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 2021-2022 NFL DFS season.

Top Plays

Austin Ekeler ($8,400 FD, $7,900 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Ravens 24.50 93.2 6 28.84

While the Ravens are allowing less than 100 yards per rushing a game, it is a bit surprising to see that they are still allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to the running back position on the season. A lot of this falls into running backs as receivers, as running backs vs the Ravens have the second-most receiving yards in the NFL with 342 receiving yards through five games. Ekeler on the season has 25 targets and has caught 23 of those for 194 yards and three receiving touchdowns to go along with his four rushing touchdowns. Ekeler has done a ton of damage as a rusher this year, but to reach his ceiling we already know we are targeting him for his passing game upside. Ekeler vs. a defense that is allowing the second-most yardage to running backs in the passing game makes the ceiling in this one pretty high. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding Christian McCaffery and Dalvin Cook this week, Ekeler tops my charts.

Joe Mixon ($7,000 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
Lions 25.25 130.2 6 29.58

While Joe Mixon was a little banged up during and after his game with Green Bay, he has avoided any injury reports to this point. Mixon has been quiet over his last four games, only topping 90 yards one time in all of them. Mixon has only rushed for over 100 yards once this season and that was back in week one against Minnesota. However, with fellow back Semaj Perine landing on the Covid list, it could be a one-man backfield (albeit Chris Evans will get some work) for Mixon and the Bengals against the Lions this week. The Lions are allowing over 130 yards rushing per game and the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs in the NFL. The way this game script is lining up is very favorable and the price makes it that much more appealing.

Value Plays

Devontae Booker ($5,900 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
Rams 20.00 117.2 3 24.38

While this isn’t the best matchup on paper, Saquon Barkley is doubtful to play this week which propels Booker into a starting role at a pretty cheap price. In relief last week, Booker took 16 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown while adding three catches on four targets for 16 yards and another touchdown. The yardage wasn’t there for Booker in the running game, and the Rams rush defense ranks near the middle of the league for yardage. However, there isn’t anyone really challenging Booker for touches here and the Giants are already a bit banged up all around. Booker should play a significant role this weekend and his price point is very affordable – especially so on FanDuel.

Darrel Williams ($5,200 FD, $4,900 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Washington Football Team 31.25 114.4 2 25.40

With Clyde Edwards-Helaire out for the Chiefs, Darrel Williams stepped into the starter’s role last Sunday night against the Bills. While Williams’ final line of five carries for 27 yards and three catches for 18 yards isn’t that appealing, we need to consider more than the final fantasy line. The Chiefs played from behind this entire game and it led to Patrick Mahomes attempting a career-high 54 passing attempts. In short, the rushing game had no chance in this one no matter who was lining up in the backfield. Williams still managed five targets in the passing game and all things considered 7.5 fantasy points was a decent salvage for the weather conditions and the fact the Bills won by 18. While the Football Team of Washington has only allowed two rushing touchdowns on the year, they are still allowing 25.40 total fantasy points to the position. No one is really going to challenge Williams for carries at this point and the Washington Football team has allowed six touchdowns to running backs in the passing game, which is the most in the NFL by two. Williams should not only see a larger share of carries in a more favorable game script, but also has the pass-catching upside.

About James Smizek

James is a Daily Fantasy Sports Veteran dating all the way back to his days of writing content on DraftStreet.com for contest tickets. James specializes in College Football - qualifying for the CFB World Championship in 2018, though you can find his content for NFL, NBA, MLB, and NASCAR on FantasyCruncher. James also picked up some new tricks during the Covid/sports shutdown, carving out a niche in League of Legends, Rocket League, and Call of Duty eSports. A winner of multiple large field GPP's, James hopes his knowledge can help you take down the next one. James currently resides in Wisconsin and is a huge Wisconsin sports fan. If you have any questions you can reach out to him @iKezims on Twitter.

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