Welcome to Week 2 of the NFL season and the next edition DFS RB Coach! It’s great to have football back and we saw a lot of exciting things in Week 1 I had some nice calls on Austin Ekeler, Travis Etienne, and Brian Robinson Jr, while our only real miss was Rachaad White. Let’s look to keep that momentum going into Week 2. It’s time to start putting those DraftKings and FanDuel lineups together and hit the big paydays! The Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs game has the highest total on the slate, so be sure to keep that in mind. Let’s dive into my favorite RB plays!
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NFL DFS RB Top Play
Pollard looked good in the Cowboys Week 1 thumping of the Giants, rushing 14 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns while adding in two receptions for 12 yards. With the game in hand, the Cowboys gave Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn some work, but Pollard is the clear featured back here. The Jets defense looked good in Week 1, but James Cook still found some success against them, rushing 12 times for 46 yards and catching four passes for another 17.Pollard should see a hefty usage total in this game, with work both on the ground and through the air.
NFL DFS RB Mid-Tier Plays
Cook, as mentioned in Pollard’s section, had a solid Week 1 and he saw nice usage with 12 carries and 6 targets. We love all the looks in the passing game as the receptions can make it very easy for Cook to hit value. The Raiders look like a solid matchup for backs after Week 1 as the Broncos tandem of Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine combined for 21 carries for 93 yards and caught 8 passes for 42 yards. That is a lot of receptions and after what we saw in Week 1 for Cook, I like this spot for him. He is probably my second favorite point per dollar play this week.
Gibbs may be the shiny new toy and have big play abilities, but Monty was the lead back in Week 1. And while Gibbs may slower gain more traction and touches as the weeks go on, Monty is a very safe bet for work here in Week 2. He rushed 21 times for 74 yards and a score in Week 1 and we should continue to see him get touchdown opportunities around the goal line as the Jamaal Williams of this offense. The Seahawks mostly held the Rams backs in check yardage wise, but they did allow three rushing touchdowns, which is perfect for Monty.
NFL DFS RB Value Plays
Pierce was the lead back for the Texans in Week 1 and while he only managed 38 yards on 11 carries and 9 yards on two receptions, he still vastly outplayed Devin Singletary. Things should be better this week as the Colts were kind of gashed by Travis Etienne on the ground last week and also gave up an additional score to Tank Bigsby as well. On top of all that, the Texans should be able to somewhat hang around in this game in a battle of two low-tier teams, which of course bodes well for Pierce. With how cheap he is, Pierce is my top point per dollar play this week.
The deeper dart throw. Moss was inactive in Week 1 as he was making his way back from a broken arm, but he probably cemented himself as the lead back without even playing. Deon Jackson was horrendous, rushing 13 times for 14 yards and catching five passes for only 14 yards as well, while losing TWO fumbles. The Colts wanted to work Evan Hull into the mix and then he got hurt and didn’t get to impress any. Add it all up and we have Moss coming back and being a featured back for this team. And it doesn’t hurt that he gets a great matchup to boot, facing a Texans team that gave up three rushing touchdowns to backs in Week 1.
NFL DFS RB Fades
Mixon is not someone who I will play this week and for a few reasons. For one, the Ravens rush defense looked stout last week and it could be hard to find room to maneuver this week for Mixon. Also, the Bengals offense flopped last week and did nothing through the air, but we know what Joe Burrow, Ja’Maar Chase, and Tee Higgins are capable of and I expect a bounce back performance from them as they carry the Bengals offense in Week 2, while leaving Mixon to play second fiddle.