What’s a battle flex? Why a battle flex? Obviously, this battle is when we get two guys going head-to-head in a battle to decide which one to play. Like DJ’s in a club, or MC’s on a stage, we are going head-to-head in our flex this year. Should I play this guy or that guy? Or what about this running back or that wide receiver?  This series, though, is going to be a reflection of you readers who also have some kind of battle flex going on in your roster, a sounding board if you will. Whenever I get a question, it is usually trying to decide between player A or player B. So in the spirit of indecision and frustrating insecurity, I bring you the Battle Flex. Each week I’ll do my best to highlight a few battles to represent different sized leagues. I’m also relying on you guys and girls to help me shape this and make this about what you want to see. Got it? Good! Let’s move on…

As the season is just starting, I strongly recommend you stick to your draft day guns and use your guys. But when that fails, because I know for some of you it will, come over and I’ll help you get your weekly lineups right. I’ll be honest, I’ve been playing this game a long time and the one thing I have learned is– I have no idea for certain how over half the teams will perform offensively and defensively when it comes to opening week. We know the Broncos and Saints are going to score lots of points, and that the Seahawks will have a good defense. But when it comes to the Bills, Bucs, Vikings, or Texans… I can be sure that I’m not that sure how improved they might be? [Jay’s Note: That made me dizzy.]

 

Brandin Cooks vs. Kelvin Benjamin

Some rookie nookie here, with two of the top rookie wide receivers go at it this week in this flex battle. Cooks is the speedy new toy the Saints got for Drew Brees. He can break one off with lightening quick moves and game-changing speed against any defense sleeping on this breakout in the making. This week, he goes against division rival Atlanta Falcons, who last year gave up the 13th most points to wide receivers in 2013.

Kelvin Benjamin is a big target raw talent that has quickly picked up rapport with Cam Newton through the preseason. He caught 12 balls for 173 yards and a TD and got my attention real fast. I get that not all the catches were from Newton, but he looked real good. So good, in fact, that the Panthers fear he might be regularly double-teamed because the rest of the Panthers receiver corps is awful. This week he gets the new and improved (?) Bucs with new head coach Lovie Smith. Some are predicting a better year defensively from a team that gave up the 11th most points to wide receivers last season. Will they shut down the Benjamin?

My pick is Brandin Cooks.

I like the explosiveness and the chance he gets in the end-zone. Some believe the Panthers are going to run more this year and with a healthy Johnathan Stewart, this might become a reality. I’m waiting to see how the Panthers play, but not for week one. Start Cooks with confidence this week.

If you are unsure about who to start then please post your dilemma below and we’ll work on it together…

 

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  1. Brandon

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    Since there were no comments, let me give you something to do. In a standard league, pick 2: Garcon, Gerhart, MWallace, Decker and Sankey. (Have Garcon and Gerhart there now)

    Thanks for the help

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Brandon: Sankey and Wallace are a solid NO. I’d start gerhart for sure against Philly but it’s a toss up with Garcon and Decker. Decker gets the raiders which is good and should score a TD. Garcon I like a lot but with Jackson in town you cant be for sure. Still I like the chemistry Griffin had with Garcon last year and i give the slight edge to him.

      Who are your other WR’s and is this PPR?

      • Brandon

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        @J-FOH: It’s non-PPR, and my other WRs are Julio and Jordy. Have Latimer sitting in the bench (after cutting Gordon) and PThomas/TWest as guys I wasn’t really considering.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Brandon: then Garcon and gerhart

  2. Grey

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    No hip-hop? Lame

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: Mac Dre called me last night in my dreams and told me you would say that if I didn’t post any. Mac Dre is crazy

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @J-FOH: Yeah what the F J-FOH it’s the battle post! I was hoping for a link to the Juice vs. Supernatural battle.

        Oh what the hell, I’ll just post it! Hahaha
        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9W9jkzbqcdM

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: I’m slipping from lack of sleep, and I want to bring the football crowd in slowly

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @J-FOH: yeah tell me about it. I was working on my handcuff opus until midnight last night and somehow forgot to set my alarm ended up oversleeping by an hour.

            Too much to write so little time to write.

  3. tk says:
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    wayne or freddy jax to flex (.25 ppr)

    gratzi!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @tk: wayne

  4. EricVA says:
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    Very deep PPR league. I have Kenny Stills as one of my flex players. Since I assume he won’t play, do I start McCluster or Andre Caldwell?

    In another standard league, Ryan Matthews or Sankey?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @EricVA: caldwell, matthews

  5. Bloodkitty says:
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    Team 1: Edelman or K. Wright for flex in a 12 team ppr?

    Team 2: for wr2 and flex for a different 12 team ppr K. Wright, Sproles, T. Williams, T.Y. Hilton, Shorts or Wheaton?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bloodkitty: edelman, wright and Hilton for team 2

      • Bloodkitty says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Thanks for the help.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Bloodkitty: no prob

  6. Nick says:
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    in a 10-team non-ppr league, would you start Jones-Drew or Hyde over Matthews or Jennings?
    Also at WR, would you start James Jones or Hartline over Cobb or Wallace?

    I have Rodgers/Cobb which I’m a little worried for tonight, as I need all the points I can get out of them!

    • Nick says:
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      I also have Baldwin available…

    • Nick says:
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      I also have Baldwin available…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nick: No and No and don’t worry about the Packers, they’ll be fine

      • Nick says:
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        So much for the Packers doing fine! 32 points amongst rodgers/cobb/hauska…ugh, my kicker scored nearly the same as my top QB/WR combo, rough start to season :(

  7. forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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    start mike wallace, reuben randle, kelce, steven jackson, boykin or bernard pierce at the flex spot this week? haha 1st week clueless

      • forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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        @J-FOH: really? wow bold choice

        • J-FOH says:
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          @forwhomthejoiquebelltolls: it was either wallace or him and I like Randle is as a big time bounce back guy this year.

  8. Adam says:
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    Somehow I missed out on both Cooks and Benjamin in all my leagues….boo.

    A few questions for you about a +1 PPR league where I forced myself into going with the “zero RB” approach.

    Have Fred Jackson locked in at my RB1, but who would you play at RB2 this week?

    Ridley @ MIA
    Greene @ KC
    McFadden @ NYJ

    And who do you like better this week at FLEX, Decker vs OAK or R Cooper vs JAX?

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Adam: McFadden and Decker

  9. Jonathan says:
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    10 team .5 PPR, you like Cobb or Percy? (also get 1 point per 20 yards/return)

    I also have Reuben R, but I like the former two more.

    • Jonathan says:
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      @Jonathan: This is for flex. I’ve got Dez and Antonio B as locks for WR1 & 2.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jonathan: Percy

  10. Brian says:
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    I have a major issue I need two of these players. Cooks, B. Pierce, gronk, Ridley. I am able to play one tight end and a wide reciever tight end flex my starting tight end is Rudolph. Plus I need a player in another flex spot can be rb or wr please help.

    Thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Brian: cooks for sure, If Gronk plays then you want him in there, if Gronk doesn’t play then go Pierce. Check with us on Sunday morning for Gronks status

  11. Brian says:
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    Would you play gronk over Rudolph if he plays so that I could use pierce and cooks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Brian: nah, If I was to rank them this week it would be Gronk, Rudolph, Cooks

  12. Drake's New Favorite Team says:
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    Trade my M. Ryan and V. Cruz for his Aaron Rodgers and Marquise Lee?

    PPR, 6 pts per Pass TD

    Current Squad

    QB Matt Ryan
    RB Eddie Lacy, GB
    RB Danny Woodhead, SD
    WR Julio Jones, Atl
    WR Vincent Jackson, TB
    WR Victor Cruz, NYG
    TE Jordan Cameron, Cle
    FLEX Jordan Reed, Wsh
    D/ST Jets D/ST
    K Dan Bailey

    Aaron Dobson
    Justin Hunter
    Kelvin Benjamin
    Ray Rice
    Christine Michael

  13. Phoenix Rising says:
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    Good stuff, looking forward to the weekly battles…

    Battle of the Browns, (.5ppr) Ben Tate or Jordan Cameron

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Phoenix Rising: Cameron but it’s really a coin flip

  14. Cram It says:
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    Jack!
    CJ3 or Reggie Wayne @ the flex? I feel like Wayne is safer in what should require a lot of passing against Denver? Agree?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: why don’t you take your stupid flex question and cram it up your stupid flexible flex cram hole…….Agreed, Wayne

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: Don’t make me take my business to Nico. Thanks

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: you want to fight bro? cause it sounds like you’re asking for one

          • Cram It says:
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            @J-FOH: My sisters friend’s boyfriend might enjoy that too much. But, If we can throw down shots and smoke cigars after…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Cram It: cold regular beer and some smokes works for me.

              I’m going to be abrasive with you, I need to light that fire you used to have under your ass.

              • Cram It says:
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                @J-FOH: You know I can take it. By ‘smokes’, don’t you mean that west coast pansy ass vape?

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @J-FOH: lmao

  15. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    2 questions if I may…I have Hyde, knile davis and freeman all on my bench as handcuffs…my RB’s are Gore, Ellington, Moreno and Rice….want to drop one of my cuffs for a backup tight end, either Kelce or Toilolo..which cuff is expendable and which TE is the better pick?….
    Wait make this 3 questions lol…which Kicker should I have McManus or Parkey? Lol sounds like hockey players.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: good questions.

      Davis can go, De’Anthony Thomas is more dynamic and can wrestle that back up role away.

      Kelce for sure, own him and hold him.

      I don’t answer kicker questions, flip a coin and ask cram. I’m kidding though I have no idea about kickers, let’s see what Jay’s ranks say, Parkey, Prater will be back

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @J-FOH: lol…I guess kicker questions are like catcher questions huh lol…thanks brother for the quick response.

  16. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    In 14 team H2H non PPR who should I put in flex? Thanks!

    Mike Evans, Amendola, Ahmad Bradshaw?

  17. Steve Stevenson says:
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    0.5 PPR, 3 pt bonus at 100 yds, small bonus for long TDs: flex S-Jax v NO, Benjamin @ TB, Gates @ Ari or Latimer v Ind? Jay’s ranks say S-Jax barely over Benjamin, but I’m kinda feeling Gates here, and Latimer seems like a sack-affirming play in week 1.

  18. Pavan says:
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    0.5 PPR- pick 2 mathews, J bell, decker, maclin, f jax
    thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Pavan: bell and mathews

  19. Bob says:
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    Hey;

    Flex Q- it’s a 10 team h2h pts .20 ppr league,
    For flex here are my options

    MJD vs jets

    Gerhart vs philly

    Kelvin Benjamin vs Bucs

    Kenny Britt vs vikes

    Or add Cody latimer & start him at flex?

    If I did add latimer I’d be dropping Ebron (my TE is Ertz)

    Thanks man! Keep up the great work

    • Bob says:
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      @Bob:

      Also my three WR’s I’m starting are demaryius Thomas, Crabtree (who if he can’t go Sunday I’ll replace w/ Benjamin because both have 4:25 games), cordarrelle patterson

      My 2 RB’s are gio Bernard & Ben Tate

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bob: gerhart and Benjamin. If crabs can’t go then mjd

  20. Luis says:
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    I have a (perceived) good dilemma in that I think I drafted well in that I have good depth at receiver. My top WR is Bryant. After that it’s E. Sanders, Crabtree, Garcon, T. Williams, V Jax. My third RB is Gerhart. Who would be your top 3 players for the Flex this week be out of that group? I’m leaning Crabtree and Sanders, but Gerhart is supposed to be a 3 down back for Jacksonville. What do you think?

    • Luis says:
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      @Luis: Oh yeah, one last thing; Do you think I should drop T. West and get a backup QB? I don’t have one right now in a 10 team league. My starter is P. Rivers.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Luis: nah. There will be qb’s in a ten team

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Luis: Garcon jax and toby

  21. frankgrimes says:
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    Eddie Lacy can blow me

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @frankgrimes: Keepin it real

  22. Zandy says:
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    Half point PPR – need to drop one for a kicker
    Here’s the Squad
    QB – Cutler
    WR- Demaryius, Andre Johnson
    RB – Montee Ball, Pierre Thomas
    TE – Pitta
    Flex – Rashad Jennings
    BN – Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Lamar Miller, Kelvin Benjamin, Ahmad Bradshaw, Shonn Green, Josh Gordon

    Assume it is out of Josh Gordon, Ahmad or Shonn.. Who you dropping?

    • Zandy says:
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      @Zandy: well, just dropped Shonn for Dwyer… So now what do you think?

  23. i’m trying to figure out who to play with my 1 flex spot (1pt ppr). I’ve got chris johnson penciled in, but also have Wayne and possibly gJennings or bHartline I could play.

    What do you think?

  24. Dung says:
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    Well looks like Ellington is out. Pick one in Flex/PPR. Note I have Vereen as one of my other RB’s.

    Edelman, Cord Patterson or Dwyer? Thanks

  25. augie says:
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    Both Cooks and Benjamin are available for pickup in waivers. My worst receiver is Riley Cooper. Was going tobpick b up one of the two rookies. Wasn’t sure which one I should try to grab first. Who would you rate is stronger for the rest of the season? I am back and forth. Benjamin is by himself. Cooks has a lot of other guys.

    Al

    • augie says:
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      @augie: should have said ppr league.

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