Fantasy report: Championship week flex options
With the last week of the fantasy football season looming, get a look at viable flex players. By Casey Musarra
RB MICHAEL TURNER | Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions
Despite displaying a high-powered offense, the Falcons have had one of the worst rushing offenses this year. The veteran Turner has been nothing spectacular most of the year, but he has put up a touchdown in five consecutive games. He’s not quite RB1 or RB2 status, but his scoring ability makes him a solid flex play.
RB DEANGELO WILLIAMS | Carolina Panters vs. Oakland Raiders
It can sometimes be difficult to trust a backfield with a two-headed monster approach, but Williams has come on strong the past two weeks. He’s racked up more than 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in back-to-back games. Williams should continue to get opportunities to score against a defense that’s allowed a league-high 28.7 points per game.
TE KYLE RUDOLPH | Minneosta Vikings at Houston Texans
While the Texans defense is one of the best in the league, they’ve allowed the eighth most fantasy points to tight ends this season, according to Yahoo! Sports. Rudolph hasn’t had a great couple of weeks, but he’s clearly Christian Ponder’s favorite target with Percy Harvin out. If the Vikings can get in the red zone, there’s a good chance Rudolph will score.
RB KNOWSHON MORENO | Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns
Moreno is making up for being a fantasy bust last year. Since taking over as the starting running back on Nov. 25 after Willis McGahee went down with an injury, Moreno has rushed for 391 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns defense has allowed 276 rushing yards and four touchdowns the past two games, so expect Moreno to have another solid performance.
WR CECIL SHORTS | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots
Yes, the Jaguars are terrible, but Shorts does provide a bright spot. After missing Week 13 with a concussion, Shorts bounced back last week with a 101-yard receiving game. Before his injury, he had four-straight games with a touchdown catch, and he has a favorable matchup against a Pats defense that has allowed 270.4 yards per game through the air.
RB BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS | Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
Green-Ellis has rushed for more than 100 yards in four of his last five games. While he’s up against one of the top defenses in the league, the Bengals could be more inclined to run the ball in the potentially snowy/windy conditions in Pittsburgh.
WR DANNY AMENDOLA | St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Aside from two weeks ago against the Cardinals, Amendola has been targeted at least 11 times in the past four games. That combined with his matchup against the league’s worst passing defense gives him high upside.
RB REGGIE BUSH | Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
Coming off his first 100-yard game since Week 2, Bush looks to repeat his performance. He has a solid matchup against a Bills defense that has allowed 144.1 rushing yards per game. While Bush hasn’t sniffed the end zone since Week 12, he has as good a shot as any to score this week with the Bills allowing 28.7 points per game.