Week 4 FWeek 4 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 Week 4.

Running Back

Melvin Gordon $6,300 vs. New Orleans Saints
Gordon panned out last week and I am going back to him this week. Not only because he panned out, but also because of this matchup. The Saints have allowed 606 total yards and seven touchdowns to running backs in the first three games of the season. Prior to last week, we did not know exactly how much of a boost Gordon would have as far as offensive snaps are concerned. Well, Gordon played in 87 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 3. He has 47 touches combined in the last two games and has scored a touchdown in each game this season. In addition, he has accounted for 77.8 percent of the Chargers red zone rushes this season. This contest has the highest projected total of the slate, so a lot of points are expected to be scored. Although his price has increased, Gordon still has the ability to hit value and is not expensive enough to disregard. He will be popular and rightfully so.

Jordan Howard $3,700 vs. Detroit Lions
Howard is in line to get the start with Jeremy Langford sidelined with an ankle injury. In Week 3, Howard stepped in against the Cowboys once Langford suffered the injury. Howard ran for 45 yards on nine carries and caught four of his six targets for 47 yards. He played in 49 of the offensive snaps. This week he should receive the bulk of the workload and has a favorable matchup. The Lions have surrendered over 100 rushing yards to running backs in each of the last two games. They have also given up 18 receptions. If you are scared about the potential game script, there is no need to be. As we saw last week, Howard is very capable of catching passes out of the backfield. At this price, he needs 11.1 fantasy points to hit value, which should be easily attainable given his role on this offense at this time.

Wide Receiver

Cole Beasley $3,900 at San Francisco 49ers
With Dez Bryant’s status in question, Cole Beasley could be in for a larger role. As it is, he is averaging 8.3 targets per game and is playing in 56.1 percent of the offensive snaps. He is responsible for 25.8 percent of the target share for the Cowboys. Beasley is averaging 6.7 receptions and 71 yards per game. He has 4X’ed his salary just about every week. The Niners have allowed over 170 receiving yards to opposing receivers in each of the last two games to go along with four touchdowns. Based on his performance throughout the season and the possibility of an increased role, Beasley is all but a lock to hit value this week. He also provides the 4X-5X upside you look for in tournaments.

Will Fuller $5,300 vs. Tennessee Titans
Fuller is human after all. He started the season with consecutive 100+ receiving yard games and was contained to three catches for 31 yards in Week 3. However, he was still targeted seven times. Last week’s matchup was not ideal, but that is not the case this week. The Titans have surrendered over 165 receiving yards to opposing receivers in each game this season, as well as two touchdowns. Fuller remains a high volume receiver as he is averaging 8.3 targets per game and has yet seen less than seven targets in a single game. He accounts for 23.1 percent of the Texans targets and has played in 87.2 percent of the offensive snaps. There is no question that this offense funnels through three players: DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller, and Will Fuller. Recency bias could cause ownership to be lower than it should be for Fuller, which makes him even more intriguing.

Tight End

Zach Miller $2,700 vs. Detroit Lions
There are a couple of things that have caught my attention regarding Miller. The first is that he has received more targets in every game since the start of the season. In Week 1, he received four targets. In Week 2, he saw five targets. Last week, he was peppered with nine targets. The second thing that stood out is that he has also played more offensive snaps each week. In Week 1, he played in 77 percent of the offensive snaps. In Week 2, he played in 81 percent of the offensive snaps. Last week, he played in every offensive snap. It is pretty clear that he has progressed as the season goes on. Last week, he caught eight passes for 78 yards and scored two touchdowns. He has a favorably matchup ahead of him as he faces off against the Lions who are the absolute worst against tight ends. They have surrendered 19 receptions for 216 yards and five touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Miller remains near min price on DraftKings and offers 8X-9X upside as we saw last week. The matchup and potential game script may call for another busy day for Miller.

Greg Olsen $6,000 at Atlanta Falcons
I typically look for bargains at the tight end position, but it is difficult to overlook Olsen. He remains a consistent fantasy tight end and has an absolutely phenomenal matchup. Olsen is averaging nine targets and 17.6 fantasy points per game. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in every game this season. He has at least five catches in each game and has not had fewer than 64 yards in a single game this season. He offers steadiness along with upside. He certainly has the ability to hit 4X at this price and if there was a week he does it, it is this one. The Falcons have been atrocious against opposing tight ends. They have surrendered 22 receptions for 247 yards and four touchdowns in their first three games to tight ends. There has yet been a game where an opposing tight end has not scored a touchdown against the Falcons this season. With Desmond Trufant covering Kelvin Benjamin, we could see Cam Newton look Olsen’s way more often. If I pay up for a tight end this week, it would be Olsen.

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