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. Please note that any negatives are in red font.
Kenny Young LB: 59%
Kenny Young saw a big jump in snaps in week 3. Owners have been waiting for one of the two to separate, it seems to be that Young has done that and will continue to get the nod at WLB for the Ravens. Chris Board is droppable.
Pernell McPhee OLB: 82%
McPhee has seen a steady increase every week since the first game of the season. McPhee’s usage increase has come at the expense of Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser. Note that rookie Jaylon Ferguson (13%) saw his first defensive snaps of the year.
No usage changes were worthy of note.
Carl Lawson DE: 0%
Carl Lawson seems to be the Devante Parker of DEs. The man is an absolute physical specimen but cannot seem to put it to use on the football field. His inability to produce combined with the injuries he is dealing with has me dropping my shares of him.
Larry Ogunjobi DT: 80%
Larry has looked great thus far this year. He has solidified himself as a top 10 DT in dynasty leagues. If the Cleveland offense heats up and they put the defense in some positive game scripts where the defense can really pin their ears back, his sack numbers could increase greatly.
Mack Wilson LB: 100%
Christian Kirksey went on IR in the middle of the week and Mack Wilson got the call and performed respectably in week 3, with 5 combined tackles. Mack Wilson is a must-own if on your waiver wire league and could have LB2 upside. For me he is not a must start yet, but I am patiently waiting. I would look to move him and another piece for a struggling star, like BUF LB Edmunds.
Damarious Randall S: 0%
Randall looks to be returning any week now. If he is on waivers, he is a must-add, especially with the loss of Kirksey in front of him.
Todd Davis LB: 98%
As noted in last week’s article, upon Davis’ return he would be the ILB to own in Denver. In his return from injury, he dominated in snaps. Davis was great last year, if he returns to form, he could post low-end LB1/high end LB2 numbers. Safe to say that I am bullish on him.
Whitney Mercilus LB: 95%
Mercilus seems to completely have filled the void left by the trade of Clowney. He has a sack in every game this season and 4 total sacks on the year. If Mercilus can stay on a roll he will be a league winner in sack heavy rewarded leagues. He should be owned in all IDP dynasty leagues.
JJ Watt DE: 95%
After being completely shut out in week one, many were wondering if the days of him being an elite IDP asset were over. Watt showed up in a big way for his owners in week three, notching two sacks. With Mercilus providing pressure, teams now have another player to scheme against which is opening things up for Watt.
Jahleel Addae S: 44%
Addae has seen his snaps increase each week this season. His usage is something to monitor. If Justin Reid (88%) or Tashaun Gipson (100%) were to ever get injured, Addae would be the immediate heir apparent. At this point, I would leave Addae on waivers.
Bobby Okereke: 90%
Darius Leonard was held out of action due to injury, and the rookie had 8 total tackles. Okereke will be solidly in the plans of the Colts for the future, lining up next to Leonard for years to come. For now, owners should stash Okereke on their benches until the production increases.
Anthony Walker LB: 100%
Walker started at WLB and had 15 total tackles. With Leonard still dealing with a concussion, this is a situation to watch closely, if Leonard is unable to play Walker is a must-start.
Khari Willis S: 44%
Malik Hooker was put on IR with a torn meniscus, look for Willis to see his workload heavily increase going forward. Willis is a solid streaming option in season long and is bench depth in dynasty.
Yannick Ngakoue DE: 80%
Yannick returned to action in week 3 and lead all Jacksonville DEs in snaps. However, the immortal Calais Campbell dominated and had 3 sacks. Allen and Ngakoue are the future, with Calais performing the way he is I would look to move him. I do believe he will continue to have a great 2019 but I am a strong proprietor of selling a player a year early than a year late in dynasty. Josh Allen is my favorite Jaguars DE to own.
Quincy Williams LB: 99%
I truly believe that when it comes to Williams that his situation outweighs his talent. I know this is somewhat of a hot take, but what I’ve seen on film doesn’t strike me a special. Quincy Williams is a player I am looking to trade for a profit.
Jalen Ramsey CB: 100%
First, he was sick and now he has proclaimed himself as injured. Ramsey clearly wants out of Jacksonville. If he is moved, I would suspect the Jaguars would need to address their current CB situation. I would expect them to bring in-depth.
Myles Jack LB: 48%
Coming off a big week 2 performance against the Texans, Jack was looking to build on his momentum in week 3. Sadly, Jack ended up in the concussion protocol. This is a situation to monitor, when he is cleared to play, he obviously belongs in the starting lineup of all fantasy teams.
Other than Frank Clark grossly underperforming, there is nothing new of note. Damien Wilson continues to impress, despite flying under the radar in most fantasy leagues. He is worth a waiver wire add if available.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Nasir Adderley S: 0%
Well, I was wrong. I expected Adderley to step up in the absence of both Derwin James and Adrian Phillips, but it was Roderic Teamer (100%) who got the call. Teamer had a good week posting 6 solo and 1 assisted tackle. He is worth an add in most formats.
Denzel Perryman LB: 63%
Perryman has seemed to supplant Kyzir White from the Chargers starting lineup. If he is on waivers in your league, he is worth an add. For the time being, Thomas Davis is the only Chargers linebacker that I would feel confident starting until we see Perryman become an every-down linebacker. Please note that Davis is long in the tooth, so if you are not a championship-caliber team, he is a primary trade candidate for you.
The S Void:
The Dolphins traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers last week as they continue their roster overhaul. The Dolphins used a plethora of CBs to fill the void in combination with the use of Steven Parker (54%) had the second-most snaps of the Miami safeties. The Dolphins roster may be one of the worst squads in NFL history.
Raekwon McMillan LB: 29%
McMillan is someone that I am looking to get off all of my rosters via trade or drop.
Jamie Collins Jr: 76%
Collins had another very strong performance in week three. Collins Jr. posted 7 combined tackles, 3 of which were tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and a pass defense. Even though the increase has been minor, Collins’ usage has increased every week. He continues to be a must-start going forward, even on a slightly lower snap count than we would like to see.
NEW YORK JETS
No usage changes worthy of note, the CJ Mosley injury and his potential return is something to monitor. Cashman’s performance has been solid enough to question a potential rotation at LB when Mosley does return.
Karl Joseph S: 100%
Joseph is the safety to own in Oakland going forward. His usage indicates that the Raiders staff believes that he is their best healthy safety on the roster in Abram’s absence.
Minkah Fitzpatrick S: 100%
Minkah is just what the doctors ordered. Only with the team for one week he came in and dominated as an every-down safety. STATS WOW
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