As usual, my fantasy football flex rankings for Week 4 represent much of the movement I have in my other positions. However, there was one spot I found interesting — Would I start Allen Robinson II over any of these running backs: Austin Ekeler, Josh Jacobs, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, or James Robinson?
The answer is yes, definitely in a PPR league (default setting below is standard scoring but you can change to PPR). Ekeler is currently the No. 6 RB in a PPR league. And his opponent this week (Tampa Bay) is giving up the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs. And yet... the Chargers feel a little enigmatic. I can't decide if they are better or worse off with Justin Herbert at the controls. I can't decide if Ekeler is getting enough targets and touches. He got his highest total this past week with 23, but doesn't that still sound low for a team that might be playing catch-up with Tom Brady on Sunday?
Josh Jacobs is right behind Ekeler, but he's going against the Bills, who I think are one of the top dozen defenses in the league, especially against the run. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is farther down the RB leaders, but not by much. Andy Reid did a great job coaching on Monday night, but he's going against the Great Evil One this week. And I'm starting to believe Bill Belichick could out-scheme any team even if he's using a bunch of scarecrows on defense.
This brings us to James Robinson, who is currently a top-10 fantasy RB so far. Who could have predicted this breakout during the preseason? Oh yeah, that's right, I did. Humblebrag aside, Robinson's matchup this week against the Bengals is far from cringeworthy. But Robinson, and each of the other three backs I mentioned, still don't have the talent that Allen Robinson II has. And now that the Bears have finally seen the light by ending the Mitchell Trubisky Experiment, Robinson's rise up the WR ranks will begin.
Few probably have the luxury of making such a choice for their flex play, but for those of you in smaller leagues who might, Mr. (Allen) Robinson deserves to be ranked ahead of many of the top running backs this week.
NOTE: Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET has been postponed by the NFL due to COVID-19 concerns. Players from those two teams will not be available for fantasy lineups in Week 4.
NFL Flex Rankings: Week 4
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
(Top photo courtesy of chicagobears.com)