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This series distills NFL charts into easily digestible fantasy football information for opportunity and upside. In this installment, the running backs are the featured position.
This is a golden age for high-pedigree running backs with strong profiles, and many of them already have clear NFL depth chart lead roles and/or a production track record.
D'Andre Swift is one of the projections for this high ceiling as one of the second-year options. Detroit was No.7 in High-Leverage Opportunity Score (weights targets and goal-line carries together for the running back position) in 2020.
Antonio Gibson is one of the better Year 2 breakout equations for 2021. After his rookie season, Gibson is firmly on the success track, and Washington was the top High-Leverage Opportunity Score backfield last season by a hefty margin. If Gibson siphons a few targets away from J.D. McKissic and Gibson keeps his strong goal-line work, an elite RB1 season is within reach.
With Le'Veon Bell gone and Damien Williams moving on in free agency (after a 2020 opt-out), the path is clear for Clyde Edwards-Helaire to secure a strong market share and improve on his rookie success track.
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