It was Duran Duran who did ‘The Reflex’, which honestly was a silly song that didn’t make any sense. But I needed something to get me into this blog rather than just title it ‘Flex Options I Like For This Week Maybe A Little More Than Other People Do’. So there you go.
Oh by the way, I think ‘Wild Boys’ is DD’s best. Let’s get on with it.
Ahmad Bradshaw: OK, so the Giants are going to see WR Hakeem Nicks matched up against CB Nnamdi Asomugha. And WR Mario Manningham possibly against CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The next healthy receiver they have is John Mistler (Too obscure? Okay, Lionel Manuel, then). New York is going to run the football 60 times this week in an effort to control the game. I love Bradshaw and to a lesser extent, Brandon Jacobs, because each of them is going to see at least 15 carries. Bradshaw will be closer to 25. I love him this week to the tune of 100 yards and a TD.
Darren Sproles: You can see how things are going with the running back rotation in New Orleans. Mark Ingram is still finding his way, and Pierre Thomas is doing what he can with the few carries he gets. Darren Sproles is taking touches away from all of them. He has 15 catches in the first two weeks, and his role is ever-expanding. Now, he’ll never run the ball even 10 times a game, but can I see him getting near 10? Sure. And with his passing game targets, he’s a tremendous flex option from here going forward. He’s taken the Reggie Bush role and expanded on it. If this game against the Texans is the track meet it’s expected to be, I expect Sproles to do what he had last week — 75 yards and a TD (I mean a real TD, not a tiptoe-out-of-bounds-that-gets-overruled-five-days-later TD).
Mike Sims-Walker: It took two weeks (and an injury to WR Danny Amendola), but QB Sam Bradford targeted Sims-Walker 11 times in the loss to the Giants. The door is wide open for him to become Bradford’s go-to guy. As I said on “NFL Fantasy LIVE” this week, you can make plays downfield against the Ravens in the passing game, and I expect at least 45 passes from Bradford on Sunday. It’s still going to be a cautious approach with RB Steven Jackson, so expect bigger production through the air. This is becoming Bradford’s team, so you’ll see more of a slant toward passing over running regardless. I think Sims-Walker can have 100 yards and a TD.
– Jason Smith