DFS Roundtable: Strong Favorite Running Backs

The DFS team discusses the strong favorite running backs for Week 3

Near or surpassing touchdown favorites in Week 3, include the following running back situations. Which are targets or avoid DFS plays?

  • Packers at home against Denver, Aaron Jones splash performer in Week 2, top-15 level running back salary on many sites
  • Eagles shifting to Miles Sanders as solid touchdown favorites at home against Detroit, but Sanders yet to do much through two games
  • Vikings hearty favorites over Oakland, at home, Dalvin Cook zooming up to top-5 running back salaries after two impressive games
  • Patriots huge favorites at home against the Jets, are they back to committee approach at running back? Can Sony Michel be trusted?
  • Cowboys more than two-touchdown favorites against DFS target Miami defense. Is Ezekiel Elliott the chalk play of the week despite high salary? Any risk of Tony Pollard seeing enough second half time to siphon Elliott's value?

PHIL ALEXANDER

  • I'm cautiously optimistic Aaron Jones can keep it going. The Broncos have to be deflated after last week's walk-off loss to Chicago and could show up flat as eight-point underdogs in Green Bay. It's the right game script for Jones, who piled up 27 touches after the Packers got out to a three-touchdown lead over the Vikings last week. But a strong chance exists Jones' usage remains game-flow dependent. Jamaal Williams still played on 47% of the team's offensive snaps against Minnesota and will be a thorn in Jones' side if Green Bay doesn't run away with this one.
  • The Eagles haven't exactly shifted to Miles Sanders, who is still playing less than 50% of the team's snaps. As much as the fantasy community wishes it weren't the case, Sanders is mired in a three-way committee and doesn't have much of a ceiling.
  • A healthy Dalvin Cook has been fun to watch and play in DFS. Keep rolling out high exposure until he's priced next to Ezekiel Elliott.
  • No New England running back can ever truly be trusted. But the same Patriots defense that has yet to allow a touchdown this season will be facing off against Luke Falk in Foxboro. Michel should be in line for 20+ carries for the second-straight game and his touchdown expectation is as high as any running back's on the slate.
  • I wouldn't want to be caught without Elliott in cash this week. 20 carries, 100 yards, and one touchdown are close to a median projection against this Dolphins team.

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