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Week 1 Running Back Values and Fades

Values at Running Back

Christian McCaffrey – $7,400 – CAR vs DAL

There has been some serious pre-season hype surrounding Christian McCaffrey after reports surfaced head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Norv Turner plan to use him as a workhorse running back this season, giving him 25 to 30 touches per game. With volume like that it’s hard to imagine he won’t consistently be a top-tier running back week after week. Last year McCaffrey averaged just over 12 touches per game, but still managed 14.5 Fanball points per game with a limited workload. If Carolina doubles his workload from 12 touches to 24, then it’s reasonable to think his Fanball point total can also multiply twofold.

Jamaal Williams – $5,900 – GB vs CHI

Aaron Rodgers boosts any halfback’s value straight towards the sky, just take a look at last season. Ty Montgomery earned the starting gig and averaged over 20 Fanball points playing alongside Rodgers before going down with an ankle injury. Aaron Jones was next in line and put up 22.4 Fanball points in the his first start and only start with Rodgers behind center. Now that Williams is the lead back in Green Bay his fantasy value is at an all-time high. He squares off against Chicago’s defense that allowed the sixth-most rushing yards, the eleventh-most rushing touchdowns, and the eleventh-most receptions to opposing running backs last season. It’s worth noting Chicago just added all-pro Khalil Mack to their rapidly improving linebacker group.

Adrian Peterson – $4,000 – WAS @ ARI

This pick is as simple as it gets in fantasy football. Volume is king, Peterson is expected to see 15 carries a game, and costs next to nothing. He needs just 12 Fanball points to hit his value goal, making him the cheapest starting running back money can buy. The matchup isn’t ideal after Arizona finished last season as the sixth-best rush defense in yards allowed and the ninth-best rush defense in touchdowns allowed. With that being said I still like his value based off of opportunity. Peterson can fall into the end zone from one yard out and he will be halfway to his goal.

Fades at Running Back

Le’Veon Bell – $9,700 – PIT @ CLE

Just like last season Pittsburgh opens their campaign on the road in Cleveland, and just like last year, Lev Bell didn’t report to training camp or play in the pre-season. Bell finished week one with the worst fantasy day of his entire career, touching the ball 13 times for a total of 47 yards. It’s still the lowest Fanball score of Bell’s 62 career starts at running back. I’m not saying he’ll be that bad week one, but his salary demands nearly 30 Fanball points to be a good value. Cleveland’s run defense was elite last season, holding opposing running backs to just 3.3 yards per carry. Their run defense also finished fourth-best in DVOA according to Football Outsiders, ranking higher than both Minnesota and Carolina.

Chris Thompson – $6,100 – WAS @ ARI

Arizona bolsters the number one ranked run defense from 2017 according to Football Outsiders DVOA, making it hard for me to trust a guy that was held to less than five carries in three out of his final four games. That’s before he fractured his fibula and suffered ligament damage around his ankle, ending his season. He’s now likely third or fourth in line for carries, making his value depend entirely on receptions and receiving yards. I can’t foresee any way Thompson hits three times his salary. He would need to reach 18 Fanball points from single digit touches, making him extremely risky to bust.

 

Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.

Week 1 Quarterback Values and Fades

Values at Quarterback

Cam Newton – QB – $7,800 – CAR vs DAL

The last time we saw Cam in a meaningful game he was throwing for 349 yards, 2 touchdowns, and rushing for another 37 yards in Carolina’s playoff loss to New Orleans. If Cam can put up those numbers vs New Orleans, then surely he can do it against Dallas. The Saints were the fifth-best defense in passing touchdowns allowed with only 17, while also intercepting opposing passers 15 times, seventh most. The Cowboys on the other hand allowed the third-most passing touchdowns and picked off opposing quarterbacks just 10 times, ninth worst in the league. There’s a false perception that Cam doesn’t rack up fantasy points on the ground the way he once did, but his final numbers speak for themselves. Among quarterbacks Cam finished the season 1st in rushing attempts, 1st in rushing yards, and 1st in rushing touchdowns. Newton also finished strong with 11 or more rushing attempts and 52 or more rushing yards in each of his final four regular season matchups. Cam provides the perfect mix of high upside with his arm and a high floor with his legs.

Andy Dalton – QB – $6,400 – CIN @ IND

Marvin Lewis stressed the importance slinging it deep, saying two years ago they had the best deep threat combination in Dalton to Green and had to get back to being that deep threat. The Red Rifle starts long-range shooting with a fantastic opportunity against Indy this week. The Colts surrendered the third-most points, the third-most yards, the fifth-most passing yards, and ranked dead last in net yards gained per pass attempt (passing yards minus sack yards) / (passes attempted plus times sacked). Dalton has played well against the Colts, throwing for six touchdowns and rushing for another in four career starts. His Fanball salary is 22nd among quarterbacks, no way 21 passers finish week one with more Fanball points than Dalton.

Sam Darnold – QB – $5,100 – NYJ @ DET

If you’re feeling frisky, then take a leap of faith with Gang Green’s rookie quarterback. He looked good in pre-season for what it’s worth, completing 64 percent of his passes and averaging 8.4 yards per completion. At his price point Darnold needs a mere 15 Fanball points to reach three times his salary. Darnold could reach that goal with 175 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, just to give you an example. Rookie quarterbacks making their first start have proven in the past that a lack of experience doesn’t necessarily mean a thing for fantasy purposes. Mariota began his career with 24.9 Fanball points, Bortles had 19.9 in his debut, Wentz started with 19.2, and even Winston put up 18.2.

Fades at Quarterback

Drew Brees – $8,100 – NO vs TB

Daily fantasy is all about finding value, that’s why Drew Brees finds himself on this list as a fade. Brees could put up 275 yards and three touchdowns and still not be a value. He needs 24 Fanball points to hit three times his salary, but consider that in 16 games last season he hit that number just three times. He hasn’t exactly lit it up vs Tampa Bay either, scoring just 14.8 Fanball points per game in their last four meetings. He’s also fallen beneath the 24 point mark in seven straight matchups with the Buccaneers.

Nick Foles – $7,000 – PHI vs ATL

Sure Nick Foles had a miraculous finish last season on his way to winning a Super Bowl MVP. Sure he brought Philadelphia their first ever Super Bowl in franchise history. That doesn’t mean I want him on my Fanball roster. How soon we forget he put up 9.4 Fanball points against Atlanta in the second round of the playoffs. Foles eclipsed 300 passing yards and/or three passing touchdowns just eight times in 39 regular season starts, none of which came in his last 20 starts at quarterback.

 

Evan Bletz (@evanbletz1) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.