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Running Back Selection

Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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Game flow is important to all positions on the field, but running backs rely on it most. When a team builds a lead (especially a large one), it wants to run the clock, minimize mistakes, and keep the ball out of the opposing offense’s hands. The best way to do that is with a solid ground game that can help put together 10-minute drives and protect the lead.

Vegas lines are great indicators of expected game flow. The larger the favorite, the more likely it is that the team will build a big lead. This typically benefits the main workhorse or the between-the-tackles running back. Conversely, when a team is expected to play from behind, we often see more snaps for the pass-catching back. A great example of this is the Bengals. When they are ahead, they like to pound the rock with Jeremy Hill. However, when they fall behind and start to air it out, they typically give more snaps to Giovani Bernard, who is quicker and better catching the ball out of the backfield.

Running backs who are favored perform better than running backs who are underdogs, and it’s not very close. Running backs also perform better at home than they do on the road, largely thanks to positive game flow. If everything else is equal, we want to target the running backs favored and at home. Sounds pretty simple, right? Unfortunately, the “everything else” part isn’t always equal.

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  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

    Interview after $100,000 Win

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Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

Interview after $100,000 Win

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