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Week 4 DFS Running Back Rankings

These RBs have reasonable salaries on both DraftKings and FanDuel.

Last week no running back with a salary between $6,000 and $7,400 at DraftKings posted more than 20.00 fantasy points. The top player in this grouping was Nick Chubb (17.30 fantasy points), which left him below a winning score in daily fantasy contests. Eleven running backs scored between 14.00 and 19.00 fantasy points in Week 3.

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Here’s a look at some of the best mid-priced running backs for Week 4 daily fantasy contests

Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers (DraftKings – $6,700/Fanduel – $7,000)

The Steelers had Harris on the field for a season-high 80 percent of their snaps in Week 3. However, he has yet to gain more than 60 yards rushing in his three matchups. Over the past two starts, Pittsburgh gave him 19 touches per game. His yards per rush (3.2) and yards per catch (4.8) remain well below the league average while not setting a high bar in 2021 (3.9 and 6.3). The Jets struggled in Week 2 defending the Browns’ running backs (37/184/3) while holding up well against Baltimore (21/63) and Cincinnati (28/69). New York allowed 16 catches to backs this season for 106 yards and one score on 20 targets. Touch volume will be Harris' friend in this game. He needs a touchdown and about five catches with more than 100 combined yards to be viable based on his DraftKings salary.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (DraftKings – $7,500/FanDuel – $7,300)

After a stellar game in Week 2 (15/132/1 with three catches for 38 yards and one touchdown), Jones struggled to find running room against Tampa Bay (12/36) and had minimal success in the passing game (3/11). Green Bay continues to rotate in two running backs, with both players on the field at the same time for only about 15 percent of their plays. Jones averages only 14.7 touches per game due to the Packers trying to find their identity in the passing game. New England gives catches to running backs (15/133 on 17 targets – 8.9 yards per catch) while minimizing the damage in the run game (57/230/3). AJ Dillon may see fewer snaps this week due to a midweek knee issue. Jones offers big plays ability (6.8 yards per rush and 8.4 yards per catch) and Green Bay should play from the lead based on the betting line (-9.5) at SI Sportsbook.

Javonte Williams, Broncos (DraftKings – $6,600/FanDuel – $6,900)

Williams drew plenty of hype in the preseason, thanks to Denver upgrading the play at the quarterback position. Three weeks into the season, Russell Wilson only has two touchdowns while averaging 248 passing yards. The Broncos scored one time in each of their first three matches on 33 possessions. Williams is on pace for 1,434 combined yards with 85 catches despite averaging only 17.3 touches per game. He is still looking for his first touchdown. Last season he had two dull showings against the Raiders (68 combined yards with three catches and 7/12/1 with two catches for 12 yards). The Broncos had him on the field for 45 percent of their plays in Week 3 (55 percent on the year). Las Vegas will give up catches to running backs (21/193) and touchdowns (4), but they only allow 4.1 yards per rush (73/297/3). Williams can’t fly high without better quarterback play. His yards and catches set a reasonable floor even in a split role, but touchdowns are required to fill his FanDuel salary bucket.