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Flex Em Out: Will Fuller and Tyrell Williams lead the way!
Week 4 got underway last night with the Cincinnati Bengals trouncing the Miami Dolphins 22-7 and the score is not as indicative of how the one-sided this game was. Many owners are dealing with grueling decision of whom to play in their flex position this week. Below are a handful of names that I’m trying to get into my lineups this week including Will Fuller and Tyrell Williams. I also give you a couple of players to avoid. Mike Evans and Brandon Marshall are noticeably absent and for good reason. While they both have really tough matchups they’re also exceptional talents who should be able to produce anyway. Obviously lower your typical expectations for these players but start them.
Will Fuller | WR | Houston Texans
Some owners may be frustrated with last week’s poor showing against the New England Patriots but don’t bail on this bandwagon yet. With J.J. Watt out for the season, the Texans offense will have to shoulder the load to stay in football games. Just look to early last season when Houston defense struggled and Brian Hoyer was asked to throw the ball early and often. DeAndre Hopkins would continually see double-digit targets. I expect Brock Osweiler to chuck the ball all over the yard this week and find Fuller more than a few times. The Titans secondary is a work in progress and can be beaten. Fuller is an absolute must play this week!
Tyrell Williams | WR | San Diego Chargers
Tyrell Williams is a fantastic flex option for Week 4 who has looked great since taking over for Keenan Allen. This week the Chargers welcome the atrocious New Orleans secondary that is more banged up than the meat locker after Rocky finishes his workout. He has the deep threat ability that take one to the house on any play. He is also a guy that quarterback Philip Rivers trusts. Williams is currently the leader on the Chargers and sixth in the NFL when it comes to red zone targets. Williams should have a monster game this week. Get him in your flex spot.
Terrelle Pryor | WR | Cleveland Browns
Terrelle Pryor had an impressive Week 3 including an impressive 10 catches for 144 yards. This was big help in his 54% bump in ownership this week on Yahoo. Now the question becomes do you find a home for him in your lineup? The answer should be a resounding yes! The Browns should be in a position much like last week where they are down and need to throw. Cody Kessler should look his way early and often. The Redskin defense is far from fearsome and don’t worry about Josh Norman shadowing him. He tends to stay to one side of the field. Pryor is great option as a WR3 or flex option this week.
Jamison Crowder | WR | Washington Redskins
I told you in my waiver wire column to get Jamison Crowder on your team. He is in a great spot to produce for fantasy owners. He is facing a Browns defense that has been torched allowing the ninth most passing yards and tied for fourth most passing touchdowns. Crowder has a defined role and has quarterback Kirk Cousins trust. He has 16 catches on 25 targets and has found the end zone in back to back weeks. He also currently leads the NFL in red zone targets, tied with Jordy Nelson. He is still very available if you are scrambling for a flex option. I’m good with him in all formats but gets a boost in PPR leagues.
Michael Floyd and John Brown | WR | Arizona Cardinals
Obviously Larry FItzgerald is a must play in all leagues. He has been really good and producing this season. However this week I love Michael Floyd and John Brown. The Cardinals offense hasn’t looked great but some home cooking will do them good. Floyd has cleared concussion protocol making it look good for playing Sunday. Brown got more targets a week ago showing coach Bruce Arians wants to get him involved. Expect a game much like the one we saw against the Buccaneers at home.
Matt Jones | RB | Washington Redskins
It has been a slow build this season for Matt Jones who was banged up at the end of the preseason. The carries are starting to add up and this looks to be the breakout game for Jones. Jones should have a field day with this poor Cleveland front. I also expect Cousins to get the offense moving which should open gaping holes for the run game. Jones has a chance to be a top 10 running back this week and is a must play for me. I also like him in DFS as a really affordable option at running back.
Jordan Howard | RB | Chicago Bears
Alright Jordan Howard, your time has come. You have looked like the best back in Chicago and now is your chance to shine. The Bears are going to pound the rock with Howard to keep the pressure off of quarterback Brian Hoyer. The lions have allowed a league worst 5.1 ypc and are allowing the 12th most rushing yards this season which is lower than it would be if their secondary wasn’t so horrendous. Running the ball should also help keep the Bears awful defense on the sidelines and keep the the bears in this game.
Cameron Artis-Payne | RB | Carolina Panthers
The Panthers offense was a mess last week facing a really good Vikings defense. Expect Carolina to right the ship this week and it should start on the ground. The Falcons are allowing 4.7 yards per carry which is 7th worst in the NFL. They are weak up the middle against physical runners including being torched by Mark Ingram. Artis-Payne has a chance to be they guy over the next few weeks with Jonathan Stewart out for some time. I think he rewards those that picked him up a couple of weeks ago with a nice performance here. Flex him out!
Dwayne Washington | RB | Detroit Lions
We saw last week on national tv how easy it is two run all over this Bears defense. Not only did Zeke Elliot run up and down the field but Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar looked good too. The Bears have allowed the third most rushing yards thus far this season. Washington is garnering more trust from the coaching staff and is showing he is deserving of more work. Theo Riddick is a great back and excels in the passing game. Washington is a nice complement to Riddick and should have a strong game in this spot. Roll him out there!
Victor Cruz and Sterling Sheppard | WR | New York Giants
We saw what these two players are capable of thus far this season and now put owners in a tough spot. But owners really should find better option this week if you can. The Vikings are an incredible defense and have locked down a dynamic Panther offense a week ago. That effort was coming off an impressive showing against the Green Bay Packers.
The Giants defense has flown under the radar thus far this season but they are really good. They have a front seven that creates havoc around the opposing quarterback. Their back-end has looked strong and has played well against strong offenses. I’m avoiding Diggs if I can. I expect Bradford to have a rough outing and find it difficult to move the ball most of the day.
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