Week 2 was a rare week, in which I hit on 7 (or you can call Alfred Morris a loss and make it 6) out of 8 flex players who out-produced their expectations. Just let me gloat, people! Okay, I’m done. Thanks for allowing me to do that. Every week I will help you by looking at the Expert Consensus Rankins (ECR) to make these decisions a little easier on the Sharks. Let’s go ahead and look at some RB3, RB4, WR4 and WR5 types that you can flex during Week 1. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Corey Clement, PHI (vs. Indianapolis)
Jay Ajayi may not even suit up for this contest, which makes me like Clement even more. He was quite the stud in Week 2, racking up 85 yards and a touchdown on 11 touches (which includes 6 targets in the passing game). The Colts just gave up 13 receptions to Chris Thompson in Week 2, so there could be even more PPR goodness in this one. Clement makes for a good start here even if Jay Ajayi plays.
Jamaal Williams, GB (at Washington)
Aaron Rodgers continues to talk about his balky knee and how sore it gets. You know what the means, right? Green Bay will want the RB who is the best at pass protection in on the majority of snaps. Williams looked better than I expected against the daunted Vikings defense, and this is obviously a much easier matchup. To answer everyone’s question: No, I don’t believe Aaron Jones sees much of the field in this contest. Is there huge upside here? Well, no, but I can see 80 total yards and a chance at a touchdown. That’s flexy, right?
Austin Ekeler, LAC (at Los Angeles Rams)
This game could be more high-scoring than people think. On just 24 touches this year, Ekeler has 224 total yards and 1 touchdown (which was a receiving touchdown). Ekeler is just simply too explosive for the Chargers not to give him 10-15 touches in this tough contest. If I had him anywhere (I don’t…sadly), I’d be happy to plug him into my flex, as he has massive upside in this one.
Theo Riddick, DET (vs. New England)
I’m actually pretty shocked that Riddick is the 48th ranked running back for this week facing an angry New England squad. This is more of a PPR flex recommendation, but he does warrant consideration in standard leagues as well. Riddick had a whopping 12 targets in Week 2, in which he caught 9 of them. Those are easy points, folks, and I can see him surpassing that in Week 3. Tom Brady and Co. are going to put up some points, so Detroit will trot out the pass-catching specialist often in Week 3. If you are in any sort of PPR format, Riddick is a safe flex.