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Bargain Buys: Running Backs With Low Salaries on FanDuel and DraftKings in Week 2

These running backs won't break your DFS budget and have high potential given their usage and Week 2 opponents.

Don’t be fooled by the low salaries for these running backs on DraftKings and FanDuel, they actually have a lot of potential to perform at a high level in Week 2. Using these low-priced rushers can help open your lineup to roster studs at other positions.

Week 2 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots at Steelers (DraftKings – $5,200/FanDuel – $5,600)

Belief in players in fantasy sports can quickly wane after an underperforming game. The Patriots played poorly in Week 1, leading to a quiet showing by Stevenson (27 combined yards with two catches on 10 touches). New England had him on the field for only 25 percent of their plays. Game script led to Ty Montgomery seeing the late running back action, but he landed on injured reserve after the game. Pittsburgh lost their top defender in Week 1 and they struggled to defend the Bengals’ running backs (182 combined yards with 10 catches on 38 touches). Last year the Steelers finished 24th defending running backs (25.62 FPPG). Stevenson doesn’t have a clear-cut opportunity, but he will see action on all three downs. If he scores, his chance of filling his salary bucket will improve dramatically. I expect him to be on many benches in the season-long contest, making him an against-the-grain play in all DFS formats.

Travis Etienne Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Colts (DraftKings – $5,600/FanDuel – $5,800)

The Jaguars decided to give James Robinson the bulk of their touches in Week 1, but Etienne led the team in running back snaps (36 to 34). He finished with 65 combined yards with two catches on only six touches. He gained an impressive 11.8 yards per carry and nine yards per catch. For now, Etienne should see about one-third of the early-down chances and most of the action on passing downs. If he gets the hot hand, his ceiling will be well above his salary. The Colts' defense held Houston to 2.8 yards per rush, with their backs catching six catches for 36 yards. This matchup doesn’t project well, but Etienne will pay off multiple times in 2022. When on an island in the daily games, impact players can create a winning edge. If the dart fits, throw the dart.

Kenyan Drake, Baltimore Ravens vs. Dolphins (DraftKings – $4,800/FanDuel – $5,600)

Drake won’t look like much on paper entering Week 2, but the Ravens awarded him their starting running back job against the Jets. They had him on the field for 59 percent of their plays. Unfortunately, he gained only 46 combined yards with one catch on 12 touches. J.K. Dobbins has a chance to play in Week 2. If he doesn’t, Drake will have another window to lead Baltimore in rushing. Drake has only been with the team for a couple of weeks, so his success should improve over time. Miami ranked eighth vs. running backs in Week 1 (12.50 fantasy points). If the Ravens play from the lead, Drake should push his touches closer to 20 with a reasonable chance to score with a starting role. More information is needed before investing.