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DFS Roundtable: Underperforming Running Backs

The DFS team discusses underperforming running backs from Week 5

Running backs coming off notably weak performances offer bounce-back value with the right matchup and game script potential.

Who is one of the underperformers from Week 5 you trust in Week 6?

Justin Howe: He certainly hasn't been weak with his 6.1 yards-per-rush average, but Aaron Jones looks on the verge of a breakout. By far the most dynamic runner in the Green Bay backfield - and the only one capable of carrying a run game - Jones is still working through a split in backfield time with converted wideout Ty Montgomery and the anti-explosive Jamaal Williams. But we've seen that movie before - last year as a rookie, Jones shared snaps with those two before erupting onto the scene with a pair of 100-yard games. Jones let down a lot of DFSers last week with disappointing volume, but it's kept him a relatively cheap play, and he's one of my favorite GPP targets this week.

I'm also intrigued by David Johnson at a sub-$6,000 DraftKings salary. He's not producing much of anything on the ground, but there's rising volume here, and the Vikings have given up a ton of receiving yardage to opposing backs. Four have topped 44 yards already, and they haven't been the usual suspects - Kyle Juszczyk, Chris Ivory, and Wendell Smallwood are all on that list. The last two they've faced, Smallwood and Todd Gurley, each caught touchdowns. This still isn't a tasty rushing matchup, but it's a good reminder of Johnson's value as a three-down workhorse and weekly candidate for 25 touches. With the Vikings struggling and Johnson still catching passes, game flow may not be the problem we'd expected in this matchup.

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