Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fantasy Football: Running Backs for Week One of FanDuel Fantasy Football!


Fantasy Football is back! I can’t seem to say that enough these days. My last season long draft is tonight (Wednesday) and I’m really looking forward to playing weekly Fantasy Football at FanDuel. Here are some of the running backs (RB’s) I’m thinking about for week one of the Fantasy Football season at FanDuel.

The Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware ($5,400) is high on my list this week but only if Jamaal Charles doesn’t suit up. Everything I’ve read thus far suggests that Charles will be inactive for week one and if he is than Ware should be highly considered this week against the San Diego Chargers. Last season Ware led all RB’s with at least 70 carries averaging .70 Fantasy Points per run. That’s special folks and I suspect Ware is going to have an exceptional game against the Chargers this week. You would probably be better served using him in tournaments rather than cash this week.

The Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller ($7,600) is pricier than Ware but this might be the last time we see Miller at this price especially if he runs roughshod over the Chicago Bears this Sunday. If I were playing cash games I would start with Miller and build my cash game lineup around him. Last season the Bears allowed 120 rushing yards per game and someone with fresh legs and Miller’s ability should be able to do some real damage this Sunday.

The Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson ($8,800) is pricey but spectacular and his matchup against the New England Patriots is certainly intriguing. He is the unquestionable number one back for Arizona and will spend plenty of time on the field as he is also the best receiver out of the backfield.  The Patriots are a top 10 rushing defense but the Vegas line of -1 favoring the Patriots and a 51 point over under leads me to believe this ballgame will be a high scoring close affair that bodes well for a three down back like Johnson. Feel free to use Johnson in both cash as well as tournament play this Sunday.

With all the hype surrounding Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott I think many will overlook RB Ezekiel Elliot ($7,900) this week. That would be a mistake and with Elliot backed by one of the best offensive lines in the NFL coupled with their matchup this week against a New York Giants rushing defense that allowed 121 rushing yards per game in 2015 and we have all the makings for Elliot to have a big game. Elliot has big game upside in this one and with the Vegas line of 4 points in the Cowboys favor I am all in on Elliot this week in both cash as well as tournament play.

The Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Matthews ($6,100) has a terrific matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Much like Elliot all the talk has centered around Eagles QB  Carson Wentz and not much talk about Matthews. I think that’s a big mistake. The Browns are horrible at defense and Matthews should see plenty of touches in this contest. Vegas is spotting the Eagles 7.5 points in this one and if everything goes the way I think it will Matthews is going to see a lot of work in the second half of this one. I wouldn’t use Matthews in cash games but it’s all systems go for tournaments. 

Other running backs I’m considering are Todd Gurley ($8,900), Rashad Jennings ($6,000), DeAngelo Williams ($7,100) and Latavius Murray ($6,600).


Good luck at FanDuel this week!!