A Pass Protection Instructional Video Guide

Matt Waldman’s RSP joins Fantrax.com’s Andy Singleton for a fantasy football instructional on running back pass protection. 

One of the most underrated and misunderstood points of analysis about running backs in fantasy football is pass protection. It’s the difference between being a starting-caliber ball carrier and a starting-caliber running back. Teams want players who encompass the entire definition of the position, not just role players.

The video below features host Andy Singleton and I discussing several pass protection examples from Kareem Hunt, C.J. Anderson, Marshawn Lynch, Alfred Morris, and Charcandrick West. You’ll discover quickly that pass protection is a game within the game that fantasy owners need to become more cognizant of.

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  1. Hi Matt, Do you think the difference also lies in the fact that Lynch was more properly balanced than Hunt on their two blocking assignments? Also, why does Morris need to read the LB first, and not to sure which LB you are referring too? Is it the LOLB? Thanks Matt

    • Hunt didn’t set up correctly. He should have taken an inside track. He hopped to the outside and let the man inside. It wasn’t about balance; he was off balance because he took the wrong track and Kam read it quickly and went inside of Hunt and left Hunt off balance. Hunt has to dictate here and it because with setting the angle that the defender can take. The LOLB was the man he had to watch first. If he blitzed that was his man If he drops, Morris drops elsewhere. The LOLB (left, as in if you were from the perspective of the defense) drops more than two steps before Morris determines he should slide elsewhere. He was at least a step late on this.

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