If you're trying to get the most out of your week 15 RB picks on daily fantasy football sites like Draftkings and Fanduel, you need to target players with a favorable matchup as well as one that offers you value. The running back position in your DraftKings lineup is usually less volatile than wide receiver. This has a lot to do with the usage of a running back in the NFL and partly because at any given time there are more wide receivers on the field than running backs. They are almost guaranteed touches. Same can be said about quarterbacks, they have more stable statistics in general. That's why it's important to get your DraftKings week 15 running back picks right.
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Matt Forte ($9,000) New Orleans@Chicago
For the first time all season, 4 running backs are priced at over $9,000. I fully expect Bell, Murray, Foster and Charles to have amazing stats this week. I'm starting with Forte for this grouping because he is the second least expensive of the top 5 and could very well come close to 40 fantasy points. With Brandon Marshall out, Forte should be heavily involved in the offense both in receptions and rushes. Add that to the fact that the Saints are dead last in fantasy points allowed to running backs over the past 3 weeks.
C.J. Anderson ($7,800) Denver@San Diego
Anderson is a very solid fantasy running back lately. He has gotten at least 20 fantasy points every game since week 10 against Oakland. I don't see this ending in San Diego. Expect a solid 20-30 fantasy points this week.
Justin Forsett ($7,400) Jacksonville@Baltimore
Decent price, good upside and great matchup.
Marshawn Lynch ($7,300) San Francisco@Seattle
This is a game that places two teams with a similar blueprint against each other. Mobile quarterbacks, punishing run game and solid defense. Only difference is that Seattle does everything better in that regard. I don't see any other outcome than the Seahawks running right over the 49ers at home.
LeSean McCoy ($6,600) Dallas@Philadelphia
The price and potential for McCoy to repeat what he did to Dallas just back in week 13 makes this a great 50/50 play in my opinion. Great in the sense that you won't have to pay a ton of money to have him in your lineup so that you don't have to take a bunch of risks with low priced players trying to stay under cap. A little risk is good in 50/50 games but don't introduce too much risk, save that for tournaments.
McCoy posted 23.9 fantasy points last time the Eagles played Dallas.
Joique Bell ($5,900) Minnesota@Detroit
Bell's stats are directly related to the amount of carries he has had in the last three games. In the last three games, he has carried the ball more times than in any other games this season. Consider that 4 of his 6 touchdowns this season have came in these last 3 weeks.
Jonathan Stewart ($5,000) Tampa Bay@Carolina
It's too bad for the price jump this week because he was a great investment in week 14. Price is up and I don't think he will have a game like he did against the Saints but I can see him getting around 20 fantasy points this week against another favorable opponent. The Buccaneers haven't played as bad against the run as New Orleans, but they aren't that far behind from doing so.
Isaiah Crowell ($4,900) Cincinnati@Cleveland
This offense has the opportunity to really click with Johnny Manziel getting his first start of the season. I think he's ready and he showed that against Buffalo. I envision a very balance attack by Cleveland and fully expect 2-3 rushing touchdowns this weekend. Not necessarily all by Crowell but he has a good chance to see the end zone in general.
LeGarrette Blount ($4,400) Miami@New England
This pick has some risk so don't fall in love with him for your 50/50 games. That being said, he has the potential to put up nice numbers compared to his price point. The risk comes from the running back uncertainty in New England. You can't hang your hat on any one guy getting the majority of the action on any given Sunday. Not sure what has happened to Miami's defense lately but they are just giving it up to running backs. They are ranked among the worst 10 teams against the run in the last 3 weeks.
Chris Ivory ($4,200) NYJ@Tennessee
Again, a bit of risk and uncertainty because of the shared touches but the price is there and the matchup is right. Tennessee is an extremely favorable matchup for running backs and it's a near guarantee that Ivory and/or Chris Johnson are getting a TD.
Latavius Murray ($4,000) Oakland@Kansas City
Yeah he put up ridiculous numbers against KC in week 12 but that isn't the only reason to consider him. He is inexpensive, had 20+ carries last week and Kansas City isn't very good against the run in general. I think Murray could be considered for 50/50 or tournament play this week.
Chris Johnson ($3,600) NYJ@Tennessee
Jonas Gray ($3,400) Miami@New England
Same reason you might be considering Blount would be the same reason you would consider Gray. This is only a punt play, I would never play this in a 50/50 because there is a good chance he will give you close to zero fantasy points. On the off chance he gets the majority of the carries, you will look like a genius and will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Knile Davis ($3,000) Oakland@Kansas City
This week 15 running back pick should be considered due to Jamaal Charles and his injury status. Charles is a little banged up but still looks like he will more than likely play. Still if he plays, I could see Davis getting the ball a little more than usual. Keep an eye on Jamaal Charles and use your own judgment as to how many snaps he likely will be involved in come Sunday. The price, matchup and potential for limited play by Charles are all reasons to consider him in a tournament.
Results from week 14 projections:
- Eddie Lacy 27.6
- Rashad Jennings 3.2
- Andre Williams 26.7
- Justin Forsett 15.8
- Mark Ingram 6.6
- Andre Ellington 1.2
- Joique Bell 30.3
- Isaiah Crowell 11.4
- Frank Gore 6.3
- Marion Grice 0.6
- Steven Jackson 15.6
- Jonathan Stewart 24.5
- Latavius Murray 10.5
- Chris Johnson 8.6
- Glenn Winston 0.0