Snap Count Observations: Week 12
For many leagues, it’s make-or-break week and many teams are in must-win situations. Looking at some interesting snap counts just might help you paint the full picture of why you should play or bench a certain player. While snap count observations lead the way to J.D. McKissic, it also kept Ricky Seals-Jones on the waiver wire. Remember, neither box scores or snap counts tell the whole story, but simply gives some insight to make well-informed decisions.
Jermaine Gresham 68% / Troy Niklas 37% / Ricky Seals-Jones 23%
Ricky Seals-Jones continued his outlier efficiency, but clearly has built some rapport with Blaine Gabbert and continues his trend of growing snap counts. This week he played just 17 snaps out of 73 possible, but lead the team in receptions (4) and receiving yardage (72). Was the second most targeted player (6) behind Larry Fitzgerald (8) and scored his third TD in two weeks. Surprisingly, his TDs are not goalline luck either, scoring from 11, 28 and 29 yards out. Most people didn’t chase the Week 11 outlier performance, leaving him available in over 98% of leagues. He’s worth a look down the stretch for TE Streamers.
Seth Roberts 84% / Johnny Holton 68% / Cordarrelle Patterson 54%
Michael Crabtree will be suspended for Week 13 and Amari Cooper may miss the game due to a concussion. Those two things leave Seth Roberts to be the defacto WR1, who’s currently available in 99.7% of ESPN leagues.
Devontae Booker 44% / C.J. Anderson 32% / Jamaal Charles 25%
Two weeks ago, I pointed out that Devontae Booker’s snap share was increasing and taking a chunk out of C.J. Anderson’s role. While he had just one more carry than C.J. Anderson, Booker was the only RB to be targeted in the (inept) passing game. Somehow, Booker is still only owned in 25% of leagues while C.J. Anderson is owned in 83%. Booker is a must roster player down the stretch.
Sammy Watkins 83% / Josh Reynolds 79% / Cooper Kupp 79% / Tavon Austin 35%
Sammy Watkins saw more than 5 targets for the first time since his monster Week 3 Game. He also has a TD in 3 of the last 4 games. There has been a lot of talk about the rookie Josh Reynolds who got his first real action in the passing game. The Rams are running a lot of 3-wide sets, making Josh Reynolds an interesting waiver add for the playoff run.
Josh Doctson 100% / Ryan Grant 69% / Jamison Crowder 52% / Maurice Harris 17%
Jamison Crowder has been on a tear the past four weeks, averaging over 10 targets, 6 receptions and 100 yards. After posting impressive snap counts 3 and 4 weeks ago, he hasn’t exceeded 60% over the past two weeks, yet has been a top WR throughout.
Wayne Gallman 38% / Orleans Darkwa 33% / Shane Vereen 26% / Paul Perkins 2%
The Giants are a mess so take this with a grain of salt, but the recent move at QB indicates they will be looking to see what they have in the depths of their roster. Rookie Wayne Gallman lead the team in snaps last week and may just get a longer look from the front office to see what they have in the rookie. It’s not a place you want to go looking for fantasy production for the rest of the season, but perhaps a solid showing could lead to a nice, cheap keeper for 2018.
Good luck to everyone! May your teams win, your opponents lose (or win as needed) to get you into the playoffs!