Welcome to Week 7 of the NFL season and the next edition DFS RB Coach! Another week, another week of CRUSHING it here in the RB Coach. I had the top scoring back, Raheem Mostert (34.2 points), the second highest scoring back, Travis Etienne (23.3), and also plenty of other strong plays in Alvin Kamara (17.4), D’Andre Swift (17.8), Chuba Hubbard (16.0). I also avoided adding a chalky D’Onta Foreman to the list and he was a lousy play, so that worked out. The one miss was a value play on Emari Demercado, who I almost dropped from the RB coach after some news came out of Arizona, but I took the gamble that he would still get enough work. That was way off as the team decided to feed Damien Williams for whatever reason (makes ZERO sense). Enough about last week though, let’s look to keep that momentum going into Week 7. It’s time to start putting those DraftKings and FanDuel lineups together and hit the big paydays! Let’s dive into my favorite RB plays!
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Week 7 Plays
NFL DFS RB Top Plays
Jacobs’ worst game is still his Week 1 performance and his second worst was in Week 2, as he has been much improved since then. He has also been a bell cow with at least 17 carries in four straight games, including 25 in Week 6. He has racked up at least five targets in FIVE straight games as well, providing him with both a higher floor and ceiling. He has only popped off for one big game thus far (Week 4), and hadn’t made his debut to my RB Coach this year yet, but I think this week could provide us with his second big game of the year. The Bears rank as a strong matchup for running backs this season.
Walker has been a force and key cog in the Seahawks offense this year. He has scored at least 13.9 dk points in four straight and at least 17.9 in three of those, while never scoring below 10.7 this year. He has SIX touchdowns over his last four games and at least 17 carries in each of those games. Take all that into a strong matchup against the Cardinals and we have recipe for success. The Cardinals rank as a top-3 matchup for running backs this year and they were carved left right and center by Williams and the Rams last week, none of which bring as much talent to table as Walker does.
NFL DFS RB Mid-Tier Plays
*SATURDAY ADD* Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions
Gibbs is good to go this week and with David Montgomery OUT, Gibbs should be the main back this week for Detroit, especially with Craig Reynolds also hurting. I am not confident he will get short yardage / goal line work, but he still may. I am, however, confident that he will lead the team in touches and should catch a few passes. I don’t kknow that I love his ceiling, but I do think he can be a good play this week. In Week 3 when he was the starting tailback, he had 17 carries for 80 yards; he just had a season-low one catch and didn’t find the end zone. I would like to see 14-17 carries and 3-5 receptions from Gibbs this week. If he gets that, I don’t think he will have any issue making this price tag work.
Robinson bounced back from a terrible Week 5 with a decent Week 6, finishing with 13.5 points. He has caught at least two passes in each of the past three games and has five touchdowns on the year. This matchup against the Giants is a good one and he should be able to get back into a heavier workload in this spot. He hasn’t had more than 14 carries since Week 2 after getting 19 and 18 in the first two games of the year and I think we see him get back more towards those numbers this week. I will guess around 17 carries with 3 receptions this week and at that volume, I think we see him pay off this mid-tier price point.
NFL DFS RB Value Plays
*SUNDAY MORNING ADD* D’Onta Foreman, Chicago Bears
With the news that has come out with the Rams likely using Darrell Henderson and Royce Freeman as their leads backs (WHY?? Makes ZERO seonse), I am no longer even willing to give Zach Evans a shot today, so we are pivoting over to Foreman. Foreman operated as the lead back last week for Chicago and was the most effective back as well. He carried the ball 15 times for 65 yards and caught his lone target. I don’t love him today, but he makes sense at this cheap of a price. I do feel confident about him getting more work than any of the Rams guys will get.
NFL DFS RB Fades
I am just going to continue fading Taylor. It worked last week and I don’t like him again this week. His price has barely changed, despite doing nothing in either of his first two games and being completely outplayed by Zack Moss. Taylor has rushed for just 37 yards on 14 carries (2.6 YPC). He did get some work in the passing game this week, which is a good sign, but so did Moss. On top of all that, this matchup against the Browns is a bad matchup and it will likely be a low-scoring, grind it out type of game, which are the worst for DFS purposes.