A crowded backfield can quickly diminish a running back's Fantasy value. And before you try and determine which running back will receive the bulk of the carries moving forward, you need to see SportsLine Fantasy analyst Matt Franciscovich's breakdown of some of the most fluid running back committees heading into Week 2.
Franciscovich, spent four seasons at NFL Network as on-camera talent and as a writer/editor, appearing on NFL Fantasy Live, Fantasy & Friends, and NFL Pick'Em. You might remember him best as one of the 'Fantasy Hipsters,' a segment that was nominated for FSWA "Best Video" award in 2016. He's also a featured contributor of the Fantasy Football Black Book, which has spent ample time at No. 1 in Fantasy books on Amazon in 2018 and 2019. Now, Franciscovich is a Content Strategist at EA Sports, focusing on Madden NFL, while continuing to dish out Fantasy takes for SportsLine. He has years of experience handing out league-winning advice, so if there's anybody who can help you win your league, it's him.
One thing we can tell you heading into Week 2: Franciscovich says Chargers running back Austin Ekeler remains a sure-fire RB1 against the Lions.
"In Week 1, Ekeler saw a 75 percent snap share (48 snaps), logging 18 touches for a career high 154 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime," Franciscovich told SportsLine. "If there were any lingering questions between how the Ekeler and Justin Jackson split would play out, well now we know. Jackson saw a 25 percent snap share (16 snaps) and just seven touches? Next up for the Chargers backfield is the Lions on the road. Detroit struggled to defend backfield targets in Week 1 against Arizona, allowing four of five passes to be completed for 47 yards and a score. Keep Ekeler in your starting lineup as a sure-fire RB1 for Week 2."
Franciscovich has also identified a running back that you should completely avoid in Week 2, and makes the call on which RB will be the most reliable in New England's crowded backfield.
So which running backs can you trust in Week 2? And which running backs should you avoid like the plague? ... Join SportsLine now to see Matt Franciscovich's analysis, all from one of the top Fantasy football analysts in the nation!