This year has been so depressing as far as injuries go. Hopefully the Sharks have been fighting through it all, and have a winning record of some sort in your leagues. If not, it’s still early and we here at Fantasy Sharks are here for you! For your weekly reminder, we have four teams on bye this week. That means that you are without any player from Dallas, Seattle, Buffalo, and Cincinnati. Also, if you have any players from the teams previously listed in your starting lineups, please stop what you’re doing and remove them! That being said, let’s dive into some RB3, RB4, WR4, and WR5 types that you can slide directly into your flex position for Week 6. Let’s get “flexy”, shall we?
Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins (vs. San Francisco)
I talked about Perine on this week’s Feeding Frenzy Podcast, and I’m sticking to my guns. As of now, Rob Kelley is expected to sit this game out. Washington is favored heavily at home against the lowly 49ers. Their run defense has shown to be extremely porous, and Jay Gruden already confirmed that Perine will get the “majority of carries” this week. Chris Thompson will continue to see a limited role, and Perine will eat this week. There’s nothing better than a flex who is projected to see 20+ touches.
Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Tampa Bay)
No running back has seen as many targets in the last three weeks then Ellington has, in which he has 32 of them in that span. Bruce Arians has already confirmed that Adrian Peterson will not play on third downs, so his role is secure. Tampa Bay can also put up points, so Carson Palmer will be forced to air it out often (although the Cardinals pass more than any other team already…). Those receptions that I speak of are easy points, Sharks. Ellington is a great flex this week.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (at New Orleans)
Another pass catching back?! Why yes, it most certainly is. Riddick had 4 receptions for 45 yards last week against the Panthers, and I look for him to exceed that total this week. It’s well documented that Drew Brees and Co. can pile up the points when they are at home, so I see the Lions having to throw the ball a ton in this contest. Riddick is criminally undervalued against the lowly Saints defense this week, but he should not be by you.
James White, New England Patriots (at New York Jets)
Okay, it’s obvious that I’m loving the pass catching backs this week. White has seen 21 targets in his last 2 games, which can’t go unnoticed. Tom Brady may be forced to check down more often than not (due to his sprained AC joint) in this contest. That is where White comes in and makes his hay. The Jet’s defense hasn’t been great this season, so this matchup is not one to be scared of. Flex White and you’ll be thankful come week 6’s end.