Southern Hospitaliy: How to Exploit AFC and NFC South Matchups for Fantasy RBs

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Southern Hospitaliy: How to Exploit AFC and NFC South Matchups for Fantasy RBs
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Come on in, average NFL running back. Get comfortable. Make yourself at home. Grab a couple of touchdowns out of the fridge, and be sure to take some yardage with you when you get ready to leave!

Such is the life of a fantasy running back facing a team in a South division of the NFL—that’s AFC and NFC.

Six of the top eight and all four of the top four most generous fantasy defenses (in terms of points allowed to running backs) play in either the AFC South or the NFC South.

For the purposes of this article, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play in their own “division,” the NFC Southeast. They’re too good to be lumped in with these other guys in the NFC South.

For the same reason, the Houston Texans also have their own “division,” also known as the AFC Southwest.

Now, if your fantasy running back is facing any of the “remaining” teams in the NFC and AFC South divisions, you might want to give added consideration to starting him for some nice production from his position.

Those teams include the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans.

At the end of the slideshow will be a list of rushers with the most remaining matchups against the featured squads. Perhaps they might just be prime trade targets...

Here’s why you’ll want to start your fantasy rushers against each of these defenses.

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