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2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 10 Running Backs

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The following values are my recommended running back plays for Week 7 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

Marshawn Lynch – $6,700  vs. New York Giants – Lynch had the best game of his season in Week 9, scoring 31 DraftKings points by gaining 143 total yards, two scores and five catches. I recommended him last week due to his great matchup against Oakland, which allows the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Now he gets the Giants, who are the fourth-friendliest defense to opposing RBs. The Giants have allowed at least 88 total yards and/or a touchdown to running backs in every game (not including Monday night’s game against Indianapolis).

Ronnie Hillman – $6,100 at Oakland – The perks of being in a great offense include getting opportunities to score when you don’t do too well on the ground. Hillman only rushed for 16 yards on 10 carries against New England, but he scored twice – after missing out on potentially four scores the week before. Hillman caught seven passes for 47 yards, and now he has at least 100 total yards or a touchdown in every game he’s started this season. In four of eight games, Oakland – the second-easiest offense for running backs to score against – has allowed multiple touchdowns to opposing running backs, including three multi-score games to the same back.

Reasonable

LeSean McCoy – $5,600  vs. Carolina – McCoy is another great value this week after posting his four best rushing outputs of the season in the past four weeks. He’s averaging 5.28 yards a carry in his past three games and has posted 430 rushing yards in the past four games. Carolina is allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing backs, and it’s given up the most rush yards to RBs. The Panthers have given up 12 total touchdowns to running backs in nine games, and they’ve allowed an RB to score in eight of nine games.

Denard Robinson – $5,100 vs. Dallas – There are several great values at DK this week, but after the five other players listed here the values severely drop off. I don’t feel great about Robinson, but he was easily the best option, I believe, after the top five. He’s totaled at least 104 yards in each of his three starts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Dallas lost linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford to injuries in Sunday’s game, so its defense may be shorthanded this week. If the Cowboys are without those two guys, I’d feel better about starting Robinson.

Cheap

Justin Forsett – $5,000 vs. Tennessee – Forsett has been very consistent this season, only missing double figures in DK scoring once – by half a point. Tennessee has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

Bobby Rainey – $4,400  vs. Atlanta – Rainey posted his second most carries (19) and rushing yards (87) in Week 9, and he should continue to see the majority of Tampa Bay carries. He might cede some carries if Charles Sims is active, but he won’t need too many to post a quality game against Atlanta. The Falcons have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, as well as the most rushing touchdowns and most receiving yards to opposing backs.

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