It is not always the top players that win fantasy football games. Many times, you need depth as well.
The flex position gives you a unique ability to start an additional running back, wide receiver or tight end to add to an already strong team.
In past years, you were doing something wrong if you did not have three running backs in your lineup. However, the increased emphasis on the pass creates more opportunity for receivers and tight ends.
For example, Ronnie Hillman gets his first opportunity to be a full-time back this week for the Denver Broncos now that Willis McGahee is out. In fantasy football, he quickly became the top priority on most people's waiver wire.
However, Eric Decker would be a better start in the flex position if you have a choice between the two.
The No. 2 target on the team has eight touchdowns this season. Altogether, Denver only has six rushing touchdowns. With the inexperienced Hillman in the backfield, the team is likely to stay with the pass when it gets close to the end zone, giving Decker more upside.
There are a few other receivers with tremendous upside this week. Michael Crabtree is facing a poor New Orleans Saints' defense and Steve Smith is facing a team that looks like it has given up in the Philadelphia Eagles.
Additionally, Danario Alexander has had two huge weeks and now looks like the top target for Philip Rivers in San Diego.
Running backs Doug Martin and Chris Johnson should continue their recent hot streaks, while Marshawn Lynch might cool a bit, though he should still have a good day.
It might be a good idea to stay away from veterans Michael Turner and Ahmad Bradshaw. They have both been playing their way out of jobs in real life for about a month.
Finally, the only reason to play a tight end in the flex position is if you have any two of Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis and Tony Gonzalez. Brandon Myers might also have a productive day if you are weak at other positions.
Overall, these rankings should help you succeed as you try to make your final pushes towards the playoffs.
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