My Flex Nightmares on Elm Street

Nothing hurts more then being one game out of the money. Today, that is where I stand in 3 leagues. I’m going to breakdown my flex Freddy Krugers in the hopes that I can assist you fellow flukesters that are still alive.

Big Money League nightmare (PPR) – Chad Ochocinco, Brandon Gibson, Ben “Obi-One” Obomanu. All three choices are straight up horrific and inconsistent.fftoday WR rankings have Ocho at 33 (tier 3), Gibson at 29 (the fringe of tier 2), and Obi-One at 35 (tier 3). Lets be honest having to bench AP, start Blount and start one of these 3 pieces of trash do not bode well. At this stage of the season you just do your research and make the best educated guess you can.

I have covered Ocho at nauseam the last 2 weeks. He put up 13 fantasy points last week. He now has a “bone spur” in his ankle. He is going to play but how effective will he be? He did lead the team in targets last week with 7. Do I really want to put my faith in an aging Ocho and poor Palmer? Sometimes you just don’t have a choice. Gut call – TO embarrassed the Browns last time they played one another. This mean the Browns will do everything in their power to shut down TO. I pray to the fantasy gods that this means more looks for Ocho. The only positive stat I can pull out of my ass is Ocho’s last 5 weeks – 21, 11, 8, 14, 13 fantasy points. They are not stellar they are steady. At least he has become more consistent in the passing game.   

The most intriguing play is Brandon Gibson. Sam Bradford has rotated through his preference of #1 WR’s. He started the year with Mark Clayton. Then he rotated over to Danario Alexander. Once both of those folks went down with injury Danny Amendola stepped up. Amendola was never a TD guy but great over the middle receiver. At the mid point of the season he was a PPR machine. Amendola has had 2 cold weeks and if your league doesn’t give points for kickoff returns then you are hurting. Meanwhile, Bradford’s chemistry with Gibson has heated up. Gibson has had 11 and 12 fantasy points the past few weeks. As you can see they aren’t any better then Ocho’s 14 and 13 points. Everything I have read says there is one great corner in KC and one fair corner. Odds are the good corner will have Gibson essentially making him less effective. If your a gambler this means that Amendola may have a better game in the slot. Amendola is the sneaky play of the week. Truth be told I go back in forth every hour whether I will insert Ocho or Amendola or Obi-One.

Ben Obomanu is a balls out want to throw your body off a bridge play. He sat out last week because of a laceration on his hand. He and Mike Williams are both starting this week against Atlanta. They are home however and are still in the thick of a possible playoff bid. He put up 20 points and 26 points in week 11 and 12 before he got injured. The Falcons do give up points to WRs as their pass defense is ranked 23rd. The question is Hasselback’s consistency. We have no doubt that Seattle will pass the ball. Considering Obi-One is a waiver wire pickup in my league I must give him serious consideration.

Since I have no choice but to go all out I have to ascertain who has the best chance at scoring the most points. When this happens a wise sage once told me to look at Vegas and the over/unders. The Seahawks game is 45. The Bengals game is 40. The Rams game is 43.5. Ocho is the best ranked fantasy player but has the lowest over/under. Seahawks have the highest over/under and Obi-One is the worst ranked fantasy player. Being a gambler I throw out Gibson due to corner play and my choices are left between Amendola and Obi-One. I’m thinking I’m going old school and hoping the force is with me!

If I have any energy left I’ll be back with a part two of other flex matchups.

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