We have four teams on bye this week, so go ahead and get the players from Washington, Arizona, Houston and Jacksonville out of your lineups. We also have a few COVID scares, so that will need to be monitored through the weekend. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 8. The key is making sure you make those right flex decisions. For those who are new 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 you can flex during Week 8. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?
Le’Veon Bell, Kansas City (vs. New York Jets)
We only saw Bell tote the rock six times last week, but he did look explosive in limited work. The veteran had 39 yards on those runs, which comes out to 6.5 yards per clip. His rookie backfield mate only had three more touches than Bell, which was the kind of split we assumed when Bell arrived in Kansas City. The Jets are a plus matchup for running backs, and we all know this is a big revenge game for him. Based on game script and narrative street, Bell should be in your flex as a high-upside play.
Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (at Denver)
This backfield split flipped in Week 7, as Kelley touched the ball seven more times than his counterpart Justin Jackson. I like both in this contest, as game script should dictate more of a rushing game here. It was also promising to see the rookie catch all five of his targets, as it shows Justin Herbert’s trust in bailing out to Kelley if need be. Herbert may need to that often here, as Denver’s defensive front is stout. I’m putting my trust back in the rookie, and you should too if you need a flex in a difficult Week 8.
J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore (vs. Pittsburgh)
Mark Ingram will be out in this game, which means the three-headed monster that was turns into a two-man backfield. Gus Edwards will probably out touch Dobbins, but Dobbins will get the valuable passing down work. As a matter of fact, Gus Edwards does not have a reception on the season, where Dobbins leads the backfield in receptions (he averages 6.7 yards per reception). Pittsburgh is a very tough matchup, but receiving backs have the most luck against Pittsburgh. This isn’t a week-winning play, but you will be pleasantly surprised when you see the end result of flexing Dobbins in Week 8.
LaMical Perine, New York Jets (at Kansas City)
This one is risky, but the work Perine got last week can’t be ignored. He played 70 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 7, finally giving clarity to how this backfield will function. I think that split continues here, and Kansas City is actually on the favorable side for running backs (who knew, right?). I am expecting 15-20 total touches from the promising rookie, which will include goal line work (he punched one in last week …). I know it’s scary starting a Jets running back, but you can flex Perine in Week 8 with some confidence.