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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
Cole Beasley Jul 24 5:40pm ET

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.

Willie Snead Jul 24 1:53pm ET

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.

Clayton Geathers Jul 24 1:33pm ET

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.

Andrew Luck Jul 24 1:13pm ET

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.

Latavius Murray Jul 24 12:13pm ET

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 24.

Sharrif Floyd Jul 24 12:13pm ET

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.

Keenan Allen Jul 24 10:43am ET

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.

Giovani Bernard Jul 24 10:03am ET

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.

Tyler Eifert Jul 24 10:03am ET

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.

DeAngelo Hall Jul 24 9:23am ET

Washington Redskins FS DeAngelo Hall (knee) and LB Houston Bates (knee) will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Latavius Murray Jul 23 10:33pm ET

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.'

Odell Beckham Jr. Jul 23 10:13pm ET

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.

Jeff Janis Jul 23 9:23pm ET

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.

Aaron Jones Jul 23 9:23pm ET

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones could emerge as the third-down back this year, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Jordan Matthews Jul 23 7:03pm ET

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.

Dwayne Gratz Jul 23 6:13pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles CB Dwayne Gratz was released Sunday, July 23.

Beau Allen Jul 23 6:13pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles DT Beau Allen (pectoral) and CB Sidney Jones (Achilles') were placed on the Non-Football injury list Sunday, July 23.

Ryan Mathews Jul 23 4:03pm ET

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.

Robert Griffin III Jul 23 2:33am ET

Free-agent QB Robert Griffin III (Browns) has started to attract 'mild interest' from NFL clubs, four months following his March release from Cleveland.

Marquise Goodwin Jul 22 11:03pm ET

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.