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Week 7: Snaps Impact & Target Analysis

Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jack Delaney will closely examine the snap counts, usage numbers and target totals for players across the league to better prepare you for the upcoming week.

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Running Back Snaps & Targets

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Rashad Jennings & Bobby Rainey, New York Giants

Even with the return of Jennings, the Giants were not able to get anything going on the ground. Jennings, Rainey, and Paul Perkins combined for a total of 38 rushing yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. Jennings finished with a dreadful 1.7 YPC average, and Rainey didn’t do much better with a 2.2 YPC average.

In terms of snaps and touches, Jennings led the backfield.

Player

Snaps

Total Touches

Rashad Jennings

34

13

Bobby Rainey

25

8

Paul Perkins

7

4

Jennings didn’t reward you this weekend if you started him. But moving forward, it was a good sign for his owners that he finished with the most carries and receptions out of Rainey and Perkins. Jennings hauled in four passes and recorded 20 receiving yards in this game. If he can record those kinds of totals and add just 40 rushing yards per game moving forward, he will have a floor each week around ten Fantasy points.

But Rainey and Perkins may steal touches until Jennings shows he can be more productive with his carries.

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Zach Zenner & Justin Forsett, Detroit Lions

With Theo Riddick out, Matthew Stafford wasn’t able to rely on just throwing quick passes to his running backs. From Weeks 1-5, Riddick averaged 5.2 receptions per game. He didn’t have the same type of rapport with Zenner or Forsett, though, as the duo caught a total of two passes.

Moving forward, Riddick being sidelined should be good news for Anquan Boldin and Golden Tate owners. Tate had his best game of the year, posting an 8-165-1 stat line and averaged 3.8 Fantasy points per catch. Bolding posted an 8-60-1 stat line and averaged 2.5 Fantasy points per catch.

Even though he wasn’t an effective Fantasy option, Zenner was the back to own in Detroit for Week 6. He was on the field for 48 snaps and recorded 14 carries.

Player

Snaps

Carries

Zach Zenner

48

14

Justin Forsett

12

5

Riddick could be back for Week 7 in a cushy matchup against the Washington Redskins, who were allowing the seventh-most Fantasy points per game to running backs heading into Week 6.

Owning Zenner or Forsett is good for depth, but you sill don’t want to have them in your starting lineup if Riddick is out. Tate and Boldin are the best benefactors from Riddick’s absence.  

Wide Receiver Snaps & Targets

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Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles

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Matthews has been squeaking by each week as a flex option or a WR3, but Fantasy owners are wondering why he isn’t posting numbers like his 7-114-1 stat line from Week 1. He also seems on track to just tie his eight touchdown totals in each of the past two seasons.

On of the reasons Matthews’ production has been sporadic is because of quarterback Carson Wentz. The rookie’s completion percentage each week is all over the place. He’s ranged from completing just 50% of his passes to 75.8% of his passes.

The number of passing yards Wentz finishes with each week are mostly underwhelming. He threw for 190 yards in Week 2, 238 in Week 5, and 179 in Week 6. But he had a 300-yard performance in Week 3.

So if you own Matthews, that’s the bad news. The good news from Week 6 is he finished with the most snaps and targets among the receivers on the Eagles.

Player

Snaps

Targets

Jordan Matthews

48

7

Nelson Agholor

45

4

Dorial Green-Beckham

42

4

But looking ahead, he won’t have an easy matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7. This is when I would look toward my bench for a replacement for the week.

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Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens

With Steve Smith out, Wallace recorded the second-most targets (9) on the team behind tight end Dennis Pitta (10). He hauled in 97 receiving yards on four receptions, which means he averaged 3.4 Fantasy points per catch.

Player

Snaps

Targets

Mike Wallace

71

9

Kamar Aiken

65

6

Breshad Perriman

56

8

Even though Wallace is a deep threat, Flacco still targets him on shorter passes. So far this year, he’s averaged 10.4 yards per reception from Weeks 2-5. So he’s serving as more than just a deep threat, which means his versatility will allow him to be featured more in the passing attack.

I also like the fact that over the last three games, Joe Flacco has attempted an average of 48.66 passes. So even with Pitta receiving ten targets and Aiken and Perriman combining for 14 targets, Wallace still saw plenty of targets to have Fantasy success.  

He has a great matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7, as the Jets’ secondary has struggled to contain speedy receivers.

Tight End Snaps & Targets

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Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins

Davis made it on my list for Week 6 Deep Sleepers, and he didn’t disappoint. He hauled in two passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. That gave him an incredible 6.5 Fantasy points per touch. And he could have potentially been more productive in Week 6, but the offense didn’t need to rely too heavily on the passing attack. Washington finished with a total of 230 rushing yards on the day.

If Jordan Reed is out for an extensive period, Davis is clearly the tight end you want to own in Washington.

Player

Snaps

Targets

Vernon Davis

72

4

Niles Paul

22

0

He might not see the same workload of Reed, but Reed is leaving a lot of receptions and receiving yards on the table for Davis. Between Weeks 1-5, Reed averaged 6.6 receptions per game. He also averaged 63 receiving yards per game.

He has a great matchup in Week 7, against the Detroit Lions. The Lions allowed the third-most Fantasy points to tight ends entering Week 6.


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