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 logged in a brutally low 54 defensive snaps, compliments of the Jets inept offense.

  • DE Calais Campbell played 39 snaps (72%), which helps explain his disappointing fantasy day, but he’s been up and down all season.
  • DT Robert Nkemdiche finally saw some action, playing 10 snaps (18%). That number has to go up significantly for him to be fantasy relevant.
  • ILB Deone Bucannon continues to play almost every snap, but fell back to his season average of a handful of tackles per game.
  • ILB Kevin Minter played 31 snaps (58%). He’s seen his snaps dip the past three weeks from playing virtually every down. Arizona played a ton of Dime packages, inserting Alex Okafor (30%) in Minter’s place, so this is likely the cause of Minter’s low usage.
  • OLB Markus Golden played 42 snaps (78%), as he continues to be heavily involved.

 

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons played 66 defensive snaps, which is right about where we expect them to live this season.

  • DE Vic Beasley played 34 snaps (52%). It’s a slight dip in usage for him, but more concerning is that he went right back to putting up only a few tackles after his monster game two weeks ago.
  • Rookie LBs De’Vondre Campbell (32%) and Deion Jones (40%) got back on the field after missing time with injuries, but both logged disappointing snap counts as they were just eased back in. LBs LaRoy Reynolds (62%) and LB Phillip Wheeler (41%), filled in along with SS Kemal Ishmael (65%) who continues to see significant time in the box.  

 

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore’s defense played 67 snaps, which is near their high water mark of the season.

  • ILB C.J. Mosley was inactive with a hamstring injury.
  • ILB Zachary Orr played 67 snaps (100%), as he put up huge numbers with C.J. Mosley missing time.
  • OLB Terrell Suggs played 48 snaps (72%). He tore his biceps and may miss time. The fact that he only “may” miss time shows what a tough S.O.B. Suggs is.
  • OLB Elvis Dumervil was inactive as he’s not fully over his foot injury.

 

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo’s defense played 61 snaps, a little under their norm.

  • DT/DE Adolphus Washington played just 8 snaps (13%), but still got a sack in. DE Leger Douzable (69%) started over Washington.
  • OLB Lorenzo Alexander played 32 snaps (53%) and racked up another sack and a few other big plays. He’s on fire.

 

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina defense logged a season-high 73 snaps for the second straight week. Their deficiencies on defense have led to more snaps, which is good for our IDP production.

  • OLB Thomas Davis played 73 snaps (100%) after being limited by a hamstring injury the previous week.
  • OLB Shaq Thompson played 72 snaps (99%), which is a huge increase. He’s had back-to-back weeks with 7 tackles. This increase was largely due to slot CB Robert McClain being inactive.
  • CBs Daryl Worley (70%), Teddy Williams (56%), and Zack Sanchez (70%) rotated coverage duties as the Panthers struggle to find a consistent secondary.
  • FS Tre Boston (100%) was the clear starter over Michael Griffin (0%) at least for last week.

 

Chicago Bears

The Bears defense played 60 defensive snaps, a tick below 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 47 snaps (78%) in his second week back from his thumb injury. We were hoping to see his snaps go up instead of down, however. Trevathan played 84% the week before.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati played 64 snaps, which is closer to their season average. They had snaps of 45 and 57 the previous two weeks.

  • DEs Carlos Dunlap (78%) and Michael Johnson (75%), and DT Geno Atkins (77%) continue to lead the D-line. DE/DT Margus Hunt (36%) has seen his snaps fall for the past few weeks.
  • OLB Vontaze Burfict played 61 snaps (95%) and remains the main fantasy contributor among Cincy LBs. ILB Karlos Dansby (60%) continues to lose playing time.
  • LB Rey Maualuga (14%) has been playing poor “real” football, so his massive dip in usage is likely justified. Instead, the team relied more on slot CB Josh Shaw (86%) in passing situations.

 

Cleveland Browns

The Browns played 62 defensive snaps, which is back to their seasonal norm. They played 80 the week prior.

  • DE Carl Nassib played 26 snaps (42%) and will need to keep picking up his usage to be fantasy relevant.
  • OLB/DE Emmanuel Ogbah played 48 snaps (78%). Ogbah’s snaps jumped back up to a solid range. If he can stay that high, he can be relied upon.
  • SS Ibraheim Campbell played 42 snaps (68%) and continues to increase his playing time as he recovers from his hamstring injury. Derrick Kindred (33%) spelled Campbell.
  • FS Jordan Poyer played 24 snaps (39%) before lacerating his kidney (well, he didn’t lacerate it, someone else did, but I digress).

 

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas D put up 70 snaps for the second straight week.

  • DE DeMarcus Lawrence played 29 snaps (41%) as he gets up to speed after his suspension. This number should continue to rise.
  • The LB rotation behind Sean Lee (100%) isn’t worth much. Anthony Hitchens (41%) and Justin Durant (43%) continue to cut into each other’s stand-alone value.

 

Denver Broncos

The Broncos played 66 defensive snaps. They’re playing a steady and healthy amount of snaps each week.

  • OLB Von Miller is actually increasing his playing time, with 56 snaps (85%), his highest usage of the season.
  • ILB Todd Davis played 48 snaps (73%), again some of the highest usage of the season. Davis plays in base formations, while ceding to SS T.J. Ward in nickel packages. The Panthers followed the Falcons’ game plan and played a lot of two and three TE sets, creating mismatches with Davis on the field. We suspected offenses might employ this tactic more in the future, as it was highly effective.
  • OLB Shane Ray played 48 snaps (73%) filling in for Demarcus Ware who was inactive with a broken arm.
  • OLB Shaq Barrett continued to see usage in the 30-40% range.

 

Detroit Lions

The Lions defense played 58 snaps, the second time they’ve been below 60 this season.  

  • OLB DeAndre Levy (quad) was inactive.
  • DE Ezekiel Ansah played 32 snaps (55%) in his return to action. That number should grow, as he was playing in the 70% range before going down. DE Kevin Hyder (59%) predictably ceded snaps to Ansah, so his usage is likely to drop lower in the coming weeks. Both players managed only a handful of solos between them.
  • OLB Kyle Van Noy played 49 snaps (85%) in place of the injured DeAndre Levy. After a week of lowered usage, he popped back into a virtually full-time role. He posted 5 solos.
  • SS Tavon Wilson played 48 snaps (83%) as he starts to hit full speed after his neck injury. Rafael Bush (17%) continues to hand the starting job back to Wilson.

 

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay’s D played 65 snaps, which is about their average on the season.

  • ILBs Nick Perry (75%), Jake Ryan (70%), and Blake Martinez (71%) played even snaps. The takeaway here is that while Martinez continues to fluctuate usage (based on subpackages), Perry and Ryan’s roles have been consistent for the past several weeks.
  • The OLBs in Green Bay play a healthy mix of DE and OLB. Clay Matthews (69%), Datone Jones (51%), and Julius Peppers (50%) played significant snaps, while Joe Thomas (15%) was a ghost after seeing 73% usage in the previous week.
  • With so many injuries at CB, the only reliable option at the moment appears to be LaDarius Gunter who played every snap for the second straight week.

 

Houston Texans

Houston played 74 snaps on defense, identical to the previous week, and about 10 snaps more than they were averaging before last week.

  • DE Christian Covington played 27 snaps (37%). It looks like there’s no chance to replace J.J. Watt’s production with Watt’s replacement.
  • ILBs Brian Cushing (76%), Bernardrick McKinney (88%) and OLB Whitney Mercilus (99%) are staying on the field a ton.
  • OLB Jadeveon Clowney played 64 snaps (87%) as his role continues to expand.
  • S Quintin Demps was inactive with a calf injury. Corey Moore (100%) started in his place.
  • CB Johnathan Joseph (46%) was in and out of the game dealing with an injury.
  • CB A.J. Bouye (99%) filled in for Kareem Jackson who was inactive.

 

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts D logged in 70 snaps, which is a few more than their average.

  • DE Henry Anderson (26%) battled through his knee pain, but might miss some time now.
  • DE Hassan Ridgeway (37%) and Arthur Jones (59%) formed a rotation next to Kendall Langford (81%). Zach Kerr was inactive with an ankle issue, so Jones started in his place.
  • ILB D’Qwell Jackson played 70 snaps (100%). Jackson seems to be hanging onto this every-down role.
  • OLBs Erik Walden (77%) and Robert Mathis (57%) have been logging solid usage.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars D logged in 80 snaps, the second game in a row of snaps near that range. Earlier in the season, they were logging in mid-60s snaps.

  • DE Yannick Ngakoue played 56 snaps (70%) and again led the D-line in usage. Dante Fowler (61%) remains heavily involved as well.
  • DE Jared Odrick (58%) returned from injury, relegating Tyson Alualu (8%) back to the bench.
  • Rookie LB Myles Jack played 15 snaps (19%) as he continues to play only in base packages on the strong side.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

  • DE Allen Bailey played just 12 snaps (22%) before exiting with a pectoral injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve. Rookie Chris Jones (39%) is expected to take over.
  • ILB Justin March-Lillard played 18 snaps (33%) before exiting and then being placed on Injured Reserve.
  • CB Phillip Gaines played just 12 snaps (22%) as his knee is still bothering him. D.J. White (67%) took over and recorded 4 tackles (3 solo).

 

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams D played 62 defensive snaps, another low snap count compared to their early season range 70-90. The Rams offense is playing better.

  • DT Aaron Donald played 53 snaps (86%) and continues to be a monster at the DT spot.
  • DE William Hayes (ankle – 42%) and DT Michael Brockers (hip – 27%) were both eased back into the lineup. Their roles should increase going forward.
  • DE Robert Quinn (shoulder) was inactive.
  • CB Troy Hill played 59 snaps (95%) in place of Trumaine Johnson. E.J. Gaines (98%) and LaMarcus Joyner (73%) filled out the 3 CB-heavy L.A. defensive scheme.

 

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins played just 55 defensive snaps, as their offense finally moved the ball.

  • DE Mario Williams (24%) was benched for Andre Branch (80%), who started and played well.
  • DE Cameron Wake (75%) saw a huge bump in usage, as he’s been playing well. The Dolphins might be done trying to keep him “fresh,” and instead let him chase QBs all day. We’d like another week or so to trust that usage, though.
  • LB Kiko Alonso (100%) remains the every-down LB, but got some help this week as Jelani Jenkins (67%) returned.
  • CB Tony Lippett played 41 snaps (75%) before injuring his hamstring.
  • SS Reshad Jones played 47 snaps (86%) but was sent to Injured Reserve after the game. Michael Thomas (38%) is the likely candidate to replace Jones.
  • FS Isa Abdul-Quddus played 43 snaps (78%). This could rise in the absence of Reshad Jones.

 

Minnesota Vikings

  • Bye Week.

 

New England Patriots

The Patriots D played 68 snaps, which is close to their average for the season.

  • DEs Jabaal Sheard (71%), Chris Long (60%), and Rob Ninkovich (68%) all found plenty of playing time, which bodes well for their fantasy value. Ninkovich seems to be fully back in the mix.
  • ILB Dont’a Hightower played 66 snaps (97%) as Jamie Collins was inactive with a hip injury.

 

New Orleans Saints

The Saints D played a glorious 82 snaps on defense, their highest of the season.

  • DE Cameron Jordan (92%) continues to log some of the heaviest usage among all DEs.
  • LB Craig Robertson played 82 snaps (100%) and started at MLB over James Laurinaitis (0%), who was benched. Nate Stupar (82%) played next to Robertson.
  • FS Vonn Bell played 78 snaps (95%) as the starter over Jairus Byrd (54%) who was only used in sub packages.

 

New York Giants

The Giants D played 83 snaps, their highest of the season, and second week in a row with 80 or more.

  • 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 (68%) and Keenan Robinson (74%) continue to be the reliable LBs. After a four-man rotation early in the season, these two have emerged as the winners in usage and production.
  • DB Andrew Adams played 78 snaps (94%) at FS as Darian Thompson and Nat Berhe were inactive with injuries.

 

New York Jets

The Jets D played another strong offense while their offense struggled, resulting in 77 snaps. That’s back-to-back weeks of high snaps.

  • ILB David Harris was inactive with a hamstring injury. He’s practicing this week.
  • OLB Darron Lee played 40 snaps (52%) before exiting with an ankle injury.
  • ILB Erin Henderson (69%) and Bruce Carter (77%) led the LBs with Harris and Lee injured.
  • SS Calvin Pryor played 65 snaps (84%), which is finally a rise in snaps after losing playing time to Rontez Miles (12%) for the past few weeks. Still, most strong safeties play every down, so we’d like to see that usage continue to climb.

 

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders D logged in 64 snaps, which is similar to their season workload.

  • DE Khalil Mack played 56 snaps (88%) and had a strong game. Two of his last three games featured decent snap counts, and he put up good production. The one dud in there was the game where he only saw 46 snaps.
  • ILB Cory James played 53 snaps (83%) as the leader of a new LB rotation with Perry Riley (48%) and Malcolm Smith (61%) who returned from injury. Riley’s involvement going forward will determine how reliable James and Smith can be.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles played 74 defensive snaps, which was the highest of this season.

  • The DE rotation in Philly seems to be locked in place: Connor Barwin (81%), Brandon Graham (77%), and Vinny Curry (41%). Curry was more involved but continues to fluctuate between 20-40% usage.
  • LBs Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham saw identical workloads (100%) with veteran Stephen Tulloch a distant third (30%). Tulloch doesn’t seem to pose a threat to the top two LBs.
  • CB Leodis McKelvin was inactive a hamstring injury. He’s expected back this week.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps continue to be all over the map so far. This week they played 70 snaps.

  • DE Cameron Heyward was inactive with a hamstring injury. Anthony Chickillo (43%) started in his place and had 3 solos.
  • ILB Ryan Shazier was inactive. Vince Williams played in his place (70%) but was injured in the second half. Lawrence Timmons (100%) played every snap.
  • S Robert Golden played every snap in his return from injury, while Sean Davis went back to the bench and didn’t log a single snap.
  • CB Artie Burns saw his role increase, playing 49 snaps (70%).

 

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers played 73 snaps, making five of six weeks they’ve put up at least 70 snaps.

  • DE Joey Bosa played 54 snaps (74%) and although he didn’t blow up for fantasy, he played another impressive game.
  • OLB Denzel Perryman returned from a shoulder injury and played 23 snaps (32%). Rookie LB Korey Toomer played 32 snaps (44%) to spell Perryman.
  • OLB Melvin Ingram played 66 snaps (90%).
  • Rookie ILB Jatavis Brown played 73 snaps (100%), finally becoming the every-down LB.
  • SS Jahleel Addae was inactive with a broken clavicle. Adrian Phillips (93%) filled in.

 

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers played 79 snaps, continuing their streak of staying above the 70-snap mark.

  • DE DeForest Buckner played 73 snaps (92%) and had a strong fantasy day.
  • ILB Nick Bellore played every down in place of NaVorro Bowman.
  • ILB Michael Wilhoite played 74 snaps (94%), and should continue to see heavy snaps going forward.
  • OLB Aaron Lynch played 39 snaps (50%), his second week of such usage.

 

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle D played 67 snaps, which is on the high side for them this season.

  • DE Michael Bennett played 43 snaps (64%) before injuring his knee. He’s expected to be fine.
  • DE Frank Clark was inactive with a hamstring injury.
  • SS Kam Chancellor was inactive with an injury, so Kelcie McCray (100%) started, but didn’t produce for fantasy.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Bye Week

 

Tennessee Titans

The Titans played 67 snaps, which was a bounceback number for them after playing just 44 the week before.

  • ILB Avery Williamson (91%) and OLB Brian Orakpo (70%) continue to be the snap leaders in this LB corps.
  • OLB Derrick Morgan (69%) is more active now on this defense as of two weeks ago.
  • OLB Wesley Woodyard played just 26 snaps (39%), making him tough to put in a lineup.
  • SS Da’Norris Searcy played 30 snaps (45%) in his return from a high-ankle sprain. Daimion Stafford (58%) filled in when Searcy was rested.

 

Washington Redskins

Washington’s 52 snaps on defense marked easily their lowest of the season.

  • DE/LB Trent Murphy played 31 snaps (60%). This is about his average usage.
  • ILB Will Compton played 70 snaps (92%) while his ILB partner Mason Foster played 45 snaps (87%).
  • OLB/S Su’a Cravens was inactive with a concussion.
  • SS Duke Ihenacho (37%) and Donte Whitner (77%) are rotating at strong safety.
  • CB Bashaud Breeland returned from injury, and played 45 snaps (87%).
  • FS Will Blackmon (100%) continues to be the every-down free safety.