Sep 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back
(28) is defended by Baltimore Ravens cornerback
(22) in the first quarter as at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Latavius Murray ($7000) Raiders @ Browns – Murray has been working exclusively as the lead back so far for the Raiders. He found the end zone last week as is also contributing as a receiver out of the backfield. The Browns front seven is traditionally pretty strong, however they have looked quite ordinary so far this season allowing the third worst fantasy points to the running back position. Â Murray’s price is still too cheap and he is locked in for 15+ touches and should catch 4 or 5 passes. With the emergence of Amari Cooper taking some pressure off, Murray should be able to find plenty of running room this weekend.
Devonta Freeman ($6500) Falcons @ Dallas – Rookie Tevin Coleman will sit out this Sunday after fracturing a rib leaving Freeman as the only back left in town. The Cowboys have been decent versus the run so far this season, however getting a true workhorse three-down running back for under $7K on Fanduel is a hard play to pass on. The sample size is small but it looks like Freeman’s biggest contributions might come catching passes out of the backfield as his quickness and speed help him break off some big gains in the passing game. For his price he basically will need to catch 5 passes and gain 50 yards on the ground, easily attainable if he is getting 15 or more touches.
Adrian Peterson ($8900) Vikings vs Chargers – Last week was a prime example of why you can’t overreact to one week in the NFL. Game flow kind of took Peterson out of their week one loss to the 49ers, but everything that makes him one of the best in the league was on display last weekend against the hapless Lions. The Chargers were in the bottom five in the league versus the run last season and are right back amongst the worst again this season. Peterson should have no trouble racking up yards against this team while also continuing to be a threat through the air. Yes he is the most expensive back on the boards this weekend but there are enough value plays at other positions to make it work. Lock and load Peterson for 150 yards and 2 scores this Sunday.
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