Fantasy Football Week 3: Flex Options at Receiver

By Dom DeCarlo
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Week 3 in the NFL and Fantasy Football season is about to begin. As I have stated before, the flex position is a very important position on everyone’s team; it is the position that can make or break your team. With recent injuries on many teams, the flex play can be the key to victory in Week 3. I have three receivers that can easily make your lineup this Sunday. Some of these receivers are hot waiver wire pick-ups, and others can easily be grabbed up in most leagues today.

Eddie Royal

Everyone’s favorite waiver wire pick up this week has been San Diego Chargers’ wide receiver Eddie Royal. Royal has quickly become the new favorite red-zone target of Philip Rivers. Royal has five touchdowns in the first two weeks. This is exactly what fantasy owners want to hear: A guy who has a nose for the end-zone. Royal is also benefiting from a very injured San Diego receiving corps, and he is taking advantage of it. If you were lucky enough to stash Royal or pick him up this week, be smart and play him as your flex for Week 3. You will not regret this! I expect Royal to get at least one touchdown in the game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Josh Gordon

The Cleveland Browns’ offense is bad. The brightest spot for the season so far has been tight end Jordan Cameron. The Browns’ offense received a huge blow on Wednesday when they traded away their former first round draft pick running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. This means that the Browns have very little to no running game. This is a positive for players like Cameron and wide receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon just finished serving a two-game suspension, and it could not have come a moment too soon. The Browns are going to have to come from behind in every game, and it is going to have to rely on their passing game. Gordon is the team’s deep threat, and if you are in need of a potential flex play this weekend, you could do a whole lot worse than Gordon. I can see Gordon getting three of four looks deep down field, as well as his typical catches on Sunday.

Nate Burleson

The Detroit Lions are one of the league’s most pass-happy teams. In Week 2, star running back Reggie Bush went down with a knee injury. Bush’s status is still up in the air, and even if Bush plays Sunday against the Washington Redskins, the Lions will still throw the football. The team’s main threat through the air, Calvin Johnson, will surely be doubled teamed by the Redskins. Like that matters! This will give his counterpart, Nate Burleson, a lot of room to work. In the first two weeks, Burleson has been targeted 14 times and the Redskins’ defense is ripe for the picking. Aaron Rodgers threw for 480 yards and four touchdowns. If the Lions can put up these types of numbers against them this weekend, Johnson cannot be the only receiver that gets some of the passing love. Look for a touchdown and around 90 yards for Burleson. 

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


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