Week 9 is here! Everyone is making a push for the playoffs, so lineup decisions are key this week. This is bye week hell yet again, as we are without all players from Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England, and Pittsburgh. I feel your pain, I do, but we can still get through this week, Sharks! Let’s go ahead and look at some RB3, RB4, WR4 and WR5 types that you can flex during Week 8’s bye week hell. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Javorius Allen, Baltimore (at Tennessee)
Lost in Alex Collins’s breakout was the fact that Buck Allen had 17 carries in Week 8. Also, Joe Flacco will play this week, and that means that Flacco will continue to dump the ball off to Buck Allen (as he has done all season.). Tennessee can be run on, so look for Baltimore to try and control this game with the running game and short passes. This is a safe floor play that actually comes with some upside. Buck Allen will be the one toting the rock at the goal line, so don’t be scared to flex him in Week 9.
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis (at Houston)
Mack didn’t necessarily break out last week, but he did score on a reception. He also out-snapped Gore yet again (Gore did out-touch him, though) and I look for that trend to continue. Mack should see 15 carries and 4-6 targets in the passing game, which gives him plenty of opportunities to bust out a big play. Yes, Houston is a tough matchup for the Colts running game, but Mack’s elusiveness should be on display due to his passing game involvement. In bye week hell, you could do much worse than Mack.
Eddie Lacy, Seattle (vs. Washington)
Yes, I just threw up in my mouth too. The Seahawks running game has been abysmal this year, to put it lightly. Washington was just destroyed on the ground by Dallas, and there’s a good chance that trend could continue this week. Thomas Rawls is in the doghouse yet again, so they should ride Lacy more than usual. Seattle has already confirmed that Lacy will get the start and that they plan to “ride him and see where it goes”. Look, a lot of fantasy power is on bye, so I truly think Lacy could surprise in Week 9.
DeAndre Washington, Oakland (at Miami)
Marshawn Lynch did not show up to practice on Tuesday, for some odd reason. Something tells me that he is getting bored with playing football again. Even if Lynch has is usual role, look for Washington to get some good use in the passing game, as well as some goal line work. Washington saw a whopping 10 targets in Week 8, in which he turned that into 8 receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. Derek Carr clearly trusts Washington as a safety valve, and you should too. I know…it’s scary…but you may be pleasantly surprised when you see the outcome of flexing Washington.