Adrian Peterson and Bryce Brown were far and away the best running backs to tote the pigskin last week, but it’s now time to breakdown the match-ups and predict which RB has the best match-up to lead your fantasy team to victory.
If you failed to qualify for your season-long league’s playoffs, don’t fret, there’s still a plethora of options for you to still partake in the L/4 weeks of the regular season. Take your action over to DraftKings where you can either draft a team for free in their Week 14 $1000 Freeroll, join the Double-Ups, High Roller, Medium & Low Opens, or earn as many tickets as possible in all the $250K Main Event Qualifiers.
Here’s a look at some of my most and least favorite rock toters heading into one of the most important weeks of the fantasy football season.
DeMarco Murray RB Dallas Cowboys ($6,400) Those that drafted DeMarco in the first couple rounds of their season-long fantasy draft have had to stare at him supplanted on their bench for a bulk of the season. But now that the Cowboys are making a desperate push for the playoffs, he’s healthy and offers up some exceptional value moving forward; especially after gouging the Eagles for 83 yards and a score on 23 carries last week. Cincinnati had given up DD fantasy points to RBs three of the L/4 weeks, and if “The Boys” are to pull out this must-have win on Sunday, he’ll be a major reason why.
Steven Jackson RB St. Louis Rams ($6,200) If only the Rams could play the 49ers every week of the season! Regardless, the Rams are looking to close out their regular season on a high, and for them to come out of Buffalo with only their 2nd road win of the season, SJax must show up! St. Louis’s formidable back has tallied DD fantasy points three of the L/4 weeks, and now gets to run into a Bills defense that’s overachieved vs. the run the L/2 weeks. To date, Buffalo is giving up 21.3 FPPG to opposing RBs and has allowed a league-worst 17 rushing tuddies. With him potentially acquiring his largest fantasy output of the season, how could you pass at this price?!
Bryce Brown RB Philadelphia Eagles ($8,000) So LeSean McCoy’s handcuff has run roughshod the L/2 weeks against the Panthers and Cowboys, and because of it, he’s now listed as the 5th most expensive RB at DraftKings for Week 14. Before you draft him to your roster and pay a pretty penny to do so know this, Tampa Bay possesses the #1 rushing defense in the league, and yes, that has to do with their pathetic semblance of a pass defense, but it’s still held three of the six RBs it faced at home to 11 points or less. With Foles no doubt looking to attack the secondary, he might not be worth the price of admission.
Frank Gore RB San Francisco 49ers ($5,600) Now the Niners will no doubt take to the gridiron seething mad about letting one get away from them in St. Louis last weekend, but that doesn’t mean they’ll distance themselves on the scoreboard versus a Miami defense that’s allowed an average of just 13.6 FPPG to opposing RBs on the year. The Fins are fully capable of shutting the Niners down on the ground, so look past Gore who saw his largest carry allotment of the year just last week.
**Week 14 Value Starts**
Alfred Morris RB Washington Redskins ($4,500) I don’t get it! Where’s the respect for this rookie?! He along with RG3 form one of the most electric ground attacks in the league, yet he possesses a lower salary than the wasted roster spot your using to hold onto Ryan Mathews – Come on man! He just ran for a buck 24 on the division rival Giants and should have absolutely no problem bowling-balling his way through a Ravens defense that’s masked its poor rush-stopping abilities due to poor weather and teams with underachievers in the backfield the L/5 weeks. Look for Morris to tally a huge score come Sunday!
Ahmad Bradshaw RB New York Giants ($5,200) Bradshaw has run exceptionally well in spots this season. He’s gone for DD each of the L/2 weeks versus the Packers and Redskins, and now he gets to set his sights on a Saints stop unit that’s given up an average of 20 FPPG to opposing RBs the L/3 weeks. Look for him to at least match that average this week making him a fantastic RB2 if you plan to go with the higher priced Peterson, Foster, Martin, or Rice in Week 14.