The fantasy landscape is getting more scarce week by week with injuries and in season adjustments. Hitting the nail on the head for your FLEX spot is a critical element to winning games this time of year. Here are some surefire starts that could propel your teams to victory this week.
Terry McLaurin~WR~Washington Redskins
One of the few bright spots among the wildfire within the Washington organization these days is this rising rookie wide out from Ohio State. Despite a quarterback carousel and poor supporting cast, McLaurin has averaged 17 points in PPR (points per reception) league’s, good for 24th among all wide receivers in 2019.
Expect the deep threat to get his on Sunday against the woeful, winless Dolphins in what is sure to be one of the most unwatchable NFL games in some time. You should be excited about starting this kid if you have him, however.
Matt Breida/Tevin Coleman~RB~San Francisco 49ers
You could say I’m cheating by lumping the one-two punch in the San Fran backfield into a single ranking spot. But offensive guru and Niners head coach Kyle Shannahan doesn’t exclude any of his skilled position players from the weekly gameplan.
This week’s opponent is the teetering Los Angeles Rams in a division matchup with big ramifications. The Rams defense has been inconsistent all year, and they’ll be taking the field this week without stud running back Todd Gurley as he continues to deal with injury setbacks. Without Gurley’s ability to facilitate long drives through controlling the ball in the run game and short passing game, expect the Niners offensive time of possession to be higher than usual. Breida and Coleman are capable backs both viable of the starting nod this weekend.
Courtland Sutton~WR~Denver Broncos
The second round draft pick of 2018 is developing quite nicely up in the Mile High city. He might even be worthy of a WR2 start moving forward. The big bodied, 6’4 wide out has 5’11 Malcolm Butler and 5’11 Logan Ryan across the field this week. No, the remnants of Joe Flacco and this Denver offense isn’t prolific by any stretch. But Sutton is a trustworthy FLEX option moving forward, particularly for games at Empower Field where he’ll be playing Sunday afternoon.
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Chris Thompson~RB~Washington Redskins
Again, when the abysmal Miami Dolphins come to town, almost any teams skilled position players have a few worthy fantasy starters. Along with the aforementioned McLaurin, expect Thompson to have an explosive weekend of his own.
The 23rd ranked fantasy running back is even more of a threat as a pass catcher than as a running back. Thompson’s collected 268 receiving yards on 25 receptions through five games this season. If you’re in a PPR league, don’t hesitate to give him the start. Thompson’s constant injury concerns should be your only trepidation of his as a fantasy owner.
Larry Fitzgerald~WR~Arizona Cardinals
The young surprising breakout fantasy stars are fun and all, but sometimes I just need the reliable, sure thing. The future hall of famer “Fitz” is as reliable as they come still in 2019. Fitzgerald currently ranks 16th among receivers for fantasy points in his 16th year. That’s it, the guy is just built differently.
Arizona has a terrible o-line, a rookie quarterback learning the ropes, a rookie head coach learning the ropes, but with all the challenges in the desert, Fitzgerald remains the one constant source of production. This week Fitz and his 1-3-1 Cardinals get the reeling 1-4 Atlanta Falcons on their home turf.
The Falcons secondary always seems to be either extremely injury riddled or just flat out getting outplayed. In either scenario, high end receivers are never a bad start versus the dirty birds. The savviness and experience of Fitz makes him an even more ideal start.