Flex Plays: Week One

The FantasyDraft glossary defines “FLEX” as a slot in your lineup that accepts more than one position type. On FantasyDraft, you are allowed to play either a running back (RB), wide receiver (WR) or tight end (TE) at the spot and there are two of them! None of the competing sites offer the flexibility that you’ll find on FantasyDraft so the format allows you to be as creative as you want to be. Use two tight ends if you want. Use four receivers. The choice is up to you but here are some suggestions for those worthy of placement in the FLEX spot week one:

Giovani Bernard, Bengals, $9,000 – Jeremy Hill rates as an elite option this weekend as the Bengals lead back but don’t sleep on receiving back Giovani Bernard either. Only the Philadelphia Eagles allowed more receiving TDs to the RB position in 2014 than the Oakland Raiders. Bernard also comes at a severe discount to Hill yet possesses the receiving skills to rack up points at a quicker pace due to the scoring format (Hill needs 10 rushing yards to equate one Bernard zero yard catch). Since he likely lacks the multiple TD upside (because Hill will be dominating the snaps), he’s best left for cash games because the receptions will solidify a safe floor.

Tevin Coleman, Falcons, $8,700 – Suffering through a nagging hamstring injury may have cause Devonta Freeman a shot at the starting job. While he seemed like the obvious choice to dominate touches in the opener, Tevin Coleman opened as the team’s top back on the depth chart heading into week one. It was a bit curious they drafted Coleman after drafting Freeman early in last year’s draft so clearly they see something special in this kid… and I concur. The closest correlation between Vegas over/unders and fantasy points comes at the RB position. With an implied total of 26, the Falcons are expected to score the fifth most points of any team this week. Seeing as though the injury seems to still be hampering Freeman, Coleman should see a full workload in the projected highest scoring game of the weekend. At the $8,700 price, don’t think twice about rostering him.

John Brown, Cardinals, $8,800 – Coach Bruce Arians named Michael Floyd the starting WR opposite of Larry Fitzgerald so many may overlook John Brown in week one… don’t be one of those people. The Cardinals are going to have to air it out to compete with the Saints’ high-powered attack. Brown averaged 14.5 yards per reception (YPC) in 2014 and scored five TD. If the team plans to put up points in a hurry, they’ll look for Brown as the deep threat. However, he also lines up in the slot and has the speed to beat just about any nickel back. Therefore he has the potential to catch a fair amount of passes as Palmer’s security blanket in this game as well. The price is right so don’t hesitate to use him despite not “starting.”

Charles Clay, Bills, $7,500 – Here’s my thinking here: Sammy Watkins will be matched up against maybe the game’s best cover corner in Vontae Davis. The guy did not allow any touchdowns last season and will almost assuredly limit Watkins’ opportunities even if he happens to break one long one. This means Tyrod Taylor will have to look elsewhere in the passing game. Last season the Colts allowed the fourth most fantasy points to the TE position according to NFL.com so I think Taylor may look to Charles Clay as his security blanket. In the PPR format, a cheap player racking up receptions can be extremely valuable especially at a less-than-loaded position. If you want to start an upper-echelon TE like Travis Kelce or Jason Witten and pair them with someone like Clay as a contrarian play, I say go ahead and do it.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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