Available Opportunities and RZ Attempts - 2017 Season

Every year, the weeks and months after the NFL Draft are spent trying to project new players—both veterans and rookies—in their new homes.

Talent and team fit are definitely important, but we know that opportunity is king when it comes to fantasy scoring. Without volume, talent alone won’t score fantasy points.

In the first piece of this two-part series, I broke down each team’s relative targets, target share, and percentage of Air Yards available for the upcoming 2017 season. This piece will focus on a position that is sure to be up for tumultuous debate as it pertains to the first round of upcoming drafts: running backs.

Below, you will find every team’s running back opportunities (attempts plus targets) and percentage of red-zone (inside of the opponents’ 20-yard line) that are available from 2016.

While this exercise is helpful in identifying not-so-obvious situations to exploit (and avoid), I would caution against broadly applying the data on principle alone. Running backs get injured more often than wide receivers and middling talents are often repla...

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Graham Barfield
Senior Analyst

Graham is a senior analyst for Fantasy Guru and works closely with statistics to produce quanitative analysis for complementary weekly content. He will be appearing before the season and during the season on The Fantasy Guru Podcast with John Hansen and Joe Dolan. Be sure to follow Graham on Twitter at @GrahamBarfield.