Matt Forte becomes our first RB to reach the $10,000 mark this year. Week 9 previously represented the largest price differential between the top 2 RB spots, a gap of $900. This week he is priced $1,400 higher than runner-up DeMarco Murray, which is the biggest variance to date.
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Five Highest Priced Running Backs
Matt Forte, CHI @ GB, $10,000 – For a fifth of your entire team salary, you can own Forte this week but this will limit you to spending an average of $5,000 across your other 8 spots. Although pricey, he has been well worth the cost. In the month of October, he finished with 34 catches, 6 TDs, and 600 all-purpose yards. If you can fit him into your lineup he’s unlikely to disappoint.
DeMarco Murray, DAL @ JAX, $8,600 – Murray’s streak of 8 consecutive 100-yard rushing games to start a season screeched to a halt last weekend, largely due to the abysmal play of backup Brandon Weeden. The Cowboys got nothing going downfield the entire game, as top WRs Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams were held catch-less until garbage time on the final drive of the game. An unfortunate break for Murray, but he is likely to see Tony Romo return this weekend in an ideal matchup against the Jaguars in London.
Andre Ellington, STL @ ARI, $7,300 – Ellington debuts in the Top 3 this week at his highest price of the year, and a $2,200 boost from Week 6. Behind Ellington and the strong play of Carson Palmer, the Cardinals have quietly risen to the top seed in the NFC. Ellington had another nice effort last week with over 130 total yards and a score. He’ll be relied on heavily this weekend against a Rams defense that has given up 136 YPG, 3rd worst in the NFL.
Le’Veon Bell, PIT @ NYJ, $7,000 – The Steelers offense has exploded the past 2 weeks scoring 94 points, with 12 TDs produced by the arm of Ben Roethlisberger. Bell caught one of those TD passes last week, but finished with his lowest rushing total of the year. His price has likely stayed consistent due to this, but his 47 receptions keep him solidified as a top-tier PPR option.
Eddie Lacy, CHI @ GB, $6,900 – The Bears and Packers will square off at Lambeau Field Sunday night after both teams return from bye weeks. Lacy is coming off his biggest game of the year, where he posted 182 yards and 8 receptions in a Week 8 loss to the Saints. The cold weather should only benefit his physical running style as he looks to pick up the pace in the 2nd half of the year.
Five Mid-Priced Running Backs
Jamaal Charles, KC @ BUF, $6,400 – Charles enters Week 10 with his price plunging $2,600 since opening the season as our highest priced RB. He scored for his 3rd consecutive game against the Jets last weekend, making it 7 TDs on the year. The Chiefs are 4-1 since his return, and are now just a game back in the AFC West. Charles will have a big workload in Buffalo with the winner becoming 6-3, and a more realistic playoff contender.
Ronnie Hillman, DEN @ OAK, $6,100 – Hillman has quietly established himself as perhaps the best backfield fit for the Broncos offense. Injured teammate Montee Ball has averaged only 3 YPC this year, and Hillman has excelled in his absence. Over the past 4 games he has averaged over 100 YPC, while also contributing with 17 catches and 4 TDs. This production should continue as they face the winless Raiders this week.
Mark Ingram, SF @ NO, $5,900 – After posting just one game of 100 rushing yards in his first 3 seasons, Ingram has hit this mark in each of the past 2 weeks. Looking like a true bell-cow RB, Ingram has toted it 54 times for 282 yards over this span, while adding 3 TDs. With the other Saints RBs dinged up, he should once again receive a heavy workload as the Saints host the 49ers.
LeSean McCoy, PHI @ ARI, $5,800 – McCoy seems to finally be on the upswing, recording his 4 highest rushing games of the year, all during the month of October. His price is discounted $2,800 since the start of the year, likely due to his lack of scoring. He should get plenty of opportunities to run the ball with Nick Foles out, and still has a ton of upside at around 25 touches per game.
Denard Robinson, DAL @ JAX, $5,100 – Continuing to rise after being priced at the RB minimum just weeks ago, Robinson has thrived in a feature role. Since taking on a double-digit carry workload the past 3 games, he’s averaged 110 yards per game on the ground. Robinson has also punched in 2 TDs and achieved all of this production behind a terrible offensive line.
Five Low-Priced Value Running Backs
Darren Sproles, CAR @ PHI, $4,800 – Sproles returned last week and had a solid day adding 4 catches for 46 yards. With the Eagles losing Nick Foles, they will likely focus a lot of attention on establishing the run and making Mark Sanchez comfortable. He should be actively involved on Monday night alongside LeSean McCoy as the Eagles look to stay atop the NFC East.
Joique Bell, MIA @ DET, $4,200 –Bell is off to a slower start than last year, but he has scored in 2 of the last 3 games, and is getting the carries of an every-down back. After their Week 9 bye, Lions face a Dolphins team fresh off a 37-point shutout against the Chargers. Detroit looks to protect its division lead and Bell will be a big part of that effort.
Frank Gore, SF @ NO, $3,800 – San Francisco has dropped 2 straight games and is fading fast in the NFC West. Gore should become a focus again Sunday as the 49ers look to play to their strengths and get back to pounding the football. Getting him on track early is critical to opening up space in the passing game.
Tre Mason, STL @ ARI, $3,800 – With Zac Stacy never entering the game last week, Mason carried the ball 19 times and looks to be their most dynamic back. He added a spark Sunday as they upset San Francisco as 10-point underdogs. They are clearly excited about their 3rd round rookie back who has propelled them to wins in both the games he has received double-digit carries.
Charles Sims, ATL @ TB, $3,600 – The Buccaneers recently activated Sims off Injured Reserve and he could make his debut Sunday. Selecting him as the 4th RB off the board in this year’s draft, they have high expectations for the former Mountaineer. With Doug Martin being inactive last week, and generally inconsistent play at the position, he should get an opportunity soon. He’s certainly a flier play but offers value as our 43rd priced RB.