Week 1 of the NFL regular season gave us some interesting outcomes and now we head into Week 2 with a bit more knowledge. The RB Coach cover boy for me last week, Saquon Barkley, had a monster game and saw a big time price increase. This week, my guy in the mid-tier range that I believe could provide a big game and crush his price tag is Antonio Gibson. Why do I like him and who else do I like this week? Let’s dive into the top plays, values and fades for NFL DFS Week 2!
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NFL DFS RB Top Plays
Jonathan Taylor, Colts
Taylor was the RB1 last year and he was in a great spot to start the year off in a similar fashion as the Colts took on the lowly Texans and he did not disappoint. He rushed 31 times for 161 yards and a touchdown while catching four passes for 14 yards. He has another good matchup this week as the Colts will takes on the Jaguars. They allowed Gibson to rush 14 times for 58 yards and catch seven passes for 72 yards on top of that. The only issue is the price tag, which can limit GPP upside, but he will likely see very high ownership in cash games as his floor is very high.
Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
CMC wasn’t amazing in his first week of the season and he still managed to have a decent fantasy da. That is what makes him so great. He rushed 10 times for 33 yards and a touchdown while also catching four passes for 24 yards. He gets a better matchup this week against a bad Giants team. The Giants gave up 82 rushing yards to Derrick Henry while also allowing Dontrell Hilliard to catch three passes for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns out of the backfield. CMC is once again a high floor, high ceiling play and he still has a pretty reasonable price tag.
NFL DFS RB Mid-Tier Plays
Leonard Fournette, Bucs
Fournette looked great in Week 1, rushing 21 times for 127 yards and catching two passes for 10 yards. He consistently ripped off big gains with each tote. This week he gets to take on a Saints defense that was torched by Corrdarrelle Patterson in Week 1 as he rushed for 120 yards and a score while catching three passes. We know Fournette is a safe bet to catch multiple passes and that provides him both with a safe floor and a nice ceiling as he is also the Bucs goal line back.
Antonio Gibson, Commanders
Gibson, as stated in Taylor’s section, had a nice first game against the Jags, rushing 14 times for 58 yards and catching seven passes for 72 yards on top of that. He will continue to operate as the Commanders workhorse back, at least for as long as Brian Robinson is on the shelf. He has a fantastic matchup on tap this week as Washington will take on the Lions. As you can see below, the Eagles had no issue dominating the Lions on the ground in Week 1 as all three of their backs found the end zone and there was a combined over 200 rushing yards allowed on the ground.
NFL DFS RB Value Plays
Michael Carter, Jets
The Jets said that Carter was still their starting back and they did not lie as he was a bell-cow in week 1. He looked great, rushing 10 times for 60 yards and catching 7 passes on 9 targets for an additional 40 yards to finish with 17 dk points despite no touchdown. And he could have very easily had a touchdown to cap off a monster game, but he failed to haul it in. For whatever reason, his price tag barely changed and it makes him a pretty obvious target for this week’s action, especially in full PPR formats like on DraftKings and various other sites.
Chase Edmonds, Dolphins
Edmonds wasn’t great by any means in Week 1, rushing 12 times for just 25 yards, but he did have four receptions for 40 yards and that is the main thing that he brings to the table. The Dolphins dominated the Patriots in Week 1 and it made for a boring 20-7 game. That should not be the case in Week 2 as Miami takes on Baltimore and they are going to have to score to keep up with them in what could turn out to be a shootout; which could mean even more passing work for Edmonds this week. His price is very cheap and easy to make work.
NFL DFS RB Fades
Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
Zeke didn’t look that bad in Week 1, rushing 10 times for 52 yards, but the volume just simply isn’t there right now and to make matters worse the Cowboys have lost Dak Prescott for about two months. You could say “oh but that should mean more volume for Zeke.” Sure, it could, but it also means more boxes stacked against him and it also likely means less touchdowns as the Cowboys will likely struggle a bit to move the football if they have to use Cooper Rush at QB. His floor is probably decent enough, but I just don’t see a super high ceiling really.