How happy are you that NFL Week 1 starts on Thursday, Sept. 7? I've listed the top value running backs for NFL Week 1. I've also listed the RBs that I believe NFL Fantasy Football DFS players should stay away from. Check it out!
Value RBs to Add
1. Todd Gurley, L.A. Rams
Gurley faced an average of 7.6 defenders in the box every time he carried the football last season. The Rams offense was plain vanilla. This season? The Rams offense should be neopolitan with sprinkles and a cherry on top.
Coach Sean McVay made a trade for Sammy Watkins for one reason, to spread the field. With Watkins catching passes, it's impossible to put 8 guys into the box to stop Gurley. For only $6,000, DFS players can add one of the best running backs in the NFL against arguably the worst rush defense in the NFL.
The Rams battle the Colts on Sunday. Gurley versus Indy's rush D for only $6,000 is called value.
2. Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jacquizz has 3 weeks to prove that he should start over Doug Martin in Tampa Bay's backfield. Martin has been suspended for the first 3 games of the season. When Martin was hurt last season, Rodgers filled in nicely. Jacquizz ended with a 4.3 per rush average. He also caught 13 passes.
The best news is that Miami's defense allowed over 140.4 rushing yards per game last season. That's a lot of rushing yards to give up on a per game basis. It's hard to see Jacquizz not having one of the surprise games of Week 1. Adding Rodgers to your line-up's going to put you back $4,900.
3. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
Last season, Crowell bombed in the first game against Pittsburgh. He only rushed for 10 yards on 8 carries. In the second game against the Steelers, Crowell played well. He rushed for 152 yards on 19 carries.
I believe Crowell breaks out as one of the best running backs in the NFL this season. The Browns are starting rookie QB DeShone Kizer. Kizer played in an NFL system at Notre Dame. He's got enough talent, and football smarts, to be better than any QB Cleveland started last season. That should help Crowell's numbers go up across the board.
Crowell could have a huge day both in the rushing and passing games in NFL Week 1. For only $5,300, I'm adding him.
NFL Week 1 RBs to Avoid
1. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
I don't believe he's in good enough shape to carry the load. He may not even get more than 10 to 15 carries. Bell should be a big part of the Steelers' offense this season. But, the way he acted during the offseason, holding out for so long, is a detriment to that happening.
We'll see. Definitely stay away in Week 1, though. For $9,800, you could get a WR3 and your Flex player for your DraftKings team.
2. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
Tyrod Taylor is probable for Week 1. But, even if the Bills' QB plays, his effectiveness is highly questionable. McCoy should get plenty of carries. That's why he'll be a popular add to all NFL Week 1 DFS teams.
But, I question how well McCoy performs versus a strong NYJ defense. The Jets offense has received most of the press during the offseason. The reason is because it projects to be one of the worst offenses in the history of the NFL.
J-E-T-S' defense on the other hand should be just as solid as it normally is. LeSean rushed for 59 yards in the first game against NYJ last season. He only rushed for 10 yards in the second game versus NYJ last season.
At $8,200, McCoy is a definite RB to keep away from this Sunday.
3. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
Ajayi got most of his yards and TDs in only 3 games last season. That should scare anybody looking to back the Miami Dolphins' starting RB. He could be great versus Tampa's D on Sunday. I don't think he will, though. $6,500 is just too much to pay for an RB that wasn't as nearly as effective in 2016 as his stats indicated he was.
I'm not paying the salary for Ajayi. He must prove to me that he can be consistent week to week before I even consider adding him.