Last week the smart play was to go with the low priced running backs who you knew were going to be high owned. Ware (23.5 points), Allen (18.4 points), Rawls (14.10 points) and Coleman (13 points) all had decent games as back ups pushed into starting roles. My other main plays of Ingram, McCoy and Yeldon all did ok, but none went off like you need in a GPP.
This week I’m on a few less running backs, which I’ll get into below:
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Shaun Draughn ($4000)
I really like being able to pay down for Shaun Draughn this week in a decent matchup against the Bears. If nothing else, the 49ers have a legitimate chance to stay in this game for it’s entirety, which will allow Draughn to be a focal part of the offense for the entire game. He had 100% of the carries for the 49ers last week, which means he is going to get a lot of opportunity, which is the first thing you look for in a running back. Secondly he is also utilized in the passing game. Last week Draughn had 5 catches, two weeks ago he had 8 and in his game before that he had 4 catches. In a PPR league he’s exactly what you want. He has a high floor based on his usage and if he can add a touchdown or two he could have a monster game.
DeAngelo Williams ($5600)
Williams has been putting up big games on a consistent basis when he’s been the starter in Pittsburgh this year. He had 7 catches last week, which is a great indicator that his floor is going to be high. I expect the Steelers offense as a whole to be going off against the Colts this weekend and Williams should benefit from this. At $5600 his price is down from $6500 a couple weeks ago and I think he’s priced way too cheaply. He will be high owned, but I’ll definitely have shares of him.
LeSean McCoy ($5700)
Shady has really found his role in this Bills offense. He’s now getting close to 20 carries every game, while also being involved in the receiving game. The Texans defense has played fairly well lately, but with Watkins and Taylor playing better, I expect things to open up for Shady this week. He’s a great option at another good price tag.
I’m going to be keying on these three backs this week. They could all be high owned, but I find the mid-priced guys to not really be super high owned each week compared to the top end and the bargain basement players. Draughn obviously falls into the bargain basement category, but I really like him as a play, so I’ll go chalk on him this week.