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 Cardinals

Arizona’s defense only logged in 59 defensive snaps, which was down the 64 from the previous week and 20 snaps fewer than Week Two. They’re heading in the wrong direction for IDP production.

  • DE Calais Campbell played 47 snaps (80%), which is lower than usual. Between the low overall team’s snaps, and his slightly lowered usage, Campbell isn’t getting nearly the opportunities to produce as expected this season. Whether this turns around is a big question we’ll be trying to answer over the next few weeks.
  • ILB Deone Bucannon continues to play almost every snap, but is a victim a three-headed monster: his poor play, his tackle competition, and the low number of snaps his defense is seeing. The first two are far more important than the snaps, however.
  • FS Tyrann Mathieu played 59 snaps (100%) at FS, but with Tyvon Branch heading to Injured Reserve, Mathieu is likely heading back to the “swiss army knife” role he was in last season that was a fantasy bonanza. Mathieu’s 100% snap share in Week Four is an indication that he’s fully recovered from his knee injury.

 

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons played 71 defensive snaps, which is right about where we expect them to live this season.

  • DE Vic Beasley played 48 snaps (68%). Other than Week Two, Beasley’s been staying in the 60-70% range, which is plenty to be a big play option.
  • DE Dwight Freeney played 31 snaps, which is exactly how many he’s played in the last three weeks. 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 LB Sean Weatherspoon went down with a season-ending Achilles’ tear.
  • ILB Deion Jones played 44 snaps (62%). He came off the field with a calf injury but was on his way to a solid fantasy day.
  • SS Keanu Neal played 71 snaps (100%) and is officially the full-time starting SS. Kemal Ishmael (32%) has lost all fantasy value with Neal healthy.

 

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore’s defense played 60 snaps, which continues to be some of the lowest in the league.

  • ILB Zachary Orr played 58 snaps (97%), and remains a strong fantasy option as an LB2 going forward. Too bad he doesn’t play on a team with more opportunity.
  • OLB Terrell Suggs played a season-high 46 snaps (77%). If he can stay in the 70% range, his big play upside is intriguing.
  • OLB Elvis Dumervil played 20 snaps (33%) in his season debut. The Ravens were likely easing him in, so that number should steadily rise over the next few weeks.
  • SS Eric Weddle played 58 snaps (97%), and had a disappointing fantasy day. He left with a concussion, but it only cost him the final 2 defensive snaps, so that wasn’t the cause of his low production.

 

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo’s defense played an abysmal 56 snaps. This is likely a game plan to grind out offensive plays and keep New England off the field. It worked, as the Bills won. They also pitched a shutout, which tends to lower a team’s defensive snaps counts if they’re always resting on the sideline. We’re expecting the snap counts to move back into the 70-80 range going forward.

  • ILB Preston Brown played 56 snaps (100%) and continues to get overshadowed by Zach Brown.
  • ILB Zach Brown played 56 snaps (100%). After a week of only 60% of the snaps, Brown went right back to being an every-down LB, which is great for his future ability to rack up double-digit tackles. He’s playing out of his mind right now. He’s an every-week LB1 until further notice.

 

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers had to play 67 snaps against Julio Jones. Poor fellas.

  • DT Kawann Short played 52 snaps (78%). His snaps have been all over the map, ranging from 89% to 64%. If this continues, so will Short’s up-and-down production.
  • OLB Thomas Davis played 47 snaps (70%) before leaving with a hamstring issue. He’s apparently fine, but OLB Shaq Thompson saw a bump in usage with Davis out. Thompson played 52 snaps (78%). He’s seen his snap share increase each week.
  • CB James Bradberry played just 17 snaps while dealing with a toe injury. His absence was a big blow to Carolina’s secondary.
  • FS Tre Boston played just 23 snaps (34%) as Colin Jones (15%) got the start, but was quickly replaced by Michael Griffin (51%). The free safety spot in Carolina is wide open at the moment. Julio Jones did a number on them. And number is 300 (yards).

 

Chicago Bears

The Bears saw 63 defensive snaps. They’ve dropped each week by about 5 snaps per week.

  • DT Will Sutton played 27 snaps (43%) filling in for Eddie Goldman dropping from 63%. Sutton isn’t a safe play going forward.
  • 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 (83%) again led the Chicago edge defenders in snaps with Lamarr Houston out for the season (ACL). Willie Young (81%) and Leonard Floyd (30%) followed but none were useful for fantasy. They all add up to 1 good IDP but unfortunately we can’t play them that way.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati played a shockingly low 45 snaps, but that was entirely the fault of the brutal Miami offense they faced.

  • DEs Carlos Dunlap (80%) and Michael Johnson (69%) continue to lead a heavy D-Line rotation. Emerging talent DE/DT Margus Hunt (51%) saw his snaps drop a bit, while DT Geno Atkins finally saw his snaps rise to 86%. If he can stay in that range, Atkins could move into the DL2/DT1 conversation again.
  • OLB Vontaze Burfict played 34 snaps (76%) in his return from suspension. He heavily ate into ILB Karlos Dansby’s playing time (49%). Both should see the field a lot, but this usage is crucial to watch to see if one or both LBs will be fantasy assets.
  • Both Vincent Rey (33%) and Rey Maualuga (51%) saw a large drop in usage to make room for Vontaze Burfict. Their fantasy floors are dangerously low going forward.

 

Cleveland Browns

The Browns played 62 defensive snaps, their lowest of the season so far.

  • DE Carl Nassib was inactive with a broken hand. He’s nearing a return.
  • OLB/DE Emmanuel Ogbah played 38 snaps (61%). Ogbah dropped from the 80% share he had enjoyed the past few weeks. Whether this is an outlier or a trend is worth watching over the next few weeks.
  • SS Derrick Kindred played 58 snaps (94%) in place of the injured Ibraheim Campbell. Campbell is nursing a hamstring injury.

 

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas D saw a dip in opportunity, as they only logged in 53 snaps.

  • ILB Anthony Hitchens played 36 snaps (68%) and has taken a sizable lead in the race to play next to Sean Lee (100%). Hitchens put up 6 tackles (5 solo), so if his usage stays that high and he plays in a busier game, he could be a usable LB3 going forward. But one game isn’t enough to trust him yet.
  • LB Justin Durant continues to lose snaps, playing just 15 snaps (28%). He’s heading in the wrong direction to be useful for fantasy.

 

Denver Broncos

The Broncos bounced back up into the 70s (71) after one week of 67. They’re playing a steady and healthy amount of snaps each week.

  • ILB Todd Davis played 39 snaps (55%), losing some playing time to Shaq Barrett. Davis has been playing well, so this is a situation to watch, but likely just a one-week thing.
  • OLB Shane Ray played 50 snaps (70%) filling in for Demarcus Ware who was inactive with a broken arm.

 

Detroit Lions

After a noticeably low snap count in Week Three, the Lions popped right back up to their norm with 69 snaps.

  • DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) and OLB Deandre Levy (quad) were both inactive.
  • DE Kevin Hyder played 51 snaps (73%) while filling in for Ezekiel Ansah. He’s been steadily productive at RDE for Detroit, but isn’t putting up Ansah-like numbers.
  • OLB Kyle Van Noy played 49 snaps (71%) in place of the injured DeAndre Levy. His usage dropped a bit as the rookie Antwione Williams saw his snaps rise (55%).
  • SS Tavon Wilson was inactive with a neck injury. Rafael Bush (100%) started in his place.

 

Green Bay

Bye Week.

 

Houston Texans

Houston played 66 snaps on defense, which is similar to their snaps for the last three weeks.

  • DE Christian Covington played 41 snaps (62%). His role increased significantly as Houston works without J.J. Watt. Covington recorded 1 tackle. Devon Still played 18 snaps (27%) and recorded 3 tackles.
  • ILB Bernardrick McKinney (100%) and OLB Whitney Mercilus (100%) continue to lead the Houston LBs even with Brian Cushing (73%) finally back on the field.
  • OLB Jadeveon Clowney played 47 snaps (71%) and is now playing a lot of DE as J.J. Watt is on Injured Reserve.

 

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts D logged in 72 snaps in London, similar to their Week Two output.

  • DE Henry Anderson played 29 snaps (40%) as the team steadily gets him up to speed. Anderson could be a factor once he reaches a full workload.
  • ILB D’Qwell Jackson played 51 snaps (71%), as his usage continues to waffle. He may not reach LB1 production unless he gets that usage up.
  • ILB Sio Moore played 27 snaps (38%), and was later waived. An entire legion of LBs rotated in place of Moore.
  • OLBs Erik Walden (75%) and Robert Mathis (71%) have been logging solid usage while the ILBs have been up-and-down.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags saw a nice bump in snaps in London, with 78.

  • DE Yannick Ngakoue played 60 snaps (77%) 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 (63%) and is starting to be useful for fantasy again. Jackson had 5 solos and 2 PD.
  • LB Myles Jack (30%) finally saw some action, although it was at SLB, so it wasn’t at the expense of Paul Posluszny (100%) or Telvin Smith (97%).
  • CB Prince Amukamara returned from injury and was eased in, playing 53 snaps (68%). He should get back to near 100% usage after their bye.
  • CB Davon House played just 30 snaps before being benched. His days of starting may be numbered as Aaron Colvin returns from suspension next week.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs only saw 59 snaps on defense, which is largely due to how quickly the Steelers offense scored when they had the ball.

  • LB Justin March-Lillard played 37 snaps (63%), getting over the 60% mark for the first time since Week One. We’d like to see a few weeks of that usage before trusting him in our lineups. He might have seen more snaps in garbage time.
  • OLB Tamba Hali played 20 snaps (34%), likely getting extra time off once the game was out of reach (which was early).

 

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams D played 77 defensive snaps, as they continue to play some of the highest snaps in the league.

  • DT Aaron Donald played 61 snaps (79%) and finally came through big for IDP owners. He’s dominating the snaps on this rotation D-Line, and is in line for another monster season.
  • DE Robert Quinn played 39 snaps (51%), and isn’t playing enough snaps to provide a decent floor for such a high-upside player.
  • Outside of Trumaine Johnson (100%) the CB situation is up for grabs at the moment. That’s important, because the Rams run a defense that allows CBs to put up big tackle production. Coty Sensabaugh (0%) was benched for the second straight week, but this week it was E.J. Gaines (69% - 7 tackles) instead of Troy Hill (37% - 4 tackles) who saw the most playing time after Hill started the week before and had a monster game (95% - 11 tackles). Hopefully one of these will emerge as the clear starter opposite Johnson, but until we see some consistency, only Johnson is trustworthy to start.

 

Miami Dolphins

After playing at least 80 snaps in all three previous games this season, Miami’s D logged in 70. If that’s their floor, they will continue to be a solid team for IDP production.

  • DE Mario Williams (72%) continues to lead the Miami DEs in usage, followed by Jason Jones (60%), Andre Branch (49%), and Cameron Wake (21%). Other than Wake’s up-and-down usage, you can set your watch by this rotation.
  • LBs Donald Butler (60%) and Neville Hewitt (56%) essentially split time next to 3-down LB Kiko Alonso (100%) while Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins were inactive with injuries. Misi is nearing a return.
  • CB Tony Lippett played 67 snaps (96%), drawing the start over Byron Maxwell (0%). Lippett recorded 6 tackles (1 solo).
  • FS Isa Abdul-Quddus played 36 snaps (51%), which were the first snaps he’s missed all season. He’s not on the injury report, so this is something to monitor.

 

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota’s defense logged in 66 snaps, similar to their Week One tally. So far they’ve hovered in the mid-60 to mid-70 range.

  • DEs Everson Griffen (82%) and Brian Robison (83%) continue to play some of the highest snap percentages for DEs in the league.
  • DT Linval Joseph (58%) and DE Danielle Hunter (61%) are playing plenty to be productive, but with so many playmakers on this D-line, their floors are fairly low with this usage. Both have had great games and duds. Still, great games should be plentiful for these two.
  • DT Shariff Floyd was inactive with a knee injury.
  • ILB Eric Kendricks (100%) and OLB Anthony Barr (100%) continue to be every-down LBs.
  • CB Trae Waynes played 31 snaps (47%) as he continues to move back behind Captain Munnerlyn (97%), Terence Newman (85%) and a finally healthy Xavier Rhodes (68%). Wayne’s days of fantasy relevance are on hold until his role increases.

 

New England Patriots

The Patriots D played 76 snaps, their highest of the season. The Bills put together several long drives that kept them on the field more than usual.

  • DEs Jabaal Sheard (76%) and Chris Long (76%) continued to play nearly identical usage. Now that Rob Ninkovich is back, we’re expecting Long to be the odd man out, but this rotation is one to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.
  •  ILB Dont’a Hightower played 69 snaps (91%) in his return from injury. This should be near his normal usage, if not a bit under. He recorded 8 tackles (3 solo).

 

New Orleans Saints

After a down week of 64 snaps, the Saints bounced back to their usual range with 70 snaps.

  • DE Paul Kruger played only 22 snaps (31%) as he suffered a back injury. He was putting up 70% usage when healthy.
  • ILB Craig Robertson was the every-down LB (100%) with James Laurinaitis inactive with an injury. Nate Stupar stepped up and played 63 snaps (90%), posting 8 solos.
  • FS Vonn Bell got the start and played 69 snaps (99%) over Jairus Byrd (21%). Bell put up 6 solos and a forced fumble.

 

New York Giants

The Giants D played 74 snaps, which has been their season average so far.

  • DT Damon Harrison continues to play 60% usage, and put up 4 tackles (3 solo). He’s a solid DT, but only has one game of more than 5 tackles.
  • OLB Jonathan Casillas played 60 snaps (81%). In a crowded LB corps, Casillas remains the one to bet on for fantasy.
  • CB Eli Apple was inactive with a hamstring injury.

 

New York Jets

The Jets continue to put up weak snap counts, but did put up their second week in a row of at least 60.

  • DT Sheldon Richardson played 97% of the snaps and is officially full steam after being eased back into the lineup.
  • OLB Darron Lee played 34 snaps (57%), as his usage dropped with the return of Erin Henderson (43%). This timeshare is one to watch. Unless one of them emerges as the clear leader in playing time, they’ll continue to eat into each other’s production.
  • SS Calvin Pryor played 48 snaps (80%), which is the third week in a row of slightly decreased playing time. It could be nothing. Or it could be a sign that the coaching staff doesn’t like what they see. We’d like to see his usage stay above 90%, like most starting strong safeties.

 

Oakland Raiders

After hovering in the 60s through the first three weeks, Oakland’s D registered 89 snaps. It’s most likely the outlier, but IDP owners can dream.

  • DE Khalil Mack played 75 snaps (84%), marking the second straight week of usage below the mid-90s, where he started the season. Mack had a strong game, and it’s solid usage, but we’d love to see him get back near the every-down role he had. Higher usage = higher floor and higher ceiling = happier IDP owners.
  • ILB Ben Heeney was placed on Injured Reserve (groin).
  • ILB Cory James played 89 snaps (100%) as the every-down LB. This is likely his role going forward.
  • OLB Malcolm Smith (65%) hadn’t missed a snap all season, but went down with a groin injury. Darren Bates (26%) stepped in, and might be his replacement while Smith heals.
  • SS Karl Joseph played 88 snaps (99%). He had 8 tackles (5 solo) and a PD.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Bye Week.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps have been all over the map so far. This week they played 75 snaps, the second time they’ve played that much.

  • ILB Ryan Shazier was inactive. Vince Williams played in his place (96%) and had a monster game. Lawrence Timmons played every snap.
  • DB Sean Davis had a back injury and although he was active, he did not play.

 

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers played 73 snaps, similar to Weeks One and Two.

  • OLB Denzel Perryman injured his shoulder and only played 27 snaps (37%). Joshua Perry (34%) took over, but also got injured. Rookie LB Korey Toomer played 66 snaps (91%). The Chargers have a lot of question marks at LB now that Manti Te’o is out for the year.
  • Rookie ILB Jatavis Brown played 68 snaps (93%) and could continue to have a large role. He had 7 solos.
  • SS Jahleel Addae was inactive with a broken clavicle, Again, it was Dexter McCoil (55%) and Adrian Phillips (60%) who filled in.

 

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers played 76 snaps, the third game of logging over 70.

  • DE DeForest Buckner played 70 snaps (92%) but left with an injury.
  • ILB NaVorro Bowman played 47 snaps (62%) before rupturing his Achilles’ and being placed on Injured Reserve.
  • ILB Michael Wilhoite got the start next to NaVorro Bowman and played every down (100%). He’s a candidate to replace Bowman’s production.
  • LB Gerald Hodges did not record a snap, even with NaVorro Bowman exiting with an injury. It was Nick Bellore who stepped into the Bowman role, but the 49ers are likely to use the next few games to find the right ILB duo.

 

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks D played 57 snaps, which is about average for them, but consistently low compared to most teams.

  • DE Frank Clark played 48 snaps (68%), his highest usage of the season. He hasn’t had a breakout game yet, but with this much playing time, it’s coming.
  • DT Jarran Reed was inactive with an injury.
  • Very few DEs put up the snap percentages that Michael Bennett does (90%).

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs D stepped out of their usual mid-60s shell and played 72 snaps. It’s a tiny bump, but we’ll take it.

  • Other than DE William Gholston (75%), the D-Line rotation isn’t creating enough opportunity for players like Noah Spence (22%), but Akeem Spence (67%) has added extra opportunity by playing some DT while Gerald McCoy was sidelined with a calf strain.
  • SS Chris Conte played 70 snaps (97%), which is his normal usage. Last week’s 87% seems to be a fluke, but we’ll know for sure in the coming weeks.

 

Tennessee Titans

The Titans played 64 snaps, the third time they’ve logged 65 or fewer plays in a game.

  • DT Jurrell Casey has increased his snap share to 86%. He’s putting up 2-4 tackles a week.
  • ILB Avery Williamson (100%) and OLB Brian Orakpo (80%) continue to be the snap leaders in this LB corps. ILB Derrick Morgan (77%) has seen his snaps rise dramatically. He didn’t land a single tackle, however.
  • OLB Wesley Woodyard continues to hover around 45-55% usage.
  • SS Da’Norris Searcy was inactive with a high ankle sprain. Daimion Stafford (81%) started in his place and had 7 tackles (5 solo).

 

Washington Redskins

Washington’s 72 snaps on defense were the most so far this season (after 68, 68, 67).

  • DE/LB Trent Murphy played 66 snaps (92%), a nice jump from the 55% he played the previous week. He posted 5 tackles and a sack. Some sites list him as a DE, where he has sneaky DL1/DL2 value if he can keep his snaps this high.
  • ILB Will Compton played 70 snaps (97%) while his ILB partner Mason Foster only played 45 snaps (63%). Foster seems destined to be a 2-down player.
  • OLB/S Su’a Cravens was inactive with a concussion.
  • SS David Bruton played 43 snaps (60%) but went down with a concussion. He was replaced by Duke Ihenacho (50%) and was later placed on Injured Reserve.
  • CB Bashaud Breeland was inactive with an injury, so Kendall Fuller (63%) started in his place, and recorded 8 tackles. Greg Toler played just 9 snaps.
  • FS Will Blackmon (100%) is the new starting free safety.