Fantasy watch: Playing time in Week 2

September, 17, 2012
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The NFL is making available playing-time stats one day after games are played. A look inside some of the numbers, with a nod toward fantasy football when appropriate:
  • Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts were again the primary receivers. Fitzgerald plays just about every offensive snap. Roberts was at 86 percent. No other Cardinals wide receiver played more than 42 percent (Early Doucet). First-round draft choice Michael Floyd played six snaps. Meanwhile, tight end Todd Heap suffered a knee injury of unknown severity. He played 55 percent. Second-year tight end Rob Housler saw his playing time roughly quadruple from Week 1 in snaps. On defense, nickel cornerback Jamell Fleming played all but two snaps.
  • Seattle Seahawks: Receiver Sidney Rice played only about half the offensive snaps, leaving the game after taking a hard hit. Golden Tate (54 percent), Rice (53) and Ben Obomanu (41) played more than Doug Baldwin (31) among the receivers. Braylon Edwards, a primary receiver in the opener, played only nine snaps (13 percent). At guard, John Moffitt played slightly more than J.R. Sweezy. Anthony McCoy actually played more offensive snaps than Zach Miller, a surprise at tight end. Miller was on the injury report last week and did not practice fully. The division of labor at running back looked like this: Marshawn Lynch 44 snaps, Robert Turbin 13 and Leon Washington 8.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Three receivers played more snaps than Randy Moss played. The 49ers don't need regular contributions from Moss. Perhaps they're keeping him fresh. They use two tight ends and/or two backs frequently enough to diminish the need for third receivers. Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham were the only San Francisco receivers to play a majority of snaps on offense. Kyle Williams was a distant third at 35 percent, followed by Moss at 25 percent. Frank Gore played 71 percent of the snaps at running back, with Kendall Hunter playing the rest. Fullback Bruce Miller has played extensively in the first two games. He was at 40 percent snaps Sunday.
  • St. Louis Rams: Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson and Steve Smith were the top three receivers against Washington. I see no reason for that to change in the near future. Amendola had 12 receptions in the first half. Gibson caught a touchdown pass for the second week in a row. Smith had a 25-yard reception. It's looking like the Rams can bring along rookies Brian Quick and Chris Givens at a slower pace. Rookie running back Daryl Richardson played 61 percent of the snaps because Steven Jackson (38 percent) injured a groin, and also because Richardson was running well enough to justify the playing time. Second-round choice Isaiah Pead was the odd back out. He played two snaps. Left tackle Rodger Saffold, starting despite a strained neck, left this game with a knee injury. He played 18 percent of the snaps.

These percentages count plays nullified by penalty. The NFL has not made available playing-time stats in the past.

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