We flip the NFL DFS page over to Week 9. The running back position has really come alive recently and we are back to seeing some backs completely take over games after watching the position widely flop in the first month of action. Austin Ekeler is an elite play this week, but his price tag is a bit steep, so I prefer pivoting to Aaron Jones or Josh Jacobs at the high-end price range. I also love what we are seeing from Travis Etienne right now. Why do I like them and who else do I like this week? Let’s dive into the top plays, values and fades for NFL DFS Week 9!

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NFL DFS RB Top Plays

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Jones is coming off back-to-back strong weeks in which he has scored 28.6 and 22.7 dk points. He has 5 targets over the last two games and 14 receptions. He rushed for 143 yards last week and it’s clear that he is still the guy in Green Bay. He gets an awesome matchup against the Lions this week, who seemingly allow for offensive explosions on a weekly basis. They rank as a top-three matchup for running backs this season and give the struggles in the passing game for the Packers, I expect a very heavy dose of the backs in this one.

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

I will admit, I was not a Jacobs guy coming into the year, but it’s hard to argue with the production he has been putting up. Yes, he struggled in a tough matchup with the Saints last week in which the Raiders scored a whopping zero points, but look at the production for the three weeks prior to that (just absurd). He should be able to bounce back this week in a much softer matchup against Jacksonville. The Jaguars rank as one of the best matchups in the league for backs and both of Denver’s backs managed to find the end zone against them in London last week.


NFL DFS RB Mid-Tier Plays

Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars

Etienne is ballin’ right now, scoring 22.9 and 28.2 dk points over the last two games, rushing for 114 and 156 yards, respectively (while finding the end zone in both games). He had a career high 24 carries and 27 total touches in the Jags Week 8 loss to the Denver Broncos. I love the volume that he is seeing now and also the simple fact that he is a very talented back. His price tag is just going to continue to rise. This is a good matchup against the Raiders and I expect both backs to thrive in this showdown of two-win teams. He might be my favorite play of the week (factoring both upside and price tag). 


NFL DFS RB Value Plays

D’Onta Foreman, Carolina Panthers

Foreman has been going bananas since the trade of CMC to the 49ers. Foreman has rushed for 118 yards in back-to-back games and he found the end zone THREE times in the Panthers loss to the Falcons in Week 8. More so than just the impressive stat lines though, Foreman looked very good on tape too.  I love the fact that he was given 26 carries, making it easy to see a path to success for him again this week, despite a somewhat tough matchup with the Bengals. He is still relatively cheap and the volume will be there. 

Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills

Singletary is going to have a tougher time moving forward with Nyheim Hines joining the fold, but there is not enough time this week for Hines to really learn the playbook, so I expect Singletary to still be the focal point back for at least one more week. I expect him to see lower ownership, but he’s been playing pretty well recently. The Jets aren’t a super scary matchup and I expect the Bills to jump out to an early lead in this one and then feed Singletary the rock. His upside is always a bit capped by Allen’s ability to rush for touchdowns, but I think he is a solid value play this week.



Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

For as good as Taylor was last year en route to being the overall RB1, he’s been equally just as bad this season. If you check the DK log for his last five games (in the image below), it’s flat-out unsightly to look at and that’s in a FULL PPR format. The trade away of Hines should help Taylor moving forward, but he is too expensive for the way he is producing right now, especially when you consider the fact that the New England Patriots rank as the second hardest matchup in the league for running backs right now. 




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