Snap Count Observations: Week 10

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The fantasy football trade deadline is approaching for many leagues. If you cannot pull off a deadline deal, looking to the waiver wire is the key component to a championship run. While snap share does not tell the entire story, it is a good indication of who is on the field and in position to make plays. Here are a few observations from Week 10.

Andre Ellington 54% / Adrian Peterson 45%

Adrian Peterson is clearly dominating the carries for the Arizona Cardinals (21 to 2), however, Andre Ellington still saw nearly half of the offensive snaps. If you’re playing in a PPR league, Ellington’s 6 targets on those snaps are a good indication of involvement in passing downs. The Cardinals never held the lead in this game and it’s not hard to project similar game flows for the rest of the season. Owned in just 15% of ESPN leagues, Ellington is a PPR RB worthy of being on your radar.

Thomas Rawls 46% / JD McKissic 32% / C.J Prosise 21%

Another week, another mess in the Seattle backfield. With C.J. Prosise injuring his (other) ankle in Week 10, J.D. McKissic could continue to see an increased snap share moving forward. During his 32% share of the Week 10 playing time, McKissic matched Thomas Rawls’ yardage on half the carries while being targeted 5 times. He’s only owned in 1.1% of ESPN leagues.

Jamaal Williams 53% / Ty Montgomery 21%  / Aaron Jones 9%

Many owners felt like they won the lottery the first week Aaron Jones broke onto the scene, only to lose him in Week 10 for 3-6 weeks with an MCL injury. Jamaal Williams took over and was on the field for 53% of the Packers offensive plays, receiving 20 carries and 1 target. Ty Montgomery played second fiddle with just 6 carries and 2 targets during his 21% of snaps. Jamaal Williams will be a hot waiver addition for Week 11.

Rod Smith 60% / Alfred Morris 35% / Darren McFadden 2%

Everyone was wondering what the snap share and touch distribution would be in Dallas without Ezekiel Elliott. It appears the hints from the coaches on Rod Smith were legit, finishing with 60% of the snaps played. Alfred Morris led the team with 11 carries, but his lack of passing game ability kept him on the sideline while Rod Smith racked up 6 targets as the Cowboys trailed much of the game. Darren McFadden was the odd man out, with just 2% of snaps.

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Brandin Cooks 97% / Phillip Dorsett 70% / Danny Amendola 39%

Changing teams and learning a new system is never an easy task for a player. Doing so at the beginning of the season makes it even more difficult to earn extensive playing time. That is part of what makes Phillip Dorsett’s 70% snap share in Week 10 an interesting observation. He clearly out snapped Danny Amendola, while trailing him by just 2 targets. The WR position has been highly variable this season, but finding a player on the field for 70% of snaps with Tom Brady at the helm is a good find. Keep your eye on how the Patriots use Dorsett moving forward.

Damien Williams 56% / Kenyan Drake 44%

Miami was another backfield in transition. As was somewhat expected, the Dolphins split touches and time fairly evenly between Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake. Drake scored a long TD, but Williams led in snaps share and touches. This even split of snaps and touches caps both players as TD-dependent flex options.