Week 2 NFL DFS Running Back (RB) Targets For FanDuel & DraftKings

Welcome to the FC Insights Running Back Targets Article. In this post, we will be breaking down our top options and plays at the RB position for each DFS week of the 2020-2021 NFL DFS season.

Top Plays

Derrick Henry ($8,300 FD, $7,900 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Jaguars 25.50 88.0 1 33.8

There is no shortage of elite backs on this slate with Henry leading the way for me. Henry leads the way for me as he is the Titans offense. Henry had 30 carries in week one for 116 yards and dating back to last season he has 30 carries in four of his past five games. We not only know that Henry is going to get a ton of touches but the Jaguars defense is one I love to target running backs against. Last season the Jaguars allowed the fifth-most rushing yards per game and the second-most fantasy points per game to the position. In week one they allowed a total of 218 yards to the position and 33.8 fantasy points which were the third-most in week one. We also saw Henry run wild over the Jaguars in their week 12 game last season. In that game, Henry had 175 total yards and two scores on 20 touches on his way to 32.5 fantasy points.

Ezekiel Elliott ($8,600 FD, $8,200 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Falcons 28.25 84.0 1 27.2

As I talked about earlier in this article the top-tier of running backs is absolutely loaded on this slate. While Henry is my favorite of those elite backs, Elliott is not far behind. Elliott looked great in week one against the Rams with 96 rushing yards and a score while also adding in three catches for 31 yards and a score. Elliott should have a repeat performance this week as he takes on a bad Falcons defense that always struggles against pass-catching backs. The Falcons constantly rank in the bottom in terms of receptions, receiving yards, and overall fantasy points allowed to running backs. Those struggles look to have continued onto this season as they allowed Chris Carson who previously was not known for his catching abilities to catch six passes for 45 yards and two scores.

Mid-Tier Plays

Austin Ekeler ($6,900 FD, $6,500 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Chiefs 19.75 118.0 2 18.3

Ekeler let a lot of people down in week one including myself as he failed to produce double-digit fantasy points. What really stood out to me in that performance from Ekeler was how nonexistent he was in the passing game which is Ekeler’s bread and butter. While that is likely going to be a recurring theme as the season goes on as Tyrod Taylor is not a quarterback who normally targets his running backs. With that being said I am expecting a bounce-back week from Ekeler this week for a couple of reasons. The first of those reasons is Anthony Lynn the Chargers coach said it is a priority to get Ekeler the ball this week. While that could be just coach speak I don’t personally think it is. The second reason is the match-up with the Chiefs. The Chiefs defense is one that always seems to struggle against running backs. In 2018 the Chiefs allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs. Last season they allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the position.

Jonathan Taylor ($5,800 FD, $5,700 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Vikings 25.75 158.0 1 23.6

Taylor looked really good in his first career game. In that game, Taylor only had 22 rushing yards on nine carries but did catch the ball six times for 67 yards. This week I am actually expecting bigger thanks from Taylor for two reasons. The first reason is the loss of Marlon Mack for the Colts. With Mack out of the season, the Colts’ three-headed attack at running back becomes a two-headed attack with Taylor as the lead back. The second reason is due to the match-up against the Vikings. The Vikings overall were stout against the run a year ago but struggled the final two weeks of the season and struggled in week one. Last season in weeks 16 and 17 the Vikings allowed both Aaron Jone and David Montgomery to rush for over 100 yards and a score. In week one the Vikings allowed a total of 158 rushing yards which was the fourth-most in week one and a score.

Value Plays

Peyton Barber ($5,400 FD, $4,400 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Cardinals 20.25 123.0 0 38.7

I don’t love this play at all as I don’t think Barber is a good running back at all. With that being said I am going to be looking at Barber this week as he did have 17 rushes in week one against the Eagles. Now, Barber only picked up 29 rushing yards in that game but he did punch the ball in the endzone twice which helped make him one of the best points per dollar plays on the slate. This week we should see Barber with similar touches as it doesn’t look like the Washington Football Team trusts Antonio Gibson quite yet and with the way the Cardinals play defense we could see Barber with another stong fantasy performance.

Frank Gore ($5,400 FD, $4,500 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
49ers 17.75 180.0 2 23.0

I personally thought I was done rostering Gore about four seasons ago but somehow someway Gore is not only still in the league but is still a relevant running back in the league. That is especially the case this week as Gore is expected to be the Jets lead back with Le’Veon Bell out. Now, saying Gore is a lead back doesn’t mean he is going to carry the ball 30 times like some other backs as he is going to split some time with Josh Adams but he is likely to see 15 plus touches, and at his salary that makes Gore worth a look as the 49ers were awful against the run in week one. Last week against the Cardinals the 49ers allowed 180 rushing yards and two rushing scores though those numbers might be a tad inflated as Kyler Murray did have 91 of those rushing yards and a score.

GPP Plays

Melvin Gordon ($6,700 FD, $5,200 DK)

Opponent Team Total Opponent Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game Opponent Total Rushing Touchdowns Allowed Opponent Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs
Steelers 17.25 29.0 0 8.1

The Steelers shut down the Giants run game on Monday night allowing just 29 yards on the ground. That kind of performance against the run is what we have come to expect from the Steelers as they allowed just seven rushing touchdowns last season and allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs. Why in the world am I even thinking about rostering Gordon this week knowing how great the Steelers defense is. The answer is a simple one as it is not likely that we see Phillip Lindsay play this week. With Lindsay out, we should see Gordon with 25 plus touches this week and that is enough for me to roster any running back.

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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