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Top daily fantasy football running back plays over $5000 in Week 9

Dalvin Cook should come up big again in Kansas City while Le’Veon Bell gets the Squeaky Wheel treatment in Miami

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against Washington at U.S. Bank Stadium. David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

In NFL DFS, if you’re going to spend up, you must be sure you’ll be getting bang for your buck. For example, a player worth $6,000 who scores 24 points has quadrupled, or 4Xed, their salary, which can send you zooming up the standings. Those are the guys we want throughout the lineup. Here are our best running back plays with salaries over $5,000 at DraftKings for Week 9:

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs ($9,500)

Cook has had three extra days of rest and practice to build on a terrific performance against Washington his last time out, and the Chiefs have been a team that can be run on all season long. The Vikings should lean on their do-everything back as heavily as ever in this one and Cook is delivering with 29, 30 and 28 DraftKings points in 3 of his past 4 games. His salary might be high enough to scare people away. Don’t be one of them.

Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets at Miami Dolphins ($7,700)

Bell has had a rough week. He’s unhappy with his usage with the Jets. He learned his old team, the Steelers, tried to get him back. His current team is going nowhere. If ever the Squeaky Wheel Theory was put to the test, it’s this week against one of the worst defenses known to man. With a huge chip on his shoulder and so much to prove, the Dolphins will be more than accommodating for a big Bell effort.

Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders vs. Detroit Lions ($6,500)

After posting two straight 100-yard rushing performances, Jacobs was held in check last week by the Texans. But that only plays to the advantage of using him this week in DFS, as he now gets a Lions defense that is allowing an average of 130 rushing yards per game. Remember, too, that Jacobs almost didn’t play last week because of a shoulder injury. He is now a week removed from that and is poised for another big day.

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