RB – Marion Grice – Arizona State
A DFS BEAST. A true run/catch option that pretty much gets the job done. Problem is – he’s super expensive on just about any site. This week he faces off against Notre Dame, which is a good matchup for Grice. Also, Vegas has AZ State as a 1 score favorite … so they will probably rely on the run most of the game.
RB – Bishop Shankey – Washington
The good news is that he’ll probably be around the entire game getting carries … as Washington has blown out a few teams limiting Sankey’s production. This week he goes against Stanford, and that’s not really the best matchup, as they are pretty good against the run. But this is a top-quality back, that will still get yards … he’s just pretty expensive and I think your upside here is somewhat limited because of the opponent.
RB – Lache Seastrunk – Baylor
Vegas has Baylor winning BIG (4 scores) in this game, but have also set the o/u at 70 … so there will be tons of scoring for Baylor. Seastrunk is a great option just about every week, your only risk this week is that it’s a blowout at halftime and they take him out early.
RB – Mike Davis – South Carolina
Just like Seastrunk, Davis has a solid matchup this week (Kentucky) – where he will get plenty of looks early, and certainly will play well. However, Vegas has SC a 3 point favorite, so his touches might be limited later on.
RB – Storm Johnson – UCF
This guy is a quality running back, that gets a few catches every game too …. however he’s going against a Memphis team that has only given up about 300 yards to RB’s through 3 weeks. The Vegas o/u in this game is only 47.5 and UCF is a small favorite. I consider this a coin-flip play. He’s got odds to get touches the entire game.
RB – Jeremy Hill – LSU
Goes against Mississippi State this week, and they are an OK defense, but the LSU offense should be too much for them. LSU is a 9.5 point favorite and the o/u is only 55. Hill has been a TD machine at times this year and has back-to-back 20 carry games. I think he’s a solid option this week, as he should get carries as LSU grinds MSU down at the end of the game.
RB – Tevin Coleman – Indiana
Vegas basically has this game as a pick-em against Penn State, and Indian will be at home. The Over/under is set at a healthy 66, so Coleman should get plenty of looks in this one. Penn State has held down the teams they’ve played the first 4 weeks, giving up just 14 points per game … however the Indiana offense is fairly high powered. Coleman has been hot/cold this year, so he’s not the most sure play, but he should be too expensive.
RB – Ameer Abdullah – Nebraska
This is a pretty good matchup for Ameer (Illinois) isn’t the strongest team at stopping the run. Vegas has Nebraska winning by 9 and scoring at least 3 times, so this is a pretty solid option. The downside is that Abdullah has fumbled in each of the last two games, but that shouldn’t be a huge issues – as this is a confrence game and the team will play the vets more.
RB – Tyler Gaffney – Stanford
Vegas has the Cardinal winning by a TD this week, and Washington is about mid-tier when it comes to run defenses. That’s good for Gaffney. However, he hasn’t seen 20 touches since week 3 and comes off a week where he only had 6.5 fantasy points. Your upside here is if he can get back to earlier form and score 1+ TD and get over 100 yards.
Todd Gurley – Georgia
This would be a MUST start, as Tennessee sucks at run D … EXCEPT he got hurt last week, and is being called “Day-to-Day” right now. I would NOT risk playing him. Just wait until a few weeks when he’s healthy, the coaches won’t be giving him a full load this week. Did NOT practice on Friday, check his status on Saturday – and if he’s out, look below.
RB – Keith Marshall – Georgia
BUTTER matchup! Almost a must play if he’s a mid-lower tier priced back on your DFS – and Gurley is ruled out or limited. Keep in mind that he’s the backup, but this run D sucks. Gurley did NOT practice on Friday – and the head coach of Georgia said “Marshall can carry the ball as many times as we need him to.” It was also Marshall who led the team in rushing the last time they played Tennessee.
RB’s Zach Zwinak & Akeel Lynch – Penn State
Indiana has given up 991 rushing yards in 4 games. This is one of the BEST matchups for a running back this week, it’s too bad they are basically splitting (1/3ding) carries in Happy Valley. Zach is the more expensive of the two (he gets TDs), but the coaches like Lynch. I’m not a physic, but they probably both have solid games.
RB – Marcus Shaw – South Florida
Almost kept him off my mentions this week, but you cannot deny a guy that has gotten 20+ carries in the last 3 games. That includes a 159 yard game and 127 yard game with a TD. He was cheaper in previous weeks on some sites, but should be a mid-priced option now. I don’t like his matchup this week against CIN – who have held RB’s in check most weeks. South Florida is a 2 score underdog, but that hasn’t kept them from giving Shaw the ball in the past. It’s just not the best matchup this week for him.
RB – Byron Marshall – Thomas Tyner – Oregon
With the starter out, its the Byron Marshall show for Oregon. Teams have been KILLING their opponent (colorado) through the air this year, so you hope Marshall can get some carries once Oregon is up huge in this game. It’s risky that with such a big lead, and Oregon alreay being 1 back down that the coach will rely heavily on Marshall when the game is over … so it might limit what could be a huge week for this back filling in.
RB – Jeff Scott – Ole Miss
Wildly inconsistent this year, however he faces off against Auburn this week that has given up 700 rushing yards through 4 games. The other bit of good news is that Vegas has this one as a close contest, so Scott should get some looks in this one.
RB – T.J. Yeldon – Alabama
The good news is that Yeldon is going against a cupcake opponent this week, but this game should be over after 1 quarter. Last week the backup got 12 carries (see below), and it could be a similar split this week.
RB – Kenyan Drake – Alabama
He’s the backup, and was oddly deactivated the 1st week, so you’ve got to be a little careful here. This is the supreme gamblers play of the week because Alabama is a 55 point favorite & Alabama’s got much more important games to play … so you better believe starter T.J. Yeldon won’t be playing late.
RB – Savon Huggins – Rutgers
Paul James is hurt and it will be Savon Huggins show. He had 21 carries for 96 yards & a TD in week 2 … but only has one catch on the season. Your hope is he gets into that 20+ carries mark. Many daily fantasy sites have his salary upgraded due to James’ injury – but if the site you play on has him cheap – he’s a solid option for less money at RB. Vegas has the Over/Under at 55 in this game, and Rutgers is a 4 pt favorite against Southern Methodist.
RB (WR) – Tony Pierson – Kansas
This guy is listed as a RB on most sites, but he really is a weapon in the passing game for Kansas. On the year (3 weeks) he only has 11 carries, but has 15 catches. In PPR leagues that give you 1pt for a catch, this player can be a very valuable play. On this site, he’s $4,250– which will allow you to spend money on some other players & get upside at this position. Kansas is a 17 underdog against Texas Tech this week … so Tony might be seeing plenty of looks.
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