With running backs producing fewer 20-point fantasy games, fading the top-tier options has been the path to winning in the daily contests in multiple weeks this year. Unfortunately, running backs with improved success have higher salaries the following week, forcing fantasy managers to make challenging decisions or look for the next trending running back.
Here are the top midtier options in Week 7:
Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (DraftKings – $6,500/FanDuel – $8,600)
Over the past two matchups, the Raiders relied heavily on Jacobs in their game plan. He gained 368 combined yards with three touchdowns and 10 catches on 59 touches. Jacobs had an impressive 6.1 yards per rush over this span. His floor has been five catches in his past three starts. He is on pace for 2,105 yards with nine touchdowns and 58 catches. The Texans have the worst defense vs. running backs (30.40 FPPG). Running backs gained 950 combined yards with six touchdowns and 28 catches. The Colts (38.90) and Chargers (42.10) had the best success in fantasy points. Jacobs will have a circle next to his name in this matchup, making him a highly rostered player.
Breece Hall, New York Jets (DraftKings – $6,200/FanDuel – $7,600)
The only missing link in Hall’s stat line is a higher volume of touches and a full share of the Jets’ goal-line chances. He has a score in three straight games with back-to-back impressive showings (27.70 and 20.10 fantasy points). New York had him on the field for about two-thirds of their plays over the last three weeks, leading to 61 touches. The Broncos sit 14th in running back defense (21.82 FPPG) while showing more risk over the previous three games (476 combined yards with three touchdowns and 28 catches). On the downside, Denver has allowed only three touchdowns to running backs. Hall is on the rise, and his success should lead to more chances.
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (DraftKings – $7,000/FanDuel – $7,400)
Finding running room has been a problem for Mixon over the first six weeks (3.3 yards per rush), leading to only one of his 128 touches gaining over 20 yards. He ranks 14th in running back scoring (14.27 FPPG), with fewer than 20.00 fantasy points in five straight matchups. Mixon had over 20 touches in three of his six games. Atlanta ranks 15th in running back defense (21.87 FPPG). They allow 4.4 yards per rush, with backs gaining 773 combined yards with four touchdowns and 33 catches. Mixon won’t be a popular player based on his path this season, but Cincinnati will score multiple touchdowns in this game.