If you’re a DFS player, you know that a successful lineup has to have a solid combination of big-name star power players that are known commodities with a few high-upside players that provide a little more bang for your buck.
If you pay up for a big name in your daily fantasy lineup, you definitely cannot afford for that player to put up a dud of a game in your lineup.
So here are three running backs that will likely provide some of the worst value for Week 7. Values from DraftKings.
Saquon Barkley (NYG) - $8,900
Barkley is ready to make his return for the New York Giants offense in Week 7 after missing the previous few games with an ankle injury. In his first game back from injury, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Giants take it a little slower with Barkley out of the gate, and against the Arizona Cardinals and the 8th-best rushing defense this week, Barkley might not be missing much. With lingering concerns over his ankle and a tough matchup this week, there’s just no sense in paying a premium for Barkley as the most expensive running back in daily fantasy this week.
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) - $8,100
Speaking of expensive running backs with unfavorable matchups, look no further than the second-most expensive running back available this week in Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are hosting their NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles this week in Jerry’s World, but the Eagles have been notoriously bad against the pass (Kirk Cousins just threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns against them, remember?). This means the Dallas offense will likely flow through the arm of Dak Prescott as opposed to the legs of Zeke Elliott.
Le’Veon Bell (NYJ) - $6,000
The New York Jets have their work cut out for them this week against the league’s best defense through the season’s first six weeks in the New England Patriots. If Tom Brady and the New England offense bounces back after a tough few weeks, the Jets might be forced to abandon the run early in the hopes that Sam Darnold is able to carry the team to a victory. This could very well be the week that the Patriots’ defense comes crashing back to earth, but it could also be another week of the same ole, same ole with the opposing running back held in check.
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