Last week it was a lot of low priced running backs that went off for the biggest games in fantasy. Javarious Allen set the pace with 38 points, while James White (30.90) and Bilal Powell (24.80) came out of nowhere to post the second and third highest totals of the week.
My three week 13 picks all did ok and were really only outpaced by Allen and White for the week. DeAngelo Williams finished with 23.50 points, Shady McCoy snagged 14.20 and my cheap play of Shaun Draughn collected a solid 19.60 points. Overall, it was an ok output at running back, but these guys were right in the pack with a lot of other RB’s for the week.
It’s all about hitting that one or two running backs who go off for the big weeks and collect the multiple touchdowns. That’s the goal this week.
I’m actually back on the same three guys as last week, but I’m adding in one more play for this week as well.
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Shaun Draughn ($4800)
Draughn was owned at 10.3% last week in the Millionaire Maker so he wasn’t exactly a sneaky play, but I’m back on him this week anyway as my strong value play at just $4800. Draughn is getting literally every touch at the running back position for the 49ers and this offense is starting to show a few signs of life, which they proved with their win over the Bears last week. This week Draughn and company play against the very weak Browns defense. They are ranked 27th against opposing running backs and more importantly the Browns won’t be able to build a big lead against the 49ers, which will allow Draughn to be involved for the entire game. His ownership might jump a little bit again, but at $4800 I still think Draughn is great value.
LeSean McCoy ($6100)
McCoy only put together 14.20 points last week, but he still broke the 100 yards rushing mark, he just didn’t collect his usual 3-5 receptions, which kept him from getting to that 20+ point mark. He also left the game in the 3 quarter for precautionary reasons, so I’m not too worried about his slight lack of production in that game. This week Shady is up against the Eagles who have been giving up a lot of points lately to pretty much every position. We know that the Bills like to run the ball a ton and I don’t think it will be any different this game. He’s a safe play at $6100.
DeAngelo Williams ($6000)
I’m also once again on DeAngelo Williams. The Bengals have a decent rush defense, but I see this game as a very good possibility to be a shootout. As long as the Steelers don’t get behind early I think Williams should have no trouble still racking up 20 carries and a few receptions. If he can get into the endzone once or twice this week I see DeAngelo as being a great option to once again go off for a huge total.
Thomas Rawls ($5800)
The other running back I will be on this week is Thomas Rawls. He had a quiet 23 points last week and continues to rack up the touches on a weekly basis. Last week he had 19 carries and 3 catches. He’s also gotten into the endzone each of the past three weeks as this Seahawks offense starts to click as a whole. I also like the fact that the Ravens have the red (6th) next to Rawls because I think shows them as an overrated rush defense. The Ravens have played a lot of teams with very weak run games, which is simply not the case with the Seahawks. I still think Rawls will get at least 20 carries this game and Rawls is a definite possibility to go off for a huge game, while likely being quite a bit lower owned than the previous three RB’s in this article.
This week the Milly Maker is only $3 to enter so I’ll likely be adding a lot of lineups, but I will probably stick to these four running backs almost exclusively.