Let’s talk Arian Foster ($7,000). If he’s active, I am rostering him liberally. I don’t care if this blows up in my face, I am willing to take the risk. In Arian’s history, he waits (sometimes too long) to make sure he’s 100% before returning from injury. The guy simply doesn’t play when he’s not completely healthy. That means you have to wait longer than normal for him, but when he plays, he’s a top fantasy running back. Remember that he averaged the 3rd most DraftKings points per game last season and his ownership was ridiculously low in every game. The matchup with Atlanta could not be better. They’ve surrendered the most DraftKings points to opposing RBs this season and you saw what Joseph Randle did to them last week (14-87-3).
Mark Ingram ($6,000) is averaging 18.3 DraftKings points per game this season and makes for an interesting play this week. He’s dominating the carries out of the backfield and is tacking on a few receptions to boot. The Cowboys were solid up front in the first two games of the season, but got gashed by Davanta Freeman last week for 141 yards and 3 TDs. It’s not unreasonable to think that the Saints will rely on the running game a bit more if Drew Brees continues to miss time. If Ingram continues to see ~20 touches, he will be a very valuable fantasy asset. In fact, Ingram ranks 9th amongst RBs in PPO (points per opportunity) this season.
We really should discuss Lance Dunbar ($3,600) here. Dunbar is a RB but his entire value comes from his pass catching abilities. Dunbar has 21 catches on the young season and is 4th in PPO amongst RBs this season. He caught 10 balls for exactly 100 yards in Brandon Weedon’s debut this season. That’s a great sign for Dunbar moving forward if Weedon is going to look for the check-down option. Dunbar has now hit 5x, 3x and 7x value in his first three games this season!
Karlos Williams ($3,400) is already having a solid fantasy season, but could see a big boost in Week 4. Williams is averaging 14.4 DraftKings points per game despite only 24 total carries on the season. There are reports that LeSean McCoy will sit out in Week 4. If he does, Williams becomes an outstanding play as he will see the bulk of the workload against a Giants defense that has allowed the 4th most DraftKings points to opposing RBs.
The running back preview is based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.