Week 7 RB Sleepers and Landmines
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Marlon Mack $5,500
The Colts got RB Marlon Mack back on the field a week ago and he immediately gave life to a struggling running game. Unfortunately, the game got away from the Colts and Mack didn’t see the number of touches we would’ve liked but he still rushed for 89 yards on just 12 carries. As a home favorite against the Bills, we should expect to see more playing time for Mack, who logged 35% of the snaps last week, and more overall usage. The Bills have actually defended the run reasonably well but have still allowed four top 24 RB performances in six games. – Ryan McDowell
Kerryon Johnson $6,000
Week three it was all there for us to see. The breakout we were waiting for, the first Lions running back to hit 100 yards since the Regan administration (exaggerated for dramatic emphasis) and the Lions gave him nine carries a week later. You can’t see me but I’m shaking my head. Johnson is averaging 5.7 yards a carry. Let’s bank on the coaching staff realizing what is necessary coming out of the bye week and get the ball in his hands against the Dolphins who have given up 999 total yards along with 8 total touchdowns to running backs through six games. Theo Riddick is not practicing as of this writing if he’s out or limited the pass-catching role will open to KJ as well. – Sal Leto
Kenyan Drake $5,200
It is easy to toss Drake into the “not an effing chance” pile after Kenyan Drake’s four-week stretch. Drake has carried the ball a whopping 27 times over the past four contests and has taken a backseat to Frank Gore as the Dolphins’ lead back in the run game. Throw in a costly Week 6 fumble which many people caught as part of bonus coverage, and it is very possible Drake was dropped in shallow leagues. Look a bit deeper, and there are some encouraging factors. Drake has posted 11 receptions in the past two weeks and seems to carved out his niche as Miami’s preferred back on passing downs. His skill-set is not in question; while not the most reliable back, Drake is electric in space and has weekly big-play potential. The Lions have been torched by backs in both the run and pass game, setting up Drake for an afternoon which gets him back in the good graces of fantasy owners. – Rob Willette
TJ Yeldon $6,800
After three consecutive top 20 RB performances, Jaguars RB TJ Yeldon came crashing back to earth with a letdown RB27 game in Week Six. The Texans allow the 12th fewest fantasy points in the league to the RB position and have only given up one rushing touchdown through six weeks. If Yeldon is going to do some damage, it will have to be as a pass-catcher. Yeldon could be in for another low-end RB2 game but I would expect top 12 production as we saw in Week Five. – Ryan McDowell
Sony Michel $7,100
It’s hard to doubt what our eyes have seen over the last three games and Sony’s output averaging 105 rush yards over that span. It’s equally as hard to ignore how the Bears have stacked it against running backs and shut all but one down. With only one touchdown allowed to the position all season and a penchant for being more vulnerable to the passing game. I see a big Tom Brady and likely more James White success in this one.– Sal Leto
Mark Ingram $7,100
After locking in Drew Brees at QB for this spot, a theme has emerged. Beyond a brutal matchup, there are further concerns for Ingram. Alvin Kamara was a part-time player against Washington after spending the week on the injury report and watching the Saints immolate Washington early. The Saints best bet to move the football is to feed their studs, and Kamara in space is a nightmare for even the most talented defenses. New Orleans is smart enough to avoid simply running Ingram up the gut against a fearsome front, and while Ingram is far more than a grinder between-the-tackles, this matchup sets up as more a Kamara game. Ingram is always a decent bet to fall into the end zone for a score on an elite offense, but I am hoping to do more than chase scores at the running back position. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.