Week 9 offers a watered down player pool as the Falcons, Bills, Bears, Lions, Packers and Titans enter their bye weeks. Arian Foster has soared to the top of the list with the highest RB salary of the season. His price tag beats the previous high of $9,600 set by DeMarco Murray in Week 6.
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Five Highest Priced Running Backs
Arian Foster, PHI @ HOU, $9,900 – Foster’s price ballooned $1,500 since last week as he takes over the top spot on our salary list. Despite essentially missing 2 full games, he has the 2nd most rushing yards in the entire NFL. Last week, he notched his 2nd performance this month of over 150 rushing yards. Foster also closed the month of October with 8 TDs, with 4 exceptional efforts in a row.
DeMarco Murray, ARI @ DAL, $9,000 – With 8 consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Murray continued to extend his record, finishing with 221 all-purpose yards last week. From a rushing perspective, he is the first RB to eclipse the thousand-yard mark, with nearly 300 more yards on the ground than Foster. This is more rushing yards than Matt Forte and Marshawn Lynch combined.
Jamaal Charles, NYJ @ KC, $7,100 – There is a noticeable dropoff to the 3rd RB salary on our list this week, as Charles is priced almost $3,000 less than the top option. With 6 teams on byes, there is a clear premium being placed on the top 2 spots this week. After getting in the endzone 4 times in the past 3 games, he should provide plenty of production against the struggling Jets.
Le’Veon Bell, BAL @ PIT, $7,000 – Bell has the 3rd most rushing yards in the NFL, while also adding 42 catches. His lowest single-game rush total in 8 games is 57 yards and he has already passed the 1,000 all-purpose yard mark. Bell is also on pace for over 80 grabs, meaning he will continue to be heavily involved. He’s an exciting play in a divisional matchup on Sunday night against the Ravens.
Giovani Bernard, JAX @ CIN, $6,600 – The Bengals have floundered with A.J. Green out of the lineup, but his potential return this weekend should boost the value of Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Always a great matchup to face the Jaguars at home, but Bernard has struggled the last 2 weeks. Look for him to get back on track Sunday as the Bengals try to get back to their winning ways.
Five Mid-Priced Running Backs
Marshawn Lynch, OAK @ SEA, $6,100 – Lynch has dropped $1,000 since last week after failing to get into the endzone for 3 straight games. A home game against the Raiders could be the recipe for Lynch to bounce back. This is a solid value play just outside the Top 5 for a player that has cooled off as of late.
Ahmad Bradshaw, IND @ NYG, $5,800 – Bradshaw has quietly produced 8 TDs this year after with 6 of them coming through the air. He is also averaging nearly 5 YPC and has been heavily targeted in the Colts offense, with 31 catches. The gritty competitor should find himself in familiar territory against his former squad Monday night, and multiple endzone visits are not out of the question.
Branden Oliver, SD @ MIA, $5,700 – Over the past 4 weeks, Oliver has gone for over 100 rushing yards in both of the Chargers’ wins, while only averaging about 50 YPC in their 2 losses. He also had a career high 7 receptions last week and should get plenty of work against Miami. The undrafted free agent out of Buffalo is a solid play this week as the Chargers look to end their skid.
LeSean McCoy, PHI @ ARI, $5,200 – Continuing his plunge, McCoy has yet again bottomed out salary-wise at a $600 discount from last week. The value here is inevitable, although he does have a tough matchup against J.J.Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, and the Texans. At $4,700 less than Foster, he is a good upside bet if you want to spend elsewhere.
Jerick McKinnon, WAS @ MIN, $4,700 -McKinnon is $200 cheaper than last week after posting 83 yards on the ground against the Buccaneers. After averaging 19 touches the past 2 weeks, he returns home with a great opportunity for success against the Redskins. McKinnon should be a solid RB2 or FLEX option this week.
Five Low-Priced Value Running Backs
Alfred Morris, WAS @ MIN, $3,900 – After scoring and posting 85 total yards last week, Morris drops $300 in price this week. Continuing their road trip, he heads to Minnesota fresh off an overtime victory in Dallas. As the 27th priced RB this week, he has lots of value and should add to his TD totals in this one.
Andre Williams, IND @ NYG, $3,500 – Despite 2 basic duds, Williams should get another opportunity to shoulder the load as Rashad Jennings is expected to be out again. He is long overdue for a TD and will be in line for plenty of redzone work on Monday night. Expect the Boston College grad to notch his 3rd career TD on primetime TV.
Jonas Gray, DEN @ NE, $3,400 – When the Patriots lost Steven Ridley for the season, many expected Shane Vereen and 4th round pick James White to get the bulk of the work. Undrafted Jonas Gray has filled the early void, finishing with 86 rushing yards last week in a big win over the Bears. Bill Belichick is unpredictable when it comes to RBs, but Gray has gotten a heavy workload early and it’s all hands on deck Sunday against the Broncos.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, BAL @ PIT, $3,300 – Despite getting single-digit carries in each of the past 4 games, Taliaferro produced 2 TDs last week. With Bernard Pierce being a healthy scratch, he is likely to emerge as the goal line RB for the Ravens. The 4th rounder out of Coastal Carolina looks to showcase his strength on Sunday night and add to his TD count.
Juwan Thompson, DEN @ NE, $3,200 – Similar to Taliaferro, Thompson pitched in with 2 TDs with a limited workload. Also priced just over the RB minimum, he provides flier value if you are in a tough spot assembling your roster. It will be a clash of the AFC’s best on Sunday as the Patriots and Broncos jockey for playoff positions.