If you’re a DFS player, you know that a successful lineup has to have a solid combination of big-name star power players that are known commodities with a few high-upside players that provide a little more bang for your buck.
If you pay up for a big name in your daily fantasy lineup, you definitely cannot afford for that player to put up a dud of a game in your lineup.
So here are three running backs that will likely provide some of the worst value for Week 2. (Values from DraftKings).
David Johnson (ARI) - $7,100
David Johnson had a solid fantasy performance in Week 1 when all was said and done, but it didn’t come easy as Johnson was essentially held in check for the first three quarters of the game against the Detroit Lions. There are still questions surrounding the Arizona Cardinals offense and they are playing a talented Baltimore Ravens team that just finished embarrassing the Miami Dolphins. As the sixth-most expensive running back this year, I’d probably stay away until it’s proven that the Cardinals offense is legitimate.
Joe Mixon (CIN) - $6,500
This one might seem like a bit of a cop out, but Mixon’s injury history and recent news makes him a clear “stay away” call barring news comes out to the contrary. You never want to use the term “injury prone” when referring to an NFL player, but Mixon hasn’t played a full season yet. Because the Bengals know they have a more-than-capable fill-in in Giovani Bernard, they could be tempted to let Mixon rest his injured ankle to be ready for the in-conference match-up against the Bills in Week 3.
Aaron Jones (GB) - $5,400
After seeing what the Minnesota Vikings defense just did to Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 (eight rushes for 19 yards and three catches for 12 yards), consider me pessimistic about Aaron Jones’s ability to put up a solid game in Week 2. Granted, the Packers are playing at home while the Falcons were on the road, so that will surely help, but it’s far from an easy matchup for any of the Green Bay skills players this week.
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