Bye weeks are here! No, I’m not excited about that, but it must be known. Washington, New Orleans, Denver, and Atlanta are off this week. Make sure anyone that plays for those teams are out of your lineups for Week 5. Again, we had too many injuries in the NFL in Week 4. That makes our lineup decisions that much more difficult for this week. Fear not, Sharks, as I can help you to that win that we all desperately want and need. Let’s go ahead and look at some RB3, RB4, WR4, and WR5 types that you can slide directly into your flex position. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Isaiah Crowell, CLE (vs. New York Jets)
If you spent a 3rd round pick for Crowell’s services, odds are that you are scoffing at this selection. The Browns are favored at home against the lowly Jets, which should lead to increased action in the running game. On Thursday, Hue Jackson stated that they “have to get this guy the ball handed to him”. The squeaky wheel always gets the grease, although this could just be coach speak. I’m leaning on the side that this is a get right game for Crowell. With four teams on bye, have confidence flexing Crowell this week. If he can’t get it done in Week 5, then it is time to throw the white flag.
Jonathan Stewart, CAR (at Detroit)
Stewart just refuses to disappear, which is fine with me. On the young season, he is averaging 15 rushes per game. Dalvin Cook was averaging 5.1 yards per carry before his injury (sad face…) in week 4 and Atlanta’s rushing duo gashed the Lions in week 3 to the tune of 152 yards. The point: Detroit isn’t stingy against opposing running backs. That, partnered with an almost guarantee of 15 rushes (plus a few receptions), makes Stewart a fine flex play in week 5.
Wayne Gallman, NYG (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)
Now to this week’s popular waiver wire add. Gallman led the Giant’s running backs with 13 touches, in which he turned into 50 yards and a touchdown. It’s no surprise that Paul Perkins is abysmal at this thing we call football (1.4 yards per carry last week and has averaged an embarrassing 1.9 yards on the season), so look for the Giants to feed the rookie. Gallman could still be hanging out in waiver wire wonderland, so go take a gander to see if that’s the case. Then insert Gallman into said flex position and profit from his services.
Jaron Brown, ARI (at Philadelphia)
It turns out that the wide receiver that we wanted from the Cardinals with the last name “Brown” was actually Jaron, not John. Averaging almost 10 targets in his last three games, it’s evident that Carson Palmer wants to get the rock to Brown. He could exceed the 105-yards he put up last week, as the Eagles secondary is atrocious. When you partner 10 targets with a very bad secondary, you usually get results. If he is on your waiver wire, please pick him up and start him. He could be the receiver you want from Arizona come this season’s end.
Allen Hurns, JAX (at Pittsburgh)
He let me down last week, but I’m putting my confidence back in Hurns this week. Yes, the Steelers have played amazing defense against opposing wide receivers this year. You know what the Steelers do when they play at home, though? They put up points, and lots of them. What happens when a team gets a quick and large lead on you? You’re forced to throw the ball a lot, which is what Blake Bortles and the Jaguars will have to do in this contest. Hurns quietly had 10 targets last week, so Bortles is looking his way often. Hurns deserves your flex consideration in Week 5 in what could be a high scoring affair.
Will Fuller, HOU (vs. Kansas City)
Since when is Fuller a red zone option? I guess since last week, as he scored two touchdowns on just four receptions. Deshaun Watson is the hottest quarterback in football right now, and I look for that trend to continue. A big reason I look for that trend to continue is that Fuller is finally healthy. He was second only to DeAndre Hopkins in targets, and that is another trend that should continue. Okay, enough with trends. Flex Fuller, please and thank you.
Kendall Wright, CHI (vs. Minnesota)
Scared to play a Chicago wide receiver? Yeah, I get it. That being said, Wright caught the lone receiving touchdown for the Bears in Week 4. A quarterback change should do nothing but help the Bears passing attack, which benefits Wright immensely. Minnesota isn’t as daunting of a matchup for receivers than it appears, folks. Call it a hunch, but something tells me that Wright could see more targets in Week 5 than he did in Week 3 (10 targets). So “flexy”, am I right?
That concludes Week 5’s edition of Flex Appeal. Remember, Washington, New Orleans, Denver, and Atlanta are all off this week. That’s a lot of fantasy goodness, so be prepared to dig deep for your flexes. Consider all of the folks listed in this article, as it would get you the W come Week 5’s end. As always, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (Twitter handle is below) for any Week 5 questions. Until next time, Sharks!