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Snaps, Pace, & Stats: The speed of Week 2's games

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 10: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions reacts after throwing for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field on September 10, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Arizona 35-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Welcome to the Week 2 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.

The week is top-heavy in terms of high-volume games. Nobody needs to be told the PatriotsSaints or PackersFalcons are juicy games to attack for fantasy, just as it should be obvious why the TexansBengals and BrownsRavens matchups are less attractive. The middle, however, is where DFS differentiation will take place, and will be a more useful area for us to focus on.

Up in pace

Rank Week 1 Snaps 2016 Snaps/Game Opponent Wk 1 Snaps 2016 Opp Snaps/Gm
1 Green Bay (74) New Orleans (69.1) Kansas City (74) San Francisco (68.9)
2 New England (74) Arizona (67.9) Seattle (74) Miami (68.0)
3 Buffalo (72) Philadelphia (67.5) N.Y. Jets (72) Denver (67.3)
4 Dallas (71) Baltimore (67.4) N.Y. Giants (71) Cleveland (66.7)
5 DET / HOU (69) Houston (66.9) ARZ / JAX (69) Kansas City (66.4)

Detroit Lions at New York Giants

Let’s begin at the end, with a Monday night matchup between two teams known for their unusual tempo, if not exactly prolific offenses. Last season, the Giants ran the most no-huddle, while the Lions finished third after on-again/off-again hurry-up usage (more on this below in No-Huddle Notes). Detroit is coming off of a 69-play, 49-percent no-huddle opener in which their offense again appeared potent, scoring their most points in a full year. If they stick with that approach, instead of the Cowboys-esque brand of keep-away they used for most of last year, the matchup will yield useful play volume.

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