Week 17 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 ($10,200 FD, $9,400 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Texans 31.50 151.7 20 33.2

Henry is uber-expensive on this slate but I don’t see how you fade him as he should dominate the Texans’ run defense. The Texans have allowed the second-most rushing yard per game this season, the most rushing yards per attempt, and the most fantasy points per game to running backs this season. Henry also has a history of destroying the Texans. Henry has run for over 200 yards with at least two scores and over 40 fantasy points in his last two games against the Texans. We also don’t have to worry about Henry getting limited playing time as most players do during the final week of the season as the Titans have to win to make the playoffs.

Jonathan Taylor ($8,400 FD, $7,400 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Jaguars 31.75 145.3 21 29.7

It took the Colts long enough to turn over the keys to Taylor but better late than never when it comes to Taylor. In the five games since becoming the Colts feature back, Taylor is averaging 97.6 rushing yards per game and 2.6 catches for 19 yards. Taylor has scored a touchdown in four straight games and has at least 19 fantasy points in each of those games. Taylor is not just putting up the huge numbers but like Derrick Henry, he is in a must win game as the Colts also need a win to make the playoffs. The Jaguars are also an elite of elite match-ups as they rank in the bottom five in rushing yards allowed per game, rushing touchdowns allowed, and fantasy points allowed per game to running backs this season.

Value Plays

Latavius Murray ($5,500 FD, $5,600 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Panthers 26.75 118.7 16 26.9

Alvin Kamara scored six touchdowns on Christmas and his gift to the world was to miss this week’s game albeit under unfortunate conditions so everyone can roster Murray as an elite value play. When I say everyone I do mean everyone as Murray is going to be the chalk of the chalk this week. While I normally hate eating chalk I am okay with it with Murray as Murray is not a normal backup running back. Murray would be an elite starting running back for most other teams and has put up big numbers the past two times Kamara has missed a game. Murray had 157 total yards and two scores on his way to 39.7 fantasy points last season when Kamara missed a game and in the game, he missed earlier in this season he had 150 total yards and two scores on his way to 35 fantasy points.

Rodney Smith ($4,900 FD, $4,000 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Saints 20.75 95.2 10 18.5

The Saints are about as bad of a match-up as you can get for a running back. This season they have allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game, only one 100-yard rusher and that was due to a 70 plus yard run, and the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs. This is a defense that frankly I don’t target running backs against. With that being said I am a sucker for a near minimum priced running back who is projected for 20 plus touches which is what we have with Rodney Smith this week due to Mike David and Christian McCaffrey out for the Panthers.

Alexander Mattison ($5,000 FD)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Lions 30.00 135.5 25 32.1

I am not really a fan of Mattison on DraftKings where they have him priced up at $6,100 in salary. On FanDuel however, I personally don’t see how you don’t roster Mattison with Dalvin Cook out. Yes, I know Mattison bombed big time last time Cook was out but I just don’t see him putting up another dud this week. Mattison has shown time and time again that he is a very talented back. This season Mattison is averaging 4.9 yards per touch and has had 6.7% of his carries go for over 15 yards which is the fourth-highest mark in the NFL. The Lions are also about as good of a match-up as you are going to find for a running back. This season the Lions are allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game, have allowed the most rushing touchdowns, and are allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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