Week 17 is here and that means we’ll have a few extra road blocks in our way while navigating the DraftKings slate. You can check out who is out and which teams might be resting players in our Week 17 Player Tracker. You can also look at which teams have more or less motivation than others here.
In this article we’ll look at running backs who are priced over $6,000 who should be strong plays for your Week 17 lineups.
Aaron Jones, Packers ($8,200)
Jones can be hit and miss due to usage but his hits have been grand slams, The Packers are still playing for a chance at a bye week, so they should be playing all out to win against a Lions team that won’t have that same motivation and is weak against the run and pass. Jones is on one of his most consistent stretched of the season, as he has five touchdowns in his last three games, including 154 yards rushing and two touchdowns last week to a good Vikings rush defense. He was helped by Jamaal Williams’ absence for much of last week’s game with a shoulder injury and Williams appears to still be dealing with the injury. They won’t push him with the playoffs on the horizon.
Alvin Kamara, Saints ($7,800)
Kamara looked to get his burst back last week, as he broke out of his touchdown slump with a 40-yard touchdown run and another touchdown from the goal line. This week he gets a great matchup in Carolina against the Panthers awful run defense. On the season, they rank last in fantasy points allowed to running backs, as they’ve allowed the most rushing touchdowns, yards and yards per carry to the position. Plus, the Saints need to win to keep their shot at a playoff bye week intact.
Marlon Mack, Colts, ($6,900)
Mack faced the Panthers pitiful run defense last week and rushed 16 times for 95 yards and a touchdowns while catching two targets for six more yards. Now he’ll take on the second-worst run defense when the Colts travel to Jacksonville. The Jaguars just gave up the best fantasy game of Devonta Freeman’s season and Mack himself ran 15 times for 109 yards and a touchdown back in Week 11. Since the Colts are out of the playoffs they should be fine with using Mack as the lead again, but check practice reports, as any injury could keep him out this week.
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