Make or Break Your Fantasy Team; The Flex Position

As I have previously written, the thing that can set your team apart from every other team is that extra play-maker, and where better to put that extra play-maker than in your flex spot.  Often times teams who have that extra RB, WR, or in some leagues a TE, need a spot to put that player, since sitting them would be detrimental to.  Yet, the flex position gives people the opportunity to play that player, but which one should they choose?

Often time this slot is reserved for the RB, WR, or even TE who is typically will fly a little under the radar do to other stars at the same position.   So I will list 5 players that could fit great in that flex position, and why.

Green-Ellis hopes to carry load in Cincy (photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com)

  1. BenJarvus Green-Ellis– Green-Ellis finds himself on a new team as the feature back.  While he may be the main RB, I do not recommend him as a 1 or 2 RB on your team, leaving the flex position perfect for him.  He is good for 10-15 carries a game, as the Bengals have a fairly balanced offense (535 pass attempts to 455 rushing attempts last season).  Nevertheless if Green-Ellis managed to put up worthwhile numbers with Brady as his QB and Bellicheck changing RBs every play it seems (2,063 yards and 29 TDs in 53 games played), he can manage in Cincinnati.  He will get the ball near the goal-line, as well as on first downs.  He is a great flex position player.
  2. Reggie Wayne– As I mentioned himearlier in my article discussing is he was what he use to be, Wayne’s fantasy value will plummet.  However, I still do foresee him putting up decent enough numbers that some owners could take a chance on him. More in-depth analysis in previous article (link above).
  3. Brandon Jacobs– He may not be that fast, and he may not get a lot of carries.  However, he is big and he is surely strong.  That bodes well for him and his chances of getting goal-line touches.  Since the 49ers offense had increased due to their off-season signings, Jacobs could still salvage himself as a viable flex position RB.

    Thomas could have a break out season (photo courtesy of chicagonow.com)

  4. Demaryius Thomas– If Tebow can make him look like a stud; can you imagine what Manning will do for him?  An off-season injury kept him out most of last season, however when he finally entered the league, he came in with a bang.  Two 100+ yard receiving games and 4 TDs in just 9 games is pretty good for a rookie WR (again, especially when Tebow was throwing to him).  With Peyton now under center, Thomas’s numbers will skyrocket, but he still might get looked over by some owners.  If he is there later on in the draft, grab him.
  5. Fred Davis– Davis broke out with a cool 796 yards receiving in the first 12 games of last season, a pace that would’ve seen him log a 1,061-yard campaign. And this was with Rex Grossman and John Beck as his QBs.  Yet, despite his early-season success last year I still can see some owners overlooking him since he has a rookie QB, the addition of Garcon, and Moss is still there.  Yet, he is a talented TE and with other TEs like Gronk, Hernandez, Graham, Gonzales,  Davis and others he might get overlooked.  If that is the case, he could be a huge pick-up.
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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 77 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 29th with 112 views. The most popular post that day was Top Single-Game Fantasy Football Performances of the Last Decade.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, comm288theblog.wordpress.com, google.com, statistics.bestproceed.com, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for peyton hillis, fantasy football team names, funny fantasy football team names, fantasy football names, and hakeem nicks.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Top Single-Game Fantasy Football Performances of the Last Decade November 2010
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Top Fantasy Football Team Names of 2010 October 2010
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Colt McCoy, Jon Kitna, Shaun Hill, and Josh Freeman: Fantasy Relievers November 2010
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Don’t Sleep On Hakeem Nicks, Santana Moss, or Cardinals D September 2010
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Top Fantasy Football Surprises and Busts of 2010 December 2010
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Man Crush of the Week

Foster looks to duplicate his first week performance (AP photo)

 

Who’s my man crush of the week?  I’ll tell you, it’s Arian Foster.  Most fans out there think of his unreal week 1 performance as somewhat of a fluke.  However fluke isn’t the correct word.   Although I don’t expect another 200 plus yard game from Foster, I think his week 1 performance was a showing of things to come.

                I especially like him because of his week 2 match up against the Redskins.  With Haynesworth not at 100%, the skins D-line will have trouble getting to Schaub and stopping the run.  With everyone already well aware of the fact that Schaub can throw it deep, they’ll need a nice run game to compliment that and throw off Washington’s defense.  With his ability to also catch out of the backfield, look for Foster to get the ball early and often

                On a side note:

                 Last year when Arian was called upon to help the Texans abysmal running game, he did so.  In five games Foster averaged just less than 5 yards per carry and just less than 12 yards per reception.  When he did finally get the start the last two games of the 09’ season is closed it out with back to back 100+ yard games.   Along with the strong passing game, especially the dynamic duo of Schaub and Johnson, I look for Foster to not only have a strong week 2, but a great 2010-11 season.