Four teams are on a bye in Week 7 (Browns, Steelers, Panthers and Bucs) … again. Along with the teams on their required rest week, the main slate will also be without the Broncos, Chiefs, Jets, Patriots, Eagles and Cowboy. As always, 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.
Dalvin Cook, MIN @ DET, $8,000By a show of hands, how many of you guys and gals think Cook is better than Jamal Williams? Other than Williams, you Packers fans, Davante Adams and Williams’ family, ALL OF US DO. Jamal is a between the tackle runner who came back strong from an injury putting up 26.6 DKFP on 53% of the snaps on Monday night and now Dalvin, who only averages 68% of the snaps in Minnesota, gets a rushing defense who gives up the third most DKFP to the running back position. Click.
ProjectionsRushing: 20 attempts
Receiving: 5 Targets; 5 Receptions
Total: 25 Touches
Leonard Fournette, JAX @ CIN, $7,000Both he and Cook should be the cash-play chalk this week and I’m all for it. Fournette’s volume coupled with Cincy’s poor rush defense should be ‘fantasy gold’. The Jags fell back down to earth last week only putting up 226 total yards against a tough New Orleans Saints D/ST ($2,900), but now get a Bengals run D which hasn’t stopped anybody, giving up the most rush attempts and the most DKFP per game.
ProjectionsRushing: 23 attempts
Receiving: 6 Targets; 5 Receptions
Total: 28 Touches
Derrick Henry, TEN v. LAC, $5,800What a letdown last week. I gave him the “slate-breaker” moniker (sorry @SlatebBreakerDFS) and he put up a measly 4.3 DFKP against the Broncos. He gets a price reduction this week and gets the Chargers, who couldn’t stop the Devlin Hodges’ led Steelers team who put up 124 yards on the ground. Henry may not be breaking anything other than a few souls on the Chargers D with his running style, but he’s still a good play with four teams on a bye.
ProjectionsRushing: 19 attempts
Receiving: 2 Targets; 1 Receptions
Total: 21 Touches
Tevin Coleman, SF @ WAS, $5,600Wow. This 49ers team looks great. Their defense is fantastic and Kyle Shanahan has got this offense humming thanks in large part to their backfield ranking second in average yards per game and first in run play percentage this season. Coleman has averaged 18 total touches over his last two games and now has a cake matchup against a Washington defense which gives up the fifth most DKFP to the running back position.
ProjectionsRushing: 15 attempts
Receiving: 2 Targets; 2 Receptions
Total: 17 Touches
Matt Breida, SF @ WAS, $5,300I wouldn’t mind stacking this backfield because of how much they run the ball and although Breida only saw 36% of the snaps last week, he’s averaging the third-most rushing yards per attempt and is always a candidate to rip off a huge run with his elite speed.
ProjectionsRushing: 13 Attempts
Receiving: 4 Targets; 3 Receptions
Total: 16 Touches
Josh Jacobs, OAK @ GB, $5,000If you’re bargain shopping this week, Jacobs should be your guy. We don’t know how consistent his usage will be throughout the season, but he now has back-to-back games against the Bears and Colts in which he averaged 24 total touches and over 60% of the snaps. Here’s to hoping Oakland travels well to Lambeau and can play as well as they have over the last couple of weeks.
ProjectionsRushing: 14 Attempts
Receiving: 3 Targets; 2 Reception
Total: 16 Touches
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