High: Austin Ekeler ($8300)
Justin Herbert, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen may all be more ballyhooed, but Ekeler is the beating heart of the Chargers’ offense. Over the last three weeks, he’s been on an absolute heater, receiving at least 19 touches in each contest and averaging 32.7 points per game. He’s the rare running back who’s basically vulture-proof, serving as both the Chargers’ best goal-line option as well as a prolific option in the passing game.
Middle: Josh Jacobs ($6500)
Josh Jacobs is third in the NFL in rushing yards. In his previous two games, he’s received 49 carries for 298 yards and three touchdowns, numbers that harken back to a time where running backs were true superstars. And yet, he’s only the 11th most expensive running back this week. Beyond Jacobs, the middle-tier running back options overfloweth this week: rookies Dameon Pierce ($6400) and Breece Hall ($6200) are more than worthy options as well.
Value: Kenneth Walker III ($5800)
Speaking of rookie running backs, Walker has been That Guy since taking over as the main guy in Seattle. In his first career start, Walker ably filled in for injured starter Rashaad Penny, toting the rock 21 times for 97 yards and a touchdown. A second round pick in last year’s draft, Walker is as dynamic as just about any back in the league and now he has a workload commensurate with his abilities.