Flex rankings for Week 5 of the fantasy season
One-third of the fantasy regular season is now in the rearview mirror, and we’re now forces to navigate the murky waters of the bye week gauntlet. To help you with your lineup decisions, here’s this week’s edition of the flex rankings:
1. Antonio Brown, PIT (WR1) – Wasn’t heavily targeted in Week 4, but still found the end zone twice. Locked in as the top fantasy option.
2. Le’Veon Bell, PIT (RB1) – Returned with a bang, racking up 178 total yards on 23 touches. More importantly, he looked darn good in the process.
3. David Johnson, ARI (RB2) – He’s the only running back with 300-plus rushing yards and 200-plus receiving yards through the first four weeks of the season.
4. A.J. Green, CIN (WR2) – Displayed his massive ceiling last Thursday night. Only Julio Jones and Marvin Jones have more receiving yards.
5. C.J. Anderson, DEN (RB3) – He’s found the end zone in three of the first four games and gets a strong matchup against the Falcons.
6. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (RB4) – The rookie leads all running backs in carries (94) and rushing yards (414). He’s an RB1 until further notice.
7. DeMarco Murray, TEN (RB5) – One of this year’s biggest surprises, Murray shredded the first four weeks of the season and currently leads all running backs in fantasy scoring.
8. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG (WR3) – Move back from that ledge, Beckham owners. There’s no need to panic after Monday night’s abysmal performance. He gets back on track in a strong matchup this week.
9. Melvin Gordon, SD (RB6) – Only Lamar Miller and Ezekiel Elliott have more than Gordon’s 72 touches over the last three weeks.
10. Todd Gurley, LA (RB7) – The Rams got Gurley more involved as a receiver in Week 4. That will help salvage fantasy points on days where there’s little room to run.
11. Jordy Nelson, GB (WR4) – He was third among wide receivers after the first three weeks of the season and is one of just four wideouts to score four times already.
12. Julio Jones, ATL (WR5) – Can we get an encore? Probably not against a tough Broncos defense, but Jones is an every-week starter no matter what.
13. LeSean McCoy, BUF (RB8) – Averaging just over 20 touches per game, McCoy is one of the rare three-down backs in the league.
14. Jordan Howard, CHI (RB9) – The rookie hit the ground running with 132 total yards in his first start. Jeremy Langford might not have his job when he returns from injury.
15. Mike Evans, TB (WR6) – Jameis Winston might be struggling, but Evans is doing just fine for fantasy purposes. He leads all receivers with 48 targets.