DFS Roundtable: Betting on Rushing Attacks

The DFS team discusses rushing offense matchups for Week 9

What rushing attack storylines are of most interest for Week 9?
  • Bills huge home favorites over Washington. Gore-Singletary committee in full effect
  • Derrick Henry lack of passing game involvement continues and low Vegas total at Carolina
  • Miles Sanders exits Week 8 with a shoulder injury, Jordan Howard rumbles to big volume, versus Bears Week 9
  • Buying David Mongomery after breakout Week 8? Now at Philadelphia
  • What to make of Chiefs RBBC? Does Patrick Mahomes II possibly playing in Week 9 change your DFS outcome for the backfield vs. Minnesota?
  • Dolphins backfield without Kenyan Drake? Short home underdog vs. Jets
  • Lions backfield post-Kerryon Johnson: Tra Carson starts but three-headed committee plus Paul Perkins seeing snaps. High Vegas total at Oakland
  • What to make of Chargers backfield heading into home matchup against Green Bay?

JUSTIN BONNEMA

  • Bills huge home favorites over Washington. Gore-Singletary committee in full effect: I’m avoiding this situation, especially since Josh Allen is the best runner on the team and has the best matchup.
  • Derrick Henry lack of passing game involvement continues and low Vegas total at Carolina: I have don’t have interest in the Titans offense. They won last week but it wasn’t a great performance. Henry remains touchdown-dependent despite his rushing volume. Avoid.
  • Miles Sanders exits Week 8 with a shoulder injury, Jordan Howard rumbles to big volume, versus Bears Week 9: if Sanders misses, there’s no doubt that the narrative of Howard vs. his old team will cause his ownership to explode unless the subpar matchup scares the crowd off. He’s going to be a key to the slate this week and looks like a solid play due to volume alone.
  • Buying David Mongomery after breakout Week 8? Now at Philadelphia: I want to buy, but the Bears’ offense is enough to keep me away from Montgomery.
  • What to make of Chiefs RBBC? Does Patrick Mahomes II possibly playing in Week 9 change your DFS outcome for the backfield vs. Minnesota? This backfield hasn’t been trustworthy or usable for a while. That doesn’t change against the Vikings even if Mahomes comes back.
  • Dolphins backfield without Kenyan Drake? Short home underdog vs. Jets: When lineups lock, there’s only a nonzero chance that a single offensive player from the Dolphins will be on my rosters.
  • Lions backfield post-Kerryon Johnson: Tra Carson starts but three-headed committee plus Paul Perkins seeing snaps. High Vegas total at Oakland: The Lions could barely get the run game working when Johnson was healthy. I certainly don’t trust it with the personnel they have now. It’s also a poor matchup against a decent, if not solid, Raiders’ run defense.
  • What to make of Chargers backfield heading into home matchup against Green Bay? Tough to get behind either running back, even if the matchup appears favorable. If I do chase this situation, I’ll go with Ekeler and his usage in the passing attack. He’s looked great all season and it’s coaching malpractice to play Gordon over him. Perhaps Ken Whisenhunt’s exit will fix things.

JAMES BRIMACOMBE

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