Ultimate Zero RB Watchlist: NFC Week 5

Welcome to the Ultimate Zero RB Watchlist. The goal of this piece is to help you find RB targets for your Zero-RB teams before anyone else even knows about them. We know that startable RB weeks can come from almost anywhere in the NFL. By being aware of depth charts that could yield surprising weekly starters, we put ourselves in position to grab the next breakout RB before he breaks out. We’ll take a close look at depth charts around the league in order to find the next-man-up situations that nobody is talking about . . . yet. Throughout the season we’ll monitor playing time and usage to identify exploitable, under-the-radar trends that have the potential to pay off with league-winning upside. Be sure to check out Cort Smith’s companion piece on the AFC. For Week 5, we’ll be doing things a little differently. I’m going to dump a table with relevant data at the beginning, and then follow that up with some comments on the most notable and actionable situations. As before, we’ll focus on expected points, a metric that looks at the average fantasy value of a touch or target, adjusted for field position. We’ll also focus on snap data. You can’t score fantasy points if you’re not on the field, so we want guys who are on the field a lot.

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By Blair Andrews | @AmItheRealBlair | Archive