If you want to pay up for Derrick Henry this week, you’ll need to find value plays to pair with him, as his $8.700 price-tag is the highest on the slate by $800. After King Henry, we get Damien Williams at $7,000. His price has bumped up from $4,700 in Week 17, to $6,000 in the Divisional round to 7k this week due to his six touchdown in his last three games. His place in the best offense left in the playoffs is one we can’t overlook despite his price hike.
The two highest priced backs are also the two best backs going but paying for both is going to be a challenge to say the least.
Tevin Coleman, 49ers ($5,700)
We are going to need to find value on this slate, and Coleman is a value play at his $5,700 price. Last week the 49ers went run heavy and switched Raheem Mostert out for Coleman to lead the backfield. Coleman took advantage and rushed 22 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings. Will Kyle Shanahan pull a 180 and get Mostert more work against the Packers? He might, but I believe he like Coleman as the lead back and he will stick with him after a strong game. If Coleman can’t move the ball, he could easily take a backseat, but he will get his chances early. The Packers gave up 4.8 yards per carry and the most rushing yards to running backs of the four remaining teams and with the 49ers favored by -7.5 and coming off a dominating defensive outing against the Vikings, Coleman should be set up for another big workload.
Damien Williams, Chiefs ($7,000)
Williams’ usage as a runner and receiver in Andy Reid’s offense has me wanting to pay up for him against a Titans running back defense that gave up 11 touchdowns to the position in the second half of the season. Aaron Jones is a better runner but the 49ers defense completely shutdown Dalvin Cook last week and I rather not risk Jones against that unit.
Williams and Travis Kelce get great usage near the end zone and since returning from injury in Week 16, Williams has 18, 19 and 19 looks. That kind of usage in this Chiefs offense is like 30 looks in most offenses.