Le'Veon Bell

We’ll trek through the trenches and project which tailbacks will get the touches and targets in their matchups necessary for us to succeed. Enough postulating and posturing (and enough alliterations), let’s get to it. Oh yea, Christian McCaffrey is not on the main slate, we’re all doomed.


STUDS

Alvin Kamara, NO at JAX, $8,000

Hello Kamara chalk, nice to meet you! I don’t care and nor should you about Kamara’s ownership this week; we just saw Christian McCaffrey put up close to 50 DKFP against the Jaguars last week. With the other top running backs in negative matchups, Kamara should be a “set it and forget it” play. Click it and move on.

Projections

Rushing: 17 attempts
Receiving: 6 Targets; 5 Receptions
Total: 22 Touches

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kamara (ankle) is questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Jaguars.


Le’veon Bell, NYJ v. DAL, $6,400

We look for volume in fantasy football and Bell has it in spades; he’s averaging 88% of the snaps, 85% of the team’s run plays and 35% of the targets through the first five weeks. Yet, Bell only has one receiving touchdown and zero rushing scores so far. Bell should be a prime candidate for positive touchdown regression against a Cowboys defense which just gave up four TDs to Aaron Jones last week.

Projections

Rushing: 17 attempts
Receiving: 7 Targets; 6 Receptions
Total: 23 Touches


Derrick Henry, TEN at DEN, $6,100

Steady as they come, Henry is averaging 19.6 carries per game, which ranks top-3 through Week 5. It’s the same story with Henry – deploy him in positive game scripts and watch him work. Even though the Titans are underdogs coming into this week, they should have no issues running the ball against a Broncos team who let Leonard Fournette ($6,700) go for 225 yards on 29 attempts. Even though he doesn’t catch the ball, Henry has a chance to break the slate this week.

Projections

Rushing: 22 attempts
Receiving: 2 Targets; 1 Receptions
Total: 23 Touches


VALUES

Joe Mixon, CIN at BAL, $5,500

Slowly, but surely Mixon’s running style should reflect how we need to approach every week with Mixon: Patience. This may seem like a tough matchup on paper, but their defense has given up the most rushing touchdowns (7) this season. A lot of Baltimore’s defensive stats against the run came at the hands of Nick Chubb ($7,300) a couple of weeks ago and Mixon has the ceiling to do the same, it’s just a matter exploiting the opportunity when it comes. Take the $600 price reduction and pay up elsewhere.

Projections

Rushing: 15 attempts
Receiving: 5 Targets; 3 Receptions
Total: 18 Touches


Adrian Peterson, WAS at MIA, $4,500

This may be — check that — this WILL be the only time we play Peterson all season. Washington is a mess, but can we say Miami is worse than Washington? I truly have no clue who’s ‘Tanking for Tua’ more, but both ‘starting’ running backs on each team are in play this week. The Dolphins stink and stats aren’t needed to emphasize this point. If you need one, the ‘Fins have given up the third-most rushing attempts to opposing running backs (32.25) this season.

Projections

Rushing: 20 Attempts
Receiving: 1 Targets; 1 Receptions
Total: 21 Touches


Kenyan Drake, MIA v. WAS, $4,400

Speaking of hot garbage, Washington has given up a little more than 32 attempts per game and the second most DKFP to opposing running backs this season. Don’t be fooled by their DVOA ranking of 18th against the run, they’re bad. Washington has given up 100-plus yards rushing in four out of five weeks. Again, this may be the only time we’re playing both ‘starting’ running backs so take advantage and the cost savings…if you need it.

Projections

Rushing: 12 Attempts
Receiving: 4 Targets; 4 Reception
Total: 16 Touches


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