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. I will be putting two articles out weekly breaking down the AFC and the NFC. I hope you enjoy! Please note that any negatives are in red font.
- Haason Reddick LB: 59%
Many have long awaited a Reddick breakout; I would hold onto this dream for one or two weeks longer at most. For me, I am trying to trade him purely based on name recognition. Hicks is an IDP stud and should be a player that owners try to trade for immediately.
- Byron Murphy CB: 100%
The rookie is the defacto #1 CB in ARI due to injury and had a great game in week one. I suspect this will continue even when Patrick Peterson returns.
- Deion Jones LB: 62%
Do not panic. I know his snaps were low in week one, but Jones is easily a top 6 LB in all IDP fantasy football. Try and capitalize on owners that may undervalue him due to him underperforming in week one, although this may be unlikely.
- De’Vondre Campbell LB: 100%
Campbell looks to be an every-down linebacker going forward. He should put up solid LB3 with weekly LB2 upside numbers this season.
- Damontae Kazee CB/S: 21%
There were rumblings during the preseason that Kazee would play the LB/S hybrid in nickel formations, this wasn’t the case in week one. Due to Kazee’s CB designation on MFL, feel free to cut him for other waiver wire acquisitions that you are contemplating.
- Brian Burns DE: 57%
This guy is a stud. During the draft process I called him “the next Danielle Hunter”, and throughout the preseason and week, one nothing has changed. It is only a matter of time until he is a DE1, acquire him before the window closes.
- Tre Boston S: 100%
After being signed to the team late into the preseason, Boston has become an every-down player for the Panthers. Rashaan Gaulden is droppable.
- Mario Addison DE: 62%
Addison had a terrible week one performance. Look to trade or drop Addison in the coming weeks, and jump on the Brian Burns train.
- Roy Robertson-Harris DE: 41%
Roy looked explosive week one. He may be a speculative addition for most, temper expectations right off the hop. If he continues his play from week one, he will be a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners. Any pass rusher opposite Khalil Mack gets a bump due to the attention that Mack demands.
- Leonard Floyd LB: 86%
The former first-round pick looked great week one, notching two sacks. The LB tag is a bummer, but in sack heavy leagues he is worth a roster spot.
- Demarcus Lawrence DE: 42%
Despite only playing 31 snaps, Lawrence still put up good numbers week one due to his strip-sack. The low volume of snaps is concerning, but I would expect these to increase next week. Lawrence is still one of the best pass rushers in the league and finding elite 4-3 DEs is becoming rarer every year.
- Kerry Hyder Jr DE: 64%
Hyder played the most snaps of all of the DAL DEs. Hyder had one really good season in DET but has been dealing with injuries the past few seasons. He is worth monitoring, but I doubt he will ever be more than a DE to stream during bye weeks.
- Sean Lee LB: 23%
We all knew this day was coming. As many of us knew last season, Lee’s days as an IDP staple are finished. Feel free to drop him.
- Jeff Heath S: 90%
Heath is a consistently undervalued SS. I feel great having him as my S4 or S5 on dynasty rosters. He is a high floor, low ceiling option for owners needing consistent production. Not to mention, his acquisition cost is extremely low.
- Jahlani Tavai LB: 71%
Tavai’s snaps were inflated due to the Jarrad Davis injury from the preseason. He is a player that I liked during the draft process. He is someone that I would look to acquire for the future. Hopefully, he continues to carve out a role amongst one of the most underwhelming groups of LBs in the NFL.
- Tracy Walker S: 100%
Walker wasn’t on my radar during the beginning of the offseason, until my friend Josh put me on to him. Walker looked like a beast week one and I don’t see any reason for that not to continue. It seems to me that the Lions finally have a nice tandem of safeties. This defense is starting to come together under coach Matt Patricia. There is a chance that Walker is on a few waiver wires.
- Darnell Savage S: 100%
The rookie is already an every-down player for the Packers. Add him to the list of rookie safeties that are making an impact in the NFL this season.
- Ty Summers, BJ Goodson & Oren Burks LB: 0%
Burks is injured, but neither the newly acquired Goodson or the rookie Summers logged a snap. This is a situation to monitor going forward. In all honesty, Blake Martinez is the only member of Green Bay’s front seven that I have any interest in.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
- Eric Weddle S: 39%
I typically try not to panic, but Weddle is a player I would look to sell IMMEDIATELY. Weddle, Taylor Rapp and Marqui Christian all split snaps.
- Anthony Harris S: 100%
Despite playing significantly fewer snaps, Jayron Kearse produced more tackles than Harris week one. Harris had the bigger week for fantasy than Kearse due to his two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Harris seems to have finally broken out over the past season and a half. He is a great addition and should be a solid producer going forward.
- Anthony Barr LB: 100%
Barr got paid in the offseason and had a great week one. In typical Barr fashion, he seems to have huge weeks occasionally, but I expect him to disappear from the box score from week to week. He has never been a reliable week-to-week option for fantasy and 2019 doesn’t seem to be any different. Owners should choose to either pray that this production continues or sell him after his big week one. The “should I start Barr this week” is a situation that I am trying to avoid at all costs.
- Trey Hendrickson DE: 52%
The spark score and FORCE player (Justis Mosqueda’s metric, follow him here @JuMosq) darling had a great week one. He is firmly behind Cameron and Davenport for DE snaps for the Saints. He is worth a deep stash for those who believe in the talent.
- Alex Anzalone LB: 46%
Many were hoping that Anzalone would become the other 3 down LB alongside Demario Davis. Week one proved that Anzalone will split snaps with AJ Klein and Malik Reed. Davis is the only Saints LB that I have any interest in at this point.
NEW YORK GIANTS
- Tae Davis LB: 46%
Many were hoping for Davis to emerge following the trade of BJ Goodson, sadly we will have to wait to see if this comes to fruition. Week one was a bit of a disappointment, but this is a situation to monitor.
- Jabrill Peppers S: 99%
Due to the weakness of this defensive unit in general, coupled with the age of Bathea, Peppers looks to be firmly in the Giants plans going forward at the safety position. I would feel comfortable starting him every week onward, as I suspect the Giants to be down in many games and their defensive unit will face a steady dose of the run. The overall weakness of the LB unit for the Giants will prove to be lucrative for both Bethea and Peppers this season.
- Derek Barnett DE: 82%
Barnett led all Eagles pass rushers in snaps week one. He looks to be the DE to own in Philly. I suspect that Barnett will have a solid LB2 season in 2019.
- Zach Brown LB: 43%
Brown was one of only two LBs for the Eagles to log significant snaps in week one. Brown is not a player I would drop at this point, but a stash or trade is worth considering. I wouldn’t expect him to have an impactful 2019 for owners. Nigel Bradham looks to be the only LB worth starting from this unit in the immediate future.
- Quinton Jefferson DT: 65%
Jefferson was a beast in week one logging 2 solo and 4 assisted tackles, along with 2 sacks and 2 pass defenses. He is an immediate add for leagues that are DT required, just remember that Jarran Reed will be returning from suspension. The return of Reed is something to consider before trading for Jefferson.
- Cody Barton LB: 0%
The only reason I am mentioning Barton at this point has nothing to do with his week one. He is a great player to stash until we figure out what is going to happen with Mychal Kendricks’ (90% of snaps in week one) legal situation in November. Barton had a great preseason and looks to be a stud when his chance comes.
- Jadaveon Clowney DE: 62%
Despite just joining the team, Clowney looks to already be the teams best edge pass rusher. I would expect big things from Clowney going forward.
- Dee Ford (59%) and Nick Bosa (56%) DE:
Arik Armstead out-snapped both 49ers highly touted pass rushers in week one, with five total edge rushers getting in the mix for snaps. This is a situation to watch, but I fully expect Armstead to be firmly behind Bosa and Ford regarding snap counts going forward as both are new to the SF defense and were on the team’s injury report before the game.
- Kwon Alexander LB: 30%
I would completely erase Kwon’s week one performance from your memory, as he was ejected. He is still a stud that you can start weekly with confidence.
- Tarvarius Moore S: 100%
Moore got the start for injured Jimmie Ward and outperformed all 49er safeties with 8 total tackles. I am not excited about any of SF’s safeties. If I had to pick one to roster it would be Tartt.
- Jordan Whitehead S: 100%
Whitehead might’ve been one of my highest acquired players this offseason, and he looked great in week one. If possible, I would look to acquire him.
- Mike Edwards S: 6%
Many were talking about Edwards being the other safety there this season, however, in week one Darian Stewart played 91% of snaps in his place. Justin Evans is also injured and will return at some point. Edwards belongs on taxi squads at this point.
- Deone Bucannon LB: 4%
Simply put, drop him.
- Cole Holcomb LB: 68%
Holcomb looked good, 7 solos and 1 assisted tackle and out-snapped Shaun Dion Hamilton in week one. I have placed my chips on Holcomb over Hamilton this offseason and thus far it looks like this is the right choice as the LB to start alongside Bostic.
- Matt Ioannidis DE: 87%
Johnathan Allen sprained his MCL and is out for the immediate future. The Redskins pass rush is in trouble. Ioannidis didn’t perform well or anything but seems to be the only DL on the roster with a pulse.Follow @dynastradamus Tweets by dynastradamus
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