Fantasy Football: Championship Week Flex Plays at Receiver

By Dom DeCarlo
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It is finally here: fantasy football‘s championship week. You have worked hard all season reading and watching as much as you could to get where you are right now, so good job! The importance of this week cannot be stressed enough. Win and you have bragging rights for months; lose and you will be wondering what went wrong all the way until the next draft. That means positions like flex are more important now than any other week.

For this week’s addition of flex play, I am giving you three wide receivers that I feel can have a huge day for your fantasy team and hopefully help you on the way to fantasy football glory!

Michael Crabtree: There are three things that you have to consider when deciding who to play in your championship week: a team’s matchup, the weather, and the caliber of the player. If you take all three of these things into consideration, than there is no better player this week than Crabtree.

Crabtree and the San Francisco 49ers are taking on the struggling Atlanta Falcons. This is a must-start for him. He has been playing better and better each game since returning from injury. He finally caught a touchdown pass in his last game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16. Crabtree and quarterback Colin Kaepernick are getting back their chemistry at the right time of the season. These two can be very dangerous together.

Last week, the Falcons were torched by Pierre Garcon for 129 yards and a touchdown. Look for Crabtree to have close to the same numbers in this game as well as pulling in at least one touchdown in this game. 

Dwayne Bowe: Everyone around the NFL and the fantasy football world has been talking about the huge performance by Kansas City Chiefs running back, Jamaal Charles in Week 15. This huge game shot Charles to the top in regards to fantasy football MVP talks for 2013.

In Week 16, I feel that the Indianapolis Colts are going to focus on shutting down Charles. This should put Bowe in line to have a very nice week. The Colts are just not that good against the pass. I can see Chiefs coach Andy Reid placing Bowe into the Chiefs’ game plan in a big way. Look for Bowe to have about 80 yards receiving as well as a possible score … if Charles does not take them all again!

Rueben Randle: Injuries can make or break your fantasy football team. For all the owners who own Victor Cruz, his injury could spell doom. However, if you were a smart owner of Cruz, you may have invested in a backup plan and hopefully that plan involves fellow New York Giants receiver Randle.

He was one of the hottest players for a few weeks of the fantasy football season. Randle went five out of six games with at least one touchdown. He has seen a decrease in his targets since the Giants’ offense has focused more on running the ball with Andre Brown (Eli Manning has not helped things lately either).

In Week 16, the Giants are taking on the Detroit Lions. The Lions have been beaten through the air this season. The Lions should be focusing more on stopping Hakeem Nicks and Brown. This will leave Randle with more one-on-one coverage in this game. I can see Randle being targeted much more in this game and probably scoring a touchdown to help his owners out.

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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