I’m going to be straight with you - this is flat out the most important article I write for fantasy football each week. It makes me a better fantasy player simply to write it so you better believe it will make you a better fantasy gamer to read it. All my weekly fantasy rankings are based on this and all of my waiver wire decisions as well. It is literally a review of every position for every team for each week. The next best thing to watching every single game.
This article goes best with our snap count tool where you can see all of the raw snap numbers. But I take it a step further letting you know who got the pass snaps, two minute drill, who pass blocked, who played slot, who played two WR sets. I do my best to let you know who is getting the work and who isn’t. So, without further ado, here is Week One!
NFL Snap Count Breakdown for Week 1
49ers - 68 Snaps
TE: George Kittle has been banged up but he played here - only 47 of 68 snaps so not the full Kittle experience but good enough to throw in lineups.
Bears - 74 Snaps
WR: The Bears have a lot more weapons so they deployed more three WR sets. DJ Moore (68), Darnell Mooney (62), and Chase Claypool (58) are the guys. It was actually Mooney that primarily operated out of the slot (36 snaps) with Cole Kmet mixing in and no other WR playing double digits.
RB: Ugly spit here. Khalil Herbert started and played 27 snaps, Roschon Johnson played 29 which included mop up, and D’Onta Foreman got 21. Herbert obviously led in carries while Roschon led in pass snaps (23 for Roschon, 15 for Herbert, 16 for Foreman) but the fact that they were winning towards the end might have skewed that. We are rooting for Roschon but might just be a full timeshare.
TE: Usage was pretty good for Cole Kmet outside of him blocking on six pass plays (about 10%). He played 72 of 74 snaps and played 43 of them from a WR spot which makes him more relevant than we expected.
Bengals - 56 Snaps
TE: Irv Smtih Jr mixed and matched with blocking tight end Drew Sample and additional WRs, playing 30 of 56 snaps and running 25 of 36 routes. Not enough to matter to us.
Bills - 69 Snaps
WR: Gabe Davis and Stefon Diggs were your outside guys. Bradon Beane told us they would be using two tight ends sets (or really, just starting Kincaid at slot WR) so there was no reason to roster guys like Deonte Harty, Trent Sherfield, or Khalil Shakir.
TE: There is a new slot wide receiver in Buffalo and his name is Dalton Kincaid. He played 47 snaps at WR, eight inline. And we can start him at tight end. Dawson Knox also played a ton of snaps - he played 38 at WR and 19 inline so they are moving guys all over. Good news for tight end enthusiasts.
Browns - 74 Snaps
WR: Amari Cooper got nicked up but he was clearly the top dog before the ankle issue. Donovan Peoples-Jones actually led with 66 snaps but Elijah Moore, operating primarily out of the slot on 18 of his 51 snaps, got the targets. Will be interesting to see how this shakes out, especially if Amari misses time.
RB: The final snap counts for Nick Chubb (36) and Jerome Ford (30) don’t paint the full picture as Jerome Ford mostly played during garbage time. It’s finally wheels up for Nick Chubb with no Kareem Hunt.
TE: David Njoku should have had a favorable matchup here but instead he blocked on 17.2% of his pass plays and only ran 24 of 35 routes. Not what we like to see but he’s worth holding to see another game.
Buccaneers - 68 Snaps
RB: There were rumors that this backfield could be split but then it ended up being Rachaad White (54) then everyone else (Sean Tucker - 10, Chase Edmonds - 8). White didn’t look amazing but it’s his job for now.
TE: Cade Otten played 66 of 68 snaps which is nice but he blocked on 7 pass plays which we don’t like. They have a blocking tight end in Ko Kieft so I wish they would let Otton run free. He needs an injury to Godwin or Evans to be trustworthy anyway.
Broncos - 64 Snaps
WR: With Jerry Jeudy out there was an opportunity for someone else to step up but no one really did. The rookie Marvin Mims was fourth (17 snaps) behind Courtland Sutton (55), Lil’Jordan Humphrey (45), and Brandon Johnson (32). Jeudy should slide right back into his role when he gets back.
Cardinals - 61 Snaps
TE: Zach Ertz showed he’s ready to go off the knee injury - 48 snaps, 33 of 38 routes, only 1 pass block snap, 10 targets. One of the top waiver adds.
Cowboys - 58 Snaps
WR: This game was a mess so we didn’t quite get to see this offense in full swing. CeeDee Lamb led in snaps and routes. Michael Gallup played 39 snaps to 34 for Cooks but Cooks ran 22 routes to 21 for Gallup. Need another week to fully decipher.
TE: Jake Ferguson started and played 42 snaps but only ran 14 routes. Peyton Hendershot ran 12. Still, the game was a mess so might not be meaningful but would sure love to see Ferguson run more routes than 50%.
Chargers - 80 Snaps
WR: Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are your full time WRs as expected. Joshua Palmer played 52 snaps to only 22 for Quentin Johnston so the rookie has some work to do to flip that before we can utilize him.
Chiefs - 65 Snaps
WR: Bit of a mess here. Skyy Moore (45) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (41) led the charge. Kadarius made an incredible number of bad plays for a guy that only played 16 snaps. Richie James and Rashee Rice were only part time players, playing less than half the snaps but the rookie Rashee Rice is intriguing.
Colts - 72 Snaps
Commanders - 71 Snaps
TE: Logan Thomas played 58 snaps including 30 from a WR spot. He might not have crazy upside but could be solid for bye weeks or injuries.
Dolphins - 67 Snaps
RB: With Jeff Wilson on IR and De’Von Achane nursing a shoulder injury, Raheem Moster played 49 of 67 snaps. We’ll have to see what it looks like with Achane back but not a bad bet.
TE: Durham Smythe played every snaps - he did block on five pass plays but ran 42 routes. He’s not terribly athletic but that kind of usage will make him a serviceable option at times. Not vs. New England this week.
Eagles - 66 Snaps
RB: Kenenth Gainwell was used like the bellcow here with 41 snaps to 19 for D’Andre Swift though Nick Sirriani mentioned Swift should get more work. Rashaad Penny was a healthy scratch.
Falcons - 51 Snaps
WR: Drake London led with 46 snaps and Mack Hollins was next with 32 making him no more than a DFS play. In fact, if this team is going to throw 18 times a game like this, no one is worth starting. Need to see a tougher matchup.
TE: Kyle Pitts did play 23 of his snaps at WR with 8 inline which is nice but this team just doesn’t throw enough. So his high aDot, high target share etc. doesn’t mean much.
Giants - 70 Snaps
WR: This game was gross. And no one really separated themselves. Parris Campbell and Darius Slayton led with only 47 snaps each followed by Isaiah Hodgins with 42 and Jalin Hyatt with 25. Might just want to stash Wan’Dale Robinson.
TE: Darren Waller is the guy but clearly he was not healthy as he’s dealing with a hamstring injury. Need him full strength.
Jaguars - 70 Snaps
TE: Evan Engram might not have a crazy upside with Ridley in town but he is a solid option in a barren landscape.
Jets - 54 Snaps
TE: It was a bad matchup in general and the QB got hurt but I have no interest in Tyler Conklin or CJ Uzomah. If you had to pick one it was Conklin who ran 20 of 27 routes.
Lions - 70 Snaps
RB: We knew this split would be possible but it’s looking like David Montgomery (55) for short yardage with Jahmyr Gibbs (19) in space and pass downs. But those were 19 of the most impressive snaps I’ve seen in a while so expect that to even out.
TE: Sam LaPorta looked rock solid for a rookie though we’d like it better if he didn’t block on five pass plays. He played 58 snaps but ran 27 of 37 routes - would like that to have been 32. We will keep an eye on that.
Packers - 60 Snaps
WR: This game was a bit of a blowout plus not everyone was healthy. Of 30 pass plays, the leaders in routes were Jayden Reed and Romeo Doubs with 20 and Dontayvion Wicks with 19. When all is said and done it should be Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs on the outside with Reed in the slot.
RB: Aaron Jones was more efficient but they showed they are willing to split the load with the young guy. Both could be viable in the right matchups.
TE: Luke Musgrave actually led all pass catchers with 24 routes and he played 16 routes at WR. With him, Kincaid, and LaPorta there are THREE promising rookie tight ends this year.
Panthers - 77 Snaps
WR: HEAVY 11 personnel usage here. Terrace Marchall (69), Adam Thielen (68), and Jonathan Mingo (67) played virtually the whole game. Which would be nice if DJ Chark wasn’t coming back at some point to disrupt that. Will be interesting to see how he fits in.
RB: Miles Sanders got the bulk of the relevant work including the two minute drill and pass work. Chuba Hubbard looked okay though when he mixed in sporadically - we’ll have to see if he can carve out some work but Sanders is also coming off a groin injury.
TE: Hayden Hurst was clearly the pass catching tight end running 30 routes while Tommy Tremble and Ian Thomas both ran less than 10. But Hurst only played 41 of 77 snaps which isn’t ideal, we want more.
Patriots - 80 Snaps
RB: Rhamondre Stevenson has dealt with some issues but he still played 58 snaps through Ezekiell Elliott saw 7 targets on his 28 snaps.
Raiders - 59 Snaps
WR: Davante Adams is a must start always but Jakobi Meyers established himself as the clear WR 2 this week playing 47 of 59 snaps. No other WR, including Hunter Renfrow, played more than 13 snaps as they used extra tight ends and a fullback.
Rams - 81 Snaps
WR: With Cooper Kupp out your top three wide receivers were Van Jefferson (75), Tutu Atwell (64), and Puka Nacua (63). Nacua stole the show in that Cooper Kupp role. The only question is what happens when Kupp comes back.
TE: Tyler Higbee should have been a viable play this week but he blocked on six pass plays. That has killed him his whole career.
Ravens - 64 Snaps
WR: Rashod Bateman has been nursing a foot injury and that may still be the case as he only played 25 snaps while Odell Beckham Jr played 59 and Zay Flowers played 54. Flowers looked explosive out there.
RB: JK Dobbins once again is done for the year, this time with an Achilles. They reportedly won’t add anyone so it’s looking like Gus Edward as the short yardage back with Justice Hill in the Dobbins role.
Saints - 65 Snaps
TE: Juwan Johnson played 49 snaps and ran 32 of 39 routes which isn’t bad but there is a bit of a target crunch in New Orleans.
Seahawks - 50 Snaps
Steelers - 63 Snaps
Texans - 77 Snaps
WR: Robert Woods (58), Nico Collins (55), and Noah Brown (52) led the charge with Tank Dell behind (37). John Metchie was out for this once so it’s not finalized yet but Collins and Woods got double digit targets each.
TE: Dalton Schultz led the team in routes with 51 and only blocked on one pass play. That is promising usage despite the mediocre results.
Titans - 63 Snaps
RB: For the first time, this team actually did use a separate pass catching back in Tyjae Spears. He played 34 snaps to 30 for Henry and played 26 pass plays to Henry’s 14. Henry was still awesome, of course.
TE: Chigoziem Okonkwo played a goo snap share and ran 33 of 43 routes. He was just missed on a flea flicker that should have been a touchdown. With Burks and Hopkins, his upside is capped.
Vikings - 64 Snaps
RB: ALexander Mattison got the big dog share with 47 snaps and is looking like a highly viable option for fantasy football.
TE: With everything going on at tight end, you have to be happy to have TJ Hockenson. 37 routes run, only blocked on one pass play. That’s nice.