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2010 RB Strength of Schedule

Welcome to Brew Crew Corner. The important preseason games, also known as the “dress rehearsal,” has passed. We now will look to make whatever changes we need to make to our final rosters. For some of us, there are still drafts to come in the final days of the preseason before the season kicks off. Some leagues will go as far as waiting until a few hours before Thursday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings to hold their draft. Personally, I don’t think that gives owners enough time to evaluate their draft results and make lineup adjustments. It just shows you that there are so many ways you can customize your league and play fantasy football. There isn’t a wrong or right way to play, just variations on the hobby we love to play. In the last edition we looked at the Strength Of Schedule (SOS) for quarterbacks and the passing game. We will now look at the runningback situation.

There are a number of strategies you can use when looking at the run SOS for the runningback position. There is a different approach you will need when trying to trade runningbacks as owners will more than likely hold on to them longer than players of other positions.

Here are my six strategies:

Strategy No. 1:
Always start your stud runningback. Just like the quarterbacks, you pay a high price because they are there to perform.

Strategy No. 2:
If you don’t have a stud, draft a number of runningbacks in the middle rounds and play matchups.

Strategy No. 3:
If you are stocked at runningback and need help at other positions, take a runningback that has started hot that you won’t start on a weekly bases to help improve your team.

Strategy No. 4:
Trade for a struggling runningback that will play better. Jahvid Best is a runningback that will face three top 10 run defenses from last season in the first four weeks of the season. The Detroit Lions have a very tough schedule to open the season and that will limit Best early on. Target this player so that you can benefit later in the year when the schedule is more favorable.

Strategy No. 5:
Frustrated owners look for trades. Usually, it is due to an injury or a shared role on that team. This is a good opportunity to offer a 2-for-1 trade where you can upgrade to an elite runner while offering two decent options that they can fill holes with.

Strategy No. 6:
Monitor the waiver wire. There is always a runningback that comes out of nowhere or a starter that will get hurt. A player like Kareem Huggins (

Tampa
Bay
) is making some noise in the preseason and could be a player to grab.

This chart below list the SOS for each runningback as well as the teams they face for the first four weeks of the season.

 

Rank

Player

Team

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

SOS avg.

1

Chris Wells/Tim Hightower

ARI

@STL

@ATL

OAK

@SD

22

2

Adrian Peterson

MIN

@NO

MIA

DET

Bye

21

3

Ryan Mathews

SD

@KC

JAX

@SEA

ARI

21

4

Ahmad Bradshaw/Brandon Jacobs

NYG

CAR

@IND

TEN

CHI

20

5

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAX

DEN

@SD

PHI



IND


20

6

Julius Jones/Justin Forsett

SEA

SF

@DEN

SD

@STL

20

7

Frank Gore

SF

@SEA

NO

@KC

@ATL

19

8

Steven Jackson

STL

ARI

@OAK

WAS

SEA

19

9

DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart

CAR

@NYG

TB

CIN

@NO

19

10

Jerome Harrison/Montario Hardesty

CLE

@TB

KC

@BAL

CIN

19

11

Chris Johnson

TEN

OAK

PIT

@NYG

DEN

18

12

Knowshon Moreno

DEN

@JAX

SEA



IND


@TEN

18

13

Jamaal Charles/Thomas Jones

KC

SD

@CLE

SF

Bye

18

14

Joseph Addai/ Donald Brown



IND


@HOU

NYG

@DEN

@JAX

18

15

Carnell Williams

TB

CLE

@CAR

PIT

Bye

18

16

Steve Slaton/Arian Foster

HOU



IND


@WAS

DAL

@OAK

18

17

Marion Barber/Felix Jones

DAL

@WAS

CHI

@HOU

Bye

17

18

Cedric Benson

CIN

@NE

BAL

@CAR

@CLE

17

19

Shonn Greene/LaDainian Tomlinson

NYJ

BAL

NE

@MIA

@BUF

17

20

Darren McFadden/Michael Bush

OAK

@TEN

STL

@ARI

HOU

17

21

Ryan Grant

GB

@PHI

BUF

@CHI

DET

16

22

Laurence Maroney/Fred Taylor

NE

CIN

@NYJ

BUF

@MIA

16

23

Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

ATL

@TEN

@TB

BAL

15

24

LeSean McCoy

PHI

GB

@DET

@JAX

WAS

15

25



Clinton

Portis/Larry Johnson

WAS

DAL

HOU

@STL

@PHI

13

26

Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams

MIA

@BUF

@MIN

NYJ

NE

13

27

Ray Rice/Willis McGahee

BAL

@NYJ

@CIN

CLE

@PIT

12

28

Michael Turner

ATL

@PIT

ARI

@NO

SF

12

29

Matt Forte/Chester Tayler

CHI

DET

@DAL

GB

@NYG

11

30

Pierre Thomas/Reggie Bush

NO

MIN

@SF

ATL

CAR

10

31

Fred Jackson/C.J. Spiller

BUF

MIA

@GB

@NE

NYJ

10

32

Kevin Smith/Jahvid Best

DET

@CHI

PHI

@MIN

@GB

9

 

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