Playoffs!?! You talkin about PLAYOFFS!?!?! Well, hopefully you are reading this column because you are still alive in your fantasy football leagues, headed to the fantasy playoffs, and hopefully I’ve helped you along the way with some valuable flex plays in these Sexy Flexies articles. That being said, let’s get you a couple of solid flex players to use in your lineup this week. 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 don’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 14!
Once Joe Burrow went down, nobody knew what to expect from the Bengals. We knew that the offense would clearly not be the same and everyone began to downgrade all of the offensive pieces and temper expectations. The Bengals are still a professional football team and even though Brandon Allen is no Joe Burrow, he still knows how to throw a football and who to throw it to. Tee Higgins has established himself as the main receiver on the team for many years to come, and Tyler Boys is the reliable slot receiver. For a team who usually plays from behind, there are targets available for both players and targets mean opportunities for fantasy points for us!
Tee Higgins has received 5 or more targets in every game this year and continued that even with backup quarterbacks after the Burrow injury. A concern could be that the Bengals have only had 2 receiving touchdowns since Allen took over the quarterback duties (one to Higgins). Something to note with that though is that they’ve gone up against a much-improved Giants defense that just controlled Russell Wilson and the Seahawks and a top tier Dolphins defense in those 2 games. This week they get the awful Cowboys secondary who have been getting smoked all season. I expect Higgins to see 7 or 8 targets and turn that into a 6 for 73 and a touchdown kind of day!
Last week saw the new Texans offense after the loss of led receiver Will Fuller who will miss the remainder of the season after receiving a PED suspension. The question we all had was who else was Watson going to throw to besides Brandin Cooks. The number one answer was Keke Coutee and the surprising second leading receiver was Chad Hansen who was called up from the practice squad. Coutee hauled in 8 receptions for 141 yards, getting you over 20 ppr points without even finding the end zone. What I did notice was that it was Hansen who played most of his snaps outside, allowing Coutee to operate primarily from the slot. This is a KEY piece to why he is a Sexy Flexie this week.
We know Deshaun Watson is going to throw the ball, with or without Fuller. There has only been 2 games all season that he hasn’t thrown at least 30 times and its only been once since the Bill O’Brien era ended. The reason I like Coutee this week a lot is because he is operating from the slot position. The Chicago Bears have 2 good outside corners but their weakness in the secondary is slot corner Buster Skrine. The outside corners should be able to do a good enough job limiting the Texans outside receivers, leaving Watson to focus on Coutee once again working against Skrine. Hopefully you were one of the people who went and picked up Coutee once Fuller was suspended and you can plug him in to your flex this week to lock you up a solid double digit performance in your flex position for your playoff matchup!
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. Good luck in all your matchups this week! Lets dominate these fantasy playoffs!