We have four teams on bye this week, so go ahead and get the players from Cincinnati, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia out of your lineups. We also have a few COVID scares, so that will need to be monitored through the weekend. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 9. 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 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 you can flex during Week 9. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?
Zack Moss, Buffalo (vs. Seattle)
Moss can finally be trusted within our fantasy circle now, which is what we were expecting at the beginning of the season. Against a tough New England run defense, the rookie had 14 carries for 81 yards (5.8 yards per tote) and two touchdowns. Seattle doesn’t boast as tough of a run defense as New England, and this game should be high scoring, which means more scoring opportunities for Moss. Go ahead and flex the rookie with confidence in Week 9.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore (at Indianapolis)
I like J.K. Dobbins more than Edwards, but the veteran does deserve some respect. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry last week in the worst possible matchup for opposing running backs, and he scored a short touchdown. This should continue to be an even split with his rookie counterpart, so there are plenty of touches to go around. Indianapolis is another tough matchup, but he did great last week in a tougher one – Edwards will be just fine this week. If you’re in a bind in Week 9, Edwards could be your saving grace.
Phillip Lindsay, Denver (at Atlanta)
Lindsay continues to be used sparingly since his return from his injury, but that hasn’t mattered. The Los Angeles Chargers are a tough run defense, and he totaled 83 yards on just six carries against them (and a touchdown). In fact, Lindsay is averaging a robust 7 yards per carry on the season, which just shows that the veteran can still get it done. Atlanta is not an intimidating matchup, and there should be plenty of scoring opportunities in this potential shootout. Stop doubting Lindsay and give him a shot in your lineup this week.
Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis (vs. Baltimore)
Everyone is assuming that Jonathan Taylor will take back his usual workhorse role this week, but I’m not so sure about that. For starters, Taylor got dinged up in the game with Detroit, so it appears he will not be at full strength for Week 9. Wilkins is a favorite of the Indianapolis coaches, and he impressed last week with 113 total yards (and a touchdown) on a whopping 21 touches. Do I expect him to receive 20-plus touches again? Well no, but it should be right around 15 for the veteran. Baltimore can be run on, so Wilkins can be flexed safely in Week 9.