Welcome to the Week 16 edition of Snaps, Pace, & Stats, where we examine trends in snap totals and no-huddle usage. It is meant to be a 30,000-foot view of upcoming games, with the goal of identifying which matchups will – and which will not – be played on fertile fantasy soil.
(For brevity’s sake, all references to pass or run rates/percentages are in terms of neutral game situations. Unless otherwise stated, we will reference one-score situations (plus/minus seven points) to get a truer representation of game plan.)
Up in pace
|Rank||Week 15 Snaps||2017 Snaps/Game||Opponent Wk 15 Snaps||2017 Opp Snaps/Gm|
|1||N.Y. Giants (81)||Philadelphia (68.4)||Philadelphia (81)||Cincinnati (68.4)|
|2||Arizona (80)||Denver (67.1)||Washington (80)||N.Y. Giants (66.6)|
|3||Baltimore (74)||Jacksonville (67.1)||Cleveland (74)||Buffalo (66.5)|
|4||Denver (74)||Pittsburgh (66.8)||Indianapolis (74)||Kansas City (66.1)|
|5||Miami (73)||San Francisco (66.4)||Buffalo (73)||San Francisco (65.9)|
One of two Christmas Day games to wrap up fantasy championship week should deliver both points and play volume. The Steelers average the fourth-most snaps (66.8), with even more over the last month (70.3). During that time, they’ve scored the sixth-most points per game (29.3) and surrendered the third-most (28.3). Pittsburgh has thrown at the league’s highest rate over the last four weeks (67 percent) and their opponents have passed against them at the seventh-highest (61-percent). With Antonio Brown out, a huge slice of what should be a large pie is up for grabs.