Tracking snap counts is a good way to get an indication of how much a player is on the field, and what their future usage outlook could look like. Next to each player’s name you will see a number inside of parenthesis, for example John Smith (2), that 2 would represent how many snaps he played this week. We are going to dive into some of the more interesting situations around the league regarding snap count numbers.
Kenyan Drake (39) had a big uptick in snap percentage this week as he was on the field for 85% of the Dolphins snaps, compared to 53% in Week 15. Surprisingly in Week 15 Drake did not see an increase in touches after Gore went down with injury, but that somewhat changed this week. He finished the game with six carries for 23 yards and four receptions for 31 yards. It was a tough matchup with the Jags and the Dolphins offense struggled as a whole. He has a better matchup on tap in Week 17 as the Fins take on the Bills.
Charcandrick West (19) saw his snap total increase by 18 this week and he was on the field for 31% of the Chiefs snaps. Despite the large rise in playing time, West did not have much involvement in the Chiefs offense as he finished with just one carry and two receptions. However, he did make the most of those two receptions as he piled up 37 yards and a touchdown. He should be on your fantasy radar though and any involvement he has will just be taking away touches from the guys that matter.
Marquise Goodwin (38) played his most snaps since Week 10 in the 49ers 14-9 loss to the Bears. It was a tough matchup on paper for Goodwin and the niner offense and that was the end result as well. He was targeted a season high eight times, but did not manage to do much with the high dosage of targets as he finished with three receptions for 29 yards. Goodwin was a huge bust in fantasy this year, but it wasn’t entirely his fault, as the offense has looked pedestrian all season after losing Garoppolo in Week 3.
Allen Hurns (4) played a season low snap total and snap percentage (8%). He had no targets and appears to be fully phased out of the offense. This run-first offense cannot support four receivers and since Hurns is the number four option, it will take an injury or two for him to have any kind of involvement. I would not be surprised if he is cut in the offseason. He hasn’t been fantasy relevant for a while.
Notable Snap Counts
D’Onta Foreman (31) made his season debut this week and was on the field for 48% of the Texans snaps. Even though he had a touchdown reception, this wound up being a performance to forget for Foreman as it was a pitiful performance out of the young back. He finished with seven carries for NEGATIVE one yard and also fumbled the ball (Texans recovered). Yikes. Lamar Miller appears to be on track to play in Week 17, which would seemingly diminish any type of value that Foreman has.
C.J Anderson (51) made his Rams debut and boy what a debut it was. Even though he was signed just a few days prior to the game the team thrust him into a large workload that saw his on the field for 75% of the snaps. No way anyone can argue with that decision though as Anderson finished with 20 carries for 167 yards and a score. However, if Gurley returns from injury for Week 17 Anderson’s value will take a massive hit as he will be nothing more than a handcuff.