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FLEX APPEAL: Week 2

Week 1 was awesome, wasn’t it? We sadly had a decent amount of injuries in the opening week, so we need to navigate through muddy waters this week.  With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 2! The key is making sure you make those right flex decisions. For those who 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 you can flex during Week 2. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?

Running Backs

James Robinson, JAX (at Tennessee)

James Robinson is a thing, folks. Even I was skeptical, but he impressed in his NFL debut. The rookie had 90 total yards on 17 touches against a very good Colts’ defense, which is very impressive. The biggest takeaway, though, was that he was the only running back for the Jaguars to get a carry in Week 1. Opportunity is king, and it seems like Robinson will get as much of it as possible. Don’t be scared off by the Titans – play the impressive rookie with confidence in Week 2.

Benny Snell Jr., PIT (vs. Denver)

I love James Conner, but the dude just can’t stay healthy. Snell looked better than the veteran before Conner’s injury in Week 1, though, and it wasn’t close. The sophomore running back carried the ball 19 times for a whopping 113 yards (5.9 yards per tote) last Monday night, although he couldn’t reel in his only target in that contest. Denver is a tough matchup, but as I always mention, opportunity is king. Go ahead and fire the waiver wire darling up for Week 2

Nyheim Hines, IND (vs. Minnesota)

Hines was one of the more pleasant surprises from Week 1, and I think that trend will continue all season. Look, Philip Rivers loves throwing to his running backs (see Danny Woodhead, Austin Ekeler, etc.), and Hines is his man on his new team. Before Marlon Mack went down (which sucks…hope he can come back full strength next year) it was Hines working in tandem with the starters, not Jonathan Taylor. Hines’ role is defined, he is the receiving back with a nose for the end zone scoring twice last week. Hines is gold in PPR formats and is a fine flex in standard leagues as well.

Adrian Peterson, DET (at Green Bay)

The future Fall-of-Famer just refuses to quit, and I love it. He surprised me, that’s for sure, as he was the lead back for Detroit and totaled 114 yards on 17 touches. Green Bay isn’t a tough matchup for running backs, and these divisional games tend to be closer than expected. I see the veteran handling another 15-20 touches, and will be in around the goal line since D’Andre Swift had the drop heard around the world last week. Go ahead and flex Peterson in Week 2, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

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Ryan is a fantasy football enthusiast who specializes in redraft and keeper leagues. He lives in Yorktown, VA with his beautiful wife, son, and daughter. Feel free to ask him any and everything regarding fantasy football on twitter. It's all about winning that fantasy football championship, Sharks!