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 64 defensive snaps, so if your Cardinals IDPs came up a bit short for you, some of that might have been the lessened opportunity.

  • DT Robert Nkemdiche was inactive, due in part to an ankle injury. He practiced in limited fashion all week, and it’s important to note that HC Bruce Arians alluded to Nkemdiche being inactive until he improves his play at practice. He also called out his young players, so he’s a sit until further notice, which is a shame because Nkemdiche had the door left wide open by the injured Frostee Rucker.
  • ILB Deone Bucannon played 64 snaps (100%). He’s the every-down LB, but continues to underwhelm. He recorded 4 total tackles (2 solo) and is currently behind Kevin Minter in team tackles. That’s a bad thing.
  • OLB Chandler Jones played 61 snaps (95%), remaining active on this defense. He has a sack in each game so far, but he tackle totals are much lower than when he was a DL in New England.
  • SS Tony Jefferson played 64 snaps (100%). Jefferson hasn’t taken a snap off this season, and has been incredibly consistent. He just missed double-digit tackles, which can likely be attributed to the team’s lowered defensive snaps this week.
  • FS Tyrann Mathieu played 52 snaps (81%). Mathieu continues to play FS, which in this defense only produces 4-6 tackles per week. He did save his fantasy day with a forced fumble, but we’re three weeks in and his snaps can’t get much higher to envision him being a DB1 again.
  • DB Tyvon Branch played 39 snaps (61%). If you’re wondering where Branch’s production went, it’s likely due to a groin injury that sidelined him. Once fully healthy, Branch should bounce back.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons were involved in a shootout, and logged a hefty 81 defensive snaps.

  • DE Vic Beasley played 51 snaps (63%). After a week of lowered usage, Beasley bounced back up to the 60-70% range, which is plenty to be a big play option. Whether or not he consistently comes through is another matter entirely.
  • DE Dwight Freeney played 31 snaps (38%). Freeney has been used consistently ...