2015 Fantasy Football: Week 15 DFS Running Backs
Welcome to Week 15 of the fantasy football season. As always, these player selections are for DraftKings – the best daily fantasy site out there. Stats for fantasy points allowed come from NFL.com.
Doug Martin – $6,600 at St. Louis – Martin has at least 86 total yards per game in five straight, while averaging over 16 points per game in that span. The Rams have allowed the second-most rushing yards to running backs in the last four weeks as well as the fourth-most receiving yards. They’ve also allowed the third-most redzone touches to running backs in that time span, which have netted them four total touchdowns. Martin’s upside may be capped here in a low-scoring game, but he should continue to put up consistent points.
David Johnson – $5,700 at Philadelphia – Johnson has four straight games of double-digit scoring while totaling 120 and 123 yards, respectively, in the last two games. He’s seen 24 touches in both games, and now he gets a Philly defense that’s allowed the most rush yards, receiving yards and touchdowns to running backs in the last four weeks. He’s got a great matchup and the workload to put up a monster line this week.
Chris Ivory – $5,200 at Dallas – Ivory has posted double-digits in three straight, averaging almost 93 total yards per. He’s seen at least 15 touches in each game, too. Dallas is the sixth-worst defense against running backs fantasy-wise, as it’s one of only seven teams to give up double-digit rushing touchdowns to running backs.
Eddie Lacy – $5,200 at Oakland – This is more of a tournament play as Lacy’s workload has fluctuated throughout the season. But he has scored at least 14 points in three of his last four games, including outings of 24 and 25 points, respectively. He’s also topped 100 yards on the ground in those three games. Oakland is mediocre against running backs, but there are not many better options than the Packers offense.
Denard Robinson – $4,600 vs. Atlanta – If T.J. Yeldon (knee, ankle) misses this week Robinson should see the bulk of the running back snaps against a bad Atlanta defense. Robinson finished with 75 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown against Indianapolis last week, and I can see him matching that output this week if he’s the starter. Atlanta has given up 15 rushing touchdowns and 18 total touchdowns to running backs, both of which are worst in the league.
Tim Hightower – $3,900 vs. Detroit – Hightower did see 28 attempts and one catch in the Saints’ first game post-Mark Ingram. He only averaged three yards a carry, which is what you should expect, so you’re hoping for a touchdown here. Detroit is tied with Atlanta for most rushing touchdowns allowed to running backs. Even though Detroit’s played a lot better on defense recently, Hightower could still be worth a play in tournaments.