NFL Week 5 is upon us. I list the Top 5 NFL Running Backs based on DraftKings' salary for Sunday in Week 5. Check out my thoughts after looking at the list.
NFL Week 5 Top Fantasy RBs
1. Le'Veon Bell, $9,500, Pittsburgh vs Jacksonville
2. Ezekiel Elliott, $8,800, Dallas vs Green Bay
3. Todd Gurley II, $8,000, L.A. Rams vs Seattle
4. LeSean McCoy, $7,800, Buffalo at Cincinnati
5. Ty Montgomery, $7,400, Green Bay at Dallas
Todd Gurley II, $8,000, L.A. Rams vs Seattle
Gurley was stunning last week versus the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys D isn't that great. He faces a much tougher task versus Seattle's defense in NFL Week 5. Gurley should have some nice moments. I'm just not sure shelling out $8,000 in salary cap bucks makes a ton of sense. The Seahawks almost assuredly are going to mark Gurley. Rams' coach Sean McVay knows this. His strategy against Seattle on Sunday is likely to throw to the Rams' talented wide receivers.
Best Choice Based on Salary
Le'Veon Bell, $9,500, Pittsburgh vs Jacksonville
I have been down on Le'Veon all season. He finally came through with a fantastic game in Week 4. Bell rushed for 144 yards. He scored 2 rushing TDs. He also caught 4 passes for 42 yards. I expect to see the same sort of game from Bell in Week 5. The Jacksonville Jaguars allow 165.5 rushing yards per game. That ranks last in the NFL. It's difficult to see Pittsburgh not using Bell as much as possible versus Jacksonville's defense.
NFL Week 5 RB Options
Bilal Powell, $6,200, New York Jets at Cleveland
The Jets are 2 and 2. They're tied with the Patriots in second place in the AFC East. One of the reasons is Bilal Powell. Powell exploded for 163 rushing yards, and a TD against the Jaguars in Week 4. He could have a similar game in NFL Week 5 versus the Cleveland Browns.
Christian McCaffrey, $5,700, Carolina at Detroit
McCaffrey didn't have a great game against the New England Patriots. The Patriots are one of the worst teams in the NFL against the pass. What it means is that QB Cam Newton didn't have to check down to McCaffrey. He could just throw the football to Devin Funchess all day.
Christian should get a lot more looks in Week 5. Detroit's defense is unheralded. It's stingy, though. Expect the Lions to make sure Cam doesn't burn them with the downfield pass. There's a chance McCaffrey catches 10 to 12 passes on Sunday.
Marshawn Lynch, $5,100, Oakland vs Baltimore
Oakland averages around 85 rushing yards per game. That should change in Week 5. The Raiders must start back-up QB Connor Cook. Cook isn't a terrible QB. He's not Derek Carr, that's for sure. More importantly, Baltimore allowed Le'Veon Bell to dominate them last week. The Raiders are going to pound Beast Mode until they've got a comfortable lead.
Isaiah Crowell, $4,700, Cleveland vs New York Jets
Sure, Duke Johnson has been a bigger part of Cleveland's offense than Isaiah Crowell. But, the Browns haven't won a game yet. Cleveland must switch things up to get Crowell going. What that means is throwing the football to him in open space before handing it off to him in the backfield. If they do that versus the Jets, Crowell should score at least 1 TD on Sunday.