DFS Flex Targets DraftKings 2018 Week 7

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

Tarik Cohen $5,100 vs. New England Patriots

The Bears have done a really good job getting Cohen involved in recent games. After seeing just eight targets in the first three games, he has seen 17 targets in the last two. Not to mention, he has played in at least 48 percent of the offensive snaps in those contests. Cohen is clearly trending in the right direction and gets a favorable matchup against the Patriots this week. New England has allowed 36 receptions (6th most) to opposing backs and they are yielding over 25 DKFP per game to the position. This should also be a favorable game environment for Cohen, as the Patriots are a high-powered offense and could put up points against any defense, so the Bears may have to sling it this week. Lastly, Allen Robinson is dinged up, if he misses this game or is limited, Cohen could see some extra looks. There are many things to like about him this week, including the price.

Kerryon Johnson $4,500 at Miami Dolphins

Johnson finds himself in a really good matchup this week against the Dolphins defense that is yielding 32 DKFP per game (5th most) to opposing backs. In addition, they have surrendered 617 rushing yards (7th most), 43 receptions (3rd most), 384 receiving yards (3rd most), and eight total touchdowns to the position. Clearly this is a situation that Johnson should be able to exploit. He is tied with Theo Riddick (also appealing this week) in offensive snaps, with 134 (40 percent). The one concern I have with Johnson, is his lack of consistent volume. His touches since Week 1 are as follows – 8, 13, 18, 10, and 14. That said, at this price, he should be able to get enough done with 12-15 touches and offers plenty of upside, in a favorable game environment.

Wide Receiver

John Brown $5,700 vs. New Orleans Saints

Brown is coming off of a poor performance, but does have a good shot to bounce back nicely. The Ravens take on the Saints in what Vegas is projecting to be a high scoring affair. Brown draws one of the better one-on-one matchups a receiver can ask for against Ken Crawley who grades out below average on PFF, and it is a matchup that Brown has a 27 percent advantage rating in. New Orleans has actually been one of the more generous defenses to opposing wide outs, allowing the most DKFP per game, as well as, 10 receiving touchdowns (2nd most) and 1,147 receiving yards (4th most). Brown leads the Ravens in air yards with 924 (3rd most in NFL) and is second with 47 targets (18 percent). The game script should be one that favors Brown and it is also a plus matchup, so when you put those two things together, along with his big play ability into consideration, he makes a ton of sense.

Marquise Goodwin $4,600 vs. Los Angeles Rams
Goodwin is just too cheap for the upside he brings to the table. He finally had the game we have all been waiting for against the Packers last week, catching 4-of-5 targets for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He is a tournament play only for me because of the volatility he presents and also because the volume may not be high every week. That said, this could be a game where he sees plenty of targets, as the 49ers are expected to chase points and with the Rams dealing with injuries to their secondary, this is not as difficult of a matchup as some may think. He is expected to see coverage from Marcus Peters, a matchup that Goodwin has a 21 percent advantage rating in, according to PFF. The ranges of outcomes are pretty wide for Goodwin, but the ceiling is extremely high, and at this price, he is just to enticing to pass up on.

Tight End

David Njoku $4,200 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I have been pumping Njoku since the beginning of the season and even more now that Baker Mayfield became the starter for the Browns. Since Mayfield got the keys to this offense, here are Njoku’s numbers – 5/52, 6/69, 7/55/1. Throughout that stretch, he has been peppered with 29 targets and has scored no less than 10.2 DKFP in a single game. This week he faces off against the Bucs defense that is giving up the most DKFP per game to tight ends. In addition, they have allowed 36 receptions (4th most), 486 receiving yards (2nd most), and three receiving touchdowns (2nd most) to the position. Njoku is a talented tight end and is finally seeing some volume. This is a situation that he should completely take advantage of and the game environment should also be favorable for him, making Njoku one of my favorite tight end plays this week.

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