Snap counts are essential for IDP. Tackles, sacks, and interceptions are tough to get when you’re standing on the sidelines. Watching snap counts rise and fall is the first step in finding sleepers who are about to break out and players who are on the decline.
Keanu Neal was the only Falcon to play all 71 snaps. In order Deion Jones, Robert Alford, Ricardo Allen and De’Vondre Campbell all topped 90% of snaps. Neal led the team in tackles with 6 solos, 2 assists, and 2 PDs. Alford added 7 solos. Both Jones and Allen amassed 6 total tackles. A lot happened in the secondary for Atlanta. Desmond Trufant left the game with a concussion after 25 snaps. 2014 UDFA CJ Goodwin came in to replace Trufant. Nickel CB Brian Poole injured his lower back. Poole’s snap count is very dependent on the opponent, ranging from 41% on the low side to three games over 90% of the snaps. So it’s a fairly productive role. Allen took over Poole’s spot in nickel situations while continuing to play FS in base packages. Fifth Round rookie Damontae Kazee came in and replaced Allen at FS whenever Allen moved into the slot. Kazee ended with 3 solos and 2 assists on 32 snaps. Kazee is worth a look in deep leagues if Poole is going to miss some time. Allen could be startable if this role continues. Dontari Poe added 3 QB hits while 1st Round rookie Takkarist McKinley notched a sack on FitzMagic.
Tyrann Mathieu was the only Cardinal to play all 64 snaps. Patrick Peterson, Chandler Jones, Budda Baker, Josh Bynes and Tramon Williams all topped 90% of snaps. Deone Bucannon left this game with a leg injury after five snaps. Bynes replaced him and led the team in tackles with 8 solos and 1 assist. The severity of Bucannon’s injury is unclear at this point. Jones had a great game with 6 solos, 5 TFLs, 2 sacks and 1 PD on 63 snaps. I can’t remember another player putting together 5 TFLs in one game. Baker had a floor game after two ceiling games. Baker added 3 solos, 1 assist, 1 PD and 1 QB hit. You still have to start Baker against the Rams next week. You also really need to start Williams who could easily double his 4 solos next week.
Kurt Coleman and Luke Kuechly played 70 snaps. James Bradberry and Mike Adams both played over 90% of snaps. Thomas Davis was on the field for 62 snaps while Shaq Thompson was on the field for 57 snaps. Thompson’s 81% snap rate was his highest since Kuechly missed Week 7. The 3-down LBs Kuechly and Davis both logged 4 solos and 5 assists. Davis added a TFL. Kuechly added a PD and FR TD. After those two, seven Panthers ended with 4 total tackles.
Prince Amukamara was the only Bear to play 78 snaps. Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller played 77 snaps apiece. Nickel CB Cre’Von LeBlanc led the team in tackles with 6 solos and 1 assist, adding 2 PDs on 49 snaps. Amukamara and Fuller both ended with 6 total tackles. Amukamara added 2 PDs as well. Adrian Amos was on the field for 61 snaps before injuring his hamstring. Five solos were his lowest tackle total since taking over the starting spot. Deon Bush replaced Amos, played 17 snaps and contributed 1 assist. Nick Kwiatkoski had a down game with 1 solo on 49 snaps. The ILB position became a bit of a committee. Christian Jones played 48 snaps. John Timu was on the field for 30 snaps. Jonathan Bullard (47 snaps) out-snapped Mitch Unrein (41 snaps) for just the second time this season. Bullard responded with his first sack on the season. Leonard Floyd ended up on IR. Sam Acho led the way among OLBs with 61 snaps. Pernell McPhee contributed 45 snaps while UDFA rookie Isaiah Irving added 36 snaps.
No Cowboys played all 68 snaps. Orlando Scandrick played 67 snaps. Anthony Hitchens and Anthony Brown also topped 90% of snaps. Jeff Heath returned to action and joined his partner in crime, [/profiler]Byron Jones[/profiler], playing over 80% of snaps. Redshirt rookie Jaylon Smith only played 38 snaps, but led the team in tackles with seven solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL and 1 PD. It was Smith’s best game since Week 4 before Hitchens returned from injury. Sean Lee continues to miss time with a hamstring injury. David Irving got shut down by LA’s o-line. He did, however, play 71% of the snaps, so he should bounce back. Demarcus Lawrence has put up 5 total tackles in back-to-back games. He continues to offer a steady floor even though his blistering sack pace from the beginning of the season has slowed dramatically. Lawrence was on the field for 46 snaps.
Tahir Whitehead and Glover Quin both played 73 snaps. Darius Slay played 72 snaps. Anthony Zettel was the only other Lion over 80% of snaps. Zettel had a down game with 0.5 sack but had 4 QB hits. Jarrad Davis only played 54 snaps, 74%. It’s his second straight snap rate drop. Second Round rookie Teez Tabor has started replacing Davis on 3rd Downs. Tabor only played 14 snaps after playing 13 snaps last week. Tabor missed a sack but otherwise played fairly well. Davis was still 2nd on the team in tackles with 6 solos and 1 assist. Whitehead hit double-digit tackles with 10 solos, 3 assists and 0.5 TFL. A’Shawn Robinson put together a great game with 5 solos, 1 assist and 2 TFL on 50 snaps. Ezekiel Ansah returned after missing two games with a back injury. Ansah added a sack even though he only played 32 snaps in his first game back, behind both Zettel and Cornelius Washington (36 snaps). The Lions signed future Hall of Famer Dwight Freeney which will turn this into more of a rotation at DE. Tavon Wilson played 44 snaps before injuring his shoulder. Miles Killebrew came in and played his highest snap rate since Week 5. Wilson ended up on IR so it’ll be Killebrew’s show the rest of the way. Wilson will be a UFA after the season, so this is Killebrew’s chance to prove to Detroit they don’t need to resign Wilson. Fourth Round rookie Jalen Reeves-Maybin returned after missing two games with an ankle injury. JRM only played 1 defensive snap. Paul Worrilow played 35 snaps, his highest snap total on the season. Worrilow ended with 5 solos, 1 assist, and 0.5 TFL.
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played 74 snaps. Morgan Burnett returned from injury and played 73 snaps. CBs Davon House and Damarious Randall both played at least 89% of snaps. Martinez led the team in tackles. Feel like that’s been true most of the time this year. He amassed 12 solos, 3 assists, 1 TFL and an interception. Burnett added 9 solos. The Packers defense has been trying something new the last three weeks. In their first eight games, it was not uncommon to see the 3rd Safety on the field well north of 50% of the snaps. In three of those games, the 3rd Safety played 80% or more of snaps. The last three weeks, however, that snap rate has dropped. In Weeks 9 and 10, with Burnett still out and 2nd Round rookie, Josh Jones acting as the starting SS, Marwin Evans played 35% and 25% of snaps. With Burnett back, that reduced snap rate caught up with Jones. Jones only played 26 snaps. He ended with 6 solos so it was still a solid statistical game. But Jones is unstartable until Burnett gets hurt again or the rate increases. It will be interesting to see once the Packers are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Burnett is in the final year of his contract and hasn’t played 16 games since 2012. You have to assume Green Bay wants to see what they have in Jones to help decide whether they’re going to resign Burnett or not. As the Safeties have played fewer snaps, Jake Ryan has played his highest two snap rates on the season the last two weeks with 79% and 74%. The CBs have also seen an increase. Beyond House and Randall, 2nd Round rookie Kevin King played 53% of snaps while Action-Hero-namedJosh Hawkins played 49% of snaps. Clay Matthews doesn’t appear to be in Pitch Perfect 3, which is disappointing. Matthews only played 1 defensive snap as he was a game-time decision with a groin injury. Nick Perry saw his normal allotment of snaps at 50. Ahmad Brooks saw a snap increase at 48 snaps and Kyler Fackrell saw an increase at 46 snaps. Fourth Round rookie Vince Biegel played 22 snaps.
Los Angeles Rams
Alec Ogletree, John Johnson III and Trumaine Johnson played 57 snaps. Mark Barron, Kayvon Webster and Lamarcus Joyner played 56 snaps. Aaron Donald topped 90% of snaps. Ogletree had 5 solos, two assists, and 1 PD. Connor Barwin left this game with an arm injury after 17 snaps. This led to an increase in snaps for Matt Longacre (28 snaps) and 4th Round rookie Samson Ebukam who notched a sack on 23 snaps. Donald and Robert Quinn both added 1 sack among 5 total tackles apiece. Nickel CB Nickell Robey-Coleman missed this game with a thigh injury. Joyner came down and covered the slot in nickel packages. Blake Countess came in and played FS in sub-packages. Countess played 36 snaps, his highest total of the season, and ended with 1 solo, not his highest total of the season.
Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes and Andrew Sendejo played all 59 snaps. Everson Griffen and Trae Waynes both played over 90% of snaps. Danielle Hunter played 48 snaps. Sendejo led the team with 6 solos and 1 assist. Rhodes, Waynes and Barr all hit 5 total tackles. Griffen sacked Stafford twice while Hunter added one sack. Kendricks had his worst statistical game of the season with 1 solo, one assist and 1 QB hit. The Lions only ran the ball 15 times limiting tackle opportunities. The Vikings are boring to write about because Mike Zimmer doesn’t rotate much.
New Orleans Saints
Cameron Jordan, A.J. Klein, Kenny Vaccaro and P.J. Williams played all 77 snaps. Vonn Bell played 74 snaps. Bell paced the team in tackles with 9 solos, 2 assists and 1 sack. Klein had his best game since Week 1, with 5 solos, 3 assists, 1 TFL and a QB hit. Robertson added 6 solos, 1 assist and 1 sack. Cameron Jordan picked up 2 sacks among 4 solos. With Alex Okafor ending up on IR, 3rd Round rookie Trey Hendrickson didn’t produce a stat on 33 snaps. Hau’oli Kikaha only played 16 snaps. New Orleans had 4 DTs play more snaps than Hendrickson. First Round sophomore Sheldon Rankins started at end and mixed between the inside and outside. Rankins contributed 58 snaps. Tyeler Davison (47 snaps), David Onyemata (40 snaps) and John Lewis Hughes III (36 snaps) all out-snapped Hendrickson. Davison had the best stat line of the four with 2 solos. I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of fantasy points available. With starting CBs Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley on the shelf due to injury, P.J. played the most snaps while De’Vante Harris and Sterling Moore split snaps across from him. Vaccaro comes in to cover the slot in nickel alignments.
New York Giants
Landon Collins, Darian Thompson and Ross Cockrell played all 71 snaps. Kelvin Sheppard topped 90% of the snaps. In order, Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Jonathan Casillas and Janoris Jenkins all played north of 80% of the snaps. Collins had his second straight 15 tackle game. He had 13 solos, 2 assists and 1 TFL. He’s back to 2016 numbers and the S1 every week as long as this keeps up. Sheppard ended with 7 total tackles while Casillas ended with 6 total tackles. New York sacked Kirk Cousins 6 times. JPP added 2 sacks while Vernon added 1.5 sacks. Eli Apple missed his second straight game. He missed several practices due to his mother undergoing brain surgery. According to reports, he also threatened to walk out of the facility after criticism following a film session. This is definitely a situation to avoid on a team having a disastrous year, as is the LB corp at this point… The Giants also claimed Ray Ray Armstrong off waivers.
One quick-ish thought on the Giants D-line if I can digress. The Giants play their top two DEs more than anyone in the league. Obviously, Vernon missed four games, but when healthy, his snap total is equivalent to JPP’s. Before Week 12, JPP had already played 650 snaps on the season. Of all the other 4-3 DEs in the league, Trey Flowers is the only one over 600 with 606 snaps. JPP has played an entire game’s worth of snaps more than the #2 4-3 DE through the first 11 weeks. Only eight other DEs have played over 500 snaps through the first 11 weeks. Fifth Round rookie Avery Moss has earned the #3 DE spot in NYC. He played 12 snaps in Week 12. Through the first 11 weeks, Moss had played 222 snaps, with Vernon missing four games. The average 3rd DE on 4-3 defenses where no DE has missed more than a game, has played 285 snaps through the first 11 weeks, that’s more than a full game’s worth difference. At this point, I think it’s safe to assume the Giants will have a new coaching staff in 2018. It would take a miracle for McAdoo to keep his job. Assuming a DC who incorporates a more standard DE rotation, JPP and Vernon will both see a drop in production, unless their efficiency improves playing fewer snaps. Moss, however, could see enough of an increase in snaps to potentially be a matchup play.
Rodney McLeod was on the field for 11 more snaps than every other Eagle. McLeod played 55 snaps. Malcolm Jenkins, Nigel Bradham, Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby all played 44 snaps. This game got out of hand early. The Eagles play the Seahawks and Rams the next two weeks, so hopefully, the games are a little more competitive. The Bears continue to be a matchup to avoid for IDP. I single-handedly earned as many 1st Downs as the Bears did in the first half. And I was sitting on my couch the entire time. Graham and Darby led the team in tackles with 5 solos apiece. Graham added a sack.
San Francisco 49ers
Eric Reid and Reuben Foster played 67 snaps. Dontae Johnson, Akhello Witherspoon, and Brock Coyle were all North of 90% of the snaps. Reid had seven solos and an interception. Foster and Coyle add 6 total tackles each. Leger Douzable was inactive in as Solomon Thomas returned from injury, Cassius Marsh was picked up from the Patriots and Tank Carradine returned from IR. Ronald Blair III put up the best stat line of the DEs, with 4 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. The snap count broke down as follows: Thomas 49 snaps, Tank 28 snaps, Marsh 27 snaps and Blair III 24 snaps. I think I’m going to shop Blair III based on his age and recent performances. Maybe I can get a 5th for him. Adrian Colbert missed this game with a broken thumb. A potential word of warning if you’ve got IRed FS Jimmie Ward on your roster. Former Pro Bowl Safety and 49er GM, John Lynch, was asked if they would potentially move Ward back to CB, “Shoot, (Colbert) keeps playing like he did last week, you consider a lot of things… We think highly of Jimmie Ward but if Adrian keeps playing like that, you keep putting efforts out like that, you find your way (into the lineup).” [http://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/Rookie-Colbert-could-make-49ers-reconsider-safety-12382086.php] Obviously this is asking a lot of a 7th Round rookie. But CB would also be a less physically punishing position for Ward, who has ended 75% of his pro seasons on IR. In other news, San Fran waived Ray Ray Armstrong to make room for Carradine. I doubt Coyle is a long-term answer at LB so look for San Fran to sign a FA or draft another LB highly. That player should be an offseason target given the opportunity and Foster’s durability.
Byron Maxwell and Bradley McDougald played 71 snaps. Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Earl Thomas and Jeremy Lane played 79% of snaps. The two starting DEs, Michael Bennett and Frank Clark both played 54 snaps. Seattle rested its starters when this game got out of hand. Wagner and McDougald both had 8 total tackles. Wagner added 2 TFLs, an interception, and 2 QB hits. Sheldon Richardson was 3rd on the team in tackles with four solos, 2 assists and 2 QB hits. Maxwell has played every defensive snap since resigning with the team. He added 3 solos against San Fran. Third Round rookie Nazair Jones has been a popular name the last few weeks, but he played the 4th most snaps at DT, behind Quinton Jefferson (32 snaps), Richardson (29 snaps) and Jarran Reed (27 snaps). Jones had 1 QB hit on 23 snaps. Seattle released Dwight Freeney primarily because of cap restrictions and to create roster flexibility to deal with a rash of injuries lately. This should, however, increase the snap counts for former 1st Round picks Dion Jordan and Marcus Smith III. Jordan missed this game with a neck injury. Smith III added a sack against San Fran on 39 snaps.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, Justin Evans, Brent Grimes and Ryan Smith played 64 snaps. [/profiler]Gerald McCoy[/profiler] played 60 snaps. He continues insane snaps counts for an interior D-lineman. McCoy has played 640 snaps on the season. DeForest Buckner has played 648 snaps on the season. Alexander, Smith and Evans all had 8 total tackles apiece. David ended with 4 solos, 2 assists and 1 TFL. Third Round rookie Kendell Beckwith played 69% of snaps and ended with 3 solos.
Deshazor Everett, DJ Swearinger and Josh Norman played 57 snaps. Zach Brown was on the field for 55 snaps. Bashaud Breeland played 52 snaps. Brown, predictably, led the team in tackles with 6 solos, 3 assists, 1 TFL and 1 PD. Everett, who played because of the absence of both DeAngelo Hall and 4th Round rookie Montae Nicholson, was second with 5 solos and 2 assists. Ryan Kerrigan had 2 sacks among 5 total tackles while on the field for 46 snaps. In Matthew Ioannidis’s second game back from injury, he played 41 snaps, again, the most of any d-lineman. Ioannidis ended with 1 assist and 2 QB hits. The 5th Round sophomore definitely seems to be limited by his broken hand. Martrell Spaight was inactive with an ankle injury. Zach Vigil (39 snaps) and 7th Round, converted-Safety, rookie Josh Harvey-Clemons (17 snaps) split snaps next to Brown. Zach is the older, wiser (I’m assuming based on age) and less talented brother to Cincy’s Nick Vigil. Zach was a UDFA who signed for Miami back in 2015. He was signed off Buffalo’s practice squad when Washington starting putting all of its ILBs on IR. I’m not blowing my remaining FAAB budget. I’m going to save that $3 for someone good…