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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 8 DFS Running Backs

Welcome to Week 8 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.

Marshawn Lynch – $7,100 at Dallas – Lynch had his best game of his season last week, and he should improve on that this week against the third-worst defense against running backs. Dallas has allowed eight scores to RBs in only six games.

Todd Gurley – $6,300 vs. San Francisco – Gurley’s worst outing in the last three games is his 30-carry, 159-yard performance against Green Bay. He’s scored at least 18 points in each of those games, and he could have another touchdown if he would’ve scored against Arizona in Week 4 instead of taking a knee late in the game. Based on his last three games he should cost more than this, and he’d still be worth playing against a 49ers defense that’s 26th against running backs this year. The Niners are allowing over a touchdown a game to running backs, and Lynch just ran all over them. Even with a 10-day break the Niners won’t have an answer to the Gurley problem.

Justin Forsett – $6,100 vs. San Diego – San Diego’s been the second-worst defense against running backs this year, allowing 10 scores to running backs in seven games. Prior to Monday night’s game, Forsett’s seen at least 14 touches in every game as well as 17 fantasy points in each of his last three games. This is a good matchup + opportunity situation for Forsett this week, and the price is just low enough to feel good about it.

Doug Martin – $5,500 at Atlanta – Martin has scored at least 23 points in each of the last three games thanks to at least 22 touches, three catches, and 143 total yards in each game. The guy’s been a stud recently, and Atlanta’s been the fourth-worst defense against running backs. The Falcons have surrendered 11 running back scores and 148 total yards per game to running backs. Martin’s price and matchup make him a great play this week.

Chris Johnson $4,600 at Cleveland – Cleveland has been the most generous defense against running backs fantasy-wise this year, allowing 5.28 yards per carry and a touchdown a game to running backs. Johnson’s been pretty consistent for most of the season, and he’s been turning it on lately. His MNF performance moved him up to second in rushing yards on the season, which is pretty much unfathomable when you think about his last couple of seasons. He should probably cost at least $1,000 more, so take advantage while you can.

Danny Woodhead – $4,500 vs. Baltimore – Woodhead has only one game this season with fewer than 12 points, and we saw his huge ceiling yesterday when the Chargers trailed and he caught about 47 passes and two scores in the fourth quarter. He ended up with 33 points, and his price actually decreased to the lowest it’s been since Week 3. With Melvin Gordon‘s ball security issues and general ineffectiveness Woodhead should continue to see a ton of touches.

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