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DFS Sleepers and Low-Ownership Running Backs in Week 7

The key to winning DFS contests in Week 7 is finding running backs that will outproduce their DFS salary and have low ownership.

Three of the top 10 running backs in Week 6 still rank outside the top 40 in running back scoring (Deon Jackson – 47th, Kenyan Drake – 56th, and Kenneth Walker – 43rd). Jackson has no value this week, with Jonathan Taylor expected to play. Drake is the starter in Baltimore for the foreseeable future with the news that J.K. Dobbins will be undergoing knee surgery. James Robinson ranked 56th in running back scoring average (5.10 FPPG) over the last three weeks.

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Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks (DraftKings – $5,800/FanDuel – $7,300)

Walker handled himself well in his first NFL start, leading to 110 combined yards with one touchdown and two catches. Over his last 29 rushes, he has averaged 6.4 yards per carry with two scores. This season, running backs gained 720 yards with three touchdowns and 19 catches. The Chargers are 28th in the league vs. running back defense (28.30 FPPG), with backs gaining 5.8 yards per rush (125/722/5) plus success catching the ball (34/199/3). Walker has a primo matchup, and the Seahawks will give him as many touches as he can handle. His only risk is Los Angeles jumping to a big lead, forcing Seattle to use their better pass-catching back (DeeJay Dallas).

Travis Etienne Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (DraftKings – $54,00/FanDuel – $6,200)

After six games, Etienne ranks 30th in running back scoring (57.70 fantasy points) in PPR formats, with better play over the last two weeks (14.20 and 12.80 fantasy points). He is on pace to gain 1,267 combined yards and 37 catches. Unfortunately, Etienne is still looking for his first NFL touchdown. Despite his low usage (11.2 touches per game), he gained 20 yards or more on 10.4 percent of his chances, highlighted by his 5.6 yards per rush and 11.2 yards per catch. The Giants have the 10th-best defense against running backs (20.22 FPPG), with their worst showing coming in Week 1 (30.10 fantasy points). Backs gained 859 combined yards with four touchdowns and 15 catches. They allow 5.7 yards per rush. At some point, Etienne will be on the field when the Jaguars hit on a long run (two by James Robinson and one by JaMycal Hasty). He led Jacksonville in snaps over the past three weeks. The Jaguars need to give Etienne more touches to become an elite player.

Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (DraftKings – $5,700/FanDuel – $6,500)

The Lions have been one of the worst defenses in the league over their first five matchups (170 points – 22 touchdowns on 55 possessions). They allow 5.5 yards per rush, with running backs gaining 807 yards with seven touchdowns and 21 catches. Pollard has been relatively quiet over six games (55/292/2 with nine catches for 79 yards), but he gained over 40 yards on three plays. Dallas tends to have him on the field for about 40 percent of their snaps, leading to 10.7 touches per week. If Dallas plays as expected defensively, Pollard may have his best chance of the year to shine in this matchup, helped by a higher number of overall runs by the Cowboys.