Dalvin Cook provided another stellar performance in Week 9, finishing as the number one running back, scoring 42.2 DraftKings fantasy points with 206 rushing yards. Christian McCaffrey ($9,000), who is not expected to play in Week 10, proved he was worth his price tag last week, finishing second behind Cook. Last week was again a mix of stars and scrubs at the top with J.D. McKissic ($4,900), Kalen Ballage ($5,000) and Duke Johnson ($5,000) rounding out the top five at the running back position in Week 9. Week 10 should be similar, especially with some critical injuries to the position last week.
The Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears are not on the main slate this week. Teams on bye are the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets.
Here are the running backs we should be targeting on DraftKings along with their opportunity projections this week.
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, $7,100
With no Derrick Henry or Dalvin Cook on the main slate, Aaron Jones gets top honors this week. Jones was able to play the entire game last week after spending a couple of weeks on the injury report. Now he faces a Jaguars team who’s giving up the fifth most DKFP per game. Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson ($5,000) filled in for the injured David Johnson last week against the Jaguars, compiling 73 total yards on 20 touches and running 17 routes. In Week 6, D’Andre Swift ($5,100) finished as third running back in DraftKings scoring against the Jaguars. Jones should be in a great spot vs. Jacksonville even if his snap count is similar to last week (62 percent).
Rushing: 19 attempts
Receiving: 5 Targets; 5 Receptions
Total: 24 Touches
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans, $6,700
Nick Chubb ($6,800) could be active on Sunday, which shouldn’t scare you off of Hunt facing this porous Texans defense that looks at odds right now. Hunt recorded one of the highest snap counts last week (87 percent) among all running backs. Since Odell Beckham Jr.’s injury in Week 7, Hunt went from averaging a 60 percent snap count in the two previous games to an average of 89 percent in Week 7 and Week 8. OBJ’s injury doesn’t entirely correlate with Hunt’s usage. However, it does allow us to still feel comfortable rostering Hunt if and when Chubb returns. Hunt is averaging 16.5 routes run over the previous two weeks. Running backs like Jamaal Williams and James Robinson ($6,600) averaged 20.5 routes against the Texans over the last couple of weeks.
Rushing: 15 Attempts
Receiving: 5 Targets; 4 Receptions
Total: 19 Touches
Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers, $5,500
Fournette is looking like the running back Bruce Arians wants to play moving forward. Leo out-snapped Ronald Jones ($5,300) 67 percent to 30 percent last week. In two of Fournette’s previous three games, he’s eclipsed 20 routes run and has become the passing-down back in this offense. The Panthers couldn’t stop Fournette in Week 2. He finished as the RB3 overall in DraftKings scoring, recording 12 attempts for 103 yards with two touchdowns and four catches on five targets for 13 receiving yards (30.6 DKFP).
Rushing: 14 Attempts
Receiving: 5 Targets; 3 Receptions
Total: 17 Touches
J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team at Detroit Lions, $4,900
Alex Smith ($5,200) will be the starting quarterback this week, which means a ton of checkdowns. When Smith isn’t peppering Terry McLaurin ($6,800) with targets, he’ll be sending multiple looks McKissic’s way. Smith has passed to the RB on 18 percent of his throws so far, one of the highest marks in the NFL. With 14 targets last week and back-to-back eight target games in Week 4 and 5, McKissic should return value based on his ultra-high usage in the passing game, similar to James White in New England in past seasons.
Rushing: 4 Attempts
Receiving: 8 Targets; 8 Receptions
Total: 12 Touches
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