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Eric Ebron Succumbs to Snap Count, Fantasy Dud

We tried to warn you! Eric Ebron was our far-and-away Trade Deadline Sell High TE. After a 3 TD Week 10 explosion, Ebron finally succumbed to the snaps in Week 11 versus the Titans. He didn’t see a single target, posting a costly “dash” goose egg when owners needed him most. Meanwhile, Jack “Beanstalk” Doyle was his usual workman self, playing 82.3% of the snaps and seeing 4 targets as compared to 40.3% and 0 for Ebron. Though the talented backup TE will still score his fair share, the volatile usage makes him extremely risky.

In his favor, Ebron plays TE… amidst one of the worst TE seasons in the history of fantasy. Many owners are already settling for TD-or-bust dart throws, so Ebron still belongs in most lineups as a better chance at these scores.

Still, the evidence trail leading to this goose-egg was damning. Whenever active, Doyle has played 93%, 96%, 73%, 87% and 82% of snaps, while Ebron has logged just 45%, 26%, 21%, 38%, and 40.3% of snaps in those contests. Doyle’s also seen 29 targets as compared to 15 for Ebron in said games.

Also concerning is the ROS schedule. Ebron faces the hardest ROS TE schedule, with no “Green” matchups and three of his final five coming against Top-7 teams at defending TEs. Unless you have a Top-6 option, Ebron still belongs on rosters. But a higher-volume stash — perhaps Cameron Brate (21% owned) if OJ Howard‘s ankle injury proves extensive — would make sense.

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