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Running Back Studs to Roster on DraftKings and FanDuel in Week 2

These three running backs come with a high salary but will produce elite stats in Week 2 DFS contests.

In order to win big cash prizes on DraftKings and FanDuel, DFS players must get elite, Tier-1 production from their running backs and wide receivers, regardless of their salary. It’s the biggest part of the recipe for success.

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Only one of the top five running backs out-produced their Tier-1 salary grouping and all of the winning DFS plays came from lower-priced backs.

· Saquon Barkley (33.40 fantasy points)

· Jonathan Taylor (27.50 fantasy points)

· D’Andre Swift (26.50 fantasy points)

· Kareem Hunt (23.00 fantasy points)

· Cordarrelle Patterson (22.60 fantasy points)

Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (DraftKings – $9,900/FanDuel – $10,000)

The speculation that Taylor would see a lower workload in 2022 ended quickly in Week 1. The Colts had him on the field for 76 percent of their snaps, leading to 175 combined yards with one touchdown and four catches on 35 touches. Despite gaining 5.2 yards per carry, Taylor failed to break off a run that went for more than 20 yards vs. the Texans. Last year against the Jaguars in two starts, he posted 221 combined yards with one touchdown and nine catches. In Week 1, Jacksonville held Washington’s running backs to 66 rushing yards on 17 carries, but their back did beat them in the passing game (10/92 on 11 targets). Both top daily sites priced Taylor almost out of reach in Week 2. He needs at least 40 fantasy points at DraftKings and 30.00 fantasy points at FanDuel to be in play based on his salary. As a result, Taylor will be a stud that won’t be on many teams on the Sunday slate despite being ranked second at running back.

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (DraftKings – $7,300/FanDuel – $8,800)

One game into 2022, fantasy drafters already regret passing on Barkley when they had a chance. He finished with 194 combined yards, six catches and one touchdown on 24 total touches in the Giants' win over Tennessee. New York had him on the field for 83 percent of their plays while delivering two explosive runs (33 and 68 yards). The Panthers’ defense had significant problems in Week 1 defending the Browns’ running backs (33/187/1 and five catches for 26 yards and one touchdown). The success of Barkley will draw plenty of attention in this matchup, but the game of DFS is never that easy. I have him projected for 118 combined yards with one touchdown and five catches. He’ll need a touchdown to pay off in the daily space.

D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions (DK – $7,000/FD – $8,200)

Swift came out of last week’s game with an ankle issue, but he expects to play on Sunday. The Lions gave him 18 touches in Week 1 and he responded with 175 combined yards, a touchdown and three catches. Swift gained a fantastic 9.6 yards per rush and 10.3 yards per catch. Washington showed risk defending backs in the run game in Week 1 (15/113/1 – 7.3 yards per rush). The Jaguars’ running backs also had three catches for 21 yards and one touchdown. Swift will be active, but the Lions need to give him more chances near the goal line to match the best running backs in the game.