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.
Gerald Hodges, Haason Reddick, Tre Boston, Antoine Bethea, Patrick Peterson, and David Amerson played all 76 snaps. Budda Baker and Chandler Jones were both on the field for 68 snaps, 89%. Hodges could be one of the biggest waiver wire adds of the season if he throws up stats in the fantasy playoffs like he did against Green Bay on Sunday. Hodges ended with 12 solos and 1 assist. Bethea added 8 solos, 2 assists, and 1 PD. Amerson has replaced the released Bene Benwikere and finished with 5 solos, 1 assist, and 1 PD. Baker returned after missing 2 games and put together 5 solos and 1 TFL. Jones amassed 4 solos and his 12th sack on the season.
Desmond Trufant played all 81 snaps. Damontae Kazee and Robert Alford both took 1 snap off. De’Vondre Campbell was on the field for 70 snaps, 86%. Deion Jones and Grady Jarrett both topped 70% of snaps. Jones returned from IR and wanted to make up for lost time. Jones totaled 13 solos, 2 assists, and 1.0 sack. I’d say he’s ready for the fantasy playoffs. Jones only played 79% of snaps, but considering Atlanta’s defense was on the field for 81 snaps, he was on for a typical game’s worth of snaps. Surprisingly, 6th Round rookie Foye Oluokun was 2nd on the team in tackles with 6 solos and 3 assists on 64% of snaps. Sharrod Neasman, Campbell, and Jarrett all ended with 6 total tackles. Neasman was on the field for 58% of snaps. Jarrett added 1.0 sack. Vic Beasley Jr. added a FR TD on 59% of snaps. Everyone who reads this article regularly knows I like Big Man TDs. Beasley barely qualifies as a big man, but still… https://twitter.com/thecheckdown/status/1069304778071535616
Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and Eric Reid played all 65 snaps. Mike Adams and Donte Jackson each missed 1 snaps while James Bradberry missed 2 snaps. Nobody else even hit the 70% threshold, but Kawann Short and Mario Addison each missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Davis led the way with 5 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL. Nickel CB Captain Munnerlyn added 7 solos and 1 PD on 65% of snaps. Jackson finished with 6 solos. Kuechly only had 5 total tackles but added 2 TFLs and 2 PDs.
Danny Trevathan and Adrian Amos Jr. played all 72 snaps. The rest of the starting secondary, Eddie Jackson, Prince Amukamara, and Kyle Fuller topped 90% of snaps. Roquan Smith, Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, and Leonard Floyd all crossed the 80% threshold. Both ILBs hit 10 total tackles. Hicks had a day with 6 solos, 1 PD, and 1.0 sack, on the defensive side. Hicks added a rushing TD in a vintage “Refrigerator” Perry play. https://twitter.com/nflthrowback/status/1069326825728303104 Hicks even called for the ball in the offensive huddle https://twitter.com/thecheckdown/status/1069308855127920640?s=19. Hicks notched his 5th sack on the season while Mack got his 9th sack. Jackson and 5th Round rookie Bilal Nichols both added 6 total tackles. Nichols played 57% of snaps.
Jaylon Smith and the starting secondary, Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath, Byron Jones, and Chidobe Awuzie, played all 52 snaps. Leighton Vander Esch and Maliek Collins both topped 80% of snaps. DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, and Anthony Brown crossed the 70% threshold. LVE placed the team with 10 total tackles. Smith added 6 solos and 3 assists. No other cowboys topped 4 total tackles. First Round sophomore Taco Charlton missed the last 3 games with a shoulder injury. In his return to action, he played 4 total snaps. With Crawford moving back outside, Gregory and 3rd Round rookie Dorance Armstrong playing more snaps, it doesn’t leave a lot of snaps too spare. Charlton will need to work his way back into the rotation.
Jarrad Davis, Quandre Diggs, Darius Slay, and Nevin Lawson played all 69 snaps. Mike Ford logged 67 snaps. Glover Quin topped 80% of snaps. Diggs and Damon Harrison each added 7 total tackles. Snacks was on the field for 54% of snaps. Diggs added an interception. Ford and Jones each added 6 total tackles. Devon Kennard left the game with a hip injury after 30 snaps. Eli Harold replaced him. Ezekiel Ansah has topped 50% of snaps in each of the last 2 games after coming back from injury very slowly.
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez, Jaire Alexander, and Tramon Williams played all 62 snaps. Josh Jackson missed 1 snap. Dean Lowry, Kenny Clark, and Kyler Fackrell topped 90% of snaps. Safeties Josh Jones and Ibraheim Campbell were both on the field more than 70% of snaps. Clay Matthews missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Martinez led the way with 5 solos and 5 assists. Campbell added 8 solos and 1 TFL. Dynasty DT3 Clark finished with 3 solos, 4 assists, and 1 PD. Jones put together 5 solos and 1.0 sack. We’ll see if there are any defensive changes with the coaching change in Green Bay.
Los Angeles Rams
Cory Littleton, John Johnson III, and LaMarcus Joyner played all 72 snaps. Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler Jr., Marcus Peters, and Ndamukong Suh topped 80% of snaps. Samson Ebukam was on the field for 51 snaps, 71%. JJIII paced the team with 9 solos and 2 assists. Suh and Joyner each added 6 total tackles. Donald ended with 5 solos, 4 TFLs, and 2.0 sacks among 4 QB hits. Donald is up to 16.5 sacks on the season from the defensive interior… That’s insane. His best sack season through his first 4 years was 11.0 twice. Fowler and Littleton each added 1.0 sack. They don’t have 16.5 sacks on the season combined…
Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith, and Anthony Harris played all 74 snaps. The Vikings gave up on Andrew Sendejo returning and IRed him last week. It’ll be Harris the rest of the way. Eric Kendricks missed 1 snap. DEs Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen topped 85% of snaps. UDFA Rookie Holton Hill and Linval Joseph crossed the 70% threshold, while Sheldon Richardson missed it by 1 snap. Kendricks had one of the better #IDP performances from LBs this week, 8 solos, 8 assists, and 1 interception. Joseph and Harris each added 5 solos and 2 assists. Barr and Hunter both finished with 6 total tackles. Hill played the most of any CB ahead of Xavier Rhodes (45 snaps), Mackenzie Alexander (40 snaps), Marcus Sherels (20 snaps), and Trae Waynes (19 snaps). Waynes left the game with a concussion.
New Orleans Saints
Demario Davis, Marcus Williams, Marshon Lattimore, and Eli Apple played all 71 snaps. Cameron Jordan was on the field for 66 snaps, 93%. Vonn Bell, PJ Williams, and AJ Klein crossed the 70% threshold, while Alex Okafor missed it by 1 snap. Davis led the way with 5 solos and 6 assists. Lattimore added 9 solos and 1 assist. If anyone started David Onyemata this week, what a random lineup selection… Onyemata ended with 7 total tackles and 3.0 sacks, edging out Jordan’s 7 total tackles and 2.0 sacks. Onyemata was on the field for only 37 snaps. Apple and Bell each ended with 6 total tackles. Davis is on pace to play 760 snaps after leading all #IDP in snaps last year with 1118 with the Jets.
New York Giants
Alec Ogletree was the only New York Football Giant to play all 82 snaps. CBs Janoris Jenkins and BW Webb both missed 1 snap. Olivier Vernon and nickel CB Grant Haley each topped 90% of snaps. Landon Collins, Curtis Riley, and Kareem Martin crossed the 80% threshold. Ogletree had a great day with 5 solos, 6 assists, and 2 interceptions including 1 pick-six. Webb added 9 solos and 1 PD. Nickel CB Haley ended with 7 solos and 1 TFL. Tomlinson finished with 4 solos, 3 assists, and 2 TFLs. Safeties Collins and Michael Thomas both put together 6 total tackles. Thomas logged 49 snaps, 60% Vernon amassed a stat line of 5 solos and 2.0 sacks. It was overshadowed slightly by 3rd Round rookie BJ Hill’s coming out party. Hill had 3 solos, all were of Bears backup QB Chase Daniel. Those 3.0 sacks gets him to 5.0 sacks on the season. He only needs 10.0 more sacks over the final 4 games to break Jevon Kearse’s rookie sack record. If I’m going to track that every week for Chubb, I guess I need to track it for all the other rookies… BJ Goodson missed this game with a neck injury. Third Round rookie Lorenzo Carter also missed this game with a neck injury. Thomas played the most snaps he’s played all season, likely taking some of Goodson’s snaps. Former Chiefs 5th Rounder Ukeme Eligwe played his first snaps of the season replacing Carter.
Nigel Bradham, Malcolm Jenkins, Corey Graham, Sidney Jones, and Rasul Douglas were on the field for all 45 snaps. Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Michael Bennett topped 80% of snaps. Cre’Von LeBlanc and Chris Long both topped the 70% threshold. Douglas was the only Eagle with more than 3 total tackles. Washington might not be a great #IDP matchup on their 3rd QB… Douglas ended with 6 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL.
San Francisco 49ers
Malcolm Smith and Marcell Harris played all 58 snaps. Sixth Round rookie Harris had only played 6 defensive snaps on the season. Harris is the latest to start at FS for San Francisco. Fred Warner and Ahkello Witherspoon played 57 snaps apiece. Richard Sherman missed 2 snaps. DeForest Buckner was on the field for 49 snaps, 84%. Warner paced the team in tackles with 2 solos and 6 assists. Buckner must have heard about the Easy Like Sunday Morning poll about the #Dynasty DT1 and wanted to show out after DT3 Kenny Clark had 7 total tackles. Pretty sure that kind of thing motivates him. Buckner ended with 3 solos, 4 assists, and 2.0 sacks. Buckner is up to 9.0 sacks on the season and is looking to hit double-digits for the first time in his 3-year career. Smith matched Buckner’s 3 solos and 4 assists but didn’t add the sacks. Seattle reenacted Sherman’s tip drill in the end zone to celebrate an offensive TD. https://twitter.com/Seahawks/status/1069356346514915333?s=19 #ShadeThrown
Bobby Wagner, Bradley McDougald, Tedric Thompson, and Shaquill Griffin played all 76 snaps. Tre Flowers missed 2 snaps. Jarran Reed and Frank Clark both topped 70% of snaps. Wagner, Austin Calitro, and Justin Coleman all hit double-digit tackles. Wagner contributed 8 solos, 4 assists, 2 TFLs, 1.0 sack, and 2 PDs including a 98-yard pick-six. Coleman added 8 solos, 2 assists, 1 PD, and 0.5 sack on 48 snaps. Calitro finished with 7 solos, 3 assists, and 2 TFLs on 40 snaps. McDougald tallied 8 solos and 1 assist. With KJ Wright missing more time, Calitro and Barkevious Mingo are splitting time.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lavonte David, Ryan Smith, and De’Vante Harris played all 70 snaps. To demonstrate how much injuries have whittled away the Bucs DB depth chart, Harris had played 10 total defensive snaps on the season through the first 12 weeks. Nickel CB Javien Elliott was on the field for 66 snaps, 94%. Fourth Round rookie Jordan Whitehead, Carl Nassib, Adarius Taylor, Gerald McCoy, and Jason Pierre-Paul crossed the 80% threshold. David led the way with 20 solos, 2 assists, 1 PD, and 1.0 sack. Whitehead continued producing with Justin Evans’ return with 7 total tackles. Evans was limited to 25 snaps. JPP ended with 3 solos and 1.0 sack. That’s 11.5 sacks on the season. His career best was 16.5 in his sophomore season back in 2011. Vinny Curry appears to have lost his job to Nassib. Curry only played 25 snaps in his 2nd game back. Tampa Bay came into this game with 3 interceptions on the season. Former UDFA Andrew Adams had 3 picks in this game.
Mason Foster, DJ Swearinger, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Josh Norman played all 75 snaps. Zach Brown topped 90% of snaps. Da’Ron Payne, Preston Smith, and Greg Stroman crossed the 80% threshold. Ryan Kerrigan and Jonathan Allen topped 70% of snaps while Fabian Moreau missed the 70% threshold by 1 snap. Brown finished with 8 solos, 1 assist, and 2 TFLs. Moreau added 7 solos, 2 assists, and 2 PDs. HHCD and Stroman each contributed 7 total tackles.
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