Sunday, November 18, 2012
Fantasy Watch: Trends through Week 10
By Mike Sando
Our weekly look at playing-time trends in the NFC West, with an eye toward fantasy football:
- Arizona Cardinals: Rookie receiver Michael Floyd has played about 60 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps over the past two weeks. He was at 38.4 percent previously. Early Doucet played a season-low 29.9 percent against Green Bay in Arizona's most recent game. His dropped passes have cleared the way for Floyd, who has earned additional playing time anyway. Second-year tight end Rob Housler has played 64.2 percent of the snaps since Todd Heap suffered a knee injury in Week 2. Housler played 22.5 percent over the first two games. The team expected Heap to have returned by now. It's unclear when Heap will return. Running back Beanie Wells, who could return from a toe injury Nov. 25, never played more than 38.5 percent of the snaps in a game when he was available this season. That will presumably change upon his return. The Cardinals need him.
- St. Louis Rams: Receiver Brandon Gibson played a season-high 86.4 percent of the snaps against San Francisco last week. That was up from 53.1 percent the previous week. Rookie Chris Givens' return from a one-game team suspension figures to reduce snaps for Gibson, who did not help himself with a costly penalty for lining up improperly last week. Rookie Brian Quick played only eight percent of the snaps last week despite catching a touchdown pass early in the game. That was his lowest percentage for a game since Week 2. Backup tight end Matthew Mulligan has quietly played 38.9 percent of the snaps this season. Starter Lance Kendricks is at 82.5 percent. Kendricks has played increasingly well as a blocker and receiver. Danny Amendola played 85.2 percent of the snaps in his first game back from injury. Running back Steven Jackson was at 79.5 percent against the 49ers, his highest single-game total since playing 94.8 percent in the opener. He is at 64.8 percent for the season.
- San Francisco 49ers: Receiver Randy Moss has played at least 35 percent of the snaps in each of the 49ers' last three games. He had done so only once this season previously, in Week 3. He is at 32.4 percent for the season. Michael Crabtree leads the receivers at 66.4 percent, followed by Mario Manningham (52.0), Kyle Williams (37.2) and Moss. Those figures count only games in which the players participated. Manningham missed one game. Running back Frank Gore played a season-high 82.1 percent against the Rams. He is at 70.7 percent for the season. Kendall Hunter is second among 49ers halfbacks at 26.2 percent. Fullback Bruce Miller is getting more time in recent weeks as the 49ers have recommitted to their conventional offense. Tight end Vernon Davis has played every offensive snap in each of the 49ers' last four games.
- Seattle Seahawks: Quarterback Russell Wilson is the only non-offensive lineman in the division to play every offensive snap for his team this season. Tight end Zach Miller has played a higher percentage of the Seahawks' offensive snaps (84.7) than any other tight end, wide receiver or running back. Receiver Sidney Rice has been much more durable after having surgery on each shoulder during the offseason. The procedures were supposed to make it easier for Rice to participate in weight training to improve his strength. Rice has played 77.8 percent of the snaps to this point without missing a game. Fellow receiver Golden Tate has played 74 percent since missing the opener. Running back Marshawn Lynch played a season-low 60.3 percent against the New York Jets as Seattle headed into its bye week. He played more than 60.3 percent only four times all last season. Rookie Robert Turbin has played 18.8 percent for the season, but no less than that since Week 5.