AFC IDP Snap Counts: Week Three

Tom Kislingbury

As a loyal reader of this column, you’re probably sitting atop your league at 3-0 feeling good about yourself.

Just in case you’re not (no doubt due to perfidious chance), here’s all the info on changing playing time across NFL defenders.

Baltimore Ravens – 63 snaps

Interior lineman Justin Madubuike missed the game with an injury. Justin Ellis (40) and Calais Campbell (47) played a bit more.

Edge Justin Houston was also out. Odafe Oweh (50) led the position again in playing time and effectiveness.

Safety Chuck Clark (63) had a huge IDP game after two duds. He was not used massively differently – that’s just how weekly variance works at this position.

Buffalo Bills – 54 snaps

The Bills continue to heavily rotate linemen. No DT or DE played more than 32 snaps.

There were no major weekly changes on the team, and all productivity was down given the low team volume.

Cincinnati Bengals – 83 snaps

DE Sam Hubbard had a sack, which is great. He’s been one of the least efficient edges in the NFL in 2021, but his massive volume (121 rushes in three games) has made him productive.

At LB, Logan Wilson (67) remains the only viable IDP. Akeem Davis-Gaither (45) played more this week, but nowhere near enough.

Cleveland Browns – 45 snaps

Very low volume for the Browns this week as none of their players recorded more than three tackles. DE Myles Garrett (37) more than made up for that however as he sacked the quarterback 4.5 times!

The Browns were never under any pressure here against a pitiful Bears offense, so they rotated players a bit. Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah (23) played a higher share than he has and did well. Mack Wilson managed just 12 snaps.

Notably at safety Grant Delpit (17) continues to lag far behind John Johnson and Ronnie Harrison (both 45).

Denver Broncos – 54 snaps

The Broncos did not have a particularly tricky time handling the dysfunctional Jets offense. There were just 54 snaps and 36 total tackles for the whole team in this one.

Edge Bradley Chubb missed another game, so Malik Reed (45) again partnered the in-form Von Miller (38).

As expected, Justin Strnad (41) was the starting second LB next to A.J. Johnson (50). He needs to be owned. Johnson finally had a good day with two sacks. Obviously, he won’t do that every week, and his inefficient tackling was again a problem so this might be a good sell opportunity.

Houston Texans – 73 snaps

Edge Jonathan Greenard (40) made his season debut this week and Demarcus Walker (23) was back in the line-up. Charles Omenihu (23) and Whitney Mercilus (31) both lost playing time as a result.

Zach Cunningham (73) played every snap after being benched for part of week two. Christian Kirksey (73) is also an every-down player right now, but also one of the least efficient tackling LBs in the league.

Corner Tremon Smith (71) played nearly every snap alongside Vernn Hargreaves (71). Slot DB Desmond King (36) has seen just 51 snaps in the past two games.

Safety Justin Reid missed the game with injury. Lonnie Johnson (73) replaced him with Eric Murray (73) continuing to play more in the box.

Indianapolis Colts – 68 snaps

This was a strange game. Deep safety Julian Blackmon (66) recorded 11 tackles, while stud LB Darius Leonard (68) managed just two solos and four assists. Leonard has been an inefficient tackler with no sacks at all this season. It’s not that he’s been bad – it’s just LB production is very variable.

On the edge, Tyquan Lewis and Al-Quadin Muhammad (both 53) played more each than all other edges combined after rookie Kwity Paye (7) was injured.

Corner Rock Ya-Sin (33) was phased out a bit with Xavier Rhodes (62) making his season debut. Ya-Sin has a cool, recognizable name but he’s not that good. He’s an IDP trap.

Jacksonville Jaguars – 66 snaps

Josh Allen (50) remains the only edge you can trust. K’Lavon Chaisson (30) is the number four guy, and you should be desperately trying to trade him if you still have him rostered.

Safety Andrew Wingard (66) seems to have grasped the job next to Rayshawn Jenkins (66).

Kansas City Chiefs – 66 snaps

DE Chris Jones (40) was not 100% healthy, but this was his lowest snap count all season and he played less than Michael Danna (46) and Alex Okafor (41) in a crucial loss to a division rival. It’s probably just a health blip – but it does raise questions.

Corner Charvarius Ward missed the game with Mike Hughes (50) stepping up to play more next to L’Jarius Sneed (63).

Las Vegas Raiders – 83 snaps

Note the Raiders played overtime – hence the high snap count.

We’re getting a bit of clarity at DE. Maxx Crosby (62) and Yannick Ngakoue (61) played well ahead of Solomon Thomas (37), Carl Nassib (24) and Clelin Ferrell (19). A more even rotation was expected before the season.

LB Denzel Perryman (76) has been amazingly efficient as a tackler, but he’s still not quite playing every snap. It’s hard to trust him as a season-long option. Cory Littleton (61) is playing even less but also had a huge day.

Los Angeles Chargers – 79 snaps

Star DE Joey Bosa (55) was clearly not 100% healthy, but led the team at the position.

Notably LB Kenneth Murray (40) seems to have lost the faith of his coaches (who did not draft him). Murray is still all potential and IDP numbers at this point and is not guaranteed anything. Kyzir White (55) and Drue Tranquill (34) both had a clear uptick in playing time.

Bizarrely Nasir Adderley (79) had 12 total tackles and is now one of the more efficient-tackling safeties in 2021. This is very odd and will very likely not last.

Miami Dolphins – 83 snaps

Note the Dolphins played overtime – hence the high snap count.

Rookie DE Jaelan Phillips (49) played more in this game than his first two combined (40) but Emmanuel Ogbah (63) is still out in front.

Elandon Roberts (47) had a huge pick-six, but he’s playing nowhere near enough for it to be reliable. He has had a couple of good IDP games though, so you might be able to sell him.

New England Patriots – 62 snaps

In three games, a Patriots interior lineman has only hit 40 snaps in a game once. None of them did it this week.

LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (30) was back to his normal low snap share after a big week two. He’s mostly unstartable.

New York Jets – 67 snaps

DT Quinnen Williams (35) finally got to the QB with a couple of sacks. But it’s hard to trust a guy who is averaging 37 snaps per game.

For the second straight game, Quincy Williams (63) was the foil to star LB C.J. Mosley (67). Williams is an OK stopgap but nothing more.

Pittsburgh Steelers – 47 snaps

The Steelers played just 47 snaps in their demoralizing defeat to the Bengals.

On the edge, Melvin Ingram (47) played with Derrek Tuszka (27) and Jamir Jones (20) with the other starters out.

Devin Bush (38) returned to play this week but was out-snapped by Joe Schobert (42). It may have been easing him back in but monitor this.

Tennessee Titans – 61 snaps

With Bud Dupree out injured, edge Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (29) stepped up to play behind Harold Landry (61) and Denico Autry (46). Adeniyi is a stash in deep leagues.

Amazingly LB David Long (61) led Titans’ LBs again and even more amazingly, he looked OK. Rashaan Evans is clearly out of favor, and Jayon Brown (10) is not fit. There was no sign of Monty Rice.

Good luck everyone!

tom kislingbury
AFC IDP Snap Counts: Week Three