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 59 defensive snaps, which was down the 64 from the previous week and 20 snaps fewer than Week Two. They’re heading in the wrong direction for IDP production.

  • DE Calais Campbell played 47 snaps (80%), which is lower than usual. Between the low overall team’s snaps, and his slightly lowered usage, Campbell isn’t getting nearly the opportunities to produce as expected this season. Whether this turns around is a big question we’ll be trying to answer over the next few weeks.
  • ILB Deone Bucannon continues to play almost every snap, but is a victim a three-headed monster: his poor play, his tackle competition, and the low number of snaps his defense is seeing. The first two are far more important than the snaps, however.
  • FS Tyrann Mathieu played 59 snaps (100%) at FS, but with Tyvon Branch heading to Injured Reserve, Mathieu is likely heading back to the “swiss army knife” role he was in last season that was a fantasy bonanza. Mathieu’s 100% snap share in Week Four is an indication that he’s fully recovered from his knee injury.


Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons played 71 defensive snaps, which is right about where we expect them to live this season.

  • DE Vic Beasley played 48 snaps (68%). Other than Week Two, Beasley’s been staying in the 60-70% range, which is plenty to be a big play option.
  • 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.
  • OLB De’Vondre Campbell was inactive with an ankle injury.
  • Veteran LB Sean Weatherspoon went down with a season-ending Achilles’ tear.
  • ILB Deion Jones played 44 snaps (62%). He came off the field with a calf injury but was on his way to a solid fantasy day.
  • SS Keanu Neal played 71 snaps (100%) and is officially the full-time starting SS. Kemal Ishmael (32%) has lost all fantasy value with Neal healthy.


Baltimore Ravens