Four running backs to avoid in PPR leagues

These guys don't get involved in the passing game as much as you might expect, and Dan Schneier says it's to their fantasy detriment.

| 5 months ago
(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Four running backs to avoid in PPR leagues

Fantasy football season-long leagues have undergone a transition. Chances are if your league hasn’t already adopted a PPR scoring format, it has hedged its bets and started awarding 0.5 points per receptions. As managers, there’s a new wrinkle to consider when projecting the outlook for every running back.

With the new wrinkle means new stats to consider. Data on passing routes run, drops and all the other parts of the passing game give us a better idea of each running back’s usage in the passing game in the past and going forward.

Today, we’ll take a look at four running backs who struggled in the passing game in 2015. Then we’ll project how to approach drafting them in 2016.

Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

This time last year, Forsett was all the rave as a rising RB2 with RB1 upside, and it wasn’t entirely because of his out-of-nowhere 2014 season. Forsett was supposed to be the next in line of a long history of running backs highly involved in the passing game for offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. Forsett surprisingly bucked this trend under Trestman. He was inefficient and rarely targeted as a receiver in 2015.

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Dan Schneier is a staff writer for PFF Fantasy, a former FOX Sports NFL scribe, and an auction format enthusiast.

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