Snap counts are a great indicator of player progression and usage. Production doesn’t always follow, but for the most part, the two are synonymous. This can present a buy low or sell high opportunity, when a player has a high snap count and low production, and vice versa. Snap counts are a great source of information to gain an edge over league mates who don’t pay attention to player usage and snaps, and only the box score.
- Brandon Williams DT: 0%
Williams was held out due to an injury. Patrick Ricard (51%) filled in and did not manage to show up on the box score. Michael Pierce (77%) had another strong showing and is a viable option in DT required leagues for teams with a hole at the position.
- Kenny Young (33%) and Chris Board (33%) LB:
Last week I thought the Ravens had finally figured out the LB spot next to Patrick Onwuasor (88%) by giving Young most snaps. I was wrong. At this point, I would cut bait on both unless owners feel particularly strong about either-or. Neither of them is a player that I feel would confident starting. The Ravens also worked out veteran LB Mason Foster this week and signed LB Josh Bynes.
- Jaylon Ferguson OLB: 32%
The Ravens waived Tim Williams this week, so look for Ferguson to see an increase in snaps going forward. This is a situation to monitor, as the Ravens could really use the rookie’s ability to rush the passer.
- Tony Jefferson S: 100%
Both Jefferson and Earl Thomas have been much better for fantasy as of late, but the big news with Jefferson lies with him taking over the huddle in week 4. Jefferson wore the green-dot on his helmet and immediately had his most productive game of the year. If he is on waivers, though unlikely, he is an absolute add.
- No usage changes worthy of note, the Buffalo Bills defense seems to have consistent usage for all its IDP relevant players. Until there is an injury, I wouldn’t expect much news from this team.
- No usage changes worthy of note this week.
- Mack Wilson LB: 100%
Wilson had a great week again, feel free to start him every week.
- Damarious Randall S: 100%
Randall returned in week four and immediately had an impact with 3 total tackles and a sack. He is a solid safety option going forward as I would expect his production to increase.
- Bradley Chubb LB: 87%
The Broncos lost Chubb for the season with a knee injury. The Denver defense is in trouble going forward as they also lost Josey Jewell with a hamstring injury and is yet to practice this week. In addition to the Chubb and Jewell injuries, Kareem Jackson is also hurt and was inactive against the Jaguars.
- No usage changes worthy of note this week.
- Jabaal Sheard DE: 51%
Sheard returned to action in week four and had 4 solo tackles during his modest usage against the Raiders. If he is on waivers, he is someone I am looking to add. I would expect his usage to increase going forward.
- Khari Willis S: 100%
As per last week’s article, Willis was someone I was looking to add. Willis had 9 total tackles, a pass defended and a tackle for a loss in his first start. I would expect him to continue to produce going forward and is someone I am starting this week versus KC.
- Jalen Ramsey CB: 0%
The Jaguars are refusing to trade him, and Ramsey seems content with not suiting up for them. This is a situation to monitor, Tre Herndon (100%) filled in during his absence.
- Derrick Nnadi DT: 52%
Nnadi had a great week with 9 total tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. He is someone I would look to add, and stash, if I am thin in DT required leagues.
- Damien Wilson LB: 78%
Personally, he is the LB that I am looking to own in KC. He is essentially free in most leagues and has been putting up solid numbers. This past weekend he had 8 total tackles and a tackle for a loss.
- Drue Tranquill LB: 19%
Tranquill saw his first game action in week 4, only playing 10 snaps. In those snaps, he managed to log 3 total tackles. The rookie belongs on your taxi squad, but it is nice to see him getting some playing time.
- Melvin Ingram DE: 15%
Ingram was hurt in week 4, and it has been reported that he will have a multi-week absence due to the hamstring injury. There is nobody on the roster that will come close to matching his production while filling in for him. Isaac Rochell (29%) filled in for Joey Bosa while he missed time last year but had only a few games that were viable for fantasy. The other player that will likely see increased usage in Ingram’s absence is second-year player Uchenna Nwosu (79%).
- Steven Parker S: 99%
Parker got the call with McCain injured and Fitzpatrick having been traded to Pittsburgh. Despite playing almost every snap, Parker was relatively unproductive for fantasy purposes.
- Taco Charlton DE: 72%
Charlton logged the most snaps of all Dolphin’s DEs in his second game with the club. Charlton had a phenomenal game with 6 total tackles and a sack. Taco now has 2 sacks in 2 appearances for the lowly Dolphins.
- Jamie Collins Jr: 100%
Collins looks like the player he once was in his previous tenure in New England. He seems to now be an every-down linebacker for the Patriots and a locked-in every week started for fantasy teams. If he is on your roster, outside of Shaq Barrett and possible Tracy Walker, he may be the biggest IDP surprise of the season.
- Quinnen Williams DT: 0%
Williams should return for the Jets in week 5. I wouldn’t start him against the Eagles unless I am desperate at the position. However, it will be nice to see him back on the field.
- CJ Mosley LB: 0%
Mosley looks to be out again in week 5, I would feel confident starting both Hewitt and Cashman if needed.
- Maxx Crosby DE: 58%
The rookie saw his most snaps of the season thus far in week 4, logging 2 solo tackles, a forced fumble, and 2 pass defenses. The Raiders seem to be high on the rookie, and he is a great stash in deeper leagues.
- Vontaze Burfict LB: 22%
Burfict has been suspended for the season due to his hit on TE Jack Doyle. Although he is appealing the suspension, as a previous offender it is likely that the suspension is lengthy if not completely upheld. Nicholas Morrow (79%) seems to be who the Raiders plan on using, alongside Tahir Whitehead (91%), to fill the void left by the Burfict suspension. Whitehead is the only Raiders LB that I am interested in going forward and would start him with confidence moving forward.
- 9 sacks in week 4 aside, there is nothing to report on the Steelers defense as far as usage is concerned.
- Other than Harold Landry continuing his strong second-year performance there is nothing new of note worth mentioning.
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