Snap Count Observations: Week 13
It’s playoffs time, baby! You better know who is on the field heading into Week 14. Remember, snaps lead to opportunity, opportunity leads to production, production leads to fantasy points, and fantasy points lead to #FootClanTitles (not the dark side!). Let’s get into some interesting snap count situations from Week 13.
Panthers WRs – D.J. Moore 94% / Curtis Samuel 83% / Jarius Wright 56% / Devin Funchess 46%
Even though Cam Newton mostly struggled in this game, throwing four interceptions, he still had 41 pass attempts and that led to 300 yards passing and two touchdowns. The main receiver this week was Curtis Samuel with six receptions for 88 yards on 11 targets. I say ‘this week’ because it seems to be alternating between Moore and Samuel for big weeks. Moore posted just four receptions for 44 yards on eight targets, but this is now his third week in a row with eight or more targets. Samuels had just two targets and one rush attempt last week against the Seahawks. I would consider Moore to be much more reliable as a playoff start. The Panthers will play the Browns, the Saints and the Falcons in these next three weeks, so buckle up and ride Moore to your championship!
Ravens RBs – Gus Edwards 49% / Ty Montgomery 33% / Kenneth Dixon 21%
All aboard the Gus Bus! Another solid week for him, especially considering he was limited in practice last week with an ankle injury. In this game against the Falcons, Gus had 21 carries for 82 yards. This is now his second game in a row with 20 or more carries and he trails only Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, and David Johnson in carries over the last three games with 61. Ty Montgomery got some work in the passing game as well, catching five of his seven targets for 42 yards and he also added 13 yards rushing on three attempts. Dixon was rotated in sub-frequently but made the most of it, he rushed eight times for 37 yards and caught his lone targets for six yards. The Ravens have the easiest remaining schedule in rushing defensive metrics by Sharp football stats. Jump on that Gus Bus!
Chiefs RBs – Spencer Ware 69% / Damien Williams 26% / Darrel Williams 4%
With Kareem Hunt officially gone, Spencer Ware stepped in as the lead dog of this backfield for Week 13. Ware rushed 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown, as well as catching one target for 5 yards. He might not be as elusive as Hunt, but Ware is fully capable of getting the job done on the ground. It should be noted that the Chiefs worked out free agent running back C.J. Anderson this week, but ultimately decided to sign former Chief Charcandrick West as a depth move. This gives me full confidence in Spencer Ware as the top option in this backfield. Damien Williams did get used to catch two passes out of the backfield and he also rushed five times for 38 yards. The coaching staff said that they would use all three running backs, but the snaps and the opportunity points to Ware.
Eagles WRs – Alshon Jeffery 88% / Nelson Agholor 87% / Golden Tate 48% / Jordan Matthews 28%
Week 13 was Golden Tate‘s week. Not that anyone expected it. Tate caught all seven of his targets for 85 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins. Jeffery was limited to three catches for 31 yards and Agholor caught four of eight targets for 56 yards. It was nice to see Carson Wentz find his stride a little bit in this game, throwing for 306 yards and two touchdowns. With that being said, it’s going to be difficult to trust any of the receivers on this team going forward. Not to mention, Zach Ertz continues to be the teams most targeted player. This week the Eagles play the stout Cowboys defense, so temper expectations for pass-catchers outside of Ertz.
49ers WRs – Dante Pettis 93% / Kendrick Bourne 88% / Richie James 39% / Trent Taylor 30%
Mr. Pettis, have a day. Dante Pettis caught five of seven targets for 129 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard scoring strike in the 4th quarter. Nick Mullens threw for 414 yards and two touchdowns, both to Pettis, so the two seem to have created a connection over the last few weeks. In the last three weeks, Pettis has had six or more targets and four or more receptions every game. It should be noted that both Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon have been absent since Week 10, so should either of them rejoin the lineup in Week 14, you might need to think twice about starting Pettis. Bourne also caught four of his six targets for 60 yards, but he seems to be the secondary option to Pettis with Garcon and Goodwin out.