Arian Foster – $7,500 at Miami – There’s a lot of uncertainty near the top of the running back list this week, but Foster’s role seems pretty set here. In his two games with full workloads Foster is averaging 25.5 touches and 115 total yards. He’s heavily involved in the passing game, and it’s just a matter of time until he breaks out on the ground. Miami ranks a mediocre 18th in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
Mark Ingram – $6,300 at Indianapolis – Ingram was the first player to pop out to me for this week, as his role and matchup indicate good things. He’s the sixth highest scoring running back on average in DraftKings scoring, yet he’s the eighth-costliest. He’s scored in double-digits in five of six games, and he’s reached 20 points three times. Indy’s been a bottom-10 defense against running backs, allowing over 800 total yards and six scores to them in six games.
Chris Ivory – $5,800 at New England – Ivory has a tough matchup on paper, but there should be plenty of points scored in this game and New England’s allowing well over four yards a carry to opposing running backs. Ivory has three games with at least 23 points (out of four), and he’s averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He should see plenty of work regardless of game flow, and he’s shown some big-play ability this season that could help him if he does somehow see a limited workload due to game flow.
Frank Gore – $4,900 vs. New Orleans – After a tough two-game season’s start, Gore has posted double-digits in four straight games. He’s posted at least 87 total yards in each of those games, too, and he should see that number go up as long as Andrew Luck stays healthy. New Orleans is a bottom-six defense against running backs, giving up 171 total yards per game and seven scores on the season.
LeGarrette Blount – $4,800 vs. New York Jets – Just like Ivory, Blount also has a tough matchup in this game, but his price and upside combined are too good to pass up. In his three full games Blount’s seen at least 13 touches a game and he’s scored five times. New York’s been the best defense against running backs, but that doesn’t mean much when you’re talking about the Patriots. Blount is one of the best plays this week in tournaments.
Lamar Miller – $4,600 vs. Houston – Miller finally was freed this past Sunday to the tune of a season-high 19 carries and 113 yards. Houston’s been a bottom-1o team against running backs, and Miller should continue to see his touches stay at this level, at a minimum. He’s a very good running back, so all he needed was the correct usage; now he’s got it. He’s more a cash game play for now, but he should be good for about 16 points this week.