Week 14 Flex Targets DraftKings 2017

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal
Using the flex position wisely can allow you to differentiate and create unique lineups. Every week calls for different situations, sometimes pricing favors having a receiver at the flex, while other times it favors having a running back. Then there are weeks where playing two tight ends makes sense. It is really dependent on how you construct your rosters, but as usual, I will talk about players from each position that can be plugged into your flex spot.

Running Back

Lamar Miller $5,800 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Miller draws a very nice matchup against the 49ers defense that is yielding 107. 1 rushing yards and the second most fantasy points per game to running backs, while giving up 4.03 yards per carry. In addition, they are allowing six receptions and 57.5 receiving yards per game to the position. Miller continues to receive decent volume on a weekly basis with his involvement in the passing game and could also see a boost in that department due to all the injuries on this offense. Miller does not consistently hit his ceiling, but he has displayed his 20+ fantasy point upside multiple times this season. The potential game script is also in his favor as the Texans are at home and favored to win this game, which is another plus for Miller. There is not much to dislike about him this week and he can be considered a viable option in all formats.

Frank Gore $3,900 at Buffalo Bills

Gore does not offer a ton of upside, but he does have somewhat of a safe floor, especially at this price tag and considering his role. He has 16 or more carries in four of his last five games and draws one of the better matchups a running back can ask for. The Bills are giving up the most fantasy points per game to running backs, while yielding 108.8 rushing yards per game and 4.47 yards per carry. They have also given up a league high 15 rushing touchdowns to the position, as well as 67 receptions for 510 yards and a receiving touchdown. Gore is not someone I will be jamming in a bunch of tournament lineups, but he makes a ton of sense in cash games and if you need some salary relief in tournaments, you could do worse than Gore at this price.

Wide Receiver

Marquise Goodwin $5,100 at Houston Texans

Goodwin was peppered with eight targets last week and caught all eight of them for 99 yards. He was clearly Jimmy Garoppolo’s go-to receiver and appears to have good chemistry with the quarterback. He draws a phenomenal matchup against Kevin Johnson who has the second lowest grade of all defensive backs this week on Pro Football Focus, and a matchup that Goodwin has a 31 percent advantage rating in. The Texans are giving up 158.3 receiving yards per game and have surrendered 13 receiving touchdowns, which is tied for fifth most in the league, while also allowing a 61 percent catch rate. Goodwin has been productive in recent weeks and could continue that trend this week in a very exploitable matchup.

Josh Gordon $5,500 vs. Green Bay Packers

In his first game back from a long suspension, Gordon was peppered with 11 targets, catching four of them for 85 yards. That was in a very tough matchup against the Chargers, but this week he draws a much more favorable matchup against the Packers. He is expected to see plenty of Kevin King, who grades out poorly on Pro Football Focus and a matchup that Gordon has a 62 percent advantage rating in, the highest of all receivers. Gordon has displayed that he is capable of being an elite receiver and the Browns did not waste any time in getting him involved in the offense. The Packers have allowed 13 touchdowns to receivers this season, so this shapes up to be a smash spot for Gordon. He is just too cheap for his ability and in a matchup like this one. Take advantage of this price while you can.

Tight End

Jason Witten $4,700 at New York Giants

Witten faces off against the Giants who are one of the worst defenses against tight ends. In fact, they are allowing the most fantasy points and most receiving yards per game to the position, while allowing a league-high 10 touchdowns. Witten is far from consistent, but he has received at least five targets in three of his last four games and has scored double-digit fantasy points in two of those games. He faced off against the Giants in the season opener and in that game, he caught 7-of-9 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown, scoring 18.9 fantasy points. A similar stat line is not out of the realm of possibilities, which would be a very good return at this price tag.

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