Not much of a surprise that Matt Forte, DeMarco Murray and Arian Foster remain in the Top 3 salaries yet again this week. The trio has statistically dominated opponents all season, and they show no signs of letting up. Outside of the obvious, there are plenty of values to be had this week, as several highly-touted players entering the season have seen significant price drops lately.
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Matt Forte, CHI @ NE, $8,800 – Somewhat buried in the hype surrounding Murray, Forte enters the week as the top RB salary for the 3rd time this year. Aside from racking up 28 receptions over the past 3 games, he has also scored 5 TDs with 432 all-purpose yards. He enters Week 8 against a Patriots team that have been vulnerable to the run all year, and recently lost key defenders Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones to injury.
DeMarco Murray, WAS @ DAL, $8,600 – After a record-setting 7th consecutive 100-yard rushing game to start the season, Murray’s price is down $1,000 from last week. His 915 rushing yards are nearly 300 more than anyone else in the NFL. Murray has also produced 7 TDs and added 22 catches, leading the Cowboys to a 6-1 start. He has a nice chance to extend his record, facing the Redskins at home on Monday night.
Arian Foster, HOU @ TEN, $8,400 – Foster has been locked into the 3rd spot on the salary list the past 2 weeks after 3 stellar performances in a row. Over these games, he has produced 3 straight 100-yard rushing efforts with 5 TDs. Excluding Week 3, when he went down with a hamstring injury, he has averaged 122 rushing yards per game. He’s a superstar that somehow remains underrated.
Marshawn Lynch, SEA @ CAR, $7,100 – Entering Week 8 at the same price, Lynch has statistically cooled off as of late. He has been held without a TD in the past 2 games and without a 100-yard rushing effort since Week 1. The Seahawks have dropped the past 2 games to the Cowboys and Rams, with Lynch averaging only 14 carries. Look for them to get back to the run game early with Lynch getting closer to the 20-carry mark, a key metric to the team’s success.
Jamaal Charles, STL @ KC, $6,700 – Like Lynch, Charles also has not seen a change in price since last week, presenting another good value opportunity. He showcased his skills changing direction on a key TD run early; as the Chiefs went on to upset the 5-1 Chargers. Charles has 4 TDs over the past 3 games and returns home trying to get the Chiefs above .500 for the first time this year.
Five Mid-Priced Running Backs
Shane Vereen, CHI @ NE, $6,200 – With lead-back Stevan Ridley lost for the year, Vereen stepped up with 2 receiving TDs last week and his first double-digit carry game of the season. Clearly he is taking on a larger role in the Patriots backfield as he posted season highs in total yards, while carrying 8 more times than the any other RB. He also has the benefit of extra rest this week, coming off a Thursday night victory over the Jets.
Lamar Miller, MIA @ JAX, $6,000 – As the unquestioned feature back in Miami, Miller has scored in 3 straight games and now benefits from an upcoming trip to Jacksonville. For these reasons, his price has jumped up $700 since last week, and he hasn’t had a higher salary since Week 4. He has plenty of opportunity for his TD streak to continue and the Dolphins are playing well coming off a big win in Chicago.
LeSean McCoy, PHI @ ARI, $5,800 – McCoy enters Week 8 at his biggest discount of the year, which is $2,600 less than where he opened the season. Much of this can be attributed to a rough start and a stingy Arizona defense, but he is also coming off a bye following his best outing of the year. In the past 2 games he has posted his highest rushing totals, and seems like a great buy-low option at this price.
Justin Forsett, BAL @ CIN, $5,100 – After bouncing around to his 4th team in 6 years, history would suggest that his hot start would fizzle out over time. Contrarily, Forsett has enjoyed continued success since becoming the primary ballcarrier for the Ravens. He has averaged over 100 rushing yards the past 2 weeks, and also been a threat in the passing game with 23 receptions.
Jerick McKinnon, MIN @ TB, $4,900 – McKinnon posted his 2nd 100-yard rushing game of the year last week, cementing his role as the feature back in Minnesota. In both of these outings, he carried 18 and 19 times, and has only received double-digit carries in 3 games. He is clearly making the most of his opportunities and has a great matchup against the Buccaneers this weekend.
Five Low-Priced Value Running Backs
Denard Robinson, MIA @ JAX, $4,600 – Robinson has become an excellent story, converting from a college QB at Michigan to the starting RB in Jacksonville, where he turned in his first career 100-yard rushing performance last week. It is hard to project any success for a Jaguars RB behind such a weak offensive line, but Robinson is an electric athlete that can certainly make things happen in space. He could be worth a dice roll for his big play potential.
Tre Mason, STL @ KC, $4,400 – Coach Jeff Fisher has been hard to predict about how he will divvy up the carries, but Mason was given 18 last week, which led to the best outing of his young career. Benny Cunningham was the only other Rams RB to post a carry, and he finished with only 2. Mason is another big threat in space and seems to be the most explosive back on the roster. He has a tough test in Kansas City this week, but lots of upside.
Alfred Morris, WAS @ DAL, $4,200 – Hard to believe Morris has fallen all the way down to 26th on the RB salary list, especially with 2 teams on a bye this week. Like McCoy, he is priced the cheapest of the year, down $1,900 since Week 3. Despite his deficiencies in the passing game, he still has plenty of TD potential and could easily end his 3-game TD drought in Dallas on Monday night.
Bryce Brown, BUF @ NYJ, $3,400 – With C.J. Spiller on Injured Reserve and Fred Jackson lost for about a month with a groin injury, someone needs to step up in the Bills’ backfield. There is speculation around who will carry the bulk of the load between Brown and Anthony Dixon, but Brown is the flashier play. Heavily recruited out of high school, he has been hyped up over the years and will finally get his chance after being dealt to the Bills from Philadelphia, after the arrival of Darren Sproles.
Khiry Robinson, GB @ NO, $3,300 – Robinson took a backseat to Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram last week, after Ingram returned from injury. However, Thomas going down last week opens up another spot for him. He has found success in his opportunities this year averaging 5.2 YPC, and just 3 weeks ago scored the game-winning TD against the Buccaneers. He’ll have another opportunity to shine on primetime television this Sunday night.