NFL 2020: Using Vacated Carries to Identify Opportunity

NFL 2020: Using Vacated Carries to Identify Opportunity

You've probably read fantasy football articles that discuss vacated carries and targets, pinpointing the NFL teams that need to replace a significant portion of their prior-year volume. Here we'll take a slightly different approach, also accounting for 2019 volume that was added from free-agent signings and trade acquisitions.

The numbers alone don't account for incoming draft picks or offseason role changes for veterans, but this at least gives us a framework to discuss some of the more interesting backfields in the league. This week we'll focus on carries and running backs; next week we'll shift to targets and pass catchers.

Team2019 Carries Lost2019 Carries AddedNet Carries Freed Up
LA Rams2320232
LA Chargers1910191
Tampa Bay21526189
Buffalo1695164
Houston256103153
Philadelphia1501149
San Francisco1240124
Arizona98296
Las Vegas1152887
Detroit88682
Tennessee78078
Indianapolis581246
Cincinnati32032
New England331419
Kansas City12410816
Chicago20713
Carolina39309
Pittsburgh909
Green Bay808
Minnesota505
Baltimore000
Cleveland010-10
Dallas932-23
Jacksonville537-32
Atlanta190223-33
NY Giants1556-41
New Orleans3991-52
NY Jets92180-88
Miami109242-133
Washington71224-153
Denver25184-159
Seattle35248-213
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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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