Best fantasy playoff RB matchups

Eddie Lacy among running backs with best playoff matchups

Updated: November 13, 2013, 12:13 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Eddie LacyBenny Sieu/USA TODAY SportsEddie Lacy has some favorable fantasy football playoff matchups.

With 10 weeks in the books for the 2013 fantasy football season, many owners are reaching the point where they can transition their roster moves toward selections that will give them the best chance of winning in the fantasy football playoffs.

The most difficult of these decisions will come at running back. This position has been painfully thin all season (only 11 running backs are averaging 10 or more points per game) and got even thinner last week with the announcement that Arian Foster will be having season-ending back surgery.

The lack of quality running back depth means owners will be looking to stockpile as many running backs with favorable playoff matchups before the Nov. 20 trade deadline.

This week's Fantasy Foresight article aims to offer assistance with this process via a fantasy playoff matchup primer. I color-graded each team's set of fantasy playoff matchups (defined as contests in Weeks 14 through 16) according to a variety of metric and scouting factors. A red grade indicates a very difficult matchup for the running back, a yellow grade signifies an average matchup and a green grade connotes a highly favorable matchup.

These grades are then assigned a point total, with a red rating giving zero points, a yellow rating one point and a green rating two points, thus making a higher point total more favorable for a running back.

The point totals then have been broken down into categories ranging from the most favorable (those with five matchup points) to the least favorable (the one team that ended up with zero matchup points).

Now that we have the preliminaries out of the way, let's take a look at the best fantasy playoff matchups for teams.


Matchup point level: Target (five matchup points)

Teams: Green Bay, Miami


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