We need to cherish the football we have left. If you are still in line for the playoffs then great - we’ll let you know who you can trust. If you are eliminated from the playoffs that’s fine - set your lineups for pride and let’s make some DFS lineups. I’ll let you know who I think is worth a dart throw in DFS or not. With so many moving parts, we can’t afford to not know what the heck is going on at this stage. So let me get you up to speed so we can dominate down the stretch. My thoughts on every fantasy-relevant player are in this article.
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 14.
NFL Week 14 Snap Count Report
San Francisco 49ers - 59 snaps
RB: CMC is locked in per usual. He played 52 of 59 snaps. It would be wise to throw Elijah Mitchell on the bench just in case, if you have the space.
TE: George Kittle always plays a big workload. 55 of 59 snaps this week. It’s a matter of whether they have enough targets to go around. But, in this tight end landscape, you are likely starting Kittle.
Cincinnati Bengals - 73
RB: Mixon gave up some carries early on to Chase Brown which is rare for him. But he finished the night playing 52 of 73 snaps with Brown only playing 11. So it’s still Mixon’s show.
Cleveland Browns - 71 Snaps
WR: With Amari Cooper leaving with a concussion, Cedric Tillman maintained his outside role and Elijah Moore moved to the slot opposite him. David Bell picked up work out of the slot. Flacco liked Moore but monitored the weather for this game.
RB: Jerome Ford gets more of the pass work but they split the carries
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 62 Snaps
RB: Rachaad White continues to get the bulk of the work with 54 snaps here. He’s a fairly safe bet.
TE: Cade Otton ran 33 of 35 routes but, for the first time this year, didn’t catch a pass. The Panthers have been a tough matchup for tight ends so we’re willing to chalk this one up to that.
Denver Broncos - 62 Snaps
RB: Javonte Williams had good usage again, getting the bulk of the carries and running more routes than any of the other RBs. We can trust him moving forward hopefully.
Arizona Cardinals - 67 Snaps
Dallas Cowboys - 89 Snaps
TE: Jake Ferguson played 66 of 89 snaps and ran 41 of 57 routes. Not quite ideal but it’s starting to look like Peyton Hendershot might be done for the year. As long as Zach Ertz stays away, he should be a solid enough option.
Los Angeles Chargers - 61 Snaps
WR: Keenan Allen is must start. After that it’s dicey. Quentin Johnson played 47 snaps to 38 for Jalen Guyton. No one else played more than 8. But it’s hard to trust them. The 21-day window for Joshua Palmer has been activated so maybe we’ll see him soon.
TE: Gerald Everett is not a full-time player so we need to be careful about where and when we use him. He has NEVER played more than 80% of the snaps for the Chargers. And, since joining the team, he’s only played more than 70% three times. He has a good matchup this week but I can’t trust him to put together three straight weeks in the playoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs - 60 Snaps
WR: Still no one plays every snap here - Rashee Rice led with 47 of 68. The breakdown was Rice 47, Skyy Moore - 45, Justin Watson - 41, Marquez Valdes-Scantling 33. Annoying but Rice feels trustworthy at this stage.
RB: Isaiah Pacheco 48 snaps of 68 - he’s the man, especially with no Jerrick McKinnon
TE: Travis Kelce is the king. Start him every week.
Indianapolis Colts - 71 snaps
Washington Commanders - 78 Snaps
TE: The usage for Logan Thomas has not been great as of late and this week we got hit with the zero target game. He played 34 of 55 snaps and ran 20 of 30 routes which is obviously not ideal.
Miami Dolphins - 61 Snaps
RB: De’Vone Achane and Raheem Mostert split the early work then, once it was a blowout, the rookie and Jeff Wilson closed it out with Mostert getting a break. I expect them to continue to split fairly evenly.
TE: Durham Smythe plays a ton but he’s a blocker, not a pass catcher.
Philadelphia Eagles - 72 Snaps
RB: It was a rare negative game script so we saw Kenneth Gainwell play 39 snaps (33 pass plays) to De’Andre Swift’s 30 snaps. This Cowboys game this week is the last tough matchup of the year for the Eagles so Swift should be fine.
TE: Dallas Goedert will hopefully be back and he’s right back to being an option for us. Before getting hurt, he had the highest route participation of any tight end.
Atlanta Falcons - 68 Snaps
RB: Bijan Robinson will hopefully continue to get this new workload - 51 of 68 snaps. It’s why they drafted him.
TE: Big change here and a positive one. Kyle Pitts ran 30 of 33 routes - that’s 90%. First time all year. He also got almost a 30% target share. That has us intrigued for sure. Jonnu Smith ran 15 of 33 routes.
New York Giants - 52 Snaps
Jacksonville Jaguars - 69 Snaps
RB: Travis Etienne is a stud and he seems to have gotten over the injury issues pretty quickly. He’s a locked-in RB1 the rest of the way.
New York Jets - 68 Snaps
TE: Another low route participation game for Tyler Conklin. He ran 28 of 44 routes. Don’t trust him.
Detroit Lions - 58 Snaps
RB: David Montgomery got the bulk of the carries in a good game script so he played 36 snaps while Gibbs played 26. Negative game scripts favor Gibbs.
TE: Sam LaPorta led the pass catchers with 47 snaps. You start him every week.
Green Bay Packers - 64 Snaps
WR: Christian Watson left with an injury. What we will likely see is Dontayvion Wicks pick up his role on the outside with Romeo Doubs opposite him and Jayden Reed in the slot. Wicks is a dart throw, the others are now a lot more appealing in real leagues.
TE: Tucker Kraft played 61 of 64 snaps which is nice but they did ask him to block on 8 pass plays so he only ran 30 of 40 possible routes.
Carolina Panthers - 72 Snaps
TE: Hayden Hurst is apparently dealing with a scary issue that is affecting his memory so we might not see him again this year. Ian Thomas led in snaps but Stephen Sullivan led in routes. Tommy Tremble is dealing with a hip injury but he’s the best bet when he returns. Still not a good option either way.
New England Patriots - 63 Snaps
WR: No Demario Douglas or Kayshon Boute so we saw JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeVante Parker, and Tyquan Thornton all play 50+ snaps. If that’s the case again, they are all viable DFS showdown dart throws but not for real leagues.
Los Angeles Rams - 63 Snaps
TE: Tyler Higbee only ran 29 of 38 routes. Just not someone we trust.
New Orleans Saints - 67 Snaps
WR: As we predicted last week, AT Perry played split end, Chris Olave played flanker, and Lynn Bowden played slot. You can start Olave in redraft and throw DFS darts at the other two.
RB: Alvin Kamara almost scored three touchdowns but we will take the two. You start him every week.
Seattle Seahawks - 69 Snaps
WR: DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett on the outside, Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the slot guy but he only played 46 of 69 snaps because they use some two tight end sets. He’s viable this week though as they will need to throw a lot in this matchup.
TE: Noah Fant led with 28 of 48 routes. You aren’t going to start that against the 49ers.
Pittsburgh Steelers - 61 Snaps
TE: Pat Freiermuth ran 22 of 32 routes which is not ideal. It’s also not a good matchup. And the backup QB is in. I’d look elsewhere if you can.
Houston Texans - 68 Snaps
WR: We wondered who would play fewer snaps with everyone healthy but now we don’t have to worry as Tank Dell is done for the year. It will be Nico Collins at split end so the question is who plays more out of Robert Woods or Noah Brown. When Tank Dell missed Week 6, Woods played 39 snaps to 35 for Brown so it was close.
RB: Dameon Pierce got more carries but Singletary played pass downs so he played more snaps. Based on their schedule, expect a lot of Singletary.
TE: With Dalton Schultz out, Brevin Jordan took over his role. Wasn’t ideal usage at 51 of 68 snaps, 27 of 38 routes, and five pass block snaps. I wrote about why, with their schedule, I’m not interested in either.
Tennessee Titans - 85 Snaps
TE: There were 44 routes available and Chig ran 28. Not ideal but he gets a couple of looks every game.