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Scheduletron: Strength of schedule

Last time I addressed Strength of Schedule there was a request for defensive information. That is, what defenses project to play the easiest schedules (offenses that didn’t score many points in 2019)?   more »

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Factoid: Rookie RBs: lesser college producers

Yesterday I ran an item about incoming rookie running backs who put up huge numbers (1,800 total yards) their final seasons of college; how they fared in their rookie seasons. This is the companion piece: how the running backs who weren't as productive their final years of college performed in their first NFL seasons.   more »

Trivia: July 12, 2020

Who is the youngest player inducted into the Hall of Fame? answer »

Factoid: Running for dollars

There are running backs angling for new contracts. Derrick Henry and Raheem Mostert have been in the news recently. And Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones and James Conner. But the big-picture odds are stacked against all of those guys.  more »

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Factoid: Rookie RBs: big college producers

It was a great group of incoming rookies, with 26 running backs and wide receivers selected in the first three rounds. With the pandemic, it will be harder than usual for those players to make an impact, but there should be some impact rookies, especially at running back (where the learning curve isn't as steep and injuries are more prevalent).   more »

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Trivia: July 11, 2020

Who is the only athlete who won a Super Bowl ring and an Olympic medal (not a gold) less than a year apart? answer »

Mailbag: July 10, 2020

Ian Allan answers your fantasy football questions. In this edition: The best sleeper prospects. 2020 "It" player. Early rounds in a Superflex league. Which teams will be most affected by the novel coronavirus? And more. more »

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Andy Richardson: NFL backfields

The Raheem Mostert discussion yesterday had me wondering just how many starting running back jobs are actually available in the NFL. I think we can all agree there are less than five; the question is if there are more than one. And how likely are any of them to be seeking to bring someone in? This is important not only for Mostert but unsigned guys like Devonta Freeman (pictured) and LeSean McCoy. Let's take a look.   more »

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Trivia: July 10, 2020

Since the merger in 1970, who are the only three Lousiana State University quarterbacks chosen with first-round picks? answer »

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Around the NFL: Derrick Henry

It’s not a good time to be a running back in the NFL. That position has become marginalized over the years by supply-and-demand factors, injuries and the structure of the labor agreement.  more »

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Fantasy Baseball Index: Strategy Adjustments for the 60-Game Fantasy Baseball Season

2020 is a year like no other in a myriad of ways, including baseball. MLB is adjusting to a scheduled 60-game season, and fantasy baseball owners are adjusting with it...  more »

Correction: Running Backs - point totals (PPR scoring)

The chart we published on page 162 of this year's Fantasy Football Index didn't include receiving touchdowns scored by running backs. This chart corrects that error.  more »

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Around the NFL: Shanahan running backs

So Raheem Mostert is requesting to be traded from the 49ers. He's looking for a new contract, currently slated to make about $3 million in 2020. He signed this deal just a year ago, but his agent argues that was primarily for his special teams contributions -- and now he's the clear No. 1 running back on the team.   more »

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Trivia: July 9, 2020

What’s the only division in which none of the teams currently has a running back on its roster who entered the league as a first-round draft pick? answer »

Around the NFL: Stephen Gostkowski

The Patriots released Stephen Gostkowski in the offseason, but he’s not done. He’ll likely be an opening-day kicker for some team. It shouldn’t be long before he signs somewhere.   more »

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