NFL's Top Running Back Is Not Who You Think
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NFL's Top Running Back Is Not Who You Think

It's not Ezekiel Elliott, LeVeon Bell or David Johnson. Really.

The NFL season is now under two months away from kicking off, and millions of people around the world will participate in fantasy football.

While running backs like Dallas Cowboys' star Ezekiel Elliott, Pittsburgh Steelers' star LeVeon Bell and Arizona Cardinals' star David Johnson will likely be the first three running backs off of most draft boards, put fantasy football aside and don't let that distract you from who the real top running back in the NFL is.

Elliott has a monster offensive line to run behind in Dallas, and he carried the ball more than any other running back last season. Naturally, he should lead the league in rushing yards, as anything less would really be considered a disappointment, especially since he was the number four overall pick in last year's draft out of Ohio State.

He did end up leading the league in rushing yards by over 300 yards to the next highest running back last season. Yet he's not the league's best running back.

Bell is the most explosive running back with the ball in the game, but he hasn't exactly established himself as a reliable option in the long-term. He has played in all 16 games just once in four seasons, with injuries and legal issues sidelining him already even at only 25-years-old.

A rookie missing some time in his first season is one thing, but he has been in the league for four years and has averaged fewer than 12 games per season. He's not the league's best running back either.

Johnson is the best receiving running back in the game, as he totaled the most receptions and most receiving yards among all running backs by over 250 yards and led the entire NFL in yards from scrimmage last season.

He was the Cardinals' go-to guy in most situations, and his statistics show just how good of a producer he is from an offensive standpoint at the running back position. But like Elliott and Bell, Johnson is not the NFL's best running back.

The real best running back in the league is none other than the Chicago Bears' Jordan Howard. The 22-year-old out of Indiana had an under-the-radar rookie season that was truly elite from a running back standard, yet it was overlooked, and he doesn't get nearly the attention or the hype that the other three do.

He played in 15 games and was the primary running back in just 13 of them, yet his rushing total of 1,313 yards was second to only Elliott's total, which made rookies the top two rushers in the NFL last season.

While Howard was second to Elliott in yardage total, he averaged 0.1 more yards per carry (5.2 to 5.1) than Elliott did. And Howard pulled that off despite Bears' center Hroniss Grasu being out for the season while Elliott, the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award winner, had the league's best offensive line to run behind.

The only three players that Howard trailed in the yards per carry category carried the ball fewer times than he did, which shows just how elusive of a running back he is.

Teams that play behind more often than they play ahead tend to throw the ball more because there is more potential for big plays throwing the ball than there is running it. And the Bears played behind a lot last season, as they tied for only 28th in average points per game last season (17.4).

Yet they still managed to rank 17th in average rushing yards per game with just a 3-13 record! Why? Jordan Howard, that's why. And if the Bears as a whole can have more success as a team, the team's rushing numbers, particularly Howard's numbers, could get even better than they already are.

Teams like Dallas, Pittsburgh and Arizona, the teams of the other three running backs mentioned above, provided their running backs with what the Bears could not provide Howard, and that was a solid overall offense, and frankly, a solid overall team.

Dallas (13-3), Pittsburgh (11-5) and Arizona (7-8-1) ranked 5th, 6th and 10th, respectively in average points per game last season, so they were not forced to rely on the passing game and could allow their running backs to do more and carry the bulk of the workload.

But it was Howard on the 28th-best scoring team at just 3-13 that ended up doing more, and he did it with much less than those other three running backs. And while his rushing total is one thing, his numbers in the receiving category weren't too shabby either, as his receiving yardage total bumped what would have been the 15th highest scrimmage yardage total in the NFL counting just rushing yards all the way up to 6th.

Sure, if you're going to play fantasy football, you want to look at the yards, the touchdowns, and in some cases, the receptions to make your selection.

In that case, you'd likely pick Elliott, Bell or Johnson as your top running back. But if you're not interested in fantasy football and instead just looking to watch a top-tier running back slice through defensive units with ease every Sunday, prioritize Bears' games above all the other teams' games, including the Cowboys, Steelers and Cardinals.

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Way-Too-Early Top 5 Heisman Trophy Candidates For 2017

It is never too early to look at the potential Heisman Trophy award winners.

There are two primary goals that top-tier college football players enter the season with. Number one is, obviously, to win the College Football Playoff National Championship game. Number two is to win the Heisman Trophy award. Who are the way-too-early favorites to rock this year's race?

With still roughly four months to go until the start of the season, these rankings are definitely subject to change. The possibilities of transfers, injuries, teammate transfers or teammate injuries among many other changes make these rankings 100 percent subject to change and anything but set in stone.

We'll start with some names worth remembering and some honorable mentions.

Names Worth Remembering (no order)

  • Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State Seminoles
  • Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn Tigers
  • Ed Oliver, DT, Houston Cougars
  • Quinton Flowers, QB, South Florida Bulls
  • Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn Tigers
  • Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon Ducks
  • Shane Buechele, QB, Texas Longhorns
  • Kenny Hill, QB, TCU Horned Frogs
  • Luke Falk, QB, Washington State Cougars
  • Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA Bruins
  • Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State Broncos
  • Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Malik Zaire, QB, Undecided
  • Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington Huskies
  • Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado Buffaloes

Honorable Mentions (no order)

  • Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma Sooners --- Mayfield has been one of the nation's top passers over the past two seasons, totaling 7,665 passing yards, 76 touchdowns, and just 15 interceptions. However, it's hard to see his recent legal issues go unnoticed by the voters, regardless of how well he performs this season.
  • JT Barrett, QB, Ohio State Buckeyes --- Barrett is an electrifying quarterback running the football, but he leaves a lot to prove in the passing game. He could contend for the award if he steps that up this season and keeps Ohio State at the top of the rankings.
  • Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama Crimson Tide --- Hurts, like Barrett, is a great running quarterback on a great team, but he needs work in the passing game. As just a sophomore, however, I can see him improving a lot and finishing higher in the final vote than he did last season.
  • Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State Nittany Lions --- McSorley proved to be one of the most unlikely success stories last season after he led Penn State to a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl appearance after a 2-2 start. He is one of the few efficient running quarterbacks that have already developed a reliable passing game, so don't sleep on him.

Top 5

No. 5 - Jake Browning, QB, Washington Huskies
Many people thought that Browning would at least be a top five finisher in the voting last season after a breakout season in which he threw for 3,430 passing yards, 43 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. However, he was not.

There is no reason to believe that he won't be able to put up solid numbers once again. With three of last year's five finalists no longer in school, he should definitely be a top five contender.

No. 4 - Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State Nittany Lions
Barkley is probably the best all-around running back in the nation in terms of rushing and receiving. Playing for a team with arguably the most explosive offense in the country, he is sure to see his share of touches once again.

Last season as a sophomore, he totaled 300 touches, 1,898 scrimmage yards, and 22 touchdowns, a huge improvement from his freshman season. Look for even more of an improvement this season.

No. 3 - Derrius Guice, RB, LSU Tigers
It seems more than safe to say that LSU is in good hands at the running back position after the departure of the 2017 NFL Draft's fourth pick Leonard Fournette.

In limited playing time last season, Guice carried the ball just 183 times, but he did so for 1,387 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. That's good for 7.6 average yards per carry, and that's against some tough SEC defenses. In a full-time starting role, Guice should shine even brighter this season.

No. 2 - Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville Cardinals
Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy award winner, could easily be the top player in the nation again. However, only one player has won the award twice, so if Jackson wants to become the second, he's going to have to play as well as or better than he played last season.

That's a tall task seeing as how he totaled 51 touchdowns (30 passing, 21 rushing) last year, but that's a good possibility.

No. 1 - Sam Darnold, QB, USC Trojans
Remember USC's 1-3 start last season? Darnold doesn't. After that miserable start in which he started just one game, he led the team to a 9-0 record, including a Rose Bowl victory over the scorching hot Penn State Nittany Lions.

The projected top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft looks to be headed towards a season for the ages after a shortened season in which he threw for 3,086 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions.

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Sports |  Source: L.Smith, Sports Rant

Steelers Fail To Ring Le'Veon's Bell

He wants more cheddar for his rap career.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were not able to work out a long term deal with their star running back Le'Veon Bell this offseason. He will play under the franchise tag for $12.1 million in 2017.

The deal in the making would reportedly pay Bell over $12 million a year. The total package has yet to be released to the public, but I'm going to predict he turned down approximately five year $70 million deal to bet on himself this season. But here's the kicker.


I'll show myself out for that terrible pun. Only the first year, or $12 of $70 million, would be guaranteed money. The Steelers aren't known for giving out big guarantees with their contracts. They give out huge signing bonuses, but their players need to earn the rest.

Bell pouted on Twitter, tweeting out a melancholy.

He continued to talk through some of his feelings with ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "The running back market definitely took a hit, and I can't be the guy who continues to let it take a hit," Bell said.

I think this is the first time Bell came up in the rotation and didn't want to take a hit.

Seriously though, let's take a look into the training camp history for Mr. Bell over here.

2013: bruised knee and foot injury, missed preseason and first three regular season games

2014: injures hamstring, misses some training camp

2015: Bell is arrested in August with teammate LeGarette Blount for DUI marijuana charges, suspended first 2 regular season games

2016: Bell violates NFL substance abuse policy once again and is suspended for the first 4 games of the season

2017: Bell will most likely hold out because he is not satisfied being the high paid running back in the NFL.

Over the last three seasons, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant have only been on the field at the same time for 14 out of a possible 48 games due to a combination of suspensions and injuries.

The Steelers are totally behind Bell as their franchise running back for the long term, but it is safe to say that they have good reason to not sign him to a deal with big guaranteed money.

If you can believe it, this deal is about more than money. I am making the bold prediction that this hold out is the start of the biggest social movement since Kaepernick took a knee. Bell is standing up for the little guy... or at least, the Darren Sproles types.

Bell wants to set a new precedent for how running backs should get paid. "We do everything: We block, we run, we catch the ball. Our value isn't where it needs to be. I'm taking it upon myself to open up some eyes and show the position is more valuable," Bell said in reference to his position.


Here's the argument:

In terms of team value, Le'Veon Bell meant more to the Pittsburgh Steelers than Darrelle Revis did to the New York Jets or Demaryus Thomas did to the Denver Broncos. These players are all the highest paid at their position, but what is the difference?

Le'Veon Bell IS the Pittsburgh Steelers. The other players are simply cogs in the machine, but they still get paid $5-8 million more than Bell. When you talk about a player averaging 160 yards a game on a short season, you can't put enough zeros on his long term deal.


Bell led the Steelers in rushing with 1268 yard over 12 games.

Who led receiving?

It was number one receiver Antonio Brown of course with 106 receptions for 1284 yards.

But who was second in receiving?

That's right. While only playing 12 games, Bell still came in second out of all receivers on the Steelers with 616 yards.

This man is an animal and deserves to make superstar money. I guess the RB market keeps taking hits because either the RBs keep taking hits or they start hitting other people.

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Fantasy Football Week Three Preview

Find out who you should be starting during Week 3.

QB Highlights
Aaron Rodgers
The number of people who have spent their week criticizing Aaron Rodgers is laughable. Sure, Rodgers hasn't been at the top of his game for the first two weeks, but this outrage in response to his play conjures up memories of Rodgers' own "R-E-L-A-X" comment from two years ago.

He's still the most talented quarterback in the game and should have a very strong weak against a Detroit defense that hasn't looked as dominant as they've been in previous years this early in the season. Also, keep in mind, this will be Rodgers' first home game of the season, which should help his confidence and he'll be able to feed off the crowd's energy.

Marcus Mariota
Even with all the retooling to the Raiders' pass defense, the unit hasn't looked good this year. Mariota hasn't necessarily been at the top of his game either, but the quarterback outlook this week isn't great outside of the top ten, and I think Mariota is someone who could sneak his way in there with a home matchup against Oakland.

Sam Bradford
I loved what I saw from Bradford during Week 2. He looked like he had complete control of the Vikings' offense and Norv Turner's play calling symbolized a tremendous sense of trust in his new quarterback, also. With Adrian Peterson now injured, I think the reliance on Bradford will grow exponentially, as this will become a pass-happy offense, which, given the volume of plays that he'll be involved in, should bode well for his weekly fantasy output.

Bradford is certainly someone who could outscore his ranking this week, but I'm in a wait and see period this week given the tough matchup and the fact that playing without AP will be an adjustment.


RB Highlights
DeAngelo Williams
Last year, DeAngelo Williams showed us he was a serviceable fill in for Le'Veon Bell when Bell would have to miss time. This year, he's outdone himself, and after two weeks was leading the league in rushing.

The Steelers have relied upon him heavily, as he's already rushed the ball 58 times on the season. Williams should continue to fare quite well behind the Steelers powerful offensive line and in a system that seems to be geared toward his success. Philly's defense isn't the type that's going to slow him down.

Isaiah Crowell
Crowell has been one of the surprise backs this season. He is currently the fifth-ranked running back in fantasy football and has nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns on the season thus far. Hue Jackson's offenses have always helped running backs succeed, as we saw most recently when both Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard flourished under his leadership in Cincinnati.

Crowell should see a lot of work this week with a rookie quarterback under center, but it remains to be seen whether that will help or hurt Crowell, as the Dolphins will likely try to stack the box and make Cody Kessler beat them with his arm. Crowell's fairly risky this week, but could end up with RB1 numbers if the offense has some run-pass balance.

Carlos Hyde
The running back outlook is pretty bleak this week. Running back is always a difficult position to find depth at in the NFL at large, and it becomes exponentially harder when there are multiple injuries, tough match-ups, and backfield-by-committees.

Hyde is a very risky play this week against the Seahawks' stout defense. They will blitz heavily to stop Hyde from gaining yardage, and will try to force Gabbert to throw, as their vaunted secondary will be able to take advantage of his misfires. I'd play him simply due to a lack of other options, but do so with caution.


WR Highlights
Julio Jones
The Saints terrible secondary is one that you should continue to exploit with wide receiver matchup plays. Odell caught eight of 11 passes against them last week and if not for a dropped touchdown pass, would have had around 20 fantasy points.

We know Matt Ryan won't be afraid to heave some shots deep, and a few are likely to go Julio's way. I expect him to have a field day against the worst cornerback unit in the NFL.

Jarvis Landry
The Browns are supposed to be much better defensively than they've been so far this season. They've gotten picked apart by Carson Wentz and Joe Flacco in the first two weeks of the season.

Tannehill looked good in his week two loss to New England and is a better quarterback than Wentz and Flacco, which should entice coach Adam Gase to dial up a steady amount of passing plays for his quarterback, and Landry is Tannehill's top option. I'm expecting a nice game for Landry, particularly in PPR formats.

Mike Wallace
Joe Flacco always seems to forge a bond with his top veteran receivers. This year, Mike Wallace is thriving and it's thanks to Flack's trust in him. The Ravens number one option against a bad Jacksonville defense will be a sneaky WR2 this week, as his play thus far and his offensive role has earned him his increase in standing.


TE Highlights
Jacob Tamme
Jacob Tamme is getting a lot of looks from quarterback Matt Ryan and seems to have finally found the perfect system to flourish in. Over the last two seasons, with Tony Gonzalez out of the picture, Matt Ryan looked less and less to his tight ends when he went through his progressions - and with good reason.

Now, Tamme's talents are being put to good use and Matt Ryan has put his trust in him, so expect Tamme to continue to get a lot of looks on a weekly basis, which should really help his fantasy potential.


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10 College Quarterbacks Who Succeeded At Another Position

Wide receiver and running back is where it's at.

What position has the toughest transition from college to pro in football? A lot of people would say quarterback.

There are many factors preventing successful college football quarterbacks from succeeding in the NFL. And some guys accept they're not NFL-quality quarterbacks. But they know they're NFL-quality athletes. So here is a look at 10 ex-college football quarterback who have done well for themselves in the NFL.

Julian Edelman (Kent State QB turned New England Patriots WR)
At Kent State, Edelman wasn't much of a throwing quarterback. In his three years starting, he threw more picks (31) than he did touchdowns. But his 1370 rushing yards as a senior caught team's interest -- as did his brief experience returning punts.

The Patriots took a chance on him in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft and once Wes Welker left New England, Edelman became an Pro Bowl wideout. Not bad for a guy who was expected to be not much more than a punt returner.

Edelman is still a Patriots emergency depth quarterback known for putting up the occasional throw on a trick play.

Denard Robinson (Michigan QB turned Jacksonville Jaguars RB)
Like Edelman, Robinson's offense was a track meet. He ran for over 4,000 yards in his four year tenure with the Wolverines so when draft time came around, he expressed a willingness to play any position. The Jaguars decided that was worth a fifth round pick to try him out at running back.

While he does a 500-yard rushing season to his credit (2014), he only has four carries through three games this year. Not sure what that's all about.

Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State QB turned Cleveland Browns WR)
The former Rose Bowl MVP was a dual-threat quarterback for the Buckeyes, slinging 27 touchdown passes as a junior while throwing just 11 interceptions. He also ran for over 2,000 yards in his three-year college career.

At first, he was a definite quarterback prospect. The Oakland Raiders used a third round supplemental pick on him in 2011, possibly with hopes he would be the next JaMarcus Russell.

In short, he finally had a chance to play quarterback in his third season with the Raiders. It didn't go so well and no one else gave him a chance.

In 2015, his agent announced he would be open to playing wide receiver. And while he didn't really play much last year, he already has 14 receptions for 244 yards this year. So yeah, he's an offensive weapon for the Browns.

Braxton Miller (Ohio State QB turned Houston Texans WR)
OK, so he was a wide receiver his senior year because of JT Barrett and Cardale Jones. But he did lead the Buckeyes to a CFP National Championship in 2014 under center.

His rookie year has been a little slow (six receptions for nine yards in two games), but he's still young and becoming acclimated to the Texans offense. They would not have used a third round pick on the rookie if they didn't intend on using him. That's for sure. He's too good of an athlete to fail.

Hines Ward (Georgia QB turned Pittsburgh Steelers WR)
Ward did a little bit of everything in college. But he was a standout quarterback in high school. And in his sophomore year at Georgia, he set Peach Bowl records in attempted passes (59) and passing yards. Plus he was athletic.

Obviously, he was a Steelers wide receiver, and he was good. In parts of three decades, the five-time Pro Bowler had 1,000 career receptions, 86 touchdown receptions and 12,083 receiving yards. Not bad.

Antwaan Randle El (Indiana QB turned Pittsburgh Steelers WR)
Another great pickup by the Steelers, Randle El became the first ever Division One football player to rush for 40 touchdowns and to throw for 40 touchdowns.

The Steelers picked up the former All-American in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft and he was an All-Pro wide receiver the same year his team won the Super Bowl. In all, his career lasted nine seasons and he had 27 touchdowns.

If only ex-Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy could have had this impact at wideout for the Steelers.

Jerick McKinnon (Georgia Southern QB turned Minnesota Vikings RB)
There wasn't much passing going on in Georgia Southern's triple-option offense. But McKinnon did have seven touchdown passes as a junior in 2012 (on just 49 pass attempts). But as a triple-option quarterback who completed 42 percent of his passes in his college career, there was no way McKinnon would translate as an NFL QB.

The Vikings saw a running back in him (third round draft pick) and he rushed for 538 yards a rookie in 2014. This year, expect to see more of him than last year as he ran for 45 yards in his team's win over the Carolina Panthers.

Josh Cribbs (Kent State QB turned Cleveland Browns KR/WR)
Finally, a quarterback who succeeded for the Browns. Except he didn't play quarterback. He was essentially what the Patriots were hoping Edelman would be -- a steady punt returner.

Cribbs was Edelman before Edelman at Kent State. He rushed for nearly 4,000 yards. But his passing numbers just weren't NFL material.

His athleticism did, however, buy him a decade long NFL career, 20 career touchdowns and some impressive highlight tapes.

Zach Miller (Nebraska Omaha QB turned Jacksonville Jaguars TE -- now Chicago Bears)
A 1,000 yard runner and 1,000 yard thrower, Miller was asked by scouts to play tight end in the Cactus Bowl All-Star game. And when he had over 100 receiving yards there, the Jaguars scooped Miller, who is 6-foot-5, in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL draft.

With the Bears last year and this year, he is really settling in as an impact player. Last year, he had 34 grabs for 439 yards and five touchdowns. This year, he had 15 receptions and 125 yards with a pair of TDs in the first three games of the season. It's looking pretty good for Miller this year.

Drew Bennett (UCLA QB turned Tennessee Titans WR)
Bennett's college career was uneventful. He really only started a few games as a junior. And as a senior, he was moved to wide receiver. His impact was minimal.

The Titans took a low risk, signing him as an undrafted free agent in 2001. And it resulted in an eight-year tenure with the team. His best year came in 2004 when he had 11 touchdown grabs and 1,247 receiving yards. Now that's a low-risk, high-reward signing.

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DraftKings Week Four: Bargain Buys

Who doesn't like a nice markdown?

Last week's takeaways are this week's pot of gold. DraftKings pricing is typically tied very accurately to value. However, if you follow closely enough, you can catch errors in judgment.

Catching these errors and capitalizing on them to build your lineup around players at deflated prices is the way to win serious coin. Here are some players that will help you take advantage of these errors in pricing for week four:

QB Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,200)
This will be the last weekend you can cash in on the Patriots' backup quarterback situation before Tom Brady makes his much-anticipated return. I'm unsure exactly how to judge the Bills defense thus far.

Last week, the defense threw everything at Carson Palmer and the Cardinals threatening passing offense was stifled. In their Week 2 bout, they looked very susceptible, letting the Jets typically-mediocre quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tore up their defense for over 350 yards. Garoppolo's averaged 18.7 DK points per game in his first two outings and if he can get healthy quickly, which seems possible since he was nearly active last week, and since the Patriots did not opt to bring in a FA quarterback despite the fact that Brissett was also hurt during this week's game, he should at least be a great value play, even if it's just to complement a RB/WR heavy lineup you craft.

RB Jordan Howard ($3,700)
Jordan Howard will be the best bargain buy on DraftKings this week. The Bears offense hasn't looked good thus far and the running game should shoulder some of the blame. However, Jeremy Langford has remained a valuable play for the FLEX position in season-long and when he's priced cheaply on DraftKings. Langford suffered a serious ankle injury that will keep him sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

Bears backup Ka'Deem Carey is also hampered by a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Bears week two matchup. This thrust Jordan Howard into a huge role with the offense, and he made the most of it with 92 all-purpose yards against the Cowboys. This week, the fifth-round rookie should see virtually all of the snaps and the Bears will line up against a weak Lions defense, making him a must-play at his price point.

RB Carlos Hyde ($4,200)
There aren't a ton of cheap options at running back this week, but Carlos Hyde is discounted without much reasoning. The Cowboys defense is currently ranked 10th in DK against the run, but I think that has less to do with how strong of a run defense they have and more to do with the talent of the backs they've faced (Matt Jones, Rashad Jennings, Jordan Howard).

Carlos Hyde is the focal point of the Chip Kelly-led 49ers offense, and he even was able to churn out an excellent fantasy day against the Seahawks' terrifying defense. I'm projecting a huge week for Hyde in the fast-paced 49ers offense against a weaker Cowboys defense and at this price, he's going to be hard not to plug in as your RB2 or FLEX.

WR Eddie Royal ($3,500)
Royal is probably the best pure route runner on this Bears team and in Hoyer's time with both Houston and New England, he was throwing to receivers running rigid routes. Cris Collinsworth alluded to this during SNF this past week.

While Royal didn't play excellently in his first week paired up with Hoyer, the Bears face a worse passing defense in the Lions this week. The Lions defense was carved up by Aaron Rodgers during week three. And while Royal wasn't great statistically during week three, he caught all three of his passes and since the Bears will likely look to throw away from Darius Slay this week, Royal should get plenty of targets from Hoyer. This price point is nearly the minimum for a receiver, which makes him worth the risk.

WR Terrelle Pryor ($4,300)
Last week, we saw Hue Jackson use Pryor in the "SLASH" role, as both a wide receiver and a dual-threat quarterback. Add that to the fact that Pryor was Cody Kessler's top target last week and that the Browns receiving corps are depleted with Josh Gordon having another week of suspension to serve and Corey Coleman sidelined, and I figured Pryor's price point would rise astronomically, likely to the $5,000-$6,000 range.

But, we'll take what DraftKings gives us with this deflated price and lock Pryor in, given his integral role in an offense that will square off against the Redskins below-average pass defense during Week 4.