Week 9 is underway, which means it’s time for another round of Flex Options. If you’re like me you’ve been calculating your probabilities of a playoffs birth. So far I think my odds are good in 4 out of 8 leagues, not bad but not great. This week, byes are a struggle for us all with Chicago, Cincinnati, New England, Arizona, Washington, and Houston out. I mean talk about losing your receiving core. I’ve realized heavily of AJ Green and David Johnson in PPR so this week is bitter. But I digress, strong flex options can be the save here and help carry you to another win and chance to get into the playoffs.
Tim Hightower NO RB
The 49ers (1-6) have allowed 15 touchdowns through the air this season which will shape up well for Brees and his many targets. More importantly, they have allowed 185.1 rushing yards per game, the worst in the NFL so far this season. It’s highly likely this will be a high-scoring game, for the Saints.
After Ingram’s fumble last week and subsequent benching, Hightower received 47 of the 47 snaps he played leaving him with 62% of the total snaps last game. Even with Ingram likely to bounce back from the time out he was put on last week, Hightower should see healthy flex-worthy numbers in this great match up.
Duke Johnson CLE RB & Corey Coleman CLE WR
Dallas is 12th in the league with yards allowed, 348.7 yards per game. They rank 16th in the league with yards allowed per play. They have however been the only defense to stop a single rusher or receiver from getting over 100 yards individually. So Cleveland will have to show some versatility against this defense.
This is why I like Duke Johnson Jr at flex this week. Johnson saw 43% of snaps last week against the Jets. He had a season-high 87 receiving yards on six receptions, as well as 29 rushing yards on four attempts. Furthermore, with the QB shuffle still going on in Cleveland you can be sure they’ll be looking for the quick, dink and dunk plays. Johnson’s pace for receptions make him a great PPR flex option this week.
Corey Coleman is slated for his first game back after breaking his hand in practice following a stellar week 2 performance. From the small sample size, we have of Coleman we see he has big play potential. He’ll be receiving from Kessler this week, but he’s already fielded from RGIII & Josh McCown so far this season. He was exciting to watch in week 2 and I have the feeling he’ll want to have a great showing after the weeks away. Conditioning should not be a concern for fantasy owners here as Coleman has been running plenty of routes and last week was able to run those while making catches. Also, a great PPR flex play here.
Tyrell Williams WR SD vs TEN
San Diego plays at home to a Tennessee defense that is ranked 26th in passing coverage on Pro Football Focus. San Diego has rallied well at home aside from the loss to the Saints in week 4. River’s has averaged 285.6 yards per game this season and the only team to hold him under 200 yards was the Denver Broncos. Lastly, Rivers has thrown for over 300 yards in half of the games played so far this season, so it’s safe to say He will have a big passing game against the Titans this week. Now who will all those targets go to?
Tyrell Williams leads the receivers in yards per target with 14.8 and averaging 66.25 yards per game. His worst showings were notably against the Broncos. Williams had each of his touchdowns this season against poor pass defenses, Oakland and Jacksonville. Seeing that the Titans are a far friendlier match up, we can predict a great volume of targets going to Williams making him a good PPR Flex option with great red zone potential.