Snap Count Observations from Week 11
We are down to the home-stretch. Most leagues have just two games left to secure your playoff spot and start the journey to your #FootClanTitle. In Week 11, we lost an RB2 to injury but may have gained a few new RB2s to fill in the gap. There are probably a few players on waivers right now that are going to be a part of your, or someone else’s, title run. Making the right add starts with dissecting Week 11’s playing time and how it will affect a player’s fantasy prospects heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Chris Godwin. That’s it. This is the first week of the season that only one player (RB/WR/TE) makes the list for playing every offensive snap in his team’s game. Surprisingly, this is Godwin’s first time making the list during his breakout campaign.
Week 11 Snap Count Observations
Arizona Cardinals RBs (Kenyan Drake 61, David Johnson 9)
Someone may want to remind Kliff Kingsbury what a committee is. Two RBs played in this game, one of them touched the ball…and it wasn’t the one you drafted in the first two rounds of your fantasy draft. I pronounced DJ’s 2019 dead last week and it appears Kingsbury put the nail in that coffin. The Cardinals have a Week 12 bye and it is impossible to start Johnson if your playoffs hang in the balance. Drake is doing all the things we thought DJ would is a solid RB2 in this offense.
Detroit Lions RBs (Bo Scarbrough 32, Ty Johnson 19, JD McKissic 15)
And the next RB to come in and spoil all that FAAB you blew on Ty Johnson is former Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough. Playing in his NFL debut, he was drafted in 2018 by the Cowboys, Scarbrough turned 14 carries into 55 yards and a TD. Ty Johnson came into this game questionable with concussion symptoms and questionable is the best way to describe him after the game. He had three total touches for six total yards. McKissic continues to be the most “consistent” back, again taking all passing down work. Still hard to trust a Detroit RB but if you can guess who the lead guy will be, he might be an RB2.
Indianapolis Colts RBs (Jonathan Williams 31, Nyheim Hines 24, Marlon Mack 21)
There will be a Detroit-like FAAB rush on Williams after this game but please note three things:
- Hines is the passing-down back
- Jordan Wilkins did not play in this game
- Not every Colts game will be a blowout
Williams had a couple of nice carries before Mack even got hurt and took over completely after Mack exited. He ended the game with 13 carries for 116 yards. Mack had 14 carries for 109 yards and a TD before leaving in the 2nd quarter. Much like the Detroit situation, Hines handled all the passing-down work. Williams could be a nice RB2 for the next couple of weeks…or he could be Ty Johnson, but you can’t save your FAAB for next year so he is worth a bid.
San Francisco 49ers RBs (Tevin Coleman 38, Raheem Mostert 38, Jeff Wilson Jr 1)
Arizona just has Tevin Coleman’s number. In his two games vs the Cardinals, Coleman has 24 carries for 37 yards and five receptions for 61 yards. The fact that he split carries with Mostert while Brieda was hurt further damages his fantasy stock. Neither back did much of anything in this game so time will tell how this all shakes out. Do you know who did do something? “My name is Jeff!” Jeff Wilson played one snap. On said snap, he caught a quick pass out of the backfield and turned it upfield for a 25-yard, game-winning TD.
Washington Redskins RBs (Wendell Smallwood 31, Derrius Guice 20, Adrian Peterson 17)
It wasn’t a great game for Washington but for those looking for signs of life out of Derrius Guice, it was a step in the right direction. In his first game back since getting hurt again in Week 1, Guice did something no Washington RB has done since Week 2, scored a TD. It was a screen-play that he took 45 yards to the house and looked pretty solid doing it. The Redskins are a trainwreck but Guice has RB2 potential if they are gonna hand him the reins. Smallwood played the most snaps but only had one touch and Peterson had a team-leading 11 touches despite playing the fewest snaps. Four of the Redskins’ next five opponents give up top-10 points to fantasy RBs, so if Guice takes snaps from Smallwood and touches from AP, he could be an RB2 to end the year.
New England Patriots WRs (Julian Edelman 66, Mohamed Sanu 41, Phillip Dorsett 34, N’Keal Harry 32)
Harry was eased into action in his first professional game but still played 43% of snaps and caught three balls. The Patriots WRs never really got going against Philly’s suspect pass defense but Harry could be a player to watch moving forward. Edelman is clearly the WR1 here, but the Pats play a lot of 3-WR sets and Harry could end being “the guy” on the outside. Sanu played fewer snaps this week than he did in his Patriots debut and Dorsett’s snaps were way down from Week 9 as well. As Harry grows into his role, he has WR2 written all over him.
Dallas Cowboys WRs (Michael Gallup 61, Randall Cobb 46, Amari Cooper 41)
As Cooper struggles with staying on the field, Gallup is starting to look like a legit WR1. Gallup was targeted 13 times in this game, making it 23 targets over the last two weeks. In those two weeks, he has played about 85% of the snaps and has a 13/224/1 stat line. Cooper continues to fight through his knee injury and will still be on the field but that may just free things up even more for Gallup. Cobb has looked solid and played at least 62% of the snaps in each of the last three weeks.
Baltimore Ravens WRs (Seth Roberts 46, Willie Snead 42, Marquise Brown 38, Miles Boykin 24)
Baltimore is a conundrum. As good as Lamar Jackson has been as a QB, it really hasn’t benefited any of his WRs. This week, Roberts led the group in snaps but was only targeted one time. He scored a TD on that one target though. Marquise Brown has flashed fantasy WR1 ability this season but hasn’t played more than 70% of the team’s snaps in a single game since Week 4. As a matter of fact, no Baltimore WR has played more than 70% snaps in a game since both he and Snead did it back in Week 4. John Harbaugh does not care about your fantasy team.
Los Angeles Rams TEs (Tyler Higbee 42, Johnny Mundt 38, Gerald Everett 11)
There was a time when it looked like Gerald Everett was going to fill the void that existed in fantasy TEs. Now he is being out-snapped by Johnny Mundt. Everett was still the only TE targeted in the passing game but the result was one target for one catch and 20 yards. He is still the pass-catching TE for the Rams but that is far from comforting his owners, who have suffered through six games with four or fewer fantasy points. There is hope that he is still the guy that gave you eight catches for 68 yards just a week ago but as the Rams WRs get healthy, it is not looking good.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TEs (Cameron Brate 51, OJ Howard 17)
If OJ Howard could play the Cardinals every week, he may have been a top-10 TE…maybe. Just one week removed from torching Arizona, Howard was benched after a drop that led to one of Jameis Winston‘s four INTs. Brate was targeted 14 times this week and could easily be a TE1 in fantasy if he is unopposed by Howard for playing time. The Bucs will certainly be throwing a ton and could use a TE that actually catches the ball.
Snap Count Info from FantasyData.com