Ultimate Zero RB Watchlist: AFC Week 4
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Welcome to the Ultimate Zero RB Watchlist. The goal of this piece is to help you find RB targets for your 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. Each week, 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. For two weeks now I’ve been suggesting to buy low on both Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson in this weekly column. Well, the door to acquire Chubb on the cheap has just closed. Time is running out. You should probably go trade for Johnson while you still can, because there’s no way Carlos Hyde can keep a grip on that backfield for much longer. I don’t want to waste a ton of time here. We have a metric ton of data to dig through, and with Week 2 merely hours away, and we need to be as prepared as humanly possible if this incredible display of offense is going to continue. I’m going to reference many forms of data in this column, such as rushing and receiving expected fantasy points. Coupled with that will be several references to ruFPOE and reFPOE (rushing and receiving fantasy points over expectation). Division by division. Team by team. Let’s break down every single backfield in the AFC conference through the first two weeks and project for the coming week. Be sure to check out Hasan Rahim’s companion piece on the NFC.