IDP Snap Counts: Week 14
The playoffs are here in most leagues – and already done in many – but given you have inside information you’re probably doing fine.
For those of you still in the game, here’s some late info for players to target or drop.
Takk McKinley (37) had a big game. He’s still very hard to trust at this stage of the season. You can probably do better.
Ricardo Allen missed the game. The joy of playing him at strong safety seems over.
No info on the LBs this week. Just don’t start them.
Did you know the Bills (like the Patriots) have spent most of the season using four corners every week?
Prince Amukamara missed this game which meant Kevin Toliver (72) played at corner. Ouch.
Roquan Smith (17) got hurt and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Aside from cleaning up the missed tackles, he’s taken big backwards steps across his game this season – another example of the fact that LBs very rarely hold long-term elite value.
The Bengals played just 56 defensive snaps against the Browns. They’d averaged 73 over the past three games.
Germaine Pratt (40) still has not won a full-time LB job. He’s been abysmal. But he could turn it around. You shouldn’t write him off for the same reason you shouldn’t have paid up for Roquan Smith last summer.
Chad Thomas (60) is the top DE on this team right now. That’s not ideal.
Demarcus Lawrence played 53 snaps this week (12th among his peers). Amazingly it was his highest total all season long. He’s 20th in DE snaps.
The Broncos played 80 defensive snaps in their incredible upset win. They’d been averaging 67 per week before now.
DeMarcus Walker stepped in to play 37 snaps on the line. A certain podcast host with a Greek name will be happy.
Lineman Mike Daniels (53) played his first big game of the year in snaps terms. He’s seen just 193 snaps all season due to injury.
Green Bay Packers
Rashan Gary (13) played another light game. The last time he hit 20 snaps in a game was back in week five.
The last time a Colts strong safety played every snap was back in week seven (Khari Willis).
Willis (68) is the man in charge of the jersey right now, but it’s a “mostly” not an “always” role.
With LB Myles Jack on IR, Donald Payne (63) continued as a starter. He’s not good. In his two games as a starter he’s been targeted 13 times and given up 12 catches at a rate of over 17 yards per catch.
Kansas City Chiefs
In the past two games Frank Clark (31) has seen 64 snaps compared to 98 for Tanoh Kpassagnon (47) and 94 for Alex Okafor (54). Clark has had a really rough season. He counts nearly $23m against the cap in 2020.
Anthony Hitchens (54) was the only LB to even approach being a full-time player. He was well short of the full 67 snaps, though. None of the others are close to startable.
Los Angeles Chargers
Drue Tranquill (55) was the only full-time LB this week, with Thomas Davis seeing just 31 snaps. They certainly seem to like Tranquill. He’s led the position in playing time in each of his last three games – but it’s very hard to trust any of them under this regime.
Safety Derwin James (65) is back and up to full speed as a total stud. That is all.
Los Angeles Rams
A week ago, the Rams simply rotated their defense with a simple win. This week saw normal usage resume.
Over the last seven games the Dolphins have played between 70 and 77 defensive snaps per week. Amazing consistency.
Sam Egauvoen (33) hasn’t played a full game since week eight. He’s toast.
Rookie Andrew Van Ginkel (35) played the biggest game of his career so far.
Taco Charlton missed the game and amazingly some people were annoyed. There are actually people who think he’s good.
Charles Harris has averaged 23 snaps per age over the last ten games of this lost season. At this stage it’ll be a surprise if he’s still in the NFL next year.
Washed up CB (who still has a reputation as a good player) Xavier Rhodes took a knock and played just 29 snaps. Holton Hill (27) came in for him.
New England Patriots
The Pats played their second highest snap total of the season with 78 this week.
CB Jason McCourty returned but saw just four snaps. Weird.
The LB usage was different too. Jamie Collins (68), Dont’a Hightower (68) and Kyle Van Noy (60) played most of the game but Ja’Whaun Bentley (six) and Elandon Roberts (zero) were mostly absent. It being the Patriots I’m not sure why.
New Orleans Saints
In the shootout with the 49ers Marcus Davenport again had a limited role with just 23 snaps. It’s very frustrating they take him out in sub packages.
New York Jets
CB Darryl Roberts (72) played his first full game since week nine. With star safety Jamal Adams missing the first game of his career, Roberts played free safety with Marcus Maye (72) moving up to play strong safety. Amazing to think they won the game doing that.
That took far more effort to figure out than the information is worth.
New York Giants
The Giants played 89 snaps in the overtime game against the Eagles. They’d been averaging 69 for the season previously. Obviously this inflated player stats.
Julian Love (87) continues to play strong safety and recorded six solos. He’s such a sneaky value right now.
Edge rusher Markus Golden played 69 snaps. He’s 12th among all edge rushers in snaps for this season. He’s only 18th in pressures though. Lots of IDP owners will tell you he’s been amazing, but volume is a confusing factor.
Safety Antoine Bethea also had a huge game. He’s eight in snaps among his position after playing 88 this week.
Tahir Whitehead (62) was the sole every-down LB this week. Nicholas Morrow (26) lost a lot of time to the returning Marquel Lee (33). None of these are good players, but Jon Gruden appears to have a big blind spot when it comes to finding good LBs so maybe they’ll stay in the line-up anyway.
Rookie LB Devin Bush (45) was again a part-time player and was held without a solo tackle for the first time in his career. You were warned last week not to start him.
LJ Collier (nine) returned to play in this game. He’s seen just 106 defensive snaps this season. It’s been a disaster, but he has the chance to improve drastically for 2020.
San Francisco 49ers
DE Nick Bosa (68) played the most in any game of his rookie season. He’d been averaging just 46 snaps per game before this, mostly due to low 49ers defensive snap counts. A shoot-out will do this for you sometimes.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Josh Norman missed this week. He may well have played his last snap in Washington.
Ryan Kerrigan returned to play 32 snaps. He has four sacks in his last three games now, but he’s not been the layer he was. Everyone gets old.
Good luck in your continuing playoff odysseys everyone!
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