Welcome to the divisional round of the 2015 NFL Playoffs. With such a condensed slate of games this week it may be hard to find quality running backs, but I’m here to give you my favorite picks this week to play at DraftKings, the best daily fantasy site out there.
David Johnson – $6,000 vs. Green Bay – Johnson is the costliest healthy option this week – and for good reason. Only once since Week 11 has he scored less than double digits. This game should be a shootout, and in their last five regular season games Green Bay allowed three touchdowns to running backs and over 148 total yards per game. Johnson is proficient in all areas of the offense, and he’s almost unarguably the safest back this weekend.
James White – $5,200 vs. Kansas City – I’ve always said that New England can support two running backs fantasy-wise, especially when their skill sets vary so greatly like White’s and Steven Jackson‘s. White has averaged 15 points a game in his last seven, and that includes a two-point outing. He’s averaging 4.5 catches a game in that span, and he’s scored four times, too. He’s had three games of 63 or more yards receiving then, too, so he’s got a good floor to start here. You know Tom Brady loves his short passes, and White should be the main benefactor from that.
C.J. Anderson – $3,700 vs. Pittsburgh – Denver has a pretty good system going on here with their two backs, but Anderson has been the far more productive one recently. Since Week 8 he’s averaging 6.3 yards a carry, and he’s scoring more than Ronnie Hillman. I’m leaning toward Anderson over Hillman due to his explosiveness, scoring resume and price here.
Steven Jackson – $3,300 vs. Kansas City – This is strictly a tournament play, and he could end up giving you close to zero points, but I’m always willing to bet on the Patriots and whatever limited running back to whom they give a lot of carries. That’s Jackson. He’s not even averaging 2.5 yards a carry, but he could easily score a couple touchdowns Saturday and return some crazy value at this price.