Week 2 is in the books! Now it’s time to focus our attention on Week 3 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.
Latavius Murray ($5800) – Murray has a good matchup ahead of him and has been playing solid through the first two weeks of the season. He’s averaging 4.2 yards per carry, has 10 catches (on 10 targets), scored a touchdown last week, and is averaging 54.5 yards per game. In the first game he only carried the ball 11 times because they fell behind early. That’s going to be the case most weeks, but it’s unlikely the Browns get to an early lead. The Browns defense has been below average against running backs this season. They allowed 91 yards and two touchdowns to Chris Ivory in Week 1 and gave up 98 yards to Dexter McCluster last week. Murray is arguably better than both of those backs, so he should be able to take advantage of the Browns defense this week. He displayed his big play potential last season and could be in for the best game of this season thus far.
Danny Woodhead ($4400) – Woodhead remains at a very affordable price and he’s a big part of this offense. He’s received 87.5 percent of the red zone carries and has played in 52.1 percent of the offensive snaps. Many are expecting Melvin Gordon to break out soon, and I am too, but Woodhead remains a value at this price as he will still have a role in this offense. In 2013, he finished as a top 12 RB in PPR formats and Ryan Mathews rushed over 1,000 yards. Rivers will continue to dump it off to Woodhead on a regular basis. He’s the second most targeted back through two weeks with 13 targets. Can’t ask for more from someone under $4,500.
Allen Robinson ($5200) – The Patriots have allowed 30 catches, 424 yards, and three touchdowns to wide receivers this year. In the first two games, the Patriots have led early, forcing their opponents to thrown the ball a lot. This is very likely the case again this week as they are currently favored by 13.5 points. That being said, Allen Robinson should take advantage of this suspect secondary and receive a lot of targets. He had a huge game last week with six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and was targeted 12 times. The volume and upside are both there for Robinson and this is a great spot for him as his team will likely be trailing. At this price, he’s a very good value play at the flex.
Doug Baldwin ($4000) – Baldwin isn’t as sexy of a play as Robinson is, but he’s been steady through the first two weeks and has a dreamy matchup. The Bears have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers through the first two games. They’re surrendering over 30 fantasy points per game to receivers. Baldwin has caught seven passes in each of the first two games and found the end zone last week. At this low price and considering he’s been targeted 17 times this season, it makes sense to roster Baldwin this week.
Coby Fleener ($3000) – Full disclosure, this is a risky play and I’d only recommend him in tournaments (GPPs). Dwayne Allen has been ruled out of this game due to an ankle injury. That leaves Fleener as the only tight end for the Colts. Yes, I’m aware he was not targeted last week, but I’m going to chalk the first two weeks of this offense as bad games and move on. This week, the Colts head to Tennessee to play a subpar Titans defense. The Titans have allowed 172 yards and two touchdowns to opposing tight ends through two games and the fourth most fantasy points per game. Fleener crushed the Titans in both games he played against them last season, catching seven passes for 82 yards and scoring three touchdowns. I’m anticipating a bounce back game for this entire offense and Fleener should be part of it.
Jared Cook ($2800) – There are two teams to play tight ends against, the Steelers and Raiders. This week Cook takes on the Steelers who have given up four touchdowns to tight ends this season along with 178 yards. Last season, they gave up 11 touchdowns. It’s clear that this is one of the weaknesses of their defense. Through the first two games, Cooks has been targeted 13 times. He has caught 10 of those passes for 132 yards. At this low price it feels like he’s almost being given away. This a great spot to play Cook and take advantage of the money you’re saving to load up on other positions.