Nov 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back
(20) carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of a game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Darren McFadden ($7000) Cowboys @ Buccaneers – McFadden has been a huge surprise in Dallas giving them a much needed boost in their ground game. The big thing with McFadden since he took over as their primary back in week 7 has been the usage. He has received at least 20 carries in all three starts and has also caught 9 balls. With his price still being quite a bit lower than the top backs in the game, he has been paying off value with his current workload. The Buccaneers have also replaced the Chargers as the absolute worse team against the running back this year as well. If McFadden is given another 20 carries this week he should easily reach value and could have a multiple touchdown day as well.
DeAngelo Williams ($7600) Steelers vs. Browns – Williams led many daily fantasy teams to the promised land last week with a huge performance at home against the Raiders. His price did jump up quite a bit, but he is still $1600 below the top tier running back this week. He will see a weak Cleveland Browns front line that is currently allowing the 5th most points to the running back position. With Big Ben likely sitting this game out, the Steelers may have to rely even more on Williams for production this week. He is a near lock for 20+ touches and should be a safe bet to reach value and possibly have another huge outing.
James Starks ($6000) Packers vs. Lions – I typically like to avoid any type of running back by committee situation if at all possible in daily fantasy. However, this timeshare appears to be leaning heavily in favor of Starks as Eddie Lacy does not look like the back he was last season. Starks has produced a couple of huge games the past three weeks with limited touches and has earned more work going forward. We as Lions fans know that they are unable to stop anyone on the ground or through the air and that is not likely to change this week. I also expect Rodgers and company to be playing with a lead in the second half meaning there might be a few more touches to go around this backfield as they burn clock. Starks certainly does not come without risk but has a chance to blow away his current price tag.
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