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

Team Snaps   81  
    Snaps Snap %
Raheem Mostert RB 40 49.4%
Jeff Wilson Jr. RB 39 48.1%
Tevin Coleman RB 2 2.5%
Brandon Aiyuk WR 74 91.4%
Kendrick Bourne WR 72 88.9%
Richie James Jr. WR 26 32.1%
River Cracraft WR 14 17.3%
Deebo Samuel WR 1 1.2%
       
Ross Dwelley TE 36 44.4%
Jordan Reed TE 33 40.7%
Charlie Woerner TE 24 29.6%

WR: Well, that was fun while it lasted.  We know by now that the Niners want to use Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel on the outside with Kendrick Bourne in the slot.  Deebo got hurt after one play. This moved Bourne outside for two-WR sets - they essentially used a bunch of multi-TE sets to make up for the loss of Deebo but Richie James is the next man up.

RB:  Raheem Mostert got the start and was favored for running work, but Jeff Wilson did split snaps fairly evenly and ran 23 routes to 19 for Mostert.  This was a blowout so Mostert is the guy you want assuming he is healthy.

TE: Once again Ross Dwelley outsnapped Jordan Reed but he only ran 16 routes to 28 for Reed. Reed is the fantasy relevant one but running routes on 28 of 53 possible pass plays still isn’t ideal.

Chicago Bears

Team Snaps   60  
    Snaps Snap %
David Montgomery RB 40 66.7%
Ryan Nall RB 3 5.0%
       
Allen Robinson II WR 45 75.0%
Darnell Mooney WR 45 75.0%
Anthony Miller WR 33 55.0%
Javon Wims WR 25 41.7%
Cordarrelle Patterson WR 19 31.7%
Riley Ridley WR 2 3.3%
Cole Kmet TE 51 85.0%
Jimmy Graham TE 29 48.3%
J.P. Holtz TE 5 8.3%

WR: Same as usual.  Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney on the outside with Anthony Miller playing in the slot.  Miller comes out for two tight end sets.

RB:  David Montgomery played the bulk of the snaps as Nagy is a one back guy but Cordarelle Patterson did mix in from some gadget type plays.  Montgomery did out-snap him in every phase and he’s been a fairly reliable fantasy option lately with 143, 111, and 155 yards from scrimmage in his last three games with 4 touchdowns over that span.

TE: Cole Kmet continued his bid to take over that full role - he once again played both more snaps and more WR snaps (15 to 10) than Jimmy Graham (though Graham did manage to vulture the touchdown).  If you lost Mike Gesicki , this is a place to look.   

Cincinnati Bengals

Team Snaps   72  
    Snaps Snap %
Samaje Perine RB 28 38.8%
Trayveon Williams RB 27 37.4%
Giovani Bernard RB 17 23.5%
Tee Higgins WR 65 90.0%
A.J. Green WR 63 87.2%
Tyler Boyd WR 59 81.7%
Alex Erickson WR 8 11.1%
Mike Thomas WR 6 8.3%
Stanley Morgan Jr. WR 3 4.2%
Drew Sample TE 64 88.6%
Cethan Carter TE 18 24.9%
Mason Schreck TE 2 2.8%

WR: Tee Higgins and A.J. Green on the outside, Tyler Boyd in the slot.  Easy peasy.

RB:  Coach Zac Taylor said Joe Mixon will not be activated week 15 even though eligible so there is a good chance he doesn’t return.  Giovani Bernard seemed to get benched after fumbling (which he hadn’t done since 2013 according to analyst Kevin Thompkins) but Samaje Perine also lost a fumble, leading to Trayveon Williams getting some work.  With first round pick left tackle Jonah Williams now on IR and the Steelers coming up this week it’s probably best to look elsewhere but Gio is still the favorite for pass work.

TE:  Drew Sample’s usage and routes run would normally be intriguing but the other options in the passing game and his lack of speed/burst make him a low ceiling, TD dependent play.  Given the Steelers matchup there are better options if you need a one week start.

Buffalo Bills

Team Snaps   75  
    Snaps Snap %
Zack Moss RB 44 58.7%
Devin Singletary RB 30 40.0%
       
Stefon Diggs WR 70 93.3%
Gabriel Davis WR 62 82.7%
Cole Beasley WR 61 81.3%
Isaiah McKenzie WR 10 13.3%
Jake Kumerow WR 4 5.3%
       
Dawson Knox TE 60 80.0%
Lee Smith TE 29 38.7%
Reggie Gilliam TE 4 5.3%

WR:  This situation is actually pretty easy to read.  When John Brown is healthy, it’s Stefon Diggs and John Brown at flanker and split end and Cole Beasley and Taylor Gabriel split snaps in the slot.  When John Brown is out, Taylor Gabriel moves into the John Brown role and plays the whole game outside.  With John Brown returning to practice this week, he’ll likely take his role back which hurts everyone but Diggs.

RB:  Devin Singletary is still a bit of a thorn here, but Zack Moss clearly has the better usage.  Singletary technically still has more targets in the second half of the season, but Moss is playing more snaps (including more pass snaps this week) and has gotten more carries inside the five and inside the red zone the last couple weeks.  For now, at least Moss > Singletary.

TE: Dawson Knox has the best usage of the TEs, but he blocked on six of his 42 pass plays so only ran 36 routes on 50 pass plays.  The return of John Brown pushes him farther down the target totem pole.

Cleveland Browns

WR: It’s rare we get something all that exciting without an injury, but the snap share of Donovan Peoples-Jones is at least interesting.  He received a big snap share once again and, if Khadarel Hodge is out again, expect him to be out there opposite Rashard Higgins with Jarvis Landry  in the slot.

RB: Typical split for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt here.  More running work for Chubb with slightly more pass work for Hunt (33 pass snaps vs. 27). 

TE: The Browns and Kevin Stefanski love their multi-tight end sets and that didn’t change with no Austin Hooper Harrison Bryant ran 33 routes and David Njoku ran 30.  Hooper is supposed to return this week, but neck injuries can be tricky so hard to trust him in your playoff matchup.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Team Snaps   51  
    Snaps Snap %
Ronald Jones II RB 34 66.7%
LeSean McCoy RB 16 31.4%
Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB 4 7.8%
Chris Godwin WR 44 86.3%
Mike Evans WR 39 76.5%
Antonio Brown WR 25 49.0%
Scott Miller WR 5 9.8%
Tyler Johnson WR 3 5.9%
Justin Watson WR 3 5.9%
Rob Gronkowski TE 39 76.5%
Cameron Brate TE 24 47.1%
Anthony Auclair TE 14 27.5%

WR: This game only saw 51 snaps from the Buccaneers offense as they struggled to get going early.  The game plan seems to be to have Mike Evans at split end and Chris Godwin out there as the other guy in two WR sets.  When Antonio Brown comes in, Godwin slides over to the slot.  That makes Mike Evans and Chris Godwin the most trustworthy.

RB: What a weird backfield this has been.  Ronald Jones was getting most of the run work with Leonard Fournette as the passing down back.  Bruce Arians decided this week to have Fournette inactive with McCoy as the passing down back.  Anyone that knows Bruce Arians knows that his doghouse is a dangerous place to be. 

TE: With limited pass attempts this week Gronk only ran 16 routes but 16 out of 25 isn’t the end of the world.  Cameron Brate did not play enough to be relevant per usual.

Denver Broncos

Team Snaps   61  
    Snaps Snap %
Phillip Lindsay RB 29 47.5%
Melvin Gordon III RB 28 45.9%
Royce Freeman RB 4 6.6%
Tim Patrick WR 50 82.0%
Jerry Jeudy WR 45 73.8%
K.J. Hamler WR 37 60.7%
DaeSean Hamilton WR 13 21.3%
Diontae Spencer WR 2 3.3%
       
Nick Vannett TE 45 73.8%
Troy Fumagalli TE 39 63.9%
Andrew Beck TE 6 9.8%

WR: Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy paced the WRs on the outside and were the guys in two WR sets.  KJ Hamler operated as the third man out of the slot. 

RB: It is a bit misleading that Phillip Lindsay played more snaps than Melvin Gordon because Melvin actually ran more routes (12 vs. 9) and got more carries (13 vs. 11).  That’s because Lindsay was asked to block on nine plays vs. three for Gordon. 

TE:  Noah Fant felt sick in the early game and was taken out for fear of COVID but he’s yet to have a positive test so they believe it might have actually been food poisoning.  Nick Vannett and Troy Fumagalli played a lot of snaps in two tight end sets and both ran 18 routes but, assuming Fant plays, they won’t be relevant.  They weren’t particularly relevant anyway. 

Arizona Cardinals

Team Snaps   79  
    Snaps Snap %
Kenyan Drake RB 44 55.7%
Chase Edmonds RB 40 50.6%
       
Christian Kirk WR 66 83.5%
DeAndre Hopkins WR 62 78.5%
Larry Fitzgerald WR 57 72.2%
KeeSean Johnson WR 19 24.1%
Trent Sherfield WR 5 6.3%
       
Maxx Williams TE 51 64.6%
Seth DeValve TE 27 34.2%
Dan Arnold TE 24 30.4%

WR: With the return of Larry Fitzgerald , things went back to normal.  DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk at split end and flanker, Larry in the slot. In fact, Andy Isabella , who was taking over for Larry Fitz, was actually inactive this week to keep KeeSean Johnson on the roster. 

RB: Kenyan Drake is clearly the preferred back in the run game while Chase Edmonds mixes in for some pass work.  Edmonds is no more than a handcuff.

TE: Dan Arnold ’s production in recent weeks is eye catching but his usage has been pretty bad.  The week before last he scored two touchdowns on nine snaps.  This week he only played 24 but scored again.  He’s a deep league or DFS stab but you can’t trust a guy playing ~30% of the snaps.  The floor is crazy low given that and the ceiling is a touchdown. 

Dallas Cowboys

Team Snaps   51  
    Snaps Snap %
Ezekiel Elliott RB 32 62.7%
Tony Pollard RB 19 37.3%
       
Michael Gallup WR 48 94.1%
Amari Cooper WR 42 82.4%
CeeDee Lamb WR 26 51.0%
Noah Brown WR 8 15.7%
Cedrick Wilson Jr. WR 7 13.7%
       
Dalton Schultz TE 49 96.1%
Blake Bell TE 15 29.4%
Sean McKeon TE 9 17.6%

WR:  Nothing better than a predictable WR group.  Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup play split end and flanker, CeeDee Lamb plays slot.

RB: Up until now the usage has been good for Ezekiel Elliott but the team has been hurting.  This week even the carries were split with Tony Pollard.  Just an ugly year for the Cowboys losing Dak and pretty much their entire offensive line.

TE: Dalton Schultz is in the same boat as Drew Sample.  He’s out there running a lot of routes but he’s low on the target totem pole in a middling offense.  He’s a TD boom bust guy.

Los Angeles Chargers

Team Snaps   73  
    Snaps Snap %
Austin Ekeler RB 44 60.3%
Kalen Ballage RB 23 31.5%
Gabe Nabers RB 12 16.4%
Jalen Guyton WR 61 83.6%
Keenan Allen WR 57 78.1%
Tyron Johnson WR 54 74.0%
K.J. Hill WR 16 21.9%
Mike Williams WR 2 2.7%
       
Hunter Henry TE 66 90.4%
Donald Parham Jr. TE 14 19.2%
Stephen Anderson TE 3 4.1%

WR: With Mike Wiliams banged up it was Tyron Johnson that got the third WR slot.  Williams is limited in practice so far so it’s yet to be seen if he’ll be good to go for Thursday.  Only Keenan Allen is particularly trustworthy but Tyron could be a Thursday slate DFS dart throw with no Williams.

RB:  No match in runs this week between Kalen Ballage and Austin Ekeler - Ekeler led the team in the run and pass game.  He’s listed on the injury report, but he said himself while streaming on Twitch that he’s not hurt and he’s playing Thursday. So there ya go.

TE:  Hunter Henry has consistently played a huge snap share, but one issue has reared its ugly head from time to time - they do ask him to block on some pass plays.  For instance, Henry was out there for 42 of 46 pass plays which was more than any WR due to some nicks to Keenan Allen .  But he was asked to block on seven of those pass plays, so he only ran 35 routes.  They get the Raiders this week - last time he played them he ran 45 routes but blocked on six pass plays so not necessarily scot free here.

Kansas City Chiefs

Team Snaps   62  
    Snaps Snap %
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 46 74.2%
Le'Veon Bell RB 11 17.7%
Darrel Williams RB 5 8.1%
Tyreek Hill WR 57 91.9%
Sammy Watkins WR 54 87.1%
Demarcus Robinson WR 33 53.2%
Mecole Hardman WR 19 30.6%
Marcus Kemp WR 4 6.5%
       
Travis Kelce TE 56 90.3%
Nick Keizer TE 12 19.4%
Deon Yelder TE 8 12.9%

WR: Same as usual.  Tyreek Hill plays just about every snap and Sammy Watkins is out there for most pass plays.  They mix things up with Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman but, considering Kelce leads the league in yards for anyone including WRs, there isn’t a whole lot of room to trust the ancillary guys.

RB:  Clyde Edwards-Helaire is back and the role is his.  Le’Veon Bell is really just operating as a change of pace guy.

TE:  When it comes to Travis Kelce , DK Metcalf said it best.

Indianapolis Colts

Team Snaps   61  
    Snaps Snap %
Jonathan Taylor RB 34 55.7%
Nyheim Hines RB 22 36.0%
Jordan Wilkins RB 6 9.8%
Michael Pittman Jr. WR 55 90.1%
T.Y. Hilton WR 41 67.2%
Zach Pascal WR 41 67.2%
Ashton Dulin WR 11 18.0%
Marcus Johnson WR 8 13.1%
       
Jack Doyle TE 42 68.8%
Trey Burton TE 25 40.9%
Mo Alie-Cox TE 20 32.8%

WR:  Michael Pittman is playing split end lining up opposite the TE with his foot tethered to the line on most plays so he’s playing the most snaps.  Despite playing 14 fewer snaps however, T.Y. Hilton only ran two less routes than Pitmman (26 to 28).  So, I wouldn’t discount his usage.  Zach Pascal lined up in the slot and ran 20 routes.

RB:  Jonathan Taylor is looking like the guy we thought he’d be.  This snap share looks similar to the Packers where Taylor gets most of the run work and splits the pass work evenly with Nyheim Hines (Taylor = Aaron Jones and Hines = Jamaal Williams ).

TE: Mo Alie-Cox had been starting in the full time TE role, but he banged up his knee a bit, so Jack Doyle stepped in.  Essentially this team likes to have one full time tight end that both blocks and runs routes.  MAC has been that.  Doyle comes in for running situations and Trey Burton for passing ones.  It’s similar to the Titans where MAC = Jonnu Smith , Doyle = Geoff Swaim /MyCole Pruitt , and Burton = Anthony Firkser .  Hard to trust any of them really.

Miami Dolphins

Team Snaps   83  
    Snaps Snap %
Lynn Bowden Jr. RB 59 71.1%
Patrick Laird RB 42 50.6%
DeAndre Washington RB 39 47.0%
Mack Hollins WR 40 48.2%
Jakeem Grant WR 31 37.3%
DeVante Parker WR 27 32.5%
Antonio Callaway WR 22 26.5%
       
       
Mike Gesicki TE 43 51.8%
Adam Shaheen TE 37 44.6%
Durham Smythe TE 36 43.4%

WR:  Lot of injuries this week for the Dolphins.  Essentially DeVante Parker was playing split end with Mike Gesicki in the slot and Mack Hollins on the outside.  Both Parker and Gesicki got hurt - Gesicki looks highly unlikely and Parker has a hamstring he’s yet to practice with.  Hollins played a full snap share and Lynn Bowden filled in in the slot for Gesicki.  If Parker is out, those are the two I trust most and then they’ll likely fill out the rest of the snaps with a mix of Jakeem Grant , Malcolm Perry, and two tight end sets. 

RB: Myles Gaskin could miss multiple weeks with an actual positive COVID test – Matt Breida is also on the list so DeAndre Washington would be the lead back for the time being. 

TE: So, in reality, Mike Gesicki was playing WR, not tight end.  In Chan Gailey’s offense he was more Eric Decker than Jeff Cumberland - Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe played the Jeff Cumberland role.  If Eric Decker got hurt, I wouldn’t expect Jeff Cumberland to start playing slot and I don’t see that happening for Shaheen or Smythe either.  They might see some extra targets, but I expect them to continue to be in-line tight ends and not someone you want to rely on in the semi-finals. 

Philadelphia Eagles

Team Snaps   69  
    Snaps Snap %
Miles Sanders RB 56 81.2%
Boston Scott RB 15 21.7%
Corey Clement RB 2 2.9%
Greg Ward WR 51 73.9%
Jalen Reagor WR 47 68.1%
Alshon Jeffery WR 31 44.9%
Quez Watkins WR 22 31.9%
Travis Fulgham WR 11 15.9%
       
Dallas Goedert TE 59 85.5%
Zach Ertz TE 50 72.5%
Richard Rodgers TE 1 1.4%

WR:  Like last week, Greg Ward in the slot and Jalen Reagor on the outside were the staples.  The other WRs mixed in but the Eagles are a two tight end team so the opportunities can be limited. 

RB: Boom - big day for Miles Sanders.  What’s good for the good is good for the gander and a better offense worked in Sanders favor.  Now, mobile QBs are known to throw less to the RB because they take off rather than checking down but, after how stale the offense was with Wentz, that’s splitting hairs.

TE: The return of Zach Ertz pushed Dallas Goedert back inside a bit as expected.  In Week 12 Goedert played 35 snaps at WR and ran 98.3% of the routes. This week he only played 16 and only ran 66.7%.  Zach Ertz played 26 snaps at WR (18 slot, eight split wide) and, despite playing fewer snaps, only ran two less routes.  Ertz is the guy you want.

Atlanta Falcons

Team Snaps   57  
    Snaps Snap %
Ito Smith RB 25 43.9%
Todd Gurley RB 19 33.3%
Brian Hill RB 9 15.8%
Calvin Ridley WR 48 84.2%
Russell Gage WR 41 71.9%
Brandon Powell WR 28 49.1%
Christian Blake WR 13 22.8%
Laquon Treadwell WR 8 14.0%
       
Hayden Hurst TE 33 57.9%
Luke Stocker TE 33 57.9%
Jaeden Graham TE 11 19.3%

WR:  The setup here is Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley on the outside with Russell Gage in the slot.  Typically, it’s been either Olamide Zaccheaus or Christian Blake stepping in but this week they went a different route - they actually moved Russell Gage to the outside and had Brandon Powell play slot.  That’s certainly interesting for Gage if Julio is out again. 

RB: After being limited for most of the week Todd Gurley did suit up but Ito Smith ended up getting more work than him.  Hard to trust him given his usage.

TE: The Falcons used a lot of two tight end sets this week, but the usage was not even - Stocker only ran 10 routes while Hurst ran 25.  If Julio is out again that gives a glimmer of hope to Hurst but he simply has not filled Hooper’s shoes.

New York Giants

Team Snaps   49  
    Snaps Snap %
Wayne Gallman RB 27 55.2%
Dion Lewis RB 16 32.7%
Alfred Morris RB 6 12.3%
Darius Slay ton WR 47 96.1%
Sterling Shepard WR 39 79.8%
Golden Tate WR 28 57.3%
Austin Mack WR 4 8.2%
C.J. Board WR 1 2.0%
       
Evan Engram TE 42 85.9%
Kaden Smith TE 23 47.0%
Levine Toilolo TE 10 20.5%

WR:  Darius Slay ton led the team in snaps and targets but had trouble reeling things in.  They like Slayton and Sterling Shepard on the outside with Golden Tate splitting slot snaps with Evan Engram .

RB: Wayne Gallman is the guy and Dion Lewis was just the change of pace back on some passing downs. 

TE: Good usage for Engram again as he played 22 snaps at WR compared to 19 in-line and only Slayton played more snaps and ran more routes than him.  In a thin tight end landscape, he at least has the usage that can provide big weeks. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Team Snaps   71  
    Snaps Snap %
James Robinson RB 40 56.4%
Dare Ogunbowale RB 22 31.0%
Devine Ozigbo RB 6 8.5%
D.J. Chark Jr. WR 64 90.3%
Keelan Cole WR 61 86.0%
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR 53 74.7%
Collin Johnson WR 19 26.8%
Chris Conley WR 9 12.7%
       
Tyler Eifert TE 45 63.5%
James O'Shaughnessy TE 27 38.1%
Eric Saubert TE 9 12.7%

WR: The good news this week was for Laviska Shenault and the bad news was for Collin Johnson.  Johnson looked good in the couple games leading up but Keelan Cole returned to reclaim his slot role.  This moved Shenault outside opposite of D.J. Chark .  Chark and Shenault are the most trustworthy for fantasy though Shenault has proven injury prone - and issue that plagued him in college.

RB:  James Robinson is the guy.  Unfortunately, a 23-yard touchdown of his was nullified by DJ Chark lining up in the wrong spot but he still had another solid game.

TE: Tyler Eifert once again saw a surprising snap share and a pretty large route number, running 37 on the day.  In fact, over the second half of the season starting Week 9, his 161 routes run is top ten for tight ends.  He’s more of a DFS dart throw but at least he’s out there.

New York Jets

Team Snaps   53  
    Snaps Snap %
Ty Johnson RB 20 37.7%
Frank Gore RB 17 32.1%
Josh Adams RB 12 22.6%
Breshad Perriman WR 53 100.0%
Jamison Crowder WR 38 71.7%
Jeff Smith WR 33 62.3%
Braxton Berrios WR 11 20.8%
Jaleel Scott WR 9 17.0%
Daniel Brown WR 4 7.5%
Chris Herndon TE 34 64.2%
Ryan Griffin TE 22 41.5%
Trevon Wesco TE 12 22.6%

WR: With no Denzel Mims it was Jeff Smith back in the mix opposite Breshard Perriman.  Jamison Crowder played his typical slot role.

RB: The backfield here was a bit of a three headed monster with the carries and pass snaps split fairly evenly.  Frank Gore started but Ty Johnson got slightly more snaps.  He’s the better asset in the passing game.

TE: A typical performance from Christopher Herndon in Gase’s offense.  Play 25 pass plays but block on eight of them.  Not useful for fantasy football.

Detroit Lions

Team Snaps   68  
    Snaps Snap %
D'Andre Swift RB 36 53.1%
Adrian Peterson RB 17 25.1%
Kerryon Johnson RB 15 22.1%
Marvin Jones WR 60 88.5%
Mohamed Sanu WR 41 60.5%
Danny Amendola WR 35 51.6%
Quintez Cephus WR 33 48.7%
Jamal Agnew WR 11 16.2%
       
T.J. Hockenson TE 57 84.1%
Jesse James TE 26 38.4%
Hunter Bryant TE 4 5.9%

WR: Marvin Jones is playing his typical role.  So is Danny Amendola splitting slot snaps with T.J. Hockenson .  They have filled Kenny Golladay ’s role with a mix of Mohamad Sanu and Quintez Cephus as of late, but no one is getting the full role making them tough to trust.

RB: D’Andre Swift returned to play a fairly sizeable chunk of snaps, especially in the pass game where he played 27. Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson are just mixing in.

TE:  Another good game for Hock from a usage standpoint - 56 snaps, 43 pass plays, 39 routes.  Solid. 

Green Bay Packers

Team Snaps   67  
    Snaps Snap %
Aaron Jones RB 47 70.1%
Jamaal Williams RB 20 29.9%
       
Davante Adams WR 62 92.5%
Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR 47 70.1%
Allen Lazard WR 46 68.7%
Equanimeous St. Brown WR 17 25.4%
Tavon Austin WR 4 6.0%
Juwann Winfree WR 1 1.5%
Robert Tonyan TE 41 61.2%
Marcedes Lewis TE 38 56.7%
Dominique Dafney TE 12 17.9%

WR: Davante Adams plays nearly every snap, as he should.  Marquez Valdes-Scantling is preferred on the outside opposite him and Allen Lazard plays the slot. They mix in two tight end sets so the wideouts don’t get a full workload.

RB: Typically, what they do here is have Aaron Jones get extra carries and then split the pass down work but as of late Jamaal Williams usage has dramatically declined.  Williams only played nine pass snaps compared to 29 for Jones.  Williams was particularly relevant anyway so this for the best.

TE:  Robert Tonyan is an interesting case.  He continues to only play about 60% of the snaps.  And because of that he’s not running and elite number of routes.  But he catches nearly every target and has now scored in four straight weeks.  Because of this, he doesn’t have a super high upside, but he seems to be pretty good for a couple catches a week.  The nightmare of course is a week where he gets his four to five targets, and he doesn’t catch all of them - which could realistically happen fairly easily.  

Carolina Panthers

Team Snaps   67  
    Snaps Snap %
Mike Davis RB 49 73.1%
Rodney Smith RB 16 23.9%
Trenton Cannon RB 2 3.0%
Robby Anderson WR 57 85.1%
Curtis Samuel WR 53 79.1%
Pharoh Cooper WR 39 58.2%
Brandon Zylstra WR 26 38.8%
Marken Michel WR 3 4.5%
       
Ian Thomas TE 47 70.1%
Chris Manhertz TE 29 43.3%
Colin Thompson TE 10 14.9%

WR: With no D.J. Moore they decided to mix in a lot of two tight end sets but Pharaoh Cooper and Brandon Zylstra did pick up some snaps.  Since it’s still split between the two you can’t trust anyone outside of Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel .

RB: No Christian McCaffrey = Mike Davis .  Per usual.

TE:  We’ve talked about this many times but, if there were an award given to the player most like that kid in gym class that runs around but never gets the ball, Ian Thomas would be a lock.  33 routes run again - he’s a top 10 TE in routes run but he’s tight end 99 in yards per route run.  Whoof.

New England Patriots

Team Snaps   59  
    Snaps Snap %
James White RB 27 45.6%
Damien Harris RB 22 37.2%
Sony Michel RB 15 25.3%
Jakobi Meyers WR 59 99.6%
Damiere Byrd WR 52 87.8%
N'Keal Harry WR 36 60.8%
Donte Moncrief WR 5 8.4%
       
       
Dalton Keene TE 31 52.4%
Devin Asiasi TE 23 38.8%

WR: Jakobi Meyers and Damiere Byrd played full snap shares and were the guys in two TE sets.  When N’Keal Harry comes on for three wide, Meyers moves into the slot. 

RB:  In a negative game script, it was the James White show.  The Pats are a run first team and they still tried to run a bunch with Damien Harris and Sony Michel but at a certain point in a game like this that needs to be abandoned.

TE:  Ryan Izzo was one of the more boring tight ends out there so him going to IR at least opens things up for an unknown. Dalton Keane played 31 snaps and ran 18 routes so he’s the more interesting one but Devin Asiasi was activated and ran nine routes. 

Las Vegas Raiders

Team Snaps   68  
    Snaps Snap %
Josh Jacobs RB 29 42.6%
Jalen Richard RB 21 30.9%
Devontae Booker RB 19 27.9%
Nelson Agholor WR 45 66.2%
Henry Ruggs III WR 41 60.3%
Hunter Renfrow WR 38 55.9%
Bryan Edwards WR 20 29.4%
Zay Jones WR 16 23.5%
       
Darren Waller TE 66 97.1%
Jason Witten TE 20 29.4%
Foster Moreau TE 13 19.1%

WR: Henry Ruggs hits the COVID list, so he’ll be out for Thursday.  Expect to see a full snap share on the outside from Nelson Agholor and a lot of Hunter Renfrow in the slot.  Rookie Bryan Edwards will see a boost in snaps as well as more two tight end sets.

RB:  Josh Jacobs was a game time decision, but he still managed to play most of the important snaps.  He’s the guy when active.

TE: As usual, Darren Waller played more snaps than any other pass catcher on the team.  With no Ruggs he’s in for a full workload.

Los Angeles Rams

Team Snaps   63  
    Snaps Snap %
Cam Akers RB 50 79.4%
Darrell Henderson RB 7 11.1%
Malcolm Brown RB 6 9.5%
Robert Woods WR 49 77.8%
Cooper Kupp WR 39 61.9%
Josh Reynolds WR 35 55.6%
Van Jefferson WR 19 30.2%
Nsimba Webster WR 1 1.6%
       
Tyler Higbee TE 55 87.3%
Gerald Everett TE 53 84.1%
Johnny Mundt TE 1 1.6%

WR: The Rams went heavy sets and brought it to the Patriots with the run game - we’ll talk about it below but none of the WRs played as much as the two tight ends.  Don’t expect that every week - it’s typically Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds on the outside with Cooper Kupp in the slot.  Van Jefferson is the next man up at all three positions.  That’s why McVay and Snead drafted a coach’s son who is coachable. 

RB:  Cam Akers has arrived.  Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown as of now are nothing more than backups.

TE: Heavy two tight end sets with Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee clearly playing a monster snap share but the weird thing is that Higbee only ran routes on 15 of the team’s pass plays and Everett on 14.  It’s like the Rams told them when they were going to run and then just went out and did it.  The Pats are a tough defense for tight ends, so the Rams get a much more intriguing one this week with the Jets.  We like Everett of the two.

Baltimore Ravens

WR: Marquise Brown led in snaps as usual followed by Willie Snead and Miles Boykin .  Whatever ground Devin Duvernay gained in snap share was lost big time this week.

RB:  J.K. Dobbins played a ton of snaps, but Gus Edwards also went out there on 1st and 10 in the red zone and ran the ball in from the 19 and 11 on the first play.  It’s hard to say whether Edwards would have gotten multiple carries on those drives had he not scored so quickly so it’s hard to knock him for that.  Dobbins is the best bet for fantasy, but he hasn’t run away with the full role yet. 

TE: Mark Andrews ran 28 routes - he has only pass blocked twice this entire season.  Usage doesn’t get much better

New Orleans Saints

Team Snaps   63  
    Snaps Snap %
Alvin Kamara RB 45 71.4%
Latavius Murray RB 20 31.7%
       
Michael Thomas WR 57 90.5%
Tre'Quan Smith WR 54 85.7%
Emmanuel Sanders WR 53 84.1%
Juwan Johnson WR 5 7.9%
Tommylee Lewis WR 1 1.6%
       
Jared Cook TE 36 57.1%
Josh Hill TE 18 28.6%
Adam Trautman TE 15 23.8%

WR: Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the outside with Tre’Quan Smith in the slot.  That’s the deal.

RB: Latavius Murray is just a handcuff at this point.  It’s Alvin Kamara ’s backfield.

TE:  After some weird, run heavy tight end usage, Jared Cook played 36 snaps and ran 29 routes, managing to score.  Hard to trust but that usage is at least better than what it’s been. 

Taysom Hill : He was way more fun in this article before.  63 snaps at QB.  Boring.

Seattle Seahawks

Team Snaps   73  
    Snaps Snap %
Chris Carson RB 33 45.0%
Carlos Hyde RB 32 43.6%
DeeJay Dallas RB 8 10.9%
Tyler Lockett WR 47 64.1%
D.K. Metcalf WR 46 62.7%
David Moore WR 39 53.2%
Freddie Swain WR 33 45.0%
Penny Hart WR 27 36.8%
       
Jacob Hollister TE 37 50.5%
Will Dissly TE 36 49.1%
Colby Parkinson TE 19 25.9%

WR: D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett play the whole game.  David Moore and Freddie Swain split the other WR snaps but not enough to trust.  Maybe if one guy was getting the whole role but even with that targets are thin.

RB: Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde split the snaps pretty much right down the middle in both the run and pass game.  No one likes that.

TE:  Reports are that Greg Olsen is trying to come back.  Even if he does, none of these tight ends are fantasy relevant.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Team Snaps   57  
    Snaps Snap %
Jaylen Samuels RB 27 47.4%
James Conner RB 23 40.4%
Benny Snell Jr. RB 5 8.8%
JuJu Smith-Schuster WR 57 100.0%
James Washington WR 46 80.7%
Chase Claypool WR 38 66.7%
Diontae Johnson WR 28 49.1%
Ray-Ray McCloud WR 4 7.0%
       
Eric Ebron TE 38 66.7%
Vance McDonald TE 19 33.3%

WR: Diontae Johnson has seven drops and a fumble of his last three games.  That was enough for him to ride the pine.  It’s yet to be seen what this week will look like, but JuJu Smith-Schuster is the most trustworthy and James Washington could lose snaps to Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool only ran routes on 23 of 40 pass plays (Juju ran routes on all 40).

RB: James Conner is the running down back but, in a negative game script, Jaylen Samuels got some pass down work.  Don’t love that if you own Conner.

TE:  Eric Ebron played fewer snaps than usual, but he ran a ton of routes.  He’s a backend TE1 given his usage and spot on the target totem pole here.

Houston Texans

Team Snaps   66  
    Snaps Snap %
Duke Johnson RB 30 45.2%
Buddy Howell RB 23 34.7%
C.J. Prosise RB 13 19.6%
Steven Mitchell WR 61 92.0%
Chad Hansen WR 53 79.9%
Keke Coutee WR 49 73.9%
Isaiah Coulter WR 6 9.0%
       
       
Darren Fells TE 40 60.3%
Jordan Akins TE 36 54.3%
Kahale Warring TE 15 22.6%

WR: The starting WRs to start the year were Brandin Cooks , Will Fuller , and Randall Cobb .  None of them were available this week though Cooks is expected back.   Based on what we’ve seen, it should be Chad Hansen and Brandin Cooks on the outside with Keke Coutee in the slot.

RB: With no David Johnson we expected the Duke Johnson show but Buddy Howell got some looks.  Howell got more carries, but Duke got more pass plays so Duke probably still the better bet given the value of targets vs. carries.

TE:  Jordan Akins has seen an increased usage running 26 routes, but he dropped another TD this week.  If Watson can’t trust him, we can’t trust him.

Tennessee Titans

Team Snaps   66  
    Snaps Snap %
Derrick Henry RB 42 63.7%
Jeremy McNichols RB 22 33.4%
       
Corey Davis WR 42 63.7%
A.J. Brown WR 37 56.1%
Cameron Batson WR 21 31.9%
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR 19 28.8%
Kalif Raymond WR 16 24.3%
       
Jonnu Smith TE 41 62.2%
MyCole Pruitt TE 34 51.6%
Geoff Swaim TE 32 48.5%

WR: A.J. Brown and Corey Davis on the outside.  With Adam Humphries out it was Cameron Batson in the slot, but he came out for two TE sets.

RB: Derrick. Henry.  This dude is a beast.

TE: Jonnu Smith is your every down TE but he only ran 19 routes. MyColePruitt and Geoff Swaim are blocking TEs and Anthony Firkser is not seeing enough snaps.

Minnesota Vikings

Team Snaps   79  
    Snaps Snap %
Dalvin Cook RB 54 68.4%
Ameer Abdullah RB 15 19.0%
Mike Boone RB 4 5.1%
Adam Thielen WR 71 89.9%
Justin Jefferson WR 68 86.1%
Chad Beebe WR 34 43.0%
Olabisi Johnson WR 19 24.1%
Tajae Sharpe WR 5 6.3%
       
Tyler Conklin TE 45 57.0%
Irv Smith Jr. TE 28 35.4%

WR: Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are dialed in for practically every pass play.  Chad Beebe plays a limited amount of slot, but they run too many two TE sets.

RB:  Dalvin Cook is the guy. Makes things easy.

TE: In two tight end sets with Tyler Conklin , Irv Smith is clearly the pass catcher.  He’s been battling a bad back but, with no Kyle Rudolph again, he could be an interesting spot start.

Washington Football Team

Team Snaps   63  
    Snaps Snap %
J.D. McKissic RB 41 65.3%
Peyton Barber RB 30 47.8%
       
Cam Sims WR 59 94.0%
Terry McLaurin WR 58 92.4%
Steven Sims WR 23 36.7%
Isaiah Wright WR 17 27.1%
Robert Foster WR 5 8.0%
       
Logan Thomas TE 62 98.8%
Jeremy Sprinkle TE 15 23.9%
Marcus Baugh TE 4 6.4%

WR:  We’ve talked about this, but this team really runs a lot of four wide receiver sets except the fourth wide receiver is Logan Thomas standing in the slot right next to where the TE would be.  Terry McLaurin and Cam Sims play the whole game on the outside.  Steven Sims and Isaiah Wright don’t play enough to be relevant.

RB: Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic splitting run work with McKissic handling the passing work.  That’s how they are handling the loss of Antonio Gibson.

TE: Logan Thomas is playing a ton of snaps and running a ton of routes.  He has some pretty bad matchups though and QB play keeps him in the back end TE1 range.

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