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Even though it's early, the injuries are already mounting. The flex position is becoming more vital for fantasy managers. The question is, who do we decide to play? If you went RB or WR heavy (and didn’t draft an early QB or TE), chances are you're probably in a good space for your flex spot. If you did not go this route, it’s time to dig deep and find players who have a real shot at providing solid production. Here are some flex-type players for NFL Week 3 who find themselves in favorable positions.
On the surface, there are too many mouths to feed as well as a lot of rotating going on in this backfield. I am, however, willing to see a matchup and pivot to the best back in that particular RBBC. We won’t see Williams carrying the load anytime soon, but thus far he does lead all Ravens runners in touches. The matchup on paper looks like a great one as Baltimore heads to Detroit to face the Lions, who have given up 41 and 35 points in the first two weeks of the season. The Ravens have the best rushing attack in football, I would be shocked if they don’t have a field day in the Motor City.
Both Cardinals backs, Edmonds and James Conner, get a nice matchup against the struggling Jags. I’m going to go with the better PPR option in Edmonds, who is only one reception (nine) behind top dog DeAndre Hopkins (10). Edmonds is not your typical RB who runs for 1300-1400 yards, he’s a slasher who has shown he can be effective in a number of ways. Look for him to be efficient with his touches in week 3.
I had Williams in this column last week. He wasn’t able to cash in and reach the end zone to boost his fantasy numbers, though he was able to show up as the most effective Broncos back in Week 2. It’s very encouraging to see that he’s in a dead even split for touches with Melvin Gordon. With the Jets on the horizon, it is Williams, not Gordon, I am counting on to have their way in this plus matchup. The Jets weren't completely terrible against the run in Week 2 against the Patriots, but they were far from the 2000 Ravens. With rookie quarterback Zach Wilson giving away possessions like Santa Claus, Williams should have a decent amount of opportunities.
Look at Hollywood, so inspirational. Brown has switched his jersey back to No. 5 and he’s making those same electric plays he did while at Oklahoma. Currently sitting as the WR8 in PPR scoring, Brown has found new life. I had him as a breakout candidate last season but maybe I was a year too early. He's now getting open early and often for his all-world quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Lions will be no match for what he and Jackson have in store for them come Sunday.
This guy may not be a flex for much longer. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has locked in on Shepard as his number one target. Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram have been coming along slowly and it has opened up a huge window of opportunity for Shep. He faces a Falcons defense that has let Tom Brady (obviously) and Jalen Hurts throw a whole slumber party on them. Shepard has averaged 20.9 PPR fantasy points per game through the first two weeks and he looks to continue that against a team that seems like it doesn’t like defending the pass.
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I don’t know what more I can say about this young man. He has simply come in and done his job. I had Moore in this column last week and he delivered, catching seven passes for 114 yards and a TD. Moore led the Cardinals in all receiving categories. It’s clear that Kyler Murray is looking his way and he now faces a Jags defense that just let Courtland Sutton go for 159 yards. Keep Moore in your flex spot for week 3.
The Broncos had a nice matchup against the Jags in Week 2 and their offense took full advantage. I put KJ Hamler in this column last week and he did absolutely nothing, failing to join the party. Instead it was Patrick who found the end zone. Patrick operates as the outside WR and de facto WR2 on this team until Jerry Jeudy returns. I’m going to try him this week against the Jets' struggling defense. Go for it!