NFL Snap Count Trends Week 9

  • Allen Hurns had a spectacular 100+ yard 2 TD fantasy day, and played near WR1 snaps. He’s the slot WR on the team and has been out on as low as 60% of pass routes some of the season, but given the season he’s having I bet we will see Hurns pass Cecil Shorts on the depth chart. Having said that, in this terrible Jaguars team there is room for three WRs to get good work.
  • Bobby Rainey played 59/67 snaps for the Buccanneers, who had only Mike James behind him at RB. Next week we should see Charles Sims, but Rainey should still get an extremely good workload.
  • Before Sunday’s games started, there was a rumor that Terrance West would get most of the carries for the Browns. That ended up being true, as West saw the majority of snaps, 37/67, despite not starting. Ben Tate criticized his offensive line for not creating holes last week and that sort of attitude may cause Tate to start taking a backup role as we saw this week.
  • Percy Harvin had 11 receptions for 129 yards in a breakout game for his new team. He saw less snaps than Eric Decker, but was a solid WR2 workload. Given Harvin’s historical use in the run game, I would expect Harvin to be a fantastic play ongoing.
  • Jerick McKinnon saw less snaps than Matt Asiata for the first time in weeks. With Asiata also getting goal line carries, it looks like we’re back to a running back by committee. Asiata saw more passing work though and is certainly the stronger play of the two.
  • Similar to what we saw against the Jets two weeks ago, Shane Vereen played 63/85 snaps against an incredibly good Broncos run defense. Jonas Gray was the only other player to run the ball, and against a softer run matchup I imagine we see more of him. Vereen’s workload was probably game plan related.
  • Martavius Bryant and Markus Wheaton continue to share WR2 duties for the Steelers. while Bryant has played a lot better than Wheaton, it seems like with everything going the right way for the Steelers we are unlikely to see anything different. Both have been buoyed by a ridiculous 12 TD passes in 2 games for Ben Roethlisberger, and both are pretty weak plays given their workload.

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