Marshawn Lynch $5,100
Lynch on beginning the year was a very pedestrian fantasy option only averaging 6.1 fantasy points-per-game. Over the past five games that he has played in, he has averaged 17.1 fantasy points-per-game. This week he gets to face a Cowboys team that is ranked 26th in the league at giving up points to opposing running backs.
With 58 rushing touchdowns since the beginning of the 2011 season, Lynch ranks first among all rushers in the NFL. That includes his 2015 season in which he only took the field seven times due to an abdominal injury, and being retired for the duration of the 2016 season. When going into full beast mode, he is almost unstoppable.
Currently, he is 269 yards shy of breaking the 10,000-yard barrier for his career. While he won’t get all of them this week, he will more than cut that number in half. Watch for Lynch to go off for 150+ yards on the ground and a pair of scores.
Jordan Howard $6,900
Howard on the season has already surpassed the 1000 yard mark and has seven touchdowns. This is all on a Bears team that has a rookie quarterback starting and is generally trailing. The commitment to getting him the ball is consistent, and that pays fantasy dividends.
This week he gets to face a Lions team that is giving up 116.3 yards-per-game to opposing running backs and 23 points scored per game overall. This could be a shootout of division rivals, and that means fantasy points!
Eight teams in the NFL have rushed for 220+ yards on eleven separate occasions in 2017. The Chicago Bears account for four of those 220+ outings and are the only team with multiple 220+ rushing performances. This week should be no different as their commitment to the ground game continues.
Howard is one of the few feature backs in the NFL that isn’t involved in the passing game and that at times hurts his stock, but there should be plenty of opportunities this week as he goes for 125+ yards and a pair of scores for the second consecutive week.
Mike Davis $4,000
Last week Davis continued to take advantage of the war of attrition on Seattle running backs as he turned in a solid performance against the best defense in the NFL. This week he gets to play a home game against one of the worst defenses in the NFL in the Rams. On the season the Rams are giving up 124.1 rushing yards-per-game and rank 29th in giving up points to opposing running backs.
Watch for Davis to crack the twenty carry mark for the first time in his young career as well as his first 100+ yard game and at least one touchdown. For the price he is at this week he is a must start to give you the flexibility to go after the bigger fantasy studs to fill out your roster.