Week 9 is in the books! Now it’s time to focus our attention on Week 10 and try to get some nice scores. My goal every week is to find you some solid options that fit in the flex position and provide some nice upside. Below I’ll go over some of those plays.
Darren McFadden ($4900) – McFadden has topped 16 fantasy points in four straight games, yet he remains below $5,000. He has 25+ total touches in the last three games and is the only back that receives 100 percent of his team’s red zone rushes. The Bucs are allowing 97 rushing yards per game and have surrendered four touchdowns. They’ve also allowed three receiving touchdowns to opposing backs. This is not the best matchup a running back can have, but at such an affordable price you are guaranteed 20+ touches and red zone opportunity. That can’t be said about many backs at this price.
DeMarco Murray ($6200) – The Miami Dolphins are surrendering 120.63 rushing yards per game, 4.53 yards per carry and have allowed seven rushing touchdowns. They’ve allowed multiple touchdown games to running backs in two of their last three games. Murray started off the season slow, but has picked it up in recent games. He has topped 24 fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’s averaging 119.25 total yards per game, has scored three touchdowns, and has caught 18 passes in the last four games. He’s the eighth most expensive running back, but has the potential to finish with the most fantasy points of all player at his position.
Davante Adams ($4200) – Adams finally appears to be fully healthy after missing some time with an ankle injury. He caught seven of his eleven targets for 93 yards last week. He has a favorable matchup this week at home against the Detroit Lions. Receivers average 185.13 receiving yards per game, 13.75 receptions per game, 13.5 yards per reception, and have scored eight touchdowns against the Redskins defense. They have allowed at least one receiving touchdown in all but one game this season. Green Bay has an implied point total of 30 points which is the second highest of all teams this week. This is a good spot for another solid game for Adams at a very reasonable price.
Willie Snead ($4900) – Snead is averaging seven targets per game this season, but has averaged 8.2 targets in the last five games. He has topped 15 fantasy points and has caught six passes in each of the last two games. He’s also scored two touchdowns in that span and has combined for 165 receiving yards. The Saints head to Washington to take on the Redskins defense that struggles against opposing receivers. They allow 164.25 receiving yards per game, 14.3 yards per reception, and have yielded 11 touchdowns to receivers. This game has the second highest over/under of the week at 50.5 and the Saints have an implied point total of 25.75 points. At this price, he only needs 14.7 fantasy points to hit value and is something that should not be difficult to accomplish.
Jordan Reed ($4600) – Reed averages 16.3 fantasy points per game and has scored double-digit fantasy points in every game except one. He averages nine targets per game and has caught five or more passes in all but one game this season. He receives 23.5 percent of the team’s red zone targets and 17.5 percent of the team’s targets. The Saints are yielding six receptions and 80.6 yards per game to opposing tight ends, while allowing seven touchdowns. Vegas has this game at a 50 point over/under and the Redskins have an implied point total of 24.5. Essentially, a shootout is expected. Last week, the Saints surrendered over 150 yards and three touchdowns to the Titans tight ends. He’s reasonably priced and in a plus matchup, there’s not much to dislike.
Gary Barnidge ($4800) – Barnidge makes a good pivot from Reed who will potentially be highly owned. Since Week 3, Barnidge is averaging 8.6 targets per game and has seen double digit targets in three of those games. He’s third in touchdowns amongst tight ends with six, fifth in receptions with 42, second in yards with 602, and fourth in targets with 66. He’s by far the best offensive weapon on this Browns offense. The Steelers are allowing 61.4 receiving yards per game to opposing tight ends and have allowed seven touchdowns. The Browns are an underdog in this game so could be chasing points which bodes well for Barnidge. He’s averaging 16.4 fantasy points per game which more than what he needs to hit value this week. He’s a solid play that won’t hurt your pocket as it takes less than 10 percent of your salary to roster him.