Week 1 is now in the books, and while some of our favorite DraftKings plays wound up scoring big, we also saw a few shockers (thanks, Todd Gurley). We’re back at it this week, and breaking down the top fantasy football running back plays for Week 2, with the hopes that we can put together a lineup that can score big in the $5M Fantasy Football Millionaire game.
Let’s jump right into it.
*Just to note, we will not be including Thursday night players in this write-up.
Top DraftKings high-priced plays ($7,000-plus)
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals ($7,600)
Let’s be honest. After losing to the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots, the entire Cardinals team is going to be pretty pissed off. This is going to set Johnson up for a huge day both running and catching the ball. While the Cardinals do have an interesting matchup against an up-and-coming defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this isn’t really a spot where I’m all that interested in fading Johnson.
DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers ($7,100)
I give up, I’m pretty sure Williams just doesn’t age. The man came out and put on a show in Pittsburgh’s Week 1 victory, rushing 26 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching six passes. There’s zero reason to avoid him this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals because the number of touches he’s going to receive alone makes him worth using. Expect 30-plus combined carries and catches.
Lamar Miller, Houston Texans ($7,200)
As crazy as this sounds, I think there’s a chance that Miller may have fairly low ownership in Week 2. I may be crazy, but after he failed to score a touchdown for many fantasy players, they may have soured on him just a bit. With that said, he totaled 32 combined carries and catches, and now draws a Kansas City Chiefs team who just allowed Melvin Gordon to score twice. I’ll take Miller all day.
Top DraftKings mid-priced plays ($5,100-$6,900)
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos ($6,800)
After a monstrous Week 1 performance in which Anderson rushed 20 times for 92 yards and a score, while also catching four passes for 47 yards and an additional touchdown, he now draws the woeful Indianapolis Colts defense. The Colts allowed the 22nd-most rushing yards in Week 1 (116) but it came against a team in the Detroit Lions who aren’t exactly known for their run game. Expect Anderson to run wild.
Arian Foster, Miami Dolphins ($6,000)
Assuming Foster’s hamstring injury isn’t anything serious and he’s going to play a normal number of snaps, then we’ll happily take the pass-catching back. He had a tough outing against the Seattle Seahawks on the ground in Week 1, but most running backs do. He rushed 13 times for 38 yards while catching three passes for 62 yards. I expect Foster to find the end zone this weekend, while also catching somewhere around five or six passes in the process against the New England Patriots.
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans ($5,700)
I’m slightly concerned about Murray after his Week 1 was saved thanks to two receiving touchdowns. With that said, Murray caught five passes for 35 yards with those two touchdowns, so he’s obviously going to be a part of the passing game. That alone is enough to make him a strong play. Tack on the fact that he received 13 carries (which should increase in Week 2), and there’s reason to believe Murray has a strong, well-rounded effort this weekend.
Top DraftKings low-priced plays ($5,000 and below)
T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars ($4,700)
Chris Ivory’s status is obviously worth monitoring, but it’s unlikely he’ll be ready to roll this week. With that said, Yeldon gets an easier matchup when taking on the San Diego Chargers than what he had last week. Yeldon struggled last week but found the end zone. I expect him to score once again this week, and for a running back who’s going to get a workhorse number of carries with such a low price tag, he’s hard to ignore.
Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland Browns ($4,500)
If Robert Griffin III were still under center I’d probably pass on Johnson. With that said, in Josh McCown’s eight games under center for the Browns in 2015, Johnson caught 38 passes over that span. Expect McCown to dump it off to Johnson a ton this week, especially since they’ll likely be playing from behind once again. To go along with that, Johnson could earn some additional carries in the process.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions ($4,300)
Temper your expectations a bit here, because while I expect Riddick to be more than worth his $4,300 price tag, expecting another multi-touchdown game in Week 2 probably isn’t realistic. Riddick had seven carries for 45 yards, with five catches for 63 yards and two combined touchdowns last week. This week he draws the Titans, who did shut down Adrian Peterson last week. With that said, we’re more interested in Riddick’s pass-catching ability. For the price, it’s hard to ignore Riddick’s playmaking.