You would think after five weeks we would have everything figured out. But let me let you in on a little secret. I’ve been doing this for a few years now and it’s almost never fully figured out. Sure, some teams use the same couple of guys every snap and we love that about them. But there will always be rookies getting ramped up. There will always be injuries. And we are now into bye weeks. We need to not only know who is trending up or down but we need to know who the next man up is. We told you for two weeks now about guys like Emari Demercado and Tyjae Spears. This article is honestly the basis for everything I do, especially 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, 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 7.
Fantasy Football Week 7 Snap Count Preview
San Francisco 49ers - 62 Snaps
WR: Deebo Samuel got a little banged up but is expected to go. If he is out, Ray-Ray McCloud filled in for him and could be viable - he ran 30 of 36 routes. If Deebo and Brandon Aiyuk are both active though, there is no other relevant WR for fantasy because of how much they use the fullback.
RB: Christian McCaffrey is questionable. If he doesn’t go, it’s Jordan Mason who has been running well vs. Elijah Mitchell coming off injury. Kyle “Hot Hand” Shanahan implied that both deserve to play which makes it a bit of a toss-up but we also know he’s not afraid to lean on whoever is playing best in the game. I like Mitchell if I have to pick one but we have to acknowledge that.
TE: There are no complaints about the usage of George Kittle. He ran 35 of 36 snaps. It’s the targets. The gamescripts have been conducive to shootouts and the touches have been spread too thin.
Chicago Bears - 64 Snaps
WR: Every week I’m surprised at how many snaps Darnell Mooney plays considering how little production we have out of him. He ran 30 of 33 routes which is behind only DJ Moore. Tyler Scott is the third WR right now but he only ran 21 routes.
RB: D’Onta Foreman got the bulk of the towkr though Darrynton Evans contributed some pass work. With Roschon Johnson returning, it will be interesting to see what happens. Foreman doesn’t offer much in the pass game so will we see Roschon on early down with Evans on pass downs? Is Roschon and Foreman splitting with Evans on pass downs? Or maybe Foreman will help with early downs and Roschon will skew pass? I’m just hoping it’s not a big rotation - that is bad for fantasy football.
TE: Cole Kmet didn’t have a great game but he quietly played the highest snap share he has played since Week One. 63 of 66 snaps in fact. He did block on five pass plays though so he only ran 25 of 33 routes. So he’s got the 95% snap rate but only ran 76% of the routes. Annoying but still better than usual.
Cincinnati Bengals - 54 Snaps
WR: It’s usually Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and that’s it. But Tee Higgins is nursing a rib injury so he split snaps with Trenton Irwin 29 to 24. He should be back up to speed after the bye.
RB: Joe Mixon continues to get all of the meaningful work for this team. That makes him a buy-low candidate if they can turn things around. I think they will.
TE: Irv Smith Jr is back but he only ran 25 of 40 routes. Even if he played the whole game, they have too many weapons.
Buffalo Bills - 61 Snaps
RB: The usage here is getting a little scary for James Cook. He and Latavius Murray split the snaps right down the middle - 30/30. And they each ran 15 routes. Murray has been getting a lot of pass snaps and he gets the goal line work. That reminds us of Melvin Gordon’s rookie year when he got the work in space but Danny Woodhead took pass plays and goal line work. Not great, Bob.
TE: With no Dalton Kincaid we got a lot of Dawson Knox. But we’ve seen four years of Dawson Knox without Dalton Kincaid and it’s not that interesting for fantasy football. We would much rather see Dalton Kincaid without Dawson Knox.
Cleveland Browns - 76 Snaps
WR: Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones on the outside with Elijah Moore operating out of the slot. It’s been like that all year and they all play a good amount. I’ll let you know if that ever changes.
TE: David Njoku ran 35 routes which tied Elijah Moore for second behind only Amari Cooper with 38. Njoku remains a middle-of-the-pack option based on what he’s offered so far. Would be better with the starting QB back.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 56 Snaps
WR: Chris Godwin and Mike Evans are locked in. Trey Palmer (37) and Deven Thompkins (14) still split to some degree but clearly Palmer is the favored guy in the event of an injury. Worth a roster spot in dynasty if it’s deep enough.
RB: The one thing Rachaad White has going for him is that he routinely gets the bulk of the work. It hasn’t been pretty in this offense but he’s the guy. Ke’Shawn Vaughn is the next man up but only 12 snaps this week.
TE: Cade Otton actually leads all tight ends in snap share with 96.4%. But he does pass block a fare amount so he’s only TE6 in route participation. He needs either Godwin or Evans to go down to have a shot at relevancy.
Denver Broncos - 52 Snaps
RB: Javonte Williams returned and took the bulk of the carries as expected. What was unexpected was that Jaleel McLaughlin leads the team in routes run while Samaje Perine only played 9 snaps. Perine is droppable and I might hold onto Jaleel.
Arizona Cardinals - 76 Snaps
WR: The targets weren’t great but Michael Wilson had his best usage yet - Marquise Brown led with 68 snaps and 43 routes while Wilson was right there with 67 snaps and 42 routes. Kyler Murray is back at practice which is certainly intriguing. Rondale Moore only ran 34 routes but he did get three carries again which is nice.
TE: Trey McBride played 44 snaps to 35 for Ertz but Ertz ran 25 routes to 23 for McBride. That was out of a possible 48 though so, if that’s how they are going to split it, neither will matter.
Dallas Cowboys - 64 Snaps
RB: Tony Pollard is locked in. He played 51 of 64 snaps.
TE: Jake Ferguson has been such a strange player. We have faded him for his poor usage. This week he had his best usage yet, running 34 of 41 routes, yet hard one of his worst games with only one catch. I just don’t trust this guy.
Los Angeles Chargers - 72 Snaps
WR: Joshua Palmer has fully taken over the Mike Williams role - he played 70 of 72 snaps and looked good. Keenan Allen is Keenan Allen of course. Quentin Johnston only played 34 snaps so he’s just not involved close to enough.
Kansas City Chiefs - 72 Snaps
WR: Same mess as always. The leading WR in snaps, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, played 40 of 72 snaps. Rashee Rice improved to ~48% but it’s still not enough. Justin Watson is now hurt so the rotation is smaller but all of MVS, Skyy Moore, Rashee Rice, and Kadarius Toney will still rotate. They also just traded for Mecole Hardman back…
RB: Isaiah Pacheco played 45 snaps which is more than any WR on the team. He’s a smash start this week. Jerrick McKinnon played 19 snaps, all pass plays and he ran a route on each one.
Indianapolis Colts - 78 Snaps
WR: Alec Pierce left the game with a shoulder issue and has yet to practice this week. Michael Pittman always plays the whole game but the injury could really open the door for Josh Downs. The third WR without Pierce would likely be Amari Rodgers.
Washington Commanders - 51 Snaps
TE: Logan Thomas oddly only ran 19 of 30 routes which is oddly low for him. I hope he will bounce back this week but it was interesting that a beat writer actually asked Eric Bieniemy why he was getting so many targets last Thursday and Bieniemy got a little defensive.
Miami Dolphins - 67 Snaps
RB: Raheem Mostert was a stud once again with De’Von Achane and Jeff Wilson out. But Wilson returns this week so prepare yourself for him to take on some short yardage work which could include vulturing touchdowns.
TE: Durham Smythe once again didn’t get targeted, he’s just not a fantasy asset.
Philadelphia Eagles - 70 Snaps
WR: AJ Browna and DeVonta Smith played the whole game, always. Olamide Zaccheus was filling in with Quez Watkins on IR but the team signed Julio Jones. Will be interesting to see how many snaps the big dog can get up to.
RB: D’Andre Swift continues to get the bulk of the work in all phases. Does not look like he’s giving any major part of the role back to Kenneth Gainwell soon who just pitches in on some pass plays.
TE: Dallas Goedert played his normal snap share and ran a good chunk of routes. He is solid but would be fully unlocked by an injury to one of Brown or Smith.
Atlanta Falcons - 83 Snaps
WR: No change here - Drake London is the only one playing a meaningful snap share because they use multiple tight ends and a fullback. The TE3, Mycole Pruitt, played 32 snaps while the third WR, KhaDarel Hodge, played 29.
RB: Bijan Robinson played 64 snaps here so he’s dialed in but Allgeier continues to mix in for some carries. He got a carry on 14 of his 23 snaps.
TE: Kyle Pitts is still working back from offseason knee surgery so he’s only playing a partial share. He played 46 snaps and ran 35 routes, and Jonnu Smith played 45 snaps and ran 34 routes. Not ideal for either.
New York Giants - 77 Snaps
RB: Saquon Barkley was not eased back in at all - 60 of 77 snaps. Very nice.
TE: Darren Waller continues to get great deployment - he played 71 of 77 snaps. And he should have scored a game-winning touchdown but was held on back-to-back plays in the end zone, the second not being called.
Jacksonville Jaguars - 64 Snaps
TE: Evan Engram is also dialed in. He played 48 snaps and ran 33 of 37 routes. He continues to get featured on a lot of screens which is easy receptions.
New York Jets - 65 Snaps
TE: Tyler Conklin ran 32 of 45 routes which simply is not enough for fantasy.
Detroit Lions - 70 Snaps
TE: Sam LaPorta is the man. He once again pass blocked on three snaps which isn’t great but who cares, you start him every week.
Carolina Panthers - 69 Snaps
WR: Finally, we got the info we have been looking for all year. Terrace Marshall split snaps with DJ Chark. So Adam Thielen and Jonathan Mingo are the full time WRs (most likely). Thielen is must start, Mingo is the only guy I would stash.
New England Patriots - 60 Snaps
WR: Kendrick Bourne is the only guy we can really consider right now. Pop Douglas and Juju Smith-Schuster will be coming back from concussion protocol but tough to trust anyone.
RB: Rhamondre Steveson got the bulk of the important touches as always, Zeke is just there to chip in. Stevenson gets most of the pass work.
Las Vegas Raiders - 70 Snaps
Los Angeles Rams - 57 Snaps
RB: Kyren Williams got hurt as did Ronnie Rivers so we’re up for grabs here. Zach Evan is the incumbent but they added Royce Freeman, Myles Gaskin, and Darrell Henderson so it it will be interesting. My money is on Evans.
Baltimore Ravens - 71 Snaps
WR: Zay Flowers played 63 snaps, no one else played more than 37. Nelson Agholor is still operating ahead of Rashod Bateman (34) and Odell Beckham. (29)
RB: Gus Edwards got the bulk of the work on the ground while Justice Hill really just spelled him. Maybe Gus has the job finally?
New Orleans Saints - 72 Snaps
Seattle Seahawks - 73 Snaps
Houston Texans - 63 Snaps
WR: With Tank Dell out were were hoping to see some John Metchie but instead we got Noah Brown (35 snaps over 16 for Metchie). Nico Collins and Robert Woods were the only viable options til Dell gets back.
RB: Uh oh. Devin Singletary looked good and essentially outplayed and out snapped Dameon Pierce. Almost impossible to trust Pierce right now with coaches that come from the Kyle “Hot Hand” Shanahan tree.
Tennessee Titans - 55 Snaps
RB: Same as we’ve seen - when the script is bad, Tyjae Spears gets the pass work. Henry still gets the run work at least.
TE: Can’t use Chig in the passing offense, even with Burks out. He ran 28 of 37 routes which isn’t ideal either.
Minnesota Vikings - 57 Snaps
TE: T.J. Hockenson is the man as expected. 30 of 34 routes.