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 12)
Player Snap Count Percentage
Saquon Barkley (NYG) 82%
Jonathan Taylor (IND) 78%
Josh Jacobs (LV) 74%
Dalvin Cook (MIN) 73%
Christian McCaffrey (SF) 72%
Alvin Kamara (NO) 72%
Devin Singletary (BUF) 72%

For starters, we can see Jonathan Taylor and Saquon Barkley are on the field a ton. That’s not a surprise, especially on Barkley’s end, as his 82 percent usage is much higher than his 61 percent 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 fantasy playoffs.

The Timeshare Guys (RBs With Snap Counts at 70% and under)

NFL Snap Counts: Running Backs (Through Week 12)
Player Snap Count Percentage
Rhamondre Stevenson (NE) 68%
Joe Mixon (CIN) 67%
Leonard Fournette (TB) 67%
Najee Harris (PIT) 66%
Derrick Henry (TEN) 65%
David Montgomery (CHI) 65%
Dameon Pierce (HOU) 64%
Austin Ekeler (LAC) 64%
Aaron Jones (GB) 63%

Fournette had a snap count in the 60 percent range in Weeks 4-5 before jumping back up to 82 percent in Week 6. Since Week 6, though, he’s yet to play more than 72 percent of snaps in a game. Rookie Rachaad White is slowly eating into his workload, and an injury in Week 10 knocked Fournette into this second tier of rushers. He sat out Week 12 with a hip injury and White did quite well in his absence. It appears “Playoff Lenny” may have officially lost his starting spot. 

Although he’s not listed on the chart above, Nick Chubb’s snap count is only at 54 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. 

The Big Movers: Guys Whose Snap Count Jumped/Fell

NFL Snap Counts: Running Backs (Through Week 12)
Player Snap Count Increase/Decrease From Week 11 to 12
Latavius Murray (DEN) +32%
Dalvin Cook (MIN) +26%
James Conner (ARI) +20%
Dameon Pierce (HOU) -19%
Michael Carter (NYJ) -20%
Antonio Gibson (WAS) -26%

Latavius Murray’s jump is huge. After the Broncos waived their original starting running back, Melvin Gordon, Murray got a bell-cow workload, taking 82 percent of the snaps and ripping off 92 yards on just 13 carries. Denver has been a disaster this year, but if you’re looking for a sneaky flex play as we near fantasy playoffs, Murray might just be your guy. 

NFL Snap Counts: Wide Receivers

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

NFL Snap Counts: Wide Receivers (Through Week 12)
Player Snap Count Percentage
DJ Moore (CAR) 97%
Justin Jefferson (MIN) 96%
Michael Pittman Jr. (IND) 96%
Davante Adams (LV) 95%
Marquise Brown (ARI) 95%

With Cooper Kupp out, Moore jumps into the top spot but Jefferson remains close behind. The Vikings wideout has been electric this season, and in Week 10 he made one of the craziest catches in NFL history as Minnesota stormed back for a shocking victory over the Bills. The Vikes had a tough go in Week 11 but bounced back in their Thanksgiving Day game. All is good in Minnesota again. 

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

NFL Snap Counts: Wide Receivers (Through Week 12)
Player Snap Count Percentage
Mack Hollins (LV) 94%
Gabe Davis (BUF) 93%
Adam Thielen (MIN) 93%
Courtland Sutton (DEN) 93%
Diontae Johnson (PIT) 92%
Brandon Aiyuk (SF) 91%
DeVonta Smith (PHI) 91%
Terry McLaurin (WSH) 90%
Allen Lazard (GB) 90%

This tier has remained the same for most of the season. The majority of these guys are high-end WR2s, both in reality and in fantasy football, though some are top passing options on their respective teams. Terry McLaurin and Diontae Johnson are both very talented wideouts who are limited by dysfunctional offenses. As we can see, McLaurin and Johnson get tons of reps; the numbers just haven’t followed this season. 

The Big Movers: Guys Whose Snap Count Jumped/Fell

NFL Snap Counts: Wide Receivers (Through Week 12)
Player Snap Count Increase/Decrease From Week 11 to 12
Isaiah McKenzie (BUF) +33%
Quez Watkins (PHI) +29%
Christian Watson (GB) +12%
Ben Skowronek (LAR) -21%
Terrace Marshall Jr. (CAR) -29%
Jakobi Meyers (NE) -66%

The WR snap counts jump around a lot from week to week, especially for the fringe players, but we love what we’ve seen from Packers rookie Christian Watson. Watson saw a season-high 92 percent of snaps in Week 12, proving that he’s ready for a greater workload and that he has earned QB Aaron Rodgers’ trust.

Watson has scored six touchdowns in the last three weeks. Now that the usage is there, he has all the makings of a fantasy hero. 

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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 12 weeks of the 2022 NFL season, Saquon Barkley leads all running backs with an 82% snap count.