7 Running Backs With an Easy Fantasy Strength of Schedule

7 Running Backs With an Easy Fantasy Strength of Schedule

By Joe Holka (4for4 Contributor), last update Aug 22, 2017

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After adjusting for strength of schedule, our aFPA metric has revealed the teams that will have the easiest fantasy matchups in 2017. Below are the running backs with the easiest route to weekly fantasy points.

  • Fantasy Strength of Schedule Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF
  • Fantasy Strength of Schedule Hot Spots: By Player | By Position
  • Fantasy Strength of Schedule at Other Positions: QB | WR | TE

Note: Standard aFPA is displayed on top, PPR underneath.

Ameer Abdullah/Theo Riddick - Lions

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The Lions will enjoy the sixth-most favorable schedule in PPR leagues in terms of running back aFPA. The committee of Abdullah and Riddick will also face the 10th-most favorable fantasy playoff schedule, as the Bears and Bengals are hardly units we should fear.

While Abdullah could see a featured role, Riddick should still see a healthy dose of targets in the passing game. The Detroit backfield contains a strong mix of talent and upside that can be an ideal situation to target for a drafter that is not risk-averse, or a Zero RB drafter. Abdullah posted 87th and 89th-percentile Expectation Scores on the ground and through the air, respectively, in my Rushing Expectation charting, and also finished in the 99th percentile in yards before contact in 2015 behind a poor offensive line. It’s no secret that Abdullah is one of my favorite running back options in fantasy drafts this season, but there could be room for Riddick to shine as well.

Continue reading for five more RBs with an easy schedule in 2017...

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