FLEX Appeal


Week 4 is in the books! Now it’s time to focus our attention on Week 5 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.


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Running Back


Dion Lewis ($4800) – Lewis is averaging 19.5 fantasy points per game and 6.3 targets per game. He’s been targeted in 14.5 percent of the teams passing attempts and has caught 15 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown. Coming off of his bye week, Lewis has a good matchup against the Cowboys who have allowed 33 receptions and the second most receiving yards to opposing backs. Running backs are averaging 9.25 targets against the Cowboys. They have allowed back-to-back 100+ rushing yards games and four rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks. At this price he’s one of this week’s best values. For those concerned about LeGarrette Blount cutting into his snap count, keep this in mind. The Patriots just extended Lewis through 2017 and in last game they played, Lewis played around 75 percent of the snaps before the game became a blowout and Blount took over.


Justin Forsett ($5800) – Forsett finally had a big game last week and looks to carry that momentum over against Cleveland this week. To start, the Browns can’t stop the run. They allow 114.5 rushing yards per game, 4.63 rushing yards per attempt, and have surrendered three touchdowns. With injuries hurting the Ravens offense (Crockett Gilmore OUT, Steve Smith DOUBTFUL, Breshad Perriman OUT), it’s likely that this offense will run through Forsett this week. He displayed his ability to be the team’s workhorse last week and could do some once again this week.


Wide Receiver


Allen Robinson ($5500) – Robinson is usually a player that is low owned, is reasonably priced, and provides plenty of upside. He’s a high volume receiver who receives plenty of targets. For the season, he has 39 targets, but 33 of those have come in the last three weeks. He hasn’t been efficient, but that’s likely because a lot of his passes are down field passes. He displayed his ability to have big games as he crushed the Dolphins in Week 2 for six catches, 155 yards, and two touchdowns. That performance was good for 36 fantasy points. The Bucs are allowing 155 receiving yards per game and have surrendered six touchdowns to opposing receivers. The Jags are underdogs this week and can be chasing points. Robinson is an intriguing tournament play.


Willie Snead ($3000) – After looking at some numbers, I’ve come around to Snead this week. His snap count has increased each week this season and it’s not due to other players being injured. He’s simply outperforming them. Last week, he played in more offensive snaps than both Marques Colston and Brandon Coleman. Snead has been targeted 19 times in the last three games and has caught 79 percent of them. He doesn’t offer much upside, but in a week where a lot of the high-end plays have good matchups and are expensive, Snead could give you some salary cushion at his minimum price. This game is one of Vegas’ highest over/under of the week.


Tight End


Delanie Walker ($3800) – A lot of people are on Charles Clay this week and I like him too. However, if you’re trying to pivot to someone who may be less owned in the same salary range, Walker is appealing. He has scored 13+ fantasy points in each game this year. In Week 1he caught all three of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown. He missed Week 2, but returned last week and received 10 targets. He caught seven passes for 68 yards in the last game. He’s going to continue to see plenty of looks from Mariota and should be able to hit his value this week. The Bills are yielding 10 yards per catch and 60 yards per game to opposing tight ends.


Owen Daniel ($2700) – Any chance I get, I will start a tight end playing against the Raiders defense. Especially a tight end who is only $200 more than the minimum price. Daniels has scored a touchdown in two consecutive games and has a good shot to make it three in a row as he has the best possible matchup a tight end can have. The Raiders have surrendered six touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season (at least one in every game) and given up 97 yards per game. Daniels just takes up 5 percent of your salary and should have no trouble hitting value. He’s playable in both cash and tournaments.