Week 12 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.

Thanksgiving Slate

Ezekiel Elliott ($8,400 FD, $8,000 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Raiders 28.75 132.1 10 26.73

I wish the Cowboys would do the right thing and give Elliott a week off to rest his injury and give us a week of Tony Pollard. If that were to actually happen I would be one of the happiest people alive. The odds of that happening are slim to none however and that means we should probably fire up Elliott. Elliott despite being obviously hurt still is putting up solid fantasy numbers. Elliott has at least 50 yards rushing in seven of his ten games this season and at least two catches in all but one game including at least three catches in five straight games. Elliott has produced double-digit fantasy points in all but the week one game against the Bucs. Elliott has not only been consistent which is hard to say about most running backs on this slate but the match-up against the Raiders is also a great one. The Raiders have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards per game and seventh-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season.

David Montgomery ($7,500 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
Lions 22.25 140.5 11 28.42

Montgomery has not been great since returning from injury but he has not been bad either with at least 65 total yards in each of those games. This week is a week that I feel Montgomery breaks out as the match-up with the Lions is one of the juiciest in the NFL. The Lions have allowed the second-most rushing yards per game and third-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season. Montgomery also already ran wild against them earlier in the season. In that week four game which if I remember correctly is the game that Montgomery actually suffered his injury, Montgomery ran for 106 yards and two scores on his way to 25.6 fantasy points.

Main Slate Top Plays

Najee Harris ($8,800 FD, $8,200 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Bengals 20.50 98.0 9 26.86

Harris struggled in his first career game against the Bills but since then he has been one of the best running backs in the NFL at least from a fantasy perspective. Harris has at least 16 fantasy points in each of his other nine games outside of week one. Harris has thrived the most in the passing game as he is averaging 5.33 catches for 37 yards in those games to go along with his 71.11 rushing yards. It is that passing game work that really attracts me to Harris this week as the Bengals have struggled to cover running backs in the passing game. This season the Bengals have allowed the most receptions, most targets, and fifth-most receiving yards to running backs. The last time Harris played the Bengals he caught 14 of 19 targets for 102 yards on his way to 31.2 fantasy points.

A.J. Dillon ($6,900 FD, $5,900 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Rams 24.25 105.2 9 22.79

Some people might say Dillon was bust last week but I am not one of those people. While Dillon did not put up a monster fantasy game last week in his first career start he was far from a bust with 53 rushing yards and six catches for 44 yards on his way to 15.7 fantasy points. Dillon has now produced at least 13 fantasy points in three straight games. With Aaron Jones likely to miss another game I don’t see why Dillon doesn’t have another double-digit fantasy point outing.

Main Slate Value Plays

Melvin Gordon ($6,300 FD, $5,300 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Chargers 22.75 145.1 13 26.38

Gordon is not a player that is really on my radar week to week but maybe that should change as he is producing. Gordon has scored at least one touchdown in four straight games for the Broncos and has double-digit fantasy points in five straight games. While Gordon is a little touchdown-dependent to have these solid games as he has only rushed for over 50 yards once in his past six games I think we can see a solid game from Gordon this week even if he doesn’t score. The reason I feel this way is due to the match-up against the Chargers. The Chargers have allowed the most rushing yards per game, second-most rushing yards per attempt, and ninth-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season.

Rex Burkhead ($5,700 FD, $4,200 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Jets 23.25 132.0 20 37.46

Ty Johnson is the running back you should probably roster in the Texans-Jets game with Michael Carter out but I wanted to give you a running back that is likely going to be less than five percent owned if not less than one percent owned that I feel might break the slate. Burkhead is that running back. There are two reasons I feel this way. The first is due to the fact that Burkhead got 18 carries last week for the Texans and the Texans have since released Phillip Lindsay. That shows me that Burkhead at the very least is going to split time with David Johnson moving forward if not take over in his place. The second reason I feel Burkhead might break the slate is the match-up with the Jets. The Jets have allowed the most rushing touchdowns this season by a wide margin, are allowing the fifth-most rushing yards per game, and most fantasy points per game to the position.

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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