Team Snaps   73  
    Snaps Snap %
Raheem Mostert RB 35 47.9%
Jerick McKinnon RB 23 31.5%
JaMycal Hasty RB 15 20.5%
Brandon Aiyuk WR 62 84.9%
Deebo Samuel WR 60 82.2%
Kendrick Bourne WR 41 56.2%
Richie James Jr. WR 7 9.6%
Trent Taylor WR 6 8.2%
       
George Kittle TE 71 97.3%
Ross Dwelley TE 21 28.8%
Charlie Woerner TE 2 2.7%
Team Snaps   73  
    Snaps Snap %
Raheem Mostert RB 35 47.9%
Jerick McKinnon RB 23 31.5%
JaMycal Hasty RB 15 20.5%
Brandon Aiyuk WR 62 84.9%
Deebo Samuel WR 60 82.2%
Kendrick Bourne WR 41 56.2%
Richie James Jr. WR 7 9.6%
Trent Taylor WR 6 8.2%
       
George Kittle TE 71 97.3%
Ross Dwelley TE 21 28.8%
Charlie Woerner TE 2 2.7%

In this article we break down the snap counts of all the fantasy relevant players for each week.  Each team has a snap count chart with the percentage of total snaps played and below that you will find notes for each position group on anything that author Andrew Cooper found interesting (which running backs played more pass downs, whether tight ends ran routes or blocked on pass plays, which wide receivers lined up in the slot, who might have been injured, etc.).  For more analytics driven fantasy takes, follow Andrew Cooper on Twitter @CoopAFiasco.

San Francisco 49ers


RB: Well, the Raheem Mostert return was short lived.  He suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and reports are that he’s likely to miss time and potentially could hit the IR.  In the last week before he returned, Jerick McKinnon played 91.1% of the snaps and Jeff Wilson Jr. played 8.2%.  Jamycal Hasty did see a little action this time around but McKinnon is clearly the guy to own.WR: Now that everyone is healthy, this team has settled into a routine.  Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel are the two outside guys, rotating at split end and flanker for most of the game.  Kendrick Bourne lines up in the slot when it’s not occupied by George Kittle .

TE: We talked about how George Kittle blocked on 11 pass snaps last week with a banged-up Jimmy G - this week he only blocked on six pass snaps with a better fantasy outcome.  You start him every week anyway regardless of the tight end landscape so not sure why I even need to discuss this type of thing but there you go.

Chicago Bears

Team Snaps   66  
    Snaps Snap %
David Montgomery RB 56 84.8%
Ryan Nall RB 1 1.5%
       
Allen Robinson II WR 58 87.9%
Darnell Mooney WR 44 66.7%
Anthony Miller WR 44 66.7%
Javon Wims WR 13 19.7%
Cordarrelle Patterson WR 12 18.2%
Ted Ginn Jr. WR 3 4.5%
Jimmy Graham TE 45 68.2%
Demetrius Harris TE 24 36.4%
Cole Kmet TE 23 34.8%

WR: Allen Robinson is an every down player and he primarily lines up on the outside (typically on the left as he’s played 146 snaps on the left side vs. 97 on the right).  Darnell Mooney is the other outside receiver with Anthony Miller in the slot (Miller is averaging 35 offensive snaps per game, 32 in the slot, and has never played more than four snaps outside in any game).  This week the Bears used two tight end sets a bit more than usual which decreased the snaps for Miller and Mooney.

RB: David Montgomery has this role to himself.  If you own him, you love to see it.  You don’t love to see Foles vulturing his rushing TDs, but you love the rest of it.

TE: The Bears went tight end heavy this week which saw Jimmy Graham playing 22 in-line tight end snaps - the most he’s seen since Week 1.  He still played 20 snaps in the slot and three outside, but not as much WR as we’ve seen him play.  Rookie Cole Kmet managed to score but Graham ran 30 routes, Kmet ran eight, and Demetrius Harris ran nine so Kmet is only a dynasty stash for now.

Cincinnati Bengals

Team Snaps   73  
    Snaps Snap %
Joe Mixon RB 39 53.4%
Giovani Bernard RB 35 47.9%
Samaje Perine RB 3 4.1%
Tee Higgins WR 59 80.8%
A.J. Green WR 58 79.5%
Tyler Boyd WR 57 78.1%
Mike Thomas WR 26 35.6%
Alex Erickson WR 3 4.1%
John Ross WR 1 1.4%
Drew Sample TE 55 75.3%
Cethan Carter TE 23 31.5%
Mason Schreck TE 2 2.7%

WR: John Ross reportedly asked for a trade this week after playing one snap.  And it’s hard to blame him considering the spots are pretty much locked up with AJ Green and rookie Tee Higgins on the outside and Tyler Boyd in the slot.

RB: Joe Mixon injured his foot but came back in the second half.  Even then, Giovani Bernard did see an increased workload even when Mixon returned.  We’ve seen Gio play pass snaps even when Mixon is healthy so there’s some concern there that they could give Gio the extra work out of precaution.

TE: Drew Sample still just isn’t a thing.  Too many good wide receivers and he blocks too often.  Top tight ends lead their team in routes run or at least near the top.  Sample ran 10 less routes than the three receivers. 

Buffalo Bills

Team Snaps   53  
    Snaps Snap %
Devin Singletary RB 40 75.5%
Zack Moss RB 13 24.5%
       
Stefon Diggs WR 51 96.2%
John Brown WR 51 96.2%
Cole Beasley WR 34 64.2%
Gabriel Davis WR 33 62.3%
Isaiah McKenzie WR 7 13.2%
Andre Roberts WR 1 1.9%
Tyler Kroft TE 30 56.6%
Lee Smith TE 2 3.8%

WR: Rookie Gabriel Davis filled in for a lot of John Brown ’s snaps while he was out, but John Brown got his full workload back, playing nearly the entire game alongside Stefon Diggs .  What’s interesting is that Gabriel ended up eating into Cole Beasley ’s snaps with each of them playing 35.  The problem is that Davis spent 17 of his 35 snaps blocking so he only ran 18 routes while Beasley ran 28.  Being a good blocker is a good thing but not when someone else is playing the pass snaps.

RB:  After his solid change of pace duty Week 5, T.J. Yeldon was inactive this week with Zack Moss back.  Zack Moss didn’t exactly explode back onto the scene with Devin Singletary dominating the snaps.  It’s Singletary’s job and Moss is only a handcuff for now.  Moss may be able to ramp up to an even split but hard to see him just taking over.

TE: With Dawson Knox out with a calf injury, Tyler Kroft was the starter but he didn’t play a big snap share.  This team doesn’t throw to the tight end much even when the more athletic Knox is playing.

Cleveland Browns

Team Snaps   57  
    Snaps Snap %
Kareem Hunt RB 30 52.5%
D'Ernest Johnson RB 17 29.8%
Dontrell Hilliard RB 7 12.3%
Odell Beckham Jr. WR 48 84.0%
Jarvis Landry WR 44 77.0%
Rashard Higgins WR 34 59.5%
Taywan Taylor WR 10 17.5%
Donovan Peoples-Jones WR 3 5.3%
       
Austin Hooper TE 40 70.0%
David Njoku TE 23 40.3%
Harrison Bryant TE 21 36.8%

WR: Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry played most of the game outside, but the return of David Njoku meant that Rashard Higgins is no longer playing the whole game.  He wasn’t relevant anyway.

RB: Kareem Hunt led the team again, but the tough Steelers defense wasn’t giving up much.  D’Ernest Johnson is merely an afterthought. 

TE:  Austin Hooper played the lions share of the tight end snaps - he blocked on 20.6% of his PASS plays though which isn’t good usage for fantasy.  Njoku ran eight routes and Harrison Bryant ran nine which isn’t doing it either.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Team Snaps   64  
    Snaps Snap %
Ronald Jones II RB 36 56.3%
LeSean McCoy RB 19 29.7%
Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB 10 15.6%
Mike Evans WR 50 78.2%
Chris Godwin WR 40 62.5%
Scotty Miller WR 23 36.0%
Tyler Johnson WR 16 25.0%
Justin Watson WR 12 18.8%
Cyril Grayson Jr. WR 12 18.8%
Rob Gronkowski TE 54 84.4%
Cameron Brate TE 23 36.0%
Tanner Hudson TE 8 12.5%

WR: Mike Evans played split end and Chris Godwin manned the slot, per usual.  Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson, and tight end Cameron Brate split the rest of the snaps making it difficult to start any of them.

RB: Ronald Jones is the guy here.  LeSean McCoy and Ke’Shawn Vaughn mixed in some and Leonard Fournette is still MIA.  You can’t count on any of them but Jones.

TE: Rob Gronkowski played nearly every snap and he’s looking more and more like the Gronk of old.  Cameron Brate isn’t playing enough snaps to be startable.

Denver Broncos

Team Snaps   65  
    Snaps Snap %
Phillip Lindsay RB 40 61.9%
Royce Freeman RB 25 38.7%
       
Tim Patrick WR 59 91.3%
Jerry Jeudy WR 47 72.7%
DaeSean Hamilton WR 38 58.8%
Diontae Spencer WR 4 6.2%
Tyrie Cleveland WR 4 6.2%
       
Jake Butt TE 39 60.3%
Nick Vannett TE 29 44.9%
Albert Okwuegbunam TE 24 37.1%

WR: Tim Patrick plays split end, Jerry Jeudy is slot, and DaeSean Hamilton plays outside opposite Patrick at flanker.  However, in two tight end sets, it’s Hamilton that comes out and Jeudy moves to flanker.  Jeudy is the most interesting but clearly, they like Patrick out there given the snap share so he’s more interesting than Hamilton in deep leagues.  K.J. Hamler could be back this week which would likely bump Hamilton out but it’s interesting to see what happens.

RB: One of the main reasons they brought in Melvin Gordon was that Phillip Lindsay graded out at 19.5 by PFF in pass blocking last year.  That’s rank 141 out of 144 for RBs.  This week Lindsay allowed Lock to get hit putting his grade through two games at 27.3.  Melvin Gordon may be in the doghouse but that’s one of the big reasons to get him back out there on passing downs.

TE: A lot of people know that Noah Fant is an uber athlete with one of the best tight end combines since Vernon Davis .  He ran a 4.50 forty which only Evan Engram and Darren Waller are faster for notable tight ends.  What people might not know is that rookie tight end Albert Okwuegbunam ran a 4.49 so he’s pretty athletic himself.  Fant should be back soon but, if he’s not Okwuegbunam could be an interesting DFS play this week or even a spot start.

Arizona Cardinals

Team Snaps   62  
    Snaps Snap %
Kenyan Drake RB 42 67.7%
Chase Edmonds RB 23 37.1%
       
Christian Kirk WR 50 80.6%
DeAndre Hopkins WR 48 77.4%
Larry Fitzgerald WR 38 61.3%
Andy Isabella WR 19 30.6%
Trent Sherfield WR 6 9.7%
       
Darrell Daniels TE 44 71.0%
Dan Arnold TE 26 41.9%
Evan Baylis TE 6 9.7%

WR: We laid out some detailed info last week and this week followed the same trend.  On most snaps, you had Christian Kirk and DeAndre Hopkins as the outside tight ends with Larry Fitzgerald in the slot.  When they run four wide, which is usually a staple of the “Air Raid” offense, Andy Isabella comes in but this week they ran more tight end than usual. 

RB: We had been saying it was only a matter of time given Kenyan Drake ’s snap share and this week he got it done.  Chase Edmonds is a handcuff plus so tough to start.

TE:  Still not interesting.  Darrell Daniels played more snaps than he ever has but he’s a blocking tight end - on 44 snaps he spent 34 blocking.

Dallas Cowboys

Team Snaps   89  
    Snaps Snap %
Ezekiel Elliott RB 54 60.9%
Tony Pollard RB 32 36.1%
Rico Dowdle RB 3 3.4%
Amari Cooper WR 79 89.1%
Michael Gallup WR 72 81.2%
CeeDee Lamb WR 60 67.7%
Cedrick Wilson WR 25 28.2%
Noah Brown WR 23 25.9%
       
Dalton Schultz TE 72 81.2%
Blake Bell TE 19 21.4%
Sean McKeon TE 6 6.8%

WR: This was the same as it’s been - Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup out the outside with CeeDee Lamb in the slot.  Andy Dalton is the problem...

RB:  Ezekiel Elliott fumbled twice and actually got benched which is a rare occasion.  He still drastically outsnapped Tony Pollard and should moving forward but anyone who watched the game saw it. 

TE:  Dalton Schultz played a ton of snaps as usual and was low on the target totem pole, as usual.  With those targets coming from Dalton, he’s a tough start.

Kansas City Chiefs

Team Snaps   73  
    Snaps Snap %
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 49 67.1%
Darrel Williams RB 23 31.5%
Darwin Thompson RB 3 4.1%
Demarcus Robinson WR 69 94.5%
Tyreek Hill WR 67 91.8%
Mecole Hardman WR 29 39.7%
Byron Pringle WR 28 38.4%
Marcus Kemp WR 2 2.7%
       
Travis Kelce TE 65 89.0%
Nick Keizer TE 21 28.8%
Deon Yelder TE 7 9.6%

WR:  There was some hope that speedster Mecole Hardman would get a bigger share with Sammy Watkins out.  That wasn’t the case.  Demarcus Robinson absorbed Sammy’s full split end share and played nearly the whole game.  Tyreek Hill played his snaps and Hardman split with Byron Pringle who can’t be trusted.  Robinson might be an interesting DFS play if he’s cheap.

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire had this backfield locked up but now Le'Veon Bell is in town.  We did some digging and here is what we think will happen.  CEH has had some issues at the goal line.  He’s now had seven carries inside the five-yard line totaling -3 yards and no touchdowns. Yikes.  He’s also grading out as one of the worst pass blockers.  Remember we said Lindsay finished outside the top 140 RBs with a grade of 19.5 last year?  CEH’s grade is 21.2 so far this year, which is RB109 out of 114.  Given that CEH is 5’7” 209 and Le’Veon is 6’1” 225, we can surmise he was brought in to help with the goal line and pass down work.  Think back to Melvin Gordon ’s rookie year when he was getting heavy work between the 20s but he wasn’t trusted yet, so he scored zero touchdowns while Danny Woodhead caught like 80 passes and vultured the goal line work?  Well picture that but instead of Danny Woodhead it’s Le’Veon Bell.

TE:  After all those words for running back above there’s really only one word here.  Kelce.

Indianapolis Colts

Team Snaps   63  
    Snaps Snap %
Jonathan Taylor RB 37 58.7%
Nyheim Hines RB 21 33.3%
Jordan Wilkins RB 4 6.3%
T.Y. Hilton WR 59 93.7%
Zach Pascal WR 57 90.5%
Marcus Johnson WR 40 63.5%
De'Michael Harris WR 12 19.0%
Ashton Dulin WR 6 9.5%
       
Jack Doyle TE 39 61.9%
Trey Burton TE 35 55.6%
Noah Togiai TE 4 6.3%

WR: Same set up as last week, T.Y. Hilton played flanker and Zach Pascal played slot for pretty much the whole game.  As those two are smaller and typically line up off the line of scrimmage, the Colts used a combination of Marcus Johnson at split end and two tight ends to fill the “7 guys on the line” requirement.

RB: This is a common split we are seeing in the modern NFL.  They have one primary back (Jonathan Taylor) who the gets most of the carries and half of the pass work while another back (Nyheim Hines ) that comes in for half of the passing down work.  You see it with Joe Mixon /Gio Bernard and Aaron Jones /Jamaal Williams as well.  Obviously playing the entire game like healthy CMC or Saquon is ideal but this is the next best thing.

TE:  Despite the box score, Jack Doyle started and ran just as many routes as Trey Burton .  Doyle however played 39 plays and spent 12 blocking whereas Burton played 35 and spend six blocking.  Burton is the guy to own right now.

Miami Dolphins

Team Snaps   56  
    Snaps Snap %
Myles Gaskin RB 39 69.6%
Matt Breida RB 16 28.5%
Patrick Laird RB 6 10.7%
DeVante Parker WR 46 82.1%
Preston Williams WR 40 71.4%
Jakeem Grant WR 20 35.7%
Isaiah Ford WR 18 32.1%
Mack Hollins WR 3 5.4%
       
Mike Gesicki TE 37 66.0%
Durham Smythe TE 19 33.9%
Adam Shaheen TE 16 28.5%

WR: DeVante Parker and Preston Williams started as the outside guys, but Parker injured his groin in the 4th quarter.  Primary return man Jakeem Grant seemed to pick up those snaps on the outside.  Isaiah Ford is the receiver playing slot snaps but he’s splitting too many of them with Mike Gesicki to be dependable. 

RB: Myles Gaskin continues to be the guy getting a full workload in backfield.  Matt Breida popped in for an inconsequential number of snaps. 

TE: Despite actually getting the best of Isaiah Ford in terms of snap count for the first week in a while Mike Gesicki was more of Mike Goose-Eggy this week not catching a single ball.  With Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe both scoring there seems to be a misconception about what is going on here.  Mike Gesicki doesn’t play tight end.  He’s played 202 snaps at WR (155 slot and 47 out wide) and only 26 at in-line TE.  He played two this week.  Mike Gesicki is a battling for the position that Eric Decker played in Chan Gailey’s Jets offense while Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe are battling for the position that Jeff Cumberland played.  If you look at Tony Gonzalez in 2007 under Mike Solari, he played 671 snaps in-line and 302 at WR (260 in slot).  If you look at Tony Gonzalez in 2008 under Chan Gailey, he played 282 snaps in-line and 655 at WR (626 in slot). The “big slot” position within Chan Gailey’s offense is a valuable one.  We are holding Mike Gesicki for at least one more game to see what he looks like with Tua and if he can lock down that role.

Philadelphia Eagles

Team Snaps   72  
    Snaps Snap %
Boston Scott RB 35 48.6%
Miles Sanders RB 29 40.3%
Corey Clement RB 7 9.7%
Greg Ward WR 58 80.6%
Travis Fulgham WR 58 80.6%
John Hightower WR 43 59.7%
Quez Watkins WR 15 20.8%
JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR 12 16.7%
       
Zach Ertz TE 48 66.7%
Richard Rodgers TE 43 59.7%
Jason Croom TE 1 1.4%

WR: For the time being, Travis Fulgham seems like a permanent fixture in this offense.  He and Greg Ward (slot) led the team in WR snaps followed by John Hightower.  It will be interesting to see how DeSean Jackson and, eventually, Alshon Jeffery factor into the mix but for now Fulgham likely need to be owned and possibly started.

RB: Miles Sanders was getting the full workload, but he suffered a knee injury in this one.  Thankfully, he seems to have avoided major damage, but he’ll miss this Thursday game at the very least.  Boston Scott should get the running down work with Corey Clement mixing in on passing downs.

TE:  The Eagles are a two tight end system - Zach Ertz plays the slot-based role (60% of his snaps come at WR) while Dallas Goedert plays more of an in-line role.  Goedert’s role spends more time blocking but is still part of the attack.  With Goedert out, Richard Rodgers has played the blocking role while Ertz was in his own role.  With Ertz now also out, some speculate that Richard Rodgers will be a good start in fantasy, but we don’t think so. Rodgers runs a 4.9 forty so it’s unlikely they move him over and start running him from the slot for half his snaps.  It’s more likely he stays put in-line and they replace those snaps with an actual WR or possibly Jason Croom or Hakeem Butler.  For now, if Goedert plays he’s a start and that’s it for their tight ends.  Maybe take a wild flyer on Hakeem Butler in DFS if you are feeling froggy.

Atlanta Falcons

Team Snaps   82  
    Snaps Snap %
Todd Gurley II RB 46 56.4%
Brian Hill RB 21 25.7%
Ito Smith RB 11 13.5%
Julio Jones WR 66 80.9%
Calvin Ridley WR 59 72.3%
Russell Gage WR 51 62.5%
Christian Blake WR 17 20.8%
Olamide Zaccheaus WR 14 17.2%
Brandon Powell WR 5 6.1%
Hayden Hurst TE 68 83.3%
Luke Stocker TE 31 38.0%
Jaeden Graham TE 1 1.2%

WR: With Julio Jones back, it was back to business as usual, Julio and Calvin Ridley on the outside with Russell Gage in the slot.

RB: Todd Gurley doubled Brian Hill ’s snaps on the game and both on passing downs (25 to 11) and running (20-10).  He’s the guy.

TE:  Hayden Hurst has fantastic usage.  He played 68 snaps, more than any WR, and even ran 41 routes which is more than any WR.  He only blocked on two pass plays.  But his spot on the target totem pole is crushing his upside.  His day was saved by a near garbage time TD when he was literally left uncovered.  He needs injuries to multiple WRs to be relevant.

New York Giants

Team Snaps   49  
    Snaps Snap %
Devonta Freeman RB 35 71.5%
Dion Lewis RB 9 18.4%
Elijhaa Penny RB 5 10.2%
Darius Slayton WR 40 81.7%
Austin Mack WR 36 73.5%
Golden Tate WR 30 61.3%
C.J. Board WR 10 20.4%
       
       
Evan Engram TE 39 79.6%
Kaden Smith TE 23 47.0%
Levine Toilolo TE 9 18.4%

WR: Once again, Darius Slay ton manned the outside while Golden Tate switched from slot to flanker depending on what they were doing with Evan Engram C.J. Board and Damion Ratley mixed it but did not play enough meaningful snaps.

RB:  Until further notice, Devonta Freeman is the guy here.  And it was a rare positive game script, so he got a decent amount of carries.  He was robbed of the garbage time “run the clock out” snaps though as Washington fumbled the ball and it was taken back to the house which gave the ball right back to Washington.  Then he was robbed again of overtime when Riverboat Ron decided to go for two instead of kicking and going to overtime.  It could have been a bigger day for Freeman

TE: Evan Engram still had ideal usage as only Slayton ran more routes (20 to 18) and had more targets (four to three).  Even though it’s only three targets it was three of 18 which is still 15%.  Really tough to trust him at this point but we’re giving him one more week to prove himself against the Eagles on Thursday given his usage is still technically good. His 206 routes run is only ~20 or so behind the leaders in Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce .  He just needs good passes which is asking a lot from Daniel Jones.  It’s now or never.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Team Snaps   64  
    Snaps Snap %
James Robinson RB 19 55.9%
Chris Thompson RB 15 44.1%
       
D.J. Chark Jr. WR 31 91.2%
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR 28 82.4%
Keelan Cole WR 26 76.5%
Chris Conley WR 4 11.8%
Collin Johnson WR 3 8.8%
       
James O'Shaughnessy TE 26 76.5%
Tyler Davis TE 9 26.5%
Tyler Eifert TE 5 14.7%

WR: Laviska Shenault and D.J. Chark played the outside with Keelan Cole in the slot.  Chark played a full workload but the Jags opted to run two tight end sets at times that limited the other two.

RB: James Robinson returned to being the full-time guy in a better game script.  Chris Thompson still came on for 12 pass plays (0 blocking) though Robinson played 16 (five blocking).

TE:  There simply isn’t anything here worth more than a DFS dart throw.  Tyler Eifert ran routes on 16 of 29 pass plays and even if that was 29 of 29 I’m not sure what you get.  

New York Jets

Team Snaps   71  
    Snaps Snap %
Lamical Perine RB 41 57.7%
Frank Gore RB 25 35.2%
Ty Johnson RB 4 5.6%
Jamison Crowder WR 63 88.7%
Breshad Perriman WR 63 88.7%
Jeff Smith WR 60 84.5%
Braxton Berrios WR 16 22.5%
Vyncint Smith WR 5 7.0%
       
Chris Herndon IV TE 45 63.4%
Ryan Griffin TE 26 36.6%
Trevon Wesco TE 7 9.9%

WR: We speculated last week on what might happen with players returning but Chris Hogan being out made things easy.  It was Jeff Smith and Breshad Perriman on the outside with Jamison Crowder in the slot.  Crowder is the only reliable players for fantasy and reliable he has been.

RB: With Le’Veon Bell out La’Mical Perine got a surprisingly large chunk of the work, especially on passing downs.  Frank Gore still paced the rushing though.  This team is pretty bad though so the game script should make for a lot of passing if you want to stash Perine in deep leagues.

TE:  Adam Gase said that he doesn’t seem to know why Christopher Herndon hasn’t been able to get going.  We know why Adam.  It’s because you have him block on 23.3% of pass plays.  As you have with tight ends your whole career.  This week Herndon played 45 offensive snaps and 32 of them were pass plays.  He was asked to block on 15 of those pass plays.  How is he supposed to “get going” when he’s doing that?  It’s like pointing at a guy on the bench and asking, “hey why didn’t you catch that pass?”

Detroit Lions

Team Snaps   45  
    Snaps Snap %
D'Andre Swift RB 17 37.8%
Kerryon Johnson RB 14 31.1%
Adrian Peterson RB 12 26.7%
Marvin Jones Jr. WR 40 88.9%
Kenny Golladay WR 36 80.0%
Danny Amendola WR 20 44.4%
Marvin Hall WR 8 17.8%
       
       
T.J. Hockenson TE 29 64.4%
Jesse James TE 23 51.1%
Isaac Nauta TE 5 11.1%

WR: Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay operated on the outside.  Danny Amendola played slot, but they used too many multiple tight end sets for him to get enough looks to be interesting in fantasy. 

RB: This split this week is essentially the inverse of the one we talked about with the Colts.  With them, Jonathan Taylor gets all the run work, but he and Hines split the pass snaps.  Here, D’Andre Swift got most of the pass snaps, but he split the run snaps with Adrian Peterson .  Peterson is a play in standard leagues or desperation in half point PPR, but Swift has the better usage.

TE:  T.J. Hockenson played 46 snaps, 23 run plays and 23 pass plays.  We wish Danny Amendola would go away so he could play slot.  Hock is a backend TE1 which isn’t bad in the current landscape but 23 out of 37 pass plays isn’t great when a guy like Kelce is playing 29 of 34. 

Green Bay Packers

Team Snaps   63  
    Snaps Snap %
Aaron Jones RB 36 57.0%
Jamaal Williams RB 32 50.7%
AJ Dillon RB 10 15.8%
Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR 53 83.9%
Davante Adams WR 52 82.3%
Malik Taylor WR 32 50.7%
Equanimeous St. Brown WR 11 17.4%
Darrius Shepherd WR 6 9.5%
       
Robert Tonyan TE 37 58.6%
Marcedes Lewis TE 21 33.3%
Jace Sternberger TE 20 31.7%

WR: They mixed and matched a bit this week with Marquez Valdes-Scantling playing half his snaps in the slot, half outside.  Davante Adams played primarily outside (11 slot snaps).  No other WR played enough to be relevant so we’re probably waiting for Allen Lazard .

RB: We talked about this split with the Colts, Aaron Jones played 36 snaps (23 pass, 13 run) and Jamaal Williams played 32 (28 pass, four run).  Aaron Jones is the guy but Jamaal Williams in super deep leagues sometimes gets looks.

TE:  We talked about it last week but playing the Falcons with no Davante Adams or Allen Lazard is a dream scenario for Robert Tonyan .  He came back to life here but still ran 27 of 42 routes and didn’t block on any pass plays.  He’s an okay start with backend TE1 upside but he’s a decaying asset the closer we get to the return of Lazard.

Carolina Panthers

Team Snaps   68  
    Snaps Snap %
Mike Davis RB 60 88.2%
Trenton Cannon RB 8 11.8%
       
D.J. Moore WR 64 94.1%
Robby Anderson WR 59 86.8%
Keith Kirkwood WR 35 51.5%
Seth Roberts WR 15 22.1%
Pharoh Cooper WR 4 5.9%
       
Ian Thomas TE 47 69.1%
Chris Manhertz TE 33 48.5%
Colin Thompson TE 9 13.2%

WR: Curtis Samuel was a bit of a surprise inactive this week.  Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore manned the outsides while Keith Kirkwood and Seth Roberts filled in the slot.

RB: It was all Mike Davis .  As a fantasy gamer, you have to love their willingness to give the full role to the handcuff.  Hopefully they give the full role back to CMC when he returns rather than a messy split backfield.

TE:  Ian Thomas ran 33 routes and Chris Manhertz ran 11.  If either of them will be relevant at any point it would be Thomas, but it doesn’t look likely for now.

New England Patriots

Team Snaps   57  
    Snaps Snap %
James White RB 30 52.5%
Rex Burkhead RB 18 31.5%
Damien Harris RB 12 21.0%
Damiere Byrd WR 55 96.3%
N'Keal Harry WR 51 89.3%
Julian Edelman WR 42 73.5%
Isaiah Zuber WR 4 7.0%
       
       
Ryan Izzo TE 34 59.5%
Devin Asiasi TE 24 42.0%

WR: This team is locked into what they want to do.  Damiere Byrd and N’Keal Harry on the outside with Julian Edelman in the slot.

RB: After a good showing the week before, the game script was positive enough to get Damien Harris going.  He only played four pass plays and he blocked on two. James White played his pass catching role as usual and Rex Burkhead mixed it up.  James White in full PPR is the one spot you can have some confidence.

TE:  Ryan Izzo is the closest you have to relevance right now and he’s not on the fantasy radar.  Devin Asiasi is a dynasty stash at best.

Los Angeles Rams

Team Snaps   60  
    Snaps Snap %
Darrell Henderson RB 32 53.3%
Malcolm Brown RB 27 45.0%
Cam Akers RB 1 1.7%
Robert Woods WR 57 95.0%
Cooper Kupp WR 55 91.7%
Josh Reynolds WR 50 83.3%
Van Jefferson WR 3 5.0%
       
       
Tyler Higbee TE 45 75.0%
Gerald Everett TE 30 50.0%

WR: On the surface it was the same faces, but the Rams tried something a little different this week with a little mixing and matching.  Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods both played 17 snaps from the slot and Josh Reynolds even played 11.  Kupp got four slot targets to only one each for the other two.  Clearly, he’s the most comfortable there.

RB: The time share from last week continued in the same manner – Darrell Henderson got the running down work (17 run plays to 3) but Malcolm Brown played more passing downs (25 to 15).  I doubt anyone predicted that would be the case. 

TE: Tyler Higbee once again played 25 pass plays but was asked to block on  of them.  Gerald Everett matched Higbee’s 18 routes run and has more targets the past few games.  Higbee can be dropped.  Everett is the better pass catcher and even his isn’t getting good enough usage.  An injury to Higbee could unlock a beast though so pay attention.

Baltimore Ravens

Team Snaps   77  
    Snaps Snap %
Gus Edwards RB 32 41.6%
J.K. Dobbins RB 30 39.0%
Mark Ingram II RB 9 11.7%
Marquise Brown WR 62 80.7%
Willie Snead IV WR 49 63.8%
Miles Boykin WR 33 42.9%
Devin Duvernay WR 26 33.8%
       
       
Nick Boyle TE 56 72.9%
Mark Andrews TE 37 48.2%

WR: Marquise Brown is still the only one you can trust.  Willie Snead himself even seemed surprised to catch a decent pass considering he fumbled it out of bounds moments later.  The most interesting guy after Brown talent-wise is Devin Duvernay but he’s not getting the snaps.

RB:  We thought Mark Ingram was going to mercifully go away with an ankle injury, but he came back into the game only to get one carry in the second half.  If Ingram was out of the mix, this backfield would be easier to stomach even if Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins did split things almost evenly: Edwards (32 snaps, 14 pass, 18 rush) Dobbins (30 snaps, 17 pass, 13 rush).  With all three of them it’s just annoying.

TE: Nick Boyle played a monster snap share, and he stole a TD on a broken play, but Mark Andrews still ran more routes (25 to 23).  We saw this last year, but Andrews is still the guy and you can’t afford to bench him.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Team Snaps   65  
    Snaps Snap %
James Conner RB 44 67.5%
Benny Snell Jr. RB 14 21.5%
Anthony McFarland Jr. RB 9 13.8%
Chase Claypool WR 51 78.3%
James Washington WR 43 66.0%
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR 42 64.4%
Ray-Ray McCloud WR 13 19.9%
Deon Cain WR 4 6.1%
       
Eric Ebron TE 46 70.6%
Vance McDonald TE 40 61.4%

WR: The snap crunch is coming when Diontae Johnson returns. Chase Claypool and James Washington were on the outside with JuJu Smith-Schuster in the slot.  The concern is they still spread the snaps out with the tight ends Eric Ebron getting 46 and Vance McDonald getting 40.  When Diontae Johnson comes back, the snaps are either going to be heavily diluted or someone is going to be riding pine.

RB: James Conner at least dominated snaps.  That is set for now.

TE:  The tight ends came into the game on a lot of run plays this week in a blowout.  Despite playing 46 snaps, Ebron spent 28 of them blocking and only ran 18 routes.  Vance was even worse - 31 blocking and only nine routes.  Bad game script, but Ebron is the one to own.  He’ll be subject to the same snap count crunch the other pass catchers face, however.

Houston Texans

Team Snaps   72  
    Snaps Snap %
David Johnson RB 55 76.7%
Duke Johnson Jr. RB 19 26.5%
       
Will Fuller V WR 66 92.0%
Brandin Cooks WR 62 86.5%
Randall Cobb WR 44 61.4%
Kenny Stills WR 15 20.9%
       
       
Darren Fells TE 61 85.1%
Pharaoh Brown TE 29 40.4%

WR: Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks on the outside with Randall Cobb in the slot. Cobb comes out when they go two tight end sets.  Simple, I like it.

RB:  David Johnson took an even more commanding snap share this game.  Tough loss for them but they played the Titans hard.  Removing Bill O’Brien has seemingly sparked some life into this team.

TE: Darren Fells is a good start when Jordan Akins is out but Akins has had better usage all year when both are healthy.  I don’t trust Akins first game back from a double injury (ankle/concussion) either, so the only start is really Fells with no Akins.

Tennessee Titans

Team Snaps   76  
    Snaps Snap %
Derrick Henry RB 45 59.4%
Jeremy McNichols RB 29 38.3%
       
A.J. Brown WR 63 83.2%
Adam Humphries WR 41 54.1%
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR 27 35.6%
Kalif Raymond WR 21 27.7%
Cam Batson WR 20 26.4%
       
Geoff Swaim TE 49 64.7%
Anthony Firkser TE 41 54.1%
Jonnu Smith TE 29 38.3%

WR: The Titans were once again without Corey Davis .  A.J. Brown played outside, and Adam Humphries split the slot with tight end Anthony Firkser .  More on this situation in the tight end section.

RB:  Derrick Henry is a force.

TE: Jonnu Smith left the game with an ankle injury which masks us from his half game of poor usage. He only played 13 pass plays while playing 16 run plays and only catching one ball.  With him out a lot of people are pointing at Anthony Firkser after his big game.  I’m probably one of Firkser’s biggest supporters on Twitter but here is the rub, Firsker doesn’t take snaps from Jonnu Smith .  Jonnu plays every snap and blocks on over 60% of them.  He doesn’t come out when Firkser goes in.  Firk comes in as a second pass catcher (MyCole Pruitt comes in as the second blocker).  Firks snaps come at the expense of WRs.  So, here’s the problem.  This week the Titans will have all three WRs for the first time this year in Davis, Brown, and Humphries. That leaves one TE on the field most plays.  They just lost tackle Taylor Lewan so will likely need blocking help.  Who would you put in that spot? The better blockers in Geoff Swaim or MyCole Pruitt or Anthony Firkser ?  Swaim played 49 snaps to only 41 for Firkser so what could happen is Firsker is crowded out by the WRs and there is no fantasy relevant tight end this week.  If you have no one else, then he clearly played well this week so should get a couple looks but just warning of what could happen.

Minnesota Vikings

Team Snaps   56  
    Snaps Snap %
Alexander Mattison RB 27 48.2%
Ameer Abdullah RB 18 32.1%
Mike Boone RB 7 12.5%
Adam Thielen WR 52 92.9%
Justin Jefferson WR 50 89.3%
Chad Beebe WR 22 39.3%
Olabisi Johnson WR 13 23.2%
Dan Chisena WR 2 3.6%
       
Irv Smith Jr. TE 44 78.6%
Kyle Rudolph TE 38 67.9%
Tyler Conklin TE 9 16.1%

WR: Justin Jefferson seems to be for real. He and Adam Thielen played the whole game on the outside. Chad Beebe mixed in the slot, but they ran too many two tight end snaps for him.

RB: Alexander Mattison got the running down work, but he actually split pass snaps with Ameer Abdullah (we expected Mike Boone ).  Mattison played 17 pass snaps, Ameer played 14.  Mattison is still the guy obviously but wanted you to be aware.

TE: Irv Smith Jr’s slot snaps are slowly ramping up, it went from three in Week 4 to seven last week to ten this week.  Now is the time to stash him in case they want to go with Jefferson and Thielen outside and the big Alabama product in the slot.  That’s where the money is made for fantasy tight ends.

Washington Football Team

Team Snaps   73  
    Snaps Snap %
J.D. McKissic RB 39 53.4%
Antonio Gibson RB 27 37.0%
Peyton Barber RB 8 11.0%
Terry McLaurin WR 70 95.9%
Dontrelle Inman WR 65 89.0%
Isaiah Wright WR 57 78.1%
Antonio Gandy-Golden WR 7 9.6%
Cam Sims WR 7 9.6%
       
Logan Thomas TE 62 84.9%
Jeremy Sprinkle TE 11 15.1%
Temarrick Hemingway TE 10 13.7%

WR: Terry McLaurin continues to get the best deployment in the league.  Last week he played every snap, this week he played 70 of 73.  He just needs better passes.  Dontrelle Inman was the other guy on the outside and Isaiah Wright swapped in and out with tight end Logan Thomas in the slot.  If McLaurin is having a hard time, you better believe those other dudes aren’t worth starting.

RB: In what was largely a negative game script, J.D. McKissic outsnapped Antonio Gibson.  But this time it wasn’t just on passing downs as he only had one less carry.  We warned this could happen in negative game scripts and the scripts should be fairly negative for this team.  McKissic now becomes interesting in PPR.  

TE: Logan Thomas has been deployed like a WR and it’s finally paid off.  He played 42 snaps at WR and 19 at in-line tight end.  Given that usage he has to be on your radar. It all depends on quarterback play.

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