Week 1 is in the books! Now it’s time to focus our attention on Week 2 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.
Ameer Abdullah ($4500) – The Lions will take on the Vikings this week who struggled immensely against the run last week. Carlos Hyde ran wild against the Vikings defense, as he ran for 168 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns. Abdullah only carried the ball seven times in Week 1, but he led the Lions backs in snap count, carries, and stats. He totaled 94 yards, caught four passes, and scored a touchdown. He was in for 45 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. His big play ability and matchup against a suspect run defense make him an appealing tournament play for Week 2.
Danny Woodhead ($4000) – As Drake would say, I’m “goin’ back- to-back” with Woodhead. Last week I suggested him at his $3,700 salary and he paid off. This week he is just $300 more. In Week 1 he carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 20 yards. This week he faces a Bengals defense that is decent against the run, but is vulnerable against pass catching backs. Last week they surrendered 14 catches, 94 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns to the Raiders backs. Woodhead got all the red zone carries and was targeted three times in the red zone last week. He was also in 53 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. He should remain a big contributor in this offense and until the team trusts rookie Melvin Gordon in the red zone, Woodhead should continue to see the bulk of the carries in the red zone. At this price, he’s as safe as it gets.
Eric Decker ($5100) –Last week, Decker caught two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted just three times. Don’t let that concern you, as the game flow likely caused this to happen. The Jets were able to run the ball easily on the Browns defense and were ahead for pretty much the entire game. This week, they head to Indy to take on the Colts, a team who can score points. With shutdown corner Vontae Davis covering Brandon Marshall, Decker could see the majority of the looks this week. The Jets are the underdog in this game and will likely be playing from behind. Percy Harvin had his way with this defense last week and this week it could be Decker’s turn. At this price, he’s a decent value play in tournaments.
Terrance Williams ($4200) – Williams led the Cowboys receivers in offensive snap counts last week as he played in 86 percent of them. He was targeted eight times and hauled in five of his targets for 60 yards. With Dez Bryant on the sidelines, Williams could be in for a bigger role. He has a favorable matchup against the Eagles who don’t defend well against the pass. The Eagles surrendered 246 yards and two touchdowns to the Falcons receivers in Week 1. They are actually pretty good against the run, which can force Dallas to rely more on the pass. While Williams isn’t the most talented receiver on the planet, he should benefit from potentially a good amount of targets.
* Tight End*
Greg Olsen ($4900) – Let’s try this one more time. Last week, Olsen had an underwhelming performance as he caught just one pass for 11 yards. Many got burned by Olsen last week, which is kind of why I like him even more this week. Well, that’s not the only reason. Being that he let down many people last week, there’s a good chance his ownership is lower this week. The matchup is also one that is appealing. The Texans didn’t have an answer for Travis Kelce last week. He caught six passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Olsen was targeted three times, but I anticipate more targets this week as he is the best weapon on this offense. His price went down as well which makes him a better bargain. A bounce back game is very likely.
Vernon Davis ($3000) – This is my favorite value play for the tight end position this week. Davis didn’t have a big Week 1 as he only caught three passes for 47 yards. However, some other numbers stand out to me. Davis led the Niners in all receiving categories as he got the most targets (6), receptions (3), and yards (47). Nearly 25 percent of Kaepernick’s passes went to Davis. Another thing he has going for him this week is the matchup. The Steelers allowed four touchdowns to the Patriots tight ends in Week 1. Yes it was against the Patriots who have Gronk, but the Steelers struggled against tight ends last season too, so it’s nothing new. Davis is cheap and could be in for a big game.