Jerome Ford Among Most Undervalued NFL Running Backs

Jerome Ford Among Most Undervalued NFL Running Backs
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With Cleveland Browns starting running back Nick Chubb suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 2, the Browns looked on their roster for help at the position and found three — Jerome Ford, Kareem Hunt and Pierre Strong, Jr. — to pick up the slack and lift the Browns to the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2020.

With an eye on NFL Ohio sports betting next season, BetOhio.com utilized ProFootballReference.com to find the cap hit and rushing and receiving yards of every NFL running back during the 2023-24 NFL regular season. After doing the math of the dollar 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 season.

Here are the gems in the backfield:

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Most Undervalued Running Backs

RankPlayer NameCap Hit (2023-24)Rushing, Receiving Yards (2023-24)$ Per Rush, Receiving 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.

Ohio betting apps list San Francisco as the Super Bowl favorite at +140. Baltimore is second at +200.

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Ford Climbs in Second Season

Ford, a second-year RB from Cincinnati, was quite the find for the Browns this year and is ranked No. 5 with a cap hit of less than a million dollars ($950,537). He earned $840 per rushing and receiving yard and proved to be worth every cent.

He had 204 carries for 813 yards rushing (4.0 yards avg.) with four touchdowns plus posted two 100-plus yard games. He also had 44 receptions for 319 yards (7.3 avg.) with five TDs. All in all, he had 248 touches for 1,132 total yards and nine TDs. Division foe Jaylen Warren of the Pittsburgh Steelers ranked fourth with 1,144 yards with a cap hit of $874,000.

For contrast, second-year running back Kyren Williams of Notre Dame and the L.A. Rams totaled 260 touches for 1,350 yards and 15 TDs (12 rush) for $702 per rushing and receiving yard with a salary cap hit of $947,601.

Cleveland (11-6) finished second in the AFC North this season behind AFC Championship finalist Baltimore and lost to the Houston Texans on the road, 45-14, in the AFC Wild Card game on Jan. 13. ESPN BET Ohio lists the Ravens as 3.5-point home favorites over Kansas City in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. The over/under is 44.5 total points. 

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Lou Monaco
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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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