Target Breakdown: Week 15 WR/TE Recap & Week 16 Sleepers

Target Breakdown: Week 15 WR/TE Recap & Week 16 Sleepers

This article is part of our Target Breakdown series.

When one RA falls (Robby Anderson), another must rise (Amon-Ra). If that's the only thing we learned this year, I'll take it.

Week 15 Sortable Leaderboards

Wide Receivers

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Justin Jefferson92%2796%1045.5%14258.2%37.0%1.741
2Amon-Ra St. Brown71%2796%1142.3%7244.2%40.7%3.330
3Michael Pittman54%1077%541.7%6756.3%50.0%0.700
4Russell Gage79%3086%1137.9%11442.0%36.7%3.031
5Jamison Crowder89%2997%836.4%4742.0%27.6%1.380
6Marquez Callaway85%2586%936.0%9542.8%36.0%4.480
7Marquise Brown88%3893%1435.9%6424.9%36.8%1.131
8Brandin Cooks84%2994%1034.5%8339.4%34.5%3.520
9DeVante Parker88%2796%830.8%9136.2%29.6%2.521
10DJ Moore90%3788%1130.6%10838.5%29.7%1.300
11Tyreek Hill82%4185%1328.9%10134.5%31.7%3.611
12Tyler Boyd86%2496%628.6%5642.6%25.0%4.000
13Donovan Peoples-Jones93%2790%827.6%11654.0%29.6%1.780
14Jakobi Meyers94%4496%1227.3%12025.7%27.3%1.002
15Keenan Allen78%3385%1027.0%13639.2%30.3%2.361
16Cole Beasley46%2463%825.8%

When one RA falls (Robby Anderson), another must rise (Amon-Ra). If that's the only thing we learned this year, I'll take it.

Week 15 Sortable Leaderboards

Wide Receivers

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Justin Jefferson92%2796%1045.5%14258.2%37.0%1.741
2Amon-Ra St. Brown71%2796%1142.3%7244.2%40.7%3.330
3Michael Pittman54%1077%541.7%6756.3%50.0%0.700
4Russell Gage79%3086%1137.9%11442.0%36.7%3.031
5Jamison Crowder89%2997%836.4%4742.0%27.6%1.380
6Marquez Callaway85%2586%936.0%9542.8%36.0%4.480
7Marquise Brown88%3893%1435.9%6424.9%36.8%1.131
8Brandin Cooks84%2994%1034.5%8339.4%34.5%3.520
9DeVante Parker88%2796%830.8%9136.2%29.6%2.521
10DJ Moore90%3788%1130.6%10838.5%29.7%1.300
11Tyreek Hill82%4185%1328.9%10134.5%31.7%3.611
12Tyler Boyd86%2496%628.6%5642.6%25.0%4.000
13Donovan Peoples-Jones93%2790%827.6%11654.0%29.6%1.780
14Jakobi Meyers94%4496%1227.3%12025.7%27.3%1.002
15Keenan Allen78%3385%1027.0%13639.2%30.3%2.361
16Cole Beasley46%2463%825.8%4013.4%33.3%1.460
17Christian Kirk97%5198%1225.0%10331.3%23.5%1.841
18Laquon Treadwell97%3995%925.0%7532.3%23.1%1.460
19Jauan Jennings43%1563%625.0%3826.6%40.0%1.870
20Zay Jones86%3588%925.0%16555.0%25.7%1.910
21CeeDee Lamb69%2870%924.3%5825.6%32.1%1.790
22Mike Williams81%3077%924.3%10429.9%30.0%1.632
23Josh Reynolds63%2382%623.1%5936.2%26.1%2.961
24Gabriel Davis89%3592%722.6%12943.7%20.0%2.431
25Stefon Diggs82%3387%722.6%7124.0%21.2%1.060
26Davante Adams92%3397%722.6%3211.3%21.2%1.331
27Marquez Valdes-Scantling66%2676%722.6%14551.5%26.9%3.770
28Robby Anderson100%42100%822.2%5017.9%19.0%0.690
29Courtland Sutton92%3492%721.9%11235.9%20.6%0.350
30Nick Westbrook-Ikhine90%3494%721.9%11851.5%20.6%0.941
31Deebo Samuel80%2292%520.8%2215.5%22.7%2.730
32Kenny Golladay90%3697%720.0%11938.5%19.4%1.472
33Diontae Johnson98%28100%520.0%64.9%17.9%1.360
34Laviska Shenault70%2766%719.4%93.8%25.9%1.440
35Darnell Mooney96%4198%719.4%7832.3%17.1%1.542
36Ja'Marr Chase96%25100%419.0%5441.5%16.0%0.120
37Rashard Higgins79%2377%517.2%4119.1%21.7%1.040
38Sterling Shepard80%2978%617.1%8326.7%20.7%0.520
39Damiere Byrd90%3788%616.7%5221.7%16.2%1.680
40Antoine Wesley85%4383%816.7%5918.0%18.6%0.441
41A.J. Green74%3669%816.7%8124.7%22.2%1.782
42Zach Pascal65%1185%216.7%3226.9%18.2%2.090
43Tim Patrick94%3492%515.6%9129.0%14.7%1.240
44Tyler Johnson95%4994%714.6%369.4%14.3%0.840
45Chris Godwin22%1529%714.6%5213.8%46.7%3.270
46Tee Higgins86%2496%314.3%1411.1%12.5%0.960
47Hunter Renfrow78%3485%513.9%309.9%14.7%0.941
48Chris Conley65%1548%413.8%94.1%26.7%0.800
49Nico Collins63%2271%413.8%4420.6%18.2%0.641
50Nelson Agholor48%1839%613.6%7816.7%33.3%1.890
51Denzel Mims41%1447%313.6%4136.4%21.4%0.000
52K.J. Osborn88%2589%313.6%145.9%12.0%0.840
53Amari Cooper93%3998%513.5%3314.6%12.8%0.210
54Michael Gallup91%3895%513.5%8436.6%13.2%0.840
55Allen Lazard78%2882%412.9%4616.4%14.3%0.822
56Jerry Jeudy69%3081%412.5%6621.0%13.3%0.000
57Chester Rogers36%1439%412.5%114.8%28.6%2.140
58Tre'Quan Smith67%1966%312.0%2410.7%15.8%0.890
59Ray-Ray McCloud69%2279%312.0%2016.8%13.6%0.001
60Kalif Raymond68%2486%311.5%2716.7%12.5%0.830
61Isaiah Ford28%1450%311.5%3614.5%21.4%3.640
62N'Keal Harry52%2759%511.4%9119.5%18.5%1.931
63Brandon Zylstra72%3174%411.1%3311.8%12.9%0.550
64Marvin Jones92%3688%411.1%6126.4%11.1%0.392
65Bryan Edwards70%3075%411.1%227.3%13.3%0.271
66Phillip Dorsett25%1342%310.3%3516.6%23.1%3.310
67Ihmir Smith-Marsette48%2071%29.1%3514.2%10.0%0.351
68Keelan Cole76%2377%29.1%1917.1%8.7%0.390
69Byron Pringle66%3573%48.9%124.0%11.4%0.630
70Mecole Hardman44%2042%48.9%4013.8%20.0%0.550
71Darius Slayton61%2978%38.6%6019.2%10.3%0.790
72Tavon Austin24%1332%38.3%3816.5%23.1%0.851
73Brandon Aiyuk98%24100%28.3%3021.2%8.3%1.501
74DeSean Jackson29%1333%38.3%6421.3%23.1%0.850
75Ty Montgomery33%1138%28.0%2210.0%18.2%0.000
76Chase Claypool64%1761%28.0%1311.3%11.8%0.710
77Devin Duvernay33%1332%37.7%62.2%23.1%1.000
78Albert Wilson57%1450%27.7%4718.6%14.3%0.640
79Olamide Zaccheaus62%1954%26.9%4717.4%10.5%2.790
80Kendrick Bourne69%3576%36.8%429.0%8.6%1.260
81Demarcus Robinson68%3573%36.7%269.0%8.6%0.000
82Rondale Moore27%1631%36.3%-11-3.5%18.8%0.560
83Scotty Miller78%3975%36.3%328.4%7.7%0.440
84Jaelon Darden55%2854%36.3%9023.7%10.7%0.000


Tight Ends

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Mark Andrews79%3790%1333.3%13151.2%35.1%3.682
2Mike Gesicki64%2279%830.8%6023.9%36.4%1.951
3Travis Kelce76%4083%1328.9%9934.0%32.5%4.781
4George Kittle96%1979%625.0%4631.9%31.6%4.890
5Cole Kmet95%3890%925.0%6125.2%23.7%1.871
6Foster Moreau100%3383%925.0%227.3%27.3%1.970
7Kyle Pitts81%2983%724.1%8230.4%24.1%2.661
8Zach Ertz89%4688%1122.9%9528.7%23.9%1.610
9Rob Gronkowski85%4281%1122.9%11530.2%26.2%0.690
10Dalton Schultz86%3485%821.6%6026.1%23.5%1.971
11C.J. Uzomah80%2288%419.0%1511.4%18.2%0.820
12Jared Cook54%2667%718.9%4412.7%26.9%1.230
13Noah Fant80%2876%618.8%154.8%21.4%2.040
14Hunter Henry82%3780%818.2%8718.6%21.6%2.083
15David Njoku100%2790%517.2%4521.1%18.5%1.071
16Dawson Knox89%2874%516.1%4615.4%17.9%1.360
17Josiah Deguara56%2059%516.1%145.1%25.0%0.801
18Pat Freiermuth44%1243%416.0%1915.8%33.3%3.080
19Evan Engram89%3081%514.3%3310.6%16.7%1.100
20Tyler Conklin73%2071%313.6%5321.7%15.0%0.351
21Albert Okwuegbunam41%1232%412.5%247.5%33.3%4.830
22Tommy Tremble66%2457%411.1%3512.4%16.7%0.330
23James O'Shaughnessy62%1946%411.1%2611.1%21.1%3.160
24Jordan Akins35%1755%310.3%3315.8%17.6%1.410
25Marcedes Lewis51%721%39.7%62.2%42.9%5.710
26Tyler Kroft61%1963%29.1%-1-1.0%10.5%1.840
27Ryan Griffin39%723%29.1%97.9%28.6%5.570
28Cameron Brate27%1325%48.3%4010.4%30.8%1.690
29Adam Trautman57%1138%28.0%2210.0%18.2%0.360
30Harrison Bryant39%827%26.9%125.8%25.0%1.381
31Hayden Hurst41%1234%26.9%10.5%16.7%0.500
32Pharaoh Brown75%1548%26.9%10.3%13.3%0.330
33Jonnu Smith25%37%36.8%388.1%100.0%1.000
34Geoff Swaim73%1542%26.3%146.1%13.3%0.330
35Anthony Firkser22%1336%26.3%156.5%15.4%1.460
36Jimmy Graham26%1126%25.6%218.6%18.2%1.181


Links to RotoWire's Red Zone Stats

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Rushing Stats


Week 15 Injury Report


Emmanuel Sanders (knee)

Marquise Goodwin (foot)

Kadarius Toney (oblique, reserve/COVID-19) + John Ross (reserve/COVID-19)

Elijah Moore (reserve/COVID-19)

Jaylen Waddle (reserve/COVID-19) + Will Fuller (IR - finger)

Breshad Perriman (reserve/COVID-19) + Antonio Brown (ankle, suspension)

Sammy Watkins (reserve/COVID-19)

A.J. Brown (IR - chest)

DeAndre Hopkins (IR - knee)

Calvin Ridley (NFI - personal)


Darren Waller (knee)

T.J. Hockenson (IR - hand)

Blake Jarwin (IR - hip)


In-Game Injuries

WR Nelson Agholor suffered a concussion/head injury in the third quarter.

WR Sterling Shepard tore an Achilles.

WR Mike Evans left with a hamstring injury in the second quarter.

WR Rondale Moore hurt his ankle.

WR Tajae Sharpe injured his foot in the third quarter. He didn't return.

TE Pat Freirmuth suffered a concussion in the third quarter.


Waivers & Sleepers for Week 16

Limited to players rostered in less than half of Yahoo leagues.

Wide Receivers

Waivers, Pt. 1 — Potential Week 16 Starters/Streamers

  1. Russell Gage - 50% rostered
  2. Amon-Ra St. Brown - 30%
  3. Allen Lazard - 9%
  4. Gabriel Davis - 19%
  5. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine - 21%
  6. Marquez Valdes-Scantling - 41% (reserve/COVID-19)
  7. K.J. Osborn - 47%
  8. Kendrick Bourne - 30% (reserve/COVID-19)
  9. Josh Reynolds - 10%
  10. Laquon Treadwell - 2%
  11. Tim Patrick - 22%
  12. Zay Jones - 0%
  13. Antoine Wesley - 0%

Waivers, Pt. 2 — Bench Stashes & Sleepers

  1. Rashod Bateman - 41%
  2. Donovan Peoples-Jones - 14%
  3. Breshad Perriman - 1%
  4. Tyler Johnson - 1%
  5. Emmanuel Sanders - 48%
  6. Kadarius Toney - 24%
  7. N'Keal Harry - 0%


Tight Ends

Waivers, Pt. 1 — Potential Week 16 Starters/Streamers

  1. Cole Kmet - 25%
  2. Tyler Conklin - 47%
  3. Foster Moreau - 13%
  4. C.J. Uzomah - 16%
  5. Gerald Everett - 37%
  6. Josiah Deguara - 0%
  7. James O'Shaughnessy - 2%

Waivers, Pt. 2 — Bench Stashes & Sleepers

  1. David Njoku - 20%
  2. Albert Okwuegbunam - 1%
  3. Zach Gentry - 0%


Drops & Benchings


Julio Jones

Kenny Golladay

Courtland Sutton

Mecole Hardman

Marvin Jones

Bryan Edwards

Evan Engram



Cole Beasley

Chase Claypool


Week 15 Game-by-Game Breakdowns

Chiefs (34) at Chargers (28) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
Tyreek Hill82%4185%1328.9%10134.5%31.7%3.611
Travis Kelce76%4083%1328.9%9934.0%32.5%4.781
Demarcus Robinson68%3573%36.7%269.0%8.6%0.000
Byron Pringle66%3573%48.9%124.0%11.4%0.630
Mecole Hardman44%2042%48.9%4013.8%20.0%0.550

Team Volume: 48 DBs, 47 att. (31-310-3)

  • This was classic Chiefs, with Hill and Kelce dominating targets and putting up huge numbers in a crucial game. #analysis
  • Pringle and Hardman were in the same snap share range as the week before, while Robinson jumped from 46% to 66% with Josh Gordon on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
    • Hardman, Robinson and Gordon have all been getting snaps behind Hill and Pringle.
  • Pringle has played between 59 and 72 percent of snaps in five straight games, averaging 2.0 catches for 29.4 yards on 3.2 targets (with one TD).


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Mike Williams81%3077%924.3%10429.9%30.0%1.632
2Keenan Allen78%3385%1027.0%13639.2%30.3%2.361
3Jared Cook54%2667%718.9%4412.7%26.9%1.230
4Tre' McKitty51%615%12.7%41.1%16.7%0.670
5Stephen Anderson47%718%12.7%113.1%14.3%1.710
6Josh Palmer41%2051%12.7%133.6%5.0%0.750
7Jalen Guyton35%1846%25.4%185.1%11.1%0.561

Team Volume: 39 DBs, 39 att. (22-236-2)

  • Williams caught only three passes for 49 yards, but the nine targets were his most since Week 5, ending an eight-game stretch with 5-8 targets in every game.
  • Anderson and McKitty got more playing time (but only 13 total routes and two targets) after No. 2 TE Donald Parham suffered a scary injury in the end zone on the opening drive.
    • Cook's seven targets were his most since Week 6, but his snap/route shares weren't significantly impacted by the Parham injury.
  • Allen put up 6-78-1 on 10 targets. He has seven straight games with at least 15 PPR points, and has scored 10 or more in every game this year.


Patriots (17) at Colts (27) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Jakobi Meyers94%4496%1227.3%12025.7%27.3%1.002
2Hunter Henry82%3780%818.2%8718.6%21.6%2.083
3Kendrick Bourne69%3576%36.8%429.0%8.6%1.260
4N'Keal Harry52%2759%511.4%9119.5%18.5%1.931
5Nelson Agholor48%1839%613.6%7816.7%33.3%1.890
6Jonnu Smith25%37%36.8%388.1%100.0%1.000

Team Volume: 46 DBs, 45 att. (26-299-2)

  • Agholor played 83% of first-half snaps to Harry's 25%, but Harry then logged 89% of snaps in the fourth quarter after Agholor (head) left the game.
  • Meyers led the team with 12 targets and also got a carry, yet finished with only 53 total yards.
  • Henry matched a season-high with eight targets and scored his eighth and ninth TDs of the season.
    • Henry's 82% snap share also matched a season high, though he's often been in the 60s and 70s.
      • He now has nine TDs from 41 catches and 471 yards. Efficient.
  • Smith got only 14% of snaps post-halftime with the Pats playing from behind and using 11 personnel on 37 of 44 snaps.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Jack Doyle79%646%18.3%00.2%16.7%0.000
2Mo Alie-Cox77%754%18.3%129.8%14.3%0.001
3Zach Pascal65%1185%216.7%3226.9%18.2%2.090
4Ashton Dulin54%215%00.0%00.0%0.0%0.000
5Michael Pittman54%1077%541.7%6756.3%50.0%0.700
6T.Y. Hilton27%754%18.3%53.9%14.3%2.710

Team Volume:  DBs, 12 att. (5-57-1)

  • Pittman was ejected in the third quarter and still led the team in targets and nearly routes.
    • Hilton made a big catch but actually played fewer snaps than Dulin, who finished without a target and took two carries for 39 yards.
      • Hilton still appears to be the No. 3 receiver, but he's really only playing in 11 personnel, which the Colts didn't use much of in this game (16 of 52 snaps).
      • Hilton played 13 of 16 snaps in 11 personnel, and just one snap otherwise.


Cardinals (12) at Lions (30) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
Christian Kirk97%5198%1225.0%10331.3%23.5%1.841
Zach Ertz89%4688%1122.9%9528.7%23.9%1.610
Antoine Wesley85%4383%816.7%5918.0%18.6%0.441
A.J. Green74%3669%816.7%8124.7%22.2%1.782
Rondale Moore27%1631%36.3%-11-3.5%18.8%0.560
Andy Isabella16%1019%12.1%61.7%10.0%1.300

Team Volume: 52 DBs, 50 att. (29-313-1)

  • Wesley and Moore played 61% of snaps apiece in the first half, with Wesley then taking 96% in the second half due to Moore injuring his ankle.
  • Wesley managed only 3-19-0 on eight targets, doubling his previous high of four targets.
  • Green had an okay outing with 4-64-0 on eight targets, but his snap/route shares were about the same as the week before, with DeAndre Hopkins' vacated snaps going to Wesley, Moore and Kirk.
  • Speaking of Kirk... he topped eight targets for the first time this year, going for 9-94-1 on 12 looks. He didn't do much last time Hopkins was out, but that was mostly with Colt McCoy rather than Kyler Murray at QB.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Brock Wright74%1243%13.8%21.1%8.3%0.000
2Amon-Ra St. Brown71%2796%1142.3%7244.2%40.7%3.330
3Kalif Raymond68%2486%311.5%2716.7%12.5%0.830
4Josh Reynolds63%2382%623.1%5936.2%26.1%2.961
5Shane Zylstra45%1450%13.8%105.8%7.1%1.140

Team Volume: 28 DBs, 26 att. (21-216-3)

  • With T.J. Hockenson (hand) out for a second straight game (not to mention the rest of the year), Wright and Zylstra again worked in a timeshare at tight end.
    • Wright played 74% of snaps but saw just one target and 44% route share.
    • Zylstra's peripherals were also non-promising: 50% route share and one target.
      • Both guys had seen a handful of targets the week before, without doing much.
  • St. Brown drew triple-digit targets for a third time this season and the third week in a row.
    • 10-86-1, 8-73-0, 8-90-1.
    • Not bad for a rookie fourth-round pick in a terrible offense. Sure, the lack of talent is helping him get targets, but a lot of guys wouldn't be able to do much with them.
    • I've been touting dude pretty much all year. H/T self.
  • Reynolds has four straight games with 5-8 targets and 52-70 yards. He put up 6-68-1 in this one


Jets (24) at Dolphins (31) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Jamison Crowder89%2997%836.4%4742.0%27.6%1.380
2Keelan Cole76%2377%29.1%1917.1%8.7%0.390
3Tyler Kroft61%1963%29.1%-1-1.0%10.5%1.840
4Denzel Mims41%1447%313.6%4136.4%21.4%0.000
5Ryan Griffin39%723%29.1%97.9%28.6%5.570
6Braxton Berrios33%827%14.5%-7-6.5%12.5%3.250
7Vyncint Smith31%827%00.0%  0.0%0.000

Team Volume: 30 DBs,  24 att. (13-170-0)



 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Durham Smythe91%1243%13.8%31.3%8.3%0.330
2DeVante Parker88%2796%830.8%9136.2%29.6%2.521
3Mike Gesicki64%2279%830.8%6023.9%36.4%1.951
4Albert Wilson57%1450%27.7%4718.6%14.3%0.640
5Hunter Long32%414%13.8%62.2%25.0%0.000
6Isaiah Ford28%1450%311.5%3614.5%21.4%3.640

Team Volume: 28 DBs, 27 att. (16-196-2)

  • With Jaylen Waddle on the COVID list, Miami ran only 13 plays from 11 personnel.
    • The Dolphins ran 48 of their 71 snaps (68%) in 12 personnel, allowing Smythe to get 91% snap share, though he mostly blocked on pass plays (43% route share).
  • Parker and Gesicki predictably dominated targets, with eight (31%) apiece in a rare run-heavy game for Miami's offense.
  • Parker has four or more catches for 42 or more yards in each of his seven appearances this year, averaging 4.9 catches for 65.3 yards and 0.29 TDs on 8.0 targets.


Cowboys (21) at Giants (6) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Amari Cooper93%3998%513.5%3314.6%12.8%0.210
2Michael Gallup91%3895%513.5%8436.6%13.2%0.840
3Dalton Schultz86%3485%821.6%6026.1%23.5%1.971
4CeeDee Lamb69%2870%924.3%5825.6%32.1%1.790

Team Volume: 40 DBs, 37 att. (28-217-1)

  • Lamb led the team with nine targets despite playing around two-thirds of snaps for the second straight week.
    • Lamb took just one of the 14 snaps in 12 personnel, while Cooper got 14 and Gallup got 13.
      • It was a similar story the week before, with Lamb getting only three of 11 snaps in 11 personnel (but leading the team in targets nonetheless). So, he's only the No. 3 receiver in terms of playing time, but his receiving volume is fine.
      • Lamb has been targeted on 26% of routes this year, compared to 20% apiece for Gallup and Cooper.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Kenny Golladay90%3697%720.0%11938.5%19.4%1.472
2Evan Engram89%3081%514.3%3310.6%16.7%1.100
3Sterling Shepard80%2978%617.1%8326.7%20.7%0.520
4Darius Slayton61%2978%38.6%6019.2%10.3%0.790
5Kyle Rudolph43%719%12.9%62.1%14.3%1.290

Team Volume: 37 DBs, 36 att. (19-181-0)

  • Shepard caught two of six targets for 15 yards before suffering an Achilles tear in the second half.
    • Given the timing, not to mention his injury history, Shepard seems no better than 50/50 to be ready for Week 1 next year
  • Golladay led the team with seven targets, including two in the red zone, but finished with a modest receiving line (3-53-0).


    Titans (13) at Steelers (19) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Nick Westbrook-Ikhine90%3494%721.9%11851.5%20.6%0.941
2Geoff Swaim73%1542%26.3%146.1%13.3%0.330
3Cody Hollister71%2158%26.3%5122.2%9.5%0.240
4Chester Rogers36%1439%412.5%114.8%28.6%2.140
5Julio Jones33%1850%13.1%94.1%5.6%0.001
6Anthony Firkser22%1336%26.3%156.5%15.4%1.460

Team Volume: 36 DBs, 32 att. (23-153-0)

  • Jones  played 74% of snaps in the first quarter and 59% in the second quarter, only to miss the second half after re-reinjuring his hamstring.
  • Westbrook-Ikhine took 81% of snaps in the first half and 97% in the second, catching four passes for 32 yards on a team-high seven targets (RB Dontrell Hilliard was the only other Titan with more than four).
  • Hollister played 49% of snaps in the first half and 92% in the second, catching one of two targets for five yards.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Diontae Johnson98%28100%520.0%64.9%17.9%1.360
2Zach Gentry73%1450%14.0%-3-2.4%7.1%1.210
3Ray-Ray McCloud69%2279%312.0%2016.8%13.6%0.001
4Chase Claypool64%1761%28.0%1311.3%11.8%0.710
5Pat Freiermuth44%1243%416.0%1915.8%33.3%3.080

Team Volume: 28 DBs, 25 att. (16-148-0)

  • With Freiermuth suffering a concussion in the third quarter, Gentry ended up playing 96% of snaps in the second half but finished with only one target.
  • Claypool was at only 61% route share, running five fewer routes than McCloud and drawing only two targets.
    • He had 8-93-0 in his controversial Week 14 game, but with 59-63 percent of snaps in three straight games, Claypool isn't looking good for a late-season rebound.
      • Claypool has caught 10 of 14 targets for 157 yards over the past three weeks.
  • Claypool had 12 receiving yards without a catch because McCloud was credited with a reception on a double-reverse before tossing it back to his teammate. Claypool also got a carry for seven yards, but didn't catch any passes.
  • Johnson's target share (20%) wasn't too far below normal, but with the Titans dominating time of possession 2:1, Diontae finished shy of double-digit targets for just the third time this year.


Texans (30) at Jaguars (16) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Brandin Cooks84%2994%1034.5%8339.4%34.5%3.520
2Pharaoh Brown75%1548%26.9%10.3%13.3%0.330
3Chris Conley65%1548%413.8%94.1%26.7%0.800
4Nico Collins63%2271%413.8%4420.6%18.2%0.641
5Jordan Akins35%1755%310.3%3315.8%17.6%1.410
6Phillip Dorsett25%1342%310.3%3516.6%23.1%3.310

Team Volume: 31 DBs, 30 att. (19-209-2)

  • Act II for Davis Mills seems to have revived Cooks, who has back-to-back games with double-digit targets (11, 10) and triple-digit yards (101, 102).
    • He scored both of Houston's receiving TDs in this one, pushing his season line to 80-947-5 on 119 targets.
    • No other Texans saw more than four targets.
  • Phillip Dorsett? Sure, why not. Cycling random veterans through the backup receiver spots seems to be a big thing for Houston this year.
  • Brevin Jordan (hand) was technically active but didn't play, giving Jordan Akins his old role back (at least for a day).


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Laquon Treadwell97%3995%925.0%7532.3%23.1%1.460
2Marvin Jones92%3688%411.1%6126.4%11.1%0.392
3Laviska Shenault70%2766%719.4%93.8%25.9%1.440
4James O'Shaughnessy62%1946%411.1%2611.1%21.1%3.160
5Jacob Hollister29%1024%00.0%00.0%0.0%0.000
6Tavon Austin24%1332%38.3%3816.5%23.1%0.851

Team Volume: 41 DBs, 38 att. (22-210-0)

  • Treadwell hit new season highs for snap share, catches and targets, and he's now up to four straight games in the range of 53-68 receiving yards.
  • No signs of life for Jones, who saw two targets in the end zone but finished with 2-14-0 on four targets.
  • O'Shaughnessy had a nice day with 4-60-0 on four targets, but he ran a route on just 46% of dropbacks.
    • Hollister poached 10 routes, though he wasn't targeted.


Panthers (14) at Bills (31) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Robby Anderson100%42100%822.2%5017.9%19.0%0.690
2DJ Moore90%3788%1130.6%10838.5%29.7%1.300
3Brandon Zylstra72%3174%411.1%3311.8%12.9%0.550
4Tommy Tremble66%2457%411.1%3512.4%16.7%0.330
5Ian Thomas52%1229%12.8%41.6%8.3%0.420
6Terrace Marshall11%614%12.8%113.8%16.7%0.000

Team Volume: 42 DBs, 38 att. (18-156-1)

  • Marshall slid back to 11% snap share after 47% (with no targets) the previous week. He showed some hope early in the year with 10 receptions over the first three weeks, but since then the second-round pick has caught all of four passes for 25 yards on 12 targets.
  • Anderson had 33 rushing yards on two carries but managed only 3-29-0 on eight targets.
    • Moore's 11 targets led to 6-48-0. Get this man a QB please.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Dawson Knox89%2874%516.1%4615.4%17.9%1.360
2Gabriel Davis89%3592%722.6%12943.7%20.0%2.431
3Stefon Diggs82%3387%722.6%7124.0%21.2%1.060
4Cole Beasley46%2463%825.8%4013.4%33.3%1.460
5Tommy Sweeney34%513%13.2%103.3%20.0%0.000
6Isaiah McKenzie26%821%26.5%-1-0.5%25.0%0.880

Team Volume: 38 DBs, 34 att. (19-210-3)

  • Davis led the team in routes (35, 92%) and fantasy points (5-85-2) with Emmanuel Sanders (knee) inactive for the first time this year.
  • Beasley got only 46% of snaps, including just 63% in 11 personnel and 51% pre-halftime.
    • McKenzie got 38% in 11, splitting with Beasley while Diggs (94%) and Davis (92%) were full-time.
  • The Bills ran 15 snaps in 12 personnel, with Knox and Sweeney both playing all 15 and Davis getting 14, followed by Diggs (11, 73%) and Jake Kumerow (3, 20%).
    • Beasley played only one of the 15 snaps in 12 personnel.
    • Beas did still lead the team with eight targets, seeing the ball on one-third of his (somewhat limited) routes.


Bengals (15) at Broncos (10) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Ja'Marr Chase96%25100%419.0%5441.5%16.0%0.120
2Tyler Boyd86%2496%628.6%5642.6%25.0%4.000
3Tee Higgins86%2496%314.3%1411.1%12.5%0.960
4C.J. Uzomah80%2288%419.0%1511.4%18.2%0.820

Team Volume: 25 DBs, 22 att. (15-157-1)

  • The Bengals ran only 51 plays and attempted their second-fewest passes (22) of the year.
    • It was a quiet game apart from Boyd, who put up 5-96-1 behind a YAC-heavy, 56-yard touchdown.
  • Chase, Boyd, Higgins and Uzomah have all played 10+ consecutive games. Here are their numbers over the past 10:
 Snap %TgtTgt ShareRecRec YdsRec TDAir YardsAY Sh.RZ Tgt
Tee Higgins73%7723.9%49717297434.3%5
Ja'Marr Chase90%7723.9%44741696133.9%10
Tyler Boyd77%5316.5%37448242214.9%4
C.J. Uzomah77%3912.1%3129131866.6%3



 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Tim Patrick94%3492%515.6%9129.0%14.7%1.240
2Courtland Sutton92%3492%721.9%11235.9%20.6%0.350
3Noah Fant80%2876%618.8%154.8%21.4%2.040
4Jerry Jeudy69%3081%412.5%6621.0%13.3%0.000
5Albert Okwuegbunam41%1232%412.5%247.5%33.3%4.830

Team Volume: 37 DBs, 34 att. (18-186-1)

  • Sutton finally got some targets and air yards after seven straight games with six looks or fewer, but he still wasn't able to produce, finishing with 2-12-0 on seven targets.
  • Jeudy finished with a goose egg on four targets.
  • Patrick put up 3-42-1 on five targets, ending a four game streak with less than 5.0 PPR points.
    • He's seen 3-6 targets in nine consecutive games, averaging only 2.5 catches for 35.4 yards in that stretch.


Packers (31) at Ravens (30)

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Davante Adams92%3397%722.6%3211.3%21.2%1.331
2Allen Lazard78%2882%412.9%4616.4%14.3%0.822
3Marquez Valdes-Scantling66%2676%722.6%14551.5%26.9%3.770
4Josiah Deguara56%2059%516.1%145.1%25.0%0.801
5Marcedes Lewis51%721%39.7%62.2%42.9%5.710

Team Volume: 34 DBs, 31 att. (23-268-3)

  • Valdes-Scantling went for 5-98-1 on seven targets, his second big game in the past four weeks.
    • MVS has five or more targets in four straight, averaging 4.0 catches for 72.8 yards and 0.5 TDs on 8.0 targets in that stretch. No Cobb and no Tonyan seems to have helped him, not to mention Aaron Rodgers being in the zone.
  • Deguara finished with only 3-16-0, but he had a season-high five targets (after four the previous week) and topped 50% snap share for a second straight week.
    • Deguara has run routes on 60% and 59% of Aaron Rodgers' dropbacks the past two weeks.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Rashod Bateman93%3995%25.1%4618.0%5.1%0.131
2Marquise Brown88%3893%1435.9%6424.9%36.8%1.131
3Mark Andrews79%3790%1333.3%13151.2%35.1%3.682
4Devin Duvernay33%1332%37.7%62.2%23.1%1.000
5Nick Boyle28%512%00.0%00.0%0.0%0.000
6James Proche24%1127%12.6%72.7%9.1%0.730

Team Volume: 41 DBs, 40 att. (28-215-2)

  • Bateman was targeted only twice but ran a team-high 39 routes on Tyler Huntley's 41 dropbacks.
  • Huntley's lack of arm strength is also a factor, but this was more of what I mentioned last week with Hollywood... opponents are just playing off-coverage and daring him to break tackles and take hits after short throws. The Ravens at least are giving him those throws...
  • MANdrews makes NFL safeties look like children.
    • He's seen double-digit targets in each of Huntley's three starts, catching 29 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. Who needs Lamar?*
  • No. 2 TE Nick Boyle still isn't up to speed after dealing with knee problems for more than a year. He played only 28% of snaps and ran five routes, splitting work with Eric Tomlinson behind Andrews.

*Kidding. We all do.


Falcons (13) at 49ers (31) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Kyle Pitts81%2983%724.1%8230.4%24.1%2.661
2Russell Gage79%3086%1137.9%11442.0%36.7%3.031
3Olamide Zaccheaus62%1954%26.9%4717.4%10.5%2.790
4Tajae Sharpe53%2160%13.4%51.9%4.8%0.001
5Hayden Hurst41%1234%26.9%10.5%16.7%0.500

Team Volume: 35 DBs, 32 att. (19-236-1)

  • Gage is looking like Calvin Ridley Jr. of late, topping 60 yards in four straight games.
    • Over his past four, Gage has averaged 7.3 catches for 86.8 yards and 0.5 TDs on 9.0 targets.
  • More of the same for Pitts... a solid game (4-77-0) but no TD or huge play.
    • He hasn't scored since Week 5, and that was his only score all year.
    • 58 catches for 847 yards in 14 games is still pretty darn good for a rookie TE. And with 8.9 YPT in a subpar offense with a past-his-prime QB. I'll have Pitts higher next year than I did this year, that's for sure. He might be a fantasy disappointment, but he's also one of the better rookie tight ends we've ever seen.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Brandon Aiyuk98%24100%28.3%3021.2%8.3%1.501
2George Kittle96%1979%625.0%4631.9%31.6%4.890
3Deebo Samuel80%2292%520.8%2215.5%22.7%2.730
4Jauan Jennings43%1563%625.0%3826.6%40.0%1.870

Team Volume: 24 DBs, 24 att. (18-235-1)

  • Samuel keeps putting up numbers, but the nature of his new role/usage makes me all kinds of nervous he's gonna turn in his first dud of the season right when I need him most in the semifinals/finals of my favorite league (GMFFL SHOUTOUT).
    • He did at least see five targets in this one, his most since Week 10. And of course he ran for a TD for the fifth straight game... and even had a pass attempt. But I liked it better early in the season when he was getting 8+ targets every week. That felt safer, and higher upside for PPR leagues. So, basically just better. Not that I can be mad at Kyle Shanahan when his hooligan antics are working so well.


Saints (9) at Buccaneers (0) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Marquez Callaway85%2586%936.0%9542.8%36.0%4.480
2Tre'Quan Smith67%1966%312.0%2410.7%15.8%0.890
3Nick Vannett57%1138%14.0%229.8%9.1%0.000
4Adam Trautman57%1138%28.0%2210.0%18.2%0.360
5Juwan Johnson35%1655%00.0%00.0%0.0%0.000
6Ty Montgomery33%1138%28.0%2210.0%18.2%0.000
7Lil'Jordan Humphrey27%931%00.0%00.0%0.0%0.000

Team Volume: 29 DBs, 27 att. (13-154-0)

  • Callaway caught four passes for 88 yards in the first quarter on his way to a 6-112-0 receiving line.
    • Don't get too excited. Taysom Hill still can't throw, and Callaway previously had five consecutive games with exactly four targets.
  • Apart from Callaway, nobody ran a route on more than two-thirds of Hill's dropbacks.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtsTgt Sh.Air YardsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Tyler Johnson95%4994%714.6%369.4%14.3%0.840
2Rob Gronkowski85%4281%1122.9%11530.2%26.2%0.690
3Scotty Miller78%3975%36.3%328.4%7.7%0.440
4Jaelon Darden55%2854%36.3%9023.7%10.7%0.000
5Cameron Brate27%1325%48.3%4010.4%30.8%1.690
6Mike Evans23%1529%12.1%123.1%6.7%0.930
7Chris Godwin22%1529%714.6%5213.8%46.7%3.270

Team Volume: 52 DBs, 48 att. (26-214-0)

  • Evans and Godwin both left with injuries in the first half and didn't return.
    • Godwin has a torn ACL, while Evans escaped with a hamstring strain.
    • And just like that, Antonio Brown is forgiven...  until next time!
  • Johnson, Miller and Darden were the only three WRs left for Tampa after Godwin and Evans went down. Johnson saw seven targets and put up 4-41-0, while the other guys saw just three targets apiece (Miller put up 2-18-0, Darden a goose egg)


Raiders (16) at Browns (14) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtTgt Sh.Air YdsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Foster Moreau100%3383%925.0%227.3%27.3%1.970
2Zay Jones86%3588%925.0%16555.0%25.7%1.910
3Hunter Renfrow78%3485%513.9%309.9%14.7%0.941
4Bryan Edwards70%3075%411.1%227.3%13.3%0.271
5DeSean Jackson29%1333%38.3%6421.3%23.1%0.850

Team Volume: 40 DBs, 38 att. (25-236-1)

  • Moreau played every snap on offense and tied for the team lead in targets, after getting six targets and 98% snap share the week before (but with an ugly 3-13-0 receiving line).
    • He finished with 7-65-0 in this one, including some key catches late in Q4.
  • The win arguably improves Darren Waller's odds of playing again this season, with the Raiders hanging on by a thread in the AFC wild-card race. Waller has missed back-to-back games with a knee injury.
  • Jackson is still taking enough snaps to be a nuisance to Edwards, but not enough to have fantasy value of his own.
  • The five targets were tied for Renfrow's second fewest of the year, and the 3-32-0 receiving line makes for his worst fantasy outing of the season.
    • He had three straight games with 8+ catches for 102+ yards before this one.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtTgt Sh.Air YdsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1David Njoku100%2790%517.2%4521.1%18.5%1.071
2Donovan Peoples-Jones93%2790%827.6%11654.0%29.6%1.780
3Rashard Higgins79%2377%517.2%4119.1%21.7%1.040
4Harrison Bryant39%827%26.9%125.8%25.0%1.381
5Anthony Schwartz23%723%00.0%00.0%0.0%0.000

Team Volume: 30 DBs, 30 att. (20-147-1)

  • Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum, Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper all missed this game on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which left Nick Mullens as the starting QB and forced Njoku, Peoples-Jones and Higgins to play the vast majority of offensive snaps.
  • Peoples-Jones saw eight of the 20 targets, and was the only Brown with more than five.
    • But caught only four passes for 48 yards.


Vikings (17) at Bears (9) 

 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtTgt Sh.Air YdsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Justin Jefferson92%2796%1045.5%14258.2%37.0%1.741
2K.J. Osborn88%2589%313.6%145.9%12.0%0.840
3Tyler Conklin73%2071%313.6%5321.7%15.0%0.351
4Ihmir Smith-Marsette48%2071%29.1%3514.2%10.0%0.351

Team Volume: 28 DBs, 24 att. (12-87-2)

  • Adam Thielen (knee) and Dede Westbrook (COVID-19) missed the game, leaving Osborn as the No. 2 receiver and Smith-Marsette as the No. 3.
    • ISM caught his first career TD, but other than that, the Vikings ran the ball or threw it to Jefferson, who finished with 4-47-1 on 10 looks.
  • Jefferson has six straight games with nine or more targets, averaging 7.1 catches for 117.2 yards and 0.83 TDs in that stretch.


 Snap %RoutesR/DBTgtTgt Sh.Air YdsAY Sh.TPRRYPRREZ Tgts
1Darnell Mooney96%4198%719.4%7832.3%17.1%1.542
2Cole Kmet95%3890%925.0%6125.2%23.7%1.871
3Damiere Byrd90%3788%616.7%5221.7%16.2%1.680
4Dazz Newsome66%3071%12.8%93.8%3.3%0.000
5Jimmy Graham26%1126%25.6%218.6%18.2%1.181

Team Volume: 42 DBs, 39 att. (26-285-1)

  • Allen Robinson (COVID-19) and Marquise Goodwin (foot) both missed the game, leaving Byrd as the No. 2 WR and Newsome as the No. 3.
  • Newsome, a rookie sixth-round pick, was targeted just once on 30 routes in his first NFL appearance. He finished without a catch.
  • Kmet led the team with nine targets and caught six passes for 71 yards (his second most in a game.
    • He has five or more targets in four straight games, averaging 5.0 catches for 48.5 yards in that stretch.
    • Kmet still hasn't scored a TD and continues to take a backseat to Graham near the end zone, but the second-year pro is showing signs of progress otherwise with his consistent involvement in the passing game.


Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only NFL Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire NFL fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
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.
RotoWire Roundtable: 2023 Top-150 Fantasy Football Rankings
RotoWire Roundtable: 2023 Top-150 Fantasy Football Rankings
Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 150 PPR Draft Ranks 2023
Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 150 PPR Draft Ranks 2023
Best Ball Strategy: Underdog 18-Round Contests
Best Ball Strategy: Underdog 18-Round Contests
5 Shortcuts To Fix Your Dynasty Roster In One Season (Video)
5 Shortcuts To Fix Your Dynasty Roster In One Season (Video)