Snap Count Observations: Week 7
“Potential league winner.” A popular term in fantasy circles. Buzzwords or not, it does mean something. League winners are mostly on rosters but rest assured, a handful of them are still on the waiver wire. Even more of them are available via trade as they have not yet produced the way they will. Can snap count observations help us identify these league winners?
Demarcus Robinson 98% / Tyreek Hill 65% / Albert Wilson 53%
Robinson has an enviable skill set and finally has the opportunity to show it. The obvious roadblock is the number of other options on the Chiefs roster. I see two reasons Robinson could become a major fantasy player in coming weeks. First is injury. Injuries suck, but they do happen. If Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill are injured, the team could transition to Robinson as a new weapon. The second reason is already happening. Losing. Andy Reid is creative enough to shift his offense and if they keep losing as they have in the past two games, we could see more attention paid towards players other than the Big 3.
Eric Decker 92% / Rishard Matthews 79% / Taywan Taylor 44%
Titans WRs have not shined this season. Corey Davis is finally healthy and could take over the #1 role. We all remember how a certain rookie won leagues after missing a handful of early season games a few years back. Davis is set up to do exactly what Odell Beckham Jr once did.
Chris Ivory 56% / T.J. Yeldon 34%
Yeldon became a forgotten man very quickly. It was mostly due to his own poor play, but he does have a strong pedigree and has a history of some success in the NFL. Yeldon reminded us all that he is a valuable handcuff and potential difference maker down the road.
Antonio Brown 93% / Martavis Bryant 52% / JuJu Smith-Schuster 45%
Bryant could be the most disappointing fantasy player in 2017. Whether he is traded away or not, I can’t fathom his season being any worse than it has so far. This could be a wise time to approach his disgruntled owners for a trade.
Trent Taylor 70% / Pierre Garcon 70% / Marquise Goodwin 59%
Goodwin has 349 yards and 0 TDs. I think John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are feeling some pressure following a 0-7 start. They are new to the job, so job security isn’t the issue, but the loss to Dallas was eye-opening. They moved away from Brian Hoyer in order to see what their rookie QB, C.J. Beathard could do. They should be down in most games and will allow Beathard to sling it. Goodwin is a deep threat and still relatively young. He will continue to play a lot and I highly doubt he ends the year with 0 TDs.
LeGarrette Blount 38% / Wendell Smallwood 37% / Corey Clement 18%
I can’t be the only person who thinks Clement looks like the best RB on the Eagles. It should be only a matter of time until he gets more of the workload. Jason Peters‘ injury will be a big hindrance to the Eagles offensive success, but his opportunity should become available.