First things first, and that is that Detroit and Green Bay are on bye this week. We may also be without some players due to COVID, so there’s that as well. With that, we have some tough flex decisions for Week 5. The key is making sure you make those right flex decisions. For those who 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 you can flex during Week 5. Let’s get “flexy,” shall we?
Devonta Freeman, NYG (at Dallas)
I’m calling for a breakout week for the veteran. In Week 4, Freeman paced the Giants’ backfield with 15 touches, which included 4 receptions. Sure, he only gained 68 yards, but that was against a tough Rams’ defense. Have you seen the Cowboys’ defense this year? They have been ravaged on the ground and via the air. I think Freeman sees 18-20 total touches against this woeful defense, which makes him as “flexy” as it gets.
Damien Harris, NE (vs. Denver)
Harris came on to the scene with a purpose, as he had 17 carries for 100 yards in Week 4. No, he did not catch any passes, but he should start seeing some targets (albeit not much). Even still, Denver’s offense will not force the Patriots into a negative game script, so running the ball should be the game plan. The sophomore running back will surprise yet again this week, which means you can flex him if you need him.
Nyheim Hines, IND (at Cleveland)
Don’t look now, but Cleveland’s offense is humming, and they are 3-1. What does that mean for Hines? Well, it means he should see more work in the passing game, possibly even close to his Week 1 total of 8 receptions. He did receive 9 carries in Week 4 as well, so the ground work will be there. Jonathan Taylor has been struggling, which forces the Colts to use their scat-back more than anticipated. If you are in any kind of PPR format, Hines should be serviceable in Week 5.
Justin Jackson, LAC (at New Orleans)
I think Jackson is underrated, so let’s just get that out of the way. I mean the dude averaged 6.9 yards per tote last year, and no one ever talks about it. Kelley seems to be everyone’s favorite in this backfield, but he has fumbled in two straight weeks. This should be a 50-50 split, and Jackson will also add some work in the passing game. The Saints’ defense isn’t daunting, so if you need Jackson this week, you can flex him and be happy about it.