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DFS Flex Targets DraftKings week 14 2018
By 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.
Jeff Wilson Jr. $3,800 vs. Denver BroncosWilson will draw the start this week for the injured Matt Breida and should see the bulk of the workload out of the backfield. Last week he touched the ball 23 times and totaled 134 yards. He displayed good hands, as he hauled in eight of his nine targets last week. Running backs with this type of versatility typically do well under the Kyle Shanahan system. The Broncos have been better against the run than they were earlier in the season, but they are far from a shutdown run defense. So even though this is not an ideal matchup, he could still find success and when you consider the potential usage at this price, Wilson becomes a very appealing option this week.
Sony Michel $5,900 at Miami DolphinsWe are back to the guessing game in New England now that Rex Burkhead is back in the picture, but last week Michel still received 17 carries, which is promising. This week the Patriots take on the Dolphins, one of the worst run defenses in the league. They are giving up 116.4 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry, while yielding 12 total touchdowns to the position. The Patriots should be playing with a lead in this one, which makes it a potential favorable game script for Michel. He should be able to be more productive this weekend with his touches and offers a pretty nice ceiling at a reasonable price tag.
Adam Humphries $4,900 vs. New Orleans SaintsHumphries continues to produce quality outings and that should continue this week. Over his last five games, he has topped 15 DKFP four times, is averaging 6.2 targets per game, and has scored five touchdowns. The Saints defense has played better as of late, but the one-on-one coverage is one of the better ones for any receiver this week. He is expected to see P.J. Williams who grades out terribly on PFF, a matchup that Humphries has a 25 percent advantage rating in. In addition, this should be a great game environment and given how poor the Bucs defense has been, as well as, the one dimensional offense they run, there should be plenty of targets for Humphries at a very low price. Chris Godwin at this same price tag is also a great option.
Amari Cooper $6,600 vs. Philadelphia EaglesThe Cowboys offense has improved since Cooper joined and he has clearly become their top wide out. Since joining Dallas, he is averaging 8.0 targets, 6.3 receptions, and 91.8 receiving yards per game, while scoring two touchdowns and at least 13.5 DKFP in all but one game. This week he draws a very nice matchup against a banged up Eagles secondary and one that has been very generous to wide outs this season. This unit has allowed 175 receptions (3rd most), 2,275 receiving yards (2nd most), and 12 touchdowns to opposing receivers, while also yielding the sixth most DKFP per game (42). Considering that this defense funnels to the pass and Cooper has been receiving consistent volume, I expect him to have a productive game. His one-on-one matchup against Sidney Jones is a good one, as Jones grades out below average on PFF and Cooper has an 18 percent advantage rating. There is plenty to like about this situation for Cooper this week.
Jared Cook $5,200 vs. Pittsburgh SteelersIt does not sit well with me to pay this much for Cook, but when you look at his recent production and the matchup at hand, he has to be considered a viable option. Cook has now scored a touchdown in three straight games and has seen consistent volume (at least five targets) in each of his last four games. With the lack of receivers on this offense and consider that this team is usually chasing points, it comes to no surprise to see Cook this involved. The matchup is a favorable one as the Steelers rank 28th in DVOA against opposing tight ends. This unit has allowed 63 receptions for 705 yards and five touchdowns to the position, while surrendering 11.2 DKFP per game. Cook should continue to roll this week and despite the increased price, he is intriguing.
Good luck to all this week. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine: @Armando_Marsal