Well that was great fun wasn’t it? After the long dark teatime of the soul that is the NFL off-season, the league is back with a bang. And I love it.
All season I’ll be summing up how snap counts can point us to the IDPs that will win us games and leagues this year. On individual weeks it’s tough to predict how plays will fall in IDP – very much so for big plays. But over the course of a full season, snap counts (when combined with player efficiency) are the best indicator of success. So the point of this column is to make it easy for you to know who are really the players to own rather than just looking at the box score without proper knowledge of who has the most opportunities to make plays.
This week I wanted to do a scoot around every team to give you an idea of who’s hot and who’s not. So without further ado let’s dive right in with the first 15 teams.
The big news here was De’Vondre Campbell was on the field for 47 snaps compared to Duke Riley’s 49. The Bears used a lot of two receiver sets so this might change against more modern three-wide teams, but it certainly shows the Falcons haven’t lost faith in Campbell. Deion Jones remains the stud to own at LB.
On the D line there’s a rotation going on with Brooks Reed, Adrian Clayborn, Grady Jarrett, Dontari Poe and Jack Crawford all exceeding 30 snaps. Takk McKinley was eased in with just 14 snaps – although he did very well with the limited opportunity.
In the secondary Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen remain full time starters. Neal had a quiet day but his usage shows he’s still a star. Be patient with him.