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Flex On Fire: 5 must-starts for Week 6 fantasy football

Get these guys in your team and win in Week 6.

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It wasn’t the best week for my must starts in Week 5, with a couple of the players finishing in the top 25 at their position, but also with two finishing outside the top 50. My boom or bust pick in Mecole Hardman busted as he saw just two receptions, though he did at least make 50 yards to finish as the WR60 with seven points. Jerick McKinnon immediately gave up his starting role upon Raheem Mostert’s return and was frozen out in the running game, finishing as the RB55 with just two catches for five yards in the 49ers’ shock defeat to the Dolphins.

Flex on Fire Results - Week 5

Player Team Opp Score Pos Rank
Player Team Opp Score Pos Rank
Robby Anderson CAR ATL 19.5 WR18
Laviska Shenault Jr. JAX HOU 14.9 WR25
Mecole Hardman KC LV 7 WR60
Greg Olsen SEA LAC 3 TE29
Jerick McKinnon SF MIA 2.5 RB55

Onto Week 6 and the guys I think you need to get in your lineups to get you that all important win.

WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars vs Detroit Lions

I don’t normally like to go back to back with my picks but the match up against the Lions is too good to refuse. After a further eight targets in Week 5, Shenault is fast becoming the WR1 in Jacksonville, and with DJ Chark continuing to struggle with an ankle injury, the volume opportunity against a bottom five defense is too good to refuse.

QB Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals

Let’s get some Red Rifle in our lives shall we? With Dak Prescott done for the season, Dalton has the chance to be this year’s Ryan Tannehill and he couldn’t wish for a better situation to land in. With weapons galore at his disposal, and facing what has been at best an average Cardinals defense, if we can get 75% of Dak’s production out of Dalton then we’re still looking at top 12 production and is a viable option to cover a bye week.

WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts vs Cincinnati Bengals

It’s been a slow start to 2020 for Hilton, with no touchdowns and just 231 receiving yards so far. However, the targets are there, with Hilton seeing 10 last week against the Browns and should continue to see heavy volume in what is a potential slip up game against the Bengals.

WR Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions @ Jacksonville Jaguars

I’m looking at this game as a potential high scoring slugfest as it features two of the league’s bottom five pass defenses. Jones has struggled in the opening weeks but I’m hoping the bye week has been a chance for him to get right as he’s shown in the past he has a solid WR2 floor with WR1 upside on certain weeks. A high upside flex option for this week.

RB David Montgomery, Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers

In what is likely to be a tight matchup between two teams with winning records, I am banking on Montgomery breaking the 20 touch barrier for this first time this season. Last week we saw him targeted eight times, a sure sign that Nick Foles is going to rely on him in the passing game. Combine this with 12-15 rush attempts against a Panthers team that has been in the bottom six against the run so far. and you have a potential top 15 running back week from Montgomery.