We’re down to two weeks left in the regular season, which means only two large Sunday slates to win some cash. Running back is arguably the most important position in fantasy football and DFS. It’s interesting looking at some of the top RBs heading into Week 16 and how prices have shifted so much since September.
Here I’ll highlight some RBs who are the best and worst value in terms of price on DraftKings.
BEST: Saquon Barkley (NYG) — $8,300
I’m going back to the Barkley well this week despite his price going up $500. He’s got another great matchup vs. Washington after torching the Dolphins at home for 143 total yards and two TDs for 33.3 DKFP in Week 15. We just saw what Eagles RB Miles Sanders light up Washington for 172 total yards and two TDs on Sunday, so I think Barkley can come close to that type of performance. The Giants offense has looked decent under Eli Manning to finish the season, so I think this opens things up for Barkley to finish strong.
WORST: Derrick Henry (TEN) — $7,700
I think we saw Henry torch a bunch of poor rush defenses and it made our eyes bigger than our stomach, so to speak. Henry showed what he can do in a not-so-favorable game script in Week 15 vs. the Texans. The Titans fell behind and Henry ceded a lot of snaps to Dion Lewis, given Tennessee was passing most of the game. This week isn’t much easier with the Saints coming to town. New Orleans should force Ryan Tannehill to throw early and often. Henry’s also clearly not 100% over his hamstring injury. I think you can fade him this week.
BEST: Joe Mixon (CIN) — $6,600
I envision Mixon will be very chalky in Week 16. If you didn’t skip right to Mixon, you know that Barkley just went off against the Dolphins porous defense in Week 15. Mix is really coming on to end the season, scoring at least 17 DKFP in six of the past seven games. He was very impressive finding holes in the Patriots normally stout run defense on Sunday, racking up 136 yards on 25 carries. Mixon has gone well over 20 touches the past three contests and I can’t imagine that changing this week against Miami.
WORST: James Conner (PIT) — $6,500
I’m grasping at straws trying to find a RB I don’t like. The only two that I can think of are in CAN’T FADE NARRATIVES. Alvin Kamara in Tennessee (he was a volunteer) and Le’Veon Bell facing the Steelers for the first time. So we’ll go the other side of that game with Conner, who returned from injury in Week 15. He had a solid outing against the Bills on SNF, finishing with 51 total yards, four receptions and a TD for 15.1 DKFP. Pittsburgh did nothing on the ground, though Conner didn’t split carries with Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell like we thought. The Jets rank seventh in points allowed to RBs, so the matchup is tough, plus the game is in New York.