Fantasy managers often struggle with the flex spot, as your key players already are slotted in the running back and wide receiver slots. In PPR formats, often it is better to play a wide receiver in the flex position. In standard formats, a running back is usually the better option. However, there are exceptions to each rule. If you drafted a team of solid wide receivers and have three that are better than your third running back, start that third wide receiver, regardless of format.
There may even be instances where a tight end fills the flex spot. However, for Week 1, unless your team is loaded at tight end, the best bet is to start an RB or WR. Laviska Shenault Jr. is WR37 and has been getting a lot of preseason buzz. It seems he has a connection with Trevor Lawrence and has the potential to break out this season. Fantasy managers should consider someone like that in the flex spot, as it is a great place to put a player that may have a good game.
NFL Flex Rankings: Week 1
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.