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NFL Snap Count Trends Week 16

  • Dontrelle Inman ended up getting 55/85 snaps for the San Diego Chargers at WR, even though he wasn’t a starter. Eddie Royal benefited most from Keenan Allen’s absence, playing nearly every snap. Despite Royal being exclusively a slot receiver, the Chargers worked out of 3 wide receiver sets exclusively in a game where they trailed heavily.
  • With Carlos Hyde injured, Frank Gore got the vast majority of snaps at RB, 56/72. The heavy workload should continue if Hyde is out next week.
  • Zach Ertz got a career high in snaps to go along with the best fantasy game of his career. Jordan Matthews had the lowest snap percentage he’s had since early in the season, with only 49/91. Ertz may not get as many snaps next week, but he’s certainly trending upward.
  • Terrance West inexplicably had 0 snaps for the Browns, while Isaiah Crowell led the backfield with 35/47 snaps. Crowell is likely to get the majority of snaps in Week 17, but it’s certainly not a lock. It probably doesn’t matter in a tough matchup against the Ravens.
  • With Steven Jackson hurt mid game, Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers filled in the snaps about equally, with Rodgers getting the majority of runs and Freeman getting most of the passing downs. Rodgers seems like the stronger play if Jackson is out this week.
  • In T.Y. Hilton’s absence, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief both saw a huge increase in snaps, with Nicks surprisingly outproducing and outsnapping Moncrief. T.Y. Hilton is expected to be back next week, and while Moncrief had solidified himself as the WR3 in previous weeks, it looks like the situation may be more muddied now.
  • Fred Jackson still got the majority of snaps despite the return of C.J. Spiller. Jackson has been extremely effective as a pass catcher, so he’s certainly in play this week even though the Bills are 10 point under dogs against the Patriots.
  • Paul Richardson filled in for Jermaine Kearse at WR2, as Kearse injured his hamstring mid game. Kearse is likely to miss next weeks game, so Richardson is definitely in play, although in a run heavy Seahawks offense, he’s unlikely to produce.
  • Julius Thomas only played 46/70 snaps this week, although it’s a large increase from the 29/66 he played in his return from injury in Week 15 against the Chargers. Thomas seems on pace for a full workload next week against the Raiders.

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