Week 6 is almost here, and the injuries on your fantasy football rosters are likely piling up. Below are some of my favorite Week 6 flex plays to get you through some challenging weeks, as big names like Todd Gurley and Davante Adams find their way to your benches.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have made a concerted effort to open up the passing game through five weeks, and by all accounts, it’s working. Gallup and veteran Amari Cooper make up just one of four wide receivers duos on the same team to combine for more than 800 yards through five weeks. Gallup has seen no fewer than seven targets and 67% of offensive snaps in three games active. He’s also doing plenty with it, leading wide receivers with fifteen or more targets in yards per route run (3.49). Gallup should be a flex consideration every week, but particularly in Week 6, when projected to face CB Darryl Roberts in Coverage. Roberts has seen targets on 25% of his routes covered and is allowing a passer rating of 105.1 while in coverage. Gallup continues to see improved rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott and shows no signs of slowing down. Roll him out confidently in your flex for Week 6.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald just won’t quit. He kicked off 2019 with two consecutive 100-yard games, showing us all that he’s still got it despite coming off a career-low in yardage the season prior. In Week 6, he sees a Keanu Neal-less secondary, which has allowed an average of 197 yards and two receiving touchdowns to the wide receiver position. It’s in the plans for Christian Kirk to return to the active lineup this week from an ankle injury, which should only help to alleviate coverage and get Fitzgerald in an open spot to make a play. Fitzgerald leads the team in targets through five weeks and rookie QB Kyler Murray has managed his highest adjusted yards per attempt when throwing him the ball. They’d be wise to get him involved early and often in Week 6.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington
Terry McLaurin has come on strong to start his rookie season, despite the game of quarterback roulette Washington has been playing. He’s proven to be a consistent asset so far in 2019, managing at least 50 yards in each game active – even against a suffocating Patriots secondary. McLaurin has been in on at least 90% of offensive snaps in each of his career starts so far and is leading the team in routes run per game. In Week 6, he should see coverage from Xavien Howard, who is allowing an 80% catch rate and a passer rating of 141.2 on passes defended — Tanking for Tua? More like Tanking for Terry’s fantasy day. Owners should feel confident lighting him up against a Miami defense that can’t stop anything through the air.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Matt Breida may seem like a pretty obvious play after his performance in Week 5, but when we look at his workload, he’s still a risky play considering his limited usage in the 49ers offense. He miraculously ranks eighth in total rushing yards among NFL running backs despite an early bye and has done it with just 13 carries per game. He’s averaging 6.54 yards per attempt and is tied for fifth among running backs in the number of carries of 15 yards or more (5). The Los Angeles Rams seem like a tough match up on paper, but they haven’t been as suffocating as we’ve seen in years past. They’re allowing the ninth-most yards per game to the running back position, and all Breida needs is one play to break down to take a carry to the house. As long as he sees the work, he should have another big outing in Week 6.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington
Adrian Peterson has been in the dog-house for most of 2019 after leading Washington in rushing for 2018 and accumulating his ninth season of 1,000 or more yards from scrimmage. Even though sophomore RB Derrius Guice was in his first game returning from a torn ACL, coach Jay Gruden left Peterson a healthy scratch. Guice has found himself on the injured reserve for the second consecutive season, and good news for Peterson, Gruden has left town.
Washington has chosen offensive line coach Bill Callahan as their interim HC, which should mean all systems go for the running backs. Callahan has come out publicly to emphasize the run moving forward, and just in time for the Miami defense. In 2019, the Dolphins have allowed the second-most rushing touchdowns on the season and allow ball carriers the seventh-most yards before contact. Peterson looked to be in shape in the preseason, so you could find worse flex plays during a week where rosters are riddled with injuries. Peterson should be an RB2 with upside as a Week 6 flex.