NFC IDP Snap Counts: Week 11

Tom Kislingbury

Please note that in this article, all sacks are counted equal, so official half-sacks are counted the same. If a player gets to the quarterback and puts him on the ground, then it should not be discounted just because another player managed it at the same time.

Arizona Cardinals – 49 snaps

The low volume led to a relatively low week of tackles for most Cardinals, but they converted a very high proportion of pressures into sacks. Normally about 20% is a good benchmark. This week the Cards generated 11 pressures (on the low side) but four sacks!

Rookie LB Zaven Collins did not play. Officially he was injured. But who knows?

Chandler Jones (45) and Markus Golden (44) played almost every snap on the edge. Devon Kennard (8) and Dennis Gardeck (9) only saw fits and spurts.

Atlanta Falcons – 63 snaps

The Falcons just keep rolling out the same defensive personnel even though it’s clearly not working. Obviously, they don’t have star players they can bring in, but this is just depressing.

Lineman Jonathan Bullard (21) returned after two weeks out, as did Ta’Quon Graham (26). Marlon Davidson and Tyeler Davison both missed this game. You should not care about any of these names unless you’re in a 32-team league.

Deion Jones and Foyesade Oluokun (both 61) continue to play every snap. They’ve both been awful this season in NFL terms, even though they’ve been productive NFL players. They currently rate 78th and 79th in Pro Football Focus grade of the 98 LBs to have played at least 20% of the season. If we restrict it to 50% of snaps, then they’re 43rd and 44th of 52 players to qualify.

This is a microcosm of the Falcons defensive roster. The coaches are probably desperate to make a change, but Mykal Walker (6), Daren Bates and Emanuel Ellerbee (2) are clearly not the future either. The Falcons are in desperate need of a good off-season for defensive talent.

Carolina Panthers – 67 snaps

What a difference normal volume makes eh? Star safety Jeremy Chinn (67) recorded 13 tackles in this game. In the games where he’s played 67 or more snaps this season, he’s averaged nearly eight tackles per game. In the others (where he’s averaged just 55 snaps) he’s averaged just over five total tackles. There’s nothing “wrong” with him.

Edge Haason Reddick (55) has of course been the other way – incredibly efficient. He’s racked up 31 pressures now (26th-best among edges) but converted an extraordinary 14 of them into sacks, second only behind Myles Garrett. That conversion rate of 45% is the highest of all non-bit-part edges. Only T.J. Watt is at all close. Reddick’s partner-in-crime Brian Burns (50) is tracking at 21% as a comparison. He has two more pressures than Reddick, but half the sacks.

Shaq Thompson (63) played almost every snap with Jermaine Carter (53) the clear number two again.

Safety Sean Chandler played just four snaps with Juston Burris (61) back to health.

Chicago Bears – 81 snaps

Robert Quinn (61) is another edge having a strange season. He’s converted 34% of his pressures into sacks. This week it was four sacks from seven pressures. 30 edges have more pressures than Quinn this season. Only six have more sacks.

Trevis Gipson (52) continues to be the main ‘other’ edge to Quinn. But Cassius Marsh (39) also saw significant action. With Khalil Mack out for the season, Gipson is worth stashing in deep leagues.

Alec Ogletree (47) returned from a week out to take his job as number two LB back from Danny Trevathan. Trevathan’s value seems to be all but disappeared.

Lineman Akiem Hicks also missed this game. That’s the third game he’s missed. And in two others he played a total of 25 snaps. His long, brilliant career may just have caught up with him.

Dallas Cowboys – 68 snaps

Rookie sensation Micah Parsons (60) played DE again. He’s truly a unicorn given his versatile skillset. His value will be so monstrously high in the off-season that any sensible IDP team manager will be priced out of acquisition.

Dorance Armstrong (45) was the number two DE, with Tarell Basham (34) back in third.

At true LB this week saw Keanu Neal (68) play every snap. He’d managed just 248 total snaps in his seven previous games as a Cowboy (average 35). Leighton Vander Esch (49) has averaged 35 snaps for the season including this game.

The Cowboys continue to use four safeties every week. Jayron Kearse (68) played 22 more snaps than any of the others, has well over 100 more snaps than them for the season, and owns the most desirable role for IDP scoring. He was highlighted as an add in the week one version of this column so hopefully you’ve enjoyed his year so far.

Detroit Lions – 74 snaps

The Lions have played 160 snaps across the last two weeks. Alex Anzalone has played every single one. And somehow his 16 total tackles are still only 15th among LBs in that period. He is so disappointing. And bad. He’s just so bad.

DE Trey Flowers missed this game with a severe case of I-wish-I’d-never-agreed-to-sign-for-Detroit. Austin Bryant (60), Charles Harris (55) and Julian Okwara (37) played.

Green Bay Packers – 69 snaps

Edge rusher Rashan Gary missed this game, but Preston Smith (52) had a fantastic game which made up for it. Tipa Galei (35) and Jonathan Garvin (34) rounded out the group. Galei was a pre-season star who was making his first defensive appearance of the season.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams enjoyed their bye week.

Minnesota Vikings – 59 snaps

LB Anthony Barr (55) returned after a game out. Nick Vigil (14) lost most of his playing time.

Corner Patrick Peterson also returned after three weeks missing. Cameron Dantzler (15) was the chief loser of snaps.

Lastly, safety Harrison Smith (50) was also back. So, cheat-code Camryn Bynum sadly played just six snaps.

New Orleans Saints – 78 snaps

LB Demario Davis played all 78 snaps, but incredibly registered just one tackle. It was simply happenstance, so don’t take it as any sort of omen. This stuff happens.

New York Giants – 79 snaps

Logan Ryan has been one of the best IDP safeties in 2021 – another reminder that it’s such a hard position to predict. Sadly, he missed this game, so (with Jabrill Peppers also out for the year) Julian Love (79) partnered Xavier McKinney (79).

Lineman Leonard Williams (59) did play for most of this game – he just had one of those games where he didn’t rack up stats. It happens.

Philadelphia Eagles – 65 snaps

LB Davion Taylor (7) was injured early in the game and forced out, so benched IDP hero Alex Singleton (58) stepped up to play alongside T.J. Edwards (60). This situation will change again this season in all likelihood.

Corner Darius Slay played just 39 snaps, but his huge pick-six was one of the defining plays of the game.

Seattle Seahawks – 83 snaps

With D.J. Reed out at corner, Blessuan Austin (63) made his Seahawks debut next to Sidney Jones (80), Ugo Amadi (50) and Tre Brown (23). This is a bad collection of corners.

Jordyn Brooks (75) went bananas this week with tackles. He easily outshone Bobby Wagner (83).

San Francisco 49ers – 46 snaps

The 49ers have played just 102 defensive snaps across their last two games. They’re 29th in total defensive snaps right now.

Fred Warner (46) is a good illustration of why this matters. He’s 15th in LB snaps for the season, and (depending on scoring) probably ranked somewhere similar in your league. There’s nothing holding him back from scoring like a top-12 LB except his lack of volume and luck. But it’s tough to overcome. There is no fundamental difference between an LB1, an LB2, or an LB3. It’s mainly just volume.

At safety Jaquiski Tartt (40) returned from injury which meant Talanoa Hufanga (16) lost much of his volume. I know you want Hufanga to be a star. He’s still a backup/emergency starter for now.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 58 snaps

The Bucs finally had some good news at corner! Sean Murphy-Bunting (57) played for the first time since week one. He and Jamel Dean (58) handled almost every snap. Ross Cockrell (3) barely played, with Mike Edwards handling slot duties.

On the edge, Jason Pierre-Paul (44) and Shaquil Barrett (42) played less than usual with Joe Tryon-Shoyinka (29) seeing plenty of action. This was likely due to the ease of the win over the Giants, but the Bucs have left the starters in late in easy wins before.

Washington Football Team – 51 snaps

With Chase Young and Montez Sweat injured, we saw James Smith-Williams (44) start and record a sack. This column recommended adding him last week. Casey Toohill (43) was the other main DE.

Thanks for reading and good luck with waivers.

tom kislingbury
NFC IDP Snap Counts: Week 11