It’s been a wild ride ladies and gentlemen. Hopefully you were able to secure a championship (or at least look good if yours is this week). For the rest of us, there is still gold to mine in those DFS hills! So let’s take a look at the Week 17 snaps and see what we can glean for Week 18.
NFL Snap Count Breakdown for Week 17
WR: DeAndre Hopkins has already been ruled out for this week so we can expect the primary pass wideouts to be Marquise Brown and Greg Dortch again. Both play 60+ snaps last week. Robbie Anderson has yet to practice this week so he doesn’t look good. Andre Baccellia was second on the team with 35 of 74 snaps but this could be the last game ever for AJ Green, so maybe he’s worth a DFS lineup just in case he wants to try and go out with a bang.
RB: James Conner will also be out this week. If I were the Cardinals, I would give rookie Keaontay Ingram a serious look just to see what you have. Corey Clement played a ton last week on pass downs but you know what you have in Clement already - he’s been in the league for six years.
TE: Trey McBride has been the lone bright spot as of late. He played 71 of 74 snaps this week (including 28 at WR). He might be worth a look in redraft or DFS but he also gets one of the toughest matchups for TE which pours a little cold water on that.
TE: They have not had a viable pas catching tight end since Kyle Pitts went down. If you HAD to start someone, it would be MyCole Pruitt as he played 40 snaps and ran 14 routes while Parker Hesse played 36 snaps and ran three routes.
WR: We talked about this last week but this offense is incredibly unique in that no wide receivers play close to a full snap share because of the tight ends and fullbacks. The closest was Demarcus Robinson with 21 of 52 snaps. If you had to pick someone, I might honestly just go with DeSean Jackson and hope he breaks off a long, random touchdown.
RB: The player from this backfield that led in snaps? That would be Patrick Ricard with 21. Then you had JK Dobbins with 26 and Justice Hill with 17. Dobbins is worth a look with his breakaway upside.
TE: Mark Andrews came through in the clutch for us last week. The Ravens would probably like to have that five seen (which plays the winner of the AFC South) so they should be playing to win here. They play at 1 PM EST and the Chargers play at 4:25 PM EST so they need to win and the Chargers lose later.
WR: DJ Moore has played 96.4% of the snaps this year which is the second highest snap share of any WR. So you can at least count on that. Terrace Marshall played enough to be a DFS dart throw then no one else played more than 50% of the snaps. Shi Smith would be the next best thing.
RB: D’Onta Foreman on run downs, Chuba Hubbard on pass downs. Been like that for a couple week.
WR: It’s hard to trust a team that rotates so many wide receivers. They threw 34 passes and the two leaders with Byron Pringle with 24 routes and Equanimeous St. Brown with 20. N’Keal Harry, Chase Claypool, and Dante Pettis all played less than 50% of the snaps.
TE: Cole Kmet has played a monster snap share as of late but it’s a meaningless game with a backup QB so hard to trust him.
WR: Amari Cooper is cleared for this week and he actually mentioned that he needs 80 yards to hit a career-high and that it was “very important for him”. So he’s a smash play in DFS. Donovan Peoples-Jones also typically plays a fairly full snap share then they use a lot of two tight end sets. In fact, three different tight ends played more snaps than the third-highest WR.
TE: David Njoku played 52 of 56 snaps and ran 23 of 27 routes. And he actually has a decent matchup for once in Week 18.
TE: Dalton Schultz ran 43 of 49 routes so he’s always an option but Washington is a tough matchup for tight ends.
RB: Jamaal Williams is the running down back, D’Andre Swift is the pass down back. That’s pretty clear at this point.
Green Bay Packers
TE: Robert Tonyan played 39 of 63 snaps which is par for the course for him. He almost never played more than 70%.
TE: Jordan Akins continues to be the best bet at tight end here — he ran 34 routes though they threw 51 times.
RB: Travis Etienne didn’t need to play much in a route but he should be the lead dog and a solid option in a must-win game vs. the Titans.
TE: Evan Engram played his usual snap share but they simply didn’t need his services against a team that scored three points.
Kansas City Chiefs
RB: Jerick McKinnon (29 snaps) led and skewed pass work while Isaiah Pacheco (27) was right behind him and led with carries.
TE: Travis Kelce is the king.
Las Vegas Raiders
RB: Josh Jacobs is still the lead dog playing a ton of snaps so it should be more of the same here.
TE: Darren Waller hasn’t played more than 50% of the snaps since returning from injury so he’s in the same boat as Renfrow for me. Hard to trust.
Los Angeles Chargers
RB: Austin Ekeler is the man, Joshua Kelley mixes in on some run-downs. Keep an eye on the Ravens game — if the Ravens lose, the Chargers will have the tiebreaker over the Ravens for the five seed so their game becomes meaningless.
TE: Gerald Everett becomes appealing for one reason this week — he has a milestone where he gets an extra $250,000 if he catches five passes.
Los Angeles Rams
RB: Cam Akers has run away with this backfield and that is now back to back weeks where he has looked good.
TE: Tyler Higbee is really difficult to trust given his aDOT and propensity to block on pass plays but they don’t have many other options.
TE: Mike Gesicki actually ran 27 routes but that was out of 47. Tough year for Gesicki.
WR: Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen play virtually every snap, K.J. Osborn is the next man up. If they do want to rest guys, Jalen Nailor (9 snaps) and Jalen Reagor (12 snaps) are the next two but they hardly play.
TE: T.J. Hockenson is the man but, again, not much to play for. So be careful.
New England Patriots
WR: Patriots are playing for a playoff spot here so they won’t hold much back. DeVante Parker is cleared so he’ll play a good snap share. Jakobi Meyers is questionable with a shoulder and, if he can’t go, Kendrick Bourne should step up in the slot. Tyquan Thornton is your best bet for a dart throw on the outside given his speed.
New Orleans Saints
TE: Juwan Johnson is the best bet for an actual tight end but he almost never plays more than 70% of the snaps. Closer to 50% most games.
New York Giants
RB: Saquon Barkley continues to be the man though the Giants have zero incentive to win this week so we could see a decent amount of Matt Brieda.
TE: Daniel Bellinger played 56 of 63 snaps but, again, the starters might not play the whole game.
New York Jets
WR: Garrett Wilson and Corey Davis play the big snap shares out wide, Elijah Moore is the slot guy who comes out of the game for two WR sets. I warned this could happen back in May as Davis has valuable run blocking skills.
TE: Tyler Conklin continues to get good matchups to wrap this season making him a sneaky option though he once again only played 33 of 51 snaps.
RB: This is a must-win game so Miles Sanders should be getting a big chunk of this workload.
TE: Dallas Goedert is back and he ran 38 of 39 routes so he’s in a great spot this week.
RB: Najee Harris continues to lead in all phases. The Steelers are eliminated if they lose, so they are playing to win.
TE: Pat Freiermuth was hurting for a bit there but now he’s back up to 75-80% snaps, so he’s not a bad option.
San Francisco 49ers
RB: Christian McCaffrey is a set-and-forget player.
TE: George Kittle not only plays a full snap share (62 of 67 snaps this week), but he has five TDs over the last three games.
RB: You can forget anyone else in this backfield besides Kenneth Walker.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR: Todd Bowles said they wouldn’t rest starters but I’m not sure I fully buy that they play the whole game in a meaningless matchup. If you have to start anyone, Chris Godwin at least has incentives to hit.
TE: Cade Otton has been the full-time tight end for a few weeks now — it’s his job. 69 of 79 snaps this week.
RB: Derrick Henry rested last week so he could fight this week. He should be a full go.
WR: Jahan Dotson and Terry McLaurin are locked in on the outside. We thought maybe Curtis Samuel would mix in in the backfield with Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic out (he has averaged three backfield snaps a game as is) but then he played zero instead.
TE: Logan Thomas played 57 of 69 snaps and he now has back-to-back games with six catches. Too bad the QB is changing again.