We here at The Fantasy Authority have heard it all, especially the tired narrative of “Start Your Studs!” Well, guess what? Sometimes that is not the best option for your squad. If you have a legitimate RB1 and they are going up against the #1 rushing defense in the league, in a game with bad conditions at the opponent’s home stadium, then maybe plugging him in just because isn’t the best decision for your team. This weekly article series will let you know some of the “flex” players you should plug in which could give your team the best chance possible at winning. Whether you plug them in on one of the primary roster spots or throw them in the coveted “flex” position, we look at all the possible variables to help you make the best decision. If you are looking for any advice on Top 12 positional players, then you are in the wrong place! So, let us get our Week 4 FLEX Plays on!
QB Joe Burrow (vs. JAX)
Burrow has shown that he has what it takes to be a decent fantasy QB early on in his career. He has three straight weeks of 20+ fantasy points and his opponent this week, the Jaguars, have been very kind to QB’s. They allowed the last two QB’s to score a combined 7 TD’s. They also give up the 5th most passing touchdowns and 6th most fantasy points to QB’s. Burrow also has two straight games of over 300 passing yards and is averaging 47 attempts per game! You can safely put Burrow in your lineups this week!
QB Baker Mayfield (@ DAL)
Even though Baker is not setting the world on fire with his passing yardage thus far, he has been protecting the ball. He has a decent 5:2 TD/INT ratio, which is an improvement over his first three games last season where he had a 3:5 TD/INT ratio. Dallas currently gives up the 3rd most fantasy points to QBs and has given up the 6th most passing yards of any team. The Browns have thus far avoided major injuries to their star offensive players, so look for OBJ and Landry to have good games. This game could be a shootout and Baker should see a ton of volume, so start Baker in a game with a 55.5-point O/U.
Other solid options at QB for Week 4: Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. SEA), Derek Carr (vs. BUF), Kyler Murray (@ CAR)
RUNNING BACK PLAYS
James Robinson (@ CIN)
The UDFA is currently the RB6 in PPR after 3 weeks. That is stellar! He gets another favorable matchup this week against Cincinnati who allows the 5th most fantasy points to RBs, the 2nd most rushing yards, and the 2nd most rushing plays of over 20+ yards. With Robinson averaging 19+ fantasy points per game, we may need to consider him as an RB1 moving forward. This week’s opponent will not affect that statement at all. Write Robinson’s name in Sharpie in your lineups this week.
James White (@ KC)
James White is coming off a two week absence due to the tragic passing of his father who was involved in a fatal car accident. Rex Burkhead stepped in with a monster game last week scoring three TDs, but White should easily find himself penciled back in as the RB2 in New England. This week they have probably their toughest game of the year going to Kansas City. The Chiefs offense is explosive and the Patriots will probably be forced into more passing situations to keep the game close. Enter James White. Last year he was second on the team in targets and the Chiefs have allowed the 7th most rushing yards to date. Many of the quick screen passes that White will get will be long hand-offs. If you have him in a PPR league, fire him up in the flex.
Other decent flex options at RB for Week 4: David Johnson (vs. MIN), Chris Carson (@ MIA), Mike Davis (vs. ARI)
WIDE RECEIVER PLAYS
WR Hunter Renfrow (vs. BUF)
The Raiders drafted Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards to help the depth at receiver. Well…both of them are hurt. Renfrow had a great game last week vs. the Patriots going for 6 catches, 84 yards and a TD. He has 32 targets over his last five games and the Bills give up the 3rd most fantasy points at away games. The Bills secondary has also given up the 4th most passing yards thus far and Derek Carr is having a good year with 6 TD’s and zero INT’s. With the lack of depth at WR for the Raiders, this is a great week to start Renfrow.
WR Marques Valdes-Scantling (vs. ATL)
Allen Lazard had a monster game last week with over 140 receiving yards and a TD, but he is now out indefinitely with a core muscle injury. MVS will now pick up the production that Lazard is leaving behind. MVS is currently tied with Lazard and Davante Adams for targets on the year with 20 and is tied with Lazard for most Red Zone targets for Packers WR’s. This week, the Packers are home vs. the Falcons who have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to WR’s and have allowed the 3rd most receiving yards. Davante Adams will get the most coverage, which will allow MVS to have more opportunities to get open. Take advantage of this matchup for MVS and watch him solidify himself as the Packers WR2.
Other decent flex options at WR for Week 4: Jarvis Landry (@ DAL), Tre’Quan Smith (@ DET), Tee Higgins (vs. JAX)
TIGHT END PLAYS
TE Robert Tonyan (vs. ATL)
Robert Tonyan seems to have the trust of Rodgers early on this season. He is playing 60% of the snaps and has 8 targets over the past two games, hauling in 7 of those for 75 yards and 2 TD’s. The 6’5, 237 lb. third-year player goes up against the Falcons this week who have now blown two 16-point, second-half leads over their last two games. The Falcons also give up the 2nd most fantasy points to TE’s and rank 31st in the league in passing yards against and total yards allowed. Similarly, to MVS, with Lazard out and Adams getting the primary coverage, expect more targets for Tonyan going forward. This is a great week to play him!
TE T.J. Hockenson (vs. NOS)
Hockenson is having a decent season thus far ranking as TE9. He also has at least 4 receptions and 50+ receiving yards in every game this year. He has a plus matchup this week against the Saints who allow the most points to TE’s and have given up the 2nd most receiving TD’s. Hock leads the Lions in receiving yards and is tied with Marvin Jones for the most targets. With Golladay back, look for Hock to get open often considering he will have the weaker coverage. He needs to be in your starting lineups this week!
Other decent flex options at TE for Week 4: Drew Sample (vs. JAX), Dalton Schultz (vs. CLE), Logan Thomas (vs. BAL)
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