PPR Options: Week Three
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QB List’s PPR Flex Options is a weekly assembly of some of the better free agents in PPR leagues. The focus is to find someone left on the waiver wire or on benches that could fill into a flex position week-to-week. These are Week Three’s recommendations.
Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings [ESPN Own: 60% – Start: 30%]: Dalvin Cook is out for Week Three, giving Latavius Murray full reign of the running game in addition to about five targets. He is plenty available and should make an impact this week.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals [ESPN Own: 79% – Start: 51%]: Similarly, with Joe Mixon out for at least two weeks, Giovani Bernard is set to fill in full time without anyone else to take substantial snaps away from him. Bernard was targeted seven times in Week Two, expecting a few less is reasonable – but his PPR ceiling is pretty high against Carolina.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears [ESPN Own: 68% – Start: 10%]: Tarik Cohen has had an odd year thus far. His usage in Week One was limited by a blowout game (until the fourth quarter) and he was injured in Week Two. Against a league-worst Arizona defense, Cohen should see more work on the ground and in the air in Week Three.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions [ESPN Own: 81% – Start: 43%]: This may be the last week Kenny Golladay makes this list as his ownership and start percentages have crept up with each successful game, and after Week Three should finally have the recognition to be more than a flex play. Golladay has seen 21 targets this season for which he’s caught 13 for 203 yards and a touchdown. Expect more of the same in Week Three against New England.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers [ESPN Own: 33% – Start: 7%]: Against a tough Washington secondary, Geronimo Allision as he should be the odd man out in coverage. He has 14 targets on the season (only two fewer than Randall Cobb) and has produced a consistent workload each week. Expect Aaron Rodgers to keep spreading the ball around.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams [ESPN Own: 89% – Start: 36%]: Robert Woods is in the position where workload will turn into success at some point. Despite 18 targets on the season (nine each game and three more total than teammate Cooper Kupp), Woods has only hauled in nine 118 yards and no touchdowns. Against a beatable Los Angeles Chargers defense, Woods may find fantasy success in Week Three.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers [ESPN Own: 87% – Start: 25%]: Devin Funchess was a touchdown away from having a top-12 WR week in Week Two, bringing in seven receptions on nine targets for 77 yards. Greg Olsen‘s injury invariably gave Funchess more targets and that uptick should remain and have the most targets on the team behind Christian McCaffery. Carolina has another beneficial matchup against a soft Cincinnati defense in Week Three.
John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens [ESPN Own: 47% – Start: 11%]: For a risky/intriguing Week Three pick, John Brown is coming off of a 10 target Week Two and is tied for the lead in team targets. Brown only brought in four receptions last week, but if the target share is remotely similar combined with Brown’s big play ability could have the potential for another successful week.
Eric Ebron, WR, Indianapolis Colts [ESPN Own: 46% – Start: 25%]: Jack Doyle is out in Week Three. Doyle had the fourth most targets among tight ends with 15 and despite Eric Ebron taking up much of the red zone work. Without Doyle, those targets should, in part, fall to Ebron – making Ebrong a strong fantasy play in Week Three.