daily fantasy football flex strategy

The Flex Player you select has the potential to make or break your daily fantasy football experience. It is one more opportunity to accrue a ton of fantasy points from a relatively overlooked position in your lineup. In NFL Champion Mode on SuperDraft, your lineup consists of 5 players (1 Champion and 4 “Super-Flex” players). 

In standard NFL multiplier format, you will select 1 Quarterback, 2 Running Backs, 3 Wide Receivers, 1 Tight End, and 1 Flex player.

That Flex Player is variable but vital. To decide which player to select for the flex position, you have got to know the pros and cons of each available option.

What Is a Flex Player In Fantasy Football

The Daily Fantasy Flex Player is either a third running back, fourth wide receiver, or second tight end that you think will have a big day. Having a strategy to select your best NFL Flex Player can be vital to your success. It requires some due diligence, however, a solid flex can help you to win big money. 

Who To Draft In Your Daily Fantasy Football Lineup

Running Backs

Because Running backs receive 6 points for every rushing touchdown on top of their .1 points per yard accrued, a solid running back duo is necessary to succeed. As of lately, we’ve seen a lot more running backs become receiving options which makes them a more versatile threat. 

One of the cons of relying heavily on running backs is that if their offensive line is injured or having a bad day, it is very likely that your running back is going to be stopped early and often.

Additionally, if a team’s only threat is their running back, it goes without saying he will be targeted as well. 

Consider Ezekiel Elliot last year. He only had 6 touchdowns the entire season. An abysmal performance considering he is one of the top-ranked running backs in the NFL.

On the flip side, Alvin Kamara, who had an incredible year, finished with 21 touchdowns (16 rushing and 5 receiving). The Saints have a stellar offensive line and one of the best QB’s of all time. If Kamara remains healthy, he will continue to put up big numbers on the field, and in fantasy value.  

Wide Receiver

Wide receivers, like running backs, are somewhat dependent on other people’s success.

They rely on the o-line to protect their quarterback long enough for them to complete their running route. Finally, and most importantly, wide receivers depend on their quarterbacks. 

A bad quarterback can handcuff a solid wide receiver by not being able to throw an accurate or catchable ball. Wide receivers will likely be one of your top 3 point generators so it is imperative you select receivers on a team with a solid quarter. An accurate QB can give your receivers the opportunity to make more catches, which in turn provides more opportunity for you to score fantasy points! 

Top Wide Receivers like Tyreek Hill who are perennial deep threats are excellent fantasy options because they receive 6 points per touchdown and .1 points per yard with a 2 point bonus if they have over 100 yards in a game. 

On the other hand….. he is known for his deep ball prowess. The deep ball has the lowest completion percentage rate of all passes. There is potential for a deep ball threat like Tyreek to be a bust on the day. Additionally, a defense can play to minimize the deep option making a player like Tyreek ineffective.

Tight End

Your tight end selection is more difficult to make because there are so few premier tight ends in the NFL. Outside of the top 5 TE’s (Kelce, Waller, Tonyan, Andrews, and Hockenson) everyone else is very hit or miss. 

A player like Rob Gronkowski can go off for 2 touchdowns and 60 yards scoring you 18 points BEFORE his multiplier hits. At the same time, he can have 5 targets, 1 drop, and 26 yards total scoring you 2.6 fantasy points before his multiplier. This is synonymous across all tight ends. Grab one of the top options and be prepared for a great fantasy day or a poor fantasy day from this particular position. You will not be alone in the highs and lows.  

Daily Fantasy Flex Position Strategy Conclusion

As always, matchups are the real difference makers:

  • If you notice that a rookie cornerback is making his first start in week 5 against your favorite team, it’s worth making your Flex Position a fourth receiver. 
  • A third running back that doubles as a short pass option that is going against a bad rush defense is also someone you should consider.
  • Even a tight end who is playing on a shorthanded offense is worth a second glance.
  • Last but not least, consider second-option wide receivers who are playing for a team with the number 1 receiver going against the number 1 cornerback. That will open up plenty of scoring opportunities for receiver 2!

An example of this was Calvin Ridley in the 2020 season. He was considered a second-option receiver for the Atlanta Falcons because Julio Jones was the #1 option. To finish the season, Julio had 3 touchdowns and 771 yards total after missing 7 weeks due to injury. Nonetheless, Ridley ended with 9 touchdowns and 1,374 yards, AS A #2 OPTION.  

So we’ve covered your three options to select from when you’re drafting for the Flex Player position, covering the good and the bad. Who do you draft to fill that final spot? Well, that’s up to you!

What we’re trying to say is, Do your homework on the matchups, it makes the most difference and will be what helps you to win big money on SuperDraft


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