NFL Week 13 Snap Count Trends

  • Isaiah Crowell continues to be the lead back for the Browns playing on 48/73 snaps. The workload is on the low end for a starting RB but against a very weak Colts run D he may be a solid play.


  • The Bills went mostly to Fred Jackson in their blowout win against the Browns. Jackson got 49/66 snaps, which means we probably shouldn’t expect a running back by committee anymore in Buffalo.


  • Jordan Reed had a monster game against the Colts and played a season high 53/82 snaps. For some reason the Redskins seem set on playing Reed less than TE1 snaps and use him mostly on passing downs. The workload will be concerning in games where the Redskins have a lead, such as against Dallas when he only played 28/70 snaps. However, Reed has shown great rapport with starting QB Colt McCoy.


  • Donte Moncrief started the game for the Colts in their 3 WR set, which along with his monster game suggests he has definitively passed Hakeem Nicks on the depth chart. Moncrief only played 28/53 snaps but in games where the Colts have to play catch up his workload should increase.


  • There is a new WR pecking order on the New York Giants. Odell Beckham Jr. led the WRs in snaps, while Preston Parker was 2nd and started the game at WR2 ahead of Rueben Randle. Clearly the Giants have soured on Randle, and the increased workload should bode well for Parker’s production. This week the Giants play the Titans, who have been extremely bad against WR2’s all season.


  • Matt Asiata only ran the ball 14 times, but played 37/50 snaps for the Vikings while Ben Tate barely played. The workload is there for Asiata assuming Jerick McKinnon is out.


  • Nick Toon actually out snapped Kenny Stills last week for the Saints, while Marques Colston led the WRs. Everyone is going to be in love with Stills based on his production the past two games, but don’t forget about Toon and Colston (Colston more so than Toon), who each have the capabilities of a big game in a great passing offense.


  • Martavis Bryant moved way down the depth chart, getting only WR4 snaps in last weeks game against the Saints. Markus Wheaton has a slightly stronger hold on WR2, and is probably worth a look at his low salary on both FD and DK.


  • Le’Veon Bell had no change in workload this week, but in total Bell has played 161/166 snaps the past two weeks with the absence of Legarette Blount. Bell’s workload is just insane and he’s launched himself into #1 fantasy RB status with his workload and ability in the passing game.


  • Jeremy Hill started the game for the Bengals and split time with Gio Bernard. Bernard got the majority of snaps last week but it looks like we have a time share in the Bengals backfield.


  • Marion Grice filled in mid game for the injured Andre Ellington, but barely ran the ball because the Cardinals were behind nearly the entire game. Grice will likely continue to be the lead back in Ellington’s absence, but the workload is unclear with RB Stepfan Taylor also in the mix.


  • Legarrette Blount was the lead back for the Patriots last week despite rumors that Jonas Gray would be in the mix. The Patriots have had a pretty amorphous offense. Sometimes they are heavy runners, sometimes they mostly pass. You have to imagine next week against the Chargers we see a lot more Blount than we’ve been use to, but the Patriots are tough to predict.


  • Newly signed Jason Avant played WR2 snaps for the Chiefs last week. The Chiefs have a terrible passing offense but with almost no talent at receiver on the roster Avant figures to have some production.

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