Week 1 is officially here! That beautiful moment we have all been waiting for since the Patriots won the Super Bowl. Week 1 actually poses some tough lineup decisions, but that’s what I’m here for. For those that are new here, 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?
Matt Breida, SF (at Tampa Bay)
Matt Breida is electric when he is on the field, and guess what? He is 100% healthy to start the new season. Yes, Tevin Coleman will get a good share of the workload, but Breida can hit the home run more so than Coleman. Breida is a plus-pass catcher and averaged a robust 5.3 yards per tote last year on 153 attempts. Add in the fact that Tampa is a plus matchup for running backs, and you have a recipe for success. Breida should eat right out of the gate.
Duke Johnson Jr., HOU (at New Orleans)
Many seem to be worried about the Carlos Hyde signing, and I just don’t get it. Besides the fact that he averaged 3.3 yards per carry last year (on 2 different teams), he also just got to Houston last weekend. So yeah, Hyde should be of no concern to anyone. Johnson will get around 70% of the work for the high-octane Houston offense, which makes him extremely appealing. Johnson is one of the best pass catchers in the league at his position, and owns a career 4.3 yards per carry. Play Johnson with confidence.
Derrius Guice, WAS (at Philadelphia)
Guice seems to still make people scared of playing him in Week 1 (ECR of 35). On Thursday, Coach Gruden stated that the offense will funnel through him, and that he loves his 3-down skillset. We love to hear a Coach’s vote of confidence, and he has been getting that a lot lately. Local beat reporters are stating that Adrian Peterson may be a healthy scratch this week, leaving Guice and Chris Thompson manning the Washington backfield. Don’t be scared of Guice this week.
Justin Jackson, LAC (vs. Indianapolis)
I do like Austin Ekeler as the better play, but too many folks are sleeping on Jackson. Beat reporters have stated all offseason that this will most likely be a 50-50 split, so those thinking Ekeler will be a workhouse are just flat-out wrong. Look for Ekeler to get the first crack, but Jackson splitting sets evenly beyond that. Add in the fact that he should also see the goal-line work for a phenomenal offense, and you have a decent flex play on your hands.