I think there’s enough value RB’s and the salaries haven’t risen too much on anyone except Fournette – so I think you’ll have some luck felling good about your Running Back slots early on Saturday.
Mike Warren – Iowa State
Should be heavily owned across both sites, but especially FanDuel where he’s under average salary. He’s a freshman, so don’t get down on yourself if he blanks – but since moving into the starting role – he’s been nearly unstoppable. This is also the best matchup on the slate with Texas Tech giving up 5.9 yards per carry and 277 yards per game this season. Your main risk is game flow wise Iowa State moves away from the run, but Warren is cheap enough that I’m not too concerned about that.
Ezekiel Elliott – Ohio State
We’ll, my thought that Ohio State might be a sneaky play in the passing game flopped last week – but Elliott was the easy pick just about everyone was on last week – with over 51 fantasy points on draftkings! I think until proven otherwise, Ohio State is a running team and Elliott is the man. Maryland has given up 4.4 yards per carry and 199.8 yards per game to teams. Elliott might see even higher usage rates from those that avoided him last week – but at these prices it might be kind of hard to slip him in across the board.
Nick Chubb – Georgia
Above average matchup, plus Chubb has been super consistent all season long making the most out of about 20 touches per game. His salary is actually down a bit on the year – so I like Chubb as a way to fade Fournette, save some money & hope they score about the same amount of points.
Leonard Fournette – LSU
He’s the best RB in college football – and probably the best player right now … but I’m not crazy ranking him behind a few guys. At these prices, I don’t know if I could feel good enough about a lineup to pay money to play it but avoiding Fournette has been a bad idea all season long. This matchup is good too – so avoiding him comes with some extra risk. Might be easier to fit him into your FanDuel lineups because of the TE spot and only 1 QB, so that will change my strategy on that site, but on DK it’s going to be tough to roster him.
Nick Wilson – Arizona
$6,400 Draftkings (value)
Should have heavy usage on DK, especially in cash games. Great matchup against Oregon State who’s given up 4.7 yards per carry and 10 TD’s to running back this season. Also, Arizona will have starting QB Anu Solomon, so that should take some pressure off Wilson.
Shock Linwood – Baylor
I love this matchup against a weak Kansas team who’s giving up 5.4 yards per carry and 251 yards per game. The worry would be Linwood doesn’t capture any of the upside in a blowout …. but I think he’ll have no problem getting nice numbers even on limited touches. If you really feel like gambling (legally) Johnny Jefferson/Terrence Williams often get work in these blowout games and would be risky tournament plays that could pay off big if they hit.
Travis Greene – Bowling Green
At these prices, it’s a fairly cheap way to get involved in this game. Because Greene can be somewhat inconsistent, he’s more of a tournament RB because he does have 30+ fantasy upside. Massachusetts has given up 5.6 yards per carry and 246 yards per game this season, which is near the bottom of college football.
Samaje Perine – Oklahoma
Great matchup and Perine will likely have lower than normal usage rates because he’s had a fairly poor year by Oklahoma RB standards. Might be a sneaky tournament play. He’s an attractive option because his salary was once over $9,000 on Draftkings. Teams have really run on Texas quite a bit with 239 attempts, and I think Oklahoma might suprise to the upside this week in the rushing game.
DeAndre Washington – Texas Tech
Strictly a tournament RB in my book, but depending on your other options I could see using him in other lineups on Draftkings because he’s under average salary. This is a marginally bad matchup on paper, but game flow might lead to Texas Tech giving it to Washington. Plus good RB’s have done well against Iowa State this season.
Wayne Gallman – Clemson
Purely a matchup call here. Georgia Tech has given up 5 yards per carry and 11 TD’s this season to RB’s, including a 91 yarder! I think Gallman’s price is to the point where you can squeeze some value out of him, as earlier in the season he was $6,800 on DK.