Fantasy: The Snap Report – Week 9 Offense
Fantasy: The Snap Report – Week 9 Offense
The weekly offensive snap report is a summary of the participation data for each team’s running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. Although the main focus is snaps, we also cover other important categories like pass routes and designed runs.
All 14 Week 9 Games Now Added
Jets 27, Bills 11
Santonio Holmes was in on 59 Week 9 snaps, which paced the Jets wide receivers. Plaxico Burress followed with 43 and Jeremy Kerley handled 17. Patrick Turner saw 10 snaps for first time since Week 3. FB John Conner’s 44 snaps led all backers and was easily a season-high. The top half back was Shonn Greene, who handled 32 snaps before suffering a head injury. LaDainian Tomlinson was in on 24 plays, 16 of which were passes. Joe McKnight chipped in with 13 snaps, running the ball on nine of them. Dustin Keller also suffered a head injury, but not before hitting the 36-snap mark. Matt Mulligan was in on 40 plays and Josh Baker handled 18.
Steve Johnson led the wide receivers, handling all 53 snaps. The 53-snap total is actually a season-low for Johnson, but that was a product of a low snap count for the offense. He’s played 53+ snaps in each game this season. Fresh of an injury, Donald Jones stepped right back into 52 snaps. David Nelson racked up 43 snaps of his own in the slot. Naaman Roosevelt handled 23 snaps and Brad Smith did not play. Fred Jackson’s 48 snaps led the backers. C.J. Spiller was in on only five plays. Scott Chandler was in on 29 snaps and Lee Smith handled 10.
Falcons 31, Colts 7
Roddy White paced the wide receivers in snaps for the eighth time in as many games this season, this time with 54. Julio Jones’ big game was built on 47 snaps. Eric Weems (10 snaps), Harry Douglas (nine), and Kerry Meier (three) filled in the blanks. Tony Gonzalez played his regular 42 snaps, but Reggie Kelly (season-high 29 snaps) and Michael Palmer (season-high 28) were both busy, as well. Injury replacement Mike Cox handled 28 snaps at fullback in his Falcons debut. Jason Snelling also saw some fullback reps and managed 24 total snaps on the day. Jazquizz Rodgers added 20 snaps behind starter Mike Turner, who was in on 32 plays.
For the first time this season, Reggie Wayne did not lead the Colts’ wide receivers in snaps. Wayne played 54 snaps to Pierre Garcon’s 55. Austin Collie was in on just 24 snaps, which actually is not a season-low. Anthony Gonzalez was active and handled nine snaps. Dallas Clark was injured after 34 snaps, which allowed a season-high 40 snaps for Jacob Tamme. Brody Eldridge also injured himself, but was in on eight snaps. With Joe Addai still out, Donald Brown was in on 45 snaps, compared to just 10 for Delone Carter.
Cowboys 23, Seahawks 13
Jason Witten handled all 60 offensive snaps for the Cowboys and is up to 501 on the year. Martellus Bennett was in on 33 plays and John Phillips managed 10. Dez Bryant’s 39 snaps led the wide receivers. Miles Austin was in on 17 plays before suffering a multi-week injury. Laurent Robinson filled in with 37 snaps. Kevin Ogletree added 15 and Jesse Holley saw one – his first action since Week 4. DeMarco Murray racked up 45 snaps with Felix Jones still out. Phillip Tanner chipped in with 10 and has played between 10 and 12 snaps each of the last three weeks.
Zach Miller handled 56 snaps for Seattle this week and has played 43+ snaps in each game he’s made it through healthy this year. With Cam Morrah out, Anthony McCoy handled 28 snaps. Sidney Rice was in on 48 snaps and leads the wideouts in snaps on the year with 321 despite missing two games. Doug Baldwin was next with 279 snaps and now trails only Rice in snaps among Seattle wideouts this year. Mike Williams was back from injury and played 29 snaps. Ben Obomanu was in on 26 plays and Golden Tate handled 20. Marshawn Lynch’s 34 snaps led the backers, but it’s interesting to note that he carried the ball on 23 of his 34 snaps and was targeted on two others. Justin Forsett was next with 10 snaps and Leon Washington added seven. FB Mike Robinson played 11 snaps.
49ers 19, Redskins 11
Vernon Davis rarely misses a snap and played 57-of-58 this week. Delanie Walker was in on 39 plays and trails only Davis and Frank Gore in snaps among the team’s offensive skill position players this season. Speaking of Gore, he was in on 45 snaps, while Kendall Hunter handled only 13. Michael Crabtree’s 40 snaps led the wide receivers. Braylon Edwards was in on 29 plays and is up to 100 snaps on the year. Kyle Williams was next in line with 16 snaps, but Ted Ginn followed closely with 15.
Fred Davis played 64 snaps this week and leads the Redskins offense in snaps with 462 on the year. Logan Paulsen was in on 14 plays. The big story here was the role rookie Leonard Hankerson played. With Santana Moss still out, Hankerson leaped into a starting job and paced all Redskins wide receivers by playing 63 of a possible 64 snaps. Jabar Gaffney was in on 55 plays and Terrence Austin handled 35 as the slot man. Anthony Armstrong was in on eight plays and Niles Paul hurt his toe on his only snap. Roy Helu’s season-high 61 snaps paced the backers, leaving just three for Ryan Torain.
Saints 27, Bucs 16
The snap situation in New Orleans was quite interesting this week. Starting with the wide receivers, we have Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson pacing the unit with 41 and 38 snaps, respectively, Marques Colston was in on 32 plays and Lance Moore handled just 25. Pass routes, however, were a different story. Pacing the unit was Colston with 27. Henderson (22), Moore (21), and Meachem (19) followed. It seems that Sean Payton likes to use Meachem/Henderson in blocking situations, but prefers Moore/Colston on pass plays. Taking it a step further, we see that Jimmy Graham was on the field for 37 plays, but only seven of them were run plays. Doing the blocking were Dave Thomas (29 snaps, five pass routes) and John Gilmore (26 snaps, two pass routes). It was the same story for the running backs. Darren Sproles ran 24 pass routes on just 28 snaps. Chris Ivory played 20 snaps, but carried the ball on 15 of them. Pierre Thomas was the most balanced of the three, as 13 of his 21 snaps were pass plays. If Graham-Moore-Colston-Sproles are on the field, odds favor a pass. If it’s Henderson-Meachem-Ivory-Gilmore/D Thomas, you’re looking at a run.
Kellen Winslow paced the Buccaneers’ skill position players in snaps with 46 in Week 9. Luke Stocker handled 23 and Zach Pianalto was in on eight. The wide receivers were led by Arrelious Benn’s 40, which means that Mike Williams (36) failed to lead the Bucs’ wideouts in snaps for the first time this season. Williams missed a few plays with a minor injury. Dezmon Briscoe was in on 27 plays and Preston Parker handled 26. Kregg Lumpkin’s 30 snaps led the running backs. LeGarrette Blount managed 13 carries on 27 snaps.
Dolphins 31, Chiefs 3
Anthony Fasano doesn’t see many targets, but still scored twice on 44 snaps in Week 9. Jeron Mastrud was on the field for 16 plays, 13 of which were runs. Brandon Marshall paced the wide receivers with 39 snaps, with Brian Hartline handling 26. Davone Bess saw only nine snaps, easily blowing away his previous season-low of 24 back in Week 4. Hartline has played 67 more snaps than Bess this season. Clyde Gates also played nine snaps. Reggie Bush led the running backs with 33 snaps, well ahead of Daniel Thomas’ 19.
Dwayne Bowe paced the Chiefs offense with 70 snaps in Week 9. Steve Breaston was just behind at 68. Dexter McCluster saw a massive uptick in snaps, playing 49, 32 of which were pass plays. McCluster had played a total of 52 snaps over the last three games. Rookie Jon Baldwin handled 34 snaps, Keary Colbert was in on 22 plays, and Terrance Cooper saw action on four plays. Jake O’Connell led the tight ends with 52 snaps and seems to have the edge over Leonard Pope (34 snaps) for the top tight end job. McCluster aside, Jackie Battle led the team’s traditional tailbacks with 28 snaps. Thomas Jones was in on only four plays.
Giants 24, Patriots 20
Jake Ballard’s 68-snap day paced the Giants offense in Week 9. Among the team’s offensive skill position players, he trails only Hakeem Nicks (by 27) on the season. Nicks was out of action this week, allowing 65 snaps for Mario Manningham and 62 for Victor Cruz. Fresh off the PUP list, Ramses Barden handled 26 snaps. Michael Clayton and Devin Thomas combined for three snaps. Ahmad Bradshaw was also out, which allowed Brandon Jacobs to rack up 38 snaps. Danny Ware was in on 28 plays and Da’Rel Scott saw one. Bear Pascoe played 35 snaps with Henry Hynoski still out. Travis Beckum was in on six snaps.
Rob Gronkowski was in the game on 71 of a possible 75 snaps in Week 9, which paced the offense. His 511 snaps on the year also lead the team’s skill position players. Aaron Hernandez was in on 56 plays. Wes Welker handled 66 snaps to lead the wide receivers. Deion Branch was just behind at 62. Chad Ochocinco chipped in with 18 and Julian Edelman saw four. Playing from behind, the Patriots turned to Danny Woodhead, who led the backfield with 41 snaps. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was in on 27 plays and Steven Ridley saw four snaps.
Ravens 23, Steelers 20
Anquan Boldin paced the Ravens offense with 74 snaps. Torrey Smith was just behind at 71. LaQuan Williams (14 snaps) and David Reed (three) chipped in, as well. Ed Dickson was in the game on 73 snaps and continues to play quite a bit more than Dennis Pitta (33 snaps). Ray Rice handled 59 snaps and Ricky Williams was in on 18. Vonta Leach was on the field for 35 plays.
Heath Miller’s 57 snaps led the Steelers’ offense. Weslye Saunders handled only seven snaps in the No. 2 TE role. Mike Wallace paced the wideouts with 56 snaps. An early injury to Hines Ward (two snaps) and the inactive Emmanuel Sanders (personal) allowed Jerricho Cotchery to easily reach a season-high with 49 snaps. Antonio Brown saw another nine targets on 42 snaps. Rashard Mendenhall’s 34 snaps were enough to pace the backers. He doubled Isaac Redman’s total of 17. Mewelde Moore was on the field for nine plays.
Bengals 24, Titans 17
A.J. Green was on the field for 66 snaps, which led the Bengals’ offense. Jerome Simpson was just behind at 64 snaps and Andre Caldwell handled 46. Andrew Hawkins saw only five snaps. Jermaine Gresham was out, allowing Donald Lee to rack up 54 snaps. Colin Cochart was on the field for 23 plays. Cedric Benson’s 42 snaps paced the backers, but Bernard Scott saw 19 – a season-high in games where Benson was active. Brian Leonard saw 12 snaps.
Nate Washington suffered an injury in this one, but not before he reached 47 snaps. That allowed Damian Williams to pace the wide receivers with 55 snaps played. Williams has now matched or played more snaps than Washington in three of the team’s last four games. Lavelle Hawkins chipped in with 34, while Donnie Avery handled nine and Marc Mariani eight. The tight ends were led by Craig Stevens’ 35-snap day. Jared Cook was in on 30 plays and Daniel Graham saw 10. Chris Johnson’s 53 snaps easily paced the running backs, as Javon Ringer was in on only 14 plays. Jamie Harper saw six snaps after seeing a total of seven over the team’s last six games.
Packers 45, Chargers 38
Another week, another Greg Jennings sighting atop of the wide receiver snap count. Jennings was in on 47 plays, compared to 28 for James Jones, 27 for Jordy Nelson, and 24 for Donald Driver. Clearly, we have a full on rotation behind Jennings. Randall Cobb was in on five plays. Tom Crabtree and Andrew Quarless shared 35 snaps pretty evenly at tight end behind Jermichael Finley, who was in on 42 plays. James Starks’ 37 snaps paced the backers. Ryan Grant saw only 11 snaps.
Vincent Jackson handled 68 snaps in Week 9 to lead the Chargers’ offense. With Malcom Floyd out, Vincent Brown played 59 snaps as the No. 2 wideout. Patrick Crayton was in on 28 plays, 24 of which were passes. Antonio Gates was involved on 64 plays, while Randy McMichael took on 33 and Kory Sperry handled four. Mike Tolbert racked up 65 snaps with Ryan Mathews out of action. Jacob Hester was in on 20 plays and Curtis Brinkley was in on only four.
Broncos 38, Raiders 24
Eric Decker led the Broncos’ offense with 58 snaps played in Week 9. Eddie Royal handled 49, which was just ahead of Demaryius Thomas’ 42. Matt Willis saw only 10 plays. Willis McGahee paced the backfield with 34 snaps, 27 of which were runs. Knowshon Moreno ran a pass route on seven of his 15 snaps and Lance Ball was in the game on 11 plays. Daniel Fells’ 52 snaps easily led the tight ends. Dante Rosario was in on 12 snaps and Julius Thomas saw nine.
Michael Bush paced the Raiders’ offense with 61 snaps played out of a possible 63. Taiwan Jones picked up two snaps with Darren McFadden out of action. The wide receivers were led by Jacoby Ford, who handled 55 snaps. Denarius Moore, who leads the offense in snaps this season, was in on 49 plays. Chaz Schilens, inactive as recently as Week 7, was in on 45 plays, while Darrius Heyward-Bey shockingly played only 20 snaps. Newcomer T.J. Houshmandzadeh handled 17 snaps, 16 of which were passes. Louis Murphy was in on four plays. Marcel Reece also handled 38 snaps, which means there weren’t many to go around for the tight ends. Brandon Myers was in on 17 plays and Kevin Boss saw only one snap.
Bears 30, Eagles 24
Matt Forte led the Bears’ offense with 51 snaps played. Marion Barber handled 13 as the No. 2 back. Kellen Davis’ 45 snaps paced the tight ends. Matt Spaeth scored on one of his 35 snaps. Earl Bennett’s return to action saw him in play on 42 snaps. Devin Hester missed the last few minutes of the game, but racked up 39 snaps before going down. Johnny Knox and Roy Williams each played 32 snaps. Dane Sanzenbacher and Sam Hurd each saw six.
The Eagles wide receivers were led by Jeremy Maclin and his 61 snaps in Week 9. DeSean Jackson wasn’t far behind at 57 and trails Maclin by only 14 snaps on the season. Jason Avant saw 43 snaps and Riley Cooper was in on five. Brent Celek managed eight targets on his 55 snaps. Clay Harbor was in on 25 plays and is quietly up to 176 on the year. LeSean McCoy dominated the backfield snaps with 53. Ronnie Brown saw only six and Dion Lewis didn’t play on offense.
Cardinals 19, Rams 13
Larry Fitzpatrick played all 55 snaps in Arizona’s Week 9 win. Andre Roberts was just behind at 53 snaps and Early Doucet handled 31. Chansi Stuckey added 18 of his own. Todd Heap was active, but played only two snaps. Jeff King (26 snaps) and Jim Dray (23) picked up the slack. Rob Housler was also out. Beanie Wells paced the backers with 27 snaps, but Chester Taylor was just behind with 22, 18 of which were passes. LaRod Stephens-Howling (four snaps) and Alfonso Smith (one) barely played.
Mike Hoomanawanui led the Rams’ offense with 67 snaps in Week 9. Despite missing Week 1 and most of Week 4, he now leads all Rams’ skill position players in snaps this year with 333. Billy Bajema was in on 39 plays. Lance Kendricks was injured after handling nine snaps. Steven Jackson led the backs with 64 snaps. Cadillac Williams saw only 10 and has seen between nine and 10 each of the last three games. Brandon Lloyd, again, led the wideouts in snaps, this time with 64. Filling in for Danario Alexander, Brandon Gibson was in on 52 plays. Greg Salas saw 30 snaps before suffering a season-ending injury. Austin Pettis filled in for him with 24 snaps.
Texans 30, Browns 12
With Andre Johnson still out of action, Jacoby Jones paced the Texans’ wide receivers with 51 snaps in Week 9. Kevin Walter was next up with 46. Bryant Johnson (13 snaps) played over Derrick Mason (11) in this one. Owen Daniels was in on 49 snaps and Joel Dreessen handled 39 at the tight end position. Fullback Lawrence Vickers saw 35 snaps with James Casey only seeing eight in limited action. Arian Foster paced the running backs with 40 snaps and Ben Tate racked up 12 carries on 15 snaps. Derrick Ward was in on eight plays and all were runs.
Greg Little paced the Browns’ offense in Week 9 with 43 snaps played. He’s up to 299 on the year. Josh Cribbs followed with 29 snaps, just edging out Mohamed Massaquoi, who left the game early after 25 snaps. Jordan Norwood (eight snaps) and Carlton Mitchell (five) also saw some action. Ben Watson led the tight ends with 41 snaps. Alex Smith handled 12 plays and Evan Moore was in on 11. Jordan Cameron saw the field only once. Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty were both out, which allowed Chris Ogbonnaya to rack up 35 snaps. Thomas Clayton chipped in with 12.
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