We are in “must-win” territory of the season. It doesn’t matter if you’re 0-5, as you can still win out and make the playoffs. The key is making sure you make the right flex decisions. 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 6. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Carlos Hyde, HOU (at Kansas City)
Hyde isn’t for the faint of heart, but he should be in your mind this week. He had 22 total touches last week, and continues to out-snap Duke Johnson. Hyde also has increased his yards per carry this season, as he currently sits at 4.2 on the year. Kansas City is a plus matchup for running backs, as Marlon Mack just gashed them in primetime. I like Hyde’s chances of another 20-ish touches and a touchdown in what should be the highest scoring game of the week.
Adrian Peterson, WAS (at Miami)
Coach Callahan has stated that he wants to run the ball more, and I actually believe him. Enter Peterson, who hasn’t done much of anything on the season. Actually, Chris Thompson has been the better back in Washington (in standard and PPR formats). Miami is the best possible matchup for opposing running backs, so Peterson should finally have a positive game script to go off of. Go ahead and put your confidence in the future Hall of Famer for Week 6.
Tevin Coleman, SF (at Los Angeles Rams)
Coleman looked electric coming back from his injury last week, as he averaged 6.1 yards per tote against Cleveland. Yes, the Rams are a good defense, but they are just middle of the pack against opposing running backs. Coach Shanahan hand-picked Coleman in the draft when he was in Atlanta, so there is obviously a connection here. Coleman also out-touched and out-snapped Matt Breida last week, which makes me think this will continue to happen the more Coleman gets healthy. Coleman is a rock-solid flex this week.
Chase Edmonds, ARI (vs. Atlanta)
Edmonds is fresh off of an 11-touch game, in which he totaled 86 yards and a touchdown. David Johnson isn’t practicing as of Thursday, so there is a chance that he gets the full workload against Atlanta (who is a plus matchup for running backs). Even if David Johnson plays, look for Arizona to take it easy on their workhorse back. Basically, what I’m saying is that Edmonds is a high-upside flex this week, and would be a solid RB1 if Johnson sits.