Week Nine is in the books and Week Ten features some of the top teams on bye week (and also, the Rams). No Chiefs, Dolphins, or Eagles this week. Moving forward with this article we are going to really start focusing on the playoffs so there will be less talking about speculative stashes and more talking exclusively in terms of who you should roster and who you shouldn’t.
Of course, there could be some guys like rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown that break out from Week 11 on so we’ll make sure you are aware of anyone getting that kind of opportunity but it’s hard to roster guys who haven’t cracked a 50% snap share all season. And that’s what we will focus on.
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 Three.
Fantasy Football Week 10 Snap Count Preview
Chicago Bears - 67 Snaps
WR: DJ Moore is obviously a guy that is fantasy-relevant and Darnell Mooney at least plays a good amount of snaps (57) making him a consideration. The third man is Tyler Scott (39) but he doesn’t play nearly enough.
RB: This is one of the last few frontiers with uncertainty. D’Onta Foreman has primarily handled the run work with 21 carries while Roschon Johnson led on pass plays. Khalil Herbert returns which should see Darrynton Evans be inactive. Will Herbert get his starting job back?
Cincinatti Bengals - 70
RB: Mixon continues to play a ton of snaps (51 this week). Doesn’t matter that he’s been inefficient when you get that big of an opportunity in an offense like this.
TE: There is no fantasy-relevant tight end on this team. Irv Smith is the closest, he ran only 23 of 49 routes.
Buffalo Bills - 58 Snaps
RB: Is this the week we see what Leonard Fournette’s role will be to cook? Right now James Cook starts (32 snaps) but Latavius Murray gets the high-leverage goal line and two minute drill work which makes them both tough starts.
TE: I wish Dalton Kincaid could simply have the job to himself for the rest of the year but Dawson Knox is expected back at some point. Hopefully, he’s just been too good to put back in the bottle. He actually led the Bills pass-catchers running 46 of 47 routes.
Cleveland Browns - 73 Snaps
WR: Amari Cooper and Elijah Moore retained their roles but the surprise here was that, after trading Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cedric Tillman took over that full role playing 54 snaps which was only four less than Amari and 9 more than Elijah Moore. He could be worth a stash but DPJ wasn’t relevant in that role either.
TE: David Njoku, after a couple of weeks of great deployment, was asked to block on seven pass plays this week which is less than ideal. Hopefully, that was a game script decision to protect Watson in a blowout but it does have us a little worried. Check back next week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 66 Snaps
WR: Trey Palmer has really carved himself out a role here and once again played a solid snap share (48 snaps). He’s still the third man to Chris Godwin and Mike Evans but it could be worse. He and Godwin rotate at flanker and slot while Evans plays split end.
RB: Rachaad White has gotten huge workloads all year and this week it finally paid off in a plus matchup. Cheers to those who stuck with him.
TE: We’ve been telling you guys how much Cade Otton plays and the high number of routes he runs. This week he played all 66 snaps and ran 34 of 37 routes. He’s absolutely viable in fantasy.
Arizona Cardinals - 67 Snaps
WR: No Michael Wilson meant someone had to step up. And that someone was Zach Pascal though he only ran 21 of 34 routes. Marquise Brown ran 33 and Rondale Moore ran 27 (with his usual carries mixed in).
Dallas Cowboys - 75 Snaps
RB: Tony Pollard continues to get the bulk of the work (58 snaps) so you just hold your nose and start him. He honestly hasn’t been terrible and should have better games to come.
TE: We talked about how Jake Ferguson’s deployment has gotten better and better and this week he played 67 of 75 snaps and ran 50 of 57 routes. Have to feel good about that.
Los Angeles Chargers - 60 Snaps
TE: Gerald Everett has played 23 games over the last two years and in 20 of those games he’s played less than 70% of the snaps. Regardless of how many WRs get hurt, he is a part time player. This week he played 32 and Donald Parham played 31.
Kansas City Chiefs - 60 Snaps
WR: Rahsee Rice is the top dog for snaps with 41 but he oddly only ran 22 routes (Justin Watson ran 28 and MVS ran 25). Rice is still the only interesting WR for fantasy football.
TE: It was the rare down game for Travis Kelce but what are you going to do? Bench him?
Indianapolis Colts - 71 Snaps
Washington Commanders - 78 Snaps
TE: Logan Thomas ran 44 routes which was actually more than Dotson (42) and just one fewer than McLaurin. Good to see him back fully involved.
Miami Dolphins - 63 Snaps
WR: Jaylen Waddle continues to work through back issues but, when everyone is healthy, it’s him and Tyreek Hill. Braxton Berrios plays slot but his role doesn’t change when a top guy is banged up - Cedrick Wilson gets that outside role. Keep that in mind.
RB: Raheem Mostert is the man but De’Von Achane could be back after the bye week. So we’ll have to see how that shakes out.
TE: Durham Smythe was asked to stay in and block on 10 pass plays this week. That is not going to cut it.
Philadelphia Eagles - 62 Snaps
WR: AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith are the dogs. With the Goedert injury, there would be opportunity for the third fiddle if it was one guy (last year Quez Watkins went from 2.1 targets per game to 4.3). But the role is split between Olamide Zaccheaus (26 snaps) and Julio Jones (19).
RB: D’Andre Swift dominated snaps again, Kenneth Gainwell operated as backup. Same as usual.
TE: Dallas Goedert broke his arm here so expect Jack Stoll to get the starting nod with Albert Okwuegbunam mixing in, maybe a screen here or there. I don’t expect either to be fantasy-relevant but will keep you posted.
Atlanta Falcons - 69 Snaps
New York Giants - 75 Snaps
WR: With Darren Waller out, Isaiah Hodgins (31) seems to be back in the mix more. Darius Slayton (51) plays the most then Jalin Hyatt (37) and Wan’Dale Robinson (34) rotate. But it doesn’t matter if they don’t have a QB.
RB: Saquon Barkley is back in full swing but the offense might just be a disaster.
New York Jets - 81 Snaps
TE: Can’t trust either tight end here. Tyler Conklin would be the best bet for a DFS dart throw if you have to.
Green Bay Packers - 72 Snaps
Carolina Panthers - 67 Snaps
TE: There is no fantasy-relevant tight end here, even if Stephen Sullivan misses time. They don’t want to use one guy.
New England Patriots - 64 Snaps
RB: Rhamondre Stevenson gets the work in space, and Zeke contributes some short yardage and a sporadic screen here or there. Same as usual.
TE: Bit of a change here. Before this week, neither player was running more than half the routes. This week Mike Gesicki led in routes with 41 followed by Henry with 40. Pop Douglas was actually third with 39.
Las Vegas Raiders - 60 Snaps
RB: Josh Jacobs has been dialed in for snaps this whole time, just needed to shake things up it seems.
Los Angeles Rams - 58 Snaps
TE: Tyler Higbee plays a bunch and does very little with it. A tale as old as time. He also blocked on five pass plays which is not good.
Baltimore Ravens - 76 Snaps
RB: Player Three has entered the game. Keaton Mitchell only played 14 snaps but he looked good doing it. Gues played 14 as well and Justice HIll played 48 but most of that was mop up duty in the fourth.
New Orleans Saints - 63 Snaps
WR: Olave (45), MT (40), Shaheed (32). Same as always.
Seattle Seahawks - 49 Snaps
WR: We learned that, when playing from behind, they are willing to go three wide which means Jaxon Smith-Njigba (31 routes) plays just as much as DK Metcalf (31) and Tyler Lockett (33). So JSN fans want the Seahawks playing from behind.
TE: The three way split is the TE killer which means there is no fantasy TE here.
Pittsburgh Steelers - 64 Snaps
TE: Connor Heyward’s usage took a tumble this week after two good weeks. Only ran 23 of 34 routes. That is not good.
Houston Texans - 72 Snaps
RB: Devin Singletary should start again this week and get a full workload again. This matchup vs. the Bengals should be a little easier on him.
Tennessee Titans - 74 Snaps
Minnesota Vikings - 72 Snaps
TE: T.J. Hockenson is locked in. Be happy to have him.