Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings: Fred Jackson and the 3 Best Flex Plays

Chris TrapassoAnalyst ISeptember 30, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills runs against  the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 38-35.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Oh, the flex position. 

The most thought about spot on your fantasy lineup each week. 

Seriously, how many times do you add, bench and then add a wide receiver with a good matchup before benching him again for a running back that catches a lot of passes at 12:30 on Sunday?

A weekly conundrum for me. 

After his torrid start to the season as a running back and a receiver out of the backfield, Fred Jackson has become one of the most reliable flex guys. 

Don't expect that to change anytime soon. 

Here are my three top flex plays in Week 4.


Fred Jackson

 The Bills have apparently faced three big and physical defensive fronts in the Chiefs, Raiders and Patriots—teams that would bowl through Buffalo's offensive line and stymie Fred Jackson. 

Well, all Jackson has done is run for 303 yards at a whopping 6.4 per-carry average and catch eight passes for 115 yards.

Not bad. 

The same goes for this week.

Cincinnati's tough defensive line, to some, will slow Jackson's progress.

Until I see it, I'm not buying it.


James Starks

Starks hasn't shown enough and probably won't get enough carries to ever warrant a starting running back spot, but he's a great flex option this week against the Broncos. 

Ryan Grant won't play, so he'll get almost all of the carries. Denver's defensive game plan will be to stop Aaron Rodgers and his multitude of weapons on the outside. 

The Packers love the energy and hard-nose running style that Starks brings to the field, so he'll get more carries than you think and don't be surprised if they throw him a few screens. 

He's an underrated player you can get a lot of points out of this week.


Eric Decker

From the same game, I love Decker this week in the flex spot. Green Bay's secondary has been susceptible to the big play this season and I still think Charles Woodson will cover Brandon Lloyd for the majority of this game. 

Decker was targeted 13 times last week (to Lloyd's seven) and is slowly becoming a favorite target of Kyle Orton. 

He isn't worth starting yet, but he's ideal as your flex guy against the Packers.