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Is it better to start an RB or WR at flex in standard scoring?

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Over the past few years I have played fantasy I always tried to fit a RB in the flex spot. But, it appears that both fantasy football and the are turning more into a pass-happy and WR dominant game. I bring up this question because on fantasy pros mock draft analyzer you always appear to be punished for having a WR at your flex. They will rank a lower-tier RB like Ryan Matthews as a better flex than a considerably better WR such as Demaryius Thomas or T.Y Hilton. Obviously, the quality of the players plays a huge factor into the decision but if you had a WR and RB ranked pretty much equally which one would you lean toward starting?

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RBs are better flexers in standard scoring because they touch the ball more and are therefore more likely to score--and TDs are big in standard scoring.

 

I mean if you're choosing between Allen Robinson and Shane Vereen, go with the WR, but most RB3s are going to be more valuable in Standard than most WR3/4s.

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Eric I usually base my decision on who's out there and the matchup. A couple of years ago I had three very solid RBs and started one in that spot every week. Last year was pretty well split down the middle in terms of who I started. I think it all depends on who it is and matchup, but if they are similar I'm going to agree with Axe that RB is the way to go. 

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I always lean toward the RB at flex in standard, all things being equal.  They are guaranteed more touches, thereby having a higher floor as well as a higher chance at scoring a TD.  If Mathews is healthy, I would start him over most WR's outside the top 15 in standard.

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In standard leagues, I try to grab at least 4 starting or timeshare RB's to keep that Flex Position filled with an RB. After that, a couple dart throws late in the draft to handcuff my starters or high injury potential for other teams (Ajayi behind Foster, etc.).

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Best player + best matchup = FLEX    and when analyzing D, look at pass D and run D before overall D ranking.

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RB all the time start at Flex. They get far more points than any WR at that spot. And who cares about the DST + stats they are playing against? Not me! Never did and never will. 

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i always tend to start an everydown RB in my flex in a standard league.   just a safer bet for points.     all depends on who the players are though.   if you have a stacked WR core full of target hogs, i'd lean there over just a volume dependent RB who needs to fall into the endzone to payoff. 

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