Clyde Edwards-Helaire and David Johnson set the bar high for fantasy running backs in Thursday’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. The two combined for 215 rushing yards and two scores on 35 carries and appear to be on their way to successful seasons.
Edwards-Helaire and Johnson will likely be two of the more expensive options in Week 2 after solid season debuts, but you can still find discounts on running backs who haven’t played yet this season in Sunday’s slate. We’ll go over the top options under $6,000 on DraftKings here.
Jonathan Taylor ($5,700), Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Taylor might be second to Marlon Mack ($5,300) on the depth chart, but don’t let that discourage you from rostering him. He’s actually more expensive than the starter. While Taylor and Mack will split carries, Frank Reich has said the hot hand could end up getting more touches. The Colts are eight-point favorites and will likely be ahead late. I think the rookie’s power running could be more valuable when it comes to moving the chains down the stretch. Football Outsiders ranked Jacksonville’s defense 31st against the run last season, and its defensive line has gotten worse following the departure of Yannick Ngakoue.
Tarik Cohen ($4,900), Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Cohen took a step back in 2019 after becoming one of the more interesting gadget players worth considering in fantasy the previous year. David Montgomery emerged as the feature back and rendered Cohen irrelevant. However, Montgomery has been dealing with a groin injury and could have a limited workload in Week 1. Third string running back Ryan Nall is more of a practice squad player than a legitimate threat and has two career carries, so Cohen could benefit from Montgomery not being at 100 percent in a major way.
Mark Ingram ($5,500), Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
The presence of J.K. Dobbins ($5,000) has caused Ingram’s price to drop, but the Ravens still have the most dangerous run game in the NFL. His rushing yards will likely take a hit, but his knack for vulturing touchdowns inside the opponent’s red zone. He converted eight of his 15 rushing attempts inside the five-yard line for touchdowns in 2019. That made up more than half of his 15 rushing scores on the year. If he keeps getting these opportunities, he’ll be worth playing.