DFS Flex Targets DraftKings 2018 Week 6

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

Nyheim Hines $5,100 at New York Jets

Hines touched the ball 22 times in the last game and scored 16 DKFP. It was his second consecutive 15+ DKFP game. Most of his damage comes from catching passes out of the backfield, in fact, he has 16 receptions in the last two contests, and has at least five catches in all but one game this season. In addition, Hines leads all Colts backs in offensive snaps this season, so the opportunity is there. The Jets have allowed 34 receptions to running backs this season which is among the top 10 in the league, therefore, this sets up to be a favorable situation for Hines. With T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle unlikely to play, Hines gets a boost and should once again be busy catching passes out of the backfield.

Chris Carson $4,400 at Oakland Raiders

Carson went off in Week 3 for 102 yards and a touchdown, then sat out in Week 4 with a hip injury, and followed that up with another strong performance in Week 5. In the last two games that he has played, Carson has topped 100 rushing yards and has at least 20 touches in each game of those games. This week he faces off against a Raiders defense that has been very generous to running backs this season, allowing over 100 rushing yards and over 30 DKFP per game, while also yielding seven total touchdowns to the position. Mike Davis is in the mix here, but Carson appears to be the favorite to receive the majority of the touches in between the 20s, increasing his touchdown upside. It is very tough to go wrong with him in a matchup like this and at this price tag.

Wide Receiver

Tyler Boyd $6,000 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

You may find it hard to believe, but Boyd is tied with A.J. Green with 43 targets this season, for a team-high 23 percent of the target share. Boyd is having a strong year, with at least 90 receiving yards all but two games and has found the pay dirt twice. This week he draws a very nice matchup against the Steelers who have been bad against opposing wide outs. They are giving up 47.8 DKFP per game, while having surrendered 1,081 receiving yards, 69 receptions, and eight receiving touchdowns. Boyd is expected to see one-on-one coverage from Mike Hilton, who grades about below average on PFF and it is a matchup that Boyd has a 24 percent advantage rating in. This is a favorable situation and a potentially good game environment for him, so there is plenty to like.

Mohamed Sanu $4,800 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After a slow start to the season, Sanu has turned it around scoring at least 15 DKFP in each of the last three games. This week he remains reasonably priced and draws a phenomenal matchup. The Bucs rank dead last in DVOA against the pass, are giving up 51.5 DKFP per game (2nd most) to receivers, and have allowed 66 receptions for 742 yards and nine touchdowns (2nd most). Keep in mind, this defense already had a bye, so do not let the low receptions and receiving yards totals fool you. Sanu’s one-on-one matchup against M.J. Stewart is a favorable one, as he has a 39 percent advantage rating per PFF. This is also a great potential game environment for Sanu, as this game has a high over/under and it is expected to stay close. Sanu is quietly second in Atlanta with 31 targets which is good for 17 percent of the target share. The Bucs have been torched by slot receivers this season and Sanu has lined up out of the slot 75 percent of the time this season. Do not overthink this and fire him up.


Tight End


Cameron Brate $3,700 at Atlanta Falcons

O.J. Howard is sitting this one out, which means the Brate should be on the field often in this contest. Brate has scored a touchdown in each of the last two games, and with Jameis Winston under center, he sees a boost. In fact, he and Winston have a solid connection, so it would not be surprising to see Winston look in Brate’s direction often in this potential shootout. The Falcons have done a solid job limiting the damage from opposing tight ends, but are still dealing with injuries on defense and Brate has shown the ability to be a high-upside tight end.

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