Last week I was on David Johnson in a great spot against the Falcons even with his high price tag and he did not disappoint putting up a monster game with 33.1 DK points. This week his salary has sky rocketed to $9500, which was unheard of for a running back earlier in the season, but spoiler alert – I’m still on him. My other plays included Gordon and Powell last week, neither of which really panned out.
This week there are a lot of very solid options at the running back position, including paying up for either (or both) of David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell, both of which have good spots. Let’s get on to my top plays.
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David Johnson ($9500)
A lot of people will be choosing between David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell this week to pay up to at running back. I like both plays, but if I’m choosing one I’m leaning towards David Johnson. The Cards are in a good spot at home against the Redskins who have given up the 26th most points to running backs this season. Add in the fact that Carson Palmer has struggled throwing deep this season and the fact that I do think Cousins will be able to keep the Redskins within striking distance throughout and I think we will see DJ play a massive role in the Cardinals offense for a full 60 minutes. Add in the fact he’s put up 38 and 33.1 DK points his last two weeks and DJ becomes a very tough fade.
Jordan Howard ($6900)
This is as good a spot for Jordan Howard as you will find this season. He’s the main cog in the Bears offense with 3rd string Matt Barkley throwing the ball and Alshon Jeffery out. If this game stays close or the Bears get a lead I expect Howard to be given the ball a ton in this game. Add in the fact he’s still involved in the passing game with Barkley finding him 3 times on 5 targets last week and I think you’ve got a ton of upside here.
We haven’t even added that Howard is up against the leagues worst run defense in the 49ers. Yes, they’ve been a bit better over the past few weeks, but they have been absolutely run over several times this season and this could be another. If you have faith in the Bears offense to move the ball at all, then this is a great spot for Howard.
Low(er) Owned Play
Thomas Rawls ($5900)
Rawls had a very rough week 12 only racking up 3.8 DK points on 12 attempts for 38 yards. That said, he is still the unquestioned lead back for the Seahawks and I expect the team as a whole to move the ball much better this week against a weak Panthers defense. Look for Wilson to have a solid week, which should get the Seahawks a lead opening up opportunity and holes for Rawls.
He’s also likely to be low owned because of his poor production this season combined with the respect this Panthers defense still receives against running backs.
James Starks ($4400)
If you’d like a bit more savings then feel free to drop down to James Starks who is the lead back on an offense I expect to put up numbers this week against the Texans. Starks received 17 carries last week, but was mostly shut down on the road against a strong Eagles run defense. He has upside in this offense though and when you add in he’s probably going to get 5 or 6 targets I think he’s a steal at this price tag.
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