The Flexpert: Prime Picks for Your Week Two Flex Spot
When it comes to the flex position, it pays to be bold. Ideally, your top receivers and running backs and occasionally your tight end are solid enough that you can put a high-risk, high-reward option in the flex and not be too hurt by a bust. These are some of our favorite PPR plays at the flex spot for Week Two. Additionally, this column is for traditional flex leagues, not Superflex formats, where you should simply use a QB in most cases.
Chris Thompson, Running Back, Washington
Honestly, there may be some RB2s I would play Thompson over. Washington mixed in a lot of Thompson last week to help conserve whatever magic is preserving Adrian Peterson, resulting in six receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. The Colts’ defense is a mess, so Thompson should be in line for another big day.
While he may be listed as the Lions’ third receiver, Golladay sure had the workload of a top option, seeing 12 targets in Week One. That was second only to Golden Tate, and ahead of Marvin Jones’ eight. The Lions’ running game seems impotent, so there should be plenty of awkwardly thrown Stafford passes to go around this week.
Doug Baldwin’s injury pushes Tyler Lockett into more of a primary receiver role, which on most other teams would at least make him a WR2. However, the Seahawks’ offense is an enigma. He’ll at least have the volume to be a solid flex play, but not the solid dependency to be a WR2 just yet.
On the subject of volume, it doesn’t get much better than Enunwa’s target share on Monday night: almost 50 percent. While rookie quarterback play can be volatile, their favorite targets usually are not. Expect more big things from Enunwa, who was a trendy flex play last time he was healthy.
What does a team do when they have no receivers? Throw it to the running back! That’s what Tom Brady did last week, feeding White nine targets. Add the Jaguars’ defense into the mix this week. They often make it seem like opponents don’t have any receivers regardless, and it could be another big day for White.
Jordan Howard seeing more targets out of the backfield than Cohen last week was concerning, but one week is hardly a trend. Howard will probably having more success on the ground against the Seahawks this week. Cohen should have more chances when he comes in to spell him and on third downs.
He’s usually a much more prolific receiver than he was against the Lions, and I think a slightly more competent defense than Detroit in the Dolphins will force Darnold to come his way more often. He may not get double-digit rushes again, but he should see an uptick in targets.
Do you want to guess how a pair of rookie running backs will share the ball based off one game? I do not. Yet I’m going to, and I’ll say that Lindsay’s receiving skills are certainly electric, and should guarantee him touches this week. It remains to be seen if he’ll still have an even split in carries with Royce Freeman.
“Why isn’t he higher up? He had five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown!” Yes, but Melvin Gordon will continue to get touches. His boom-or-bust potential make him a very intriguing flex play, but his overall ceiling will always be limited.
Starting a tight end in the flex spot is rare, because it means you actually have another solid tight end. However, Ebron, based in part due to his history, isn’t someone I would trust as my everyday tight end. That being said, he seems to be carving a little niche for himself in a thin Colts’ receiving corps and could be in line for more red zone work.
I’m going to give myself a little bit of a pat on the back for this one, as I tabbed the 34-year-old Marshall as a sneaky undrafted guy to keep an eye on before the season started. He did well on Sunday filling in for the injured Baldwin, and now he has a week to be built into the offense a little more. At the very least, he’s a touchdown threat.
Super-deep league flex plays.
The Vikings seem to be taking it slow with Dalvin Cook, much to the chagrin of his Fantasy owners. While that means Murray will get some volume (11 carries Week One), that doesn’t guarantee output (just 42 yards). However, if the Vikings really are content on using Murray, he could vulture a touchdown. Plus, he has generally done better when in a more supplementary role.
Richard essentially took over for Marshawn Lynch once the going went rough last week, catching nine passes on 11 targets. Against a stout Denver defense in Week Two, we could see a similar game script. While the Denver defense may shut the whole run game down, Richard could get something done in the passing game.
A member of the aforementioned weak Colts receiving corps, Grant is at least the second option behind T.Y. Hilton, and may be behind Jack Doyle as well. His stock is also dinged a little bit by facing a tough Washington secondary this week. However, he still saw nine targets and made eight catches last week, so at least Luck likes throwing to him. And with still barely a hint of a rushing attack in Indianapolis, that’s worth something.