Well, I really didn’t do too well with my recommendations last week. We are on to Week 7! I promise to redeem myself for you folks this week. A quick reminder that Green Bay, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Oakland are on a bye this week, so flex plays can be tricky. Every week I will help you by looking at the Expert Consensus Rankins (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 7. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis
I told you to flex Nyheim Hines here last week. No more, I say! It’s Mack time, as he was the clear touch leader for the Colts in Week 6 upon his return. Mack looked explosive, totaling 93 yards on 13 touches. I know that isn’t too exciting, but it’s all about that matchup this week. Buffalo’s defense has been pretty decent this year, but it’s not about that. Say it with me: Game script. Yes, the Colts should have a positive game script in this matchup, as Buffalo is on pace to become one of the worst offenses in history. Mack should get closer to 20 touches in this contest, which sounds flexy enough for me.
Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay
Continuing with the theme of plays I recommended last week, it looks as if Tampa Bay wasn’t ready to had the running back job over to Ronald Jones. Enter Barber, who out-touched Jones 17-5. The best thing about Barber was that Jameis Winston tossed him a receiving touchdown. The matchup against Cleveland isn’t as juicy as it was against Atlanta (2nd best for opposing running backs), but it’s still a plus matchup. Game script (continuing with that theme) should be more in favor with toting the rock more than airing it out, so look for Barber to have another strong game.
Frank Gore, Miami
Gore just doesn’t age, does he? He certainly didn’t look old last week, totaling 15 carries for 101 yards (that’s 6.7 yards per clip). Adam Gase has continually stated that Gore and Kenyan Drake will continue to split time in Miami’s backfield, and it looks as if he wasn’t lying. Detroit is a plus matchup for running backs, and (dare I say it?) Miami’s offense looked revived with Brock Osweiler under center. This contest should provide Gore with quite a few goal-line totes, so feel free to flex the ageless wonder.
Ito Smith, Atlanta
This week’s hot waiver-wire add can slide right into your flex in Week 7. Smith actually out-touched Tevin Coleman 13-11 in Week 6, and it should be a near-even split yet again. The best thing here is that Smith has a rushing touchdown in 3 straight games, and I believe he has a great shot to make it 4 in Week 7. Do you really think that the struggling Giants will jump way ahead of Atlanta in this game? I didn’t think so, which is why I believe Smith could have around 15 carries in this contest (to go along with a few catches). If you landed Smith, go ahead and feel free to play him.