I’m embarrassed to say it, but last week I finally found the perfect way to construct a daily fantasy roster. Normally, I’ve tried to include one or two big name, big budget guys and then fill in around them with good, moderately priced guys. What I did last week that was very successful for me was spend big at running back and wide receiver, and then find cheaper options at quarterback, flex, tight end and other running back, wide receiver positions.
Basically, instead of going expensive and moderate, I went EXPENSIVE and cheap. And it worked! You just need to make sure you hit on your EXPENSIVE. That’s what I’m here for.
Here are three running backs who are expensive—all over $6,000—who are worth their salary and will live up to their ticket price. (Salaries vs DraftKings.)
Ezekiel Elliott (@ Lions) - $9,000
I know that Christian McCaffrey as been a T-800 this season, destroying everything in his path, and Elliott’s been more like a Baymax the last few games but this matchup is so juicy I’m surprise Elliott isn’t the most expensive back this week. The Lions have given up the second most fantasy points this season and have been a leaky faucet the last four weeks allowing the third most rushing yards to backs. Elliott’s season has been up and down but he’s still seen at least 20 carries over the last month, meaning he’ll get the ball in a matchup he can do something in. I’m buying.
Josh Jacobs (vs Bengals) - $6,900
The Bengals are giving up the third most fantasy points to backs this season and while that number has gotten better in the last four weeks—giving up the fifth fewest points—I equate that more to teams ignoring the run to pass all over Cincinnati (or just have Lamar Jackson carry the ball for 65 yards and a touchdown) than the Bengals suddenly discovering how to become an elite run defense. Jacobs is the driving force behind the Raiders offense and I would expect him to get a lot of tread in a very favorable matchup at home.
Tevin Coleman (vs Cardinals) - $6,100
Poor Matt Breida. Honestly. The guy clearly has all the talent in the world but just for the life of him can not stay healthy. You feel for the guy. That being said, his injury opens up the backfield to be entirely Coleman’s this week against the Cardinals. A Cardinals defense, mind you, that’s giving up the fourth most points to running backs the last four weeks. Coleman is in line for double digit touches and will produce against a defense allowing 126 yards per game to backs.
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