The season kicks off tomorrow with tons of action on DraftKings. One of the positions where participants are always trying to find am economical player is the flex. Since you can plug in a WR, RB, or TE, people usually use it as a slot to fill with a good value play. Below I’ll go over some reasonably priced players that can be plugged into you flex spot and produce, while also providing you with some salary cushion.
Doug Martin ($4500) – When the players’ salaries were announced, Martin’s role was not known. Since then, he’s run away with the starting job by out shining Charles Sims in the preseason. Martin is the Bucs start and is expected to get the bulk of the carries, and is at a very low price. He also has a great matchup as the Titans defense surrendered the second most rushing yards (2,195) and allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing backs (21.2) last year. Not to mention, the third most rushing touchdowns (17). Keep in mind, the Bucs have rookie Jameis Winston starting at quarterback, so to keep the pressure off of him, they could lean heavily on Martin. Therefore, he should receive a lot of volume and easily hit value. I’m expecting 20+ carries to start off the season for Martin.
Danny Woodhead ($3700) – I could be in the minority with this one, but there are several things that stand out to me about Woodhead. First, he’s been forgotten about because of his injury last season. However, if you go back to the 2013 season, he caught 76 passes for 605 yards and six touchdowns. That season, Ryan Mathews had his best season carrying the ball 285 times. Why did I point that out? It’s because many people are putting too much emphasis on Melvin Gordon possibly getting the bulk of the carries. That’s fine! Woodhead doesn’t need a ton of carries because he’s a PPR monster. Plus, they already announced that their workloads would be split in half. Another thing that stands out is how much the Lions struggled against backs in the receiving department. While they were tough against the run, backs caught 93 passes (third most) for 766 yards and three touchdowns against their defense last season. This is great news for a back like Woodhead. Antonio Gates will not play so some of the short passes can go to Woodhead out of the backfield. At his price, it won’t take much to hit value.
Jarvis Landry ($5600) – One stat I place a ton of emphasis on when I’m searching for receivers, is targets. Landry averaged 6.9 targets per game last season. In the preseason, he’s looked really good and appears to have great chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannenhill. Miami heads to Washington who surrendered the most receiving touchdowns and second most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. This is a defense you beat through the air and on the ground. Even though Miami has added some weapons, it’s clear that Landry is Tannenhill’s go-to receiver. He should receive plenty of looks in the first game and also comes at a reasonable price. He’s safe enough for cash and could also be considered in tournaments as his ownership percentage may not be through the roof.
Davante Adams ($4400) – I heard Al Zeindenfeld say on The Daily Fantasy Football Edge Podcast the other day, that Adams should automatically come in every lineup. Maybe not in those exact words, but something to that effect. I laughed, but it’s also very true. Adams price came out before Jordy Nelson’s injury and is priced as if he were the third receiver on the Packers offense. Aaron Rodgers threw for 10 touchdowns in two games last season against the Bears. Needless to say they can’t stop the pass. In fact, they surrendered the third most receiving yards (4,458), second most receiving touchdowns (34), and 22.6 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers last season. At this low price, it’s almost impossible not to roster Adams. In tournaments, it’s ok to fade him in some of your lineups because the ownership rate will likely be through the roof, but in cash games, he should be in just about all your lineups.
Greg Olsen ($5300) – In such a volatile position, it’s hard to find a consistent player, aside from Rob Gronkowski, that you’re comfortable enough to pay up for on a weekly basis. Olsen is pretty consistent himself, yet doesn’t provide the ceiling Gronk does. Then again, who does, right? Olsen was targeted 122 times last season and caught five or more passes in 11 games. Keep in mind, he was second in targets on this offense behind Kelvin Benjamin who was targeted 146 times. Now that Benjamin is out for the season, Olsen could see even more targets. After all, Philly Brown and Ted Ginn are listed as the team’s starting receivers, none of them should have an impact on Olsen’s volume in a negative way. At this price, he offers a safer floor than some receivers in this salary range. If you decide you want to play two tight ends in your lineup, Olsen could some as a solid flex play in all games.
Delanie Walker ($3400) – Walker averaged 12.1 fantasy points per game last season and finished eighth in fantasy points, but is currently the fourteenth most expensive tight end. To start off the season, he faces a Bucs defense that plays a Cover 2 and has a rookie middle linebacker. A cover 2 defense usually has holes in the middle of the field where Walker does most of his pass catching. There may be some concern with a rookie quarterback starting for the Titans, but they usually lean on their tight ends. This is a good matchup for Walker and he’s someone that can be targeted a bunch. Not to mention, he’s not on many people’s radar, so could end up being low owned. He comes with some risk, but at this low price can also easily attain value. I wouldn’t recommend him in cash games, but he could be a sneaky GPP play.