The NFL is unique in that playing time isn’t decided by a lineup card given to the referee before kickoff. Football is a fast-paced sport with different play designs, injuries and all kinds of moving parts that require a healthy rotation of players in and out.

That’s why snap count is all the rage in the NFL betting and NFL fantasy football community. Football bettors want to know when their favorite players – or players they’ve placed prop bets on – will be on the field and for how long.

That’s why we’ve crafted this NFL snap counts layout for you. We want NFL fans and sports bettors to be as informed as possible. We also want you folks to be able to gain an edge and find some hidden value to make you money.

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Why Are NFL Snap Counts Important For Betting?

As we explained before, snap count percentage is the easiest way to determine playing time/player usage. 

Before you make a bet on the OVER/UNDER on Christian McCaffrey’s total carries in Week 3, for example, you’ll want to consult our snap count chart. In Week 2, C-Mac was on the field for 92 percent of the Panthers’ offensive snaps, the highest percentage among Week 2 running backs.

With those numbers in mind, you’ll probably lean toward the OVER. But keep in mind the sportsbooks recognize McCaffrey’s usage, too, so you’ll see his OVER/UNDER on carries adjusted accordingly. The key is to find value by using these NFL snap count numbers – and that’s what we’ll address in the sections below.

Snap count percentage is defined as the number of a team’s offensive snaps during which a player is on the field.

NFL Snap Counts: Running Backs

The Bell Cows (RBs With Snap Counts Above 70%)

NFL Snap Counts: Running Backs (Through Week 4)
Player Snap Count Percentage
Saquon Barkley (NYG) 88.1%
Christian McCaffrey (CAR) 84.8%
Leonard Fournette (TB) 78.7%
Jonathan Taylor (IND) 78.5%
Joe Mixon (CIN) 74.2%
Josh Jacobs (LV) 72.2%
Najee Harris (PIT) 71%

For starters, we can see McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette and Saquon Barkley are on the field a ton. That’s not a surprise, especially on Barkley’s end, as his 88.1 percent usage is much higher than his 61 percent from last season (though injury management was a factor). For fantasy football, Saquon’s increased usage is a dream. Expect him to be a high-end RB1 for the rest of the season.

With Taylor now ruled out for Thursday Night Football, the Colts will need to scramble to make up for his backfield production. As a result of his absence, watch for Nyheim Hines (33.7 percent of snaps before Taylor’s injury) to contribute in a big way. We like Hines as an OVER bet on 27.5 receiving yards.

The Timeshare Guys (RBs With Snap Counts Under 70%)

NFL Snap Counts: Running Backs (Through Week 4)
Player Snap Count Percentage
Devin Singletary (BUF) 68.9%
Dalvin Cook (MIN) 67%
Derrick Henry (TEN) 64.4%
Rashaad Penny (SEA) 63.3%
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) 63.1%
Darrell Henderson Jr. (LAR) 62.9%
Aaron Jones (GB) 61%
Jeff Wilson Jr. (SF) 60.4%

Although he’s not listed on the chart above, Nick Chubb’s snap count is only at 55.8 percent. That might be alarming for bettors and fantasy owners who are invested in the Browns running back, but there’s no need to worry. The 26-year-old operated under a similar snap count last season (53 percent) and still averaged 89.9 yards per game. 

Of note, there are also a few former bell-cow veteran running backs who’ve tumbled in usage. Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys, for example, has also seen his snap count taper off going back to the second half of 2021. Tony Pollard could see added betting value now.

NFL Snap Counts: Wide Receivers

The Locks (WRs With A Snap Count Percentage Over 95%)

NFL Snap Counts: Wide Receivers (Through Week 4)
Player Snap Count Percentage
Cooper Kupp (LAR) 99%
DJ Moore (CAR) 97.8%
Davante Adams (LV) 96.7%
Adam Thielen (MIN) 96.6%
Justin Jefferson (MIN) 96.3%
CeeDee Lamb (DAL) 95.7%
Allen Robinson II (LAR) 95.2%

Cooper Kupp is a dynamite player and he’s on the field for nearly every play. He has 42 catches in four games this season and hauled in 14 passes during a Week 4 game vs the 49ers where the Rams offense looked like hot garbage. He’s a producer in every situation. 

Allen Robinson is an interesting presence on this 95%-and-up list. He’s a bit of an enigma, having seen at least five targets in three of four games, but only catching nine passes for 95 yards in four games. That’s a brutal output for fantasy owners who drafted A-Rob as a WR2. The snap count tells us he’s bound to break out eventually, but the eye test says otherwise.

Adam Thielen is another guy having a questionable start to the 2022 season. The emergence of Justin Jefferson has made it hard for Thielen to make an impact, despite the veteran being on the field more than most receivers in the NFL. The thing is, Thielen is too talented to be left out of the passing game for long. He finally grabbed his first TD in Week 3 and built off that with a high-volume Week 4 performance.

The Regulars (WRs With A Snap Count Percentage Under 95%)

NFL Snap Counts: Wide Receivers (Through Week 4)
Player Snap Count Percentage
Ja’Marr Chase (CIN) 94.7%
Marquise Brown (ARI) 94.2%
Robbie Anderson (CAR) 92.9%
DeVonta Smith (PHI) 92.4%
Mack Hollins (LV) 92.2%
Brandon Aiyuk (SF) 92%
DeVante Parker (NE) 92%
Christian Kirk (JAC) 91.7%
Courtland Sutton (DEN) 91.7%
Mike Williams (LAC) 90.8%
Terry McLaurin (WAS) 90.4%
Elijah Moore (NYJ) 90.1%

There are some surprising players in the next tier of NFL snap counts. Marquise Brown has been a reception machine in his first season with Arizona. Hollywood had a whopping 14 catches in Week 3 and put up a nice 6-88-1 line in Week 4. Philadelphia has a strong secondary, which deadens his Week 5 fantasy outlook, but he’s still a lock in your fantasy lineup.

Look out for Jacksonville, too. QB Trevor Lawrence has been solid in 2022, and Christian Kirk looks like his favorite weapon. With Kirk on the field for 91.7 percent of offensive snaps, the wideout hauled in six catches and at least 78 yards from Weeks 1-3. Week 4 was a bit of a dud, but he should get back on track in Week 5 against a porous Texans defense.

NFL Snap Counts: Tight Ends

The High-Usage Guys (TEs With Snap Counts Over 80%)

NFL Snap Counts: Tight Ends (Through Week 4)
Player Snap Count Percentage
Tyler Higbee (LAR) 94.8%
David Njoku (CLE) 90.4%
Cole Kmet (CHI) 90.2%
Mark Andrews (BAL) 88.2%
Tyler Conklin (NYJ) 88.1%
TJ Hockenson (DET) 85.5%
Dallas Goedert (PHI) 83.1%
Zach Ertz (ARI) 80.7%
Pat Freiermuth (PIT) 80%

Before we dive in, we must preface this by emphasizing that, with tight ends, a high snap count rate doesn’t automatically equate to a high output. In 2021, among the 10 tight ends with the highest snap count rate, only three finished with top-10 fantasy seasons in PPR formats.

In any case, it turns out Rams tight end Tyler Higbee basically never leaves the field. He hasn’t been a superstar in 2022 – in fantasy football or otherwise – but he has seen his target share increase. Higbee has been targeted 38 times through four weeks, which merits a look at his OVER/UNDER reception totals on a week-to-week basis. 

Jets tight end Tyler Conklin is another player with a surprisingly high snap count. Conklin quietly amassed 61 catches and 593 receiving yards with the Vikings a season ago, but seems forgotten on the betting map. Conklin’s high snap rate has equated to an impressive 21 catches through four weeks, but the yardage hasn’t followed. The 27-year-old is still only averaging 9.1 yards per catch, the second-lowest mark of his career. With weekly O/U receiving yard thresholds inflated due to his high usage, there’s money to be made betting the UNDER on his weekly yards total.

The Less-Used Guys (TEs With Snap Counts Under 80%)

NFL Snap Counts: Tight Ends (Through Week 4)
Player Snap Count Percentage
Travis Kelce (KC) 79.4%
Kyle Pitts (ATL) 77.4%
Dawson Knox (BUF) 74.6%
Darren Waller (LV) 73%
Evan Engram (JAC) 72.7%
Parker Hesse (ATL) 72.2%
Dalton Schultz (DAL) 70.2%
Hunter Henry (NE) 69.5%
Logan Thomas (WAS) 68.5%

Obviously, Travis Kelce’s usage stands out here. His 79.4 percent snap count rate isn’t actually far off from last season when he averaged 82 percent. Fear not, fantasy owners, he’ll be on the field a ton in 2022. 

If you know who Parker Hesse is, congratulations, you’re the only one. The 27-year-old’s usage stands out at 72.2 percent, which might lead some folks to believe Kyle Pitts’ target share will decrease. Hesse is almost exclusively a blocking tight end with just seven career catches to his name. It is noteworthy, however, that Atlanta is utilizing tons of schemes involving multiple tight ends. That bodes well for Atlanta’s running backs, but not as well for Falcons pass catchers. 

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What is NFL snap count?

Snap count percentage is defined as the number of a team’s offensive snaps during which a player is on the field.

Why is NFL snap count important?

Snap count percentage is the easiest way to determine playing time/player usage. Before you make a bet on the OVER/UNDER on running backs' total carries, you’ll want to consult our snap count chart.

If a running back like Christian McCaffrey is on the field for over 90% of the Panthers' offensive snaps, it's more likely he's going to cash the over on his props.

Who has the highest snap counts among NFL running backs?

Through four weeks of the 2022 NFL season, Saquon Barkley leads all running backs with an 88.1% snap count. Christian McCaffrey is second at 84.8%.