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Worst DFS running back plays for Week 3

Despite an electric performance in Week 1, Christian McCaffrey’s subpar showing in Week 2 leave plenty of question marks in Week 3. We take a look at some of the worst RB options on DraftKings for Sunday’s main slate.

Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

If you’re a DFS player, you know that a successful lineup has to have a solid combination of big-name star power players that are known commodities with a few high-upside players that provide a little more bang for your buck.

If you pay up for a big name in your daily fantasy lineup, you definitely cannot afford for that player to put up a dud of a game in your lineup.

So here are three running backs that will likely provide some of the worst value for Week 3. (Values from DraftKings).

Christian McCaffrey (CAR) - $8,700

McCaffrey has a rough game in Week 2, but it might not get any easier for him in Week 3, despite the price tag as the third-most expensive running back available in daily fantasy. He’s facing off against the Arizona Cardinals, who currently represent the third-best team at defending the run, but it’s actually concerns with quarterback Cam Newton’s health that make McCaffrey a worrisome play. If the Panthers are forced to start Kyle Allen at quarterback, look for the Cardinals to focus in on McCaffrey in the Panthers offense.

Le’Veon Bell (NE) - $7,000

Speaking of unfavorable matchups, look no further than the New York Jets facing the New England Patriots buzzsaw. The Patriots look absolutely unstoppable right now, and the Jets could be forced to abandon the run early if the Patriots get out to another big lead. The Jets, like the Panthers, are another team with questions at quarterback, so it’s just another reason to stay away from Bell this week.

LeSean McCoy (KC) - $5,200

In what is likely the most intriguing game of the week, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are set to face off against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Both offenses look unstoppable right now, but that falls primarily on the arms of the respective quarterbacks. Injury concerns plus the existence of a promising rookie in Darwin Thompson in the Kansas City offense make McCoy a questionable play in Week 3, despite the relatively modest price tag.

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