Snap Count Observations: Week 15
It’s playoffs time, baby! You better know who is on the field heading into your championship matchup. 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 15.
Jets RBs – Elijah McGuire 75% / Trenton Cannon 31%
Elijah (or Eli in some accounts) McGuire enjoyed a good fantasy week following the news that Isaiah Crowell went to injured reserve before the Week 15 game against the Texans. He rushed 18 times for 42 yards and a touchdown, and also caught three of four targets for 29 yards. Seeing him get 75% of the snaps ahead of rookie Trenton Cannon is a good sign that this is McGuire’s backfield. McGuire and the Jets get to play against the Packers, who have allowed 386 rushing yards in the last three weeks combined. I see him as a solid RB2 for your championship game.
Broncos WRs – DaeSean Hamilton 99% / Courtland Sutton 86% / Tim Patrick 70%
Courtland Sutton was forced from Week 14 due to injury, so I wanted to check back in on the snap splits with all three starting wide receivers in the game. Seeing Hamilton at the top of this list is a good sign going forward for Week 16 and possibly next season. Hamilton saw 12 targets in Week 15, of which he caught 7 for 46 yards. He may not have the same dynamic YAC playstyle that Emmanuel Sanders brought to the table, but not many do. Sutton will likely continue to be mostly a deep threat, but seeing him with 86% of snaps is a good look for him as well.
Titans RBs – Derrick Henry 70% / Dion Lewis 33%
We thought it couldn’t happen again. It did. It might not have been as huge as Week 14, but Derrick Henry crushed it once again. The big man rushed 33 times for 170 yards and two scores against the Giants last week. Not only that, but he played 70% of the snaps — the only time he’s played more than 51.6% all season long. With the Titans playing at home against the Redskins in Week 16, Henry might just put together one more big week to bring home a #FootClanTitle.
Bills WRs – Zay Jones 97% / Robert Foster 83% / Isaiah McKenzie 51%
Zay Jones might be on top of the snap chain for the Bills, but Robert Foster has been making noise recently. Last week he caught four out of five targets for 108 yards and a touchdown. While rookie quarterback Josh Allen might not be the world’s most accurate passer, he sure has a huge arm and can sling the rock. Foster has now had 100 yards or a touchdown in four out of his last five games. With the likes of Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes out of the way, Foster has the snaps and the big play ability to be useful this week against the Patriots in Foxborough.
Raiders WRs – Jordy Nelson 97% / Marcell Ateman 83%/ Seth Roberts 68%
Who would think that old man Jordy could still be getting it done on Jon Gruden’s Raiders this season? Well, last week he saw eight targets, catching six for 88 yards. Not to mention he’s had seven or more targets, six or more receptions, and 48 or more yards in each of his last three bouts. On top of all that, he’s played 90+% of offensive snaps for the Raiders for those three weeks as well. With Martavis Bryant injured and suspended and Cooper enjoying spoils in Dallas, Jordy could clean up the scraps for one more week against the Broncos in Week 16.