In an effort to streamline more usable info from an exhaustive snap chart and deliver it in a way that’s easier to help with difficult lineup decisions, the IDP Snap Report is focusing more attention on important usage shifts, and spending less time reporting the obvious. (ex. Luke Kuechly plays lots of snaps. You should start him.)
If you don’t see a stud IDP on here, it’s because he’s playing his usual snap share.
Arizona’s defense only logged in 64 defensive snaps, so if your Cardinals IDPs came up a bit short for you, some of that might have been the lessened opportunity.
- DT Robert Nkemdiche was inactive, due in part to an ankle injury. He practiced in limited fashion all week, and it’s important to note that HC Bruce Arians alluded to Nkemdiche being inactive until he improves his play at practice. He also called out his young players, so he’s a sit until further notice, which is a shame because Nkemdiche had the door left wide open by the injured Frostee Rucker.
- ILB Deone Bucannon played 64 snaps (100%). He’s the every-down LB, but continues to underwhelm. He recorded 4 total tackles (2 solo) and is currently behind Kevin Minter in team tackles. That’s a bad thing.
- OLB Chandler Jones played 61 snaps (95%), remaining active on this defense. He has a sack in each game so far, but he tackle totals are much lower than when he was a DL in New England.
- SS Tony Jefferson played 64 snaps (100%). Jefferson hasn’t taken a snap off this season, and has been incredibly consistent. He just missed double-digit tackles, which can likely be attributed to the team’s lowered defensive snaps this week.
- FS Tyrann Mathieu played 52 snaps (81%). Mathieu continues to play FS, which in this defense only produces 4-6 tackles per week. He did save his fantasy day with a forced fumble, but we’re three weeks in and his snaps can’t get much higher to envision him being a DB1 again.
- DB Tyvon Branch played 39 snaps (61%). If you’re wondering where Branch’s production went, it’s likely due to a groin injury that sidelined him. Once fully healthy, Branch should bounce back.
The Falcons were involved in a shootout, and logged a hefty 81 defensive snaps.
- DE Vic Beasley played 51 snaps (63%). After a week of lowered usage, Beasley bounced back up to the 60-70% range, which is plenty to be a big play option. Whether or not he consistently comes through is another matter entirely.
- DE Dwight Freeney played 31 snaps (38%). Freeney has been used consistently as a 3rd-down pass-rush specialist, which is working for both him and the Falcons.
- OLB De’Vondre Campbell was inactive with an ankle injury. Veteran Sean Weatherspoon again started in his place (75%) and played well. Campbell isn’t assured a starting job when he’s fully healthy.
- ILB Deion Jones played 78 snaps (96%) and is locked in as the 3-down LB.
- SS Keanu Neal played 52 snaps (64%) in his NFL debut. He played mainly in nickel packages as the Falcons eased him back in. He looked good and recorded 4 tackles (3 solo) and a PD. He should fully supplant Kemal Ishmael (37%) going forward.
Baltimore’s defense got in 66 snaps, which is about their average.
- ILB Zachary Orr played 66 snaps (100%), as did C.J. Mosley. Orr is a strong fantasy option as an LB2 going forward.
- OLB Terrell Suggs played 37 snaps (56%). He’s hovered around the 50-60% usage so far, so this is likely the plan for him going forward.
- SS Eric Weddle again played 100% of the team’s snaps and is locked in. He’s back to being a DB1/DB2. We’ll let you know if his usage dips, but we’re not expecting it.
Buffalo’s defense saw a nice jump in defensive snaps from 68 in Week One to 82 in Week Three. This could be the result of a new OC in Buffalo. We’ll keep you posted.
- DE Adolphus Washington played 30 snaps (37%). Washington could grow into a useful DL3 if his snaps continue creeping up and the Bills continue to see more snaps on D.
- ILB Preston Brown played 82 snaps (100%), while his LB-mate and namesake Zach Brown played only 60%. However, it was Zach who had easily the more impressive day, with 12 tackles (10 solo). This is the second week in a row that Zach had double-digit tackles. We’re not sure why his snaps dropped (he played 100% in Week 2), but it’s likely just a fluke, or perhaps a minor injury.
- CB Stephone Gilmore played 81 snaps (99%) and has been a strong fantasy option in CB-required leagues.
- CB Ronald Darby was inactive, and yet still leads the Buffalo DBs in tackles. Corey White started in Darby’s place and put up 9 tackles (8 solo) and an INT. Apparently this spot in the Buffalo D is the best spot for DB fantasy production.
- SS Aaron Williams (81%) started over Duke Williams (43%), but neither have mustered more than a few solos per game.
- FS Corey Graham played 82 snaps (100%) and finally produced for fantasy, but that was mainly due to an INT and 3 PD. He’s still playing deep and getting beaten to the ball by the LBs and CBs.
The Panthers logged 54 defensive snaps, which is slightly under their first two games. That might have been due to a weak Minnesota offense. Week Four should bring a more prolific offense in Atlanta, so the snaps should get a boost.
- DT Kawann Short played 48 snaps (89%), which is a boost for him. That was likely due to the high ankle sprain the rookie Vernon Butler (46%) endured. Short’s snaps may stay high while Butler misses a few games.
- OLB Shaq Thompson played 34 snaps (63%). He’s seen his snap share increase each week.
The Bears saw 68 defensive snaps. That’s a bit fewer than their first two games, but not by enough to make an impact.
- DT Will Sutton played 43 snaps (63%) filling in for Eddie Goldman and recorded 5 tackles (2 solo) and a PD.
- ILB Danny Trevathan was inactive with a thumb injury and will miss several weeks. Christian Jones (38%) and Nick Kwiatkoski (27%) filled in at ILB, but neither put up fantasy production.
- ILB Jerrell Freeman played 67 snaps (100%). With Danny Trevathan missing time, Freeman should see an uptick in production.
- OLB Sam Acho (74%) led the Chicago edge defenders in snaps with Lamarr Houston out for the season (ACL). Willie Young (66%) and Leonard Floyd (59%) played plenty to be productive. This might be the new rotation going forward. Each OLB put up 4-5 tackles.
- SS Harold Jones-Quartey played 31 snaps (46%) before exiting with a concussion. Chris Prosinski (44%) took over, but wasn’t productive.
- FS Adrian Amos (100%) returned this week from a concussion and instantly took over his every-down role.
Cincinnati played 67 snaps, which was a slight dip from the first two weeks of 71 and 74 snaps.
- DEs Carlos Dunlap (69%) and Michael Johnson (75%) are both playing plenty, but have seen their snaps slowly decrease. This is to make room for the much-improved DE/DT Margus Hunt (63%). The Bengals are steadily increasing his role. He’s a DL3 at the moment, and best used as a big play option. He’s not likely to outsnap the two stud ends.
- DT Geno Atkins played 43 snaps (64%) in Week 2. He’s also losing a few snaps to Margus Hunt, which is something to keep an eye on.
- SS Shawn Williams played 52 snaps (78%) before exiting with a minor knee injury. He should go right back to being a full-time player once back on the field.
The Browns played 67 defensive snaps, which is fairly low considering they played in an overtime game.
- DE Carl Nassib was inactive with a broken hand. He’ll miss a few weeks.
- OLB/DE Emmanuel Ogbah played 57 snaps (85%). Ogbah is more of a DE in this defensive scheme and that’s where he’s worth starting. He’s seen his snaps grow each week, and put up 3 solos and a PD this week.
- SS Derrick Kindred - 66 snaps (99%) – started over Ibraheim Campbell and put up 4 tackles (3 solo). Campbell is nursing a hamstring injury.
- FS Jordan Poyer played 67 snaps (100%), and is now the full-time free safety in Cleveland. His snaps have been moving up to 100% from 75% in Week One. Poyer put up an Impact outing with 12 tackles (10 solo).
Dallas continues to play an average number of defensive snaps, with 65.
- OLB Sean Lee played 65 snaps (100%) and is the only reliable LB in this defense.
- SS Barry Church played 63 snaps (97%). In Week Two, Church saw a dip in snaps, but now that he is back to essentially full-time usage, he had 9 tackles (6 solo).
The Broncos played 67 snaps on defense, after playing 73 in both previous games.
- ILB Todd Davis played 46 snaps (69%) and continues to play a decent chunk of snaps next to 3-down LB Brandon Marshall. Davis is tied with Marshall with 14 tackles.
- OLB Shane Ray played 49 snaps (73%) filling in for Demarcus Ware who was inactive with a broken arm. Ray put up 6 tackles and 3 sacks in his expanded role.
The Lions played a brutally low 54 defensive snaps. For comparison, they played 70 snaps in Week One.
- DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) and OLB Deandre Levy (quad) were both inactive.
- DE Kevin Hyder played 34 snaps (63%) while filling in for Ezekiel Ansah. This was a dip from the previous week, so it’s worth keeping an eye while Ansah recovers.
- OLB Kyle Van Noy played 48 snaps (89%) in place of the injured DeAndre Levy. He put up 4 tackles (3 solo) and a PD, so he’s a usable LB4 until Levy returns.
- SS Tavon Wilson played just 12 snaps (22%) after clearly outsnapping Rafael Bush in the previous weeks. Bush played 46 snaps (85%). This flip-flop may continue, but if you had to bet on one of these, bet on Bush.
As the toughest run D in the league, the Packers played 68 snaps in Week Three.
- OLB Clay Matthews was inactive with a few injuries.
- The ILB situation in Green Bay is a mess for fantasy. Nick Perry (75%) and Jake Ryan (82%) have been flip-flopping as the top 2 in snaps so far, with no clear winner. What is clear is Blake Martinez (44%) is losing this timeshare so far. The bottom line: there’s too much up in the air to trust any of these as more than an LB3/LB4 to this point.
- OLB Datone Jones was inactive, which allowed Kyle Fackrell (54%) to see more time.
- SS Morgan Burnett was inactive due to injury, so Micah Hyde (99%) took over at strong safety.
For the second week in a row, Houston logged 64 snaps on defense.
- ILB Bernardrick McKinney (95%) and OLB Whitney Mercilus (86%) continue to lead the Houston LBs while Brian Cushing is sidelined.
- OLB Jadeveon Clowney played 42 snaps (66%) but should see heavy snaps going forward with J.J. Watt out indefinitely.
The Colts D only got in 60 snaps after playing 71 the week before.
- DE Henry Anderson played 18 snaps in his first action of the season. That number should go up considerably in the coming weeks.
- ILB D’Qwell Jackson played 48 snaps (80%) after playing 93% the week before. However, the 80% is closer to his Week One usage. All that can be deemed from this so far is that the Week Two usage isn’t necessarily an indication that Jackson’s 3-down gig is safe. Jackson doesn’t have the same ceiling as last season.
- ILB Sio Moore played 37 snaps (62%), which was a noticeable dip from his Week Two usage (83%). This linebacking corps continues to fluctuate.
- OLB Trent Cole was placed on Injured Reserve. His snaps need to be replaced, and Akeem Ayers has a chance to fill that void.
The Jags continue to play mid-60s snaps. So far they’ve played 64, 68, and 67 through three weeks.
- DE Yannick Ngakoue played 59 snaps (88%) and continues to lead the Jacksonville DEs. He’s been a pleasant surprise for the Jaguars and for fantasy.
- DT Malik Jackson played 49 snaps (73%) which was his highest of the season so far. The Jags rotate five DTs, but if Jackson can keep his usage this high, he could be useful for fantasy again.
Kansas City Chiefs
The 68 snaps the Chiefs logged was a bit lower than usual for them, but when you rack up 6 INTs, you get to stay on the sidelines a little more.
- LB Justin March-Lillard played 24 snaps (35%) as his slide continues. After playing 70% in Week One, his usage has decreased each week. 35% won’t get it done for fantasy.
- OLB Tamba Hali played 46 snaps (68%) as the Chiefs continue to ramp up his workload. It probably won’t go much higher than this, but it’s good to see that he appears to be at full strength.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams D saw a whopping 90 snaps. They saw 81 in Week One, so this could be a thing.
- DT Aaron Donald played 77 snaps (86%) as his usage continues to rise. He’s playing great, so a breakout is right around the corner. The high usage is certainly a good sign for IDP owners.
- ILB Alec Ogletree played 67 snaps (100%) in Week 2. He’s locked in as an every-down LB1.
- LBs Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron have played every snap this season. It seems there’s no offensive package that pulls either of these guys off the field. Pass “Go” and collect $200 if you start Barron as a DB.
- CB Coty Sensabaugh didn’t log a single snap after playing poorly in the first few games. It looks like Troy Hill (96%) has taken over. Hill put up 11 solos, so yeah, start him.
Miami has played at least 80 snaps in every game this season. Fire up Kiko Alonso and Reshad Jones weekly without prejudice. They don’t take snaps off.
- DE Mario Williams (72%) continues to lead the Miami DEs in usage, followed by Jason Jones (57%), Andre Branch (43%), and Cameron Wake (43%).
Minnesota’s defense logged in 77 snaps, which is only slightly higher than their first two games.
- The breakout is being televised: DE Danielle Hunter played 55 snaps (71%) as his usage has increased each week. His talent combined with that usage is the stuff of dreams for IDP owners.
- DT Linval Joseph played 42 snaps (55%) and although he’s been productive, we’re a little worried about his ability to sustain that high level of production while coming in 5th in usage on this talented D-line. That said, dude is going off in his limited role. So perhaps it’s good coaching to keep him fresh so he’s full-blast for every play he’s in there. Time will tell.
- DT Shariff Floyd was inactive with a knee injury.
- ILB Eric Kendricks (88%) and OLB Anthony Barr (93%) got a few snaps off as the game was in control toward the end.
- CB Trae Waynes played 39 snaps (51%) and although he had his second INT in as many games, his usage plummeted with the return of Xavier Rhodes (74%) and will likely continue to fall as Rhodes sees more time.
New England Patriots
The Patriots D played 71 snaps, which was a noticeable bump from the first two weeks.
- DE/OLB Shea McClellin played 25 snaps (35%), which was a drastic drop from last week (60%). With Rob Ninkovich returning in two weeks, McClellin might be out of fantasy value soon.
- ILB Dont’a Hightower was inactive for Week 2.
New Orleans Saints
The 64 snaps the Saints played were well below the mid/high 70s they played in the first two games.
- DEs Cameron Jordan (100%) and Paul Kruger (72%) are dominating the snaps at end among five players.
- OLB Craig Robertson played 58 snaps (91%). Between a few more snaps off and a significantly lower team snap total, Robertson played 24 fewer snaps than the previous week. That helps explain why he didn’t put up double-digit fantasy points again, and likely means he’ll be back in line for double-digit production going forward.
- OLB Stephone Anthony played 33 snaps (52%), which is twice as many as the total he played over the first two weeks. He still wasn’t useful for fantasy. He recorded 3 solos.
New York Giants
After a slow Week Two (62 snaps), the Giants D bounced back with 71 snaps. They should hang out in the 70s most weeks.
- DT Damon Harrison is putting up monster tackle numbers while playing only 61% of the team’s snaps. That makes his floor a little shaky, but that tackle ceiling is enticingly high.
- OLB Jonathan Casillas played 60 snaps (85%). The most productive and consistent LB on this team is finally getting the lion’s share of playing time.
- CB Eli Apple played just 9 snaps (13%) before exiting with a hamstring injury.
New York Jets
The Jets continue to put up weak snap counts, but at least this week they finally got over the 50-mark (63).
- DT Sheldon Richardson played 84% of the snaps after being eased into action in Week Two (75%).
- OLB Darron Lee played 63 snaps (100%) starting for the injured Erin Henderson. Whether or not he holds onto the starting job will be something to watch closely over the next few weeks.
Oakland’s D registered 68 snaps, which is in line with the rest of their season’s snap counts.
- DE Khalil Mack played 56 snaps (82%) which is lower than usual. Is something up with Mack? We don’t think so. In watching the tape, offensive linemen are getting away with murder in “blocking” him, but the lowered usage is something that could be a concern unless it bounces back up to the mid-90s.
- ILB Ben Heeney played 1 snap (1%). Yep. One. If you own him, it might be time to move on, or at least do what the Raiders did and bench him.
- ILB Cory James took over for Ben Heeney and played 65 snaps (95%).
- OLB Malcolm Smith hasn’t missed a snap all season. He’s a sneaky LB3 due to his solid floor.
- SS Karl Joseph finally saw the field and played 61 snaps (90%). He had 6 tackles.
The Eagles played 60 defensive snaps, as they continue to log some of the lowest snap totals in the league.
- The DE rotation in Philly seems to be locked in place: Connor Barwin (78%), Brandon Graham (70%), and Vinny Curry (43%) have kept this usage split so far through three weeks.
- ILB Jordan Hicks came into this game in danger of losing snaps to the recently-signed Stephen Tulloch, but Hicks played 80%, compared to Tulloch’s 18%. Coming out of their bye week, we should see a more accurate picture of how the Eagles use Tulloch, and how it affects Hicks. Nigel Bradham (93%) continues to log the most snaps at LB.
Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps have been all over the map so far. This week falls in the middle at 64.
- ILBs Ryan Shazier (52%) and Lawrence Timmons (27%) suffered injuries so their snap counts were skewed.
- DB Sean Davis played 59 snaps (92%) and has seemingly taken over the strong safety job from Robert Golden (15%).
San Diego Chargers
After a painfully low Week Two snap count of 57, the Chargers repeated their Week One snap count of 71 this week.
- After SS Jahleel Addae went down with a broken clavicle, it was Dexter McCoil (59%) who got the start, but McCoil split time with Adrian Phillips (46%). Neither can be trusted until we see more, but McCoil is the better bet for a DB3.
- ILB Manti Te’o tore his ACL and is out for the season. What happens in San Diego’s LB corps now is wide open. Here’s what we know so far: Denzel Perryman was the starter alongside Te’o and logged 97% of the snaps in Week Three. Jatavis Brown (44%) replaced Te’o and was playing great before exiting with what we believe was a hamstring injury. He’s been limited in practice this week. These two are the most likely to benefit from Te’o’s absence. However, it’s not out of the question that someone else steps up to run the defense (Te’o was the every-down LB and play caller). If Brown seems hampered by the hamstring injury, then Perryman should be the guy. It’s what happens when Brown is healthy that is the key.
San Francisco 49ers
After logging in 61 snaps in Week One vs. a dormant Rams offense, the 49ers played 83 snaps and 70 snaps over the last two weeks.
- DE DeForest Buckner played 57 snaps (81%) and is dominating the snaps on the D-line. His college buddy DE Arik Armstead played 28 snaps (40%) and doesn’t seem to be getting on the field enough to make an impact. It’s Quinton Dial (54%) who has some value after Buckner for 49ers DEs.
- ILB NaVorro Bowman played 61 snaps (87%) which is a dip from his usual 100% snap share. This is likely nothing, but if it continues we’ll dig in and figure out if something’s up. So far we see nothing to worry about.
- ILB Gerald Hodges played 60 snaps (86%) and has rapidly increased his playing time to become fantasy relevant. He continues to rack up way more assists than solos, but is still a solid LB3 going forward.
The Seahawks D played 57 snaps, which is about average for them, but consistently low compared to most teams.
- DE Frank Clark played 30 snaps (53%) and continues to be a factor. As long as he stays on the field this often, he can be a solid big play option.
- DT Jarran Reed played 29 snaps (51%) which is a dip from his mid 60s usage from the previous two weeks.
- OLB K.J. Wright (100%) continues to play every snap alongside MLB Bobby Wagner.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs D again hovered around the league average in snaps, with 65.
- With Robert Ayers out, the DE split was ugly for fantasy. Other than William Gholston (70%), there were four players who logged in between 15 and 20%, including Noah Spence and Akeem Spence.
- DTs Gerald McCoy (90%) and Clinton McDonald (90%) are the rocks on the D-Line. Those two and William Gholston are the only reliable options for fantasy.
- SS Chris Conte played 57 snaps (88%), which is a dip for him. Conte’s play hasn’t been stellar, so this could be a sign of a shift in usage, but one game is not enough to build a case.
After a week of high snaps (78), the Titans fell back to Earth with 65 snaps in Week Three. That’s closer to their Week One total of 63.
- ILB Avery Williamson (100%) and OLB Brian Orakpo (72%) continue to be the snap leaders in this LB corps.
- OLB Wesley Woodyard played 28 snaps (43%). This low usage gives him a dangerously low floor.
- SS Da’Norris Searcy (57%) left with a high ankle sprain. Daimion Stafford (57%) took over. Searcy’s injury plus some legal concerns could open the door for Stafford.
Washington’s 67 snaps on defense is perfectly in line with the first two weeks of 68 snaps each.
- ILB Will Compton played 67 snaps (100%) while his ILB partner Mason Foster only played 38 snaps (57%). He needs to pull that grade up for IDP owners to trust him.
- OLB/S Su’a Cravens played 29 snaps (43%) and could be moving into a larger role. His dual-threat capabilities may afford Washington a chance to employ him in more DB situations as their secondary is a walking hospital ward.
- SS David Bruton played 58 snaps (87%) then was replaced by Duke Ihenacho (20%). We’d need to see Bruton stay at 90% or above to trust him going forward.
- CB Bashaud Breeland played just 7 snaps before exiting with an injury. He hasn’t practiced yet, so expect Greg Toler (64%) to step in.
- FS DeAngelo Hall was put on Injured Reserve. Will Blackmon (66%) stepped in and is the most likely to take over.