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

Arizona Cardinals

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.


Atlanta Falcons

WR: The Falcons continue to use multiple tight ends so only Drake London (48 of 62 snaps) and Olamide Zaccheaus (38) play decent snap shares. But, as you can see, even they don’t play every snap. 

RB: Tyler Allgeier is the man on run downs clearly but Cordarrelle Patterson played 21 pass downs to his 12. So that’s probably the split again here.

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.


Baltimore Ravens

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.


Buffalo Bills



Carolina Panthers

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.

TE: For the first time all year Tommy Tremble at least separated himself from Ian Thomas - Tremble ran 26 routes and Thomas ran 15. They threw 46 times though so still not good.


Chicago Bears

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.

RB: David Montgomery led with 28 snaps but Khalil Herbert played 20. They will probably split again in a meaningless game. 

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.


Cincinnati Bengals



Cleveland Browns

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.

RB: Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt really haven’t split all year - Hunt is the backup.

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.


Dallas Cowboys

WR: CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and Noah Brown are the starters but T.Y. Hilton continues to chip away at the snaps for Brown. Lamb and Gallup are the guys you want.

RB: Tony Pollard is back so we’ll likely be back to the split where Pollard gets the work in space and Ezekiel Elliott is the short yardage back. 

TE: Dalton Schultz ran 43 of 49 routes so he’s always an option but Washington is a tough matchup for tight ends.


Denver Broncos

WR: Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy are the only wide receivers you need to worry about. Kendall Hinton was third but only played 33 of 70 snaps.

RB: Latavius Murray lost a bit of his luster this week as Chase Edmonds returned to split the work. 31 snaps for Murray, 28 for Edmonds. 

TE: Albert Okwuegbunam showed back up on the scene with 37 of 70 snaps. The interim head coach even commented that he didn’t get why they weren’t using him. He’s a DFS option.


Detroit Lions

WR: The Lions already said they are playing to win regardless so expect full snaps from ARSB and D.J. Chark. Josh Reynolds, Kalif Raymond, and Jameson Williams will split the rest of the snaps.

RB: Jamaal Williams is the running down back, D’Andre Swift is the pass down back. That’s pretty clear at this point.

TE: There ya go, Brock Wright scored (on 11 routes). Shane Zylstra ran 13. As a team they threw 32 times. Not worth the hassle.


Green Bay Packers

WR: Christian Watson is back so Allen Lazard and Watson are the two flankers. Romeo Doubs and Randall Cobb both played less than 50% of snaps. 

RB: Aaron Jones seems to still be bothered by the injury as he once again was behind AJ Dillon. But it was close — 29 snaps to 25.

TE: Robert Tonyan played 39 of 63 snaps which is par for the course for him. He almost never played more than 70%.


Houston Texans

WR: Since Brandin Cooks returned in Week 16, it’s been Cooks and Chris Moore playing full snaps. Phillip Dorsett and Amari Rodgers are next but aren’t really options in any format.

RB: Royce Freeman and Dare Ogunbowale split the work on both run and pass downs while Rex Burkhead just played a handful of sporadic pass downs. 

TE: Jordan Akins continues to be the best bet at tight end here — he ran 34 routes though they threw 51 times.


Indianapolis Colts

WR: Out of 58 snaps, Michael Pittman Jr. played 57, Parris Campbell played 56, and Alec Pierce played 48. The rest were distant thoughts. 

RB: Zack Moss continues to dominate the backfield snaps while Deon Jackson and Jordan Wilkins split the backup work. 

TE: Jelani Woods played a big snap share with Kylen Gransen out but he and Mo Alie-Cox still split snaps so Woods only ran 15 routes. 


Jacksonville Jaguars

WR: Zay Jones and Christian Kirk are the full time guys, Marvin Jones simply doesn’t play enough to trust. That’s been the set up for virtually the whole season. 

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

WR: Finally, the Justin Watson (22) full snap share experiment seems to be done. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (50) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (39) led the WRs out of 61 total snaps.

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

WR: Davante Adams and Mack Hollins are locked in. Hunter Renfrow hasn’t played full snaps since returning (32 of 69) so he’s not likely to do that now for the last week.

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

WR: Mike Williams and Keenan Allen are the top dogs with Josh Palmer as the third option. DeAndre Carter is back to returning kicks. 

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

WR: With all the injuries, the three WRs are Van Jefferson (46 of 49 snaps), Tutu Atwell (41), and Brandon Powell (37). 

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.


Miami Dolphins

WR: Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are the obvious top dogs with Trent Sherfield rotating at the slot with Mike Gesicki.

RB: Jeff Wilson is the starter here as he played most on both run and pass plays. Raheem Mostert is just a change of pace back.

TE: Mike Gesicki actually ran 27 routes but that was out of 47. Tough year for Gesicki.


Minnesota Vikings

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.

RB: The Vikings don’t have much to play for so expect Alexander Mattison to play a good chunk of snaps. Maybe even more than Dalvin Cook.

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.

RB: Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris split the work.

TE: With Jonnu Smith banged up, Hunter Henry played every single snap. Smith is questionable for this week with a concussion, so Henry’s viability will depend on that.


New Orleans Saints

WR: At this stage of the game, nobody is more than a DFS dart throw. Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed are you options if you want to play that game.

RB: Alvin Kamara is still the guy but Taysom Hill continue to vulture TDs.

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

WR: Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins, and Richie James all play big snap share which makes it easy - just pick one of them. James plays in the slot while the others play outside.

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.

RB: Zonovan Knight on run downs, Michael Carter on pass downs. That’s clearly how they like it.

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.


Philadelphia Eagles

WR: DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown are the full time guys, Quez Watkins works in the slot. Watkins only played 28 of 55 snaps though, so he’s only a DFS dart.

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. 


Pittsburgh Steelers

WR: Diontae Johnson and George Pickens are the only WRs that matter here.

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

WR: Deebo Samuel is set to return so it will be him and Aiyuk on the outside. Since they use fullback Kyle Juszczyk a ton, the third WR is way on the back burner.

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.


Seattle Seahawks

WR: Tyler Lockett played but he played limited snaps. This week, in a must win game, Lockett and DK Metcalf should both be a full go. Can’t hold anything back now.

RB: You can forget anyone else in this backfield besides Kenneth Walker.

TE: Crazy — even with Will Dissly out they wanted to run two tight ends. Not only did Colby Parkinson play a ton with 58 of 72 snaps, he played more snaps than Noah Fant (45).


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.

RB: I would not be surprised to see Rachaad White play more than Leonard Fournette in this one given the circumstances. Or for Ke’Shawn Vaughn to get some snaps.

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.


Tennessee Titans

WR: Treylon Burks, Robert Woods, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. Those are the boys and it’s a must-win game.

RB: Derrick Henry rested last week so he could fight this week. He should be a full go.

TE: Chigoziem Okonkwo and Austin Hooper still hurt each other in snaps but at least they have Joshua Dobbs instead of Malik Willis now.


Washington Commanders

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.

RB: With both pass catching backs out, Brian Robinson played the run downs and Jonathan Williams was the pass catching back.

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.




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