I hope you took my advice and started Duke Johnson last week. Maybe Cleveland finally came to their senses as I stated in this article last week. Either way, he could still be on waivers for you to snatch up if you’re in a bind this week. Speaking of that, the 4 teams that are on bye this week are Baltimore, Denver, Houston, and Minnesota. Stop what you’re doing and check on that and how it corresponds with your respective lineup(s). Every week I will help you by looking at the Expert Consensus Rankings (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 10. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Mike Davis, SEA (at Los Angeles Rams)
As of now, Chris Carson looks doubtful at best to suit up in Week 10. Davis is solid flex/RB2 this week, as he has shown time and time again that he can get it done in Carson’s absence. In Week 5 when Seattle faced the Rams, Davis totaled 75 yards and a touchdown (with Carson in the lineup) on just 14 touches. What’s more appealing, though, is the fact that Davis saw 8 targets (tied with the team lead) in Week 9. What that tells us is that Davis can’t be game scripted out of playing time. This is important when you face the high-octane Rams’ offense. Play Davis with confidence.
Ito Smith, ATL (at Cleveland)
Smith was the hottest name in football a few weeks back, and you should trust him in Week 10. On 11 touches against the stout Washington run defense last week, Smith totaled 64 yards and a touchdown on 11 touches (6 yards per carry). Now he faces Cleveland, which is a plus matchup for running backs. Game script should dictate more of toting the rock than usual against Cleveland, so look for Smith to capitalize on his opportunities once again. He should see at least 15 touches in this contest. That’s flexy, right?
Elijah McGuire, NYJ (vs. Buffalo)
I have to feature a Jets’ running back in this article weekly, so here we go. McGuire came back from his injury in Week 9 and looked explosive. He totaled 67 yards on just 10 touches against Miami in Week 9, and I think he sees even more action against Buffalo this week. Josh McCown can make this offense hum, so don’t worry about the Jets getting ransacked against the hapless Bills. With McGuire firmly entrenched in the Bilal Powell role, he should eat this week (and possibly be a decent flex for the remainder of the season).
Jalen Richard, OAK (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)
Doug Martin is banged up, but it still appears that he will play in Week 10. I still like Richard, though, as Oakland will have to play catchup against the Chargers the entire game. Richard has 43 receptions on the season, and he should eclipse 50 easily in this matchup. I’m expecting 7-10 targets in the passing game to go on top of 3-5 carries. This is especially appealing if you play in any sort of PPR format. This is not a high-upside pick for your flex, but a high-floor selection.