Week 1 Starts: Running Back

Gus Edwards @ Raiders

With the recent loss of Dobbins, the Gus Bus is in a pivotal position to run wild on the porous Raiders defense. I expect double digit touches with the opportunity for multiple touchdowns in this juicy matchup.

Raheem Mostert @ Lions

A team that wants to establish the run should have no problem against quite possibly the worst team in the NFL. With the Lions being terrible vs the run, I don’t think we see the rookie running back just yet. Fire up Mostert with week winning upside.

Honorable Mention: James White vs Dolphins

This is one of my favorite plays this week as I expect the rookie QB Mac Jones to lean on James White early and often in the passing game. 

Week 1 Sits: Running Back 

Saquon Barkley vs Broncos

If Barkley were full health, I would say fire him up. Unfortunately that is not the case.  I expect the Giants to take the committee approach vs this improved Denver defense.

D’Andre Swift vs 49ers

Swift is a ridiculous talent who has been battling a groin injury recently.  With a tough matchup against San Francisco, I expect a cautious approach for the Lions out the gate with Swift.

Honorable Mention: Jets Running Backs vs Panthers

This is as messy as it gets with no real answer. With Ty Johnson, Michael Carter, and Tevin Coleman all getting touches, I expect this to be a thorn in the side for many fantasy owners all season, and I would stay away almost regardless of matchup. If one emerges, we can reevaluate.