Week 4 DFS NFL FanDuel Running Back Plays & Picks

Written By Nate Weitzer on September 27, 2017 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018

Week 4 FanDuel.com DFS NFL Running Back GPP and Cash Game Plays

Week 4 NFL is upon us and everyone is looking to cash in on the big money at FanDuel. Every week, we’ll bring you our top DFS NFL picks at each position, separating them into Cash Game and GPP plays. And to keep up with all things PlayPicks, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Cash game options generally come with less risk and a more stable floor, while the best GPP plays can come with tons of risk and upside. Taking a chance on players with high ceilings and low floors is a good way to separate from a large tournament field.

As with any DFS sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than they are in real life due to matchup, price, game flow, etc. This is important when constructing a roster. And if you’re looking for new ways to play DFS NFL, be sure and give BOOM Fantasy and DRAFT a try!

In DFS NFL, predicting game flow can be vital towards success. Teams that are heavily favored and come through with a comfortable win will be far more likely to lean on their running game, while two teams with poor defenses and high-powered offenses could pay off by getting into a shootout. Later in the season, especially, weather will play a key factor in NFL games, so make sure to check the forecast for each Sunday.

In general, GPP plays are high-risk, high-reward prospects that can fizzle out and leave you empty handed. That said, if you want to win the big money, you have to take big chances and sometimes that means fading a safer choice for a risky play with more upside.

Week 4 DFS NFL Running Backs for Cash Games

Ezekiel Elliott vs. LAR ($8.5k FanDuel)
The Cowboys got back on track on Monday night and did so by feeding their young beastly running back. Elliott turned 22 carries into 80 yards and a game-sealing touchdown against an elite Cardinals front seven and this week he’ll face a Rams unit that’s looked a bit confused while re-integrating star DT Aaron Donald in Week 2. The Rams have given up the second-most FD PPG to opposing RBs this season including a two-touchdown day to Carlos Hyde and the weak 49ers offense last Thursday, so the Cowboys fantastic offensive line should be able to exploit those weaknesses in a home game.

Leonard Fournette @ NYJ ($7.7k FanDuel)
After announcing to the world that they are in fact “for real” the Jaguars return to the states to face a Jets team in a let-down spot after possibly earning their only win this season. Gang Green lucked out when Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi went down in the first half of that contest, as they still rank 25th in DVOA run defense and gave up 3 rushing TDs over their first 2 contests. Fournette’s handled 57 carries with a rushing TD in all 3 of his NFL appearances thus far and that’s volume you can hang your hat on in cash game formats.

Jacquizz Rodgers vs. NYG ($5.3k FanDuel)
How can you take a chance on Quizz in cash games after his horrible Week 3 line? Well, the Bucs fell way behind early and that effectively took Rodgers out of the game against a stout Minnesota defense but he’ll still have a chance to carry the load with Doug Martin suspended (for one more week). The Giants went from playing stout run defense to giving up the most RuYPG (153.3) in the NFL this season and the inability of the Giants offense has a lot to do with that. If you’re banking on a bounce back effort from a rising Tampa Bay squad, save big with Rodgers as a cheap option.

Week 4 DFS NFL Running Backs for GPPs

Chris Carson vs. IND ($6.6k FanDuel)
The Seahawks backfield seemingly belongs to Carson after Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls failed to notch a touch while he carried 11 times and caught 2 passes for 18 yards and a TD. Carson played on a 56.2 percent of offensive snaps against Tennessee while sharing time with C.J. Prosise, who suffered an ankle injury in that contest. That secures Carson’s workload regardless of game script and he could continue to pile up receiving yards as a safety valve for Russell Wilson, who is scrambling behind a leaky offensive line right now. The Colts are ranked 29th in DVOA defense despite facing three of the worst offenses (LAR, ARI, CLE) in the NFL and can be bullied by any line.

Christian McCaffrey @ NE ($6.5k FanDuel)
Carolina’s receiving corps will become dangerously shorthanded if Kelvin Benjamin (knee) misses time along with Greg Olsen (foot), who is on injured reserve. With both players out of the picture, Cam Newton targeted McCaffrey 11 times and surprisingly hit him on 9 of those throws despite his consistent inaccuracies. Newton’s limitations will force him to check it down to McCaffrey in a likely comeback attempt at Foxboro, where the Patriots would usually limit the opposition’s best weapons, but they’ve looked completely inept while giving up the most passing YPG (330.7) and PPG (31.7) through 3 games this year. Even when New England’s defense was playing well over the last 2 seasons, the Pats gave up the third-most receptions per game (6.41) to opposing RBs, and McCaffrey is an extremely talented route runner.

Javorius Allen vs. PIT ($5.5k FanDuel)
You may be tempted to take a chance on Alex Collins based on the RB usage in last Sunday’s London disaster, but you can’t read too much into snap counts during a massive blowout. Buck Allen should remain the starter and see a much heavier workload after Terrence West fumbled and continued to look limited by a soft tissue injury. His ownership rate should be much lower given his weak production in Week 3, and the popularity of other value options. The Steelers have given up an above average 122.7 RuYPG and 4 rushing TDs through 3 weeks, and we’ve seen these rivalry games have an added physicality that usually benefits RBs over WRs.

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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