Steelers’ Warren Among NFL’s Most Undervalued Running Backs

Steelers’ Warren Among NFL’s Most Undervalued Running Backs
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to the postseason once again, with more than a little help from Jaylen Warren, a second-year running back. How integral was Warren to the Steelers’ attack? 

PennStakes.com – your source for Pennsylvania sports betting - utilized Pro-Football-Reference.com to find the cap hit and rushing and receiving yards of every NFL running back during 2023-24 NFL regular season. After doing the math of the $ per point share for each player in the league, we were able to determine the 10 most value-driven RBs from this season. Salary and yards were included for all teams the player was on during the 2023-24 season. Here are the RBs that offer the most bang for their buck:

Most Undervalued Running Backs

RankPlayer NameCap Hit (2023-24)Rushing, Receiving Yards (2023-24)$ Per All-Purpose Yard*
1Kyren Williams, LAR$947,6011,350$702
2Rachaad White, TB$1,165,9091,539$757
3Isiah Pacheco, KC$889,7771,174$758
4Jaylen Warren, PIT$874,0001,144$764
5Jerome Ford, CLE$950,5371,132$840
6James Cook, BUF$1,325,4681,567$846
7DeVon Achane, MIA$905,293997$908
8Chuba Hubbard, CAR$1,118,2941,135$985
9Brian Robinson Jr., WSH$1,146,5691,101$1,041
10Tyler Allgeier, ATL$953,474876$1,088
* — Rounded to the nearest dollar.

 

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Warren an Impressive 4th on List

Jaylen Warren (Oklahoma State) ranked fourth with 1,144 yards ($764 per All-Purpose Yard) with a cap hit of $874,000. Warren played in all 17 games this season, rushing for 784 yards (5.3 average) on 149 carries with four touchdowns and had 61 receptions with 370 yards (6.1 avg.). He also had back-to-back games of 100+ yards in mid-November versus the Green Bay Packers (101 yards, Nov. 12) and on the road against the Cleveland Browns (129, Nov.19).

The Steelers, as forecasted by oddsmakers of all PA sports betting apps, fell short in a 31-17 loss to Buffalo in the first round of the playoffs. In that game Warren ran for 38 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for 16 yards.

Fellow division foe Jerome Ford of the Browns, a second-year RB from Cincinnati, ranked No 5 with a cap hit of less than a million dollars ($950,537). He had 204 carries for 813 yards rushing (4.0 yards avg.) with four touchdowns plus posted two 100+ yard games. He also had 44 receptions for 319 yards (7.3 avg.) with five TDs.

Topping the list is the Rams’ second-year running back, Kyren Williams. The Notre Dame product had 260 touches for 1,350 yards and 15 TDs (12 rush) for $702 per All-Purpose Yard.

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NFC, AFC Championship Odds

With the Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles eliminated, Pennsylvania bettors turn their attention to the four teams still competing for a Super Bowl win. It is the first crack at NFL conference championship odds by newcomer ESPN Bet PA.

In the AFC, ESPN Bet has the Baltimore Ravens as a 3.5-point and -170 moneyline favorite over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. The over-under is set at 44.5 points.
In the NFC, the host San Francisco 49ers are 6.5-point and -310 moneyline favorites over the Detroit Lions. That over-under is higher at 50.5 points.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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