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Fantasy Football Picks: Top DraftKings NFL DFS Running Backs, RB Touch and Target Projections for Week 2

Reid Fowler gives you his top DraftKings fantasy football picks at running back for Week 2 along with their touch and target projections.

Week 1 proved again that the Carolina Panthers’ run defense is one we should be targeting every week. Jonathan Taylor ($5,700) and Nyheim Hines ($5,300) could be this year’s breakout backfield and Josh Jacobs looks like the real deal. The NFL season is still young, and a lot can happen from now until Sunday - Week 2 should be fun. Here are the running backs we should be targeting on DraftKings along with their opportunity projections this week.

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Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $10,000

An excellent leverage opportunity is to play elite running backs against good defenses (real or perceived). CMC’s only ‘down’ games last season were the two against the Bucs, where he averaged 34 rushing yards, 21 yards receiving and 11.5 fantasy points. Hopefully, this means his roster percentage stays lower than it should. Last season CMC averaged 22.5 DKFP against the top 10 rush defenses in DVOA, not counting Tampa Bay. I know we can’t discredit how strong TB’s run D was and potentially is this season. Still, they just allowed a similar back in Alvin Kamara to score two touchdowns and finish inside the top 10 at the running back position in fantasy scoring.


Rushing: 18 attempts

Receiving: 7 Targets; 6 Receptions

Total: 24 Touches

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Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams, $6,000

It sounded like Sanders could’ve played last week from the reports, and it probably would’ve helped. Washington sacked Carson Wentz eight times, grabbed two INTs and a fumble with nothing coming from this Eagles backfield. Sanders should be a factor against the Rams, and similar to last week (when I thought he was going to play), he’s priced too low for the upside he presents. The Rams lost Corey Littleton, Eric Weddle and Nickel Robey-Coleman on defense from last season. Just stay away from Aaron Donald, and Sanders should be good. Raheem Mostert ($6,400) and Todd Gurley ($6,100) are pivots up if Sanders can’t go again this week, but he should be active on Sunday, getting a full practice on Wednesday.


Rushing: 16 Attempts

Receiving: 4 Targets; 4 Receptions

Total: 20 Touches


David Johnson, Houston Texans v. Baltimore Ravens, $5,800

The Texans are opening their season up with the two best offenses in the AFC. Ouch. Last week, DJ totaled 14 touches, four targets and just under 20 DKFP. Granted, KC’s run defense is below-average, but DJ is the featured back, playing on 81 percent of the offensive snaps. Duke Johnson suffered an ankle injury in last week’s game, and if Duke can’t go, David Johnson could be in line for a ton of opportunities. Both backs in Cleveland totaled 23 attempts, seven targets and five receptions. If Duke Johnson is active, I’m moving way down and playing Ronald Jones II ($5,200) against the Carolina Panthers. Kenyan Drake ($5,900) against Washington is also a play in GPPs and Jonathan Taylor ($5,700) in cash game lineups.


Rushing: 15 Attempts

Receiving: 7 Targets; 6 Receptions

Total: 21 Touches

Benny Snell Jr, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos, $4,500

Snell is only a cash play if Conner is ruled out, but 19 attempts for 113 yards is something we have to take notice of as more than just an outlier. The Steelers are home favorites against a Denver team who gave up 31 attempts to Derrick Henry ($7,900). James Conner’s status will dictate using Snell, and if Conner plays, I’ll pivot down to James Robinson ($4,300) at Tennessee, who touched the ball on 36 percent of the offensive plays in Week 1.


Rushing: 15 Attempts

Receiving: 2 Targets; 1 Receptions

Total: 16 Touches

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