Week 6 NFL DFS Running Back (RB) Targets For FanDuel & DraftKings

Welcome to the FC Insights Running Back Targets Article. In this post, we will be breaking down our top options and plays at the RB position for each DFS week of the 2020-2021 NFL DFS season.

Top Plays

Derrick Henry ($9,000 FD, $7,300 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Texans TBD 160.4 6 30.2

I love Henry almost every week as he is so involved in the Titans offense. Henry is averaging over 25 carries a game. Henry is not just involved but he always seems to produce. Henry has at least 100 yards rushing or two touchdowns in all but one game this season. This week we can expect more of the same from Henry as the Texans are about as an elite of match-up as they come. This season the Texans are allowing the second-most rushing yards per game and have allowed at least one rushing touchdown in four of their five games. The Texans have allowed at least seven fantasy points to eight running backs in their four games and are 30.2 fantasy points per game to the position which is the sixth-most in the NFL.

Alexander Mattison ($7,000 FD, $7,200 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Falcons 29.00 110.2 5 29.5

The sites did a great job of reacting to Dalvin Cook being out this week and instead of Mattison being dirt cheap they priced him up. The pricing increase should help lower Mattison’s ownership as if he was the $4,000 in salary he was last week he would be darn near 100% owned as Mattison looked great in place of Cook against the Seahawks. In that game which was basically a half of football Mattison carried 20 times for 112 yards and had three catches on three targets for 24 yards. Mattison should see similar touches in the Vikings run-heavy offense this week and I would be shocked if we didn’t see similar production as the Falcons are a great match-up for frankly anyone on offense. If we look at just how they have performed against running backs this season we will see that they are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the position.

James Robinson ($6,500 FD, $6,800 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Lions 25.75 170.3 6 33.3

Robinson destroyed my hopes and dreams last week as he sucked but I am expecting Robinson to bounce back and go over 100 total yards as he had in his three previous games prior to last week. The reason why I am expecting this to take place is due to the match-up against the Lions. The Lions are allowing 170.3 rushing yards per game which are by far the most in the NFL and have allowed six running backs to go for over 60 total yards in their four games with two of those six running backs going for over 100 total yards. If we look at just raw fantasy points we will also see that the Lions are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season.

Jonathan Taylor ($7,300 FD, $6,400 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Bengals 27.25 159.0 5 24.8

Taylor has not racked up a lot of yards since Marlon Mack went down for the season in week one as he has only eclipsed 80 total yards once in his four games but what he is missing in total yards he is making up for by finding pay dirt. Taylor has a touchdown in three of the four games since Mack’s injury. This week I am not only expecting Taylor to find the end zone once again but I am also expecting him to rack up some yards as he takes on the Bengals. The Bengals are allowing the third-most rushing yards per game this season and have allowed sux running backs to rush for at least 60 yards this season despite the fact that only one running back has over 20 rushing attempts against them this season.

Value Plays

Ronald Jones ($5,800 FD, $6,000 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Packers 26.00 105.8 5 36.3

Three weeks ago I wouldn’t touch Jones as the Buccaneers backfield was a mess but that is no longer the case as this is Jones backfield. Due to injuries the past two weeks to the rest of the running backs on the roster Jones has gotten to show what he can do. Jones has at least 20 total touches in each of those games and has rushed for 111 yards and 106 yards. Jones is averaging over five yards per carry in those games. Jones is not only getting it done on the ground but he has also been a big part of the Bucs passing game in those two weeks with nine catches on 14 total targets. Jones has not only been putting up big games as of late but I love the match-up for Jones as well as he takes on a Packers team that has struggled against pass-catching running backs and is allowing 36.3 fantasy points per game to the position this season which is second-most in the NFL.

Myles Gaskin ($5,700 FD, $5,400 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Jets 27.75 128.6 9 31.5

Gaskin might be my favorite running back on this slate when you factor in salary as I really like what we have seen from Gaskin this season. Gaskin has at least 6o total yards and nine fantasy points in each of his five games this season. Gaskin had been playing so well in fact that the Dolphins made Jordan Howard a healthy inactive last week and with Howard out of the picture the red zone carries went to Gaskin who in turn scored his first touchdown of the season. This week I am expecting Gaskin to score again especially if Howard is ruled out once again as he takes on a Jets team that has already allowed nine rushing touchdowns on the season. The Jets also have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season which also bodes well for Gaskin.

 

About Zach Qualtieri

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