The fantasy season is very nearly over. There’s the usual shift league-wide among teams not contending towards rookies and younger players at this time of the year, but apart from that it’s a fairly steady IDP landscape out there.
Takkarist McKinley played 44 snaps to lead all defensive ends this week. However, it was just 44 from a total of 69 snaps.
Deion Jones played 49 snaps at LB, De’Vondre Campbell 38 and Foyesade Oluokon 37. It could not be any clearer that the Falcons coaching staff really likes Oluokon.
Corey Thompson (20) and Rafael Bush (42) helped fill the coverage gap that Milano normally performs so well in.
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DT Vernon Butler returned after missing the past couple of weeks. He played 30 snaps.
Thomas Davis played all 74 snaps and was a monster. As a reader of this column, you know he’s been a starter and a full-time player since his return from suspension and hopefully capitalised on his good game.
Dre Kirkpatrick (43) has been in and out of the team. He played this week.
At LB, Vontaze Burfict missed the game, leaving Nick Vigil (59) and Hardy Nickerson (45) to play. Jordan Evans (six), Vincent Rey (ten) and Malik Jefferson (one) all had some time too. This is the worst LB situation in the league. None of these guys are long-term contributors for your fantasy team.
The Browns played over 70 snaps for the fifth week in a row. Wow.
Jabrill Peppers had his monster game from just 53 snaps. If he had a full-time job, he’d be a really effective IDP. Let’s hope Gregg Williams is not running this defense in 2019.
The Cowboys defense had been getting too much credit before their beating from the Colts. Hopefully that’s stopped now. They’re an interesting defense with some good pieces, not any sort of transcendent unit.
Sean Lee returned but played just seven snaps in this game.
Marshall actually lined up nine times in the slot this week, mostly covering TEs.
Green Bay Packers
With Kenny Clark out, Tyler Lancaster played 51 snaps. My mother-in-law used to live in Lancaster.
Target-magnet corner and general spellcheck problem Johnathan Joseph (71) has now played 138 snaps in his last two games. He’s a lovely CB option.
Safety Dre Hal played 48 snaps – his highest total of the season after recovering from cancer. What a great story for him.
Injury-prone safety Clayton Geathers played just 37 snaps. Geiorge Odum (39) filled in for him.
With Barry Church released, many (your columnist included) thought Ronnie Harrison would continue to start. Unfortunately, he managed just two snaps before being forced out and Jarrod Wilson came in to play 54 snaps with Cody Davis (12) also featuring. Harrison remains a target.
Kansas City Chiefs
The last time the Chiefs defense played fewer than 70 snaps was way back in week seven.
Eric Berry (30) played his first snaps in a long time. And he looked rusty. Daniel Sorenson (47) played most of the rest but he’s pretty bad.
Los Angeles Chargers
DE Joey Bosa (48) continues to play around 80% of snaps. He’s done that in all five games since his return.
Los Angeles Rams
Edge rusher Dante Fowler took a knock this week and played just 33 snaps. He’s still an excellent prospect for 2019 and onwards once he’s more acclimatized to the system.
There were no significant changes week on week. Minkah Fitzpatrick (69) continues to play outside corner, Kiko Alonso (69) plays full time with Raekwon McMillan (58) and Jerome Baker (45) a bit more limited.
Corner Trae Waynes (49) returned after a week out. Holton Hill (15) made way for him.
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
Demario Davis had a good day on the stat-sheet this week from his 68 snaps. He’s played full-time all season long. His 711 total snaps are way ahead of the next highest LBs in A.J. Klein (566) and Alex Anzalone (371).
New York Jets
With Darron Lee out still, Neville Hewitt again filled in with 43 snaps. Because the Jets played a very low total (53), he didn’t have a great day on the stat sheet but remains an option for those desperate at LB. Although to be honest, going into a final with Hewitt starting would take some serious chutzpah.
Henry Anderson had a big day with three sacks. He did that from just 37 snaps. Very impressive.
New York Giants
LB B.J. Goodson played his highest volume since week eight with 46 snaps. He’s only played over 40 in these two weeks. He’s proved he’s not a good IDP by this point.
Rookie DT Maurice Hurst returned after a week out to play 38 snaps. Everyone will tell you he’s been a bright spot and he’s been promising. But – he has 11 total pressures for the whole season and six of them came in the first month of the season. As an unfair comparison, Aaron Donald has 89 total pressures.
The Raiders played 80 defensive snaps this week but only Tahir Whitehead played every one. They used 20 defensive players for the week. They’ve used 31 different defenders in 2018 already.
After the Eagles played 99 snaps in week 14, this was always going to be a drop week. In the end they played 75 snaps but notably all the guys who had huge week 14s faded back to normal a bit.
Linebacker L.J. Fort played just three snaps this week. Morgan Burnett stepped up to play 48 snaps – many of them in the box. He hadn’t played that much since week two.
With all the LB injuries, Austin Calitro (53) had to play again. It was the fourth time he’s had to do that this season and it’s clear he shouldn’t be playing that much.
Notably Shaquem Griffin did not play on defense. He’s managed just four snaps total as a defender since his disastrous week one outing.
San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LB Adarius Taylor missed the game after filling in for Kwon Alexander in recent weeks. Riley Bullough got the start and played 63 snaps. He’s in the mix for week 16 too.
LB Zach Brown played just 17 snaps after seeing 28. He’s very unlikely to return at this stage and should be traded away if at all possible.
Shaun Dion Hamilton played 28 snaps which is promising and frustrating at the same time.
Good luck everyone!
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