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DFS NFL Running Back Picks for Week 12 – 2021

Johnathan Taylor DFS Pick
INDIANAPOLIS, IN- JANUARY 03: Indianapolis Colts Running Back Jonathan Taylor (28) with a stiff arm to Jacksonville Jaguars Corner Back Chris Claybrooks (27) during and NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts on January 03, 2021 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis IN. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire)

Can Jonathan Taylor have another huge week? There are some excellent values this week for running backs in DFS! Find out here as we break down the winners and losers in DFS for Week 12!

Jonathan Taylor – ($9,100 DK, $9,800 FD)  – You know you’re having a great year when you’re more expensive than Christian McCaffrey in any given week. Taylor has a solid matchup versus the Bucs at home, but since he shredded the #1 run defense last week, I think he’s still worth the start. Tampa Bay is ranked 11th in giving up fantasy points to running backs, but Taylor averages 21.98 fantasy points per game and is still 100 percent consistent. So, yeah….get him in your lineup!

Austin Ekeler – BEWARE –  ($8,400 DK, $8,400 FD) – A rarity in that both sites are the same price for Ekeler this week. Ekeler has had a great year so far, but this week it’s going to get a little tougher as he travels to Mile High Stadium. The Broncos rank fifth in giving up the fewest fantasy points to running backs so far this season. Ekeler has struggled on the road versus a good defense as he has averaged only 10.07 fantasy points per game and has been only 33 percent consistent. Based on his price tag, I’ll pass this week.

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Best Value – RB – Miles Sanders – ($5,100 DK, $6,100 FD) – With Sanders being out most of the year, his value is at a season-low of only $5,100 on DraftKings. If you’re going to get him in your lineup, now is the time to do it. He plays the Giants this week across the state line in New Jersey. The Giants rank 28th in giving up fantasy points to running backs and Sanders is healthy and looked good last week. Sanders has averaged 12.83 fantasy points per game is 67 percent consistent in that game scenario. So, use that value this week while it’s there.

Best Mid-Value – RB – Saquon Barkley – ($6,300 DK, $7,500 FD) – Let’s stay in the same game as Miles Sanders and take as our mid-range running back, Saquon Barkley. Just like the Giants, the Eagles suck at stopping running backs as well as they rank 26th. Barkley has historically done very well at home versus a bad defense by averaging 26.67 fantasy points per game and has been 100 percent consistent. He’s due to break loose and this could be the week!

Leonard Fournette – BEWARE –  ($6,800 DK, $7,100 FD) – Fournette has been very consistent so far this season as he’s ranked sixth in consistency at 80 percent. This week, it could be tougher to earn another Clutch Game as he goes against the Colts in Indy. The Colts rank first in giving up the fewest fantasy points to running backs so far this season. Fournette has struggled when playing on the road versus a tough defense by averaging only 8.46 fantasy points per game and has been only 20 percent consistent. I’ll pass on Fournette this week.

Overall, this week we are seeing some potentially huge values but a few people to stay away from that we normally give a full endorsement. 

Bob Lung is a professional fantasy football writer who runs the fantasy football expo in Canton, Ohio every summer. He writes his Consistency Articles and also contributes to Dr. Roto’s new DFS site.

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