Derrick Henry

The NFL is back in Week 9 and we have our first running back priced at $10,000 – Christian McCaffrey. You’re good CMC, actually you’re really good, but this is ‘Rodeo Drive’ expensive my guy. Pass. 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.


STUDS

Dalvin Cook, MIN at KC, $9,500

I know I mentioned $10,000 was too rich for my blood, but it’s not only due to CMC’s price, the matchup isn’t a lock with the Titans giving up the 11th lowest DKFP to opposing RBs. Cook at his price, on the other hand, has a tasty matchup against the Chiefs, who are allowing the most DKFP per game to opposing RBs (32.7). Cook has gained 19 of more PPR fantasy points in all weeks except one. Cheers.

Projections

Rushing: 24 attempts
Receiving: 4 Targets; 4 Receptions
Total: 28 Touches


Le’Veon Bell, NYJ at MIA, $7,700

It’s bittersweet Bell wasn’t shipped out before yesterday’s trade deadline. On one hand, getting Bell on a team who wants and knows how to use him would’ve been exciting, but on the other hand, Bell’s schedule is amazing with Miami this week, followed by the Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals and Dolphins again. Bell is still on the field a bunch and we just saw James Conner Hulk-smash the ‘Fins, rushing for 145 yards. Coach Adam Gase NEEDS to get his touches up, cause you know…there’s no one else there, Adam.

Projections

Rushing: 23 attempts
Receiving: 7 Targets; 5 Receptions
Total: 28 Touches


Derrick Henry, TEN @ CAR, $5,700

It seems like I’m playing Henry every week, but his price is fair and his matchup sets up for a positive game script even though they’re road underdogs in Carolina. His weekly touchdown upside makes him a decent cash play even if he doesn’t get the targets and receptions. Over the last three weeks, Carolina is fourth in opponent red zone scoring attempts per game (4).

Projections

Rushing: 17 attempts
Receiving: 2 Targets; 1 Receptions
Total: 18 Touches


VALUES

Phillip Lindsay, DEN v. CLE, $5,300

Cleveland did not win last week despite Jarvis Landry’s prognostication, but they now get to take out their ‘anger’ (if they’re not already angry) out on the Denver Broncos who will be starting Brandon Allen ($4,100), who’s been in the league since 2016, but has zero starts. With Emmanuel Sanders ($4,600) gone, Allen will need to rely heavily on his backfield with the Browns’ defense licking their chops. Lindsay is only getting 48% of the snaps, but saw five targets last week, the most he’s seen since Week 3.

Projections

Rushing: 13 attempts
Receiving: 7 Targets; 5 Receptions
Total: 18 Touches


Melvin Gordon, LAC v. GB $5,000

Is it still the preseason for Gordon? He’s carried the ball less than nine times twice since being back and hasn’t eclipsed 32 rushing yards. Austin Ekeler ($6,000) is the better running back for this offense and it would’ve been fantastic if Gordon was dealt in a trade yesterday, but nothing materialized. The Chargers’ backfield may remain an enigma, but the matchup will be tough to pass up going up against the Packers run defense, which give up the seventh most DKFP per game (28.1) and the second most touchdowns (8) to the running back position. Hit paydirt again this week, Melvin.

Projections

Rushing: 12 Attempts
Receiving: 3 Targets; 3 Receptions
Total: 15 Touches


Tarik Cohen, CHI at PHI, $4,200

David Montgomery ($5,200) finally had a solid game last week, but will get a touch matchup against the Eagles run defense, which allows the sixth least DKFP per game to their opponent’s running backs. Cohen gets a $500 price decrease from last week and the Eagles have not been good at defending the pass. Nagy has shown his proclivity to toss the rock when the going gets tough in the run game, which bodes well for the speedy pass-catching back in Chicago. Cohen ran 29 routes against the Saints in Week 7, which was the third most among RBs.

Projections

Rushing: 8 Attempts
Receiving: 9 Targets; 8 Reception
Total: 16 Touches


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