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Playing the Format: Pass-Catching Running Backs

Highlighting the key pass-catching running backs for 2017 in PPR formats

While the crown jewel of fantasy football is the do-it-all running back with strong volume, goal line prowess, and high receiving upside, these foundational backs are difficult to find and typically expensive to acquire. However, finding running backs with a consistent niche as a pass-catcher can be the key to a committee approach in PPR formats, especially in the RB2 and flex spots of a lineup. Here are the key running backs to consider in 2017:

Danny Woodhead, RB27

The last two seasons Danny Woodhead has been healthy (2013, 2015), he has 157 receptions for nearly 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns. Woodhead enters a wide open Baltimore depth chart for a pass-catching running back, especially with Kenneth Dixon out for the season. Baltimore, outside of New Orleans, is the receiving mecca for running backs. Woodhead has an ideal situation to hit a career-high for targets in 2017, previously set at 107 in 2015 with San Diego.

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