This season, we have seen a lot of new faces emerge as tremendous plays at running back either due to injury or just getting more playing time. Some of the names that come to mind are Chase Edmonds, Jamaal Williams, Zack Moss, Damien Harris, and Darrell Henderson Jr. That being said, should you pick up one of them in your respective NFL DFS? Here are the best running backs plays over and under $5,000 in Week 10.
Running backs over $5,000
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars ($7,100)
Aaron Jones has been hobbled by a calf injury over the last couple of weeks that forced him to miss the Packers’ Week 7 game against the Houston Texans. Hence, why we got a breakout game from Williams who was effective in both the running and receiving games.
However, Jones is now finally healthy and started to show flashes last week against the San Francisco 49ers of what he can do. Against the Niners on Thursday Night Football, Jones has 58 yards on 15 carries and five receptions for 21 yards, which equals 12.9 fantasy points.
It wasn’t the dominating performances we saw from him in Week 2 and Week 4, but it’s a positive sign of what’s to come. This week, Jones will be going up against a Jacksonville defense that is horrendous at stopping the run, allowing 138.1 yards per game this season. They are also ranked 27th against RBs (OPRK). If you have the chance to stack Aaron Rodgers and Jones, this might be the week to do it.
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants ($6,400)
Just like Jones, Sanders has missed the last few games for the Eagles due to injury. The second-year running back was expected to be a breakout player in fantasy football this season, but that hasn’t worked out yet. However, Sanders can not only turn the Eagles’ season around but could help you in NFL DFS this week.
In Week 10, Sanders is going up against a Giants’ defense that is doing a good job at stopping the run, ranking 10th in efficiency. But they rank 24th against fantasy RBs (OPRK), and Sanders can hurt them in the passing game.
Before he got hurt, the former Penn State running back had 15.2 fantasy points against the Baltimore Ravens’ defense in Week 6. This season, Sanders is averaging 16.9 fantasy points per game and has had four games where he scored at least 10 fantasy points.
Running backs at or under $5,000
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins ($5,000)
Kalen Ballage could either be the ultimate value play at running back this week or completely falls off the face of the earth. There is no middle ground with this selection as the Chargers get prepared to play Ballage’s former team in the Miami Dolphins.
Last week against the Las Vegas Raiders, Ballage had an impressive performance in place of the injured Justin Jackson. The former Arizona State running back had 69 rushing yards on 15 carries, along with two receptions for 15 yards. That outing in spot duty warranted 16.4 DraftKings point, which is what you expect from a top-15 running back not named Ballage.
As previously mentioned, Ballage could be back in the spotlight again as Jackson will not play on Sunday. If there’s no Troymaine Pope, who had a solid performance a week prior, then that leaves Ballage and rookie running back Joshua Kelley.
J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team vs. Detroit Lions ($4,900)
Unlike the previous three running backs mentioned, I see J.D. McKissic of the Washington Football Team as a popular value play at FLEX in Week 10. Last week, McKissic had one of his better games of the season against the New York Giants.
The pass-catching running back had a season-high nine receptions (14 targets) for 65 yards and three carries for 17 rushing yards. While the rushing stats aren’t impressive, McKissic’s ability to aid Washington’s passing game going forward will be fantastic for quarterback Alex Smith.
This week, McKissic will be going up against a Detroit Lions’ defense that is giving up 148.1 rushing yards per game this season (30th in the NFL). They also rank dead last against opposing RBs (OPRK) and allow 413 receiving yards to them.
Therefore, with Washington not having many perimeters outside of Terry McLaurin, you could see them opt to get McKissic and Antonio Gibson more involved in the offense.