Fantasy Football Week 2 Running Back Preview: Projections, waiver wire adds, DFS plays, and more

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Outside of a handful of studs, most running backs find themselves in some sort of committee in the NFL. That’s just the way the game is played now, and Fantasy football players  are well aware of it. That’s especially true for most of the rookie running backs. We had our theories about how things were going to work in these backfields before the season and it seems like a good idea to check out how they fared in Week 1. 

Clyde Edwards-Helaire and James Robinson were the only rookies to get anything close to a feature role in Week 1. Edwards-Helaire was outstanding, and still has room to grow in short yardage and the passing game. He’s a top-10 back now and has top-three upside if everything goes right. Robinson was better than expected, but we still don’t really know what his receiving role will look like. He’s a solid flex who has a chance to grow into a top-20 player.

Jonathan Taylor benefitted from Marlon Mack’s injury but the second biggest story was that Philip Rivers threw him the ball six times. Taylor will share with Nyheim Hines, and I still expect Hines to have a significant role in Week 2. There’s a path to Taylor carving out 280-plus touches now, and that gives him top-five upside. But first, he and the offensive line need to improve on his 2.4 yards per carry from Week 1. For now I’d view Taylor as a solid No. 2.

J.K. Dobbins was the third best back for Fantasy purposes, but only because he scored two touchdowns. He only saw seven carries and did not receive a target. Like Taylor, he wasn’t particularly efficient either. I wouldn’t want to start Dobbins until we see more evidence that he’s the goal line back. For now I’d consider him more of a No. 4 running back. 

Cam Akers saw 14 carries but he was badly outplayed by Malcolm Brown. I couldn’t advise starting him until he shows something. I’m slightly more interested in using Zach Moss and Joshua Kelley this week because they have a chance at short yardage work. Unfortunately for Akers, Brown has that role locked down for now. I also can’t get too excited about D’Andre Swift or Antonio Gibson — yet. They’re getting out-touched by veteran backs and they’ve not done anything yet to change that. All of these backs should remain universally rostered but if you drafted a bunch of them you could have a tough decision with Nyheim Hines on the waiver wire.

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Numbers to know

  • 6Josh Jacobs saw six targets in Week 1. He only had one game with more than three last year.
  • 1.0Leonard Fournette averaged a yard per carry on his five Week 1 carries. That gives Ronald Jones an excellent shot at a big workload in Week 2 against Carolina.
  • 28Chase Edmonds played 28 snaps in Week 1. He never played that many in a reserve role in 2019. This may be more of a committee than was projected.
  • 11%Christian McCaffrey’s target share in Week 1 was approximately half of what it was in 2019.
  • 26%Antonio Gibson played just 26% of Washington’s offensive plays. That needs to double before he’ll be a reliable Fantasy contributor.
  • 3Austin Ekeler had 3 yards receiving in Week 1. He only had two games below 20 yards in 2019.

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