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Week 6 is here! You should have a good idea where your team stands, which means you should know whether to be conservative or super aggressive when it comes to lineup decisions. A quick reminder that Detroit and New Orleans are on a bye this week, so flex plays can be tricky. 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?

Running Backs

Bilal Powell, NYJ (vs. Indianapolis)

I’m going back to Powell again (I seem to do that often…) in Week 6. Behind Isaiah Crowell’s monstrous week (219 freaking rushing yards) was the fact that Powell once again was the touch leader in the Jets’ backfield (20 rushes for 99 yards). As of Thursday, Crowell has not practiced this week. It’s officially Powell time, baby!  Last week in this article, I stated that “Powell opens up every contest as the starter for the Jets and continues to see more snaps than Crowell (it increases every week). You get it…right? I hope so, as Powell is a great flex this week (and a safe one for the foreseeable future)”. I stand by this, even if Crowell plays. If he doesn’t suit up, then you need to play Powell this week no matter what. Please and thank you.

Austin Ekeler, LAC (at Cleveland)

Continuing with featuring players here again, you should feel comfortable flexing Ekeler in Week 6. Again, he only has one game on the season where he has been under 10 fantasy points (half-PPR scoring). That’s a great flex any week, am I right? Can I get a “Hell yeah!?” No? Okay…moving along. This will always be Melvin Gordon’s backfield, but Ekeler continues to get it done in a small role in the explosive Chargers’ offense. You have to stay in the flames here, folks. Although Cleveland was extremely stout against the run to open the season, they have been bending lately. So there you go…flex Ekeler with confidence yet again.

Nyheim Hines, IND (at New York Jets)

Yes, there is a good chance that Marlon Mack returns this week. No, I’m not worried about Hines because of this. Hines received a whopping 21 touches in Week 5 against New England, which included 9 (9!) targets in the passing game. No matter what amount of touches they give Mack upon his return, it appears that Hines’ role is secure. He is also the only Colts’ running back I want to own (like you care, but I’m just throwing that nugget out there). Hines can safely be placed in your flex, with massive upside in any sort of PPR format.

Ronald Jones, TB (at Atlanta)

Yeah, this one makes me nervous. So nervous, actually, that I’m feeling nauseous writing this. Jones was finally active in Week 4 (was on bye in Week 5), and he led the Tampa Bay backfield in touches. Did he look amazing? Well, no (11 touches for 28 yards), but it’s the fact that he led the backfield in touches. Peyton Barber has looked like my Grandfather toting the rock on the year (honestly, my Grandfather may have done a better job…) and Tampa Bay has obviously noticed this. It’s really all about the matchup here, as Atlanta is the 3rd best matchup for opposing running backs. Call it a hunch, but I think Jones surprises us all and shows us why he was the 6th pick in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL draft. I don’t blame you for wanting to wait a week and see how it turns out, but let this serve as a little “nudge” if you’re really in a pinch for your flex this week.

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Ryan is a fantasy football enthusiast who specializes in redraft and dynasty leagues. He lives in Yorktown, VA with his beautiful wife and three kids. Feel free to ask him any and everything regarding fantasy football on twitter. It's all about winning that fantasy football championship, Sharks!