We are now in the Fantasy Football home stretch, week 11! Hopefully you’re reading this because you’re making your playoff push or fighting for a high seed and want to keep winning. Most league’s regular season ends week 13 or 14, so we are in the crucial weeks of the season that can shape the playoff landscape in your league. If you’re not mathematically eliminated, don’t give up, it’s a crazy year! It is make or break time and it is extremely important to find productive players to put in your flex spots. That is exactly why I write this column, to help you make these tough decisions and win your weeks!
As you know, every Thursday here on Razzball, I will be posting the weeks “Sexy Flexies” to give you a couple of players to consider starting in your flex spot. The objective isn’t to point out the obvious guys you’re starting in your RB or WR slots, but to take a look at a couple of players who are a bit more under the radar. These will likely be guys that you won’t start every week but will be good rotational pieces in the flex spot of your lineup based on matchup and opportunity.
What I do here is look at the matchups and opportunities and highlight for you a couple of guys who I believe will perform in the situation they are in for the given week. For this column, we will be looking at players who are ranked 60th or later at the flex position for the week, according to Fantasy Pros Consensus Ratings, but will still get you double digit fantasy points in your flex spots. Let’s take a look at the players who will be the “Sexy Flexies” for week 11!
Prior to two weeks ago you likely never heard of Salvon Ahmed and even after seeing him play now you’re probably still learning how to pronounce his name. What we do know is that Miles Gaskin is still on IR and last week, with no Gaskin and no Breida, Ahmed stepped up and appears to have taken control of the Miami backfield until Gaskin returns. Last week Ahmed received 21 rushing attempts and added a reception to total 90 yards from scrimmage while also adding a touchdown. He scored 16 fantasy points and finished the week as RB 14, a high end RB2.
The Dolphins cut Jordan Howard this week which tells me they are confident in what they saw out of Ahmed to roll with him. Matt Breida does look to be returning this week, but even before his hamstring injury he was largely unimpressive. I believe with last weeks performance Ahmed has earned himself the bulk of the work this week and even if he gets 15 carries I expect he can turn that into a solid 60-70 yards and a touchdown for a much needed double digit sneaky flex play for our fantasy teams.
During the Jets bye last week, we heard reports that the Jets plan to use Perine as the lead back for the remainder of the season to see what they have in him. The fourth-round rookie has seen his role increase and has shown flashes of his potential to be a playmaker. Thus far his best game was 11 rushes and 2 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown for 14 fantasy points. With the expected increase in role and workload we should see a new high for him this week.
Coming off the bye the Jets have had an extra week to figure out how to run the offense with Perine as the feature back. The offensive line has been fine run blocking this season and this matchup against the Chargers run defense is an advantage to the Jets according to the Pro Football Focus O-Line/D-Line matchup chart. With the Jets looking to determine if Perine can be a RB1 moving forward, I expect him to get in the neighborhood of 20 touches this week both on the ground and also as a receiver out of the backfield. With that expected volume I believe Perine can capitalize and turn it into 14-18 fantasy points!
As always, lets crush this week and hopefully these Sexy Flexies will help you get some wins. Both players have great double-digit point upside and should have significant roles in their team’s game plan this week. Don’t forget, for some more help with setting your lineups check out Rudy Gamble’s Pigskinator for weekly projections! I always encourage you to follow me on twitter @fantasycoachjb and ask me all your questions there as well (and see pictures of my new 10 week old puppy who is sleeping on me while I type this article!). Good luck in all your matchups this week!