Author: Dylan Thomas
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Welcome to The Flex!! This weekly article will briefly cover must starts that should go into your flex! I will simply spew some simple information on why these guys should be in your lineups. I will keep track of my picks and we will see how I do this season!
Kenny Stills (WR; MIA VS NYJ): After a monster statline against the Titans in the midst of a god awful downpour, Stills should be a waiver wire must add and should fit into your roster no matter the circumstance. The Jets gave up the 9th most fantasy points in PPR leagues last year and they are improved but still look average on paper. Stills is Tannehill’s favorite target on an underrated Miami team. In fact, he was ultra efficient as he only received five targets but I wouldn’t be shocked if those targets trended upwards since the weather had a huge impact on game script. Expect another big week from the young standout. Although the Jets had a dominant performance against the Lions and shut down Matthew Stafford, I expect Stills to be able to get some garbage points and should be prone to a bad game script.
Tyler Lockett (WR; SEA VS CHI): After another knee injury to stud wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Lockett is the #1 wideout on this offense. Brandon Marshall is a factor but is old and lacks the explosiveness he once possessed. The Denver secondary is a lot weaker than it once was and that showed this week. The Chicago Defense is on the rise but also is weaker the cornerback position. Any top wide receiver for Russell Wilson deserves some attention, especially considering Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, and Randall Cobb just ate alive Chicago’s secondary last week with the help of an injured Aaron Rodgers. Lockett has massive upside as a flex play this week.
Jared Cook (TE; OAK VS DEN): In a depleted offense, Jared Cook is the next man to step up. Jon Gruden has started to rebuild the Raiders by trading away superstar Khalil Mack. What this means for Derek Carr and the Raiders offense is they will be throwing a ton. Cook should benefit in this matchup as the Broncos let up the 5th most fantasy points to the Tight End position last season. And Will Dissly of all men, the blocking tight end for the Seattle Seahawks, ate their defense alive. It seems the trend of last season will continue. If you can flex a tight end in your league, I would recommend considering Jared Cook as he should see the opportunity and has former chemistry with the most overpaid quarterback in the league -- Derek Carr.
Rex Burkhead (RB; NE VS JAX): Rex Burkhead is coming off of a mediocre week for fantasy owners. Especially, in PPR scoring. But he did dominate the rushing attempts for a high powered New England Patriots offense. He will be used frequently against a stout pass defense. Although the opposing rush defense is also very strong, I expect Burkhead to be a focal point for the offense whether it is through the rushing or receiving game. He can do both and I expect him to be used since the Patriots have to use such a poor receiving core against such a great secondary.
Adrian Peterson (RB; WAS VS IND): Records were broke yesterday. Adrian Peterson may not be in his prime but damn can he still play. The future Hall of Famer is a legend but he will also be legendary for you this week against a piss poor Colts defense. Joe Mixon exploded against this defense and the Redskins are favored to win. This will give Peterson a great game script. The Colts allowed 11th most fantasy points to the running back position last year. The good offensive line Peterson is running behind should allow him to shine this week. The workload was promising and the efficiency was low but shows promise as he was facing a stout run defense. Start Peterson as he scored his 100th rushing touchdown last week and expect some great production!
*All statistics are from ESPN and NFL.com
**All photos are taken from PFF