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When it comes to playing daily fantasy football on sites like Draftkings or Fanduel, this is a list of RBs in week 7 who are expected to produce more than average. A good strategy is to pair one of the higher priced running backs with a lower or mid priced back for your lineup. Below is a list of week 7 RBs and their price on Draftkings. The same reasons will be relevant if you are playing daily fantasy football from a different source like Fanduel.
Arian Foster ($8,300) Houston@Pittsburgh
You will notice that I bypass DeMarco Murray and Matt Forte here in week 7. This is because they have had a big price jump on Draftkings and it would be hard to justify adding them to your lineup this week because it would leave too little money for they rest of your positions in this case. Fully expect Murray and Forte to have a good week but they just don't have high value (FPPG/Salary). Foster, however is around a thousand less than both the top two and is averaging nearly as many points per game as Matt Forte. Pair that with the fact that the Steeler's defense is allowing 21.85 fantasy points to opposing running backs. Expect around 23 fantasy points from him this week.
Giovanni Bernard ($7,800) Cincinnati@Indianapolis
The Colts have a weakness with stopping the run. Last week they allowed Arian Foster 141 total yards and 2 touchdowns and have been allowing on average 26.63 fantasy points per game to running backs.
Andre Ellington ($6,500) Arizona@Oakland
Ellington had 93 all purpose yards against Washington, who is pretty good against the run. Week 7 pits them against Oakland, who averages around 27 points to running backs. Expect much better than his season average of 16.5 FPPG against a struggling opponent.
Justin Forsett ($5,600) Atlanta@Baltimore
My personal favorite start of week 7 and I'm having a hard time not putting this guy in any of my lineups on Draftkings. Forsett has really emerged as the Raven's best ground threat. Last week Baltimore's offense had their way with Tampa Bay and you can expect similar results against an Atlanta defense that is markedly worse. For the price and expected production, Forsett is a prime value pick in week 7.
Fred Jackson ($5,500) Minnesota@Buffalo
Jackson hasn't really been on my daily fantasy football radar much this season but the matchup in week 7 makes for an opportunity for him to have a better than average game. The Vikings are struggling against the run and the team has been pretty inconsistent. Jackson had 14.3 fantasy points against New England who are ranked better than the Vikings against RBs. The game is at home and Buffalo's offense seems to be working well with veteran QB Kyle Orton.
Ben Tate ($5,300) Cleveland@Jacksonville
This is a great week to squeeze in some players from the Browns into your lineup, not just a running back. Jacksonville is consistently giving up fantasy points to opposing offenses all season long and I don't expect this game to be any different. The Brown's running game probably has the most combined talent and is the deepest in the NFL. Tate will get plenty of yardage but you can also pick up Isiah Crowell for less money (see below).
Alfred Morris ($4,700) Tennessee@Washington
Washington has too much talent on offense not to pull a big win at home. Last few weeks Morris has not been a huge factor but in week 7 expect him to have a bump in production from a defense that is also lacking quarterback stability. Tennessee has allowed 4 rushing touchdowns in their last two road games.
Eddie Lacy ($4,700) Carolina@Green Bay
Great value pick for week 7. Draftkings has his salary so low that he presents huge upside. Lacy has had a lot of hit and miss games but against the Panthers he should have a bit hit. Carolina is only second to Atlanta as allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Week 7 could see Eddie Lacy have his biggest game of the year. A good pairing with Lacy for your lineup would be Justin Forsett in a 50/50 play. The two cost $10,300 and should both have one of their best games of the season.
Isiah Crowell ($4,000) Cleveland@Jacksonville
Makes for a good tournament play in week 7 because of the low price and high potential he can bring to the table. Not a whole lot of people will have him in the lineup because Ben Tate is the starter. Tate will likely get the majority of the touches but rookie Crowell is a big red zone threat who has an eye for the end zone. Crowell already has 4 touchdowns on the season. To keep that in perspective, that's more touchdowns that Marshawn Lynch. Did I mention that he will be playing against Jacksonville?
Storm Johnson ($3,400) Cleveland@Jacksonville
On the other side of the ball, Cleveland has not been the best against running backs either. They are averaging 27.56 fantasy points to running backs. Jacksonville starter Toby Gerhart has been ruled out for Sunday's game due to foot injury. This means Johnson gets the start against Cleveland and we could potentially see a breakout game from him in week 7. Similar to what has been seen from Branden Oliver in week 5. Storm Johnson not only has a great name but also makes for a great tournament play due to his low salary price and high ceiling.
Results from week 6 projections:
- Matt Forte 37.7 Fantasy Points
- Giovani Bernard 28.7 Fantasy Points
- LeVeon Bell 14.5 Fantasy Points
- Justin Forsett 14.1 Fantasy Points
- Lamar Miller 17.3 Fantasy Points
- Branden Oliver 25.4 Fantasy Points
- Andre Williams 5.9 Fantasy Points
- Ahmad Bradshaw 14.9 Fantasy Points
- Bishop Sankey 7.8 Fantasy Points
- George Winn 1.6 Fantasy Points