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.
Lineman Akiem Hicks missed another game. Old soldiers never die. They just fade away…
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
Los Angeles Rams – 71 snaps
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.
Seattle Seahawks – 74 snaps
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.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 66 snaps
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.
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.
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