Deciding who to start as your second back or third receiver can be a challenging decision, but it usually has a pretty easy path to follow. Which player has been hot lately? Who has the better matchup? Does either guy figure to get more targets in the passing game? How about his backup, will he vulture goal-line TDs? These are important questions, but quite often they're easy to answer.
However, many of the toughest lineup decisions these days are made at the flex position. In the old days, you always wanted a running back as your flex. That is no longer the case. Quite often, you're third receiver might be a better option than your third running back. In leagues that start two running backs, three receivers and a flex, typical of most 10-team leagues, your fourth receiver could conceivably be a better start in a given week than your third back. And in leagues where tight ends are eligible at the flex position, the process becomes even more convoluted. Your flex decision will often be the hardest choice you make every week, and it can frequently mean the difference between winning and losing.
Well, you're prayers are answered. What's that? You weren't praying for a flex guru in your life? Come on, of course you were, whether you knew it or not. Every week, right here in the flex barometer, we'll talk all things flex. We'll compare apples to oranges to bananas, discussing whether you'd rather start Stevan Ridley, Reggie Wayne or Jacob Tamme at your flex spot. We'll also take a look at the risers and fallers, telling you what newcomers deserve your flex attention, and which mainstays you might want to park on the bench for the time being. We'll also include a comprehensive list of the top-100 flex players from the week comprised of running backs, receivers and tight ends.
With this being the first week of the season, we don't have any new guys to report on yet, and we can't yet identify the players who may be falling out of favor. Instead, I'll offer up some fringe players who are flex worthy this week.
Here are the top-100 flex options this week.
1. Arian Foster vs. MIA