My league starts 2 RBs, 3 WRs, and a Flex (RB/WR). In the past, I've always seen starting a WR in the Flex spot as a big no-no, didn't really even consider it as an option. But this year, I ended up with a gaggle of borderline flex backs (Foster, DeAngelo, JJ, BJax...). None of them seem starter quality.
So is it crazy to use someone like Calvin Johnson or Braylon Edwards in that spot (my starting WRs are Javon, AJ, and Driver)? I've never done it before and it just seems like a bad idea--but I can't really think of a good reason why I should bench those solid receivers over my borderline backs?
(I don't mean this to be a Who to Start question--I'm more just using my specific circumstances as an example. I'm curious to know how you guys feel about using a WR as a Flex as a general rule).
It's absolutley not crazy. Last week my choice for Flex was Houshmandzadeh or LaMont Jordan. I put Housh in there without thinking twice. Sure Jordan outscored him 2-1, but he's been so unpredictable lately that there's no way I was going to put him in without seeing what happened first.
I won anyway, but the strategic thought behind the move was sound.
It all depends on situation ans who the players are. Obviously all things being equal you go with the RB, because he will get the most touches and opportunities, but it is not set in stone to always start a RB.
i hate that people default to rb in these situation. It's not crazy if you are stacked at WR. Granted, they tend to have big games, then less big games, but if you look at the stats/points, if you have three elite-to very good wrs, then it makes some sense to go that way, rather than some middling rb.
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Not crazy at all. Some guys feel if they have a flex position they need to go out and grab 3 RBs in the first 4 rounds so they can play all 3. It just depends on who is on your team. I have tough choices to make at my flex spot in one league because I am so deep at WR and have sketchy RBs. My league we start 2RB, 2WR, and a flex. I basically have to choose from Colston, Berrian, or Foster in my flex spot. Last week I chose Colston and got burned, not bad but 4 or 5 points can mean a game. With Foster I'm almost guaranteed 5-10 points but with Berrian and Colston either one could lay eggs or pull off huge games. Plus I also have Deuce and Steve Smith so I have to consider whether I want 2 guys from the same team playing. Just some of the things you may need to think about.
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Start your best player. I regularly started 3 wide receivers in a 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 flex league last year because many of my running backs turned into busts (Portis, Droughns), and it worked because I had great depth at wide receiver (D-Jax, Burress, Coles). I'm doing the same thing this year because I still have those three and have a great tandem at running back with Portis and Maroney, but my #3 is Fred Taylor.
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ya, while some people were taking Caddy or L.Jordan, i picked up Fitz to start in my flex spot during my draft. We only start 2 WR, but I have Harrison and S.Smith (CAR) starting WR and then Fitz in the flex.