Ten weeks in. TEN. Less than half the fantasy season left before NFL playoffs. We need to cherish each and every one of these games while we can. It’s too easy to forget what it’s like in March when we’re scrapping for any bit of free agency news. I don’t care if the primetime games stink, I’m watching. I don’t care if my teams are 0-10, I’m setting those lineups. And for all of us, whether we are in it or not, it’s time to get serious. No more wasting bench spots on guys who don’t even play. We are not focused on one thing and one thing only - taking home that trophy.
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 11.
Fantasy Football Week 11 Snap Count Preview
San Francisco 49ers - 62
RB: The only problem with CMC in terms of usage is that he might be getting TOO much work. At least this week he didn’t play every snap.
TE: The issue for George Kittle has never been usage. The issue is that he doesn’t have a game with more than three receptions when everyone is healthy. But his deployment is always good so at least there is that.
Chicago Bears - 72 Snaps
WR: DJ Moore plays the full game out wide. Darnell Mooney lines up in the slot for three WR sets then moves out wide for two wide. Tyler Scott and Equanimeous St. Brown each played 28 snaps which doesn’t help us much.
TE: We warned you this happens sometimes with Cole Kmet. In the Raiders game, he blocked on eight pass plays and wasn’t involved. Then he had a couple of weeks with good deployment. Then this week he blocked on eight pass plays again. That makes him a scary player.
Cincinnati Bengals - 64
RB: Mixon is one of the few RBs that plays a full snap share every week. Not sure how you can leave him out of lineups regardless of matchup.
TE: Tanner Hudson has quietly carved out a role in the passing game but he’s not running even half the routes. He ran 20 of a possible 51 this week (Irv Smith ran 15 and Drew Sample ran 12). That deployment for Hudson basically makes him Kylen Granson.
Buffalo Bills - 54 Snaps
WR: This trend has held for a couple of weeks with Dawson Knox out - Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis play the whole game on the outside and Khalil Shakir has picked up more snaps in the slot (41 of 54 this week). Makes him a DFS dart throw until Knox returns.
RB: James Cook started and was benched briefly for fumbling which led to Latavius Murray leading in snaps 28 to 25. Murray does get goal line and some pass down work anyway making it a tough split. Maybe firing the offensive coordinator will mix things up.
TE: Dalton Kincaid’s usage has been tremendous with Dawson Knox out. He played 26 of 29 snaps. As we said all along for rookie tight ends, it wasn’t a matter of “learning the position”, it’s always been about opportunity.
Cleveland Browns - 78 Snaps
TE: David Njoku’s usage was back to normal this week after a little too much pass blocking last week for our likely. Now we wait to see if the backup QB likes him.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 65 Snaps
WR: We’ve been documenting the rise of Trey Palmer as of late and this week he actually ran just as many routes as Chris Godwin and two more than Mike Evans. They are still the preferred targets but that is meaningful, especially in dynasty.
TE: The usage for Cade Otton is fine once again. He just struggles in bad tight end matchups because they have other weapons. Titans are a top-two defense vs. the tight end. And he gets the 49ers after this week. There will be greener grass on the other side.
Denver Broncos - 76 Snaps
WR: Honestly, I couldn't care less that he didn’t catch any passes. At least Marvin Mims played more than half the snaps for once. He played 52 snaps while Courtland Sutton played 65 and Jerry Jeudy played 49. The opportunities are more important than the results in terms of predicting the future.
RB: Javonte Williams seems full back here as he continues to dominate the touches out of the backfield. Have to be pleased.
TE: Adam Trautman and Chris Manhertz were not cutting it with Greg Dulcich out. So Lucas Krull got some work with 20 snaps, 18 of them pass plays. He’s a sneaky showdown slate play at best. Adam Trautman is useles.
Arizona Cardinals - 65 Snaps
RB: James Conner took his job back playing 41 of 65 snaps. He’s back in the R2 range.
TE: As long as Ertz is out we ride with McBride. He has a bye week coming up and Ertz is expected back at some point though so I’d still roster two tight ends.
Dallas Cowboys - 78 Snaps
RB: Rico Dowdlge played some here but, even in a blowout, we are talking 22 snaps to 54 for Pollard. I’m not buying it with Dowdle even though folks are adding him.
Los Angeles Chargers - 72 Snaps
WR: With Mike Wiliams done and Joshua Palmer on IR it was Keenan Allen, Quentin Johnston, and Jalen Guyton. Keep an eye on the injury report for Keenan - we could see Derius Davis get a bump if Allen is out.
TE: Gerald Everett missed practice and could miss this game. Donald Parham also missed practice. I expect Parham to play and split snaps with Stone Smartt as he does when Everett is out. If both are out, we’ll throw some DFS darts at Stone Smartt.
Indianapolis Colts - 57 Snaps
RB: Jonathan Taylor is up and running - 50 of 57 snaps. It’s his show.
Washington Commanders - 61 Snaps
TE: Logan Thomas ran 40 routes which was just behind the 42 for McLaurin and 44 for Dotson. He’s a boring bet but you could do worse.
Atlanta Falcons - 71 Snaps
WR: Drake London is the only WR who played more than half the snaps. Don’t worry about anyone else.
TE: Kyle Pitts played 25 of 32 pass plays but blocked on five of them. 20 routes out of 32 won’t cut it. Jonnu ran 19 so not great for him either.
New York Giants - 57 Snaps
WR: This was a complete mess to everyone rotated. Darius Slayton typically plays the most then it’s a mix of Wan’Dale Robinson, Isaiah Hodgins, and Jalin Hyatt. But it doesn’t matter much with Tommy DeVito at QB.
RB: Saquon Barkley played a ton but the offense really couldn’t get anything going.
WR: Zay Jones was arrested so he’s out of the mix and Jamaal Agnew is hurt. It will continue to be Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk for most snaps. Tim Jones and Elijah Cooks rotated in the third spot along with the tight ends.
RB: Travis Etienne gave up some work to the backups but only because the game got out of hand. He’s locked in.
TE: Evan Engram continues to get great deployment running 39 of 42 routes. Now if only he could find the endzone.
New York Jets - 66 Snaps
TE: Tyler Conklin’s usage does not match the targets the last couple of weeks which has me skeptical. They dropped back 47 times and he only ran 31 of those routes. That kind of usage only works when they throw a ton and we have seen the way the down weeks look. You have been warned.
Detroit Lions - 66 Snaps
TE: Sam LaPorta’s usage was good, just didn’t lean on him the way they have in other games. He’s still a start every week.
Green Bay Packers - 68 Snaps
Carolina Panthers - 60 Snaps
New England Patriots - 69 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.
Las Vegas Raiders - 64 Snaps
RB: Josh Jacobs played 53 snaps of 64 so he’s at least playing a lot.
TE: Michael Mayer continues to underwhelm with his usage. Only 23 of 34 routes.
Los Angeles Rams - 58 Snaps
Baltimore Ravens - 54 Snaps
WR: The gap is closing between Zay Flowers (47 snaps, 30 routes) and everyone else. And Rashod Bateman is the one closing it (40 and 26). Nelson Agholor ran 16 routes and Odell Beckham ran 15.
RB: The split here will be Keaton Mitchell in space, Gus Edwards in short yardage, and Justice HIll for sporadic pass downs. Not ideal but Mitchell is the most interesting.
New Orleans Saints - 67 Snaps
Seattle Seahawks - 80 Snaps
TE: Can’t trust any of these guys in real leagues. Maybe Fant as a DFS dart throw.
Pittsburgh Steelers - 64 Snaps
WR: A big deal has been made about George Pickens not being announced with the starters but he played 62 of 65 snaps which led the WRs. Johnson played 53 and Robinson played 50.
RB: Jaylen Warren has apparently been named the starter so we’ll see if that is meaningful at all. They both played exactly 33 snaps this week.
Houston Texans - 75 Snaps
WR: We really haven’t had many games with everyone healthy. The last time we did, Noah Brown was the odd man out. But he’s played so well recently that they have to mix him in. I imagine that Nico Collins and Tank Dell will play the most with Robert Woods and Noah Brown rotating.
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.
TE: Dalton Schultz has had good usage and performed well lately though he did block on six pass plays this week with Trey Hendrickson in town. The concern for him is his playoff schedule. The Browns are the best defense vs. the tight end and the Titans are second. The playoff schedule goes Titans, Browns, and Titans.
Tennessee Titans - 63 Snaps
RB: Derrick Henry gets the run work with Tyjae Spears on pass downs. This week could be a Tyjae Spears game. The Jags have a solid run defense but allow the most receptions of any team to the running back.
Minnesota Vikings - 73 Snaps
WR: It was looking like Justin Jefferson could make his return this week but now that is unlikely. KJ Osborn is set to return though. So it will either be JJ, Addison, and Osborn or JJ, Addison, and Powell.
TE: So much for T.J. Hockenson being on a limited snap count. What a gutsy performance.