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Fantasy targets and touches Week 6: Ingram and Kamara split time

Hopefully by now you've read one of these columns in the past and understand our new approach. If not, head back to last week's article and read the intro there. In the interest of saving us all some time, I'll be cutting out the long explanation moving forward.

Now that we're five weeks into the season our data will be more actionable and reliable. Plus, teams are starting to show us who they really are. The Dolphins, for instance, have crashed back to Earth after a surprising 3-0 start. The Browns are here to stay and have a real quarterback.

Now is a perfect time of year to start taking stock of your fantasy squad and making moves to position yourself for a postseason run. Let's dive into what Week 5 had to offer and what it might mean as we head into Week 6.


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

BYE WEEKS:Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots


Jordan Wilkins, RB - 8 touches (Wk 4: 8, Wk 3: 8, Wk 2: 12), 22 percent snap share
Nyheim Hines, RB - 22 touches (Wk 4: 13, Wk 3: 10, Wk 2: 5), 68 percent snap share

Robert Turbin returned from suspension for this game, but saw the field on just 10 percent of the offensive snaps and didn't register a touch. Hines' advantage over Wilkins in playing time and opportunities is growing, but we'll have to see if Turbin earns a bigger role next week.

Passing game
Zach Pascal, WR - 12 percent TS, 15 percent AY
Eric Ebron, TE - 25 percent TS, 29 percent AY
Chester Rogers, WR - 19 percent TS, 21 percent AY
Nyheim Hines, RB - 15 percent TS, 3 percent AY
Ryan Grant, WR - 15 percent TS, 20

With T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle sidelined, this became the Eric Ebron show. The veteran tight end hauled in nine of his 15 targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns. This was the first 100-yard game of Ebron's career. Only Zach Ertz has more targets than Ebron among tight ends through Weeks 1-5.


Sony Michel, RB - 19 touches (Wk 4: 25, Wk 3: 15, Wk 2: 11), 39 percent snap share
James White, RB - 12 touches (Wk 4: 16, Wk 3: 7, Wk 2: 11), 63 percent snap share

Attrition has turned the Patriots backfield into a well-defined fantasy tandem. Michel will handle nearly all of the work on the ground, while White is a chain-mover in the passing game. Both backs look like solid weekly plays, thought White loses a little shine in non-PPR formats.

Passing game
Rob Gronkowski, TE - 14 percent TS, 23 percent AY
Julian Edelman, WR - 21 percent TS, 14 percent AY
James White, WR - 33 percent TS, 21 percent AY
Josh Gordon, WR - 9 percent TS, 23 percent AY

Edelman's return didn't stop White from leading the team in targets for a second consecutive week. Still, nine targets and seven catches in his first game in over 18 months is a very good sign for Edelman. Gordon's outlook is improving, but he only played on 27 percent of the offensive snaps.

Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills


Dion Lewis, RB - 15 touches (Wk 4: 13, Wk 3: 12, Wk 2: 15), 64 percent snap share
Derrick Henry, RB - 11 touches (Wk 4: 10, Wk 3: 18, Wk 2: 18), 38 percent snap share

This ground attack is frustrating for fantasy purposes, as Lewis and Henry split time and carries. At least Henry posted a more respectable yards per carry average this week (5.1).

Passing game
Corey Davis, WR - 23 percent TS, 21 percent AY
Taywan Taylor, WR - 19 percent TS, 23 percent AY
Tajae Sharpe, WR - 15 percent TS, 31 percent AY
Dion Lewis, RB - 15 percent TS, 0 percent AY

It's tough to take much away from this game when Marcus Mariota finished with 129 passing yards. Taywan Taylor could be worth a stash in deeper leagues.


Chris Ivory, RB - 14 touches (Wk 4: 6, Wk 3: 23, Wk 2: 3), 29 percent snap share
LeSean McCoy, RB - 26 touches (Wk 4: 8, Wk 3: n/a, Wk 2: 13, 71 percent snap share

If you were brave enough to start McCoy, he rewarded your faith with 108 total yards. So, that was nice. When he's healthy, McCoy will dominate the touches in this backfield.

Passing game
Kelvin Benjamin, WR - 25 percent TS, 48 percent AY
Zay Jones, WR - 20 percent TS, 27 percent AY
LeSean McCoy, RB - 15 percent TS, 0 percent AY

The few words I wrote above apply here as well. Josh Allen finished the game with 82 pass yards, so ... yeah.

Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers


Devonta Freeman, RB - 10 touches (Wk 4: n/a, Wk 3: n/a, Wk 2: n/a), 40 percent snap share
Tevin Coleman, RB - 9 touches (Wk 4: 17, Wk 3: 17, Wk 2: 20), 37 percent snap share
Ito Smith, RB - 4 touches (Wk 4: 10, Wk 3: 5, Wk 2: 10), 16 percent snap share

The Falcons were in catch-up mode for much of this game, limiting the opportunities on the ground for this group. Smith plunged into the end zone on a goal-line carry, furthering ruining the day of anyone who started Freeman or Coleman.

Passing game
Julio Jones, WR - 20 percent TS, 40 percent AY
Calvin Ridley, WR - 11 percent TS, 20 percent AY
Mohamed Sanu, WR - 16 percent TS, 31 percent AY
Austin Hooper, TE - 27 percent TS, 31 percent AY

Hooper leading the Falcons in targets is not something to overanalyze and is most likely an outlier. He had 15 through the first four weeks and had 12 in Week 5 alone. The Falcons play the Buccaneers next week, which should be a nice opportunity for this passing attack to rebound.


James Conner, RB - 25 touches (Wk 4: 12, Wk 3: 20, Wk 2: 13), 72 percent snap share

The Steelers coaching staff said during the week that Conner needed more carries, and surprisingly they delivered. Conner was a workhorse, aided by gameflow with the Steelers playing with the lead for much of the game. Still, this is encouraging for his outlook moving forward as he'd been on a disappointing streak of games.

Passing game
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR - 14 percent TS, 13 percent AY
Antonio Brown, WR - 45 percent TS, 54 percent AY
James Conner, RB - 14 percent TS, 0 percent AY

The injuries to the Falcons secondary made it too easy for a player of Brown's caliber to carve them up. He notched a 6-101-2 line on 13 targets. Even with a depressed target share, Smith-Schuster still found the end zone.

Denver Broncos at New York Jets


Royce Freeman, RB - 8 touches (Wk 4: 8, Wk 3: 14, Wk 2: 8), 38 percent snap share
Philip Lindsay, RB - 15 touches (Wk 4: 14, Wk 3: 4, Wk 2: 15), 38 percent snap share

It remains clear that the Broncos favor Lindsay over Freeman, especially when the team falls behind. The duo played the same number of snaps, but Lindsay was far more involved. Devontae Booker (29 percent) muddies the waters even more.

Passing game
Demaryius Thomas, WR - 12 percent TS, 38 percent AY
Emmanuel Sanders, WR - 28 percent TS, 30 percent AY
Courtland Sutton, WR - 12 percent TS, 13 percent AY
Devontae Booker, RB - 10 percent TS, 0 percent AY

Thomas put together a nice final stat line (5-105-1), but much of that came on his 42-yard touchdown reception in garbage time when the Broncos were down 24 points. Sanders looks like Keenum's preferred target regardless of game script.


Bilal Powell, RB - 20 touches (Wk 4: 12, Wk 3: 14, Wk 2: 10), 54 percent snap share
Isaiah Crowell, RB - 16 touches (Wk 4: 5, Wk 3: 18, Wk 2: 14), 41 percent snap share

Have a day, Isaiah Crowell. The big-play has always been a part of Crowell's game, but he had three runs of 30-plus yards in this game, including a 77-yard touchdown run. He's still splitting work regularly with Powell, though, so starting him can be a feast or famine play.

Passing game
Quincy Enunwa, WR - 23 percent TS, 26 percent AY
Jermaine Kearse, WR - 18 percent TS, 24 percent AY
Robby Anderson, WR - 23 percent TS, 39 percent AY
Eric Tomlinson, TE - 14 percent TS, 0 percent AY

Anderson stepped up big time with Enunwa nursing multiple injuries (hand, hip). He only caught three passes but took two of them to the house. The Jets offense capitalized on several big plays in this game, so don't make too many hasty moves based on these results. Darnold only had to attempt 22 passes in Week 5.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs


T.J. Yeldon, RB - 18 touches (Wk 4: 21, Wk 3: 13, Wk 2: 12), 93 percent snap share

Fournette was out and Corey Grant left this game with a foot injury that landed him on IR. Until Fournette heals up, expect heavy usage and playing time for Yeldon.

Passing game
Keelan Cole, WR - 16 percent TS, 20 percent AY
Donte Moncrief, WR - 26 percent TS, 32 percent AY
Niles Paul, TE - 14 percent TS, 9 percent AY
T.J. Yeldon, RB - 16 percent TS, 5 percent AY

Blake Borltes threw 61 passes in this game, which is the complete opposite style of offense the team wants to run. Each week seemingly brings a new "No. 1 target," and this week it was Moncrief's turn. We should take too much from this outlier of a game -- the Jags committed four turnovers in the first quarter and were climbing out of that hole all game.


Kareem Hunt, RB - 23 touches (Wk 4: 22, Wk 3: 18, Wk 2: 19), 75 percent snap share

Game script worked in Hunt's favor here, but it was nevertheless encouraging to see him get over 20 touches for the second consecutive week. His passing game usage dipped with Sammy Watkins back on the field, though, limiting Hunt's weekly ceiling.

Passing game
Travis Kelce, TE - 22 percent TS, 34 percent AY
Tyreek Hill, WR - 20 percent TS, 33 percent AY
Chris Conley, WR - 14 percent TS, 14 percent AY
Sammy Watkins, WR - 22 percent TS, 12 percent AY

It took the NFL's best defense to slow down Patrick Mahomes, who threw two interceptions and no touchdowns in this game. He fed his main trio as usual, though.

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions


Jamaal Williams, RB - 8 touches (Wk 4: 11, Wk 3: 7, Wk 2: 19), 40 percent snap share
Ty Montgomery, RB - 5 touches (Wk 4: 7, Wk 3: 10, Wk 2: 6), 36 percent snap share
Aaron Jones, RB - 9 touches (Wk 4: 12, Wk 3: 7, Wk 2: n/a), 22 percent snap share

The Packers endured a complete disaster of a first half, with multiple turnovers, unlucky calls and missed field goals putting them in a 24-0 hole by the end of the second quarter. As a result, the team went pass-heavy the rest of the way, taking this trio essentially out of the game.

Passing game
Davante Adams, WR - 24 percent TS, 17 percent AY
Marquez Valdez-Scantling, WR - 20 percent TS, 20 percent AY
Jimmy Graham, TE - 22 percent TS, 11 percent AY

With Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison sidelined, MVS stepped up to the plate and performed OK. Graham has been a bit of a disappointment thus far in fantasy and real life. He had what should have been a routine jump ball touchdown fly right through his hands.


Kerryon Johnson, RB - 14 touches (Wk 4: 10, Wk 3: , Wk 2: 13), 47 percent snap share
LeGarrette Blount, RB - 12 touches (Wk 4: 7, WK 3: 18, Wk 2: 9), 30 percent snap share
Theo Riddick, RB - 5 touches (Wk 4: 5, Wk 3: 3, Wk 2: 9), 28 percent snap share

Johnson left this game with an ankle injury but said he was fine afterward. It is noteworthy that the Lions still opt for Blount at the goal line despite Johnson's recent ascent. Blount punched in two short scores.

Passing game
Golden Tate, WR - 26 percent TS, 26 percent AY
Kenny Golladay, WR - 30 percent TS, 37 percent AY
Marvin Jones, WR - 17 percent TS, 23 percent AY

The Lions wide receiver corps is basically a pick-your-poison attack, as it's damn near impossible to contain all three. Jones missed a few big plays in this one but it didn't matter because Golladay was there to lead the way. He and Tate are the reliable weekly options of this group.

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns


Alex Collins, RB - 12 touches (Wk 4: 12, Wk 3: 21, Wk 2: 12), 31 percent snap share
Javorius Allen, RB - 12 touches (Wk 4: 12, Wk 3: 9, Wk 2: 11), 57 percent snap share

This backfield has morphed into more of a committee the last few weeks, and it's starting to look like Allen has the edge. His involvement in the passing game (27 targets, 11 percent team share) makes him more attractive in fantasy, as he has three games with five-plus catches already this year.

Passing game
Michael Crabtree, WR - 21 percent TS, 20 percent AY
John Brown, WR - 25 percent TS, 49 percent AY
Willie Snead IV, WR - 12 percent TS, 14 percent AY
Javorius Allen, RB - 14 percent TS, 0 percent AY

The Ravens passing attack was off in this game, stymied by some strong defensive play and some critical drops as well. Brown's air yards profile remains exceptional for fantasy purposes.


Carlos Hyde, RB - 19 touches (Wk 4: 22, Wk 3: 25, Wk 2: 17), 36 percent snap share
Duke Johnson Jr., RB - 6 touches (Wk 4: 6, Wk 3: 4, Wk 2: 5), 51 percent snap share
Nick Chubb, RB - 3 touches (Wk 4: 3, Wk 3: 2, Wk 2: 2), 13 percent snap share

The Browns said they needed to get Chubb on the field more after his breakout game last week. I guess we can't be mad -- because they did keep their promise, even if it was just bringing Chubb up to 10 offensive plays instead of his usual three or four.

Passing game
Jarvis Landry, WR - 24 percent TS, 26 percent AY
Antonio Callaway, WR - 12 percent TS, 14 percent AY
David Njoku, TE - 26 percent TS, 22 percent AY
Rashard Higgins, WR - 10 percent TS, 19 percent AY
Derrick Willies, WR - 12 percent TS, 5 percent AY

Njoku could be the biggest beneficiary from Baker Mayfield becoming the starter. Njoku's seen 18 targets the last two weeks, posting five-plus catches and 50-plus yards in each contest. Up next is a date with the Chargers porous pass defense, so add Njoku if he's still hanging around on waivers.

New York Giants at Carolina Panthers


Saquon Barkley, RB - 19 touches (Wk 4: 16, Wk 3: 22, Wk 2: 25), 87 percent snap share

Barkley isn't getting much help from his offensive line, but he's making enough plays in the passing game to overcome that setback.

Passing game
Odell Beckham Jr., WR - 34 percent TS, 45 percent AY
Sterling Shepard, WR - 19 percent TS, 15 percent AY
Saquon Barkley, RB - 11 percent TS, 7 percent AY

Turns out all the Giants needed to be able to do to throw the ball deep was put the ball in the hands of the best quarterback on the roster ... OBJ. All kidding aside, this game followed the narrative building throughout the week. Beckham complained, Beckham was fed targets. Shockingly, this led to the Giants putting up a bunch of points. Here's to hoping they keep this up.


Christian McCaffrey, RB - 22 touches (Wk 4: BYE, Wk 3: 30, Wk 2: 22), 97 percent snap share

We were sold a false bill of goods this offseason. This is not a committee. It's the Christian McCaffrey show.

Passing game
Devin Funchess, WR - 20 percent TS, 25 percent AY
Ian Thomas, TE - 17 percent TS, 20 percent AY
Christian McCaffrey, RB - 17 percent TS, 0 percent AY

It's nice to see rookie Ian Thomas get more involved with Greg Olsen out, but the Panthers spread the ball around too much for Thomas to merit starting consideration yet in fantasy. Six different players had at least four targets this week. Greg Olsen (foot) is pushing to return in Week 6 or 7, too.

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals


Kenyan Drake, RB - 13 touches (Wk 4: 4, Wk 3: 7, Wk 2: 15), 63 percent snap share
Frank Gore, RB - 12 touches (Wk 4: 13, Wk 3: 6, Wk 2: 10), 42 percent snap share

Gore continues to lead the way on the ground, doubling up Drake in carries 12 to six. However, Drake had a huge day in the passing game, which I touched on below.

Passing game
Kenny Stills, WR - 14 percent TS, 51 percent AY
Kenyan Drake, RB - 31 percent TS, 6 percent AY
Albert Wilson, WR - 17 percent TS, 2 percent AY
Mike Gesicki, TE - 14 percent TS, 34 percent AY

It seems like the Bengals pass rush was getting to Ryan Tannehill. Or, he just became terrified of throwing the ball down the field. He whipped 48 percent of his passes at Drake and Wilson, and they combined didn't even account for 10 percent of his air yards. Those are checkdown numbers that would make Alex Smith blush.


Joe Mixon, RB - 25 touches (Wk 4: n/a, Wk 3: n/a, Wk 2: 21), 79 percent snap share

Welcome back, Joe MIxon. With Giovani Bernard out with an injury, the team wasted no time returning Mixon to featured-back status. He delivered with over 100 total yards and a receiving touchdown.

Passing game
Tyler Boyd, WR - 23 percent TS, 35 percent AY
A.J. Green, WR - 33 percent TS, 50 percent AY
Joe Mixon, RB - 13 percent TS, 7 percent AY

With Boyd and Green locked into such consistent target shares and air yards profiles there's never a reason to take them out of your lineups.

Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers


Marshawn Lynch, RB - 11 touches (Wk 4: 23, Wk 3: 22, Wk 2: 20), 41 percent snap share
Doug Martin, RB - 2 touches (Wk 4: 5, Wk 3: 5, Wk 2: 8), 12 percent snap share
Jalen Richard, RB - 7 touches (Wk 4: 4, Wk 3: 3, Wk 2: 2), 49 percent snap share

Lynch is running well this season, but he gets forced out of the game when the Raiders fall behind. Since it seems that might happen whenever the Raiders play a decent team this year, it could be worth adding Richard in PPR leagues.

Passing game
Seth Roberts, WR - 21 percent TS, 40 percent AY
Jordy Nelson, WR - 12 percent TS, 10 percent AY
Jared Cook, TE - 18 percent TS, 17 percent AY
Jalen Richard, RB - 18 percent TS, 0 percent AY

How bad was the Raiders day offensively, you ask? Well, Seth Roberts led the team in targets and Jalen Richard led the team in receptions. Amari Cooper saw just one target, which he caught for 10 yards.


Melvin Gordon, RB - 23 touches (Wk 4: 22, Wk 3: 17, Wk 2: 15), 69 percent snap share
Austin Ekeler, RB - 7 touches (Wk 4: 10, Wk 3: 7, Wk 2: 14), 37 percent snap share

Ekeler only had seven touches this week, but took one of them for a 44-yard score. He's a high-variance play given his low touch totals, but he's managed double-digit points in each game this season (in PPR scoring).

Passing game
Keenan Allen, WR - 33 percent TS, 29 percent AY
Mike Williams, WR - 15 percent TS, 42 percent AY
Melvin Gordon, RB - 15 percent TS, 1 percent AY
Austin Ekeler, RB - 11 percent TS, 0 percent AY

No surprises here. Allen led the way, Gordon and Ekeler chipped in their usual amount, and one of the Williams' popped up for a decent outing.

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers


David Johnson, RB - 20 touches (Wk 4: 25, Wk 3: 16, Wk 2: 14), 94 percent snap share

This is David Johnson's backfield. The only thing that's changed is I was finally able to remove Chase Edmunds from the ledger here to clean things up and save myself some time. DJ found the end zone twice on the ground, which saved a rough outing otherwise.

Passing game
Christian Kirk, WR - 16 percent TS, 23 percent AY
Chad Williams, WR - 24 percent TS, 17 percent AY
David Johnson, RB - 12 percent TS, 0 percent AY
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE - 24 percent TS, 43 percent AY
Larry Fitzgerald, WR - 12 percent TS, 19 percent AY

Josh Rosen looks like he has a promising career ahead of him. Getting some more weapons around him won't hurt. Ricky Seals-Jones somehow saw 24 percent of the targets and 43 percent of the air yards but dropped a goose egg. I get it if you want to part ways with Larry Fitzgerald, I really do. I'd still hold pat for now, just in case, but his production is getting harder and harder to stomach (3/28, 2/9, 3/28, 2/35 - last four weeks).


Matt Breida, RB - 9 touches (Wk 4: 12, Wk 3: 13, Wk 2: 14), 14 percent snap share
Alfred Morris, RB - 21 touches (Wk 4: 5, Wk 3: 14, Wk 2: 1), 43 percent snap share

Breida suffered an ankle sprain in this game and is questionable to play next week against the Packers (on MNF). Fire up Alfred Morris if you've got him, and if you're crazy, maybe give Kyle Juszczyk a shot in deeper PPR leagues. He was used on 71 percent of the offensive snaps on Sunday.

Passing game
George Kittle, TE - 13 percent TS, 8 percent AY
Pierre Garcon, WR - 22 percent TS, 35 percent AY
Kyle Juszczyk, RB - 13 percent TS, 15 percent AY
Trent Taylor, WR - 15 percent TS, 16 percent AY

For the second week in a row, Garcon and Kittle remained two of C.J. Beathard's favorite targets. The rest of this group is a bit of a grab bag, with a new player popping up on the list each week.

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles


Latavius Murray, RB - 13 touches (Wk 4: 4, Wk 3: 7, Wk 2: 8), 74 percent snap share

Ever since Week 1, this Minnesota ground game has been stuck in neutral. Until Dalvin Cook gets fully healthy, it might be best to steer clear of this group, although Philadelphia is a tough front to run against.

Passing game
Adam Thielen, WR - 27 percent TS, 43 percent AY
Stefon Diggs, WR - 30 percent TS, 37 percent AY
Kyle Rudolph, TE - 14 percent TS, 8 percent AY
Laquon Treadwell, WR - 11 percent TS, 9 percent AY

No team has come close to slowing down the Thielen-Diggs combo all season. It'll honestly be a shock if/when someone actually does.


Wendell Smallwood, RB - 6 touches (Wk 4: 8, Wk 3: 13, Wk 2: 8), 50 percent snap share
Jay Ajayi, RB - 9 touches (Wk 4: 18, Wk 3: n/a, Wk 2: 8), 48 percent snap share

The Eagles backfield just can't catch a break. Ajayi suffered a torn ACL and is done for the season. The good news for the Eagles is Corey Clement (quad) is practicing in full for Week 6. He and Smallwood should form a committee moving forward, though Clement might be the favorite to be the "1A" back of the tandem.

Passing game
Zach Ertz, TE - 32 percent TS, 23 percent AY
Alshon Jeffery, WR - 24 percent TS, 38 percent AY
Nelson Agholor, WR - 12 percent TS, 11 percent AY
Wendell Smallwood, RB - 12 percent TS, 7 percent AY

Ertz is clearly Wentz's favorite target and is on pace for a monster year. Jeffery struggled against the Vikings cornerbacks, but will have a more favorable matchup against the Giants on Thursday night this week.

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks


Todd Gurley, RB - 26 touches (Wk 4: 21, Wk 3: 18, Wk 2: 19, 100 percent snap share

With the wide receiving corps suffering multiple injuries (Cooks and Kupp - concussion), the Rams leaned heavily on Gurley and, shocking no one ... he delivered another great performance.

Passing game
Robert Woods, WR - 22 percent TS, 20 percent AY
Cooper Kupp, WR - 28 percent TS, 42 percent AY
Todd Gurley, RB - 16 percent TS, 0 percent AY

Brandin Cooks suffered a concussion, and Kupp left late in the game with a concussion as well. Their statuses will need to be monitored closely heading into Week 6.


Mike Davis, RB - 14 touches (Wk 4: 25, Wk 3: 1, Wk 2: 4, Wk 1: n/a), 42 percent snap share
Chris Carson, RB - 20 touches (Wk 4: n/a, Wk 3: 32, Wk 2: 6), 58 percent snap share

Could this be the offense the Seahawks want to run in 2018? Carson and Davis were extremely productive, racking up a combined 202 total yards, but this feels like a one-week aberration and not a statement game. We'll see.

Passing game
David Moore, WR - 15 percent TS, 16 percent AY
Tyler Lockett, WR - 25 percent TS, 48 percent AY
Nick Vannett, TE - 20 percent TS, 11 percent AY

This passing performance was a Brian Schottenheimer fever dream. Russell Wilson only attempted 21 passes. Surprisingly, only one went Doug Baldwin's way, despite Baldwin playing 89 percent of the snaps. At least Lockett found the end zone for those brave enough to start him. Moore caught two touchdowns, but this is not the type of production you want to chase.

Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans


Ezekiel Elliott, RB - 27 touches (Wk 4: 29, Wk 3: 19, Wk 2: 22), 80 percent snap share

Elliott is giving it his all to carry this offense, but he's only one man. If he keeps up this pace with his touches it'll be amazing if he makes it to the end of the season unscathed. If you have the bench space, grab Rod Smith.

Passing game
Ezekiel Elliott, RB - 24 percent TS, 2 percent AY
Deonte Thompson, WR - 21 percent TS, 14 percent AY
Geoff Swaim, TE - 15 percent TS, 0 percent AY

I'm not sure why I even bother writing about this group week after week. Going from watching a competent passing attack to what the Cowboys put on display is like watching two completely different sports.


Alfred Blue, RB - 28 touches (Wk 4: 13, Wk 3: 5, Wk 2: 7), 99 percent snap share

Lamar Miller was active in this game but he did not play a single snap. Miller's absence gave Blue the featured duties. While he struggled on the ground (20 carries, 46 yards), Blue racked up eight catches for 73 yards to even things out. With Blue stacking back-to-back decent performances together, it's entirely possible this backfield becomes another committee once Miller returns to health.

Passing game
DeAndre Hopkins, WR - 30 percent TS, 56 percent AY
Ryan Griffin, TE - 20 percent TS, 17 percent AY
Keke Coutee, WR - 16 percent TS, 17 percent AY
Alfred Blue, RB - 18 percent TS, 4 percent AY

Coutee is a playmaker and should be added in case his role expands, or if Will Fuller (who was held to just two catches for 15 yards) aggravates his hamstring injury again. By the way, in case you hadn't heard, DeAndre Hopkins is extremely good at football.

Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints


Adrian Peterson, RB - 6 touches (Wk 4: BYE, Wk 3: 17, Wk 2: 20), 21 percent snap share
Chris Thompson, RB - 14 touches (Wk 4: BYE, Wk 3: 5, Wk 2: 10), 66 percent snap share

Peterson survived what looked like a potentially bad knee injury and returned to the field shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, the Saints quickly built a substantial lead, which forced Peterson to the sideline. This has been the story all year. Peterson should be played in games where Washington figures to be competitive or have a lead. Trotting him out in games like this carries significant risk.

Passing game
Chris Thompson, RB - 21 percent TS, 3 percent AY
Maurice Harris, WR - 21 percent TS, 30 percent AY
Jamison Crowder, WR - 21 percent TS, 28 percent AY

Paul Richardson suffered a leg injury after making a few nice catches, helping put Harris into a bigger role. Alex Smith was awful on Monday night, though, sinking the entire offense as a result. Crowder's 55 receiving yards were the team-high.


Alvin Kamara, RB - 9 touches (Wk 4: 24, Wk 3: 31, Wk 2: 19), 45 percent snap share
Mark Ingram, RB - 18 touches (Wk 4: n/a, Wk 3: n/a, Wk 2: n/a), 56 percent snap share

Maybe the Saints wanted Ingram to get acclimated to the game again. Maybe they wanted to protect Kamara after relying on him so heavily to start the season. Whatever the reason, Ingram doubled up Kamara in touches (and scored twice), causing much hand-wringing among fantasy managers on Twitter. Honestly, there's no reason to panic, though. These two were lights out last year and will be again this year. Stay calm.

Passing game
Michael Thomas, WR - 19 percent TS, 27 percent AY
Alvin Kamara, RB - 15 percent TS, 1 percent AY
Cameron Meredith, WR - 19 percent TS, 26 percent AY
Tre'Quan Smith, WR - 10 percent TS, 38 percent AY

Drew Brees was an equal opportunity employer on his record-setting night. The biggest story was rookie Tre'Quan Smith flashing his big-play ability with two long touchdowns, including the pass that gave Brees the all-time yardage record. He'll be a name to stash off waivers, as he played on 66 percent of the snaps, too.

-- Alex Gelhar is a freelance writer for NFL Fantasy and a full-time law student. He felt a lot like this small child while watching the young Packers receivers bumble around the field on Sunday.

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