Daily Fantasy NFL: Playing Time Watch

The more time a player spends on the field, the more fantasy points we can expect them to score. For this article, I look at snap data and see what good players are getting increased or decreased playing time to help find good targets for Week 7 and beyond.

  • Despite TY Hilton’s huge game last week, he ran 6 less pass routes than fellow teammate Reggie Wayne. Wayne is getting older but the talent is still there. He seems to be equal to Hilton as a fantasy option despite less production so far.
  • Jerick McKinnon saw way more playing time than anyone expected, 47/69 snaps for a solid workload. It looks like the Vikings see McKinnon as the future, and want to start having him build rapport with rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater. Forget about Matt Asiata, and play McKinnon in a good matchup.
  • Arian Foster played around 75% of snaps in his last healthy season in 2012, but was a workhorse last week with 47/54 snaps.
  • Andrew Hawkins only played slightly over 50% of snaps last week, down from nearly 100%. Cleveland elected to go with a lot of 1 and 0 WR sets, with Jordan Cameron running the most pass routes and playing almost every snap. Cameron seems like he’s finally healthy, and if the Browns continue to go with a heavy package, we could expect a lot of production from him.
  • Davante Adams played 62/80 snaps, only running 3 less pass routes than Cobb and Nelson. It’ll be interesting to see if the Packers continue to go with so many 3 WR sets throughout the season, or if this was a one game fluke.
  • Greg Jennings continues to see the most WR snaps for the Vikings, running a pass route on every pass play.
  • Ronnie Hillman saw more work than expected, 56/74 snaps against the Jets. It looks like the Broncos may not go with as much of a running back by committee and use Hillman predominantly.
  • Allen Robinson continues to move up the depth chart, getting WR1 snaps last week despite the return of Cecil Shorts, who was 2nd on the team.
  • Bishop Sankey only received 50% of snaps last week, as the Titans gave Dexter McCluster most of the passing down work and used Sankey mostly as a runner. The Titans were up the entire game so its hard to expect a bigger workload from Sankey.
  • Jordan Reed only got 35 out of 65 snaps last week for the Redskins, but that was expected coming back from injury. Expect Reed to move upwards of 90% this week against the Titans.
  • Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham saw almost every snap last week, and with Cruz now out they both should continue that workload.
  • Benny Cunningham continues to get more work despite not starting at RB for the Rams. This is the 3rd straight week he has seen over 50% of snaps, and should be a good play in a good matchup. May be worth a pickup in a season long league.

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