Hello, Week 4! Please be kind to us this week, as each of the past 3 weeks have brought forth too many injuries to our beloved fantasy players. We are now without Darren Sproles for the rest of the season, who was always a viable flex play. Hopefully Kelvin Benjamin, Doug Baldwin, Michael Crabtree, and Sammy Watkins can all go this week. If not, you may have to take a deeper dive into who to start at our beloved flex positions. Fear not, Sharks, as I can assist you in your weekly decision making. The season is still young, so you can still turn it around and pull out a W this week, as well as the weeks to come. Let’s take a look at some RB3, RB4, WR4 and WR5 types that you may have hanging out on your bench (or waiver wire) that you may want to plug into your flex position this week. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
RB Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (at Kansas City)
I’m going to stay in the flames with this pick. Thompson did it again in Week 3, so I hope you took my advice in last week’s article. 13 yards per touch and 8.5 yards per carry is nothing to sneeze at, which is what Thompson has brought to the table thus far in the young season. Thompson actually had his highest touch total of the season in Week 3, as he had 8 carries to go along with 6 receptions. Jay Gruden has stated that he doesn’t want to give Thompson many more touches, but when you’re that efficient on a per touch basis, it really doesn’t matter. The Chiefs are a tough matchup, but Thompson is too hot to bench right now.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. New York Giants)
He was quite the disappointment in Week 3, totaling 15 yards on just 5 carries. That being said, Tampa Bay was blown out early by the Vikings and had to abandon the run. I know the Giants looked better in Week 3, but I doubt they blow out an angry Buccaneers team this week. The teams are well matched, and Rodgers should get closer to his 19 touches he had in week 2. In Week 3, the Eagles ran all over the Giants. This is a prove-it week for Rodgers, as Doug Martin returns next week. Give Rodgers another shot in Week 4.
RB LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles (at Los Angeles Chargers)
Finally, am I right? Blount averaged 5.58 yards per carry in Week 3 against the Giants, to the tune of 67 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers won’t be able to get ahead in this game, so look for Philadelphia to lean on their run game in Week 4. He could be marinating on your waiver wire (due to folks getting impatient with his production in the first 2 weeks of the season), so go take a gander. I like his odds of scoring a (maybe even 2…) touchdown(s) this week, and so should you. That’s certainly “flexy”, if I do say so myself.
RB Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. Jacksonville)
Ah, the Jet who everyone thought would be a stud this year. It hasn’t happened yet, but he did have a season-high 15 rushes last week, which led to him scoring his first touchdown of the season. With Matt Forte nursing a toe injury, look for Powell to see increased usage both in the running and receiving game. He is just one season removed from a 58 catch season, which ranked fourth among all running backs. I know that many are scared to plug Powell into their lineups, but this could be the breakout week we have all been waiting for. Call it a hunch, or call it just more opportunity due to Forte’s injury, but Powell could be the shocker from Week 4 when it is all said and done.