NFL Snap Count Trends Week 10

  • With Andrew Hawkins out, WR Taylor Gabriel leap frogged Miles Austin and got WR1 snaps, running a pass route on all but one passing play. The Browns are one of the most run first teams in the NFL, but Gabriel is worth a look in pass friendly matchups.
  • Speaking of the Browns, Terrance West led the team in snaps, but with only 36/77. Less than half of snaps is not gonna be great for production, and he could easily be supplanted by Crowell or Tate. Don’t get blinded by West’s great stats last week, the Browns ran the ball 51 times and that is not gonna happen most weeks.
  • Bishop Sankey is getting a nice workload. He played 33/59 snaps last week, but the Titans were down nearly the entire game. Sankey ran the ball 75% of the time the Titans ran a running play, so if we see a more run heavy offense we should see Sankey with a lot more touches. Shonn Greene is out of the picture with 6 snaps last week.
  • It was a true RB by committee last week for the Bills, as Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon, and Bryce Brown all had about equal playing time. Jackson was limited coming off injury, but Brown played quite well and was used mostly in passing downs. He could be someone to keep an eye on, but it seems likely we see Jackson’s workload greatly increase next week.
  • Lamar Miller saw just 11 snaps last week for seemingly no reason. Rookie Damien Williams saw the most snaps with 27. LaMichael James was also promoted from the practice squad today. It looks like the Dolphins want to go a different direction at RB, but we’ll have to wait and see if someone takes a lead role.
  • Despite Reggie Bush returning, Joique Bell still saw a ton of snaps, 46/69. The Lions barely ran the ball, and Bell’s workload should scale with the Lions running more, since Bush and Theo Riddick are not good runners. Bell is worth a look in a good matchup.
  • Frank Gore got an unusual workload, playing 51/70 snaps. It’s usually been a timeshare this season with Carlos Hyde, but given the 49ers struggles there were rumors that Gore would try to carry the team. Given the 49ers win, we are likely to see a similarly high workload for Gore next week.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an odd situation at RB last week. By the end of the game, Charles Sims got most of the running work, and Bobby Rainey played mostly on passing downs. Sims was not very good, so we’ll have to have a wait and see approach for both players.
  • C.J. Anderson filled in fantastically for an injured Ronnie Hillman, playing 44/84 snaps despite Hillman getting injured mid game. It’s unclear how serious Hillman’s injury is, and Montee Ball’s return complicates things, but if Hillman is not back next week Anderson will likely be a strong play.
  • Mychal Rivera led the Raiders in pass routes and receiving fantasy points for the 3rd week in a row. Rivera is an odd TE in the sense that they almost never use him in pass blocking. The entire team was beyond awful last week but Rivera seems to be a very strong play on a really bad Raiders team.
  • Jordan Matthews had a terrific game with 2 TDs and 100+ yards receiving, but still is playing exclusively in the slot and only played a little over half of snaps. He seems to have great rapport with QB Mark Sanchez, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the workload increase. But given he’s a rookie in a complicated offense, I’d say we still see him firmly at WR3.

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