I am heating up on Adrian Peterson ($7,500). The Viking force-fed him the ball 29 times in Week 2 and he also pulled in two catches. Peterson responded with 134 yards on the ground. The matchup with the Chargers is an outstanding one. SD has surrendered 19.4 and 19.9 DK points per game to opposing RBs so far this season. Besides loving AP for so many reasons, he also never comes out of the game. He’s played 72.7% of his team’s offensive snaps which is 7th best in the league.
LeVeon Bell ($7,500) is a really interesting option. He’s back from his two game suspension and will be the top RB for the Steelers despite the effort that DeAngelo Williams put up in the first two weeks. However, I am a bit concerned about what kind of shape Bell will be in and since Williams was so good, if he will steal a few extra touches from Bell. In season long formats you are thrilled to roll him out, but in DFS, I am taking a “wait and see” approach for this week.
How much regret do you want to feel on Monday morning? If the answer is “a lot” then consider CJ Anderson ($6,200). I really try not to jump to conclusions after just two weeks, but CJ has looked brutal. However, I am optimistic for him this week. The Broncos played last Thursday so they’ve had extra time to rest, gameplan and figure out their blocking schemes that have killed them so far. They are going to travel to Detroit and face the Lions who have surrendered 22.2 and 23.2 DK points to opposing RBs in the first two games, second worst in the league. This is a such a great situation that I am willing to give him one more chance to prove himself.
This feels like the week we could see a Latavius Murray ($5,800) breakout. I have been very impressed with Murray who is currently the 10th highest scoring DraftKings running back. He’s scored 15 and 17.7 points against the very stingy CIN and BAL defenses. He’s finally going to get a prime matchup with the Browns who have been gashed on the ground this season and give up the 5th most DK points to opposing RBs.
According to our Players Scoring Database, Danny Woodhead ($4,400) has been the second most valuable RB in the league, returning an average of 4.99x his salary to his owners. The only RB who’s been better is Dion Lewis. That’s very telling for Woodhead who’s not heavily involved in the running game, but is a huge beneficiary of the PPR scoring format. He hauled in 6 catches for 68 yards in Week 2 and scored 16.4 DK points despite not finding the endzone. MIN has been inconsistent against both RBs and WRs in the young season and Woodhead is the type of hybrid player who can cause matchup problems across the board.
There is a ton of great value across all price levels this week at the running back position. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.