Are you having fun yet? We’ve made it through week 5 with the NFL stumbling ahead trying their best to avoid Covid catastrophes. We’ve had rescheduled games and now we even have RB1s getting DUIs and others getting outright released! It is making it harder and harder for us to navigate the waters and put out winning lineups in our fantasy leagues, but we are doing it and hopefully you’re doing it well. With all the injuries, planned and unplanned bye weeks and Covid uncertainty it is even more important to find productive players to put in your flex spots. But don’t worry, we are here for you my friends.

As you know, every Thursday here on Razzball, I will be posting the weeks “Sexy Flexies” to give you a couple of players to consider starting in your flex spot. The objective isn’t to point out the obvious guys you’re starting in your RB or WR slots, but to take a look at a couple of players who are a bit more under the radar. These will likely be guys that you won’t start every week but will be good rotational pieces in the flex spot of your lineup based on matchup and opportunity.

What I do here is look at the match-ups and opportunities and highlight for you a couple of guys who I believe will perform in the situation they are in for the given week. For this column, we will be looking at players who are ranked 60th or later at the flex position for the week, according to Fantasy Pros Consensus Ratings, but will still get you double digit fantasy points in your flex spots. Let’s take a look at the players who will be the “Sexy Flexies” for week 6!

Myles Gaskin – RB – Miami Dolphins – vs New York Jets

If you would have asked me during draft season, never in a million years would I have said that in week 6 I would be telling you to start Myles Gaskin in your fantasy leagues. During draft season, the debate was whether to draft Jordan Howard or Matt Breida in the Miami Dolphins backfield and Gaskin wasn’t even in the conversation. We were all surprised to see that the Dolphins were using Gaskin, and by week 2 he was getting utilized in both the running and the passing game, getting double digit touches. Adding to his value, last week the Dolphins made Jordan Howard a healthy scratch from the lineup, basically assuring us that the job is Gaskin’s. Over the past 3 weeks Gaskin has received double digit carries, including a 22 carry, 5 reception performance in week 3. He is not just a receiving back and is being trusted to shoulder the load in the Miami backfield.

This week, the Dolphins are favored to win by 9.5 over the lowly Jets, meaning they should be playing with a lead. We love the game script for primary RBs when their team is largely favored, and Gaskin should be heavily involved in this game. The Jets are allowing nearly 130 rushing yards per game and have allowed NINE running backs to score double digit fantasy points against them so far in 5 weeks. Coming off a strong 20 fantasy point performance against San Francisco last week, and with the anticipated game script in his favor, I’m going to confidently lock Gaskin in for another double-digit performance this week.

Curtis Samuel – WR – Carolina Panthers – vs Chicago Bears

With 4 teams on bye this week and some leagues requiring you to start 3 WR in addition to your flex spot, you may be diving a bit deeper this week. I know in one of my leagues I am doing exactly that, and I will be starting Curtis Samuel. I wont sugar coat it, Samuel has been an average fantasy player who is firmly behind the top 2 options in the Carolina Panthers passing game, so on most weeks I wouldn’t even be looking at him. Curtis Samuel has shown us that when the ball is thrown his way, he does catch it. Samuel owns a 86.4% reception percentage on his targets and has only 1 drop on the season. Recently, Samuel has also received a few bonus touches by being used as a changeup to Mike Davis in the backfield and being given some carries.

Winners of 3 games in a row after an 0-2 start, the Panthers look to keep the momentum going against the Chicago Bears this week. The Bears have shown a defensive strength in their outside cornerbacks with Kyle Fuller and rookie Jaylon Johnson playing at a high level. The weak link in their secondary is Buster Skrine who Curtis Samuel will be matching up with from the slot. If Fuller and Johnson can give Robbie Anderson and DJ Moore some trouble on the outside, Teddy Bridgewater may have to start looking for Samuel to play a larger role in this game. Last week, Panthers OC Joe Brady said Samuel is playing at an “extremely high level” and the coaching staff may also look to continue to find ways to get him involved in the offense. Even if Samuel gives us a modest 5 catches for 53 and adds 18 yards on 4 carries that would eclipse 12 ppr points to help us win the week and validate him as a week 6 Sexy Flexie!

Lets crush week 6 and hopefully these Sexy Flexies will help you get some wins this week. Both players have great double-digit point upside and should have significant roles in their team’s game plan this week. Don’t forget, for some more help with setting your lineups, and even for full season projections, check out Rudy Gamble’s Pigskinator! You are always welcome to follow me on twitter @fantasycoachjb and ask me all your questions there as well. Lastly, don’t be like Melvin Gordon, take an Uber home! Good luck in all your matchups this week!

  1. Homers got the Runs says:
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    Due to bye week and injuries I am left with very slim pickings for my flex spot this week. the top names i can find on the wire with a clear path to targets are an injured Scotty Miller who was just dropped, Perine who could see alot of touches behind an aging Gore, Trey Burton who seems to be used by Rivers a lot and McIssic who could see targets against the Giants this week.

    How would you rank these guys for this week?

    • Homers got the Runs says:
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      sorry, just notice Everett from the Rams is available. Would he change anything in comparison to the names above

      • JB Barry

        JB Barry says:
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        ah man, this is the kind of deep league that Id hope you could find Curtis Samuel in and thats why I put him in this article exactly for situations like this. I dont trust Perine yet, I like him as a stash but not for this week. I do like Burton but a TE could go 4 for 34 so if youre just looking for a solid 7 pts you could do that. Myself, Id probably go with McKissic. Hes not sexy by any means but in a ppr he can get you 10 with the targets hes been getting. He may even run a few more times this week with Gibson having a little toe issue. None of the options are sexy, but Id lean McKissic. Good luck!

        • Homers got the Runs says:
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          I appreciate your help, but i delved a little deeper and noticed Irv Smith had a great game last week and decided to take a chance on him considering he is playing against a poor defense in Atlanta. The way I see it, with these players mentioned its a total crapshoot and Smith had alot of fantasy writers talking him up in the pre season. Thanks for taking the time.

  2. Clokwerc says:
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    Do I trade J. Robinson & J. Williams for J. Jacobs?

    • JB Barry

      JB Barry says:
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      I would want the Jacobs side of that deal. Good luck!

  3. Hamtime says:
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    14m deep league, shallow FA pool:

    1. Dropped Logan Thomas for Gronk, but slightly regretting it. Would you rather go with Irv Smith (although Atl game could be in doubt)

    2. Picked up Perine. Better stash than Hill or malcom brown? Prepping for the inevitable loss of Mike Davis

    3. With Julio looking doubtful, I should just fire up Hollywood, right?

    Thanks !

    • JB Barry

      JB Barry says:
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      1. Id go Irv over Thomas and Gronk
      2. Yes, Perine is going to have the best standalone value of that group, although Hill is a great handcuff. It will take a Gurley injury for him to have standalone value though where Perine will likely be in a 60/40ish time share within a week or 2 IMO.
      3. Go for it and hope this is one of those weeks Lamar finds him for a TD!

      Good luck!

  4. Mike says:
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    Who do I start in the Flex? (1/2 pt PPR)

    – Jamison Crowder
    – Devonta Freeman
    – AJ Brown

    • JB Barry

      JB Barry says:
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      Hard to sit AJ after last week. Id go back to the well there and start him. Good luck!

  5. Hamtime says:
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    With Julio looking to play, Pls choose 2: hollywood, freeman, Julio, Preston for WR/flex thanks!

    Still irv > gronk w Godwin Playing? Irv’s goose Eggs prior to last game scare me

    • JB Barry

      JB Barry says:
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      Freeman and Julio for me

      Yes Id still go Irv over Gronk. I get the goose eggs scaring you but its not like Gronks been doing anything either.

      Good luck!

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