In NFL DFS, if you’re going to spend up, you must be sure you’ll be getting bang for your buck. For example, a player worth $6,000 who scores 24 points has quadrupled, or 4Xed, their salary, which can send you zooming up the standings. Those are the guys we want throughout the lineup. At the same time, you don’t want to invest big on a player only for them to underwhelm at the expense of a significant portion of your DFS budget. Here are our best and worst running back plays at DraftKings for Week 7.
BEST: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints ($7,900)
How could this week’s most expensive running back make the list of the best options in DFS this week? Because Alvin Kamara might be the entirety of the New Orleans Saints offense this week against the Carolina Panthers 31st-ranked defense against opposing running backs in 2020. Without Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (Covid), the New Orleans Saints will have to rely on Kamara and Latavius Murray, in both the run game and passing game, if the Saints want any hope of beating the Carolina Panthers.
WORST: Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers ($6,600)
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That’s the last running back to rush for over 100 yards against a New Orleans Saints defense. While the Saints defense has been historically bad in the recent past, it has been under-the-radar as one of the NFL’s better units of late against the run. And it’s not like the Saints have faced slouches at the position: Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Dalvin Cook... many have tried, and none have succeeded to break the century mark against the Saints defense. Mike Davis? Good luck.
BEST: Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills ($5,800)
The New York Jets very well could be the worst team in the NFL right now. And facing the Buffalo Bills, one of the NFL’s better offenses, this could be another step in getting Trevor Lawrence to the New York Jets. If Bills are able to take care of business against the Jets, it might be time for the Bills to see what they have in Devin Singletary to grind out the clock. Even if just in garbage time, Singletary should be able to put up decent rushing totals against the 4th-worst rush defense in the NFL.
WORST: DeAndre Swift, Detroit Lions ($5,400)
The Detroit Lions are facing the Atlanta Falcons this week, in a game that could get out of hand early if the Falcons have truly re-found themselves after the firing of Dan Quinn. If the Falcons are able to jump out to an early lead against the Lions behind Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley, then the Lions could be forced to abandon the run in hopes of giving the Falcons another blown-lead loss.