Four weeks is a nice sample size for metrics but it really isn’t for fantasy points. I mean, last year through four weeks Clyde Edwards-Helaire was RB4. Evan Engram was outside the top 20 RBs and he finished top five. The important thing for us is to stay focused on the right details which starts with the usage each week. If you can’t get on the field in the right situations, you can’t make anything happen. And that’s what we cover here. This article is my number one most important one each week as my weekly fantasy rankings.
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, a 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.
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San Francisco 49ers - 55 Snaps
RB: Christian McCaffrey is just too good. They say they want to mix other guys in but then they don’t because why would they?
Chicago Bears - 72 Snaps
WR: With Chase Claypool banished, that opens up another spot here. DJ Moore and Darnell Mooney are probably the best options for redraft leagues but Equanimeous St. Brown played 42 snaps behind the 54 Mooney played which maybe opens him up for a Thursday DFS dart throw.
TE: Cole Kmet played 53 of 72 snaps and ran 27 of 42 routes which is far from ideal. But as long as he is getting the looks he’s not the worst option. I wish his usage from Week One would come back where he played 72 of 74 snaps but that doesn’t seem to be on the table.
Cincinnati Bengals - 53 Snaps
WR: “Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd. Only an injury will change this.” That’s what we said in this article last week and maybe we jinxed things because Tee Higgins hurt his ribs. The next man up seems to be Trenton Irwin.
RB: Joe Mixon continues to get all of the meaningful touches so we just have to roll him out there where we have him. It’s just hard to find much better options.
Buffalo Bills - 58 Snaps
WR: No change here - it’s Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis then they use multiple tight ends and a fullback so can’t trust anyone else. Trent Sherfield has consistently been the next best option but he’s yet to play half the games.
RB: James Cook finally got a goal line carry and scored which should be cause for celebration but Latavius Murray quietly played more pass snaps than Cook (15 to 10). I’m hoping it’s not a pass blocking issue. For now, you still need to start Cook every week but we will continue to monitor.
Cleveland Browns - 69 Snaps
WR: This has been the same every week - Donovan Peoples-Jones, Elijah Moore, and Amari Cooper all play big snap shares. Those are your three wide receivers. They don’t really use as many two-TE sets as they used to.
TE: David Njoku had great usage this week despite the burns - he ran 35 of 46 routes. He didn’t pass block once and maybe that was BECAUSE of the burns. Either way, a welcome change.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 71 Snaps
WR: The injury to Mike Evans isn’t supposed to be severe but we did get some important intel. Trey Palmer is the next man up if Evans goes down. Now, that doesn’t mean he’s the next man up if Godwin goes down as that could be slot WR Deven Thompkins. But if Evans misses time we know it’s Palmer.
RB: The usage has never been the problem for Rachaad White - it’s the production. But so few guys play 50 of 71 snaps like he did that you have to consider him for RB2 or flex duty.
TE: Cade Otton played every single snap which he often does. If the injury to Evans were more serious then we would be more interested.
Denver Broncos - 48 Snaps
RB: Javonte Williams has yet to practice so we should see Samaje Perine in the pass-down role with Jaleel McLaughlin contributing as he did this week. There was actually some smoke regarding him this offseason so he’s worth a speculative add.
Arizona Cardinals - 72 Snaps
WR: Technically Michael Wilson (50) was third in WR snaps behind Marquise Brown (67) and Rondale Moore (54) but he finally flashed this week as the Cardinals split end. Hopefully, that translates to more opportunities.
TE: Zach Ertz ran 43 of 49 routes and got 10 targets - might not be super efficient but can’t argue with 10 targets. And the veteran blocked on zero pass plays, per usual.
Dallas Cowboys - 71 Snaps
TE: Even with Peyton Hendershot out, Jake Ferguson did not play a full snap share and that was before garbage time. He played 39 snaps while Luke Schoonmaker played 40. Yet Ferguson still gets his targets. His usage is a mystery and it has us a little concerned about his long-term upside.
Los Angeles Chargers - 65 Snaps
RB: It’s a bye week this week for the Chargers but we can hopefully expect Austin Ekeler back after that. Thank goodness.
TE: Donald Parham suffered what turned out to be a sprained wrist in this one. Even then, Gerald Everett played 45 snaps and Stone Smartt played 26. They refuse to make Everett a full-time player. And he wasn’t last year either so that’s to be expected.
Kansas City Chiefs - 70 Snaps
RB: Isaiah Pacheco is clearly the man here with 43 snaps. McKinnon mixes in for sporadic pass work but that’s about it.
Indianapolis Colts - 64 Snaps
WR: Michael Pittman continues to be the snap share champion of the world - 61 of 64 this week. Alec Pierce plays over Josh Downs still which hurts the update for downs. Would love to see that flip but they like Pierce on the outside in 2 WR sets.
Washington Commanders - 78 Snaps
RB: Brian Robinson essentially gets most of the run work and half of the pass work, relegating Antonio Gibson to a partial role. Antonio Gibson does seem to have the two-minute drill so certain game scripts lean his way.
Miami Dolphins - 73 Snaps
RB: De’Von Achane continues his push to lead this team despite Raheem Moster starting. Achane played 39 snaps while running 29 routes, Mostert 28 with 19 routes. Both got 8 carries.
TE: Durham Smythe is back healthy and doing what he does. He’s out there a lot but he blocked on 8 pass plays which is brutal. He’s a safe but low upside option.
Philadelphia Eagles - 71 Snaps
RB: D’Andre Swift got the bulk of the run-downs and actually played 27 pass-downs to 19 for Gainwell as well. Maybe Gainwell will get ramped back up or maybe it’s just the Swift Show.
TE: Dallas Goedert played all 71 snaps but he’s the third fiddle behind Brown and Smith. You knew that drafting him.
Atlanta Falcons - 58 Snaps
TE: Arthur Smith says Kyle Pitts still isn’t fully healthy. He ran 30 of 37 routes, and Jonnu Smith ran 24 of 37. I didn’t draft much Pitts but I did add him off waivers where someone dropped him in hopes he gets healthy and they let Taylor Heinicke step in at QB.
New York Giants - 75 Snaps
WR: This is a mess but at least Jalin Hyatt and Wan’Dale Robinson saw their biggest snp shares yet. Darius Slayton is your best bet if you HAVE to start someone but those other two are the guys I’m stashing. Drop the rest.
Jacksonville Jaguars - 66 Snaps
New York Jets - 59 Snaps
WR: Garrett Wilson and Allen Lazard play the full snaps outside with Randall Cobb in the slot. Lazard isn’t doing much without the 4 time MVP. It’s Garrett Wilson or nothing and sometimes it feels like nothing.
RB: Not only did Breece Hall play 26 snaps to 18 for Michael Carter and 15 for Dalvin Cook but word is there is no snap count limit for him. But that could also mean there is no limit but they like to distribute the ball still.
TE: Tyler Conklin played 31 pass plays but blocked on 7. That’s not going to cut it.
Detroit Lions - 75 Snaps
Green Bay Packers - 79 Snaps
WR: Christian Watson is back but was eased back in. Romeo Doubs kept his full snap share, Jayden Reed played a partial snap share (38) out of the slot, and Watson split with Dontayvion Wicks. Expect Watson to take over for Wicks soon.
RB: AJ Dillon simply isn’t as explosive as Aaron Jones so Jones should get his role back in space and on pass downs with Dillon as the power back. Jones only played 20 snaps this week though so it could take some time.
TE: Luke Musgrave left with a concussion but, because it was the Thursday game, he should be cleared in time. Big test this week with Watson back.
Carolina Panthers - 72 Snaps
WR: We still have yet to see a game with all four WRs healthy. Based on what we’ve seen so far, I would be that, when that day comes, Adam Thielen and DJ Chark will play full snap shares with Jonathan Mingo and Terrace Marshall rotating.
RB: Miles Sanders is clearly not healthy with the groin issue so he’s splitting with Chuba Hubbard. At this stage, they should probably just rest him until he is good. If that day comes, Chuba is a viable option.
TE: Hayden Hurst once again didn’t play a snap share even close to full - 37 of 72 snaps. He doesn’t need to be rostered,
New England Patriots - 55 Snaps
WR: DeVante Parker (45) once again led here while everyone else rotated. Kendrick Bourne (29) and Juju Smith-Schuster (26) we next highest but Bourne ran 20 routes to only 13 for JuJu. Baffling. We need Tyquan Thornton back or something. Or maybe Demario “Pop” Douglas needs more snaps.
RB: Rhamondre Steveson (35) gets the lion share over Zeke Elliott (22) even in the “revenge game”. Mondre is still a start with hope for better game scripts.
Las Vegas Raiders - 73 Snaps
RB: Josh Jacobs with 51 snaps has the full job so, if you are betting on usage, bet here.
TE: Neither tight end can separate themselves but, if you had to bet on one, Austin Hooper runs more routes every week.
Los Angeles Rams - 82 Snaps
WR: Puka Nacua played 78 of 82 snaps. When Cooper Kupp is back they will need to figure out a plan but it’s hard to believe Nacua won’t play a ton. I expect the snap hit to come at the expense of Van Jefferson. Unless they simply give Kupp his role back and Nacua goes back to the bench, however, that would be a really tough call to make.
TE: Tyler Higbee was reported to have an Achilles issue but 77 of 72 snaps says he’s fine. He only blocked on two pass plays but just know he is notorious for disappearing for games to block.
Baltimore Ravens - 58 Snaps
New Orleans Saints - 65 Snaps
RB: Alvin Kamara is back and it’s clearly his job - 49 snaps first game back.
Seattle Seahawks - 55 Snaps
TE: Don’t be fooled by the big play for Noah Fant - he ran 9 routes. There is no fantasy-relevant tight end here.
Pittsburgh Steelers - 62 Snaps
RB: Jaylen Warren continues to battle for more work and it seems he’s earned it on pass downs (19 snaps to 15). But Najee is still the short yardage back which includes the goal line - if there is any.
TE: With Pat Freiermuth out we don’t need to worry about a Steelers tight end for fantasy. Freiermuth wasn’t doing much himself.
Houston Texans - 71 Snaps
TE: Dalton Schultz has only played 35 of 71 snaps and he’s in the rearview to the wide receivers anyway.
Tennessee Titans - 66 Snaps
WR: Nick Westbrooke-Ikhine quietly has led this team in snaps three weeks in a row making him a sneaky DFS play. Chris Moore is playing for Treylon Burks and DeAndre Hopkins clearly is not healthy, playing only 35 of 66 snaps.
Minnesota Vikings - 48 Snaps
TE: TJ Hockenson played hi full role so don’t worry about the down week - he is still a super high-end option.