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Fantasy targets and touches: Week 14

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For most fantasy football players, this was the final week before the fantasy postseason. Seeding was on the line, and countless teams were battling for the right to make it to the big dance and earn a chance at a fantasy championship. Hopefully, you got there. I did in both of my leagues, one more comfortably than the other. I try to highlight some players to add or avoid in the analysis below, with an eye toward helping you all advance in the playoffs.

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KEY

percent TS = percentage of total team passing targets player received
percent AY = percentage of total team air yards player received

New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys


Saints

Backfield
Alvin Kamara, RB - 19 touches (Wk 12: 15, Wk 11: 14, Wk 10: 16), 69 percent snap share
Mark Ingram, RB - 9 touches (Wk 12: 13, Wk 11: 16, Wk 10: 16), 41 percent snap share

This game went perfectly according to script for the Cowboys, as they held the Saints to 49 plays, far fewer than the 65 per game the Saints entered this contest averaging. Ingram and Kamara only ran the ball a combined 18 times. Kamara's eight receptions likely saved plenty of fantasy days.

Passing game
Michael Thomas, WR - 26 percent TS, 50 percent AY
Keith Kirkwood, WR - 11 percent TS, 41 percent AY
Alvin Kamara, RB - 41 percent TS, 2 percent AY

With the Saints offense flustered, Drew Brees leaned heavily on Kamara. Unfortunately, he only managed 36 yards on eight catches. Thomas wasn't quite as automatic as usual, but this is a bump in the road (on the road against a good defense), and not a reason to panic.

Cowboys

Backfield
Ezekiel Elliott, RB - 29 touches (Wk 12: 31, Wk 11: 30, Wk 10: 25), 89 percent snap share

The Cowboys are designing clever screens for Elliott, and the benefits are evident. Elliott caught six passes for 60 yards against the Saints, including the Cowboys lone-touchdown.

Passing game
Amari Cooper, WR - 29 percent TS, 27 percent AY
Michael Gallup, WR - 25 percent TS, percent AY
Ezekiel Elliott, RB - 21 percent TS, 0 percent AY

Cooper once again delivered as the Cowboys' new No. 1 wideout, posting eight catches on eight targets for 75 yards. He did lose a fumble, though, but this production is solid for not finding the end zone. Gallup is a name to circle more so for next season than this, but he did show his potential with five catches and 76 yards against the Saints. This was his first game with more than three catches all year.

Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons


Ravens

Backfield
Ty Montgomery, RB - 8 touches (Wk 12: 11, Wk 11: n/a, Wk 10: n/a), 32 percent snap share
Gus Edwards, RB - 21 touches (Wk 12: 23, Wk 11: 17, Wk 10: BYE), 50 percent snap share
Kenneth Dixon, RB - 9 touches (Wk 12: n/a, Wk 11: n/a,, Wk 10: BYE), 22 percent snap share

Edwards has had 17-plus carries and 82-plus yards in three straight weeks. However, this was Dixon's first game back and the team worked him in immediately. It'll be worth monitoring, as if Edwards loses volume he'll become a much less favorable fantasy asset as he's rarely involved in the passing game.

Passing game
Michael Crabtree, WR - 15 percent TS, 12 percent AY
Ty Montgomery, RB - 27 percent TS, 9 percent AY
John Brown, WR - 15 percent TS, 44 percent AY

This was the third game in a row where Lamar Jackson threw for fewer than 200 passing yards. With the air taken out of this offense, it's really tough to trust Michael Crabtree and John Brown, especially since Jackson is still a bit off on his passes in general when he does target his wideouts.

Falcons

Backfield
Tevin Coleman, RB - 7 touches (Wk 12: 11, Wk 11: 11, Wk 10: 14, Wk 9: 18), 52 percent snap share
Ito Smith, RB - 8 touches (Wk 12: 6, Wk 11: 8, Wk 10: 8, Wk 9: 11), 48 percent snap share

The Falcons backfield is a mess right now. Smith and Coleman can't get much going on the ground, and Matt Ryan is looking elsewhere in the passing game. It's probably best to avoid this duo moving forward.

Passing game
Julio Jones, WR - 30 percent TS, 58 percent AY
Austin Hooper, TE - 19 percent TS, 6 percent AY
Calvin Ridley, WR - 19 percent TS, 13 percent AY

Jones caught just two of his eight targets in what was an overall dismal performance from the Falcons offense (they finished with 131 total yards!). Hooper went for 5-44-1, but this was the first time he'd gone for 40-plus yards or found the end zone in nearly a month. Relief for this bunch could be on the horizon, as the Falcons face the Packers' injury-riddled defense.

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Panthers

Backfield
Christian McCaffrey, RB - 19 touches (Wk 12: 28, Wk 11: 19, Wk 10: 19), 100 percent snap share

McCaffrey remains one of the safest backs in fantasy. Curtis Samuel might be a name to add off waivers just in case Run CMC suffers some sort of injury. The team released C.J. Anderson earlier this year, and Samuel is one of the only players on the roster who could somewhat fill McCaffrey's dual-threat role.

Passing game
Curtis Samuel, WR - 26 percent TS, 37 percent AY
Christian McCaffrey, RB - 24 percent TS, 5 percent AY
D.J. Moore, WR - 19 percent TS, 30 percent AY

Greg Olsen suffered another foot injury and is likely out for the rest of the season. Rookie Ian Thomas saw five targets as a result, but he struggled to fill Olsen's shoes when the veteran was injured earlier in the year. Don't rush to the waivers for him as a straight-up replacement, though if the options are thin (and they very well could be), Thomas is worth considering.

Buccaneers

Backfield
Peyton Barber, RB - 16 touches (Wk 12: 20, Wk 11: 20, Wk 10: 14), 59 percent snap share

Barber is averaging under four yards per carry over the last three weeks, but he's seen 16-plus carries and found the end zone in each outing. It's never pretty, but Barber offers a reasonable floor as a low-end flex play.

Passing game
Chris Godwin, WR - 21 percent TS, 29 percent AY
Mike Evans, WR - 21 percent TS, 30 percent AY
Cameron Brate, TE - 21 percent TS, 24 percent AY
Adam Humphries, WR - 28 percent TS, 13 percent AY

DeSean Jackson missed this game, helping concentrate the targets into just four options. It's still a bit tough to trust this group aside from Evans, but Humphries is making a case. He's had 50-plus yards in six straight games and has scored in four of those as well.

Chicago Bears at New York Giants


Bears

Backfield
Jordan Howard, RB - 8 touches (Wk 12: 8, Wk 11: 19, Wk 10: 12) 42 percent snap share
Tarik Cohen, RB - 10 touches (Wk 12: 10, Wk 11: 10, Wk 10: 6), 53 percent snap share

Howard's 76 rushing yards were his most since October, and mark just the second time he's gone for 70-plus since Week 1. He's still yet to post more than 100 in a game this year. The bigger story here is Cohen, who caught 12 passes for 156 yards and threw a touchdown. Mitchell Trubisky is expected back next week which likely brings Cohen's target totals back down a bit, as he'll be more willing to throw the ball deep than Chase Daniel. Still, Cohen remains the back to start in this group as he's hit his ceiling several times this year.

Passing game
Allen Robinson, WR - 24 percent TS, 32 percent AY
Tarik Cohen, RB - 32 percent TS, 13 percent AY
Taylor Gabriel, WR - 19 percent TS, 18 percent AY
Trey Burton, TE - 19 percent TS, 12 percent AY

As mentioned above, Daniel targeted Cohen early and often, but Robinson was able to make the most of his opportunities, catching some tough contested throws. He finished with a respectable 5-79-0 line and should figure to have his weekly ceiling rise when Trubisky returns.

Giants

Backfield
Saquon Barkley, RB - 27 touches (Wk 12: 20, Wk 11: 29, Wk 10: 24), 79 percent snap share

Barkley didn't find the end zone but went for 125 yards on the ground, adding in three catches for 21 yards as well.

Passing game
Odell Beckham Jr., WR - 25 percent TS, 43 percent AY
Sterling Shepard., WR - 17 percent TS, 16 percent AY
Rhett Ellison, TE - 19 percent TS, 16 percent AY
Saquon Barkley, RB - 11 percent TS, 3 percent AY

Beckham only caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown, but also threw his second touchdown pass of the year, a 49-yarder to Russell Shepard. That helped turn around an otherwise lackluster day for the Giants' superstar.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins


Bills

Backfield
LeSean McCoy, RB - 18 touches (Wk 12: 18, Wk 11: 27, Wk 10: BYE), 75 percent snap share

This is the second week in a row McCoy has been out-rushed by Josh Allen. This time the rookie quarterback rushed for 135 yards on just nine carries. Allen chewing up so many yards on the ground is depressing McCoy's already low weekly ceiling.

Passing game
Robert Foster, WR - 12 percent TS, 29 percent AY
Zay Jones, WR - 19 percent TS, 31 percent AY
LeSean McCoy, RB - 19 percent TS, 0 percent AY

What a surprising game for Jones, who found the end zone twice and led the team with nine targets. It's still difficult to rely on Buffalo pass-catchers, as Jones saw just one target in his last game.

Dolphins

Backfield
Kenyan Drake, RB - 13 touches (Wk 12: 13, Wk 11: BYE, Wk 10: 10), 52 percent snap share
Frank Gore, RB - 15 touches (Wk 12: 15, Wk 11: BYE, Wk 10: 15), 38 percent snap share

The Dolphins offense sputtered on the ground, but Drake caught a touchdown at least. This isn't an offense too many fantasy teams will want to hitch their wagons too with the fantasy postseason approaching.

Passing game
Kenyan Drake, RB - 17 percent TS, 10 percent AY
DeVante Parker, WR - 29 percent TS, 37 percent AY
Kenny Stills, WR - 25 percent TS, 38 percent AY

Ryan Tannehill threw for just 137 yards on his 24 attempts, but tossed three touchdowns thanks to some short field provided by Josh Allen interceptions. He looked for his top two targets early and often, but the volume and potency of this offense is still lacking for what we're really after in season-long leagues.

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars


Colts

Backfield
Marlon Mack, RB - 9 touches (Wk 12: 17, Wk 11: 17, Wk 10: 12,), 38 percent snap share
Nyheim Hines, RB - 13 touches (Wk 12: 11, Wk 11: 6, Wk 10: 6), 59 percent snap share

The Colts offense put in an overall rough day at the office. They could get nothing going on the ground, and Hines was forced to chip in with nine catches for 50 yards in the passing game. This seems like the closest the Jaguars have been to the dominant defense we saw last year.

Passing game
Nyheim Hines, RB - 18 percent TS, 3 percent AY
Eric Ebron, TE - 29 percent TS, 19 percent AY
T.Y. Hilton, WR - 25 percent TS, 43 percent AY

Somehow, Andrew Luck threw the ball 52 times and didn't find the end zone once. He peppered his top options with targets all afternoon, and they responded as best they could against the Jaguars defense, which came out in force today. This just furthers the notion in fantasy that we want no part of the ancillary options in Indy.

Jaguars

Backfield
T.J. Yeldon, RB - 15 touches (Wk 12: 5, Wk 11: 7, Wk 10: 8), 61 percent snap share
Carlos Hyde, RB - 14 touches (Wk 12: 10, Wk 11: 8, Wk 10: 3), 39 percent snap share

With Leonard Fournette serving his one-game suspension for last week's fight, the Jags tried to lean on Hyde and Yeldon to replicate Fournette's production. The results were lackluster. Yeldon led the Jaguars in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (49), but both he and Hyde were unable to get anything going on the ground.

Passing game
Dede Westbrook, WR - 21 percent TS, 64 percent AY
Donte Moncrief, WR - 17 percent TS, 28 percent AY
T.J. Yeldon, RB - 33 percent TS, 5 percent AY

Cody Kessler under center really didn't change much for Jacksonville's passing attack. As I noted above, Yeldon led this bunch in receiving and the group collectively managed 150 yards and no touchdowns.

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans


Browns

Backfield
Duke Johnson Jr., RB - 2 touches (Wk 12:, 3, Wk 11: 7, Wk 10: BYE), 38 percent snap share
Nick Chubb, RB - 12 touches (Wk 12: 31, Wk 11: 23, Wk 10: BYE), 43 percent snap share

Baker Mayfield threw three first-half interceptions and the Browns trailed 23-0 at halftime, leading to Chubb only seeing nine carries. Fortunately he found the end zone on one of those and took his three receptions for 41 yards, otherwise, this would have turned into a disaster outing.

Passing game
Jarvis Landry, WR - 21 percent TS, 34 percent AY
Rashard Higgins, WR - 10 percent TS, 13 percent AY
David Njoku, TE - 14 percent TS, 14 percent AY
Antonio Callaway, WR - 14 percent TS, 15 percent AY

Mayfield overcame his first-half hiccups to throw for 397 yards on the day. Landry was his favorite target for the first time in what feels like forever. This was Landry's first game with over 50 receiving yards (he went 6-103-0) since October 21. It feels risky expecting this production to continue after a lengthy run with reduced usage.

Texans

Backfield
Lamar Miller, RB - 20 touches (Wk 12: 13, Wk 11: 23, Wk 10: BYE), 54 percent snap share
Alfred Blue, RB - 13 touches (Wk 12: 14, Wk 11: 8, Wk 10: BYE), 47 percent snap share

Miller has posted 100-plus total yards in five of his last six games. The team treats him as somewhat of a focal point now, giving him a relatively safe weekly floor. The Texans have won nine-straight games, so nothing suggests they'll turn away from this successful formula.

Passing game
DeAndre Hopkins, WR - 39 percent TS, 56 percent AY
Demaryius Thomas, WR - 16 percent TS, 31 percent AY
DeAndre Carter, WR - 19 percent TS, 0 percent AY

Deshaun Watson is playing smart, efficient football of late which is great for the Texans bu ho-hum for fantasy purposes. This was the first time since October 14 where he threw more than 25 passes in a game. In fantasy, this translates into Nuk getting his (7-91-0 here) and the rest of the pass-catchers fighting for scraps.

Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals


Broncos

Backfield
Royce Freeman, RB - 12 touches (Wk 12: 6, Wk 11: 8, Wk 10: BYE), 37 percent snap share
Phillip Lindsay, RB - 20 touches (Wk 12: 14, Wk 11: 15, Wk 10: BYE), 40 percent snap share

I'm running out of superlatives to throw on rookie sensation Phillip Lindsay. The guy is one of the most enjoyable players to watch in the NFL right now, and if you've yet to see a Broncos game I suggest you at least catch the highlights of Lindsay's 157-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Bengals.

Passing game
Courtland Sutton, WR - 33 percent TS, 76 percent AY
Emmanuel Sanders, WR - 29 percent TS, 17 percent AY

Sutton saw just one more target than Sanders, but the rookie was able to do far more with his opportunities, catching four passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. The rookie now has three-plus catches and 57-plus yards in four of his last five outings. Those aren't eye-popping numbers by any stretch, but those looking for wide receiver help in deeper leagues could consider Sutton.

Bengals

Backfield
Joe Mixon, RB - 14 touches (Wk 12: 21, Wk 11: 15, Wk 10: 13, 55 percent snap share
Giovani Bernard, RB - 11 touches (Wk 12: 2, Wk 11: 6, Wk 10: 4), 43 percent snap share

Mixon's outlook continues to darken, as both Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are out for the remained of the season. Mixon churned out an impressive 82 yards on his 12 carries, but with little threat coming from the passing game he could find the sledding tougher as we get deeper into December.

Passing game
Tyler Boyd, WR - 23 percent TS, 43 percent AY
C.J. Uzomah, TE - 17 percent TS, 7 percent AY
Giovani Bernard, RB - 23 percent TS, 0 percent AY<

No Andy Dalton. Now no A.J. Green for the rest of the season. Perhaps this game is a sneak preview of what's to come the rest of the season, as this trio handled over 62 percent of the targets. That might not mean a ton in fantasy if Jeff Driskel can't push the ball downfield. Boyd was the only one to turn his targets into more than 40 receiving yards. It'd be best to approach this bunch with caution.

Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions


Rams

Backfield
Todd Gurley, RB - 26 touches (Wk 12: BYE, Wk 11: 15, Wk 10: 19,), 94 percent snap share

Gurley "disappointed" in Week 11 by Todd Gurley standards, so I'm sure all of his fantasy managers were overjoyed to see him bounce back with a 165-yard, two-touchdown outing in Detroit. Complaining about a Gurley performance is the pinnacle of first-world fantasy problems.

Passing game
Robert Woods, WR - 27 percent TS, 38 percent AY
Brandin Cooks, WR - 18 percent TS, 34 percent AY
Todd Gurley, RB - 15 percent TS, 3 percent AY
Josh Reynolds, WR - 15 percent TS, 11 percent AY

No surprises here. Reynolds' usage from two weeks took a minor hit with Gurley getting more involved again, but the safest options here are Woods and Cooks. No reason to get cute in fantasy an consider starting anyone not mentioned above.

Lions

Backfield
LeGarrette Blount, RB - 16 touches (Wk 12: 19, Wk 11: 7, Wk 10: 6), 45 percent snap share
Theo Riddick, RB - 11 touches (Wk 12: 6, Wk 11: 6, Wk 10: 6), 50 percent snap share

On Thanksgiving we saw how things can go right for Blount in fantasy (two short touchdowns!) and this week we saw how things can go poorly (no touchdowns!). Blount is a non-factor in the passing game, meaning he's essentially a non-factor in fantasy if he doesn't find the end zone. Starting him is playing with fire, as touchdowns are fickle beasts and extremely hard to predict, especially for a short-yardage back.

Passing game
Kenny Golladay, WR - 24 percent TS, 40 percent AY
Levine Toilolo, TE - 18 percent TS, 31 percent AY
Bruce Ellington, WR - 29 percent TS, 12 percent AY

Ellington led the team in targets (10) but turned those into seven catches for 35 yards. Golladay posted just three catches for 50 yards, but was inches away from a touchdown. In one of the strangest surprises of the week, Toilolo led the Lions in receiving yards, with 90 on four catches. He entered the game with 60 receiving yards on the year, so I wouldn't recommend chasing this production.

Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers


Cardinals

Backfield
David Johnson, RB - 19 touches (Wk 11: 26, Wk 10: 28, Wk 9: BYE), 78 percent snap share

This was an unmitigated disaster of a game for managers hoping for a signature game from Johnson. He was stymied on the ground, taking his 20 carries for 69 yards and watched as Chase Edmunds scored two times from inside the 10-yard line. Edmunds played just 19 percent of the snaps and saw seven touches here, so it's not as if he's truly threatening Johnson's workload. This just came at the worst time, as the fantasy playoffs start in most leagues next week.

Passing game
Christian Kirk, WR - 31 percent TS, 33 percent AY
Larry Fitzgerald, WR - 23 percent TS, 41 percent AY

Fitzgerald's improbable touchdown streak came to an end against the Packers, but he did make a remarkable catch to help the Cardinals pull of this improbable upset. Josh Rosen completed 11 passes and somehow his team beat an Aaron Rodgers-led Packers team.

Packers

Backfield
Jamaal Williams, RB - 11 touches (Wk 12: 1, Wk 11: 1, Wk 10: 3, Wk 9: 9), 49 percent snap share
Aaron Jones, RB - 15 touches (Wk 12: 20, Wk 11: 16, Wk 10: 18, Wk 9: 16), 53 percent snap share

In a surprising twist, Williams popped up for 11 touches against the Cardinals, and turned those into just 27 yards. Jones saved his fantasy day with a late touchdown, but the Packers turning away from him was inexcusable. It's fitting then, in a way, that this was Mike McCarthy's last game as head coach. He went out the way he'd mismanaged most of the Packers season: refusing to put the ball in the hands of his most explosive player.

Passing game
Davante Adams, WR - 26 percent TS, 45 percent AY
Marquez Valdez-Scantling, WR - 14 percent TS, 17 percent AY
Jimmy Graham, TE - 22 percent TS, 23 percent AY

Graham popped up with eight catches for 50 yards, but as is the case most weeks this group lived and died by what Adams was able to do with his targets. He turned in another strong performance, with eight catches, 93 yards and a toe-tapping touchdown. He's one of the most automatic wideouts in fantasy this year and a lone bright spot in an otherwise disappointing Packers season. Randall Cobb returned, but saw just five targets on the day. He might be worth an add off waivers as the Packers face the leaky Falcons secondary next week.

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders


Chiefs

Backfield
Spencer Ware, RB - 15 touches (Wk 12: BYE, Wk 11: 0, Wk 10: 3), 69 percent snap share

Ware stepped right into the featured back role previously held by Kareem Hunt, played nearly 70 percent of the snaps. The team mixed in Damien Williams as well (seven touches), but Ware looks like he'll be the main man in this backfield moving forward. .

Passing game
Travis Kelce, TE - 32 percent TS, 32 percent AY
Tyreek Hill, WR - 16 percent TS, 31 percent AY
Chris Conley, WR - 19 percent TS, 18 percent AY

The box scores shows Hill having an off performance, but if a few drops and a few underthrows by Patrick Mahomes go differently, Hill would have lit up the scoreboard. This didn't cost the Chiefs, though, as Kelce went berserk with 12 catches, 168 yards and two score.

Raiders

Backfield
Doug Martin, RB - 19 touches (Wk 12: 14, Wk 11: 11, Wk 10: 18), 53 percent snap share
Jalen Richard, RB - 9 touches (Wk 12: 3, Wk 11: 14, Wk 10: 8), 41 percent snap share

Martin has now found the end zone in back-to-back weeks. His situation is similar to Peyton Barber's, as both get decent volume (Martin had 18 carries Sunday), produce mediocre yardage, but get chances near the goal-line.

Passing game
Jared Cook, TE - 21 percent TS, 26 percent AY
Jordy Nelson, WR - 29 percent TS, 24 percent AY
Seth Roberts, WR - 16 percent TS, 24 percent AY

Cook has now found the end zone in three consecutive games, and went for 100 yards in this one as well. Cook is on track to finish as a top-five fantasy tight end this season, so kudos to him. He's been the best part of the Raiders passing game all season. Nelson went for 10 catches and 97 yards, marking just the second time all year he's crossed 50 yards. I'm skeptical he keeps this up next week against the Steelers.

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans


Jets

Backfield
Isaiah Crowell, RB - 25 touches (Wk 12: 9, Wk 11: 9, Wk 10: BYE), 63 percent snap share
Elijah McGuire, RB - 7 touches (Wk 12: 7, Wk 11: 9, Wk 10: BYE), 37 percent snap share

If you're surprised to see Crowell with 25 touches in this game, you aren't alone. Perhaps the Jets, knowing the limitations of their offense, tried to ride Crowell to victory after taking an early 10-0 lead thanks to a defensive touchdown. Whatever the reason, fantasy managers shouldn't read too much into this. The Jets offense is lost at sea and trusting fantasy players from this bunch to produce is largely a fool's errand.

Passing game
Quincy Enunwa, WR - 22 percent TS, 14 percent AY
Chris Herndon, TE - 19 percent TS, 31 percent AY
Robby Anderson, WR - 22 percent TS, 66 percent AY

This is looking like a lost season for the Jets. The passing attack is completely listless, and even veteran Josh McCown hasn't been able to lift it up. He went for just 128 yards on 30 attempts against the Titans. If you haven't already, it's OK to punt on these pass-catchers in 2018. There's promise here for 2019, though, and perhaps a new head coach/coordinator combo can maximize the talent in this bunch.

Titans

Backfield
Dion Lewis, RB - 8 touches (Wk 12: 11, Wk 11: , Wk 10: 22), 62 percent snap share
Derrick Henry, RB - 12 touches (Wk 12: 9, Wk 11: , Wk 10: 11), 38 percent snap share

I'm not entirely sure what to make of the Titans backfield. For weeks it looked like Lewis was on the verge of a total takeover, but now it looks like a full-blown committee again. This lack of clarity is especially frustrating with the fantasy playoffs looming. The Titans host the Jaguars next week, which might be a good game to not take any chances with this bunch.

Passing game
Corey Davis, WR - 21 percent TS, 67 percent AY
Tajae Sharpe, WR - 18 percent TS, 0 percent AY
Taywan Taylor, WR - 15 percent TS, 25 percent AY

Jonnu Smith fell off the map after a string of successful fantasy weeks, but Davis continued his rise as a No. 1 wide receiver. He only caught three of his seven targets, but turned one into the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He's still the only reliable option for fantasy in this group.

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks


Seahawks

Backfield
Rashaad Penny, RB - 7 touches (Wk 12: 4. Wk 11: 8, Wk 10: 12), 22 percent snap share
Mike Davis, RB - 4 touches (Wk 12: 4, Wk 11: 6, Wk 10: 15), 16 percent snap share
Chris Carson, RB - 16 touches (Wk 12: 18, Wk 11: 17, Wk 10: n/a), 57 percent snap share

Carson left this game with a dislocated finger, but should be fine for next week's game against the Vikings. Penny is making his case to be stashed for the stretch run. He's flashing potential in limited opportunities each week. If Carson were to miss time, Penny would have RB1-upside in the Seahawks run-first offense.

Passing game
Doug Baldwin, WR - 24 percent TS, 19 percent AY
Chris Carson, RB - 24 percent TS, 0 percent AY
Jaron Brown, WR - 18 percent TS, 25 percent AY

The Seahawks defense gave the offense short field and free points, taking the air out of the passing game. Russell Wilson still tossed four touchdowns, though, with two going to Brown. Tyler Lockett caught one of his two targets and turned it into a 52-yard score. He's Seattle's best and most reliable wide receiver (in fantasy) at this point. David Moore played just 45 percent of the snaps and didn't receive a target.

49ers

Backfield
Matt Breida, RB - 8 touches (Wk 12: 17, Wk 11: 20, Wk 10: BYE), 13 percent snap share
Jeff Wilson Jr., RB - 23 touches (Wk 12: 8, Wk 11: n/a, Wk 10: BYE), 72 percent snap share

The Breida rollercoaster took a dive again this week, as he aggravated his long-standing ankle injury in warmups and has now already been ruled out for Week 14. Wilson filled in admirably, especially in the passing game where he caught eight passes for 73 yards. He'll be a decent flex option next week with Breida sidelined.

Passing game
George Kittle, TE - 19 percent TS, 28 percent AY
Jeff Wilson, RB - 17 percent TS, 2 percent AY
Dante Pettis, WR - 15 percent TS, 38 percent AY

I highlighted Pettis last week as a name to watch, especially if his target share stays consistent. Well, the promising youngster caught five of seven targets against the Seahawks for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He leads the team in air yards over the last two weeks and is second to only Kittle in targets and receptions. He's looking like an emerging, high-upside WR3 in an otherwise forgettable fantasy passing attack (not counting Kittle, of course).

Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots


Vikings

Backfield
Dalvin Cook, RB - 17 touches (Wk 12: 13, Wk 11: 12, Wk 10: BYE), 76 percent snap share
Latavius Murray, RB - 6 touches (Wk 12: 11, Wk 11: 14, Wk 10: BYE), 20 percent snap share

Cook gashed the Patriots for 62 rushing yards on five carries in the first half, but only received four more carries in the second half. Mike Zimmer keeps lamenting about how the Vikings aren't running enough in his press conferences. Maybe next week he'll get what he wants.

Passing game
Adam Thielen, WR - 23 percent TS, 37 percent AY
Dalvin Cook, RB - 23 percent TS, 0 percent AY
Aldrick Robinson, WR - 20 percent TS, 47 percent AY
Stefon Diggs, WR - 11 percent TS, 5 percent AY

This performance wasn't entirely on Kirk Cousins (though much of it was), but he averaged a frighteningly poor 4.6 yards per attempt against the Patriots. Still, 5-28-1 from Thielen and 5-49-0 from Diggs were nothing to write home about. Things don't get any easier for this bunch when they travel to Seattle next week, but it'll be hard to turn away from them with the fantasy postseason starting.

Backfield
Sony Michel, RB - 18 touches (Wk 12: 23, Wk 11: 11, Wk 10: BYE), 39 percent snap share
James White, RB - 13 touches (Wk 12: 10, Wk 11: 6, Wk 10: BYE), 45 percent snap share
Rex Burkhead, RB - 9 touches (Wk 12: n/a, Wk 11: n/a, Wk 10: BYE), 24 percent snap share

The Patriots wasted no time getting Burkhead involved in the game plan in his first game back from the IR boomerang. Fortunately, he didn't take too much away from Michel's ground game or White's passing game role. Michel fell victim to two James Develin fullback dives inside the 5-yard line. The Patriots want to run their offense through this backfield it seems, so there's no reason to fret (yet) with Michel and White. Burkhead should be added just in case.

Passing game
Rob Gronkowski, TE - 12 percent TS, 32 percent AY
Julian Edelman, WR - 25 percent TS, 35 percent AY
James White, WR - 28 percent TS, 0 percent AY
Josh Gordon, WR - 9 percent TS, 18 percent AY

White was the only player with more than three catches in this contest, and Gordon was the only one to find the end zone. Gronk's production since returning from injury is far from what we hoped, but given the tight end landscape it's hard to turn away from him, especially knowing his ceiling still exists, even if it feels harder and harder for him to hit with each passing week.

Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers


Chargers

Backfield
Austin Ekeler, RB - 18 touches (Wk 12: 15, Wk 11: 8, Wk 10: 3), 77 percent snap share
Justin Jackson, RB - 9 touches (Wk 12: 7, Wk 11: 0, Wk 10: 0), 23 percent snap share

With Melvin Gordon on a "week-to-week" timeline to return from his knee injury, there was a mad dash last week for Ekeler on waivers. Ekeler dominated the touches and snaps in the Chargers backfield, but rookie Justin Jackson flashed with his limited opportunities in a big spot. He ran eight times for 63 yards and a touchdown, looking like a much purer runner between the tackles than Ekeler. He's definitely worth grabbing on waivers this week, as there's no guarantee that Gordon returns for Week 14.

Passing game
Keenan Allen, WR - 53 percent TS, 68 percent AY
Austin Ekeler, RB - 22 percent TS, 0 percent AY
Mike Williams, WR - 8 percent TS, 22 percent AY

Allen put on an absolute clinic on Sunday night, posting a monster 14-148-1 stat line off 19 targets. The Chargers schemed Allen where he often ended up against linebackers in the slot, an unbelievable mismatch in his favor. As a result, there weren't many other targets to go around for the Williamses, but Mike Williams caught all three of his targets for 52 yards.

Steelers

Backfield
James Conner, RB - 18 touches (Wk 12: 17, Wk 11: 15, Wk 10: 14), 71 percent snap share

Conner scored on two early touchdown dives for the Steelers and handled the majority of the backfield touches. However, it was revealed Tuesday morning that Conner with miss Week 14 with what could be a high ankle sprain. If that's the case, he could miss multiple weeks. Jaylen Samuels figures to lead the Steelers new committee backfield and is a top add this week, though veteran Stevan Ridley should factor into the mix as well.

Passing game
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR - 20 percent TS, 56 percent AY
Antonio Brown, WR - 30 percent TS, 8 percent AY
Vance McDonald, TE - 14 percent TS, 10 percent AY

Brown and Smith-Schuster dominated the target share as usual, but it was Brown who came out ahead statistically, posting an impressive 10-154-1 as he tried to match Keenan Allen catch for catch. Smith-Schuster hauled in six for 49 yards, salvaging a solid PPR outing at the very least.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles


Redskins

Backfield
Adrian Peterson, RB - 9 touches (Wk 12: 14, Wk 11: 21, Wk 10: 21), 36 percent snap share
Chris Thompson, RB - 6 touches (Wk 12: n/a, Wk 11: n/a, Wk 10: n/a), 64 percent snap share

This game had all the signs of an Adrian Peterson disaster for fantasy. Washington fell behind early, Thompson was healthy and heavily involved, and so on. Peterson had just nine carries in this game, but a 90-yard touchdown scamper (the longest of his career) earned him a solid fantasy outing. Thompson's return is noteworthy, but his tough total isn't enough to warrant starting consideration yet.

Passing game
Jamison Crowder, WR - 16 percent TS, 14 percent AY
Jordan Reed, TE - 20 percent TS, 7 percent AY
Josh Doctson, WR - 20 percent TS, 55 percent AY
Chris Thompson, RB - 20 percent TS, 0 percent AY

Right when we were getting used to Colt McCoy under center, he suffers a broken leg and is out for the season. Enter... the Sanchize. That's right, Mark Sanchez is now quarterbacking for Washington. The results Sunday were solid, considering Sanchez was on his couch a few weeks ago. With this group now on its third quarterback and the fantasy playoffs starting, it's probably best to avoid these pass-catchers until things sort themselves out. The healthy return of Thompson and Crowder muddies the waters further, as well.

Eagles

Backfield
Corey Clement, RB - 8 touches (Wk 12: 7, Wk 11: 4, Wk 10: 6), 30 percent snap share
Josh Adams, RB - 20 touches (Wk 12: 22. Wk 11: 10, Wk 10: 7), 55 percent snap share

Darren Sproles got four carries and took one for a touchdown, but played only nine percent of the snaps. Adams is the team's workhorse on the ground now, but is minimally involved in the passing game. He's a better play in standard formats as a flex option, but the presence of Clement and Sproles will limit his weekly upside.

Passing game
Golden Tate, WR - 16 percent TS, 12 percent AY
Alshon Jeffery, WR - 13 percent TS, 18 percent AY
Zach Ertz, TE - 26 percent TS, 30 percent AY
Nelson Agholor, WR - 21 percent TS, 29 percent AY

Tate found the end zone and hauled in six catches for 84 yards, marking his best performance as an Eagle. Jeffery continues to suffer from Tate's arrival, as his 31 yards and 13 percent target share fell below his averages since Tate joined the team from the Lions. Ertz remains reliable.

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