Optimal Flex plays for NFL Week 5

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It’s unfair that the actual football season feels like it goes by a lot faster than the off-season. That is the case however, we must deal with it and enjoy it while it lasts. We must also deal with (obviously the players do) the injuries that continue to pile up and affect our fantasy lineups. Week 5 has quickly come upon us and who you play in your flex spot is growing more vital by the week. Last week Kareem Hunt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Zack Moss were listed here and all three scored touchdowns. Here are a few good men who you help you shine in Week 5.

Damien Harris

It’s probably extremely tough to trust the Patriots backfield at this point. What's even more alarming is that Harris has a total of 10 carries for 10 yards in his past two games. Brandon Bolden has carved out a role in the backfield with the injury to James White. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel and this week that is the Texans. The Texans have given up the ninth most points per game to running backs in fantasy this season. In comparison, the Patriots last two opponents (Bucs and Saints) are the seventh and eighth best teams against running backs in fantasy (respectively). Take a shot on Harris this week in your flex!

Damien Williams

This will be the week of the Damiens. With David Montgomery set to miss a month or more, the man who was once robbed of a Super Bowl MVP will get his chance to shine again. Williams first test as a lead back in 2021 will come against a Raiders defensive unit that surrenders 20 fantasy points per game to running backs. He was effective against the Lions in Week 4 posting eight carries for 55 yards and a touchdown. As the back who should handle most of the workload, Williams will boom in Week 5.

Jakobi Meyers

Can you see the theme? We are attacking the Texans defense. In Meyers case, he’s been a receptions and targets machine the past two weeks regardless. No matter how the game script goes, Meyers has been Mac Jones’ go-to-guy in 2021. Meyers has yet to score a touchdown this season but still sits as the WR29. You can feel comfortable slotting him into your flex this week based on volume alone.

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Laviska Shenault

FINALLY (The Rocks voice) Shenault has come back to the fantasy radar! In the Jags best game (still a loss) to date in 2021, it involved Shenault having a nice day. The second-year receiver caught six passes for 99 yards and also had one rush for 11 yards. If Urban Meyer chooses to do something that makes sense this week, he will make sure this continues. Shenault faces a weak Titans defense who just gave up 27 points to the ailing Jets. Shenault and James Robinson should continue to be the top dogs in this offense if they ever want a chance at winning a game.

Kadarius Toney

This one is a flyer, but I saw enough to believe. With Sterling Shepard missing the game, Toney finally saw extended action in the overtime thriller against the Saints. Toney was effective, seeing nine targets and catching six passes for 78 yards. His quickness and elusiveness was something that the Giants offense had been lacking and they needed every bit of it. Even if Shepard returns (who also could be a nice flex play), Toneys production was too good to send him back to the pine. If you picked him up off of waivers, you're probably in a position where you have to consider making the play.

Kyle Pitts

This is the week! This has to be it right? Pitts may not actually even be a “flex” player, he is however on the hot seat (in the eyes of you fantasy nerds). Most of us drafted him to be our starting TE, but now you are wondering if guys like Dawson Knox, CJ Uzomah and Maxx Williams will be better for the ROS. Not me, hasn’t even crossed my mind! His upcoming opponent, the Jets trot out the seventh best defense against tight ends in fantasy. That doesn’t matter to me either. Pitts saw a healthy nine targets that turned into four receptions and 50 yards in Week 4. He’s been targeted twice in the end zone in the past two weeks, it’s brewing. He needs TDs, when that starts to happen we are having a different conversation. Pitts just turned 21 today, what better way to break out than in London.