DFS Flex Targets DraftKings 2018 Week 10

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal The flex position really adds a unique dynamic to lineup construction as you can plug in a receiver, running back, or even a tight end. Using the flex position wisely can allow you to differentiate and create unique lineups. Every week calls for different situations, so depending on what the slate gives you and pricing, will determine on how you utilize this position. As usual, I’ll go over some players that I am targeting in the main slate this weekend that can be plugged into the flex spot.

Running Back

Dion Lewis $4,600 vs. New England Patriots

Lewis has played well in recent games, eclipsing 100 total yards and scoring over 20 DKFP in each of the last two games, while touching the ball no less than 19 times in either of those games. This sets up to be a nice spot against a Patriots defense that tends to struggle against pass catching backs, due to their slow linebackers. This unit has allowed 53 receptions (tied 6th most), 463 receiving yards (7th most), and three receiving touchdowns (3rd most) to opposing backs, while yielding over 20 DKFP per game to the position. The game script should also play into his favor, as the Titans are expected to be chasing points. It is encouraging to see Lewis utilized more on the offense in recent games and considering how efficient he has been, I expect that to continue. He is far too cheap, if you ask me, considering the upside he brings to the table and the situation he is in.

Duke Johnson $4,700 vs. Atlanta Falcons

I really liked Johnson last week, but could not find it in me to write him up in this article. In fact, in my season-long rankings, I had him as a sleeper. Let’s face it, he is far better than what the numbers had been suggesting heading into last week, he was just not being utilized properly. That changed with the new coaching staff, and now Johnson is coming off of his best game of the season, scoring 29.6 DKFP, after catching nine passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns. This week he finds himself in another favorable matchup against the Falcons, who are known to struggle against pass catching backs. In fact, they have allowed the most receptions (76), most receiving yards (658), and third most touchdowns (3) to the position, while giving up the most DKFP per game. I am not expecting another two touchdown game, but I do expect another strong outing for Johnson, at a very low price.

Wide Receiver

Marquez Valdes-Scantling $5,000 vs. Miami Dolphins Geronimo Allison will miss at least eight games, which should move Valdes-Scantling to the No.2 receiver slot for the Packers. He has quietly been very productive over his last four games, scoring at least 12 fantasy points in each of those games, while scoring two touchdowns and eclipsing 100 receiving yards twice during that stretch. In addition, in those four games, he has 28 total targets, which is a significant increase from the five total targets he received in his first four games. The Dolphins have been solid against wide outs this season, but his one-on-one matchup against Torry McTyer is a favorable one, as he has a nine percent advantage rating according to PFF. Not to mention, he is catching passes from arguably the best quarterback in football. This is not the perfect situation, but it is a good one, and this is a reasonable price to pay.

Christian Kirk $4,900 at Kansas City Chiefs

Kirk has been somewhat efficient over his last four games, scoring at least 13 DKFP in three of his last four. He continues to see consistent targets with at least six in each of his last three games, so his role is solidified on this offense. This week he faces off against the Chiefs, in a game that the Cardinals will likely have to pass, as they chase points. Kansas City has surrendered 130 receptions (2nd most), 1,616 receiving yards (5th most), and seven touchdowns, while yielding over 35 DKFP per game to wide outs. Kirk could be in line for a busy week and although he is volatile, he does offer plenty of upside. When you take that into consideration, and compare it to his price tag, he becomes a very enticing option.

Tight End

Jordan Reed $4,400 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Reed has been awful this season, there is just no other way to put it and no way of sugar coating this. That said, he is still a very talented tight end, which at any moment could have a blow up game and put up top three tight end numbers. If there is a week that he could accomplish that, it would be this one. The Bucs are abysmal defensively, especially against tight ends. They are allowing the second most DKFP per game (18.3), while giving up 48 receptions (5th most), 650 yards (most in the league), and five touchdowns (tied 2nd most) to the positon. Reed has seen at least six targets in three of his last four games, so volume has not been the issue. I think his price is low enough to merit the risk involved in rostering him this week. I would not be trusting him in cash, but think he makes for a strong tournament play.

Good luck to all this week. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine: @Armando_Marsal