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We’re only a couple weeks away from the playoffs now. This is crunchtime now. You’re either planning for next year, locking up a top seed, or fighting for a playoff berth. Hopefully these FLEX suggestions help you win clinch that playoff berth or if you’ve been eliminated from playoff contention, spoil someone else’s.
- QB: Mike Liu (@MikeMeUpP)
- RB: Erik Kortz (@ekballer)
- WR: Tristan Cook (@tristancook_)
- TE: Mychal Warno (@dynastydadmike)
- FLEX: Tyler Grzegorek (@tyler_grez)
Jamaal Williams (RB25)
I expect a fundamental return and fierce focus on the feeding the running game when Green Bay hosts Carolina this weekend. Williams has been relatively TD dependent, however, he’s still involved. It’s not a running back by committee in Green Bay, it’s a legitimate 2 running back system and the Packers offense is at it’s best when the running game is strong. The Packers quickly abandoned the run pretty quickly against the Chargers last week and head coach Matt LaFleur acknowledged it. LaFleur has proven to be a man of his word thus far and I expect nothing to change heading into week 10.
Diontae Johnson (WR39)
Juju Smith-Schuster should be receiving the Jalen Ramsey treatment on Sunday. That leaves checks notes Troy Hill for Diontae Johnson. Johnson has had some bright flashes in his rookie season and this Sunday might just be another. The next step for Johnson is to put up some consistent performances. He recently had a very good day against a good Minnesota defense then dropped a dud against the Indianapolis Colts with only 2 receptions and targets. Johnson did the same thing against the Chargers right before they played the Vikings. I expect Johnson to have a strong rebound this week.
Darius Slayton (WR48)
No more Trumaine Johnson for the Jets. That secondary continues to become more and more battered. Assuming Sterling Shepard doesn’t play again, I like Slayton over some of the names in front of him in the rankings. The Giants offense needs to let Daniel Jones loose; it almost seems as though they’re too afraid to attack deep. Jones has averaged more than 8 yards per completion only once this season and more than 7 on 2 other occasions. Slayton is best utilized as a field stretcher. If the Giants refuse to do so, then his production will plummet. However, I think this is the week that the Giants offense gets going and we finally get some fantasy production out of all parties involved.
OJ Howard (TE17)
Ok, so, no, O.J. Howard hasn’t been good. It’s not even that he hasn’t been good, it’s more than he hasn’t been used. He currently has a measly 18 targets through 6 games this season. If there were ever a game for Howard to be utilized, it’s against the very tight end friendly Arizona Cardinals. The other factor working in Howard’s favor is that there should be a good number of points scored. The Cardinals should be able to put up points and I expect the Bucs to return the favor. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin can’t catch everything…I think. I don’t know. I’m okay with playing Howard in my FLEX this week in a favorable matchup, coming out of the bye, and in a “gotta have it” game for the young tight end.
Kenyan Drake (RB26)
Tampa Bay has not been friendly to opposing running backs all year long. Drake may be able to find some value through the air, but with the imminent return of David Johnson, I’m not certain what Drake’s role will be. Last week Drake exceeded everyone’s expectations and put up a week worthy of being RB2 for the week. All of the logic pointed to Drake not performing and it’s pointing in the same direction this week. I can’t bring myself to play Drake with any confidence this week. If he puts up another RB1 or RB2 performance though, I may have to reconsider my stance on Drake completely.
Kalen Ballage (RB31)
Kalen Ballage has been named the starter…again. With Mark Walton dealing with a personal conduct suspension, Ballage should once again handle the lead back role in Miami. That doesn’t, however, mean you should be running to throw him into your FLEX. Ballage currently has only 25 .5 PPR points on the season and 12 of those have come from 2 TD carries in games where he had a total of 7 yards rushing. Not to mention, Ballage has averaged 2.0 yards-per-carry this season for a whopping total of 70 yards on 35 carries. He simply isn’t productive enough for you to have any desire to play him in your starting lineup. He’s actually like droppable in most dynasty formats at this point (yes, I realize that this may be going against the norm of holding all starting level running backs). His future isn’t bright and neither is his present.