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NFC IDP Snap Counts: Week Seven

Which defensive snap counts in week seven were worth noting?

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In many leagues, we just crossed the halfway line of the regular fantasy season. In the remaining ones, that will happen next week.

Injury rates have been crazy this season, so although not many studs have emerged, opportunity continues to be plentiful.

Arizona Cardinals – 56 snaps

LB Jordan Hicks played a season-low 36 snaps yesterday. He didn’t appear to be hurt, but it’s possible. It certainly opened the door for rookie Zaven Collins to play more. He managed 32 after playing just 54 in the previous three weeks combined.

Atlanta Falcons – 73 snaps

Edge Dante Fowler missed this game after injuring himself in London. Adetokunbo Ogundeji profited the most with 52 snaps. He’d played a total of 105 in the previous five games. Ogundeji is a potential stash opportunity in deeper leagues.

Notably, safety Erik Harris (50) returned in this game, but rookie Richie Grant (58) saw a high snap count. Grant played mostly in the slot with Isaiah Oliver and Avery Williams both out. It’s not that Grant is seizing an opportunity. He simply appears to be filling in as an emergency.

Carolina Panthers – 72 snaps

LB Shaq Thompson continues to miss games, with Jermaine Carter (67) filling in. Julian Stanford saw just five snaps in this game, with Clay Johnston (38) the number two LB.

Chicago Bears – 73 snaps

This Bears defense morphed in 2020 to feature only one full-time LB and it’s been very obviously the same in 2021.

Roquan Smith (73) has played all 458 snaps so far. Alec Ogletree (38) has seen 303. Danny Trevathan (20) has 39 in total, and Christian Jones (15) just 29.

Robert Quinn missed this game, so Trevis Gipson (54) was the next man up ahead of Sam Kamara (29).

Lineman Akiem Hicks missed another game. Old soldiers never die. They just fade away…

Slot DB Duke Shelley (44) returned to action. Which cost Xavier Crawford (6) his job.

Safety Tashaun Gipson was out, so DeAndre Houston-Carson (73) played the full game.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys enjoyed their bye week.

Detroit Lions – 65 snaps

Edge Julian Okwara (35) managed another sack to keep his mini-breakout going. He actually looks like a real NFL player now. Charles Harris (52), Trey Flowers (40) and Austin Bryant (12) round out the unit.

Alex Anzalone and his flowing locks of golden hair continue to be the only LB that matters in Detroit. He played 61 snaps and has played more than all other Lions’ LBs combined in 2021. Derrick Barnes saw just 20 snaps.

Green Bay Packers – 72 snaps

LB Jaylon Smith (10) remained a bit-part player. His value as an IDP has simply evaporated. De’Vondre Campbell (72) is the only Packers’ LB worth rostering.

With Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith both out hurt, Rashan Gary (51) was joined on the edge by Jonathan Garvin (43) and Whitney Mercilus (31).

Los Angeles Rams – 71 snaps

The Rams linebacker lottery continues. This week Troy Reeder (58) led the way with Kenny Young (38) behind him.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings enjoyed their bye week.

New Orleans Saints – 56 snaps

This was the lowest Saints snap total of the season, although tackles were good for the primary contributors, so it wasn’t obvious.

DE Marcus Davenport (35) made his return to the team. He’d played only 26 snaps in week one before this. Rookie Payton Turner did not play. Tano Kpassagnon (25) was on the field, but is clearly not a reliable option.

New York Giants – 64 snaps

The unreliability of Jabrill Peppers (27) has really sunk to new depths. Over the last two weeks, he’s played 44 snaps in the slot, and just 36 elsewhere. Meanwhile Logan Ryan (63) is one of the league’s top-tackling safeties, and Xavier McKinney (64) has played over 200 snaps more than Peppers.

Philadelphia Eagles – 66 snaps

Linebacker remains a puzzle. Alex Singleton (37) has seen his volume and share decline in recent weeks – but he’s still producing. His tackle efficiency is a tad over 22% right now. 12-13% is average. 15% is high. So; 22% is absurdly high.

Davion Taylor (36) has meanwhile been playing more in recent weeks. 36 snaps is not really viable (46 other LBs played more in week seven) but it’s encouraging. T.J. Edwards (27) and Eric Wilson (22) are just getting in the way at this stage.

Safety Anthony Harris missed the game with injury. Marcus Epps (66) stood in for him and had a fine game. Harris is likely to return soon but Epps is a fine option should he miss more time.

Seattle Seahawks – 74 snaps

Edge Darrell Taylor missed this game after sustaining that horrible injury last week. Alton Robinson (29) and Benson Mayowa (58) picked up the most volume on a weekly basis.

San Francisco 49ers – 68 snaps

Not a lot is going right for the 49ers right now. In six games they’ve yet to have the same top three corners in consecutive ones. This week Josh Norman (67), Emmanuel Moseley (64) and K’Waun Williams (40) were the top guys. Williams had missed games with Dontae Johnson (0) standing in.

Notably safety Jaquiski Tartt (40) missed half the game via injury, with rookie Talanoa Hufanga (34) doubling his career defensive volume.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 66 snaps

LB Kevin Minter (53) continues to stand in for the absent Lavonte David. He’s been a very inefficient IDP so far, but he is getting the playing time ad should do so again this week.

Safety Antoine Winfield (58) returned in this game and had a big sack. Sadly, he also had a very poor tackling day. He’s disappointed lots of people so far in 2021. Mike Edwards played just eight snaps.

Washington Football Team – 56 snaps

Washington are third in average defensive snaps per game, but have played under 60 in two of their last three games.

Disappointing corner William Jackson missed this game, so Danny Johnson played as the third corner behind Kendall Fuller (56) and Benjamin St-Juste (55).

At LB, rookie Jamin Davis was finally seemingly trusted to play full-time. He saw 55 snaps with Cole Holcomb on 56.

At safety, Landon Collins (24) was notably behind Bobby McCain and Kamren Curl (both 56). It seems clearer than ever that Collins’ time in Washington is nearing an end. It’ll be interesting to see where he lands. It should not be assumed that he walks into a guaranteed starting role.

Thanks for reading and good luck with waivers.

NFC IDP Snap Counts: Week Seven
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Jake Barth
1 year ago

Bear with me here, but I have a few former IDP starters that I have questions about….

Arik Armstead, Jaylon Smith, and Jabrill Peppers…. All on my team, all pretty consistent starters last year, all wasting on my bench this year.

Are these guys droppable at this point or is there still future value? I’m making a push for the playoffs this year and these roster spots are tough to waste, but I feel weird dropping them with their former success. Any thoughts?

Also, thanks again for this series! Definitely one of my favorites on the site.

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