Zero RB AFC Watch List – Priming for the Playoffs

The Ultimate Zero RB Watch List helps you keep track of every backfield development in the AFC and provides a wealth of weekly and seasonal advanced stats. As we head into the fantasy playoffs, let’s reflect on where things stand from a Zero RB perspective. One of the reasons that the strategy works is because points at RB are much more replaceable than any other.1 The bottom line is that if you lost David Johnson early, you would have had an easier time replacing those points than if you had lost Odell Beckham. Here are the top-12 RBs over the past four games.2
  1. Alvin Kamara
  2. Mark Ingram
  3. Todd Gurley
  4. Jamaal Williams
  5. Rex Burkhead
  6. Le’Veon Bell
  7. Latavius Murray
  8. DeMarco Murray
  9. LeSean McCoy 
  10. Tevin Coleman
  11. Dion Lewis
  12. Austin Ekeler
In the most crucial stretch of the fantasy regular season, only three of the top-12 RBs were taken in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts: Gurley, Bell, and Murray. And despite his RB1 status of late, Murray’s owners are probably not doing cartwheels over his performance. The rest of the list is littered with guys available in the fourth round or later, and in the case of Ekeler and Lewis, completely free. Let’s look at the major backfield developments as we head into Week 1 of the fantasy playoffs. That is followed by expected points tables, first for Week 13, followed by seasonal totals. Both charts are sortable by team.
  1. Except for perhaps the quarterback, but everyone already knows not to draft those early.  (back)
  2. Heading into Monday Night Football.  (back)

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