Kerryon Johnson returns from bye and could be worthy of flex consideration this week against the Dolphins
Continuing the trend, Todd Gurley remains atop the flex rankings for Week 7 of the fantasy season. However, most fantasy owners aren't looking at Gurley for a flex spot. The flex spot is usually the third running back or wide receiver spot on a team. Often, fantasy owners have questions about who to start, and the flex spot is the most common place to gamble on a starter.
It's hard to predict which game will be the highest scoring affair this week. The Kansas City/Cincinnati game should be a good one for fantasy owners, as should the Chicago/New England game. The Falcons play the Giants on Monday night, but if they build an early lead, it may be bad news for the Atlanta wide receivers.
Cleveland faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is always a good matchup. However, the problem for the Browns is that their offense doesn't have any big weapons (hey, Amari Cooper, any interest in being a Brown?). Carlos Hyde is a RB2 and Jarvis Landry certainly has flex appeal in PPR formats.
When fantasy football owners are looking at who to start in a flex spot, it’s tough to compare wide receivers to running backs to tight ends. Often, in PPR formats, a wide receiver is a better option than a running back. Especially considering how tough the running back landscape has been, using a wide receiver with more upside may provide a better option.
Fantasy owners should also note that if they have players in the Thursday (or early Sunday games), put those player in the position spot, rather than the flex spot. This will give you more flexibility if you need to make last-minute lineup changes.
Teams on bye: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle
— 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.