Week 1 of fantasy football was a week filled performances both good and bad. Here, we’ll go through a few players that I feel could be good flex plays in leagues of 10-12 teams. These players have good match ups and/or someone in front of them on the depth chart has been sidelined, and that will give these players some added touches this weekend.
Julian Edelman: Everyone knows the issues that the New England Patriots have had in the offseason in regards to who Tom Brady will throw the ball to this season. Many people predicted that it would be Danny Amendola and rookie Kenbrell Thompkins.
Amendola had a good fantasy day, but will be sidelined for their next game on Thursday night against the New York Jets. Kenbrell Thompkins showed why he was an undrafted rookie, having a very inconsistent day. This opened the door for Edelman. He had a great day against the Buffalo Bills, catching seven passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
If you are lucky enough to still be able to do so, pick up Edelman and play him as a flex play for Week 2. The Patriots are going to play a very shaky Jets team, and Brady is going to need someone he can trust. This is where and why Edelman will shine for the Patriots, and why he will help you this week in your fantasy league.
Marlon Brown: There is a history between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns. The biggest thing is that the Ravens used to be the Browns before they moved to Baltimore. Since the move, the Ravens have hurt the Browns in so many more ways. This week looks to be another one of those weeks. With the injury of Jacoby Jones, look for Marlon Brown to step up and grab the opportunity to play regularly.
Brown had a good game, pilling up 65 yards and one touchdown. The Browns’ defense will be generous this weekend, and quarterback Joe Flacco will need to find someone else other than Torrey Smith to throw to. That person will be Brown.
Denarius Moore: If you paid attention at all to the NFL this weekend, you saw at least one thing — The Jacksonville Jaguars are not very good! As a matter of fact, they are very bad. The Oakland Raiders, on the other hand, played a solid game against the Indianapolis Colts, losing in the final moments of the game.
New starting Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor looked like he is capable of running this offense. In Week 2, look for Denarius Moore to have a bounce-back week. He only had five receptions for 43 yards against the Colts, but this will change this weekend.
Look for Denarius Moore to find the end zone at least once against the Jaguars, and for Moore to have close to 100 yards receiving in this game. Moore is just too good of a player to be held down two weeks in a row, especially against a bad team like the Jaguars.