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

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Get these guys in your team and win in Week 5.

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It was the best week so far for my must starts in Week 4, with four of the five players achieving a top-25 finish at their position. Only Darrell Henderson, who inexplicably saw his touches drop off by over 50% despite the Rams playing the lowly Giants, missed this week for me. Ryan Fitzpatrick took advantage of the good match up against the Seahawks to pass for 315 yards and added a rushing touchdown to finish as the QB12. Devin Singletary struggled to get it going on the ground against the Raiders, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry, but totalled 76 yards including five catches and a touchdown to finish with 18.6 points as the RB15. James Robinson wasn’t far behind with 107 total yards and four catches for 14.7 points as the RB20. Finally Jarvis Landry caught five of his six targets for 48 yards but added a passing touchdown to his BFF Odell Beckham to total 15.28 points as the WR24.

Flex on Fire Results - Week 4

Player Team Opp Score Pos Rank
Player Team Opp Score Pos Rank
Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA SEA 21.3 QB12
Devin Singletary BUF LV 18.6 RB15
James Robinson JAX CIN 14.7 RB20
Darrell Henderson LAR NYG 4.8 RB45
Jarvis Landry CLE DAL 15.28 WR24

Onto Week 5 and the guys I think you need to get in your lineups to get you that all important win.

WR Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs vs Las Vegas Raiders

A boom or bust pick to start this week but we saw Hardman record a second straight game with a touchdown in the victory over the Patriots. I’m liking this increased usage in the passing game and against the Raiders he will be able to exploit his pace and big play ability and turn in another fantasy roster worthy game for your team.

WR Robby Anderson, Carolina Panther @ Atlanta Falcons

Anderson has over-performed my expectations in Carolina and has been far more than a deep threat for the Panthers, leading the team in targets, receptions and yards through the first month of the season. The Falcons are a broken team and have allowed the most fantasy points to receivers so far this season and with his connection with Teddy Bridgewater is one to exploit this week.

TE Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks vs Minnesota Vikings

Olsen has had a solid start to his time in Seattle, seeing an increasing number of targets each week as he builds a rapport with MVP leader Russell Wilson. A perennial red zone threat, Olsen’s production is going to be touchdown dependent but if you’re needing to roll the dice on a tight end this week, Olsen is a solid option to see six to eight targets with touchdown upside.

WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans

Shenault has stepped right in as a rookie to be a key part of the Jaguars offense, and has mixed in some rushing work with what’s turning out to be a pretty consistent number of targets each week. His 86 receiving yards last week against the Bengals was his best week and facing what has been a bottom six pass defense in the Texans in Week 5, could see similar production in this AFC South match up.

RB Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers vs Miami Dolphins

McKinnon has provided some solid fantasy production in first games in two years, hitting double digit fantasy points in each of the first four games of the season. Even with Raheem Mostert back at practice this week, McKinnon has solidified a role in both the running and passing games, and with a knack for finding the end zone so far, is a sold flex option in your line ups against the Dolphins this week.