Heading into Week 15, the running back landscape on DraftKings has become a vat of value. There are plenty of stud RBs priced down for this week and we can take advantage of the savings in tournaments and cash games. There are also spots where we can fade RBs who are priced up too much.
Here I’ll highlight some RBs who are the best and worst value in terms of price on DraftKings.
BEST: Saquon Barkley (NYG) — $7,700
Barkley comes in as the sixth highest priced RB on Week 15’s main slate on DraftKings. The Giants are at home taking on the Miami Dolphins. This would normally be a spot in which Barkley would be a lock. The problem is the Giants O-Line is awful and Eli Manning is back at QB, scaring absolutely no one. Still, Barkley should get around 20-25 touches and this price is appealing given his ceiling.
WORST: Dalvin Cook (MIN) — $8,900
I’ll probably regret this and I may sound crazy, but hear me out really fast. Cook’s price is very high given his recent production. He’s failed to reach 20+ fantasy points in three straight games, and four of the past five. His snap count is going down as the Vikings approach the playoffs, so we could see more Alexander Mattison vs. the Chargers in Week 15. There are plenty of appealing RBs under $8K on this slate.
BEST: Todd Gurley (LAR) — $6,000
Rams coach Sean McVay has been cautious with Gurley’s workload this season and it’s hurt his fantasy value as a result. But the past two weeks Gurley has been ramped up and his price is as low as he’s been in his career I’d imagine. The All-Pro RB has at least 19 carries and 18.5 DKFP in three of the past four games. Gurley torched the Cowboys in the playoffs last year for 115 yards and a TD on 16 carries. I think this is a spot we can easily fit Gurley into our lineup and still have a high ceiling projection and salary flexibility.
WORST: Melvin Gordon/Austin Ekeler (LAC) — $6,500/$6,700
The Vikings have one of the best rush defenses in the NFL and I think it’s tough to like both Gordon and Ekeler at these price points. Both have been able to be valuable despite a backfield split, with Ekeler going off in Week 14 vs. the Jaguars, while Gordon also put up 55 yards and a TD. If I had to lean one way, it’d be Ekeler given his role in the passing game and this game script. But even so, there are cheaper options in better spots.