FanDuel DFS NFL Week 14 picks and lineup advice: Running Back
There are two premiere running back plays this week: Austin Ekeler ($9200) and Alvin Kamara ($9000). Both of these players will be highly rostered in both cash and tournament lineups, and I believe that you need to get at least one of them in every single lineup, if not both.
Both of these players should account for a majority of their respective team’s offense, with the Chargers dealing with COVID-related problems and the Saints merely having no other weapons. With both of their involvements in the passing game, the floor and ceiling is simply too high for you to risk getting buried by them, especially in a cash game.
Nick Chubb ($7500) is one of my favorite tournament plays at the running back position, as his salary is in no man’s land and I think many will either look to roster Ekeler or Kamara or save up with a cheaper option. Additionally, people will look at his last game against the Ravens and project something similar. The Browns are coming off a bye and have likely schemed up a way to get their best offensive player more involved against a Ravens defense that is falling apart as the year has gone on.
I will also mention Saquon Barkley ($7300) who I think sees an increased workload this week as the Giants realize their only way to win is in a game that they control with their run game and defense.
For some other quick cheap plays, Ezekiel Elliot ($6900) is extremely safe against the Football Team if Tony Pollard misses.
Javonte Williams ($6700) showed what he could do as a feature back against the Chiefs, but looks to return to his timeshare with Melvin Gordon III ($6700). However, if Gordon were to miss, Williams would instantly become one of the best plays on the slate against an awful Lions defense.
As for the cheapest plays on the slate, Alex Collins ($5600) draws a fantastic matchup against the Texans and is pretty much the only healthy player in the Seattle backfield. Jeff Wilson Jr. ($4900) will be one of the most popular plays of the week, and for good reason. He will be the starting running back for the 49ers this week against a poor Bengals secondary and should be in your cash lineup.
Finally, Jermar Jefferson ($5100) will likely handle the majority of the workload for the Lions against the Broncos, and while my confidence in him is low, it is not every day you find a starting running back on an NFL team at $5100.