We here at The Fantasy Authority have heard it all, especially the tired narrative of “Start Your Studs!” Well, guess what? Sometimes that is not the best option for your squad. If you have a legitimate RB1 and they are going up against the #1 rushing defense in the league in a game with bad conditions at the opponent’s home stadium, then maybe plugging him in “just because” isn’t the best decision for your team. That’s when you bring on the Week 5 Fantasy Flex Options!
This weekly article series will let you know some of the flex players you should plug in to give your team the best chance possible at winning. Whether you plug them in on one of the primary roster spots or throw them in the coveted “flex” position, we look at all the possible variables to help you make the best decision. If you are looking for any advice on top-12 positional players, then you are in the wrong place! So, let us get our Week 5 flexes!
Daniel Jones (@ DAL) – @Clubber_Lang83
If this isn’t a “get right” week for Jones and the Giants then it may be #TankForTrevor time. Dallas’ secondary is not good. They give up the 6th most fantasy points to QB’s, have allowed the 2nd most TD’s, and are currently the 30th ranked defense in the league. The Cowboys defense has given up 1,300 yards the past three weeks to opposing offenses. Jones has not thrown a TD since Week 1 and without Saquon, this offense has been stagnant. Look for them to air it out against this weak secondary and turn in a decent performance. Will they win? Probably not, but will Danny Dimes have a better fantasy day? Absolutely.
Teddy Bridgewater (@ ATL) – @Clubber_Lang83
Just like Danny Dimes above, Teddy Two Gloves is down his star RB. Christian McCaffrey is still out for the forseeable future and it seems to have truly affected this team’s offense. But the Panthers travel to Hotlanta to take on Matty Ice and the Falcons. Teddy has thrown for 878 yards the past three weeks and the defense he faces this week allows a lot of passing yards. A LOT! In fact, the Falcons defense allows the 2nd most passing yards, the 2nd most completions per game, and allows the most fantasy points to QB’s over this first month of the season. The Panthers are looking for a 3rd consecutive win and it could come at the feet of their 0-4 NFC South divisional opponent. Start Teddy with a lot of confidence this week!
Other solid Week 5 Fantasy Flex Options at QB: Justin Herbert (@ NOS), Gardner Minshew (@ HOU), Ben Roethlisberger (vs. PHI)
RUNNING BACK PLAYS
Mark Ingram (@ CIN) – @NoOnionsOnThat
Mark Ingram has had something of a dismal start to his season for fantasy owners. He has only gone over 34 yards once which is as many times as he has hit double digit carries due to Baltimore’s fantasy crushing committee. I predict that his season will at least hit a momentary uptick in Week 5.
The Cincinnati Bengals are one of six teams giving up more than 150 yards per game on the ground and have allowed three of their four opponents to reach that mark. Ingram has two touchdowns in four weeks and Baltimore is still boasting a top-10 offense that should have plenty of opportunities to score. There is enough to go around for the head of the committee to produce as a flex play this week.
Kenyan Drake (@ NYJ) – @Clubber_Lang83
Drake has, so far, been a fantasy bust this season. After ending 2019 with 7 TD’s in the last 3 games, he has a single TD and only one game where he eclipsed 73 rushing yards. Even though he is only averaging 3.8 yards per carry, Cardinals’ HC Kliff Kingsbury continues to feed him the rock. He has close to a 70% snap share and, in a so-called “Air Raid” offense that Kingsbury was going to institute, the team has been pretty balanced, almost 50-50 with 152 pass attempts and 117 rush attempts.
At home, the Jets have the 6th worst rushing defense, allowing 149 rushing yards per game at MetLife Stadium. They have also given up the 3rd most rushing TD’s and have allowed the most rushing plays of over 40+ yards. While playing from behind last week against the Panthers, the Cardinals had some red zone looks but Drake was temporarily out due to injury. It was just plain ‘ole bad luck. You can safely deploy him this week in a game which Drake should see plenty of volume against a bottom-10 defense.
Other solid Week 5 Fantasy Flex Options at RB: James Robinson (@ HOU), Damien Harris (vs. DEN), Mike Davis (@ ATL)
WIDE RECEIVER PLAYS
Robby Anderson (@ ATL) – @Werpsu26
How many of you, like me, spent the last four years waiting for Robby Anderson to finally explode in the offensive black hole that is the Jets? Now, how many of you have held on and still have him rostered but are afraid to put him in your starting lineup? Or have you picked him up with the same hopes the rest of us have held onto over the years? Well, my friends, be prepared to cash in on that five-year-old lottery ticket!
This week the Panthers take on the Atlanta Falcons, a defense decimated by injuries and one that ranks second to last in passing yards allowed per game with over 340 so far. Anderson leads the Panthers by a wide margin in all offensive receiving categories, even over fantasy darling DJ Moore. This week Robby will put up big numbers. I could see him going for well over 100 yards with a stat line somewhere near 10 catches, 125 yards and a TD. Hope for a shootout and, if you have Anderson, don’t be afraid! Get that man in your starting lineup, and don’t look back!
Darius Slayton (@ DAL) – @NoOnionsOnThat
The Dallas Cowboys’ defense is in disarray. Last week they allowed two touchdowns to the Cleveland Browns of over 35 yards. The unit is 30th in yards given up per game and in the bottom-10 for passing yards per game. The New York Giants are going to have to hit on big plays in order to keep pace with Dak and company.
With no Saquon Barkley to take a checkdown to the house, the Giants are incredibly reliant on Slayton to make plays downfield. Last year he finished 17th in the NFL in yards per catch and is, oddly enough, 17th in the league in yards per catch through the first month of this season. Both years he has averaged over 15 yards per catch and he has been nothing if not a consistent threat downfield for Danny Dimes. The Cowboys propensity to give up big plays and a lot of yards with Slayton’s big play ability should make for a good start this week.
Other solid Week 5 Fantasy Flex Options at WR: Justin Jefferson (@ SEA), CeeDee Lamb (vs. NYG), Jamison Crowder (vs. ARI)
TIGHT END PLAYS
Mo Alie-Cox (@ CLE) – @Clubber_Lang83
With injuries to WR’s Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman, the Colts are deploying multi-TE sets. Big Mo looks to be Rivers favored targets out of the three. Alie-Cox has either 100 yards receiving or a TD in all but one game this year. He is a huge red zone target and currently leads the league in the following categories: yards per reception, yards per target, yards per route run, catchable target rate, and target quality rating!
Chances are he might even be available in your league because Jack Doyle and Trey Burton were the tight ends people were going after this offseason. His opponent this week, the Browns, also give up the 5th most fantasy points to tight ends and are ranked 30th in total defense. Old Man Rivers will be looking his way this week, so throw Big Mo in your lineups!
Eric Ebron (vs. PHI) – @Clubber_Lang83
Ebron is currently seeing about 75% of the snaps for the Steelers and is coming off a game two weeks ago where he had 7 targets, 5 catches, 52 yards and a TD. Since the Steelers-Titans game was postponed last week, the Steelers have had a fortnight to prepare for the Eagles. The Eagles have allowed the 4th most yards to TE’s, the most TD’s to TE’s, and allow the 3rd most fantasy points to TE’s. The Steelers expect to have Dionate Johnson back this week, so that should free up some coverage to allow Ebron to get open. In Week 3, four of Ebron’s seven targets came in the middle of the field, which is where the Steelers have been throwing almost 25% of their passes. This week is a great one to put Ebron in your lineup!
Other solid Week 5 Fantasy Flex Options at TE: Jonnu Smith (vs. BUF), Evan Engram (@ DAL), Greg Olsen (vs. MIN)
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