchdowns since Week 5. Gibson remains the clear option when healthy and it looks like his health has returned after dealing with a lingering shin injury.

Tier 3 — Teams with Stable Situations

Buffalo Bills

It was a bounce-back week for the Bills who steamrolled the Jets. Matt Breida got in on the fun as Zack Moss was limited in practice last week, but it looks like the backfield splits remain as consistent as ever heading into Week 11.

Chicago Bears

David Montgomery returned from a four-game absence to reclaim his role as the lead running back for the Bears. Khalil Herbert is nothing more than a change-of-pace option at this point. An extra week of rest (bye week) should only further cement Montgomery as the clear RB1.

Cincinnati Bengals

Like the Bears, the Bengals enjoyed their bye week last weekend. Joe Mixon remains the clear-cut starter and has hit the 50% rushing share mark in all but one game this season.

Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliot posted his lowest rushing share (37%) of the season last week. However, he scored two touchdowns and Dallas won in dominant fashion. Elliot has at least three targets in six of his last seven games. Tony Pollard remains an elite handcuff option at the position.

Denver Broncos

Javonte Williams is an efficient, elusive running back, but he is not getting the necessary volume to vault his fantasy stock into the upper tiers. The timeshare with Melvin Gordon continues as both players have hit at least a 40% rushing share in six of their last seven games.

Houston Texans

This is an atrocious backfield without a clear primary option. Phillip Lindsay hit a season-high mark in rushing share (44%) before the Week 10 bye, but it didn’t result in meaningful production. If you play a Texan running back, you are hoping he falls into the end zone.

Indianapolis Colts

Dynasty RB1 Jonathan Taylor continues his dominant stretch. Over his last seven games, he has 766 rushing yards, 233 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns. He’s also scored in each of those seven games.

Las Vegas Raiders

The gamescript did not favor Josh Jacobs in Week 10, but it was encouraging to see him catch all five of his targets. He does have 12 targets in his last three games and appears to have reclaimed lead duties over Kenyan Drake.

Los Angeles Chargers

Austin Ekeler continues to pace this backfield. Rookie option Larry Rountree did score his first career touchdown last weekend and has 10 total carries over the last three weeks.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams’ offense has struggled in recent weeks, but their rushing attack has remained consistent from a usage perspective. Darrell Henderson and Sony Michel have both topped a 30% rushing share over the last two weeks, but Henderson remains the primary option. Michel is a league-winning handcuff option much like Tony Pollard and Alexander Mattison.

Miami Dolphins

Despite early-season struggles with inconsistent usage, Myles Gaskin appears to be taking control of the Miami backfield. He has topped a 50% rushing share in five of his last six games and has at least a 63% in back-to-back weeks.

Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook has 96 touches (88 carries/8 receptions) over his last four games and remains a top option at the position.

New York Jets

Michael Carter has hit at least a 52% rushing share in seven straight games. In that span, there have only been two instances where someone else topped 20%. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Despite not having his starting quarterback last week, Najee Harris continued to dominate the touches and opportunities in the Pittsburgh backfield.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It wasn’t the performance the Buccaneers wanted to have coming out of their bye week, but Leonard Fournette continues to pace the backfield. His 84% rushing share in Week 10 was a season high.

Tennessee Titans

The new normal for the Titans isn’t looking good. In the two weeks following the loss of Derrick Henry, it’s been a mix of D’Onta Foreman and Adrian Peterson with a splash of Jeremy McNichols. This team is finding ways to win but there is little value to be had in the backfield for the time being.

 

 

Usage by Situation

Tier 1 — Teams with Situations in Flux

Carolina Panthers

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The return of Cam Newton to the Panthers could signify big things to come for the wide receivers and other offensive playmakers. DJ Moore remains an elite talent who should command a large volume of targets. This change may be exactly what Robby Anderson needs to get back on track. Newton received a few snaps in Week 10 but is trending toward starting in Week 11.

Los Angeles Rams

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The Rams signed Odell Beckham at the perfect time. Robert Woods was lost for the season with a torn ACL and the Rams’ offense has looked out of sorts in recent weeks. Beckham only saw minimal work this past week but is almost certain to see more targets as he gets acclimated to his new environment. Cooper Kupp remains the WR1 for the season and is on a record-setting pace.

New York Jets