Qlik Sense Fantasy Football Projections: Running Backs, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends

We investigate which skill players are the right choices for your fantasy football draft.

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In my last blog post, I talked about the fantasy football quarterback landscape. Now I am back to tackle (no pun intended) the running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. This month, my team and I built an app that allows you to enter in your fantasy league’s scoring for each position and bumps them up against the average stat projections from some of the leading fantasy football gurus in the industry to give you a more personalized projection for your league.

Here is how we are scoring in my fantasy football league, as an example:

Scoring Matrix:

  • 6 points for each touchdown (rushing, receiving, passing)
  • 0.1 point for every 1 yard rushing and receiving
  • PPR: 1 point per reception

Running Backs

David Johnson (282.06) leads the way followed by Todd Gurley (274.26), Jamaal Charles (262.48), Devonta Freeman (260.1) and Lamar Miller (257.97).

Strength of Schedule

Strength of schedule plays into the projections as well. In this chart, 1 equals the most favorable schedule for running backs and 32 is the least favorable schedule. One interesting thing to point out is that Ezekiel Elliott (projected as the as the 6th/7th highest scoring RB) has the 4th most favorable schedule for running backs this season and he has the added bonus of running behind that stout offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys.

Wide Receivers

Antonio Brown (364.07) lands in the top spot followed by Julio Jones (336.68), Odell Beckham Jr. (317.04), DeAndre Hopkins (300.63) and Keenan Allen (279.68). Dez Bryant falls just out of the top 5.

Strength of Schedule

A couple of things to take into consideration: Dallas' Dez Bryant has the most WR-friendly schedule, followed by Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, and Odell Beckham Jr. 

Tight Ends:

As expected, Rob Gronkowski (257.94) leads the way followed by Jordan Reed (239.27), Greg Olson (209.57), Delanie Walker (204.62), and Travis Kelce (192.87).

Strength of Schedule

Although Gronkowski is projected as the top TE there are a couple areas of concern. His QB, Tom Brady, is suspended for the first 4 games and the defenses that he’ll see are not very tight end friendly. Conversely, Travis Kelce, Greg Olson, and Delanie Walker all have very favorable schedules.

So, you’ve seen how the projections look in my league’s scoring, now it’s time for you to enter in your league’s scoring into our app and see which players are projected highest in your league.

Good luck in your draft and Happy Qliking!

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