Throughout the year you are going to be seeing this page update with new names at various positions on a weekly basis. We have already seen quarterback changes like Baker Mayfield taking over in Cleveland, leaving Tyrod Taylor on the bench. Jameis Winston has taken the starting role back over for Ryan Fitzpatrick out in Tampa Bay. When looking at the running back and wide receiver positions on the depth chart, these can be trickier to dive into. Many running back situations are a committee, which is two backs that split the workload. On a few occasions you have full workhorse backs like Todd Gurley. You can reference the snap counts, targets and player stats pages to take a deep dive. It goes the same for wide receivers, although the top three is what you are after. These roles can change within a season, and this page will be updated weekly for the upcoming games to give you an indicator on starting lineups. For instance the Colts have had some major injuries this season. Jack Doyle and T.Y. Hilton have been on and off injuries, which shifts around the depth chart. That is where we have seen the emergence of Eric Ebron and Chester Rogers. If you are looking for defensive depth charts or offensive line, click on the team depth chart link for more info. Each team has a link to their weekly NFL Matchup providing detailed odds, matchup stats and predictions.
As we start to wind down the season, snaps and depth charts are going to be changing due to mostly injuries. We might see some younger players on teams out of contention get more work, but mostly those backups will be stepping in. We have seen it with quarterbacks, like Cody Kessler, Lamar Jackson, Jeff Driskel, and Mark Sanchez. Jackson is the only fantasy viable name to talk about within this group. There are rumors that Joe Flacco could come back and get some drives in with Jackson. The two-QB scenario isn’t all that fun.
San Francisco is a team giving away a lot of late waiver wire adds. Jeffery Wilson saw 62 snaps this week, which was top five on the week among running backs. Alfred Morris was the active back behind him seeing just a total of four snaps. Wilson should handle the workload the rest of the way, and works well as a receiver too. Dante Pettis saw 61 snaps, and Kendrick Bourne saw 43. This was with Marquise Goodwin back. Pierre Garcon is going to miss the rest of the season, and that should sure up time for Pettis and Bourne in what has been a surprisingly viable offense the last few weeks.
Kansas City has been dealing with the absence of Kareem Hunt, and Spencer Ware picked up 41 snaps as more of an in between the tackles runner, while Damien Williams saw 43 snaps as a receiving back. A few more running back changes were present this week. New York had Elijah McGuire lead the way in snaps at 40 this past week, and this is after playing 49 the week before. The Patriots backfield is certainly not what we want heading into the playoff stretch as James Develin saw 36 snaps, and Sony Michel sat with James White around the 30 range as well. The split time is not appealing for fantasy upside.
We will need to keep an eye on Melvin Gordon once again this week, and after thinking Justin Jackson was going to see an expanded role, it was Austin Ekeler again seeing over 30 snaps and a larger role. Gus Edwards saw a bit of a drop off, but it was expected against a Chiefs team that pushes the pace and more chunk plays from opposing offenses. James Hurst, Ian Thomas, Matt LaCosse, and Blake Jarwin are some notable tight ends that saw over 55 snaps this past week. If you are in need of a fill-in, they are worth a look.
With Sammy Watkins out the next few weeks, Chris Conley saw 85 snaps. This was the highest of his career, and he is going to be a worthy WR3 moving forward the next few weeks. Robert Foster also saw a huge tick up in snaps at 73, serving as the Bills WR2 with Andre Holmes out of the picture. Both him and Zay Jones will be boom-or-bust options in a Bills offense that can actually air it out.