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Welcome back to the Daily Fantasy Football Value Play Running Backs for Week 5. In week 4, several players came back to earth, but unfortuantely I swung and missed big time on Devonta Freeman in Week 4. I listed him as an avoid, and did just that myself in all of my DFS lineups. He essentially duplicated his monstrous Week 3 performance while also stealing targets and plays to Julio Jones, a player I targetted in every lineup. Basically I double-whammied myself. My other picks were solid though, and still managed to cash in most contests. Hopefully you were able to do the same.

Some additional links for you to check out to further help your Daily Fantasy Football lineups:

Doug Anderson created an awesome table that he’s going to post each week that breaks down the “ Fantasy Points Allowed by Position.” The best part is – it breaks it down according to the individual scoring rules on several DFS sites, including FanDuel, DraftKings, FantasyAces, Drafster and FanThrowdown.

Last month, David Gonos wrote a piece on FanDuel Insider discussing the average benchmarks you have to hit to win different contests on FanDuel, but I expect those numbers to rise (at least) by 10 percent for this Week 1 set of games.

With that I wish you all the best of luck, and encourage you to stay tuned for Levi Serfoss’ and my own DFS picks and Lineups later in the week if you want targets, or roster construction help on and even on Twitter.

Let’s get in my value targets for Week 5 as well as the running backs to avoid shall we?

Week 5 Daily Fantasy Football


3 FanDuel Value Plays at RB

1. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens ($5,900)

Johnson had a coming out party of sorts in Week 4 and likely claimed a more prominent role in the Browns backfield. Oddly enough if you look solely at the rushing game, it was mediocre. However, he absolutely scorched the earth in Week 4 with his pass catching ability. The Browns liked what they saw, and we should expect more of the same going forward.

(Week 4 FanDuel Points: 22.1 / YTD: 35.1 Points)


2. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles ($5,500)

Spiller didn’t really do anything spectacular in Week 4 up until overtime when he caught a pass in the backfield and ran it for 80 yards and a touchdown. Spiller immediately became relevant on one play.

The Saints and Drew Brees know his big play potential, and it should be safe to assume he will see at least five or more receptions and a few carries. What he can do in the open field can be special and in Week 5 I like his chances to do some damage again.

(Week 4 FanDuel Points: 19.4/ YTD: 26.1 Points)


3. Anthony Dixon, Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans ($4,500)

This will be a very popular play in GPP’s and even some cash contests because of value. Dixon is not officially a starter but with LeSean McCoy on the mend and Karlos Williams now on concussion protocol, Dixon is next in line for RB duties in Buffalo. He can punish in the red-zone so he is worth a shot at barrel bottom pricing this week if he starts. I wouldn’t use him in Thursday lineups, however.

3 Running Backs to Avoid on FanDuel

1. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals ($6,100)

Abdullah has taken over as the starter in Detroit and rightfully so. He is an explosive and immensely talented running back. He is facing another tough run defense this week in the Cardinals, and because of this I won’t be buying him this week.


2. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks ($6,600)

Bernard still had touches and production but Jeremy Hill got most of the workload and finally broke through as the back owners have been expecting. Bernard wasn’t used much at all in the pass game which is his strength, and he may get more of the same this week facing the stout Seattle defense.


3. C.J. Anderson/Ronnie Hillman at Oakland Raiders ($6,600)

I guess deep down I am hoping for a breakout game from Anderson game, especially as an owner in so many seasonal leagues. It is certainly possible against Oakland, but he has not been looking sharp nor capitalizing on his opportunities. Hillman has been more explosive and able to get the bigger plays, allowing him to eat into the workload of Anderson.

At the moment, this is a RBBC, and that spells trouble for owners who spend on either of these backs.


Don’t forget to also use Doug Anderson’s “ Fantasy Points Allowed by Position,” where he breaks down the ability of defenses going up against each Fantasy position. The best part is – it breaks it down according to the individual scoring rules on several DFS sites, including FanDuel, DraftKings, FantasyAces, Drafster and FanThrowdown.

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