As you all know, there are six teams on bye this week (Green Bay, Tennessee, LA Rams, NY Giants, Arizona, Jacksonville). Depending on how you drafted you’re either treading water this week or taking the loss. Hopefully you’re doing better than just treading water. If you’re doing your homework and reviewing rankings you’ll understand why some of my flex plays are making it to this list.
Thursday Night MIA @ BAL
The shockingly 4-2 Dolphins visit the Ravens for Thursday Night Football this week. How is a team barely lead by Jay Cutler, 4-2? That’s one of many shocking outcomes this season. Cutler broke multiple ribs against the Jets, and Matt Moore played cleanup with two touchdowns and 188 yards. On the other side we have Baltimore who has little semblance of a receiving corps, yet a productive backfield.
Javorius Allen – PPR (Safe/Strong)
Buck Allen has a high-floor this week despite his lackluster average of 3.7 yards per carry. The Ravens are flying quite banged up lately. They’ll be leaning heavy on the run game as Wallace remains in concussion protocol and Maclin is day to day with a shoulder injury. The match up with the Dolphins looks to bode well for Allen. Miami has yielded the tenth most fantasy points to backs in PPR formats on ESPN. They’ve also conceded the ninth most receptions to backs.
Kenny Stills – PPR (Risky)
Kenny Stills put up some impressive fantasy points on Sunday with six receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He has some established rapport with Matt Moore, as demonstrated last year when he caught three touchdowns from the quarterback. More positives for Stills are that he has been evening out in usage with Jarvis Landry. On Sunday they both saw 72 total snaps. What makes Stills a dicey play? Baltimore’s defense has allowed the third lowest passer rating. They have also produced the highest interception rate so far this season. Stills is a desperation play, but with so few options this week he’s a risk you may need to take.
Take this as your friendly reminder to either set your lineups early, or set your alarms as we have an early London game starting at 6:30 AM PST. I myself will be setting my alarm early, making my moves as soon as I wake up and scouring the in-actives. Why so last minute? I’m the Maid of Honor in a wedding on Sunday.
“Well Sam you could set your lineup Saturday night.”
Nope, rehearsal dinner.
“Just prep ahead on Friday night.”
That’s a no go; Bachelorette party.
So I’ll be the one up early Sunday morning setting my lineup while having my hair done and makeup caked on. I don’t mind though. I love my friends and I’d do anything for them. I’ll even leave my phone on silent to avoid hearing the ESPN updates come through during the ceremony. I will, however, have my phone holstered right next to my flask [Editor’s Note: That’s especially helpful if your teams are losing.].
Duke Johnson Jr- PPR/Standard (Safe)
In the game across the pond Cleveland takes on Minnesota. Cleveland is shuffling up and dealing out quarterbacks at random. DeShone Kizer will likely get the start, but no matter who starts it shouldn’t affect someone like Duke Johnson Jr. The running back has had a steady progression this season. He ranks third among running backs in targets, third in receiving yards, and fourth in receptions. Johnson has averaged 4.6 receptions and 44.9 receiving yards, four rushing attempts and 20.4 rushing yards a game. Slow and steady brings you reasonable flex points.
Dion Lewis- PPR/Standard (Safe)
The LA Chargers head to New England to take on the Pats. The options I have the most confidence in for this game would be on New England’s side of the ball. The Chargers have conceded the second most rushing yards per game and per carry to running backs. Lewis has averaged 8.3 fantasy points in the last four weeks in ESPN standard scoring. Lewis is also averaging 6 attempts and 32.4 rushing yards per game. With this matchup and Lewis’ steady averages, he’s a safe flex play at home.
Nelson Agholor – PPR (Safe/Strong)
Probably one of the most underrated receivers in the game right now. Agholor is quickly moving towards a breakout season. He’s had a touchdown in each of the last three weeks and has five on the season. Only three receivers have more touchdowns this season than Agholor: Jordy Nelson, Michael Crabtree, and DeAndre Hopkins. He’s also capitalizing on snaps played. Last week he received 72% offensive snaps played. This week he’s matched up against a weak secondary with the Niners coming to town, making him an enticing flex play.
Tyler Kroft- Standard (Low On Options)
Tyler Kroft looks at a favorable matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts allowed the 11th most fantasy points and receiving yards to tight ends this season. Since Kroft took over for the consistently injured Eifert, he is third among Bengals in routes and targets. Tyler is also tied for the team lead in red zone targets. Thanks to the friendly match up and high probability he’ll be targeted in the end zone, I’d say he’s a worthy flex play if you’re finding your options drained.