There are two particular standout RB start options this week, one that carries a value price tag in DraftKings contests and another that appears set to return from injury in a plus matchup. On the sit side, one RB is set to benefit from expanded touches due to injury, but lands in a tough matchup. Another RB is facing a defense that has been excellent in home games. Let’s examine.
Running Back Starts
Patrick Laird, Miami Dolphins at New York Giants
Laird has progressively seen an expanded role after the Dolphins traded RB Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals. Laird played on a season-high 82% of the Dolphins’ offensive plays last week and got a season-high 19 touches. Provided Laird continues a similar workload this week, he lands in an excellent spot against a weak Giants defense. The Giants have allowed more fantasy points to RBs than average and have the fifth worst defense by points allowed. Laird is also an appealing salary relief play in DraftKings contests, as his $4,500 price tag is cheap.
Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacobs is expected to play this week after missing last week’s game due to a shoulder injury. While he carries some start risk due to the injury, Jacobs lands in an excellent matchup against a weak Jaguars defense provided he plays a normal workload. The Jaguars have allowed an ugly 5.3 yards per carry, tied for worst in the NFL, and they rank towards the top of the leaderboard in DraftKings fantasy points allowed to RBs. Jacobs is averaging about 20 touches per game, a strong mark.
Running Back Sits
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
Singletary has scored 15 or more DraftKings fantasy points in three straight games, but he is set for a tough matchup on the road against a Steelers defense that has been strong against the run. Pittsburgh has limited RBs to the fifth fewest yards per carry and have showcased better yard prevention and point prevention in home games.
Adrian Peterson, Washington vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Peterson is set for expanded volume this week after Derrius Guice injured his knee last week. After Guice’s knee injury, Peterson recorded 20 touches, including a goal line touch, and could be in line for a similar workload this week without early down and red zone competition. While Peterson makes for a potential salary relief option in DraftKings contests at a $4,400 price tag due to the expanded volume, this is not a great spot against an Eagles rush defense that ranks towards the top of the league in defensive rush efficiency and total rushing yards allowed.