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NFL Week 2 Usage Trends: Fantasy Football Notes for All 32 Teams

In fantasy football, usage and opportunity are king. Fantasy points can’t accrue on our teams unless our players accumulate the snaps, attempts, and targets that lead to yards and touchdowns.

This weekly piece will look at usage trends from each NFL team from a fantasy angle. We will look at who is gaining and who is losing opportunities in order to make better future roster decisions.

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NFL Week 2 Usage Trends


Hollywood Not Dead Yet

Don’t count out Marquise Brown just yet. He played 94% of snaps and had five more targets than all other Arizona wide receivers combined. He parlayed that into six catches, 54 yards, and a touchdown. The defenses will get tougher but at least Josh Dobbs doesn’t look completely lost out there.


Bijan Takes the Lead, London Rising

After a pretty even split in Week 1, the Atlanta running back room tilted towards Bijan Robinson on Sunday. He out-snapped Tyler Allgeier 72% to 44% and had five targets to zero for Allgeier. The positive thing for Allgeier is that both backs still got four opportunities a piece in the Red Zone.

After an abysmal Week 1 (one target), Drake London led the team with seven targets and he scored a touchdown.


New Running Back World Order

In the first game without J.K. Dobbins, the split favored Justice Hill on Sunday for Baltimore. He led Gus Edwards in snaps (43 to 32), targets (three to zero), and Red Zone chances (three to two). Both could still have flex value for the rest of the season, however.


Red Zone Reserved for Tight Ends, Running Backs

When it came to Red Zone work on Sunday, the Bills basically ignored their wide receivers. Of 20 total Red Zone opportunities, the wideouts only saw five. For reference, that’s the same number Latavius Murray had by himself. Dawson Knox (three) and Dalton Kincaid (two) were also involved down in the red area.


Only Mingo and Thielen Matter

It’s not a pretty passing attack right now for Bryce Young and the Panthers, but at least we know who the targets are going to. Bryce Young threw 21 times to wide receivers and tight ends on Monday night, and 17 of those went to Jonathan Mingo and Adam Thielen.


Short Fields

Justin Fields continues to struggle as a passer during his third year in the league. Despite one nice touchdown toss to Chase Claypool, only Anthony Richardson – a rookie who has serious deficiencies passing the ball – has a lower average intended air yards than Fields’ 5.0 in the first two weeks. Bryce Young basically never aired the ball out on Monday and his average was 6.0.


Chase Can’t Make the Case

That’s now two subpar games for Ja’Marr Chase, but the Bengals are trying to get him going. Chase led all wide receivers with four Red Zone targets in Week 2. But he only caught two of them for 11 yards and no scores.


More Moore, Please!

Even with Amari Cooper playing in this game, Elijah Moore played the second-most snaps and tied for the most targets in the game (nine). He ran the same number of routes as Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones but Deshaun Watson’s inaccuracy only allowed him to catch three balls for 36 yards.


Ferguson Emerges

Dak Prescott may have a new favorite weapon when Dallas is close to the Red Zone. Out of nine total Red Zone throws on Sunday, three of them went to tight end Jake Ferguson and no other player had more than one. He is a sneaky pickup if still available in your league.


Mims Matters

Denver finally realized they should use Mims to his strengths, and his strengths are stretching the field for deep passes. Mims caught two of two targets for 113 yards and a score on Sunday. His yards per route run (18.83) was almost triple the next closest wide receiver (Jalin Hyatt with 7.3).


Better Days Are Here for Gibbs

All eyes were on Jahmyr Gibbs this week to see if Dan Campbell was telling the truth about getting more involved. He was right because Gibbs’ snaps jumped from 27% to 48% and he ended up playing more than David Montgomery because of the injury. Montgomery is now day to day with a thigh bruise, so there is a very real chance he is about to get Wally Pipp’d if Jahmry Gibbs gets a game or two with a full workload.


Reed is a Red Zone Weapon

No other wide receiver had more Red Zone receiving yards than rookie Jayden Reed in Week 2 (29 yards, two touchdowns). He is emerging as a real weapon for Jordan Love and it will be interesting to see what role he has when Christian Watson is finally able to suit up.


Stroud Slinging It

C.J. Stroud was first in passing yards and second in passing attempts in Week 2 as the Texans are letting him start to cook. His average completed air yards was 9.0 this week, trailing only Russell Wilson who threw two long bombs to Marvin Mims and also connected on a Hail Mary. Nico Collins (20 targets through two weeks) is the biggest beneficiary.


Zach Moss the RB Boss

With so many injuries to the running back room, Zach Moss played 98% of snaps in Week 2 and had very running back Red Zone touch and target. If Anthony Richardson is out for any period of time with a concussion, Moss could run wild for a couple of weeks.


Kirk’s a Man-Eater

Christian Kirk’s target share went from 9% in Week 1 to 34% in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Scott Barrett noted that the spike was predictable because of how successful Kirk is against man coverage and how often the Chiefs deploy that defense.


Skyy High in Week 2

Skyy Moore had somewhat of a redemption game on Sunday after the whole wide receiver crew crapped their pants in Week 1. Moore saw a slight decrease in snaps (69% to 58%), but he saw more targets this week and was sixth among wide receivers in yards after the catch per reception (11.0).


Jacobs by Air and Not by Land

Josh Jacobs may have finished his Week 2 game with negative receiving yards, but he made up for it in the passing game. His six targets were the fifth-most in his career and his 51 receiving yards were second-most. It likely reduces when Jakobi Meyers returns, however.


Mike Williams Low-Key Dominant

On a day that Austin Ekeler missed and Keenan Allen scored twice, it was Mike Williams who silently dominated usage. Williams led the team in targets with 13 and was second in the entire NFL with 160 air yards. If he can stay healthy, more games like this will lead to massive fantasy output.


Puka Power

What more can be said about rookie Puka Nacua at this point? He set the rookie record with 25 receptions in his first two games, and it appears Nacua might be the next wide receiver in line after Calvin Johnson and Cooper Kupp that Matt Stafford turns into a star. Through two games, Nacua has 10 more targets than the next closest player to him (Justin Jefferson). To put that in perspective, D.J. Moore has nine total targets on the season.


Stepping Off the Achane

Devon Achane has a long way to go to be fantasy-relevant in Miami right now. Despite some nice plays, he played on just 10% of snaps in Week 2 with Salvon Ahmed and Alec Ingold all playing more.


Addison Already a Star

Rookie Jordan Addison may have been a clear third in snap percentage (69%), but he scored again and his yards per route run (2.0) dwarfed what WR2 K.J. Osborn did in Week 2 (0.77). Among players with at least five targets, Addison’s 19.4 aDOT ranked fifth among wide receivers.


Bourne Snaps Down, Air Yards Up

With DeVante Parker back, Kendrick Bourne’s snaps went way down (to 51% after 91% in Week 1), but his usage remained elite for fantasy purposes. He led the league in air yards for Week 2 (184) and still had nine targets. He was only able to grab four of them, but this is still a player to roster based on the deep shots he is getting from Mac Jones.


Michael Thomas is Back

Chris Olave is still a stud after two weeks, but the real story in The Big Easy is the health and quality play of Michael Thomas. Thomas had nine targets on Monday (17 on the season) and led the team in receptions with seven. Olave and Michael Thomas are doubling up the number of routes they run compared to any other wide receiver on the roster. Once Alvin Kamara comes back, this could be a much more dangerous offense.


Waller Back to full Health

After six quarters of ineptitude, the Giants finally put together some offense. They were also able to fully deploy Darren Waller who seems to be fully recovered from his preseason injury. He jumped from 54% of snaps in Week 1 to 90% in Week 2. As expected, Waller led the team in targets with eight this past week.


Hall Not Happy With Usage

Breece Hall was not happy with his usage on Sunday and he let it be known with some subliminal Twitter/X messages. Hall did only play on 34% of snaps (with four carries) and it was essentially a three-back committee with Hall, Dalvin Cook, and Michael Carter. In more favorable game scripts, I would imagine the Jets roll him out there for more plays.


Swiftly Taking Over at Running Back

With Kenneth Gainwell sitting out for the Eagles, we knew D’Andre Swift was going to have a bigger role than in Week 1 but I don’t know if anyone expected this stat line – 28 carries plus three targets for 181 total yards and a score. More importantly, Swift was second to only Tony Pollard with seven Red Zone rush attempts in Week 2.


Steel City Running Back Split

We are getting closer and closer to a 50/50 split between Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren for the Steelers. Harris played 31 snaps on Monday (Warren played 23) and had 13 opportunities (Warren had 11). Harris doubled up Warren’s rushing yards, but Warren’s 66 receiving yards played a major role in Pittsburgh’s victory.


Aiyuk Disappears

After a monster game in Week 1, it was odd to see Brandon Aiyuk’s snap share fall from 85% last week to 53% in Week 2. A shoulder injury could be to blame, but Brock Purdy missed him on what should have been a WIDE OPEN 40-yard touchdown. Aiyuk is still top-10 in targets per route run, so he should be fine.


JSN Short Stuff

The Seahawks may be scoring points, but that doesn’t mean they have unleashed Jaxson Smith-Njigba yet. Through two games, he has 15 total air yards and a lowly 2.5 aDOT. Those will all have to change if he wants to be a threat in this offense someday.


Sean Tucker Staircase?

Rachaad White was much more efficient and found the end zone against the Bears on Sunday, but Sean Tucker still ate a little bit more into his workload. Tucker’s snaps crept up from 15% to 24% and White dropped from 79% to 72%. White got all the targets and all the Red Zone work so that part of his game feels safe for now.


Spears Down but Also Up

Spears played more sparingly this week than in Week 1, but his opportunities were electric. Among running backs with at least eight rush attempts in Week 2, Spears led them all with 5.0 yards after contact per attempt. He is very quick and shifty and should continue to eat into Derrick Henry’s work this year.


Robinson Red Zone Role

The running back committee between Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson was much more split this week (52% snaps for Robinson, 48% for Gibson), but Robinson got the high-value touches. Antonio Gibson did not record a touch in the Red Zone as they all went to Robinson. In addition, Robinson and Gibson both received three targets.

Data Sources: Pro Football Focus, NFL Next Gen Stats, Football Guys Snap Summary, FTN Air Yards, Pro Football Reference, Team Rankings

Look for our Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings starting on Wednesday: Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Half-PPR by Position | Flex Rankings | Positional Ranks w/ K & DST | Dynasty | Superflex Dynasty

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