Cam is cranking up the pace
Welcome to Snaps, Pace, and Stats, which examines trends in snap totals and no-huddle usage. This year I’ll be looking at individual players on Fridays in Advanced Matchup Plays, which will appear both here and on RotoGrinders. Before that, however, it is helpful to take a 30,000-foot view of the upcoming games, in the hope of finding out which ones will be played on fertile fantasy soil.
|Rank||Week 3 Snaps||2015 Snaps/Game||Opponent Wk 3 Snps||2015 Opp Snps/Gm|
|1||Houston (86)||Houston (80.3)||Tampa Bay (86)||Buffalo (71.7)|
|2||New England (76)||New England (70.0)||Jacksonville (76)||Philadelphia (71.7)|
|3||N.Y. Jets (75)||Atlanta (69.7)||Philadelphia (75)||Carolina (70.3)|
|4||Tennessee (74)||Washington (68.3)||Indianapolis (74)||Kansas City (70.3)|
|5||San Diego (72)||San Diego (67.3)||Minnesota (72)||MIN / NYG (69.3)|
N.Y. Giants at Buffalo
Unlike last season, when they ranked fourth in plays-per-game, the Giants are averaging just 63 (17th-most). Their no-huddle rate inched even higher than when it ranked second in 2014, thanks to New York using the hurry-up on almost half of their Week 3 snaps. They will face a Bills team that’s allowing the most plays per game (71.7), struggled against New England’s tempo at home, and has been missing their pass rush for most of the season (-7.1; 29th).
Buffalo’s offense is low on volume (61 snaps per game; 25th-most), but high on the points-per-snap list (0.55; third-most). The Giants are tied for the fifth-most plays allowed, and have given up 70 in back-to-back weeks. No-huddle usage has a snap-generating effect on opponents, and if the Bills can maintain their newfound efficiency, it will be a fun day running extra plays in the short-to-intermediate zones in which New York struggles and Buffalo has thrived.
Pat Thorman is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy and was named 2013 Newcomer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @Pat_Thorman