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Week 5 Flex Rankings: Hunt for October

To say my Week 5 Flex rankings are a bit tentative this week would be a bit of an understatement.

Last week, we saw a lot of variables change in a short period. The game between the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers was rescheduled for Week 7, while the contest pitting New England and Kansas City took place on Monday, sans Cam Newton.

If you thought last week was crazy, buckle up. The Tennessee Titans have had more positive COVID tests this week, putting their Week 5 game with Buffalo in jeopardy. New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore also tested positive, which could raise concerns for both Patriots and Chiefs players. And, oh, by the way, there is another major hurricane scheduled to hit the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Delta could, at the very least, change the location of the upcoming Saints-Chargers tilt.

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Fantasy managers will have to consider these potential monkey wrenches into the Week 5 schedule when setting their lineups. For example, I currently have Scotty Miller ranked 48th among wide receivers. That is outside of the standard starting range, both as a WR3 and a Flex. However, a fantasy manager with a WR3 or Flex player in one of the above situations may prefer to start Miller, who plays on Thursday.

That would enable him or her to reassess their matchup come Sunday morning once we (hopefully) have a bit more clarity on the goings-on regarding some of these potential postponements. Besides, plenty else can happen between now and the weekend. For the record, Miller is questionable with a hip/groin issue, so he is no sure thing either. But at least we will know Thursday night whether he will be active. And knowing is half the battle.

Injury News

Several injuries that occurred last week will have an impact on the fantasy landscape. Nick Chubb and Austin Ekeler both suffered injuries that should keep them out of action for about a month. As was the case with the injuries to Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley after Week 2, there is no easy way for fantasy managers to replace the production of the injured star running backs.

Chubb’s injury opens the door for Kareem Hunt to go from weekly Flex play to potential RB1. The biggest boost in the Week 5 Flex rankings goes to previously unheralded D’Ernest Johnson. Johnson ran for a total of 26 yards in 19 career games before being pressed into action on Sunday. The second-year back responded with 95 yards on just 13 carries. I would not rush to start him as a Flex quite yet, but fantasy managers need to add Johnson in all leagues.

The situation in Los Angeles is a bit less clear. Joshua Kelley was already getting plenty of run in the Chargers backfield and leads the team in carries. However, he has not done a whole lot with his opportunities. Kelley has averaged just 2.85 yards per carry over his last three games and has lost a fumble in back to back games. His lost fumble last week changed the entire complexion of a game the Chargers would go on to lose in Tampa Bay.

Justin Jackson recently returned after missing two weeks with a quad injury, but he may get a bit more work moving forward, especially if Kelley’s struggles continue. Kelley is still the preferred play for Week 5, but this may be a fluid situation in the coming weeks until Ekeler returns.

The news is not all bad on the injury front. Some of the names that are hoping to return in Week 5 include Michael Thomas, Le’Veon Bell, Raheem Mostert, and Alshon Jeffery. They still have some hurdles to clear, so you will not see them atop my Week 5 Flex rankings quite yet. I will update these over the weekend, so expect to see plenty of names jump (or dip) significantly in the next few days. In the meantime, you can comment below or on Twitter if you have any pressing questions before setting those Week 5 lineups.

Week 5 Flex Rankings

1Alvin Kamara (NO)vs. LACRB1
2Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)vs. NYGRB2
3Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)vs. LVRB3
4Josh Jacobs (LV)at KCRB4
5Dalvin Cook (MIN)at SEARB5
6DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)at NYJWR1
7Derrick Henry (TEN)vs. BUFRB6
8Tyreek Hill (KC)vs. KCWR2
9Chris Carson (SEA)vs. MINRB7
10James Robinson (JAC)at HOURB8
11Calvin Ridley (ATL)vs. CARWR3
12Travis Kelce (KC)vs. LVTE1
13Amari Cooper (DAL)vs. NYGWR4
14Kareem Hunt (CLE)vs. INDRB9
15Adam Thielen (MIN)at SEAWR5
16David Johnson (HOU)vs. JACRB10
17Jonathan Taylor (IND)at CLERB11
18Mike Davis (CAR)at ATLRB12
19Keenan Allen (LAC)at NOWR6
20Tyler Lockett (SEA)vs. MINWR7
21Miles Sanders (PHI)at PITRB13
22Joe Mixon (CIN)at BALRB14
23Ronald Jones II (TB)at CHIRB15
24James Conner (PIT)vs. PHIRB16
25Melvin Gordon (DEN)at NERB17
26George Kittle (SF)vs. MIATE2
27Cooper Kupp (LAR)at WASWR8
28Allen Robinson (CHI)vs. TBWR9
29Stefon Diggs (BUF)at TENWR10
30Devin Singletary (BUF)at TENRB18
31Jerick McKinnon (SF)vs. MIARB19
32DK Metcalf (SEA)vs. MINWR11
33Todd Gurley (ATL)vs. CARRB20
34Mike Evans (TB)at CHIWR12
35Terry McLaurin (WAS)vs. LARWR13
36D.J. Moore (CAR)at ATLWR14
37Julio Jones (ATL)vs. CARWR15
38David Montgomery (CHI)at TBRB21
39Kenyan Drake (ARI)at NYGRB22
40Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)vs. INDWR16
41Robby Anderson (CAR)at ATLWR17
42Robert Woods (LAR)at WASWR18
43Will Fuller (HOU)vs. JACWR19
44Marquise Brown (BAL)vs. CINWR20
45D.J. Chark (JAC)at HOUWR21
46Darren Waller (LV)at KCTE3
47DeVante Parker (MIA)at SFWR22
48Justin Jefferson (MIN)at SEAWR23
49Julian Edelman (NE)vs. DENWR24
50A.J. Brown (TEN)vs. BUFWR25
51Antonio Gibson (WAS)vs. LARRB23
52Tyler Boyd (CIN)at BALWR26
53JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)vs. PHIWR27
54Mark Andrews (BAL)vs. CINTE4
55CeeDee Lamb (DAL)vs. NYGWR28
56Joshua Kelley (LAC)at NORB24
57Myles Gaskin (MIA)vs. SFRB25
58Darius Slayton (NYG)at DALWR29
59Jamison Crowder (NYJ)vs. ARIWR30
60Hunter Henry (LAC)at NOTE5
61Diontae Johnson (PIT)vs. PHIWR31
62Jarvis Landry (CLE)vs. INDWR32
63T.Y. Hilton (IND)at CLEWR33
64Mark Ingram II (BAL)vs. CINRB26
65Jerry Jeudy (DEN)at NEWR34
66Zach Ertz (PHI)at PITTE6
67Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC)at HOUWR35
68Devonta Freeman (NYG)at DALRB27
69Michael Gallup (DAL)vs. NYGWR36
70Sammy Watkins (KC)vs. LVWR37
71Darrell Henderson (LAR)at WASRB28
72Tre'Quan Smith (NO)vs. LACWR38
73Deebo Samuel (SF)vs. MIAWR39
74Tee Higgins (CIN)at BALWR40
75Brandon Aiyuk (SF)vs. MIAWR41
76Golden Tate (NYG)at DALWR42
77Jonnu Smith (TEN)vs. BUFTE7
78John Brown (BUF)at TENWR43
79Damien Harris (NE)vs. DENRB29
80Brandin Cooks (HOU)vs. JACWR44
81Emmanuel Sanders (NO)vs. LACWR45
82Russell Gage (ATL)vs. CARWR46
83Latavius Murray (NO)vs. LACRB30
84N'Keal Harry (NE)vs. DENWR47
85Scott Miller (TB)at CHIWR48
86James White (NE)vs. DENRB31
87Raheem Mostert (SF)vs. MIARB32
88Curtis Samuel (CAR)at ATLWR49
89Hunter Renfrow (LV)at KCWR50
90Evan Engram (NYG)at DALTE8
91A.J. Green (CIN)at BALWR51
92Randall Cobb (HOU)vs. JACWR52
93Rex Burkhead (NE)vs. DENRB33
94Mike Gesicki (MIA)vs. SFTE9
95Tim Patrick (DEN)at NEWR53
96Tyler Higbee (LAR)at WASTE10
97Malcolm Brown (LAR)at WASRB34
98Dalton Schultz (DAL)vs. NYGTE11
99Nyheim Hines (IND)at CLERB35
100Greg Ward (PHI)at PITWR54
101Keelan Cole (JAC)at HOUWR55
102Breshad Perriman (NYJ)vs. ARIWR56
103J.K. Dobbins (BAL)vs. CINRB36
104Zach Pascal (IND)at CLEWR57
105Hayden Hurst (ATL)vs. CARTE12
106Preston Williams (MIA)vs. SFWR58
107Mecole Hardman (KC)vs. LVWR59
108Cole Beasley (BUF)at TENWR60
109Rob Gronkowski (TB)at CHITE13
110Austin Hooper (CLE)vs. INDTE14
111Chase Edmonds (ARI)at NYJRB37
112Christian Kirk (ARI)at NYJWR61
113Damiere Byrd (NE)vs. DENWR62
114Michael Thomas (NO)vs. LACWR63
115Eric Ebron (PIT)vs. PHITE15
116Logan Thomas (WAS)vs. LARTE16
117Jimmy Graham (CHI)vs. TBTE17
118Justin Jackson (LAC)at NORB38
119Miles Boykin (BAL)vs. CINWR64
120Chris Herndon IV (NYJ)vs. ARITE18
121Greg Olsen (SEA)vs. MINTE19
122Anthony Miller (CHI)vs. TBWR65
123Brian Hill (ATL)vs. CARRB39
124Darnell Mooney (CHI)vs. TBWR66
125Nelson Agholor (LV)at KCWR67
126Jordan Akins (HOU)vs. JACTE20
127Frank Gore (NYJ)vs. ARIRB40
128Le'Veon Bell (NYJ)vs. ARIRB41
129Ke'Shawn Vaughn (TB)at CHIRB42
130Mike Williams (LAC)at NOWR68
131Isaiah Ford (MIA)vs. SFWR69
132Kendrick Bourne (SF)at MIAWR70
133David Moore (SEA)vs. MINWR71
134Mo Alie-Cox (IND)at CLETE21
135Dontrelle Inman (WAS)vs. LARWR72
136James Washington (PIT)vs. PHIWR73
137Willie Snead (BAL)vs. CINWR74
138Kenny Stills (HOU)vs. JACWR75
139Chase Claypool (PIT)vs. PHIWR76
140Drew Sample (CIN)at BALTE22
141Duke Johnson (HOU)vs. JACRB43
142J.D. McKissic (WAS)vs. LARRB44
143Alexander Mattison (MIN)at SEARB45
144Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)at NYJWR77
145Josh Reynolds (LAR)at WASWR78
146Cordarrelle Patterson (CHI)vs. TBWR79
147Jeff Smith (NYJ)vs ARIWR80
148Andy Isabella (ARI)at NYJWR81
149D'Ernest Johnson (CLE)vs. INDRB46
150DeSean Jackson (PHI)at PITWR82
151Kyle Rudolph (MIN)at SEATE23
152Tyler Eifert (JAC)at HOUTE24
153Wayne Gallman (NYG)at DALRB47
154Chris Conley (JAC)at HOUWR83
155Richard Rodgers (PHI)at PITTE25
156Zay Jones (LV)at KCWR84
157Dan Arnold (ARI)at NYJTE26
158Darren Fells (HOU)vs. JACTE27
159Jared Cook (NO)vs. LACTE28
160Jalen Guyton (LAC)at NOWR85
161Alshon Jeffery (PHI)at PHIWR86
162Gus Edwards (BAL)vs. CINRB48
163Demarcus Robinson (KC)vs. LVWR87
164Jordan Wilkins (IND)at CLERB49
165Jeff Wilson (SF)at MIARB50
166Boston Scott (PHI)at PHIRB51
167Chris Thompson (JAC)at HOURB52
168Dawson Knox (BUF)at TENTE29
169Jack Doyle (IND)at CLETE30
170Kalif Raymond (TEN)vs. BUFWR88
171Matt Breida (MIA)vs. SFRB53
172Gabriel Davis (BUF)at TENWR89
173Ian Thomas (CAR)at ATLTE31
174Isaiah Wright (WAS)vs. LARWR90
175Olamide Zaccheus (ATL)vs. CARWR91
176Zack Moss (BUF)at TENRB54
177Jalen Richard (LV)at KCRB55
178Trey Burton (IND)at CLETE32
179Braxton Berrios (NYJ)vs. ARIWR92
180Cameron Brate (TB)at CHITE33
181Van Jefferson (LAR)at WASWR93
182Benny Snell (PIT)vs. PHIRB56
183Irv Smith (MIN)at SEATE34
184Phillip Lindsay (DEN)at NERB57
185Royce Freeman (DEN)at NERB58
186Marcus Johnson (IND)at CLEWR94
187Cam Batson (TEN)vs. BUFWR95
188DaeSean Hamilton (DEN)at NEWR96
189Devontae Booker (LV)at KCRB59
190Travis Homer (SEA)vs. MINRB60
191Dion Lewis (NYG)at DALRB61
192Trenton Cannon (CAR)at ATLRB62
193La'Mical Perine (NYJ)vs. ARIRB63
194Anthony Firkser (TEN)vs. BUFTE35
195Cam Akers (LAR)at WASRB64
196Cedrick Wilson (DAL)vs. NEWR97
197Giovani Bernard (CIN)at PHIRB65
198Tony Pollard (DAL)at SEARB66
199Jordan Howard (MIA)at JACRB67
200Devin Duvernay (BAL)vs. CINWR98

If you found Mick’s Week 5 Flex Rankings helpful, you’ll definitely want to check out all of our Week 5 Fantasy Football lineup!

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