Week 1 is here! The moment we have all been waiting for, as we embark on our journey to win the championship in our respective leagues. Flex decisions can be tough, but that’s why I’m 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 that you can flex during Week 1. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay (at New Orleans)
Barber is still somehow undervalued. He is a starting running back, folks! Geez, who else needs to say it before you believe it. Ronald Jones is a distant 3rd on the depth chart, so don’t be worried about him (yet, as he is still a fine stash). Last year, Barber logged no less than 13 touches per contest after week 11. I Think he gets around the touches (19) that he received in week 17 last year, making him a great flex for this week.
James White, New England (vs. Houston)
White is the only Patriots running back that is completely healthy. Add in the fact that the pass-catching options in New England are scarce, it’s easy to see why he is safe bet for your flex. I can see White having 8-10 carries PLUS 5-8 targets in the passing game. Rumors of New England easing Rex Burkhead in week 1, and you have a clear path for White’s success against Houston. Flex away, Sharks.
Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis (vs. Cincinnati)
All reports out of Detroit state that Wilkins will get the start in week 1. Yes, Marlon Mack did practice Thursday, but he has been out the entire preseason. Enter Wilkins, who was rested in week 4 of the preseason. Oh, hello, Christine Michael truthers! Yeah, he had 6 touches in week 4 of the preseason, so I see him as nothing more than change of pace kind of guy. Wilkins received 16 touches in the Colts’ dress rehearsal, and I can see him getting around 20 touches in week 1. It’s all about opportunity, y’all. Don’t be scared of the unknown if you’re in a pinch this week.
Mike Gillislee, New Orleans (vs. Tampa Bay)
Probably my favorite deep sleeper for this week, Gillislee will fill in for the suspended Mark Ingram. How do I know that? Oh, did you see that the Saints just cut Boston Scott? New Orleans is down to just two (yes, you read that correctly) running backs for week 1. Despite popular belief, Alvin Kamara will not tote the rock 20+ times in Ingram’s absence. Gillislee has a good shot at 12-15 touches (plus goal line work) and he is probably sitting on your waiver wire. Flex that man if you are worried about your other options.