You’re here on Fantasy Alarm. You are sharp gamers. So you understand that the box score is a mirage. It doesn’t tell the full story. The good news for you is that we are here to break down the usage of every team and every position group. That way, you have the full ammo needed to adjust your fantasy football rankings and attack the rest of the season. Make sure to check out our Week 3 Player Projections and our Snap Counts Tools for your lineup decisions!
NFL Snap Count Breakdown: Week 2
WR: Same trend as last week. Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk play the full snaps shares. Jauan Jennings is next but they use too many tight ends and fullbacks to trust him. It’s also worth noting that Deebo Samuel played 20 snaps in the backfield.
RB: With Elijah Mitchell out, it ended up being a little more of an even split than expected between Jeff Wilson and rookie Tyrion Davis Price. Wilson got more carries but they both played 11 pass snaps. This is a “hot and” coach so be careful.
TE: No one is fantasy relevant until George Kittle returns. If you want to take a random DFS stab, it’s Ross Dwelley.
WR: Darnell Mooney played 90% of the snaps but the Bears ran an absurdly low 90% of the snaps. Next up were Equanimeous St. Brown with 71% and Dante Pettis with 56%. No one can be trusted but don’t drop Mooney.
RB: Both players ran well but David Montgomery played 80% of the snaps to 20% for Khalil Herbert. That’s a pretty dominant share.
TE: Cole Kmet played 85% of the snaps and ran 88% of the routes. If this were a real offense, that would be good.
WR: Business as usual. Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins are on the outside playing a full snap share. Tyler Boyd is in the slot but coming out for two WR sets.
RB: Joe Mixon dominated the snaps with Samaje Perine mixing in on pass downs sporadically. Chris Evans played 1 snap.
TE: Hayden Hurst played a big snap share. Snaps aren’t the problem - it’s the target distribution.
WR: It was the Stefon Diggs show with no Gabriel Davis. Jake Kumerow filled in for Gabe Davis and actually played more snaps than Stefon Diggs. Guys like Isaiah McKenzie and Jamison Crowder are splitting too much to be dependable.
RB: Devin Singletary is the dude you want - the rookie James Cook played garbage time in a blowout.
TE: We mentioned this last week when Dawson Knox blocked on 21.9% of his pass plays but our worst fears may have been confirmed this week when he blocked on 27%. Can’t start him with that usage.
WR: Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones are playing a full snap share though DPJ did not show up this week. They use too many two-tight end sets for another viable wide receiver.
RB: Nick Chubb out on a clinic on the ground while Kareem Hunt contributed mostly on pass downs. That is how this offense operates.
TE: David Njoku plays more than Harrison Bryant each week but Bryant quietly has more targets. Until further notice, Njoku is a low upside play. An injury to one may unlock the other.
WR: No Chris Godwin and Mike Evans got suspended in this one. The health of Julio Jones and Godwin will determine what happens next but the next guys up are Breshad Perriman and Russell Gage. If everyone is out, Scotty Miller would be the 3rd guy.
RB: Another dominant snap share for Leonard Fournette. He played 58 of 67 snaps.
TE: Cameron Brate and Cade Otten both played but Brate ran 25 routes to 10 for Otton. If you must, Brate is the guy.
WR: Jerry Jeudy left the game this weekend with a rib injury but it’s reportedly not serious. He may still miss this week’s game so keep an eye out. Kendall Hinton stepped up in his absence opposite of Courtland Sutton while Tyrie Cleveland was the third dude.
RB: Javonte Williams outsnapped Melvin Gordon 47 to 23. Looks like the change is finally happening.
TE: Albert Okwuegbanam ran 24 of 42 routes. It’s not ideal by any means but no other tight end on the team ran more than 10. Would like to see Albert O at least at the 75% mark.
WR: Marquise Brown and AJ Green are the full-time outside WRs - that should remain until DeAndre Hopkins gets back. Greg Dortch played the slot role. It will be interesting to see if he keeps that work when Rondale Moore returns.
RB: James Conner left the game with an ankle injury and is questionable for this week. Darrell Williams and Eno Benjamin split the snaps evenly in his absence which doesn’t help us much in making that call for this week. I’d lean Williams.
TE: Zach Ertz ran 55 of 60 routes and didn’t pass block one time. Doesn’t get much better. Roll him out with confidence until Hopkins gets back.
WR: The surprise here has been Noah Brown as the full-time split end. But Michael Gallup could take that role back. With Dennis Houston being released, that seems highly likely. CeeDee Lamb is an every-down player.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott played more pass snaps and more run snaps than Tony Pollard. That’s how it should shake out most weeks.
TE: Dalton Schultz left with an injury and is expected to miss multiple weeks. Jake Ferguson stepped in his absence but only ran 8 routes. We need to see it first before considering him.
WR: With Keenan Allen out it was Mike Williams and Josh Palmer playing all the snaps. DeAndre Carter played a smaller role but was the third guy out there.
RB: Austin Ekeler plays all the meaningful snaps. Joshua Kelley and Sony Michel just mix in sporadically.
TE: Gerald Everett ran 32 of 55 routes which isn’t ideal but still solid. He’s a viable starter until Keenan Allen gets back.
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling play the full snap share with Mecole Hardman rotating with the blocking tight ends.
RB: Jerick McKinnon is quietly carving himself out a role in pass downs playing 20 to 16. But Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the better start in fantasy as of now.
TE: Travis Kelce played 51 of 57 snaps. Stud.
WR: Ugly week with no Michael Pittman. Parris Campbell continued to man the slot with Michael Strachan and Ashton Duhlin playing outside. Not worth starting those guys,
RB: We know what this split is. Jonathan Taylor plays the bulk of the downs with Nyheim Hines playing a couple of pass snaps (14 of his 15 plays).
TE: Both Kylen Granson and Mo Alie-Cox played 27 snaps but Granson ran more routes once again. Neither are worth starting but Granson is the better bet.
WR: In typical Ron Rivera fashion, he used the same three wide receivers virtually every snap. The most notable was Japan Dotson playing every snap but one.
RB: Antonio Gibson gets the bulk of the run work while JD McKissic mixes in on pass downs. The real question is what happens when Brian Robinson returns.
TE: Logan Thomas’s snap share continues to increase. If it reaches last year’s, he could approach a 90-100% snap share,
WR: Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill are the dudes. No one else plays a high enough snap share because of the tight ends and fullbacks.
RB: We warned folks that Mike McDaniel was a hot-hand coach. Raheem Mostert was clearly the hot hand this week.
TE: I care less about the touchdown and the awful griddle as I do the usage. Playing 44 of 71 snaps is not enough.
WR: Same as last week - AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith on the outside with Quez Watkins in the slot. That’s the setup until further notice.
RB: Miles Sanders playing the vast majority of the snaps would be a lot cooler if Jalen Hurts didn’t steal all the rushing touchdowns.
TE: Dallas Goedert ran 38 of 41 routes and he didn’t pass block once. Just needs to win the target battle.
WR: The reality of this week is that Drake London and Kyle Pitts are both playing wide receiver. Olamide Zaccheaus was next up and didn’t even play half the snaps.
RB: Cordarelle Patterson started and played pass downs but they mixed in the rookie Tyler Allgeier a bit. Keep an eye out for his usage.
TE: As we mentioned, Pitts played 75% of his snaps at WR which is a drastic improvement from last week. Parker Hesse played in-line tight end.
WR: Trouble in paradise continues. Last week Kadarius Toney hardly played, this week Kenny Golladay played two snaps. For some reason, Davis Sills played the whole game. Sterling Shepard is the most trustworthy player, I guess.
RB: Saquon Barkley is the guy.
TE: Better usage for Daniel Bellinger after running 7 routes last week. Running 21 of 46 is still not enough though.
WR: Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, Marvin Jones. Those are your three wide receivers. Makes things easy.
RB: James Robinson got the bulk of the run work but he split the pass work with Travis Etienne this week. It’s still the JRob show for now though.
TE: Good usage for Evan Engram once again. Rn 38 of 33 routes, pass blocked once. It’s him vs the Jones boys to be the second target now.
WR: Last week I said we saw too much Braxton Berrios and this week the Jets agreed. Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, and Garrett Wilson played the whole game
RB: Michael Carter played 43 snaps to 19 for Breece Hall. Hall has some work to do.
TE: Tyler Conklin is blocking on too many pass plays. It works when Joe Flacco throws 103 times in two weeks. But that is not sustainable.
WR: It’s DJ Chark, Josh Reynolds, and Amon-Ra St. Brown. Should be like that until Jameson Williams is healthy.
RB: Not quite loving this split. D’Andre Swift is doing work but Jamaal Williams continues to mix in. Especially in the goal line.
TE: TJ Hockenson is getting the snaps and the targets. We need the production though.
WR: Allen Lazard returned and played 8 more pass snaps than the next highest WR. Sammy Watkins played the next most then it was split after that. Not ideal.
RB: Here is what we said last week “Despite the box score, the split fell in line with a lot of preconceived notions. 29 pass plays for Aaron Jones, 19 for AJ Dillon. Dillon then played more run snaps. Over the long term, that should mean more targets for Jones despite how it looked on paper.” And that’s how it shook out, with a monster game for Jones.
TE: Robert Tonyan once again played fewer snaps than Marcedes Lewis. Can’t trust it.
WR: DJ Moore, Robby Anderson, Shi Smith. Just like we said last week.
RB: Christian McCaffrey is the dude - 53 of 58 snaps.
TE: You can’t start either guy in fantasy but at least Ian Thomas plays.
WR: Jakobi Meyers and DeVante Parker play most of the game - Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne didn’t play even 50% of the snaps.
RB: Damien Harris got banged up so Rhamondre Stevenson played a ton. But the injury for Harris is not expected to be serious so the usage will once again be up in the air.
TE: Hunter Henry ran 24 routes to 13 for Jonnu Smith. That is what matters.
WR: Same as last week - Davante Adams and Mack Hollins out wide, Hunter Renfrow in the slot. Hollins just isn’t getting looks.
RB: Josh Jacobs has virtually the full role. Brandon Bolden is back but he’s probably not a threat. Start with confidence.
TE: Darren Waller continues his good usage, playing 90% of his snaps out wide. Have to start him where you have him.
WR: Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Ben Skowrenek. Only the return of Van Jefferson will change that.
RB: Darrell Henderson is the guy on pass downs but we saw Cam Akers get some more looks in a positive game script.
TE: Tyler Higbee continues to have great deployment and he’s getting targets. He’s a safe but low upside play.
WR: Rashod Bateman is in that Marquise Brown role-playing the pass plays. Devin Duvernay left with a concussion but he’s the only WR worth rostering outside of Bateman.
RB: It’s really impossible to make conclusions about this backfield until we see JK Dobbins back. Worth noting that Justice Hill played slightly more than Kenyan Drake.
TE: Mark Andrews is a star. Isaiah Likely is an injury away but is a handcuff to both Andrews and Bateman given his deployment.
WR: Michael Thomas, Chris Olave, Jarvis Landry. Those are the boys.
RB: We got some answers here. With no Alvin Kamara it is Mark Ingram on run downs, Tony Jones Jr. on pass downs.
TE: You can’t trust Taysom Hill obviously but Juwan Johnson is sneakily playing a lot of snaps and a lot of them at WR. I’m stashing him in deeper leagues.
WR: DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are all you need to worry about.
RB: Three-headed monster at RB with Rashaad Penny starting, Travis Homer playing some pass snaps, and Kenneth Walker getting a couple of carries. Yuck.
TE: Will Dissly and Noah Fant split again but Fant ran more routes. Neither is startable.
WR: Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, and George Pickens are your three starting wideouts.
RB: Najee Harris seems fine after the injury scare. He’s the guy.
TE: Pat Freiermuth didn’t block on a single pass play. He is a very safe option at this point.
WR: Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins are your two full-time wide outs. They used enough two TE sets that Chris Moore is on the outside looking in.
RB: Whelp, so much for the Dameon Pierce breakout. Rex Burkhead for the time being is the top dog here.
TE: Pharaoh Brown ran 22 routes, 18 for Brevin Jordan. Not a good split for fantasy football.
WR: Treylon Burks can’t seem to earn a full snap share. Robert Woods and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine have been but that really needs to change soon.
RB: Derrick Henry is the only guy you consider here. The offense runs through him.
TE: Geoff Swaim is the blocking tight end, and Austin Hooper is the pass-catching tight end. Need high volume to consider Hooper, even then.
WR: Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen both play virtually the whole game. KJ Osborn mixes in the slot but rotates with the tight end and fullback.
RB: Dalvin Cook is the man, Alexander Mattison is the backup. That is that.
TE: Irv Smith got more work but only played 32 or 52 pass plays. Low upside usage.
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