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Snap counts tell us who is playing but they don’t always paint a clear picture of who is producing for our fantasy football lineups. By digging deep into the snap counts from Week 2, we are able to pull some interesting takeaways that can help us win moving forward.
(minimum 10 snaps in Week 2)
SNAPS Total offensive snaps played by player.
SNAP % Percentage of offensive snaps played.
RUSH % Percentage of snaps played where player had a rushing attempt.
TGT % Percentage of snaps played where player was targeted by a pass attempt.
TOUCH % Percentage of snaps played where player touched the football (includes pass attempts, rush attempts and receptions).
FPTS Fantasy points scored by player.
PTS/100 SNAPS Average fantasy points scored by player per 100 snaps
James Conner made the most of his opportunities and rushed or was targeted on 48% of his snaps (touch/snaps). Cordarrelle Patterson continues to do something with his limited opportunities (26 snaps) and rushes or is targeted on 50% of his snaps. Zach Moss finally led the Bills backfield in snaps but both Bills RBs continue to lag other RB starters around the league in usage 36 & 35% respectively. (touch/snaps) D’Andre Swift was the Lions’ offense with a whopping 63% usage on his limited snaps 35 @ 56%. Nyheim Hines led Jonathan Taylor in snaps and production. Kareem Hunt actually led all running backs last week with 4.87 fantasy points per snap.
Very encouraging usage for Saquon Barkley, who just played a season-high 85.7% of New York’s snaps. Barkley should be viewed as a locked-in RB1 moving forward. Najee Harris now leads all running backs with 190 snaps on the season. A whopping 96.4% snap rate. Also, extremely reassuring to see Andy Reid stick with Clyde Edwards-Helaire after an early fumble. CEH went on to play in 62% of Kansas City’s snaps and top 100 rushing yards. Seattle’s usage was one of the more puzzling from the slate. Normally, Chris Carson is the only rusher to target, but Pete Carroll mixed in Travis Homer and Alex Collins liberally. We’ll keep an eye on this, but it was probably a one-week anomaly. Washington was close to an even split with their two backs, but it’s clear that Anotonio Gibson is the main back and is more than capable of taking passing down usage away from J.D. McKissic.
We’re starting to get concerned about Robby Anderson. Anderson has been in on 72.8% of Carolina’s snaps this season but has a target share number below that of Terrace Marshall Jr. Avoid all Bears at this point. Until Matt Nagy is relieved of his duties, his lack of creativity is torpedoing Chicago’s offense. Only if Andy Dalton returns under center can Allen Robinson be viewed as a usable option. As expected, Cedrick Wilson is taking on the Michael Gallup role, but what was interesting was Noah Brown played almost as many snaps. The Broncos lost K.J. Hamler for the season, so go out and grab Tim Patrick off of waivers. Patrick played a team-high 51 snaps, along with Courtland Sutton.
Adam Thielen‘s 211 snaps lead all wideouts on the season and his 96.3% snap rate trails only Terry McLaurin. Chris Conley continues to see plenty of playing time but isn’t making much impact in Houston. Conley has been in on over 74% of the Texans’ snaps but has a measly 5.9% target share. The Patriots went almost exclusively with three-wide sets in Week 3, resulting in an increased role for Kendrick Bourne. This is probably a one-week strategy, so no need to add Bourne quite yet. DeSean Jackson was awfully productive with his 21 snaps. Even at an advanced age, D-Jax still offers a huge ceiling but that limited snap count makes him nothing more than a TD-dependant weekly flier.
Injuries were a big factor, but Chase Claypool led all NFL wide receivers with 76 snaps against Cincinnati. Claypool played 91.6% of Pittsburgh’s snaps but even with that kind of usage still can’t be considered more than a WR2/3 with how bad Ben Roethlisberger has looked. A.J. Brown (hamstring) will be out for a week or two, so Nick Westbrook-Ikhine came off the bench to lead the Titans with 53 snaps and a 15.4% target share. Brandon Aiyuk is trending in the right direction. Fantasy managers that were patient with Aiyuk after Week 1 are about to be rewarded. Very surprising to see Braxton Berrios logging a 78% snap share but he’s well off the fantasy radar at this point, as are all members of the Jets.
Dalton Schultz stole the show in Dallas with 69% of the snaps and 28% of the target share. Remarkable considering all the talent around him.
Mike Gesicki’s 12 targets represented 22% target/snap %. Brissett likes to throw him the ball.
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