Picking up the pace: Eagles-Ravens might be sloppy, but active

It doesn't have to be pretty, but a lot of snaps can lead to a lot of fantasy productivity. Pat Thorman finds the Week 15 action.

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Picking up the pace: Eagles-Ravens might be sloppy, but active

Welcome to the Week 14 edition of Snaps, Pace & Stats, where we examine trends in snap totals and no-huddle usage. It is meant as a 30,000-foot view of upcoming games, with the goal of identifying which matchups will — and which will not — be played on fertile fantasy soil.

Up in pace

Rank Week 14 Snaps 2016 Snaps/Game Opponent Wk 14 Snaps 2016 Opp Snaps/Gm
1 N.Y. Jets (81) Arizona (69.7) San Francisco (81) San Francisco (70.3)
2 Philadelphia (76) Tampa Bay (68.2) Washington (76) N.Y. Giants (68.8)
3 Oakland (73) Baltimore (67.7) Buffalo (73) Denver (67.7)
4 Pittsburgh (73) New Orleans (67.7) Kansas City (73) Kansas City (67.7)
5 Cincinnati (70) Philadelphia (66.8) Cleveland (70) Cleveland (66.7)


Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens

They may not be pretty, but this matchup should produce plenty of snaps. The Eagles run the fifth-most plays per game (66.8) and lead the league during the last month (71.8). They started off the season limiting opponents’ plays, allowing 53.5 through five weeks (32nd). Since then, Philadelphia gives up nearly 10 more snaps per game (9.4), and they surrender 66.2 plays and 28.4 points in road games. Their 28th-graded rushing attack is beaten up and faces Baltimore’s top-graded run defense. Opponents attempt runs against the Ravens at the fifth-lowest rate (36.2-percent), and no quarterback has thrown more passes than Carson Wentz over the last six weeks (270).

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Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

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