This is not a good week for deep leagues. Even if we completely forget about the injuries, fantasy owners still have to negotiate six teams on bye weeks that all have strong fantasy plays.
So, looking at who to put in your flex spot is a little confusing. It's hard enough to actually fill the designated positions.
Still, you've got to figure out a way to fill the flex position. These guys may not appear to be the best options, even in a deep week. Still, the payoff that they can give you is potentially huge.
Yes, they might be considered gambles, but that's the nature of the flex position.
With Felix Jones out, someone is going to have to get his carries. DeMarco Murray would be one of those options, but Choice's pass-catching skills make him a good play.
His lack of production this year can't be taken too seriously, at least as it relates to this week. He was losing carries and passes to Jones. That's not going to happen this week.
Against the Rams' defense, the possibilities for big plays are strong for a back like Choice. No, he's not a great long-term option, but that's not what you're really looking for when it comes to surviving bye weeks.
Someone has to help Tim Tebow out. Also, while Willis McGahee is the starter in Denver, he will need some help.
Moreno has largely been a disappointment, but his pass-catching ability makes him a good play this week. In addition to that, he'll get some carries when McGahee needs rest.
While the Miami defense is not bad, they are certainly prone to allowing a big play or two.
I don't see a potentially huge game from Moreno, but I do see a reliably solid effort.
Look at that beautiful throwing motion. Can't you see the Packers calling for a wide receiver toss, getting Jones' owners quarterback points in the process.
Okay, that's going a little overboard.
But in all seriousness, Jones has caught a touchdown in each of Green Bay's last three games. That indicates a certain amount of trust that Aaron Rodgers has in his receiver.
The gamble with Jones is that if he doesn't score, he's probably not a great bet for a lot of yardage. Still, I am not going away from Jones in this one.
Against Minnesota, I like the Packers' chances of getting into scoring position a lot. That will get Jones plenty of chances.
Unlike some of the other options, the Titans aren't a bad defense. So, why is Jones a good play?
Well, Andre Johnson is not playing; that's the big reason. The Titans aren't going to become one-dimensional with Arian Foster, not if they have any intention of winning.
Owen Daniels and Kevin Walter just don't have it in them to take over a game. Still, if you throw Jones into that mix, it's not a bad group of receivers/tight ends.
Jones is coming off of a four-catch, 76-yard performance last week against Baltimore. A performance like that against Tennessee is not at all that unlikely.
Generally speaking, tight ends aren't great plays in a flex spot. Still, most leagues allow tight ends in that spot, and I think Watson is a good play this week.
The Seahawks have allowed a touchdown to the tight end in each of the last two games. In the flex spot, if you can get a touchdown, then you've done a pretty good job.
Seattle doesn't have a particularly great passing defense. They did have a great day against Eli Manning, but interceptions don't hurt the stats of the pass target.
A huge yardage day isn't likely. But Watson is a great PPR play and a pretty good bet to find the end zone. That's a pretty good flex play.