Snap Count Observations: Week 5
In the war of attrition that is 2017 fantasy football, staying afloat is imperative. Developing meaningful depth could pay dividends as always, but more importantly, it could cripple other teams who have suffered one of the many seismic injuries. The hits keep coming, try to stay ahead of the curve rather than following the herd. Injuries and a trade are the main topics this week, but as always, we can learn from snap counts.
Nick O’Leary 84% / Logan Thomas 29% / Charles Clay 19%
Clay will miss multiple weeks following knee surgery. O’Leary has been on deep league radars since entering the league out of Florida State in 2015. He has not emerged as a pass-catching option to date but with this clear opportunity in front of him, we may finally see him flash. The Bills are on bye this week, so wait until next week to add him if you don’t have an open roster spot.
Matt Breida 49% / Carlos Hyde 46%
What a roller coaster ride for Hyde. In the summer, Joe Williams was supposed to take his job. Then, around training camp, Breida was emerging as a better option. Suddenly, Hyde looked great in preseason, reminding us that he is still a very good football player. Now, just 5 weeks into the season, he is being phased out by Breida. This was a situation I stayed away from but thought Hyde could be a nice value. Both are a hold right now, but Breida could actually be a sell high candidate.
Aaron Jones 88% / Jamaal Williams 3%
Jones stepped directly into Montgomery’s role. It makes me wonder what will happen once Montgomery is healthy. Jones is being lauded by the media right now and I think it is out of control. He is the ultimate sell high candidate.
Frank Gore 51% / Robert Turbin 28% / Marlon Mack 22%
Mack looked explosive. Gore is not the kind of player that gets benched, but he will see less carries going forward. It is actually a good situation for both backs.
Marvin Jones 95% / Golden Tate 90% / T.J. Jones 66%
Marvin Jones has not broken loose this season (184 yards and 2 TDs), but his battles against top CBs thus far has been well documented. I am making a move for him immediately. The Lions running game is once again non-existent and we know Stafford can and will sling it many times a game if need be. My early prediction is M. Jones blows up on Thanksgiving. We all know how nice it is to have a huge fantasy day while gobbling up some turkey. Get him now before it is too late.
Kenny Stills 86% / Jarvis Landry 83%/ DeVante Parker 5%
How long can Adam Gase and the Dolphins trot Jay Cutler on the field while playing so poorly? Matt Moore is a solid NFL QB and when he gets the nod, all Miami WRs will jump in value. With Parker’s injury, albeit minor, his value could be at an all-time low, meaning now is the time to strike for him.
Andre Ellington 52% / Chris Johnson 40% / Kerwynn Williams 8%
The Cardinals running game was not working since David Johnson‘s injury. The trade for Adrian Peterson seems like a perfect fit. Ellington could keep some value as a pass catcher, but Johnson has been released and is most likely done in the NFL.