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2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 12 Running Backs

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The following values are my recommended running back plays for Week 12 at DraftKings – the best daily fantasy sports site on the Internet. Here are the scoring settings for running backs, and if you have any more questions about DraftKings or fantasy football in general ask us on Twitter@TheFantasyFix or @44AMiller.

Expensive

Arian Foster – $8,600 vs. Cincinnati OR Alfred Blue $5,600 vs. Cincinnati – There’s no news as to whether or not Foster will play Sunday, but if he does, he’s a good play. I don’t think Houston will rush him back if he’s not fully ready, so if he does play you know you’re getting a stud performance. Cincinnati has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs on the season, and it’s actually allowed the most points in the past five weeks, including nine total touchdowns and 173 total yards per game to running backs. If Foster sits, Blue makes for a good play for the same reasons. He rushed a Houston-record 36 times for 156 yards Sunday, rushing for 29 more yards than any other running back had against Cleveland – a stingy run defense – on the year.

DeMarco Murray – $8,500 at New York Giants – Murray has been so consistent this year that it’s odd to see him not be the priciest running back, especially with this matchup against the 31st-ranked defense against running backs. New York’s allowing 190 total yards to RBs in its past four games, and it’s given up six touchdowns in that same timespan. Murray hasn’t seen the end zone in three games, so I expect him to dance this weekend.

Reasonable

Eddie Lacy – $7,300 at Minnesota – Four of Lacy’s five best games this season have come in the past four weeks when he’s had a touchdown and/or at least 115 total yards. Minnesota’s allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to running backs in the last five weeks, and it’s been particularly weak against the pass where it’s given up the seventh-most receiving yards to running backs despite just four games. That’s great for Lacy who has 17 catches in his past four games while averaging 78 receiving yards per game.

LeSean McCoy – $6,200 vs. Tennessee – McCoy has continued to underwhelm, but he also continues to see 20 touches a game. In fantasy we don’t care how they get their points, just that they do. In its past four games, not including Monday night against Pittsburgh, the Titans have allowed six scores to running backs as well as 4.5 yards per carry.

Cheap

Denard Robinson – $5,600 at Indianapolis – Since claiming the starting role in Week 7 Robinson has accounted for 419 total yards in four games, scoring in three of the games for a total of four touchdowns. The Colts have been susceptible through the air – five games of at least 50 receiving yards to running backs – and on the ground – eight backs have scored against them. Robinson is one of the rare backs who doesn’t have anyone breathing down his neck too closely; he’s seen at least 17 touches in his four starts. 

Tre Mason – $4,200 at San Diego – Mason dominated Denver, which is still the stingiest defense against running backs in the last five weeks. He rushed for 113 yards on 29 attempts, which is the most rush yards allowed by Denver all year by 25 yards. San Diego has been the sixth-easiest defense to score against for running backs in the past five weeks.

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