Read today’s Daily Fix to get injury updates from the 49ers, Rams and Jets, while also seeing why Adrian Peterson, Andre Brown and Pierre Thomas are good daily fantasy football plays at DraftKings.


News and Notes

  • Michael Crabtree is expected to make his 2013 season debut Sunday against the Rams, according to ESPN. Crabtree is also expected to be “eased back into the rotation” and “will likely not play extensively right away.” Crabtree is owned in 44 percent of Yahoo! leagues and just 15 percent of ESPN leagues. If he’s available in your league he’s worth a pick up if you’ve got someone wasting a roster spot on your bench, but don’t expect him to be producing heavily until at least two weeks from now.
  • Zac Stacy suffered a concussion in last week’s win over Chicago, but he practiced fully Friday and is officially probably for Sunday’s game, according to ESPN. Stacy’s a top 2o running back this week even with a somewhat-tough matchup against San Francisco. You’re starting him unless he suffers a setback before game-time. If you picked up Benny Cunningham he’s better left on your bench, because he’s only seen action recently in a blowout and when Stacy was injured.
  • Chris Ivory is listed as probable after suffering an ankle sprain in last week’s game. The Jets running backs have a good matchup against Miami. But Ivory’s injury history has me worried, so I’d recommend only playing him if you’re in a deep league and can’t avoid it. Bilal Powell makes for a bit safer play – he was playing more snaps than Ivory even when Ivory was healthy – and he’s more involved in the passing game.

DraftKings Running Back Recommendations

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Here are the rules for the different NFL games DraftKings offers, and I’ll go ahead and list the running back scoring settings here:

  • 10 Rushing Yards = +1PT (+0.1PT per yard is awarded)
  • Rushing TD = +6PTs
  • 100+ Yard Rushing Game = +3PTs
  • 10 Receiving Yards = +1PT (+0.1PT per yard is awarded)
  • Reception = +1PT
  • Receiving TD = +6PTs
  • 100+ Yard Receiving Game = +3PTs
  • Punt/Kickoff Return for TD = +6PTs
  • Fumble Lost = -1PT
  • 2 Point Conversion (Pass, Run, or Catch) = +2PTs

Adrian Peterson – $8,400 – vs. Chicago – This one is easy. The Bears are giving up over 125 rush yards a game to running backs, and Peterson is arguably (unarguably?) the best running back on the planet. The Bears have allowed backs to rush for at least 123 yards in each of their last six games, allowing 10 total touchdowns.

Andre Brown – $7,300 – at Washington – Brown has seen 31, 21 and 25 touches, respectively, in his three games this year with two 100-yard games and at least 93 total yards in each game. Washington’s allowing 139 total yards a game to running backs, and it’s surrendered 13 total touchdowns. Brown is seeing just under 80 percent of snaps so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of Washington’s porous D.

Frank Gore – $6,700 – vs. St. Louis – St. Louis is giving up the second most points to running backs in fantasy this year, allowing a touchdown a game and over 159 total yards. Gore put up 153 yards and a touchdown against the Rams in Week 4, and he should have his way with them again.

Shane Vereen – $6,500 – at Houston – Seemingly the only New England running back immune to the bench, Vereen collected at least seven catches and 58 receiving yards for the third straight game Sunday. He added 31 rushing yards on 10 attempts. He’ll split snaps with the rest of the backs, but while he only saw 53 percent of snaps Sunday he carried or was targeted on 21 of them. He’ll get his yardage and plenty of receptions.

Pierre Thomas – $5,500 – at Seattle – Despite a limited amount of carries in the past few weeks Thomas has been very good on the ground, rushing for 5.5 yards a carry in his last three games. In that same time span Thomas has caught almost six passes a game for almost 40 yards a game, too. Seattle ranks well against running backs, mostly because of its low amount of touchdowns allowed; the Seahawks have given up at least 132 rushing yards to running backs in three of the last four weeks.

Giovani Bernard – $5,400 – at San Diego – San Diego ranks in the top half against running backs, but it’s surrendered seven touchdowns and 5.4 yards a carry to running backs in its last four games. Bernard is still splitting time with The Firm, but he’s averaging over 90 total yards and five catches in his last three games. Jamaal Charles dominated the Chargers last week, and so could Bernard this week.

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