Football is back, baby! With that comes important lineup decisions that can make or break your week. I’m mainly talking about the oft debated flex position, where we wrap our heads around a RB3 or a possible WR4-type to plug into our lineups. The issue is that we go back and forth on which running back or wide receiver to play off of our benches, and become irate when we make the wrong pick. Well, worry no more! Every week I will be presenting the Sharks with some RB3, RB4, WR4 and WR5 options from your bench (or off of your waiver wire) that you should consider to start at your flex position. This is extremely important this week, as Miami and Tampa Bay are on their “forced” bye weeks (note: get any Tampa Bay or Miami play out of your starting lineup stat!). Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?
RB Rob Kelley, Washington (vs. Philadelphia)
Rob Kelley looked like a man possessed in the dress rehearsal against the Cincinnati defensive starters. Why he is ranked as an RB3 (RB27) is beyond me. In two games against Philadelphia last year, Kelley combined for 23 touches for 147 yards and a touchdown. The slimmed-down Kelley will look to start his season off hot, as he should have plenty of touches and several goal-line opportunities in the game. Slide Kelley right in to your flex position and forget about it.
RB Frank Gore, Indianapolis (at Los Angeles Rams)
The old man never gets the respect he deserves. With Andrew Luck out for this game (and possibly longer), look for Indianapolis to lean on its run game. The RB12 from last year will get plenty of touches against the Rams, as this should be a low-scoring affair between two paltry offenses. You could do far worse for your flex spot.
RB Theo Riddick, Detroit (vs. Arizona)
In what should be a high-scoring game, look for Riddick to be highly involved in the passing game and along the goal-line. This is mainly a points per reception league call, as Riddick won’t see too many carries. In 11 games the he played in last year, Riddick totaled five or more receptions seven times. Those are easy points in points per reception leagues, ladies in gentleman. Riddick could be an easy points per reception flex all year, Sharks!
RB Eddie Lacy, Seattle (at Green Bay)
Somehow Lacy’s Expert Consensus Ranking is 37 … blasphemy, I tell ya! Last year Lacy led the league in juke rate, while averaging 2 yards after contact (which placed him fourth among all running backs). Thomas Rawls isn’t at 100 percent health, so look for Seattle to feed Lacy as much work as he can handle. Now that’s “flexy!”