By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Blount gets tough schedule
Using our rules for our money leagues, we came up with a schedule strength ranking for the running back position. We are using our fantasy defenses report to calculate the rankings. This report can be found in all of our leagues under the "reports" heading. We took the schedule of each team and entered the average number of fantasy points allowed to running backs last season from all of their opponents to get our fantasy points allowed number. This is a good indication of the running backs with the most favorable schedules for fantasy scoring for the coming season.
Many had concerns about Carlos Hyde even before the NFL schedule was released, but the challenging schedules clouds things even more for Hyde. He has the toughest schedule for fantasy running backs. Todd Gurley also is a concern, coming off a terrible season and getting a challenging schedule. Some backs looking even better are Mike Gillislee, who could be setup for a breakout year in New England, and Jordan Howard, who had a big rookie season and gets a schedule to continue his strong play. Take a close at these rankings and tweak your overall rankings accordingly.
FANTASY PTS ALLOWED 1. 49ers 341.82 2. Redskins 362.56 3. Rams 362.92 4. Eagles 364.62 5. Colts 365.6 6. Falcons 366.05 7. Raiders 367.27 8. Steelers 367.75 9. Lions 368.29 10. Cardinals 368.35 11. Seahawks 368.44 12. Bucs 369.91 13. Giants 370.05 14. Texans 370.08 15. Chargers 370.34 16. Packers 370.41 17. Browns 370.86 18. Cowboys 371.7 19. Saints 372.22 20. Dolphins 374.84 21. Jaguars 375.45 22. Bengals 376.95 23. Chiefs 378.31 24. Broncos 378.47 25. Vikings 378.90 26. Titans 379.43 27. Ravens 381.62 28. Bills 382.14 29. Bears 384.78 30. Panthers 385.38 31. Jets 386.51 32. Patriots 387.02
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (hamstring) has been cleared for training camp. He's been out for offseason programs, but is ready for a full workload to start camp. Beasley is starting his age-28 season, looking to improve on his career highs from last season (98 targets and 75 catches). He's a solid depth WR with a high floor but a low ceiling.
New Orleans Saints exclusive rights free-agent WR Willie Snead said he'll report to camp Thursday, July 27, despite his desire for a new contract.
Indianapolis Colts S Clayton Geathers (neck) will be on the Physically Unable to Perform list to open the season and miss at least the first six weeks, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager Chris Ballard. The team expects Luck to come off before the beginning of the season.
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 24.
Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, quadriceps) was placed on the active/non-football injury list Monday, July 24. LB Shaan Washington (undisclosed) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) looked quick and explosive in offseason work. He's due for a monster season, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams.
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) is likely to be cleared for the beginning of training camp. Bernard is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.
Washington Redskins FS DeAngelo Hall (knee) and LB Houston Bates (knee) will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was one of the veterans to show up with the rookies for an early start to training camp Sunday, July 23. 'It'll be helpful for me just being here,' Murray said. 'I'm happy to be able to dive back into the playbook, and again, I want to learn it as much as I can, inside and out, so when I'm back on the field I'm able to play fast.'
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is the only player in NFL history with at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.
Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis should make the 53-man roster this season but will likely be limited to a role on special teams, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones could emerge as the third-down back this year, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) may receive limited snaps during training camp since he missed some offseason workouts because of knee tendinitis, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Philadelphia Eagles CB Dwayne Gratz was released Sunday, July 23.
Philadelphia Eagles DT Beau Allen (pectoral) and CB Sidney Jones (Achilles') were placed on the Non-Football injury list Sunday, July 23.
Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (neck) has yet to be medically cleared from offseason neck surgery, and his surgeon doesn't want to revisit the matter until sometime in August, according to a source.
Free-agent QB Robert Griffin III (Browns) has started to attract 'mild interest' from NFL clubs, four months following his March release from Cleveland.
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is more than just a deep threat, according to WR Jeremy Kerley. 'Working with him for the last two or three months, he's an all-around receiver and he knows what he's doing,' Kerley said.