Fantasy Football Playoffs: Week 15 Flex Plays at Wide Receiver

By Dom DeCarlo
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The flex play position in fantasy football is one of those positions that often get overlooked on draft day. Many managers say, “I’ll just fill in the flex play when I can. You know, pick up a free-agent or just throw someone in there.” Many of these fantasy football managers are sitting at home wondering what went wrong with their season.

For those of us still in our fantasy football leagues, you know just how important this position can be for your team. This week, I give you three wide receivers that I am very confident will have great weeks in Week 15.

Cordarrelle Patterson: He just might be the next big thing for the Minnesota Vikings. After a great Week 14 where he had 141 yards and a touchdown, Patterson is on everyone’s fantasy football radar. In a Week 15 match-up that will see his Vikings take on the Philadelphia Eagles, Patterson will be called upon yet again to shine.

He is looking more and more like the man that is replacing Percy Harvin in this offense. With Adrian Peterson probably out in Week 15, look for the Vikings to try to feature him in this game. I feel that he will have over 100 yards of total offense (he will be used in both the passing and running game this week), and I feel he will find the end zone for the third straight week.

Michael Crabtree: If there is one thing that you can say about the San Francisco 49ers receiver, it is that he keeps looking better and better every week. Crabtree has only played in two games this year, but since his return, the 49ers’ offense just looks different. Crabtree seems to give quarterback Colin Kaepernick back a comfort level that he just did not have when the WR was out.

In Week 15, the 49ers will be taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I can see Crabtree finally having his first breakout game of the season. Crabtree may fall short of 100 yards, but I feel that he will score his first points of the season. Hey, if you have saved him on your bench for this long, you might as well play him now!

Eric Decker: Many people may say that he is not a flex play-type receiver. Sure, Decker plays on probably the most talented offense in the NFL. Sure, he has Peyton Manning throwing passes to him. However, there have been many games this season where he Decker has been overlooked for players like Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas.

In the past two weeks, however, Decker has solidified his spot on many teams’ rosters. With Welker more than likely sitting out of Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers because of a concussion, look for Decker to really reap the benefits. I see Decker going over 100 yards for the third straight week and finding the end zone at least once in this game.

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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