Hidden Stat Line: NFL Week 9 Recap
Hidden Stat Line: NFL Week 9 Recap

This article is part of our Hidden Stat Line series.

Here's a short list of highlights to look out for in the game recaps below:

  1. The door creaks open for Andy Isabella (and KeeSean Johnson).
  2. What's happening to DeAndre Hopkins?
  3. A.J. Brown pushing Corey Davis for No. 1 receiver status in Tennessee.
  4. Devin Singletary supplanting Frank Gore.
  5. David Montgomery with another week of workhorse usage.
  6. Philadelphia's other TE getting steady work.
  7. Damien Williams escapes from his grave.
  8. Zay Jones emerging as a starter.
  9. RoJo takes over in Tampa.
  10. Jacob Hollister doing Will Dissly things.
  11. Chargers OC Shane Steichen spreads the field to run the ball.

Week 9 QB Leaders

(stats from NFL Next Gen Stats, Pro Football Focus and ESPN)

 Pass AttemptsDeepest aDOTShallowest aDOTQBR
1Gardner Minshew (47)Kyle Allen (13.5)Kyler Murray (3.9)Derek Carr (95.8)
2Tom Brady (46)Matthew Stafford (10.9)Baker Mayfield (4.6)Jimmy Garoppolo (95.3)
3Jameis Winston (44)Jameis Winston (10.5)Lamar Jackson (5.1)Russell Wilson (89.7)
4Russell Wilson (43)Brandon Allen (10.2)Mason Rudolph (5.5)Deshaun Watson (86.0)
5Baker Mayfield (42)Mitchell Trubisky (10.2)Deshaun Watson (6.5)Dak Prescott (81.0)
6Matthew Stafford (41)Dak Prescott (10.0)Sam Darnold (6.6)Ryan Fitzpatrick (80.0)
7Daniel Jones (41)Josh Allen (10.0)Tom Brady (6.6)Jameis Winston (79.0)
8Ryan Tannehill (39)Ryan Fitzpatrick (9.5)Brian Hoyer (6.6)Lamar Jackson (77.8)
9Sam Darnold (39)Matt Moore (8.8)Daniel Jones (6.7)Josh Allen (72.8)
10Carson Wentz (39)Ryan Tannehill (8.7)Dwayne Haskins (6.8)Matthew Stafford (65.3)

2019 QB Leaders

(stats from NFL Next Gen Stats, Pro Football Focus and ESPN)

 Pass Attempts Per GameDeepest aDOTShallowest aDOTQBR
1Andy Dalton (42.3)Jameis Winston (10.8)Teddy Bridgewater (6.2)Russell Wilson (81.3)
2Matt Ryan (40.7)Matthew Stafford (10.7)Drew Brees (6.5)Dak Prescott (81.1)
3Tom Brady (39.4)Ryan Fitzpatrick (10.2)Jimmy Garoppolo (6.6)Patrick Mahomes (80.8)
4Jared Goff (39.3)Patrick Mahomes (9.8)Derek Carr (6.6)Deshaun Watson (76.9)
5Jameis Winston (38.4)Russell Wilson (9.7)Kyler Murray (7.0)Matthew Stafford (73.1)
6Philip Rivers (37.0)Dak Prescott (9.5)Case Keenum (7.0)Lamar Jackson (71.9)
7Matthew Stafford (36.4)Kyle Allen (9.2)Eli Manning (7.1)Jimmy Garoppolo (70.6)
8Aaron Rodgers (35.3)Josh Allen (9.2)Matt Moore (7.2)Carson Wentz (69.8)
9Kyler Murray (35.1)Ryan Tannehill (9.0)Tom Brady (7.2)Derek Carr (65.7)
10Sam Darnold (34.8)Lamar Jackson (9.0)Jacoby Brissett (7.2)Tom Brady (60.2)

Note: four-game minimum to qualify

Week 9 RB Leaders

(stats from RotoWire, PFF and airyards.com)

 Snap ShareTarget ShareRoutesAvoided Tackles
1Le'Veon Bell (90%)Jaylen Samuels (37%)Leonard Fournette (40)Chris Carson (8)
2Christian McCaffrey (86%)Tarik Cohen (24%)Le'Veon Bell (36)Devin Singletary (6)
3Chris Carson (85%)Le'Veon Bell (23%)Saquon Barkley (34)Damien Williams (5)
4Kenyan Drake (84%)Devin Singletary (20%)Mark Walton (31)Josh Jacobs (5)
5Leonard Fournette (84%)Saquon Barkley (20%)Jaylen Samuels (31)David Montgomery (5)
6Saquon Barkley (82%)David Montgomery (19%)Dalvin Cook (29)Adrian Peterson (5)
7Dalvin Cook (80%)Duke Johnson (18%)Chris Carson (28)Melvin Gordon (5)
8Ezekiel Elliott (80%)Dalvin Cook (18%)Christian McCaffrey (25)J.D. McKissic (4)
9Mark Walton (74%)Kenyan Drake (17%)Ty Johnson (24)Jordan Howard (4)
10David Montgomery (73%)Jamaal Williams (17%)Dion Lewis (23)five others (4)

Note: 10-carry minimum to qualify for YPC after contact

2019 RB Leaders

(stats from RotoWire, PFF and airyards.com)

 Snap ShareTarget ShareRoutesAvoided Tackles
1Christian McCaffrey (93%)Le'Veon Bell (20%)Leonard Fournette (282)Chris Carson (57)
2Le'Veon Bell (91%)Christian McCaffrey (19%)Le'Veon Bell (236)Josh Jacobs (47)
3Leonard Fournette (89%)Alvin Kamara (19%)Christian McCaffrey (232)Dalvin Cook (45)
4Ezekiel Elliott (79%)Chris Thompson (19%)Ezekiel Elliott (210)Nick Chubb (42)
5Nick Chubb (73%)Austin Ekeler (18%)Austin Ekeler (203)Christian McCaffrey (42)
6Chris Carson (73%)Tarik Cohen (18%)Devonta Freeman (191)Leonard Fournette (42)
7Dalvin Cook (70%)Saquon Barkley (17%)Duke Johnson (190)Le'Veon Bell (41)
8Devonta Freeman (66%)James White (17%)Chris Carson (184)Alvin Kamara (38)
9Todd Gurley (64%)Kenyan Drake (17%)James White (181)Derrick Henry (36)
10Marlon Mack (62%)Dalvin Cook (16%)Saquon Barkley (176)Carlos Hyde (34)

Note: target share only includes games the player played in. Excludes players on IR. Minimum of four games played to qualify. Minimum of 50 carries to qualify for YPC after contact.

Week 9 WR Leaders

(Stats from airyards.com)

 TargetsTarget ShareAir YardsRoutes
1Tyler Lockett (18)Tyler Lockett (42%)Mike Evans (257)D.J. Chark (53)
2Mike Evans (16)Courtland Sutton (40%)Tyler Lockett (167)Mohamed Sanu (48)
3Mohamed Sanu (14)DeAndre Hopkins (39%)Tyreek Hill (155)Julian Edelman (48)
4Jarvis Landry (13)Mike Evans (36%)Marvin Jones (154)Phillip Dorsett (47)
5DeAndre Hopkins (11)John Brown (35%)Kenny Golladay (146)Chris Conley (47)
6Julian Edelman (11)D.J. Moore (31%)D.J. Moore (137)Keelan Cole (46)
7Davante Adams (11)Jarvis Landry (31%)Mohamed Sanu (136)Jarvis Landry (44)
8Marvin Jones (10)Davante Adams (31%)Curtis Samuel (136)Chris Godwin (44)
9D.J. Moore (10)Mohamed Sanu (30%)Amari Cooper (135)DK Metcalf (44)
10Sammy Watkins (10)Sammy Watkins (29%)John Brown (130)Tyler Lockett (44)
11DK Metcalf (9)Terry McLaurin (27%)Preston Williams (124)Robby Anderson (43)
12Emmanuel Sanders (9)Preston Williams (25%)D.J. Chark (117)Odell Beckham (43)
13Preston Williams (9)Marvin Jones (24%)Davante Adams (111)Marvin Jones (41)
14Jamison Crowder (9)Emmanuel Sanders (24%)Nelson Agholor (106)Mike Evans (41)
15Godwin, Chark (9)Julian Edelman (24%)Alshon Jeffery (103)T. Hill, Nelson Agholor (40)

2019 WR Leaders

(Stats from airyards.com)

 TargetsTarget ShareAir YardsRoutes
1DeAndre Hopkins (92)Michael Thomas (31%)Mike Evans (1,268)DeAndre Hopkins (354)
2Julian Edelman (90)DeAndre Hopkins (30%)Keenan Allen (1,006)Julian Edelman (354)
3Michael Thomas (89)Cooper Kupp (28%)Kenny Golladay (994)Mohamed Sanu (350)
4Cooper Kupp (87)Mike Evans (27%)Julio Jones (955)Tyler Boyd (347)
5Keenan Allen (84)Allen Robinson (26%)Curtis Samuel (932)Chris Godwin (338)
6Mike Evans (83)Davante Adams (26%)DeAndre Hopkins (929)Keenan Allen (336)
7Tyler Boyd (83)Tyler Lockett (25%)John Brown (865)Tyler Lockett (333)
8Julio Jones (74)Julian Edelman (25%)D.J. Chark (840)D.J. Chark (332)
9Tyler Lockett (72)Keenan Allen (25%)Stefon Diggs (823)Larry Fitzgerald (330)
10Chris Godwin (72)Tyler Boyd (25%)Mike Williams (815)Mike Evans (328)
11Allen Robinson (71)Sammy Watkins (25%)Preston Williams (792)Nelson Agholor (316)
12D.J. Chark (70)T.Y. Hilton (25%)Chris Godwin (778)Chris Conley (313)
13D.J. Moore (68)Courtland Sutton (24%)Allen Robinson (778)Robert Woods (309)
14Courtland Sutton (67)D.J. Moore (24%)Julian Edelman (774)Julio Jones (306)
15Landry, Beckham (67)Landry, Beckham (24%)OBJ, Marvin Jones (774)M. Thomas, C. Sutton, D. Parker (304)

Note: target share and air-yard share only include games the player played in. Excludes players on IR. Minimum of four games played to qualify.

Week 9 TE Leaders

(Stats from airyards.com and PFF)

 TargetsTarget ShareAir YardsRoutes
1Zach Ertz (11)Hunter Henry (36%)Hunter Henry (105)Ben Watson (40)
2Hunter Henry (10)Zach Ertz (28%)Zach Ertz (76)Zach Ertz (40)
3Jason Witten (9)Jason Witten (26%)Mike Gesicki (75)Jacob Hollister (35)
4Travis Kelce (9)Travis Kelce (26%)Travis Kelce (67)Vance McDonald (34)
5George Kittle (8)George Kittle (22%)Greg Olsen (59)Ryan Griffin (34)
6Evan Engram (8)Nick Boyle (22%)Ryan Griffin (57)Travis Kelce (34)
7Ryan Griffin (8)Ryan Griffin (21%)George Kittle (54)Greg Olsen (32)
8Vance McDonald (7)Noah Fant (20%)T.J. Hockenson (49)Jimmy Graham (31)
9T.J. Hockenson (7)Vance McDonald (20%)Evan Engram (48)Tanner Hudson (30)
10Mike Gesicki (6)Evan Engram (20%)Mark Andrews (48)Josh Oliver (29)
11Irv Smith Jr. (6)Mike Gesicki (17%)Noah Fant (45)Jack Doyle (29)
12Nick Boyle (5)T.J. Hockenson (17%)Kyle Rudolph (40)Dallas Goedert (29)
13Kyle Rudolph (5)Irv Smith Jr. (16%)Jason Witten (37)Mike Gesicki (29)
14Dallas Goedert (5)Greg Olsen (16%)Ben Watson (36)Jonnu Smith (28)
15five others (5)Kyle Rudolph (13%)Jonnu Smith, Doyle (35)Henry, Rudolph (28)

2019 TE Leaders

(Stats from airyards.com and PFF)

 TargetsTarget ShareAir YardsRoutes
1Zach Ertz (75)George Kittle (25%)Travis Kelce (692)Travis Kelce (303)
2Travis Kelce (74)Darren Waller (24%)Zach Ertz (677)Austin Hooper (299)
3Evan Engram (68)Zach Ertz (24%)Mark Andrews (576)Zach Ertz (298)
4Austin Hooper (62)Mark Andrews (24%)Austin Hooper (424)Evan Engram (296)
5Darren Waller (60)Travis Kelce (22%)Greg Olsen (422)Greg Olsen (252)
6Mark Andrews (58)Evan Engram (22%)George Kittle (409)Jimmy Graham (235)
7George Kittle (57)Hunter Henry (22%)Hunter Henry (405)Noah Fant (226)
8Greg Olsen (45)Austin Hooper (18%)Darren Waller (401)Darren Waller (221)
9Gerald Everett (44)Delanie Walker (18%)Evan Engram (397)Jordan Akins (214)
10Jason Witten (40)Greg Olsen (16%)Gerald Everett (373)Jason Witten (211)
11Hunter Henry (38)Jason Witten (15%)Noah Fant (335)Mike Gesicki (206)
12T.J. Hockenson (38)Gerald Everett (14%)Mike Gesicki (313)Ryan Griffin (202)
13Jimmy Graham (37)Noah Fant (13%)T.J. Hockenson (299)Gerald Everett (197)
14Noah Fant (37)T.J. Hockenson (13%)Eric Ebron (293)Darren Fells (196)
15Jack Doyle (34)Jack Doyle (13%)Jason Witten (289)Kyle Rudolph (195)

Note: target share and air-yard share only include games the player played in. Excludes players on IR. Minimum of four games played to qualify.

Feedback is encouraged! Time constraints are a factor for every breakdown apart from the Thursday night game, so I'm happy to discuss anything I missed in the comments below or on Twitter (@RotowireNFL_JD).

49ers 28 Cardinals 25

49ers

  • Jimmy Garoppolo had season highs for pass attempts (37), yards (317) and touchdowns (four), as well as PFF grade (85.9) and QBR (92.1). He did it with just three passes 20 or more yards downfield, completing two of them for 41 yards and a touchdown, per PFF.
  • Garoppolo has thrown just 8.4 percent of his passes 20-plus yards downfield, second lowest in the league after Teddy Bridgewater (7.2), per PFF. Garoppolo's 78.9 adjusted completion percentage on those throws is best in the NFL — 12 completions and three drops on 19 attempts, albeit with a pair of interceptions.
  • Tevin Coleman had 12 carries, four targets and 36 scrimmage yards on 55% of snaps, while Matt Breida had 15 carries, two targets and 92 yards on 39%.
  • Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson played two snaps apiece, though the latter had a goal-line carry wiped out by a penalty.
  • Emmanuel Sanders played 95% of snaps, leading the team in targets (nine), catches (seven) and receiving yards (112), in addition to scoring his second TD in as many weeks.
  • Deebo Samuel operated as the clear No. 2 receiver, with seven targets, four catches and 40 yards on 66% of snaps, though he dropped two passes, including what should've been an easy touchdown. The rookie consistently impresses when he gets the ball in his hands, but four drops and four penalties have limited his real-life value this year.
  • George Kittle injured his knee on the first play of the game, limiting his snap share to 69% after five consecutive weeks at 83% or higher. Naturally, he caught six of eight targets for 79 yards and a score, despite sporting a clear limp throughout much of the game. He forced four missed tackles and picked up 46 of his 79 yards after the catch, per PFF.
  • Dante Pettis played 30% of snaps, with his lone target going for a 21-yard TD over Patrick Peterson on a busted coverage. Kendrick Bourne played 27% and also scored a touchdown (from seven yards out) on his lone target.
  • Reserve tight end Ross Dwelley had season highs for snap share (70%), targets (four), catches (four) and yards (29), including an 11-yard gain on a 3rd-and-9 to ice the game on the final drive. He'll be one to watch if Kittle misses time with an injury, though the knee issue from Thursday isn't thought to be serious.
  • The 49ers had a wild sequence at the end of the first half, starting with an apparent five-yard touchdown run by Coleman negated by holding call on Kittle, who himself has seen three TDs this season wiped out by penalties. Samuel then dropped an easy touchdown, and Kittle was stopped a half-yard shy of the end zone a couple plays later. Sanders then scored this one-yard TD on the final play of the half, courtesy of a perfectly placed throw:

Pass Distribution in two games with Emmanuel Sanders (Weeks 8-9)

Kittle: 15 targets (25%), 101 air yards (27%), 6.7 aDOT

Sanders: 14 targets (24%), 147 air yards (39%), 10.5 aDOT

Samuel: 10 targets (17%), 71 air yards (19%), 7.1 aDOT

Coleman: 6 targets (10%), -9 air yards (-2%), -1.5 aDOT

Pettis: 4 targets (7%), 39 air yards (10%), 9.8 aDOT

Breida: 3 targets (5%), -5 air yards (-1%), -1.7 aDOT

Cardinals

  • Kyler Murray threw just one pass 20-plus yards downfield, completing it to Andy Isabella for an 88-yard touchdown that included 66 yards after the catch, per PFF. Murray has thrown 11.1% of his passes (23rd) in that range, with an adjusted completion rate of 48.6 (t-11th) — 16 completions and one drop on 35 attempts.
  • Murray finished Thursday's game with a pretty stat line, but he did have some ugly moments. He was sacked for a 19-yard loss early in the second quarter, displaying his tendency to move backwards instead of forward or horizontally when he faces pressure. Then, on the very next play, 49ers linebacker Fred Warner dropped what should've been a pick-six.
  • Kenyan Drake had 15 carries, four targets, 162 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 84% of snaps, making his case to maintain a role once David Johnson (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) are healthy. The Cardinals expect Johnson to return for Week 10, while Edmonds is looking at more missed time.
  • Drake averaged 7.3 yards per carry, including 5.9 after first contact, per PFF. He picked up a first down on eight of his 15 carries and two of his four targets, single-handedly accounting for 59% of the team total (17). Drake even held up well in pass protection, which was seen as an issue throughout much of his time in Miami. He didn't allow any pressures on five pass-blocking snaps in his first game with the Cardinals, per PFF.
  • Christian Kirk had a team-high five targets (plus one carry) on 96% of snaps. His five targets came with just 18 air yards, and Murray's aDOT (3.9) was one of the lowest for any QB in a single game this season.
  • Larry Fitzgerald played 95% of snaps, going above 80% for the first time since September. He only saw four targets, making it three straight weeks with either three or four. Fitzgerald had at least five targets and five catches in each of his first six games, including back-to-back 100-yard outings to start the season. He's now droppable in shallower fantasy leagues.
  • KeeSean Johnson served as the No. 3 receiver with 44% of snaps, catching two of three targets for 22 yards and a TD, though the incompletion was a bad drop. He had been a healthy scratch the previous week.
  • Pharoh Cooper got 30% of snaps and two targets, plus he had a carry wiped out by a penalty. Also serving as the kick and punt returner, Cooper has become a crucial part of the team, though still far removed from fantasy relevance apart from return yardage leagues.
  • Isabella's 88-yard TD was his lone target, but his 23% snap share was a new career high. Meanwhile, fellow speedster Damiere Byrd was a healthy scratch, after playing 88 and 81 percent of snaps the previous two weeks. Trent Sherfield also disappeared, logging just three snaps on offense after five consecutive games with at least 26.
  • Maxx Williams drew just two targets on a season-high 74% of snaps, but he played a crucial role on the opening drive, breaking through tacklers for a 12-yard reception and later throwing a devastating block on Drake's touchdown. Williams has PFF's No. 5 overall grade (83.5) among qualified tight ends, including the second-best marks for both pass blocking and run blocking.
  • Charles Clay drew two targets on 42% of snaps, i.e., his typical workload. The extra playing time for Williams came at the expense of KeeSean Johnson and Byrd.

Texans 26 Jaguars 3 (in London)

Texans

  • Deshaun Watson had a season-low 28 pass attempts, adding seven carries for 37 yards. He took one sack and didn't commit any turnovers, with an 80.4 PFF grade and 87.3 QBR. Remarkably, it was his fifth game this season with a QBR above 80.0.
  • Watson has taken just seven sacks the past five games, after conceding 18 through the first four weeks of the season. His 7.6% sack rate for the year is a major improvement from 10.9% in 2019.
  • Carlos Hyde took 19 carries for 160 yards on 56% of snaps, but what could've been a 60-yard touchdown turned into a 58-yard run with a lost fumble. He's still stuck on three touchdowns, despite averaging 16.6 carries and 78.2 rushing yards through nine games. Hyde is on pace for 265-1,252-5 rushing and 11-39-0 receiving. He has just one game this season with more than one target.
  • Duke Johnson got seven carries and five targets on 47% of snaps, including a powerful one-yard touchdown that partially was set up by a 48-yard run from Hyde. Johnson scored a TD in three of the past four weeks, with at least four targets in each game during that stretch. He's on pace for 96-510-2 rushing and 39-405-4 receiving, though he hasn't reached 20 PPR points in any one game.
  • DeAndre Hopkins played every snap on offense and led the team in both targets (11) and catches (eight), but he needed a late, one-yard TD to bail out fantasy owners because he averaged just six yards per reception. Now down to 9.8 yards per reception for the year, Hopkins doesn't have a single gain of 40-plus yards and hasn't even ripped off a 30-yard play since Week 3.
  • Hopkins' 10.1 aDOT is lower than last year's 12.2, but still within the normal range for a top wide receiver. It doesn't help that he has four drops after zero last season, though three of the four happened Week 1 when he also had his best game (8-111-2). He's averaging 3.1 YAC per reception, which also isn't much different from last year (3.3), and that hasn't ever been his strong suit.
  • Hopkins caught 12 of 26 targets 20-plus yards downfield last year (46%, 1.6 per game), whereas this season he's caught just two of nine (22%, 1.0 per game), per PFF. He's seen just three targets behind the line of scrimmage (compared to 13 last season), but 52% of his opportunities have come in the 0-10 range (compared to 40% last year). Watson has thrown deep on 14.2% of his attempts, up from 11.1% last year, per PFF. Despite missing the past few weeks, Will Fuller accounts for 17 of the 43 deep passes (40%), which is essentially what Hopkins did last year (45%). Fuller's absence theoretically could lead to more deep throws for Hopkins, but we've instead seen Watson focus on shorter passes, with just 7.9% traveling 20-plus yards downfield the past three weeks, per PFF. And, of course, Fuller may return after a Week 10 bye.
  • Kenny Stills operated as the No. 2 receiver again, catching each of his four targets for 52 yards on 86% of snaps. His three-week totals without Will Fuller (hamstring): 15 targets, 11 catches, 179 yards, zero TDs.
  • Darren Fells handled a full-time role and caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season, but he didn't do much else on 84% of snaps, finishing with just the one-yard scoring reception (plus a drop) on three targets.
  • Fellow tight end Jordan Akins played 69% of snaps and caught each of his three targets for 24 yards.
  • DeAndre Carter was the No. 3 receiver, catching his lone target for eight yards on 43% snap share. No. 4 receiver Steven Mitchell also drew one target on 16% of snaps.
  • Playing without J.J. Watt (IR-pectoral) and three starters in the secondary, the Texans defense came up with four takeaways and three sacks, limiting Gardner Minshew to 6.6 YPA and holding Leonard Fournette to his worst rushing total (40 yards) of the season.

Jaguars

  • Minshew looked like a sixth-round rookie, though his four turnovers (two INTs, two lost fumbles) occurred on the final four drives after the Texans essentially had already won the game. Minshew had one of his best games the previous week against the Jets, but he's been uneven since September. He now holds the following ranks among 33 qualified passers: 25th in completion percentage (61.2), 17th in YPA (7.4), 23rd in TD rate (4.2), 7th in INT rate (1.3), 17th in sack rate (6.4), 21st in QBR (45.9), 16th in PFF grade (72.8).
  • Leonard Fournette played 84% of snaps, though he lost a few passing downs and some garbage-time work to Ryquell Armstead (13%). Fournette finished with season lows for carries (11), rushing yards (40), scrimmage yards (72), standard fantasy points (7.2) and PPR points (12.2), with his second- or third-worst marks in each of those categories coming from the first matchup against Houston back in Week 2.
  • D.J. Chark saw a team-high nine targets while handling the largest snap share (96%) of his career, getting some extra run with both Dede Westbrook (neck) and Marqise Lee (IR-shoulder) inactive. Chark nonetheless finished with a season-low 32 yards, dropping his 2019 pace to 76-1,230-11 on 123 targets.
  • Chris Conley saw a more modest uptick in playing time, with 88% not too far above his season-long rate of 78%. He caught just two of seven targets for 32 yards, after catching seven of 15 targets for 186 and a score over the previous two weeks. He's on pace for 41-820-4 on 84 targets, with no more than eight and no fewer than three targets in any game.
  • Keelan Cole was the big winner from Westbrook's absence, catching five of six targets for 80 yards on 82% of snaps. Per PFF, Cole took 46 of his 54 snaps in the slot, which typically is Westbrook's domain. For what it's worth, Cole played 68% of his snaps outside as a rookie in 2017 when he posted a 42-748-3 receiving line on 83 targets... it wouldn't be crazy to give him some of Conley's workload.
  • Seth DeValve led the TEs with five targets and 51% of snaps, followed by Josh Oliver (two targets, 45%) and Ben Koyack (one target, 22%). However, Oliver ran 29 routes to DeValve's 25, with the rookie getting most of his playing time in passing situations, per PFF.

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Jets

  • Sam Darnold completed 69% of his passes for 6.7 YPA, with his second-best QBR (50.1) in a game this season. It was an improvement from disastrous showings the previous two weeks, but still a subpar effort given the opponent. Darnold has three touchdowns and eight interceptions since the upset win over Dallas in Week 6.
  • Le'Veon Bell got 17 carries and nine targets on 90% of snaps, with three of his eight catches coming on the final, desperation drive when the Dolphins were fine allowing dump-offs.
  • Robby Anderson saw just four targets on 96% of snaps, but led the team with 77 air yards. It was the first time this season he saw fewer than six targets in a Darnold start.
  • Jamison Crowder tied for the team lead with nine targets on 84% of snaps, catching five passes for 70 yards and a TD in the first quarter. He was quiet thereafter, drawing just one target (a three-yard gain) after halftime. He was targeted on Darnold's awful interception at the goal line late in the second quarter.
  • Demaryius Thomas saw three targets on 77% of snaps, with Vyncint Smith drawing three targets on 24%.
  • Ryan Griffin followed up his two-TD performance with 6-50-0 on eight targets, playing 93% of snaps. His 91% snap share for the season is second-largest among all TEs. Meanwhile, Chris Herndon (hamstring) was technically active but didn't take any snaps, even on special teams.
  • Anderson ran a route on each of Darnold's 43 dropbacks, with Crowder (39) and Bell (36) not too far behind, per PFF. Thomas and Griffin ran 33 routes apiece, while Smith had 11. The Jets rarely deviate from 11 personnel.

Dolphins

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick had season highs for pass attempts (36), yards (288), touchdowns (three) and PFF grade (86.0).
  • Mark Walton had 12 carries, four targets and 41 scrimmage yards on 74% of snaps, while Kalen Ballage had seven carries, one target and 19 yards on 30%. Both running backs got one carry inside the 5-yard line; neither converted.

         Update: Walton is suspended for the next four games.

  • RB Patrick Laird strictly played special teams, while Myles Gaskin was inactive.
  • Preston Williams exploded for 5-72-2 on a team-high nine targets, despite suffering a knee injury that limited him to his smallest snap share (74%) since Week 2. In addition to his two touchdowns, he drew an incomplete target from the 3-yard line.
  • Williams has seen at least five targets each game this season, including three straight weeks with seven or more. The undrafted rookie is on pace for 64-856-6 on 120 targets, with his efficiency dragged down by Josh Rosen.

         Update: Williams was diagnosed with a torn ACL

  • DeVante Parker went for 4-57-1 on six targets, leading the Miami skill-position players with 83% snap share. He's seen at least four targets in every game, including three straight weeks with six or more. Parker is on pace for 56-800-8 on 104 targets.
  • Allen Hurns saw three targets on 43% of snaps, with Albert Wilson getting two looks on 36%. Jakeem Grant played just 20%, but he was targeted on five of his 14 plays. It's still a rotation for the No. 3 receiver spot.
  • Mike Gesicki's snap share (61%) landed in its usual range, but he had career highs for both catches (six) and yards (95), taking full advantage of his six targets. He's averaging 3.8 catches for 49.3 yards on 5.0 targets the past four weeks, though he still hasn't scored a touchdown in 24 career games (63 targets, 43 catches).
  • Parker led the team with 38 routes on Fitzpatrick's 42 dropbacks, followed by Williams (32), Walton (31), Gesicki (29), Hurns (19), Wilson (16) and Grant (10), per PFF.

Titans 20 Panthers 30

Titans

  • Ryan Tannehill went over 300 yards for a second time in three weeks. The 38 rushing yards were his most in a game since Week 2 of last season, and the rushing TD was his first since September 2016. Tannehill's first interception bounced off A.J. Brown's hands, while the second was simply a terrible decision by the QB.
  • Tannehill actually had his best QBR (72.3) and second-best PFF grade (73.5) of the season, as the Tennessee offense was undone by Brown's drop, a lost fumble from Dion Lewis and three missed field goals from Ryan Succop.
  • Derrick Henry's 13 carries were a season low, and 53% snap share was his smallest since Week 4. On the other hand, his three targets matched a season high, and he's now gone three straight weeks with 4.1 YPC or better, lifting his mark to 3.9 for the year.
  • Dion Lewis had four carries, five targets and 53 scrimmage yards on 47% of snaps, but his season-high nine touches will be best remembered for the lost fumble.
  • Corey Davis drew five targets on 77% of snaps, giving him an eighth consecutive game with no fewer than four targets and no more than seven.
  • A.J. Brown led the team in targets (seven) and receiving yards (81), with 69% snap share his largest of the season. The drop, though, was really bad.
  • Adam Humphries got 63% of snaps, ahead of Tajae Sharpe (44%) and Kalif Raymond (29%).
  • Jonnu Smith played 73% of snaps and drew five targets, running 27 routes on Tannehill's 46 dropbacks, per PFF.
  • A.J. Brown led the team with 37 routes, followed by Davis (35), Humphries (29), Smith (27), Lewis (23), Sharpe (19), Henry (19), Anthony Firkser (17) and Raymond (16). The wide distribution has been a thing all season, making it difficult for any one pass catcher to produce consistently. Brown at least seems to be creeping in that direction, with Week 9 marking the first time all year he's led the team in routes.

Pass distribution in Tannehill's three starts (Weeks 7-9)

Brown: 18 targets (18%), 190 air yards (22%), 10.6 aDOT

Davis: 18 targets (18%), 234 air yards (27%), 13.0 aDOT

Smith: 15 targets (15%), 109 air yards (13%), 7.3 aDOT

Humphries: 14 targets (14%), 110 air yards (14%), 7.9 aDOT

Others: Sharpe (10 targets), Lewis (7), Firkser (7), Henry (5), Raymond (3)

Panthers

  • Kyle Allen rebounded, kind of, from the Week 8 disaster in San Francisco. He completed just 53.1% of his passes for 7.3 YPA, with two TDs, an INT and three sacks. He hasn't done better than 7.3 YPA since his first start, but he's at least gone three straight weeks without a fumble, after fumbling six times in his first three starts.
  • Allen's 44.4 QBR is 24th among 32 qualifiers, and his PFF grade (53.8) is 30th of 35. He's 29th in completion percentage (60.7), 29th in YPA (6.8) and 31st in sack rate (9.5), but 18th in TD rate (4.7) and 18th in INT rate (2.1).
  • Christian McCaffrey's 86% snap share was tied for his second smallest of the year. The Panthers turned to Reggie Bonnafon after their superstar running back broke off a 58-yard TD to extend the lead to 16 points with 10:33 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Curtis Samuel's 75% snap share was a season low, perhaps due to a shoulder injury that put him on the injury report last week. He's caught three, four or five passes every game this season, despite going as low as four targets and as high as 13. Samuel is on pace for 60-814-6 on 120 targets, serving as the deep threat for a quarterback whose adjusted completion percentage (24.0) on throws 20-plus yards downfield is third worst among qualified passers, per PFF.
  • D.J. Moore played 94% of snaps and reached 100 yards for the first time all year. He's on pace for 90-1,128-2 on 136 targets, with at least five catches in each of his past four games.
  • Greg Olsen continued to serve as a tertiary option for Allen, catching three of five targets for 40 yards while playing 92% of snaps. The tight end has averaged 2.8 catches for 30.8 yards and 0.3 TDs on 4.5 targets in Allen's six starts, despite going for 6-75-2 in the first of those games.

Pass distribution in Allen's six starts (Weeks 3-9)

Moore: 44 targets (23%), 499 air yards (29%), 11.3 aDOT

Samuel: 43 targets (22%), 673 air yards (39%), 15.7 aDOT

McCaffrey: 35 targets (18%), 25 air yards (1%), 0.7 aDOT

Olsen: 27 targets (14%), 246 air yards (14%), 9.1 aDOT

Jarius Wright: 22 targets (11%), 172 air yards (10%), 7.8 aDOT

Others: Bonnafon (4 targets), Hogan (3 targets, IR-knee).

Redskins 9 Bills 24

Redskins

  • Dwayne Haskins had 22 pass attempts, three carries and four sacks, with nine of his passes coming in the fourth quarter. Washington ran just 49 plays, marking a third straight week with fewer than 50 (league average is around 63).
  • Adrian Peterson had 18 carries, one target and 130 scrimmage yards on 71% of snaps, making it four straight weeks — the entire Bill Callahan era — with at least 15 touches, 80 yards and 63% snap share. Peterson has topped 4.0 YPC in each of those games, bringing him up to 4.3 for the season. He hasn't scored a TD since Week 1 and won't have many chances on such a terrible team, but the volume warrants RB2 consideration if Derrius Guice (knee) isn't ready after a Week 10 bye.
  • Terry McLaurin played every snap on offense and caught four passes for 39 yards on a team-high six targets.
  • Paul Richardson caught four of five targets for 42 yards, despite dropping to 47% snap share. Kelvin Harmon played 49% and had one catch for six yards on two targets. The box score doesn't show it, but the rookie took a big bite out of Richardson's playing time.
  • Trey Quinn played 61% of snaps and saw three targets, catching one for nine yards.
  • McLaurin ran 29 routes on 29 dropbacks, followed by Quinn (23), TE Jeremy Sprinkle (22), Richardson (18), Peterson (13), Harmon (12) and RB Wendell Smallwood (11), per PFF.

Bills

  • Josh Allen had his second-best marks of the year for completion percentage (70.0) and YPA (8.0), albeit on a season-low 20 pass attempts. He salvaged his fantasy day with a rushing touchdown on a QB sneak, but three of his eight carries were kneel-downs.
  • Devin Singletary took over as the lead back, with 20 carries, four targets (second most on the team), 140 scrimmage yards and a TD on 66% of snaps.
  • Frank Gore had an 11-15-0 rushing line and no targets on 34% of snaps, with his day most memorable for three consecutive stuffs from the 1-yard line in the second quarter. Allen eventually plunged in on fourth down, and it was Singletary who got the carries when the Bills returned to to the goal line in the fourth quarter.
  • John Brown played 87% of snaps, leading the team in targets (seven), catches (four) and receiving yards (76).
  • Isaiah McKenzie, a healthy scratch the previous week, finished second among the WRs with 68% snap share, ahead of Cole Beasley (45%), Andre Roberts (29%) and Robert Foster (11%). Duke Williams was the healthy scratch this time. McKenzie caught each of his three targets for 12 yards, while Beasley went 2-of-2 for 13 yards and a score.
  • Dawson Knox drew two targets and played 76% of snaps, while Tyler Kroft (26%) got less playing time than Lee Smith (31%). The snap share was Knox's largest of the season, but he did lose a bunch of passing plays to Kroft, so it wasn't really a win in fantasy terms.
  • Brown led the team with 22 routes on 23 dropbacks, followed by Beasley (15), McKenzie (15), Singletary (14) and Knox (12), per PFF.

Bears 14 Eagles 22

Bears

  • Mitchell Trubisky had 21 pass attempts, two carries and three sacks, with the Eagles holding possession for 40 minutes, 18 seconds. Trubisky's 47.7% completion rate was his worst since his rookie season.
  • David Montgomery had 14 carries, four targets, 76 scrimmage yards and two TDs on 73% of snaps. His two largest snap shares of the season came in the past two games.
  • Tarik Cohen played 36% of snaps, with 16 yards from two carries and five targets. He dropped two passes Sunday, giving him four for the season, per PFF. He hasn't reached 50 scrimmage yards in any game this season, and hasn't played more than 55% of snaps since Week 1. He's averaging 2.4 yards per carry, 5.7 per catch and 3.8 per target.
  • Allen Robinson had season lows across the board with a 1-6-0 receiving line on five targets. He played 96% of snaps.
  • Taylor Gabriel played 67% of snaps, while Anthony Miller dropped to 40%. It was a second straight week with Gabriel getting more playing time, and he's caught seven of nine targets for 122 yards in that stretch.
  • Trey Burton was held without a catch on one target and 60% of snaps. He still hasn't seen more than four targets in any game this season, maxing out at 20 yards (Week 3) and 75% of snaps (Week 5).

Eagles

  • Carson Wentz produced just 6.1 YPA on 39 pass attempts and also took four sacks, with a 56.4 QBR and 71.3 PFF grade.
  • Jordan Howard had 19 carries, one target and 83 scrimmage yards on 48% of snaps, with Miles Sanders getting 10 carries, three targets and 73 yards on 40%. Darren Sproles chipped in with two carries and two targets on 11% in his first game back from a quad injury.
  • Alshon Jeffery tied for second on the team with eight targets, catching four passes for 36 yards while registering his third, fourth and fifth drops of the season, per PFF. It was an ugly day for him, and his struggles took a chunk out of Wentz's potential production.
  • Nelson Agholor also saw eight targets, playing 89% of snaps and catching three passes for 21 yards.
  • Zach Ertz broke his slump in a big way, going for 9-103-1 on 11 targets while playing 79% of snaps.
  • Dallas Goedert also played 79% of snaps, catching four of five targets for 39 yards. He quietly has a four-week streak with at least three catches, four targets and 7.9 PPR points in each game.
  • The Eagles essentially abandoned three-wide sets when DeSean Jackson aggravated his abdominal injury after just four snaps. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside stepped in as the No. 3 receiver and played just 17% of snaps.
  • Agholor and Ertz tied for the team lead with 40 routes on 45 dropbacks, followed by Jeffery (36), Goedert (29), Sanders (15), Howard (12) and Sproles (8), per PFF. Jeffery either led the team or tied for the lead in every other game this season... the drops may have cost him some snaps and routes Sunday.

Vikings 23 Chiefs 26

Vikings

  • Kirk Cousins completed just 50% of his passes, his second-lowest mark of the season and also his second-worst within the last six years. A trio of TDs saved fantasy owners, but the yardage (220) was his fewest since Week 3.
  • Dalvin Cook led the team in carries (21), targets (seven) and scrimmage yards (116), handling a season-high 80% snap share. The Vikings previously had kept him in the 60-to-78 percent range. His three largest snap shares have come in the team's three losses (72, 78, 80 percent).
  • Stefon Diggs matched a season high with 89% of snaps, catching one pass for four yards on four targets. But hey, he did take one carry for 12 yards!
  • With Adam Thielen aggravating his hamstring in the first quarter, Bisi Johnson played 83% of snaps, and scored a four-yard TD on his only catch (two targets).
  • Laquon Treadwell caught three of five targets for 58 yards on 28% of snaps, finally looking like a first-round pick. :)
  • Kyle Rudolph provided 3-23-1 on five targets and 77% of snaps, with Irv Smith Jr. contributing 4-33-0 on six targets and 61%. That's back-to-back weeks above 60% for the rookie, who previously had landed between 42-to-56 percent each week. Smith's past four games prorate to 56-572-0 on 68 targets over a 16-game season, so he's at least on the TE streaming radar in deeper leagues.
  • Diggs ran 36 routes on 40 dropbacks, followed by Johnson (34), Rudolph (31), Cook (30), Smith (28) and Treadwell (11), per PFF.

Chiefs

  • Matt Moore completed 71.4% of passes for 7.9 YPA, but he also took five sacks for 45 yards. He took a step back from the previous week in terms of both PFF grade (58.2) and QBR (56.2).
  • Damien Williams came back from the dead to handle 72% of snaps, with his 12 carries and two targets including a 91-yard touchdown run. He previously had four straight games with single-digit carries and less than half the snaps.
  • LeSean McCoy dropped to 10% of snaps, and Darrel Williams to 18%.
  • Tyreek Hill played 100%, followed by Travis Kelce (97%) and Sammy Watkins (90%).
  • No. 2 tight end Blake Bell played a season-high 50% of snaps, limiting Demarcus Robinson to 40% and Mecole Hardman to 18%.
  • Hardman has played just 20 snaps the past two weeks, essentially serving as a No. 4 receiver / jet sweep guy / gadget player / return man.
  • Hill has gone over 70 yards each week since he returned from a shoulder injury. His 16-game pace from those four contests is 80-1,480-16 on 128 targets... mostly playing with Matt Moore instead of Mahomes.
  • Hill hit 22.6 mph as he escorted Williams into the end zone on the RB's 91-yard touchdown, which is faster than any speed reached by a ball carrier this season, per CBS Sports.
  • Watkins led the team with 10 targets, giving him 18 over the past two weeks and at least six in every healthy game this season.
  • Kelce has landed between six and 10 targets every week. He's on pace for 87-1,184-4 on 132 targets, which would be very similar to his 2016 campaign with Alex Smith.

Colts 24 Steelers 26

Colts

  • Apart from an awful pick-six, Brian Hoyer did decent work filling in for an injured Jacoby Brissett (knee), completing 65.3% of passes for 6.5 YPA and three TDs. Hoyer did take four sacks, and also lost a fumble.
  • Marlon Mack had a 21-89-0 rushing line and no targets on 55% of snaps. He's on pace for 1,358 rushing yards, but with just six touchdowns and 22 catches for 136 yards.
  • Nyheim Hines got 28% of snaps, with Jordan Wilkins taking 20%. They combined for two carries and five targets.
  • Zach Pascal led the team in targets (six), catches (five) and receiving yards (76), playing 94% of snaps and also scoring his fourth TD of the year. He played 92% of snaps the previous week, getting heavy run even before T.Y. Hilton (calf) was injured.
  • Parris Campbell made the most of his 62% snap share, taking three carries for 27 yards and catching each of his five targets for 53 yards. He also had two fumbles, including one where he tripped over himself a few yards away from scoring a touchdown and lost the ball when he hit the ground. He was fortunate the ball squirted out of bounds at the 1-yard line instead of going through the end zone for a touchback. Anyway, Campbell was a clear beneficiary of Hilton's absence, while Deon Cain was held without a catch on two targets and 30% of snaps.

         Update: Campbell suffered a broken hand and likely will miss multiple games

  • Eric Ebron played just 34% of snaps, marking five straight weeks below 45%. His two targets in Pittsburgh were a season low, after he landed between three and five each of his previous seven games.
  • Jack Doyle saw his usual workload: 77% of snaps and four targets, with his first TD since Week 4. He now has six straight games with either three or four receptions.
  • Slot man Chester Rogers saw five targets on 65% of snaps, scoring his second TD of the year.
  • Route breakdown from 38 dropbacks: Pascal (37), Doyle (29), Rogers (27), Campbell (24), Ebron (19), Hines (15), per PFF.

Steelers

  • Mason Rudolph dinked and dunked his way to a 74.3% completion rate, with 5.5 YPA and just one gain of more than 17 yards. It looks like his league-high 12.8 aDOT from Week 8 was an aberration. He dropped back to 5.5 in Week 9, putting him at 7.9 for the season.
  • Jaylen Samuels had an 8-10-0 rushing line and 13-73-0 receiving line (13 targets) on 63% of snaps, also losing a fumble along the way.
  • Trey Edmunds played 27% of snaps and took 12 carries for 73 yards (no targets).
  • Vance McDonald led all Pittsburgh skill-position players with 81% of snaps, catching five of seven targets for 30 yards and a TD.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster was held to 3-16-0 on five targets and 75% of snaps, his second straight week (and third time this season) missing at least one-quarter of the team's plays, though the Steelers almost always run when he isn't on the field.
  • Diontae Johnson got 68% of snaps and just three yards on two targets, while James Washington caught each of his four targets for 69 yards on 43% of snaps (he played with Rudolph in college).
  • Johnny Holton also got 35% of snaps and saw a lone target, taking away a bit of work that might've otherwise gone to Washington.
  • Smith-Schuster ran a route on each of Rudolph's 37 dropbacks, followed by McDonald (34), Johnson (33), Samuels (31) and Washington (19), per PFF.

Lions 24 Raiders 31

Lions

  • Matthew Stafford's season-high 406 yards gave him a third straight week well above 300. He's now on pace for 582 pass attempts, 4,998 yards, 39 TDs and 10 INTs, ranking 19th in completion percentage (64.3), fourth in YPA (8.6), 2nd in TD rate (6.5) and 11th in sack rate (5.8).
  • Ty Johnson led the backfield with 62% of snaps, taking nine carries for 29 yards and adding three catches (four targets) for seven yards.
  • J.D. McKissic handled 38% of snaps, including in the hurry-up offense at the end of the game. He took four carries for 32 yards and caught three of four targets for 40 yards and a game-tying touchdown.
  • Paul Perkins got a carry on each of his three snaps, picking up 16 yards.
  • Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay had 100-yard performances in the same game for the first time in three seasons playing together. Golladay is now on pace for 70-1,280-14 on 124 targets, with Jones on track for 84-1,070-12 on 114 targets. Both are seeing plenty of downfield opportunities, with Golladay at 16.0 aDOT and Jones at 13.6.
  • T.J. Hockenson handled his usual snap share (65%) and had his most targets (seven) and receiving yards (56) since Week 1, but he was evaluated for a concussion late in the fourth quarter and didn't return. He previously suffered a concussion Week 4, avoiding any missed time thanks to a Week 5 bye.
  • Danny Amendola caught three of five targets for 29 yards on 61% of snaps. He's now averaging 7.6 targets in games where he's played half or more of the snaps, with Jones also averaging 7.6 targets and Golladay 7.2 in those same five games.
  • Jesse James played 28% of snaps, slightly ahead of Logan Thomas (27%). It could be Thomas over James on passing downs if Hockenson isn't available Week 10.

Raiders

  • Derek Carr finished above 9.0 YPA for a third straight week, and he's taken just two sacks since Week 3. He's on pace for 500 pass attempts, 3,968 yards, 26 TDs and 8 INTs.
  • Josh Jacobs had a 28-120-2 rushing line and two drops on two targets, playing 58% of snaps. It was a fifth straight week with snap share between 53 and 68 percent, with the rookie getting at least 15 carries and two targets in each of those games.
  • Jalen Richard had his best game of the season, catching three of four targets for 56 yards and adding two carries for 12 yards. His 33% snap share was his largest since Week 3, while DeAndre Washington dropped down to 10% and had 28 yards on four touches.
  • Zay Jones led the WRs with 92% snap share, catching three of four targets for 21 yards and adding a three-yard carry.
  • Tyrell Williams played 82%, with three catches for 48 yards on four targets.
  • Hunter Renfrow had a team-high seven targets on 54% of snaps, catching six passes for 54 yards and a TD. More than half his receiving yards this year occurred in the past two weeks.
  • Darren Waller dropped to 79% of snaps, his second-smallest share this season and a clear drop from 92% and 96% the previous two weeks. His two targets also were a season low, following seven straight games with at least five. The good news? His two targets were gains of 31 and 21 yards.
  • No. 2 TE Foster Moreau caught a short TD pass and played 51% of snaps.
  • Routes on Carr's 32 dropbacks: 29 for Jones, 26 for Waller, 25 for Williams, 22 for Renfrow, 15 for Richard, 11 for Jacobs, 8 for Moreau.

Buccaneers 34 Seahawks 40 (OT)

Buccaneers

  • Jameis Winston went over 300 yards for a third straight week and fifth time in the past six games.
  • Ronald Jones had an 18-67-1 rushing line and 2-15-0 receiving line on a season-high 53% of snaps, while Peyton Barber had four carries for 15 yards and no targets on 14%. Passing-down back Dare Ogunbowale got 27% of the snaps, catching his lone target for a 12-yard gain and also vulturing a one-yard TD to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. It was probably a matter of Ogunbowale getting work in the hurry-up offense, rather than him being a real threat for goal-line carries.
  • Bruce Arians was pleased with Jones' performance:
  • Mike Evans played 86% of snaps and dominated, despite battling an ankle/leg injury throughout much of the game.
  • Chris Godwin was held to 7-61-0, but it was his fifth straight game with at least eight targets and 95% snap share.
  • Breshad Perriman, who I mocked last week, came back strong on 61% of snaps, catching four of eight targets for 42 yards and a touchdown (with no drops!).
  • Cameron Brate apparently was impacted by his rib injury, finishing without a target on 14% of snaps, after seeing six passes on 67% the week prior. In any case, the Bucs expect O.J. Howard (hamstring) to be ready soon.
  • Tanner Hudson led the TEs with 62% snap share, catching one of two targets for 12 yards but also dropping a pass for a second straight week. Antony Auclair played 57% and caught one of two targets for 11 yards.

Seahawks

  • Russell Wilson had his second-most pass attempts (43) and second-most yards (378) of the season. He now leads the league in passing TDs (22), TD rate (7.5%) and INT rate (0.3%), and is on pace for 4,455 yards, 39 TDs and two INTs on 521 attempts. He's also on pace for just 39 sacks, which would be his fewest since his rookie season. Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson are having MVP-caliber seasons, but Wilson would be an easy choice for the award if the season ended today, pushing for one of the 10 best QB seasons in league history.
  • Chris Carson rebounded to 85% of snaps, after dipping to 68% in a win over Atlanta the previous week. Carson gained 105 yards on 16 carries and 28 yards on two catches, but he also fumbled twice, losing one. He's now fumbled five times this season, most in the league among non-quarterbacks (and one more than his own team's QB).
  • DK Metcalf either broke or matched his season highs across the board, catching six of nine targets for 123 yards on 95% snap share. His two-game totals since bumping above 90% snap share for the first time Week 8: nine catches for 136 yards and three TDs on 14 targets.
  • Tyler Lockett is now on pace for 105-1,364-11 on 128 targets. His 13-152-2 receiving line Sunday featured five incomplete targets, the same number he had in his previous six games combined. He's drawn 61% of his targets in three games, with double-digit receptions in each of those contests. Despite the massive variance in terms of volume, he's finished each game with at least 5.1 standard points and 9.1 PPR points.
  • Jacob Hollister bumped up to 80% of snaps, catching four of six targets for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow tight end Luke Willson caught both of his targets for 20 yards, playing 23% of snaps.

         Update: It looks like a rib injury for Willson contributed to Hollister's surge

  • No. 3 receiver David Moore got a season-high 55% of snaps, catching two of four targets for 18 yards. Jaron Brown dropped to 23% and Malik Turner to 9%, with the Seahawks needing more pass catching and less run blocking.
  • Seattle used George Fant as a sixth lineman on 23% of snaps, after 30% the previous week.
  • Routes on Wilson's 47 dropbacks (per PFF): 44 for Metcalf, 44 for Lockett, 35 for Hollister, 28 for Moore, 28 for Carson.

Packers 11 Chargers 26

Packers

  • Ummm....what?
  • On the bright side, Davante Adams handled a full workload in his first game back from a toe injury, catching seven of 11 targets for 41 yards on 83% of snaps.
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling finished without a catch on two targets on 69% of snaps, with Geronimo Allison catching both of his targets for 21 yards on 65%.
  • Allen Lazard was the No. 4 WR in terms of snap share (46%), but he saw four targets and led the team with 44 receiving yards. Granted, each of his three catches occurred in fourth-quarter garbage time.
  • Speaking of garbage time... Jamaal Williams caught four passes for 27 yards and a TD on the final two drives, outscoring Aaron Jones in fantasy for the first time since Week 6. Williams now has double-digit PPR points in each of the past six games where he wasn't concussed on the opening snap, including a four-week streak with a receiving touchdown. His 25-166-5 receiving line is one of the oddities of the 2019 NFL campaign so far.
  • Aaron Jones got 59% of snaps even with the Packers in catch-up mode all afternoon, gaining 30 yards on eight carries and catching one of four targets for a one-yard loss.
  • Routes on Rodgers' 39 dropbacks (per PFF): 34 for Adams, 31 for Jimmy Graham, 27 for MVS, 23 for Allison, 20 for Williams, 20 for Lazard, 19 for Jones, 10 for Kumerow.

Chargers

  • Philip Rivers had a season-low 28 pass attempts, on fewer than his previous low of 29 the previous week. He also had his best mark of the season for YPA (10.5), and his second-best for completion percentage (75.0).
  • Melvin Gordon had season highs for snap share (63%), carries (20), rushing yards (80), YPC (4.0) and rushing TDs (two), also catching three of four targets for 29 yards. Interim offensive coordinator Shane Steichen had an excellent debut, and Gordon can now be started in fantasy lineups without a nauseous feeling again.
  • Austin Ekeler's 34% snap share was a season low, but 12 carries were his most since Gordon rejoined the team and 70 rushing yards were his most since Week 2 of last season. Ekeler also caught each of his four targets for 23 yards. The snap share is still a bit worrisome for fantasy owners, especially given that it happened with a new offensive coordinator and Gordon finally having a decent game.
  • Hunter Henry was the only Charger to draw more than four targets, catching seven of 10 for 84 yards on 77% of snaps.
  • Mike Williams caught three of four targets for a career-high 111 yards on 92% of snaps, with Keenan Allen hauling in three of his four for 40 yards on 87%.
  • No. 3 receiver Andre Patton got 82% of snaps, albeit without a target.
  • The Chargers had 31 rush attempts out of 11 personnel (one RB, one TE, three WRs), which was more than they had the previous three weeks combined. They averaged 4.8 yards on these carries, finally finding success on the ground with the help of a spread-out approach. In fact, the Chargers had more rush attempts than pass plays (26) out of 11 personnel in Sunday's win. Prior to Week 9, they had 80 rush attempts and 247 passes out of this grouping, making the classic mistake of running from "running formations" and passing from "passing formations", rather than making a genuine attempt at being unpredictable. I like this Steichen guy, so far.
  • Williams ran 30 routes on Rivers' 31 dropbacks, followed by Allen (29), Henry (28), Patton (27), Gordon (17) and Ekeler (10), per PFF.

Browns 19 Broncos 24

Browns

  • Updated Baker Mayfield ranks among 33 qualified passers: 33rd in completion percentage (58.7), 18th in YPA (7.2), 31st in TD rate (2.6), 32nd in INT rate (4.4), 23rd in sack rate (7.8), 28th in QBR (35.6), 19th in PFF grade (70.7).
  • Nick Chubb had a 20-65-0 rushing line and 4-26-0 receiving line on five targets, but his 60% snap share was a season low, with Dontrell Hilliard handling many passing downs. With Kareem Hunt ready to return, Chubb faces a challenge to maintain his averages of 19.3 carries and 4.0 targets per game.
  • Jarvis Landry saw a season-high 13 targets, reaching double digits for a third time in the past five games. He's now on pace for 72-1,110-2 on 134 targets, with a career-high 15.4 yards per catch and career-low 53.7% catch rate. His 9.3 aDOT is down from last year's career-high 11.9, but still deeper than what he saw in Miami (6.4 in 2017, 6.5 in 2016, 7.4 in 2015). Typically, we prefer receivers to draw targets deeper downfield, but I'm not so sure that's the case if you own Landry in a PPR league.
  • Odell Beckham caught five of six targets for 87 yards, with snap share above 90% for an eighth time in as many games. He's on pace for 78-1,150-2 on 134 targets... essentially the same thing as Landry.
  • Antonio Callaway held the No. 3 receiver job with 48% of snaps and four catches for 56 yards on five targets, though Rashard Higgins took a small slice with 20% of snaps and one incomplete target.
  • Demetrius Harris led the TEs with 68% of snaps, followed by Stephen Carlson (31%) and Ricky Seals-Jones (29%). Pharaoh Brown (concussion) was inactive, and Seals-Jones injured his knee during the game.

Broncos

  • Brandon Allen's first NFL stat line looks good, but he didn't actually do much of the work, with a 75-yard TD coming on a short catch and long run from Noah Fant, while the other TD was a 21-yarder from Courtland Sutton on an underthrown pass. Allen's PFF grade (58.6) and QBR (41.1, 19th) probably offer a better representation of his true performance level.
  • Royce Freeman had five carries and one target on 52% of snaps, while Phillip Lindsay had a 9-92-1 rushing line and no targets on 46%. The Broncos ran just 43 plays in this game, while the Browns ran 73.
  • Noah Fant's breakout game included a season-high 86% snap share, putting him above 80% for a second time in as many weeks and third time this season.
  • Courtland Sutton caught five of eight targets for 56 yards and an impressive touchdown. He's still seen no fewer than six and no more than nine targets each week this season, now on pace for 78-1,230-7 on 121 targets. By the way, it's insane for a second-year WR to have a 65.7% catch rate and 10.3 YPT on steady volume in an offense this bad. Sutton isn't "up and coming", he's already there.

Patriots 20 Ravens 37

Patriots

  • Tom Brady had a season-high 46 pass attempts, completing 65.2% of his throws for 6.2 YPA. He took two sacks and threw an interception, though the pick was an arm punt on 3rd-and-long.
  • The Patriots stuck with their no-huddle, three-wide gameplan throughout the contest, with Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu both playing every snap while Phillip Dorsett came off the field for just one play. The Ravens often countered with dime packages that used four cornerbacks and two safeties, theoretically offering a mismatch if New England ran the ball. The Patriots averaged 4.4 yards on 17 carries, but they couldn't stick with it consistently while playing from behind most of the night. In any case, the Ravens probably don't mind giving up 4.4 YPC if it helps them limit Brady to 6.2 YPA.
  • James White's 42% snap share was right in the usual range, but he had season highs across the board for rushing (9-38-1), while three targets and two carries were season lows.
  • Sony Michel took four carries for 18 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards on two targets, with 22% snap share matching a season low from Week 3 against the Jets. He had 16 or more carries in five straight games before Sunday night.
  • Rex Burkhead mirrored Michel, with four carries for 18 yards and one catch for 16 yards on two targets, though Burkhead actually got more snaps (36%). It was the second-largest share for Burkhead in a game White played this season.
  • Ben Watson joined Edelman and Sanu in the 100% snap club, catching four of five targets for 28 yards. The tight end played 76% and 70% of snaps in his first two games, combining for six targets, four catches, and 44 yards.
  • Ryan Izzo was active but didn't actually play, while Matt LaCosse (knee) missed another game.

Ravens

  • Lamar Jackson had his best completion percentage (73.9) since Week 1 in Miami, albeit with just 7.1 YPA and 3.8 yards per carry. Of course, he had two rushing TDs and one passing TD, plus his YPC mark was impacted by three kneel-downs and a successful QB sneak.
  • Mark Ingram had 15 carries for 115 yards and two catches for 29 yards on 44% of snaps, also losing a fumble for the second time this season. His snap share has bounced around a bit, but he's landed between 12 and 19 carries every week, with no more than four targets in any game. He's on pace for 228-1,170-14 rushing and 28-250-0 receiving.
  • Gus Edwards had a 7-27-1 rushing line on 40% of snaps, scoring from 12 yards out. He's 0-for-5 inside the 5-yard line this year, while Ingram is 6-for-9. Don't be surprised if Edwards vultures a few more touchdowns in the second half of the year.
  • Justice Hill had three carries and one target on 14% of snaps. He hasn't seen more than five touches in any game since Week 1.
  • Marquise Brown returned from an ankle injury to catch three of four targets for 48 yards on 57% of snaps. He looked healthy to the naked eye, but his snap share had been at 81% and 74% the two weeks before he hurt his ankle. The reduction in playing time might be a hint that he's still working his way back to 100 percent.
  • Willie Snead did his usual thing: 60% of snaps and two targets. He's landed between 56% and 75% snap share each week, never drawing more than five targets. Snead expends most of his energy on pre-snap motion and run blocking, which is why the Ravens just gave him a contract extension.
  • Seth Roberts played 43% of snaps, and Miles Boykin got 39%.
  • Mark Andrews had season lows for targets (three) and snap share (34%), with both Nick Boyle (84%) and Hayden Hurst (41%) getting more work. The Ravens prioritized their rushing attack even more than usual, though Andrews did make a great catch for an 18-yard gain to convert a third down.
  • Andrews is 16th among TEs with 189 routes, while his mark of 2.49 yards per route is tied with Hunter Henry for second behind George Kittle (2.96), per PFF.

Cowboys 37 Giants 18

Cowboys

  • Dak Prescott rebounded from an INT on the first snap to complete 62.9% of his passes for 7.3 YPA, with three touchdowns and no sacks. The touchdowns spanned 42, 15 and 45 yards, while he otherwise threw a ton of short passes to Jason Witten and Randall Cobb.
  • Ezekiel Elliott had 23 carries, no targets and 129 yards on 80% of snaps, with Tony Pollard seeing three carries and three targets on 21%.
  • Pollard's work didn't come in garbage time; his final touch came on the first play of the fourth quarter when the Cowboys were leading by just one point. It was a small change from recent weeks, with Pollard previously handling snap share of 3%, 7%, 9% and 28%, with the latter coming in a blowout win.
  • Michael Gallup was fourth on the team with six targets, despite playing 92% of snaps. He's now seen seven, four and six targets the past three games.
  • Amari Cooper had seven targets on 86%, and Randall Cobb had nine targets on 76%. The targets were a season high for Cobb, but the snap share was only his third-largest of the season, landing within his usual range (the Cowboys are a 3-WR-heavy offense).
  • Jason Witten had season highs for targets (nine), catches (eight) and yards (58), though 80% snaps share was nothing new.
  • Blake Jarwin, certified Giant killer, made the most of his 37% snap share and one target, catching a 42-yard TD. He has five touchdowns in his past three games against the Giants... and just one other TD throughout his NFL career.

Giants

  • Daniel Jones had five sacks, two lost fumbles and an interception, with six carries for 54 yards representing the only real bright spot after the opening 20 minutes.
  • Saquon Barkley's 65-yard reception early in the fourth quarter rescued what could've been an awful stat line. It was his second catch of the game, and he finished with just 28 yards on 14 carries. He did add four more receptions in the fourth quarter once the Giants were in comeback mode.
  • Golden Tate played 94% of snaps and drew six targets, followed by Darius Slayton (93%, four targets), Bennie Fowler (58%, six targets) and Cody Latimer (15%, three targets). Latimer got the touchdown, but he didn't play much otherwise.
  • Evan Engram dropped down to 69% of snaps but nonetheless matched Barkley for the team lead with eight targets. It was the tight end's smallest snap share this season, which doesn't really make sense given the context of the game. I wonder if he'll show up on the injury report this week?

Editor's Note: Many stats that include a player's rank in a category don't account for the Monday game. 

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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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