Week 1 of the NFL season is upon us. Who should find a top spot in your lineup at the RB position this week? Let’s talk about it.
There may be no more valuable position in fantasy as the season than running back. A premiere position with a lot of consistency at the top, and chances for shocks below. Carries are aplenty, but it’s not often you’ll see deeper backs spending time at the top of the line week after week.
Let’s look at 10 guys who should find their way into the top spot in the lineup for you in Week 1.
10. Derrick Henry vs. the Dolphins
Henry finally gets the biggest workload in Tennessee and gets a prime position going against the Dolphins in Week 1. Henry, in year three, expects to really take the next step to become a premiere back in the league. In year two, he backed up his rookie performance with another five touchdowns but took advantage of more touches and, in turn, had more yards.
The Dolphins rush defense wasn’t bottom of the league in 2017, but it did give up the seventh most touchdowns on the ground.
Ndamukong Suh is gone. That’s a big hole to fill on the defensive line. Even with Robert Quinn coming over in a trade, Henry is a solid play in Week 1 and could find himself in the end zone early in 2018.
Mariota’s legs open up the run game well and Henry can catch out of the backfield if need be. It’s a big year for Titans receivers and there’s a lot of optimism in this offense moving forward. With Henry getting his full share and a pass attack looking to find new footing, who will find the end zone first? I’m thinking Henry.