DFS Roundtable: Changing Running Back Depth Charts

The DFS team discusses the recent changes to running back depth charts ahead of Week 7

Which backfield are you attracted to for Week 7 DFS lineups? Are some 'stay away until further notice?'

Phil Alexander

  • Rams - If Gurley misses again, I'd gladly buy up last week's busted chalk, Malcolm Brown, in a cakewalk matchup against the Falcons. Brown played on 68% of the snaps in Week 6 and he could be in for much more assuming Atlanta is unable to force a negative game script on the Rams. Darrell Henderson looked electric on a few runs last week and would be deserving of low exposure in GPPs.
  • Saints - Alvin Kamara came into last week's game with an ankle injury and left with a knee injury. Even if he plays, he's impossible to trust on the road in Chicago. Josh Jacobs' success in London against the Bears rush defense in Week 5 was most likely an aberration. Latavius Murray ($5,100 on DraftKings) is priced at his ceiling in this matchup, even if Kamara scratches.
  • Chargers - Melvin Gordon III's return has been a crime against fantasy football. There's still GPP appeal in the Chargers' backfield moving forward but a game in Tennessee with a 38.5-point implied total is probably not the spot to chase it.
  • Washington - Adrian Peterson was a bell-cow in his first game under interim head coach Bill Callahan, touching the ball 25 times. But he was also blessed with a run-heavy game script against the worst defense in the NFL. Expect the opposite this week in San Francisco. He belongs in 0% of your Week 7 lineups.
  • Giants - If Saquon Barkley is back, I'm finding a way to squeeze him under the cap. Even Devonta Freeman (118 total yards and two touchdowns) was able to get on track against the Cardinals last week. Should Barkley miss again, Wayne Gallman is a fine play (assuming he clears the concussion protocol), though DraftKings did a nice job pricing him so he's far from a free square ($5,500).

Justin Bonnema

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