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We are onto the second week of the NFL season. For the running back position there was a lot to learn and take with us into the next week. There are a number of backfields that are working as a committee at the moment, which could give us value in NFL DFS contests. We’ll be using player salaries from OwnersBox $100K Sunday smash contest, which has an added SuperFlex position and no defense or kicker.
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Damien Harris (NE) – $4,800 vs PIT
Speaking of split backfields, welcome to New England where not only is their multiple running backs but multiple offensive coordinators. The Patriots had 56 offensive snaps in week 1, Damien Harris recorded 22, Ty Montgomery 20 and Rhamondre Stevenson 14. Harris led the way in carries with 9 and Stevenson led in overall touches with 10.
After a lackluster offensive performance against the Dolphins I have much higher expectations this week against Pittsburgh. Last season the Steelers gave up a league worst 5.0 yards per opponent carry and gave far too many explosive plays. Pittsburgh was dead last in open field yards and 30th in second level yards. Now they’ll be missing TJ Watt for an extended period and the only addition to linebacking corpse is Myles Jack, who had a PFF rush defense grade below 40.0.
Harris is the lead runner in this offense, especially in the red zone. He recorded 15 touchdowns last season being able to convert from short yardage. Harris gives us the best chance to find the end zone as a relatively cheap option this week on OwnersBox.
Chase Edmonds (MIA) – $5,200 vs BAL
There were some questions marks in the Miami backfield coming into the 2022 season. With Mike McDaniel at head coach he brought in both Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert as free agents. Early usage rates point to Edmonds as the back to target, he out-touched Mostert 16-6 in week 1 against the Patriots.
After a tough running matchup against the Patriots the Dolphins have an easier matchup against the Ravens. Baltimore was one of the worst graded run defenses last week against the lowly Jets. They also had the 27th ranked tackling in 2021. Edmonds should have the chance to turn his touches into more production in week 2.
With Edmonds upside as a pass catcher we know that regardless of the game script he will still be involved. But I like the Dolphins as road underdogs in this game and I think the run game hits it’s stride in this one. McDaniel’s success as the 49ers OC was predicated on the run game, giving Edmonds a major fantasy opportunity.
Joe Mixon (CIN) – $6,500 vs DAL
We’ve been able to save some salary with our first two players, just enough to be able to spend up on a stud. Joe Mixon had 27 carries and 7 receptions in week 1, yes that’s 34 total touches. That was in a game they were trailing most of the way. Now they head to Dallas as 7.5 point favorites in the Bengals vs Cowboys odds, so matching that workload is in the cards.
Joe Mixon's usage on Sunday:
* 73% snaps
* 27-of-28 RB carries
* Route on 59% of dropbacks
* 9-of-14 RB targets
* 16.9% target share
Has quietly run a route on at least 50% of Joe Burrow's dropbacks in seven consecutive games.
— John Daigle (@notJDaigle) September 12, 2022
Mixon has always been a fantasy player that’s been able to have good volume when healthy. The difference in 2022 could be finally getting some efficiency as he’s averaged just 4.1 yards per carry in his career. This season though he’ll get to run behind a revamped offensive line led by Alex Cappa, Ted Karras and La’el Collins.
The Cowboys gave up 127 yards on 21 carries to Leonard Fournette last week and weren’t particularly great last season allowing 4.5 yards per carry. I’m firing up Mixon every which way in what should be an excellent game script for him. He’s a top-3 running back in my week 2 positional rankings.
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