DFS: Flex Targets DraftKings week 11 2018
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.
Dion Lewis $4,800 at Indianapolis Colts
Lewis let us down last week, but he is in a great situation to bounce back this week. The Titans take on the Colts who have been generous to opposing backs this season. They have allowed the second most receptions, fourth most receiving yards, and a pair of receiving touchdowns to running backs, while yielding over 25 DKFP. Despite the lack of production last week, Lewis still played in 75 percent of the offensive snaps and received over 20 touches for the second consecutive week. Hopefully recency bias knocks his ownership down a bit, because he remains too cheap and has a great matchup at hand. Feel free to roll him out in all formats.
Theo Riddick $4,000 vs. Carolina Panthers
Riddick does not offer a ton of upside, but he does have a decent floor, considering his role in the pass game. Over the last two games, he has been peppered with 15 targets and has come down with 13 catches. During that stretch, he has scored no less than 10 DKFP in each of those games. The Lions are expected to be chasing points in this one, as they are underdogs at home, so the potential game script favors him. The Panthers defense has been solid against the run, but they have allowed four receiving touchdowns to running backs this season, which is tied for third most in the league. Riddick does not run in between the tackles, but should continue to see plenty of work in the passing game and has a good shot to pay off this reasonable price tag.
Sterling Shepard $5,300 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Shepard received a season low three targets last week, but managed to find the end zone. He remains very involved in this offense, averaging 6.9 targets per game and has seen fewer than seven targets in just two games this season, while receiving 14 red zone targets, which is good for 23.7 percent of the Giants market share. This week he draws a phenomenal matchup against the Bucs who are giving up the second most DKFP per game to opposing wide outs. In addition, they are tied for most touchdowns allowed to receivers and have allowed the fifth most receptions to the position. The one-on-one matchup against Javien Elliott is a good one, as he grades out below averaged on PFF, and Shepard has an 11 percent advantage rating. Shepard is in a good position to have a solid performance and comes at a fair price.
Amari Cooper $5,400 at Atlanta Falcons
Cooper has done a solid job on his new team and the volume has been consistent in his first two games with the Cowboys. He has seen 18 targets and has come down with 11 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown, scoring no less than 13.5 DKFP in any of those games. This week he has a good shot to continue being efficient against a Falcons defense filled with injuries. Atlanta is yielding 41.1 DKFP per game, while giving up 13 receiving touchdowns (3rd most), 1,565 receiving yards, and 114 receptions to opposing receivers. He is expected to see one-on-one coverage from Desmond Trufant, who is a pretty good corner, but according to PFF, Cooper has a 12 percent advantage rating in this matchup. The game environment should be a good one for him this week and considering how talented Cooper is, this price tag seems a bit too low.
Evan Engram $4,100 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I would not play both Engram and Sterling Shepard in the same lineup, but do think they are both fine options this week. The matchup against the Bucs cannot get any better for Engram, as they are yielding the second most DKFP per game to opposing tight ends. In addition, they have surrendered 52 receptions (tied 5th most), 701 receiving yards (most in the NFL), and five receiving touchdowns (tied 4th most) to the position. The volume for Engram has not been consistent all season, but is averaging six targets per game over his last three. This is a week that the Giants could get him going and exploit the weakness of the Bucs defense against tight ends. I would not feel comfortable with Engram in cash games, but do think there is plenty of upside here to consider him in tournaments.
Good luck to all this week. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine: @Armando_Marsal