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Fantasy Football: 10 biggest reactions to NFL preseason Week 3

2RHXT8B DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 19: Jacksonville Jaguars RB Tank Bigsby (4) runs toward the sideline with Detroit Lions DE John Cominsky (79) in pursuit during the exhibition game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions on August 19, 2023 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI (Photo by Allan Dranberg/CSM) Credit: Cal Sport Media/Alamy Live News

Tank Bigsby’s role with the starters increases: Bigsby played 36% of snaps with the starters and added almost as many yards as Travis Etienne Jr.

Richie James surpasses Rashee Rice on the depth chart: James played nearly every snap on the Chiefs' first drive before his day was done, while Rice didn’t start playing until the second drive.

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Tank Bigsby takes 36% of snaps with the starters: Bigsby continued to cut into Travis Etienne Jr.’s playing time.

  • The Jaguars used their starters for two long drives. Etienne started each drive, but Bigsby would replace him after three or four plays.
  • Etienne played 100% of snaps on third and fourth down and dominated snaps out of 11 personnel, 10 snaps to four.
  • Snaps were closer to balanced on first and second down, at 13 to nine in favor of Etienne. The same was true for snaps out of 12 or 13 personnel, on which Etienne led six to five.
  • Bigsby averaged 6.2 yards per play compared to 4.9 by Etienne, but Bigsby lost a fumble.
  • Jacksonville had just two plays in short-yardage situations, and Etienne received both of those snaps.
  • Bigsby seeing this high of a percentage of snaps and a high percentage of carries is not a good sign for Etienne’s fantasy value.
  • This is already a significant increase from the first preseason game when Bigsby played only one snap with the starters,
  • His playing time is at 36% now, but rookie running backs tend to gain more playing time as the season progresses. We could reach a point where Bigsby is leading the team in carries.
  • Etienne is still the favorite to score the most fantasy points out of the Jaguars’ backfield, but he has the 11th-highest ADP for a running back, according to FantasyPros, compared to 49th by Bigsby. They should be getting drafted closer together.

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