Week 2 of the NFL season is upon us, and by now you are probably finalizing your fantasy football lineup. Your top picks are likely still in their starting role (unless they are Le’Veon Bell or Dez Bryant), but maybe you are trying to decide who to drop in that flex spot. After all, it only takes one out-of-nowhere 15- or 20-point game to swing your week.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players with flex possibility who could make the most of their Week 2 matchups.
If you took a flier on Bishop Sankey late in your draft and managed to get him in your Week 1 lineup, you were handsomely rewarded. Sankey rumbled for 74 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and added a receiving touchdown in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In Week 2, Sankey has another favorable matchup against the Cleveland Browns, who just gave up 155 yards and two touchdowns to the New York Jets running backs in Week 1.
If you’re scouring the waiver wire, there’s even a chance Sankey could be there for the taking. He’s owned in 86.1 percent of leagues on ESPN, so you should count yourself lucky if Sankey is still available in your league. But if you can get him into your lineup, he could pay dividends against a seemingly weak Browns rush defense.
The bell cow for the Buffalo Bills is LeSean McCoy. There’s no doubting that. However, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN, McCoy is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Rodak also noted that Williams isn’t buying McCoy’s status.
Even if McCoy does end up playing, he will need to be spelled from time to time. DeAngelo Williams shredded the Patriots defense for 127 yards in Week 1, and Karlos Williams’ violent, bruising running style could lead to him grinding out some yards and maybe even a goal-line touch or two.
Williams is only owned in 20 percent of ESPN leagues, so chances are he’s there for the taking. Flexing him would certainly be a bold move, but it could pay off if McCoy’s hamstring tightens up.
Sometimes you can’t find a running back or wide receiver you are comfortable giving the flex start to. As any Rob Gronkowski owner will tell you, it’s good to have a dominant tight end.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is by no means Gronkowski, but he put up Gronk-like numbers in Week 1 against the Titans. Seferian-Jenkins hauled in five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, proving to be the only reliable target for rookie Jameis Winston.
If you’re able to flex a second tight end, Seferian-Jenkins is worth a look. Winston struggled throwing to everyone but his tight end, so the first-year signal-caller could use him as a security blanket. He also has a favorable matchup in the New Orleans Saints, who gave up 86 yards and a touchdown to Arizona Cardinals tight ends in Week 1.
The expected return of Mike Evans could cause a dip in targets for Seferian-Jenkins, but his size (6’5″, 262 pounds) makes him an excellent red-zone target. The fact that he’s only owned in 56.5 percent of ESPN leagues also favors those who are still perusing the waiver wire.
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