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How does your RB's playoff schedule look?

Joseph Addai will be facing the 24th, 32nd and 19th-best
running defenses over the next three weeks.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For most fantasy football leagues, Monday night's game is the final one of the 2008 regular season. For some, the season ends, but for many others, the most important part of the schedule begins on Thursday night with the first round of the "fantasy playoffs."

Accordingly, we have begun our playoff analysis by investigating each running back's schedule. The chart below will take into consideration games from Week 14 - Week 16. We have evaluated each team's schedule difficulty based on the opponent's total yards allowed via the rush.

The chart below shows the 32 teams schedules from most difficult to easiest.

What it says is that Marion Barber III has the most difficult schedule in the league. He plays Pittsburgh, New York Giants and Baltimore, the first, fifth and third-best running defenses. Compare that to Joseph Addai who plays Cincinnati, Detroit and Jacksonville, the 24th, 32nd and 19th-best running defenses. Obviously, you would much rather start Addai than Barber in this extreme case.

It's also a little simplistic, because if you don't win in Week 14, then the fact that your running back has an easy schedule in Week 15 and Week 16 is irrelevant (see Jacksonville). But you can certainly reference this page each week to evaluate that week's opponent.

Team
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Total
Dallas1539
Baltimore711018
Pittsburgh1031225
Atlanta209231
Washington324835
NY Giants8101836
Philadelphia526738
Carolina928542
Buffalo1142843
Cleveland1282444
San Francisco4113045
Arizona3021446
Detroit2252047
Green Bay2319648
Seattle1430448
Tennessee2623150
St. Louis13221651
Oakland15142352
Kansas City28151154
Tampa Bay18211554
NY Jets16172255
Cincinnati2572658
Jacksonville6272558
New Orleans2163259
Miami17163164
New England22291364
Minnesota32132166
Denver31181766
Chicago19202766
Houston27122568
San Diego2931969
Indianapolis24321975


Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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