Don’t freak out if you’re 0-4 or 1-3; there’s still time, Sharks. That being said, we are faced with some tough flex decisions this week. For those that are new here, every week I will help you by looking at the Expert Consensus Rankins (ECR) to make these decisions a little easier on the Sharks. Let’s go ahead and look at some RB3, RB4, WR4 and WR5 types that you can flex during Week 5. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?
Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay (at New Orleans)
Playing Jones isn’t for the faint of heart (especially in a tough matchup against New Orleans), but we need to get the bad taste out of our mouths. Jones had a whopping 20 touches in Tampa Bay’s win in Week 4, in which he totaled 82 yards and a touchdown. Peyton Barber also scored, but he only had nine total touches. What’s lost in all of this is that this has been happening all year (which you may not realize). Jones has more than 80 total yards in 3-of-4 games, and was also the touch leader in the backfield for those three games. He has entered the trust category for weekly flex play.
Jordan Howard, Philadelphia (vs. New York Jets)
Howard stunned the world when he totaled three touchdowns in Week 4, which included a receiving touchdown (crazy, right?). Ever since Miles Sanders fumbled in Week 3, Philadelphia has been giving Howard more work (especially around the goal line). Philadelphia shouldn’t have to throw much against the Jets this week, which makes me like Howard as a solid flex (as well as Miles Sanders …). Go ahead and put your faith in Howard for Week 5.
Royce Freeman, Denver (at Los Angeles Chargers)
Freeman is in a muddled backfield, but he is a good choice for Week 5. He led Denver’s backfield in snap percentage last week (52 percent) in a close game that resulted in a loss (a tough one …). What’s more encouraging though, was that Freeman saw six targets out of the backfield, whereas Phillip Lindsay only saw one. The Chargers are a neutral matchup, but I like his odds of seeing another five or so targets to go with 10 or so carries. That’s flex-worthy, if I do say so myself.
Frank Gore, Buffalo (at Tennessee)
You know what? I’m going to feature the old man here again. Yes, Tennessee is a tough matchup, but not as tough as New England. In Week 4, Gore gashed New England for 109 yards on 17 carries. That’s 6.4 yards per tote, for those who don’t want to do the math. Tennessee is not going to get out to a big lead on Buffalo’s stingy defense, which leaves Gore to control the clock in this game. No, I’m not worried about the possible return of Devin Singletary. Keep flexing Gore until further notice (well, he does have a bye in Week 6, so don’t play him then).