Who had Adrian Peterson looking like…well, vintage Adrian Peterson? If you were one of the lucky few who guessed that right, then I advise you buy yourself a beer (you definitely deserve it!). Andre Ellington posted a big goose egg in the stat sheet, so for that I am sorry. Luckily we only have 2 teams on bye this week, and those teams are the Texans and the Lions. So you need to get any of those players out of your starting lineups pronto! That being said, let’s go ahead and 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?
Orleans Darkwa, NY Giants (vs. Seattle)
Another big surprise from Week 6 was Darkwa, as he shredded the stout Denver run defense to the tune of 117 yards (at 5.6 yards per carry). It’s clear that the Giants have put their faith into him, and you should too. Yes, he faces another daunting task in Week 7 against the Seahawks, but you shouldn’t be too scared. The Seahawks currently rank 18th against the run, so this isn’t as scary as you believe. Go ahead and trust Darkwa as a strong flex.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee (at Cleveland)
Henry actually out-touched DeMarco Murray 20 to 16 in week 6, and I look for that trend to continue on in Week 7. As of Thursday, DeMarco Murray still isn’t practicing. With Tennessee going on their bye in Week 8, look for the Titans to scale his workload back (that is if he even suits up). Cleveland’s run defense has actually been pretty stout this year, as they are only giving up 3.1 yards per carry on the ground. Still, you can’t knock the suggested workload for Henry this week. Look, its Cleveland we are talking about here. Positive game script is key for a running back, and Henry will have just that in Week 7.
Dion Lewis, New England (vs. Atlanta)
Trusting a Patriot running back is no fun, especially in an important week for many fantasy owners. That being said, Lewis is averaging 5.8 yards per tote in his last two games. You know what else? Lewis hasn’t fumbled in those 2 games. You know who has? If you answered Mike Gillislee, then you are correct. Bill Belichick is known to keep players in the dog house for fumbling, and that was evident in Week 6. Ride the hot hand of Lewis in your flex for Week 7.
Javorius Allen, Baltimore (at Minnesota)
Buck should get his shot back at glory in Week 7. Yes, Alex Collins received more carries in Week 6 and everyone is raving about how efficient he was with them (4.9 yards per carry on 15 carries). What no one is talking about, however, is that Allen averaged 4.9 yards per tote as well (albeit on 10 carries). Collins wasn’t targeted in the passing game, but Allen was 4 times (which is actually low for him). Allen is also the goal line back, which does nothing but add to his attraction for this contest. Thrust Allen right into that flex position, Sharks!