Picking up the pace: Don't expect a big snap load in Bills-Patriots
Welcome to the Week 4 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.
This week we will hit on a pair of potentially high-paced matchups not as glaringly fantasy-friendly as the two high-total games that pop off the schedule page. It is not news that the Colts and Jaguars (in London) and the Saints in San Diego warrant fantasy exposure — so we will skip them and focus on the next rung down.
Up in pace
|Rank||Week 3 Snaps||2016 Snaps/Game||Opponent Wk 3 Snaps||2016 Opp Snaps/Gm|
|1||Tampa Bay (82)||Carolina (72.7)||Los Angeles (82)||Miami (75.7)|
|2||New Orleans (79)||Tampa Bay (72.7)||Atlanta (79)||Los Angeles (73.3)|
|3||Arizona (77)||Houston (70.3)||Buffalo (77)||Buffalo (71.0)|
|4||Cleveland (74)||Dallas (68.0)||Miami (74)||Atlanta (70.0)|
|5||Carolina (72)||Seattle (68.0)||Minnesota (72)||Cleveland (69.7)|
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
The Lions are sixth in pass attempts and 22nd in run rate despite trailing on only 39 percent of snaps (12th-lowest). After moderately successful rushing games against the Colts and Titans, they could do nothing on the ground in Green Bay and insist on treating scat-back Theo Riddick as a between-the-tackles runner. The Lions will throw often against the Bears — who allow the sixth-most plays per game (68.3) — and will do it with the league’s second-highest no-huddle rate (48 percent). They have incrementally increased their tempo each week, topping-out at a 58-percent rate against the Packers.