Le’Veon Bell went off, as expected in the Wild Card playoffs finishing with 34.4 DK points. Anyone who faded Bell surely felt a little silly after he ran for 167 yards and two TD’s. That said, my other two plays of Ajayi and Miller didn’t have the best days. If you were on Bell and Rawls last week at RB you were on the right path to a big win.
This week I do think there are quite a few more solid options at the RB position. I will try to wade through these plays and give you three guys who I will be focusing my exposure on this week.
Also check out my QB stack targets for the weekend.
Le’Veon Bell ($10,500)
This is a tougher match up for Bell on the road in KC, but I still don’t really see how you can fade him in this spot. Bell now has 26 or more DK points in 7 of his last 8 games and I expect the Steelers to feed him the ball even more on the road. KC has a decent run defense, but that doesn’t usually affect Bell’s ceiling. Just look at his week 14 game in Buffalo against a solid run defense where he put up a ridiculous 54.8 DK points.
There are a few more options at running back this week, compared to Wild Card Weekend, but I still think you should have Bell in your lineup and look to save money elsewhere. He will likely have around 50% ownership this week, so there may be some reasons to fade him, but I personally will once again have 100% of Bell throughout my lineups.
Devonta Freeman ($5900)
The Falcons will use their two-headed monster at running back again this week, but being a playoff game I expect the usage to be closer to two-thirds Devonta Freeman simply because he’s the better back in all situations when compared with Tevin Coleman. Freeman’s price is down to $5900 this week, from around $7,000 to close out the season and this is largely due to the fact he’s facing the Seahawks. I do expect people to be wary of playing Freeman against the Seahawks, but the loss of Earl Thomas in the secondary has affected the Seahawks as a whole and allowed for more TD’s in general for the opposition. If you don’t include the Lions game last week the Seahawks had given up 16.4 points per game with Thomas in the lineup and 22.4 without him. They
The yards allowed on the ground are still low for the Seahawks, but they’ve given up 7 TD’s on the ground over the past 6 games, including 2 TD’s to Shaun Draughn in week 17. Zach Zenner also secured 6 catches for 54 yards last week, which leads me to believe Freeman could be used quite a bit in the passing game this week as well.
Freeman will be low owned and I think he has a very solid ceiling in this game.
Dion Lewis ($3900)
Lewis was used a lot in the final three weeks of the season, averaging 15 carries per game in that span. He always has a high ceiling because of his ability to break for big plays after catching the football and if he gets over 12 touches in this game I think he is a steal at a $3900 price tag. The Texans have a great defense, but they are susceptible to pass catching backs. Houston ranks 28th in the league against running backs through the air according to FootballOutsiders.com.
If you are like me and need to pay down somewhere in order to fit Le’Veon Bell into your lineup, I think Dion Lewis is a great option with a high ceiling.