Running backs dominate the top 15 as usual in standard formats.
While it’s cool to look at the big names on this list, chances are you’re not considering Arian Foster, DeMarco Murray or Antonio Brown for your flex slot. Those guys should be pretty much locked in.
The interesting flex plays are guys like Isaiah Crowell, Joique Bell, Kenny Stills, Harry Douglas and Allen Hurns.
Crowell’s got a great matchup against the Bengals who also will be spending a lot of their mental energy on new starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. I wouldn’t be surprised if Crowell goes for 150 and three TDs. Those are pie-in-the-sky ceiling statistics, but I think he’s got a pretty high floor too this week.
Bell doesn’t have a terrific matchup, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Detroit get up big early against the Vikings and coast to victory. Bell gets a lot of carries after Detroit scores a lot of points.
If Drew Brees is going to be our No. 2 quarterback and Jimmy Graham isn’t going to go huge, someone else has to. It’ll be Stills. I’m a little down on Brees and the Saints after a few duds in the last couple of weeks, but it’s difficult for me to tell you not to play them in DFS or your season-long league this week against the Bears.
Douglas will likely get starters’ targets this week with Julio Jones hobbled or out. In the past he’s done big things when given the opportunity.
Hurns got in the end zone last week. I kind of called it. He’s the Jaguars receiver with big-play potential. With Allen Robinson out, Hurns is the only wide receiver I’d consider starting in a daily fantasy lineup. And I might not even roster him this week.