DFS Week 3 Flex Targets DraftKings 2018

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

Kenyan Drake $5,600 vs. Oakland Raiders
Drake draws a favorable matchup at home against a Raiders defense that has yielded over 100 rushing yards to opposing backs in each of their first two games, to go along with 29.4 DKFP per game. He has not had an explosive game thus far, but this could certainly be that big game we have been waiting for. Although Frank Gore has cut into Drake’s playing time late in games, Drake has still played in 67 percent of the offensive snaps this season and accounts for 40 percent of the red zone rush attempts, as well as 15 percent of the target share. He is reasonably priced and has nice upside in this spot. Not to mention the game script should favor him as the Dolphins are favored at home.

Lamar Miller $5,000 vs. New York Giants
It has not been a productive season for Miller who is averaging just 10.5 DKFP per game, but the opportunity is there for him as he has touched the ball 37 times in the first two weeks. This is a nice matchup for him as the Giants have been susceptible to the run and past catching backs. In of their first two games, they have surrendered over 90 rushing yards each game and have allowed 13 receptions for 120 yards, while also yielding three total touchdowns. In addition, running backs have averaged 30.9 DKFP per game against New York’s defense. The Texans are six-point home favorites, so this game script should favor Miller. With no competition in this backfield, he works as an every down back and is far too cheap considering the situation he is in this week.

Wide Receiver

Nelson Agholor $6,100 vs. Indianapolis Colts
With all of the injuries to the Eagles receivers, Agholor has been operating as the No. 1 receiver for this offense and has been peppered with 22 targets through the first two weeks. After a disappointing Week 1 where he caught 8-of-10 targets for 33 yards, he followed it up with a nice performance, catching 8-of-12 targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in the last game. This week he draws one of the better matchups a receiver can ask for. The Colts are one of the worst secondaries in the league and his one on one matchup against Kenny Moore II is one that Agholor should excel in as he has a 36 percent advantage rating per PFF. Carson Wentz returns this week, which is a huge upgrade for Agholor. Lastly, Agholor remains fairly priced, making him a viable option in all formats this week.

Allen Robinson $5,400 at Arizona Cardinals
Robinson’s price likely did not adjust because he played on Monday night and the Week 3 slate player pool was already out. He was peppered with 14 targets last game, catching 10 of those for 83 yards. Through the first two weeks, he has played in 95 percent of the offensive snaps and leads the team with 30 percent of the target share. He is clearly Mitchell Trubiksy’s go-to receiver and should see plenty of volume on a consistent basis. The Bears face the Cardinals this week, who are yielding 33.4 DKFP per game to opposing receivers. His one on one matchup against Jamar Taylor is one that favors him, as Robinson has a 19 percent advantage rating. So far, he has looked more like the Robinson of 2015, which means he is underpriced.

Tight End

Austin Hooper $2,900 vs. New Orleans Saints
Hooper has received five targets in each of his first two games and has also become a red zone threat as he is tied for most red zone targets on his team with three. He has played in 87 percent of the offensive snaps this season and accounts for 13 percent of the targets share (second highest in Atlanta). This week he faces a Saints defense that does not look good to start the season, allowing 663 receiving yards this season and five receiving touchdowns so far. This game has one of the highest over/under’s of the week, so it should produce plenty of fantasy goodness. This is just too good of a price tag for a tight end of his caliber in a matchup like this one.

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