It was a defining Saturday for the running back position heading into the first Sunday of the NFL season. There was huge news for three top 10 running backs. Two of those have a big reason to celebrate and another will be staying home on Sunday. Welcome to fantasy football in the year of our Lord Twenty-Twenty. There is never a dull moment. 

*Takes deep breath* Around lunchtime, or if you are like me, third breakfast, the Minnesota Vikings rewarded Dalvin Cook with a five-year $62.5 million extension with $28 million in guarantees. The anxiety of every Dalvin Cook dynasty investor has been relieved and word is that many therapy appointments have opened up across the country due to cancellations.

No more than five minutes after Cook’s extension was announced, Alvin Kamara one-upped the RB market with a 5-year $75 million extension with a $15 million signing bonus. There have been strong signals for the last couple of weeks that this was going to get done, but confirmation that there is nothing to worry about is a great thing to have. 

Miles Sanders is causing some sorrow for his truthers like Donkey Teeth and myself. Miles Sanders didn’t travel with the team to Maryland which leaves the backfield work to Boston Scott and Corey Clement. I moved Boston Scott up to RB26 and Corey Clement up to RB43 after the Sanders news. Maybe less importantly because you are starting him anyway, I moved Carson Wentz up to QB8 from QB11. I have a sense that the Eagles may depend more on the pass as a result. DonkeyTeeth also made adjustments and will be up until kickoff of the first games and you can find his week 1 rankings here. Of course, the great Rudy Gamble is constantly tweaking his projections. You get a free 7-day trial before paying a dime! 

Minimal Home Field Advantage

The only NFL team that is allowing spectators is the Jacksonville Jaguars at a capacity of 25% (17,000-ish). The NFL is allowing artificial crowd noise of 75 decibels. From what I heard on the Bet the Board podcast, many NFL teams were practicing with artificial crowd noise of 85 decibels and it didn’t bother them at all. The only disadvantage that I can think of is travel. 


Here are some DraftKings plays that I like by position. Keep in mind that I am only entering my second year of regular DFS participation, but I wasn’t too bad at it last year. HEY! If you don’t like my plays, give Rudy Gamble a try.

QB: Carson Wentz (6,300), Matt Ryan (6,400)

RB: Austin Ekeler (7,000) Josh Jacobs (6,800) Raheem Mostert (5,800) Boston Scott (4,800) Sony Michel (4,800) 

WR: Chris Godwin (7,100), Adam Thielen (6,700), Terry McLaurin ($5,600), Desean Jackson (4,900), Olabisi Johnson (4,100)

TE: Mark Andrews (6,000), Mike Gesicki (4,500)

Def: Colts (3,000) 

Injury Report

Deebo Samuel – Out (Three week IR)

Miles Sanders – Out 

Kenny Golladay – Doubtful

Diontae Johnson – Playing

Courtland Sutton – Questionable – Did not practice Saturday

Mike Evans – Updated from doubtful to questionable

Denzel Mims – Out

Darrell Henderson – Playing

Alshon Jeffrey – Out

N’Keal Harry – Questionable

Mike Williams – Questionable

David Montgomery – Questionable, but will probably play.

DeVante Parker – Playing

Updated Rankings

I’m looking forward to helping you set your lineups in week 1! Leave a comment and I’ll work things out with you in the comment section all that way up to kickoff!