In NFL DFS, everybody is looking to spend big bucks at running back or trying to outsmart their friends by finding the value pick, who is emerging and could be due for a big game. Here are some of the top running back plays over and under $5,000 on DraftKings in Week 8.
Running backs over $5,000
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals ($8,000)
We could not start off this list by not mentioning Derrick Henry, who has been an absolute beast this season. This season, “King Henry” has rushed for 663 yards on 143 carries and seven touchdowns. The former Alabama standout is a top fantasy and daily fantasy play every week, and this week is no different.
On Sunday, the Titans are taking on the Cincinnati Bengals, who are notoriously bad at stopping the run — giving up 133.7 yards per game. The last time Henry went up against a horrible run-stopping defense this season, he scored 43.4 DraftKings points.
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns vs. Las Vegas Raiders ($6,900)
The Cleveland Browns’ running game has not skipped a beat with Kareem Hunt, despite not having Nick Chubb. The versatile Hunt had 76 rushing yards on 18 carries, along with three receptions (four targets) for 26 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bengals. That performance was good for 19.2 DraftKings points, giving Hunt his sixth double-digit game this season.
Hunt should be in line for another double-digit outing on Sunday as the Browns are taking on the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders have had trouble stopping the run, allowing 119.8 yards per game. They also rank dead last against opposing RBs (OPRK). If you can’t afford Henry, Ezekiel Elliott, or Alvin Kamara, Hunt is the next best option.
Running backs at or under $5,000
JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks ($5,000)
Hasty is one of those players who we mentioned earlier that could be a good value pick. The undrafted rookie running back stands in line to receive more carries with Jeff Wilson getting hurt last week against the New England Patriots.
The former Baylor running back saw some time vs. New England, racking up 57 rushing yards on nine carries and a 16-yard reception. Despite those limited snaps, Hasty still turned in a solid 8.3 DraftKings points, which would not be horrible in the FLEX spot.
This weekend the Niners take on the Seahawks, who are a pedestrian run defense, giving up 110.5 yards per game. Last week, Seattle had issues with containing Cardinals backup running back Chase Edmonds, who produced 145 yards on 12 touchdowns and a touchdown (21.5 DraftKings points).
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers ($4,400)
The Gus Bus elevates to RB1 with veteran Mark Ingram missing the last three practices with an ankle injury. The Ravens officially announced on Friday that Ingram is listed as doubtful. If he can’t play, expect Edwards to get a majority of carries on Sunday with Lamar Jackson and rookie J.K. Dobbins pitching in.
This season, Edwards has been a mixed bag of results, with his best performance coming in Week 2 against the Browns. In that game, he had 73 rushing yards on 10 carries. On Sunday, he’ll be facing a Steelers’ defense that is one of the best at stopping the run (68.8 yards per game). That being said, do not expect him to be an RB1 option but could be a solid RB2/FLEX depending on your lineup.