Here are my running back picks for daily fantasy college football this week. I try to avoid the 2 running back situations, but this week seems to have several 2 headed attacks you can roll with. This isn’t in any particular order, only because the margin of error here is so close that I think you’re okay if you have a RB that stinks it up … where as your QB and WR picks better be spot on in order to win.
Here are our Week 12 NCAA QB Picks if you need them.
Here are our WR Picks for this week too.
James White & Melvin Gordon – vs Indiana
Indiana’s run D sucks, and the O/U is 69.5 so honestly, you could roll with either back. James White has been hot, and essentially taken over the starting job. Gordon will be cheaper, but doesn’t have a TD in a few weeks … and isn’t ‘the guy’ right now. Tough call, but I think both see about the same ## of carries in a good matchup.
KaDeem Carey – vs Washington State
Teams like to run on WSU. Carey gets 20++ touches per game, so this is a good matchup for him at home. His team is only a 11 point favorite, so he’s likely to play the entire game. Pretty good option, he will cost you lots of $$ though.
Marion Grice – vs Oregon State
His team is 2 TD favorite, so they should rely on him the entire game. Oregon State isn’t the best run D, giving up about 150 yards on the ground per week. No TDs has probably slipped Grice’s value on some daily fantasy sites … but still remains a solid option.
Andre Williams – vs North Carolina State
This guy has really come on strong the last few weeks to rise up the ranks of daily college fantasy running backs. This week he has a good matchup against NC State. Not a factor in the passing game, so he’s a little bit of a risk if he doesn’t go off for yards, but he has gotten 20+ carries most of the time this year, including 30+ carries the last 2 games.
Tyler Gaffney – at USC
Has been BEASTING the last few weeks so you’ve got to get him on the list. USC’s run D isn’t bad, but this is later on in the season and Stanford seems to enjoy running the ball right now. Has (at least) 1 TD in the last 6 games. O/U is only 46 in this one.
Charles Sims – at Kansas
Solid matchup, Kansas is pretty weak against the run ans WV is only a 7 point favorite, so they should be running most of the time. Only problem I have is that this game only has a 48.5 O/U … which is pretty low. However, the team should rely on Sims to get them TDs, so he’s not a bad option this week again.
Shock Linwood & Antwan Goodley (WR) – vs Texas Tech
85 O/U in this game. Starter Lache Seastrunk is listed “probable at best” the last time I checked. He did not practice on Wednesday. The coach has hinted at giving reps to WR Antwan Goodley at running back … which would basically make him a must start at WR. There’s rumors a red-shirt might come off the bench and play (which I think is unlikely). This game should get out of control … in a good way. Shock Linwood is a risky play because the team can just go throw-mode, but he’s cheap.
T.J. Yeldon – at Mississippi State
Faces an ok run D, but Vegas has them winning by 3 TDs or more. O/U is only 52, which is small compared to some of the other matchups you can play, but Yeldon is a key part of the team. Has a TD in 6 straight games, and should knock on the door again this week.
Todd Gurley – at Auburn
Not the worst matchup for him this week, Auburn isn’t 1st class, but they have a decent run D. Georgia is a slight dog in this one, but the O/U is 64, so the teams should score. Gurley has reached the end-zone in each game since coming back from injury … but hasn’t gotten over 20 carries. This is the type of game he could make a statement that he’s back, or the coaches could keep a tight reign on him. Risky, but upside since he’s gotten cheaper on all daily fantasy sites and should be nearing 100%.
Tre Mason – vs Georgia
Should get carries … and he’s had 7 total TDs the last 2 weeks. Not a threat in the passing game, but should get 20+ carries in this one. On most daily sites he’s about the 10th most expensive back, and I think he can perform to that price level in this matchup.
Byron Marshall – De’Anthony Thomas – vs Utah
Who would have thought Thomas would become a value play this year?? Byron Marshall is now the most expensive back, and is a solid option in a game where the Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has a sprained knee … but probably will play. The team should win running away either way … and running during the second half. Marshall is a the safe bet, since he’s played & gotten the most carries. Thomas is a risky play with some upside if the coach decides to get him looks against a sub-par team.
Carlos Hyde – Jordan Hall – at Illinois
One of the worst running D’s in the country, so I can’t blame you for having either one of these guys in your lineups. Hyde should get the start and turn the game over to Hall who should get some looks in mop-up duty since Ohio State is a 33 point favorite in this one. With the split carry, your upside is limited, but neither are super-expensive so you could get some upside value.
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