Week 13 DFS Flex Plays DraftKings 2016

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal
On DraftKings, there is a flex spot which allows you to take different approaches in your lineup construction. Our goal every week is to find you some solid options that fit in the flex position and provide some nice upside. Let’s dive right into some flex targets for this week.

Running Back

Theo Riddick $5,800 at New Orleans Saints
This is a game that you want exposure to as the Saints and Lions matchup has the highest projected total of the slate. Riddick is averaging 6.8 targets per game and accounts for 14.7 percent of the Lions target share. This week he faces off against a defense that is yielding 4.9 receptions and 52.5 receiving yards per game to running backs to go along with three touchdowns. They have also struggled to stop the run, giving up 86.3 rushing yards per game and nine rushing touchdowns. Given his role in this offense, Riddick could be in line for a very productive outing at an affordable price tag.

Carlos Hyde $5,300 at Chicago Bears
I wrote up Hyde last week and will go back to him once again this week. In his last game against the Dolphins, he rushed for 65 yards on 13 carries and caught five of his six targets for 30 yards and a touchdown, which was good for 20.5 fantasy points. He has 18 or more touches in back-to-back weeks and has scored at least 14 fantasy points in each of those games. He heads to Chicago to take on a Bears defense that is having defensive line issues and have been burned by running backs in the last three games. The Bears have surrendered a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games and over 100 rushing yards in two straight games. Hyde is receiving the volume, playing the snaps, and has a good matchup at a reasonable price.

Wide Receiver

Marquess Wilson $4,000 vs. San Francisco 49ers
In just his second game since returning off of the PUP list, Wilson caught eight of his 11 targets last week for 125 yards and a touchdown. He certainly made his presence known immediately and is in a favorable matchup this week against an atrocious 49ers defense. Opposing receivers are averaging 12.5 receptions and 169.7 receiving yards per game against San Francisco, while finding the pay dirt 20 times (most allowed by a defense this season). He makes an enticing play at a very cheap price.

Taylor Gabriel $4,000 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
It is very difficult to ignore what Gabriel has done in recent week. He is averaging 67.8 receiving yards and 18.8 fantasy points per game in his last four, while scoring four touchdowns. He has scored in all but one game over that stretch and has a catch rate of 72 percent. This week he has a very good matchup against the Chiefs who are giving up 15.1 receptions and 203.4 receiving yards per game to opposing receivers, as well as, 14 receiving touchdowns. At this price he comes at a great bargain and considering how well he has played recently, he should be able to exceed value.

Tight End

Eric Ebron $3,900 at New Orleans Saints
One thing I like to do is look for players who underperformed the past week because his ownership will typically be lower due to recency bias. Ebron fits that bill this week as he finished with zeros across the board last week, except for his lone target. In his defense, it was not a good matchup for him, however, this week that is not the case. He faces a New Orleans defense that is giving up 4.6 receptions and 57.3 receiving yards per game, while yielding four touchdowns. The game script could call for plenty of passing which will benefit Ebron who is averaging 6.1 targets per game.

Good luck to all this week. For any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine: @Armando_Marsal