Week 2 should be interesting, as we already have some injuries that shake our lineups up (Tevin Coleman, Tyreek Hill, Derrius Guice, and more…). Never fret, though, as there are some good options on your bench (or even your waiver wire) that you don’t realize are solid plays. 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 2. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Devin Singletary, BUF (at New York Giants)
Although Frank Gore is the “starter”, look for Singletary to get the majority of the work. He only had 4 carries, but they went for 70 yards. To put that in perspective, his longest run of the day was 23 yards, so he got chunks every rush he had. He also had 5 receptions, which is always promising. Look for Singletary to have around 15 touches in this game, which is a plus matchup for opposing running backs. The Giants won’t stop him, simply put, and this could be the game that gets him to breakout status. Fire up the rookie for a solid flex.
Miles Sanders, PHI (At Atlanta)
Sanders was the leader in the backfield (albeit not by much), and that should only increase as the Eagles’ gain more trust in the rookie. The Falcons are a plus matchup, and Sanders should better his 12 touches from Week 1 to the 15-ish range. Remember, he had an electric 21 yard touchdown scamper called back by a blocking penalty (that didn’t affect the run…), so he should have had a much bigger day. Go ahead and flex Sanders in Week 2 if you’re struggling with a lineup decision.
Malcolm Brown, LAR (vs. New Orleans)
Brown was 1 of my favorite bench stashes of the draft season, and he made me look like a genius Week 1. Brown scored 2 touchdowns on 11 touches, but it wasn’t just that. He received 3 carries in the redzone, compared to 0 for Todd Gurley. Brown was also the back in the game when it was close in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, leaving me to believe they really are trying to give Gurley’s knees some rest. Look for Brown to have several drives by himself, giving him a good chance at another touchdown (or 2). This will be a high-scoring affair in LA, and you will want some pieces of that action.
Chris Thompson, WSH (vs. Dallas)
Thompson doesn’t need many touches to be productive, especially in PPR formats. He had 10 total touches for 78 yards against the Eagles in Week 1, and he could see even more in Week 2. Thompson saw a whopping 10 targets last week, and we have room for growth here with Derrius Guice sidelined. Dallas is going to put up some points, leaving Washington in catchup mode, which is where Thompson makes his hey. Go ahead and start the gadget stud in Week 2.