This is the most important week in fantasy football. We actually have two data points now and we can figure out patterns. Obviously more would be better but we also need to be quick on the wire so we can’t just wait until Week Seven - we have to act now.
That’s what this article is all about - telling you what we can reasonably expect to happen based on the limited amount that has happened so far. all of my weekly fantasy rankings are based on this article 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 watch 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 Two
NFL Snap Count Breakdown for Week 2
49ers - 57 Snaps
WR: This team uses a fullback for a ton of snaps so there are really only two meaningful wide receiver roles. If Brandon Aiyuk is out, Jauan Jennings could be worth a DFS play but Aiyuk would need to miss significant time for anyone to be worth adding.
RB: Christian McCaffrey played literally every snap which is crazy rare for a running back. Coach Shanahan did call that “a mistake” but I doubt Elijah Mitchell goes from not playing to meaningful snaps.
TE: George Kittle is who we thought he would be - he will have his moments and will have big games but there is more target competition. At least we know he will play a big share at 55 of 57 snaps.
Bears - 52 Snaps
WR: Darnell Mooney is dealing with a bruised knee but is expected to be back this week. It should be DJ Moore, Darnell Mooney, and Chase Claypool. Mooney is actually the one running out of the slot this year with 77% of his snaps coming there.
RB: D’Onta Foreman was a healthy scratch which gives us some clarity. Khalil Herbert still led in all phases and had 31 snaps to 22 for Roschon Johnson but the rookie has interesting long-term appeal.
TE: Cole Kmet played 97% of the snaps last week but that tumbled to 67% this week with no real explanation as to why. He was still targeted so we’ll have to monitor but he’s not as safe as we maybe thought.
Bengals - 60 Snaps
RB: Joe Mixon played all the meaningful snaps once again and he was relevant even though the team struggled. With all the RB injuries, you should have no trouble getting him into lineups.
Bills - 78 Snaps
WR: Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis on the outside then a ton of two tight end sets. It’s not worth rostering the other wideouts unless someone gets hurt - none of them even played 50% of the snaps. Trent Sherfield was the closest with 32.
RB: James Cook continues to get the bulk of the work but Latavius Murray and Damien Harris got the goal line work. Cook has zero carries inside the 5 while Josh Allen has and Latavius Murray and Damien Harris each have two. Other than that he’s looked awesome.
TE: The usage for Dalton Kincaid was not as good as last week, unfortunately. Last week he played ~80% of the snaps and played 85% of his snaps at WR. This week he played 60% of the snaps and only 49% at WR. Not the direction we wanted to trend though the targets were there. Knox played 55 snaps to his 47 though they were often on the field at the same time.
Browns - 87 Snaps
WR: Amari Cooper, Elijah Moore, and Donovans Peoples-Jones are the three wide receivers who play a full role. And they mix and match in the slot - none of them played fewer than ~30% of their snaps there or more than 50%. Positionless football.
TE: Better usage for David Njoku after blocking on 17.2% of his pass snaps last week. 48 routes run, only 2 pass block snaps. But 87 snaps is way above average so it’s concerning that he didn’t do more. The whole offense is concerning.
Buccaneers - 71 Snaps
WR: Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are the two full-time wideouts then mix and match the third WR with a second tight end. With 71 overall snaps, 35 for Trey Palmer and 32 for Deven Thompkins doesn’t give us anything to go with.
TE: Cade Otten once again played virtually the whole game though he was asked to block on a chunk of pass plays again (30 routes, 6 pass blocks). If Evans or Godwin were to go down, he would absolutely be on our radar.
Broncos - 66 Snaps
WR: Jerry Jeudy took his job back as expected so it was him and Sutton as the full-time dogs. Marvin Mims was quite impressive so we would love to see him get ramped up but he only played 16 snaps. No need to roster Brandon Johnson or Lil’Jordan Humphrey.
Cardinals - 64 Snaps
WR: Big turn of events here as Michael Wilson, who led the team in snaps last week, played on 28 of 64 this week. Instead, they went for two tight end sets. Rondale Moore played 41 so Marquise Brown with his 60 of 64 snaps was the only true full-time receiver.
RB: James Conner the man. Keontay Ingram is the handcuff but he only played 10 snaps.
Cowboys - 58 Snaps
WR: Sauce Gardner and DJ Reed don’t go in the slot so Ceedee Lamb stayed there for most of the day and feasted with 47 slot snaps. Michael Gallup played a full workload and Jalen Tolbert did as well in the Brandin Cook role.
TE: Jake Ferguson once again ran fewer than 50% of the routes - maybe that will change but I’m warning fantasy gamers that they may be setting themselves up for disappointment thinking he will be Dalton Schultz. Luke Schoonmaker played 31 snaps and scored a TD, and Peyton Hendershot played 31 snaps and got a goal line carry.
Chargers - 68 Snaps
TE: Gerald Everett actually played fewer snaps and ran fewer routes than Donald Parham. The team played 68 snaps and the snap counts were Parham - 34, Everett - 28, and Stone Smartt - 22. None of them are fantasy-relevant.
Chiefs - 67 Snaps
WR: There were 48 routes to run this week - Marquez Valdes-Scantling ran 42, Skyy Moore ran 33, Justin Watson ran 31, Kadarius Toney ran 19, and Rashee Rice ran 12. MVS is the only one playing a full share and he’s not super appealing.
Colts - 57 Snaps
WR: Michael Pittman and Alec Peirce, for the second week now, have played virtually every snap. Josh Downs played 43 of 57 so he comes out for two WR sets which makes sense for now as he’s the smaller of the three. Perhaps he will prove he is good enough to deserve to stay out there.
Commanders - 73 Snaps
Dolphins - 63 Snaps
RB: Raheem Mostert continues to get the bulk of the work and be awesome. De’Von Achane played six snaps.
TE: Durham Smythe quietly leads all tight ends in route participation with 97%. The Pats were a brutal matchup but Smythe has appeal, especially in DFS, this week. If Waddle can’t go he might even be a redraft spot start.
Eagles - 77 Snaps
WR: DeVonta Smith and AJ brown. That’s it - no one else matters. If that changes, we will tell you.
RB: D’Andre Swfit showed up in a BIG way so the only question is whether Kenneth Gainwell can claw back some of that job or whether it’s the Swift show now.
Falcons - 51 Snaps
TE: Kyle Pitts continues to be the most frustrating man in fantasy football. He plays WR. He has not pass blocked one time. He runs high aDot routes. He even got endzone targets this week. Yet he just doesn’t produce. This week vs. the Lions without CJ Gardner Johnson might be the last straw.
Giants - 68 Snaps
WR: Darius Slayton (56) and Isaiah Hodgins (51) are your outside guys, and Parris Campbell (45) is the slot WR. Jalin Hyatt was the most impressive despite only playing 14 snaps. An increase in snaps for him would likely come at the expense of Daniel Bellinger and Darius Slayton.
TE: Darren Waller is dealing with a hamstring issue but he looked better this week and he led all pass catchers in routes run (40 for him vs. 37 for Slayton). Start him where you have him.
Jaguars - 66 Snaps
WR: The coach told us that Zay Jones (zone) and Christian (man) could trade off snaps/touches based on whether the team plays a lot of zone or man which is fairly annoying. Calvin Ridley, we can trust regardless. Monitor Zay Jones as he left the game with an injury.
RB: Travis Etienne looks awesome and once again dominated snaps with 48 vs. 12 for Tank Bigsby. This week vs. the Texans he is a top-five option.
Jets - 48 Snaps
Lions - 66 Snaps
WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown might be dealing with turf toe so keep an eye on him. Josh Reynolds has been surprisingly solid and he’s playing about the same number of snaps as ARSB so he’s an option until Jameson Williams gets back.
RB: David Montgomery got banged up so we figured it would be wheels up for Jahmyr Gibbs but they immediately used Craig Reynolds in that Monty role. They also signed Bam Knight so it should still be some kind of split but it’s a boost to Gibbs regardless.
TE: Good news for Sam LaPorta - positive increase in his usage.
Packers - 50 Snaps
WR: Strange usage continues for the WRs here as no one really is playing the whole game. On 29 dropbacks, the leaders at WR were Romeo Doubs (23), Jayden Reed (18), and Dontayvion Wicks (17). When all is said and done the offense will be Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs on the outside with Jayden Reed in the slot.
Panthers - 60 Snaps
WR: We wondered what DJ Chark’s return would do and we got our answer - Terrace Marshall was the victim. Adam Thielen (52) and Jonathan Mingo (59) played the full snaps while DJ Chark (37) and Terrace Marshall (22) split.
RB: The setup now is Miles Sanders gets the run work while they split the pass work fairly evenly (21 to 20 Sanders over Chuba Hubbard). But Sanders has not been effective so who knows what happens next.
TE: Hayden Hurst once again did not play a full snap share - only 33 of 60 snaps and 25 of 42 routes. Hard to trust that.
Patriots - 74 Snaps
WR: DeVante Parker played every single snap in his first game back but has a terrible matchup with the Jets corners this week. JuJu Smith-Schuster (44) and Kendrick Bourne (38) are your best bet for fantasy football this week as they mix into the slot but Parker intrigues us long-term.
RB: Rhamondre Steveson (54) took a bigger lead on snaps over Ezekiel Elliott (22) though Zeke will remain involved.
TE: Mike Gesicki essentially played WR and he played 53 of 74 snaps this week (51 at WR). So he is a sneaky DFS play vs. the Jets this week since their corners do not go into the slot. Hunter Henry has been rock solid as well as the actual tight end so just start him where you have been.
Raiders - 40 Snaps
WR: Davante Adams is my number one trade target right now given the gamescripts for the Raiders so far - only 54 total dropbacks which is HALF of what the Texans have so far. Jakobi Meyers is a guy who should be rostered as well. The rest we can forget about for now.
RB: Josh Jacobs is the man and better game scripts are coming. Only 40 offensive plays is crazy low.
Rams - 80 Snaps
WR: Puka Nacua continues to DOMINATE so he’s a must start. Tutu Atwell played 75 of 80 snaps so he’s a consideration as well, Van Jefferson only played three fewer snaps than Nacua’s 66 so those are your three WRs until Cooper Kupp gets back.
TE: Tyler Higbee is out there but he can’t be trusted from week to week. DFS dart throws only but he’s often expensive too.
Ravens - 64 Snaps
WR: Odell Beckham left with an injury which immediately elevated Rashod Bateman opposite Zay Flowers. This is kind of concerning for Bateman for the long term because maybe his lack of snaps was not related to the lingering foot issue as we expected. If Beckham is out, both are worth a look but Flowers is obviously the preferred option right now.
TE: Mark Andrews is back and he is the man. Praise be.
Saints - 77 Snaps
WR: Chris Olave and Michael Thomas continue to be the full-time guys with Rashid Shaheed (38) being the part-time field stretcher. Shaheed is making the most of his opportunities but still has a capped ceiling for now.
TE: Juwan Johnson is playing a decent amount (62 snaps) but the WRs are so good right now he’s on the back burner. Needs an injury.
Seahawks - 71 Snaps
TE: These guys all rotate and no one is to be trusted. Out of 49 pass plays, Fant (21), Dissly (18), and Parkinson (17) all ran below 50% routes.
Steelers - 54 Snaps
TE: Pat Freiermuth’s 28 routes tied Calvin Austin and were only behind the 30 for George Pickens but the QB play makes it hard to trust him. He’ll have better games but there also might be better options out there.
Texans - 84 Snaps
WR: This team is due for some regression as they aren’t going to play 80+ snaps every week. Nico Collins, Robert Woods, and Tank Dell all played big snap shares so they will continue to play a lot of snaps but the targets won’t always be this plentiful.
TE: Dalton Schultz is out there running around just like last week which is promising for potential usage down the road. Only 2 pass block snaps, 40 routes. We just need CJ Stroud to look his way. And play better.
Titans - 65 Snaps
WR: DeAndre Hopkins is still clearly a little nicked up as he is coming out at times but a lot of those are run pays as his 23 routes were right there with Nick Westbrook-Ihkine (24) and Treylon Burks (20). No one else matters besides those three.
TE: Chig Okonwko played more snaps than any wide receiver and ran 19 routes which is nice but he really needs an injury to DeAndre Hopkins or Burks to get the volume we need.
Vikings - 58 Snaps
WR: Justin Jefferson is obviously a star - he played every snap. The question is when Jordan Addison (40) will overtake KJ Osborn (56). It might not even matter in the grand scheme of things but would be nice for fantasy.