The playoffs are here! Can you believe we’ve already completed the “regular” season for most fantasy football leagues? If you’re like me, you’re looking back your season wondering where it went (and what went wrong with so many high-profile teams and players!). It has been a tumultuous season and Week 13 kept pace with the rest of the season, seeing some key players get suspended for Week 14. Hopefully, you locked up a bye week but if not, take a look at some of these snap counts if you need a last-minute roster move!
Mike Davis 73% / J.D. McKissic 15% / Thomas Rawls 5% / Eddie Lacy 5%
Welcome back, Mike Davis! After looking great in a short appearance in Week 11, Davis returned in Week 13 to clearly be the lead back for the Seahawks. What stands out is his usage in the passing game, catching all 4 targets. Combining his Week 11 and 13, he has caught all 6 targets for 78 yards. While the Seattle backfield has been a real nightmare this season, Davis could become a fantasy hero for the 2017 playoffs. J.D. McKissic caught a late TD, but Davis had a clear lead in snaps, carries, and targets; also known as a bellcow workload. Davis is available on waiver wires in an astounding 84% of ESPN leagues. He’s a must add for the playoffs!
Lamar Miller 58% / Andre Ellington 58% / Alfred Blue 11%
Remember when Andre Ellington was moved to WR for short time in Arizona? It appears the Texans plan for Andre Ellington to be active in the passing game (6 targets). He was on the field at the same time as Lamar Miller and he should continue to see plenty of snaps and targets due to his cousin, WR Bruce Ellington, and TE C.J. Fiedorowicz being placed on IR. Andre Ellington is a very interesting PPR league roster stash who should be available on most waiver wires.
Samaje Perine 57% / Byron Marshall 43%
The Cowboys took the lead early in the second quarter and never trailed for the remainder of the game, which led to Byron Marshall seeing a solid snap share and 6 targets in the passing game. Marshall is by no means going to replicate Chris Thompson‘s performances nor unseat Samaje Perine, but may be worth a roster stash for the playoffs.
Josh Doctson 100% / Ryan Grant 88% / Jamison Crowder 82%
Sticking with the Dallas-Washington game, Ryan Grant had a great game and scored the Redskins first points right before halftime. While playing from behind most of the game, the Redskins clearly ran a lot of 3-WR sets. Grant’s performance was great, but this game was the first time he exceeded 3 targets since Week 8 when the Redskins played…the Dallas Cowboys.
Jerick McKinnon 53% / Latavius Murray 45%
Jerick McKinnon scored the first TD of the game giving the Vikings a lead they wouldn’t relent until a 3rd Quarter FG put the Falcons up by 2. The snap split is clear and both players are quality RB2/Flex plays. Whichever player scores a TD (or two!) will push for backend RB1 points.
James White 40% / Dion Lewis 37% / Rex Burkhead 31%
A few things are a certainty: Life, Death, Taxes & a messy Patriots backfield. James White led the way in snap share and targets while Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead split rushing work almost evenly. Burkhead got the call in the red zone in the 4th Quarter to seal the victory. All three RBs are worthy of starts, but figuring out which one will lead the fantasy point scoring is a fool’s errand.
Jordan Howard 59% / Tarik Cohen 43% / Benny Cunningham 19%
For some inexplicable reason, John Fox was giving Benny Cunningham more work than the electric rookie Tarik Cohen. While Cohen’s snap share has increased, he’s still only getting a few carries and targets each game. He has somehow found a way to score flex-worthy points in most weeks, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable hitching my championship hopes to that wagon.
Good Luck to everyone in the first round of the playoffs!