The focus on week 5 DFS value plays continues as we look at the running back position. If you missed yesterday’s piece on quarterbacks, check it out here. As always, the salaries are based on DraftKings and a player should ideally hit three times his value.
Jordan Howard – $5,200
Howard got the start last week due to injuries to both Langford and Carey. If you listened to last week’s episode of Puttin’ On the Blitz, then you would know he was a workhorse at Indiana. In his week 4 start, Howard carried the ball 23 times for 111 yards. He also caught 3 of his 4 targets out of the backfield and averaged 7 yards per reception. At the end of the day, he put up 19.2 fantasy points or over 5 times his value. This week Howard has a nice matchup against a Colts team that is ranked 28th against the running back. The Colts give up over 100 yards per game on the ground. I once again see Howard getting plenty of opportunity to carry the ball and catch the ball this week. He easily gets 3.5 times his value this week.
James White – $3,900
White’s value comes strictly from his PPR ability. He’s only going to get a handful of carries per game. However, his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is invaluable. I like White this week because Brady is obvioulsy coming back. I think Brady will sling the ball around the field all day long, giving White plenty of opportunity. Last week, White caught all 5 of his targets for 50 yards. He should rack up both the catches and the yards this week against the Browns. If he breaks just one of those receptions for a big play and finds the end zone, he’ll already be close to his value. I just really like White at this price in the DraftKings PPR format.
Matt Forte – $6,200
I’ve been scouring the injury reports looking for updates on Forte, and I have yet to see anything. There were reports that he left last week’s game on a cart heading towards the X-ray room. However, Bowles denied that an X-ray had taken place. Just do your due diligence to ensure that his status doesn’t change between now and then. If he is in fact at full health, then I like this matchup against the Steelers. An early season trend has been the Steelers giving up big receptions to running backs. Forte hasn’t seen many receptions in the last three weeks, but I expect that to change based on this game script. The Jets should be passing a lot to keep up with the Steelers high-powered offense.