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

After a few weeks of falling snap counts, Arizona’s defense logged in 78 defensive snaps, similar to their first two weeks.

  • DE Calais Campbell played 49 snaps (63%), which is lower than usual, but he earned some extra time off after putting together a huge game.
  • ILB Deone Bucannon continues to play almost every snap, and finally came through for fantasy. Hopefully there’s more of that coming.
  • OLB Markus Golden played 63 snaps (81%), his highest share of the season. Golden’s playing time has steadily increased from the 60% mark in Week One. He had 10 tackles and 2 sacks, so he’s likely to keep staying this involved.
  • FS D.J. Swearinger took over for Tyrann Mathieu, who moved back into his old slot CB role. Swearinger had 7 tackles (6 solo), a sack, and an INT.

 

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons played 70 defensive snaps, which is right about where we expect them to live this season.

  • DE Vic Beasley played 42 snaps (60%). Other than Week Two, Beasley’s been staying in the 60-70% range, which is plenty to be a big play option. He finally did major damage, with 8 tackles (7 solo), 3.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
  • 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.
  • Rookies LBs De’Vondre Campbell and Deion Jones were inactive with leg injuries. Both are expected back this week.
  • LB Phillip Wheeler (75%) and SS Kemal Ishmael (84%) formed the LB-duo for much of the game, with LB LaRoy Reynolds (38%) filling in some.
  • SS Keanu Neal played 70 snaps (100%) and is officially the full-time starting SS.

 

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore’s defense played 66 snaps, which is sadly tied for the highest of the season for them. They continue to see poor playing time.

  • ILB C.J. Mosley played 42 snaps (64%) before leaving with a hamstring injury. He’s availability is in doubt.
  • ILB Zachary Orr played 66 snaps (100%), and could see a bump in production if C.J. Mosley misses time.
  • OLB Terrell Suggs played a season-high 54 snaps (82%). He’s at full speed now.
  • OLB Elvis Dumervil played 25 snaps (38%), which is only a slight increase from last week’s season debut (33%). Hopefully that number will rise over the next few weeks, but it’s a bit concerning for his fantasy value that he didn’t see a bigger increase in his second game back.

 

Buffalo Bills

After a shockingly low snap count in the previous week, Buffalo’s defense got back to their normal range with 67 snaps.

  • DT/DE Adolphus Washington played 31 snaps (46%), his highest of the season. With Marcel Dareus returning soon, his playing time could suffer, but Dareus might not be back this week. Washington had 3 solos and a sack.
  • OLB Lorenzo Alexander played 43 snaps (64%) and had another monster outing. This is similar usage as he’s seen all season. The Bills seemed to have found a good mix of keeping him active and fresh.

 

Carolina Panthers

In a game where Tampa Bay was focused on ball control, the Carolina defense logged a season-high 73 snaps.

  • DT Kawann Short played 51 snaps (70%). 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 36 snaps (49%) and clearly wasn’t fully recovered from his hamstring injury. A.J. Klein (50%) and Shaq Thompson (69%) saw increases in usage with Davis ailing.
  • CBs Daryl Worley and Robert McClain both played every snap with James Bradberry injured and Bene Benwikere released.
  • FS Tre Boston (42%) is in a battle with Michael Griffin (58%) for the free safety job. Hopefully a clear winner will emerge soon.

 

Chicago Bears

The Bears defense played 68 defensive snaps, which is near their season average.

  • DT Will Sutton played 22 snaps (32%) filling in for Eddie Goldman and is dealing with a pectoral injury.
  • ILB Danny Trevathan played 57 snaps (84%) in his return to action after a thumb injury.
  • ILB Jerrell Freeman played 67 snaps (100%). With Danny Trevathan returning, Freeman continued to see every snap.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati played 57 snaps, a little lower than the 65-75% they were seeing earlier in the season.

  • DE Carlos Dunlap (60%) has had a wide range of snap shares, but continues to produce. He had another impact outing with 4 tackles, a sack, and 3 other big plays.
  • DE/DT Margus Hunt (60%) continues to see significant playing time, but hasn’t produced since Week Three.
  • OLB Vontaze Burfict played 44 snaps (77%) and is clearly the lead dog in this crowded LB corps. ILB Karlos Dansby (68%) hasn’t been fantasy relevant since Burfict’s return.
  • LB Rey Maualuga (81%) led the LBs in usage, but isn’t producing for fantasy. Vincent Rey (22%) again saw a large drop in usage since the return of Vontaze Burfict.

 

Cleveland Browns

The Browns played 80 defensive snaps, their highest of the season so far.

  • DE Carl Nassib played 27 snaps (34%) in his return from a broken hand. He’s being eased in.
  • OLB/DE Emmanuel Ogbah played 44 snaps (55%). It’s the second week in a row that Ogbah played noticeably below the 80% share he had enjoyed in previous weeks. Color us worried.
  • SS Derrick Kindred played 44 snaps (55%) and shared time with Ibraheim Campbell (49%), who is recovering from a hamstring injury.

 

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas D bounced back with 70 snaps, after an unusually low 53 snaps the previous week.

  • DE DeMarcus Lawrence played 17 snaps (24%) in his return from suspension. This number should rise dramatically over the next few weeks.
  • The LB rotation behind Sean Lee (100%) remains a mess. Anthony Hitchens (47%) led the “also rans,” followed by Justin Durant (36%) but there’s no consistent value behind Lee.

 

Denver Broncos

The Broncos played 67 defensive snaps, which is identical to Week Three. They’re playing a steady and healthy amount of snaps each week.

  • ILB Todd Davis played 52 snaps (78%), his highest usage of the season. Davis plays in base formations, while ceding to SS T.J. Ward in nickel packages. The Falcons played a lot of two and three TE sets, creating mismatches with Davis on the field. Offenses might employ this tactic more in the future, as it was highly effective.
  • OLB Shane Ray played 52 snaps (78%) filling in for Demarcus Ware who was inactive with a broken arm.
  • After a week of increased usage, OLB Shaq Barrett fell back to the 30-40% range.

 

Detroit Lions

The Lions defense played 61 snaps, which is a little lower than their season average.

  • DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) and OLB DeAndre Levy (quad) were both inactive.
  • DE Kevin Hyder played 53 snaps (87%) while filling in for Ezekiel Ansah. He’s been steadily productive at RDE for Detroit, and is seeing increased usage. With Ansah nearing a return, Hyder’s playing time will be worth watching.
  • OLB Kyle Van Noy played 40 snaps (66%) in place of the injured DeAndre Levy. His usage dropped for the second straight week.
  • SS Tavon Wilson played 40 snaps (66%) in his return from a neck injury. Rafael Bush (35%) seems to have given the starting job back to Wilson, but we’d like to see another week before picking a horse here. Rookie Miles Killebrew (35%) also saw playing time.

 

Green Bay

Green Bay’s D played 56 snaps, their lowest of the season.

  • ILBs Nick Perry (75%) and Jake Ryan (73%) led the LB snaps. Are they starting to separate themselves from Blake Martinez (27%)?
  • The OLBs in Green Bay play a health mix of DE and OLB. Joe Thomas (73%) led the way, followed by Clay Matthews (50%), Datone Jones (43%), and Julius Peppers (41%).
  • With Sam Shields and Damarious Randall inactive with injuries, Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter played every snap at CB.

 

Houston Texans

Houston played 74 snaps on defense, which is a significant bump from their season average.

  • DE Christian Covington played 60 snaps (81%). He’s officially the replacement for J.J. Watt.
  • ILB Brian Cushing (82%) led the LBs, now that he’s healthy and a “full go.” Bernardrick McKinney (79%) and OLB Whitney Mercilus (77%) are still playing a ton, and plenty to be productive.
  • OLB Jadeveon Clowney played 52 snaps (70%) and is now playing a lot of DE as J.J. Watt is on Injured Reserve.
  • S Quintin Demps played 22 snaps (30%) as he was eased back in after a calf injury. Andre Hal (70%) and Corey Moore (73%) helped out at FS and SS.
  • CB Johnathan Joseph played 23 snaps (31%) before exiting with a concussion. A.J. Bouye (77%) filled in.
  • CB Kevin Johnson played 61 snaps (82%) while filling in for Kareem Jackson, who was inactive with a hamstring injury. Jackson is practicing (limited) this week.

 

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts D logged in 66 snaps, about their season average.

  • DE Henry Anderson (32%) Hassan Ridgeway (32%) and Zach Kerr (39%) formed a rotation next to Kendall Langford (79%). Coming back from London with no bye week might have played a factor in this rotation.
  • ILB D’Qwell Jackson played 66 snaps (100%). Now that Sio Moore has been released, Jackson might be hanging onto this every-down role.
  • OLBs Erik Walden (65%) and Robert Mathis (59%) have been logging solid usage while the ILBs have been up-and-down.
  • CB Vontae Davis (100%) seems back at full strength.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Bye Week

 

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Bye Week

 

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams D played 55 defensive snaps, a significant drop from the 70-90 range they’ve enjoyed all season.

  • DT Aaron Donald played 46 snaps (84%). Although he was double and triple teamed all game, he still put numbers. He’s the best DL in the NFL at the moment.
  • DEs Robert Quinn (shoulder), William Hayes (ankle) and DT Michael Brockers (hip) were all inactive.
  • CB Trumaine Johnson played 47 snaps (86%) before leaving with an ankle injury. Troy Hill is expected to start in Johnson’s place, opposite E.J. Gaines (98%). LaMarcus Joyner (55%) should still own the slot.

 

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins played 74 defensive snaps, maintaining their season-high snap count. They’re benefitting from poor play on the offensive side of the ball.

  • DE Mario Williams (72%) continues to lead the Miami DEs in usage, followed by Jason Jones (57%), Andre Branch (46%), and Cameron Wake (35%). Other than Wake’s up-and-down usage, you can set your watch by this rotation.
  • LBs Donald Butler (60%) and Neville Hewitt (50%) continue to split time next to 3-down LB Kiko Alonso (100%). Koa Misi was sent to Injured Reserve, but Jelani Jenkins is nearing a return.
  • CB Tony Lippett played 68 snaps (92%) alongside Byron Maxwell (95%), who filled in for Xavien Howard (inactive - knee).
  • SS Reshad Jones played 70 snaps (94%) but left with a groin injury. His status is up in the air.
  • FS Isa Abdul-Quddus played 49 snaps (66%). For the second week in a row he shared time with Michael Thomas (42%). If Reshad Jones misses time, these two could be on the field a ton.

 

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota’s defense logged in 64 snaps. So far they’ve hovered in the mid-60 to mid-70 range.

  • DEs Everson Griffen (97%) and Brian Robison (86%) continue to play some of the highest snap percentages for DEs in the league. Danielle Hunter (60%) continues to stay involved and continues to rack up sacks.
  • DT Linval Joseph (59%) still plays a little less than we’d like for him to have a safer floor. He had 4 assists, representing that floor.
  • 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 Xavier Rhodes (86%) – now fully healthy – and Terence Newman (87%) led the way for this CB rotation. Captain Munnerlyn (75%) is playing plenty, but it’s Trae Waynes (25%) who has lost consistent fantasy value.

 

New England Patriots

The Patriots D played 63 snaps, which is closer to their average than the previous week’s 76 snaps.

  • DEs Jabaal Sheard (76%) and Chris Long (75%) continued to play nearly identical usage.
  • DE/OLB Rob Ninkovich played 24 snaps (38%), essentially replacing Shea McClellin. We sure hope that number goes up soon.
  • ILBs Dont’a Hightower (46%) and Jamie Collins (83%) got some extra time off with the game firmly in hand late.

 

New Orleans Saints

  • Bye Week

 

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. He’s a solid DT, but only has one game of more than 5 tackles.
  • LBs Jonathan Casillas (76%) and Keenan Robinson (82%) led the crowded LB corps. This could be the start of something solid coming out of this mess.
  • DB Andrew Adams played every snap at FS as Darian Thompson and Nat Berhe were inactives with injuries. He had 5 tackles and a PD.

 

New York Jets

The Jets D benefitted from facing a potent Pittsburgh offense, and logged 76 snaps. That’s easily their highest of the season.

  • ILB David Harris played 31 snaps (41%) before exiting with a hamstring injury. OLBs Darron Lee (76%) and Erin Henderson (76%) led the LBs with Harris out. Jordan Jenkins officially stepped in for Harris, but Lee and Henderson could be huge contributors if Harris misses time.
  • SS Calvin Pryor played 45 snaps (60%), which is the fourth week in a row of decreased playing time, but this time it was a drastic drop. We expressed concern over this last week, and this only makes those fears stronger. Rontez Miles (41%) picked up the slack and out-produced him.

 

Oakland Raiders

After a week of 89 snaps, the Raiders D predictably fell back down to Earth with 51 snaps.

  • DE Khalil Mack played 46 snaps (90%) and again underperformed. Low team defensive snaps + average play = officially a disappointment. He can still turn it around, but it might be time to exhale.
  • ILB Cory James played 51 snaps (100%) as the every-down LB, but so did fill-in Perry Riley. Riley outplayed the rookie, but the veteran isn’t likely to keep that pace up.
  • OLB Malcolm Smith was inactive with a groin injury.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles played 61 defensive snaps, which is on their high end so far this season.

  • The DE rotation in Philly seems to be locked in place: Connor Barwin (85%), Brandon Graham (87%), and Vinny Curry (26%). Curry saw fewer snaps, but had some nice plays.
  • LBs Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham saw identical workloads (79%) with veteran Stephen Tulloch a distant third (25%). Bradham may soon face a suspension for a recent arrest, and if so Tulloch should move into Bradham’s spot.
  • CB Leodis McKelvin returned from a hamstring injury and played 34 snaps (56%) before re-aggravating it.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps continue to be all over the map so far. This week they played 58 snaps, the second time they’ve played that few.

  • DE Cameron Heyward played 20 snaps (35%) before injuring his hamstring.
  • ILB Ryan Shazier was inactive. Vince Williams played in his place (88%) and had another solid game. Lawrence Timmons played every snap.
  • DB Sean Davis returned from a back injury and played 46 snaps (80%).

 

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers played 72 snaps, making four of five weeks they’ve put up at least 70 snaps.

  • DE Joey Bosa played 27 snaps (38%) in his impressive NFL debut.
  • OLB Denzel Perryman was inactive with a shoulder injury. Rookie LB Korey Toomer played 50 snaps (70%) in his stead.
  • OLB Melvin Ingram played 64 snaps (89%).
  • Rookie ILB Jatavis Brown played 65 snaps (90%) and is close to an every-down LB. He’s had at least 5 solos in all three of his games without Manti Te’o.
  • SS Jahleel Addae was inactive with a broken clavicle, Again, it was Dexter McCoil (33%) and Adrian Phillips (51%) who filled in.

 

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers played 68 snaps, continuing to hover around the 70-snap mark.

  • DE DeForest Buckner was inactive with a foot injury. Consequently, Quinton Dial saw a boost in snaps (59%).
  • ILB Nick Bellore played every down in place of NaVorro Bowman, who was placed on Injured Reserve.
  • ILB Michael Wilhoite played 54 snaps (79%), and should continue to see heavy snaps going forward.
  • LB Gerald Hodges again was almost invisible, with just 10 snaps (14%).
  • OLB Aaron Lynch played 35 snaps (52%) in his return from suspension.

 

Seattle Seahawks

  • Bye Week

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs D played 54 snaps, largely due to their offense controlling the ball for much of the game.

  • DE William Gholston (98%) continues to dominate the snap count on a depleted D-Line.
  • With Clinton McDonald, Gerald McCoy, and Robert Ayers all inactive with injuries, the D-Line rotation was spread around.

 

Tennessee Titans

The Titans played 44 snaps, just a brutal total for fantasy. If your Ten IDP came up short, it’s tough to blame them.

  • DT Jurrell Casey played 31 snaps (71%).
  • ILB Avery Williamson (86%) and OLB Brian Orakpo (77%) continue to be the snap leaders in this LB corps. OLB Derrick Morgan (77%) has seen his snaps rise dramatically, and recorded 4 solos and a sack.
  • OLB Wesley Woodyard played just 16 snaps (36%), making him tough to put in a lineup.
  • SS Da’Norris Searcy was inactive with a high ankle sprain. Daimion Stafford (66%) started in his place and split time with Kevin Byard (59%).

 

Washington Redskins

Washington’s 71 snaps on defense mark back-to-back games of over 70 snaps.

  • DE/LB Trent Murphy played 41 snaps (58%). After a nice jump last week, Murphy went back to the 55% he played previously.
  • OLB Ryan Kerrigan played 55 snaps (78%).
  • ILB Will Compton played 70 snaps (97%) while his ILB partner Mason Foster played 57 snaps (80%). Foster saw more snaps with so many injuries on the Washington D.
  • OLB/S Su’a Cravens was inactive with a concussion.
  • SS Duke Ihenacho (100%) is the new owner of the starting SS spot.
  • CB Bashaud Breeland was inactive with an injury, so Kendall Fuller (48%) started in his place, and Greg Toler also played 41 snaps (58%).
  • FS Will Blackmon (100%) continues to be the every-down free safety.