Yeah, so Week 3 got here fast. Time needs to take a chill pill and slow down. They do say time flies when you’re having fun, so there’s that, I guess. Hopefully all of the Sharks are sitting at 2-0 and feeling pretty good about their squad thus far. The ugly injury bug continues to creep up on us, though, so we may be without some more of our starters this week (get healthy ASAP, Jordy Nelson … please?). Even if you are dealing with injuries on your team, I am here to tell you not to panic. Week 3 offers plenty of possible high-scoring matchups, so maybe someone who’s been marinating on your bench (or you waiver wire … take a gander right now and see what’s out there!) could offer massive upside for your flex that you just haven’t noticed yet. I’m looking at the RB3, RB4, WR4 and WR5 type of guys. The ones who get no love from the experts and, most importantly, you. Show these guys some love already! OK, enough of the cackling … let’s get “flexy,” shall we?
RB Tevin Coleman, Atlanta (at Detroit)
Yes, Devonta Freeman is the man in Atlanta’s backfield and it was more apparent in Week 2. That being said, Coleman has out-targeted Freeman in the passing game 8-4 thus far. With Atlanta heading to Detroit this weekend, we have the possibility of a shootout (better known as fantasy football’s best friend). I don’t expect Coleman’s carries to exceed 10, but he should see in between six (which he had in Week 1) and eight targets in this game. Coleman is averaging 1.01 fantasy points per opportunity, which ranks him 19th at the running back position. Don’t be scared to flex Coleman this week, people!
RB James White, New England (vs. Houston)
You always gag when someone recommends a New England running back as a solid play for a week (minus the team’s goal line back …), but hear me out. White has 13 targets already on the season, which ranks him third among running backs. Although he only had two carries last week, he did have 10 in Week 1. I expect his carry total to be closer to Week 1 this week (we know the targets will be there), as New England will get an early lead on Houston and look to milk the clock. White is averaging 7.1 yards per touch, which ranks him 10th among running backs. You can do the math yourself, but it’s easy to see that White has a clear path to success this week against Houston. Rex Burkhead has missed practice all week, which makes White an even more enticing flex play.
RB Chris Thompson, Washington (vs. Oakland)
This is all about game script, folks. Oakland is known for doing one thing so far this year, and that’s putting up points. Washington will need Thompson often in this one, I promise. I bet you didn’t know that he has been a RB1 in both of the first two weeks, did you? Okay, maybe you did, but the little man already has three touchdowns on the young season. Averaging 13.5 yards per carry and 12.5 yards per touch, Thompson has started the year off as one of the most elusive backs in the NFL. Either way, you want a piece of this game. Thompson is as “flexy” as it gets.