Welcome back for another edition of Daily Fantasy Football, where I will discuss value running backs as well as options to avoid. Be sure to see the other Daily Fantasy Football articles like Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends for even more help.
My daily adventure in Week 1 started off with so much promise and slowly sputtered like an old jalopy on a country road. Ivory hit, Antonio Brown hit, Dion Lewis hit and I was feeling indestructible in several lineups! Then Lamar Miller, C.J. Anderson and Sam Bradford happened. Brandin Cooks and Sam Bradford were the icing on the cake.
Either way, I digress and the beauty of Daily Fantasy Football is it is a brand new week, and brand new lineup. As I stated last week, the need for elite players to pay off is huge, but there will also be a need for those cheaper targets to round out your roster. If those players hit, you will be in great shape.
Myself and others here at SCFE will be providing 3 value targets at each position, as well as a few to avoid in the same position. This week in particular I will be diving head-first back into the bargain bin for Chris Ivory, while tossing Frank Gore aside.
We also learned last week that paying for the best Quarterback is not always a fail safe, nor is it the best option. The same could be said for the Running Back position when you look at Adrian Peterson and C.J. Anderson. Football is unpredictable, but trying to pinpoint favorable matchups and values is the key to winning in Daily Fantasy each week.
Some additional links for you to check out to further help your Daily Fantasy Football lineups:
Doug Anderson created an awesome table that he’s going to post each week that breaks down the “ Fantasy Points Allowed by Position.” The best part is – it breaks it down according to the individual scoring rules on several DFS sites, including FanDuel, DraftKings, FantasyAces, Drafster and FanThrowdown.
Last month, David Gonos wrote a piece on FanDuel Insider discussing the average benchmarks you have to hit to win different contests on FanDuel, but I expect those numbers to rise (at least) by 10 percent for this Week 1 set of games.
With that I wish you all the best of luck, and encourage you to stay tuned for Levi Serfoss’ and my own DFS picks and Lineups later in the week if you want targets, or roster construction help. This week has to be better right?
Week 2 Daily Fantasy Football: 3 FanDuel Value Plays at RB
Chris Ivory, New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts ($6,900)
As noted last week, Ivory’s production surpassed his price. This week he faces an offense that allowed 147 yards in Week 1, and Ivory should once again be the workhorse in the early going. If the Jets defense can handle the Colts, Ivory’s workload should benefit him greatly. Five-hundred dollars more? No Problemo. I am rolling with Ivory once again this week.
Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings ($6,400)
My beloved Vikings looked as if an escape tunnel was dug out on Monday night and allowed Carlos Hyde to punish them for 168 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Vikes may be able to clean up their shoddy performance defensively, but Abdullah’s speed and explosiveness was on display in Week 1, and should be able to sneak value and points in Week 2 at this price.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 15, 2015
Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears ($5,700)
Andre Ellington going down with an injury is unfortunate, but also expected. I still firmly believe David johnson will be the back to own in the long-term, but Chris Johnson is starting in Week 2 and should get 20-plus touches. That makes him a great value play even if he only manages three yards a carry. The Bears defense allowed Eddie Lacy to rack up 85 yards on 19 carries in Week 1 and Johnson is not Eddie Lacy, but depending on how the Cards offense is running, both Johnson’s should be a factor in the game.
3 Running Backs to Avoid on FanDuel
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets ($7,000)
The Jets allowed some rushing yards in Week 1, but the Colts are a pass first team. While Gore can harvest touchdowns for a living, the risk is there for a low yardage game, and the risk of not getting in the end zone at all is there. I don’t trust Gore at his price this week against this defense.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers vs. Houston Texans ($6,800)
Stewart had plenty of touches in Week 1, which is a positive and even some catches out of the backfield. However, the Texans defense is much more intimidating than the Jaguars and while Stewart’s price isn’t outlandish, I will be looking for any of the three value RBs over him this week.
Dion Lewis, New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills ($5,200)
Lewis had a very nice showing in Week 1 and claimed his share of the passing downs for the Patriots. LeGarette Blount is back, however, and although he won’t dominate all of the touches, he will be taking carries from the promising Lewis. Lewis will still be a factor and to be honest, he was NEARLY in my Value Plays. Needless to say, I love him but have serious doubts about him this weekend. Especially against this stout defense.
Don’t forget to also use Doug Anderson’s “ Fantasy Points Allowed by Position,” where he breaks down the ability of defenses going up against each Fantasy position. The best part is – it breaks it down according to the individual scoring rules on several DFS sites, including FanDuel, DraftKings, FantasyAces, Drafster and FanThrowdown.
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