What does W/R/T mean in fantasy football?

W/R/T in fantasy football refers to a spot on your team which you can use a wide receiver, runningback, or tight end. The W/R/T position is also referred to as a flex position.

In fantasy football, there is going to be one or more spots in your lineup which can be used by players of multiple positions.

The most common example of this is the W/R/T position often referred to as the flex position. As we stated above fantasy managers can place any wide receiver, running back, or tight end into this position.

These three positions are the only ones you can use in this flex spot. Some fantasy leagues will use what is called a superflex which allows players to use quarterbacks in their flex position as well.

If you want to learn other terms similar to W/R/T you can read our guide to the DST position in fantasy football.

What position should I use in my W/R/T spot?

Choosing which position you want to place into your flex in fantasy football can be a tough call. Below we will break down some of the reasons why you might choose each of these positions.


In general, running backs tend to be the highest-scoring players out of these positions. Aside from quarterback, you will find that the top-scoring fantasy football players of the year are usually runningbacks.

If you have a starting running back that hasn’t been used in your first two RB spots then using them in your W/R/T position is a great choice.

Runningbacks tend to earn a lot of fantasy points due to their large number of touches and rushing touchdowns.

Generally, if you are starting a running back in your W/R/T or flex position you want him to be an RB3 or higher. This means a runningback that is ranked 36th or higher.

Once you get past the RB3 level you will find the runningbacks will produce a lot fewer fantasy points.

This position can earn you a lot of fantasy points but at some point, you will find a tight end or wide receiver will be a better option if your runningback is not ranked high enough.

Wide Receiver

The next best skill position to start in your W/R/T spot is wide receiver. These players are a close second behind running backs when it comes to the top fantasy scoring positions.

In most fantasy football leagues there are going to be three WR positions in your lineup. This means if you start a wide receiver in your W/R/T spot it will likely be the fourth-ranked wide receiver on your team.

For this reason, you need to be sure you have quality depth at this position to start them in your flex. To start a wide receiver in your flex or W/R/T you ideally want them to be a WR3 or higher.

Since you are already starting three wide receivers this means you will need to be fairly stacked at the wide receiver position.

Luckily with wide receivers, there are plenty of yards to go around. With the increased amount of passing in today’s NFL, there are going to be many capable wide receivers who can be placed into your lineup.

You want to start a WR in your W/R/T position when you have solid wide receiver depth or you do not have a quality running back to fill the spot.

Tight End

Of the three positions in W/R/T tight end is far and away the least used. When compared to running backs and wide receivers tight ends score significantly fewer fantasy points.

That being said there are still some occasions when you want to use a tight end in your flex.

Tight ends can be quite hard to predict in football which is why some teams end up having multiple TE1s or handcuffs on their fantasy team.


When this happens a TE1 can be a solid option for your flex spot. A TE1 will rarely outscore a WR1. But when compared against a RB4 of WR4 the tight end starts to look pretty good.

If you have two great tight ends on your team and fairly weak depth at WR and RB then using a tight end in your flex can be a solid call.

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