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Running back Strength of Schedule

2017-07-07 09:40:32
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

Player Notes
Marlon Mack Sep 20 7:30pm ET

Indianapolis Colts' rookie running back Marlon Mack (shoulder) was limited in practice on Wednesday with a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 2. Mack hasn't had very heavy usage in the Colts' offense thus far in the regular season, but his smaller frame isn't doing him any favors in avoiding injury. He isn't a useful fantasy asset until Frank Gore goes down, but his ceiling will still remain limited unless Andrew Luck returns.

Chris Hogan Sep 20 7:10pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (knee) practiced on Wednesday, but in a limited capacity. Hogan stood out during the team's week 2 win over New Orleans, catching five receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. However, though he played efficiently, he also took a beating throughout the contest, injuring his knee and at one point, his hand. His status for week 3 against the Houston Texans is unknown at this time but fantasy owners will need to keep an eye on things as we get closer to kickoff on Sunday.

Charles Clay Sep 20 7:10pm ET

Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday ahead of the team's game against the Denver Broncos in Week 3. Clay had the same designation last week in practice and managed to play 83% of the Bills snaps in Week 2. Thus, this shouldn't be a huge cause for concern, though it is worth noting that the injury listed was to his knee, an injury that has caused him problems throughout much of his career. Assuming he makes it on the field, Clay will likely remain a highly targeted option in the Bills offense. Given the tough matchup against the Broncos, however, it may be best to look elsewhere even if Clay is able to take the field.

Eric Decker Sep 20 6:53pm ET

Tennessee Titans WRs Eric Decker and Rishard Matthews are set to start in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks with rookie WR Corey Davis (hamstring) sidelined.

Evan Engram Sep 20 6:53pm ET

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Aaron Wallace Sep 20 6:53pm ET

The Tennessee Titans placed LB Aaron Wallace (back) on the Reserve/Injured list on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and he will have surgery. The team also promoted WR Zach Pascal from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Janoris Jenkins Sep 20 6:53pm ET

New York Giants LB B.J. Goodson (shin), OG Bobby Hart (ankle), CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle) and LB J.T. Thomas (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. LB Keenan Robinson (concussion) was limited during practice.

Danny Amendola Sep 20 6:50pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. This undoubtedly was good news for the team as they have been slammed by injuries since the preseason. Though his status for the week 3 matchup with the Houston Texans is still up in the air, just his presence on the field was a good sign that things are heading in the right direction for the routinely injured wideout. Amendola was impactful in the week one loss to Kansas City and was one of the team's offensive leaders prior to leaving the game early with the injuries. His status will be updated as the week continues to progress so fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on him as we get closer to Sunday.

Odell Beckham Jr. Sep 20 6:43pm ET

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Taywan Taylor Sep 20 6:43pm ET

Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor might see a bump in reps in practice this week with WR Corey Davis (hamstring) already ruled out for Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Corey Davis Sep 20 6:43pm ET

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20, and he has already been ruled out for the Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Jordan Howard Sep 20 6:43pm ET

Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Rob Gronkowski Sep 20 6:40pm ET

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (groin) was present at practice today even though he wasn't technically listed as a participant. Nevertheless, Gronkowski was in full pads while getting in some light blocking drills with fellow tight end Dwayne Allen. Though his official status for today is slightly alarming for fantasy owners, the fact that he was out there and moving around is a good sign that he may be good to go for Sunday's showdown with the Houston Texans. The next few days should serve as an even better indicator regarding his status for week 3 but expect him to be listed on the injury report right up until kickoff.

Jonathan Stewart Sep 20 6:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has 33 carries through two games and is in a good spot to hit pay dirt in Week 3. The Panthers will face the Saints in Charlotte on Sunday, who rank as the fourth-worst defense against fantasy RB, and Stewart had three touchdowns in two games against New Orleans last season. Stewart will also get more red zone opportunities since Greg Olsen is out and did have 85 yards in his first game against the Saints last season. A lot of Stewart's value will come from him scoring a touchdown, but there is a good chance that he does score, making him a strong flex play.

Cam Newton Sep 20 6:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has not been sharp to open the season, but a matchup against the league's worst defense against QB could change that. The Panthers will host the Saints in Week 3 and Newton had 514 yards and three touchdowns against New Orleans last season. While Newton was only 14-for-33 with 192 yards when the Saints traveled to Charlotte last season, and has 399 yards this season, the Saints have seen their defense regress and Marshon Lattimore (their top cornerback) may be out as well. Look for Newton to approach 300 yards of total offense, score a few touchdowns, and regain his value as a top QB.

Josh Norman Sep 20 6:33pm ET

Washington Redskins S Deshazor Everett (knee), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle, shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder) and CB Josh Norman (shoulder) were limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) and C Spencer Long (knee) fully participated in practice.

Vic Beasley Sep 20 6:33pm ET

Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley (hamstring), OT Ryan Schraeder (concussion) and DT Courtney Upshaw (ankle, knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20, and have already been ruled out for Week 3. RB Brian Hill (ankle) was a full participant in practice.

Kendall Wright Sep 20 6:33pm ET

Chicago Bears OT Tom Compton (hip), LB Nick Kwiatkowski (chest), QB Mark Sanchez (neck) and OG Josh Sitton (ribs) were unable to practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. CB Prince Amukamara (ankle), RB Benny Cunningham (ankle), DE Akiem Hicks (shoulder), RB Jordan Howard (shoulder), OG Kyle Long (ankle) and WR Kendall Wright (shoulder) were limited participants, while S Deon Bush (hamstring) and WR Markus Wheaton (finger) practiced in full.

Kelvin Benjamin Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will likely see the majority of the targets without Greg Olsen in the lineup and opportunities like that could lead to a massive game. Benjamin and the Panthers will play the Saints in Week 3, who rank last against fantasy WR, and he had 11 catches for 142 yards against New Orleans last season in two games. The Panthers are likely to throw frequently against the Saints on Sunday and Benjamin was targeted 10 times or more three times last season; he posted 84, 86, and 91 yards in those games. If Benjamin is able to snag a touchdown, which is likely considering that he is the top red zone target without Olsen, look for him to approach 20 points in PPR leagues.

Christian McCaffrey Sep 20 6:30pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has 30 touches over his first two games and could really break out against the Saints in Week 3. McCaffrey only has 129 total yards over the first two games of his NFL career, but New Orleans has the fourth-worst defense against running backs and just allowed James White to catch eight passes for 85 yards in Week 2. If the Saints are unable to cover McCaffrey, look for him to run wild and take advantage of New Orleans' porous defense. He is valued as a low-end RB2 or strong flex play.