Devonta Freeman – $8,000 at San Francisco – Let’s hope that since Freeman stayed out of the endzone Sunday his ownership rates will drop this week against the fifth-worst defense against running backs. Freeman still managed 131 total yards and over 19 points in Week 8, and San Fran’s allowing over a touchdown a game to opposing backs and is in the bottom 10 in receptions (51) and receiving yards (387) allowed to running backs. Freeman should be solid in both cash games and tournament plays due to his insanely high floor and lack of hype coming off a “slow” Week 8.
DeAngelo Williams – $5,500 vs. Oakland – You’d hope Williams would be priced lower than this, but with Le’Veon Bell definitely out we have to settle for a reasonable price. In the three games he’s seen more than five touches Williams has at least 92 total yards and 15 fantasy points in each game. Oakland ranks a respectable 15th in fantasy points allowed to running backs, but Williams has shown he’s still got some juice left. Combine that with a great offense, and Williams is a great play this week, mostly in cash games, however.
Jeremy Hill – $5,200 vs. Cleveland – Cleveland ranks 31st against running backs this year, allowing 4.99 yards a carry to running backs. Hill has struggled this year, but this sets up as a game where he should excel. He’s scored either 13 points or more (three times) or fewer than eight (four times). So that means he’s a tournament play where you hope he scores a couple times against a defense that’s given up at least 139 rushing yards five times already this season.
Giovani Bernard – $4,800 vs. Cleveland – Bernard’s the opposite of Hill in style and consistency. Bernard had six straight games of double-digit points before last week’s odd one-carry game against Pittsburgh. But Bernard should feast against a Cleveland defense allowing over 10 yards a catch to running backs. If you play multiple 50/50 lineups, Bernard should be used some.
Ronnie Hillman – $4,600 at Indianapolis – Hillman has topped 50 percent of Denver’s offensive snaps in each of its last two games, and he’s scored 17.5 and 18.5 fantasy points in those two contests. Throw in his Week 4 outing of 103 yards and a touchdown on 44 percent of snaps (his third highest snap percentage total) and Hillman shows that when he’s playing he’s producing. This game figures to be high-scoring, and Denver should continue to rely on Hillman and the ground game to move the offense along. Indy ranks 29th in scoring against running backs, and prior to Monday night’s game the Colts have allowed nine running back touchdowns in seven games.
Jonathan Stewart – $4,300 vs. Green Bay – Stewart’s role has been very consistent this year, seeing double-digit touches in every game and playing close to 70 percent of the snaps this season. Stewart has a good matchup against Green Bay, who’s given up over 150 yards and/or multiple touchdowns to running backs in four of seven games this year. Stewart is a better cash game play than tournament due to his high floor/low ceiling combination. Just in case a poor showing happens Monday night, don’t let it scare you away from using him in Week 9.
Ryan Mathews – $3,700 at Dallas – If you’re looking for a cheap tournament play this week Mathews could be your guy. He has double-digits points in four of seven games this year. He’s topped 20 points twice, and he’s averaging six yards a carry. He’s shown he doesn’t need a large workload to provide value here, and the Cowboys have given up eight touchdowns to RBs in seven games as well as four games of over 100 rushing yards allowed to running backs.