Quarterback injuries are sweeping the league - first we saw Trey Lance go down and now we are likely without Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones, and Jameis Winston. Justin Herbert is nicked up but continues to battle through. Quarterback, of course, is easy to assess - when the starter goes down, the next guy comes in. Wide receiver, running back, and tight end are a little more tricky. So we are here to help you navigate that landscape in terms of who is playing the most snaps, who is running the most routes, and who is getting the touches. That way you can stay ahead of the waiver wire and dominate your fantasy football leagues!
NFL Snap Count Breakdown: Week 3
WR: This trend is clear after three weeks - Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk play every snap but a mixture of fullback usage and tight ends means no third WR plays a full share. Jauan Jennings is next up.
RB: Jeff Wilson Jr. played 41 of 56 snaps - no one else played more than 5.
TE: George Kittle is back and he played 51 of 56 snaps, only pass blocked 3 times. He should be in your lineup wherever you have him.
WR: Darnell Mooney once again played virtually every snap. Equanimeous St. Brown layed a full snap share opposite him and Dante Pettis played 36 of 63 which is not enough to consider. In another world with a better offense, we would be talking about starting Mooney or even EQSB in lineups…
TE: Cole Kmet continues to play a big snap share and he’s also run 76% of the routes which is actually sixth among all tight ends. But the offense is too anemic for that to matter.
WR: In a bit of a change from last year, all three wide receivers are playing fairly full snap shares (last year Tyler Boyd was playing significantly less than Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase). Boyd owners should be happy.
TE: Hayden Hurst actually played fewer snaps than Mitchel Wilcox but Wilcox is just a blocker. 21 of 41 pass plays isn’t ideal for Hurst though.
WR: Gabriel Davis played 87 of 91 snaps opposite of Stefon Diggs. Diggs was used heavily so he took some breathers but he typically would play a full snap share. Isaiah McKenzie and Jamison Crowder each only played about 50% of the snaps which is hard to trust. It’s fine in a week like this where the Bills run 91 plays but they only played 45-46.
RB: Devin Singletary has run away with the job and he has quietly run the 3rd most routes of any back in the league.
TE: Dawson Knox once again blocked on seven pass plays. That’s what is holding him back and it’s been three weeks in a row now. Have to look elsewhere in fantasy.
TE: David Njoku finally had a breakout game here and he blocked on only 2 pass plays after blocking on 17% of his pass plays over the first two weeks. Harrison Bryant played his typical 50% share as the TE2.
WR: Mike Evans and Chris Godwin return this week which makes some of these snap shares irrelevant. Those are the guys along with Russell Gage. Julio Jones has been limited in practice but he’s the fourth guy at this point.
TE: Cameron Brate played 58 of 65 snaps and only blocked one time. With the wide receivers returning he’s not a super viable option though.
WR: Courtland Sutton played virtually the whole game though Jerry Jeudy only played 44 of 74 snaps. He has been a little banged up. Kendall Hinton comes on as the field stretcher but doesn’t play enough.
RB: The split here was relatively even as we’ve come to expect though Javonte played slightly more than Melvin (32 snaps to 28). They probably need an injury to the other for high end upside.
TE: Very strange tight end usage. Eric Saubert and Eric Tomlinson both played 35 snaps compared to 24 for Albert Okwuegbunam. But Albert ran routes on 23 of his 24 snaps while neither of the Erics ran more than 11 routes. Odd. But 23 of 44 routes for Albert O is not enough.
WR: AJ Green left with a knee injury so this group gets even weaker. They need DeAndre Hopkins back badly. Marquise Brown plays every snap and Greg Dortch is filling that slot role. No one else plays enough snaps to be relevant but keep your eye out for Rondale Moore.
TE: Zach Ertz is basically playing wide receiver at this point. He played 54 snaps out wide. Start him where you have him in fantasy.
TE: Gerald Everett is playing a full snap share - he will be a safe but boring option when Allen returns.
TE: Travis Kelce is a stud that you start every week.
TE: This is now a complete mess. Mo Alie-Cox plays the most but primarily blocks. Kylen Granson comes in to run routes. Then this week Jelani Woods plays only 16 of 71 snaps yet manages to score two touchdowns. Can’t trust Jelanie as of now but maybe worth a stash.
TE: Logan Thomas seems to have stalled out at about 60-70% snap share which is a far cry from the 90-100% we used to see. He’s a hold for now.
WR: The only wide outs you can trust are AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith.
TE: Dallas Goedert only ran 26 of 43 routes which is not ideal. He’s still a safe option but keep looking for upside with a bench spot.
RB: Cordarelle Patterson is the man. Rookie Tyler Allgeier just spells him from time to time.
WR: Tough break for Sterling Shepard. He is out for the season again. Richie James and David Sills will likely continue to play full snaps until Wan’Dale Robinson and/or Kadarius Toney return. Kenny Golladay is out to lunch.
RB: Saquon Barkle is the lone bright spot here. He is BACK.
WR: Elijah Moore is the clear snap leader - in fact, he has run the fifth most routes of any WR (partially because the Jets have thrown more than any team). Corey Davis is next. Garrett Wilson played 49 of 78 snaps but not every game will have 80 snaps).
TE: Tyler Conklin’s success so far has been almost entirely volume based as he is blocking on a lot of pass plays and running very low aDot routes. So be careful with him - especially with Zach Wilson returning.
TE: TJ Hockenson should be in line for a bigger workload based on the injuries. Solid option this week.
RB: The carries are split fairly evenly but Aaron Jones gets more pass work. Both are viable.
TE: If Robert Tonyan ever actually played a full snap share he would be a lot more interesting for fantasy. We will continue to monitor him to see if that happens but hard to trust these 50% snap shares.
WR: DJ Moore and Robby Anderson played most snaps - Shi Smith fell back into a part-time role. Baker has not played well enough to trust any of them but DJ Moore is your best bet as he ran all 29 routes.
RB: Christian McCaffrey was at practice but is questionable. So have a backup plan ready.
TE: You can’t start either guy in fantasy.
WR: DeVante Parker and Jakobi Meyers play most of the snaps but Meyers has been banged up. He’s back at practice now but we don’t know if he will be a full go. Nelson Agholor should play his outside role and, if Meyers is out, Lil’Jordan Humphrey would be the guy.
TE: Darren Waller continues his good usage, playing 90% of his snaps out wide. Have to start him where you have him.
TE: Tytler Higbee continues his good usage. He’s another sale albeit boring start in fantasy.
TE: Mark Andrews has arguably the best usage of any tight end and Isaiah Likely’s 16 snaps was fourth behind Andrews and the two WRs above. If anything happens to Andrews, Likely is the guy. They are both top three in the league in percentage of routes run from a WR spot.
RB: Najee Harris is the guy. 47 of 59 snaps.
TE: Pat Freiermuth only ran 27 of 37 routes and he blocked on 7 pass plays. That will happen sometimes with a tough pass rush. Better matchup this week with the Jets.
RB: Dameon Pierce has taken over the run work (20 carries to 4 for Burkhead) but Rex Burkhead seems to be the pass down guy (16 routes run vs. 9 for PIerce). Game script might determine who has the better game but Pierce is the better option out the gate.
RB: Derrick Henry is the only guy you consider here.
WR: The team ran 72 snaps. Justin Jefferson played all 72. Thielen played 70. KJ Osborn 54.
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