The flex position in fantasy football is designed to be your best friend. It gives you that one extra spot so you can play that extra running back, wide receiver or tight end that you normally would not be able to. But it is not something that you can just throw anyone into and hope to get results.
Points are a precious commodity, and you can't afford to give any away. You have to study matchups and how players at a specific position fare against a defense.
The good news is that we are going to do all the work. All that is left for you to do is plug these players into your lineup and reap the rewards.
Here are five skill position players that will make great flex plays for your team this week.
Jackie Battle, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Despite losing Jamaal Charles earlier this season to a torn ACL, the Chiefs still rank sixth in the NFL in rushing with over 127 yards per game. The emergence of Jackie Battle two weeks ago could make that number go up, because he is a big, physical runner that gives defenses headaches.
The Raiders, who the Chiefs play this week, have a good defensive line, but they are better at attacking opposing quarterbacks than stopping the run.
Battle is going to be a force this season, and he will stay hot against Oakland on Sunday afternoon.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders
While I do not think that Carson Palmer will have a great game in his first start with the Raiders, I do like Darrius Heyward-Bey very much against the Chiefs on Sunday.
Heyward-Bey looked like he was going to have yet another disappointing season, but he has come on strong the last three weeks with 296 receiving yards and one touchdown.
The Chiefs are a middle-of-the-road defense, and no one in the secondary has the speed to keep up with the speedy Heyward-Bey. He should have his second 100-yard game of the season and at least one touchdown catch.
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Earnest Graham, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Emerging from his tomb to take the fantasy world by storm last Sunday against the Saints with 109 yards on 17 carries, Earnest Graham has another great matchup this week against the Bears.
The Bears are giving up 122 yards per game on the ground this season, and they have given up at least 82 yards to starting running backs in four of their six games.
Graham is not a burner at the running back position, but against the right team he can still put up yards. He did it last week, and he will do it again this week.
Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans
Kevin Walter is one of the most frustrating fantasy players in the NFL. He has at least three games every year when he just goes off for eight catches, 100 yards and two touchdowns. The problem is what he does, or better yet doesn’t do, in the other 13 games.
This week will be one of Walter’s better games because Andre Johnson is still out with a hamstring injury. He plays a good Titans defense, but Matt Schaub has to have someone to throw to.
Despite Walter’s struggles, he has still caught at least five passes in his last two games. You would like to see him be more consistent, but it has reached a point with him where you just pick and choose your spots. This week is one of those good spots.
Greg Little, WR, Cleveland Browns
It has been a long time since a Cleveland Browns wide receiver was worth starting for your fantasy team, but Greg Little has really stepped up in the last two weeks with 12 catches for 129 yards.
Plus, Little has a great matchup this weekend with the Seattle Seahawks, who rank 23rd against the pass this season.
Little is still in search of that elusive first touchdown catch, but if there was ever a week for him to get in the end zone this is it.