We are now more than a third of the way into the regular fantasy football season. Take a look at the top efficiency players from the past week and the players who missed their chances.
Ineffective volume players
RB Antonio Gibson, Washington football team
Gibson was one of five running backs to handle 20 or more carries this week. He was the only one who did not exceed 100 yards. He had 20 carries for just 60 yards and added two receptions for 12 yards. His outing was saved by a pair of rushing touchdowns in the red zone from one and five yards.
Gibson matched his highest carry total of the season in a game the WFT was losing throughout the second half, and JD McKissic saw his fewest touches since Week 1, which bodes well for him. Another upside was the hit at rushed work after he hit the week with a questionable designation for a shin stress fracture. Getting nearly 18 touches per game keeps Gibson in the top 12 running back range, but his efficiency (4.0 yards per carry) is a concern.
RB Miles Sanders, Aguilas
Sanders touches have been everywhere this season: He has seen as many as 19 and only five. In a win from behind against the Panthers’ all-star defense, Sanders missed 16 touches, his second-most this season. He had 11 carries for 45 yards and a season-high five receptions for six yards, and was tackled on or behind the scrimmage frequently. Sanders played 75% of the plays, his highest mark this season, while Kenneth Gainwell was threatened with less than a quarter of the plays, the fewest.
Sanders’ yards per carry and receiving yards so far this season are career lows. The Eagles don’t think they are running out of time with big leads in many games this season, so Sanders needs to be a more efficient running back and receiver. Plus, he has yet to score so far this season. His shares are falling after he inexplicably went out of bounds twice as Philadelphia tried to run out of time.
WR Terry McLaurin, Washington football team
McLaurin had his worst game of the season against the Saints. He saw 11 goals on his way, a 28% turnout, but he only trailed four for 46 yards. McLaurin was coming off a 123-yard outing, the biggest of the season, but New Orleans really neutralized Washington’s main receiving threat. Adam Humphries and DeAndre Carter finished with more receiving yards than McLaurin. However, there is no real concern about McLaurin’s production progress. He leads the team in goals with 49; next closest is Humphries at 20. The only concern is a defense throwing it all at McLaurin in the secondary with Washington’s other top receiving threats, Logan Thomas and Curtis Samuel, injured.
WR Robby Anderson, Panthers
Anderson’s seven goals tied the most for the team. It wasn’t a great day in the air for Carolina as a whole, as Sam Darnold threw three interceptions, but Anderson didn’t help. In the fourth quarter, he had a crucial knockdown and finished with two receptions for 30 yards, his second-fewest this season. Anderson hasn’t played anything like the 1,000-yard receiver he was a season ago. DJ Moore has absolute mastery over reception work, leading the team in every category, but Anderson has completely backtracked. A 57-yard touchdown he caught in Game 1 represents nearly a third of his receiving yards. The targets you’re looking at leave something to be desired, but Anderson isn’t defending himself to see more work.
Limited volume efficiency players
RB Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
Fournette, like many running backs this season, enjoyed his best game against the Dolphins. He had 67 yards on just 12 carries and added 43 yards through the air on four receptions. For the second game in a row, Fournette surpassed 100 total yards and scored his first touchdown of the season against Miami. There is a strong case for Fournette’s volume to increase as the season progresses if the Buccaneers ever stop passing while defeating their opponents: He is averaging career highs in yards per rush and yards per catch.
RB Aaron Jones, Packers
Jones surpassed 100 rushing yards for the first time this season against the Bengals. He did it on 14 carries, the second-fewest this season. However, he was unable to do anything with his four receptions, driving just six yards. Most of Jones’ yards came on a 57-yard rush. His previous season was a 15-yard dash. Surprisingly, Green Bay has been in very close games the last few weeks. Jones can see more work in upcoming games against the Bears and Washington, matchups the Packers should handle with relative ease.
WR Chase Claypool, Steelers
In Claypool’s return to action, he led Pittsburgh in receiving yards, helped in large part by a 59-yard bomb. Claypool caught five passes for 130 yards, the best of the season. He led the team in goals with six, representing more than 25% target participation on a day when Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball 25 times, the season low. In an offense that has been largely dink and dunk, Claypool is averaging 17 yards per reception, and should be working harder with the news that JuJu Smith-Schuster will miss the rest of the season.
TE Dawson Knox, invoices
Knox has scored in four weeks in a row. Touchdowns are generally random, and tight end position is highly dependent on scores, but Knox had a great full night against the Chiefs. The third-year player surpassed 100 yards for the first time in his career with just three receptions. He was on the field for 96% of plays, the season high, and on a night when Josh Allen was feeling it, something good was bound to happen, and he did it in the form of a 53-yard touchdown. Allen is spreading the ball this season more than he was last year, and Knox has been one of the biggest beneficiaries.
TTVR Performance Summary for Week 5
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Ineffective volume players
Mike davis: Opportunities remained constant (15 touches) as it has for much of the season. Efficiency improved dramatically (1.1 yards per carry to 4.1). Davis finished with 53 rushing yards, the season-high.
Latavius murray: Opportunities fell (six carries, the season low), but Murray couldn’t do much with those opportunities (he rushed for 17 yards, also a season low).
Brandin cooks: Opportunities decreased (five offseason goals vs. seven the week before). Production also declined (three receptions for 23 yards, the season low). Cooks was not a major factor on Davis Mills’ race day.
George kittle: Placed on injured reserve list. He did not play in the 49ers’ loss to the Cardinals.
Limited volume efficiency players
Cordarrelle Patterson: Opportunities increased substantially (21 touch-ups, the season high, up from 11 a week ago). Efficiency lagged with an increase in touches (3.9 yards per carry, 8.6 yards per reception) but it was not an overall concern.
Chase edmonds: Saw fewer chances (nine touches, season low, after best game of the season). Rushing efficiency (2.5 yards per carry) was poor and receiving efficiency (6.3) was consistent with his season average.
Darnell mooney: Opportunities were consistent with season average (five goals), but efficiency declined from last season’s best start (three receptions for 35 yards).
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.