Week 1 Flex Options: Receivers

By Dom DeCarlo
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The Fantasy Football flex play is one of the positions that does not exist in actual football, but gets so much attention in the fantasy football world. In most leagues, the flex play revolves around the wide receiver and running back positions. In my new weekly blog on flex plays, I want to look at the position and give you some advice for how to handle your flex plays this fantasy season.

This position can help you steal a few wins this season and when played right, this position can be an asset for your team instead of being an “Achilles Heel.” In this wide receiver portion of my flex play blogs, let’s look at three wide receivers who will give you some love this first week of fantasy football in a 10-12 team fantasy football league.

Michael FloydArizona Cardinals

When people think of players for the Cardinals who can be an impact for your fantasy team, many people think of Larry Fitzgerald right away. If you own Fitzgerald on your fantasy team, you will obviously play him every week you can. However, for a solid flex play in Week 1 of the season, I suggest giving Michael Floyd a try. Floyd will be starting opposite of Fitzgerald, who no doubt will have a double-team on him for most plays. This should give Floyd many one-on-one looks during pass plays. With Carson Palmer as the Cardinals’ new quarterback, look for Floyd’s production to go up this year. This should start with the game against division rivals, the St. Louis Rams. The Rams’ defense should stop the Cardinals’ running game and I can see the Cardinals being down most of the game and forced to throw the ball. Floyd should get about five-to-seven targets and could have around 65 yards and a touchdown.

Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Since drafting running back Doug Martin, the Buccaneers have become a run-first team. Why wouldn’t you when you have one of the best running backs in the game today? However, you can’t run the ball on every down. The Buccaneers also have a pretty good one-two punch at receiver led by Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. If you drafted Jackson, he will be in your starting lineup for every matchup, but do not underestimate his partner Williams. He had a great 2012 season, catching nine touchdown passes and coming four yards short of 1,000 on the year. This guy could easily be a No. 2 receiver for most fantasy teams, but many people will have him on the bench.

The smart thing to do would be to play him as a flex this weekend against the New York Jets. The Jets are a team that have more questions about what their season will entail than The Riddler has for Batman. Their former-best corner Darrelle Revis is now playing for the Bucs. This should open up the passing game for Jackson and especially Williams. Look for Williams to have about 80 yards and at least one touchdown on Sunday.

Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo love to throw the football. In their first matchup of the year, they will be going against the New York Giants. In the two games that these two teams faced each other last year, Romo had a total of 734 yards passing and four passing touchdowns, three of which came in the opener. The Giants are a pretty banged up team right now, but someone who is looking healthy and ready to go for the Cowboys is Miles Austin. Since coming into the league, Austin and Romo have had very good chemistry together. Austin seems healthy going into the opener and if this is true, this could be trouble for the Giants. Not only would they have to worry about Austin, but they would have to worry about star pass-catchers Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. I think Austin will have a HUGE night, going for at least 100 yards and one touchdown.

Dom DeCarlo is a Fantasy blogger for RantSports.com. Follow him @DomDecarlo1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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