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Marshawn Lynch, Duke Johnson are Divisional round RB sleepers

We take a look at two lower priced running backs who could help you this weekend in daily fantasy games.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch puts on his helmet during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this season Carlos Hyde ran all over the Chiefs and is at just $5,000, so he’s on my list of value plays this weekend, but I do believe Kansas City puts the Texans behind the 8-ball pretty quickly and limits Hyde’s ability to stack up attempts.

After Hyde we have a lot of part-time players with uncertain usage, but we’ll take a look and see if we can project any increase in workload or useful matchups.

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks ($4,800)

Travis Homer led the way in touches last week agains the Eagles, but Lynch was the goal line back and scored a difficult 5-yard touchdown Otherwise he was completely shut down but so was Homer. On Monday, head coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch is “ready to handle more of a workload. Lynch isn’t going to outrun many defenders at this point, but in an easier matchup against the Packers this week, he should have a little more running room while getting more work and staying the goal line back. The Packers have allowed the ninth-most DK points to running backs on the season along with 4.9 yards per carry.

Duke Johnson, Texans ($4,700)

Johnson’s ability sets up well against a Chiefs defense that allows a lot of receptions and receiving yards to running backs. Hyde gets a good matchup as well, as I stated earlier, but Kansas City is favored by -9.5 points and if the Texans need to come from behind, Johnson’s receiving ability will be needed.

On the season, Kansas City has allowed the fourth-most receptions and second-most receiving yards to running backs as well as the fourth-most yards per carry. Johnson looked great on his limited work last week against the Bills and should have won himself a few more touches in a game where his ability should be needed more than his running mate’s.