DFS Week 5 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

T.J. Yeldon $5,600 at Kansas City Chiefs
Leonard Fournette has already been ruled out for Week 5, which means Yeldon will draw the start. This is a great matchup for Yeldon, against a Chiefs defense that is allowing the most DKFP per game. In addition to that, they rank dead last in DVOA against running backs, have given up 421 rushing yards and 385 receiving yards to opposing backs, to go along with six touchdowns. Yeldon should see plenty of work in this contest, and his ability to both run in between the tackles and catch passes out of the backfield, really puts him in a great spot this week. Game script will likely not affect him, adding some extra value here.

Dion Lewis $5,400 at Buffalo Bills
It’s pretty clear that this offense runs better with Lewis in the backfield and if I can figure this out, so can the coaching staff. In the two games that Marcus Mariota has started this season, Lewis has been peppered with 17 targets and he has caught 14 of them. In those games, he also out snapped Henry nearly 3-to-1 each time. This week he draws a phenomenal matchup against the Bills who are yielding over 30 DKFP per game to running backs and have allowed 29 receptions (tied for fourth most), for 230 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. In addition, they have surrendered 301 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns to the positon. Lastly, they rank 18th in DVOA against running backs. Overall this a favorable situation for Lewis at a fair price.



Wide Receiver

John Brown $5,600 at Cleveland Browns
Brown is currently third in the league in air yards, with 662 yard. He leads the team with 338 receiving yards, three touchdowns, and an aDot of 22.1. In addition to that, he accounts for 18 percent of the target share on this offense. This week he draws a favorable matchup against a Browns defense that somewhat funnels to the pass. They are yielding over 40 DKFP per game to wide outs and have allowed five receiving touchdowns. Brown has scored a touchdown in all but one game this season and has at least seven targets in each of the last three games. He offers a decent floor and plenty of upside in this contest.

Dede Westbrook $4,700 at Kansas City Chiefs
The Jaguars offense are in a smash spot this week against a really bad Chiefs defense. As I eluded to above, Kansas City struggles immensely against the run, but are just as bad against the pass. In fact, they rank 30th in DVOA against the pass and are currently yielding over 40 DKFP per game to opposing wide outs. They have surrendered the eighth most receptions and five receiving touchdowns to the position. It really is difficult to figure out which Jaguars receiver will lead the way this week, but based on what I have seen so far, I would say Westbrook has the best shot. He leads the team with 28 targets, which is good for 19 percent of the target share. His one-on-one matchup is a favorable one, as he is expected to see coverage from Kendall Fuller, who grades out below average on PFF, and it is a matchup that Westbrook has a 32 percent advantage rating in.





Tight End

Ricky Seals-Jones $2,900 at San Francisco 49ers
Seals-Jones faces a 49ers defense that ranks 25th in DVOA against tight ends. No other defense has allowed more touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season than San Francisco. In the first game with Josh Rosen under center for Arizona, Seals-Jones saw four targets which was good for 15 percent of the target share. I would not be shocked to see the young quarterback lean a bit more on his tight end this week in a favorable matchup. Seal-Jones is a risky option, but offers some upside at this low price tag.

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