Snap counts are essential for IDP. Tackles, sacks, and interceptions are really hard 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.
Haason Reddick, Antoine Bethea, Tre Boston, and Patrick Peterson played all 69 snaps. Chandler Jones and Leonard Johnson both topped 80% of snaps. Josh Bynes left this game with a thumb injury after 23 snaps giving Gerald Hodges the opportunity to play 46 snaps. Bynes has already been added to IR. Hodges hit double-digit tackles with 7 solos and 3 assists. Robert Nkemdiche had arguably his best day as a pro with 6 solos, 2 assists, 4 TFLs, and 2.5 sacks. Nkemdiche played 36 snaps. Reddick also ended with 8 total tackles, but none of the fun stats. Johnson and Bethea ended with 7 total tackles apiece. Arizona may have moved on from Bene Benwikere who was limited to 35 snaps. Johnson signed with Arizona on 11.14.18 after spending time in Tampa, New England, Carolina, and Buffalo. Typically a slot CB, Johnson out-snapped fellow recent signee David Amerson (43 snaps) and Benwikere. Budda Baker was a game-time decision so hopefully, he’s able to play next week. If he does, that will throw everything in flux. Arizona tried Benwikere in Baker’s role Week 11. It appears they didn’t like it because Johnson took over the role while Benwikere split snaps with Amerson on the outside. If Baker returns, it likely makes Johnson irrelevant while Benwikere and Amerson make each other irrelevant unless one really steps up. This is definitely a situation to monitor and avoid in the push towards the fantasy playoffs with the exception of Baker.
CBs Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford played all 57 snaps. Damontae Kazee missed 1 snap. Grady Jarrett topped 80% of snaps. Foye Oluokun and De’Vondre Campbell both crossed the 70% threshold. Oluokun led the way with 5 solos and 5 assists. Campbell added 5 solos, 2 assists, and 1 TFL. No other Falcons topped 4 total tackles. Kazee caught just the second interception Drew Brees has thrown this season. There are now questions as to whether Deion Jones will play again this season. It’s a lost season for Atlanta. Third Round rookie Deadrin Senat was a surprise healthy scratch for the first time this season. Senat has shown flashes on really limited snaps this season.
Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and James Bradberry played all 62 snaps. Mike Adams missed 1 snap. Captain Munnerlyn and Eric Reid both topped 90% of snaps. Mario Addison topped 70% of snaps. Kuechly paced the team with 4 solos and 8 assists. Shaq Thompson, Davis, and Reid all added 7 total tackles. Thompson’s stat line included 1.0 sack while on the field for 41 snaps. Kawann Short finished with 2 solos, 4 assists, and 1 TFL on 42 snaps, 68%. Second Round rookie Donte Jackson left with an injury after 1 snap. Munnerlyn took over for Jackson while Corn Elder came in for nickel snaps. Elder got picked on a bit, on and off the field… https://twitter.com/minakimes/status/1066796017733922816?s=19
Adrian Amos Jr. and Eddie Jackson played all 66 snaps. Kyle Fuller, Danny Trevathan, Leonard Floyd, and Prince Amukamara all topped 90% of snaps. Khalil Mack missed the 90% threshold by 1 snap. Akiem Hicks, Roquan Smith, and Bryce Callahan were on the field for more than 80% of snaps. Smith led the way with 7 solos, 4 assists, and 1.0 sack. Both Trevathan and Fuller put together 7 solos and 1 assist. Fuller added an interception. Amukamara contributed 5 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL.
Jaylon Smith, Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath, and Chidobe Awuzie played all 63 snaps. Byron Jones missed 1 snap. 1st Round rookie Leighton Vander Esch was on the field for 59 snaps, 94%. Demarcus Lawrence topped 80% of snaps. Tyrone Crawford crossed the 70% threshold. Heath finished with 8 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL, and 1 PD. LVE added 7 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Smith put together 6 solos and 1.0 sack.
Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard, Glover Quin, Quandre Diggs, Darius Slay, and Nevin Lawson played all 58 snaps. Mike Ford played 51 snaps, 88%. Christian Jones topped 75% of snaps. Quin led the way with 7 solos and 1.0 sack. Ford and Jones both ended with 6 total tackles. Ford added 1 PD and 1 TFL. Damon Harrison had his lowest tackle game as a Lion with 3 total tackles. Snacks added 1.5 sacks on 52% of snaps. Ezekiel Ansah added a sack in his second straight game. Ansah still only played 50% of snaps, 3rd among DEs behind Romeo Okwara (66%) and Da’Shawn Hand (59%).
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez, Tramon Williams, and Jaire Alexander played all 70 snaps. Kenny Clark was on the field for 66 snaps, 94%. Josh Jackson, Josh Jones, and Clay Matthews topped 80% of snaps. Kyler Fackrell, Dean Lowry, and Ibraheim Campbell were all on the field for more than 70% of snaps. Martinez led the way with 6 solos and 7 assists. Campbell and Jackson had matching stat lines of 5 solos and 3 assists. Alexander and Antonio Morrison each finished with 7 total tackles. Morrison played 66% of snaps. Alexander blew up a WR-screen in a new way. Too bad he didn’t get credit for a tackle here. https://twitter.com/Mike_Woellert/status/1066867941923307520?s=19 Kentrell Brice returned from an ankle injury that kept him out of the Seattle game but was in and out reinjuring his ankle and going through the concussion protocol. Brice only played 24 snaps. Both Kevin King and Bashaud Breeland missed this game. We have no idea who the “starters” are when everyone is healthy. I question whether Green Bay even knows. When Brice was out, Green Bay moved Williams back to Safety. With Brice active, Williams moved back to CB. Jones started at the other safety spot but didn’t play 100%. Campbell played for Mike Pettine in Cleveland and was signed a few weeks back to provide safety depth. He played over 70% of snaps. This is a situation to avoid in the push to the playoffs. Even the CBs are hard to trust in case Breeland and/or King come back healthy and limit Alexander or Jackson’s snaps. Green Bay is basically eliminated from the playoff picture. HC Mike McCarthy will likely try to win more games to save his job, but this team needs to start playing for next year. That should mean getting Oren Burks more than the 7 defensive snaps he played in this game…
Los Angeles Rams
Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith, Anthony Harris, and Trae Waynes played all 53 snaps. Xavier Rhodes was on the field for 50 snaps. Everson Griffen topped 80% of snaps while Danielle Hunter was 2 snaps short. Mackenzie Alexander and Sheldon Richardson both topped 70% of snaps. Richardson had a day with 3 solos, 4 assists, and 2.0 sacks. Kendricks also ended with 7 total tackles. Nobody else topped 5 total tackles. Hunter has now missed sacks in 3 of the last 4 games. Of course, in the 4th game, he had 3.5 sacks, so you still have to plug him in every week. Barr’s return sent Eric Wilson back to the bench. Minnesota played a base nickel package as starting WILL Ben Gedeon missed this game. Wilson was the 3rd LB for the team and played all of 2 defensive snaps.
New Orleans Saints
Marcus Williams and Eli Apple played all 70 snaps. Marshon Lattimore and Demario Davis both played 69 snaps. Vonn Bell missed the 90% threshold by 1 snap. It’s his highest snap share on the season. Cameron Jordan also topped 85% of snaps. Nickel CB PJ Williams was on the field for 55 snaps, 79%. Apple shadowed Julio Jones leading to 8 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Bell added 7 solos and 1 TFL. Alex Anzalone, Davis, and PJ Williams all ended with 6 total tackles. Williams and Davis each added 1.0 sack. Anzalone still only played 61% of snaps. Jordan finished with 4 solos, 3 TFLs, and 2.0 sacks. Rankins has quietly turned into a top DT option in his 3rd season. The former #12 pick finished with 2 solos, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack. Rankins now has 5.0 sacks in his last 5 games. He was on the field for 66% of snaps. First Round rookie Marcus Davenport returned after missing two games. Davenport played 53% of snaps. Considering no one played 100% of snaps the last two games because they were blowouts, this game was a welcome change for the Saints #IDP.
New York Giants
Alec Ogletree, Landon Collins, Curtis Riley, Janoris Jenkins, and BW Webb played all 65 snaps. Olivier Vernon topped 85% of snaps. BJ Hill was on the field for 50 snaps, 77%. Collins led the way with 8 solos, 1 assist, 2 TFLs, and a QB hit. Riley added 6 solos of his own. Hill has out-snapped Dalvin Tomlinson in each of the last two weeks. Hill has been the primary beneficiary of the Snacks trade. UDFA rookie Tae Davis was on the field for 38 snaps, 58%. Davis has been active for 5 games on the season. This marks the second time Davis has out-snapped 3rd Round rookie Lorenzo Carter.
Nigel Bradham and Malcolm Jenkins both played all 62 snaps. De’Vante Bausby missed 1 snap, while Corey Graham missed 2 snaps. Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Cre’Von LeBlanc crossed the 70% threshold. Graham, filling in for Avonte Maddox, filling in for Rodney McLeod, led the way with 7 solos and 1 assist. LBs Kamu Grugier-Hill and Bradham both ended with 7 total tackles. KGH added 2 TFLs vs Bradham’s 1 TFL. Jordan Hicks missed this game giving KGH the opportunity to play 34 snaps, 55%. Jenkins, Bausby, and Nathan Gerry all ended with 6 total tackles. Jenkins added an interception. Gerry played 33 snaps. This was the highest snap count for both Gerry and KGH. Hicks will likely miss more time, but it’s hard to trust either Gerry or KGH given their snap counts. The Eagles could fill an entire secondary with the players who missed this game. Ronald Darby and McLeod are on IR. Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones, and Maddox missed the game. Rasul Douglas was active but only played 2 snaps. Outside of Jenkins, that makes the 3rd string safety and the 5th and 6th string CBs. Too bad attacking that secondary wasn’t part of the Giants game plan. https://twitter.com/RVacchianoSNY/status/1066811192642072577?s=19 I know New York is tanking, but against a division rival and reigning Super Bowl champions, that should be a fireable offense…
San Francisco 49ers
Fred Warner and Ahkello Witherspoon played 72 of 73 snaps. Jaquiski Tartt and Richard Sherman topped 80% of snaps. Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner both crossed the 70% threshold. Warner and Elijah Lee both ended with 6 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. Lee added 1 TFL. Tartt contributed 3 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL. Tartt left early, possibly reinjuring his shoulder that caused him to miss the previous two games. Buckner put together 5 solos, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack among 2 QB hits. The big story for the 49ers was obviously Reuben Foster. https://twitter.com/gregauman/status/1066567693124419584?s=19 Foster has been released. San Francisco needs to be thankful they got Warner as a steal in the 3rd Round otherwise their LB depth chart would be dreadful at the moment. I’m talking Oakland Raiders-dreadful. Last week, when Foster missed with a hamstring injury, Malcolm Smith played 100% of snaps. This week, Lee was on the field for 49 snaps compared to Smith’s 26 snaps. Realistically, neither will be startable the rest of the season. Given the situation is in flux, if one were to play 100% of snaps next week, they’d be hard to trust until they do it a second straight week. At that point, you’ll be in the playoffs. Expect San Francisco to either draft a LB or focus on the position in Free Agency.
Bobby Wagner, Bradley McDougald, and Shaquill Griffin played all 59 snaps. Tedric Thompson and Tre Flowers both played 55 snaps. Barkevious Mingo and Jarran Reed both topped 80% of snaps. Frank Clark topped 75% of snaps while Dion Jordan missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Wagner added to his season tackle total with 4 solos and 7 assists. 75% of the starting secondary ended with 7 total tackles, between Flowers, Thompson, and McDougald. McDougald added an interception. With KJ Wright missing another game, Mingo replaced him rather than Austin Calitro who had replaced him last week. Jordan hadn’t topped 51% of snaps all year. His increase in snaps came primarily from Quinton Jefferson.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Adarius Taylor, Isaiah Johnson, and Brent Grimes played all 64 snaps. Fourth Round rookie Jordan Whitehead topped 90% of snaps. Devante Bond, Carl Nassib, and Gerald McCoy topped 70% of snaps. Whitehead broke double-digit tackles with 10 solos, 1 assist, and 2 PDs. Johnson added 6 solos and an interception. First Round rookie Vita Vea tallied his second career sack with 4 solos and 3 TFLs while on the field for 58% of snaps. Jason Pierre-Paul logged a sack, giving him 10.5 on the season, before leaving with a knee injury. He’ll be an interesting study case in the offseason. Last year, in New York, JPP totalled 8.5 sacks in over 1,000 snaps. This year, he’s on pace for 850 snaps and broke double-digit sacks by Week 12. His bookend isn’t any better in Tampa, considering it’s been Vinny Curry and Nassib. Curry returned after missing 4 of the last 5 games. Curry played slightly more than half the snaps Nassib played. Curry likely lost his starting spot. Nassib had 5.5 sacks in his first two seasons combined. He added another sack on Sunday, matching that total through 12 Weeks in Tampa. Lavonte David missed this game, leaving Tampa without their top 3 LBs.
Mason Foster, DJ Swearinger, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Josh Norman played all 70 snaps. Ryan Kerrigan broke 90% of snaps. Preston Smith, Quinton Dunbar, and Da’Ron Payne broke the 80% threshold. Zach Brown missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Jonathan Allen led the way with 5 solos, 4 assists, 2 TFLs, and 1.0 sack. Allen played 47 snaps, 67%. Smith and Foster both ended with 8 total tackles. Smith added 3 TFLs and 1.5 sacks among 4 QB hits. Norman added 5 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. With Dunbar back from injury, Greg Stroman returned to the bench and played 0 defensive snaps. Matt Ioannidis left the game with a lower leg injury after 20 snaps and didn’t return. Ioannidis had been on a bit of a tear lately so this injury hurts. Also, by definition, injuries hurt.
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