Week 3 wasn’t as kind as Week 2, as we had many more surprises than before. That’s okay, though, as we can bounce-back from anything. Every week I will help you by looking at the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) to make flex 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 4. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
James White, NE (vs. Miami)
Ah, what could have been with Rex Burkhead (he was sent to IR this week, in case you were wondering). That leave James White as the primary receiving back for New England, and he should capitalize in this must-win contest. Miami is an above-average matchup for running backs, and they just gave up 83 receiving yards to Oakland’s backfield. White is a safe flex-play, who has much more upside than perceived. White already has 14 receptions for 125 yards (and 2 touchdowns) on the young season. You know what to do.
Aaron Jones, GB (vs. Buffalo)
This one is tricky, due to the fact that Mike McCarthy stated that he liked and wanted to continue their committee approach at running back. That being said, if you watched the Packers-Redskins game in Week 3, you clearly saw that Jones was the more explosive back for Green Bay. Buffalo is a plus matchup for running backs, and they have surrendered 6 touchdowns to opposing running backs on the young season. Jones averaged 7 yards per carry on 6 carries in Week 3 (which both led all Green bay running backs) and he should at least double that carry amount in Week 4.
Javorius Allen, BAL (at Pittsburgh)
Buck Allen never gets any love. You need to understand that Allen is the goal-line back for Baltimore, as well as their receiving back. In his first 3 games this season, Allen has 4 touchdowns (3 rushing and 1 receiving), as well as 17 targets in the passing game. Pittsburgh is going to put up some points in Week 4 (as they always do), so look for Allen to at least match the amount of targets he had in Week 2 (7). Stop under-appreciating Buck, folks!
Alfred Morris, SF (at Los Angeles Chargers)
Morris is always a scary start, as he doesn’t do much in the passing game and Matt Breida has been running extremely well this season. Breida, however, was injured in Week 3’s contest (he did come back into the game), and was absent from 49ers practice on Wednesday. Continue to monitor this, as Morris will become very appealing if Breida sits. Even if he doesn’t, I still like Morris. Morris had 67 yards on 14 carries in Week 3 (4.8 average to go along with a touchdown), and we know the 49ers will want to run more due to the injury to Jimmy Garoppolo. The Chargers have given up a rushing touchdown in each game the past 2 weeks, and I like that trend to continue in Week 4, with Morris being the beneficiary.