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This week, Matt Forte is the most expensive running back ($10,100), followed by Arian Foster ($8,500) and Marshawn Lynch ($8,200).

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Top Three Highest Priced Running Backs

Matt Forte, Chicago vs Minnesota, $10,100 – Despite a lackluster performance against the Packers on Sunday night, Forte’s price has risen $100. This could be due to Forte being the only truly elite running back available with DeMarco Murray on his bye. Forte also has a very favorable matchup at home against the Vikings.

To me, Forte is still more of a GPP option this week. I think his usage will be low enough to really justify paying up for him in tournaments, but otherwise the price might be prohibitive in cash games.


Arian Foster, Houston at Cleveland, $8500 – The Browns’ defense has been decent against the run this year, but I still like Foster a lot if he’s healthy. The key is if he’s 100 percent. This is a situation to monitor throughout the week because the Texans could very well be in a position in which they’ll scale back Foster’s reps to make sure he’s available later in the year. I don’t think this is a safe enough situation to warrant cash-game consideration.


Marshawn Lynch, Seattle at Kansas City, $8200 – Lynch went Beast Mode against the Giants in Week 10, but now he gets the Chiefs in Kansas City this weekend. The Chiefs have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and Lynch isn’t the type of player whose production comes independently of the opponent. For that reason, he’s a fairly easy player to project and one who could be over-owned in Week 11.

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Three Mid-Priced Running Backs

Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs Cincinnati, $6200 – Considering his workload of 30 touches, Ingram had a “down” weak against the Niners with only 139 total yards and no scores. But the important part is that he’s getting the carries; Ingram has at least 24 carries in each of the past three games. He’s worth the price due to that fact alone, but especially when you consider the matchup in New Orleans.


Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis vs New England, $5700 – This just seems like a really good spot for Bradshaw. Yes, he has caught more touchdowns than he “should have” thus far in 2014, so he’s due to regress in that department, but he also could be a checkdown monster for Andrew Luck in Week 11. We know that the Pats try to take away the opposition’s top weapon. In this case, that’s the Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton tandem, so Bradshaw could be a good bet for a bunch of receptions.


Shane Vereen, New England at Indianapolis, $5500 – Vereen has a season-high of just 11 carries. Yes, he has additional value in a PPR format, but his upside is seriously limited since he doesn’t get a lot of touches or score many touchdowns. This is the type of player that I generally avoid on DraftKings because there’s a really poor floor/ceiling combination.



Three Low-Priced Value Running Backs

Frank Gore, San Francisco at NY Giants, $4500 – There aren’t many times that I like an old running back who doesn’t catch passes, but this might be one of them. I actually don’t prefer Gore in tournaments because I don’t think the workload will be there to give you a ton of upside, but he’s a good value at this price facing a Giants run defense that just got torched for 350 rushing yards against the Seahawks. New York has allowed at least 156 yards rushing in three of the past four games.


Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati at New Orleans, $4500 – Hill is very similar to Branden Oliver in that we’re waiting on the health of the starter; if Gio Bernard returns, Hill’s value obviously plummets. Even if Hill is the lead dog, though, this isn’t the same situation as when Bernard originally went down. With how poorly Cincy is playing, it’s very likely that they get down to the Saints in New Orleans, in which case Hill’s value is limited as a running back who doesn’t catch many passes.

Steven Jackson, Atlanta at Carolina, $4400 – With 34 carries in the past two games, Jackson is at least worth consideration at this price against one of the league’s worst defenses versus running backs. However, Jackson lacks in both upside and safety, and should be used with caution.

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