Do not forget that the season is still early, and the sample size
is still small. However, at the same time you must balance that
reality with the fact that we are through 1/8 of the fantasy season.
We must pay attention to the trends we are seeing as it relates
to player usage, as opportunity is a prerequisite to fantasy success.
Here are some of the most important usage statistics through
Christian McCaffrey again played 100% of snaps. In
Week 1 he was a stud and in Week 2 he was a dud, but his snap
count stayed at the max. His success will likely depend on game
script and on Cam Newton’s effectiveness.
Alvin Kamara played 65% of snaps while Todd Gurley
played 64%. It was expected that the Rams would scale back
Gurley’s snaps, but it was a bit of a surprise to see
Kamara’s percentage decrease by 11 percent, particularly
in a game where the Saints trailed throughout.
Peyton Barber jumped from 36% of snaps in Week 1
to 65% of snaps in Week 2. It is impossible to tell if that
trend will continue or if head coach Bruce Arians will continue
to tweak his backfield week to week.
Carlos Hyde played on 61% of the Texans snaps, and
garnered 20 carries to Duke Johnson’s 6. Hyde is the
lead back in Houston.
Aaron Jones’ snap percentage remained steady
at 59%. He just did a lot more with them in Week 2 (23-116-1;
4-34-0). This was the second straight week he faced a stout
defense, indicating big things are coming for him this season.
Chris Carson fell from 77% of snaps to 54%, as Rashaad Penny had a nice day (10-62-1). Penny had 11 touches to Carson’s
18. What looked like a dominant hold on the rushing work for
Carson now looks much more like a timeshare.
The wide receiver snaps for Jacksonville were again
dominated by D.J. Chark (82%), Chris Conley (85%), and Dede Westbook (87%).
Deon Cain jumped from 17% of snaps to 46%. However,
he wasn’t targeted. Chester Rogers (40%) got 4 targets.
For Cain to be relevant, he needs to jump into the 60-70%
Hunter Renfrow jumped from 28% to 75% of snaps and
led the team in targets with 8. He is worth a speculative
add if you have a deep bench.
Antonio Brown played in only 33% of snaps, yet had
8 targets, by far the most on the team. His usage was limited
because he is still learning the offense and the game was
Miami’s Preston Williams jumped to 68% of the
snaps. If the offense improves at all, he could become relevant
Marquise Brown played in 65% of snaps, up from only
18% in Week 1. He received 13 targets! The coaches are apparently
comfortable with his health, and he looks to be locked in
as a starter in this exciting Ravens offense.
Miller jumped to 52% of snaps, which is likely the reason
Cohen’s snap count fell. Miller only got 1 target, however.
Dante Pettis jumped from 3% to 49% of snaps. However,
he did not have a target. It is difficult to tell if there
is an issue between Pettis and Shanahan or Pettis and Garoppolo.
For him to have any fantasy value at all, the issue(s) must
Cole Beasley fell from 70% to 49% of snaps. It is
likely because the Bills took a lead on the Giants and shifted
to a ball-control offense.
Snap percentage for the 49ers receivers: Goodwin
51%, Pettis 49%, James 46%, Samuel 40%, Bourne 32%. Until
they figure out how they want to play offense, avoid them
A.J. Brown did not receive a significant increase
in his snap count (45%), even after an excellent Week 1
Donte Moncrief fell from 90% of snaps to 32%, as
I would have expected. He is playing poorly.