Fantasy: The Snap Report – Week 3 Offense
Fantasy: The Snap Report – Week 3 Offense
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Note: In Weeks 1 and 2, the Offensive Snap Report included what we call “No Plays”. No Plays generally mean plays that were called back due to penalty. Basically, they were plays that were started, but weren’t finished or didn’t count. Starting with Week 3, I’ll no longer be including No Plays. This, I feel, will give you a more accurate representation of a team’s gameplan. To get snap counts with ‘No Plays’ included, you’ll need to sign up for a Premium subscription.
Saints 40, Texans 33
Despite Lance Moore’s big game, Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson paced the wideouts in snaps once again. Meachem led all skill position players on offense with 65 and leads the team in that category on the year by a large margin. Henderson was in on 60 and Moore played only 40. The good news for Moore owners is that he ran only 12 fewer pass routes than Meachem. Jimmy Graham rebounded with 31 pass routes on 52 snaps. Dave Thomas was in on 25 plays. Darren Sproles again paced the tailbacks, this time with 37 snaps, 31 of which were pass routes. He’s averaging just over 31 snaps/game and 24 pass routes/game in 2011. Mark Ingram (20 snaps) finished just ahead of Pierre Thomas (17) after trailing him in both weeks 1 and 2.
The Texans continue to lean on the run, which has led to more TE/FB personnel and fewer snaps by wide receivers. In Week 3, Owen Daniels was in the game on 60 of a possible 66 snaps. No. 2 TE Joel Dreessen handled 50 and fullback/converted TE James Casey was in on 47. Daniels ran 34 of a possible 41 pass routes, which tells us that the other two players are not cutting into his role in the pass game. Instead, the losers were the wideouts not named Andre Johnson. Kevin Walter was in on just 37 plays, 28 of which were pass routes. Jacoby Jones managed only 22 snaps, including 10 pass routes. Dreessen and Casey each enjoyed 24 pass routes. With Arian Foster and Derrick Ward both out, Ben Tate dominated the backfield work. He was in on 40 snaps, compared to just 12 for Steve Slaton. One final note – among offensive skill position players (RB WR TE), Dreessen and Casey are both in the Top 5 in snaps on the year (1. Johnson 2. Daniels 3. Dreessen 4. Tate 5. Casey).
Giants 29, Eagles 16
Victor Cruz caught some major breaks en route to a big Week 3, but enough snaps were there to support his fantasy relevance while Mario Manningham is out. Cruz handled 42 of a possible 52 snaps and ran just one less pass route than Hakeem Nicks. Brandon Stokley handled 17 snaps as the No. 3 WR. Jake Ballard (34 snaps) and Bear Pascoe (25) again paced the tight ends. Travis Beckum played only five in his return from injury. Ahmad Bradshaw (35 snaps) was on the field 22 more plays than Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw has a 109-to-52 edge on the season.
Brent Celek was on the field for all but three of the Eagles snaps in Week 3. He’s now missed a total of 13 snaps on the season. Of course, he’s spent quite a bit of time blocking, so he’s run only 72 pass routes, which is roughly 30 fewer than DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Speaking of wideouts, Jason Avant continues to lead Steve Smith for the No. 3 job. Avant played 19 more snaps in Week 3 and has a 79 snap edge on the year. Smith’s snaps actually dropped from 18 in Week 2 to 11 this week.
Lions 26, Vikings 23
Despite a bigger Fantasy day from Titus Young, Nate Burleson still enjoyed a large edge in snaps. He played 68 (just two fewer than Calvin Johnson), compared to 42 for Young. Young finished fourth on the team in pass routes behind Johnson, Burleson, and Brandon Pettigrew. Only three players listed as a wide receiver played in this game. The rotation at No. 2 tailback continues. Jerome Harrison played 15 snaps, Maurice Morris played 11, and Keiland Williams was on the field for just four plays.
Toby Gerhart played just six snaps in this one and is up to 18 on the season. He’s no threat to Adrian Peterson. The Vikings continue to heavily utilize the 2-TE set. Visanthe Shiancoe played 53 snaps, while Kyle Rudolph handled 32. Rudolph is averaging exactly 31 snaps/game in 2011, which is very high for a No. 2 TE. Michael Jenkins (47 snaps) and Bernard Berrian (45) paced the wideouts again. Percy Harvin was in play on 36 snaps, 24 of which were pass routes. On the season, Harvin has played 92 snaps, 62 of which were pass routes. If Harvin is on the field, there’s a 67% chance the Vikings throw the ball and an 8% chance that he’ll carry the ball on that play.
Bills 34, Patriots 31
Donald Jones had been the leader in snaps among wideouts entering the game, but Steve Johnson takes the edge after playing 58 of a possible 60 snaps against the Patriots. Jones wasn’t far behind at 52 and matched Johnson with 39 pass routes. Slot man David Nelson handled 50 snaps and ran 38 routes. Recently called for the Practice squad, Naamen Roosevelt blew past Ruvell Martin on the depth chart en route to a 29 snap day, 25 of which were pass plays. Four touchdowns later, Scott Chandler has played just 94 snaps on the season, 34 of which are pass routes. He’s an early favorite for this season’s TD/Pass Route and TD/Snap ratio championship. CJ Spiller at wideout? Not so much. The sophomore played only seven snaps in this one, 51 fewer than Fred Jackson. The underrated Jackson has a 170-to-30 snap edge this season.
Wes Welker’s 19 target afternoon came on one where he led the team’s wideouts in snaps with 67. Despite catching zero balls, Deion Branch was just behind Welker with 65 snaps played. He ran one fewer pass route. As predicted last week, Chad Ochocino picked up the slack for the injured Aaron Hernandez. Ochocinco was in the game on 57 plays, including 36 pass routes. During Weeks 1 and 2, he combined for 33 snaps and 23 pass routes. Julian Edelman enjoyed a 22-to-7 snap edge over Matt Slater for WR No. 4 duties. BenJarvus Green-Ellis paced the tailbacks with 26 snaps, compared to 22 for Danny Woodhead and 11 for Steven Ridley. Woodhead had led the group in both Weeks 1 and 2 and has a 111-to-73 edge on BJGE this season.
Bucs 16, Falcons 13
As usual, there was a big dropoff in snaps at wideout after Mike Williams. Arrelious Benn saw a jump in play time this week, racking up 44 snaps – a season high. He was , however, 23 snaps behind Williams. Preston Parker and Dezmon Briscoe didn’t play quite as much this week, as they split 34 snaps right down the middle. Luke Stocker was the winner as a result, playing a career-high 39 snaps. Another winner was LeGarrette Blount, who played a season-high 46 snaps. Entering the game, he had played 36 snaps total. Earnest Graham was in on a season-low 17 snaps.
Roddy White continues to edge out Julio Jones in snaps and pass routes, but it’s pretty close. White missed only two plays on Sunday. Jones missed six. Tony Gonzalez matched Jones in snaps and was 10 ahead of Harry Douglas, who has a clear hold on the No. 3 WR job. Michael Turner played 35 snaps to lead the backfield. Jacquizz Rodgers snaps have gone from 20 to 13 to 27 over the first three weeks. A Week 3 concussion victim, Jason Snelling’s have gone from 32 to 18 to 4. Turner owners should monitor this situation closely, as Rodgers is closing in on Snelling healthy or not.
Cowboys 18, Redskins 16
Questionable to play with an injury, Dez Bryant still managed to lead the Cowboys skill position players with 52 snaps played. Kevin Ogletree handled No. 2 duties again, this time with 40 snaps. Laurent Robinson made his Cowboys debut, racking up 20 snaps, compared to eight for Jesse Holley and none for rookie Dwayne Harris. Martellus Bennett was again heavily involved behind Jason Witten, handling 36 snaps, but he ran only 11 pass routes. Although the boxscore doesn’t show it, there was, in fact, more of a committee attack at tailback for Dallas – a product of Felix Jones not playing at 100% health. Jones played 29 snaps, 10 of which were pass routes. Tashard Choice handled 23 snaps (nine pass routes) and DeMarco Murray was in on eight plays (four pass routes). Jones had a 69-to-40-to-23 snap edge entering the game.
Chris Cooley played quite a bit from the fullback position on Monday night, but it didn’t take away from tight end Fred Davis, who was in the game on 60 of a possible 62 plays. Cooley is quietly up to 116 snaps this season, but does trail Davis by 59. Santana Moss (53 snaps) and Jabar Gaffney (47) paced the wideouts for the third straight week. With Anthony Armstong leaving early with a hamstring injury, Terrence Austin (20) played over Niles Paul (5) and Donte Stallworth (0). Austin had played only four snaps entering the game, which trailed both Stallworth and Paul. Tim Hightower was in the game on 35 snaps after playing 62 in Week 1 and 55 in Week 2. Roy Helu was in on 26 plays after seeing only two snaps in Week 1 and 25 in Week 2. Hightower is handling most of the carries and blocking duties, while Helu is spelling him for carries and running quite a few pass routes.
Steelers 23, Colts 20
Hines Ward’s targets are on the decline, but his snaps sure aren’t, which should lead to a handful of good Fantasy days. He played 56 of a possible 68 on Sunday and is up to 170 on the season, which is second to only Heath Miller among Steelers’ skill position players on offense. Mike Wallace was in on 47 plays and ran nine fewer pass routes than Ward. Ward has a 10 PR edge on the year. Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders have played a pretty even slate of snaps over the last two weeks, but it’s clear that Brown is the preferred pass catcher and Sanders is the preferred blocker. Brown ran a pass route on 29 of his 35 snaps on Sunday, while Sanders ran only 18 on 36 snaps. After enjoying a 42-to-7 edge over the first two weeks, Isaac Redman (11 snaps) played two fewer snaps than Mewelde Moore in Week 3.
Reggie Wayne played every snap on Sunday and has missed only one this entire season. Pierre Garcon is still the clear No. 2, handling 59 snaps and 40 pass routes. Austin Collie was on the field for 41 plays, but 33 of those were pass routes. His high pass route/snap ratio continues. Anthony Gonzalez made his 2011 debut with six snaps. No. 2 Tight End and blocking specialist Brody Eldridge handled 30+ snaps for the second straight week, but ran only three pass routes. Joseph Addai played 49 snaps to just 13 by Delone Carter. Addai has a 137-to-41 edge this season.
Packers 27, Bears 17
The rotation at No. 2 tight end continues for the Packers. Andrew Quarless entered the game with 31 snaps played. Tom Crabtree had handled 29. In Week 3, Crabtree enjoyed a 17-to-16 edge. Expect this to continue, but DJ Williams could be the breakout Fantasy star if Jermichael Finley (55 snaps) were to go down with any kind of injury. After trailing Donald Driver in snaps back in Week 1, Jordy Nelson has been second among wide receivers behind only Greg Jennings each of the last two weeks. He racked up 41 snaps in Week 3, which was eight more than Driver and 18 more than James Jones. Rookie Randall Cobb handled a career-high 15 snaps, which doubles the 15 he had entering the week. James Starks paced the tailbacks with 38 snaps and 22 pass routes. Ryan Grant almost doubled his season total by playing 30 snaps, including 10 pass routes. Starks now enjoys a 117-to-61 edge over Grant in snaps this season.
Devin Hester played all 52 snaps on Sunday and has missed only 25 on the year. Roy Williams was all but an afterthought in this one, handling only 13 snaps. Picking up the slack were Johnny Knox (39 snaps), Dane Sanzenbacher (37), and Sam Hurd (24). Sanzenbacher was filling in for an injured Earl Bennett. Kellen Davis handled 27 snaps and holds a 121-to-42 season edge over the next closest tight end, Matt Spaeth. Matt Forte handled 100% of the RB snaps in this one.
Seahawks 13, Cardinals 10
Despite a rough day at the office, Mike Williams still handled 51 of a possible 65 offensive snaps on Sunday. He was second among wideouts to only Sidney Rice, who played 55 in his Seattle debut. Doug Baldwin (39 snaps) has a clear edge on Golden Tate (14) and Ben Obomanu (16) – the biggest loser of the Rice return – for slot duties. Marshawn Lynch handled 40 snaps after a weak 19-snap showing in Week 2. Justin Forsett played a season-low 15 snaps and Leon Washington was in the game on seven plays, giving him just 21 snaps on the year.
With Beanie Wells out, Alfonso Smith handled 44 snaps in relief. Chester Taylor played a lot early, but was ineffective in 24 snaps of work. After enjoying a 10 snap edge over the first two weeks, Jeff King played 38 snaps to Todd Heap’s 59 in Week 3. King is the blocker, Heap is the receiver. Heap has more than doubled King in pass routes (66 to 30) this year. Andre Roberts was on the field for all but five plays and has doubled Early Doucet in snaps this season (154 to 76). He’s the clear No. 2.
Titans 17, Broncos 14
Kenny Britt handled 25 snaps before going down with a season-ending injury. Picking up the slack behind new No. 1 Nate Washington was Lavelle Hawkins (25 snaps) and Damian Williams (31). Hawkins has played 73 snaps this season, 62 of which were pass routes. Williams has been in the game on 58 plays, 41 of which were pass routes. Jared Cook was in the game on only 27 plays in Week 3, but 25 of those were pass routes. Craig Stevens played more snaps than Cook for the second straight week. Javon Ringer played a season-high 18 snaps. Chris Johnson was in the game on 42 plays.
Eric Decker played 55 snaps to lead all Broncos wide receivers. That includes Brandon Lloyd, who handled 54 snaps. TE Daniel Fells matched Decker for the team lead in pass routes at 36. Lloyd was one behind. Matt Willis played 23 snaps as the No. 3 WR in place of Eddie Royal. Virgil Green was the No. 2 TE with Julius Thomas out and was in the game on 21 plays, only seven of which were pass routes. Knowshon Moreno was active, but was not healthy enough to play. Lance Ball handled 15 snaps in relief of workhorse Willis McGahee, who handled 48.
Raiders 34, Jets 24
Briefly shaken up, Darren McFadden played a season-low 37 snaps, while Michael Bush racked up 21. Rock Cartwright made his season debut with 23 snaps, playing ahead of rookie Taiwan Jones. Denarius Moore played 43 snaps, but 20 of those were non-pass routes. Darrius Heyward-Bey played 55 snaps, 26 of which were pass routes. Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford figure to lead the wideouts in snaps going forward, but Moore is worth a roster stash, as he is better than DHB. Derek Hagan (26 snaps) was the No. 3 wideout over Chaz Schilens (18). After handling 80 snaps over the first two games, Marcel Reece played only four snaps in Week 3. Kevin Boss made his Raiders debut, but played 26 snaps to Brandon Myers’ 29. Boss ran only nine pass routes.
For the first time this season, Plaxico Burress played more snaps than Santonio Holmes, but Holmes did enjoy a pass route edge of four. Holmes has played 17 more snaps than Burress this season. Derrick Mason was in on 49 snaps and Patrick Turner (10 snaps) played over Jeremy Kerley (5) as the No. 4 WR. Shonn Greene (38 snaps) and LaDainian Tomlinson (36) split the RB duties. LT ran nine more pass routes.
Chargers 20, Chiefs 17
Limited by an injury, Malcom Floyd played only 22 snaps in this one. Instead, Patrick Crayton racked up 55 snaps and 35 pass routes as the No. 2 WR behind Vincent Jackson. Vincent Brown made his NFL debut with 13 pass routes on 15 snaps. With Antonio Gates out, Randy McMichael handled 68 of a possible 70 snaps. Kory Sperry was in on 23 plays. With Mike Tolbert nursing an injury, Ryan Mathews played 51 snaps to Tolbert’s 19. Tolbert ran 12 pass routes.
Leonard Pope was in on 47 snaps for the second straight week and continues to handle TE No. 1 duties in place of Tony Moeaki. Steve Breaston was second in line at wideout again, this time as a product of an inactive Jerheme Urban. Breaston played 38 snaps, second most among wideouts behind Dwayne Bowe. Keary Colbert handled No. 3 duties with 20 snaps of his own. The big story here is how the Chiefs handled the replacement of Jamaal Charles. Dexter McCluster was in the game on 29 plays, 10 of which were pass routes. Le’Ron McClain was next with 28 snaps, but did a lot of blocking. Thomas Jones carried the ball a team-high 14 times on his 23 snaps.
Ravens 37, Rams 7
With Lee Evans out, Torrey Smith scored three times on 55 snaps in his place. Still, Smith ran 10 fewer pass routes than Anquan Boldin, who also played 14 additional snaps. LaQuan Williams (25 snaps) enjoyed a slight edge over Tandon Doss (16 snaps) for the No. 3 WR job. Ed Dickson played 59 snaps to Dennis Pitta’s season-high 32. Dickson has a 168-to-65 edge this year. Ray Rice played 48 snaps to Ricky Williams’ 23 and holds a 130-to-54 edge in 2011.
Mike Sims-Walker played 62 of a possible 63 snaps in Week 3 to pace the wideouts. Brandon Gibson was in on just 26 plays, giving up playing time to the emerging Danario Alexander, who played 33 snaps and ran three more pass routes than Gibson. Austin Pettis was in the game on 24 plays in his NFL debut. Mike Hoomanawanui dominated the TE snaps with 51, which receiving specialist Lance Kendricks was in on 34 plays. Blocker Billy Bajema handled 21. Still limited by injury, Steven Jackson played only 13 snaps. Cadillac Williams was in on 46 plays in his place.
Panthers 16, Jaguars 10
Legedu Naanee continues to hold down the No. 2 WR job behind Steve Smith. Naanee handled 54 snaps to Brandon LaFell’s 28 in Week 3 and holds a 188 to 99 edge this season. In fact, Naanee has played only 12 fewer snaps than Smith. The Panthers continue to go TE heavy, as Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey now rank fourth and fifth, respectively, among offensive skill position players in snaps. Olsen was in the game on 53 Week 3 plays to Shockey’s 39. Jonathan Stewart continues to lead the committee with DeAngelo Williams. Stewart handled 31 Week 3 snaps to Williams’ 27 and has a 103 to 90 edge on the season. Interestingly, Stewart has also run seven more pass routes than Williams.
No team has used more players at an offensive skill position than the Jaguars have so far in 2011. In Week 3, Mike Thomas again paced the wideouts in snaps. He held a 44-to-41 edge over Jason Hill, who returned as the No. 2. Cecil Shorts (20 snaps) played more than Jarett Dillard (15, 1 pass route). Shorts has a 73 to 37 edge on Dillard this season. Marcedes Lewis was also back and picked up where he left off with 51 snaps. Zach Miller and Zach Potter split up 19 snaps as evenly as possible. Maurice Jones-Drew handled 46 snaps and 20 pass routes – both season highs. Deji Karim was in on 10 plays – a season low.
Browns 17, Dolphins 16
Ben Watson paced the Browns’ offensive skill position players for the second straight week. He handled 50 snaps, 33 of which were pass routes. Alex Smith was second among tight ends again, this time handling 19 snaps and eight pass routes. That’s interesting because Evan Moore was on the field for only eight snaps, all of which were pass routes. Moore has racked up just 26 snaps through three games this year. Greg Little paced the wideouts in snaps for the third week in a row. He handled 45 this week, 32 of which were pass routes. Mohamed Massaquoi (37 snaps), Josh Cribbs (28), and Brian Robiskie (28) weren’t far behind. With Peyton Hillis out, Montario Hardesty easily reached a career high with 56 snaps played. Armond Smith played only four.
Anthony Fasano was in on another 67 snaps this week and missed only 10 on the year. In Week 3, however, he spent 40 of those snaps blocking. Brandon Marshall paced the wideouts with 63, but was just ahead of Brian Hartline. Davone Bess was well behind at 43 snaps. Hartline was a 172-to-143 edge in snaps on Bess this year, but Bess has run one more pass route. The committee at RB continues. Daniel Thomas edged out Reggie Bush by nine snaps this week after a five snap “win” in Week 2. Bush ran only one more pass route than Thomas this week.
49ers 13, Bengals 8
Vernon Davis played 61 of 63 snaps in this one and has missed only two this entire season. Delanie Walker played a season-high 36 snaps. With Braylon Edwards out, Josh Morgan was the top wideout with 56 snaps played. Michael Crabtree was just behind at 42 and Ted Ginn played 15. Frank Gore was nursing an injury, which dropped his snap total to 42. Kendall Hunter was second in line and racked up 21 snaps, only seven of which were pass routes. Anthony Dixon did not play.
Jermaine Gresham has been a workhorse for the Bengals this year. He’s been on the field for 174 of the offense’s 180 snaps. Donald Lee made his Bengals debut with 11 snaps and seemingly replaced Colin Cochart as the No. 2 TE. AJ Green missed only a handcuff of snaps, but the bigger story was the No. 2 situation. Jerome Simpson’s legal issues cost him regular snaps and he ended up with just 28. Andre Caldwell filled in with 51 snaps of his own. Cedric Benson has a looming suspension, but he was still on full display in Week 3. He handled 35 snaps to 14 for Brian Leonard and four for Bernard Scott. Benson has played 124 snaps this year. Leonard and Scott have combined for 61.
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