2015 Fantasy Football: DraftKings Week 1 Running Back Salaries

At the start of August, I took a look at the quarterback salaries for DraftKings in Week 1 of the 2015 Fantasy Football season.

I also plan on taking a look at the running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and defenses, and I’m also going to look at the pricing on FanDuel in later articles. For now, however, I just wanted to focus on DraftKings.

Expected: Jamaal Charles Vs. Houston Texans
Price: $7,900

With Le’Veon Bell serving a suspension and Adrian Peterson returning after missing all but one game of the 2014 season, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Charles has the highest price tag for Week 1.

The Texans ranked 10th in terms of rushing yards allowed last season, and Charles isn’t going to have an easy road to fantasy success. It’s a hefty price tag, but with Alex Smith’s affinity with passing to tight ends and running backs, Charles could quickly rack up PPR points through dump offs and short catches. You would much rather see him face the Jacksonville Jaguars or a team in the NFC South in Week 1, but he’s still a focal point of the offense and produces when healthy.

Surprising: DeMarco Murray Vs. Atlanta Falcons
Price: $6,700

Since it’s impossible to know the inner workings of Chip Kelly’s mind, a lot of speculation, theories and judgements are made to try and rationalize what he’s thinking. From hydration levels to Kelly favoring Ryan Mathews, there’s just a lot of stories (true and speculative) that make it extremely hard for fantasy players to get a read on whether or not they should start Murray.

The simplest explanation could be that Kelly just wants to try to keep Murray as healthy as possible, and he’s not going to risk his running back suffering any needless injuries at practice or in the preseason. He already knows what Murray can do when he’s healthy, so why take any chances?

Murray has a great matchup against the Falcons and could prove to be extremely undervalued as the 10th-most expensive back.

Steal: Doug Martin vs. Tennessee Titans
Price: $4,500

There are actually a lot of values at the running back position, but if I had to narrow down just one, it would be Martin. A performance of 60 rushing yards and a touchdown isn’t going to win you a million dollars on DraftKings, so you need to look at the situation in Week 1 to get a full gauge of his potential value.

Martin was really effective in his rookie year because of his involvement in the passing attack. With a rookie quarterback, he should easily find work in the passing attack when Jameis Winston gets in trouble and/or on screens. The Tennessee Titans allowed the second-most rushing yards last season, but only the 15th-most passing yards, which means Martin could find early success on the ground. A defensive unit will change from year to year, but the Titans are not going to see a drastic overhaul from last season. Martin could have a very big day on the ground and add to his totals through receptions, so he is a steal to test out in Week 1.

New players can use this link to try their hand at winning a million dollars through DraftKings.

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