Positional Snaps Played By Role
The following tables display the top twenty in snaps played by position, it highlights how the NFL positional leaders in snaps played are lining up. It can also help bring context to the quality of snaps played, or snaps with potential for fantasy points. In this group of graphs I'm going to focus on the offensive side of the ball. I will be examining the top twenty runningbacks, wide receivers, and tightends in snaps played in 2019. Looking for anything that stands out or any statistical anomalies, that may be beneficial to your dynasty team. I will be highlighting players with a potential for a higher success rate positionally, as well as pointing out players on the other end of the spectrum.
Runningback is always an interesting position when it comes to breaking down snaps played, due to the fact some RB's play significantly more in the run game, than they do during receiving plays, and vise versa. I always find it interesting when a runningback has considerably more pass play snaps than they do rushing snaps. As you can see only one RB in the league eclipsed 1000 snaps played last season which was Christian McCaffery. There are no real surprises as far as the top twenty players in snaps played, the vast majority of this group is more than deserving of starter snaps.
The Wide Receiver snap count chart looks essentially as expected, with roughly 2/3 of receivers snaps coming on pass plays, and the other 1/3 being on rushing plays. There were a couple of things that stood out to me in regards to to total snaps played. Five wide outs played more than 1000 snaps, with DeAndre Hopkins leading the way at a whopping 1114 snaps. Multiple teams had two receivers on the list such as Seattle, Cleveland, and Carolina. Only one rookie made the top twenty in snaps played D.K. Metcalf of the Seahawks. Other than that the list is a mixture of veterans and young wide outs. With the top half of the list being mostly veterans, the bottom half of the list has much more youth on it.
Tightend snap counts can be very deceiving when only focusing on the total snaps played, because as you can see from the graph several of the top twenty tightends had more blocking snaps than receiving snaps. It was somewhat surprising to see two rookie tightends make the list. There are a lot of veterans on this list which is understandable, as they are quite often better blockers than their youthful positional counterparts. Only one tightend reached 1000 snaps played Travis Kelce, with Zach Ertz just missing with 988 snaps.