DFS Roundtable: Running Back Storylines

The DFS team discusses the key running back storylines for Week 12

Which player-backfield-storyline is moving the needle on your Week 12 lineups?

  • Christian McCaffrey lapping the field in salary, is he a fade due to cost or is the low-hanging fruit a cash-game must?
  • Nick Chubb-Kareem Hunt split with Chubb's receiving work decreases, but does it matter against Miami this week?
  • Saquon Barkley coming off his season-worst game at Chicago. Any risk of him being rested in-game even if not missing full games down the stretch?
  • Is Le'Veon Bell a strong play with the Jets drawing the Raiders and Bell not a high-level salary?
  • David Montgomery with quarterback questions and two down games in a row, promising Giants matchup in Week 12.
  • Buying Bo Scarbrough at all against Washington after seeing starter touches for the Lions last week?
  • Derrius Guice flashed in minimal playing time with his Week 11 debut. How does this backfield shake out down the stretch?

Jason Wood

  • Saquon Barkley coming off his season-worst game at Chicago. Any risk of him being rested in-game even if not missing full games down the stretch?
Barkley isn't healthy, and the Giants don't have much left to play for, other than their coach's job and perhaps momentum heading into the offseason in terms of establishing where the truest needs are and where the roster is okay. As a Barkley owner in quite a few redraft leagues, I'm skeptical he'll be an asset in starting lineups down the stretch. And he's too important to risk damaging his 2020 value for some extra statistical milestones this year.

  • Is Le'Veon Bell a strong play with the Jets drawing the Raiders and Bell not a high-level salary?
I have difficulty buying into Bell as a must-start DFS asset. He's been largely ineffective all season, on a per-touch basis, and the Jets aren't going to have a positive game script very often. The Raiders are quietly a good team, with momentum, and an ability to control the game with Josh Jacobs. Bell is no longer matchup-proof because he's not getting the snap share or passing targets that always cushioned his floor in Pittsburgh.

  • Buying Bo Scarbrough at all against Washington after seeing starter touches for the Lions last week?
Why not? The Lions have been searching for an offensive identity all year, and since Kerryon Johnson went on Injured Reserve, it's been a revolving door of failed experiments. Until last week, when Scarbrough got the start and ran hard in spite of being signed just a few days prior. With a week of practices under his belt and an incremental understanding of the playbook, Scarbrough projects as an enticing lottery ticket against a suspect Washington defense.

Phil Alexander

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