Week 10 is here and I’m hungry for a win. Last week I lost to a guy in my work league, who no longer works for our company. That was rough. I’m tied with 2 others at 5-4 which is pretty good, but I really want to win this league. I want to win not just because I’m the only woman in the league, but because the trophy is enormous, and the bragging rights would be incredible. My boss has won back to back championships in the league and breaking that record would be another plus. This is also the same league where a kicker was taken in the third round (Gostkowski) and Jared Goff was drafted (after Keenum was announced as the starter). I have to win this league. This league aside I have 7 others to worry about as well. Next year I’m committing to 4 max, this 8 league nonsense is too much. Which brings me to flex plays this week. So far this season has been a cluster f*** of injuries, I’m sorry I don’t know how else to say it. With so many injuries and so many busts, I find myself heavily relying on the flex position. This week there are a few players I want to highlight because I think they have the most favorable matchups.
Rishard Matthews TEN WR & Ty Montgomery GB WR/RB
The Titans will play host to Packers this week. Green Bay are ranked 24th in pass coverage this season and with Mariota’s success in the passing game, this should be a friendly receiver matchup for Tennessee. Mariota is averaging 243 yards per game and 1.8 TDs a game. On Green Bay’s side, their passing game has had enough volume to hold fantasy defenses to an average of 5.6 points per game. This game will likely be an all offensive shootout.
Rishard Matthews is at the top of my flex-play list in PPR leagues this week. Matthews’ role in the offense has slowly grown all season, and with the matchup here his ceiling is high. Over his past 5 games, he’s found the end zone five times. Other receivers with five touchdowns so far: Julio Jones, Brandin Cooks, and Odell Beckham Jr, to name a few. Matthews also leads the team
Ty Montgomery’s versatility also warrants flex appeal. Starks is a game-time decision and even if he plays, Montgomery will still have a significant role in the backfield. Last week Montgomery had 10 touches, 38 receiving off of three catches, and 53 rushing yards on seven carries. Montgomery also makes for a strong PPR flex option here.
JJ Nelson ARI WR
Arizona is coming off their bye, at home against San Francisco. This is a very fantasy-friendly matchup. San Fran’s inconsistent young defense has had trouble being effective defending the passing game. They’ve allowed 18 touchdowns through the air so far this season and Carson Palmer has had over 200 yards in every game he’s played this season. He and the Cards will look to capitalize on that. The 3-4-1 Cards were top playoff contenders last season and have struggled with injuries this season. This is the matchup to bounce them back into the W column.
A strong flex play in this matchup is JJ Nelson. In week 8, Nelson saw 92% of the team’s total snaps, was second in team receptions with 8 catches for 79 yards. Behind Fitzgerald, the #2 spot has been a bit of a shuffle so far this season. Floyd has been inconsistent and John Brown has had some injury issues. However, Bruce Arian’s has come out of the bye week saying that Nelson will be their #2.
Mohamed Sanu ATL WR
Atlanta travels to Philadelphia to what should be a fun matchup. Of course, by fun I mean a poor Eagles defense that allowed 4 passing touchdowns last week. The Falcons will likely turn this into a shootout as that’s been their M.O. this entire season.
Mohamed Sanu is a strong flex play in this matchup. He saw 71% of the team’s snaps last week and had 5 receptions for 74 yards. An average showing, but when you look at his stats they’re impressive and warrant flex consideration. Sanu is second behind Julio Jones for the team in both targets and yards. Add to that, Matt Ryan has averaged 2.5 touchdowns a game and an average of 331 yards a game. This, of course, all means volume, tasty volume making for friendly fantasy points.
Eli Rogers PIT WR
Pittsburg square off against Dallas at home this week. This should be a fun matchup. The Dallas defense is banged up with Mo Claiborne out with a Sports Hernia and Barry Church is out with an injured forearm. Ben is back, and despite his poor completion percentage he threw for over 250 yards. If you started him last week he did just fine for you. Roethlisberger will have a bounce back game from that loss, and undoubtedly improve his accuracy on the deep pass. Look for Ben to be throwing a lot in this one.
Eli Rogers is slated to be a strong PPR Flex play here. Rogers saw 67% of the team’s total snaps he saw last week and 6 receptions for 103 yards. With Coates not seeing a single catch last week, it’s likely Rogers has passed him in the pecking order. It should also be mentioned that Markus Wheaton and Darius Heyward-Bey will both be out this week, which should free up more targets for Rogers. If you’re desperate, Cobi Hamilton could receive a decent workload and could be a viable WR4 in deeper formats.