Top Seven Flex Options for Week 16: Marvin Jones a Must-Start WR

Marvin Jones Jr.

Detroit LionsOver the past four weeks, Marvin Jones has averaged 11 targets per game and he ranks fifth in the NFL in targets over that span with 44. That elite target share has allowed him to finish with an average of 18.1 PPR points per game over that span. Over the past five weeks, the Buccaneers have allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers, making this a great matchup for Jones to exploit. Tampa has allowed 16 touchdowns to wide receivers and five different wideouts have registered 17+ fantasy points against them since Week 10. They’ve also allowed 3,574 passing yards this season, the eighth-most in the NFL. Jones has a great chance to score his eighth touchdown of the season this week and he should be a great top-15 wide receiver option this week.

Rashard Higgins

Cleveland BrownsThe Browns’ wideout has exploded onto the scene recently, and he caught 4 balls for 76 yards against the Giants last week. He failed to reach the end zone, but he had done so in each of the prior two games. Higgins has now scored an average of 17.9 PPR points per game over his past three outings and has turned into a go-to weapon for Baker Mayfield, particularly in the red zone. This week, the Browns face the Jets who have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers over the past five weeks. New York‘s secondary has been torched this season as they’ve allowed 3,917 passing yards and 30 passing touchdowns, both the third-most in the NFL. Higgins has a constant big-play ability with 15.5 yards per reception, and he should take advantage of a plus matchup, so he’s a phenomenal deep-league target.

Myles Gaskin

Miami DolphinsThe Dolphins’ running back has been in and out of the lineup as he’s only played in one game since Week 8. In his one game, though, Gaskin racked up 141 yards from scrimmage on 23 touches. He’s missed the past couple of games after a close contact tracing with COVID-19, but he was activated off the Injured Reserve list and should be ready to go this week. Gaskin returns to a phenomenal matchup against the Raiders who allow the fourth-most fantasy points per game to running backs and the second-most points over the past five weeks. Gaskin has scored double-digit PPR points in all but one game this season, and there’s no reason to think he can’t hit that mark against the Raiders. Salvon Ahmed was very effective last week, so his presence could limit Gaskin’s touch-load, but when the two have both been healthy it has been Gaskin’s role to lose. You can be confident in him this week.

Allen Lazard

Green Bay PackersThe Packers’ offense has been outstanding this season as Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 3,828 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. He’s the early frontrunner for MVP, but his elite production hasn’t translated to success for Allen Lazard. The third-year wideout has struggled to overcome a core injury all year, although he finished with double-digit PPR points last week for the first time since Week 12. This week, Lazard and the Packers face the Titans who have allowed 276 passing yards per game and 29 touchdowns, both the fourth-most in the NFL. The Titans have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers and the most over the past three weeks. Tennessee‘s secondary presents a great matchup for Lazard, and he has a ton of upside with his talent and the production of this offense, so he’s a great high-upside flex piece this week.

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati BengalsAfter weeks of not being able to hit the 10-point threshold in PPR scoring, Giovani Bernard finally broke through last week with 22.7 PPR points against the Steelers. It wasn’t necessarily a great matchup, but he hit the end zone twice and saw his season-high in rushing attempts. This week, Bernard faces the Texans who have allowed 161.8 rushing yards per game, the most in the NFL. Houston has allowed 402.6 yards from scrimmage per game, the second-most in football, so their defense has been very beatable all year. Bernard hasn’t been efficient this season as he’s run for just 3.3 YPC, but he has the ability to take advantage of such a great matchup. Houston has allowed the third-most fantasy points to RBs over the past five weeks, and Bernard has the upside to finish as a top-15 back this week.

Antonio Brown

Tampa Bay BuccaneersSince the Buccaneers’ Week 13 bye, Antonio Brown has emerged as a standout fantasy option. Brown has finished with 10+ PPR points in two straight games with a true breakout coming last week as he caught 5 balls for 93 yards and a touchdown. This week, Brown faces the Lions who are allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers over the past five weeks and the fourth-most per game on the year. However, Brown has played less than 50% of the team’s snaps over the past two weeks, making him a more volatile option. However, his talent and upside given the matchup makes him worthy of a start against the Lions’ poor secondary.

Jeff Wilson Jr.

San Francisco 49ersThe 49ers have shut down Raheem Mostert for the remainder of the season, which makes Jeff Wilson a must-start fantasy option for the remainder fo the season. Wilson has racked up 27 carries over the past two weeks and has scored a touchdown in each of those games. Kyle Shanahan’s rushing offense hasn’t been the same force this season amidst a plethora of injuries, but Wilson still has a strong baseline given the touches he is guaranteed. The Niners face the Cardinals this week who rank middle-of-the-pack in most rushing defense metrics. Wilson’s baseline locks him in as a top-20 RB this week, and he’s still available on a lot of waiver wires. Start him with confidence.

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