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Week 4 Running Back Sleepers on DraftKings and FanDuel

DFS players should always look to roster at least one RB that has a low salary and big expectations.

The best two identifiable value running backs last week were Cordarrelle Patterson (22.30 fantasy points) and Rhamondre Stevenson (20.10 fantasy points), and they landed on my value running backs report in Week 3. Seven of the top 10 running backs had a salary of under $6,000. Here they are with their fantasy points in PPR formats:

· Khalil Herbert (30.90 – 1st)
· Jamaal Williams (24.70 – 3rd)
· Devin Singletary (24.10 – 4th)
· Cordarrelle Patterson (22.30 – 6th)
· James Robinson (20.60 – 7th)
· Rhamondre Stevenson (20.10 – 8th)
· Dameon Pierce (18.70 – 9th)

The most consistent back after three weeks has been James Robinson (19.90, 15.80, and 20.60 fantasy points). Patterson is the second running back behind Saquon Barkley to score more than 20.00 fantasy points in two matchups (22.60 and 22.30 fantasy points). Breece Hall is the only player that improved each week (11.10, 13.00, and 15.20 fantasy points).

Week 4 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots (DraftKings $5,200/FanDuel  $5,900)

The Patriots still haven’t ruled out Mac Jones against the Packers, but his early reports didn’t sound promising. A downgrade at quarterback will undoubtedly be a plus for New England’s run game and Stevenson. Over the past two weeks, he led the team in running back snaps (62 percent in each matchup). His best success came against the Ravens (12/73/1 with four catches for 28 yards) at home. He is on pace for 955 yards with two touchdowns and 40 catches. Green Bay shut down the Bucs’ run game (14/34/0) after showing risk over the first two weeks (28/126 and 27/180/1). Backs also have 12 catches for 76 yards against Green Bay. Stevenson doesn’t project to be an impact option, but his improved playing time and potential in the passing game set a reasonable floor.

Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans (DraftKings $5,600/FanDuel  $6,800)

A hip issue by Pierce put him on the injury list for Houston heading into Week 4. The Texans gave him a full workload (22 touches) against the Bears, leading to 101 combined yards with a touchdown and two catches. They had him on the field for 59 percent of their plays, compared to 62 percent in Week 2. Despite four catches on his four targets, his role in the passing game will be limited if Houston falls behind by a couple of scores. The Chargers struggle against running backs (447 combined yards with three touchdowns and 17 catches), pushing them to 25th in running back defense (26.37 FPPG). Pierce should be active in this game, and the Texans expect him to play on Sunday.

Breece Hall, New York Jets (DraftKings $5,400/FanDuel  $6,300)

The Jets gave Hall 51 percent of their running back snaps against the Bengals after seeing less action over the first two weeks (45 and 27 percent). His opportunity vs. the Bengals was helped by the Jets trailing in the second half due to his involvement in the passing game. Hall already has two showings with impact targets (9 and 11), giving him 13 catches for 101 yards and one score on the year. Despite only 21 rushing attempts (112 yards), he averages 5.3 yards per rush, which screams for more chances. Pittsburgh faced 103 rushing attempts over their first three matchups, leading to 428 yards and two touchdowns. Backs also have 16 catches for 130 yards on 23 targets. This game projects to be low scoring at SI Sportsbook (over/under of 41.5). Ultimately, Zach Wilson must move the ball for Hall to reach his potential. His game is trending forward, and so should his chances.