Lamar Miller $5,000
When you think of the top tier fantasy running backs you generally don’t think of the Houston Texans. Miller though is currently ranked 12th in the NFL in fantasy running back points ahead of much more prominent names like Jordan Howard and Devonta Freeman. In the race that is the fantasy football season, Miller is the proverbial turtle as stead wins the race. He has yet to record a 100 yard game on the ground, but still, have 711 yards on the season along with six touchdowns on the ground and three in the air.
Averaging 14.1 fantasy points-per-game going against the 32nd ranked 49ers defense is a very enticing matchup. On average, the San Fransisco defense is allowing 123.9 yards on the ground to opposing running backs and 24.3 points per game to opposing teams.
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The production of Miller hasn’t changed at all no matter if it’s the unimpressive Tom savage or the lightning in a bottle DeShaun Watson. He continues to get his touches and this week will be no exception especially with the rash of injuries to Texans running backs. D’Onta foreman is out, Alfred Blue is very questionable, and Andre Ellington is the insurance policy. Watch for Miller to get over 25 carries in the game and record his first 100 yard game of the season while scoring at least twice.
Kareem Hunt $6,500
Hunt who started the season off on fire has been brought down to earth the second half of the season. He has not recorded over 18 touches in a game since week 8. The Chiefs have lost every game since week eight. The organization is smart and will figure out that getting Hunt the ball correlates to wins and this week against the Raiders this should come to light.
With the recent lack of usage Hunt is still averaging 18 fantasy points per game and has 930 yards on the ground with six touchdowns. The Raiders have fared decently against the rush this season holding opponents to 104.9 yards-per-game on the ground, but Hunt is a special kind of talent that can prove statistics wrong.
The Chiefs will be looking to control the clock as they will want to keep the Raiders offense off the field as they will be without cornerback Marcus Peters. While it hurts the Chiefs opportunity for a win it gameplans right into helping Hunt have his best game in the second half of the season. Watch for him to run for over 150 yards and a pair of scores.
Frank Gore $3,900
For the price, Gore is an absolute steal this week. This allows for a lot of flexibility in your lineups while still getting a running back that has double-digit scoring potential. Gore has scored in double-digit fantasy points in all but four games this season.
This week the Colts face the 30th run defense in the Bills. On the season Buffalo is giving up 120.4 yards-per-game on the ground and 22.6 points per game against. Granted the colts are no offensive powerhouse, but they have enough firepower to get the ball into the red zone and let gore do what he does better then almost every running back that has ever played the game.
Gore is a steady and sure-handed back that has gotten 10 or more touches in every game this season aside from a blowout against Jacksonville. Volume is a huge thing to look for especially when picking running backs at this price range. Gore this week will come close to 100 yards and score at least once more than making him valuable especially at this price.